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Sasuke spoilerific review ;) Warning.. incoming blog of Sasuke 26.. if you don’t want to know.. you have been warned :D Thanks to everyone for being so patient. Got sick with cluster headaches again this year.. not during Sasuke 26 but just right after.. so this blog is late .. Anyway.. For a preview of this event.. Please see SASUKE 26 NAVI 1 hour review of Sasuke 26 with fluff pieces of all the major players in the upcoming Sasuke and even a couple of runs that were cut from the official broadcast!. 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.. P.S. I will NOT be covering ANW2 on this blog. Thanks!
UBE'S Sorta-LIVE-BLOG FOR SASUKE 26 IS HERE!
(Massive thanks to Ube for his help on the names in English and Japanese of all the competitors!!)
He's also one of the Sasuke 24 finalists!
He's been featured in a lot of magazines and newspapers!
and have won many commendations and awards
and off we go! A little sideways but otherwise clears the Step Slider
No problems on the Hazard Swing
Or on the Rolling Escargot that has taken out so many top competitors already
Including Shingo who while still soaked is watching Lee's run intently with Nagano
awww :) Shingo is very happy that the snail didn't eat Lee
wtf is on my hands.. is that slime on Shingo?
Meh.. gotta get it off my hands.. btw.. where is he..
Yuuji is always priceless to screenshot.. he does the strangest faces.. seems he's reaaaally intense watching Lee's run
Just fine during the Jumping Spider
Whoah.. our first major hiccup.. misses the platform entirely..
So .. he has to Miyazaki his way over..
Okay he's fine
and .. WHIFF.. missed the first pass too!
Okay.. he takes a break to figure out wtf is going on..
Okay he's over and at em..
Nagano's patented Whooooo reaction
Oh hell.. how much time does he have?
Oh crap.. he's running out of time.. he's going to time out... (you literally hear people screaming including a very audible "RUN" coming out of the Americans
And on the Giant Swing and up the cargo net
after getting tangled up.. LOOK AT THE TIME..he's going to time out...
Wow.. he's not known for climbing rope..
.. damn... and he's really low on the rope too...
Omg.. he's tripping over everything trying to haul his body up that wall.. but his feet keep slipping...
But he HAULS down the walkway...
and completely out of breath.. he MAKES IT!
Nagano yelling in a language Lee can't understand...
Damn.. how much time did he have left???
Wow you lucky bastard!
This is about as much emotion as you are going to get from this man.. Gotta love Okuyama!
Meanwhile Yuuji is ecstatic!
and just as quickly he's back to ZOMG ZOMG ZOMG..
He's now sweating.. Dude is just as unbalanced as Takeda in 24.. I'm totally not having a good feeling...
Meanwhile.. Lee is still gasping for air and now crossing his heart.. he knows he barely survived..
Squeeeeeeeeek.. Juuuuust under 2 seconds..
TBS parked the same guy they used for Naoto since the shots are totally cool...
and the first whiff up the wall!
and the mad dash up the wall where he kept slipping and basically looking as if he was standing in place...
no idea.. but wtf I can't believe he made it!
meanwhile.. we are running out of numbers but TBS still showing how many people we got left. Here's Kouji (yes.. I am using his version of spelling)
Yuuji is praying.. again...
and Nagano.. being hounded by cameras.. LOL
his heart is fluttering as well
Because TBS doesn't put any pressure on them.. Naaaaaah what gave you that idea? LOL
Meanwhile we got back to back finalists!
and apparently we got new digs for Okuyama! (see more in Navi)
His wife Sachiko and their kids - daughter Lilia and son Takaya
And another history lesson! Here's Okuyama's Sasuke resume
And voted #5 in the "scientific" Top 10 invented ZOMG they will totally Kanzenseiha list that random people picked from pictures they recognized on a board of pictures... Yoshiyuki Okuyama
And he's off on the Step Slider
but first.. Uhm.. It's Japan.. I should be used to this..
Okay we are back and WHOAAAAH... he just barely swings and jumps off
Phew.. good for great grips.. he almost fell on the Hazard Swing..
Doing much better on the Rolling Escargot
Though they've done so much tweaking on this obstacle that now when you get to the bottom you are completely upside down.. LOL He just.. plops off
And up he goes on the Jumping Spider..
and just fine on the Spider walk portion
LOL Lilia is a jumping bean! Love her! His son is rocking the Rochester, NY
Just fine on the Half Pipe attack
and rocking the first try on the Wall
mini jump on the Giant Swing
.. crap.. he's getting all kinds of tangled on the Cargo net.. nooooooo
Ugh.. running out of time..
and low on the wall..
PHEW muscled his way up..
Lilia is just cute isn't she? And growing up quick.. ooh I'm getting old..
I love that she actually has a reaction
see what I mean when other shots are being invented? THIS is what you are supposed to see when you are at the start line.. the person right before you!!! Btw Kouji is up next
Nagano is happy another person has passed this crazy course and someone older than him!
Yuuji . is he actually optimistic now?
Maybe but he needs a laxative..
Wait for it.. yep. he's got emotions. he's human.. it's barely there but he has them!
meanwhile on the flip side.. his wife is just bawling and very open with her emotions.. DAMMIT Okuyama.. HUG YOUR WIFE!
meanwhile another tournament where he has no wifebeater™ tank top.. and is a walking advertisement for Descente..
"Oh come on.. I look totally hot.." okay.. you win.. fine..
awwww another fast forward! Did he fails? Seems okay on the Rolling Escargot
and fine on the Jumping Spider..
Heh.. poor guy gets fast forwarded even on clears.. This is what.. his 2nd or 3rd time they fast forwarded his first stage?
meanwhile his long-suffering mother Chihoko 千歩子 is back tugging at her husband's arm but the bastard does nothing.. /sigh.. Men in Japan.. HUG YOUR WIVES!
again.. we are real time.. and Nagano is.. bathing in Sasuke Spray
still upset he deleted his blog.. again.. /sigh ehem..
Still odd seeing him with literally NO ONE around him.. it's sad really..
LOL I know he's not giving people the finger.. but still funny
TBS reminding us he sucked the past 2 tournaments going out on the first stage..
First on the Jumping Spider then this spectacular GERONIMOOOOOO off the Circle Slider..
So TBS loves going to interrupt his life and make him show us he's been training on his boat.. every day..
and even provided a trampoline with no mat or anything.. /sigh.. CONCRETE HURTS DUDE!!
and his seaside rendezvous with his family (more in the Navi blog)
KAWAII!!!! Okay Kaiou is growing up way too fast..
Awwww he loves Daddy
And a long introduction... because they know they can..
There's Nagano's wife Asami 阿紗 美 and their baby boy Kaiou 塊王
CAMERAAAAA Can I haz??
Nagano is 99 again and .. Hey SasukeCruz! Your bracelet.. HE STILL HAS IT ON!!!!!!!
(cough.. she gave it to him during ANW2... back.. in August.. LOL)
And voted #2.. seriously.. #2? WTF.. anyway.. Voted #2 in the "scientific" Top 10 invented ZOMG they will totally Kanzenseiha list that random people picked from pictures they recognized on a board of pictures... Makoto Nagano
And fine during the Step Slider
But first.. see? you are getting used to it too! The more commercials come piling on as the night wears on..
uses the swing on the Hazard Swing
And onwards to the Rolling Escargot..
Yay! No problems (I admit... I was worried he'd fall off this thing..)
And onwards to the Jumping Spider
And he's up!
NOooooooo.. wtf.. wait.. he failed the.. /facepalm
Nagano has the attack of the giggles again..
Collective GAAAAAAAAAh from the audience..
And if Yuuji didn't need anymore agita..
wait.. why is everyone screaming???
Omg.. I think I'm going to throw up...
Shingo still hasn't showered.. he doesn't want to miss anything..
Shock is now gripped them.. Lee looks like he's going to cry..
Yamada STUNNED.. just.. seriously.. STUNNED...
Dude.. you sucked the worst today...
OMG he's so cuuuuute.. he's saying "Papa!"..
And.. Asami sees him drop from the sky..
meanwhile.. he sees daddy on the screen..
aaaaand.. still pointing and saying Papa!
LOL He's trying to rip off his mom's arms to get to Daddy.. awwwwwwww I'm having a cute attack!!!!!! Asami wants to cry..
You know when someone is in shock or anger or scared.. some people laugh? Well? That's Nagano.. laughing..
Then the disappointment overcomes him...
and .. he's just.. disgusted..
and I'm sure psychoanalyzing w. t. f. just happened..
Dude.. seriously.. wtf with the trampolines.. I swear...
I seriously believe he needed a caning from Takeda.. omg I've never missed anyone so much in my life..
Okay.. Yuuji needs to be taken to emergency.. I think we are witnessing a total mental breakdown..
He's .. not doing well .. at all. I'm worried..
Poor Asami is trying to hold her tears back while Kaiou has a one track mind.. he wants to get to Daddy...
PAPA!!!!!!!! He's right over there!!!!!!!!! Poor Asami just buries her face
replay.. because even I have to see this one...
he's a little forward.. but should have been fine..
again.. landed low.. but I've seen people make this..
it's like his body kicked backwards and he immediately lost his grip.. his hands went first out of position!
and once he felt he lost the momentum .. down he went..
Make that 3 straight First stage loses for Nagano.
He's struggling just to even get words out..
very similar to Sasuke 10's utter shock interview
TBS zooming in.. is he crying?
and the heaviest piece of paper on the planet.. Number.. 100..
Don't believe me? Just look at Yuuji age before your very eyes...
And voted #6 in the "scientific" Top 10 invented ZOMG they will totally Kanzenseiha list that random people picked from pictures they recognized on a board of pictures...
Current Champion Yuuji Urushihara
漆原裕治... yeah.. you read right.. Nagano 2nd and the current champion 6th.. yeah.. totally outrageous..
Anyway.. Sasuke 25.. the tournament that shall not be named.. LOL (at least it seemed that way to TBS and M9 marketing..).. He had an inexplicable exit from the Double Salmon Ladder
again.. Yuuji harping about the weight of 100..
Seriously.. I have zero hopes he will pass with THIS amount of pressure he has on himself.. though the announcer is not helping either. I'm doing what I can to ignore it.
and.. he survives the Step Slider..
Takes a swing on the Hazard Swing
Okay. I'm prepared to see him go down..
WOW! He somehow survived that!!
Okay.. color me surprised.. he survived it!
He's breathing a looooooot.. and looking up to the heavens for something.. anything to get him through this course!
And he's up..
OUch.. wait.. he's still in it.. he didn't touch the support.. (the black part you see holding the trampoline in place).. so he's not out of bounds.. but omg that's gotta hurt..
wait.. wha????? he made it?? Yeah.. me too guys.. me too!
LOL Matching "I'm not showering yet dammit I don't want to miss this" from Shingo and Nagano.. Yamada showered..
LOL The All-Stars must be thinking.. what is IN THE AIR TODAY???
Yamada is reaaaaaally showing emotion this time around.. hope he's not calling that he got out of bounds.. I still don't forgive him for starting the Yuuji illegal shoes witch-hunt...
Because this is still impossible to believe.. we got replays IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RUN
He noticed that he was going to fall so he threw himself backwards hoping to somehow get on the trampoline and lucky bastard actually landed right on it and not in the water!
Though I'm sure that hurt and his heart is going a million miles a second ...
Luckily he recovers very quickly and takes almost no time to reset and jump back up
and second try he makes it and starts to power through the rest of it..
he's realizing he's already lost valuable time with 2 stunts trying to stay on the course!
Woooooow that's high.. yeah.. he's Miyazaki'ng this..
whoah.. he actually looked like at the last second he was going to jump off..
I can't believe what I'm watching.. he's all over the place on this run!
and he jumps off.. whoooooah.. body leaning.. body leaning!!!!
Oh. he's trying to grab on to anything to keep him balanced..
OMG!!!! That's more epic than any Shingo fail!!!!!
ANW guys can't believe what they are witnessing! Dude.. shave the 'stash.. it's freaking me out.. and not in a good way.. LOL
Matching stunned looks...
Yep.. this is Sasuke 19 funk all over again..
Shocked audience can't BELIEVE what they are seeing!!
STQ'ers.. LOL NO ONE SHOWERED!.. well.. except Yamada who didn't give a damn about missing anything.. LOL
Poor guys.. they can't believe they craziness this tournament has become for the Japanese
Aww.. Yuuji's trying to get on that mat.. and it's just not happening..
even rips a part of the mat trying to get out
so. he swims while crying it seems across the water.. or he's got crap in his eyes.. still going with the first option
Here he is throwing himself back and trying to aim for the mat or tramp.. whichever came first..
RIGHT Smack dab on the tramp
I still can't believe this one..
I've always thought that it's amazing no one else has failed this way..
This is the saddest part.. he's crying and saying I'm sorry please forgive me.. I'm sorry .. Please forgive me..
and painfully bowing..
and bowing even further.. he's sooooo disappointed he disappointed everyone with his run.. that's so sad..
Someone needs to give him a hug..
Awwww he just walked away from the interview crying...
And with that depressing clip.. off to stage 2!
Thank you for that insight RR, I really liked what you wrote for this one.
Yeah Jelena.. that was sad to see the rest of the Japanese go including all 3 All-Stars.
Thanks Venus :)
1) this is not the 1st time Lee got so close. However he always seem to be able to "fly" up the net at the end. I think he has made that last obstacle his specialty. :)
2) Come on, we should be familiar with Okuyama's expressions by now. :P
Anyway Lilia appears to have grown taller. :)
3) Nagano must be disappointed :(
4) Yuuji just won, didn't he? He should be at the top of his game ( Top form ). Why all the nervousness? Yuuji, CONFIDENCE, man! Show them you are the champ!
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