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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Unofficial Sasuke Update Show on Nico Nico!

Today we got some pretty awesome news.  It all started out with a few tweets this morning from the Sasuke Director Masato Inui.  He was alluding to opening a new Unofficial Sasuke Nico Nico channel with an initial broadcast for Thursday, October 8, 2015.  A few hours later he posted the link with exact times and description as to what it was he wanted to do on that channel. Here are the tweets: Tweet One and Tweet Two.
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 21:00 (9 PM) JST
  8:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time) (THURSDAY Morning)
5:00 AM (Pacific Daylight Time) (THURSDAY Morning)
(Please note the time for Daylight Saving)
Sasuke Producer Norihiro Okubo 大久保徳宏 on the left and Sasuke Director Masato Inui 乾雅人 on the right - During the Sasuke 31 Nico Nico broadcast

For those who are curious.. what is Nico Nico?  This is the online streaming service that was used during the Sasuke 30 and 31 broadcasts that had commentary on the tournament while it was airing live in Japan. Over the past Sasuke 31 season, it was used often for community updates and additional content.   This particular channel is new as this is a channel started specifically by the Sasuke Director himself.  I need to reiterate something about the channel.  This is not an official channel for TBS.  This is his own personal channel and the views and impressions on this broadcast/channel are not the official views of TBS.  For those who are unaware, Mr. Inui was hired to direct Sasuke after the collapse and eventual bankruptcy of Monster 9.  He is now creative owner for the televised image of Sasuke and he serves not only as Executive Director but sole Editor of the televised show.  However, he is President of FolCom and considered to be an outside independent contractor hired by TBS.  Remember that while what he discusses about the composition of the show (which he controls), he does not serve as representative of TBS. TBS controls the license of the show and is the only one certified to announce any official plans.  He wanted to make sure everyone knew that up front and there are certain answer he is just unable to give since he has limited control of the show and cannot possibly speak for TBS in an official capacity.

Inui holding a contest entry with course designers during a Nico Nico Broadcast back in March
The hope he has for this informal channel is to provide a monthly update on the world of Sasuke from his perspective and provide an opportunity to engage the community live.  Given the format of the first show scheduled, he will be talking to Sasuke stars and answer questions from the live chat pace of about once a month in an informal setting.  The title for this month's broadcast is really interesting!

SASUKE裏チャンネル #1「どうなるSASUKE2016!?徹底討論、大リニューアルはやるのか!?やれんのか!?」
Thanks to candh - The broadcast description says: "What'll happen to SASUKE2016!? Full discussions of whether there'll be a big renewal, or is it even possible? - Unofficial channel by the Sasuke owner, competitors and those involved - planned to do stream every month (just a plan) - someday there may be a live for Sasuke training session"

Even by the title itself, our resident zombie director (the
man does not sleep..) will be discussing the upcoming Sasuke 32, debate how much the show should change (since a renewal of the course is expected after the Morimoto win) with the live audience and live guests.  This however does not serve as the announcement for Sasuke 32 as that official announcement has to come from TBS.  TBS has not confirmed that nor has it made any official announcement over that.  Our hope is that TBS will gauge the success of the social media support from Sasuke 31 (including Worldwide trending during the broadcast and #1 trending in Japan which is not reflected on the ratings for Tokyo)  and officially announce Sasuke 32.  That said, it hasn't happened yet and he wanted to make sure people knew that.  Guests for this month is a who's who in Sasuke.

Sasuke All-star Shingo Yamamoto 山本進悟  and New Generation Star Ryo Matachi (Cliffer #2) 又地諒 from the Sasuke 30 Nico Nico Broadcast
2-Time Grand Champion Yuuji Urushihara 漆原裕治 (Cliffer #3) (From Sasuke 31)

Masashi Hioki 日置 将士 from the Sasuke 31 Nico Nico Broadcast

All of this will be hosted/moderated by Sasuke Director Masato Inui 乾雅人 (Sasuke 1-14 and 28 to Present).  What is funny is that the last person listed I didn't know who it was.. Thanks to candh for the translation on that last word.

 城主 = Joshu, which means a castellan/the lord of castle) is referring to Inui himself. As you can see, it's a joke between Sasuke and MXC/Takeshi's Castle.

Side note as well.  Most people think that the Japanese refer to Sasuke as Mount Midoriyama (because of an error made by my G4TV when referring to the Studio lot) when in fact it refers the course as the Iron or Steel Castle. So Inui is the Lord of the Castle (meaning Sasuke).

Sasuke Director Masato Inui 乾雅人

I'm really excited as we've been trying to find ways to get Sasuke back into the lexicon of the Japanese youth growing up in an age where television consumption is at an all-time low.  We believe that further development of social media will help get Sasuke back out of the slump it is now.  I'm really excited that this broadcast will be monthly so we can keep talking about Sasuke even during the off-season.  I honestly believe that this will only help the situation.  This also is a great indicator that 32 is next year even if it's not officially announced.  I'll be blogging about the broadcast each month and hope to provide an English translated update of the topics discussed in a timely manner.  It will take me some time to get all of the content translated so I ask everyone for patience for the blog after the broadcast.  In the meantime, each month I'll do my best to collect questions from the community (I will be doing this on SMF primarily, however feel free to follow me on Twitter and of course this blog to contact me) and pass that on to the Director.  This month may be tight given the short notice, but hopefully we can get a list going in the hopes the topics asked will be at least looked into and answered. Again, there are some topics he cannot formally address as it's either out of his hands, political or he just doesn't know the answer.


Unknown said...

This is awesome! Could you give me the website I could watch it on, or see the translations?

Arsenette said...

The link to Nico Nico is already provided. There are no translations which is why I said my blogs providing a synopsis later will come out when I can get them. The whole thing is in Japanese.