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Sasuke spoilerific review ;) Warning.. incoming blog of Sasuke 25.. if you don’t want to know.. you have been warned :D For a preview of this event.. Please see SASUKE 25 NAVI 1 hour review of Sasuke 25 with fluff pieces of all the major players in the upcoming Sasuke!). 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..
UBE'S Sorta-LIVE-BLOG FOR SASUKE 25 IS HERE!
Massive thanks to Ube for his help on the names in English and Japanese of all the competitors!! Thanks to scnoi and Sasukepedia
and the SASUKE データサイト
(Data site) for the kanji.
Up next is our 2nd Champion on Sasuke.. apparently ditching his trademark black wifebeater™ for something so tight you think it came out of a can...
Everyone repping Descente.. I swear I'm looking at a 4 hour advertisement...
But it's Nagano dammit.. I don't care! :)
That is where our favorite Captain Fisherman is from originally (and still spends a lot of time in)
Nagano's ship the 28th Konpira Maru 第二十八 金比羅丸
(Translation for 28th is actually the age in which he became captain of this ship)
He's been working as a fisherman for more than half his life at this point (right out of junior high)
This is how they fish. One of the many ships Takasui employs gets on one side with one side of the netting
While Nagano's ship is on the other side with the other netting
His boat is there to carry the payload back to the docks to be processed while the bigger main ships stay out collecting the fish.
He does this for 25 days out of the month, 12 months out of the year for a total of 300 days a year. Yes.. he only has 5 days a month off..
Back in 2006, on his 4th trip to the finals he finally won Sasuke 17.
Here he is in January, 2009 during his wedding.. Yes.. that was his wedding cake topper. The Final Stage Tower!
Makoto and his new bride Asami 阿
紗 美 (who looked breathtaking that day)
6 months later their first child was born
This is their son Kaiou 塊王 who was born in June, 2009
The last tournament ended in disappointment as he failed in the 1st Stage
Since then he's been training hard (see? he doesn't have obstacles! LOL) any way he could get in training
Kaiou 塊王 who now 9 months old (time flies) and Asami 阿
紗 美 watch Makoto train
It's so cute he never takes his eyes off Daddy!
Apparently Daddy is doing something spectacular dominating his attention
Pull ups with a jump on top
Now to the present as we get set for the very solemn Sasuke caning ritual™ presided by Brother Takeda and in attendance are Lee and Shingo who seems to be already in a moment of silence..
Takeda is gently whispering in Nagano's ear..
Takeda: I know you are nervous.. and you did slap me with a crappy red towel with no padding...
Takeda: But since you are nervous.. I'll probably be stoned if I maim you.. I'll use a thicker towel while you cheat and use a jacket to add padding...
So for that.. I'm using more force...
I think he felt that in his spleen..
Shedding off his jacket as Takeda now has Coat duty
Geez.. Nagano looks like a toothpaste tube who has been squeezed a little too hard..
Family and friends from the company he works for - Takasui Corp
LOL Did Asami dress Kaiou .. in .. reverse?
I mean the cowboy hat is utterly adorable..
LOL but his jacket is reversed! Unless that's an additional jacket...
Nagano trying to psyche himself and shake off the butterflies by screaming
Taking one last deep breath
And acknowledging the thunderous applause as this intro is most likely going to be the longest..
I mean seriously.. it must be 2 1/2 pages long of dialogue going on here.. LOL
OMG.. he .. slipped???
DAMMIT GO BACK GO BACK!!!
They went right back to the beginning again starting with the family.
Makoto's son Kaiou 塊王 and wife Asami 阿
Geeeeeez stupid idiot scared the hell out of me...
Nagano taking his time since he did fail this in Sasuke 10 for being overconfident
Having no issues with this thing now
and methodically going up the Jump Hang
Not as graceful going down..
And really getting tangled on things...
Sped up and completed the Bridge Jump with ease
Seems everyone was having some sort of issue getting off the Log Grip..
Taking an exorbitant amount of time on this set up.. just.. standing there..
And has no issues with it once he moves
Having the face of "oh crap" as he gets set for the Circle Slider which he barely passed in Sasuke 17
Taking one last deep breath
And starts to run forward
WOOOOOOOOW.. I mean.. I figured he might have issues.. but .. WOW
Once I saw his take off I knew he was in big trouble..
He didn't get the height.. and just couldn't even TOUCH the Circle
That's about as close as he got..
Takasui in disbelief
Asami with son drop to her knees..
and then has an attack of the giggles.. Kaiou seems to think that was fun.. LOL
Yuuji reacting to the crowd gasp
Then he realizes it's Nagano that they are gasping about..
And he's already freaking out as a phantom hand comes out of nowhere and tries to comfort him by patting his back
Yuuji is gutted.. he's the last Champion standing now...
Takeda living an dying every second..
He sees it in slow motion as well
And starts to drop to his knees
I don't mean to laugh here but watch what he does..
He shimmies back a foot to avoid leaning over a big vat of mud.. LOL
The place is swamped with Mud
And right now all he's doing is lamenting the loss of his friend.
It's just him and Shingo now keeping the hope of the All-Stars alive
Nagano screaming in the water this AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH of frustration
As he just plops over the side of the septic sludge pit..
Hmm.. maybe we can get him to mud wrestle Takeda.. I'd pass popcorn.. free tickets ya'll!
Whatever Yuuji said .. Koji is totally cheesing now
Nagano still in disbelief kneeling over the pile of mud
That.. is a totally frustrated look...
The biggest.. wtf.. face ever..
And mixed with bitter dissapointment
Right from the get go he seemed.. "off"
Here he did the classic trampoline take off
Having no issues climbing up the rope
Here does the same take off.. on a springboard
Yes I sound like a broken record.. but they do NOT act the same way.. YOU have to do all the work on a springboard..
He had the distance but not the height..
That was about as close as he was going to get
Here he realizes he's.. done for..
TBS replaying his body posture.. completely arched back and legs completely bent
He should have been fully extended
To have any hope to stretch out the distance which is higher and farther than it was in Sasuke 17
And very unusual dive into the water.. I'm glad he didn't get hurt..
He had mud all over his face even in the water.. that's.. nasty..
The out of breath and frustrated fisherman trying to come up with words
and the whole time never taking his eyes off that stupid ring
You can hear the lament in his voice
and a bunch of cocking his head back and forth in a negative fashion
I don't even need to know the translation at this point
His face says it all
Btw.. for those who didn't want to read the April, 2010 Yodaraji Radio interview
because it contained spoilers of his run. You can now read it since he really only talks about his run and what he wants to do with the Ultimate Cliffhanger.
I was worried about that...but I usually get worried 'bout loads of things when All Stars are going, so I was still shocked. I was thinking "Ok, last one than the net and we're through this..." then I saw him jumping and the moment I saw his takeoff I knew what was going to happen. I didn't see all the replays they did, because I simply stuck my head bewteen my knees and couldn't think of anything. When I finally came out of that limbo I saw him shouting and realized ...I had never seen him THAT frustrated (except maybe Sasuke 12, but...well...). It wasn't a sudden, apparently superficial mistake like in 24.
He saw that coming. Must have been horrible...
Let's hope he recovers (and...for the 2439776th time...that he gets springboard training.). The Yodaraji interview sounded good after all.
Very astute comment about the springboard. In my daughter's gymnastics class, they actually take out a couple of springs to make the kids work REALLY hard in getting a strong jump off it. (Didn't know the springs were removable until then!)
I love vault.. so I remember what I was taught :) And yes the springs you can switch out (actually they do sometimes between levels..) - heck.. I used to always call them mattress springs since they really have very little bounce to them :p The big problem is that people think it's like a trampoline and figure out .. oh crap.. there's no spring to this at all! LOL
1. Enjoyed the pictures of Nagano working on his boat. Fans get to understand his job better. :)
2. Wait a minute! omg! Kaiou is so big now! Time really flies!
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