Sasuke (TV series)
The title card for Sasuke.
|Also known as||
|Created by||Ushio Higuchi|
Ushio Higuchi (1997–2011)|
Masato Inui (1997–2005, 2012–present)
Takashi Matsuo (1997)|
Tsutomu Tareki (1998–2005)
Ken Taira (2005)
Kiyoshi Kobayashi (2006–2011)
Yuya Takagawa (2012–present)
Masato Obara (2014)
Ichiro Furutachi (1997–2003)|
Takahiro Tosaki (1997)
Keisuke Hatsuta (1998–2008, 2010–14)
Wataru Ogasawara (2005–2011)
Fumiyasu Sato (2009–2011)
Tomohiro Ishii (2012–14)
Ryusuke Ito (2010, 2015)
Shinya Sugiyama (2016–present)
Kengo Komada (2004, 2015–present)
|Country of origin||Japan|
English subtitles and dubbed contestant profiles in United States broadcast;
English voice-over in United Kingdom broadcast.
|No. of episodes||35 competitions (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Ushio Higuchi|
|Production location(s)||Midoriyama, Aoba-ku, Yokohama|
120 to 360-minute specials in Japan;|
30-minute episodes (United States, France, Finland, Estonia, Indonesia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and others);
30- or 60-minute episodes (Singapore);
50-minute episodes (Czech Republic, Serbia)
Tokyo Broadcasting System
|Original network||Tokyo Broadcasting System|
|Picture format||16:9 4K UHDTV|
|Original release||27 September 1997– present|
|Preceded by||Kinniku Banzuke|
Pro Sportsman No.1,
Viking: The Ultimate Obstacle Course
Sasuke (サスケ; stylized in Japan as SASUKE) is a Japanese sports entertainment television special in which 100 competitors attempt to complete a four-stage obstacle course. An edited version, named Ninja Warrior, is screened in at least 18 other countries.
- 1 Development
- 2 Competitors
- 2.1 Sasuke All-Stars
- 2.2 Sasuke New Stars (Shin Sedai)
- 2.3 Notable competitors
- 2.4 Athletes
- 2.5 Mixed martial artists and wrestlers
- 2.6 Japanese entertainers
- 2.7 Japanese comedians
- 2.8 Other notable competitors
- 2.9 Women in Sasuke
- 2.10 American Ninja Challenges
- 3 Results
- 3.1 Sasuke 1
- 3.2 Sasuke 2
- 3.3 Sasuke 3
- 3.4 Sasuke 4
- 3.5 Sasuke 5
- 3.6 Sasuke 6
- 3.7 Sasuke 7
- 3.8 Sasuke 8
- 3.9 Sasuke 9
- 3.10 Sasuke 10
- 3.11 Sasuke 11
- 3.12 Sasuke 12
- 3.13 Sasuke 13
- 3.14 Sasuke 14
- 3.15 Sasuke 15
- 3.16 Sasuke 16
- 3.17 Sasuke 17
- 3.18 Sasuke 18
- 3.19 Sasuke 19
- 3.20 Sasuke 20
- 3.21 Sasuke 21
- 3.22 Sasuke 22
- 3.23 Sasuke 23
- 3.24 Sasuke 24
- 3.25 Sasuke 25
- 3.26 Sasuke 26
- 3.27 Sasuke 27
- 3.28 Sasuke 28
- 3.29 Sasuke 29
- 3.30 Sasuke 30
- 3.31 Sasuke 31
- 3.32 Sasuke 32
- 3.33 Sasuke 33
- 3.34 Sasuke 34
- 3.35 Sasuke 35
- 4 List of Sasuke stages and obstacles
- 5 Broadcast
- 5.1 International versions
- 5.2 United States
- 5.3 United Kingdom
- 5.4 Australia
- 5.5 Bosnia
- 5.6 Bulgaria
- 5.7 China
- 5.8 Colombia
- 5.9 Croatia
- 5.10 Czech Republic
- 5.11 Estonia
- 5.12 France
- 5.13 Germany
- 5.14 Greece
- 5.15 Indonesia
- 5.16 Italy
- 5.17 Latvia
- 5.18 Lithuania
- 5.19 Malaysia
- 5.20 Mexico
- 5.21 Middle East
- 5.22 Russia
- 5.23 Serbia
- 5.24 Singapore
- 5.25 Poland
- 5.26 Romania
- 5.27 Slovak Republic
- 5.28 South Africa
- 5.29 Thailand
- 5.30 Turkey
- 5.31 Ukraine
- 5.32 Vietnam
- 6 Related events
- 7 See also
- 8 Notes
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Recorded on location at Midoriyama studio in Yokohama, it airs on Tokyo Broadcasting System between Japanese television drama seasons. The show's name Sasuke is named after Sarutobi Sasuke, a fictitious character in Japanese storytelling. Each three-hour special (with the exception of Sasuke 24 which lasted 5 1⁄2 hours) covers an entire competition; there are normally 100 participants. There have been 35 specials produced, approximately one new special per year (twice per year before Monster9's bankruptcy, now reduced to once per year since 2012, except in 2017). The show is produced by TBS and is one of the spin-offs of Muscle Ranking (筋肉番付 Kinniku Banzuke), another sports entertainment competition, which aired on G4 under the name Unbeatable Banzuke. Until the 10th competition, Sasuke was broadcast as a special part of Muscle Ranking, but it became an independent program when Muscle Ranking was discontinued. The first competition was held indoors, marking the only time Sasuke did not take place outside. Competitions generally start in the daytime and continue until completed regardless of weather or darkness. After Monster9's bankruptcy in November 2011, all rights to the show fell completely into the hands of its broadcaster, Tokyo Broadcasting System. Following their acquisition of all rights to Sasuke, TBS renamed the show Sasuke Rising for the 28th, 29th and 30th editions, but have since reverted to the original name. TBS renamed the show once again Sasuke Ninja Warrior since the 35th edition.
Applicants are interviewed or auditioned and trial rounds are held to test their physical ability until the field is narrowed to 100 competitors. Sasuke consists of four stages of increasing difficulty; competitors must complete a stage to advance. Before the 18th tournament, a 1,200-meter run was held in order to determine the competitors' starting positions. Each competition is taped prior to the air date, edited for time, and broadcast as a three-hour show. Exceptions may be made as in Sasuke 24's case should TBS decide the broadcast should go over three hours, but this is a rare exception.
In its 35 seasons, all four stages of the course were only completed a total of five times, by four different competitors. These were Kazuhiko Akiyama in the 4th competition (1999), Makoto Nagano in the 17th competition (2006), Yuuji Urushihara in the 24th (2010) and 27th (2011) competitions, and Yusuke Morimoto in the 31st competition (2015).
The popularity of Sasuke has led to the creation of a number of spin-off shows and international versions of the show. Kunoichi, perhaps the most well-known spin-off, is a version of Sasuke restricted to female competitors with an emphasis on speed, balance, and stability.
American Ninja Warrior is the United States version of the show. Originally integrated with Sasuke (with American finalists participating on the Sasuke course in Japan), it was at one point the G4 network's highest rated show. As of season 4, American Ninja Warrior's popularity has allowed it to move to the NBC network and expand as a stand-alone spin-off with a full replica course in Las Vegas, although Americans have continued to enter Sasuke even after the inception of ANW.
Other international versions of the format have aired in Singapore, Malaysia, Turkey, Sweden, Denmark, United Kingdom, Bahrain, China, Indonesia, Russia and Vietnam, with versions also launching in France (TF1), Germany (RTL), Italy (NOVE of Discovery Networks) in 2016, and Israel (Keshet Media Group) . An Australian version launched on Nine Network in July 2017. Netflix also started airing Ultimate Beastmaster, broadcast in six different languages in 2017, a Sasuke inspired show.
The show hosts a broad spectrum of participants. While most are from Japan, national television personalities and Olympians from other countries, including the US, Bulgaria, China and Korea, have taken part in the competition. Some of the more enthusiastic competitors dress up in costumes, bring props to the starting stage, or show off some of their talents.
The Sasuke All-Stars were a group of six favored competitors, established by the TBS network, originally thought to be the most likely to clear all four stages. It included two of the men to complete the Sasuke course, Kazuhiko Akiyama (1999, 4th tournament) and Makoto Nagano (2006, 17th tournament). The membership of the All-Stars has remained unchanged despite other successful competitors in later tournaments, notably, Yuuji Urushihara who completed the course in the 24th and 27th tournaments. The All-Stars were officially 'retired' in the 28th tournament. Two of them continue to compete independently, and are now referred to as 'former All-Stars'.
The six consisted of:
- Kazuhiko Akiyama, a crab fisherman and massage therapist. He is known for being the first contestant to ever achieve total victory. He has not been able to repeat his success, being hindered by an eye condition known as degenerative retinitis that has been affecting him for years. Overall, he has competed 20 times and has been officially retired since Sasuke 28 in 2012. An offer was made for Akiyama to return for the 30th anniversary tournament in 2014, but he declined and has remained retired since.
|2nd||100||Failed Wall Lifting||Second|
|3rd||99||Failed Wall Lifting||Second|
|4th||86||Kanzenseiha (6.0 seconds to spare)||Final|
|5th||Did not compete|
|6th||100||Failed Jump Hang||First|
|7th||99||Failed Jump Hang||First|
|8th||99||Failed Jump Hang||First|
|9th||100||Failed Quintuple Step||First|
|10th||981||Failed Warped Wall||First|
|11th||99||Failed Body Prop||Third|
|12th||97||Failed Pipe Slider||Third|
|13th||91||Failed Crooked Wall||First|
|14th||71||Failed Warped Wall (time out)||First|
|15th||81||Failed Warped Wall (time out)||First|
|16th||71||Failed Metal Spin||Second|
|17th||71||Failed Circle Slider||First|
|18th–19th||Did not compete|
|20th||1901||Failed Halfpipe Attack||First|
|21st||Did not compete|
|22nd||20||Failed Halfpipe Attack||First|
|23rd||Did not compete|
|24th||62||Failed Warped Wall (time out)||First|
|25th||98||Failed Warped Wall (time out)||First|
|26th–27th||Did not compete|
|28th||96||Failed Spinning Bridge||First|
- Makoto Nagano, a fisherman and fishing boat captain. Known for reaching the Final Stage more than anyone else, five times in total, and being the second person to complete the entire course. He wears #100 most of the time (15 out of his 26 competitions). Overall, he has competed 26 times, a number surpassed only by three of his fellow All-Stars: Katsumi Yamada, Toshihiro Takeda and Shingo Yamamoto, and has been officially retired since Sasuke 32 in 2016.
|7th||87||Failed Warped Wall (time out)||First|
|8th||41||Failed Warped Wall (time out)||First|
|9th||61||Failed Pipe Slider||Third|
|10th||999||Failed Jump Hang||First|
|11th||96||Failed Rope Climb (about 20 m up)||Final|
|12th||100||Failed Rope Climb (by 0.11 seconds)||Final|
|13th||100||Failed Rope Climb (about 22.4 m up)||Final|
|14th||100||Failed Jumping Bars||Third|
|15th||100||Failed Metal Spin||Second|
|16th||100||Failed Devil Swing||Third|
|17th||99||Kanzenseiha (2.56 seconds to spare)||Final|
|18th||96||Failed Shin-Cliffhanger (Disqualified) †||Third|
|19th||100||Failed Flying Chute||First|
|20th||2000||Failed Downhill Jump||Second|
|21st||100||Failed Gliding Ring||Third|
|22nd||100||Failed Slider Jump||First|
|23rd||100||Failed G-Rope* (by 0.2 seconds)||Final|
|24th||100||Failed Jumping Spider||First|
|25th||99||Failed Circle Slider||First|
|26th||99||Failed Jumping Spider||First|
|27th||100||Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger||Third|
|28th||100||Failed Second Warped Wall (time out)||First|
|29th||100||Failed Second Warped Wall (time out)(injured)||First|
|30th||2999||Failed Swap Salmon Ladder (Disqualified)||Second|
|31st||98||Failed Warped Wall (time out)||First|
|32nd||100||Failed Lumberjack Climb (time out)||First|
† – Nagano touched the top of the Shin-Cliffhanger after swinging from the second to the third ledge. He disqualified himself, admitting his error and bowing out after he reached the next platform.
* – Nagano was allowed a second attempt at the First Stage due to a malfunction of the Slider Jump.
- Toshihiro Takeda, a firefighter. Known for reaching the Third Stage more than anyone else. He can usually be seen wearing his trademark orange firefighter pants and dark blue shirt, though he changed his trademark clothes since Sasuke 30 after he quit his firefighter job. However, he is the only All-Star that hasn't made it to the Final Stage yet. Overall, he has competed 26 times and continues to compete to this day. The only times he didn't appear were in Sasuke 26 and Sasuke 27, thus avoiding any risk affecting his new job as a Helicopter Rescue Jumper.
|5th||74||Failed Spider Walk||Second|
|6th||93||Failed Body Prop||Third|
|7th||96||Failed Rope Climb||First|
|8th||71||Failed Pipe Slider||Third|
|9th||97||Failed Globe Grasp||Third|
|10th||997||Failed Jump Hang||First|
|11th||97||Failed Body Prop||Third|
|12th||95||Failed Pipe Slider||Third|
|15th||96||Failed Devil Swing||Third|
|17th||91||Failed Pipe Slider||Third|
|18th||†||Failed Salmon Ladder||Second|
|19th||96||Failed Warped Wall||First|
|20th||1995||Failed Rope Ladder||First|
|21st||98||Failed Ascending Climb||Third|
|22nd||92||Failed Jumping Spider||First|
|23rd||97||Failed Spider Flip||Third|
|24th||98||Failed Spider Flip||Third|
|25th||70||Failed Double Salmon Ladder||Second|
|26th–27th||Did not compete|
|28th||97||Failed Rolling Escargot||First|
|30th||2980||Failed Swap Salmon Ladder||Second|
|31st||93||Failed Rolling Hill||First|
|32nd||98||Failed Warped Wall (time out)||First|
|33rd||90||Failed Salmon Ladder Kudari||Second|
|34th||91||Failed Salmon Ladder Kudari||Second|
|35th||91||Failed Dragon Glider (time out)||First|
† – Takeda had no number in the 18th tournament. He was around the 86th person to run the course.
- Shingo Yamamoto, a gas station manager. Only person never to miss a single tournament. He is also the only person to have attempted the first and second version of the Final Stage in Sasuke 3 and Sasuke 7. He can be seen wearing his trademark gas station uniform shirt and cap (always with Esso/Mobil branding); he has only competed without it seven times (the 1st, 4th, and 28th since he changed his job). He continues to compete to this day.
|1st||7||Failed Dodging Hammer||Second|
|2nd||20||Failed Pipe Slider||Third|
|3rd||13||Failed Rope Climb||Final|
|4th||98||Failed Balance Bridge||First|
|5th||98||Failed Pipe Slider||Third|
|6th||96||Failed Rolling Log||First|
|7th||97||Failed Spider Climb (injured†)||Final|
|8th||98||Failed Rope Climb||First|
|9th||98||Failed Rumbling Dice||Third|
|10th||998||Failed Rope Climb||First|
|13th||76||Failed Wall Lifting||Second|
|14th||98||Failed Curtain Cling||Third|
|15th||95||Failed Body Prop||Third|
|16th||97||Failed Jump Hang||First|
|17th||98||Failed Body Prop||Third|
|18th||61||Failed Flying Chute||First|
|19th||81||Failed Jumping Spider||First|
|20th||1981||Failed Halfpipe Attack||First|
|21st||71||Failed Flying Chute||First|
|22nd||31||Failed Halfpipe Attack||First|
|23rd||93||Failed Arm Rings (injured†)||Third|
|24th||96||Failed Tarzan Rope||First|
|25th||90||Failed Balance Tank||Second|
|26th||94||Failed Rolling Escargot||First|
|27th||81||Failed Spinning Bridge||First|
|28th||98||Failed Spinning Bridge||First|
|31st||92||Failed Rolling Hill||First|
|32nd||99||Failed Double Pendulum||First|
|33rd||91||Failed Double Pendulum||First|
|34th||92||Failed Double Pendulum||First|
† – Yamamoto was hurt in the 7th competition when he dislocated his shoulder and in the 23rd he re-injured his shoulder.
- Bunpei Shiratori, a government worker in the Health and Service department. He is also known for building obstacles in his backyard (over 13 of them, in fact), and many competitors have visited his home to train on the 'Shiratori Shrine' (However, as of Sasuke 30, it has been demolished). He has competed the least of the All-Stars: only 12 times due to chronic back and neck pains that have continued to plague him for years. Despite having only competed once since Sasuke 21, he is not officially retired and has not ruled out the possibility of returning should his health permit it, although this is unlikely.
|9th||79||Failed Warped Wall||First|
|10th||Did not compete|
|11th||66||Failed Wall Lifting (time out)||Second|
|12th||77||Failed Rope Climb||Final|
|13th||99||Failed Pipe Slider||Third|
|14th||96||Failed Balance Tank||Second|
|15th||94||Failed Climbing Bars||Third|
|16th||96||Failed Pipe Slider||Third|
|17th||81||Failed Body Prop||Third|
|18th||95||Failed Jumping Spider||First|
|19th||82||Failed Flying Chute||First|
|20th||Did not compete (injured)|
|21st||83||Failed Downhill Jump||Second|
|22nd–29th||Did not compete|
|30th||2997||Failed Jump Hang Kai||First|
- Katsumi Yamada, a steel worker known as "Mr. Sasuke" or "Mr. Ninja Warrior". He was once thought to be the one most likely to complete the entire course by the tournament's producers, but has not passed the First Stage in thirteen years, since tournament 12. He has "retired" from Sasuke on three separate occasions following the 12th, 24th and 28th tournaments, but returned each time nonetheless. He was given the nickname "Mr. Sasuke" because he was once thought to be the most likely competitor to clear all four stages, but hasn't passed the First Stage since Sasuke 12. Overall, he has competed 27 times, second only to Yamamoto Shingo, but has been barred from competing since Sasuke 30 in 2014. However, on a broadcast of Nico Nico in December 2016, Inui Masato revealed to the chat that Katsumi Yamada will be allowed to return as it is the 20th anniversary of the show since it began airing in 1997, should he be healthy enough to compete.
|1st||92||Failed Dodging Hammer||Second|
|2nd||91||Failed Spider Walk||Second|
|3rd||89||Failed Rope Climb (time out)||Final|
|5th||100||Failed Spider Walk||Second|
|6th||99||Failed Pipe Slider||Third|
|7th||100||Failed Rope Climb (time out)||First|
|8th||100||Failed Warped Wall (time out)||First|
|9th||99||Failed Wall Lifting time out)||Second|
|10th||1000||Failed Pipe Slider||Third|
|11th||100||Failed Balance Tank||Second|
|12th||98||Disqualified on Spider Walk†||Second|
|13th||Did not compete|
|14th||99||Failed Jump Hang||First|
|15th||99||Failed Cross Bridge||First|
|16th||99||Failed Rope Climb (time out)||First|
|17th||100||Failed Warped Wall (time out)||First|
|18th||73||Failed Rope Ladder (time out)||First|
|19th||91||Failed Jumping Spider||First|
|20th||1999||Failed Jumping Spider||First|
|21st||96||Failed Warped Wall (time out)(injured)||First|
|22nd||81||Failed Jumping Spider||First|
|23rd||71||Failed Slider Jump||First|
|24th||80||Failed Warped Wall (time out)||First|
|25th||Did not compete|
|26th||90||Failed Jumping Spider||First|
|27th||91||Failed Warped Wall (time out)||First|
|28th||99||Failed First Warped Wall (time out)||First|
|29th||Did not compete|
|30th||2934||Failed Second Warped Wall (time out)||First|
|31st–32nd||Did not compete|
|33rd||33||Failed Tie Fighter||First|
† – In the 12th competition, Yamada was disqualified on the Spider Walk for failing to remove his gloves used on the Chain Reaction obstacle. Although he was disqualified, he did manage to clear the 2nd Stage with 3.4 seconds remaining.
Sasuke New Stars (Shin Sedai)
The Sasuke New Stars (in contrast to the All stars) are new younger competitors who have made a name for themselves on the recent editions of the course. "Shin Sedai" or New Stars became famous since Sasuke 17, after Shunsuke Nagasaki made it to the Final Stage. There was a brief hiatus before the term was re-popularized in Sasuke 22 when Yuuji and Kanno made it to the Third Stage. Membership in the New Stars has included the following:
- Shunsuke Nagasaki, a trampolinist. He is considered one of the most promising of recent competitors. This skilled trampolinist, who is called "Prince of the Trampoline", has won several medals in the Trampoline World Cups and Doha Asian Games. He made his debut in Sasuke 14. He is the first to be called one of the "Shin Sedai" in Sasuke 17, however, he made his first Final Stage appearance in Sasuke 17 in 19 years, the second youngest to reach the Final Stage. He failed the First Stage in Sasuke 19; after that he didn't compete for six years. In 2012 he retired from athletics. He made his comeback on Sasuke 29, however he timed out on the Passing Wall. He failed the Crazy Cliffhanger in Sasuke 30. He timed out in the Lumberjack Climb in Sasuke 31 but his run was all cut. He failed the Flying Bar in Sasuke 32 and failed it again in Sasuke 33. Surprisingly, he failed the Spider Walk in Sasuke 34. He failed the Spider Drop in Sasuke 35, the first time he failed the Second Stage for the two consecutive times. This meant that Nagasaki was eliminated at the Second Stage in consecutive tournaments for the first time. As of 2018, Nagasaki has completed the First Stage eleven times (five consecutively), the Second Stage seven times (four consecutively), and the Third Stage once.
|14th||67||Failed Wall Lifting||Second|
|17th||87||Failed Rope Climb||Final|
|19th||97||Failed Flying Chute||First|
|20th–28th||Did not compete|
|29th||93||Failed Wall Lift||Second|
|30th||2986||Failed Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
|31st||88||Failed Lumberjack Climb (time out)||First|
|32nd||87||Failed Flying Bar||Third|
|33rd||98||Failed Flying Bar||Third|
|34th||95||Failed Spider Walk||Second|
|35th||92||Failed Spider Drop||Second|
- Yuuji Urushihara, a shoe salesman, an Unlimited Cliffer member No. 3.[clarification needed] He spent upwards of five years trying to qualify through the Sasuke Trials. Finally, he qualified for Sasuke 21, and in the next tournament became the first competitor to reach Shin-Sasuke's Final Stage. He got his Final Stage attempt in Sasuke 22, but he failed it close to the button. In Sasuke 24, he became the third person to achieve Kanzenseiha, and in Sasuke 27, he went on to become the only person to achieve it twice. In Sasuke 28, he failed the Crazy Cliffhanger. In Sasuke 29, he failed the Backstream. In Sasuke 30, he timed out on the Wall Lifting. In Sasuke 31, he took more time to clear the Tackle and timed out on the Soritatsu Kabe. In Sasuke 32, he was one of the notable competitors who failed on the new obstacle Double Pendulum when he failed the transition to the red sandbag. In Sasuke 33, he surprisingly failed Rolling Hill. He made a good transition from Quad Steps to the Rolling Hill, but he lost his balance in the middle of the Rolling Hill. In Sasuke 34, he declared that if he failed the First Stage again, he would retire. Then the results show that he cleared the First Stage, but he struggled in Reverse Conveyor and timed out there. In SASUKE 35, he cleared the first few obstacles with ease, including the new Dragon Glider, but eventually timed out on the Soritatsu Kabe due to the reduced time limit and exhaustion.
|21st||72||Failed Flying Chute||First|
|23rd||99||Failed Unstable Bridge||Second|
|24th||93||Kanzenseiha (3.57 seconds to spare)||Final|
|25th||100||Failed Double Salmon Ladder||Second|
|26th||100||Failed Half-Pipe Attack||First|
|27th||99||Kanzenseiha (6.71 seconds to spare)||Final|
|28th||88||Failed Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
|30th||2993||Failed Wall Lifting||Second|
|31st||99||Failed Warped Wall (time out)||First|
|32nd||89||Failed Double Pendulum||First|
|33rd||89||Failed Rolling Hill||First|
|34th||99||Failed Reverse Conveyor||Second|
|35th||95||Failed Warped Wall (time out)||First|
- Hitoshi Kanno, a janitorial worker/jewelry designer. He has been considered one of the most serious contenders to kanzenseiha. In Sasuke 23, when Nagano Makoto joined him in the Final Stage, it was heard that Kanno was the leader of the Shin Sedai. After that in Sasuke 24, Kanno timed out on the First Stage, then in Sasuke 25 he failed the Balance Tank on the Second Stage. Then in Sasuke 26 he failed the Rolling Escargot on the First Stage, and in Sasuke 27 he withdrew before the Salmon Ladder on the Second Stage. Then he reached the Third Stage in Sasuke 28, 29, 30, and 31, failing the Crazy Cliffhanger the first three times, but clearing it on his fourth attempt. He failed on the next obstacle, Vertical Limit Kai. He timed out at the top of the Soritatsu Kabe in Sasuke 32, after dislocating his shoulder. In Sasuke 33, he surprisingly failed Rolling Hill; he jumped from the bottom of Rolling Hill too high but he couldn't save himself from his fall. He did not compete in Sasuke 34. He came back for SASUKE 35. He started strong, and even made the transition on the Dragon Glider, but the bar became crooked while dismounting, causing him to only get one foot on the platform and tap the water.
|20th||1976||Failed Jumping Spider||First|
|21st||Did not compete|
|22nd||49||Disqualified on Spider Flip †||Third|
|24th||99||Failed Tarzan Rope||First|
|25th||89||Failed Balance Tank||Second|
|26th||93||Failed Rolling Escargot||First|
|27th||1||Withdrew on Double Salmon Ladder ‡||Second|
|28th||89||Failed Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
|29th||97||Failed Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
|30th||2996||Failed Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
|31st||96||Failed Vertical Limit Kai||Third|
|32nd||96||Failed Tarzan Rope (Injured††)||First|
|33rd||92||Failed Rolling Hill||First|
|34th||Did not compete|
|35th||72||Failed Dragon Glider||First|
† – Kanno touched part of the frame with his foot and climbed along the side of the platform, thereby going off the course.
‡ – Kanno withdrew before Double Salmon Ladder because of a shoulder injury.
†† – Kanno dislocated his shoulder immediately after clearing the Warped Wall, and timed out on top of the wall.
- Kouji Hashimoto, a gym instructor. He qualified through the Sasuke Trials in three straight tournaments. He failed the First Stage in his early performances, in Sasuke 21 and Sasuke 22. In Sasuke 23, he finally cleared the First Stage, and in the next tournament, he made it all the way to the Final Stage, along with Li En Zhi, Urushihara Yuuji, Takahashi Kenji, and Okuyama Yoshiyuki, where he ultimately timed out mere centimeters from the goal. In Sasuke 25, he failed the Ultimate Cliffhanger. In Sasuke 26, he surprisingly failed at the Metal Spin when he lost his grip. In Sasuke 27, he became the first person to cross the Ultimate Cliffhanger, but he failed the Chain See-Saw. In Sasuke 28, he surprisingly failed at the Spin Bridge when he lost his balance on the third bridge. In Sasuke 29, he failed the Backstream. After that tournament, he has never come back to Sasuke. In April 2016, he made it to the Nico Nico Broadcast with some Sasuke New Stars for the Osaka Audition.
|21st||42||Failed Warped Wall||First|
|22nd||76||Failed Slider Jump||First|
|23rd||47||Failed Salmon Ladder||Second|
|25th||60||Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger||Third|
|26th||98||Failed Metal Spin||Second|
|27th||20||Failed Chain Seesaw||Third|
|28th||40||Failed Spinning Bridge||First|
|30th–35th||Did not compete|
- Naoya Tajima, a transportation worker. He has competed five times, failing in each of the first three stages. His best performance was in Sasuke 24, where he reached the Third Stage but failed the final obstacle, the Gliding Ring. He failed the First Stage at Sasuke 25 and Sasuke 26. In Sasuke 27, he failed the Stick Slider on the Second Stage.
|23rd||45||Failed Salmon Ladder||Second|
|24th||73||Failed Gliding Ring||Third|
|25th||49||Failed Circle Slider||First|
|26th||86||Failed Jumping Spider||First|
|27th||29||Failed Slider Drop||Second|
- Jun Sato, a parkour instructor. He is a repeat qualifier from the Sasuke Trials. In Sasuke 23, he made it to the Second Stage, only to meet the obstacle that would become his nemesis, the Salmon Ladder. After two straight defeats, he finally cleared the Salmon Ladder, now the Double Salmon Ladder, in Sasuke 25, only to fail the next obstacle. He took a seven-tournament break before competing again in Sasuke 32, where he went the furthest of any domestic competitor, failing the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger. In Sasuke 33, he failed the Flying Bar; he failed the first transition after the bar touched the resting part. He failed the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger in Sasuke 34. History repeated as he failed at the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger in Sasuke 35.
|21st||44||Failed Log Grip||First|
|22nd||Did not compete|
|23rd||50||Failed Salmon Ladder||Second|
|24th||78||Failed Salmon Ladder||Second|
|25th||18||Failed Unstable Bridge||Second|
|26th–31st||Did not compete|
|32nd||76||Failed Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
|33rd||97||Failed Flying Bar||Third|
|34th||96||Failed Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
|35th||97||Failed Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
- Ryo Matachi, a former painter and a plumber. He has competed nine times, failing the First Stage in his first three tries, but in Sasuke 27, his best performance, he made it to the Final Stage, timing out mere inches from the buzzer on the Tsuna Nobori. In the next two tournaments, he failed the Passing Wall and Backstream, respectively. However, in Sasuke 30, he made it to the Final Stage where he almost got to the buzzer, but time ran out. In Sasuke 31 however Ryo fell a victim to the Warped Wall along with Nagano and Yuuji due to the endurance needed in order to complete the obstacle. In Sasuke 32, he timed out at the Tarzan Rope, after having trouble with the Tackle and Soritatsu Kabe. In Sasuke 33, he surprisingly failed the new obstacle Fishbone in the first transition although his run was digested.[clarification needed] He surprisingly failed the Double Pendulum in Sasuke 34 and got digested once again. He once again timed out on the Soritatsu Kabe, thus failing the First Stage for the 5th straight time in Sasuke 35.
|21st||46||Failed Flying Chute||First|
|22nd–24th||Did not compete|
|25th||6||Failed Circle Slider||First|
|26th||63||Failed Rolling Escargot||First|
|27th||62||Failed Rope Climb||Final|
|28th||87||Failed Passing Wall||Second|
|30th||2994||Failed Rope Climb||Final|
|31st||100||Failed Warped Wall (time out)||First|
|32nd||90||Failed Tarzan Rope (time out)||First|
|34th||94||Failed Double Pendulum||First|
|35th||73||Failed Warped Wall (time out)||First|
- Kazuma Asa, a former hedge trimmer and a construction worker. He made his debut in Sasuke 21, however he timed out on the Soritatsu Kabe. In Sasuke 27, he made his First Stage clear, but he failed the Double Salmon Ladder after losing his grip. Asa was considered an official member following his trip to the Third Stage in Sasuke Rising 28. He has made it to the Third Stage four times in a row, in Sasuke 28, 29, 30, and 31, failing the Crazy Cliffhanger in all four attempts. He is one of the very few people to ever fail one obstacle four times in a row. In Sasuke 32, he surprisingly failed early at the new obstacle, the TIE Fighter. In Sasuke 33, he made it past the First and Second Stage again, and failed the Flying Bar after he couldn't control the bar on the first part of the resting area. He did not compete in Sasuke 34 and Sasuke 35 due to injury.
|21st||45||Failed Warped Wall||First|
|22nd–26th||Did not compete|
|27th||55||Failed Double Salmon Ladder||Second|
|28th||58||Failed Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
|29th||96||Failed Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
|30th||2998||Failed Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
|31st||95||Failed Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
|32nd||95||Failed Tie Fighter||First|
|33rd||95||Failed Flying Bar||Third|
|34th–35th||Did not compete|
- Yusuke Morimoto, an IDEC Corporation software engineer known as "Sasuke-Kun". He debuted in Sasuke 18, at the young age of 15, but failed the Jumping Spider. In Sasuke 19, he was still 15, and he got revenge on the Jumping Spider but failed the next obstacle, the Halfpipe Attack. He also competed in Sasuke 21 and 22, but was cut both times. He returned for Sasuke 27, at age 19, and cleared the First Stage. But in the Second Stage, the Metal Spin was his downfall. He made his best run on Sasuke 29, at age 21. In that tournament, he cleared the First Stage with 9.69 seconds left. He got revenge on the Second Stage, clearing with a slim 0.81 seconds left. In the Third Stage, despite almost failing the Iron Paddler, he cleared it and became the first person ever to beat the Crazy Cliffhanger. He almost made it to the Final Stage, but fell inches short on the Pipe Slider. He went further than everybody else that tournament and earned himself the #1 seat of Japan for the Sasuke ASEAN Open Cup. He timed out on the last part of Wall Lifting in Sasuke 30 wearing #3000. In 2015, he achieved total victory in Sasuke 31 with 2.5 seconds to spare. He did not compete in Sasuke 32. In Sasuke 33, the first time he competed after Total Victory, he made it to the Third Stage but he failed the Flying Bar after he overshot the bar in the first transition. In Sasuke 34, he cleared the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger and made it to the Vertical Limit Kai. However, he lost his grip and fell down before the first transition. He made it to the Final Stage after his own Kanzenseiha, with the Salmon Ladder 15 rungs added, he had a lot of trouble in completing the obstacle in a fast time and would eventually timed out 5 meters up the Tsuna Nobori in Sasuke 35.
|18th||91||Failed Jumping Spider||First|
|19th||71||Failed Half-Pipe Attack||First|
|20th||Did not compete|
|21st||52||Failed Jumping Spider||First|
|22nd||27||Failed Warped Wall||First|
|23rd–26th||Did not compete|
|27th||84||Failed Metal Spin||Second|
|28th||Did not compete|
|29th||79||Failed Pipe Slider||Third|
|30th||3000||Failed Wall Lifting (time out)||Second|
|31st||91||Kanzenseiha (2.59 seconds to spare)||Final|
|32nd||Did not compete|
|33rd||100||Failed Flying Bar||Third|
|34th||100||Failed Vertical Limit Kai||Third|
|35th||100||Failed Tsuna Nobori||Final|
- Masashi Hioki, an electronic store manager. He failed the Sasuke 21 Trials at the Jumping Ring, again in Sasuke 22 and Sasuke 23 Trials. He made his Sasuke debut in Sasuke 25; he failed the Circle Slider. He failed the First Stage back to back in Sasuke 26 and Sasuke 27. He has cleared the First Stage every tournament since Sasuke 29 but he failed the Backstream after he lost his stamina. He made it to the Third Stage in Sasuke 30 and Sasuke 31, both tournaments failing at the Crazy Cliffhanger. In Sasuke 32, he was the first notable competitor to fail surprisingly early on the new obstacle, Double Pendulum. In Sasuke 33, he rose again and cleared the First Stage, but in the Second Stage, he healed[clarification needed] the water on the Backstream, and only had 10 seconds on the Reverse Conveyor and timed out there. In Sasuke 34, he made it to the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger, but he failed the first jump. He went to the Third Stage, but was taken out on the new obstacle Planet Bridge in Sasuke 35.
|25th||92||Failed Circle Slider||First|
|26th||64||Failed Warped Wall||First|
|27th||61||Failed Giant Swing||First|
|28th||Did not compete|
|30th||2935||Failed Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
|31st||31||Failed Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
|32nd||31||Failed Double Pendulum||First|
|33rd||45||Failed Reverse Conveyor||Second|
|34th||45||Failed Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
|35th||60||Failed Planet Bridge||Third|
- Tomohiro Kawaguchi, a concrete mixer driver. He competed eight times and qualified through the Sasuke Trials. He made his debut in Sasuke 21. Then he failed the Slider Jump in Sasuke 22. He cleared the First Stage for the first time in Sasuke 24, but he failed the Unstable Bridge. He failed the First Stage back to back in Sasuke 25 and Sasuke 27. In Sasuke 30, he cleared the Third Stage and made it to the Final Stage. However, he was slow on the Spider Climb and timed out at the Tsuna Nobori about 8 m from the buzzer. In Sasuke 31, he failed to repeat his performance from the previous tournament, when he failed the Crazy Cliffhanger. In Sasuke 32, Kawaguchi once again made it to the Third Stage, however he failed at the Flying Bar when he ran the obstacle in bad weather. In Sasuke 33, he surprisingly failed the Double Pendulum in the First Stage, when he jumped too soon for the sandbag and his hand didn't get to grab onto it to it high enough, and he fell into the water. He showed his revenge for last season in Sasuke 34; he made it to the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger and cleared the first transition, but he failed to make the transition into the moving ledge. He made it to the Third Stage once again, this time Kawaguchi carry out revenge on the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger, but his run came to an end after an unclean transition to the second ledge on the Vertical Limit in Sasuke 35.
|21st||47||Failed Half-Pipe Attack||First|
|22nd||78||Failed Slider Jump||First|
|23rd||Did not compete|
|24th||47||Failed Unstable Bridge||Second|
|25th||78||Failed Circle Slider||First|
|26th||Did not compete|
|27th||25||Failed Rolling Escargot||First|
|28th–29th||Did not compete|
|30th||2967||Failed Rope Climb||Final|
|31st||97||Failed Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
|32nd||97||Failed Flying Bar||Third|
|33rd||99||Failed Double Pendulum||First|
|34th||98||Failed Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
|35th||99||Failed Vertical Limit Kai||Third|
- Shinya Kishimoto, a commercial salesman. He competed six times, having made his debut in Sasuke 25, when he failed the Dome Steps. He competed again in Sasuke 26; he failed the Rolling Escargot. In Sasuke 27, he failed at the Soritatsu Kabe. In Sasuke 30, he cleared the First Stage and Second Stage for the first time. In the Third Stage, he was the third person ever to clear the Crazy Cliffhanger, but he failed the Vertical Limit when he lost his grip. He withdrew from Sasuke 31 due to a back injury. In Sasuke 32 his run was all cut, but from external information it is known that he failed at the Soritatsu Kabe. In Sasuke 33, he was shown in the trailer; he shockingly failed the first obstacle Quad Steps. His right foot jumped too high making him lose balance, and he fell into the water. He did not compete in Sasuke 34 and Sasuke 35.
|25th||95||Failed Dome Steps||First|
|26th||8||Failed Rolling Escargot||First|
|27th||17||Failed Warped Wall (time out)||First|
|28th||Did not compete|
|30th||2973||Failed Vertical Limit||Third|
|31st||90||Withdrew (injured) †|
|32nd||88||Failed Warped Wall (time out)||First|
|33rd||80||Failed Quad Steps||First|
|34th–35th||Did not compete|
† – Kishimoto did not run the course because of his back injury.
- Kenji Takahashi, a 42-year-old delivery man from Saitama Prefecture, has competed fifteen times, with a five-year break between his third and fourth attempts. He reached the Third Stage in competitions 7, 16, and 18 but failed the Cliffhanger each time. He then failed the First Stage four times, in the 19th through 22nd tournaments. In the 23rd competition, Takahashi failed the Gliding Ring. In the 24th, he made it to the Final Stage for the first time, but his support cable got tangled with the G-Rope, and he timed out a few meters short of completion. In the 25th competition, he made it to the Third Stage but failed the Ultimate Cliffhanger. He returned in Sasuke 26, but failed the Rolling Escargot. He also competed in Sasuke 27, but failed the new Spinning Bridge in Stage 1. He returned to the Third Stage in Sasuke 29, but ultimately slipped up on the transition to the second ledge of the Crazy Cliffhanger. He failed the Second Stage for the first time after being disqualified in Swap Salmon Ladder in Sasuke 30. He failed the Crazy Cliffhanger in Sasuke 31. He shocked many people after failing early at the new obstacle, Tie Fighter in Sasuke 32 and failed it again in Sasuke 33. He cleared the First Stage in Sasuke 34, but he failed the Second Stage after struggling in Reverse Conveyor. He made it to the Dragon Glider, however, the bar became dislodged, and his feet touched the water in Sasuke 35. In a fluff piece and post run interview, Takahashi said that Sasuke 35 would be his last run.
|5th||? (Unknown)||Failed Rolling Log||First|
|6th||? (Unknown)||Failed Warped Wall||First|
|8th–15th||Did not compete|
|17th||Did not compete|
|19th||84||Failed Jumping Spider||First|
|20th||1988||Failed Flying Chute||First|
|21st||85||Failed Jumping Spider||First|
|22nd||80||Failed Rope Ladder||First|
|23rd||84||Failed Gliding Ring||Third|
|25th||40||Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger||Third|
|26th||96||Failed Rolling Escargot||First|
|27th||15||Failed Spinning Bridge||First|
|28th||Did not compete|
|29th||87||Failed Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
|30th||2995||Failed Swap Salmon Ladder||Second|
|31st||89||Failed Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
|32nd||92||Failed Tie Fighter||First|
|33rd||87||Failed Tie Fighter||First|
|34th||83||Failed Reverse Conveyor||Second|
|35th||93||Failed Dragon Glider||First|
- Yoshiyuki Okuyama, a former 200 m run Japan representative of the 1991 World Championships in Athletics. He currently works as a sports gym instructor and occasionally competes in amateur motorbike races as shown in Sasuke 24. He has competed in nine Sasuke tournaments and is one of the most consistent competitors, making it to the Third Stage six times and almost achieving kanzenseiha in Sasuke 24. Okuyama considers Sasuke his personal Olympics, and trains non-stop for the competition. However he failed the Backstream in Sasuke 29, ending his Third Stage appearance record.
|19th||39||Failed Warped Wall||First|
|20th||1924||Failed Stick Slider||Second|
|21st||95||Failed Warped Wall||First|
|23rd||92||Failed Spider Flip||Third|
|25th||50||Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger||Third|
|26th||97||Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger||Third|
|27th||96||Failed Flying Bar||Third|
|28th||Did not compete|
|30th–35th||Did not compete|
- Yusuke Suzuki, a PE teacher in a junior high school in Kanagawa. He competed five times. He competed since Sasuke 16 but his run was all cut. After a seven-year hiatus, he competed in Sasuke 28, he failed the Spin Bridge and the second wall of the Ni Ren Soritatsu Kabe in Sasuke 30. He also competed in Sasuke 31 but his run was completely cut. He returned for Sasuke 32 wearing number 66, and completed the First Stage for the first time with just 2.12 seconds remaining. He then went on to clear the Second Stage, becoming one of eight to do so, with 9.59 seconds remaining. However, his first attempt on the Third Stage was a struggle. On the first transition of the Drum Hopper he slipped and nearly fell, and only just managed to reposition himself, while the other transitions showed signs of unease. His strength was sapped for the next obstacle, the Flying Bar, where he failed the first transition after the bar did not reach the second set of rungs. In his fluff piece for Sasuke 32, it was falsely stated that he had failed the First Stage four times, when in fact he had competed for the first time in four tournaments beforehand. In Sasuke 33, his run was digested but he failed the Double Pendulum. In Sasuke 34, he failed the Sidewinder Kai. He was unable to repeat his performance from the previous tournament as he had a surprising fall on the Fish Bone in Sasuke 35.
|17th–27th||Did not compete|
|28th||24||Failed Spin Bridge||First|
|29th||Did not compete|
|30th||2943||Failed Double Warped Wall||First|
|32nd||66||Failed Flying Bar||Third|
|33rd||93||Failed Double Pendulum||First|
|34th||84||Failed Sidewinder Kai||Third|
- Hiroyuki Asaoka, a former elementary school teacher turned illustrator. Known as "Sasuke Sensei" or "Professor Ninja Warrior".
|3rd||34||Failed Hammer Dodge||Second|
|4th||3||Failed Pipe Slider||Third|
|5th||27||Failed Jump Hang||First|
|6th||15||Failed Jump Hang||First|
|7th||29||Failed Jump Hang||First|
|8th–9th||Did not compete|
|10th||954||Failed Body Prop||Third|
|11th||58||Failed Chain Reaction||Second|
|12th||72||Failed Rope Climb||Final|
|13th||Did not compete|
|15th||91||Failed Rope Climb||First|
- Naoki Iketani, a former gymnast, sports talent, and world record holder in Monster Box at 23 boxes.
|2nd||90||Failed Spinning Log||First|
|3rd||Did not compete|
|4th||81||Failed Pipe Slider||Third|
|5th||81||Failed Warped Wall||First|
|6th–7th||Did not compete|
|8th||61||Failed Rolling Log||First|
|9th||81||Failed Wall Lifting||Second|
|12th||81||Failed Rope Climb||First|
|13th||90||Failed Body Prop||Third|
|14th||81||Failed Body Prop||Third|
|15th||90||Failed Warped Wall||First|
|16th||90||Failed Body Prop||Third|
|17th–19th||Did not compete|
|20th||1983||Failed Jumping Spider||First|
|21st||93||Failed Flying Chute||First|
|22nd||97||Failed Warped Wall||First|
|23rd||Did not compete|
|24th||90||Failed Warped Wall||First|
|25th||Did not compete|
|26th||87||Failed Double Salmon Ladder||Second|
|27th||93||Failed Double Salmon Ladder||Second|
|28th||76||Failed Rolling Escargot||First|
|29th–32nd||Did not compete|
|33rd||41||Failed Rolling Hill||First|
- Daisuke Nakata, a former Olympic trampolinist. He is most famous for being defeated by the same obstacle, Stage 3's Globe Grasp, three times in a row.
|8th||46||Failed Wall Lift||Second|
|9th||71||Failed Globe Grasp||Third|
|10th||940||Failed Globe Grasp||Third|
|11th||95||Failed Globe Grasp||Third|
|12th||94||Failed Rolling Log||First|
|13th||71||Failed Wall Lifting||Second|
|14th–15th||Did not compete|
|16th||65||Failed Rope Climb||First|
|17th||96||Failed Arm Rings||Third|
|18th–20th||Did not compete|
|21st||88||Failed Salmon Ladder||Second|
|13th||88||First Jump Hang||First|
|14th||57||Failed Warped Wall||First|
|15th||70||Failed Jumping Bars||Third|
|16th||91||Failed Pipe Slider||Third|
|17th||95||Failed Metal Spin||Second|
|18th||Did not compete|
|19th||79||Failed Salmon Ladder||Second|
|20th–35th||Did not compete|
- Shinji Kobayashi, a sanitary engineer.
|11th||74||Failed Pipe Slider||Third|
|12th||93||Failed Jump Hang||First|
|13th||86||Failed Jump Hang||First|
|14th||68||Failed Devil's Swing||Third|
|15th||98||Failed Crooked Wall||First|
|16th||92||Failed Metal Spin||Second|
|17th||Did not compete|
|18th||44||Failed Flying Chute||First|
|19th||76||Failed Flying Chute||First|
|20th||1985||Failed Jumping Spider||First|
|21st||79||Failed Rope Ladder||First|
|22nd–35th||Did not compete|
- Masaaki Kobayashi, a gymnastics instructor.
|12th||92||Failed Body Prop||Third|
|13th||97||Failed Curtain Cling||Third|
|14th||87||Failed Body Prop||Third|
|15th||71||Failed Warped Wall||First|
|16th||93||Failed Metal Spin||Second|
|17th–28th||Did not compete|
|29th||58||Failed Jump Hang Kai||First|
- Yuji Washimi, a mechanic, formerly a motocross star.
|17th||68||Failed Warped Wall||First|
|18th||70||Failed Salmon Ladder||Second|
|19th||86||Failed Salmon Ladder||Second|
|20th||1991||Failed Halfpipe Attack||First|
|21st||89||Failed Flying Chute||First|
|22nd–23rd||Did not compete|
|24th||84||Failed Metal Spin||Second|
|25th–28th||Did not compete|
|30th–35th||Did not compete|
|14th||76||Failed Body Prop||Third|
|15th–21st||Did not compete|
|22nd||Failed Rope Ladder||First|
|23rd||62||Failed Jumping Spider||First|
|24th||64||Failed Metal Spin||Second|
|25th||Did not compete|
|26th||85||Failed Double Salmon Ladder||Second|
|27th||87||Failed Flying Bar||Third|
|28th||Did not compete|
|30th||2974||Failed Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
|12th||60||Failed Rope Climb||First|
|13th||87||Failed Wall Lift||Second|
|14th||88||Failed Rumbling Dice||Third|
|15th–29th||Did not compete|
|30th||2985||Failed Wall Lift||Second|
World-class athletes, including Olympians, have attempted Sasuke:
Several Japanese athletes have competed in Sasuke over the years, including professional team handball player Daisuke Miyazaki, who was featured in the 20th, 21st, 22nd and 26th competitions. In his debut, the 20th competition, he failed on the Halfpipe Attack. His best performance was in Sasuke 21, where he made it all the way to the Third Stage Devil Steps. In Sasuke 22, he timed out on the Net Climb in Stage 1, and in Sasuke 26, he failed the First Stage Rolling Escargot.
After the 27th competition, three Japanese Olympians competed: Tomoko Hagiwara, Koki Sakamoto, and Daisuke Nakano. Hagiwara competed in the 28th competition, but she failed the Quintuple Step. She also competed in the 29th competition, but she failed the Hedgehog. Sakamoto competed in the 28th competition, wearing #95 (the highest number for non all-stars that tournament), but he timed out on the second Warped Wall. Nakano competed in the 29th competition, but he failed the Jump Hang Kai, while trying to grab both nets.
Various American athletes, including Olympic gymnasts (and twin brothers) Paul and Morgan Hamm, have competed in Sasuke. Paul made it to the Second Stage in the 14th and 16th competitions but failed to make it further – in the 14th, he cleared Wall Lifting but forgot to hit the button at the end before time ran out, and in the 16th, he was eliminated by the Metal Spin. He competed in the 15th competition as well, but he failed to make it past the First Stage's Warped Wall. Morgan timed out in the First Stage before he could attempt the Rope Climb in the 14th competition, but he made it to the Third Stage in the 15th, failing on the Curtain Cling. In the 16th competition, he failed the First Stage's Warped Wall.
Decathlete Paul Terek competed four times in total. He first appeared in the 17th competition, making it to the Third Stage before failing the Cliffhanger. The announcer pointed to his immense size (6 foot 3 and 215 pounds) as a barrier to his advancement. After earning the title of Pro Sportsman No. 1 in 2007, Terek appeared in the 19th competition but failed the First Stage's Jumping Spider. He helped G4 oversee the 2nd American Ninja Challenge competition in early 2008, but he did not compete in Sasuke's 20th competition due to his training for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing (though he eventually had to drop out of the running for the Olympics after suffering a torn meniscus in his left knee). He made his return to Sasuke in the 22nd competition but failed on a new obstacle in the First Stage, the Slider Jump. He failed the same obstacle in Sasuke 24. In 2010, Paul Terek announced his retirement from international competition, so it is likely he will never compete again.
Levi Meeuwenberg, a free runner from G4's American Ninja Challenge 2, first competed in Sasuke 20, where he was one of only three people to clear the First Stage and the only person to clear the Second Stage. He cleared Stage 2 with a record time of 38.5 seconds left. He failed the Third Stage's Shin-Cliffhanger. In the 21st competition, he failed the Salmon Ladder in the Second Stage; in the 22nd, he failed the new Slider Jump; in the 23rd, he made it back to the Third Stage but failed the Shin-Cliffhanger again. He missed the 24th competition but returned for the 25th, where he failed the first obstacle of the Second Stage, the Slider Drop. However, he couldn't compete in the 26th competition after breaking his wrist while participating in Jump City: Seattle, a televised professional parkour tournament.
Levi did not compete in American Ninja Warrior 3 to try to earn a spot for Sasuke 27 because of a big movie scene that came up for him during the time of the tryouts.
Levi however did compete American Ninja Warrior 4, however he failed the Quad Steps (Godantobi in Japanese), the very first obstacle. It was clear he was very tired as he had flown in from the Philippines hours beforehand and tried to rush.
He has not competed in American Ninja Warrior ever since. It is known that he stopped free running altogether, and became a farmer instead.
In the four times he completed the First Stage, he had the fastest time out of everyone who finished Stage 1.
- Note: Does not include American Ninja Warrior results
- Morgan Hamm, US Olympic Gymnast
|14th||81||Failed Tarzan Jump||First|
|15th||93||Failed Curtain Cling||Third|
- Paul Hamm, US Olympic Gymnast
|14th||82||Failed Wall Lift†||Second|
|15th||92||Failed Warped Wall||First|
|16th||94||Failed Metal Spin||Second|
† - Hamm cleared the Second Stage with 0.1 seconds left, but walked through the gates without hitting the buzzer and as a result, was disqualified.
- Paul Terek, US Olympic Decathlete
|18th||Did not compete|
|19th||98||Failed Jumping Spider||First|
|20th–21st||Did not compete|
|22nd||98||Failed Slider Jump||First|
|23rd||Did not compete|
|24th||82||Failed Slider Jump||First|
|21st||99||Failed Salmon Ladder||Second|
|22nd||91||Failed Slider Jump||First|
|24th||Did not compete|
|25th||48||Failed Slider Drop||Second|
|26th–35th||Did not compete|
† - Levi was supposed to compete in the 26th tournament, having earned a spot in the American Ninja Warrior preliminaries, but was ultimately unable to do so after breaking his wrist on Jump City: Seattle, which occurred prior to the 26th tournament. His spot in the tournament went to ANW alternate, Adam LaPlante (who failed on the Halfpipe Attack in Stage 1).
- David Campbell, an American musician and American Ninja Warrior stalwart nicknamed "The Godfather".
|22nd||50||Failed Rope Ladder||First|
|26th||84||Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger||Third|
|27th||98||Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger||Third|
- Brent Steffensen, a Brazilian-American stuntman who became the first American to complete the Ultimate Cliffhanger during American Ninja Warrior.
|26th||74||Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger||Third|
|27th||79||Failed Metal Spin||Second|
|32nd||62||Failed Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
- Drew Drechsel, an American gym trainer known as "Real Life Ninja". He also participated in American Ninja Challenge and then became an American Ninja Warrior stalwart once NBC and G4/Esquire created an entire American-based Sasuke competition. He competed in Sasuke 30 (reaching the Third Stage), after he won the Sasuke Asean Open Cup 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (where he achieved a gold medal in overall stages) and ANW Season 7 and 8 (where he is to compete in the Vegas Finals) in the space of a calendar year. He competed again in Sasuke 31 and failed the Crazy Cliffhanger. He made his fourth appearance in Sasuke 32; he is the first person ever to beat the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger and the third American to clear the Japanese Cliffhanger, after Travis Allen Schroeder in Sasuke 4 and Kane Kosugi in Sasuke 8, but he failed the next obstacle Vertical Limit Kai. In Sasuke 33, he failed the second trial on the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger, due to timing problems on the moving ledge. He fell at the same place just like the last tournament in Sasuke 34. He managed to clear the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger, the second time he cleared it. Unfortunately, he failed on the first ledge of the Vertical Limit, he managed to get hold of the ledge and made it halfway before falling in Sasuke 35.
|27th||54||Failed Warped Wall||First|
|30th||2991||Failed Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
|31st||94||Failed Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
|32nd||93||Failed Vertical Limit Kai||Third|
|33rd||96||Failed Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
|34th||97||Failed Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
|35th||98||Failed Vertical Limit Kai||Third|
- Jessie Graff, a stuntwoman who currently works on the Supergirl TV series. Previously a pole vaulter in college, she initially competed in multiple seasons of American Ninja Warrior, becoming the first woman to complete Stage 1 in Las Vegas in 2016. In 2017, she became both the first woman to complete Stage 2 in Las Vegas (ANW All-Stars) and Stage 2 at the original Mt. Midoriyama (Sasuke 34). In Stage 3, she went out on the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger at the first transition, but not before earning an invitation to the next tournament.
- Kacy Catanzaro, the first woman in the world to clear the Warped Wall and the Salmon Ladder while competing in American Ninja Warrior (ANW 6 in 2014, during the Dallas qualifiers). In 2016, she competed at Sasuke 32 but narrowly timed out on Stage 1 after passing the Warped Wall.
Bulgarian gymnast and six-time Olympian (1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012) Yordan Yovchev (spelled on G4 as Jordan Jovtchev) first competed in the 8th competition. During that competition he reached the Final Stage but became the first competitor to suffer a 15-second timeout on the initial Spider Climb portion, falling when it spread apart. Rain and a two-second late start also hurt his performance. He made it to the Third Stage three more times in competitions 12, 14, and 16, failing the Cliffhanger each time. He competed in the 15th competition but failed the Warped Wall in the First Stage. He later came back to compete in Sasuke 20, where he failed the Warped Wall again. He also competed in Sasuke 23, where he managed to pass all of the other obstacles but sadly timed out on the final rope ladder.
|8th||59||Failed Spider Climb||Final|
|9th–11th||Did not compete|
|13th||Did not compete|
|15th||97||Failed Warped Wall||First|
|17th–19th||Did not compete|
|20th||1993||Failed Warped Wall||First|
|21st–22nd||Did not compete|
|23rd||79||Failed Rope Ladder||First|
South Korean gymnast Yeo Hong-chul, silver medalist in the men's vault at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. He competed four times but has never gotten past the First Stage. In the 7th competition, he was unable to beat the Rolling Log; In the 8th, he failed the Quintuple Step; In the 11th, he timed out on the Warped Wall. And in the 12th, he timed out on the Rope Climb.
Spanish gymnast Gervasio Deferr, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Champion in the vault and 2008 silver medalist in the floor exercise, competed in the 10th competition but timed out a few feet from the buzzer on the First Stage's Rope Climb.
- Lee En-Chih (who was incorrectly listed as Lee Yen Chi in the US version and was mistakenly called Lee Enchi or Li En Zhi for years), is a professional rock climber from Taiwan. In his first attempt in Sasuke 17, he cleared the First Stage but failed the Second Stage's Metal Spin. In Sasuke 18, he failed the Jumping Spider in the First Stage. After a two-tournament absence, he competed in Sasuke 21 and was one of only nine competitors to make it to the Second Stage, timing out on Wall Lifting. In Sasuke 22, he was one of four people to make it to the Third Stage, ultimately failing the Shin-Cliffhanger. In Sasuke 23, he failed the Second Stage's Metal Spin. In Sasuke 24, he made it to the Final Stage for the first time but timed out 19 meters away. Li became the third foreigner to reach the Final Stage since Yordan Yovchev and Kane Kosugi in Sasuke 8. In Sasuke 25, he went to the Third Stage, but he failed the Ultimate Cliffhanger. He made it back to the Ultimate Cliffhanger in Sasuke 26, but again failed there. In Sasuke 25 and 26, Li finished first overall, becoming the only foreigner to have progressed further than any competitor in consecutive tournaments. After making it to the Ultimate Cliffhanger two times, it looked as if Li would go all the way in Sasuke 27. However, he shocked many when he failed the Step Slider in Stage 1. This was his earliest defeat ever, and first time failing Stage 1 since Sasuke 18. He failed the First Stage yet again in Sasuke 28, on the Spinning Bridge. He finally cleared the First Stage again in Sasuke 29, but timed out on the Passing Wall, on the Second Stage. He failed the Crazy Cliffhanger in Sasuke 30. He decided to retire from Sasuke due to replacement by Taiwan representatives. Since Sasuke 31, his fellow Liao Long Zhun fully ruled the Taiwan representatives. He is also the only foreigner to clear Stage One six times in a row (Sasuke 21–26).
|17th||92||Failed Metal Spin||Second|
|18th||26||Failed Jumping Spider||First|
|19th–20th||Did not compete|
|21st||49||Failed Wall Lift||Second|
|23rd||94||Failed Metal Spin||Second|
|25th||80||Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger||Third|
|26th||95||Failed Ultimate Cliffhanger||Third|
|27th||97||Failed Step Slider||First|
|28th||83||Failed Spinning Bridge||First|
|29th||56||Failed Wall Lift||Second|
|30th||2990||Failed Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
- Ragivaru Anastase, a Tahitian dance instructor, competed in Sasuke 31. He was fastest with 35 seconds left. But he failed on the Crazy Cliffhanger. Then, he joined Sasuke 32. He had the fastest time again in the First Stage and Second Stage, but he failed the Flying Bar when he ran the obstacle in bad weather. In Sasuke 33, his run was digested and surprisingly failed the Rolling Hill. He made it to the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger in Sasuke 34 and fell before the first transition.
|31st||72||Failed Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
|32nd||94||Failed Flying Bar||Third|
|33rd||94||Failed Rolling Hill||First|
|34th||93||Failed Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger||Third|
Mixed martial artists and wrestlers
K-1 mixed martial artist Genki Sudo has competed in five tournaments, failing at the Jump Hang (6th, 12th), the Rolling Log (13th), Duodectuple Step (23rd), and the Log Grip (24th). Another mixed martial artist, Sanae Kikuta competed in the 8th and 10th tournaments, where he fell off of the Rolling Log in the First Stage; in the 12th tournament, he fell on the Plank Bridge in the First Stage. Other K-1 fighters who have competed include Tatsuji (19th competition, failed the Jumping Spider), Yudai (20th competition, failed the Rokudantobi), Andy Ologun (18th competition, failed the Rope Glider; 20th competition, failed the Log Grip), Bobby Ologun (22nd competition, failed the Log Grip), Bernard Ackah (19th competition, failed the Jumping Spider), and Takeru has competed in four tournaments, failing the Hedgehog (30th), Warped Wall (31st), Tarzan Rope (32nd) when his foot touched the water, cleared the First Stage (33rd) but failed the Salmon Ladder Nobori, and Backstream (34th). He had a surprising fail on the modified Fish Bone (35th).
|31st||83||Failed Warped Wall||First|
|32nd||81||Failed Tarzan Rope||First|
|33rd||81||Failed Salmon Ladder Up||Second|
Former Pride Fighting Championships and Pancrase Japanese mixed martial artist and pro wrestler Ikuhisa Minowa, competing in DREAM known as "Minowaman", was featured in the 26th competition wearing red wrestling tights, pads, and boots. He failed the second obstacle, "Hazard Swing" after jumping from the swing, and missing the rope on the platform, falling into the water below. He also competed in the 29th competition, but failed the first obstacle, the "Long Jump", where he landed feet first onto the sandbox and jumped backwards into the water. Japanese featherweight mixed martial artist from DREAM Hideo Tokoro (announced as a "freelance fighter") was featured right after Minowaman in the 26th competition where he failed to grab the rope to swing himself to the other side in the first obstacle "Step Slider".
Several professional wrestlers have also competed, including Tiger Mask, The Great Sasuke (referred to as Great Ninja Warrior in the US and UK versions), Minoru Suzuki, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi and Naohiro Hoshikawa. Suzuki and Tanahashi were the Triple Crown Heavyweight and IWGP Heavyweight Champion, respectively, during their runs in the course.
Several Japanese or Japan-based entertainers have taken part in Sasuke, including action movie star Kane Kosugi and his brother Shane. Kane made the Third Stage in the 1st, 4th and 6th competitions, failing on the Pole Bridge, Cliffhanger and Body Prop, respectively. In the 7th competition, he made the Second Stage but failed the Spider Walk, his earliest exit from a competition. He reached the Final Stage in the 8th competition, becoming, alongside Yordan Yovchev, the first foreigner to make it that far. Competing in heavy rain, Kane timed out on the Rope Climb; he has not competed since. Shane timed out on the Second Stage's Wall Lift in the 2nd competition, then failed the First Stage's Rolling Log in the 3rd competition. In the 4th, he came close to completing the First Stage but timed out on the Rope Climb. In the 6th and 7th competitions, he made it to the Third Stage, failing both times on the Body Prop. In the 8th competition, he failed to get past the First Stage's Warped Wall. Unlike his brother, Shane competed in the 9th competition, where he failed the Big Boulder in the First Stage.
Other entertainers who have competed include Hiromichi Sato, host of several NHK children's programs; Shigeyuki Nakamura, a champion of the Muscle Gym event in Kinniku Banzuke; actor-singer Kazumi Morohoshi, a former member of the band Hikaru Genji who is now a solo artist; actor/announcer Kenjirō Ishimaru; and actors Masaki Nomura and Shōei. Sato debuted in the 18th tournament and failed the First Stage's Flying Chute. In the 19th tournament, he failed the Log Grip. In the 20th competition, he timed out before he attempted the Tarzan Rope. In the 21st competition, he timed out on the Warped Wall. In the 22nd, Sato finally cleared the First Stage but failed the Metal Spin in the Second. In Sasuke 23, he failed the Jumping Spider. In Sasuke 24, he failed the Metal Spin again. He missed Sasuke 25, but failed the Jumping Spider again in Sasuke 26. He missed Sasuke 27 and 28 but competed in 29, where he shocked the crowd by unexpectedly going out on the first obstacle, the Long Jump. Nakamura made it to the Third Stage in the 2nd competition, failing there on the Pipe Slider, but in the 6th competition he was eliminated by the First Stage's Jump Hang. Morohoshi debuted in the 20th tournament but failed the Log Grip in the First Stage. Ishimaru has never made it past the First Stage; his two closest attempts, in the 16th and 17th competitions, timed out on the Rope Climb. Shōei competed three times. He competed in Sasuke 6, and failed the Jump Hang when he tried to go under using only his arms. He timed out on the Rope Climb in Stage 1 in Sasuke 7. He finally made it past the First Stage and Second Stage in Sasuke 8. He struggled in Stage 3 on the Propeller Bars, and failed the Body Prop.
Actor James Okada, a graduate from a martial arts academy, competed in the 6th and 7th competitions. In his first attempt, he failed the Jump Hang in the First Stage, but in the next tournament, he made it all the way to the Third, where he was defeated by the first obstacle, the Propeller Bars.
Actor and singer Tetsuji Sakakibara competed four times (23rd–26th tournaments) but never cleared the First Stage, failing on the Jumping Spider in the 23rd and 24th tournaments, the Jump Hang in the 25th tournament, and the Half-Pipe Attack in the 26th tournament.
Actor Ryosuke Yamamoto competed in Sasuke 30 and Sasuke 31. He never completed the First Stage, failing in Jump Hang Kai in Sasuke 30. In Sasuke 31 he did slightly worse by failing the Orugōru (also known as the Music Box) before he could reach the Jump Hang Kai again.
Voice actress Tomoko Kaneda competed in Sasuke 31. She failed the Rolling Hill on the First Stage. Her husband Wataru Mori, an actor, also competed in several competitions. Mori has competed since Sasuke 16; he failed Rolling Log. Then he competed again in Sasuke 20 and failed Jumping Spider. After an eight-year hiatus, he competed again in Sasuke 32; he timed out on the Lumberjack Climb. He competed again in Sasuke 33, where he completed the First Stage, and timed out at the Reverse Conveyor. In Sasuke 34, he surprisingly failed the last steps on the Quad Steps, his foot slipping to the left. He eventually timed out on the Warped Wall in Sasuke 35.
|16th||64||Failed Rolling Log||First|
|17th–20th||Did not compete|
|21st||11||Failed Jumping Spider||First|
|22nd–31st||Did not compete|
|32nd||82||Failed Lumberjack Climb (time out)||First|
|33rd||83||Failed Reverse Conveyor||Second|
|34th||90||Failed Quad Steps||First|
|35th||71||Failed Warped Wall (time out)||First|
Golden Bomber members Kenji Darvish and Yutaka Kyan also competed in Sasuke 31. Kyan failed the Rolling Hill on the First Stage. Darvish had previously competed in Sasuke 28 and 30 and failed the First Stage. In Sasuke 31, he finally completed the First Stage and failed the Cross Slider in the Second Stage. In Sasuke 32, Kyan did better on the Rolling Hill, but he lost his balance on the new obstacle Tie Fighter. Darvish failed at the Tie Fighter when he lost his balance. In Sasuke 33, Darvish almost cleared the First Stage but shockingly failed the Lumberjack Climb with only several centimeters to finish the obstacle. Kyan failed Quad Steps. In Sasuke 34, Darvish made it to the 2nd Stage, but he struggled in the Reverse Conveyor. He made it to the Second Stage, he professed slightly further, timing out after lifting the first wall of the Wall Lifting in Sasuke 35.
|28th||31||Failed Rolling Escargot||First|
|29th||Did not compete|
|30th||2979||Failed Lumberjack Climb||First|
|31st||82||Failed Cross Slider||Second|
|32nd||91||Failed Tie Fighter||First|
|33rd||82||Failed Lumberjack Climb||First|
|34th||89||Failed Reverse Conveyor||Second|
|35th||96||Failed Wall Lifting (time out)||Second|
Model Shimon Okura competed in Sasuke 30. He failed on the Log Grip on the First Stage. He came again to Sasuke 31, doing better on the Log Grip, but he missed the nets on the Jump Hang Kai. Then he joined Sasuke 32. He fell on the new obstacle Double Pendulum when he tried to get to the red sandbag.
|30th||2941||Failed Log Grip||First|
|31st||30||Failed Jump Hang Kai||First|
|32nd||21||Failed Double Pendulum||First|
A.B.C-Z member Ryoichi Tsukada competed in Sasuke 31; he timed out at the Lumberjack Climb. Then, he competed again on Sasuke 32. He completed the new obstacle Tie Fighter and Double Pendulum, but he failed to reach the top of the Warped Wall. In Sasuke 33, he cleared the First Stage for the first time. He failed Salmon Ladder Up. Johnny's Jr. Hikaru Iwamoto failed the transition from Quad Steps to the Rolling Hill. He failed on the TIE Fighter in Sasuke 35.
|31st||81||Failed Lumberjack Climb||First|
|32nd||11||Failed Warped Wall||First|
|33rd||86||Failed Salmon Ladder Nobori||Second|
|34th||88||Failed Salmon Ladder Kudari||Second|
|35th||86||Failed Tie Fighter||First|
Several Japanese comedians have taken part in Sasuke, including Akira Omori ("The Monkey"), Koriki Choshu ("the most famous gut in Japan" and 2nd on G4's Craziest Contestants Poll), Passion Yara ("screaming wacko" and 5th on G4s craziest contestants poll), Masaki Sumitani ("Razor Ramon H.G." or "Hard Gay"), Yoku Hata ("Guitar Samurai"), Tetsurō Degawa, and Kinnikun Nakayama. Most of these compete for entertainment value and do not represent serious challenges – for example, Choshu's only accomplishment was being the first person to clear the Rope Glider in the 18th competition. However, some have seen success. Omori made it to the Final Stage three times in a row (1st–3rd competitions), a record that is shared with Sasuke all-star Makoto Nagano, but since then he has not been able to clear the First Stage. Nakayama made it to the Second Stage in the 9th and 11th competitions; in the 9th, Nakayama failed the Spider Walk, and in the 11th, he missed hitting the Second Stage's final button by a split-second. He competed in Sasuke 27. He had footage showing himself training for the new course. He wore #30, and despite his training, he failed the Rolling Escargot when he could not get enough momentum to get the structure spinning, and fell into the water when trying to restart the obstacle. He got revenge on it in the 28th tournament, but timed out on the second Warped Wall. In the 29th tournament, he almost cleared the First Stage for the first time in 10 years, but ultimately, timed out at the top of the Rope Ladder. Recent comedians include Yoshio Kojima, who competed in five competitions (22, 24, 26–28), where he failed at the Log Grip twice, Hazard Swing, Step Slider, and Rolling Escargot respectively. Funnyman Masumi Yagi was featured in the 26th competition but failed on the Step Slider. Cocky comedian Eiko Kano (aka "Mr. Narcissus") was featured in the 25th competition and failed at the Dome Steps, but got past the first obstacle in the 26th competition and failed at the Rolling Escargot.
Penalty comedian[clarification needed] Wakky competed nine times in Sasuke. He debuted in Sasuke 20 and failed the Halfpipe Attack. In Sasuke 21 and 22, he failed the Jumping Spider. In Sasuke 23, he got revenge on both the Jumping Spider and the Halfpipe Attack, only to fail the Slider Jump. In Sasuke 24, he failed the Halfpipe Attack again. He returned for Sasuke 27 and cleared the First Stage for the first time. In the Second Stage, he failed the Double Salmon Ladder. In Sasuke 28, he timed out on the Rope Ladder. He advanced to the Second Stage in Sasuke 29 and 30, but failed the Swap Salmon Ladder.
Other notable competitors
65-year-old Minoru Kuramochi, known as "the Octopus" because he usually brings an octopus with him, is the owner of the Edokko Izakaya octopus bar in Tokyo and is one of the oldest competitors. He has competed several times, never making it very far into the First Stage. Despite this, he seems to be a fan favorite. In the 20th competition's preview special, he welcomed the G4 American Ninja Challengers to his bar, served them his special octopus meal, and showed off his physical skills to them. He is No. 4 on G4's Craziest Contestant poll. His best performance was in Sasuke 26, where he managed to make it to the Rolling Escargot. He got further than in Sasuke 19, when he timed out on the Pole Maze.
Toyohisa Ijima, a martial arts dance instructor and former member of the Japan Self-Defense Forces, competed in the first several tournaments. He is known as the "Japanese Bruce Lee" because of his resemblance to the late action star, which extends to dressing and acting like him. He has only made it past the First Stage in the 1st tournament; in the 11th tournament, he missed hitting the final button on the Rope Climb by a split second because he had wasted time posing for the crowd after completing each obstacle. He is No. 3 on G4's Craziest Contestant poll.
45-year-old Katsuhide Torisawa is a former weightlifter who has competed in every single Shin-Sasuke tournament (except Sasuke 22), starting with Sasuke 18. He always displays his strength before his run; he has brought a barbell and lifted it over his head multiple times, ripped off his shirt, and crushed an apple and full cans of beer with one hand, and also snapped a baseball bat in half. He has never cleared the First Stage.
Women in Sasuke
The first woman to have completed the First Stage is former Super Sentai stuntwoman Chie Nishimura, who did so in the 2nd tournament. She attempted the Second Stage's Spider Walk in a non-optimal fashion, because her legs were too short to reach across the obstacle the proper way, and failed. She also competed in Sasuke 3 but failed the Rolling Log. She hasn't competed in Sasuke since.
Masami Yusa (G4 mislists her first name as "Miyabi" in some tournaments), a beach flags champion, has competed eight times. She debuted in Sasuke 6, but failed the Barrel Climb. In the Sasuke 13 trials, she became the first woman to beat the Jump Hang, although she timed out there. During the actual competition, she was able to grab on to the redesigned Jump Hang, but she misjudged her jump, slammed face-first onto the platform, and fell into the water; this failure earned her a "Warrior Wipeout" during G4's broadcasting of this tournament. In Sasuke 14, she became the first woman to beat the Jump Hang and the Crooked Wall in competition, but she ultimately timed out on the Warped Wall.
All three women who achieved kanzenseiha on Kunoichi (Women of Ninja Warrior), the female equivalent of Sasuke, have also competed in Sasuke itself, though none have cleared Stage 1. All are also acrobats who worked with Muscle Musical.
- Ayako Miyake, who achieved Kunoichi total victory three straight times (Kunoichi 4–6), has also competed in Sasuke twice, going out in Stage 1 both times – the Sandan Rolling Maruta in Sasuke 17 and the Jumping Spider in Sasuke 18.
- Kunoichi 8 champion Rie Komiya, who is a broadcaster and model as well as an acrobat, has competed several times. She first competed in Sasuke 22, where she was disqualified on the Jumping Spider for falling into the safety mat just after the trampoline. She got her revenge in Sasuke 23, but she fell on the Halfpipe Attack. In Sasuke 24, she surprised many by failing the Log Grip. She did not compete in Sasuke 25, but did compete in Sasuke 26, and failed the Rolling Escargot and she competed again in Sasuke 27, where she failed the Rolling Escargot again.
- Satomi Kadoi, the other Kunoichi 8 champion, competed in Sasuke 27 and failed the Halfpipe Attack.
American gymnast Kacy Catanzaro, who famously became the first woman in the world to clear both the Warped Wall and the Salmon Ladder during American Ninja Warrior qualifiers in Dallas in 2014, traveled to the original Mt. Midoriyama for Sasuke 32 and cleared the Warped Wall at the second attempt before narrowly timing out.
Another American woman and American Ninja Warrior standout, stuntwoman Jessie Graff – the first woman to complete Stage 2 in Las Vegas (ANW All-Stars) – was one of the two invited US entrants including Drew Drechsel in Sasuke 34 the next year. She became only the second woman in Sasuke history after Nishimura to complete the First Stage, doing so with 14.5 seconds left on the clock (which would have been under the limit set for the male competitors as well; the female competitors were given an extra 10 seconds.) She then surprised everyone once again when she managed to complete Stage 2 with 4.4 seconds left on the clock, becoming the very first woman to ever clear the Second Stage in Sasuke. In Stage 3, Graff started strongly, completing the first three obstacles in good form. However, despite her determination, she failed the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger when she attempted the first jump from the first to the second ledge and was unable to hold on. However, having impressed the onlookers, she was invited back for the following tournament.
American Ninja Challenges
In fall 2007, the G4 network held a contest called the American Ninja Challenge, whose grand prize was a trip to Japan to compete in Sasuke's 19th competition. Ten semifinalist videos were selected on August 3 via internet poll to determine three finalists who would appear on G4's Attack of the Show! on August 28–30 to demonstrate their Ninja Warrior skills. On August 31, Michigan State University Economics student Colin Bell and the runner-up, Greenville, South Carolina native Brett Sims, were both selected, and they became the subjects of an hour-long G4 special on November 14 during G4's Ninjafest. Ultimately, both Colin and Brett qualified for the course thanks to their impressive physical abilities, but they both failed the Jumping Spider.
The second contest by G4 wrapped up in March 2008 and aired as part of G4's Ninjafest 2 on May 18, 2008. Levi Meeuwenberg of Ann Arbor, Michigan and Brian Orosco of San Francisco, California were both chosen to compete in Sasuke's 20th tournament; both are free runners. They competed alongside surprise guest Brett Sims, who was given the opportunity to return by G4. Sims failed the First Stage's Warped Wall, while Orosco failed the Flying Chute. Meeuwenberg, however, made it to the Third Stage before he ultimately failed the Shin-Cliffhanger. In that tournament, he was the last man standing.
The third contest by G4 wrapped up in August 2008 and aired as part of G4's Ninjafest 3 on November 12, 2008. Viewers voted for their favorite competitors, the top three of whom would be flown to Japan to compete in Sasuke's 21st tournament. The winners were Brian Orosco (who qualified with a different video), gymnast Mark Witmer of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and free runner/stuntwoman Luci Romberg – the first woman to qualify – of Valley Village, California. They joined American Ninja Challenge 2 winner Levi Meeuwenberg and both hosts from Attack of the Show!, Olivia Munn and Kevin Pereira, to compete in Sasuke 21. In that tournament, Munn failed the Sextuple Step, while Pereira's run ended after his feet hit the water on the Log Grip; on the TBS broadcast, Munn's run was shown only in part while Pereira's run was cut completely. Romberg failed the Halfpipe Attack, while Witmer failed the Log Grip due to a severe ulnar nerve injury that he suffered while warming up. Orosco completed the First Stage with just 0.6 seconds left on the clock but failed the Second Stage's Salmon Ladder. Meeuwenberg cleared Stage 1 with the fastest time, with 21.5 seconds remaining, but similarly failed the Salmon Ladder.
The fourth contest by G4 wrapped up in March 2009 and aired on June 21, 2009 on G4 as part of Ninjafest 4. The competitors' videos were judged by Attack of the Show's Olivia Munn. The winner, David Campbell, was joined by Munn and previous competitors Levi Meeuwenberg and Luci Romberg. Munn failed the new Circle Hammer in the First Stage; Romberg failed the First Stage's Jumping Spider; Campbell timed out on the final First Stage obstacle, the Rope Ladder, and later told the sideline reporter that he "underestimated the cardio" involved in the course. Meeuwenberg failed a new First Stage obstacle, the Slider Jump.
In the summer of 2017 Jessie Graff went on to compete in Sasuke 34, wearing number #87. She made an impressive mark becoming the second woman in the show's history to clear Stage 1. She also kept the streak going when she became the first woman ever to clear Stage 2. During her Stage 3 run she showed great upper body strength on the course, getting through the first three obstacles, she made it to the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger when she failed the jump from the first ledge to the second ledge.
The following is a list of available information of people who achieved the best results in each competition and also the number of competitors who failed in the lower stages. Under each competition, the results are listed in order of best performance. Their names are listed along with their number (1–100) from the competition, and the stage/obstacle they failed to complete (or Total Victory). In the 10th competition the number system ran from 901 to 1000 to indicate that 1000 competitors had attempted the First Stage, and then ran from 1901 to 2000 in the 20th competition to indicate that 2000 competitors had attempted the First Stage, and from 2901 to 3000 during the 30th competition to indicate roughly 3000 attempts on Sasuke. All air dates are of the Japanese broadcast on TBS.
Aired: September 27, 1997
|No. 97 Ōmori Akira||Final||Failed Rope Climb (about 11 m up)|
|No. 96 Hasegawa Ken||Final||Failed Rope Climb (about 8 m up)|
|No. 72 Yo Takashi||Final||Failed Rope Climb (about 8 m up)|
|No. 49 Kawashima Takayuki||Final||Failed Rope Climb (about 10 m up)|
Aired: September 26, 1998
|No. 97 Tanaka Hikaru||Final||Failed Rope Climb (about 12 m up)|
|No. 99 Ōmori Akira||Final||Failed Rope Climb (about 7 m up)|
Aired: March 13, 1999
|No. 89 Yamada Katsumi||Final||Failed Rope Climb (about 14.5 m up)|
|No.100 Akiya Omori||Final||Failed Rope Climb (about 12 m up)|
|No. 49 Matsumoto Minoru||Final||Failed Rope Climb (about 8 m up)|
|No. 17 Shingo Yamamoto||Final||Failed Rope Climb (about 8 m up)|
|No. 54 Yamamoto Tatsuya||Final||Failed Rope Climb (about 8 m up)|
Aired: October 16, 1999
|No. 86 Akiyama Kazuhiko||Final||Kanzenseiha (6.0 seconds to spare)|
Aired: March 18, 2000
|No. 98 Yamamoto Shingo||Third||Failed Pipe Slider|
Aired: September 9, 2000
Note: This is the first tournament where no one failed the Second Stage.
Aired: March 17, 2001
|No. 97 Shingo Yamamoto||Final||Failed Spider Climb (injured)^|
^Went 2 1/2 meters up then fell down.
Aired: September 29, 2001
|No. 91 Kane Kosugi||Final||Failed Rope Climb (about 18 m up)|
|No. 59 Jordan Jovtchev||Final||Failed Spider Climb (about 11.5 m up)^|
^ Jovtchev fell off the Spider Climb after the walls split at the 15 second limit.
Aired: March 16, 2002
Aired: September 25, 2002
Aired: March 21, 2003
|No. 96 Nagano Makoto||Final||Failed Rope Climb (about 20 m up)|
Aired: October 1, 2003
|No. 100 Nagano Makoto||Final||Failed Rope Climb (0.11 seconds late)|
|No. 77 Shiratori Bunpei||Final||Failed Rope Climb (about 21 m up)|
|No. 72 Asaoka Hiroyuki||Final||Failed Rope Climb (about 20 m up)|
Aired: April 6, 2004
|No. 100 Nagano Makoto||Final||Failed Rope Climb (about 22.4 m up)|
Aired: January 4, 2005
Aired: July 20, 2005
Aired: December 30, 2005
Aired: October 11, 2006
|No. 99 Makoto Nagano||Final||Kanzenseiha (2.56 seconds to spare)|
|No. 87 Nagasaki Shunsuke||Final||Failed Rope Climb (about 18 m up)|
Aired: March 21, 2007
Aired: September 19, 2007
Note: This is the first tournament where nobody cleared the Second Stage, marking the earliest end of a tournament.
Aired: March 26, 2008
|No. 1989 Levi Meeuwenberg||Third||Failed Shin-Cliffhanger|
Aired: September 17, 2008
Aired: March 30, 2009
|No. 77 Urushihara Yuuji||Final||Failed G-Rope (about 22 m up)|
Aired: September 27, 2009
|No. 100 Nagano Makoto||Final||Failed G-Rope (about 0.2 seconds late)|
|No. 96 Kanno Hitoshi||Final||Failed G-Rope (about 18 m up)|
Aired: January 1, 2010
|No. 93 Urushihara Yuuji||Final||Kanzenseiha (3.57 seconds to spare)|
|No. 85 Hashimoto Koji||Final||Failed G-Rope (about 22 m up)|
|No. 94 Takahashi Kenji||Final||Failed G-Rope (about 20 m up)|
|No. 95 Okuyama Yoshiyuki||Final||Failed G-Rope (about 19 m up)|
|No. 92 Lee Yen Chi||Final||Failed G-Rope (about 19 m up)|
Aired: March 28, 2010
Aired: January 2, 2011
Aired: October 3, 2011
|No. 99 Urushihara Yuuji||Final||Kanzenseiha (6.71 seconds to spare)|
|No. 62 Matachi Ryo||Final||Failed Rope Climb (about 18.8 m up)|
Aired: December 27, 2012
Aired: June 27, 2013
Aired: July 3, 2014
|No. 2994 Matachi Ryo||Final||Failed Rope Climb (about 23 m up)|
|No. 2967 Kawaguchi Tomohiro||Final||Failed Rope Climb (about 15 m up)|
Aired: July 1, 2015
|No. 91 Morimoto Yusuke||Final||Kanzenseiha (2.59 seconds to spare)|
Aired: July 3, 2016
Note: This is the second tournament where no one failed the Second Stage.
Aired: March 26, 2017
Aired: October 8, 2017
Aired : March 26, 2018
|No. 100 Yusuke Morimoto||Final||Failed Rope Climb (about 20 m up)|
List of Sasuke stages and obstacles
One hundred participants are given the opportunity to attempt the First Stage, a course which primarily tests one's speed. The object is to hit the buzzer at the end of the course before the allotted time expires. If a competitor goes out of bounds or comes into contact with the water in any of the pits below the course, he or she is disqualified from the competition.
Typically, 85 to 90 of the 100 original entrants are eliminated in this stage. However, in the 4th competition, a record 37 of the original 100 competitors made it past the First Stage. After the 4th, 17th, 24th, and 27th competition, the First Stage was thoroughly redesigned to be much more difficult and prevent large numbers of people from moving on. In fact, a G4 special inside the making of the 18th Sasuke competition revealed that the redesign of the First Stage for the 18th competition was done with the intention of seeing all 100 challengers fail it. This did not happen, however, and that has only spurred the production team on to make this and all stages to follow even harder.
That goal was almost met in the 19th competition, where much to everyone's surprise, only two competitors cleared the First Stage (neither of the two being Sasuke All-Stars), a record in Sasuke history. (The only time something similar has happened was in the first Kunoichi, where again, only two competitors cleared the First Stage.) Executive producer Ushio Higuchi said in interviews later that even he was surprised at the results, anticipating that around 10 to 12 people would survive in spite of the production team's attempts at making the First Stage unbeatable.
|Comp #||First Stage obstacles||Time limit|
|11||Barrel Climb||Spinning Log||Rapid Descent||Hill Climb||Balance Bridge||Log Drop||Free Climbing2||+||Wall Climb2||70 s|
|2||Barrel Climb||Spinning Log||Rapid Descent||Hill Climb||Balance Bridge||Log Drop||Free Climbing2||+||Wall Climb2||60 s|
|3||Barrel Climb||Rolling Log||Balance Bridge||Rapid Descent||Hill Climb||Tarzan Jump||+||Rope Climb||60 s|
|4||Barrel Climb||Rolling Log||Balance Bridge||Rapid Descent||Hill Climb||Tarzan Jump||+||Rope Climb||60 s|
|5||Barrel Climb||Rolling Log||Balance Bridge||Jump Hang||Warped Wall||Tarzan Jump||+||Rope Climb||75 s|
|6||Barrel Climb||Rolling Log||Balance Bridge||Jump Hang||Warped Wall||Tarzan Jump||+||Rope Climb||75 s|
|7||Barrel Climb||Rolling Log||Balance Bridge||Jump Hang||Warped Wall||Tarzan Jump||+||Rope Climb||75 s|
|8||Quintuple Step||Rolling Log||Big Boulder||Jump Hang||Warped Wall||Tarzan Jump||+||Rope Climb||77 s|
|9||Quintuple Step||Rolling Log||Big Boulder||Jump Hang||Warped Wall||Tarzan Jump||+||Rope Climb||77 s|
|10||Quintuple Step||Rolling Log||Dance Bridge||Jump Hang||Warped Wall||Tarzan Swing||+||Rope Climb||80 s|
|11||Quintuple Step||Rolling Log||Balance Bridge||Jump Hang||Warped Wall||Tarzan Swing||+||Rope Climb||85 s|
|12||Hill Climb3||Rolling Log||Plank Bridge||Jump Hang||Warped Wall||Tarzan Swing||+||Rope Climb||85 s|
|13||Prism See-Saw (Prism Tilt)4||Rolling Log||Bridge Of Blades5||Jump Hang6||Crooked Wall||Warped Wall||Tarzan Jump||+||Rope Climb||80 s|
|14||Cone Jump||Butterfly Wall||Rolling Log||Bridge Of Blades5||Jump Hang||Crooked Wall||Warped Wall||Tarzan Jump||+||Rope Climb||103 s|
|15||Hurdle Jump||Butterfly Wall||Rolling Log||Bridge of Blades5||Jump Hang||Crooked Wall||Warped Wall||Tarzan Jump||+||Rope Climb||95 s|
|16||Sextuple Step||Rolling Log||Bridge Of Blades5||Jump Hang||Rope Reverse||Reverse Fly||Warped Wall||Tarzan Jump||+||Rope Climb||100 s|
|17||Sextuple Step||Log Slope||Rolling Log||Bridge of Blades 5||Circle Slider||Jump Hang||Warped Wall||Tarzan Jump||+||Rope Climb||85 s|
|18||Rope Glider||Log Grip||Pole Maze||Jumping Spider||Bungee Bridge||Great Wall||Flying Chute||Tarzan Rope||+||Rope Ladder7||130 s|
|19||Sextuple Step||Log Grip||Pole Maze||Jumping Spider||Half Pipe Attack||Warped Wall||Flying Chute||Tarzan Rope||+||Rope Ladder7||115 s|
|20||Sextuple Step||Log Grip||Pole Maze||Jumping Spider||Half Pipe Attack||Warped Wall||Flying Chute||Tarzan Rope||+||Rope Ladder7||120 s|
|21||Sextuple Step||Log Grip||Pole Maze||Jumping Spider||Half Pipe Attack||Warped Wall||Flying Chute||Tarzan Rope||+||Rope Ladder7||120 s|
|22||Sextuple Step||Circle Hammer||Log Grip||Jumping Spider||Half Pipe Attack||Warped Wall||Slider Jump||Tarzan Rope8||+||Rope Ladder7,8||120 s|
|23||Twelve Timbers||Curtain Slider||Log Grip||Jumping Spider||Half Pipe Attack||Warped Wall||Slider Jump||Tarzan Rope||+||Rope Ladder7||120 s|
|24||Twelve Timbers||X-Bridge9||Log Grip||Jumping Spider||Half Pipe Attack||Warped Wall||Slider Jump||Tarzan Rope||+||Rope Ladder7||120 s|
|25||Dome Steps||Rolling Log||Jump Hang||Bridge Jump||Log Grip||Warped Wall||Circle Slider||Tarzan Rope||+||Rope Ladder7||115 s|
|26||Step Slider||Hazard Swing||Rolling Escargot||Jumping Spider||Half Pipe Attack||Warped Wall||Giant Swing||Tarzan Rope||+||Rope Ladder7||130 s|
|27||Step Slider||Rolling Escargot||Giant Swing||Jumping Spider||Half Pipe Attack||Warped Wall||Spin Bridge||Tarzan Rope||+||Rope Ladder7||125 s|
|28||Quintuple Step||Rolling Escargot||Spin Bridge||Jump Hang Kai||Double Warped Wall||Tarzan Rope||+||Rope Ladder7||105 s|
|29||Long Jump||Log Grip||Hedgehog||Jump Hang Kai||Double Warped Wall||Tarzan Rope||+||Rope Ladder7||105 s|
|30||Long Jump||Log Grip||Hedgehog||Jump Hang Kai||Double Warped Wall||Tarzan Rope||Lumberjack Climb||105 s|
|31||Rolling Hill||Log Grip||Music Box||Jump Hang Kai||Tackle10||Warped Wall||Tarzan Rope||Lumberjack Climb||120 s|
|32||Quad Steps||+||Rolling Hill||TIE Fighter11||Music Box||Double Pendulum||Tackle10||Warped Wall||Tarzan Rope||Lumberjack Climb||115 s|
|33||Quad Steps||+||Rolling Hill||TIE Fighter11||Fish Bone||Double Pendulum||Tackle10||Warped Wall||Tarzan Rope||Lumberjack Climb||128 s|
|34||Quad Steps||+||Rolling Hill||TIE Fighter11||Fish Bone||Double Pendulum||Tackle10||Warped Wall||Tarzan Rope||Lumberjack Climb||123 s|
|35||Quad Steps||+||Rolling Hill||TIE Fighter11||Fish Bone||Dragon Glider||Tackle10||Warped Wall||85 s|
+ — This obstacle is an immediate successor to the previous obstacle, without any way to recuperate between them.
^1 Although the names of the obstacles were different from the second tournament, the obstacles were still the same.
^2 TBS officially considers that they are two different obstacles as their two names "フリークライミング"(Free Climbing) and "�?登り"(Wall Climb) are separately shown on the screen in the Japanese version (Sasuke #1) and also in the Sasuke Mania Official Site. However, Ninja Warrior has referred to the Free Climbing/Wall Climb combination as the "Mountain Climb" in subtitles.
^3 This Hill Climb is completely different from the one that would later become the Warped Wall after the 4th competition.
^4 On Ninja Warrior, the "Prism See-Saw" is called the "Prism Tilt" in subtitles. But the Japanese announcer calls it the "Prism See-Saw."
^5 On Ninja Warrior, the "Cross Bridge" is called the "Bridge of Blades" in subtitles. But the Japanese announcer calls it the "Cross Bridge."
^6 Although referred to as the Jump Hang, the obstacle in the 13th competition consisted of many ropes hanging vertically, completely different from the rope net used in all other competitions. Some call it the "Rope Hang," but that name is erroneous.
^7 The Rope Ladder's name and obstacle symbol was not shown in Ninja Warrior's obstacle chart in the 18th due to lack of room for TV screening. However, in the 19th they had the Rope Ladder and NOT the Tarzan Rope. The Japanese announcer still calls the last two obstacles by their official names.
^8 As of the 22nd competition, G4 has referred to the Tarzan Rope/Rope Ladder combination as the "Final Climb".
^9 On Ninja Warrior, The X-Bridge is called the Bridge of Blades in subtitles just like the Cross Bridge.
^10 On Ninja Warrior, the "Tackle" is called the "Triple Tackle" in the UK English dub.
^11 On Ninja Warrior, the "TIE Fighter" is called the "Prop Slider" in the UK English dub due to not having the rights from the Star Wars franchise to use a name associated with a Star Wars character.
Those with enough skill to complete Stage One then take on an even more grueling set of obstacles in Stage Two. 283 competitors have reached the Second Stage. Like Stage One, the obstacles alter throughout the competitions, but all hold to the same principle: if the competitor makes a single mistake they fall into the water below. The obstacles determine the time limit, and it is usually between 50 and 100 seconds.
Unlike the First Stage, which has always required the competitors to hit a buzzer at the end of the course to stop the clock and pass the course, the Second Stage did not have a buzzer at its end until the 8th competition. Before then, the competitors simply walked through an open gate to stop the clock. From the 8th competition onward, the buzzer opens the gate. If the competitor breaks the gate open without hitting the button, they are disqualified. In addition, the course judges can hold the gates closed if a competitor committed a foul earlier in the Second Stage that would result in their disqualification, such as using the Chain Reaction gloves on the Spider Walk as "Mr. Sasuke" Katsumi Yamada had done in the 12th competition.
On average, 10 to 15 competitors attempt the Second Stage on each competition. A record 37 competitors attempted the Second Stage during the 4th competition. Also during the 4th competition, a record 11 competitors cleared the Second Stage. During the 5th competition, however, only three men made it to the Second Stage due to new, tougher obstacles in the First Stage. In the 19th competition, neither of the two qualified competitors cleared the circuit (a fall and a timeout on the Salmon Ladder), marking the earliest end of a Sasuke competition.
|Comp #||Second Stage obstacles||Time Limit|
|1||Spider Walk 10||+||Moving Walls 10||+||Spider Climb 10||Hammer Dodge 11||Conveyor Belt||Wall Lift||50 s|
|2||Spider Walk 10||+||Moving Walls 10||+||Spider Climb 10||Hammer Dodge 11||Conveyor Belt||Wall Lift||50 s|
|3||Spider Walk 10||+||Moving Walls 10||+||Spider Climb 10||Hammer Dodge 11||Conveyor Belt||Wall Lift||50 s|
|4||Spider Walk 10||+||Moving Walls 10||+||Spider Climb 10||Hammer Dodge 11||Conveyor Belt||Wall Lift||50 s|
|5||Tackle Machine||Spider Walk 12||Hammer Dodge 11||Conveyor Belt||Wall Lift||50 s|
|6||Narrow||Spider Walk 12||Maria Ozawa 11||Conveyor Belt||Wall Lift||50 s|
|7||Chain Reaction||Brick Climb||Spider Walk||Hammer Dodge 11||Conveyor Belt||Wall Lift||90 s|
|8||Chain Reaction||Brick Climb||Spider Walk||Hammer Dodge 11||Conveyor Belt||Wall Lift||100 s|
|9||Chain Reaction||Brick Climb||Spider Walk||Hammer Dodge 11||Conveyor Belt||Wall Lift||80 s|
|10||Chain Reaction||Brick Climb||Spider Walk||Balance Tank||Conveyor Belt||Wall Lift||85 s|
|11||Chain Reaction||Brick Climb||Spider Walk||Balance Tank||Conveyor Belt||Wall Lift||80 s|
|12||Chain Reaction||Brick Climb||Spider Walk||Balance Tank||Conveyor Belt||Wall Lift||70 s|
|13||Chain Reaction||Brick Climb||Spider Walk||Balance Tank||Conveyor Belt||Wall Lift||70 s|
|14||Chain Reaction||Brick Climb||Spider Walk||Balance Tank||Metal Spin||Wall Lift||67 s|
|15||Chain Reaction||Brick Climb||Spider Walk||Balance Tank||Metal Spin||Wall Lift||65 s|
|16||Chain Reaction||Brick Climb||Spider Walk||Delta Bridge||Metal Spin||Wall Lift||66 s|
|17||Chain Reaction||Brick Climb||Spider Walk||Balance Tank||Metal Spin||Wall Lift||65 s|
|18||Downhill Jump||Salmon Ladder||+||Stick Slider||Net Bridge||Metal Spin||Shoulder Walk||95 s|
|19||Downhill Jump||Salmon Ladder||+||Stick Slider||Skywalk||Metal Spin||Wall Lift||80 s|
|20||Downhill Jump||Salmon Ladder||+||Stick Slider||Swing Ladder||Metal Spin||Wall Lift||90 s|
|21||Downhill Jump||Salmon Ladder||+||Stick Slider||Swing Ladder||Metal Spin||Wall Lift||80 s|
|22||Downhill Jump||Salmon Ladder||+||Stick Slider||Swing Ladder||Metal Spin||Wall Lift||80 s|
|23||Downhill Jump||Salmon Ladder||+||Stick Slider||Unstable Bridge||Metal Spin||Wall Lift||70 s|
|24||Downhill Jump||Salmon Ladder||+||Unstable Bridge||Balance Tank||Metal Spin||Wall Lift||85 s|
|25||Slider Drop||Double Salmon Ladder||+||Unstable Bridge||Balance Tank||Metal Spin||Wall Lift||95 s|
|26||Slider Drop||Double Salmon Ladder||+||Unstable Bridge||Balance Tank||Metal Spin||Wall Lift||95 s|
|27||Slider Drop||Double Salmon Ladder||+||Unstable Bridge||Balance Tank||Metal Spin||Wall Lift||90 s|
|28||Cross Slider||Swap Salmon Ladder||+||Unstable Bridge 13||Spider Walk||Backstream||Passing Wall||135 s|
|29||Cross Slider||Swap Salmon Ladder||+||Unstable Bridge 13||Spider Walk||Backstream||Passing Wall||90 s|
|30||Cross Slider||Swap Salmon Ladder||+||Unstable Bridge 13||Spider Walk||Backstream||Wall Lift||110 s|
|31||Cross Slider||Salmon Ladder Nobori||+||Salmon Ladder Kudari||Spider Walk||Backstream||Wall Lift||100 s|
|32||Cross Slider||Salmon Ladder Nobori||+||Salmon Ladder Kudari||Spider Walk||Backstream||Conveyor Belt||Wall Lift||115 s|
|33||Ring Slider||Salmon Ladder Nobori||+||Salmon Ladder Kudari||Spider Walk||Backstream||Conveyor Belt||Wall Lift||110 s|
|34||Ring Slider||Salmon Ladder Nobori||+||Salmon Ladder Kudari||Spider Walk||Backstream||Conveyor Belt||Wall Lift||110 s|
|35||Ring Slider||Salmon Ladder Nobori||+||Salmon Ladder Kudari||Spider Walk||Backstream||Conveyor Belt||Wall Lift||110 s|
+ — This obstacle is an immediate successor to the previous obstacle, without any way to recuperate between them.
^10 The Moving Walls and Spider Climb are actually included in the Spider Walk, but TBS officially considers that they are three different areas as their three names "スパイダーウォーク" (Spider Walk), "動�??�?" (Moving Walls) and "スパイダークライム" (Spider Climb) are separately shown on the screen in the Japanese version (Sasuke #1) and also in the Sasuke Mania Official Site. Ninja Warrior just sees them as a single obstacle and calls it "Spider Walk".
^11 The onscreen Japanese graphics "五連�?ンマー" reveal this obstacle's real name as "Five Continuous Hammers". On Ninja Warrior, this obstacle is referred to as the Hammer Dodge.
^12 In those competitions there are two "Moving Walls" in the Spider Walk, but TBS does not officially call them independent obstacles, and just considered the whole Spider Walk as one obstacle only.
^13 After the 27th tournament, there was one bridge (with four chains) instead of two.
The Third Stage has no time limit, allowing contestants to go at their own pace. Contestants are allowed a few seconds of rest between obstacles during which they can apply "sticky spray" to improve their grip. While the first two stages focus on speed and agility, this course almost exclusively tests one's upper body strength and stamina.
Out of 3,000 total competitors and 283 Second Stage competitors, 139 have attempted the Third Stage. The Third Stage is so grueling that, on average, someone passes it only every other competition. Only 22 individuals have ever passed it, and only six have passed it more than once, namely Akira Omori, Shingo Yamamoto, Makoto Nagano, Yuuji Urushihara, Ryo Matachi, and Yusuke Morimoto.
|Comp #||Third Stage obstacles|
|1||Pillar Path 15||Propeller Bars||Pincushion 16|
|2||Pillar Path 15||Propeller Bars||Chain Swing 17||Pipe Slider|
|3||Super Vault 18||Propeller Bars||Chain Swing 17||Pipe Slider|
|4||Super Vault 18||Propeller Bars||Arm Bike||Cliffhanger||Pipe Slider|
|5||Propeller Bars||Body Prop||Arm Bike||Cliffhanger||Pipe Slider|
|6||Propeller Bars||Body Prop||Arm Bike||Cliffhanger||Pipe Slider|
|7||Propeller Bars||Body Prop||Arm Bike||Cliffhanger||Pipe Slider|
|8||Propeller Bars||Body Prop||Arm Bike||Cliffhanger||Pipe Slider|
|9||Rumbling Dice||Body Prop||Globe Grasp 21||Cliffhanger||Pipe Slider|
|10||Rumbling Dice||Body Prop||Globe Grasp 21||Cliffhanger||Pipe Slider|
|11||Rumbling Dice||Body Prop||Globe Grasp 21||Cliffhanger||Pipe Slider|
|12||Rumbling Dice||Body Prop||Globe Grasp 21||Cliffhanger||Pipe Slider|
|13||Rumbling Dice||Body Prop||Curtain Cling||Cliffhanger||Pipe Slider|
|14||Rumbling Dice||Body Prop||Curtain Cling||Cliffhanger||Jumping Bars||+||Climbing Bars 19||Devil's Swing||+||Pipe Slider|
|15||Rumbling Dice||Body Prop||Curtain Cling||Cliffhanger||Jumping Bars||+||Climbing Bars 19||Devil's Swing||+||Pipe Slider|
|16||Arm Ring||Body Prop||Curtain Cling||Cliffhanger||Jumping Bars||+||Climbing Bars 19||Devil's Swing||+||Pipe Slider|
|17||Arm Ring||Body Prop||Curtain Cling||Cliffhanger||Jumping Bars||+||Climbing Bars 19||Devil's Swing||+||Pipe Slider|
|18||Arm Ring||+||Arm Bike||Curtain Swing||Shin-Cliffhanger||Jumping Bars||+||Climbing Bars 19||+||Spider Flip||Final Ring|
|19||Arm Ring||Globe Grasp22||Devil Steps||Shin-Cliffhanger||Jumping Bars||+||Sending Climber||+||Spider Flip||Final Ring|
|20||Arm Rings||Globe Grasp 22||Devil Steps||Shin-Cliffhanger||Jumping Bars||+||
|+||Spider Flip||Final Ring|
|21||Arm Rings||Globe Grasp 22||Devil Steps||Shin-Cliffhanger||Jumping Bars||+||Ascending Climb 20||+||Spider Flip||Gliding Ring|
|22||Arm Rings||Globe Grasp 22||Devil Steps||Shin-Cliffhanger||Jumping Bars||+||Ascending Climb 20||+||Spider Flip||Gliding Ring|
|23||Arm Rings||Globe Grasp 22||Devil Steps||Shin-Cliffhanger||Jumping Bars||+||Ascending Climb 20||+||Spider Flip||Gliding Ring|
|24||Arm Rings||Rope Junction||Devil Steps||Shin-Cliffhanger||Jumping Bars||+||Ascending Climb 20||+||Spider Flip||Gliding Ring|
|25||Roulette Cylinder||+||Door Knob Grasper||Floating Boards||Ultimate Cliffhanger||Swing Circle||+||Bungee Rope Climb||Flying Bar|
|26||Roulette Cylinder||+||Door Knob Grasper||Cycle Road||Ultimate Cliffhanger||Swing Circle||+||Bungee Rope Climb||Flying Bar|
|27||Arm Bike||Flying Bar||Ultimate Cliffhanger||Jumping Rings||+||Chain See-Saw||+||Bungee Rope Climb||Bar Glider|
|28||Rumbling Dice||Iron Paddler||Crazy Cliffhanger||Curtain Cling||Vertical Limit||Pipe Slider|
|29||Rumbling Dice||Iron Paddler||Crazy Cliffhanger||Curtain Cling||Vertical Limit||Pipe Slider|
|30||Rumbling Dice||Iron Paddler||Drum Hopper||Crazy Cliffhanger||Vertical Limit||Pipe Slider|
|31||Drum Hopper||Iron Paddler||Sidewinder R||Crazy Cliffhanger||Vertical Limit Kai||Pipe Slider|
|32||Drum Hopper Kai||Flying Bar||Sidewinder R Kai||Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger||+||Vertical Limit Kai 23||Pipe Slider|
|33||Drum Hopper Kai||Flying Bar||+||Sidewinder Kai||Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger||+||Vertical Limit Kai 23||+||Pipe Slider|
|34||Drum Hopper Kai||Flying Bar||+||Sidewinder Kai||Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger||+||Vertical Limit Kai 23||Pipe Slider|
|35||Flying Bar||+||Sidewinder Kai||Planet Bridge||Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger||Vertical Limit Kai 23||Pipe Slider|
+ — This obstacle is an immediate successor to the previous obstacle, without any way to recuperate between them.
^15 On Ninja Warrior, the "Pole Bridge" is called the "Pillar Path" in subtitles. But the English version and the Japanese announcer call them the "Pole Bridge."
^16 The onscreen Japanese graphics (�?山) reveal this obstacle's real name as "Pincushion"; on Ninja Warrior, it's called "Eye of the Needle."
^17 The onscreen Japanese graphics (�?ングムーブ) reveal this obstacle's real name as "Hang Move"; on Ninja Warrior, it's called "Chain Swing".
^18 Ninja Warrior calls the "Pole Jump" the "Super Vault."
^19 On Ninja Warrior, the "Climbing Bars" are called the "Bridge of Destiny" in subtitles. But the English version and the Japanese announcer call them the "Climbing Bars," one of the many gairaigo (words borrowed from English) used to describe Sasuke obstacles.
^20 In the 19th and 20th this obstacle was the Sending Climber, but in the 21st they changed the obstacle and the name to Hang Climbing. G4 calls it Ascending Climb.
^21 On Ninja Warrior, the "Lamp Grasper" is called the "Globe Grasp" in subtitles. But the Japanese announcer calls it the "Lamp Grasper."
^22 The Kudari Lamp Grasper is also called the Descending Lamp Grasper. G4 continues to call it the "Globe Grasp."
^23 The Vertical Limit Kai was modified to have three separate sections instead of two.
To date, the Final Stage has known six forms. Each of these share a single, common goal: to scale the tower and reach the button at the top before time expires. If the competitor does not reach the top platform in time, the rope is cut and the competitor falls (they are caught by a safety line). Starting from the 18th competition, the rope is no longer cut. Reaching the top is referred to as kanzenseiha (完全制覇), translated roughly as "complete domination", and rendered on Ninja Warrior as "total victory". The Final Stage's time limit is between 30 and 45 seconds.
Of all the competitors to attempt to claim victory, only 24 have been admitted to the Final Stage, and only six of them have gotten there more than once (Akira Omori in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd competitions, Shingo Yamamoto in the 3rd and 7th, Makoto Nagano in the 11th, 12th, 13th, his victory in the 17th competition and in the 23rd competition, Yuuji Urushihara in the 22nd and his victories in the 24th competition and 27th, Ryo Matachi in the 27th competition and 30th, Yusuke Morimoto's victory in the 31st competition and in the 35th competition). Currently there are only four victors: Kazuhiko Akiyama defeated Sasuke in the 4th competition, Makoto Nagano in the 17th, Yuuji Urushihara in the 24th and in the 27th, and Yusuke Morimoto in the 31st.
The original Final Stage consisted of climbing a 15 meter (49 ft) rope. The contestant must start climbing from a seated position.
The second version of the Final Stage was unveiled in the 7th competition, when Shingo Yamamoto became the first to attempt it. The height of the tower was increased to 22.5 metres (74 ft). It consists of a 12.5 metres (41 ft) Spider Climb followed by a 10 metres (33 ft) Rope Climb. After 15 seconds, the walls of the Spider Climb spread apart. This ensnared Yordan Yovtchev during the 8th competition, when he failed to complete the Spider Climb before it began spreading, and fell off the tower.
The third version of the Final Stage was revealed in the 22nd competition, when Yuuji Urushihara was the first to try it. The height of the tower remained mostly the same as the second version of the Final Stage, but two new obstacles were used: a 13-metre (43 ft) "Heavenly Ladder" and a 10-metre (33 ft) "G Rope." The time limit was increased to 45 seconds, then reduced to 40 seconds in the 23rd competition. Competitors are not dropped due to the Heavenly Ladder being in the way.
The fourth version of the Final Stage was revealed in the 27th competition, when Ryo Matachi was the first to attempt it. The height of the tower was reduced to 20 meters and consisted of a 20 meter (66 ft) Rope Climb similar to the first version of the Final Stage, but with a 5 meter height difference. The time limit stayed at 40 seconds. Unlike the first version of the Final Stage, competitors started at a standing position instead of a seated position.
The fifth version of the Final Stage was briefly seen in Stage 3 and in a trailer of Sasuke Rising. Its design was similar to that of the fourth version of the Final Stage consisting of a Rope Climb. Unlike its predecessor, this version is 4 m taller, and the competitors would have likely climbed up the rope in a seated position. The time limit would have likely been 35 seconds, as Urushihara may have cleared this particular version with one second left. It was used for only one tournament.
For the sixth version, with the removal of the previous version of the Final Stage, it was not unusual to see a change similar to that of the 18–24 version from the Metal Ladder to the Heavenly Ladder. The previous Final Stage consisting of a Rope Climb was thrown out all together and the return of the 7–17 Final Stage took its place. The Spider Walls seem to take up less space this time, and the Rope Climb appears to take up more. Nevertheless, the height of the tower has once again increased, this time to 24 m. The Spider Climb (スパイダークライム) appears to be the same as its predecessor, at 12.5 m, while the Rope Climb (綱登り) was slightly modified in length at 11.5 m from that of its original predecessor, at 10 m. The time limit is likely to stay the same at 30 seconds, though a 35 second Final Stage is not out of the question.
The prize for completing the Final Stage was ¥2,000,000 (about US$17830.08). The prize has now increased to ¥4,000,000 (about US$35660.16) since the completion of the 17th tournament. In the 24th tournament a Nissan Fuga was also a prize if anyone could complete the Final Stage.
Typically, only one or two people make it to the Final Stage, if any make it at all. However, both the 3rd and 24th competitions saw a record five competitors attempt the Final Stage. After the 4th competition, though, the Final Stage was only achieved on average every other tournament.
|Comp #||Final Stage obstacles||Total height||Time limit|
|1–4||15 m Rope Climb 25 [15 m]||15 metres (49 ft)||30 s|
|5–17||Spider Climb 24 [12.5 m] (Final Stage Version)||Final Rope [10 m]||22.5 metres (74 ft)||30 s|
|18–22||Heavenly Ladder [13 m]||G Rope [10 m]||23 metres (75 ft)||45 s|
|25–27||20 m Rope Climb 24 [20 m]||20 metres (66 ft)||40 s|
|28||23 m Rope Climb 24 [23 m]||23 metres (75 ft)||35 s|
|29–31||Spider Climb [12 m]||Rope Climb [12 m]||24 metres (79 ft)||30 s|
|32–?||Spider Climb [8 m]||Salmon Ladder [7 m]||Rope Climb [10 m]||25 metres (82 ft)||45 s|
^24 According to the Sasuke Mania Official Site, the official Japanese names for the ropes in 1st–4th, 5th–17th, and 25th–27th are "15m綱登り", "10m綱登り" and "20m綱登り" respectively, in which "綱登り" means "Rope Climb". Ninja Warrior just calls them "Rope Climb", without the length of the ropes.
^25 If the "Spider Climb" is not completed in fifteen seconds, the walls start to slide back, making it harder to traverse, and finally impossible if not completed soon after.
Below is an incomplete list of the international versions with their own Sasuke/Ninja Warrior courses, excluding the original Japanese version and its rebroadcast in other countries.
- Currently airing
- An upcoming season/version
- Status unknown
- No longer airing
|Australia||Australian Ninja Warrior||Rebecca Maddern
|Nine Network||9 July 2017|
|Austria||Ninja Warrior Austria||Dori Bauer
|Puls 4||24 October 2017|
|Bahrain||Ninja Warrior Bahrain||2015|
Sasuke China: X Warrior
|Jiangsu TV||9 June 2015|
|Denmark||Danmarks Ninja Warrior||Pelle Hvenegaard
|Kanal 5||7 September 2015|
Ninja Warrior bel-arabi
|ON E||March 2017|
|France||Ninja Warrior: Le Parcours des héros||Denis Brogniart (Season 1–)
Christophe Beaugrand (Season 1–)
Iris Mittenaere (Season 3)
Sandrine Quétier (Season 1–2)
|TF1||8 July 2016|
|Germany||Ninja Warrior Germany||Laura Wontorra
|RTL||9 July 2016|
|Hungary||Ninja Warrior Hungary||Péter Majoros
|TV2||16 October 2017|
|Indonesia||Sasuke Ninja Warrior Indonesia||Fadi Iskandar (Season 1–)
Pica Priscilla (Season 1)
Sere Kalina (Season 2)
Daniel Mananta (international competition)
|RCTI||20 December 2015|
|Keshet 12||25 July 2018|
|Italy||Ninja Warrior Italia||Federico Russo
Carolina Di Domenico
|NOVE||17 October 2016|
|Netherlands||Ninja Warrior NL||Kim-Lian
Dennis van der Geest
Jack van Gelder
|SBS 6||9 March 2017|
|Romania||Ninja Warrior Romania||Raluca Aprodu
|Pro TV||9 September 2018|
|Russia||Русский ниндзя||Yevgeny Savin
|Channel One Russia||26 November 2017|
|Singapore||Sasuke Singapore||Mike Kasem
|Mediacorp Channel 5||9 August 2012 , 26 September 2018|
|Spain||Ninja Warrior España||Arturo Valls (Season 1–)
Manolo Lama (Season 1–)
Patricia Montero (Season 2–)
Pilar Rubio (Season 1)
|Antena 3||9 June 2017|
|Sweden||Ninja Warrior||Adam Alsing
|Kanal 5||29 January 2015|
|Switzerland||Ninja Warrior Switzerland||Nina Havel
|TV24||16 October 2018|
|Turkey||Ninja Warrior Türkiye||Hanzade Ofluoğlu
|TV8||17 September 2014|
|United Kingdom||Ninja Warrior UK||Ben Shephard
|ITV||11 April 2015|
|United States||American Ninja Warrior||Blair Herter (Season 1)
Alison Haislip (Season 1–3)
Matt Iseman (Season 2–)
Jimmy Smith (Season 2–3)
Jonny Moseley (Season 4)
Angela Sun (Season 4)
Akbar Gbaja-Biamila (Season 5–)
Jenn Brown (Season 5–6)
Kristine Leahy (Season 7–)
Esquire Network (2014–2016)
USA Network (2017–present)
|12 December 2009|
|American Ninja Warrior: Ninja Vs. Ninja
(formerly Team Ninja Warrior) (Spin-off format)
Kacy Catanzaro (College Madness)
|USA Network||19 January 2016|
|American Ninja Warrior Junior (Spin-off format)||Matt Iseman
|Universal Kids||13 October 2018|
|Vietnam||Sasuke Việt Nam: Không Giới Hạn||Nguyên Khang
Diệp Lâm Anh
|VTV3||18 June 2015|
Mt. Midoriyama conquerors
These winners are not including the "kanzenseiha" (Total Victory) winners from the original Japanese version, or under any other varied rules (including Team Ninja Warrior in Denmark and the United States).
|United States||Geoff Britten||14 September 2015|
|Vietnam||David Campbell||29 September 2016|
|Nguyễn Phước Huynh|
|Lê Văn Thực|
The program previously aired on G4 in the United States under the name Ninja Warrior. Each episode now lasts thirty minutes and it also includes some minor changes in the on-screen graphics. Throughout the episode, there's the "Ninja Killer" (for the obstacle that took out the most competitors) and "Warrior Wipeout" (honors the best wipeout) segments. The Japanese play-by-play commentary and interviews with the competitors have English subtitles, while the competitor profiles, replays, and introductions were dubbed by voice actor Dave Wittenberg.
The show became the highest rated program on the network since its debut. Aside from a few sporadic occurrences, reruns of Ninja Warrior stopped airing regularly sometime in December 2012 in wake of G4 slated to be rebranded as the Esquire Network on September 23, 2013. The last four episodes to air on G4 appeared as a two-hour block on April 10, 2013. It is unknown if Ninja Warrior would return to the network's schedule or if some other channel would acquire the series. Commercials on G4 show American Ninja Warrior to air on G4 in July, marking it the last program being advertised on the network as a G4 program, and not an Esquire channel presentation.
As of August 3, 2016, an article released by USA Today says that "Esquire has obtained rights to 27 Ninja Warrior tournaments...along with all eight Kunoichi spinoff contests that feature only women contestants." and that they "...will return as a 63 hour Labor Day weekend marathon (Sept. 3, 7 a.m. ET/PT) in Japanese, with English subtitles." Whether this is referring to the original broadcasts or the G4 broadcasts is unknown right now due to little notice, but it seems to lean toward the G4 broadcasts. They also stated that "Additional newer tournaments of the series, never seen in the U.S., will debut next year."
American Ninja Warrior
The popularity of the American Ninja Challenge has led G4 to produce a version of the series featuring American contestants called American Ninja Warrior, which is produced by Pilgrim Films and Television, Inc and is currently hosted by Akbar Gbaja-Biamila and Matt Iseman. Auditions on G4's website ended on August 18, 2009. Open tryouts were held in Los Angeles on August 29 and 30, 2009, and were taped for the show, with ten finalists competing on the 23rd tournament of the original Ninja Warrior course in Japan in September 2009. The eight-episode series began airing on December 12, 2009.
The qualifying round consists of over 300 competitors, running an obstacle course strongly influenced by Sasuke's First Stage. The course consists of the Quintuple Step, a Rope Swing, the Jumping Spider, a modified version of the Pipe Slider, and a much smaller Warped Wall. The preliminaries used a leader board, and the 30 fastest times moved on to the semi-finals, which included the preliminary course plus three obstacles, the Tarzan Jump, the Jumping Bars, and a Net Climb.
American Ninja Warrior aired only the American finalists during the Sasuke obstacle course. The Japanese competitors were later aired on April 10, 2010.
A second season was cast on G4's website as of April 10, 2010 and aired in hour long specials starting December 8, 2010. The top 10 contestants would participate in Sasuke 26. Three episodes were run for the first two weeks. The first three episodes covered the opening round of the competition; the fourth covered the semifinals. This was followed by four days of a "boot camp" where the fifteen winners of the semifinals were divided into three five-man teams and put through several different Pressure Challenges, with the losing team having to complete a punishment while the other two teams got extra training time on models of some of the Sasuke obstacles (The Warped Wall, Double Salmon Ladder, Balance Tank, and Circle Slider). The teams would then run through a grouping of the obstacles with some sort of hindrance (usually carrying something heavy between obstacles). The teams with the worst time would be forced to send two members to an elimination challenge, with the losing person forced to leave.
After boot camp, the ten final winners traveled to the Sasuke course to compete. Once again, only the American competitors were aired during the special, with the rest of the Sasuke competition to air later. The most successful of the American competitors in the past, Levi Meeuwenberg, withdrew from the competition due to a fractured wrist, giving his spot to Adam LaPlante. Five members failed in the First Stage: Patrick Cusic and former American Gladiators champion and gladiator Evan "Rocket" Dollard both fell from the new Rolling Escargot obstacle, LaPlante fell on the Halfpipe Attack and Adam Truesdell fell from the Giant Swing, a new variation of the Jump Hang, the only one out of all 100 competitors to do so in the whole tournament. In addition, veteran Shane Daniels once again timed out on the Cargo Net. In the Second Stage, four of the remaining five cleared, while Travis Furlanic fell on the Balance Tank, an obstacle he struggled on during boot camp. In the Third Stage, Paul Kasemir failed the Doorknob Grasper. Brent Steffensen made it to the Ultimate Cliffhanger before falling into the water. David Campbell, despite having the fastest times of all the competitors to compete (finishing the Second Stage with over 24 seconds left) failed at the Ultimate Cliffhanger as well. Brian Orosco fell at the very first obstacle, the Roulette Cylinder, which he had passed easily in the previous competition. While the $250,000 prize went unclaimed, Sasuke 26 was the start of a successful showing by a collection of American competitors.
The third season of American Ninja Warrior debuted on July 31 on G4, again with 300 competitors at the tryouts in Venice Beach. While many top competitors were absent including Levi Meeuwenberg, Rich King and Luci Romberg, a talented crop of new competitors took their place including Denver Broncos wide receiver Matt Willis, who finished the course but did not qualify for boot camp. Other notable competitors who failed to advance to boot camp included two-time Sasuke veteran Shane Daniels, season two veterans Evan "Rocket" Dollard, Adam Truesdell, Adam LaPlante and Patrick Cusic, top first round qualifiers from the previous season Trevor Vaughn and David Money, and former world freerunning champion Tim Shieff. In addition, professional freerunner and Survivor: China competitor Michael "Frosti" Zernow ranked in the top fifteen and was invited to boot camp, but injured himself and was replaced with fellow Jump City: Seattle competitor Jake Smith. Other competitors from Jump City who advanced to boot camp also included Brian Orasco, Drew Dreschel and David "Young Flip" Rodriguez. The level of competition in boot camp was noticeably higher in the third season, as competitors were only given one attempt at each obstacle in challenges, leading to a large increase in time penalties. Promising competitors Dustin Rocho, Brandon Douglass, Alan Connealy, second-seeded qualifier Chris Wilczewski and five-time Sasuke veteran Brian Orosco all saw their Sasuke dreams come to an end at boot camp.
Of the ten who advanced to Sasuke, nine easily cleared the First Stage. The only exception was Dreschel, who injured his knee landing on the Halfpipe Attack, and despite a valiant attempt at the Warped Wall, was unable to put any weight on his leg and stated on his Facebook that he will not be available for Sasuke 28. The high hopes of the remaining nine took a major hit in the Second Stage, as five more were eliminated including Rodriguez on the Slider Drop, Smith on the Double Salmon Ladder, and newcomer Travis Rosen and veterans Travis Furlanic and Brent Steffensen on the Metal Spin. The remaining four competitors made it to the Third Stage only to be outdone by the Ultimate Cliffhanger. Ryan Stratis failed to make the fourth ledge while James McGrath and fan favorite Paul Kasemir failed the transition to the fifth ledge. The last competitor, David Campbell almost made it through the entire obstacle but on the final ledge his grip gave out. Even though no one earned a $500,000 K-Swiss Endorsement Deal, the competitors at Sasuke 27 were by far the strongest group of Americans to date. The final episode of the third season aired on NBC on August 29, 2011 as a two-hour special in prime-time.
A fourth season of the program began airing on May 20, 2012 and the show aired on both G4 and NBC for the Regionals and the Championship with the grand prize of $500,000 and the coveted American Ninja Warrior title. The entire format was changed as well – regional qualifiers in different parts of the country were aired and the Mt. Midoriyama course was recreated just off the Las Vegas Strip for the national finals. The regional qualifiers would narrow its selections down to 30 contestants who finished its qualifying course in the fastest time as well as the contestants who finished the furthest the fastest. Qualifying obstacles would include common Stage 1 obstacles such as the Quintuple Steps and the Warped Wall, but its contents would change from city to city. The 30 contestants were then cut in half in the regional finals where the course would extend to include common Stage 2 and Stage 3 obstacles such as the Salmon Ladder, Cliffhanger and Body Prop. The 90 contestants who qualified (including wild cards) earned tickets to Las Vegas to challenge Mt. Midoriyama.
The show returned for its fifth season on July 1, 2013 in the same format. This season, if a contestant were to finish the course, that player would be guaranteed a spot in the next round. The show returned once again for its sixth season on May 25, 2014 on both NBC and Esquire Network with the same rules as in previous seasons. NBC has renewed the show for its seventh season in 2015 with the grand prize now doubled to $1,000,000. So far, it has produced, among other things, the endorsement of Makoto Nagano, the first American to complete the Ultimate Cliffhanger (Brent Steffensen in 2012), the first woman to complete the Salmon Ladder (Kacy Catanzaro in 2014), the first woman to complete the Jumping Spider (Meagan Martin, also in 2014), the first two Americans to achieve Total Victory (Isaac Caldiero and Geoff Britten on the same night in 2015) and the first female to complete Stage 1 of Mt. Midoriyama in Las Vegas (Jessie Graff in 2016, who also became the first female to complete Stage 2 of the original Mt. Midoriyama in 2017 during Sasuke 34.) The network has renewed the show once again for its eighth season in 2016 with new qualifying cities including Los Angeles and Oklahoma City. The network has renewed the show for its ninth season in 2017 with three new cities: San Antonio, Daytona Beach, and Cleveland. The tenth season of the show began airing on May 30, 2018 with returning cities and a $10,000 bonus for finishing the Mega Warped Wall.
USA vs Japan
In 2014, the first Sasuke-based team competition was started, pitting five Sasuke All-Stars and New Stars representing Japan against five American Ninja Warrior stars representing the United States in what was dubbed by some as the inaugural Sasuke/Ninja Warrior world championship. The first meeting took place at the Mt. Midoriyama reconstruction in Las Vegas and was first broadcast in America on January 13, 2014 on NBC, with a second meeting already scheduled for the original Mt. Midoriyama in Aoba-ku in 2015.
At the first match in Las Vegas, Team Japan was composed of Shingo Yamamoto, Yuuji Urushihara, Ryo Matachi, Hitoshi Kanno and Kazuma Asa from Sasuke, while Team USA was composed of Brent Steffensen, Paul Kasemir, James McGrath, Travis Rosen and Brian Arnold from American Ninja Warrior. The match was composed of four rounds – one on each stage, with each round being a best-of-five of one-on-one races and each competitor running once per stage until the stage outcome was decided. Stage 1 was worth one point, Stage 2 worth two points and Stage 3 worth three, with the tiebreaker being the Final Stage tower. Despite the Japanese boasting superior experience and pedigrees (no Team USA member had completed Stage 3, either in Yokohama or Las Vegas), the Americans pulled off a stunning 6–0 win that included only one Japanese one-on-one race win (Matachi against Arnold on Stage 3.)
American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja
With the success of American Ninja Warrior, Esquire Network announced a spin-off to the series called Team Ninja Warrior on October 9, 2015. The spin-off consists of 24 teams of three members featuring past and current ANW contestants from the first seven seasons. The series began airing on January 19, 2016 and is hosted by Akbar Gbaja-Biamila and Matt Iseman with sideline reporter Alex Curry.
College Madness features college teams in a five-week competition. The second season began airing on November 22, 2016 with Iseman and Biama as hosts and ANW season six contestant Kacy Catanzaro as the sideline reporter.
USA renewed the show for its second full season.
In 2018 the network renamed the show to American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja with Iseman, Biama, and Curry as hosts and new teams for its third season.
The American-edited Ninja Warrior episodes are broadcast in the United Kingdom on Challenge. The show has been re-edited to remove the subtitles from the footage of the competitors taking part in the stages, but retain them for contestant interviews. The "Ninja Killer" and "Warrior Wipeout" sections remain, but there is only one advertisement break halfway through the show.
The show was voiced-over by Stuart Hall for its first three series, aired between 2007 and 2008. In the fourth UK series, aired in 2011, Jim North took over as the voice-over. Challenge has now removed Hall's commentary from the first three series, following his imprisonment in June 2013, and re-dubbed them with new commentary by North. As of July 2012, all American edited episodes, covering all tournaments up to Sasuke 27, had aired in the UK. A new run of edited episodes airing in March 2016 was produced in the UK for Challenge, covering the Sasuke Rising tournaments, once again voiced by North. Another run of brand new edited episodes airing in June 2018 was again produced in the UK for Challenge, covering Sasuke tournaments 31–34, also voiced by North.
Ninja Warrior UK
It was announced on 22 December 2014 that a UK remake of the format, similar to that of the American version, would be aired on ITV in 2015. The first series began on 11 April 2015. It is produced by ITV Studios subsidiary company, Potato and hosted by Ben Shephard, Rochelle Humes and Chris Kamara.
American Ninja Warrior and Swedish Ninja Warrior are broadcast in Australia on SBS Two. The play-by-play commentary and interviews with participants are subtitled in English, while the introduction, player profiles, and replays have been dubbed by a voice actor.
Australian Ninja Warrior
On 19 June 2016, Nine Network announced they are creating Australian Ninja Warrior, an Australian version of the show which will be produced by Endemol Shine and hosted by Rebecca Maddern, Ben Fordham and Freddie Flintoff.
An unlicensed Chinese edition, 极限勇士 (Sasuke China: X Warrior), started on June 9, 2015 on Jiangsu TV. While the show contains courses directly based on American Ninja Warrior 6 and follows a similar structure, the version is unofficial and not directly related to Sasuke. The Chinese edition contains four international competitions, the Chinese team playing head-to-head matches against contestants from Netherlands, United Kingdom, Singapore and the notable contestants from American Ninja Warrior.
The program is broadcast in Colombia on Canal Uno on Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 PM, and a version of American Ninja Warrior (as Guerrero Ninja Americano) is broadcast on Canal RCN on Saturday and Sunday at 4:00 PM.
The program is broadcast in the Czech Republic on Prima Cool as Ninja faktor (Ninja Factor). Episodes are 50 minutes long and split in two parts.
The program was aired in Estonia as Ninjasõdalane (Ninja Warrior) on the TV6 channel every Saturday and Sunday at 19:00 pm to 20.00 pm. Running time was 30 minutes per episode.
In 2016, the inaugural season of Ninja Warrior France aired, on TF1, with Midoriyama located in Cannes. The show is titled Ninja Warrior — Le Parcours des Heros.[NB 1] The obstacle course itself is called Le Chemin des Héros.
The Ninja Warrior version of the program is broadcast in Italy on GXT or on GXT +1. The Italian version includes "Ninja Killer" and "Warrior Wipeout". In October 2016, Italy produced a local version Ninja Warrior Italia transmitted on NOVE and presented by Federico Russo, Carolina Di Domenico, Massimiliano Rosilino and Gabriele Corsi.
The program is broadcast in Latvia on LNT every day from Tuesday to Friday at 13:00 local time (UTC+3 – summer time). Every day on LMK at 20.00 o'clock.
Kovotojas Nindzė on TV6.
In 2011, Malaysia did a qualifier for Sasuke 27, which Farid Isham won. In 2014, Malaysia organized the Sasuke ASEAN Open Cup, a tournament held in Malaysia as a competition of different countries going head to head. Team USA was represented by David Campbell, Brian Kretsch, Ryan Stratis, Mike Bernardo, and Drew Drechsel and won gold. Team Japan was represented by Shingo Yamamoto, Yusuke Morimoto, Kazuma Asa, Hitoshi Kanno, and Kenji Takahashi and won silver. Team Malaysia won bronze with their team captain being Farid Isham. There were three stages and the tournament went for two days. Also, Drew Drechsel got first place in all three stages, giving him a spot in Sasuke 30.
The program is broadcast in Russia on Sony Turbo as Путь ниндзя (Way of the Ninja) daily at 16:10.
The program can be seen in Serbia as Nindža Ratnici (Ninja Warriors) every day from Monday until Friday at 19:00 (UTC+1) on B92 (from 13 August 2012), narrated by Igor Brakus and Vladimir Đorđević. The program was previously seen on Fox TV (now Prva TV), narrated by Ivan Tešanović and Miljan Milićević.
The program broadcast in Singapore is the non-edited version of Ninja Warrior, with the exception of the subtitles being white instead of yellow. The program will be broadcast on MediaCorp Channel 5 every Wednesday at 20:00 (UTC + 8) and screened two episodes back to back. It was later moved to Thursday at 20:30 (UTC + 8), airing one episode. The show's run ended with the 17th competition of the Sasuke series.
The show returned on December 23, 2009, airing Wednesdays at 20:00, showing at various times two episodes, three episodes, or a single episode. The show's run ended with the 24th run.
Singapore has its own edition of Sasuke, which aired on August 9, 2012 at 8:10 pm, after the National Day Parade. It started airing August 15, 2012, and has its own winner going to Japan to take on the Sasuke course.
Season 1 was won by 22-year-old SAF's Naval Officer, Isaiah How Jia Jie. He placed 9th in the First Stage but managed to beat 21-year-old NUS student, Jenson Ngoh by 0.1 seconds in the season's 20 meter Rope Climb in the Second Stage to win.
Season 2 began with a new twist in its first episode: five Singaporean contenders competed with five Malaysians contenders; whichever country scored the first three points would win. Eventually Team Singapore beat Team Malaysia with a score of 3–2. For the competition, a 26-year-old gymnastics trainer edged out the other 12 contenders for the season with the time of 23.9 seconds, just 2.4 seconds shy of beating Isaiah How. He accompanied Isaiah to Japan in supporting him. However, in a twist of events, the production crew brought good luck to Alan Zhang in allowing him to participate.
The series concluded in its 13th and final episode with Isaiah How and Alan Zhang conquering the obstacle course at Mount Midoriyama, Japan. Both crashed out in the fourth obstacle (Jump Hang Kai) and third obstacle (Spinning Bridge) in the 1st Stage, respectively.
The program can be seen in Poland as Wojownicy Ninja (Ninja Warriors) on MTV.
The program is broadcast in the Slovak Republic on JOJ Plus as Ninja faktor (Ninja Factor).
The program broadcast in South Africa is the Sony MAX CHANNEL version of Ninja Warrior, with the "Ninja Killer" and "Warrior Wipeout" sections.
The program is broadcast in Thailand on Modernine TV as Ninja Warrior on Tuesday 8:35 PM.
The Vietnamese version, Sasuke Việt Nam: Không Giới Hạn (Sasuke Vietnam: Unlimited), started airing season 1 on VTV3 in 2015.
Sasuke Vietnam Season 1 began airing on June 18, 2015. Stage 1 was a split course that shared the first two obstacles (Long Jump, Log Grip), but then split into Stage 1A and Stage 1B. The obstacles on each side were different, and the top 20 fastest times on each side advanced to Stage 2. In Stage 2, common Sasuke obstacles (Salmon Ladder, double Warped Wall) appeared, and competitors had 100 seconds to clear this stage. Only eight competitors made it to Stage 3, which featured typical Stage 3 obstacles: Pole Maze, Spinning Bridge, Rumbling Dice, Spider Flip, Cliffhanger, and Pipe Slider. All competitors failed on Stage 3, with Le Van Thuc making it the furthest (failed dismounting onto the platform from the Pipe Slider).
Sasuke Vietnam Season 2 began airing on May 19, 2016. Stage 1 again included a split course but this year, the first two obstacles were the Quad Steps and Log Grip.
Sasuke executive producer Ushio Higuchi co-created Muscle Musical, a live athletic and comedy-oriented performance featuring several notable Sasuke and Kunoichi competitors, who have included Ayako Miyake, Naoki Iketani, Sayaka Asami, Terukazu Ishikawa, Kayo Haga, Daisuke Nakata, and Rie Komiya, as well as other Japanese athletes and entertainers. Its popularity in Japan and its growing popularity in the United States has resulted in a long-term run at the Sahara Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Every January TBS airs the Pro Sportsman No.1 competition, also produced by Monster9. Several people who have competed on Sasuke have participated in this competition.
On Odaiba island, Monster9 has built Muscle Park, an indoor theme park based on events from Sasuke and other Muscle Ranking related programs. Some well-known Sasuke participants, such as Katsumi Yamada, have made live appearances there. Sasuke champion Makoto Nagano was honored in a celebration where he participated in the ribbon cutting there. Since April 2007, Monster9 has been airing episodes of Muscle Channel, a show to promote Muscle Park, the Muscle Musical, and people and events related to Sasuke. Muscle Channel usually airs on BS-i on Thursdays from 8:00 to 9:53 JST and is hosted by Hiromichi Sato. Past guests include Katsumi Yamada and Shunsuke Nagasaki.
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