Isn't it great to see Gamba Osaka and Kyoto Purple Sanga right up there among the top teams in the J.League?
Variety is always good for the game, and helps to spread the soccer gospel around Japan.
Neither of the above teams has come close to winning the J.League championship, but their performances are bringing the crowds flocking back to Kansai.
At the time of writing, Gamba Osaka are third in the table with 21 points, five off the pace being set by the Yokohama F Marinos, and four behind second-placed Jubilo Iwata.
Kyoto Purple Sanga are fifth with 15 points and have won six matches in a row after losing their first four games of the season.
This is a fantastic effort by Kyoto and their German manager Gert Engels. In the latest round of games on Wednesday night, Kyoto beat the mighty Kashima Antlers 2-1 in front of over 18,000 fans packed into Nishikyogoku Stadium.
This is a huge crowd by Purple Sanga's modest standards, especially for a midweek fixture when they usually struggle to get 5,000.
No doubt the presence of South Korean World Cup star Park Ji Sung, making his first start for Kyoto since the World Cup, contributed to the big crowd, and let's hope Purple Sanga can keep it going.
As for Gamba, they have always had many good Japanese players in their ranks, and now have probably the best Japanese manager in the J.League in Akira Nishino.
A big reason (very big, in fact) for Gamba's rise is the goals of 28-year-old Brazilian Magrao, whose 1.92-meter, 84-kilogram frame is causing all sorts of problems for defenders.
Before the break for the World Cup, the former Verdy forward had scored only three times, but now has 10 after netting all four against S-Pulse, two against Grampus and the winner from the penalty spot at Hiroshima on Wednesday.
The Gamba-Nagoya game last week attracted 21,621 fans to the 23,000-capacity Banpaku Stadium in Suita City, which was more than watched Junichi Inamoto's farewell game for Gamba last July before leaving for Arsenal.
It was among the top five crowds in Gamba history, a throwback to the J.League bubble years of 1993 and 1994.
Clubs such as Antlers and Jubilo must be admired for the way they stay at the top, but the form of Gamba and Purple Sanga is contributing to this post-World Cup boom.