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  • Sasuke 2021 – Everything You Need to Know

    Sasuke Season is Here!

    When is it on?
    December 28th, 2021 @ 6:00pm Japan Time

    9:00am GMT

    4:00am ET / 3:00am CT / 2:00am MT / 1:00am PT

    How Long Is It?

    This seasons has a runtime of FIVE HOURS! That makes it one of the longest tournaments in the series.

    Who is Competing?
    You can see the full list here: TBS Website

    Lineup Highlights:

    • Reigning champion Yusuke Morimoto is predictably #100
    • Many notable veterans have returned, including:
      • #1 Torisawa Katsuhide
      • #9 Saikawa Koji
      • #10 KAREN
      • #34 Matsuda Daisuke
      • #41 Jackie Chan
      • #50 Yamamoto Yoshiyuki
      • #59 Hioki Masashi
      • #75 Nagasaki Shunsuke
      • #76 Kanno Hitoshi
      • #89 Ryo Matachi
      • #92 Yamamoto Shingo
      • #96 Yamada Katsumi
      • #97 Darvish Kenji
      • #99 Yuji Urushihara
    • The following competitors did not return:
      • Previous Champion Makoto Nagano (may return in 2022)
      • Parkour Athlete Sato Jun (injury)
      • All Star Takeda Toshihiro (injury, but rumors are he has retired
    • Newcomers to Watch:
      • #7 “Wall fairy” Boru Neesan, a character mascot
      • #14 Goto Yusuke, a superfan working in forestry
      • #26 Ando Miki, pro figure skater
      • #43 Tatsumasa Murasame, a popular fitness celebrity appearing on several NHK shows
        #52 Yoshiyuki Ogata, winner of Bouldering in the 2021 IFSC World Cup
      • #54 Michael Kaeda, an American actor living in Japan, who previously completed a Ninja course on “KuroOvi”
      • #73 Kimoto Takafumi, a Parkour Athlete who has competed with Sato Jun
      • #93 Ikeda Yudai, a world class climber

    Where Can I Watch?
    We will be posting a stream shortly before broadcast, please stay tuned for more information.

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  • Sasuke 39 Preshow – Dosukoi

    Just like that, a second preshow has been announced!

    A local network in Yamagata Prefecture is releasing a piece on Tada Tatsuya (#91) and his journey through Sasuke, as he is a local celebrity in that area of Japan.

    It will air on December 15th in Yamagata, but then be released online on TVer for restreaming.

  • SASUKE 39 Pre-show – Birth Day (ZONE)

    It is Sasuke season and the first pre-show of the year is coming up!

    It will air on December 11th @ 17:00 JST Time.

    This works out to:

    3am ET
    2am CT
    1am MT
    12am PT
    8am GMT

    This preshow is occurring on the TBS program “Birth Day”. Birth Day as a program is notable as it is the current version of a Documentary series that spun off of the 90s series “ZONE”. In the past, ZONE was produced by Sasuke creator Ushio Higuchi had aired 14 episodes based on Sasuke in the past. These episodes are used to promote tournaments and show extended fluff pieces on competitors. ZONE ended way back in 2004, and Birth Day began in 2005, but since Higuchi was no longer involved, it stopped covering Sasuke content….. until now.

    In our first Sasuke episode of birthday, we’ll be getting a behind the scenes look at the Sasuke 39 journey’s of two prominent competitors:

    Previous champion Morimoto Yusuke (#100), and chart-topping artist Iwamoto Hikaru (#88)

    Look forward to this episode!

  • Sasuke Daily YouTube Roundup – November 28th, 2021

    Nishida Hurries to Train for Sasuke

    #65 Nishida (ニシダ) got a surprise as a fan of Sasuke, and in this video is shown rushing to a local gym. The trainer asks what his goals are, and he responds “I made it on Sasuke, so I need you to help me prepare”. Nishida already had some basic strength, but will be training relentlessly to prepare for his shot on this course this season.

    Sugeta Rinne show off his Routine

    Last season, #20 Sugeta Rinne (菅田 琳寧) broke onto the scene by making Stage 2 in his debut tournament. This season, he is back for a second go alongside other members of talent group Johnny’s Jr, and shows off his training routine.

  • Sasuke Daily YouTube Roundup -November 27th, 2021

    The Rampage from Exile Tribe step up their skills

    In today’s first video, we see one of the regular Sasuke groups, The Rampage from Exile Tribe, getting ready for this season. The group consists of #56 Zin (陣), #57 Urukawa Shohei (浦川翔平) and #58 Takechi Kaisei (武知海青). Despite being celebrities this group has done relatively well, with two of the 3 making Dragon Glider in Sasuke 37, and again in 38. During their video today, they are shown training with #98 Tmohiro Kawaguchi (川口朋広) on the Matsuda course. They practive the Dragon Glider, Warped Wall and Fishbone to good results. They also said during this video that they believe if they can pass Dragon Glider, they could get all the way to Stage 3.

    Bandai’s Sasuke Fanclub is Strong as Ever

    In today’s second video, we see Bandai employee #13 Honma Takashi (本間隆史). He runs a Sasuke fanclub with other Bandai employees and has always had mascots from Tamagochi and Pac-Man on the sidelines with him. Honma rose to extreme notoriety after his Sasuke 38 run, where his absurd Dragon Glider fail rose to become one of the most iconic fails in franchise history. Due to this growing respect, Bandai and TBS created their own 5 Stage course called “World Animal Adventure” that aired on current Banzuke iteration “Taiiku Kai TV” in November 2021.

    In this video, we can see him getting prepared for another Sasuke run, and talking about his journey and preparation for the show.

  • Socials Roundup #1-10

    #1 Katsuhide Torisawa:

    #2 Oshita Kyohei

    #3 & #4 Takeru & Shogo

    #5 Kobayashi Yoshihisa

    #6 Kento Miyahara

    #7 Boruneesan

    #8 Fujimoto Shota

    #9 Saikawa Koji

    #10 KAREN

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