This is my Part Two Blog of the USA vs The World - ANW 6 Special that aired on Monday, September 15, 2014. For those who are confused when this happened.. it was the Final day (Sunday) of the Las Vegas taping of American Ninja Warrior 6 back in June 15, 2014.
Matt Quotes™ continues.. "This is Stage 4 of Mount Midoriyama. We've never made it that far in competition".. yeah.. someone would like a few words with you...
Southern Californian (born and raised) Kane Kosugi ケイン・コスギ lost the Final in an epic rain-soaked Sasuke 8. Dude didn't even speak Japanese until his adult life (after he moved to Japan to find a job). He was a southern California boy for all of his youth and half of his adult life.
Points are worth double so each win in each of the heats is worth 2 points each for a total of 6 points up for grabs on this Stage.
ANW veteran Tim Shieff, this time representing Great Britain in competition instead of the USA and sorry her face still doesn't move. LOL
Is that plexiglass? Kinda cool lookin'. Still don't like the no time limit thing.. nor the head to head.. (which is why there's no time limit)
Heat One on deck and our first look at Morimoto, Ghisolfi here in ANW. This is Arnold's return (and still not the furthest man.. Several Americans had done that including Travis Allen Schroeder)
Yuusuke Morimoto 森本 裕介 - Team Japan
At least NBC is saying Sasuke now and didn't say Mount Midoriyama so at least an ATTEMPT at repairing the damage of combining the results last year. People are still very confused thanks to them.
Mmmmm.. roll that beautiful pirated video of Sasuke Rising.. NBC has no shame. This is Sasuke 29 folks.. the tournament that NBC refuses to air in the USA.
I'll explain the furor first over this obstacle. NBC had it set up and as per courtesy (since USA had a crack at it in competition just the night before), Japan and Europe had 2 tries on it to get a feel for the obstacle.
So RIGHT before Japan was going to get on the obstacle, NBC changed all the ropes and didn't let anyone see it until it was recording time. So this is literally the first time anyone sees the new configuration. IN competition. This doesn't happen in Sasuke. No idea if they do this in ANW or not. (I wouldn't be surprised) Sasuke has a testers showing them every single detail right up until it's competition time. Even if they reset it, they put testers on there to show them how things changed and proving to them it's safe. To change it AFTER the testing .. yeah.. only NBC thinks this is kosher. This affects everyone. However, even more for Japan going first. They all had to watch Yuusuke, trying to compete in this, and then adjust to how he did it. He's not a tester.. he's supposed to be competing.. wtf NBC.
SO he's taking a long time to do this but compared to what we are about to see, and the fact that he has never seen this configuration, this is actually pretty good for testing out the obstacle for everyone else... /facepalm I give him a lot of credit. Seeing what happened and not having the benefit of seeing a tester do it, he did amazingly well.
Kanno crapping a brick right now because this is the first time he sees the new configuration. Whatever he mapped out earlier during the run from the testers though is now null and void.
Anyway, after 20 seconds we are on the Double Salmon Ladder and as expected, he flies through this. Japan has already moved past this in Competition and they are up to the Swap Salmon Ladder.
A little crooked on the transition but since the rungs are closer together he can easily muscle up and finish the obstacle.
..as proven.. by that. While others yell that it is possible, it's a feat to jump that far AND high with no run up if you are short. Unlike the Warped Wall where you can do things with proper technique or even do things "again" if that failed. There is no margin of error on a luck based obstacle as this.
And yes the TBS furor when finding out that despite NBC's claims (and signed agreement) that they would agree to scale the obstacles to Sasuke size to level the playing field.. yeah.. that didn't happen. Good job Morimoto though for getting pretty far despite the odds stacked against you.
He did great though getting this far. Just sucks. I would have liked to see the playing field being a bit more level. Height advantage + luck based obstacles kinda suck since very little skill is involved.
Tehehehehe He's okay. I love the universal hand gesture of the "OK" sign. No interpreter needed. It's not like they had one on hand to translate for them anyway.
Up next is the 2nd of the pros hired to be here for some reason. He didn't even know this show existed until his agent called him up and he showed up to Vegas.
Oh she's pretty! Dad admitting he's super doting and very protective of his son. One wishes to have such a supporting family. I like his family a lot. I wish more people were lucky to have been born to parents like that.
Cute fluff piece about him growing up and climbing things. It's such a shame they used a racist Italian thick accented dub voice. We know he's Italian since he doesn't speak English on there.. but to use a voice WITH a thick accent? I'm sorry.. that's racist. Why do that at all? Just sub it and call it a day. Unless NBC altered HIS speech as well? Totally unnecessary for the thick accent for BOTH the Japanese and the Italian. This was on purpose.
Dad watching intently as his son sees the 2nd stage of this ninja event for the first time. Seems this is the first time he's in the USA as well. I hope they don't think poorly of us because of NBC.
.. and out. This is all technique and his ignorance of the show unfortunately was his downfall. This is a classic Sasuke and regular ANW obstacle and he didn't know how to adjust when he went sideways.
.. sigh.. I can't get angry.. the timer hasn't started yet.. I just don't like showboating.. but it's legal.. Timer hasn't started.. it's legal.. he's doing nothing.. wrong.. twitch.. (oh and yes I heard the story of his epic showboating in ANW6 and the infamous hand over over the first stage button... don't even get me started on that bullsh.....)
he.. quit.. his job.. he's a FATHER and he quit his job? For a television show?? Oooh he must be a Yamada fan. /facepalm
And this isn't timed so he just has to get past an obstacle that he's actually tall enough to just reach out and grab. Yeah we all know how this is going to go. LOL
Accomplices. So .. is she working and he's living off of her? Or his Dad? Or her Dad (Like in Yamada's case)? I don't care when it's single guys throwing their life away and pretending to be bohemian and finding themselves. But, there's an entirely different matter when you have an almost 40 year old FATHER of two young kids who just learned a valuable life lesson. "Kids you can quit being the bread winner and supporting your family, so long as you have a chance at a television show". There's no difference between this and trying to win the lottery.. especially when NBC is involved. GET A JOB!
Now with that out of the way, Brian hasn't really improved. Remember that he also is affected by NBC's random obstacle change. He only had Stefano and Yuusuke to see before this to figure out what route to take.
So.. the time jumps from 25 seconds on the rope dismount.. and then magically the time is 45 seconds when he gets to this?? He took over 20 seconds to walk a couple feet? Damn that NBC edit™ or they didn't show his hand hovering over.. okay okay I'll let that one go.. LOL For the record we, at this stage, are at both Morimoto and Ghisolfi's times... combined.
Geez.. Sasuke competitors would KILL to have over 2 minutes for the 2nd stage.. They jumped for joy just getting 15 seconds back. LOL
So with Brian already clearing the Butterfly wall defeating Morimoto he continues the course to see if he could clear it. Everyone did this last year so it doesn't upset me at all.
about 22 seconds so same as Morimoto and Ghisolfi but unlike Ghisolfi, Tim methodically goes up the ladder. He's not fast on it, but he's methodical and making sure he doesn't do any mistakes. Even a couple sideways but muscles up nicely to clear the Salmon Ladder's first side.
Matt freaking out about seeing him skip rungs when jumping across. LOL The Americans did that in Sasuke before. Still impressive to see nonetheless.
Akbar Quotes™ because this definitely deserves honorable mention with this gem: "You know... Watching the new Tim Shieff.. I'm ready to go Vegan and I'm not even sure what that means"..
LOL This looks strange to me but hey it works! He caught it and is working his way back around to the rope.
Okay my opinion changed a little bit. THAT was a classy interview. His grip just gave out from the previous obstacles so when he got the chain he had nothing left. And no her forehead still doesn't move. LOL
LOL They used the Sasuke 27 final instead of the Sasuke 30 Final but kept the vignette lens to match all the other footage they stole.
Ryo Matachi (Cliffer #2) 又地諒
He got lost in the maze. He just couldn't adjust (like Morimoto did) and kept picking the wrong ropes and literally went backwards. If you miss that first transition you can't reach the one further ahead. If you are too short you can't reach it. He's the shortest competitor here. He had no hope. He finally ran out of strength after struggling for a minute and just jumped in the water.
NBC loves Asa. His reactions fit any occasion. I wouldn't be surprised if this wasn't even in this stage.. just random 3 hour loop of Asa clutching a blanket in shock. LOL
Another of the Sasuke 27 vets - Travis Rosen トラビス・ローセン even if Matt is erasing from his mind that USA has ever been in Japan with HIM in attendance. C'mon NBC it's okay to say he kicked ass in Sasuke 27 making it to the 2nd stage. Unless it only accentuates how much your 2nd Stage Mount Midoriyama courses suck?
(Edit: Thanks Rider for that correction)
(Edit: Thanks Rider for that correction)
Very cute Fluff piece about him being a stock broker that works from home so he can help raise his family. I already liked him but my opinion shot through the roof with this.
Always been impressed by his consistency. On top of that, doing that at his age is amazing. ANW needs my guys like him. Working man and kick ass Ninja AND nice and not showboating. I swear he's more of a Sasuke guy than ANW!
Dominating the course so far as he also climbs the Butterfly wall on the way around. After he cleared the Butterfly he technically cleared the stage (as his time was faster).
He doesn't know he already won the Heat. He probably thought he had to clear the Metal Spin. Taking a good look before he jumps (this is apparently where he failed the night before in ANW6).
He would have timed out on Sasuke's 2nd Stage (they only had 110 seconds this time) but this isn't about time. He beat Tim and Ryo so USA gets the 2 points on this heat.
(Thanks Lachlan for the 110 timer)
(Thanks Lachlan for the 110 timer)
.. Especially since Kanno is supposed to be on the Start-line. LOL
New Generation member Hitoshi Kanno 菅野仁志
Having the same issues that Ryo did and choosing poorly. Again if you don't have a good first transition, the obstacle is so poorly designed that you have no way of being able to recoup.
And couldn't reach the ropes once he missed the first transition. This is where the height disadvantage is amplified. Someone taller with a longer wingspan can grab the rope that he missed. Someone shorter.. yeah.. you see what happens.
And unfortunately back to back (to back if you count ASEAN) poor international performances from Kanno. Sadly, I think he hit his plateau and is on his way down.
Ouch.. did Tim cut himself in the competition? That looks like a fresh wound on his chest.
He moved to France because climbing is not as popular in Canada. At this point in his career, he moved to train with the best at the best venues. He's still Canadian though so no idea why NBC had to suddenly make him French. They were reaaaaaally enamored with using that Euro flag. I did laugh at the bold prediction that Stage 3 looked super easy.
Tim loosing his marbles and jumping up and down.
Aaaaaaaah Elet.. Karma's a bitch isn't it?
Ooooooh a 5 cm thick Ultimate Cliffhanger. This obstacle still makes the Japanese cackle with laughter that this is considered hard (Sasuke's ledges are 3 cm).
Stage 3 and probably my biggest rage yet! yes.. it's that bad..
After watching the Vegas finals, it's clear the landing platform for the Metal Spin was too far away for some people to reach. The only reason Joe and Elliot passed was because they hooked the underside of the platform with their foot. Basically, the only way shorter people could complete it is if they grab the chain low or do what Sean did.
Excellent as ever, yet I have a couple of things I would like to point out:
1: you said that Yusuke was the 2nd shortest at 5'4" yet when you got to Ryo you said he was the shortest, even though he is an inch taller
2: the time limit was 110 seconds in stage 2, I thought
FUN FACT: Sean Connery would have been the only one to clear stage 2 out of all the runners based on time, he would have had 3.49 seconds left
(I may have gotten the wrong name in the fun fact)
Yeah Stage 2 for ANW was screwed up a bit. I'm curious how many people will try to "McColl" the landing from now on. LOL
1. Uhm.. Lachlan.. 5'3" is shorter than 5'4".. just saying. You may not want to quit school.. or quit drinking before posting.
2. You are correct it is 110 (just checked again).
Fun Fact: Sean Connery is an 84 year old Scottish Actor famous for playing James Bond.. giggles.
Wow cannot belive I can almost not read, I think I might be dyslexic, due to the fact I read words wrong all the time and spell words wrong all the time, it is just that I notice I got it wrong and correct them after
Don't get the hate on the rope maze. When you look at the top of the rope its easy to tell which ones drop and which ones slide. Japan straight up sucked on it for not noticing that.
And shrinking the obstacles won't level the playing field, it will just make it even easier for taller guys so they would still have a considerable advantage, like how almost any sport gives taller competitors an advantage.
EVERYONE had problems with the rope maze. Everyone. The point that NBC changed the maze AFTER the testing proves my point that they wanted to sabotage the maze with Japan going in less than a minute. As for level playing field.. if you can't reach something because you are too short it is the fault of the organizers. It was a problem in ANW6 as well not just this special.
Will you write about so expected Stage 3?
Working on it atm!
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