Sasuke Maniac - A 1/2 hour show that runs every Sunday night (into Monday) on TBS in Japan featuring Monster 9 events. Today is part 2 of the Maguro Festival (Maguro = Tuna for those of you at home) that Nagano helped coordinate (at least his company's (Takasui) section). Part one is covered here by me and here by Ube. This week's Ube post can be found here. I returned to my trusty program to watch Japanese TV and enjoyed news and documentaries I can’t understand. :)
Title shot of Sasuke Maniac for this week! Part 2 of Maguro Festival - showing Day 1 of a shirtless Akiyama pwning the Shin-Cliffhanger.
A shirtless Kazuhiko Akiyama pwning the Shin-Cliffhanger in style..
Starting a little later than the last couple times the show started around 12:20 pm my time in the east coast USA. I was trying to use Cam Studio but it didn’t want to cooperate so I said .. screw it :p
Today is Sasuke 20 in the USA.. hope G4 doesn’t screw it up.. /sigh.. I’m almost afraid to figure out how much they are going to cut.. /cry… happy thoughts.. happy thoughts.. Anyway.. looking forward to seeing Shingo outside of Sasuke!
Today is supposed to be the 2nd part of the Festival.. they showed Shingo last week so I hope they show Bunpei. As I mentioned in last week's blog.. Nagano wasn't sure if either of them were going to be able to make it.
Ew.. that freaky bobblehead commercial again.. the freaky marionettes… Yay they started! Okay.. title is of Akiyama clearing the Shin-Cliffhanger in style without a shirt to a wowed crowd! They show the area where they are having the festival and talk to the guys for a while.
Finally they show Shingo Yamamoto arriving to the second day of the Maguro Festival (he lives in Tokyo).. apparently late since the guys were already there from the day before.
As Shingo arrives the guys who are lined up either to do registration or get ready for autographs.. or.. just set there because they can.. see him coming in from the distance. He walks over and high-fives everyone.
They do the prerequisite interviews and such with Shingo and the guys talking about.. er.. iono.. Read Ube's blog.. I'm here for the scenery :pShingo hanging around just talking to interviewer.
Looks like they are recapping some of Day One's highlights... if that crazy lady wasn't embarrassed before.. TBS is going to show her again to show how really schizoid this nutjob is...Crazy psycho-hosebeast (who wants to marry Nagano) juuuuuust before she goes mental.. taking picture with Nagano (L) and Takeda (R) (see part 1 of the blog to understand this picture more..)
Next they go through this long intro of this guy who's apparently REALLY into Sasuke and has mailed countless letters and videos and stuff to TBS about wanting to participate. Video of him in Muscle Park.. I guess he didn't fare well in the prelims.. so I guess they are going to give him a chance here at the Festival in front of cameras and the All-stars.
He's doing pretty good considering the Pipe Slider doesn't .. glide.. it's sorta pipe.. grinder.. have to get the stupid pole to slide a little bit.. then hop over the connections where they meet up with other poles..
Poor guy doesn't make it past the Shin-Cliffhanger and Toshihiro thinks that's just the bomb.. Next is a bunch of other people failing in the exact same spot (to the delight of the All-Stars who think all of this is a hoot!)Meeting of the minds.. sorta.. "er.. what do you want to do?" "Iono"...
Looks like the guys are deliberating over something.. Iono.. I guess they are deciding what to do next.. OH! Ube says they are deciding that they are going to make this into a time-trial on TOP of trying to one-up each other.. boys will be boys..Meeting of the minds.. sorta.. part deux.. "okay.. race then?" "er.. sure.. "
LOL I love Ube's Maguro Festival Mock-SASUKE Obstacle Course of Doom and Destruction title for this event.. They go through the introductions as each of them climbs waaaaaaaaaay up high to wave to the crowd as their name is called.Toshihiro waving at the crowd as he's being introduced for the All-Star rumble... wait.. Ube had a better idea.. Maguro Festival Mock-SASUKE Obstacle Course of Doom and Destruction!
Okay this is really freaky.. they are not being supported by anything.. OH and I'm afraid of heights.. so help me no one better fall.. oh crap.. Akiyama who's practically blind has serious cojones to be the first going up there.. he seems to be having a ball :) Nice to see him smiling :) (My picture came out blurry for his part so it's not shown).Dude that's a long-ass name.. Maguro Festival Mock-SASUKE Obstacle Course of Doom and Destruction.. wtf is that? Shingo laughing as he's introduced to the crowd.
Shingo seems to be having an attack of the giggles as he wimps out and doesn't do the whole up-the-friggin'-pole-to-say-hello thing.. Toshihiro was next.. or was the other way around.. oh I don't care.. I think Mr. SASUKE Spray.. er.. Yamada was next.. Nagano's intro of course is the longest and he just teeters in the wind.. oy.. going to throw up...Nagano being introduced to the crowd.. Dude's like barely stable up there.. I don't want to look..
Kazuhiko Akiyama is the first to go on the Maguro Festival Mock-SASUKE Obstacle Course of Doom and Destruction! The course starts at the pipe.. grinder.. er.. Pipe Slider.. then around the corner as they climb up to the Jumping Bars.. then around the corner to a mock Jump Hang where they catch the pole and go around to the Shin-Cliffhanger where they hop down and finish. Not entirely sure if there is a finish line.. I guess when they hop down?Okie dokie.. Now for this stupid trampoline... Akiyama's first up in the Maguro Festival Mock-SASUKE Obstacle Course of Doom and Destruction!
He's doing great! Goes through the course - Pipe Slider.. around corner.. Jumping Bars.. around corner Trampoline to the psedu Jump Hang.. pole thing.. climb pole to get to Shin-Cliffhanger. C'mon.. just like yesterday.. up.. and oveeeeeeerrrrrr.. gah.. down he goes.. he's just in a fit of laughter!Akiyma: I sooooooo had that yesterday.. I guess I can't do it with my shirt on!
As Akiyama is the first to get pwned by the Shin-Cliffhanger everyone just laughs with him. We all know he beat it yesterday.. but.. awww well.. he did a great run up to that point. He's in giggling fits in the mat as everyone around him is laughing and cheering.Akiyama: Dude.. the tip of my fingers.. gah.. I had it .. I HAD it.. LOL
Akiyama gets the prerequisite interview afterwards.. he's still giggling from his defeat. At least they are having fun :)Akiyama: Yeah.. we all know I was the first to defeat it yesterday.. and I was bad-ass lookin' too :P We all know I have style.. yeah.. I pwn :)
Next is Shingo Yamamoto's turn. He's giggling even before he starts! Okay.. he's off! Doing a little faster than Akiyama.. stupid pipe grind..Yamamoto rocking the Pipe.. grinder..
He's doing well going up the Jumping Bars.. then.. turns.. a sharp left.. er.. uh.. he's totally bypassing the Jump Hang.. LOL!!!!!!Okay.. to Shin Cliff-hanger..
Nagano is sooooooo not going to let him slide.. he screams at Yamamoto to go back and redo the last section...Nagano: Hey MORON.. you cut the course in half! Cheater!!!
Shingo just giggles his way back to the part he screwed up and goes for the Jump Hang.. pole.. thingie..Yamamoto: Doh.. this is embarrasing! Who's the one that's blind???
Shingo does the Jump Hang on a tilt so he can cut off time.. LOL I love this guy but he is soooooo not graceful! LOL I call it to "Shingo" the course.. you know.. to scrap your way through the course as ugly as you can.. completed.. but still leaving body parts all over the course.. right leg under a bar.. fingers still hanging on to another pole.. his hair trapped beneath something.. his spleen attached to some other obstacle.. and his remaining finger touching the red button LOL Nobody ever said he was the fastest, strongest, smoothest, or graceful.. he's all sheer willpower!
Ah yes.. I see Yamamoto is "Shingo'ing" his way through the course.. again..
Anyway back to this competition.. He gets to the cliffhanger and .. DOWN he goes.. then again.. in a hysterical fit of laughter!Yamamoto: This is so not fair.. I had no training on this stupid thing.. I can't believe to totally botched this course!!
What follows next is a myriad of shots of everyone in laughing fits. Apparently the combination of him being a dufus and going the wrong way and then albatrossing the Cliffhanger was just way too much fun for everyone watching.. and everyone involved LOL
Lot of pictures of everyone laughing.. doubling over in laughter.. clapping.. outright gasping for air in a fit of giggles.. I'm laughing at home myself!
Prerequisite interview of the loser.. Shingo is still laughing.. I mean.. CACKLING in laughter.. he's probably embarrassed out of his mind .. but still it's all in good fun.
Meanwhile back at the starting gate.. Yamada looks like he's going to his funeral.. All goes tense as Mr. SASUKE Katsumi Yamada gets ready for his run.. Meanwhile I can almost FEEL Ube grinning going "what is he going to botch and bitch this time?" Sorry Ube.. I'm channeling you too.. I'm thinking he'll at least get to the Cliffhanger.. if not taking his sweet time...
Yamada can't possibly go slower can he? He is taking his time.. methodical the man is.. granted.. the part he's messed up in the last couple Sasuke's.. is coming right up.. Doesn't have walls though.. he should be fine..
Dudes taking his time.. I mean seriously taking his time but he's not making a single mistake.. Then inexplicably.. he stops.. looks like he's talking to Nagano or something.. he's wasting time as he prepares mentally to tackle the Cliffhanger..
He's still swinging.. no wait.. there was no commercial.. wait for it.. still swinging.. he's going to jump.. oh come on already.. you are going to fall ... just get it over with!
HOLY FRIGGIN' CRAP! HE ACTUALLY DID IT! WOW.. I think everyone is in a collective stage of shock! I'm gawking at the screen.. wow..
Yep.. everyone is in a total state of shock! Then the all erupt in applause as even Mr. SASUKE himself is a bit surprised as how well he did! He looks almost embarrassed! If that's even possible....WOW!!! Just.. WOW!!! Akiyama and Yamamoto are utterly amazed as Yamada pwned the Shin-Cliffhanger!
HOLY FRIGGIN' CRAP! (Takeda background and Nagano foreground)
More pictures of everyone in shock.. I'm still sitting here going .. aww man.. he's going to be unbearable.. he's coming back to Sasuke 21 with a VENGEANCE now!
Nagano looks the most surprised out of all of them LOL!! That's just sweet! I'm sure he had a bet or something.. c'mon.. who didn't?!?!
Katsumi now all smiles after his run talks to the interviewer and just sucks up all the love from the audience who is still in shock as to what just transpired.
Seems like they are interviewing everyone now about how they are going to do (Meaning Takeda and Nagano). Oh! Yamada's winning time 50''91 (Just under a minute).
Takeda is next in the starting blocks. If I know my little spikey boy wonder.. he's not going to take this lying down.. he's a friggin' competitor.. I'm getting shades of Sasuke 11.. or was it 13 where he was interviewed at the end of his Stage 1 blistering run as to whether or not he was going for the best time.. "A little" :D Yep.. he ain't competitive or nothing..
Toshihiro.. dude.. he's got a totally determined look on his face... as soon as the signal is given.. he's BLOWING through the course...
Someone set his pants on fire.. he's FLYING!!!!!!! He's blowing Yamada's run out of the water.. heck.. everyone else up to this point.. dude.. look at his time!!!!!!!!
Clears first 3 obstacles.. on to the Cliffhanger.. won't mean jack if you don't pass this dude..
I think he only swung on it once.. was it? He's FLYING through the Shin Cliffhanger.. up up and???
WHOOT! He made it! Wow.. he's got the best time.. by more than twice!!!!! WOW (Yamada must be pissed LOL)
Takeda dismounting the course 30 seconds faster that Yamada...
Now follows a display of bravado I haven't seen in a long time. Takeda is mighty pleased with himself LOL He's pumping fists and screaming and hollering as he finishes with an awesome time!Takeda: WHO DA MAN?!?!... YEEEHAW!
LOL that hotdog is still parading around as everyone is amazed at how easy he made that course look!
Meanwhile.. Nagano must be feeling even more pressure.. I mean.. he designed this course after all.. LOL Wow.. I don't want to be feeling what Nagano is feeling now...
Yamada still from the high of beating the course.. irregardless of time.. is still pretty satisfied and actually smiling after Takeda kicks his butt...
Now of course Nagano has to compete.. yeah.. his name is called.. NAGANO MAKOTOOOOOOOOOOOOO.. I mean.. it sounds like he's being introduced in a coliseum!
He's giggling in the beginning but as soon as the time starts.. his smile dissapears and starts to FLY through the course...
Everything looking good so far.. seems like he's doing better already.. not sure.. I'm sure somene at home is paying attention to how fast they are tackling each section.. I look forward to that :)
Still doing well as the crowd at this point is chanting Na-ga-no.. Na-ga-no... he's not slowing down for anything at this point.
Still going strong.. c'mon.. beat Yamada LOL So help me I'll swallow a canary if he falls off the Cliffhanger LOL
About to get on the Cliffhanger.. Dude is totally up to corner.. I don't think you can get away with that in the real one.. actually .. I think you can.. hmm.. I can smell the comparison tapes...
YES! He made it.. LOL and TBS took down his time.. we are now getting he's neck and neck with Takeda to build some suspense.. bastards..
He's almost done.. I'm sure a huge weight lifted as he dismounts and can't see his time.. did I beat him? I'm sure he's thinking that right now..Nagano dismounts the cliffhanger to get to the end to stop the time which right now is withheld from the audience...
Okay.. time for TBS to build suspense.. no one can see the time.. they know he was close.. so.. what's going to happen? They are going to drag it out that's what..
Everyone going through fits of laughter as they all wait to find out who won the pissing match between friends!
Waiting.. waiting.. Takeda's time was 20''87.. what would Nagano's time be? Could he beat that time??
21"20!!!! Nagano was short! Toshihiro Takeda wins!!!!! Pandemonium has insued! Nagano drops to the ground!
We're talking real wrath of God type of things.. like real Old testament stuff here.. Rivers and seas boiling.. Cats and Dogs.. living together.. Mass Hysteria! Sorry.. got carried away here with Ghostbusters :p
This is hysterical.. Poor Nagano can't BELIEVE his misfortune by losing by .37 of a second!!!!! You have GOT to be kidding me!
Meanwhile Toshihiro is prancing around like the new King of the World LOL. I don't remember him being THIS outgoing LOL. It's just a fun thing to see :)
They keep showing Nagano drop to the ground in hysterical fits as Toshihiro is dancing and flexing to the crowd! LOL
Meanwhile they change to talking to the guys (after the festival) and apparently they are thinking of Bunpei still recovering at home.. Speaking of Bunpei Shiratori..
We take a trip to see his house that has become famous and called the Shiratori Shrine thanks to the 19+ obstacles he has put in his backyard.
A very somber looking Bunpei is speaking something I cannot understand.. wish someone translated it for me so I can put it here :(
Nice to see him running around again. The last video of him back in March, 2008 from his home he was sitting down in a rocking chair.. I seriously hope he's back by Sasuke 21.. I pray for his health! WE MISS YOU BUNPEI!!!!!!
Back at the festival the guys are getting gifts.. apparently Toshihiro broke open his and showed everyone LOL. Each has freshly frozen chunks of Maguro.. wow.. don't even want to know the market value on that sucker..
The last bit was something funny both Ube and I saw.. Enjoy! Dunno what's up for next week so if this is it for a while have a great summer!
Hey Mom!! I'm on TV!!!! Little girl is showing up Nagano in his interview LOL
And that's it folks! Sorry it took me so long.. I had waaaaaaaaaay too much fun with these pictures this week! Had to sift through 436 pictures.. As usuall.. my previous Sasuke related posts can always be accessed through the tags under Sasuke or Sasuke Mania ;)