Livonia 12-year-old to appear on 'American Ninja Warrior' youth competition
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."
"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.
"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.
The title card for Sasuke.
|Also known as||Ninja Warrior|
Sasuke Ninja Warrior
|Created by||Ushio Higuchi|
|Directed by||Ushio Higuchi (1997–2011)|
Masato Inui (1997–2005, 2012–present)
|Voices of||Takashi 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 by||Ichiro 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 origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||38 competitions (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer||Ushio Higuchi [ja]|
|Production locations||Midoriyama, Aoba-ku, Yokohama|
|Running time||120 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 companies||Monster9 [ja]|
Tokyo Broadcasting System
|Original network||Tokyo Broadcasting System|
|Original release||27 September 1997 (1997-09-27) –|
|Preceded by||Kinniku Banzuke|
Pro Sportsman No.1,
Viking: The Ultimate Obstacle Course
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.
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. 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. 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 in the 4th competition (1999), Makoto Nagano in the 17th competition (2006), Yuuji Urushihara in the 24th (2010) and 27th (2011) competitions, and Yusuke Morimoto in the 31st (2015) and 38th (2020) competitions.
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. 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.
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.
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'.
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.
|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.
|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.
|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|
|15th||96||Failed Devil Swing||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|
|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.
|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|
|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|
|31st||92||Failed Rolling Hill||First|
|32nd||99||Failed Double Pendulum||First|
|33rd||91||Failed Double Pendulum||First|
|34th||92||Failed Double Pendulum||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.
|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.
|1st||92||Failed Dodging Hammer||Second|
|2nd||91||Failed Spider Walk||Second|
|3rd||89||Failed Rope Climb (time out)||Final|
|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 Walk†||Second|
|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)
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. 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.
|14th||67||Failed Wall Lifting||Second|
|17th||87||Failed Rope Climb||Final|
|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.
|21st||72||Failed Flying Chute||First|
|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|
|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.
|20th||1976||Failed Jumping Spider||First|
|21st||Did not compete|
|22nd||49||Disqualified on Spider Flip †||Third|
|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.
|21st||42||Failed Warped Wall (time out)||First|
|22nd||76||Failed Slider Jump||First|
|23rd||47||Failed Salmon Ladder||Second|
|25th||60||Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger||Third|
|26th||98||Failed Metal Spin||Second|
|27th||20||Failed Chain Seesaw||Third|
|28th||40||Failed Spinning Bridge||First|
|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.
|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.
|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|
|30th||2994||Failed Rope Climb||Final|
|31st||100||Failed Warped Wall (time out)||First|
|32nd||90||Failed Tarzan Rope (time out)||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.
|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.
|25th||92||Failed Circle Slider||First|
|26th||64||Failed Warped Wall (time out)||First|
|27th||61||Failed Giant Swing||First|
|28th||Did not compete|
|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.
|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.
|25th||95||Failed Dome Steps||First|
|26th||8||Failed Rolling Escargot||First|
|27th||17||Failed Warped Wall (time out)||First|
|28th||Did not compete|
|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)
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).
|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.
|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.
|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.
|17th||39||Failed Rope Climb (timed out)||First|
|18th||Did not compete|
|19th||? (Unknown)||Failed Jumping Spider||First|
|20th–33rd||Did not compete|
|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.
|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.
|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|
- 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.
|5th||? (Unknown)||Failed Rolling Log||First|
|6th||? (Unknown)||Failed Warped Wall (time out)||First|
|8th–15th||Did not compete|
|17th||Did not compete|
|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|
|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.
|19th||39||Failed Warped Wall (time out)||First|
|20th||1924||Failed Stick Slider||Second|
|21st||95||Failed Warped Wall (time out)||First|
|23rd||92||Failed Spider Flip||Third|
|25th||50||Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger||Third|
|26th||97||Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger||Third|
|27th||96||Failed Flying Bar||Third|
|28th||Did not compete|
|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.
|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|
|32nd||66||Failed Flying Bar||Third|
|33rd||93||Failed Double Pendulum||First|
|34th||84||Failed Sidewinder Kai||Third|
|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".
|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|
|15th||91||Failed Rope Climb||First|
- Naoki Iketani [ja], a former gymnast, sports talent, and world record holder in Monster Box at 23 boxes.
|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|
|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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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.
|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|
|30th–38th||Did not compete|
|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|
|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|
World-class athletes, including Olympians, have attempted Sasuke:
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.
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.
|14th||81||Failed Tarzan Jump||First|
|15th||93||Failed Curtain Cling||Third|
|14th||82||Failed Wall Lift†||Second|
|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.
|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.
In the four times he completed the First Stage, he had the fastest time out of everyone who finished Stage 1.
|21st||99||Failed Salmon Ladder||Second|
|22nd||91||Failed Slider Jump||First|
|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".
|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.
|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 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.
|8th||59||Failed Spider Climb||Final|
|9th–11th||Did not compete|
|13th||Did not compete|
|15th||97||Failed Warped Wall||First|
|17th–19th||Did not compete|
|20th||1993||Failed Warped Wall||First|
|21st–22nd||Did not compete|
|23rd||79||Failed Rope Ladder||First|
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 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 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.
- 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).
|17th||92||Failed Metal Spin||Second|
|18th||26||Failed Jumping Spider||First|
|19th–20th||Did not compete|
|21st||49||Failed Wall Lift||Second|
|23rd||94||Failed Metal Spin||Second|
|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|
- 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.
|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
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).
|31st||83||Failed Warped Wall||First|
|32nd||81||Failed Tarzan Rope||First|
|33rd||81||Failed Salmon Ladder Up||Second|
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.
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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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|
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
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, 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
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)
Best: Urushihara Yuuji, Kanzenseiha
Stage 1: 27 Clears
Stage 2: 10 Clears
Stage 3: 2 Clears
Final Stage: 1 Clear
Obstacles① 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
Obstacles① 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
Obstacles① 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
Obstacles① Tsuna Nobori 綱登り (20m)
Time Limit: 40 seconds
Length: 20 m
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