Sasuke spoilerific review ;) Warning.. incoming blog of Sasuke 22.. if you don’t want to know.. you have been warned :D For a preview of this event.. Please see SASUKE NAVI Spring 2009 (1 hour review of Sasuke 22 with fluff pieces of all the major players in the upcoming Sasuke!) Oh.. and as Ube says: If you are from the G4 Forums, DON'T POST THIS THERE.
Toshihiro Takeda getting pwned by Stage 3 in Sasuke 21
Anyway.. I'll be doing this in chunks.. I had to redo all of my screencaps since the ones from KeyHole were ridiculously pathetic. I had KeyHole running since that was the fastest one (and almost identical to Japan time) and also had TVAnts going so I saw it in review 2 minutes later. Did not realize how much I would enjoy having BOTH on.. but again.. I"m getting ahead of myself.. so I'll do this Part 1 now and add them on one by one until it's all completed (Sasuke 21 was 9 parts when I finally finished). Thank you again to everyone for being so patient after my getting sick last year while doing the 21 blog. It's also made easier that so many more were able to see Sasuke 22 live as it happened! You have NO idea how happy I was to hear that! Thanks to the community for a great event and for everyone really enjoying the broadcast together. For the ones I chatted with during Navi and the ones I chatted with during Sasuke 22.. you know who you are.. it was a riot and I enjoyed this Sasuke experience more than any other!
KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANE.. ehem.. Kane Kosugi from the epic Sasuke 8 Final in the rain (his last competition)
This year was a bit different. Usually TBS has a preview thing buried in the middle of the day where no one sees it. This year they added a 10 minute preview (more like 4 minutes because of all the commercials..) that had a synopsis of the past 11 years of Sasuke. They had black and white images of all the pwnage. The first shot was of Shingo Yamamoto on his back which was cool (not in a sadistic sort of way) but it was really well done. I started cutting pictures because the blog is already going to have a lot of pictures as it is. Either way.. there were a lot of great photos.. all dramatically in black and white to show the death by moments of many competitors including memorable ones from the more well known contestants throughout the past years.
They basically lead up to the only 2 competitors to come out of the black and white film. First was the very first champion (which happens to be my all-time favorite Sasuke competitor), Kazuhiko Akiyama 秋山 和彦 , a former hairy crab fisherman from a tiny village off of Hokkaido, Japan.
Second is the most famous because of his consistency by getting to the final 3 years in a row (Sasuke 11-13) then finally beating it in Sasuke 17 and of course being in the running a good portion of the time he's competed. Of course we are talking about Makoto Nagano 長野誠 - Everyone's favorite Fishing Captain Bada$$ of the Millennium. He fishes mackerel off the coast of Kagoshima, Japan for the company that he works for Takasui Corp.
After the myriad of shots of everyone getting pwned past the Nagano victory in 2006 they move on to 2009 where they proceed to spoil everyone by showing who gets pwned where. For us geeks in our living room.. er.. uh.. computers.. we start taking mental notes..
Every year it seems there's a theme. For 21 it was Japan vs everyone and their momma not Japanese.. LOL and they were happy to have more Japanese in the latter stages. This year it seems to be the year of the rookies. This section of the blog I cut because it's only a rehash of SASUKE NAVI Spring 2009.
Ehem.. yeah.. well in all actuality this interview and photo was not in Navi.. so what if he had 2 friggin' fluff pieces in Navi.. THIS IS MAKOTO NAGANO.. sheesh.. btw.. wtf is up with his fascination for crunchy orange hair??? I mean.. it's not even summer.. at least then you can blame it on the sun and salt water.. wtf is his excuse this time? Someone has to sit Asami down.. apparently her husband is not listening.. LOL He needs to be coerced... Seeing the Navi video.. I think she should have him whooped by now :)
The show officially starts with the wipe outs of Sasuke 22 in true spoiler fashion. Totally "ooooh" and "ahhhh" and then this image flashes and I go "hey wait.. I know that ponytail.." (P.S. I don't believe she had that hideous costume from 21 either.. she looked .. normal.. which is good.. I'm not knocking it! I guess I'll find out in June when G4 re-edits the show to make it look like they owned the place.. which of course couldn't be further from the truth... (digressing badly)
Okay now comes the really really long introduction to Sasuke 22. For those geeky.. there is a mantra the announcer is actually saying culminating with everyone showing. If I'm bored I might reedit this or make another entry.. in fact... if my brain is still in tact I will copy what it is in another post later on. It's the same one every year so it's not just for Sasuke 22.
Lot of geeky overhead shots :) oooooooooh preeeeeetty :) They go through each obstacle and introduce the 2 new obstacles. New is the Circle Hammer inserted between the sextuple steps and the log grip (which they moved to the 3rd obstacle) and they replaced the flying chute with something called the Slider Jump. I'll explain it when someone gets to it.
Just as a fair warning I try to keep all names consistent (mostly to English.. First name is well. first.. and last name.. well.. last :p I do this to Asian names where usually their Family name is first).
Wow it's been a while since they let the girls from MM compete! Notice that they didn't post her age.. LOL!
Digest time again.. sorta.. Chiro チロ of the Comedy team of Bigsmalln
Death by Sextuple steps!
Ayumu Kato 加藤 歩 from Zambugle ザブングル
He actually gets pretty far! He gets to the Half Pipe Attack when he starts to run out of gas! Here he is pausing to take a breath.. he had just falled down off the spider walk portion of the Jumping Spider!
He officially ran out of gas.. Death by Half Pipe Attack
Nagano loved it!
Wow.. Yamada.. smiling? Wtf...
.. anyone still have brain bleach?? Ube.. what is he doing to his face??
PART 2 HERE