We have a new Sasuke opening!
Sasuke spoilerific review ;) Warning.. incoming blog of Sasuke 28.. if you don’t want to know.. you have been warned :D (Just remember.. the USA Broadcast of this.. will be.. well never possibly. I don't know if we will ever see it.. Yes.. you read that right.. Now with the death of G4 official and NBC not giving a damn about Sasuke Japan.. we may never see Sasuke Rising on US television (or any overseas country for that matter unless everyone buys the original 3 1/2 hour broadcast from TBS). For a preview of this event.. Please see SASUKE Rising (28) NAVI a 1 hour review of Sasuke Rising 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!
(Massive thanks to TBS for posting the names of all 100 competitors! Thanks to Ube for his help on the names in English!!)
After that depressing end to the All-Stars.. how about we tackle the Second Stage?
① ^Cross Slider クロススライダー
Note those 2 padded things.. you have to prop your body like a cross (thus the name)
slide down and land on this mat at the end of the moat
Moving right to left on the screen
From here you get the ② *Swap Salmon Ladder スワップサーモンラダー
Rider's right on this. As you go up the rungs (jumping from one set of rings to the other) the notches above pop out.
That also explains why you couldn't just "Keita" up the higher rungs.. because they would have not been exposed yet without landing on the opposite rungs to trigger the mechanism.
③ *Unstable Bridge アンステーブルブリッジ
Note that it's "modified".. they nerfed this one to only have the first plank (the easy one with 4 chains). I'd be shocked if anyone missed this...
④ *Spider Walk スパイダーウォーク
Also an older obstacle.. personally I like this obstacle.
⑤ ^Backstream バックストリーム
The one everyone is talking about.. yes.. you have to swim through it.. no other way around it.
⑥ ^Passing Wall パッシングウォール
Note that the middle wall opens sideways...
Second Stage time to beat is 135 seconds.
The 5 survivors of the First Stage watch the demonstrator tackle the Backstream
Mental note.. I'd fail.. I can't swim!
I can hear a collective brick coming from various nether regions right now..
Koki Someya 染谷幸喜 in his 1st appearance in the Second Stage.
Kazuma Asa 朝一眞 making his 2nd appearance in the Second Stage.
Ryo Matachi (Cliffer #2) 又地諒 making his 2nd appearance in the Second Stage.
Hitoshi Kanno 菅野仁志 making his 5th appearance in the Second Stage
2-Time Grand Champion Yuuji Urushihara 漆原裕治 (Cliffer #3) - making his 6th appearance in the Second Stage
Btw at some point in this stage he remarks that this is unusual because he thought the whole point of Sasuke was staying dry.. LOL
Okie dokie! Reminder there are 5 people from 100 into the 2nd Stage.
Time for the Sasuke Rookie Koki Someya 染谷幸喜
Who brought a nice bunch to cheer him on!
Strange that they have to start with goggles..
Note the body position..
Flies across and nicely dismounts
Onwards to the Swap Salmon ladder
Jumps across just fine
Jumps back across okay (notice as they land the higher rung across pops out)
Safely across the other side
And ooooooooooh can't catch the highest rung back on the other side
Aaaaaaand there's much gnashing of teeth and wailing
and the New Generation reacts
Yuuji in a bad place.. btw.. SEE HOW COLD IT IS? THEY ARE WEARING GLOVES!!
Let's see that again!
Yeah.. wasn't even close ..
and as the rung hit the lower rung he just flung off
Koki Someya 染谷幸喜 - Death by Swap Salmon Ladder
I hope he returns! That was an impressive debut!!!
Time to pick your nose!
So.. this exchange is interesting..
The two Cliffers are discussing how long you it will take to do certain obstacles and still finish on time.. so.. 70 seconds?
Kanno can't help but laugh at the obsession to details..
So maybe take no more than 30 seconds on it?
Meanwhile Sasuke Pants is up!
Words cannot explain how awkward this looks..
TBS reminding us he sucked the last time he was in the 2nd stage.
He makes a funny
Something about goggles for the 2nd stage still bothers me...
Kazuma Asa 朝一眞 doing a rebel yell!
such a strange obstacle. I don't hate it.. just.. weird..
Hmm takes a little bit of time to finally push off. Seems it's manually let go.
and he lands nicely
and about to jump to the 2nd rung.. when we go to commercial..
Fark.. we got news brief now.. groaaaaaan I forgot about these..
So magically we are back at the start line.
okay he got to the 2nd rung.
Safely back across and turning around for the next one
YES! And got the top rung!
and easily past the plank.. if he failed this I would have been worried..
aaaaand up the spider walk..
and I KNEW I saw him clearly in the commercials :)
This is just.. weird..
man this looks like a hot mess.. he rams right into some rubber padding and into the first wall.
Soaked to the bone.. probably getting hypothermia and as he's sliding he has to raise a wall..
manages to get under it..
God this is weird!!!!!
and the last wall seems the same as before.
and we have a clear!
The crowd is sedate.. not because they don't like him.. it's because they aren't sure wtf they just witnessed LOL
LOL They are next..
see what I mean? They are .. unsure of what they just saw..
Meanwhile Asa groupies are ecstatic!
Kazuma Asa 朝一眞 - SECOND STAGE CLEAR!
replay of the last rung of the Swap Salmon Ladder
again... I would drown..
reverse angle from the last wall
I'm not used to seeing them soaked to the bone at the end of a stage and still clear! LOL
He's relieved he survived
and overcome with joy at his first Third Stage appearance!
wtf are you doing..
these damn knee pads are bringing down my pants..
and I'm going to be underwater..
so I'm folding them into shorts!!
Ryo Matachi (Cliffer #2) 又地諒 has a pet!
Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah GIANT BUG!!!!!!! KILL IT!!!!!!!!!!!!
Box girl has a very short memory.. she forgot she saw how small his room is..
Yes yes.. we've heard it all before.. his room is only 4 tatami mats big..
and still has major obstacles crammed in it..
and he has the scars on his hands to prove it.
Ryo Matachi (Cliffer #2) 又地諒 ready for his run! Please say he's going to straighten out..
Phew okay he did.
If he fails this I'm going to throw something..
k.. doing fine..
okay easy clear
Dude.. the plank is closer.. wtf..
okay using Sasuke Spray..
and the other foot..
and drying off his clammy hands..
and testing out the walls.. uhm.. did I explain that this is TIMED?
FINALLY on his way..
wasted an obscene amount of time on the set up to this..
Good Lord he wasted 20 seconds total on the damn Spider Walk??
Kanno is starting to panic..
oooooh now I know why.. he's not a good swimmer..
hey I can't knock him.. I can't swim at all.. but still.. this is eating all kinds of time..
Finally across.. and slowly getting out of the water tank..
hey they took out that long padded strip that Asa crashed into!
Wow he's having all sorts of problems with the walls...
hearing the klaxon blaring he panics and drops the wall!
Now he's trying to SHOVE his body underneath! I HATE when he does that..
He got stuck under there!
Ryo can't believe his luck..
They cannot believe Ryo failed THAT second stage...
Kanno is stunned..
Rendered Yuuji speechless...
And now nauseous.. there goes his plans of pacing..
and that's what happens when you plan out how long you can take between obstacles..
And THIS is the main reason why he failed. Wasted waaaaay to much time.. that's a Yamada fail if I ever saw it. The only thing missing was tape on his hands..
Hmm if the conversation was about the backstream and how much time it should eat.. I'm worried for Yuuji's run..
I love Ryo.. but if he passed without properly lifting the wall I would have reamed him..
ahahahahah someone in a baby blanket..
Awww it's Asa!
"I don't think I've ever done the crawl in my life..." He lost a lot of stamina after swallowing too much water..
Ryo Matachi (Cliffer #2) 又地諒 - Death by Time up on the Passing Wall
And because TBS loves doing intereviews.. here's Asa
And Yuuji who's already nervous..
TBS explains why.. he failed the Unstable bridge (the harder one with the single ropes on each side for the last plank.. you know.. the one that's not here..)
and had the most wtf fail on the Double Salmon Ladder that no one has ever duplicated.
I see bears! On the curtain!
Googles.. it's what's for dinner..
2-Time Grand Champion Yuuji Urushihara 漆原裕治 (Cliffer #3)
easy clear on the Cross Slider
and onto the next rung
clear on the next rung
and the next
Yay! Top rung cleared
He's also making me nervous LOL
Okay. Uses spray but doesn't make love to it.
and onwards he goes!
nice pace through the walls
sorry this tanks freaks me out..
Oh! He's not a good swimmer either! So that is what they were talking about..
Finally out of the water..
No padding either at the end.
some small issues with the wall but passes it fine
Zero issues with the middle wall which is a joke..
Rips that annoying set of goggles off his head..
And the same issues he always has with the last wall but still passes it.
LOL and emphatic slam of the button for the clear!
LOL it's so dark you can't see Ryo. Considering how much light is flooding the stage.. you'd think they'd move some to the gallery so you can see better!
Hey that's a cool shot of the ending platform with the smoke clear.
2-Time Grand Champion Yuuji Urushihara 漆原裕治 (Cliffer #3) - SECOND STAGE CLEAR!
Lots of complaining about freezing!
Yeah yeah.. I'll shake your hand but omg I'm cold!
Yuuji still swims better than me!
Last wall always is awkward but he does it!
This cracked me up
SLAM it's over.. omg it's over..
LOL does he wear contacts?? LOL he's conducting the interview with one eye.. Poor thing.
He's got some crap in his eyes..
Yuuji says he hates the water. "That's why I don't fall at Sasuke. Can't stand being in the water..."
Time for our last competitor who's noted as a Silver Accessories Designer!
Ya'll remember that unfortunate Spin Bridge injury that made him forfeit the Second Stage after landing on the mat before the Salmon Ladder in Sasuke 27.
Girlfriend alert! Wait.. is she new? (Hard to tell)
Kanno's girlfriend's name is
Shoko Emiko (笑子）
That's right.. I'm a playah!
Hitoshi Kanno 菅野仁志
Made it across just fine
and the next
and the next!
and the final one!
easy clear on the
joke of an Unstable Bridge
Kanno is too cool for Sasuke Spray!
and off he goes!
His turn at the Backstream
He also swims above the water
and the scene from the commercials as well.
Doing much better in time
OUCH.. slams right into the wall!
Proving you can lift this without issues..
rips apart the wall
and showing he can lift it above his head
with a slight Takeda one-arm flair
Best time yet!
Yuuji celebrating as Kouji remains motionless
Girlfriend having kittens with his mom
Wow.. Parents in on the high fives!
Hitoshi Kanno 菅野仁志 - SECOND STAGE CLEAR!
and a back flip for good measure!
LOL Points off for the landing!
and out of the 5.. only 3 go on to the Third Stage!
aaaaaaand back to the boring room.. LOL the chick's wearing Hermione's dress! okay okay not EXACTLY but has the same vibe..
and more wasting time with interviews of people who never watched the show talk about crap they don't know.. oh well..
and everyone seems like they just want to either sleep or eat..
because seriously.. sitting there for 3 hours watching a show you already witnessed and participated live.. has to be boring.. especially with no munchies!!
and we have a preview of the obstacle coming up! Crazy Cliffhanger クレイジークリフハンガー
and yes that IS the name.. not my name.. it's called the Crazy Cliffhanger
Here's the landing ledge..
Showing the testers during the build stage.
and showing it can be done
though this one whiffed.. LOL
Here's a preview of the Vertical Limit バーティカルリミット
Also in the Third Stage
This show sponsored by..
Oh yeah.. 3rd Stage when we return!
While I feel for the poor men who weren't good swimmers, I still must thank TBS for the fan service resulting from the Back Stream (especially since I will freely admit to fangirling over Yuuji for less pure reasons as well (g)). That said... man, what was in Yuuji's eye? I would have thought that the goggles would have helped. Poor Yuuji.
I think Yuuji wears contacts honestly. I haven't asked him but that is what it looked like. One slipping or something.
Wow! The times:
Kazuma Asa: 25.1s left
Yuji Urushihara: 13.5s left
Hitoshi Kanno: 27.1s left
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