Sunday, February 12, 2017

KUNOICHI 2017 Liveblog!

Oh hey! Look what's back!


And we're already into it!

1. Yuko Kuroki! Is a pro boxer! And she's first! Hey, Yuko Mizuno. Rolling Hill. Slowly. And she's clear! Pipe Hold next. And no! She's out!

2. Anna Konno! Rolling Hill. And..slight problem but she's on the other side! And through! Pipe Hold next. Fan service. Slowly. Cut because she took WAY too long. Fish Bone up next. Slowly. Lots time lost. And she doesn't even make the first step! RETIRE!

Oh hey, Katsumi Yamada got a part time job.

3. Kahori Fujiwara up next. She was on SASUKE before. Rolling Hill. And through. Pipe Hold next. Not as slow as Konno. And she's through. Fish Bone next. 70 seconds left. And she's through! Not much time left though. X-Bridge. And she's through! Jump Hang. Tonda...NO! RETIRE!

Oh hey, NOW we go into the intro.

At least we know someone will make the final.

Dig those graphics!


 Three Stages. Red Stage, Blue Stage and Final Stage. The Final Stage is a light-uppy.

Quick look at some of the people competing tonight. Lots of celebs and sports people.

Everyone looks at the course. Oh please tell me they let Yamada run the course.

4. Yui Arakawa up next! She teaches at a kindergarten. Rolling Hill. Pipe Hold next. Oh! She used her legs to kick off the back part. Smart. Fish Bone. And she's through! X-Bridge is no problem. But the Jump Haaaang! And...RETIRE!

Yuko Mizuno points out that the Jump Hang and Soritatsu Kabe are SASUKE obstacles.

5. MYW. She breakdances! Rolling...And she's already...RETIREd!

7. Ginga Horie is up next! She doffs her lab coat for extra power. Already up to the Pipe Hold. Slowly. Kowai! She can't keep her balance. Taking a while but she's finally through! Fish Bone. And RETIRE!

9. Ayaka Kitagawa is up next! She also THSOFEP. Rolling Hill. Up the first part. Slowly down the second. Pipe Hold. She pushes off but almost lost her balance. But she's through! Fish Bone. Getting set. And no! RETIRE! Like the lighting.

10. Ayako Rokkaku is up next! So far no one has passed! 140 to clear by the way. Commercials.


Rokkaku. Jumps up the Rolling Hill! Slowly down. And she's through! Pipe Hold. Doesn't really kick off. But she's almost through. And she's through! Fish Bone next. NO! She got right at the last moment! RETIRE! Kore ha kuyashii!


11. SKE48's Haruka Futamura is up next! She failed the Rolling Hill at SASUKE last time. Can she get at least past that this time?

Here she goes. She THJOFEP by the way. Rolling Hill. And she's through! Let's see that again for whatever reason. Pipe Hold. Halfway through. Slowly. And she's through! Fish Bone next. First step. And RETIRE!

12. Reika Saiki next! She's an idol but also debuted as a pro wrestler recently. She's all buff and stuff, which is her hook. And she's through the Rolling Hill. Fan Service. Fish Bone next. And she takes the RETIRE in the face as she's falling on the Fish Bone.

14. Mayu Ito up next. She's a dancing oneesan. And she's done on the Rolling Hill. RETIRE!

15. Okado something or other (I got her name wrong. Slowly down the other side...but no! RETIRE!

16. Keiko Takemoto next! She's a government worker who also does pole dancing. Rolling Hill. Whoops. Almost went down the other side too quickly. But now she's through! Next is the Pipe Hold and you know the announcer is DYING to say something. Fish Bone up. Timing. And she's through. X-Bridge. Slowly. And she's through! Jump Hang next. NO! Classic Jump Hang fail. RETIRE!

Not so much a bad jump as she couldn't hang on. RED STAGE RETIRE.

18. Yuu Takahashi is up next. She's a model. Rolling Hill. And she's through! She's kinda tall. Slowly down the other side. Kowai kowai! But she's through. Pipe Hold. Kick off. Yes! Almost through. And she's through! Fish Bone next. NO! RETIRE! Great shot of her just lying there in the foam peanuts.

19. Natsumi Taoka is next! She's a pro surfer with an aim towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Rolling Hill! Dangerously down the other side! But she's through. Pipe Hold. Didn't really kick off but she's through. Good pace. Fish Bone next. And..NO! She tried to go fast but got hit at the last step. RETIRE!

20. Rina Sawayama is figure skater! She's done SASUKE a couple of times. Not to exactly great results though. Rolling Hill. Up the first part. And through. Pipe Hold. Fan Service. And she's through! Fish Bone next. No! She wasn't watching her side and got knocked off. RETIRE!

21. Chiyo Suzuki, 22. Aki Ueda get knocked out by the Fish Bone!

23. Ayumi Kataoka! She's a baseball player. She plays on a men's team, I think whereas the other baseball players are in a women's league. Pipe Hold And she's through! Fish Bone next. And she's got it! X-Bridge next. Go fast or you'll fall. She's through! Jump Hang next. And she's got the net! First one tonight. Needs to climb down though. Losing a lot of time though as she's sort of tangled in the net. But she's through! 30 seconds left as she's the first to try the Soritatsu Kabe. Commercials.

Back as we go back in time to her doing the Jump Hang.

SASUKE Spray makes and appearance. First try. NO! NO! Time going red soon. Yes! But time is running out. NO!

Still, the first to clear the Jump Hang and the Soritatsu Kabe tonight!

25. Sakiko Okabe next! Pipe Hold already. Fan Service. Slowly but surely. And she's through! Fish Bone coming up. And she's through! X-Bridge is no problem. Jump Hang next. Yes! Better  net form than Kataoka. And she's through! About 30 seconds. Maybe one or two chances on the wall. NO! One more time. Time going red. She's tired. No! Time going red. And RETIRE! Good effort though.

26. Model and pro-wrestler Saki Akai is up next. Go watch DDT everyone. Rolling Hill. Up and down. Down slowly though. Well, thanks to TBS we know she at least reaches the Fish Bone. She covers up in the weirdest Pipe Hold form tonight. But she's through. Fish Bone. NO! The lights go down and RETIRE!

29. and 30 are out! As is 31! And 32! And 33! 0 for 33!

34. Ayaka Sakai is a pole dancer and Samurai Rock Orchestra member. Commercials first.

Rolling Hill. And through! Pipe Hold. She pushes off! Fan Service. And she's through! Fish Bone. And she's through! X-Bridge next. And through! Jump Hang. Yes! Not the greatest net technique so she's losing time. Almost there. And through. Enough time to clear. Soritatsu Kabe. Set. NO! Maybe one more try. YES! Does she have enough time? Cannon Ball next. Time is going red. Needs to hurry. NO! RETIRE! Time up. So close.

35. Yuu Kato is another baseball player! We have yet to see a clear! Here she goes. Rolling Hill. Pushes off on the Pipe Hold. And she's through! Fish Bone next. Other baseball players walk the course to cheer her on. NO! RETIRE!

38. Aya Asahina is next.  Slowly down the other side. Pipe Hold. She sort of kicks off. Slowly. Fish Bone next. And no! She gets caught. RETIRE!


39. Mika Watanabe up next! She's been on SASUKE and is the 1st woman to clear the Soritatsu Kabe. Rolling Hill. Slowly down the other side. Pipe Hold next. Haha. She rides the pole through instead of what everyone else did. Fish Bone next. Yes! Through to the Jump Hang as I was chatting. Sorry! Not being able to go over is kind of killing people (it's too high to go over). But she's through! Maybe one chance on the wall. NO! Not a good run up. YES! She's through! Can she do it? Less than six seconds. Needs...NO! So close.

41. Ami Imamura! She of the Kami Swing. Rolling Hill. Slowly down the other side. And through. Pipe Hold next. She pushes off. Fish Bone up next. Lots of time. And shes's NO! She gets caught RIGHT at the end! Right before she hit the landing platform she gets pulled up.

42. Hikari Izumi up next! She's a parkour..person. Rolling Hill. And through. Pipe Hold. She does the Mika. And through! Fish Bone next. And through! X-Bridge is no problem! Jump Hang. Hayai tempo! Can she do it? Not the best technique but she's zooming ahead. Can she be the first? Commercials.

Back. Hayai tempo. Sort of tied up in the net though. Needs to be careful. And through! Soritatsu Kabe. First try! She's going to do it! Cannon Ball next. Lots of time. YES! 35.22 left! Our first clear!

43. Kana Watanabe. She's a judo player. Can she be our second tonight? Rolling Hill. And through! Pipe Hold. She does the traditional. And through! Fish Bone next. And through! X-Bridge next. And through! Jump Hang! Yes! Lots of time left. Still losing a lot of time though. Maybe two shots at the wall. And only needs one! Will she be the second? Lots of time left! And that's two at 23.86!

That's two!

44. Chen Chu makes it three at 13.30!

45. Ayano Oshima is next! Lets see her epic SASUKE run that ended with her at the top of the Soritatsu Kabe.

Rolling Hill. Pipe Holder up. She does the Mika. Lots of time. Fish Bone next. And she's through! X-Bridge is no problem. Jump Hang! Yes! Lots of time so she can be careful here. And she's through! Soritatsu Kabe. First try! Lots of time! Cannon Ball next. No problem! 49.93 left! She killed the course!

That's four!

47. RENA is next. Rolling Hill. Slowly down the other side. Pipe Hold up. She does the Mika. Fish Bone up. NO! RENA! Haven't said this in a while but RETIRE!

48. Yuki Kawabata is our last baseball player! Rolling Hill. Yes! Pipe Hold. She almost falls off! But she's going slowly. But through! Fish Bone coming up. Through! X-Bridge. Yes! Jump Hang  YES! Whoa! Almost lost her grip. Needs to hurry. She has about a minute left. Maybe two shots at the wall. And she gets it! Needs to hurry. Or maybe not. Ad she's through at 16.42!

And two are left!

49. Honami Tsuboi was in the Japan Rhythmic Gymnastics Team at the Beijing Olympics. Rolling Hill. Slowly. And through! Pipe Hold next. She does the traditional so Fan Service. But she's through! Fish Bone. NO! Right at the end! She almost brushed it off.

And now there is only one left! Yuko Mizuno! She made the KUNOICHI final two years in a row.

50. Yuko Mizuno! Lot of pressure on her. Commercials first.


Rolling Hill. And through! She does the Pipe Hold traditional. And through! Fish Bone. This is NO...WAIT! NO! Right at the end! RETIRE! I like the ladder to get out of the pit.

The Blue Stage is up next! There are five who will try! It's a mixture of SASUKE and KUNOICHI style obstacles.

Hikari Izumi is first up. No timer here. There are two "hooks" to get over the Slide Walk. But she's through! Spider Walk next. And through! Reverse Conveyer up. And she's through! Can she do it? Slant Edge next. First wall is OK. Coming up on the sharper wall. And through! Sponge Bridge next. But commercials first.


On the Sponge Bridge. Halfway through. Almost there. YES! She's through! Cliff Hanger next. At the gap. YES! Only one more obstacle left! The Waver Bridge. Halfway. Almost there. YES! Clear!

She's going to the Final Stage! The first to try the Blue Stage is our first clear!

Kana Watanabe is FFed all the way up to the Sponge Bridge. NO! RETIRE!

Chin Chuin also RETIREs at the Sponge Bridge. The classic KUNOICHI obstacle is still a killer.

Ayano Oshima is up next. But commercials first.


Slide Walk. No problem. Spider Walk next. Good speed. And she's through! Reverse Conveyer next. And through! Up to the second wall on the Slant Edge. Almost there. Yes! Sponge Bridge up next. Commercials first.


Slowly on the Sponge Bridge. NO! Losing it. NO! And she's out! It was a good run though!

Yuki Kawabata gets FFed to the Sponge Bridge. And she breaks the first one as she falls!

So only one goes on to the Final Stage!

Hikari Izumi is our lone KUNOICHI 2017 finalist!

Final Stage

Reporter waiting at the top.

Here we go! Commercials first.


Here she goes! It's an awkward double ladder and then a rope climb. Time going red! I don't know!..NO! Our final RETIRE!

Still, a great debut at KUNOICHI by Hikari Izumi! Congratulations to her! Hopefully we will see her get another chance at the final!

Commercial for SASUKE 2017!

Anyway, a fun reboot of the KUNOICHI series after a long hiatus. Hopefully it does well in the ratings and we get to see it again soon.

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Sunday, January 01, 2017

Sports Danshi 2017 New Years Special 『究極の男は誰だ!?最強スポーツ男子 元日頂上決戦!』

A New Years tradition is sort of back!

As those who have been following this blog from way back, you will remember that before M9's collapse, there would be a New Year version of Sportsman No. 1. The New Year show was the Pro version where the latest winner of the Geinojin version participated. The rebooted version of Sportsman, Sports Danshi is now having their first ever New Years version where some Sports Danshi regulars take on pro athletes. Here we go!

1st Event
Power Force

1st Round
1st Pair
Mandy Sekiguchi (EXILE) vs Tatsunori Tsujimoto (Boys and Men)
Whoops, while I was looking up Tsujimoto's name, Sekiguchi destroyed him.

Looks like this event is only between the geinojin guys.

Mandy is the "Power Monster"

2nd Pair
Darvish Kenji (Golden Bomber) vs Wataru Mori (actor)
Mori's wife is in attendance of course.
This seems a little easier than the traditional Power Force. Or the rope is longer. This is just me complaining that Darvish beat Mori easily.

3rd Pair
Toshiaki Kasuga (Audrey) vs Yuuki Nomura (son of Masaaki Nomura)
This one is a little more even and more like the Power Force of old. Love the overhead shot. Nomura just holding on. Kasuga making more forward movement but you sacrifice footing when you move forward. Kasuga has got it!

4th Pair
Gaku Sano (actor) vs Taishin Hirano (Magic Prince)
Gaku with less wild hair this time. Both are not heavyweights so this is an interesting battle. Sano tries to move forward and (like I said) loses his footing and Hirano with a sort of upset! Sano lost his balance trying to make his move.

2nd Round
1st Pair
Sekiguchi vs Hirano
What do you think is going to happen? Sekiguchi in a walk. I think what's missing is the guys who get whiplashed when the other guy just destroys them making their move.

2nd Pair
Darvish vs Kasuga
More even here. But CMs first.

And Darvish in a quick one!

Darvish vs Sekiguchi
And Mandy with no problem!

Winner: Mandy Sekiguchi!

2nd Event
Hard Jumper

2 groups into one for the win. This is a stamina event.

Group One: Kasuga, Sekiguchi, Mori, Tsujimoto

Tsujimoto is our first to THSOFEP. Everyone else follows.

Just two have to falter for the other two to move on. Sekiguchi and Mori have the advantage as they are vets to the show. Kasuga looks to be the first in trouble. And he's the first out! He did reach a hundred though.Can Tsujimoto hang with the two former Spodan champs? Tsujimoto is barely getting his feet over but still going. Almost approaching 200 here. Woof. The announcer keeps pointing out that Mandy's heavier weight works against him. And he's out! And there goes Mori! So Tsujimoto is the winner!

Group Two: Darvish, Sano, Nomura, Hirano

Everyone has already THSOFEP. Hirano screwed up last time and knocked himself out by getting the rhythm wrong so we have no idea how long he can he do this. And Darvish is the first out! And there goes Nomura! And Hirano after that! So Sano is the winner!

So now it's Tsujimoto, Sano, Mori and Sekiguchi. The hurdles will come at a faster rate this time around.

And Mandy is already out! Did he get the timing wrong? Tsujimoto doesn't quite have it either. But it's Mori who goes out first! Tsujimoto doesn't have the conservation of movement Sano has at the moment. And that's it!

Winner: Gaku Sano!

3rd Event
Power Wall

1st Pair
Sekiguchi vs Hirano
Hirano THSOFEP not like it's going to help. Sekiguchi in a walk.

2nd Pair
Sano vs Kasuga
Kasuga is quite proud of himself as he beats Sano.

3rd Pair
Darvish vs Tsujimoto
And Darvish in yet another uneven matchup.

4th Pair
Mori vs Nomura
Wataru is not having his best competition so far.
Nomura with the early lead. Is Mori holding off the inevitable? Yes! Nomura finally gets that last push!

2nd Round
Sekiguchi vs Kasuga
Kasuga has constant smirk on his face that makes me want him to lose. CMs.

The Power Monster moves on!

Darvish vs Nomura
Nomura has a slight height advantage. Darvish with the early lead! But here comes Nomura! Darvish doesn't have all that great form. And that's it! Nomura moves on!

Power Wall Final
Sekiguchi vs Nomura
Sekiguchi with the early lead! (Nomura's dad was very stoic). And Nomura is storming back! Masaka! Has the Power Monster met his match? But now Mandy back in the lead! Still going back and forth. Nomura with a slight lead. May come down to stamina. And now Sekiguchi is making his push! But Nomura won't give up! Nomura is taller but Mandy is heavier. Can Sekiguchi make that final push? Yes! He's our winner!

Final Event
Shotgun Touch

Sekiguchi, Darvish, Kasuga and Sano.

Sekiguchi at 11m50cm to keep his lead, Miss and he's done. No problem!

Darvish at 12mXXcm. Did he get it? The warning lamp is on. It's close! The overhead doesn't clear it up. And no! The super slow-mo shows he missed and he's out! Whatever. He's quite sad and sheds tears. If this were a full show I doubt he'd reach the final.

Kasuga at 12m30cm. Again, miss and he's out. Not even close! 12m and over is a big challenge. Kasuga didn't have the speed to do it. Again, not a big deal. Add in the Fence-type events and a Monster Box and it'd be guys like Nomura or Mori instead of Kasgua and Darvish.

Whoops. Missed Sano's distance. Probably 12m plus.  But the vet does it with no problem!

Sekiguchi to do 12m to stay on top. CMs first.
Back. And he gets it! With the back of his hand too. Nice timing!

12m80cm for Sano.  Miss and it's Sekiguchi's. NO! Or at least it doesn't look like it. He looks like he didn't he make it. NO! His slide was off! In addition he wasn't going to make it. And that's it!

Winner and Champion: Mandy Sekiguchi!

Monster Box
Since 1996, 700 have tried! The "world" record hasn't been reached since 2006.

Tonight we have the three kings of the geinojin Monster Box, Mori, Sano and Hirano taking on two Oympic medalists, Oleg Vernyayev and Denis Ablayzin.

We go straight to 17 boxes. Vernyayev, Sano and Mori with no problem. Ablayzin is making his first appearance so let's intro him a bit. He's a vault medalist is known in Japan since he beat out one of the Japanese gymnasts at Rio at the vault. Vernyayev is Kohei Uchimura's rival in a sense.

Up to 18 boxes. No fooling around here. Everyone clears.

19 boxes. Whoops. Vernyayev's body was sort of out of control there but he's clear!

No one has THSOFEP yet. Sano is through! Mori has to do the ol' watch your butt but he's through!

If either of the Olympian's THSOFEP I'll die.

Whoops! Ablayzin DOES catch his butt for our first fail tonight.

Hirano is through and now Ablayzin has the pressure of being the first one out! But CMs first.


And then he does it with space to spare!

20 boxes

Vernyayev, Mori and Sano all fail on their first try! As does Ablayzin! His back just catches it.

Will Hirano be the first to clear 20? Yes! And that puts pressure on everyone else.

2nd try for everyone except Hirano.

Vernyayev first. NO! That's it for him. He didn't have the height on his jump

Sano THSOFEP. Oof. His left leg catches and he's out too!

Mori THSOFEP (that may be where Vernyayev went wrong). It was close but he got his leg over and he's through!

Wifey is wearing something different so this must have been filmed a different day.

Ablayzin THSOFEP! Awesome.

And he catches his foot! He's out!

21 boxes

It's down to Mori and Hirano. Hirano's goal is to go for the record and so far he's been perfect. And he's through!

Mori gets a quick digest because he's out!

Hirano is our winner! So! He goes straight to 23. Can he join Iketani and others?

He THSOFEP because this is the moment to do it. Let's CM before we know if he did it though.


NO! His jump wasn't high enough. He still has one more change though. Whoa! Hey, there's Naoki Iketani. Ablayzin also gives some advice.

Last try for Hirano. Can he do it?

YES! YES! YES! Hirano does 23 boxes!

And he'll go for 24. Can there be a new record after 20 years?

NO! He might have put his hands up too early.

One more try.

Good lord that thing is tall.

CMs first.

Hmmm..I wonder if the goal of this show is to "break" as many records as possible to sort of move past the Sportsman No. 1 era?

Back. Hirano's 2nd try at 24.

NO! He doesn't get it but he joins Naoki Iketani, Morgan Ham, Hisashi Mizutori and Yeo Hong Chul as the record holder at 23.

Shotgun Touch Challenge

The record is 13m60cm by Norichika Aoki (the geinojin record is 13m10cm by Kane Kosugi).

Makino Tomoaki, a soccer player is up first. He starts at 12m.

Former baseball player Takahiro Suzuki also gets 12m!

Sano is confident! It's all one and done tonight. Sano almost catches the ball! He's clear!

Nomura is up next. And he's through too!

Kensuke Nagai, another soccer player is up.

Up to 12m40cm.

Makino up first. Warning lamp is on. But he's got it!

Nomura THSOFEP and it works!

And Suzuki is through! And Sano finally catches the ball to intimidate the pros.


Makino is the first pro to THSOFEP.  But it doesn't work! The super slow-mo shows him just missing.

Suzuki's goal is to at least beat a guy from Hanshin who did 12m50cm which he will do if he makes it here. He's got it! Or maybe not. Whoa. He JUST got it.

Sano and Nagai are through but Nomura is done.

It's down to the soccer guy, the baseball guy and the...spodan guy.

Still not as good as Kane.

Suzuki is first up. CMs.

Shingi time! Hard to say. But the super slo-mo doesn't lie. He's done!

Sano THSOFEP. Here he goes. YES! With time to spare! He puts the pressure on Nagai! That's a new Spodan record.

No pressure at all for Nagai who was barely into his dive by the time he reached the ball.

13m next.

Sano up first. NO! He mistimed his dive it looks like.

Can Nagai keep it going?

Yes! Or not. Warning lamp. But he got it!

At the very least, Nagai is our winner!

But he's not done yet! He'll take a shot at the record of 13m60cm. That's a big jump though, so he THSOFEP.

CMs first though.

YES! He ties the "world" record of 13m60cm set by baseball player Norichika Aoki over eleven years ago!

Special Power Wall Challenge

1st Pair
Nomura vs Masato

Wow! Nomura overpowers Masato for the quick win!

2nd Pair
Ryo Tateishi (Olympic swimming medalist) vs Kasuga

In a struggle, Kasuga beats Tateishi! It wasn't long but Kasuga had to work for it.

3rd Pair
Sekiguchi vs Hideo Tokoro (MMA fighter)
So far the Spodan boys have taken it to the pro athletes. Can Mandy keep it up? CMs first though.

Back. And he does! Wow!

4th Pair
Nomura vs Kenya Yasuda (Water Polo/actor)
Another walkover!

And...I guess that's it! That was sort of ending with a whimper instead of a bang. They had two record tyings but decided to end with a bunch of overmatched athletes.

Still, the Spodan boys showed that they can hang!

Storify version:

Monday, October 10, 2016

究極の男は誰だ!?最強スポーツ男子頂上決戦2016 Sports Danshi Grand Prix 2016!

Oops. I just realized that I did the last show only on twitter, not as a liveblog. Well, let's go old school!

Spoilers! Looks like someone is going for the World Record for the Monster Box.

Your line-up:
Gaku Sano 佐野岳
Wataru Mori 森渉
Naoki Iketani 池谷直樹
Kenta Koarashi 小嵐健太
Masahiro Inoue 井上正大
Takayuki Suzuki 鈴木貴之

Robin 呂敏
Yukihisa Tamura 田村侑久
Shimon Okura 大倉士門
Yuya Hirata 平田雄也
Masaya Yamagishi 山岸将也
Yuki Nomura 野村祐希
Taishin Hirano 平野泰新
Koji Saikawa 才川コージ
Jo Kanda 神田穣
Ryusei Yokohama 横浜流星

Tonight's events!
1. Monster Box モンスターボックス  (!)
2. Heavy Press ヘビープレス
3. Giant Cliff ジャイアントクリフ
4. Hard Jumper  ハードジャンパー
5. Power Wall  パワーウォール
Final Shotgun Touch  ショットガンタッチ

If Wikipedia is to be believed, all 16 will do the first four events, 8 will be eliminated after that with 8 doing the Power Wall and the final 3 will do the Shotgun Touch for the title.

Surprised that the Monster Box is up first but it does guarantee fresh legs.

1. Monster Box!

13 Boxes

Defending champion Gaku Sano is up first. He shows off a bit.

Wataru Mori next and he hot dogs for the wife.

Naoki Iketani here to show the kids. No problem but no hot dogging either.

Miho Kanno is a special guest for tonight to ogle our contestants.

I think they just spoiled that Sano is going to be going for it but they all sort of look the same with the dark hair and blue shoes.


If you win the quiz, you get a car! And you get a..wait, only one person gets a car.

Masaki Nomura's son Yuki Nomura up next. His brother is a J-Leaguer. This is his first time on the show. No problem at 13.

Ryusei Yokohama is through.

Hey, it's SASUKE sideline lady.

Boys and Men member Yukihisa Tamura is up. The crowd is happy.

Don't get too happy buddy. 13 is the minimum.

Recent SASUKE regular Shimon Okura up next. He is popular on the twitters. And he is through.

You can see some Samurai Rock Orchestra guys standing by the box as spotters.

Kenta Koarashi, a comedian is up next. And he's already TAKEN HIS SHIRT OFF FOR EXTRA POWER. In the first 15 minutes of the show. It's a record!

And he is not very gracefully through.

14 boxes.

Former Mr. Japan Takayuki Suzuki is through!

And now the current Mr. Japan (and SASUKE competitor) Masaya Yamagishi is up next. And he is..out! Oops. Ah, the classic butt graze.

Jo Kanda is up next. No problems!

15 boxes

Look, Kenta, it doesn't work if you take it off and put it back on between jumps. And he fails!

And now Tamura shows his (for this competition) relatively scrawny body for the crowd.

Suzuki fails 15. Kanda THSOFEP but catches his foot on the side of the box.

16 boxes

Masahiro Inoue is up next. He THSOFEP but really, some contestants don't deserve that big a response for doing it. He does the Iketani shuffle but he's through.

Tamura fails and is out.

Okura THSOFEP. And he is...let's go to the replay. Yes! He's through!

Yuki Nomura is up again and excites the crowd by THSOFEP. His dad has a few words. He is a Sportsman vet. His Monster Box best is 17. But let's go to the commercial first.


And he is...he had to do the dead man flop at the end so we get a replay. But he's through! He gets a chance to best his dad!

17 boxes.

Some promo time for Miho Kanno's drama.

Two chances from now on.

Gaku Sano back up with his wild hair. His shirt is nippletatstic. Whoa. He almost blew it by going to high too early but he's through!

Mori is now the Monster Box Haiyuu (actor). And no problem!

Legend Iketani up next. The family is there to cheer him on.

Inoue THSOFEP. His record is 16 so he needs it. And he's got it! New personal best!

Our first look at Robin tonight. His personal best is 18. Whoops. That looks close. He did a short hop during his run up but he's through!

Here is Nomura to try to tie his dad's personal best. NO!

This is our first look at Hirano and he's through!

And our first look at Koji Saikawa. And he's through! Oh? Connection to Kane Kosugi?

Yokohama is through.

Okura gets a second 17 but is out despite THSOFEP.

Our first look at Yuya Hirata has him getting a second 17 chance and THSOFEP. Will we see more of him? And he is!

An audience member is excited. Another is...not.

And now, for narrative reasons, possibly, Nomura is last up. Can he do it? He THSOFEP. And the warning lamp is on. You can see the SRO guys reacting in the slo-mo. And he is through! At least as good as dad!

18 boxes.

Ten are left!

Gake Sano is first up. And he is sort of wild in his jump but he's through! He's obviously trying to go for it on each jump.

Mori up next. No problem.

Legend Iketani on deck. Iketani shuffle. He's not happy with his performance.

Nomura up next. He THSOFEP. NOPE. Not a good run up. No momentum on his jump.

Taishin Hirano up next. He is a high school gymnast and current member of Magic Prince, whatever that is. And we cut to commercial.

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