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Sasuke spoilerific review ;) Warning.. incoming blog of Sasuke 27.. if you don’t want to know.. you have been warned :D (Just remember.. the USA Broadcast of this.. will be.. well.. March, 2012.. Yes.. you read that right.. another 5 months after taping this event back in July... Thanks to everyone for being so patient. Got sick with headaches again this year and am still recovering from an inner ear infection.. yum.. Anyway.. For a preview of this event.. Please see SASUKE 27 NAVI 1 hour review of Sasuke 27 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 ANW3 on this blog especially since it aired a couple months ago and I prefer to blog about everyone at once.. not in isolation! Thanks!
UBE'S Sorta-LIVE-BLOG FOR SASUKE 27 IS HERE!
(Massive thanks to Ube for his help on the names in English and Japanese of all the competitors!!)
We've got 10 in the 3rd stage today! (No it's not a record)
And the 3rd stage is changed again.. this time marking the return of the ① Arm Bike
This one moved location and got shortened ② *Flying Bar
This is what it looks like from a wide shot
It took out Kenji
Strat doing jumping jacks
same with James
who has a UCH (what the Japanese call the AruKuri) and TBS expects for him not to suck
Chick: So are you ready for 3rd Stage?
David: I'm about as ready as I can be. I've been training hard and I'm feeling good. I think I can do it.
Ryo is stretching.. not flipping us.. LOL
more stretching pics from Ishikawa
LOL Yuuji as well
and they only interview Nagano
Dammit.. he's back for the 3rd stage.. groan... really friggin' annoying announcer is back.. Wataru Ogasawara
Okay we are in the white lit area of the course now
who is a Gym instructor (what we call personal trainers)
He was a gymnastics standout as early as high school where he managed to get into a prestigious school due to his talents. He went on to go to college also because of Gymnastics.
Sasuke 24 he was stopped by the debut of the UCH
Seems TBS spent time to visit him at home
where they recorded him watching his previous performances
Will he make it past the UCH this time?
Parents yelling encouragement! His father is Hiroyuki 広幸 and mother is Chihoko 千歩子
doing just fine on the arm bike
so strange seeing Nagano alone.. I miss Takeda already..
Getting ready for the ② *Flying Bar
フライングバー This one used to be at the end of the stage and on one had seen it actually in action (well .. aside from testers). It's also missing 2 from the original 5 rungs
Kouji doing fine on the 2nd one
This is an interesting obstacle. It's basically jumping bars hanging on to a pipe.. precise placement is a ridiculous must...
The rest of the 9 looking intently.. they are up next..
taking his time waiting for the director to signal him to go
okay.. time for revenge..
already doing better than the last time..
oooh he caught the small ledge...
YES! He caught the last ledge!
and we got a CLEAR! No wonder NBC had to cut all this out to persist the illusion that no one passed...
LOL this is kinda awkward.. hello camera man..
Mom having kittens right now
okay.. now we are in uncharted territory..
I'm convinced.. something is in the water...
already on deck is James
Ryo is impressed at the first clear of the UCH!
meanwhile the psychoanalysis starts .. new obstacle coming so everyone is watching intently..
This is a combination .. first are the ④ ^Jumping Ring
ジャンピングリング (also shorter than it was before)
and he caught the next one
okay here's the connection. The ladder belongs to the next obstacle
personally I hate this next obstacle but I'm horribly digressing..
Kouji now turning himself around to face the next obstacle
here it is.. I .. hate.. this obstacle.. ⑤ ^Chain See-Saw
you start off on the ladder on the left.. then grab the rope/chain thing that is on a pulley
which you have to keep straight or you just fall off whatever side is not balanced..
from this set of rope/chain pulley thing you have to jump to yet another set then catch the rope ladder on the other side
No!!! He is not balanced and is falling on the right side...
see how the rope/chain thing just basically unravels..
each end of the chain has handles and he tried to grab the handles but he was leaning too much on his right..
and his left hand just ripped off then handle..
watching as he does the transition jump to the 2nd chain
Nagano is now in an unhappy place™
he's also trying to figure out how the heck he can do this...
more unhappy place™
while James seems excited for his run? Just seems out of place is all. I would think it's more "I'm giddy I'm here" rather than "I'm happy he fell" (and yes I have to explain this since I got some messages where people were angry he was happy about Kouji's fail)
replay of the very first UCH clear in history!
He should be proud to have cleared it. Especially listening to many online saying it was impossible...
This was the Chain See-saw. He managed to grab them both
but became imbalanced as his right hand yanked down
so his left hand just couldn't hold on to the handle
I think that's why I hate this obstacle.. there's zero recovery from this..
basically stating the obvious that he lost his balance
Still though he did friggin' awesome and made history!
Reporter: How do you feel about that?
"I'm feel excellent" (I think he misunderstood the question as it's typical that TBS will ask not about their run but about what the previous person's run.. considering that I doubt he was saying he felt excellent about Kouji failing.. rather he was feeling excellent about his upcoming run) "Hopefully I can get to the ending point"
Ice Cream man is up!
here we go again with the Giant stuff along with Training videos
will this giant beat Stage 4?
LOL Ryo's hands are caked in chalk already LOL
Up first is the arm bike
as the contestants cheer the clear
doing very well on the Flying Bar
LOL Strat is jacked
Looking for cues on when to go
Okay here we go on the UCH even though NBC already told me how he did over a month ago..
For the benefit of the other 150+ countries that won't even see this because G4 deletes it from the Ninja Warrior broadcast.. /sigh
Okay through the middle of the UCH
trying to set up a jump
but can't hold on to the small ledge
actually he wasn't going to really catch it with both hands anyway
Strat not pleased
Nagano still in his unhappy place™
Strat getting the fast-forward on the arm bike
Strat on the Flying bar
and they FF'ed directly to the UCH
going up to the 3rd ledge
but he missed the transition to the 4th
he's NOT 37 TBS....
ライアン・ストラティス Ryan Stratis
- Death by Ultimate Cliffhanger
Hmm they did a replay on his FF.. he did manage to grab the ledge
but couldn't hang on
meanwhile Mr. Cake hands..
Ryo is up next (I cut the repeat of the fluff pieces)
we all know by now how long I've been following this kid through the years of training on this stage alone..
omg he really does have a lot of chalk on his hands.. it looks like a glove!
clear on the arm bike
doing well on the Flying bar
and now for the reason why he is a Cliffer
.. Especially with Kouji passing this.. I expect him and Yuuji to pass this obstacle..
yeah.. now you can see Keita on the right of the screen - that's Cliffer
dude.. you don't need more chalk.. LOL
still waiting for the director to tell him to go
up we go.. methodically..
no problems going up to the 3rd ledge
again methodically going across the UCH
catches the small ledge...
catches the last ledge!
Ryo celebrating as we got our 2nd clear for the UCH today!
#3) is celebrating his friend's clear
LOL everyone is so subdued.. they expected Ryo of all people to pass this...
dude has a chalk fetish..
maybe Nagano has a chalk fetish as well...
lol sheepish rolling shoulders
okay.. time for the jumping rings
lol he's backing up.. because he's just as short as Nagano...
ROFL he's trying to go back even further.. now checking to see if he's going to fall off the platform!
huge running start to the first ring
catches the 2nd ring
an immediate foot catch to the ladder
took him a bit to get around it but he's now eyeballing the first set of chains
finally leans forward to grab them to feel how they move
he takes a leap for the 2nd set and he CATCHES THEM!
family losing their marbles
okay.. now to get off this thing.. he foot catches the other ladder
whoah.. that would have sucked if he fell backwards now...
Yuuji sending encouragement down the line.. (seems to Ishikawa)
okay.. now for another modified obstacle.. which looks like an even simpler version of the Rope Junction that had no function.. this is the ⑥ Rope Climb
yeah I figured as much as he just uses this to get to the bar
reached the green bar of safety!
Ishikawa just as sheepish.. he's up next..
lol and doesn't look as confident..
now trying to get some strength back as he's finally at a resting point..
yet another modified obstacle. It's basically a straight horizontal Pipe Slider but with a twist. This is the ⑦ ^Bar Glider
Still taking his time to get some wind back while analyzing the obstacle
here's the twist.. it angles up.. (yet another thing stolen from Supersheep's Sim Sasuke..)
okay here we go
yep.. pipe slider hold he's used to
LOL reminds me of the Pipe Grinder
that was at the Maguro Festival.. approaching the slant up..
blew through it like it wasn't even there!
seems this one also has a small stopper since the entire length of the track is actually tilted backwards...
Nagano yelling encouragement
Friggin' FINAL for RYO!!!!
Yuuji yelling encouragement to his fellow Cliffer
and SUCCESS as Yuuji is over the moon!
So is Nagano
Pandemonium at the Family camp
I'm sooooooooooooooo happy for him!!!!!!!! About time he realized his potential!
All he needed to do get out of Trials.. then FINALLY get out of the first stage when he got there!! LOL
So we have our first? to the final.. we know someone wins.. I'd totally have a cow if he won... omg.....
LOL TBS is not going to show Yuuji freaking out more.. they are sticking with the All-Star.. TBS must not be happy a Cliffer is there.. LOL the implications! Oh my!
That's one happy (and exhausted) kid!
now to see if he can kick some butt on the final...
Now for the replay of the UCH clear
and the kids were right about all that chalk at the end of the last ledge.. Good eye!
replay on that 2nd grab..
and the final leap from the bar
I'm so happy right now..... I've always wanted this kid to get here!
ah! we have a Lee sighting!
whoops.. he notices he's going towards his mom so he just quietly leaves the area LOL
I'm so friggin' tired...
I'm so happy for Ryo. I don't want anything to take away from that, but I can't help but feel bad for Keita. I sure wish he'd get a shot at Sasuke someday. I'm glad he was there to cheer on his friends. Thanks for pointing him out; I had trouble recognizing him. Maybe I really need to clean the computer screen more often:-)
Much too easy after UCH apart from the Chain Sea Saw.And why did they put the notch in at the end of the bar glider?
Almost as if they actually wanted someone to pass the stage and of course the final.........
Yeah I didn't recognize him either. It was after I saw Matsuda in the final did I realize Keita was there. Ube had to point him out to me since he had the HD TV and I didn't :)
Kamran I'm reaaaaaaally tired of hearing it's so easy coming from someone who didn't do the course. That course took out 8 people most of which thought it was as well. 3 of the most trained people for this course SPECIFICALLY tried it and only 2 got past it and were exhausted afterward. I'm reaaaaaaally tired of hearing it. I think if the course doesn't have sharks and lasers no one will ever respect it. You'd think we get 5 champions each tournament for the amount of bitching that goes on about how easy this course is.
LOL! yeah I thought the editing was a little strange for that part considering that the laugh happened way after his fail, witch I was standing by the camera men watching(btw your right, supper giddy). Anyway, thanks for making me look like an ass hole TBS
Yeah I kept getting strange messages from people going "what was his problem"? But I hadn't gotten to analyzing anything in the 3rd stage yet. Then I ran into it and was laughing because TBS really did screw that up.. See what I mean about them making crap up to make it look more "compelling"? Nothing that I've read in any post or even people that have met you led me to believe you would be a jerk so when I saw it it was easy to understand you were just giddy you were going "ooooh yay I'm going to do the 3rd stage weeeeeeee" and it had nothing to do with Kouji's fail. Working on the next part now and Nagano is not happy with Ogasawara... seems they were at it again.. /sigh
I love how you described the part about Ryo backing up before the Jumping Rings. What if he accidentally backed up too far and slipped off into the water LOL! That would be one for the books.
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