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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sasuke 24 - Spoilerific Review - Part 20




Sasuke spoilerific review ;) Warning.. incoming blog of Sasuke 24.. if you don’t want to know.. you have been warned :D For a preview of this event.. Please see SASUKE NAVI FALL 2010 (1 hour review of Sasuke 24 with fluff pieces of all the major players in the upcoming Sasuke!) and the SASUKE PREVIEW SHOW that aired an hour before the official broadcast. Bare with me.. this show was 5 1/2 hour long (not including the specials..).. Aww man the tragedy in Haiti really threw me for a loop.. spent a good portion of the mornings watching TV and reading online. Oh.. and as Ube says: If you are from the G4 Forums, DON'T POST THIS THERE. They expect everyone to stick their head in the sand and pretend it doesn't exist..


(Massive thanks to Ube for his help on the names in English and Japanese of all the competitors!!)

Fellow finalists Koji Hashimoto 橋本亘司 and Kenji Takahashi 高橋 賢次

Kenji Takahashi 高橋 賢次 and Koji Hashimoto 橋本亘司

Taiwan's Lee Enchi リー・エンチ

Yuuji Urushihara 漆原裕治

Yoshiyuki Okuyama 奥山義行

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

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

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 漆原裕治

The following tournament, Sasuke 23 on September 27, 2009 we had 2 more get to the final - Hitoshi Kanno 菅野仁志

and reaching the final for the 5th time - Makoto Nagano 長野誠

The same final exists with a time limit of 40 seconds

This time.. they are giving out a Car! The Nissan FUGA

Koji Hashimoto 橋本亘司

Kenji Takahashi 高橋 賢次

Taiwan's Lee Enchi リー・エンチ

Yoshiyuki Okuyama 奥山義行

Yuuji Urushihara 漆原裕治

First up getting all harnessed up is Koji Hashimoto 橋本亘司

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)

Climbing girders

Father should be Hiroyuki and his mother is Chihoko

Veteran announcer Keisuke Hatsuta 初田 啓介 is back for the final.. yay!!

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.

Koji Hashimoto 橋本亘司 is up first!

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

Koji Hashimoto 橋本亘司 - timer is set

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.

Klaxon blaring..

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

Koji Hashimoto 橋本亘司 - Death by Time up on G-Rope

Aww man!!!

Yuuji probably saying too bad or something

It's hitting Koji now

Frustration prevails

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!

Koji Hashimoto 橋本亘司 expressing his frustration

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

Taiwan's Lee Enchi リー・エンチ is up next!

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...


VenusHeadTrap said...

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!

Anonymous said...

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?

Arsenette said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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. :)

Arsenette said...

Theheehhe no need to apologize :) .. er.. you haven't heard me in chat when watching Sasuke live ;)