A Trainer Battle
in the Family
Japanese brother and sister, Kippei Takaki and Rei Takaki, battled each other in the Last Chance Qualifier to see who would make it into the Main Event. It was a must-win situation, quite a daunting task for an 11-year-old boy and a 6-year old girl, but they faced they situation like pros. We caught up with them after brother Kippei came out with the win.
How did the battles go today?
Kippei: The only thing I wanted was to not have to battle against any Japanese players at all.
How was it battling against your own sister?
Kippei: It’s like a regular battle, so there was nothing special for me. It was like we were battling just like we do at home.
Were you surprised by the outcome of the battle?
Kippei: While we practice, I always beat her, so I anticipated the win.
How long have you been playing?
Kippei: I have been playing for 6 years, since Pokémon Diamond Version and Pokémon Pearl Version.
Rei: I have been playing for 4 years, since Pokémon HeartGold Version and Pokémon SoulSilver Version.
What are your favorite Pokémon?
Kippei: Mine is Axew.
Rei: My favorite is Latias.
How have you prepared to compete this weekend?
Kippei: I was here at the 2010 Pokémon World Championships, so I’m a returning player. I know what to expect.
Rei: I started building on my team just two weeks ago.
How do you feel about going into the Main Event?
Kippei: Again, I just don’t want to battle against any Japanese players!
A French Connection
The Aubert family traveled all the way from France to watch Nathan compete in the 2012 Pokémon World Championships. Now his sister Lucie joins the competition!
We caught up with Lucie Aubert right after qualifying via the Last Chance Qualifier. Her brother, Nathan, took second place in the France National Championships in the Junior Division, guaranteeing a spot in the tournament. Now he was there to root Lucie on. Lucie and Nathan let us in on their preparations for tomorrow.
Lucie, we just watched you play well in the Last Chance Qualifier. How old are you and how long have you been playing Pokémon?
Lucie: I'm six years old, and I've been playing Pokémon for about a year.
Did you play with your brother in the National Championships?
Lucie: I did, but I didn't qualify for Worlds. I had the same team, though.
Do you guys always have the same team?
Nathan: Yeah, we all have the same team. Even our other brother has the same team.
When you practice against each other, is it more to help train cooperatively, or is it very competitive?
Lucie: It's definitely to help each other train. But Nathan usually beats us anyway!
Are you using the same team that you played with at the France National Championships?
Lucie: It's a different team. We went with a new strategy.
Nathan: The day after the France National Championships. We knew we wanted to make changes, so we spent as much time as we could training for the World Championships.
How do you feel about tomorrow? Are you anxious or nervous?
Nathan: We're just happy to be here. We're having a lot of fun!
What are you going to do tonight? Are you going to train some more or are you going to relax, and maybe go swimming in the pool?
Nathan: We're probably going to train some more, but we'll see.
Good luck to Nathan and Lucie in the Pokémon Video Game World Championships!