I've stayed kind of quiet on here during the tournament, mostly because if I wasn't preparing for, or taking part in matches, I was working on doing final preparations for the joint project we'll be launching at SAI next month, as well as other things I've been working on, so I haven't had a lot of time to really sit back and reflect on things.

Guess I have some time now, though.

I kinda just entered this tournament for fun at first. I really missed being a Pro Duelist and taking part in the first Action Duel World Championship was really exciting, so I entered without a second thought. Now I find myself here at the finals, against one of my closest friends and I know the two of us will give everyone a duel they won't forget!

Isabel asked me the other day what is was that I wanted to do when I first started at Duel Academy and I gave her an honest answer. I just joined to have fun duels. I had no plan, no idea for the future, I just wanted to duel and have fun with it. Then, things gradually started getting a little crazy at the Academy. A lot of bad stuff happened and I learned things about myself that were frightening at the time. Things just kept happening and I had a power I was struggling to control. I started to wonder back then what I was really dueling for, as I found myself dueling more and more to protect my friends and the Academy. I lost the sense of fun.
It took me a while to come to terms with a lot of things, such as my power as the Supreme King and the fact that duels aren't always fun. Sometimes you do have to protect those you care for with it.
By this time I'd chosen to become a Pro Duelist, but I struggled to start off in it. I wasn't happy and it reflected in my dueling, and then more stuff happened and ah...
... well, lets say I kinda realised I needed to stop being so concerned with the past and letting it effect me, because life was short and I wanted to live and experience things. Granted, this was before I found out that I'm not really ageing, but, hey!

I started my career as a Pro Duelist and I had a great time getting to go to different tournaments around Japan and then in a few places in the world. It was fun! Also taking part in the WRGP with Team Spirit, right up until my retirement duel with Johan! I was pretty sad when I left my dueling career behind, but I decided to concentrate on something I felt was a little more important in current times.

The Spirit Foundation was small enough to run beside my dueling career, but merging it with the Arcadia Movement to create SAI was a big move and a big commitment, but a move that I really wanted to do. Something I felt was needed. We'd worked for years on human-spirit relations, but those in the city with Psychic Powers were losing a source of support and I realised that with my own experiences with supernatural powers and those of friends of mine, I could be a source of support and guidance for others with abilities like this, the sort of guidance myself, nor my friends, really had.
My power has a terrible history to it, one I was constantly told I was going to follow, which was why it took me so long to accept it fully as a part of myself. I often found that I couldn't talk to people about it or how I felt about it, so I feared it silently, which lead to a pretty rough time of my life. Sometimes, these things are unavoidable, but having someone there to support you and understand a little of what you're going through can really help. I wanted to help support those with supernatural abilities, give them a place to go, to learn about their abilities, to talk about them, to feel welcome, as well as educate others ... much like the similar work we'd been doing with spirits.

Now I look at where I am now, standing at the finals of this tournament. Thinking of all this makes me realise how winning it could really help promote SAI and get our message out there about Duel Spirits and supernatural abilities and how they shouldn't be feared. I want to better send this message and our work out beyond Domino City!
There will always be people like Touki, and there may always be people who'll use tragic events such as Heartland to twist the blame to things they don't understand, but with better knowledge being available more widely, I think more people will understand and not fear things that they feel are 'different'.

That's my main goal. That's what I want to aim for by winning this tournament.

Though... there is a little something else too. Something I felt I never really managed in my pro career.
I want to be able to stand equally with someone. Someone I have a lot of respect for and someone I really owe my dueling too. He was my mentor growing up. Someone who re-introduced me to the game and taught me to have fun with it.
I want to be able to stand as high as he did.
And I might not get another try at this for a while.

I talked to him a little bit earlier today too and I know he'll be watching. I know he wants to see me reach it as much as I do.
I honestly couldn't of asked for a better send-off duel from the Pro League than that! Getting to duel Johan again was amazing and it was so much fun!! I really hope that everyone who watched enjoyed it just as much as we did!

I am really going to miss dueling in the Pro League a whole lot.

After the duel and a few interviews, Johan and I spent some time catching up with each other. I hadn't seen him in so long and there was definitely a lot for us to catch up on!

But I guess I am now closing one door and opening a grand new one.

I'll be working on the merge of the Spirit Foundation and the Arcadia Movement over the next month. I'm aiming for it to be ready to open in the New Year under the new name of the Spirit Arcadia Institute, or SAI for short, and it will be based in what is currently the Arcadia Movement building.


((OOC: The log of Juudai's retirement pro-duel with Johan can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1ich4ijv0e6cflw/Juudai%20vs%20Johan%20Retirement.txt?dl=0 ))
So hey, haven't really had much time to write in this thing since returning from the tournament in Hong Kong. I had a great time there though! So many great duelists! I got into the finals and went up against one of the strongest duelists they have over there. The duel was really back and forth at the beginning before they got a upper hand on me. It wasn't until my life points were quite low when I was lucky enough to draw miracle fusion and get Great Tornado out to take out their ace monster and eventually win the duel!!

I've been kinda busy since coming back. Since I won the tournament, a number of people wanted to interview me for magazines, newspaper and such, but that's dying down now. Been busy catching up with the Spirit Foundation too.
Got a little bit more info on this blonde woman, as I have suspicion she's not only giving out those rank-up spells, but making those belts too. Apparently she wears some sort of futuristic Gothic Lolita type clothing. If any of you recognize someone of that description, let me know.
I managed to get the cartridge from the belt of that hero lizard guy. The cartridge looks just like the lizard did. Is there anyone who might be able to analyse this thing for me? Maybe find out what it's made?

Other than that, I also dealt with these weird creatures who were incredibly strong. I stood up against one and even with two monsters I was barely making much of an impact! Then all of a sudden there was this loud screeching sound and this weird ghost-like creature with fingers similar to claws showed up and then vanished with the other creature. I then saw it happen again moments later.
I have a report that the same day, someone wearing black armor was doing weird chanting in the park, so that maybe connected.

These kinda came up at a bad time, since I'm heading to a pro tournament being held in Hong Kong on Thursday for the whole weekend, but I'll brief everyone else at the Spirit Foundation about all this so they can keep an eye on things while I'm gone.
The Team Duel on Tuesday was a lot of fun!! It's great to accomplish something as a team, I'm really looking forward to future duels like that!
Didn't really get to update about it right away because I had finals as soon as we got back, but they're all done and over with now!

Oh! Asuka and I won't be around from Monday until next Sunday because we're going to Paris for the week on holiday! We've been looking forward to it a lot!
I'm really excited about the idea of me, Hawkeye and Alex being a Pro-League dueling team! Instead of us just being three people managed by the same person, we'll be an actual team working together towards the same goal!!

We didn't know what to name our team last night, and I was up most of the night trying to think of ideas, though talking with Alex today, we both liked one I mentioned!
Team Ryuuoumaru!
Hawkeye, Midori-san, do you guys like the name? Some people here may recognize it! I think it'd be kinda awesome to carry on what Ryuuji aimed his group to stand for, which is showing that y'know, you can still be in the Pro-League and have tons of fun dueling!
Haha, hopefully Ryuuji won't mind us borrowing the name if we pick that one!
Haha! I had so much fun with my Pro duel today and it was great to meet and duel Edo again!! It's been such a long time since I last saw him or dueled him!
Afterwards we talked about what we've been doing since we last saw each other over tea! It was great to catch up!

I think the patrolling around is going well too. I've reassured a lot of people and haven't seen too much trouble being caused. I like how positive things are feeling right now!

It's been a busy week with all this, but... I feel like I'm forgetting something...

...argh! I think I have homework... I should probably go and do that!!
I won! I won! I'm so happy I won! That was amazing!!
Yess!! Finally I have a match-up for the Pro-League!! I'm so excited and it came at just the right time! I really can't wait for this!
Asuka and I are gonna go through my deck tonight to make sure I'm completely ready since the duel is tomorrow!!
So, I've decided to definitely take part in the tournament that's happening. It'll be fun just to... duel without any huge thing on the line and just have some fun with it! It'll probably be good for the Pro-League too, y'know, add to the dueling portfolio and all that.
Talking of that, I talked to Midori-san and looks like I just have to wait for the Pro-League to give me someone to duel against. Do well against that and they'll probably give me more dueling offers.

I've been so busy catching up with college work this week, I've not done much else. Luckily I'm mostly caught up with everything I've missed.
Well that was a fun duel, Hane's computer is really cool and Gladiator Beasts is an interesting deck to go against.

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