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Monday, February 1, 2016

Unofficial Sasuke Update Show #4 on Nico Nico!

Really quickly only a couple weeks after the previous one, there will be another Nico Nico show!  I think because the last one Sasuke Director Masato Inui was traveling in Europe and wasn't around to host. The first one was held back in October, 2015.  November was the big month where he and Ryo were building Sasuke Indonesia and produced 13 behind the scenes videos on Nico Nico.  December was the return of the first format with new people and this one seems to be a slightly different format.  January show of course was just last week.  There was an announcement this week on their new Twitter account that the next one is approaching fast. The name of the Twitter handle is S ura channel (which means Sasuke back channel).
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 20:00 (8:00 PM - Japan) JST
   6:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time) (WEDNESDAY Morning)
  3:00 AM (Pacific Standard Time) (WEDNESDAY Morning)
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 mentioned this before, but it bears repeating:  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. 
 Poster for the new Nico Nico Broadcast ©Sasuke Back Channel

They actually got  a poster up this time!  The line-up for Broadcast #4 marks the return of Inui as host.  The bigger surprise are the addition of 2 new people! (see above photo).  Inui announced that he will be doing an update on his Belgium and London trip.
Host - Sasuke (Japan) Director Masato Inui 乾雅人 ©Masato Inui
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
Sasuke Finalists!!  (Sasuke 17) Shunsuke Nagasaki 長崎峻侑,  (Sasuke 23) New Generation Star Hitoshi Kanno 菅野仁志  and (Sasuke 30) Tomohiro Kawaguchi 川口朋広 ©Hitoshi Kanno
I am VERY surprised to see Shunsuke Nagasaki! ♥  I'm looking forward to it!  Kanno returns from the Sasuke 30 and 31 broadcasts to debut on the back channel update show.  Tomo and Shingo return with Ryo who has been there since the beginning and handles a lot of the tech for the channel.

The hope was 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.  They seem to be doing more this time by not just keeping up with the Nico Nico live chat but also engaging the Twitter chatter.  They are actively working on the sound and video quality so it is their hope they aren't plagued by tech issues like the first couple were. 
 Contest winner ©2814Swamp
Last month they started giveaways tied to mini-games within the broadcast.  They announced that they will be doing more contests.  Sadly.. it is Japan onlySo far the biggest news coming out of these was from the very first one Nico Nico where the announcement of Sasuke 32 being green-lit.  We are very much in the off-season and are still waiting for plans to finalize for both Sasuke 32 and the Sasuke World CupHe'll answer what he can so 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...

Will you write about USA vs The World 2?

Arsenette said...

I will get to it in the upcoming week. Health has been wonky but I did manage to get the podcast recorded and I touch a bit about it.