Monday, October 20, 2014

RONA MTSC Roses: E-sports Lives Here

RONA MTSC Roses: E-sports Lives Here

By Tami Nishimikado
The Daily Magi
August 21, 2073

E-sports has taken time to find its footing in Mitakihara Town, but the Mitakihara Town Sports Club has made significant strides to incorporate it as part of the city's sporting fabric.

Founded in February 2040 by a French-Korean mahjong professional, the late Choe Myeong Hwa, and sanctioned as a wing of the Mitakihara Town Sports Club in April of that year, the MTSC Roses are an all-female corps of professional e-sports gamers from Western Canada who are trained by former gamer professionals from Asia and Europe and who play a variety of online games competitively year-round. The money gained is primarily used to fund for future college expenditures, though some who play past the mandated retirement age of 25 play competitively under the team MTSC Roses Plus, albeit for reduced salaries and for smaller, regional tournaments.

"My wish was for this city to take e-sports seriously as other sports, since mahjong is not strong enough to be considered popular here," Choe said in an interview in 2041. (She passed away in 2055.) "It has taken time for Roses to grow into a strong professional team, but over time it will get there and win tournaments on a consistent basis."

Arguably, the most successful team among the Roses is the League of Legends team, of which the MTSC Roses, sponsored by RONA since 2041, are known around the world for. They entered the North American League of Legends Service in 2041 and within five years, entered the Challenger Series, for which they remained until 2050, when the RONA MTSC Roses were promoted into the League of Legends Championship Series.

From that point on, the door bust wide open. The Roses would go on to become the first-ever highly successful all-female League of Legends team. In 2050, they would defeat teams like Team SoloMid, Cloud9 and LMQ to advance to their first-ever League of Legends World Championship. But they would suffer hurdles along the way, as they were schooled by the likes of Star Horn Royal Club. OMG, SK Telecom T1 and the giants, Samsung Galaxy White.

Years of making it to Worlds but coming up short would pass before the first-ever team of players created the dynasty that would stand to this day, in 2062. The 2062 version of the RONA MTSC Roses, comprising of Elena "Em" Mochizuki, Raimu "SoWhat" Nejikawa, Isuzu "Suzy" Shiranui, Fumio "Flame" Murakami and Kokomi "Coke" Shiina, stormed their way to the World Championship Final, demolishing the once-invincible Samsung Galaxy White to bring the Summoners' Cup to Canada for the first-time in history.

The lineups have changed since then, but the glories have not. This year's team, composed of Claire "Oktober" Rouge, Ellis "Heater" Fahrengart, Fianna Ray "Freo" Ordessia, Rinslet "Rilla" Laurenfrost and Terminus "EndGame" Est, is arguably the most dominant RONA MTSC Roses side to ever don the iconic pink shirt and white Daisy Dukes (known locally as the Pink and Daisies). Installing the uptempo, high-pace, high-intensity style of play from the Korean powerhouses, the Roses finished every contest on an average of 26 minutes, with only three games going past 29 minutes.

"It's not easy to be a professional LoL player but as athletes, we visualize the battle, envision the playing ground and instill the belief in fighting for each other," said Oktober, the designated captain of the side. "We are very good at what we do because we've spent a good deal of our time in this game."

Rilla believes the same way.

"I believe the playing field has changed dramatically ever since we broke the Asian deadlock and gave Canada its first-ever Summoners' Cup years ago," she said. "All of a sudden, everyone wants to take us apart but we are all happy being here in M-Town and playing for everybody in Canada. The E-sports scene is growing and its because of us that we're raising the bar."

"I want to put on my resume that I won the Summoner's Cup and schooled our main global rival, Samsung White," said EndGame. "Then afterwards I can do my cheer the losers up. But I won't give away my secrets."

"Playing League of Legends professionally is like playing tennis or soccer or field hockey or even running cross country: you need to answer its calling and embrace it," said Freo. "For us, this is our calling, this is our job, and we want to win because we want to make our families proud and we can take care of ourselves. We won't play this professionally forever, but since we're employees of the Sport Club, we do take our job seriously."

"This year's finals will take place at BC Place and I hear it's going to be a sellout if we make it to the final," said Heater. "It's nice to not have to play in Los Angeles for once. It's too small. We like to play in front of big crowds because to us, playing E-sports is a bloody big deal. So if Korea or China or Europe wants our Summoner's Cup, you're gonna have to deal with the best girl power the world has ever seen."

In addition to the Roses, Mitakihara Town Sports Club has a men's e-sports branch, called the Tim Hortons MTSC Clovers. However, they have failed to earn the same success as the Roses, though with time, that may change.

Thursday, October 2, 2014


We walked forward as we gently
 and carefully held onto the warmth of our inseparable hearts.
 We can change the future with our words
 and with my wish that has yet to get an answer.
My ideal self I dreamt of being when I was a child
 is still far from me, but if you’re with me,
 I feel I can become a bit stronger
 and repaint tomorrow with new colors.
Following the hope we called for,
 we overcome the world which has come to a halt
 and one day, because we didn’t give up, our hearts will become one.
 Crying or laughing, let’s welcome the new tomorrow.
 Even if the vow we’ve settled on is painful and strikes me down,
 it’s so I can protect your heart.
Within the flow of time of no memories,
 I’m sure there lies the warmth we search for.
 When we get embraced by it, everything
 and all my feelings will circle around you.
We held hands and ran as we faced the sky
 and held many precious lights in our hearts.
 It becomes the radiance within me
 and clears away of all of my hesitations.
We break free from a complicated labyrinth with no exit.
 The tears you shed woke my heart
 and I realized the world I knew so well still had many beautiful sides.
 New possibilities are born
 from a wish of a moment in time.
Believing in salvation, I made up my mind.
 Standing at the beginning of it all,
 I’ll bring back your smile
 and become a real miracle.

Following the hope we called for,
 we overcome the world which has come to a halt
 and one day, because we didn’t give up, our hearts will become one.
 Crying or laughing, let’s welcome the new tomorrow.
 Even if the vow we’ve settled on is painful and strikes me down,
 it’s so I can protect your heart.
I’ll stay by your side.

Happy Birthday, Madoka Kaname.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

"Westwood is a true college community": John Kirigaya

"Westwood is a true college community": John Kirigaya

By Chiyo Sakura
The Daily Bruins
August 15, 2073

UCLA Bruins freshman halfback John Kirigaya won the starting position at tailback and is poised to do big things. It isn't the championships that UCLA's sports teams have won that attracted Johnno, as he is know in Mitakihara Town, Canada. And it isn't the Rose Bowl Stadium that was the icing on the cake. Well, it is, but it's not the reason why Johnno is a Bruin.

The answer is under your nose and my nose and everyone else's nose: it's the experience that makes Kirigaya a proud Bruin.

"I like Westwood," he said after practice at Drake Stadium. "Westwood is a true college community. Here on this campus, everybody pushes everyone else to be better and do better to make the university better. You have players who can play and players who can succeed in the classroom.

"I got some really good roommates from the women's volleyball team that I spend time playing video games with and getting a good night's rest with really cute girls is my cup of tea. So I don't get bored; I always get motivated to be super, to be a star. I haven't shown the nation that I can be a great player because everyone knows the work I did at Mitakihara Secondary.

"All the detractors wonder if that's just smoke and mirrors. They wonder if I'm really all that's cracked up to be. I'm ready to show America that I am here, and I am ready to get to work because that's what I came here to do."

Sunday, July 20, 2014

John Kirigaya Picks UCLA

John Kirigaya Picks UCLA

By Touko Fukami
The MiTSS News
February 2, 2073

At Taniguchi Hall at Mitakihara Town Secondary School yesterday, a major press conference took place. There were four hats on a rose table. Halfback/left outside linebacker John Kirigaya was to choose a hat. Four schools had made the shortlist: Stanford, UCLA, USC and Notre Dame. Fans from all four schools flocked to Mitakihara Town to witness this event. The students were surprised that college football fans from the States would descend on their campus, when normally they would be at their jobs.

"I couldn't believe that there were diehard fans making a trip here in the middle of February," said Kirigaya before they even began. "They must have a lot of money riding on my decision, so it looks like there are going to be a lot of disappointed people. I really wished they just watched it on TV to save money, but that the way it goes with these fans. They love the sport and they have a really strong investment in it, so good on them."

The voice on the tannoy, Chester Hong Cheong asked, "Hanato Kirigaya, which school will you choose?" 10 seconds later, Kirigaya picked...UCLA.  The UCLA fans were belated, and some of the USC fans jeered and also delivered some unsavory language and even throw bottles towards Kirigaya. The degenerates that were in attendance were summarily escorted out and arrested for their actions.

"Well, I knew I was going to make a lot of people unhappy with my decision," said Kirigaya, who will choose the number 49 as his jersey number. "But, what's done is done, and I am ready for action in Westwood."

In other news, the Mitakihara Magi have elected to move down to Division I FCS as an independent. The Magi finished 10-3 and won the Sun Bowl under head coach Akiyuki Kaname.

Mitakihara Angels Defeat Lord Tweedsmuir, 69-7, Win Subway Bowl

Mitakihara Angels Defeat Lord Tweedsmuir, 69-7, Win Subway Bowl

By Touko Fukami
The MiTSS News
November 26, 2072

Johnny Landry's Mitakihara Angels are once again the best high school football team all of British Columbia. At BC Place in Vancouver, B.C., halfback/left outside linebacker John Kirigaya put on a masterpiece of a performance, carrying the ball 18 times for 401 yards and nine touchdowns to give MiTSS a 69-7 victory over the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers. The Angels conclude the season with a record of 15-0.

The win is Coach Landry's 175th of the season and his seventh BC High School Senior AAA Championship. Coach Landry won titles in '61, '62, '63, '65, '67, and '69 before the '72 championship, ending a three-year drought. Now the major question on everybody's mind is going to be where Kirigaya decides to commit to. He's earned scholarships at all the schools that want to take a chance on him but where will he go?

Kirigaya himself claims to not have the answer, however, an unidentified source has hinted that the University of Southern California, or USC will be hitting the jackpot. If this is the case, Kirigaya joins an elite list of running back to play for the Trojans. Kirigaya's family and Mitakihara Town Secondary School have stressed that the decision will be made official at Taniguchi Hall, the school gymnasium, on February 1, 2073.

Odds placed by have placed USC as the odds-on favorite for Kirigaya's signature. However, there are a number of other schools in the Pac-12, Big 12, Big Ten, ACC and SEC that have a chance at landing Johnno on their roster next year. A celebration dinner buffet and awards ceremony in honour of the 2072 Mitakihara Angels Football Team will take place on Dec. 25 at Tsukino Centre on the campus of Mitakihara University. Tickets go on sale for $30 and all proceeds will go towards the Angel Wings, the official booster club of MiTSS Athletics.

Mitakihara face Lord Tweedsmuir In Subway Bowl

Mitakihara face Lord Tweedsmuir In Subway Bowl

By Touko Fukami
The MiTSS News
November 23, 2072

Johnny Landry's Mitakihara Angels conclude their season with the Subway Bowl, the B.C. School Sports Provincial AAA Championship against the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers, who come into the contest with a record of 11-1. MiTSS is 14-0 and is the top prep team in the province, led by its electrifying halfback/left outside linebacker, John Kirigaya.

Prior to the playoffs, Tweedy suffered defeats in regular season play to the Rick Hansen Hurricanes and the Hugh Boyd Trojans. However, it was discovered by B.C. School Sports that the Hurricanes and Trojans fielded ineligible players in their victories over the Panthers. As a result, Tweedy was awarded 2-0 victories over Hansen and Boyd and they also steamrolled over their player opponents this year, which featured all-star teams from Calgary and Edmonton, as well as Vancouver College.

"Lord Tweedsmuir is a really good team we're facing," said Coach Landry prior to practice at the school's athletic field. "They gave us a test on the road at their house and they want to pull off a shocker that will reverberate around here for a long time. However, our boys are on a mission: they want to win the provincial title. They want to head to Subway after the game and feast on some Veggie Delites on whole wheat, because, you know, this is the Subway Bowl.

"We're not taking Tweedy lightly. We're going to head into BC Place hungry to take back what is ours. We're not going to settle for second this Saturday. Everyone at Madoka is pulling for us to win the provincial title. I promise you, we will prevail, we will survive, and we will do in with style. Johnno is looking forward to making this game his statement game, and the others are looking to push MiTSS to the finish line. This is going to be epic. You don't want to miss this."