Sasuke Maniac - A 1/2 hour show that runs every Sunday night (into Monday) on TBS in Japan featuring Monster 9 events.
This week was a bit unexpected. The last month or so both Ube and I could not see TBS on our favorite program (KeyHoleTV) but unlike Ube.. I could see it on TVU... I guess it paid to have it in my favorites.. or probably because he's region blocked (which sounds more likely than anything since he's in Japan and I'm in the States). I just haven’t watched since most of it was one long advertisement for comedians running around Tokyo. They continued that for a while and did something tied to Sportsman #1 but each time I missed it with either bad headaches or not being home. Pam from SasukeFans ended up showing a couple screen caps that showed that Daisuke Nakata is back! (for those of you who forget who he is.. check out the earlier Sasuke's.. (Started from Sasuke 8 and on with a break in 2004 when he was involved in a very serious hit and run accident messing up his hands permanently.. hasn't been the same since. He's now better known as Shunsuke Nagasaki's trampoline coach since of course Daisuke is an Olympian himself and 7 time All Japan Champion). I know him best as the only Japanese with Mick Jagger lips...This week's show brought to you by.. Muscle Musical! Wait.. we are watching Sasuke Maniac.. oh.. same difference... (part of the opening credits to this week's show)
I checked today’s Sasuke Maniac… and was looking for another Supernova Birth Humiliation translation from Bablefish.. Check this one out… Also new SASUKE2008 finally starting to fall! 聖地緑山を目指すトライアルの開催が決定！緑山 holy site to be determined at trial goal! 鋼鉄の魔城に挑む全国の猛者たちを紹介 National Steel's Magic Castle 猛者 are a challenge! 男たちの熱き思いとは…!? Hot men's thoughts and is…!?
Hot men’s thoughts?? Thanks Snowy for picking that line out.. hmmmm.. so.. I have to check out this week’s events.. must see hot men’s thoughts… Speaking of Hot men.. July 19th was the grand opening of the new Sasuke Park in Muscle Park. Nagano was part of the celebration and even tried to conquer the new course. I’ll blog about that later.. that deserves it’s own entry.. yes.. yes.. it does.. precious...
Anyway.. I went back to my trusty program and it was there! It was back on KeyHole! (thanks again Snowy for letting me know it was back on the lineup during the day here!) Ube’s warning me it might cut over to another channel soon.. I hope not.. c’mon KeyHole! I can’t use Clipper on TVU… 20 more minutes to go.. so far so good.. Wow the Madonna scandal with A-Rod there in Japan? I guess they love their baseball there :p
10 minutes and counting.. Ube’s warning it’s going to change after JSpo.. please don’t let it happen.. c’mon KeyHole! Stay on TBS! Stay on target!! If it changes and I have to watch it on TVU.. I can’t do screen caps since they show it in Flash format… 3 minutes to go.. praying it stays on.. otherwise I'll just watch in TVU and find out some way to do screenshots later in the week for next week. If I don't find an alternative soon.. I'm royally screwed..
Reverse view of Nakata's jump at 2.60.. hmmm Ube and I noticed the bar moved.. some body part made the bar vibrate... yeah.. something hit it.. wasn't his feet.. wasn't his knees.. wasn't his flat tummy... oooooooooooh yeah.. that hit it.. wonder .. oh.. get mind out of...
Sasuke Maniac this week is shaping up to be a glorified commercial for Muscle Musical! Oh who the heck cares.. It's Monster 9.. it has Nakata.. Bring it on.. Apparenlty they are doing some "Trampoline High Jump" Competition. They reshowed that picture of Nakata doing the happy dance after his jump and reviewed the jumps of the other guys. Apparently a bunch of guys who do Muscle Musical took to the stage and decided to have a mock competition using a high bar (like decathletes and pole vaulters use) to jump over with the assistance of that stupid mini trampoline. There's a bunch of guys I don't know but apparently they are all from Muscle Musical.The Four Qualifyers for the Trampoline High Jump at 2 meters 70 centimeters.. who will reign supreme? Wait.. wrong show.. Hmmm.. someone I don't know.. another I don't know.. Iketani and Nakata..
I pick up from the 2.70 mark since they showed the 2.60's with a few misses and a few wins. The four I noted are the ones that qualified past 2.60 and are going to try 2.70. I can only assume they are doing this for fun and filler while we all gear up for Sasuke 21.. mmmm.. Sasuke 21.. ehem.. anyway.. doesn't look scientific at all.. after all .. it has a booster seat...
This High bar needs a booster seat.. maybe they used telephone books.. or maybe it was complaining it couldn't reach the table to eat.. either way.. baby high bar needs 2 booster seats.. aww.. poor high bar..
I am hardly paying attention.. but the guys are lining up to beat this thing. Wow.. what is up with Naoki Iketani? How much weight does he want to lose? He's emaciated! I'm all for being fit but dude if I can see your ribs.. you are trying way too hard.. I mean he looked like crap falling off the Spider walk part of the Jumping Spider in Sasuke 20.. but this is unreal! I mean.. look at the bones!
Iketani's run to 2.70 meters was successful. Everyone seems to be happy.. including Nakata! /sigh so nice when you see rivals cheering each other on!
Now it's time for Mick Jagger.. I mean Daisuke Nakata's run at 2.70 meters. He looks focused.. I mean dang.. he's a trampoline champion.. this should be a piece of cake.. right?Pwned.. nope.. Daisuke's first crack at 2.70 meters was a dud..
On the flip side of the coin.. Iketani always the smug.. laughing at Nakata's downfall. He must be paying attention to the All-Stars lately.. wait.. he's always laughing at people..Iketani enjoying the spectacular crash of Daisuke at 2.70 meters.
Round 2 of 2.70 meters for Daisuke Nakata. Takes a couple practice runs.. bounces of the trampoline to figure out how much it gives him.. stares at the bar...Nakata: You'll get yours bar.. I swear it.. I will jump over you.. Nakata's second run at 2.70 meters. Shows what he did last week too.
The chyrons for the show are great. They show a blip of their show for Muscle Musical (brought to you by your friends in Muscle Musical.. now on tour until September.. get your tickets now!) and then a graphic representation of the other runs (I assume from last week and/or the following.. not sure how long this has been stretched.. who know..). Looks like he missed the first of 2.50 meters and 2.70 but passing on second.. will the second chance here allow him to advance?GERONIMO!!!!!!!! Notice that Nakata's body is nooooooowhere near above the bar.. this time you know which body part hit the bar..
DOWN GOES NAKATA! DOWN GOES NAKATA! So it's just Iketani and random Muscle Musical person I'm sure will get a lot of attention now in Sasuke 21.. wait.. lemme see Ube's blog to see his name.. Yoshikawa Yoshiaki. I assume Yoshiaki is his first name? I'm sure I'll be corrected soon™.Each stage had a great opening picture.. this is soooo Monster 9. New height to beat is 2.80 meters (approximately 8.85 feet)
With everyone else eliminated it's down to Yoshiaki Yoshikawa and Naoki Iketani.. hmm any information on either from our friends in Muscle Musical (checks their performer's list) Yoshiaki is born in September 20, 1978 and was some sort of Gymnast. Rad 2006, Japan won the championship rotation grazing - wtf is Rad? LOL Gotta love Bablefish) anyway.. back to our show..
Nakata now waiting in the sidelines puckering his Jagger lips.. somehow I can feel Holly saying something about those lips..
Rad performer Yoshiaki Yoshikawa waiting for his shot at 2.80 meters! Wow perfect record so far!
Iketani: "I love myself sooooooooooo much! I love myself! I love myself!" (sorry.. couldn't help it.. he's just stretching)
The reaction from the peanut gallery when Yoshiaki Yoshikawa goes down at 2.80 meters.
Yoshiaki Yoshikawa fails at the first attempt at 2.80 meters. Everyone seems tense now.. even Iketani can't watch...Yoshiaki Yoshikawa concentrating hard on what he needs to do to jump 2.80 meters.. Naoki Iketani can't watch as Yoshiaki Yoshikawa gets ready for his last attempt at 2.80 meters. Yoshiaki Yoshikawa's best score was 2.70 meters since he was unable to pass 2.80 meters.
After Yoshiaki 's defeat it's now up to Naoki to stand alone as champion of this mock event. Will he do it? Will he reign supreme? Iketani is going to juuuuuuuump.. oh yeah.. they do have commercials… Axe is getting in the marionette thing.. freaky..
WTF another marionette commercial.. this time .. it's an Axe commercial.. (yay found a You Tube video of this horrific commercial.....)
Axe.. buy it now.. because Marionettes are freaky... (P.S. Found the old one Ube and I were referring to.. You Tube Link)
Back to Iketani.. Nope.. can’t jump that high.. down he goes! He tries for second chance! Can he doooooooo eeeeeeeeeet? Nope.. crash and burn again!
Back to commercials again… Tiger woods commercial J Gillette Fusion Back in English! Okay! back to our regularly scheduled program.. already in progress.. Looks like we have 2 winners today! Yoshiaki Yoshikawa and Naoki Iketani!Sportsman #1? Hmm I thought it was Muscle Musical.. anyway.. Winner number 1 of the Trampoline High Jump is.. Yoshiaki Yoshikawa - completed up to 2.70 meters.
Winner number 2 of the Trampoline High Jump is.. Naoki Iketani also completing a jump at 2.70 meters!
The 2008 Sasuke thing that they eluded to in the description of the show was refering to Qualifying rounds for the Summer competition of Sasuke 21 (September, 2008 we are hearing which was last year’s as well – some debate over day). They seemed to use the old Cliffhanger.. was it done before they revealed the new one? Seems like they have been doing this for a while now since they seem to be doing mini biographies.. construction worker hauling off stuff.. from a parking lot? Some guy with a haggered wife.. wow.. Anyway.. seems like they are going to be doing this from now on. Might take a break unless they put Nagano back in the title again.. speaking of.. that Muscle Park blog demands some attention.. I'll do that this week sometime! :pParting shot from thsi week's show. Blueprints of the course they designed for the Qualifications.. looks like they built on as opposed to relying on the Muscle Park Course.