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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sasuke 25 Navi - Part 1

Finally! After 5 weeks of waiting (they taped in February.. /cry) it's Sasuke 25! Navi!

It's that time again! This is Sasuke Navi - which is a 1 hour special promoting Sasuke 25! Previous Sasuke Navi's can always be found on my site (Sasuke 24, Sasuke Navi 23, Sasuke Navi 22 and Sasuke Navi 21) With better coordination this time I have to really give lots of thanks to a few fans willing to help stream paid service (WIST). Thanks to the livestreamers and thanks to Jason for helping us with the stream! Everyone online at that time was able to see it thanks to their help! It's wonderful seeing everyone support each other in viewing Sasuke.

Yuuji Urushihara 漆原裕治 - Shoe salesman (UNCLI #3)
3rd KANZENSEIHA!!!! (Sasuke 24)

Because of this historic event the designers in Monster 9 are back to the drawing board..

As you can see from the board.. it seems they are each sharing ideas for new obstacles.

And it fills a bulletin board..

The idea here is to kill Shingo.. because he is incapable of walking over water.. LOL j/k

And since the X-bridge failed.. they are thinking cylinders!!

Okay this looks.. wtf is that?

Oh I've seen this in a couple commercials..

Hmm this looks interesting...

Seems like some sort of pendulum swing..

Again from commercials.. it's that obstacle that was shown in Sasuke 23 Navi.

Salmon Ladder seems to be back

And as we thought.. they are upgrading the Cliffhanger for the 5th time.

Wow that was quick.. they are going to go through the first stage and we didn't even have to wait! LOL

The steps got some sort of upgrade and they renamed it..
These are the Dome Steps ドームステップス

This we already know: 2nd obstacle is the Rolling Maruta ローリング丸太 or what G4 calls the "Rolling Log"

The .. wow that early.. okay.. The 3rd obstacle is the Jump Hang ジャンプハング

Here's the new one: 4th obstacle is the Bridge Jump ブリッジジャンプ

View from the far end.. of the Bridge Jump ブリッジジャンプ ..

Bridge Jump ブリッジジャンプ .. it is comprised of a couple swings and then a rope in the middle that you have to jump to.
That rope is on a rail and your momentum takes you to the mat on the other side

5th obstacle.. wow 2 logs in one stage.. LOL!! Anyway.. 5th obstacle is the Log Grip ロッググリップ

Ha! I should have made a bet.. ehem.. 6th obstacle is Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 or as G4 calls it "The Warped Wall"

And because someone in M9 is sadistic by doing trampoline and this badboy the springboard... in the same stage.. LOL

Yep.. back from Sasuke 17.. it's the 7th obstacle the Circle Slider サークルスライダー

Circle Slider サークルスライダー is a ring suspended in the air that you can reach if you jump off the springboard correctly. Follow the ring down the path to get to the mat on the other side.

8th obstacle has not changed - that is the Tarzan Rope ターザンロープ

Which connects to the 9th obstacle the Rope Ladder ロープラダー which I affectionately call the Rope Wall :p

Sneak peak at the 2nd stage!

Holy crap.. they actually modified the Slider Jump... (without landing on the cargo net..)

Daytime testing on the new 1st obstacle - Slider Drop スライダードロップ

Wow.. upgrade to the Salmon Ladder.. by doing TWO of them.. this is called the Double Salmon Ladder ダブルサーモンラダー

Double Salmon Ladder ダブルサーモンラダー starts on one side.. (hard to tell but there is a figure on the right of the salmon ladder .. you mount it on the back side of the obstacle)

Double Salmon Ladder ダブルサーモンラダー requires you to JUMP WITH THE POLE by turning around and landing on the other side to complete the rest of the obstacle.. (again.. small picture I apologize)

The top part remains the same.. the 3rd obstacle and mounting is identical to Sasuke 24 - the Unstable Bridge アンステーブルブリッジ

Oh.. they are being cryptic and stopping there.. Here is construction on the Cliffhanger..

.. that's.. a doorknob??

.. and some spikey thing...

and.. more doors.. planks? Oh that was the thing that was being craned in place.. ouch..

Hmm I'll wait to blog to see if anyone made it to the 3rd stage (cough they did already spoil that.. but I'm being good!!)

Ah they give names! Obstacle 1 for the 3rd Stage is the Roulette Cylinder ルーレットシリンダー

which apparently connects directly to the door knobs.. called.. you guess it.. Doorknob Grasper ドアノブグラスパー

.. wow that is pretty huge.. if M9 was going for shock factor.. they won..

Seems the Jumping bars got an upgrade as well.. you now have to hop rings..

And from the commercial as well.. they married the pipe slider bar with the jumping bars to finish the end apparently. I see the green bar of safety!

Okay and this is where I get an aneurysm.. 47 prefectures and because I can't leave well enough alone we are about to have a geography lesson! Whoot! Actually I don't mind because I find this really cool :)

I forgot the number but several thousand entries were sent to M9..

I will have to edit names in later to speed this up while I wait for official competitor list to be translated

Though we have seen this guy before.. I'm just too tired to look for it. He owns a store btw.

Another entrant and showing how they packaged it. He put pictures, a letter and a VHS tape

Pretty clever. He did a human flag and what was hidden unfurled to a Sasuke banner!

Wow they do take all kinds of entries. This one a long letter and what appears to be a video camera tape

LOL This guy had his students all chanting while he slid across them (they are all standing in sand) then he gets up in front of the camera to introduce himself.

Another Camera tape.. oh wait. I know this guy!

I think this is Arashida but I will await confirmation

Almost positive that's him so I'll change this to reflect his name later

And .. we got power rangers..

Okay! Sasuke Trials.. WOW this is a change..

The format to Sasuke Trials is quite different than those in the past.. btw.. they wrapped around the block around the TBS main building.

Each got color coded er.. signs? whatever they are.. but they were separated into different groups.

Trials were held on the 14th of February and Monster 9 invited 120 people

Geez look how far down the hallway these people are sitting..

After warming up the 120 were broken up into groups of 30 and there were 5 events
There was 1500 meter run on a course that went up and down (you know TBS has to use that BMX course in Midoriyama somehow.. LOL)

This one here was a pull up competition apparently

There was a 50 meter dash

This was .. what do they call these.. short sprints? They are in a room.. gah there's a name for it by my brain is blocking it out..
Thanks Sessfan! It's called the Shuttle Run

There was a balance test where they walked across a pipe

Okay! now for the geography lesson!
Shikoku region of Japan this is the Prefecture of Kagawa 香川県

Prefecture of Kagawa 香川県

Here we find a priest

Again.. will edit his name later.. The prefectures alone are slowing this blog down for me LOL (btw they showed him playing hackysack after this)

Now another storefront in Kagawa

He is an Udon Shop owner and right now I don't know his name.. LOL

In the Chūbu Region of Japan is the Prefecture of Niigata 新潟県

Prefecture of Niigata 新潟県

Where we find a carrot farmer

Who apparently skiis...

And did well in the shuttle run section of the Trials

And the 50 meter run!

Now just to the south in the Chūbu Region of Japan is the Prefecture of Toyama 富山県
Prefecture of Toyama 富山県

Apparently the home of a photographer

Staying in the Chūbu Region again we have the Prefecture of Aichi 愛知県

Prefecture of Aichi 愛知県

Where we find a humble chicken farmer

We are back at the line again and they are showing the other portion of Trials that did not include actual physical aptitude

Here is what I call the wildcard positions. Competitors chosen by a 5 minute performance segment in front of a judge

Where you had to perform a talent

Or go nekkid.. LOL

This guy was able to peel an apple with his teeth in one continuous motion

They had dancing as well


Balance tricks

.. and cooking eggs while in a super hero uniform..

This was doing mime/performance art

This guy could fold a frying pan with his bare hands..

Time to take a tour again! Staying in the Chūbu Region of Japan we are at the Prefecture of Shizuoka 静岡県

Prefecture of Shizuoka 静岡県

Apparently frying pan bending guy has a salmon ladder among other things in his property

and 2 opinionated daughters ages 5 and 9 years old

and a wife with no age! LOL

We happen cross over the line to the Kantō Region of Japan to the Prefecture of Kanagawa 神奈川県

Prefecture of Kanagawa 神奈川県

Where we hav.. wtf.. OMG RYO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW! FINALLY HOLY MOT.. IT's friggin' RYO!!

Sorry.. it's about time.. FINALLY we see him return to Sasuke. Okay.. for those who don't know who this is and follow my blog.. SHAME on on you.. ehem.. This is Ryo Matachi 又地諒 (better known as #2 Cliffer)

For us fans in SMF we follow his blog and YouTube almost.. daily..

Oh.. LOL wow.. this event was tailor made for Ryo...

Aahahahahah he's smiling because he TRAINED LIKE CRAZY for this event! Wow.. he won the competition by doing 42 pull ups. LOL

Ryo Matachi 又地諒 (#2 Cliffer) talking about how if he continued the training he was doing at the pace that he has his results will show that maybe he could pass stage 1 (which is what he wants).

Heading south again.. this time to the Kansai Region is the Prefecture of Hyōgo 兵庫県

Prefecture of Hyōgo 兵庫県

I think this is the home of someone who did well in the shuttle run as well

And apparently came 2nd in the 1500 meter competition

And apparently has gaggle of girlfriends..

Ladies man!

Back up the other way to the Kantō Region this is the Prefecture of Chiba 千葉県

Prefecture of Chiba 千葉県

We have another storefront

Oh hey I recognize him!! I'm told he's an electrician

LOL They caught him in his pajamas.. and they just told him he is invited to Sasuke 25!

He wakes up his wife...

If ya'll remember when I blogged about this (this is Sasuke 21 Trials that ran during the summer of 2008)

He was in the group that represented the All-Stars - his was Bunpei and we went down in the .. oh oh.. he went down in the Circle Slider!

Poor guy was also in the Sasuke 22 Trials where he got to the final only to miss the final jump!

And even then I didn't know his name.. will revisit this later!

And again! He was in Sasuke 23 Trials and failed there as well. Poor guy..

Aww he got married this year!

Back to this Trials.. he was also doing well in the Pull ups

And seemed to have placed first in the 50 meter dash

Poor guy is having hysterics while his wife is beside herself with pride (also in pajamas.. LOL)

YAY WE GET TO SEE BUNPEI!!!! Hmm.. this is the 2nd time they tie him to Bunpei.. what is the connection? Do they .. well.. they all kinda know each other by now..

Awww he's still doing rehab for his knee..

This is All-Star Bunpei Shiratori 白鳥文平

Oh.. he was a guest speaker.. at his wedding?? Wow!! I'll toast to having Bunpei!!

I'll toast to that! LOL (btw.. GORGEOUS bride!)

Lucky bastard gets to visit All-Star Bunpei Shiratori 白鳥文平 too!

I have no idea what they are discussing here but I assume he's telling him he's FINALLY in the Sasuke.

He's bowing to his eminence.. I like him already :)

All-Star Bunpei Shiratori 白鳥文平 speaking and I don't care what he is saying.. IT'S BUNPEI! PLEASE get well soon we MISS YOU!!



Rufus said...


Bless you, child. Bless you.

TigerOfHaughton said...

Good to see Bunpei. He's still having trouble with his knee? I'll remember to pray for him. I've been praying for him for his back. I didn't know he was still having problems with his knee. I'll keep praying for him.

Panther said...

*bows to the wonderfulness that is Elsie and kisses your feet*

You are the bomb. Thanks for oing these.

Arsenette said...

Yeah I was pretty shocked to see him in Navi but it did answer the question on how he's doing. Not sure what happened.. maybe surgery? If so it's going to be a while for him to come back :(

Jelena said...

Your comments are superb, Arsenette! As usual, mind you! :)

Anonymous said...

1. Great Navi commentary & pics! :)

2. The new proposed sideways Kabe kicks ass! LOVED IT! Is it even humanly possible? Maybe the reason the idea was dropped cause even testers can't do it. Think about it...that new Kabe could be the
stage 1 version of cliff-hanger. :)

3. Nice to see Bunpei. Not so nice that he is still injured. :(