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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Team Japan announced - Sasuke ASEAN Open Cup News

Edit: 2/10/14- Makoto Nagano added to the roster.

Representing Team Japan in the 2014 Sasuke ASEAN Open Cup ©TBS Facebook

Later this month (February 20-23) the long-awaited SASUKE ASEAN Open Cup in Malaysia takes place.  As promised from last year's Sasuke 29, Japan was to send an elite team based on the results from Sasuke 29 to represent them in the inaugural ASEAN Open.  Sasuke Director Inui tweeted today that TBS finally updated their pages (both main website and Facebook) with the composition of the 5 man team.

(From the TBS Facebook Page)
The team that will represent Japan at the SASUKE ASEAN OPEN CUP 2014 to be held in Malaysia starting February 20 has been selected. The SASUKE RISING competition aired in June 2013 also functioned as preliminary competition for the OPEN CUP, and some of its best performers were named to the Japan team. “The SASUKE Kid”, university student Yusuke Morimoto, who turned in a truly astounding performance, will be joined by the perennial performer All Star Shingo Yamamoto, former Finalist Kenji “Kong” Takahashi, and New Stars Kazuma Asa and Hitoshi Kanno. The five Japanese contestants will defend Japan’s pride in the team competition to be held February 23.

The SASUKE ASEAN OPEN CUP is a celebration of 40 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and the countries of ASEAN. It will include an individual competition open to entrants from anywhere in the world, and a team competition in which the Japanese team will compete against a team of elite ASEAN athletes. Don’t miss this epic battle featuring some of the world’s toughest SASUKE warriors!

They are the 4 competitors from Stage 3 in Sasuke 29.  The furthest man (and subject of a recent Rambling Rican interview) in Sasuke 29 Yuusuke Morimoto 森本 裕介, Sasuke Veteran and Former Finalist Kenji Takahashi 高橋賢次, along with Shin Sedai (新世代) literally "New Generation" members Hitoshi Kanno 菅野仁志 and Kazuma Asa 朝一眞, plus Sasuke 29 Stage 2 competitor Sasuke All-star Shingo Yamamoto 山本進悟.

Edit: 2/10/14
Sasuke All-Star Makoto Nagano 長野誠  ©TBS Facebook

Makoto Nagano is traveling to Malaysia for SASUKE ASEAN OPEN CUP 2014 to participate as a guest of honor.
長野誠が『SASUKE ASEAN OPEN CUP』にGuest of Honorとして参加するため、マレーシア現地入り決定

This surprise announcement was made on Twitter and Facebook with just 10 days until the event starts.  Sasuke All-Star Makoto Nagano 長野誠 was added to the lineup as a Special Guest.


Happy Christina said...

How do we not miss it? It's not being aired? Is it?

Arsenette said...

Unsure. Many people are asking but TBS hasn't decided if it's going to be aired in Japan. I'll keep you posted if that information changes. I sure as heck want to see it!

Happy Christina said...

Me too! Please keep me posted! Btw, just realised your blog ends with .dk. are you from Denmark?

Arsenette said...

Oh I will :) I'll blog it as well!

I'm in the USA. Not sure how the .de ended up at the end.. could be because of your location? Mine shows up at .com

Happy Christina said...

Must be it :) btw, is there a reason you can think of why urushihara wasnt chosen? He and Shingo both timed out in Second stage backstream?

Arsenette said...

That last spot will always be controversial given the hectic and disputed 2nd stage in Sasuke 29. Organizers though extended the invitations however this is a 4 day event and given travel times back and forth they had to get people who were willing to take a week off of work. That alone was a factor along with the final results of Sasuke 29. Yuuji has already gone on twitter saying he couldn't participate but still supported the event. I'm thinking he couldn't take off of work during that entire week.

Happy Christina said...

Alright, I was thinking the same thing :) thanks again! :)

Unknown said...

And it shows up as for me, so it must be based on the viewer's location.

The conditions of entry for the ASEAN tournament said that it could be filmed for broadcast or promotions, so hopefully we'll see it in some form.

Arsenette said...

Ah okay. I know when I check counter information I see it add or replace the .com with the .(insert country code here) on it. Must be something Google does on their end based on how it's searched? Dunno but I'm definitely USA :)

As for airing that's still up in the air. Originally it was only going to be a blurb in Navi (like most things) but hopefully with enough clamor there will be some bigger distribution.. maybe Youtube or even a small special during the day in Japan.

Boiling Pot said...

Woot! Nagano! :D

Unknown said...

I've checked the 2 biggest torrent sites and you tube and there's still no way to view this. Does anyone know where we can view it yet?

Unknown said...

Anyone know where I can view the ASEAN open yet????

Unknown said...

BTW thanks for all your work arsenette, I really appreciate all u do.

Arsenette said...

Hey Roger! Sorry totally forgot to check message in comment moderation. It hasn't aired yet in Malaysia. Once it does we hope to be able to see it. Nothing has been announced as of yet.