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Livonia 12-year-old to appear on 'American Ninja Warrior' youth competition

Anna Muntean dashes up a "warped wall" with its steep curve - at Southfield's Gripz gym.

Anna Muntean looks quite at home on the obstacle course. 

The 12-year-old from Livonia zips through the course at Gripz Gym in Southfield — a ninja-style setup that takes a great deal of balance and upper body strength — like it's no problem. 

Muntean recently put those skills to the test at an "American Ninja Warrior Junior" competition. She's set to appear on the Sept. 30 episode of the show, which streams on Peacock. She was 11 years old during taping. 

"It was really fun," Muntean said of the experience. "I met a lot of people there, and the people in casting were really nice. I got to try out a bunch of obstacles, and it was cool being above the water."

Anna Muntean

"American Ninja Warrior Junior" pits two racers, both 14 or younger, against each other to see who can finish a ninja obstacle course first. The show is a spinoff of "American Ninja Warrior," an individual competition for teens and adults 15 or older. "American Ninja Warrior" is also owned by NBC. Contestants apply for the shows by submitting videos showcasing their physical ability to complete the obstacle course. 

Ninja competitions like "Ninja Warrior" are becoming increasingly popular, and Muntean already has awards to her name. She's recently traveled to Ohio and New Jersey for competitions, at which she enjoys competing and cheering on her friends. In the three years she's been competing, Muntean has earned top 10 honors in three national leagues. 

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She says what she really enjoys, though, is the challenge. 

"I like going from one bar and flying in the air to another bar," she said. "I can challenge myself and see how far I can go with that."

Past cheer, dance and gymnastics lessons have helped give Muntean the "ninja" skillset she has now. Muntean is the latest in a growing line of Gripz goers who have made an appearance on a "Ninja Warrior" show. 

Anna Muntean swings from a series of vertical bars at Southfield's Gripz gym on Sept. 17, 2021. The twelve-year-old  recently competed on American Ninja Warrior Junior.

"With this, it’s like every time she comes the gym is set up different," Sara Muntean, Anna's mother, said. "Every time you go to a competition, it’s different obstacles. It’s very challenging in that way, just trying new things."

The Munteans celebrated the Sept. 9 season premiere of "American Ninja Warrior Junior," which was also Anna Muntean's birthday, with friends in Ohio. They plan on having some more fun when they watch the Sept. 30 episode. 

People can watch "American Ninja Warrior Junior" on Peacock, a free streaming service from Comcast. 

Contact reporter Shelby Tankersley at [email protected] or 248-305-0448. Follow her on Twitter @shelby_tankk. 

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Sasuke (TV series)

"Ninja Warrior" redirects here. For other uses, see Ninja Warrior (disambiguation).

For other uses of Sasuke, see Sasuke.

Sasuke
Sasuke Title.jpg

The title card for Sasuke.

Also known asNinja Warrior
Sasuke Rising
Sasuke Ninja Warrior
GenreSports entertainment,
Obstacle course
Created byUshio Higuchi
Directed byUshio Higuchi (1997–2011)
Masato Inui (1997–2005, 2012–present)
Voices ofTakashi Matsuo (1997)
Tsutomu Tareki [ja] (1998–2005)
Ken Taira [ja] (2005)
Kiyoshi Kobayashi (2006–2011)
Yuya Takagawa [ja] (2012–present)
Masato Obara [ja] (2014)
Narrated byIchiro Furutachi (1997–2003)
Takahiro Tosaki [ja] (1997)
Keisuke Hatsuta [ja] (1998–2008, 2010–14)
Wataru Ogasawara [ja] (2005–2011, 2019–present)
Fumiyasu Sato [ja] (2009–2011, 2018)
Tomohiro Ishii [ja] (2012–14)
Ryusuke Ito [ja] (2010, 2015)
Shinya Sugiyama [ja] (2016–present)
Kengo Komada [ja] (2004, 2015–18)
Shinichiro Azumi [ja] (2018–present)
Country of originJapan
Original languageJapanese
No. of episodes38 competitions (list of episodes)
Executive producerUshio Higuchi [ja]
ProducersYoshiyuki Kogake
Makoto Fujii
Production locationsMidoriyama, Aoba-ku, Yokohama[1]
Running time120 to 360-minute specials in Japan;
30-minute episodes (United States, France, Finland, Estonia, Indonesia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and others);
30- or 60-minute episodes (Singapore);
50-minute episodes (Czech Republic, Serbia)
Production companiesMonster9 [ja]
(1997–2011)
Tokyo Broadcasting System
(2012–present)
Original networkTokyo Broadcasting System
Picture formatHDTV1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release27 September 1997 (1997-09-27) –
present
Preceded byKinniku Banzuke
Related showsKunoichi,
Pro Sportsman No.1,
Viking: The Ultimate Obstacle Course
Website

Sasuke (サスケ; stylized in Japan as SASUKE) is a Japanese sports entertainmenttelevision special, airing since 1997, in which 100 competitors attempt to complete a four-stage obstacle course. An edited version, named Ninja Warrior, is screened in at least 18 other countries.

Development[edit]

Recorded on location at a Midoriyama studio in Yokohama, it airs on Tokyo Broadcasting System between Japanese television drama seasons. The show's name Sasuke is named after Sarutobi Sasuke, a fictitious character in Japanese storytelling.[2] Each three-hour special (with the exceptions of Sasuke 24 and 36 which lasted 5 1⁄2 hours and 6 hours respectively) covers an entire competition; there are normally 100 participants. There have been 38 specials produced, approximately one new special per year (twice per year before Monster9's bankruptcy, now reduced to once per year since 2012, then became twice again since 2017). The show is produced by TBS and is one of the spin-offs of Muscle Ranking (筋肉番付, Kinniku Banzuke), another sports entertainment competition, which aired on G4 under the name Unbeatable Banzuke. Until the 10th competition, Sasuke was broadcast as a special part of Muscle Ranking, but it became an independent program when Muscle Ranking was discontinued. The first competition was held indoors, marking the only time Sasuke did not take place outside. Competitions generally start in the daytime and continue until completed regardless of weather or darkness.[3] After Monster9's bankruptcy in November 2011, all rights to the show fell completely into the hands of its broadcaster, Tokyo Broadcasting System. Following their acquisition of all rights to Sasuke, TBS renamed the show Sasuke Rising for the 28th, 29th and 30th editions, but have since reverted to the original name. TBS has renamed the show once again, to Sasuke Ninja Warrior since the 35th edition. TBS changed the show's logo for the 36th edition.

Applicants are interviewed or auditioned and trial rounds are held to test their physical ability until the field is narrowed to 100 competitors. Sasuke consists of four stages of increasing difficulty; competitors must complete a stage to advance. Before the 18th tournament, a 1,200-meter run was held in order to determine the competitors' starting positions. Each competition is taped prior to the air date, edited for time, and broadcast as a three-hour show. Exceptions may be made as in Sasuke 24's case should TBS decide the broadcast should go over three hours, but this is a rare exception.

In its 38 seasons, all four stages of the course were only completed a total of six times, by four different competitors. These were Kazuhiko Akiyama[4] in the 4th competition (1999), Makoto Nagano in the 17th competition (2006), Yuuji Urushihara in the 24th (2010) and 27th (2011) competitions,[5] and Yusuke Morimoto in the 31st (2015) and 38th (2020) competitions.

Popularity[edit]

The popularity of Sasuke has led to the creation of a number of spin-off shows and international versions of the show. Kunoichi, perhaps the most well-known spin-off, is a version of Sasuke restricted to female competitors with an emphasis on speed, balance, and stability.

American Ninja Warrior is the United States version of the show. Originally integrated with Sasuke (with American finalists participating on the Sasuke course in Japan), it was at one point the G4 network's highest rated show.[6] As of season 4, American Ninja Warrior's popularity has allowed it to move to the NBC network and expand as a stand-alone spin-off with a full replica course in Las Vegas, although Americans have continued to enter Sasuke even after the inception of ANW.

Other international versions of the format have aired in India, Singapore, Malaysia, Turkey, Sweden, Denmark, United Kingdom, Bahrain, China, Indonesia, Russia and Vietnam, with versions also launching in France (TF1), Germany (RTL), Italy (NOVE of Discovery Networks) in 2016, and Israel (Keshet Media Group) in 2018. An Australian version launched on Nine Network in July 2017. Netflix also started airing Ultimate Beastmaster, broadcast in six different languages in 2017, a Sasuke inspired show.

Competitors[edit]

The show hosts a broad spectrum of participants. While most are from Japan, national television personalities and Olympians from other countries, including the US, Bulgaria, China and Korea, have taken part in the competition. Some of the more enthusiastic competitors dress up in costumes, bring props to the starting stage, or show off some of their talents.[citation needed]

Sasuke All-Stars[edit]

The Sasuke All-Stars were a group of six favored competitors, established by the TBS network, originally thought to be the most likely to clear all four stages. It included two of the men to complete the Sasuke course, Kazuhiko Akiyama (1999, 4th tournament) and Makoto Nagano (2006, 17th tournament). The membership of the All-Stars has remained unchanged despite other successful competitors in later tournaments, notably, Yuuji Urushihara who completed the course in the 24th and 27th tournaments. The All-Stars were officially 'retired' in the 28th tournament. Two of them continue to compete independently, and are now referred to as 'former All-Stars'.[citation needed]

The six consisted of:

  • Kazuhiko Akiyama [ja], a crab fisherman and massage therapist. He is known for being the first contestant to ever achieve total victory. He has not been able to repeat his success, being hindered by an eye condition known as degenerative retinitis that has been affecting him for years. Overall, he has competed 20 times and has been officially retired since Sasuke 28 in 2012. An offer was made for Akiyama to return for the 30th anniversary tournament in 2014, but he declined and has remained retired since.[citation needed]
Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
2nd 100 Failed Wall Lifting Second
3rd 99 Failed Wall Lifting Second
4th 86 Kanzenseiha (6.0 seconds to spare)Final
5th Did not compete
6th 100 Failed Jump Hang First
7th 99 Failed Jump Hang First
8th 99 Failed Jump Hang First
9th 100 Failed Quintuple Step First
10th 98 Failed Warped Wall First
11th 99 Failed Body Prop Third
12th 97 Failed Pipe Slider Third
13th 91 Failed Crooked Wall First
14th 71 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
15th 81 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
16th 71 Failed Metal Spin Second
17th 71 Failed Circle Slider First
18th–19th Did not compete
20th 1901 Failed Halfpipe Attack First
21st Did not compete
22nd 20 Failed Halfpipe Attack First
23rd Did not compete
24th 62 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
25th 98 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
26th–27th Did not compete
28th 96 Failed Spinning Bridge First
  • Makoto Nagano, a fisherman and fishing boat captain. Known for reaching the Final Stage more than anyone else, five times in total, and being the second person to complete the entire course. He wears #100 most of the time (15 out of his 26 competitions). Overall, he has competed 26 times, a number surpassed only by three of his fellow All-Stars: Katsumi Yamada, Toshihiro Takeda and Shingo Yamamoto, and has been officially retired since Sasuke 32 in 2016.
Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
7th 87 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
8th 41 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
9th 61 Failed Pipe Slider Third
10th 999 Failed Jump Hang First
11th 96 Failed Rope Climb (about 20 m up) Final
12th 100 Failed Rope Climb (by 0.11 seconds) Final
13th 100 Failed Rope Climb (about 22.4 m up) Final
14th 100 Failed Jumping Bars Third
15th 100 Failed Metal Spin Second
16th 100 Failed Devil Swing Third
17th 99 Kanzenseiha (2.56 seconds to spare)Final
18th 96 Failed Shin-Cliffhanger (Disqualified) Third
19th 100 Failed Flying Chute First
20th 2000 Failed Downhill Jump Second
21st 100 Failed Gliding Ring Third
22nd 100 Failed Slider Jump First
23rd 100 Failed G-Rope* (by 0.2 seconds) Final
24th 100 Failed Jumping Spider First
25th 99 Failed Circle Slider First
26th 99 Failed Jumping Spider First
27th 100 Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger Third
28th 100 Failed Second Warped Wall (time out) First
29th 100 Failed Second Warped Wall (time out)(injured) First
30th 2999 Failed Swap Salmon Ladder (Disqualified) Second
31st 98 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
32nd 100 Failed Lumberjack Climb (time out) First
33rd-37th Did not compete
38th 98 Failed Dragon Glider First

† – Nagano touched the top of the Shin-Cliffhanger after swinging from the second to the third ledge. He disqualified himself, admitting his error and bowing out after he reached the next platform.

* – Nagano was allowed a second attempt at the First Stage due to a malfunction of the Slider Jump.

  • Toshihiro Takeda [ja], a firefighter. Known for reaching the Third Stage more than anyone else. He can usually be seen wearing his trademark orange firefighter pants and dark blue shirt, though he changed his trademark clothes since Sasuke 30 after he quit his firefighter job. However, he is the only All-Star that hasn't made it to the Final Stage yet. Overall, he has competed 26 times and continues to compete to this day. The only times he didn't appear were in Sasuke 26 and Sasuke 27, thus avoiding any risk affecting his new job as a Helicopter Rescue Jumper.
Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
5th 74 Failed Spider Walk Second
6th 93 Failed Body Prop Third
7th 96 Failed Rope Climb First
8th 71 Failed Pipe Slider Third
9th 97 Failed Globe Grasp Third
10th 997 Failed Jump Hang First
11th 97 Failed Body Prop Third
12th 95 Failed Pipe Slider Third
13th 98 Failed Cliffhanger Third
14th 97 Failed Cliffhanger Third
15th 96 Failed Devil Swing Third
16th 98 Failed Cliffhanger Third
17th 91 Failed Pipe Slider Third
18th Failed Salmon Ladder Second
19th 96 Failed Warped Wall First
20th 1995 Failed Rope Ladder First
21st 98 Failed Ascending Climb Third
22nd 92 Failed Jumping Spider First
23rd 97 Failed Spider Flip Third
24th 98 Failed Spider Flip Third
25th 70 Failed Double Salmon Ladder Second
26th–27th Did not compete
28th 97 Failed Rolling Escargot First
29th 95 Failed Hedgehog First
30th 2980 Failed Swap Salmon Ladder Second
31st 93 Failed Rolling Hill First
32nd 98 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
33rd 90 Failed Salmon Ladder Kudari Second
34th 91 Failed Salmon Ladder Kudari Second
35th 91 Failed Dragon Glider (time out) First
36th 85 Withdrew on Dragon Glider (injured) First
37th Did not compete
38th 87 Failed Altered Fish Bone First

† – Takeda had no number in the 18th tournament. He was around the 86th person to run the course. Takeda injured his shoulder when running the Wing Slider in 36th tournament.

  • Shingo Yamamoto [ja], a gas station manager. Only person never to miss a single tournament. He is also the only person to have attempted the first and second version of the Final Stage in Sasuke 3 and Sasuke 7. He can be seen wearing his trademark gas station uniform shirt and cap (always with Esso/Mobil branding); he has only competed without it seven times (the 1st, 4th, and 28th since he changed his job). He continues to compete to this day.
Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
1st 7 Failed Dodging Hammer Second
2nd 20 Failed Pipe Slider Third
3rd 13 Failed Rope Climb Final
4th 98 Failed Balance Bridge First
5th 98 Failed Pipe Slider Third
6th 96 Failed Rolling Log First
7th 97 Failed Spider Climb (injured) Final
8th 98 Failed Rope Climb First
9th 98 Failed Rumbling Dice Third
10th 998 Failed Rope Climb First
11th 98 Failed Cliffhanger Third
12th 96 Failed Cliffhanger Third
13th 76 Failed Wall Lifting Second
14th 98 Failed Curtain Cling Third
15th 95 Failed Body Prop Third
16th 97 Failed Jump Hang First
17th 98 Failed Body Prop Third
18th 61 Failed Flying Chute First
19th 81 Failed Jumping Spider First
20th 1981 Failed Halfpipe Attack First
21st 71 Failed Flying Chute First
22nd 31 Failed Halfpipe Attack First
23rd 93 Failed Arm Rings (injured) Third
24th 96 Failed Tarzan Rope First
25th 90 Failed Balance Tank Second
26th 94 Failed Rolling Escargot First
27th 81 Failed Spinning Bridge First
28th 98 Failed Spinning Bridge First
29th 36 Failed Backstream Second
30th 2992 Failed Backstream Second
31st 92 Failed Rolling Hill First
32nd 99 Failed Double Pendulum First
33rd 91 Failed Double Pendulum First
34th 92 Failed Double Pendulum First
35th 74 Failed Fishbone First
36th 81 Failed Wing Slider First
37th 84 Failed Dragon Glider First
38th 86 Failed Dragon Glider First

† – Yamamoto was hurt in the 7th competition when he dislocated his shoulder and in the 23rd he re-injured his shoulder.

  • Bunpei Shiratori [ja], a government worker in the Health and Service department. He is also known for building obstacles in his backyard (over 13 of them, in fact), and many competitors have visited his home to train on the 'Shiratori Shrine' (However, as of Sasuke 30, it has been demolished). He has competed the least of the All-Stars: only 12 times due to chronic back and neck pains that have continued to plague him for years. Despite having only competed once since Sasuke 21, he is not officially retired and has not ruled out the possibility of returning should his health permit it, although this is unlikely.
Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
9th 79 Failed Warped Wall First
10th Did not compete
11th 66 Failed Wall Lifting (time out) Second
12th 77 Failed Rope Climb Final
13th 99 Failed Pipe Slider Third
14th 96 Failed Balance Tank Second
15th 94 Failed Climbing Bars Third
16th 96 Failed Pipe Slider Third
17th 81 Failed Body Prop Third
18th 95 Failed Jumping Spider First
19th 82 Failed Flying Chute First
20th Did not compete (injured)
21st 83 Failed Downhill Jump Second
22nd–29th Did not compete
30th 2997 Failed Jump Hang Kai First
31st–38th Did not compete
  • Katsumi Yamada, a steel worker known as "Mr. Sasuke" or "Mr. Ninja Warrior". He was once thought to be the one most likely to complete the entire course by the tournament's producers, but has not passed the First Stage in thirteen years, since tournament 12. He has "retired" from Sasuke on three separate occasions following the 12th, 24th and 28th tournaments, but returned each time nonetheless. He was given the nickname "Mr. Sasuke" because he was once thought to be the most likely competitor to clear all four stages, but hasn't passed the First Stage since Sasuke 12. Overall, he has competed 27 times, second only to Yamamoto Shingo, but has been barred from competing since Sasuke 30 in 2014. However, on a broadcast of Nico Nico in December 2016, Inui Masato revealed to the chat that Katsumi Yamada will be allowed to return as it is the 20th anniversary of the show since it began airing in 1997, should he be healthy enough to compete.[7]
Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
1st 92 Failed Dodging Hammer Second
2nd 91 Failed Spider Walk Second
3rd 89 Failed Rope Climb (time out) Final
4th 100 Failed Cliffhanger Third
5th 100 Failed Spider Walk Second
6th 99 Failed Pipe Slider Third
7th 100 Failed Rope Climb (time out) First
8th 100 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
9th 99 Failed Wall Lifting time out) Second
10th 1000 Failed Pipe Slider Third
11th 100 Failed Balance Tank Second
12th 98 Disqualified on Spider WalkSecond
13th Did not compete
14th 99 Failed Jump Hang First
15th 99 Failed Cross Bridge First
16th 99 Failed Rope Climb (time out) First
17th 100 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
18th 73 Failed Rope Ladder (time out) First
19th 91 Failed Jumping Spider First
20th 1999 Failed Jumping Spider First
21st 96 Failed Warped Wall (time out)(injured) First
22nd 81 Failed Jumping Spider First
23rd 71 Failed Slider Jump First
24th 80 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
25th Did not compete
26th 90 Failed Jumping Spider First
27th 91 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
28th 99 Failed First Warped Wall (time out) First
29th Did not compete
30th 2934 Failed Second Warped Wall (time out) First
31st–32nd Did not compete
33rd 33 Failed Tie Fighter First
34rd-37th Did not compete
38th 97 Failed Dragon Glider First

† – In the 12th competition, Yamada was disqualified on the Spider Walk for failing to remove his gloves used on the Chain Reaction obstacle. Although he was disqualified, he did manage to clear the 2nd Stage with 3.4 seconds remaining.

Sasuke New Stars (Shin Sedai)[edit]

The Sasuke New Stars (in contrast to the All Stars) are new younger competitors who have made a name for themselves on mostly the Shin-Sasuke editions of the course. "Shin Sedai" or New Stars became famous since Sasuke 17, after Shunsuke Nagasaki made it to the Final Stage. There was a brief hiatus before the term was re-popularized in Sasuke 22 when Yuuji and Kanno made it to the Third Stage. Membership in the New Stars has included the following:

  • Shunsuke Nagasaki [ja], a trampolinist. He is considered one of the most promising of recent competitors.[citation needed] This skilled trampolinist, who is called "Prince of the Trampoline", has won several medals in the Trampoline World Cups and Doha Asian Games. He made his debut in Sasuke 14. He is the first to be called one of the "Shin Sedai" in Sasuke 17, however, he made his first Final Stage appearance in Sasuke 17 in 19 years, the second youngest to reach the Final Stage. He failed the First Stage in Sasuke 19; after that he didn't compete for six years. In 2012 he retired from athletics. He made his comeback on Sasuke 29, however he timed out on the Passing Wall. He failed the Crazy Cliffhanger in Sasuke 30. He timed out in the Lumberjack Climb in Sasuke 31 but his run was all cut. He failed the Flying Bar in Sasuke 32 and failed it again in Sasuke 33. Surprisingly, he failed the Spider Walk in Sasuke 34. He failed the Spider Drop in Sasuke 35, the first time he failed the Second Stage for the two consecutive times. This meant that Nagasaki was eliminated at the Second Stage in consecutive tournaments for the first time. He failed the Dragon Glider in Sasuke 36. As of 2018, Nagasaki has completed the First Stage eleven times (five consecutively), the Second Stage seven times (four consecutively), and the Third Stage once.
Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
14th 67 Failed Wall Lifting Second
15th 65 Failed Cliffhanger Third
16th 89 Failed Cliffhanger Third
17th 87 Failed Rope Climb Final
18th 97 Failed Shin-Cliffhanger Third
19th 97 Failed Flying Chute First
20th–28th Did not compete
29th 93 Failed Passing Wall Second
30th 2986 Failed Crazy Cliffhanger Third
31st 88 Failed Lumberjack Climb (time out) First
32nd 87 Failed Flying Bar Third
33rd 98 Failed Flying Bar Third
34th 95 Failed Spider Walk Second
35th 92 Failed Spider Drop Second
36th 94 Failed Dragon Glider First
37th 80 Failed Altered Fish Bone First
38th 70 Failed Dragon Glider First
  • Yuuji Urushihara [ja], a shoe salesman, an Unlimited Cliffer member No. 3.[clarification needed] He spent upwards of five years trying to qualify through the Sasuke Trials. Finally, he qualified for Sasuke 21, and in the next tournament became the first competitor to reach Shin-Sasuke's Final Stage. He got his Final Stage attempt in Sasuke 22, but he failed it close to the button. In Sasuke 24, he became the third person to achieve Kanzenseiha, and in Sasuke 27, he went on to become the only person to achieve it twice. In Sasuke 28, he failed the Crazy Cliffhanger. In Sasuke 29, he failed the Backstream. In Sasuke 30, he timed out on the Wall Lifting. In Sasuke 31, he took more time to clear the Tackle and timed out on the Soritatsu Kabe. In Sasuke 32, he was one of the notable competitors who failed on the new obstacle Double Pendulum when he failed the transition to the red sandbag. In Sasuke 33, he surprisingly failed Rolling Hill. He made a good transition from Quad Steps to the Rolling Hill, but he lost his balance in the middle of the Rolling Hill. In Sasuke 34, he declared that if he failed the First Stage again, he would retire. Then the results show that he cleared the First Stage, but he struggled in Reverse Conveyor and timed out there. In Sasuke 35, he cleared the first few obstacles with ease, including the new Dragon Glider, but eventually timed out on the Soritatsu Kabe due to the reduced time limit and exhaustion. He finally made it to the Third Stage after 6 years in Sasuke 36, cleared the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger, being the oldest to clear it, and also the oldest to attempt the next obstacle, the Vertical Limit, where he made it to the 3rd ledge before his grip gave out.
CompetitionStart positionObstacleStage
21st 72 Failed Flying Chute First
22nd 77 Failed G-Rope Final
23rd 99 Failed Unstable Bridge Second
24th 93 Kanzenseiha (3.57 seconds to spare)Final
25th 100 Failed Double Salmon Ladder Second
26th 100 Failed Half-Pipe Attack First
27th 99 Kanzenseiha (6.71 seconds to spare)Final
28th 88 Failed Crazy Cliffhanger Third
29th 99 Failed Backstream Second
30th 2993 Failed Wall Lifting Second
31st 99 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
32nd 89 Failed Double Pendulum First
33rd 89 Failed Rolling Hill First
34th 99 Failed Reverse Conveyor Second
35th 95 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
36th 95 Failed Vertical Limit Kai Third
37th 96 Failed Pipe Slider Third
38th 99 Failed Wall Lifting Second
  • Hitoshi Kanno [ja], a janitorial worker/jewelry designer. He has been considered one of the most serious contenders to kanzenseiha. In Sasuke 23, when Nagano Makoto joined him in the Final Stage, it was heard that Kanno was the leader of the Shin Sedai. After that in Sasuke 24, Kanno timed out on the First Stage, then in Sasuke 25 he failed the Balance Tank on the Second Stage. Then in Sasuke 26 he failed the Rolling Escargot on the First Stage, and in Sasuke 27 he withdrew before the Salmon Ladder on the Second Stage. Then he reached the Third Stage in Sasuke 28, 29, 30, and 31, failing the Crazy Cliffhanger the first three times, but clearing it on his fourth attempt. He failed on the next obstacle, Vertical Limit Kai. He timed out at the top of the Soritatsu Kabe in Sasuke 32, after dislocating his shoulder. In Sasuke 33, he surprisingly failed Rolling Hill; he jumped from the bottom of Rolling Hill too high but he couldn't save himself from his fall. He did not compete in Sasuke 34. He came back for SASUKE 35. He started strong, and even made the transition on the Dragon Glider, but the bar became crooked while dismounting, causing him to only get one foot on the platform and tap the water. He did not compete in Sasuke 36.
CompetitionStart positionObstacleStage
20th 1976 Failed Jumping Spider First
21st Did not compete
22nd 49 Disqualified on Spider Flip † Third
23rd 96 Failed G-Rope Final
24th 99 Failed Tarzan Rope (time out) First
25th 89 Failed Balance Tank Second
26th 93 Failed Rolling Escargot First
27th 1 Withdrew on Double Salmon Ladder ‡ Second
28th 89 Failed Crazy Cliffhanger Third
29th 97 Failed Crazy Cliffhanger Third
30th 2996 Failed Crazy Cliffhanger Third
31st 96 Failed Vertical Limit Kai Third
32nd 96 Failed Tarzan Rope (time out) (Injured††) First
33rd 92 Failed Rolling Hill First
34th Did not compete
35th 72 Failed Dragon Glider First
36th Did not compete
37th 85 Failed Dragon Glider First
38th 72 Failed Dragon Glider First

† – Kanno touched part of the frame with his foot and climbed along the side of the platform, thereby going off the course.
‡ – Kanno withdrew before Double Salmon Ladder because of a shoulder injury.
†† – Kanno dislocated his shoulder immediately after clearing the Warped Wall, and timed out on top of the wall.

  • Kouji Hashimoto [ja], a gym instructor. He qualified through the Sasuke Trials in three straight tournaments. He failed the First Stage in his early performances, in Sasuke 21 and Sasuke 22. In Sasuke 23, he finally cleared the First Stage, and in the next tournament, he made it all the way to the Final Stage, along with Lee En-Chih, Urushihara Yuuji, Takahashi Kenji, and Okuyama Yoshiyuki, where he ultimately timed out mere centimeters from the goal. In Sasuke 25, he failed the Ultimate Cliffhanger. In Sasuke 26, he surprisingly failed at the Metal Spin when he lost his grip. In Sasuke 27, he became the first person to cross the Ultimate Cliffhanger, but he failed the Chain See-Saw. In Sasuke 28, he surprisingly failed at the Spin Bridge when he lost his balance on the third bridge. In Sasuke 29, he failed the Backstream. After that tournament, he has never come back to Sasuke. In April 2016, he made it to the Nico Nico Broadcast with some Sasuke New Stars for the Osaka Audition.
CompetitionStart positionObstacleStage
21st 42 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
22nd 76 Failed Slider Jump First
23rd 47 Failed Salmon Ladder Second
24th 85 Failed G-Rope Final
25th 60 Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger Third
26th 98 Failed Metal Spin Second
27th 20 Failed Chain Seesaw Third
28th 40 Failed Spinning Bridge First
29th 41 Failed Backstream Second
30th–38th Did not compete
  • Naoya Tajima [ja], a transportation worker. He has competed five times, failing in each of the first three stages. His best performance was in Sasuke 24, where he reached the Third Stage but failed the final obstacle, the Gliding Ring. He failed the First Stage at Sasuke 25 and Sasuke 26. In Sasuke 27, he failed the Slider Drop on the Second Stage.
CompetitionStart positionObstacleStage
23rd 45 Failed Salmon Ladder Second
24th 73 Failed Gliding Ring Third
25th 49 Failed Circle Slider First
26th 86 Failed Jumping Spider First
27th 29 Failed Slider Drop Second
28th–38th Did not compete
  • Ryo Matachi [ja], a former painter and a plumber. He has competed nine times, failing the First Stage in his first three tries, but in Sasuke 27, his best performance, he made it to the Final Stage, timing out mere inches from the buzzer on the Tsuna Nobori. In the next two tournaments, he failed the Passing Wall and Backstream, respectively. However, in Sasuke 30, he made it to the Final Stage where he almost got to the buzzer, but time ran out. In Sasuke 31 however Ryo fell a victim to the Warped Wall along with Nagano and Yuuji due to the endurance needed in order to complete the obstacle. In Sasuke 32, he timed out at the Tarzan Rope, after having trouble with the Tackle and Soritatsu Kabe. In Sasuke 33, he surprisingly failed the new obstacle Fishbone in the first transition although his run was digested.[clarification needed] He surprisingly failed the Double Pendulum in Sasuke 34 and got digested once again. He once again timed out on the Soritatsu Kabe, thus failing the First Stage for the 5th straight time in Sasuke 35. He finally made to the Third Stage in Sasuke 36 after 4 years, however he would end up failing the Vertical Limit after making it to the final ledge.
CompetitionStart positionObstacleStage
21st 46 Failed Flying Chute First
22nd–24th Did not compete
25th 6 Failed Circle Slider First
26th 63 Failed Rolling Escargot First
27th 62 Failed Rope Climb Final
28th 87 Failed Passing Wall Second
29th 98 Failed Backstream Second
30th 2994 Failed Rope Climb Final
31st 100 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
32nd 90 Failed Tarzan Rope (time out) First
33rd 88 Failed Fishbone First
34th 94 Failed Double Pendulum First
35th 73 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
36th 92 Failed Vertical Limit Kai Third
37th 91 Failed Altered Fish Bone First
38th 71 Failed Salmon Ladder Up Second
  • Kazuma Asa [ja], a former hedge trimmer and a construction worker. He made his debut in Sasuke 21, however he timed out on the Soritatsu Kabe. In Sasuke 27, he made his First Stage clear, but he failed the Double Salmon Ladder after losing his grip. Asa was considered an official member following his trip to the Third Stage in Sasuke Rising 28. He has made it to the Third Stage four times in a row, in Sasuke 28, 29, 30, and 31, failing the Crazy Cliffhanger in all four attempts. He is one of the very few people to ever fail one obstacle four times in a row. In Sasuke 32, he surprisingly failed early at the new obstacle, the TIE Fighter. In Sasuke 33, he made it past the First and Second Stage again, and failed the Flying Bar after he couldn't control the bar on the first part of the resting area. He did not compete in Sasuke 34, Sasuke 35 and Sasuke 36 due to injury.
CompetitionStart positionObstacleStage
21st 45 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
22nd–26th Did not compete
27th 55 Failed Double Salmon Ladder Second
28th 58 Failed Crazy Cliffhanger Third
29th 96 Failed Crazy Cliffhanger Third
30th 2998 Failed Crazy Cliffhanger Third
31st 95 Failed Crazy Cliffhanger Third
32nd 95 Failed Tie Fighter First
33rd 95 Failed Flying Bar Third
34th–38th Did not compete
  • Masashi Hioki [ja], an electronic store manager. He failed the Sasuke 21 Trials at the Jumping Ring, again in Sasuke 22 and Sasuke 23 Trials. He made his Sasuke debut in Sasuke 25; he failed the Circle Slider. He failed the First Stage back to back in Sasuke 26 and Sasuke 27. He has cleared the First Stage every tournament since Sasuke 29 but he failed the Backstream after he lost his stamina. He made it to the Third Stage in Sasuke 30 and Sasuke 31, both tournaments failing at the Crazy Cliffhanger. In Sasuke 32, he was the first notable competitor to fail surprisingly early on the new obstacle, Double Pendulum. In Sasuke 33, he rose again and cleared the First Stage, but in the Second Stage, he healed[clarification needed] the water on the Backstream, and only had 10 seconds on the Reverse Conveyor and timed out there. In Sasuke 34, he made it to the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger, but he failed the first jump. He went to the Third Stage, but was taken out on the new obstacle Planet Bridge in Sasuke 35. He run the whole stage with his injured left foot, he clear the Planet Bridge and even the first jump on the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger, but he was unable to hold on the second moving ledge in Sasuke 36.
CompetitionStart positionObstacleStage
25th 92 Failed Circle Slider First
26th 64 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
27th 61 Failed Giant Swing First
28th Did not compete
29th 73 Failed Backstream Second
30th 2935 Failed Crazy Cliffhanger Third
31st 31 Failed Crazy Cliffhanger Third
32nd 31 Failed Double Pendulum First
33rd 45 Failed Reverse Conveyor Second
34th 45 Failed Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger Third
35th 60 Failed Planet Bridge Third
36th 71 Failed Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger Third
37th 60 Failed Cliffhanger Dimension Third
38th 57 Failed Wall Lifting Second
  • Tomohiro Kawaguchi [ja], a concrete mixer driver. He competed eight times and qualified through the Sasuke Trials. He made his debut in Sasuke 21. Then he failed the Slider Jump in Sasuke 22. He cleared the First Stage for the first time in Sasuke 24, but he failed the Unstable Bridge. He failed the First Stage back to back in Sasuke 25 and Sasuke 27. In Sasuke 30, he cleared the Third Stage and made it to the Final Stage. However, he was slow on the Spider Climb and timed out at the Tsuna Nobori about 8 m from the buzzer. In Sasuke 31, he failed to repeat his performance from the previous tournament, when he failed the Crazy Cliffhanger. In Sasuke 32, Kawaguchi once again made it to the Third Stage, however he failed at the Flying Bar when he ran the obstacle in bad weather. In Sasuke 33, he surprisingly failed the Double Pendulum in the First Stage, when he jumped too soon for the sandbag and his hand didn't get to grab onto it to it high enough, and he fell into the water. He showed his revenge for last season in Sasuke 34; he made it to the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger and cleared the first transition, but he failed to make the transition into the moving ledge. He made it to the Third Stage once again, this time Kawaguchi carry out revenge on the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger, but his run came to an end after an unclean transition to the second ledge on the Vertical Limit in Sasuke 35. He went out on the first transition in the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger due to too much momentum on his swing in Sasuke 36.
CompetitionStart positionObstacleStage
21st 47 Failed Half-Pipe Attack First
22nd 78 Failed Slider Jump First
23rd Did not compete
24th 47 Failed Unstable Bridge Second
25th 78 Failed Circle Slider First
26th Did not compete
27th 25 Failed Rolling Escargot First
28th–29th Did not compete
30th 2967 Failed Rope Climb Final
31st 97 Failed Crazy Cliffhanger Third
32nd 97 Failed Flying Bar Third
33rd 99 Failed Double Pendulum First
34th 98 Failed Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger Third
35th 99 Failed Vertical Limit Kai Third
36th 99 Failed Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger Third
37th 99 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
38th 96 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
  • Shinya Kishimoto [ja], a commercial salesman. He competed six times, having made his debut in Sasuke 25, when he failed the Dome Steps. He competed again in Sasuke 26; he failed the Rolling Escargot. In Sasuke 27, he failed at the Soritatsu Kabe. In Sasuke 30, he cleared the First Stage and Second Stage for the first time. In the Third Stage, he was the third person ever to clear the Crazy Cliffhanger, but he failed the Vertical Limit when he lost his grip. He withdrew from Sasuke 31 due to a back injury. In Sasuke 32 his run was all cut, but from external information it is known that he failed at the Soritatsu Kabe. In Sasuke 33, he was shown in the trailer; he shockingly failed the first obstacle Quad Steps. His right foot jumped too high making him lose balance, and he fell into the water. He did not compete in Sasuke 34, Sasuke 35 and Sasuke 36.
CompetitionStart positionObstacleStage
25th 95 Failed Dome Steps First
26th 8 Failed Rolling Escargot First
27th 17 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
28th Did not compete
29th 88 Failed Hedgehog First
30th 2973 Failed Vertical Limit Third
31st 90 Withdrew (injured) †
32nd 88 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
33rd 80 Failed Quad Steps First
34th–38th Did not compete

† – Kishimoto did not run the course because of his back injury.

Morimoto Generations (Morimoto/Sasuke-Kun Sedai)[edit]

The Sasuke New Stars (in contrast to the All stars) are new younger competitors who have made a name for themselves on the recent editions of the course. "Morimoto Sedai" or Morimoto Generations became famous after Sasuke 31, since Morimoto made his victory, there are many competitors who has been the same age as Morimoto and train with him. Morimoto Generations has been introduced in Sasuke 36 when Tada and Araki finally made it to the Third Stage. Membership in the Morimoto Generations has included the following:

  • Yusuke Morimoto [ja], an IDEC Corporation software engineer known as "Sasuke-Kun". He debuted in Sasuke 18, at the young age of 15, but failed the Jumping Spider. In Sasuke 19, he was still 15, and he got revenge on the Jumping Spider but failed the next obstacle, the Halfpipe Attack. He also competed in Sasuke 21 and 22, but was cut both times. He returned for Sasuke 27, at age 19, and cleared the First Stage. But in the Second Stage, the Metal Spin was his downfall. He made his best run on Sasuke 29, at age 21. In that tournament, he cleared the First Stage with 9.69 seconds left. He got revenge on the Second Stage, clearing with a slim 0.81 seconds left. In the Third Stage, despite almost failing the Iron Paddler, he cleared it and became the first person ever to beat the Crazy Cliffhanger. He almost made it to the Final Stage, but fell inches short on the Pipe Slider. He went further than everybody else that tournament and earned himself the #1 seat of Japan for the Sasuke ASEAN Open Cup. He timed out on the last part of Wall Lifting in Sasuke 30 wearing #3000. In 2015, he achieved total victory in Sasuke 31 with 2.5 seconds to spare. He did not compete in Sasuke 32. In Sasuke 33, the first time he competed after Total Victory, he made it to the Third Stage but he failed the Flying Bar after he overshot the bar in the first transition. In Sasuke 34, he cleared the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger and made it to the Vertical Limit Kai. However, he lost his grip and fell down before the first transition. He made it to the Final Stage after his own Kanzenseiha, with the Salmon Ladder 15 rungs added, he had a lot of trouble in completing the obstacle in a fast time and would eventually timed out 5 meters up the Tsuna Nobori in Sasuke 35. In Sasuke 36, he made it to the Final Stage and attempt it in front of a live crowd on New Year's Eve, due to his small error in the Salmon Ladder and strong winds that make the rope of the Tsuna Nobori to move out of his reach. He was left hanging for several precious seconds. He wasn't able to ascend the rope as fast he had hoped; he kept climbing but ultimately ran out of time 0.5m away from victory. In Sasuke 38, he became the second competitor to achieve Total Victory (Kanzenseiha) twice, after Urushihara (from SASUKE 24 and 27).
CompetitionStart positionObstacleStage
18th 91 Failed Jumping Spider First
19th 71 Failed Half-Pipe Attack First
20th Did not compete
21st 52 Failed Jumping Spider First
22nd 27 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
23rd–26th Did not compete
27th 84 Failed Metal Spin Second
28th Did not compete
29th 79 Failed Pipe Slider Third
30th 3000 Failed Wall Lifting (time out) Second
31st 91 Kanzenseiha (2.59 seconds to spare)Final
32nd Did not compete
33rd 100 Failed Flying Bar Third
34th 100 Failed Vertical Limit Kai Third
35th 100 Failed Tsuna Nobori Final
36th 100 Failed Tsuna Nobori Final
37th 100 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
38th 100 Kanzenseiha (2.52 seconds to spare)Final
  • Jun Sato [ja], a parkour instructor. He is a repeat qualifier from the Sasuke Trials. In Sasuke 23, he made it to the Second Stage, only to meet the obstacle that would become his nemesis, the Salmon Ladder. After two straight defeats, he finally cleared the Salmon Ladder, now the Double Salmon Ladder, in Sasuke 25, only to fail the next obstacle. He took a seven-tournament break before competing again in Sasuke 32, where he went the furthest of any domestic competitor, failing the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger. In Sasuke 33, he failed the Flying Bar; he failed the first transition after the bar touched the resting part. He failed the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger in Sasuke 34. History repeated as he failed at the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger in Sasuke 35. In Sasuke 36, he finally beat the first jump in the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger only to fail the transition on the moving ledge.
CompetitionStart positionObstacleStage
21st 44 Failed Log Grip First
22nd Did not compete
23rd 50 Failed Salmon Ladder Second
24th 78 Failed Salmon Ladder Second
25th 18 Failed Unstable Bridge Second
26th–31st Did not compete
32nd 76 Failed Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger Third
33rd 97 Failed Flying Bar Third
34th 96 Failed Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger Third
35th 97 Failed Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger Third
36th 96 Failed Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger Third
37th 94 Failed Cliffhanger Dimension Third
38th 94 Failed Cliffhanger Dimension Third
  • Keitaro Yamamoto [ja], an Eikoh Seminar lecturer. He is a repeat qualifier from the Sasuke Trials. In Sasuke 20, he made it to the Jumping Spider. He returned to SASUKE in Sasuke 29. There, he was able to clear the First Stage. However, in the Second Stage, he timed out on the Backstream. He competed on Sasuke 34 wearing 74. In the tournament, he cleared the first stage again, but failed the Reverse Conveyor. In Sasuke 35, he was able to pass the first stage with 5 seconds remaining. However, in the Second Stage, he slipped on the Spider Drop, and failed it, becoming the first to do so. In Sasuke 36, he cleared the stage in 12 seconds left. His Second Stage run was also digested, but it was shown that he timed out on the Wall Lifting. He has also competed in Viking 2, failing the Cannonball.
CompetitionStart positionObstacleStage
20th 1942 Failed Jumping Spider First
21st-28th Did not compete
29th 91 Failed Backstream (time out) Second
30th–33rd Did not compete
34th 74 Failed Reverse Conveyor Second
35th 89 Failed Spider Drop Second
36th 93 Failed Wall Lifting (time out) Second
37th 90 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
38th 90 Failed Rolling Log Second
  • Tatsuya Tada [ja], a Yamagata Prefectural officer staff. He made his debut in Sasuke 17, where he timed out on the Rope Climb. He competed in Sasuke 19, where he failed the Jumping Spider. After 10-year hiatus, he competed in Sasuke 34, and became one of a lot of competitors to fail the Fish Bone. In Sasuke 35, he failed the Dragon Glider in a digested performance. In Sasuke 36, he cleared the First Stage for the first time with 9.73 seconds left, and completing the Second Stage with 11.08 seconds left. In the Third Stage, he cleared the first 3 obstacles and the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger. However he couldn't get pass the last ledge of the Vertical Limit Kai.
CompetitionStart positionObstacleStage
17th 39 Failed Rope Climb (timed out) First
18th Did not compete
19th ? (Unknown) Failed Jumping Spider First
20th–33rd Did not compete
34th 56 Failed Fishbone First
35th 68 Failed Dragon Glider First
36th 73 Failed Vertical Limit Kai Third
37th 49 Failed Salmon Ladder Final
38th 95 Failed Cliffhanger Dimension Third
  • Naoyuki Araki [ja], a car designer. He made his debut in Sasuke 29, he timed out Ni Ren Soritatsu Kabe. He was cut from broadcast. In Sasuke 32, he failed the Double Pendulum. In Sasuke 35, he failed the Dragon Glider in a digested performance. In Sasuke 36, he complete the First Stage for the first time with 4.94 seconds remaining and clearing the Second Stage with 12.31 second to spare. In the Third Stage, he cleared the first three obstacles, as well as the first transition on the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger, but his attempt at the next transition wasn't successful. He also competed in SASUKE Vietnam 2 where he failed the Rope Climb in the Final Stage.
CompetitionStart positionObstacleStage
29th 92 Failed Hedgehog First
30th-31st Did not compete
32nd 72 Failed Double Pendulum First
33rd-34th Did not compete
35th 67 Failed Dragon Glider First
36th 63 Failed Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger Third
37th 57 Failed Altered Fish Bone First
38th 82 Failed Reverse Conveyor Second
  • Shogo Ugajin [ja], a construction worker. He made his debut in Sasuke 32 where he failed the Rolling Hill. He competed in Sasuke 34, he clear the First Stage, unfortunately his run in the Second Stage didn't prove as successful showing him reaching the Backstream before failing due to exhaustion. In Sasuke 35, he was going out on the Dragon Glider. In Sasuke 36, he manage to clear First Stage again, but he timed out on Reverse Conveyor in the Second Stage.
CompetitionStart positionObstacleStage
32nd 35 Failed Rolling Hill First
33rd Did not compete
34th 38 Failed Backstream (time out) Second
35th 88 Failed Dragon Glider First
36th 75 Failed Reverse Conveyor Second

Notable competitors[edit]

  • Kenji Takahashi [ja], a 42-year-old delivery man from Saitama Prefecture, has competed fifteen times, with a five-year break between his third and fourth attempts. He reached the Third Stage in competitions 7, 16, and 18 but failed the Cliffhanger each time. He then failed the First Stage four times, in the 19th through 22nd tournaments. In the 23rd competition, Takahashi failed the Gliding Ring. In the 24th, he made it to the Final Stage for the first time, but his support cable got tangled with the G-Rope, and he timed out a few meters short of completion. In the 25th competition, he made it to the Third Stage but failed the Ultimate Cliffhanger. He returned in Sasuke 26, but failed the Rolling Escargot. He also competed in Sasuke 27, but failed the new Spinning Bridge in Stage 1. He returned to the Third Stage in Sasuke 29, but ultimately slipped up on the transition to the second ledge of the Crazy Cliffhanger. He failed the Second Stage for the first time after being disqualified in Swap Salmon Ladder in Sasuke 30. He failed the Crazy Cliffhanger in Sasuke 31. He shocked many people after failing early at the new obstacle, Tie Fighter in Sasuke 32 and failed it again in Sasuke 33. He cleared the First Stage in Sasuke 34, but he failed the Second Stage after struggling in Reverse Conveyor. He made it to the Dragon Glider, however, the bar became dislodged, and his feet touched the water in Sasuke 35. In a fluff piece and post run interview, Takahashi said that Sasuke 35 would be his last run.
Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
5th ? (Unknown) Failed Rolling Log First
6th ? (Unknown) Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
7th 46 Failed Cliffhanger Third
8th–15th Did not compete
16th 66 Failed Cliffhanger Third
17th Did not compete
18th 98 Failed Shin-Cliffhanger Third
19th 84 Failed Jumping Spider First
20th 1988 Failed Flying Chute First
21st 85 Failed Jumping Spider First
22nd 80 Failed Rope Ladder (time out) First
23rd 84 Failed Gliding Ring Third
24th 94 Failed G-Rope Final
25th 40 Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger Third
26th 96 Failed Rolling Escargot First
27th 15 Failed Spinning Bridge First
28th Did not compete
29th 87 Failed Crazy Cliffhanger Third
30th 2995 Failed Swap Salmon Ladder Second
31st 89 Failed Crazy Cliffhanger Third
32nd 92 Failed Tie Fighter First
33rd 87 Failed Tie Fighter First
34th 83 Failed Reverse Conveyor Second
35th 93 Failed Dragon Glider First
  • Yoshiyuki Okuyama [ja], a former 200 m run Japan representative of the 1991 World Championships in Athletics. He currently works as a sports gym instructor and occasionally competes in amateur motorbike races as shown in Sasuke 24. He has competed in nine Sasuke tournaments and is one of the most consistent competitors, making it to the Third Stage six times and almost achieving kanzenseiha in Sasuke 24. Okuyama considers Sasuke his personal Olympics, and trains non-stop for the competition. However he failed the Backstream in Sasuke 29, ending his Third Stage appearance record.
Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
19th 39 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
20th 1924 Failed Stick Slider Second
21st 95 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
22nd 84 Failed Shin-Cliffhanger Third
23rd 92 Failed Spider Flip Third
24th 95 Failed G-Rope Final
25th 50 Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger Third
26th 97 Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger Third
27th 96 Failed Flying Bar Third
28th Did not compete
29th 89 Failed Backstream Second
30th–38th Did not compete
  • Yusuke Suzuki, a PE teacher in a junior high school in Kanagawa. He competed five times. He competed since Sasuke 16 but his run was all cut. After a seven-year hiatus, he competed in Sasuke 28, he failed the Spin Bridge and the second wall of the Ni Ren Soritatsu Kabe in Sasuke 30. He also competed in Sasuke 31 but his run was completely cut. He returned for Sasuke 32 wearing number 66, and completed the First Stage for the first time with just 2.12 seconds remaining. He then went on to clear the Second Stage, becoming one of eight to do so, with 9.59 seconds remaining. However, his first attempt on the Third Stage was a struggle. On the first transition of the Drum Hopper he slipped and nearly fell, and only just managed to reposition himself, while the other transitions showed signs of unease. His strength was sapped for the next obstacle, the Flying Bar, where he failed the first transition after the bar did not reach the second set of rungs. In his fluff piece for Sasuke 32, it was falsely stated that he had failed the First Stage four times, when in fact he had competed for the first time in four tournaments beforehand. In Sasuke 33, his run was digested but he failed the Double Pendulum. In Sasuke 34, he failed the Sidewinder Kai. He was unable to repeat his performance from the previous tournament as he had a surprising fall on the Fish Bone in Sasuke 35. He managed to clear the Warped Wall but he timed out on the top of the wall before reaching the button in Sasuke 36.
Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
16th ? Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
17th–27th Did not compete
28th 24 Failed Spin Bridge First
29th Did not compete
30th 2943 Failed Double Warped Wall (time out) First
31st 65 Failed Orugoru First
32nd 66 Failed Flying Bar Third
33rd 93 Failed Double Pendulum First
34th 84 Failed Sidewinder Kai Third
35th 94 Failed Fishbone First
36th 82 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
37th 75 Failed Spider Walk Second
38th 37 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
  • Hiroyuki Asaoka [ja], a former elementary school teacher turned illustrator. Known as "Sasuke Sensei" or "Professor Ninja Warrior".
Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
3rd 34 Failed Hammer Dodge Second
4th 3 Failed Pipe Slider Third
5th 27 Failed Jump Hang First
6th 15 Failed Jump Hang First
7th 29 Failed Jump Hang First
8th–9th Did not compete
10th 954 Failed Body Prop Third
11th 58 Failed Chain Reaction Second
12th 72 Failed Rope Climb Final
13th Did not compete
14th 80 Failed Cliffhanger Third
15th 91 Failed Rope Climb First
  • Naoki Iketani [ja], a former gymnast, sports talent, and world record holder in Monster Box at 23 boxes.
Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
2nd 90 Failed Spinning Log First
3rd Did not compete
4th 81 Failed Pipe Slider Third
5th 81 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
6th–7th Did not compete
8th 61 Failed Rolling Log First
9th 81 Failed Wall Lifting Second
10th 961 Failed Cliffhanger Third
11th 61 Failed Cliffhanger Third
12th 81 Failed Rope Climb (time out) First
13th 90 Failed Body Prop Third
14th 81 Failed Body Prop Third
15th 90 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
16th 90 Failed Body Prop Third
17th–19th Did not compete
20th 1983 Failed Jumping Spider First
21st 93 Failed Flying Chute First
22nd 97 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
23rd Did not compete
24th 90 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
25th Did not compete
26th 87 Failed Double Salmon Ladder Second
27th 93 Failed Double Salmon Ladder Second
28th 76 Failed Rolling Escargot First
29th–32nd Did not compete
33rd 41 Failed Rolling Hill First
34th-36th Did not compete
37th 61 Failed Wing Slider First
  • Daisuke Nakata, a former Olympic trampolinist. He is most famous for being defeated by the same obstacle, Stage 3's Globe Grasp, three times in a row.
Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
8th 46 Failed Wall Lift Second
9th 71 Failed Globe Grasp Third
10th 940 Failed Globe Grasp Third
11th 95 Failed Globe Grasp Third
12th 94 Failed Rolling Log First
13th 71 Failed Wall Lifting Second
14th–15th Did not compete
16th 65 Failed Rope Climb (time out) First
17th 96 Failed Arm Rings Third
18th–20th Did not compete
21st 88 Failed Salmon Ladder Second
Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
12th 1 Failed Cliffhanger Third
13th 88 First Jump Hang First
14th 57 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
15th 70 Failed Jumping Bars Third
16th 91 Failed Pipe Slider Third
17th 95 Failed Metal Spin Second
18th Did not compete
19th 79 Failed Salmon Ladder Second
20th–38th Did not compete
Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
11th 74 Failed Pipe Slider Third
12th 93 Failed Jump Hang First
13th 86 Failed Jump Hang First
14th 68 Failed Devil's Swing Third
15th 98 Failed Crooked Wall First
16th 92 Failed Metal Spin Second
17th Did not compete
18th 44 Failed Flying Chute First
19th 76 Failed Flying Chute First
20th 1985 Failed Jumping Spider First
21st 79 Failed Rope Ladder (time out) First
22nd–38th Did not compete
Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
12th 92 Failed Body Prop Third
13th 97 Failed Curtain Cling Third
14th 87 Failed Body Prop Third
15th 71 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
16th 93 Failed Metal Spin Second
17th–28th Did not compete
29th 58 Failed Jump Hang Kai First
30th-38th Did not compete
  • Yuji Washimi [ja], a mechanic, formerly a motocross star.
Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
17th 68 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
18th 70 Failed Salmon Ladder Second
19th 86 Failed Salmon Ladder Second
20th 1991 Failed Halfpipe Attack First
21st 89 Failed Flying Chute First
22nd–23rd Did not compete
24th 84 Failed Metal Spin Second
25th–28th Did not compete
29th 74 Failed Hedgehog First
30th–38th Did not compete
Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
14th 76 Failed Body Prop Third
15th–21st Did not compete
22nd Failed Rope Ladder (time out) First
23rd 62 Failed Jumping Spider First
24th 64 Failed Metal Spin Second
25th Did not compete
26th 85 Failed Double Salmon Ladder Second
27th 87 Failed Flying Bar Third
28th Did not compete
29th 67 Failed Backstream Second
30th 2974 Failed Backstream Second
Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
12th 60 Failed Rope Climb (time out) First
13th 87 Failed Wall Lift Second
14th 88 Failed Rumbling Dice Third
15th–29th Did not compete
30th 2985 Failed Hedgehog First

Athletes[edit]

World-class athletes, including Olympians, have attempted Sasuke:

Japanese athletes[edit]

Several Japanese athletes have competed in Sasuke over the years, including professional team handball player Daisuke Miyazaki, who was featured in the 20th, 21st, 22nd and 26th competitions. In his debut, the 20th competition, he failed on the Halfpipe Attack. His best performance was in Sasuke 21, where he made it all the way to the Third Stage Devil Steps. In Sasuke 22, he timed out on the Net Climb in Stage 1, and in Sasuke 26, he failed the First Stage's Rolling Escargot.

Sprinter Hisatsugu Suzuki, who competed in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, appeared in the 13th competition where he fell in Stage 1 on the Cross Bridge.

Another competitor from the 1992 Olympics, gymnast Yoshiaki Hatakeda, competed in the 6th tournament, making it all the way to Stage 3 before falling on the Cliff Hanger.

After the 27th competition, three Japanese Olympians competed: Tomoko Hagiwara, Koki Sakamoto, and Daisuke Nakano. Hagiwara competed in the 28th competition, but she failed the Quintuple Step. She also competed in the 29th competition, but she failed the Hedgehog. Sakamoto competed in the 28th competition, wearing #95 (the highest number for non all-stars that tournament), but he timed out on the second Warped Wall. Nakano competed in the 29th competition, but he failed the Jump Hang Kai, while trying to grab both nets.

Pole Vaulter Seito Yamamoto, who competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics, 2016 Summer Olympics, and also 2018 Asian Games, appeared in the 35th and 36th competition where he fell in Stage 1 on the Dragon Glider twice.

American athletes[edit]

Various American athletes, including Olympians and athletes who are regular American Ninja Warrior competitors, also compete in Sasuke.

Olympic gymnasts (and twin brothers) Paul and Morgan Hamm have competed together. Paul made it to the Second Stage in the 14th and 16th competitions but failed to make it further – in the 14th, he cleared Wall Lifting but forgot to hit the button at the end before time ran out, and in the 16th, he was eliminated by the Metal Spin. He competed in the 15th competition as well, but he failed to make it past the First Stage's Warped Wall. Morgan timed out in the First Stage before he could attempt the Rope Climb in the 14th competition, but he made it to the Third Stage in the 15th, failing on the Curtain Cling. In the 16th competition, he failed the First Stage's Warped Wall.

Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
14th 81 Failed Tarzan Jump First
15th 93 Failed Curtain Cling Third
Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
14th 82 Failed Wall LiftSecond
15th 92 Failed Warped Wall First
16th 94 Failed Metal Spin Second

† - Paul Hamm cleared the Second Stage with 0.1 seconds left, but walked through the gates without hitting the buzzer. As a result, he was disqualified.

Decathlete Terek competed four times in total. He first appeared in the 17th competition, making it to the Third Stage before failing the Cliffhanger. The announcer pointed to his immense size (6 foot 3 and 215 pounds) as a barrier to his advancement. After earning the title of Pro Sportsman No. 1 in 2007, Terek appeared in the 19th competition but failed the First Stage's Jumping Spider. He helped G4 oversee the 2nd American Ninja Challenge competition in early 2008, but he did not compete in Sasuke's 20th competition due to his training for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing (though he eventually had to drop out of the running for the Olympics after suffering a torn meniscus in his left knee). He made his return to Sasuke in the 22nd competition but failed on a new obstacle in the First Stage, the Slider Jump. He failed the same obstacle in Sasuke 24. In 2010, Paul Terek announced his retirement from international competition, so it is likely he will never compete again.

Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
17th 86 Failed Cliffhanger Third
18th Did not compete
19th 98 Failed Jumping Spider First
20th–21st Did not compete
22nd 98 Failed Slider Jump First
23rd Did not compete
24th 82 Failed Slider Jump First

Cejudo, a gold medal-winning wrestler at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, competed in the 21st competition, but failed the First Stage's Halfpipe Attack.

Meeuwenberg, a free runner from G4's American Ninja Challenge 2, first competed in Sasuke 20, where he was one of only three people to clear the First Stage and the only person to clear the Second Stage. He cleared Stage 2 with a record time of 38.5 seconds left. He failed the Third Stage's Shin-Cliffhanger. In the 21st competition, he failed the Salmon Ladder in the Second Stage; in the 22nd, he failed the new Slider Jump; in the 23rd, he made it back to the Third Stage but failed the Shin-Cliffhanger again. He missed the 24th competition but returned for the 25th, where he failed the first obstacle of the Second Stage, the Slider Drop. However, he couldn't compete in the 26th competition after breaking his wrist while participating in Jump City: Seattle, a televised professional parkour tournament.

Levi did not compete in American Ninja Warrior 3 to try to earn a spot for Sasuke 27 because of a big movie scene that came up for him during the time of the tryouts.

Levi however did compete American Ninja Warrior 4, however he failed the Quad Steps (Godantobi in Japanese), the very first obstacle. It was clear he was very tired as he had flown in from the Philippines hours beforehand and tried to rush.

He has not competed in American Ninja Warrior ever since. It is known that he stopped free running altogether, and became a farmer instead.[8]

In the four times he completed the First Stage, he had the fastest time out of everyone who finished Stage 1.

Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
20th 1989 Failed Shin-Cliffhanger Third
21st 99 Failed Salmon Ladder Second
22nd 91 Failed Slider Jump First
23rd 95 Failed Shin-Cliffhanger Third
24th Did not compete
25th 48 Failed Slider Drop Second
26th–38th Did not compete

† - Levi was supposed to compete in the 26th tournament, having earned a spot in the American Ninja Warrior preliminaries, but was ultimately unable to do so after breaking his wrist on Jump City: Seattle, which occurred prior to the 26th tournament. His spot in the tournament went to ANW alternate, Adam LaPlante (who failed on the Halfpipe Attack in Stage 1).

  • David Campbell, an American musician and American Ninja Warrior stalwart nicknamed "The Godfather".
Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
22nd 50 Failed Rope Ladder First
26th 84 Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger Third
27th 98 Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger Third
  • Brent Steffensen [ja], a Brazilian-American stuntman who became the first American to complete the Ultimate Cliffhanger during American Ninja Warrior.
Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
26th 74 Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger Third
27th 79 Failed Metal Spin Second
32nd 62 Failed Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger Third
  • Jessie Graff, a stuntwoman who currently works on the Supergirl TV series. Previously a pole vaulter in college, she initially competed in multiple seasons of American Ninja Warrior, becoming the first woman to complete Stage 1 in Las Vegas in 2016. In 2017, she became both the first woman to complete Stage 2 in Las Vegas (ANW All-Stars) and Stage 2 at the original Mt. Midoriyama (Sasuke 34). In Stage 3, she went out on the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger at the first transition, but not before earning an invitation to the next tournament. She returned back in Sasuke 37, where she made it back to Stage 3 again, only to fail the New Cliffhanger Dimension.
  • Kacy Catanzaro, the first woman in the world to clear the Warped Wall and the Salmon Ladder while competing in American Ninja Warrior (ANW 6 in 2014, during the Dallas qualifiers). In 2016, she competed at Sasuke 32 but narrowly timed out on Stage 1 after passing the Warped Wall.
  • Jamie Rahn, an American Ninja Warrior regular who competes in superhero attire and is known as "Captain NBC" after the network that airs American Ninja Warrior (originally Captain G4). He competed in Sasuke 37 but did not pass the first stage.

Bulgarian athletes[edit]

Bulgarian gymnast and six-time Olympian (1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012) Yordan Yovchev (spelled on G4 as Jordan Jovtchev) first competed in the 8th competition. During that competition he reached the Final Stage but became the first competitor to suffer a 15-second timeout on the initial Spider Climb portion, falling when it spread apart. Rain and a two-second late start also hurt his performance. He made it to the Third Stage three more times in competitions 12, 14, and 16, failing the Cliffhanger each time. He competed in the 15th competition but failed the Warped Wall in the First Stage. He later came back to compete in Sasuke 20, where he failed the Warped Wall again. He also competed in Sasuke 23, where he managed to pass all of the other obstacles but sadly timed out on the final rope ladder.

Results[edit]
Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
8th 59 Failed Spider Climb Final
9th–11th Did not compete
12th 99 Failed Cliffhanger Third
13th Did not compete
14th 91 Failed Cliffhanger Third
15th 97 Failed Warped Wall First
16th 95 Failed Cliffhanger Third
17th–19th Did not compete
20th 1993 Failed Warped Wall First
21st–22nd Did not compete
23rd 79 Failed Rope Ladder First

Korean athletes[edit]

South Korean gymnast Yeo Hong-chul, silver medalist in the men's vault at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. He competed four times but has never gotten past the First Stage. In the 7th competition, he was unable to beat the Rolling Log; In the 8th, he failed the Quintuple Step; In the 11th, he timed out on the Warped Wall. And in the 12th, he timed out on the Rope Climb.

Polish athletes[edit]

Polish gymnast Leszek Blanik, bronze medalist in the men's vault at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and gold medalist in men's vault at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, competed in the 23rd tournament but failed on the Curtain Slider in the First Stage.

Spanish athletes[edit]

Spanish gymnast Gervasio Deferr, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Champion in the vault and 2008 silver medalist in the floor exercise, competed in the 10th competition but timed out a few feet from the buzzer on the First Stage's Rope Climb.

Taiwanese athletes[edit]

  • Lee En-Chih [ja] (who was incorrectly listed as Lee Yen Chi in the US version and was mistakenly called Lee Enchi or Li En Zhi for years), is a professional rock climber from Taiwan. In his first attempt in Sasuke 17, he cleared the First Stage but failed the Second Stage's Metal Spin. In Sasuke 18, he failed the Jumping Spider in the First Stage. After a two-tournament absence, he competed in Sasuke 21 and was one of only nine competitors to make it to the Second Stage, timing out on Wall Lifting. In Sasuke 22, he was one of four people to make it to the Third Stage, ultimately failing the Shin-Cliffhanger. In Sasuke 23, he failed the Second Stage's Metal Spin. In Sasuke 24, he made it to the Final Stage for the first time but timed out 19 meters away. Li became the third foreigner to reach the Final Stage since Yordan Yovchev and Kane Kosugi in Sasuke 8. In Sasuke 25, he went to the Third Stage, but he failed the Ultimate Cliffhanger. He made it back to the Ultimate Cliffhanger in Sasuke 26, but again failed there. In Sasuke 25 and 26, Li finished first overall, becoming the only foreigner to have progressed further than any competitor in consecutive tournaments. After making it to the Ultimate Cliffhanger two times, it looked as if Li would go all the way in Sasuke 27. However, he shocked many when he failed the Step Slider in Stage 1. This was his earliest defeat ever, and first time failing Stage 1 since Sasuke 18. He failed the First Stage yet again in Sasuke 28, on the Spinning Bridge. He finally cleared the First Stage again in Sasuke 29, but timed out on the Passing Wall, on the Second Stage. He failed the Crazy Cliffhanger in Sasuke 30. He decided to retire from Sasuke due to replacement by Taiwan representatives. Since Sasuke 31, his fellow Liao Long Zhun fully ruled the Taiwan representatives. He is also the only foreigner to clear Stage One six times in a row (Sasuke 21–26).
Results[edit]
Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
17th 92 Failed Metal Spin Second
18th 26 Failed Jumping Spider First
19th–20th Did not compete
21st 49 Failed Wall Lift Second
22nd 79 Failed Shin-Cliffhanger Third
23rd 94 Failed Metal Spin Second
24th 92 Failed G-Rope Final
25th 80 Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger Third
26th 95 Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger Third
27th 97 Failed Step Slider First
28th 83 Failed Spinning Bridge First
29th 56 Failed Passing Wall Second
30th 2990 Failed Crazy Cliffhanger Third

Tahitian athletes[edit]

  • Ragivaru Anastase [ja], a Tahitian dance instructor, competed in Sasuke 31. He was fastest with 35 seconds left. But he failed on the Crazy Cliffhanger. Then, he joined Sasuke 32. He had the fastest time again in the First Stage and Second Stage, but he failed the Flying Bar when he ran the obstacle in bad weather. In Sasuke 33, his run was digested and surprisingly failed the Rolling Hill. He made it to the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger in Sasuke 34 and fell before the first transition.
Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
31st 72 Failed Crazy Cliffhanger Third
32nd 94 Failed Flying Bar Third
33rd 94 Failed Rolling Hill First
34th 93 Failed Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger Third

Mixed martial artists and wrestlers[edit]

K-1mixed martial artistGenki Sudo has competed in five tournaments, failing at the Jump Hang (6th, 12th), the Rolling Log (13th), Duodectuple Step (23rd), and the Log Grip (24th). Another mixed martial artist, Sanae Kikuta competed in the 8th and 10th tournaments, where he fell off of the Rolling Log in the First Stage; in the 12th tournament, he fell on the Plank Bridge in the First Stage. Other K-1 fighters who have competed include Tatsuji (19th competition, failed the Jumping Spider), Yudai (20th competition, failed the Rokudantobi), Andy Ologun (18th competition, failed the Rope Glider; 20th competition, failed the Log Grip), Bobby Ologun (22nd competition, failed the Log Grip), Bernard Ackah (19th competition, failed the Jumping Spider), and Takeru Segawa has competed in four tournaments, failing the Hedgehog (30th), Warped Wall (31st), Tarzan Rope (32nd) when his foot touched the water, cleared the First Stage (33rd) but failed the Salmon Ladder Nobori, and Backstream (34th). He had a surprising fail on the modified Fish Bone (35th). Hirotaka Urabe has competed twice, failing the Rolling Hill (34th), Wing Slider (36th).

Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
30th 2988 Failed Hedgehog First
31st 83 Failed Warped Wall First
32nd 81 Failed Tarzan Rope First
33rd 81 Failed Salmon Ladder Up Second
34th 81 Failed Backstream Second
35th 90 Failed Fishbone First

Former Pride Fighting Championships and Pancrase Japanese mixed martial artist and pro wrestler Ikuhisa Minowa, competing in DREAM known as "Minowaman", was featured in the 26th competition wearing red wrestling tights, pads, and boots. He failed the second obstacle, "Hazard Swing" after jumping from the swing, and missing the rope on the platform, falling into the water below. He also competed in the 29th competition, but failed the first obstacle, the "Long Jump", where he landed feet first onto the sandbox and jumped backwards into the water. Japanese featherweight mixed martial artist from DREAM Hideo Tokoro (announced as a "freelance fighter") was featured right after Minowaman in the 26th competition where he failed to grab the rope to swing himself to the other side in the first obstacle "Step Slider".

Several professional wrestlers have also competed, including Tiger Mask, The Great Sasuke (referred to as Great Ninja Warrior in the US and UK versions), Minoru Suzuki, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi and Naohiro Hoshikawa. Suzuki and Tanahashi were the Triple Crown Heavyweight and IWGP Heavyweight Champion, respectively, during their runs in the course.

Japanese entertainers[edit]

Several Japanese or Japan-based entertainers have taken part in Sasuke, including action movie star Kane Kosugi and his brother Shane. Kane made the Third Stage in the 1st, 4th and 6th competitions, failing on the Pole Bridge, Cliffhanger and Body Prop, respectively. In the 7th competition, he made the Second Stage but failed the Spider Walk, his earliest exit from a competition. He reached the Final Stage in the 8th competition, becoming, alongside Yordan Yovchev, the first foreigner to make it that far. Competing in heavy rain, Kane timed out on the Rope Climb; he has not competed since. Shane timed out on the Second Stage's Wall Lift in the 2nd competition, then failed the First Stage's Rolling Log in the 3rd competition. In the 4th, he came close to completing the First Stage but timed out on the Rope Climb. In the 6th and 7th competitions, he made it to the Third Stage, failing both times on the Body Prop. In the 8th competition, he failed to get past the First Stage's Warped Wall. Unlike his brother, Shane competed in the 9th competition, where he failed the Big Boulder in the First Stage.

Other entertainers who have competed include Hiromichi Sato [ja], host of several NHK children's programs; Shigeyuki Nakamura, a champion of the Muscle Gym event in Kinniku Banzuke; actor-singer Kazumi Morohoshi, a former member of the band Hikaru Genji who is now a solo artist; actor/announcer Kenjirō Ishimaru; and actors Masaki Nomura and Shōei. Sato debuted in the 18th tournament and failed the First Stage's Flying Chute. In the 19th tournament, he failed the Log Grip. In the 20th competition, he timed out before he attempted the Tarzan Rope. In the 21st competition, he timed out on the Warped Wall. In the 22nd, Sato finally cleared the First Stage but failed the Metal Spin in the Second. In Sasuke 23, he failed the Jumping Spider. In Sasuke 24, he failed the Metal Spin again. He missed Sasuke 25, but failed the Jumping Spider again in Sasuke 26. He missed Sasuke 27 and 28 but competed in 29, where he shocked the crowd by unexpectedly going out on the first obstacle, the Long Jump. Nakamura made it to the Third Stage in the 2nd competition, failing there on the Pipe Slider, but in the 6th competition he was eliminated by the First Stage's Jump Hang. Morohoshi debuted in the 20th tournament but failed the Log Grip in the First Stage. Ishimaru has never made it past the First Stage; his two closest attempts, in the 16th and 17th competitions, timed out on the Rope Climb. Shōei competed three times. He competed in Sasuke 6, and failed the Jump Hang when he tried to go under using only his arms. He timed out on the Rope Climb in Stage 1 in Sasuke 7. He finally made it past the First Stage and Second Stage in Sasuke 8. He struggled in Stage 3 on the Propeller Bars, and failed the Body Prop.

Actor James Okada, a graduate from a martial arts academy, competed in the 6th and 7th competitions. In his first attempt, he failed the Jump Hang in the First Stage, but in the next tournament, he made it all the way to the Third, where he was defeated by the first obstacle, the Propeller Bars.

Actor and singer Tetsuji Sakakibara competed four times (23rd–26th tournaments) but never cleared the First Stage, failing on the Jumping Spider in the 23rd and 24th tournaments, the Jump Hang in the 25th tournament, and the Half-Pipe Attack in the 26th tournament.

Actor Ryosuke Yamamoto competed in Sasuke 30 and Sasuke 31. He never completed the First Stage, failing in Jump Hang Kai in Sasuke 30. In Sasuke 31 he did slightly worse by failing the Orugōru (also known as the Music Box) before he could reach the Jump Hang Kai again.

Voice actressTomoko Kaneda competed in Sasuke 31. She failed the Rolling Hill on the First Stage. Her husband, Wataru Mori, an actor, also competed in several competitions. Mori has competed since Sasuke 16; he failed Rolling Log. Then he competed again in Sasuke 21 and failed Jumping Spider. After an eight-year hiatus, he competed again in Sasuke 32; he timed out on the Lumberjack Climb. He competed again in Sasuke 33, where he completed the First Stage, and timed out at the Reverse Conveyor. In Sasuke 34, he surprisingly failed the last steps on the Quad Steps, his foot slipping to the left. He eventually timed out on the Warped Wall in Sasuke 35. In Sasuke 36, when he reach the Reverse Conveyor, he used his legs to support himself on the sides of the Conveyor. This is something which is against the rules and thus he was disqualified.

Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
16th 64 Failed Rolling Log First
17th–20th Did not compete
21st 11 Failed Jumping Spider First
22nd–31st Did not compete
32nd 82 Failed Lumberjack Climb (time out) First
33rd 83 Failed Reverse Conveyor Second
34th 90 Failed Quad Steps First
35th 71 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First
36th 76 Failed Reverse Conveyer (disqualified) Second
37th 10 Failed Warped Wall (time out) First

Golden Bomber members Kenji Darvish [ja] and Yutaka Kyan [ja] also competed in Sasuke 31. Kyan failed the Rolling Hill on the First Stage. Darvish had previously competed in Sasuke 28 and 30 and failed the First Stage. In Sasuke 31, he finally completed the First Stage and failed the Cross Slider in the Second Stage. In Sasuke 32, Kyan did better on the Rolling Hill, but he lost his balance on the new obstacle Tie Fighter. Darvish failed at the Tie Fighter when he lost his balance. In Sasuke 33, Darvish almost cleared the First Stage but shockingly failed the Lumberjack Climb with only several centimeters to finish the obstacle. Kyan failed Quad Steps. In Sasuke 34, Darvish made it to the 2nd Stage, but he struggled in the Reverse Conveyor. He made it to the Second Stage, he professed slightly further, timing out after lifting the first wall of the Wall Lifting, while Kyan failed the Dragon Glider in Sasuke 35. Darvish finally made to the Third Stage, he failed the transition to the Sidewinder Kai while Kyan failed the Dragon Glider in Sasuke 36.

Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
28th 31 Failed Rolling Escargot First
29th Did not compete
30th 2979 Failed Lumberjack Climb First
31st 82 Failed Cross Slider Second
32nd 91 Failed Tie Fighter First
33rd 82 Failed Lumberjack Climb First
34th 89 Failed Reverse Conveyor Second
35th 96 Failed Wall Lifting (time out) Second
36th 98 Failed Sidewinder Kai Third
37th 97 Failed Dragon Glider First
38th 93 Failed Dragon Glider First

ModelShimon Okura competed in Sasuke 30. He failed on the Log Grip on the First Stage. He came again to Sasuke 31, doing better on the Log Grip, but he missed the nets on the Jump Hang Kai. Then he joined Sasuke 32. He fell on the new obstacle Double Pendulum when he tried to get to the red sandbag.

Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
30th 2941 Failed Log Grip First
31st 30 Failed Jump Hang Kai First
32nd 21 Failed Double Pendulum First

A.B.C-Z member Ryoichi Tsukada [ja] competed in Sasuke 31; he timed out at the Lumberjack Climb. Then, he competed again on Sasuke 32. He completed the new obstacle Tie Fighter and Double Pendulum, but he failed to reach the top of the Warped Wall. In Sasuke 33, he cleared the First Stage for the first time. He failed Salmon Ladder Up. In Sasuke34, he cleared the First Stage once again and this time failed Salmon Ladder Down. He failed on the TIE Fighter in Sasuke 35. He failed the Dragon Glider in Sasuke 36. Johnny's Jr., SnowMan member Hikaru Iwamoto [ja] He failed the transition from Quad Steps to the Rolling Hill in Sasuke 33. He failed the Fishbone in Sasuke 34. He failed the Dragon Glider in Sasuke 35. He timed out on the top of the Warped Wall in Sasuke 36.

Competition Start position Obstacle Stage
31st 81 Failed Lumberjack Climb First
32nd 11 Failed Warped Wall First
33rd 86 Failed Salmon Ladder Nobori Second
34th 88 Failed Salmon Ladder Kudari Second
35th 86 Failed Tie Fighter First
36th 80 Failed Dragon Glider First
37th 87 Failed Warped Wall First
38th 89 Failed Dragon Glider First

Japanese comedians[edit]

Several Japanese comedians have taken part in Sasuke, including Akira Omori [ja] ("The Monkey"), Koriki Choshu ("the most famous gut in Japan" and 2nd on G4's Craziest Contestants Poll), Passion Yara ("screaming wacko" and 5th on G4s craziest contestants poll), Masaki Sumitani ("Razor Ramon H.G." or "Hard Gay"), Yoku Hata ("Guitar Samurai"), Tetsurō Degawa, and Kinnikun Nakayama [ja]. Most of these compete for entertainment value and do not represent serious challenges – for example, Choshu's only accomplishment was being the first person to clear the Rope Glider in the 18th competition. However, some have seen success. Omori made it to the Final Stage three times in a row (1st–3rd competitions), a record that is shared with Sasuke all-star Makoto Nagano, but since then he has not been able to clear the First Stage. Nakayama made it to the Second Stage in the 9th and 11th competitions; in the 9th, Nakayama failed the Spider Walk, and in the 11th, he missed hitting the Second Stage's final button by a split-second. He competed in Sasuke 27. He had footage showing himself training for the new course. He wore #30, and despite his training, he failed the Rolling Escargot when he could not get enough momentum to get the structure spinning, and fell into the water when trying to restart the obstacle. He got revenge on it in the 28th tournament, but timed out on the second Warped Wall. In the 29th tournament, he almost cleared the First Stage for the first time in 10 years, but ultimately, timed out at the top of the Rope Ladder. Recent comedians include Yoshio Kojima, who competed in five competitions (22, 24, 26–28), where he failed at the Log Grip twice, Hazard Swing, Step Slider, and Rolling Escargot respectively. Funnyman Masumi Yagi was featured in the 26th competition but failed on the Step Slider. Cocky comedian Eiko Kano (aka "Mr. Narcissus") was featured in the 25th competition and failed at the Dome Steps, but got past the first obstacle in the 26th competition and failed at the Rolling Escargot.

Penalty comedian[clarification needed]Wakky [ja] competed nine times in Sasuke. He debuted in Sasuke 20 and failed the Halfpipe Attack. In Sasuke 21 and 22, he failed the Jumping Spider. In Sasuke 23, he got revenge on both the Jumping Spider and the Halfpipe Attack, only to fail the Slider Jump. In Sasuke 24, he failed the Halfpipe Attack again. He returned for Sasuke 27 and cleared the First Stage for the first time. In the Second Stage, he failed the Double Salmon Ladder. In Sasuke 28, he timed out on the Rope Ladder. He advanced to the Second Stage in Sasuke 29 and 30, but failed the Swap Salmon Ladder.

Other notable competitors[edit]

65-year-old Minoru Kuramochi, known as "the Octopus" because he usually brings an octopus with him, is the owner of the Edokko Izakaya octopus bar in Tokyo and is one of the oldest competitors. He has competed several times, never making it very far into the First Stage. Despite this, he seems to be a fan favorite. In the 20th competition's preview special, he welcomed the G4 American Ninja Challengers to his bar, served them his special octopus meal, and showed off his physical skills to them. He is No. 4 on G4's Craziest Contestant poll. His best performance was in Sasuke 26, where he managed to make it to the Rolling Escargot. He got further than in Sasuke 19, when he timed out on the Pole Maze.

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SASUKE 27

SASUKE 27, official name: SASUKE2011秋 (literally SASUKE 2011 Fall), is the third tournament after Urushihara Yuuji defeated the course. Early rumors after SASUKE 26 stated that SASUKE 27 would be held in March 2011 and would be the final SASUKE tournament as a casualty of TBS' cutbacks. However, TBS denied the rumor and eventually released a statement inviting participants to a trial tournament in June, with the competition being taped in July.

Three trials were held before the proposed taping. Monster9 announced a trial for June, but an exact date has not been confirmed. American Ninja Warrior returned for its third season, which once again culminated in fifteen people invited to a week long boot camp to compete for ten spots in SASUKE. For the first time, Malaysia held a trial similar to ANW. There were two stages - a First Stage replica and a Final Stage replica based on the second era version. Five people cleared the First Stage, and the person who climbed the fourteen meter Final Stage in the fastest time was invited to SASUKE.

The results this tournament were vastly better, however several familiar faces were eliminated in Stage 1. Interesting defeats occured such asYamada Katsumi failing the Soritatsu Kabe, marking the 13th straight defeat for Yamada in a row; Li En Zhi unexpectedly failing the Step Slider when he grasped the rope too low and his feet hit the water; Yamamoto Shingo failing the Spin Bridge after slipping on the last boulder and flipping backwards into the water; and Drew Drechsel tearing his ACL on the landing of the Half-Pipe Attack. However, 27 people cleared Stage 1, the most since SASUKE 4 and the third most clears of all-time. The time limit of the First Stage was also arguably quite lenient, with 18 of the 27 competitors finishing with over 10 seconds left. 9 Americans cleared the First Stage, which was also a record. David Campbell set the new First Stage Time record with 44.32 seconds, and Nagano Makoto finished the First Stage for the first time since SASUKE 23.

No changes were made to the Second Stage from the previous tournament. Kanno Hitoshi withdrew after a shoulder injury on the Slider Drop, while several people failed the Double Salmon Ladder and Metal Spin. Ishikawa Terukazu finished the stage with a mere 00.06 seconds, beating both Hasegawa Ken's and James Okada's records of 00.1 seconds in SASUKE 1 and SASUKE 7, respectively. The field thinned from 27 to 10.

The Third Stage was heavily tweaked. The Ultimate Cliffhanger was moved to the third obstacle, and the Flying Bar was moved to the second obstacle. The Arm Bike and a tweaked version of the Pipe Slider named the Bar Glider returned. New obstacles such as the Chain See-Saw and Swing Circle appeared. Ishikawa and Okuyama failed the Flying Bar, Campbell, Kasemir, Nagano, Stratis, and McGrath failed the Ultimate Cliffhanger and Hashimoto failed the Chain See-Saw. Unlimited Cliffer's Urushihara and Matachi passed Stage 3, Urushihara for the third time in three appearances and Matachi on his first try.

In the Final Stage Matachi Ryo failed several feet away from the top, but Urushihara Yuuji achieved a second Kanzenseiha with 6.7 seconds, the fastest Kanzenseiha time.

TBS Date: October 3, 2011

TBS Ratings: 12.6%

G4 Date ANW: August 22, 2011 (NBC), Others: March 4, 2012

SASUKE Announcers:

1st Chair Hatsuta Keisuke (Stage 1 (#81-100), Final Stage)

2nd Chair Ogasawara Wataru (Stage 1(#21-60), Stage 3)

3rd Chair Sato Fumiyasu (Stage 1 (#1-20, 61-80), Stage 2)

SASUKE Results

Best: Urushihara Yuuji, Kanzenseiha

Stage 1: 27 Clears

Stage 2: 10 Clears

Stage 3: 2 Clears

Final Stage: 1 Clear

First Stage

Obstacles

① Step Slider ステップスライダー

② *Rolling Escargot ローリングエスカルゴ

③ *Giant Swing ジャイアントスイング

④ *Jumping Spider ジャンピングスパイダー

⑤ *Half-Pipe Attack ハーフパイプアタック

⑥ Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁

⑦ ^Spin Bridge スピンブリッジ

⑧ Tarzan Rope ターザンロープ

⑨ Rope Ladder ロープラダー

^ Denotes New Obstacle

* Denotes Modified Obstacle

Time Limit: 125 seconds

Length: 130 m

Second Stage

Obstacles

① Slider Drop スライダードロップ

② *Double Salmon Ladder ダブルサーモンラダー

③ Unstable Bridge アンステーブルブリッジ

④ Balance Tank バランスタンク

⑤ Metal Spin メタルスピン

⑥ Wall Lifting ウォールリフティング

Time Limit: 90 seconds

^ Denotes New Obstacle

* Denotes Modified Obstacle

Third Stage

Obstacles

① Arm Bike アームバイク

② *Flying Bar フライングバー

③ Ultimate Cliffhanger アルティメットクリフハンガー

④ ^Jumping Ring ジャンピングリング

⑤ ^Chain See-Saw チェーンシーソー

⑥ Rope Climb ロープクライム

⑦ ^Bar Glider バーグライダー

^ Denotes New Obstacle

* Denotes Modified Obstacle

Final stage

Obstacles

① Tsuna Nobori 綱登り (20m)

Time Limit: 40 seconds

Length: 20 m
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