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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sasuke 31 Spoilerific Review - Part 11

Yay!  We got rid of the Rising! Whoot! 
Sasuke spoilerific review ;) Warning.. incoming blog of Sasuke 31.. 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). This is the 4th tournament in the Rising era (post Monster 9) and I'm happy that they got rid of the "Rising" part in the headlines!  For a preview of this event, please see SASUKE 31 NAVI a half hour preview of Sasuke 31 with fluff pieces of some the major players in the upcoming Sasuke. There were even a couple of runs that were cut from the official broadcast! Thanks for all of the support as I had a horrible month with my health.  I'm taking my time on the blogs as I have to limit how much time I can stare at a computer screen. I'm still getting cluster headaches but the cycle this time seems to be winding down long enough for me to work on getting these out!  I have a backlog of things to do but working through it slowly.  Yay last blog for 31!
(Massive thanks to TBS for posting the names of all 100 competitors!  Thanks to Ube for his help on the names in English!!)
Oh Fluff piece music is dramatic!

Yuusuke staring at the Final Stage

He has the sound of the start of the stages on his phone.  Not sure how to describe that or if there is a word for that specific sound.

The fluff piece at home again shows he has the spider walls and..

where he can transition to the rope

The next part of the Fluff piece chronicles the journey Yuusuke has undertaken up to this point.

First photos taken of him was when he was just 6 years old using walls at home as a spider walk.

and him jumping up tsunami walls as a virtual warped wall.. also at the age of 6.

As mentioned in a previous interview, it was at age 15 where he really started to train hard for Sasuke.

It was Nagano's win that spurred in him the desire to get on the show and try for himself.

By then he couldn't even hang on to the cliffhanger ledge

but was able to scale walls

He also started to build up his obstacles to include training types like trampoline to ropes to simulate Jump Hangs.

Miraculously, right after Nagano's win, Yuusuke made his debut in Sasuke 18.

That was the tournament that introduced the Jumping Spider

He, like many others, Morimoto actively pursued the All-stars (his idols) for training.

And he attended the Maguro Festival (and other events hosted/attended by the All-Stars) which by that point started to have Sasuke corner as a frequent attraction.

Confident that his training was better, he returns in Sasuke 19

He avenged the Jumping Spider, but the (best looking) Half Pipe Attack was waiting for him.

He continued to train between the years TBS didn't invite him back, each missed tournament getting stronger.

Finally, during Sasuke 27, he cleared the First Stage for the first time!

A RARE photo of all 6 All-Stars in one photo.

Reminder that Yuusuke has been training the Crazy Cliffhanger for years..

Another look at his Obstacle Diary

The wear and tear on this shows how much he trained this jump over the years (and to think this was one that replaced his old one that collapsed from the wear and tear!)

One of many inspirational posters

Father Tatsuya 卓也 looks on in awe of the size of the Final Stage

Yusuke Morimoto 森本 裕介 can't help but grin right now

Okay this is a hilarious story.. remember when we first started the Final Stage you saw Yuusuke walking around and staring at the Final right?  Well he was getting ready and out of nowhere the camera crew came up and the safety crew came on and started to strap him in followed closely behind by a camera crew.

So part of the giggles going on here is surprise because of one thing he forgot.. He totally forgot to take off his watch..  but they came on him so suddenly that he didn't have a nonchalant way of taking it off.. so at this point he's going through a dilemma (and no that's not what they are talking about)..

(Morimoto's train of thought as discussed later after the the event was over and not part of the broadcast) So I'm on camera now.. should I take off this watch?  Will I bring attention to it if I just take it off now while I'm being interviewed?  Screw it... just totally own it like a champ and make it look like I meant to do it.  Just become the first finalist ever to climb the final tower.. with a watch. LMFAO!!!!!!! So yes.. part of the giggles during this section was because he was mulling over that watch he's clutching!

A very excited set of parents!  Father Tatsuya 卓也 and Mother Mikiko 美貴子 hold hands with their son.

Prerequisite interview

Sister Mayu 真由 joins her parents off on the side as a set of chairs are moved away from the rest of the group.

There's that timer.  30 seconds for a tower that is bigger than Nagano's Sasuke 17 Tower.  Oh btw, first chance to see where the grandstand was placed for the audience. We were on the other side of the tower. I'm on the very far right (in the photo) of the grandstand so I can see so much here.

But first, commercials!

And we are back!

Jay and the Talking Heads group is here and ready to go!

Yusuke Morimoto 森本 裕介 - Lone man standing in the Final Stage!

So this is actually hilarious.. Right now, Yuusuke is strapped, everyone is ready to go.. audience is being yelled at for their phones but this happens..

Oh btw.. can you go shill your new TV show that's coming up?  She blurts out WHAT??  Then, buries her head in embarrassment over the reality of the reason why she's even here.. she's supposed to be promoting her own stuff.. that's what her company contract stipulates.

I instantly liked her simply because she got so invested in Sasuke that she forgot (and felt weird when she was told to do so) she had to shill her July 7 appearance in some TV Drama. And yes, we heard all of this and there were some giggles in the audience. I didn't know what was going on since I don't understand Japanese aside from a few words and phrases.

Okay she's done and now they are back to Sasuke.. already in progress.. LOL

The Final Stage is a total of 24 meters (almost 79 feet) high (Taller than a 7 story building)
It's made up of 2 obstacles back to back:
Spider Climb スパイダークライム (12m) 
Tsuna Nobori 綱登り (12m)

Time Limit: 30 seconds

Yusuke Morimoto 森本 裕介 with a silly grin on his face. I'm sitting on the far right of this photos (not shown)

Cool look from the top of the tower.  Also, as they were doing this live, a group of us were secretly hoping we heard a certain sound..

and we were happy to hear her!  A woman on top!  That means he wins!

Sorry is a joke that has been going on for years on SMF where men would be motivated to win if there's a chick up there to greet and fawn over them.  We just found it funny and ran with it for years.

For those asking what I saw.. this was the view from my seat before they told us to put the phones away.  They were pretty militant and had someone watching everyone to make sure the phones weren't out.  They begged us knowing that a 30 second climb would fit perfectly on any smart phone these days so they begged for us not to record it. I just snapped this as the Talking Heads were assembling. As you can tell from the glare, I could only see when Yuusuke came to view between the Spider Walls.

My favorite thing about seeing the television footage is the confirmation that Yuusuke was relaxed and smiling. He was SOOO Excited to get a chance at the Final that he couldn't contain his joy. It was written all over his face. It was refreshing to see someone with a beaming smile instead of the grousy look that most of the Final Stage competitors have.

He told me that he was a little nervous but the overwhelming feeling was unadulterated joy at being able to touch the Final Stage for real. All while wearing a watch and Rock-star pants.. ♥

At this point walking up it felt surreal to him as he's been dreaming of this exact final for 9 years. (Since Nagano's Final in Sasuke 17 was very similar to this set up and was the impetus for Yuusuke to get on the show)

Mother Mikiko 美貴子 looks on nervously

Milking that crane rental!

I could see him clearly at this point and I swear the experience was surreal

and I swear this went by Faaaaaaaaaast...

So at this point he stops grinning and starts to hear the sounds of the timer start.

And yes.. you could hear a pin drop..

And here we go!!!!!!

Front row.. right side.. wearing black..

Seriously folks.. you should know by now that there is going to be a commercial..

Yusuke Morimoto 森本 裕介 - Final Stage

There's a jumbo Screen to the right of the screen (my left) that some are looking at. I chose to stare right at him the whole time and try to count in my mind the full 30 seconds.

Up he goes on the Spider Climb and he's fast but slipping in a few places

I'm only assuming that the chart is estimating how fast he's going on the Spider Climb?

Transition onto the rope...

Clean transition

At this point the grandstand was deafening with the cheers of everyone yelling for him to clear

We still can't see the clock but we can't hear the Klaxon either...

I swear he appeared to go faster here.. Klaxon blaring and I'm counting them down..

Ladies and gentlemen this freaked me out when I saw it on the screen..

He is pretty far over from the buzzer..

and he reaaaaaaches across!

Had he been any slower, this transition would have not happened and he wouldn't have won!

Sister Mayu 真由, Mother Mikiko 美貴子 and Father Tatsuya 卓也

Mom having hysterics right now

Mom crumbling, Dad can't stop smiling and Mayu can't care less.. LOL

Grin on Tomo's face as he sees the clock, sees that there's herds of time for him to touch that button so it's assured by 3 seconds in that he was going to win.

Timer stopped and everyone celebrates

Asa first to jump to his feet followed by Hioki

Remember that there's a jumbo screen as well so they are reacting to that along with the timer in plain view for them.

Kanno, Drew and Kong celebrating the win!

Shill lady immediately freaks out and runs to hug anyone willing!

She's found someone to hug!  Talking Heads booth erupt in cheers!

完全制覇 - KANZENSEIHA!!!!

And thank you Inui for putting Complete Victory across the screen! (instead of Total)  The actual phrase actually means Complete Domination.  So Inui choosing that translation IMO is the best. ♥
完全制覇 - KANZENSEIHA!!!!

Yusuke Morimoto 森本 裕介 - FINAL STAGE CLEAR!

So while the commercials before this ruined his win since he was the only one getting to the Final and someone was going to win.. it still doesn't diminish to me to see someone with a watch winning the whole thing.

To say I lost my marbles is the understatement of the year..

Grime on his hands, he beams with excitement his now trademarked Morimoto Peace sign™

replay on what almost gave me a heart attack..

he had to will his body forward to reach the buzzer since he was far away when he got to the top.

I still can't believe it.. a kid that grew up watching the show since he was 5 years old..

is now the 4th Grand Champion in the 18 year history of Sasuke

Poor Mom bursts into tears while trying to cover her face.. that's some dedication to modesty!

Awww she's waving to him!

Btw for the record, you can see from the top to the bottom from the hole so he did see her waving to him.

Talking Heads: Thank you very much!  That was amazing!  Your grandpa must be super happy!

Yuusuke: Thank you very much!  My grandpa said "please show me a kanzenseiha while I’m still alive"…

Yuusuke: .. of course I want him to continue to live a healthy life for a long time, but since I was able to kanzenseiha while he’s still alive, I’m really happy!

And credits start to roll!

Interviews over and he waves to the competitors and his parents on the 2nd Stage side of the tower

and he turns around and waves at the grandstand. He looked around the hole to try to Peace Sign everyone which I thought was adorable.

take a drink.. Descente logo..

Yuusuke runs to family in happiness

Yuusuke to family: I made my dream come true!

Group hug as they wrap their arms around him!  PDA!!!!

Trying not to cry

Mom is so excited! I love how openly happy she is for her son.  Mayu could care less. LOL

He told me about now when the emotional relief of clearing came in.. mental and physical exhaustion set in fast.. and he swore he was going to pass out.

Sasuke 2015 something about 100 people came in to the tournament and yeah.. someone help with that? LOL
Edit:  Robb noted in the comments section: "So my fiancée says that SASUKE 2015 card is basically thanking the 100 contestants that participated and the audience that came to cheer them on!"

After a commercial break there was more footage!

Poor Drew trying to figure out wtf Jay is saying in Japanese..

okay you can understand that. LOL

Bro-PDA as Yuusuke doesn't seem so sure he knows what's going on LOL

Everyone else also jumps in and they are now bouncing around in a circle..

and like Katamari Damacy ball!

This one sucks up Sasuke Stars! LOL

 Giggles. Drew can understand that! Tehehehhehe

Meanwhile back on Nico Nico at the same time, Morimoto (who couldn't come to Tokyo for the broadcast) talks to everyone on the phone.

Asa (btw that is his towel) also talks to the Nico Nico audience. (Yes you can finally get this towel with his signature phrase "Kimochi ya, Kimochi" [気持ちや,  気持ち], since Tokyo Otaku Mode ships worldwide!)

Yamada also called in to say hi to everyone

Waving goodbye as the end of the Nico Broadcast was about half hour after the Sasuke 31 TBS broadcast.
 Yusuke Morimoto 森本 裕介 signing the photos

I thought this was adorable.  After the night was done (this is about half hour after all of this is over), after all the interviews and group photos, I managed to get to talk to him.  It was then I realized that I hadn't gotten signatures from him for my IndieGogo Supporters who chose his autograph photo as a perk.  He was going home the following day. I told him I could give it to him and he mail it back when he gets home, but he was insistent that he made a promise and he doesn't break his promises.  So this is him diligently sitting down, in front of the Final he defeated, totally exhausted, signing 5 photos for the IndieGogo backers. I couldn't be happier! Btw since people asked, the Sasuke jacket that is in the TBSi Store was a gift from Lost in Ube. It was quite useful since it was friggin' cold at night in Midoriyama!

Yuuji, Jin and Yuusuke

Omg where to even start..  This was a magical tournament for me for many of the painfully obvious reasons.  First and foremost being able to go to Japan to see it live.  Second because Yuusuke won.  It has always been a wish of mine for a long-time competitor and/or long-time fan to become Grand Champion.  Yuusuke is most definitely both!  Third was because the tournament had a very nix mix of ZOMG and WTF moments.  There were a LOT of surprises from failing stars to completely unknown underdogs stepping up and ending up in the 3rd stage.  We had celebs actually training to be on the show and doing well and long-time competitors finally doing better than they had hoped. In my opinion, that is what made this unpredictable tournament exciting and well worth ranking this as my number one tournament of all time.

 Inui, Me and Jin after Sasuke 31's taping
I had a different take on what I saw on television.  It almost felt like I was watching a different show from what I saw live, mostly because of what happened in the First Stage.  I know Inui appologized for the editing decisions (live on Nico Nico), but it was still painful to watch knowing that he chose not to show a great portion of the competitors including those with exciting runs.  TBS also didn't help this time around with promoting the show and it damn nearly failed due to their lack of passion. Inui and I tried our hardest to help promote it but it was obvious it was an uphill battle since TBS did virtually nothing this time around to promote it.  There were no YouTube videos of cut runs (especially since the First Stage runs were massacred for the celebrities), no Sasuke Park or LalaPort and zero content from their Facebook page after the broadcast of July 1st! I'm still infuriated about that. It's obvious what TBS' intention is and that's something that bothers the hell out of me and angers fans worldwide.

The start of the 2nd day of filming and the Sasuke stars wait for the 3rd Stage to be ready

That said, I chose to concentrate on the good things of the televised portions of the tournament.  From the 2nd stage on, the show was enjoyable to watch. I still contend that the Final Stage fluff piece as moving and indicative of WHY we love Sasuke so much. Having Yuusuke follow that up with a win was just icing on the cake!  To me though, this tournament is my favorite of all time. I had it up as top 3 but since I was there and experience that atmosphere, it's literally #1.  I admit to total unabashed bias on that ranking.

One of my favorite memories from Sasuke 31 ©Arsenette

I spent the day being a total tourist and hanging out with the Sasuke Stars who were huge fans of the show.  Yuusuke Morimoto and Tatsuya Tada are best friends and tried to watch the show while it was taping. They kept being yelled at by security to get out of the way since they weren't "supporting anyone" (meaning they weren't guests of other competitors running the course at that time...) so whenever certain mall cops weren't around, we'd sneak back stage to try to get a look at the show while it was taping.  This precious selfie was taken under the first Grandstand bleachers during the First Stage. It was about 10 minutes later that we were all thrown out of there. I mean seriously.. they threw out Morimoto.. MORIMOTO.. seriously.. he couldn't watch unless he was running.. wtf people.. wtf.. LOL

Taking advantage of group shots while waiting for Stage 3 to begin!

One huge takeaway from seeing the taping was that the atmosphere was that of a family event.  I've been told many times about this (the other word used was "festival") but it was hard to imagine given the huge pressures of competing at a sports event.  They were right.  Take this photo for instance, most of this group was already eliminated the day before but were all smiles supporting the others still yet to go in Stage 3.  This you don't get in other sports events.. they are just too insular. That is not to say that none were nervous, far from it.  But the welcome we all received (new competitors with no background to foreigners there to cheer them on) was done with great enthusiasm.

 One of my rare Stage 3 photos I sneaked before cameras officially rolled.  That is the Iron Paddler.
So aside from my rage of having Stage 1 obliterated (especially since I didn't get to see a LOT of the First Stage live), I did enjoy the rest of the show. It was far from perfect, but I've mentioned that before, no tournament is perfect. It's physically impossible to make a perfect show.  I'm still disappointed that TBS has no plans to show the First Stage cut runs on YouTube like they did before.  Especially with how many were eliminated and the fact that they aren't doing a Sasuke 31 DVD, it is especially painful to know that we will never see those runs.

 Official Kanto Region Ratings for the week of June 29-July 5, 2015 (Sports)
VOL.27 2015年 6月29日(月) ~ 7月5日(日) - スポーツ【関東地区】 ©Video Research Ltd

The Nico Nico broadcast was as successful as last year.  Total Views: 85610 Comments: 65179 for the 5 1/2 hours it was live. That was about 3 thousand more viewers than last year and caused more people to watch Sasuke.  Ratings wise we had about the same 10.7% rounded down for the 4 hour broadcast. It's peak (at the end of the broadcast) was 15.6%.  Similar to last year, the trend in social media helped the show ratings go up from practically nothing.  The early numbers when the tournament started, thanks to TBS not caring, were low (I heard anywhere from 3-5%) since most didn't know the show was on the air.  So between Nico Nico and social media (especially Twitter), people were becaming aware of the show airing on television and as a result started watching the show on TV and thus raised the overall rating of the show all the way up to 15.9% against other shows that weren't doing as well.
Japan Twitter trends - July 1, 2015

The other phenomenon was going on in Twitter.  Once I noticed something phenomenal happening worldwide during the 2nd stage of Sasuke, I immediately switched to Japan trends just to see what was going on.  Sure enough.. SASUKE and サスケ (Sasuke in Katakana) was trending #1 and #2 on twitter for HOURS.. It wouldn't be until the following week would we realize how HUGE this phenomenon really was..
There's  research company that concentrates on Japan's Twitter trends and they came up with a daily summation of all Twitter traffic in Japan for July 1, 2015.  Check out what was number one in Japan on Twitter and how many tweets there were IN JAPAN... well over 4.. Million..

 This made my jaw DROP.. this is WORLDWIDE TRENDING ©Arsenette

To give you an example, for SASUKE to be #2 Worldwide for the hours that it was, you have to crack 5 million tweets (just to get on the list) and for it to be up at the top.. seriously.. you are rapidly approaching ridiculous amount of tweets.  So, again, I wonder how high the number would have been if TBS gave a damn and actually promoted the show properly. It's obvious if people KNOW the show is on the air, people will WATCH Sasuke now. I'm always baffled at the lack of support TBS shows to it's own shown when clearly a new generation of fans is starting to care about the show.  The opportunity is there to actually made something of this again!   

Official Sasuke Twitter account announcing Sasuke 32 ©Sasuke TBS

Later that day (morning in Japan on July 2nd), the official Sasuke TBS account announced "next year" for Sasuke. This was also posted on the official Sasuke Japan account on Facebook.  Before the show aired, the fate of the show hung in the balance and they HAD to break double digit ratings in order to be renewed for another season.  They did it (after rising to 15.9% and trending #1 in Japan, 85k in Nico Nico and Worldwide trending #2) so our hope is that the corporate suits in TBS will honor their promise and bring the fans Sasuke 32 next year.  We have a new champion, I want to see Yuusuke standing on the start line and being called the Grand Champion.  He deserves as much. And of course.. I'd love to see it. /cry

 My personal autograph book and my 2 day passes to see Sasuke taping live.

Anyway... really really really want to thank a few people.  First being Lost in Ube whom I finally met in person! Outside of my inspiration for even blogging in the first place back when I found Sasuke and found his blogs back in 2007 he's been a great online friend whom I can watch Sasuke and use candor and humor when watching without people hawking my every word. I admit that I was the part of the reason he was distracted during his liveblog this year. LOL Thanks to the blt for the community stream and clear copy of the tourney for the blog and the community. I watched this year this way!  I also thank Jin for not only inviting me to support him in Sasuke paving the way for me to finally go to Japan, but also live streaming the sound of Sasuke through Skype live so I wasn't 2 minutes behind Japan! LOL Thanks to the SMF community for being patient when I FINALLY got the blogs up and for READING them! Thanks to my very loyal Rambling Rican readers whom always amaze me when they come back! LOL I'm happy people find enjoyment in them as much as I enjoy creating them. I'm ecstatic more people have used my blog as an introduction to such a wonderful show and it makes it even more worthwhile when I know my fangirling is actually to good use! I'm excited to see our small group grow to literally thousands around the world banding together to watch this show through tiny computer screens that often crash.

Right after Anastase interview (which took place immediately before Stage 3) ©Arsenette

HUGE Thanks to all of those who made the trip to Japan possible.  I don't think I will ever stop thanking you. Between fulfilling a fangirl's dream, it also fulfilled a bucket list item as I have always been fascinated with Japan and it's culture for the entirety of my life. To be able to fly over with my husband and enjoy that whirlwind of 2 dreams at once is something I can never adequately express my gratitude. Thanks also to those who support my blog. Didn't think after all these years I'd still be doing this and enjoying it. Ya'll have made it worth the while :) It's now 7 years and still going! I can't believe how fast time is flying. So long as this continues to be fun and the Sasuke format doesn't change I'll continue to write. I appreciate all of the support I've been getting the past few years and especially this past couple of months. It's been.. rough.  I hope to be able to get the next few (delayed) blogs as soon as I can.  Up next is the long-awaited "Wreath man" interview! I appreciate your continued patience with all of this and hope that the blogs and videos will be worth the wait.


band97 said...

Couldn't even finish reading before I HAD to say this. I LOVE that picture with Morimoto and the All-Stars!!!!!!!!

GTONeko said...

Bravo for it all. :3

With all you've done, Inui and the others for keeping Sasuke afloat, we definitely deserve the recognition for them to understand....WE LOVE SASUKE!!! (...not the emo idiot ninja. :p )

As much as I do enjoy American Ninja Warrior (the main hope I'd have to do something of Sasuke), it'll never be the same as Sasuke since they've done it for so long, and had a lot more fun/camaraderie with the participants and fans (even with the "mall cops" :p). Even with the issues on occasion (the tech issues of stage 2 and rules not being discussed proper), I've gotta agree with this being a fun tournament and one of the best. It seems like now, within the past few years that they've introduced something new for certain designs of the show, we've gotten 2 Kanzenseihas (sp) pretty quick. I wonder if that can happen again after the next renewal.

Anyways, cheers and great job with the blog. Definitely take your time and maybe add more water and tea to help with your health at times. Those headaches you get do have me worried some. *hugs*

Arsenette said...

Giggle band :) I love that photo as well. He sent me a copy of it and I put it on his blog. That's quite a glorious photo!

Hey GTONeko! Thanks for the well wishes. Yeah.. been adjusting to live with those for the past 2 decades. I try to live my life to the fullest around those things.. it still sucks but I try to carry on and do productive things. Sasuke has been a welcome distraction!

Robin Yeoh said...

I think that graphic during the spider climb is to inform viewers of the width (1.2m) and the height (12m)

When you said you and Morimoto and Tatsuya weren't allowed to watch the runs of the people you weren't supporting, that included people like Alexander Mars, and Kong and Okada? I would think they let you watch Jin's run but regardless, that's sad. But ultimately I'm happy you had a great trip and great experience.

Lastly, will you be covering this year's USA vs world competition?

Boiling Pot said...

"Confident that his training was better, he returns in Sasuke 18" - should say 19.

Of all of the pictures posted in all of these blogs, you standing next to Morimoto in front of the tower while he signs the autographs is by far my favorite. :)

Congrats on attending, and thanks for the great, detailed report! :)

I want 32 NAO!!!!! :D

Arsenette said...

Whoops! Fixing that now! Thanks ♥

Awww that was a special moment. He was visibly drained and he still did that for you guys. My already high level of respect went up even higher during that!

I hope to have more in the next few weeks with personal photos and videos. Hopefully it won't take me as long as this took to get online!

Robb said...

So my fiancée says that SASUKE 2015 card is basically thanking the 100 contestants that participated and the audience that came to cheer them on!

Arsenette said...

Awwww that's sweet! I'll edit that in. Congrats btw! ♥

Robb said...

So now that the last spoiler page is up and the cat's out of the bag, how amazing to get to go to a Susake taping AND THEN SEE A STAGE FOUR FINISHER!!! We watched a (cough) copy of the TBS telecast and it was thrilling to see Yuusuke win. I can still remember seeing him on the old G4 broadcasts of Ninja Warrior when he was just "Sasuke kun", the young fanboy. It was incredibly gratifying to basically see him grow up through Sasuke and then to win it all as Grand Champion. Just awesome!

Asameshimae said...

Now that you're done with the spoiler pages, I have to add in this quote from Venus.
"Yuusuke is awesome." -VenusHeadTrap

Unknown said...

Best performance ever, congrats to Yuusuke! I remember seeing a ramen shop in Fukuoka that was showing SASUKE on their TV (they were already closed during that time), and I wanted to come in and ask if I could just snack and watch SASUKE with them ^_^

Great job on the blog post Arsenette! Also, when I read that Yuusuke had the Stage start buzzer sounds on his phone, that made me happy coz I did exactly the same thing haha

Unknown said...

Seeing you in the middle of all those photos made my day.

Unknown said...

Oh, and great job. Get well soon.