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(Massive thanks to Ube for his help on the names in English and Japanese of all the competitors!!)
Ahahahaha Yuuji Urushihara 漆原裕治 actually told Nagano "Aww man.. #99 is really heavy!!" (meaning the pressure of being 99 is daunting)
Both Shingo and Nagano (who have been that number) find it hysterical...
Nagano retorts with basically "HA! Try being 100!!".. as he pats the #100 saddlecloth attached to his leg. Aahahahahhaah I love Nagano.
Poor Yuuji got not comfort :p He's all sheepish now. Nagano's still laughing.
Yuuji got that number by virtue of him being the finalist of Sasuke 22.
Aahahhah Yuuji is great for these screenshots. His face is always so animated. He's gulping water just as the reporter asks some stupid question about whether or not he's nervous.. uhm.. duh..
TBS reminding you of today's proceedings. 98 up and 14 cleared!
Yuuji Urushihara! 漆原裕治 standing at the Start line must likely peeing his pants he's so nervous. The previous #99's (Shingo, Nagano and Yamada) standing just behind him offering support.
Wow.. he really is nervous.. he just saw Sato go down in flames..
Smile for the Cameras and crowd Yuuji Urushihara! 漆原裕治
.. prays.. LOL Poor guy. He wanted the attention.. I'm sure he's regretting it now....
Survived the Jumping Spider which took out Sato just before him.
Dismounting the Half Pipe Attack.. but .. wait.. he's still running.. with the rope.. LOL
Doh.. Don't follow in Kanno's footsteps!! LOL He's back up the wall again...
Okay.. decided to get off the obstacle..
Tries to Takeda up the wall but bricks...
Getting ready for his next shot up the Warped Wall..
SQUEEEEEEAK.. just makes it up the wall.
Taking a deep breath as he goes to the Slider Jump
Cool he actually got it pretty high up
.. and seeing what it did to the others.. grabs himself to steady himself instead of going face first into the netting.
Good time going into the Tarzan Rope
Ack.. he caught it waaaaaaay low.. he's got to hurry!
Struggling to get up he starts to hear the warning siren..
In the clear he does his thumbs up to the crowd
Phew.. survived it.. Yuuji Urushihara 漆原裕治 in the clear!
Make that FIFTEEN to Stage 2!!
Nagano making love to Sasuke Spray
while the others watch Yuuji clear.
Nagano trying to concentrate while a relaxed Shingo is clapping.
.. geez.. pressure is mounting on the guy.
Yuuji Urushihara 漆原裕治 is relieved to clear Stage 1.
.. friggin' TBS asking about how is the pressure of being 100 again.. or some nonsense like that..
Nagano just laughs and Takeda is wondering what the reporter is smoking to ask him such a stupid question right before his run...
Nagano just smiles..
Yuuji's words to the reporter after stage 1 run are "it was close. Even more so than last time....I feel relieved/calm. 99 was daunting!" (thanks colindesu)
Time for pain.. In attendance to the ritual caning... are Yamada, Brian, Levi, Lee and Shingo. Overseeing the ceremony is Takeda.. as usual.. Nagano bows in observance..
Nagano knows he's going to get whacked after smacking the living crap out of Takeda earlier.. and remembers they didn't switch towels..
Yeah.. he felt that in his spleen...
Takeda looks back to see if Nagano took it like a man :p
Speaking of taking it like a man.. this is Nagano insanely testing the dismount of the Slider jump ON CONCRETE!! Dude needs his brain checked..
Oh look a kitty! Asami holding up their 3 month old son Kaiou while the family looks on (his boss Mr. Takasu is on the far right of the screen with that grin of his)
He's adorable... Just LOOK at those little fat cheeks! I wanna eat him!
Daddy says "Hiiiiiiiii" .. awww :)
Oh for the love of everything holy.. they keep adding pressure.. I mean seriously.. I sucked the last time, the announcer was screaming for me to retire, they brought my family over and the kid is awake and alert, EVERYONE passed before me it would suck if I failed now, Yuuji is mounting pressure on me since he passed too and it would suck if I didn't, wow my back hurts.. stupid Takeda slapped me harder than usual.. I don't think I like those new red towels.. nice gesture but doesn't absorb impact at all..
Nagano endures the 45 minute announcer soliloquy about Poseidon coming from the Oceans to claim victory on land with his offspring in attendance to seize victory from the jaws of defeat.. blah blah blah.. you know.. Oh btw.. For those who care - His theme is now playing - "Last Battle" from X (TV Series) OST 2
Nagano is still waiting for the announcer to just STFU and let him do his run...
Makoto Nagano 長野誠 still waiting for the announcer to let him do his run...
Crowd is going wild.. he just keeps turning over and bowing and smiling and bowing and smiling.. announcer still talking.. crowd roars again.. LOL
But first.. Smoking.. or Non-Smoking..
.. wtf.. Beer commercials in Japan are .. wow...
Holy .. a Japanese Businessman rapping.. that's just wrong...
Oh hell.. Kunoichi looks retarded.. it reminds me of Takeshi's Castle
now (er.. MXC
for you in the West)..
Makoto Nagano 長野誠 still waiting to run...
Holy crap he's flying...
Clearing the HPA with ease
Laughing on Shingo's memorial...
Whiff on the first try up the wall :p
Getting set up to go on the next run up the Warped Wall
Not a problem and he motors through
Getting set up for the Slider Jump that took him down the last time...
He's.. wait.. what is he doing?
Takeda's reaction was priceless
But the All-Stars are partially laughing.. in disbelief...
Shingo especially.. stunned and laughing at the sheer absurdity of the moment.. I mean.. he fell again!
Shingo pointing out the obvious..
He let go.. waaaaaaay too early!
Even Yamada is stunned..
Takeda opens his eyes to see his friend come out of the water..
Yuuji and Kanno's reaction was just priceless.. by far the best WTF faces ever recorded..
Yuuji's high pitched voice was at dog level.. "EEEEEEEEEEHHHHHH?????????"
Yuuji's feeling it internally..
Kanno's too stunned to talk...
Never in a million years would I think a Levi reaction would actually make my highlight reel..
Usually he's as animated as a doorknob.. a common trait among a lot of the ANC competitors.. LMFAO
But Levi was downright priceless..
Genuine shock coming from Levi
And now the reason he made my highlight reel...
Wait for it...
... lol DON'T READ LIPS!!!!!!
And now for Wife's reaction.. Awww she hasn't noticed yet that Kaiou spit up his lunch..
Whoops.. and there goes baby.. (and NO she didn't drop her son to the ground...)
Now for the record (as my friend Jason points out :p ) What I wrote in personal chat was not what I wrote on the boards on my reaction to this..
I was partially spoiled as to how Nagano did so THIS reaction was not at all what I anticipated.. I mean.. at all.. You'll see why in a second..
Nagano seemed to find something.. because clearly something was wrong.. usually at this point he's laughing out of embarrassment for screwing up big time.. but.. not this time..
He's CLEARLY pissed...
SOMETHING IS WRONG!!!!!!
Cut back to Takeda's face (you can tell how fast the reaction out Nagano was.. it was just seconds after the fall)
Dude.. something's way off...
And he sees it..
Takeda talking about him releasing too early..
Something pulled him back clearly...
Nagano tells him that something caught the bar?
You can hear the ANW guys say "that's BOGUS" in the background
Let's see that again..
Looking good so far...
He actually had the bars pretty straight this time.. none of this dancing around nonsense he did the last time
BOOM right there! See it? The bar just STOPPED like 3 feet from the end!
Noticing that this was far as the bar was going to .. he let go to try to get to the Jump Hang.
But clearly he was waaaaaay off ...
And was so far off he couldn't catch anything to hang on to
The bar is still resting at the last position.. well behind it's intended position..
Oh boy.. the safety rope that keeps a hold of the bar used got caught!
Yep.. it's wedged in there by the force of the pull..
Nagano is pissed.. as the guys go back to the start.
Remind me not to piss him off...
Flustered, angered and gipped.. he's is NOT a happy camper..
Announcer blabbing in the background about the severity of the situation, etc. etc..
Then all of a sudden.. He says something I can't understand that gets Takeda roaring in a fit of LAUGHTER
Nagano's still pondering the words but Takeda cannot help himself and he starts CACKLING
Yamada is unfazed.. but Takeda is just laughing up a storm. Nagano turns around with a big WTF face.. At this point you hear Shingo's voice also cackling..
I had to ask for a translation:
The announcer says, "長野．．．もう一度！．．．”
"Nagano... Mou ichido!..."
"Mou ichido" literally means "once more" or "once again".
So he basically just announced that "Nagano will try it again one more time!"
Due to the obvious wear and tear the first stage does to your body, Takeda and Shingo laugh at the ridiculous idea that he's going to try to do it yet again because they know how ridiculously impossible that would be.
Announcer says it twice.. Yamada cracks a smile.. Nagano is not laughing but Shingo and Takeda can't stop cackling..
Takeda still looking for Nagano to react to this absurd situation..
They look back to see if the Announcer is drunk...
Nagano just shakes his head in disbelief while laughter is still heard
Nagano's just .. wow.. Announcer is clearly out of his mind...
Kanno looking utterly hot right now.. despite the fugly goatee (I hate facial hair..) while Yuuji is talking about something I don't understand. That's okay I'm not paying attention to him anyway.. I'm heavily distracted at that incredible body that boy...
Kanno (and I) are still stunned.. while Yuuji can't believe the turn of events..
"Yuuji's voice was at dog level"
And I noticed he wore his lucky li'l lavender MaryJane shoes. Dude needs to a pair of lucky drawers to match. Put him in contact with Richard King!
For the last picture between Urushihara and Kanno...
I think they were talking how/why Nagano gotten a second chance.
I don't read Japanese at all (you know that), but in both of their speeches the word 'no' came out. That letter in Chinese (I know a little =P) basically means not.
I guess they were saying: The run was not valid or something, or it didn't happen.
Wonder whether Yuji's ballet slippers will become fashionable...
Thanks for the priceless expressions! And the slo mo on Nagano's run and Kaiou's spit up. (Too cute!)
Yuuji's shoes are actually Nike Air Rift shoes.
They're quite fashionable actually. I've seen a few people wear these around when they came out back in 2000. I guess they still sell them in stores in Japan.
LOL I like the idea of the Lavender Mary Janes.. heck they could be tabi sneakers but hell .. WHY LAVENDER!?! Just makes it funnier.. Like saying Yamada sells hotdogs when clearly it's beer he's selling at ball games.
Hey Nova :) I figured it was something mundane like that. That's usually when I just wing it and go wtf.. let's make it up ahahahaha
LOL Chaki on the baby spit up. I was thinking that's.. going to be all over the place.. it's like one of those doll babies you push their belly.. and.. well.. you've had kids.. LOL
Ok, the picture of Nagano and Takeda with the caption of how it feels to be #100 again has got to be the best one ever of those two hotties!
I won't blather on about how hot those two look - but I don't think you had enough pics of those two! :)
Great commentary also. The expressions on all their faces are priceless - especially Takeda laughing when the announcer tells everyone Nagano gets to go again - he's like, "better you than me my friend!"
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