The history of the finals is as follows. From 1997-1999 we had the same final until one person finally defeated it - Kazuhiko Akiyama
秋山 和彦 our very first Champion back in Sasuke 4 on October 16, 1999
From that date to October, 2006 the same final existed until another beat that version - Makoto Nagano
長野誠 our second champion in Sasuke 17 on October 11, 2006
This final has existed since Sasuke 22 (previously no one had even gotten to the final from Sasuke 18-21) (LOL THANK YOU VENUS)
Only one person managed to get here in Sasuke 22 on March 30, 2009 - Yuuji Urushihara
The following tournament, Sasuke 23 on September 27, 2009 we had 2 more get to the final - Hitoshi Kanno
The same final exists with a time limit of 40 seconds
Born in 1984
Ahahahaah look at him doing a peace sign during his picture from his presumably 7, 5, 3
He was a former gymnast
He's the 2nd from the right
Middle here with his friends
Current day he's a Sports Instructor (or personal trainer)
Father should be Hiroyuki and his mother is Chihoko
Final: Check! Car: Check! 5 Finalists all lined up at the front with their harnesses.. Check! GET IT ON!
Eer.. as Ube says "WOMAN ON TOP!" means there will be more incentive to get there.. LOL
View from above..
Comprised of the Heavenly Ladder
ヘブンリーラダー (13 meters in length) and finishing with the G-Rope
Gロープ (10 meters in length) making the whole obstacle distance of 23 meters - approximately 75 feet high)
The 5 finalists hoping to grope their way to the top...
Haven't seen 5 guys at the final since Sasuke 3
TBS insistent spoiler on there being someone who wins so this is kinda anticlimactic after the drama from Takeda just what seems like a few minutes before but we know was a lot longer past that in real life. I have my guesses who will win.. and at this point I was still crying from Takeda so all of this was a blur.
This is his first Sasuke Final. Inn fact it's a first for the other 3 (with the exception of Yuuji who's coming back for his second try)
We've got posters!
Tried to get the rest of his friends on the other side of his parents
Getting the safety harness attached
Getting organized and waiting for the signal to start his ascent
Koji's personal cheering section
And up he goes! Pretty steady pace not too slow.. Ube and I were thinking if you get to the exchange on the G-rope by around 25 secs left or more you've got a good shot to beat it.. provided you are a good rope climber..
Hmmm it's a bit slow.. he should be at 25 or less and he's approaching 20 quickly
Yeah yeah.. It is the final, end of night.. TBS is throwing in all the commercials they saved from before.. so word of warning.. expect more interruptions from here on out.. in fact.. in the middle of all the runs..
BTW I will be blogging about Sportsman.. So excited to see Takeda smiling and happy after Sasuke 24 this particular video made me smile.. a LOT!
Back from commercials
Groping the rope.. and actually not doing badly.
Actually he's not that far by comparison to what I thought!
He's got a pretty decent rope climb!
.. almost done....
Gah.. oh well.. a HELL of a lot better than Kanno did in 23.. by a long shot..
This kid's got Really good potential to get to another final and if he works on ropes more I think he can beat this thing!
Parents cheering during his run
Kenji trying to spur him on
.. and when the Klaxon stopped
Okuyama going "oy vey"
ditto for Lee
Koji is a bit shell shocked
Yuuji probably saying too bad or something
It's hitting Koji now
And he slams his hand down on the mat
Venting his frustration
Finally getting up and looking down the hole to his family
Parents still cheering him on for a fabulous tournament for Koji!
TBS replaying his ladder climb - I think this is what ultimately killed him
Because he was actually pretty decent on the rope!
This is how close he got!
So help me if they shove him in Trials again I'm boycotting Monster 9 events...
Okuyama expressing his opinion.. all of this is still a blur.. I'm half paying attention and if I did I still wouldn't know wtf they are talking about LOL
Yuuji feeling the pressure
Kenji offering his support
Born in 1974 he's 2 years younger than me.. /cries...
LOL he's head over heels from an early age!
He's a professional rock climber
Here we are back in Taiwan during the only Trials competition they ever had
And this is him hitting the bell signifying he won the trials that ultimately led him to Sasuke 17
Where he had a spectacular debut
Beating the first stage on his very first try in Sasuke 17
He's continued strong performances ever since
Taiwan's Lee Enchi
リー・エンチ getting set for his run
Giving a high fist pump to the crowd watching
All-Stars in attendance. Takeda still looks shell shocked while the other 4 are cheering on Lee's turn
Nagano's been there for Lee this whole tourney. He knows how difficult it was for Lee to even GET HERE
Again thank you TBS for providing airfare and accommodations for him at the 11th hour for him to even compete!
Seeing him at the final was vindication for that very smart decision to get him to get here even though JET TV no longer has Sasuke in Taiwan
Here he goes! .. oh.. a bit slow
Because I was waiting for it .. it doesn't irk me as much anymore
A little slower than Koji though it was hard to tell since Lee is so tall and slender by comparison
Unfortunately he's already at 18 seconds and his foot is just coming off the ladder.. this is not good
Awww.. his rope climbing skills are no comparison to his rock climbing skills
He's considerably slower .. almost like Kanno was in 23
Time almost up and he's nowhere near the top
Very disappointing end
Still though this was a great tournament for him. I don't want to sound cliche but it is true. It's awesome he got to the final after 3 years of competing on Sasuke
All-stars reacting to seeing the time dissapear
Taiwan's Lee Enchi
リー・エンチ - Death by Time Up on G-Rope
Kenji feeling more nervous as 2 down already at the final
L.. M.. A.. O.. Check out Yuuji...
Apparently he never went to fire safety.. he's SPRAYING NEAR AN OPEN FLAME...
Okuyama getting anxious.. he's last to go tonight
TBS replaying Lee's ladder climb
Btw not sure if I mentioned this before but this is the first time since Sasuke 8 where a foreigner even made it to the final. I know Ube mentioned it though.
Well we know what Lee will be working on when he got back to Taiwan. Hopefully he'll return with better rope climbing skills
Taiwan's Lee Enchi
リー・エンチ being interviewed while the TBS guy is uhmm mounting the Chinese translator..
Again.. I don't know Chinese or Japanese.. so you are out of luck here :p
Wow.. Kenji is actually tearing up.. he's very nervous
Okuyama getting up to get ready for his as well
Yuuji is still doing everything he can to concentrate. He knows all the pressure is on him to win this now with no All-Stars left
Kenji seems to be meditating
.. more hands.. c'mon .. get with the program...
19-21, 18 had a final? how come no one told me? lol you are so silly sometimes, RR. If I get thanked for this correction, Do Itashimashte!
1. the TBS chick looks cute. Sorry can't resist.:) Ube is right about having more incentive.
2. You seem to know a lot about Japanese Culture. :)
3. Obligatory Translation :):-
At the end of his final stage, Lee replied that it ( the final ) wasn't that hard but blames it ( his failure ) on "insufficient training". Unfortunately for me, i can't see how the translator chick looks like. :p
4. Reference to Yuuji:- Maybe it is a cultural thing but based on my experiences in real life, Americans are VERY safety-conscious ( spelling? ). Nothing wrong with safety but still...err...never mind :)
5. Actually i think Takeda should be fine. :) I didn't want to be asshole but you girls ( in part 19 ) were a bit...err...again never mind...ok i am a jerk. :p
6. Don't be too hard on the "idiot announcer", he is just doing his job ie. trash-talking sports commentator.Hey! Someone has got to play the bad guy! No big deal really. :p
7. in 1 of Yuuji's photos later ( the one in the lab or something ) i can't tell which of the guys is Yuuji! Lol! Hahaha...anyone knows?
LOL Venus and your forced shout outs :p And yes you are correct.. I'm thinking 1990'something and the 19 came out. Brain fried :p
awee I'm doing what I can to understand the culture. It's when I understand that that many things make sense with what they do over there. Seeing things from the USA perspective only leaves questions but when I see it from their perspective it makes perfect sense :) (also explains why there are so many pics around that age range at temples :p )
Awwww thanks for the Lee translation :)
LOL about the open flame.. having seeing a big ball of fire come out and engulf someone when they tried to spray their hair with hairspray near a kerosene heater.. yeah.. that stuff kinda sticks to your brain :p
Ah let me be an emotional basketcase with Takeda .. considering he was the one having a coronary I was more than happy to offer my uhm.. assistance :) Yeah that's my story and I'm sticking to it!
Nah.. idiot announcer has it coming.. no other announcer was this cruel. Poking fun in the first stage is one thing as a joke.. he's mean spirited and there's no reason for it. He doesn't have "tact" and even the veteran announcers who do "jokes" and poking know when to stop and when things are appropriate. He's just an ass :p
LOL I'll get to Yuuji in a sec. I'll point him out for ya.
Ok i apologise for my impolite language & any insensitive comments. I have spent 16 years ( 2 in the army, 14 in construction ) of my time mixing with "rough" men. I am used to talking like that & more used to nastier taunts from assholes that make Iketani Yukio seem like a sweet guy. LOL! I will try my best to be more sensitive & polite. :)
Theheehhe no need to apologize :) .. er.. you haven't heard me in chat when watching Sasuke live ;)
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