YouTuber Apologises For Seven Minutes After Tournament Loss

YouTuber Apologises For Seven Minutes After Tournament Loss

Last Saturday, YouTuber Mokou posted a video in which he said he’d retire from pro gaming if he didn’t win any prize money at this past Sunday’s Puyo Puyo tournament. He lost and now he’s really sorry.

GIF: Mokou

In the earlier clip (below), Mokou came across as rather cocky as he claimed defeat would mean retirement. He’s better known as a streamer, and this was to be his first tournament, apparently. “In the event that I do not enter the prize money sphere, I will retire as a pro (gamer).” He added that this would certainly show his “true ability” as a pro.

Mokou didn’t just lose in the tournament – he got booted from the first round.

Earlier this month, Mokou was one of 11 Japanese gamers to get the country’s first pro-gaming licence for Puyo Puyo. Tournament cash prizes in Japan are traditionally small, but those with this licence are officially viewed as “professionals” and are able to win more money. This system was developed to get around the country’s gambling laws.

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After the tournament, Puyo Puyo producer Mizuki Hosoyamada thanked everyone for competing and then said, “Well… Mokou. You’re not allowed to retire. Please win and then retire if you plan on retiring.”

Mokou has since released a seven-minute clip in which he prostrates himself and apologises. In Japan, this is called “dogeza” (土下座). The practice is not that common and reserved for major fuck-ups or extreme groveling.

He repeatedly says he’s sorry and that he’s reflected on what he said and just how dominant the top Puyo Puyo players are. “I really thought about retiring,” he says, adding that he was aware that people would think he had lied. But, Mokou added, Puyo Puyo‘s producer told him he couldn’t retire.

“Please let me play a bit more,” Mokou continues, and he bows and weeps. “Please give me one more chance.”

Image: Mokou

Mokou also changed his Twitter icon photo and banner to reflect how sorry he is.


  • What would have been touching is if that recent article of the Japanese anime/god knows what fans flipping off people was somehow combined with this one.

    Touching. Related. Discuss!

  • that awkward moment when you realise you’re not as good as you really think you are

  • Dogeza is one of the most awful, uncomfortable things in existence. Seeing someone do it is like watching a Ben Stiller movie a minute.

    • Wait whaaaaaat, dogeza is basically just a modified child pose in yoga though (and that’s a restorative pose).

      Admittedly the sitting up format of seiza puts more weight on your ankles/knees, but even if Mokou weren’t used to it from day to day living, doing either pose atop a soft bed cancels out any of the discomfort, so he would have been just fine (physically, anyway, who knows what seven minutes of dogeza does to the psyche).

      • I meant that watching a person perform it as an act of subservience is uncomfortable. It’s grovelling in the most true sense. Putting yourself face first into the dirt at the feet of the person who has power over you. And it lasts FOREVER.

        Edit: That’s why I said a Ben Stiller movie. Not because they are bad (though they are), but because their humour is almost always watching a decent person be slowly and excruciatingly ground into the dirt for minor infractions.

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