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Monday, July 14, 2014

Sasuke 30 Spoilerific Review - Part 3

Sasuke spoilerific review ;) Warning.. incoming blog of Sasuke 30.. if you don’t want to know.. you have been warned ( ^ . ^ ) (Just remember.. there is NO USA Broadcast of this. NBC has renegotiated out of their contract to show Sasuke on USA soil. Yes.. you read that right.. Now with the death of G4 official and NBC not giving a damn about Sasuke Japan, we will never see Sasuke Rising on US television (or any overseas country for that matter unless everyone buys the original 4 hour broadcast from TBS). For a preview of this event, please see SASUKE 30 NAVI an hour preview of Sasuke Rising with a review of the Sasuke ASEAN Open Cup and fluff pieces of all the major players in the upcoming Sasuke. There were even a couple of runs that were cut from the official broadcast! I'm taking my time on the blogs. I'm still getting cluster headaches during the day so I have to pace myself when I do these blogs.

(Massive thanks to TBS for posting the names of all 100 competitors!  Thanks to Ube for his help on the names in English!!)

Note: Sorry for the massive delay. I got really sick with the cluster headaches (20 years and counting..) AND caught a bad summer cold that I couldn't stop sneezing and had nose bleeds.. and in one of the sneezing attacks I spilled water all over my PC keyboard rendering it useless.  I had to order another keyboard in the interim.  Thanks everyone for being so patient in understanding why the 3rd blog was so friggin' late.  Hopefully I'll be able to get this blog back on track with at least one every day.

Tomohiro Kawaguchi 川口朋広

Cement Truck Driver

There was a whole fluff piece dedicated to him in Navi so I only did a couple screens since most of this was repeated.

He qualified for Sasuke 21 (same time as Hioki) in the now famous (for me at least since that is where Rambling Rican really started to take shape) Sasuke 21 trials during the summer of 2008.

In Sasuke 21, he managed to clear the Half Pipe attack but he Shingo'ed the landing. The forward momentum he created dismounting the Half Pipe Attack made him lose his balance and he fell off course automatically disqualifying him.

This is the last family photo of Tomo and his parents and brother together.  When he was 15, his parents divorced.  Most don't ever see the divorce parent ever again. Kudos to both Tomo and Ryo (for those who remember his story) for bringing the divorcee back into their lives.  And being PUBLIC about it. The kids shouldn't have to chose sides when the parent's marriage is over. I'm happy that Tomohiro managed to grow as a person and seek out the missing person in his life he found important.  His father.

Father Sugio 杉男 is there to lend his public support of his son!

Hmm... who's timer is that? It's not Jin's..

Tomohiro Kawaguchi 川口朋広 - Still getting used to him having hair again!

Tomo: say what?... do you mean you want to see me bald again?
Me: no I didn't say that!

Oh!  Familycam™ activated!

Shades of Sasuke 28 where we had Box girl™.. now we have Box family™!

Anyway.. distracted again.. Tomo clears the Long Jump and Log Grip.

Easy clear on the Hedgehog

Almost trips dropping down into Jump Hang runway! LOL

Another left-side!

Smart.. he starts to move across the netting immediately.. he's flying through this!

Clear on the first wall

pole dancing

And clear on the 2nd wall

geez.. look at that time... he can sleep on this platform and still make it..

Successful dismount on the Tarzan Rope

Getting ready for the I'm a Lumberjack and I'm okay Climb

Tomo and the technicolor capris go up the plank!


Tomohiro Kawaguchi 川口朋広 - FIRST STAGE CLEAR!

Shinya looks like he smelled a fart or something while Kong and Kanno cheer

Hioki doing a polite applause while Yuuji channeling Shingo from my previous blogs insisting that he won't uncross his arms!  Asa raising his arm because he's sure!

Yuuji probably saying to himself that he won't cheer until Tomo clears the 2nd stage unstable bridge.

67 people down and 5 clears!

Father Sugio 杉男 approves of this message!

No. 2968  Yuuya Kadono 上遠野裕也
No. 2969  Taiga Hoshikawa 星川大我
No. 2970  Hiromasa Katakabe 片伯部浩正
No. 2971  Toshiharu Takami 高見俊治
No. 2972 Daisuke Morikami 守上大輔
No. 2973 Shinya Kishimoto 岸本真弥
No. 2974 Terukazu Ishikawa 石川輝一

Wait.. WHAT?!?!?!?!? THEY ARE SHOWING A CLEAR CHART™!?  Seriously.. a chart.. for clears.. these 7 guys didn't even get a Fast Forward montage!  Ooooh Inui is eeeeeeeevil... I literally missed this screen when I first saw the broadcast. I turned around and I missed it.. it was that fast..

Morimoto listening to instructions

I don't normally do this for the actual tournament airing but it was important to show screenshots of this specific video for reasons I'll get into in a bit.  Two days before Sasuke 30's official airing on TBS, the official TBS Youtube posted a 10 minute behind the scenes video with cut runs, highlights and a competitor profile (Kenji Darvish) that is featured in this tournament airing as well. I figured I'd do the caps right before his run since it will make sense in the end. The following screenshots are from this 10 minute Youtube video. (Notice the top left of the screen announcing the tournament airing as opposed to the Tournament full name on the previous screenshot).

This is the registration line at 8:30 in the morning of Saturday, May 17, 2014, which was Day 1 of the taping of Sasuke 30.  Notice Jin (yellow backpack) is sticking out of the line making this camera person go around him. LOL

Kawaguchi in line with Shinya and Lee having a lively conversation.

Registration usually takes about an hour.

Arriving via VIP Minivan.. seriously? a minivan?  Ehem.. VIP Minivan are the paid stars which include Darvish (listed here - Kenji Darvish 樽美酒研二 ), Mr. Shortshorts himself Kinnikun, Wakky arriving with his kid and Naito (who's still waiting to get out of the minivan)

At 10 am all the competitors are shown a demonstration of all the obstacles by testers in the First stage. This is of course so they can have a visual representation of how to clear the obstacles.

Yamada as a competitor watching on his own.

For those who missed his run in the tournament, Naito was #1 and his full run was shown on Navi.

This is why this video was important.  This is the first clear of the tournament which happened around Noon that day.

No. 2914 Noritomo Morisawa 森澤教有

If you notice that he's wincing in pain, it's because he is.  Morisawa apparently tweaked his neck during the run and after he cleared the first stage he went to the medical tent to be checked out.  It was determined by the doctor in charge that it would have been too risky to continue so he didn't run the 2nd stage at all. It's what we call a Doctor Stop™.

Now almost 2 hours after that we are at No. 2938 Tomoya Nagano 永野智哉

Tomoya Nagano 永野智哉 - Death by Jump Hang Kai

It's now 3:30 pm and it's time for No. 2958 Asuka Kawaura 川浦あすか

Asuka Kawaura 川浦あすか - Death by Hedgehog


Meanwhile back in Darvishland™ he asks permission to pass by to the restricted area

Sasuke All-star (Mr. Sasuke) Katsumi Yamada 山田勝己

Yamada politely taking off his hat and greeting a huge fan

Kenji is worried like crazy about going out on the Hedgehog so he gets pointers from Yamada on how to clear it.  Katsumi telling him that there is a path to just simple walk through.

This most definitely looks like Ishikawa (above referenced Clear Chart™)

Kenji getting his number and decides on his abs

LOL on his decision of his official photo pose

Now it's 5:10 pm and No. 2978 Kane Anzai ケイン安齋 is up!

Kane clearing the Hedgehog

Kenji is up next and you can hear Kane's run going on in the background. It seems Kane timed out but we aren't sure where.

Kenji clearing the muck off his feet so he can apply a fresh coating of Sasuke Spray

Sasuke All-Stars are looking to make sure that he isn't hogging both bottles of that stuff..

Dudes.. it's all mine.. get your own..

 mmmmm that's the stuff right there.. Sasuke Spray

All-stars legitimately asking Kenji what he's freaked out about.. Kenji confides he's terrified of The Hedgehog ヘッジホッグ obstacle.

mmm the smell of freshly waxed eyebrows..

Raise your hand if you're sure!  Btw Nagano and Takeda making fun of him now.. Oooooooh i want that towel.. Seriously TBS INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING PLEASE!

If you haven't figured out by now.. that's Sasuke All-Star Makoto Nagano 長野誠 on the left and Sasuke All-Star Toshihiro Takeda 竹田敏浩  in the middle with a very bewildered Drew and Mike from the USA in the background. LOL Shingo is not quite aware of the conversation yet.

They are having a good time at the expense of Kenji right now.. they are poking fun at him for being terrified of failing on the Hedgehog.

 "Dude he's totally panicking now!"

Then they start saying "What about the stuff after it?"

Seems now Shingo wants in on this conversation now that he heard Nagano and Takeda totally cheesing a second ago.

They are truly evil aren't they?

"Okay how about the hedgehog, you know the thing with the spikes that spins?"

"Remember to go left!"
Sasuke All-Star Shingo Yamamoto 山本進悟 

I'm not entirely sure I want to see Takeda give advice.. given he failed that EXACT obstacle the last time around...

Wait you did fail it .. why should I listen to you?

Don't listen to him!  You'll fail if you listen to Takeda!

I'm not so sure we are helping...

Yeah.. though I gave the right advice this time..

I'm going to shut up now..

Have the All-stars jinxed Kenji or made him freak out even more?

Kenji Darvish 樽美酒研二

LOL This camera guy working hard to get that shot.. he's RIGHT in the path! ahahhahahahah Anyway.. tune in Thursday and find out how he did! (end Youtube video clip and we return to our previously scheduled program already in progress)...

Kenji Darvish 樽美酒研二 - back in the future!

Reminder from TBS that he was in the tournament in Sasuke 28.

Where he failed on the Rolling Escargot

This time he trained like crazy because he didn't want another humiliating exit. Here he is putting weight inside of a backpack.

And doing pull ups with the added weight.

and pushups with a guy riding on him...

Yay! Sasuke convert!  Doing cliffhanger training!

 Seems he hooked up with New Generation Star Hitoshi Kanno 菅野仁志 during the off-season for some training advice.

(cough.. November 11, 2013)

Only he know his TRUE identity behind the painted mask and teased out hair.. LOL still laughing at how even in pics he put a hoodie and face mask since he wasn't using make up to cover his face!

Now back to the tournament after that huge tangent!

Kenji Darvish 樽美酒研二 

Time for the camera guy to GTFO!

Clear on the Log Grip

Clear on the Hedgehog after all that buildup!

And WHOA!  He caught the Jump Hang Kai!

He's sloooowly working his way across with a lens flare that will make even J.J. Abrams proud!

Clear on the first wall!

No!  He didn't make the 2nd wall
but his 2nd try is successful!

He clearly looks tired as he stumbles to the Tarzan Rope.

Safe dismount but almost no time left!

Kenji hauling up the lumberjack climb but slipping almost every step of the way!

Oh this is not a good way to run up... as he starts to lose his grip..

Yep.. saw this coming..

Kinnikun doing a premature wtf while others are still cheering him

Kanno late to the party!

Drew: Say WHAT???

Shingo looking for an accomplice to share his laughter while Yuuji facepalms

Shingo literally high fiving? LMFAO

Meanwhile in Darvishland™ Kenji is distraught

He keeps screaming Mo~o! もぉ (Geez)

This is what killed his time.. each wall it took him a while to climb up since he lacked the strength to pull his body straight up and over (like most do)

 Kenji's valiant attempt to haul up the plank

Running out of options he tried to jam his feet higher hoping to hop up.. but it worked against him as that placed his hands further away from his body.

His hands slipped and down he went.

Shingo, clearly pleased he got an accomplice.. is running to jeer Kenji in person!

Nagano running closely behind with a cheesy grin also wants part of the action.

Then they realize that Kenji is not laughing so they just.. hang back.

Kenji sloooooooowly getting out of the water crying.

Kenji Darvish 樽美酒研二 - Death by Lumberjack Climb

At least the reporter chick didn't ask any stupid questions and just let him grieve.

He finally yells Sumimasen! 済みません! I'm Sorry!

Soon! It's almost time for the All-stars!  Takeda!



and Nagano!  There's 4.. I repeat.. 4 of them competing today.. just 4.. that's right 5 is right out.. 4.. just 4 All-Stars..

Mmmmm chicken... 

wtf with this elephant..

... what is Japan's fascination with tentacles.. 

LMFAO they blurred out the competitor on the Final confirming it's not a tester.


Anonymous said...

Good to see you back to posting these "spoilerific reviews." I really enjoy them.

Arsenette said...

Much appreciated :) I enjoy doing them when head cooperates. LOL!

thebobmaster said...

Haha! Loved the use of the Lumberjack Song! Thank you for these recaps, and don't worry about taking your time. It's worth it.

Arsenette said...

I sleep all night and I work all day! Ahahahahahahaha glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the support!

jenn said...

I'll take Tomo's box family over Box Girl any day. (g) I don't blame Yuuji for his restraint after Tomo's clear - he knows better, he was there. LOL.

Since I know Shinya couldn't have been unhappy for Tomo... Kanno, I'm looking at you for the bad smell source, based on proximity. LOL.

Speaking of Shinya... INUI, PUT UP HIS RUNS. THIS WAS HIS FIRST FIRST STAGE CLEAR, WE NEED TO SEE IT. Between that, and the vanishing Ishikawa...

Man, I'm said that we pretty much were spoiled to the entirety of Darvish's run. Again, I hope he comes back and improves, because I really like celebs like him that take doing this very seriously. That being said, bad All Stars for laughing at him, although they may not have realized how seriously he took Sasuke. (takes Shingo's new hat to whap the trio)

WTF was that ad with the elephant and octopus for anyway? I don't think I figured that one out.

jenn said...

D'oh, forgot this one - Tomo's not the one who cuts down trees, but Asa doesn't wear high heels, suspenders, and a bra... not that I know of anyway, and if he does, I want pics. (g)

(Side note; the surviving Pythons are reuniting for one last tour. Yay!)

Unknown said...

Inui is sometimes mean, isn't he? Hahahahahaha roflroflroflroflroflrofl no.

Unknown said...

"Who's timer is that? I know it's not Jin's..."
@Arsenette They reset the timer back to the beginning. The time limit was 105 seconds, which is also 1:45, which is what you saw on the clock there.

Arsenette said...

I take Tomo's box family over Box girl too! Agreed on all other points as well!

Oh and knowing the story behind the absolutely hilarious clear Shinya had I was severely disappointed it wasn't shown.. I think it would have made excellent television!

Oh the ad with the constrictors were about restrictive blood flow on your legs and how it could feel like you have something squeezing your legs. So some sort of blood thinner it looks like. HOW that could be over the counter is beyond me.. that is dangerous..

I think I missed the joke on the cutting down trees.. unless I miss-wrote sentence? (which is entirely possible)

AAAAAAAh timer reset. Thanks. I was going nuts!

jenn said...

Re: my tree cutting joke: (points up at the Lumberjack Song reference during Tomo's run) I do suddenly have the urge to hear Asa sing that song, with his girlfriend by his side... hey, I know that at least Monty Python and the Holy Grail was dubbed into Japanese (clips from that dub, the French Taunters and the Knights of Ni scenes, to be precise, are on the anniversary DVD release of that movie), so he could know it! (g) I grew up on Python, sorry.

OK, now I really have to ask: what happened with Shinya's clear????

Arsenette said...

Okay I cackled so hard I woke up hubby LOL!!

I can't believe I didn't put 2 and 2 together! And don't apologize. I also grew up on Python and Benny Hill :p Living in the Philly area we were one of the few markets that got Python through our PBS station. I didn't realized until MUCH later that we were the hip kids that grew up with British humor and GOT THE JOKES! lol :)

Ohhh.. the Shinya clear is that he thought he heard the klaxon blaring later than it was.. he thought he had 2 more seconds she he casually celebrated clearing while his friends were freaking out. When he FINALLY looked at the clock.. it said 0.0 seconds.. he actually got a 0.03 seconds or something ridiculous like that. He thought he had 2 more seconds.. but didn't realized until AFTER he hit the button. Everyone else watching and SEEING the clock all were freaking out screaming at him saying things like "Stop grandstanding and hit the damn button!" LOL