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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Sasuke 24 - Spoilerific Review - Part 4




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..).. Geez I thought I was kidding about getting sick.. I'll have to slow down how I do this so bare with me! 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!!)

Hey I recognize that face! Another STQ'er.. this time one one from Sasuke 23
Naoya Tajima 田島直弥 運送業 (Delivery man)

This was him beating the first stage in Sasuke 23

Thanks guys for the correction on the box that shows up.. That's basically the "who's coming next". They are using titles rather than names in some cases .. for example.. Mr. Sasuke is coming up in the box (see the middle block).

He has a funky way of doing the spider walk.. his foot is always crooked.. LOL

Whoot first shot up the wall!

I know this is faster Ube.. but this scares the living crap out of me... luckily his foot did not touch the water

WOW awesome! He's annihilated the first stage!!

Wow a full 20 seconds left!!!

73 have gone and 3 have cleared!!!

Naoya Tajima 田島直弥 - FIRST STAGE CLEAR on back to back Sasuke's! GO STQ'ERS!! (er.. STQ means Sasuke Trials Qualifiers)

Reverse angle from the Slider Jump. I wonder if it's the same distance from 23? or further back like it was in 22?

Naoya Tajima 田島直弥 - one happy man :)

Fellow STQ'ers Yuuji Urushihara 漆原裕治 and Hitoshi Kanno 菅野仁志 are ecstatic that one of their own has passed again!

Coming soon is Koji Hashimoto 橋本亘司 (on the left) and he looks petrified.. LOL

Menudo hang on.. boy band Shinsengumi Rien 新撰組リアン
Yoshiya Seki 関義哉 on the right is going first

boy band Shinsengumi Rien 新撰組リアン
Oh P.S. I'm disappointed no one got 20 point reference I made on the blog during Navi about what I thought they were doing in practice.. :p I guess it's too obscure :D
At least we don't get to hear the friggin' promoter/manager/whoever he was hawking their new C.D. MAN that was annoying during 23..

Yoshiya Seki 関義哉 - Death by Jumping Spider

.. his fellow band-mate can care less.. wtf.. he's too busy making love to Sasuke Spray..

.. is that a girl?

It's dark haired Cloud!! Wait.. it's Tetsuji Sakakibara 榊原徹士

This is him getting pwned in Sasuke 23

Mr. Sasuke seems interested... oh wait.. they are starting to bring up the countdown.. almost time for his run..

But first.. commercials.. It's TAKEDA!!!! This Thursday (January 7th) is Sportsman #1 featuring Takeda, Shingo and Nagano on the Monster box (and like 47 others.. lmfao)

He is quite pleased with himself!!! (Please check times here as to when this airs and yes.. don't complain about the fact that it's a school ... morning.. It's Japanese prime time :p )

Btw these are the 2 commercials they showed

Doh.. almost identical to Ishimaru's run!

Bam.. disqualified as well - he landed on the support platform holding the trampoline (automatic course out)

"oh that is not good"..
Mr. Sasuke looks anxious.. he's coming soon™

Tetsuji Sakakibara 榊原徹士 - Death by Disqualification/Course out at Jumping Spider

Fast Forward time!
Kouhei Kato 加藤康平 - Death by Log Grip

Kota Honma 本間晃汰 ジャグリング消防士 (Juggling Firefighter) - Death by Jumping Spider

Gah.. SMF kids will be disappointed.. but at least he was shown.. he was completely cut from Sasuke 23 though he competed. Damn he's 19 already? Geez I'm getting old - anyway.. check out the fact that he totally took out the front covering of the Trampoline! LOL

Ya Takahashi 高橋矢 酔拳の使い手 (Drunken fist user) - Death by X-Bridge (someone link YaFail.mp3 LOL)

Hirokazu Oyama 大山大和 - Muscle Musical マッスルミュージカル - Death by Half Pipe Attack

Masataka Kubota 窪田正孝 俳優 (Actor) - Death by Log Grip

Hiromitsu Takahashi 高橋博光 - Muscle Musical マッスルミュージカル - Death by Time Up on the Warped Wall

And Yamada is starting to feel the pressure (take a drink.. that's a Descente Logo)

But first.. WHOOT Another STQ'er!
Jun Sato 佐藤惇 高校3年生 (3rd year high school student (that's Senior for us in the USA)

LOL he barely looks up as he's busy making love to Sasuke Spray.
Video of him is showing that he's a Freerunner. This is his 3rd trip to Sasuke. He qualified for 21 and 23 through Trials and defeated Stage 1 his last time out

Dang he's pretty tall to make the Log Grip look that tiny.. Hang on 172 cm.. he's only 5'6"?

Hard crash on the Log Grip

.. oh oh.. he's having problems.. he immediately got up and grabbed his shoulder..

Yeah he's in pain :(

Still makes the Jumping Spider though!

Doing well on the HPA as well

First try up the wall!!

He's flinging himself over the Jump Hang part of the Slider Jump

Actually didn't take a lot of time.. he luckily didn't get hung up on the netting

Still plenty of time to get up the wall!

Struggling a bit to get up top..

Jun makes it with plenty of time to spare!

78 up and 4 clears now!

Mr. Sasuke is unaffected



Owwwwww... I hope he recovers :(

Through the magic of television.. 78 goes directly to 80... It seems they are skipping #79 to show Mr. Sasuke. They have already started the 50 million interviews they do to big name competitors

Jun Sato 佐藤惇 is relieved to have made it back to Stage 2

Yep they are skipping #79 to bring you Katsumi's date with destiny - will he or won't he pass stage 1.. if he doesn't the threat of retirement is there.. again..

The All-Stars Gather to get ready for Katsumi's run while he gets acquainted with his old pal Sasuke Spray..

Take a drink.. prerequisite Sasuke 10 "Sasuke is my life" crying video

They like showing him in his part time jobs.. here he is working steel in his wife's family's business

This is what he has been doing lately.. and no as funny as we like saying it.. it's not hotdogs.. he sells beer at baseball games.

Yet another Stage 1 I'm retiring declaration.. this time in the picturesque beach (man after all that snow I got last week that looks .. awesome...)

LOL It looks like Takeda is putting on surgical gloves in this picture with his hands blurred..

Jedi Master Takeda presiding over this caning ritual again

I swear someone wrote something on the Sasuke Spray.... seriously.. anyone can make out what is on it? it's usually covered completely in paper to cover up the brand name.. LMFAO is someone sent him Sasuke Spray for real... they Ube's idea if they did! LOL!!

Wow.. Takeda is putting a lot of Oomph into this..

Dang that.. hurts...

Yamada does a battle cry or is him yelling OOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW? We will never know..

TBS showing us a sun .. setting.. as they cue up his famous theme (instrumental version)
(His theme song is called 幻夜 (Genya) is from the 六三四 MUSASHI album Far East Groove)

And the 10 tourney elusive final gate to Stage 1

.. and TBS cracks out the chart of suckitude.. did I explain how evil TBS is? Seriously?

Toshihiro Takeda 竹田敏浩

Bunpei Shiratori 白鳥文平

Makoto Nagano 長野誠

Shingo Yamamoto 山本進悟 (with Kazuhiko Akiyama 秋山 和彦 behind him.. blond..)
All of the All-Stars are here and accounted for this historic moment

Katsumi Yamada 山田勝己 - Mister Sasuke
(At least TBS didn't allow stupid idiot announcer to strip his title..)

DOH slipped on the 12 steps???

But first.. these commercials...

Katsumi Yamada 山田勝己 miraculously unscathed back at the starting line..

Okay he did pass the steps.. now he's staring at his old nemesis the Jumping Spider.. he takes a DEEEP breathe and takes his time setting up..

And up.. he's done this before...

Okay solid foot placement.. he's okay for this run

HPA done if not for a small trip on the landing platform - recovered well though (i.e. he didn't Shingo into the water...)

Nemesis #2.. The &%$# warped wall..

Dooooooh just inches out of reach

He's pacing again..

Tries again this time with his right hand.. almost exact position.. I can swear he's touching the top but can't get his fingers to wrap around the ledge

And the now famous spoiler from the top of the show.. Takeda and Nagano freaking out..

They are watching as he goes up to the ledge

And as he slides down..

Nagano knows this is over especially given the time left on the clock...

Time is literally disappearing as he paces to get himself to decide if he's going to continue going for it.

I'm convinced now this is entirely mental. He can do this in his sleep..

Yuuji and Kanno are agreeing with me.. this is painful to watch

Especially when you know someone is capable but can't get past the mental block

He's going for it one last time

Not even close this time.. so not like 23 where he made it to the Slider Jump before time ran out and he fell in

At this point it's just painful for anyone to watch

Seems he's actually going to try one more time. He's pacing a lot so it's hard to tell what he's thinking at the moment other than sheer frustration at the turn of events

Touching the ledge again

But back down he goes and falls on his back sliding the length of the all back down

And thus ends the reign of Mr. Sasuke
Btw.. the announcer actually said "Arigato Mr. Sasuke Katsumi".. I guess in recompense for him being an a$$ to him in the previous tourney?

Nagano can't even come up with words or emotions. You can tell they knew it was going to happen. It's like watching in slow motion a movie you've seen 100 times. You know the ending already so it's hard to get all worked up one way or the other.

TBS reminding you that he conquered at least one demon - The Jumping Spider

His run to the HPA as the All-Stars watch

The slight trip on the landing of the HPA but soon recovered

.. he had it.. I knew it.. he had it..

And the final slide down.. that had to burn.... could also explain the marks on his back.. probably from his own Warped Wall at home.

Can see the All-Stars just watching in silence as Yamada takes a moment to sigh

TBS is famous for these.. moments they like replaying over and over.. this will be one of them I'm sure.

The prerequisite escorting of the course for the former star/competitor, etc. (similar to Kane Kosugi walking in the rain back to a van). They seem to like parting shots

Nagano comforting his friend as Yamada covers his face

At least he did me the favor of not doing huge antics like he did before. He's quietly leaving without a fuss... just overcome by the emotion.

The last image of Mr. Sasuke as a competitor - as least as TBS would want us to believe. Only time will tell for sure.


Jelena said...

I know he's become sort of silly over all these years, but still you have to be amazed by his passion... I really DO hope he'll quit after this attempt, for his own sake.

ArtemisFowljr said...

Man, I'm sorry for him.
Even if I've never been a huge fan (He's behaved too cocky and did too much antics for me), I'm stil sad; I would have liked to see him pass the damn First Stage. He gave everything for Sasuke, and he shouldn't have.
I hope not to see him begging to come back in Sasuke 25: that would be pathetic.

P.S. Elsie, this was the quickest blogging speed I've ever seen!

Arsenette said...

Hey Jelena welcome back :) I agree about the quitting part for Yamada. He's already lost so much. He lost the respect and support of his entire family (maybe not as much from his son from what I hear) where they don't even want to appear on camera with him anymore. He doesn't support his family with a stable job anymore.. and he basically forfeited 13 years of his life for glory on an game show.. really sad.

LOL you posted that Arty as soon as I was already working on part 5 :p

Anonymous said...

it may be offensive to Yamada's fans but IMHO this could be the best thing for Yamada. Get his Real Life back in order. Actually i secretly hoped he set his life right first & then get back on sasuke as a dark-horse competitor. He should be a happy competitor, fail or succeed.
Treat sasuke for what it is ( ie. game show ). Like Kenjiro or mr Octopus. Cheer for his fellow mates like Bunpei. Heresey for his die-hard fans but i believe ironically this is maybe what the "gods of Mt. Midoriyama" want for him. :)

TigerOfHaughton said...

I felt bad for Yamada seeing him fail like that. That made me cry. I hope he does come back at some point. Even if he isn't in Sasuke 25, I hope he comes back for Sasuke 26.
Btw, the yell he did when Takeda thumped him wasn't a yelp of pain. That was a "kiai" or "spirit shout." I do those all the time at martial arts tournaments. It impresses the judges and adds power to my strikes. It also helps me to be less nervous. That's probably why Yamada did that, to boost his confidence and to help him relax. Deep breathing helps you relax, and a kiai is basically deep breathing with a yell added to it. Also, if you exhale right as you get hit, it makes the hit hurt less. That could've had something to do with it, too, considering how hard Takeda hits.

Arsenette said...

Teheheh Tiger :) I had an idea that Yamada was doing that since usually yells on his own when he is introduced or something in the past few years. It's just funny when you put the what I consider the barbaric ritual that Nagano adores and put in my own quotes and stuff to lighten the mood. I did not however know the name of what that shout is. That's cool. I know I'm too clumsy to time something like that.. I'd be like Shingo and mess it all up and scream too early or too late.. LOL

Hey Awee I totally missed ya while I was putting up part 7 (Currently working on getting 8 out today before I got to bed.. lol). I do agree a lot with your assessment. I hope he can patch things up at home and start over. Just sad really. Who's to say that fans wouldn't get him out of retirement again. TBS would bow to that pressure after all this is about ratings after all and if they want to see someone they will bring him out. He's done a lot for TBS over the years for them to abandon him now.

TigerOfHaughton said...

I don't know that Shingo would mess it up. You mentioned Shingo holding his breath when Takeda was about to hit him. It may be that he was doing that so that he could exhale right as Takeda thumped him. I'm learning about the deep breathing stuff because I just learned a new kata, the sanchin kata. It's almost more of a meditation exercise than a kata. Sensei says it's really one of the most important kata, because you learn to throw a punch, to take a punch, and to breathe deeply. Because sanchin is a deep-breathing kata, it is the only empty-hand kata in Isshinryu that does not have a kiai in it. Sanchin is a relaxing kata anyway, so it doesn't really need one. The other kata have kiai in them. The kiai does help with confidence. Actually, Takeda mentioned that once. Levi asked him and Nagano what they do to relax besides hitting each other. Takeda said "It depends. Sometimes we scream." The way that translated is funny, but he was talking about the kiai. He's right, that does help.

Arsenette said...

Shingo was clearly laughing through most of it so I doubt he was really concentrating which I thought was really cute and funny. Never heard of him being into martial arts at all unlike Nagano who lived and breathed it until his adult life though that doesn't mean Shingo hasn't at least heard of it. Shingo is a lone wolf in Sasuke who's associated with everyone simply because he's been there the longest. It's nice seeing them play with each other as they have lately. It's nice he has been able to take time to be with them outside of Sasuke so they can get to know each other better. I think it's benefited everyone seeing them get closer and better friends.

TigerOfHaughton said...

Sorry I haven't commented on this one for a while. My computer is acting weird. I don't know if the All-Stars are still into martial arts, but most likely they've all done it at some point. I read somewhere that in Japanese schools that's what they do for P.E. I dunno if Shingo continued doing martial arts after he finished school, but he probably did at least some basic karate or judo when he was in school.

Arsenette said...

Not all Japanese schools are the same. To my knowledge Shingo grew up in Tokyo or Tokyo area and was heavily in track and not martial arts. I understand what you are going at but I do not believe he has the background. Please remember that Nagano grew up in a different area of the country and was heavily influenced by what he saw on TV and did Martial arts on his own since he was a child emulating his heroes on television. He did not learn it in school. He was self taught as kids emulating things like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles did in your generation and Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan for mine. Bunpei also falls in this category where his life was heavily centered around track and not martial arts. Everyone around the world is exposed to martial arts but that doesn't make them a heavy student for it. Nothing is wrong with not studying martial arts and I don't see why Shingo should be put or not put in that category.

As far as the "caning ritual" as I call it .. that has always been a Nagano thing that Takeda embraced strongly due to their friendship. Since TBS caught on to it and kept showing it on air they made it sorta like a ritual that others emulated. Shingo up to now has never participated in it and he was clearly uncomfortable with it. It's not everyone's cup of tea but it's cute how all the All-Stars banded together as one team when we all know by now that they are put together by the television show and don't keep up with each other unless it's event related. Nothing wrong with that either. Considering they managed to stay together as long as they have being an artificially fused group.. it's nice to see they all get along in some measure over the span of time.