Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Information gleaned from SASUKE 26 Navi SASUKE 2011 ナビ

NOTE: Towards the end of this blog post there are some 1st Stage results from Navi. Will they be shown on the regular broadcast? Who knows? But if you really don't want any results until the 2nd, don't scroll all the way down.

They showed the new obstacles. The list (taken from various sources) will go something like this:

ステップスライダー Step Slider
ハザードスイング Hazard Swing
ローリングエスカルゴ Rolling Escargot
ジャンピングスパイダー Jumping Spider
ハーフパイプアタック Half Pipe Attack
そり立つ壁 Soritatsu Kabe
ジャイアントスイング Giant Swing
ターザンロープ Tarzan Rope
ロープラダー Rope Ladder

2nd Stage:
スライダードロップ Slider Drop
ダブルサーモンラダー Double Salmon Ladder
アンステーブルブリッジ Unstable Bridge
バランスタンク Balance Tank
メタルスピン Metal Spin
ウォールリフティング Wall Lifting

3rd Stage:
ルーレットシリンダー Roulette Cylinder
ドアノブグラスパー Doorknob Grasper
サイクリングロード Cycling Road
アルティメットクリフハンガー Ultimate Cliff Hanger
The rest of the stage is unknown at this time.

Oh, and they asked the average person on the street who they thought would be able to complete SASUKE 26.

10. Minowaman ミノワマン
9. Iketani Naoki 池谷直樹
8. Yamamoto Shingo 山本信吾
7. NAOTO
6. Urushihara Yuuji 漆原裕治
5. Okuyama Yoshiyuki 奥山義行
4. Satou Hiromichi 佐藤弘道
3. Miyazaki Daisuke 宮崎大輔
2. Nagano Makoto 長野誠
1. Yamada Katsumi 山田勝己

From this, we can gather that people on the street don't watch SASUKE enough and will just pick whoever they know off of a list.

Also, a special SASUKE shout-out goes to Okada Yuuichi 岡田祐一, who I believe is the guy who maintains 星空パーク in Saitama, where UNCLI and co. go to train sometimes. Yuuji Urushihara was shown training there during Navi.

Akiyama Kazuhiko 秋山和彦, Takeda Toshihiro 竹田敏浩 and Shiratori Bunpei 白鳥文平 of the All-Stars were all marked as 欠場 (ketsujou) which means "unable to appear."

Finally, some 1st Stage runs were shown:

3. Setsu Shobun 薛翔文 1st Stage Failed Rolling Escargot
4. Satou Tomohiro 佐藤友弘 1st Stage Failed Step Slider
5. Miyazawa Kazutaka 宮澤和隆 1st Stage Failed Hazard Swing
16. Suzuki Tomoyuki 鈴木智行 1st Stage Failed Step Slider
46. Harashima Masami 原島雅美 1st Stage Failed Step Slider
Suzuki Ayaka 鈴木彩香 1st Stage Failed Rolling Escargot
Okayasu Tabito 岡安旅人 1st Stage Rolling Escargot
Aoki Yasuo 青木保夫 1st Stage Step Slider

Monday, December 20, 2010

NAOTO at SASUKE 2011 on EXILE魂

On tonight's episode of EXILE魂 we got a peek of EXILE member NAOTO at SASUKE 2011.

Towards the end of the show, they have guest テリー伊藤 (Terry Itou) who is a producer/talent/whathaveyou.
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One of the main themes of EXILE魂 is that the members undertake different sorts of "challenges" such as surfboard graphic design and Samoan fire knife dancing. Terry's challenge is, if you haven't guessed, SASUKE.
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They will decide who will go on SASUKE via roulette! One option is for all the members. Who will it be?
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NAOKI?
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USA?
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KENCHI?
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The least likely option ATSUSHI? (This is because he and member TAKAHIRO are the main singers of the group whereas the other members are mainly dancers and are decidedly more athletic than those two). We'll find out soon!
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But first, a song.
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Back. Will it really be ATSUSHI?
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While that would be where the roulette should stop, it suddenly goes up to NAOTO! I think it was rigged! (Actually, there was probably no way it was going to be any of the original members so it would have never landed on any of them or the "everyone" space.)
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NAOTO is suitably perplexed.
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While ATSUSHI is relieved.
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So NAOTO will have a run at SASUKE 2011!
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He's supported by the members of J SOUL BROTHERS who..ah, just look it up.  Photobucket

130 seconds for the 1st Stage!
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It's the first obstacle, the ステップスライダー (Step Slider) probably.
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Here he goes!
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One.
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Two.
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Three.
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Four
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Grab the rope!
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Right. Like they were really going to show what happens next.
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The other guys look happy though. So maybe something happens. Who knows?!
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The crowd! Is! There!
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SASUKE 2011!
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You can kind of get a look at some of 1st Stage here. Not much though.
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Although you can see something there at the bottom. 
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Finally, here's an animated gif that moves way too fast.
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Sunday, December 19, 2010

SASUKE 2011 TV Magazine scans

Click on the thumbnails for a larger view


TV Japan:   
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The Television (ザ・テレビジョン)
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TV Pia (TVぴあ)
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Monday, December 13, 2010

SASUKE 2011 on January 2nd, EXILE Member Naoto, Daisuke Miyazki, others to appear

The 26th SASUKE, titled SASUKE 2011 by TBS will be airing on January 2nd, 2011 on TBS, 9:00 to 11:39 PM, JST.


The TV magazines with the New Years schedules have just come out today so lots of information.

Aside from the airing date we now know that EXILE's NAOTO will be appearing. So will Daisuke Miyazki, Katsumi Yamada, a member of comedy duo サバンナ, a member of comedy duo モンスターエンジン, Yoshio Kojima and others.

We also have names of new obstacles for the 1st Stage: ステップスライダー (Step Slider) and ハザードスイング (Hazard Swing).

More information as it comes through.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

SASUKE 26 Competitors SASUKE 2011 出場選手

Note: I will keep this post on top for the time being

News is coming in slowly but we have over two months. Can you find all 100 Pokemon competitors before then?

So far...

October 21st added one name
December 11th, belatedly added two names
December 13th, added names from the latest TVガイド
December 16th, added four more names (Eiko Kanno, Shobun Setsu, Yuuji Urushihara and Yoshiyuki Okuyama)
December 17th, added two more names
December 19th, added two more names
December 23rd, added four (or maybe six) more name
December 29th, added names via SASUKE Navi
December 31st, added three more names plus the ANW2 10.
January 2nd, sure the show is tonight but the MM has people in it


No. 3 Shobun Setsu 薛翔文(via blog)
No. 4 Tomohiro Satou 佐藤友弘 (via Navi)
No. 5 Kazutaka Miyazawa 宮澤和隆 (via Navi)
No. 10 Unknown (via twitter)
No. 16 Tomoyuki Suzuki 鈴木智行 (via Navi)
No. 46 Harashima Masami 原島雅美 (via Navi)
No. 56 Makoto Kawaguchi 川口真 (via blog photo)
No. 76 Masumi Yagi of Savanna サバンナの八木真澄 (via TVガイド)
No. 80 Gibbon Japan Slackline Guy (via twitter)
No. 95 Lee En Chih (via blog photo)
Shun Oshima 大島しゅん (via twitter)
Jacky ジャッキー (via ChojinPro)
Shingo Yamamoto 山本進悟 (via blog photo)
Koji Hashimoto
橋本亘司 (via blog photo)
Makoto Nagano
長野誠 (via blog photo)
Metal artist DaiGo (via twitter)
Capoeira instructor and model Kazuhiro Saitou 齋藤和宏 (via here)
Yuuta Kimura 木村勇太, a member of a group called Shido Enterprise which is some kind of samurai performance group (via blog post)
Yoshio Kojima 小島よしお (via TVガイド)
NAOTO of EXILE (via TVガイド)
Yuu Tejima 手島優 (via TVガイド)
Daisuke Miyazaki 宮崎大輔 (via TVガイド)
Hiromichi Satou 佐藤弘道 (via TVガイド)
Youichi Nishimori of Monster Engine モンスターエンジンの西森洋一 (via TVガイド)
Kenji Oobayashi of Monster Engine モンスターエンジンの大林健二 (via TVガイド)
Akimasa Haraguchi 原口あきまさ (via TVガイド)
Minowaman ミノワマン (grappler Ikuhisa Minowa 美濃輪育久) (via TVガイド)
Hideo Tokoro 所英男 (via TVガイド)
Tetsuji Sakakibara of Shingsengumi Rian 新撰組リアンの榊原徹士 (via TVガイド)
Katsumi Yamada 山田勝己 (via TVガイド)
Naoki Iketani 池谷直樹 (via TBS)
Eiko Kanno 狩野英考 (via site)
Yuuji Urushihara 漆原裕治 (via TV Pia)
Yoshiyuki Okuayama 奥山義行 (via TV Pia)
Masaki Nomura 野村将希 (via TV Japan)
Dancho of Yasuda Dai Circus 安田大サーカスの団長 (via TV Japan)
Hitoshi Kanno 菅野仁志 (via TV Japan)
Tsukiji sushi shop manager Hioki (no first name given) 築地すし鮮の日沖店長 (via blog)
Kouhei Mori of Shinsengumi Rian 新撰組リアンの森公平 (via TV Station)
Mari Okamoto おかもとまり (via TV Station)
Katsuhide Torisawa 鳥澤克秀 (via blog)
Ayano Fukuda 福田彩乃 (via blog)
Mai Demizu 出水麻衣 (via TV Station)
Yuuko Aoki 青木裕子 (via TV Station)
Kenjirou Ishimaru 石丸謙二郎 (via Yahoo)
Ayumu Satou 佐藤歩 (via Yahoo)
Yasuto Honda 本田泰人 (via Yahoo)
Tomoki Fujiwara 藤原倫己 (via blog)
Nispo Fitness Club Iwatsuki instructor Echigo 越後 (via site)
Ayaka Suzuki 鈴木彩香 (via Navi)
Tabito Okayasu 岡安旅人 (via Navi)
Yasuo Aoki 青木保夫 (via Navi)
Minoru Kuramochi 倉持稔 (via Navi)
Kenji Takahashi 高橋賢次 (via Navi)
Takaki Ishida 石田剛規 (via his agency)
Takayuki Nishida 西田隆維 (via his site)
Ryuji Furusato 古里竜二 (via his hairdresser)
The ANW2 10 are:
David Campbell
Patrick Cusic
Shane Daniels
Evan DollardTravis Furlanic
Paul KasemirAdam LaPlante
Brian Orosco
Brent Steffensen
Adam Truesdell
石川輝一
守上大輔
川原拓也
カルロス

Also via Yahoo
Narrator:
Kiyoshi Kobayashi 小林清志

Commentators:
Wataru Ogasawara 小笠原亘
Fumiyasu Satou 佐藤文康

Your sideline reporters:
Kazuha Sakiyama 崎山一葉
Erina Matsuda 枡田絵理奈
Nagisa Satou佐藤渚

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

SASUKE 26 slated for New Years? SASUKE 2011!

The taping was today and people were tweeting from Midoriyama 緑山 at times.

One notable tweet from http://twitter.com/GIBBON_JAPAN says the following:

Looks like we'll have to wait two and a half months or so..

And just to confirm the idea of SASUKE 2011:
http://ameblo.jp/pusherhiroaki/day-20101019.html

Sunday, October 17, 2010

G Wars Special - October 17th G★ウォーズ芸人軍団ガチ激突開幕SP 10月17日

Haven't liveblogged anything in ages so let's give Fuji Television's new variety show G Wars a try.

The basic concept is that teams of comedians will battle each other...for PRIDE! Or perhaps cash prizes. I don't really know. I think the show will have theme teams such as young comedians versus veterans, talent agency versus talent agency and so on. Your MC is Kouji Imada 今田耕司 and he is assisted by Shigeo Takahashi 高橋茂雄 of Savannah サバンナ.

Shows about to start! But first, let us bob our heads to the ending theme of Sazae-san (look it up on youtube).

Dramatic opening! G Wars!

God Imada warms up the crowd with Angel Takahashi. Geinin Gundan Gekitotsu! G Wars! Not G (Star) Wars.

I want one of those little robo-bear things.


Great, the names of some of the events.

The young comedian team! In white! Oriental Radio! Yoshio Kojima! Hanya!

The veterans! In black! Shouji! Yabe! Moriwake! Nabe Atsu! Okada!

First war! Domino Dash! You have to press the button before the dominoes fall down. Ah. The button is under the dominoes. No wait. The button is on both sides. Thunderstruck! Pay AC/DC!

First match up: Oriental Radio guy versus Nabe Atsu! Flash! Aaahhhhhhhh!

Oh wait. They changed it to Okada for the black team. And he's..off very very slowly. OK. You press the button for your opponent.

Second match up: Other Oriental Radio guy versus Nabe Atsu. Go! He's off! Did he do it? Yes? No? And...NO! He missed the button!

Third match up: Taro Yabe versus Oriental Radio guy. Perfect Pusher! Go! He's off. He dives! Did he get it? He looked a bit slow. We have to go to the tape! NO! Perfect Pusher!

Fourth match up: Hanya Kawashima versus Nabe Atsu. Start! Kawashima was off first! Did he do it? Another photo finish! YES! He got it! The comedians talk trash.

Fifth match up: Shouji versus Oriental Radio guy as Pearl Jam plays. Even Flow! Go! But first a commercial!

Holy cow, the background music for this show is going into a rock n' roll overdrive. Like someone left the radio tuned to some classic rock station. Yes, Pearl Jam is classic rock. You are old. I am old.

Back! He looked slow...did he do it? NO! He whiffed on the button! Pusher Perfect!

Sixth match up: Yoshio Kojima versus Nabe Atsu. Ready...if he can do it, the young guns win. He's off! Doesn't look like it...NO! He was short of the button. The veterans are still alive! Ah..Nabe Atsu put his whole body into it so the Dominoes moved faster.

Red Hot Chili Peppers, right? Funky bass! I'm being distracted by the music.

Seventh match up: Hanya Kaneda vesrus Nabe Atsu. But commercials first! The song was By The Way by Red Hot Chili Peppers, by the way.

Back! Go! Nabe Atsu put his whole body into it again! But Kaneda had a good start. Did he do it? NO! The veterans are still alive!

Bon Jovi! She's a little runaway!

Eight match up: Moriwaki versus Oriental Radio guy. Oooooooh. She's a little...CMs.

Back. Bad jump! Or was it? Did he do it? Let's check...I think it's a question of if he pushed it or not. NO! The young punks take it!

Second War. Kuchuu Gomu Wrestling! Mid-Air Rubber Band Wrestling! Or something like that. OK, first song I don't recognize.

1st Round: Yoshio Kojima versus Okada! The goal, I assume, is to make your opponent fall into the water while keeping your balance. This is fairly ridiculous. I can't really describe what is going on. Okada is losing it! He's losing it! He's in! He's in the water!

2nd Round: Nakata of Oriental Radio versus Kenji Moriwaki. OK. Here they go. Ready...fight! Should you try to move towards your opponent? Or keep your distance. Nakata is standing while Moriwaki is lying. Looks like Nakata's strategy is working, including cocky standing! Moriwaki is back in it! Moriwaki gets it! We're all tied up! The part where Nakata was just standing there was pretty funny.

Final Round: Hanya Kaneda versus Tomoharu Shouji. Balance is important but you need a bit of strength to move your opponent around. Ready...fight! Kaneda is using the Kojima method of lying down and using your legs to stretch the bands. Shouji is using the Moriwaki style of staying low and using your arms. Shouji is in a precarious position! CMs. I wait in anticipation of what song I will hear next.

Back! Can Shouji get back down! Yes! He's back down low! Stalemate! Shouji is in a purely defensive position of holding on! Wait! They are back! Shouji is crouching and shaking! Shouji is crouching and shaking! Yes! What a...um...battle! War! What a war!

They are tied up one event apiece!

Back to the studio.

3rd War. Some  kind of relay. Ah. It's a form of the game Telephone. The young  gun team is up first!

Word 1: Kojima blows it!
Word 2: They get it!
Word 3: Maybe if the first guy didn't say it so fast it would be easier. They get it!
Word 4: Kawashima blows it!
Word 5: But first, some commercials.

Back.

Word 5: They get it! Kawashima almost doesn't get it though.

They got three out of five.

Veteran team is up next!

Word 1: Haha! Shouji blows it at the end!
Word 2: Can they see the word? They get it!
Word 3: Again! Shouji is truly the weakest link! They have to get the last two to tie!
Word 4: Yes! They get it!
Word 5: It's do or die! They get it!

We're all tied up!  It's a draw! So we go to one more event! Super Dunk!

Back to the studio first. We're back. Back in Black!

Final Battle. Super Dunk War! The first four have to bounce the ball off the backboard and then the fifth has to dunk. Using a ramp to get up of course.

They have twenty minutes to practice. Scintillating! They have five tries each. We Will Rock You!

1st Round: The vets are up first. NO! Shouji is NOT CLEAR! Kaneda is the dunker for the young comedians. NO! It doesn't get past the second man (Kawashima)!

2nd Round: Will Shouji let his team down again? Here go the vets. YES! He gets it! Clear! It's time for the young guns. YES! Clear! God, that looks fun.

3rd Round: Vets are ready...they are losing control! Can Shouji pull it down. NO! Not Clear! Young guns are up. Kawashima almost throws it too hard against the board (don't one-hand it). CLEAR! 2-1!

4th Round: YES! Got distracted by an earthquake notification. The vets tie it up! Kaneda misses the ball but it goes in..NO DUNK! It would get him two points anywhere else but here! It's 2-2.

5th Round: This is it! Here go the vets. NO! Shouji loses the handle! NOT CLEAR! This means that the last attempt is for the win! Here they go...YES! They win it all! It was a little low but credit Kojima for getting it back up high enough for Kaneda!

Your winners! Wakate Geinin Gundan!

But wait! We have one more hour! G Wars Second Stage!

We have two new teams of up and comers and veterans!

1st War. Guragura Something or other. It's a jump rope on a raft.

Audrey's Wakabayashi is up for the young guns! He's past 30! He's still going. Can he make it to 40..NO! He finally loses it 38!

Speed Wagon's Ozawa is up for the vets! He's out of rhythm! He slips! He's out at 11! Is it a final total?

Peace's Matayoshi is up next! And...he's out at 5! OK. It's total. It is currently 43 to 11.

Cunning Takeyama is up next! Enter Sandman! That's it for him at 3! 43 to 14.

Fruit Punch's Wataru is our next challenger. Can he push the lead out of reach? He's past 20! He takes a header into the water at 32! That puts it 75 to 14. The pressure is on the two last vets!

Yamazaki is Living on the Edge! Steve Tyler says watch American Idol! He'll have to get 62 to get the lead! He's at 20! 30! Can he do it? NO! 35!

Audrey's Kasuga is the leader of the young guns! Can he finally put it away? 1! That's it! The vets are still alive!

Motley Crue gets paid for living on the Wild Side!

The last man! I don't know his name. Can he do it! NO! He's out at 3!

Final Score - 76 to 52!

2nd War: 5 Meter Long Kendama!

Peace's Matayoshi is up first! NO! He almost had it!

Next is the guy whose name I don't know. NOT CLEAR!

Audrey's Wakabayshi is the MVP for his team so far...here he goes next...NOT CLEAR!

Finally! A Guns N' Roses song. Welcome to the Jungle, Speed Wagon's Ozawa. NOT EVEN CLOSE! He couldn't even get it up. A warning to potential lovers everywhere!

Kasuga is next. But first a commercial.

Back. NO! He got it on but couldn't get it to stay!

Yamazaki is Living on the Edge! Can he be the first? YES! HE DID IT! We are all now Thunderstruck!

It's all tied up!

But first a comedic interlude.

Final War! Bowling! There is a ramp before the pins.You have to put power into it to get it over.

3.5 meters first! Everyone...is...wait. Not everyone is clear! The guy whose name I don't know doesn't get it!

4.0 meters. Wakabayshi up first. NO!

Let's speed things up a bit. We're down to three! Takeyama for the vets and Kasuga and Wataru for the young guns are all at 6.0!

Enter Sandman, Cunning Takeyama! They are doing theme songs aren't they? We'll cut to commercial first.

So will YMO re-do Rydeen every couple years just for commercials?

Back. Yes! Takeyama is through! He JUST makes it.

Wataru up next. NOT CLEAR! It was too much to the right!

It's down to Kasuga for his team! CLEAR! He threw it a little bit harder than he needed to though and barely got a corner pin.

It's the battle of the leaders!

6.5 meters. But right after these words from our sponsor.

Back. Takeyama. NO! Not really even close.

This is for the win..here he goes. YES! Right in the middle! No problem! Thunderstruck!

Yet another win for the young guns!

Next week! They'll be back at eight on Sunday! It will be Kansai versus Kanto! For regional pride! Be there!

Just for kicks, the songs I could catch:

AC/DC - Thunderstruck, Back in Black
Queen - Flash, We Will Rock You
Pearl Jam - Even Flow
Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way
Bon Jovi - Runaway
Metallica - Enter Sandman
Aerosmith - Living on the Edge
Motley Crue - Wild Side
Guns N' Roses - Welcome to the Jungle

Saturday, October 16, 2010

SASUKE 2011: First Look?

http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/robthomas722/42342447.html

Let's see...Many big guests coming? Could be the American Ninja Warrior people. Or someone else? Let the speculation run rampant.

Actually,  I think that for him to say big guests probably means that lots of celebrities coming in. The ANW people are important to the world of SASUKE but in the world of Japanese entertainment they are blip on the radar.

Also note the title of the post: SASUKE 2011. Looks like another New Year's show? Personally, that is the best case scenario. The pressure to produce high ratings is off because the show will just be your usual holiday filler or time-killer. But where will that leave Sportsman No. 1?

Monday, October 11, 2010

It's Kane Kosugi's Birthday!

I would post something new for Kane Kosugi's birthday but I sort of just took it easy today (and during 体育の日!) so here are some some links for you:

Kane's "Silent Storm"
Kane is the "image character" for Spalding Japan (non-pro athlete division)
The aborted Kane Kosugi week from two years ago

Thanks to youtube user vatoubarzing, the final fight from Coweb:

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Important JOSF Announcement

Attention JOSF members!

The race scheduled for October 17th has been moved to October 24th because there was a sudden need of the lot.

10月17日(日)開催の緑山10月定期戦は緑山スタジオにおいて急遽大規模な撮影がおこなわれる事になり日程を変更し10月24日(日)に開催いたします。
http://www.josf.gr.jp/2010/10/10_1.php

Friday, September 17, 2010

Change your Sasukemania bookmark..maybe?

Well, that's weird.

Apparently simple ol'  http://sasukemania.com/ is now the more complicated http://digital9.3zoku.com/sasukemania.com/ as of tonight.

The main thing to note, though, is that the link for the address for people to send in their applications is now gone.

*Cue ominous music*

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Muscle Park in Odabia closing

Muscle Park Odabia will be closing as of October 31st, 2010 according to an announcement on the Muscle Park website.

More info as it comes in.

Announcement (in Japanese)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Hibaku Piano from Hiroshima Plays in New York to Mark 9/11


Thanks to youtube user newsupload2010

The piano is one of four pianos that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima (被爆ピアノ) being used by Peace Hiroshima to give charity concerts around Japan and occasionally overseas.

Known as the Misako Piano (ミサコのピアノ), the 85-key Yamaha  piano was built in 1932 and was 1.8 kilometers from the atomic bombing's ground zero but survived due to the unusually strong home it was in at the time.

The piano will be playing at several places around New York until September 13th.

Other articles:
Japan Today
Older Reuters article

Flyer via the New York Buddhist Church.

Friday, August 27, 2010

筋肉番付 公式データブック完全版 ナインフープス Kinniku Banzuke Official Data Book 9 Hoops

In 1998, TBS (no Monster9 yet) published 筋肉番付 公式データブック完全版 (Kinniku Banzuke Koushiki Data Book Kanzenban or Muscle Ranking Official Data Book Perfect Edition). The book included some photos, description of the events from the show, data and recaps from certain episodes and other information that they thought someone might desperately need. Remember, this was almost two decades ago so the internet was just a place for crappy geocities pages and AOL chat rooms.

(click on scans to see larger versions)

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Like SASUKE, Kinniku Banzuke always featured a mix of amateur and pro athletes, celebrities, your mom, possibly your dog and whoever else they could grab off the streets.

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(clockwise from the top right: Ronaldo, Michael Jordan, various Japanese baseball pitchers, Ronaldo, Carl Lewis, Charles Barkley)

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(clockwise from the top right: Scottie Pippen, Yuuji Oda, the cast of the first SASUKE, Sir Charles and MJ, bicycle pants)

Currently, Kinniku Banzuke is being shown in the US as Unbeatable Banzuke but certain episodes and events are not part of the package of episodes being aired or marketed overseas. 9 Hoops is one of the events that has not aired. However, we know from the Sportsman No. 1 special that aired this January that Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley (although Barkley's attempts were not shown) gave 9 Hoops a shot (see what I did there?). They weren't the only NBA players though.

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 Sorry for the weird looking scans.

According to tables in the book:

Version I
9 - Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls
4 - Charles Barkley Houston Rockets

Version II
8 - Darnell Valentine Retired, former Trailblazers/Clippers/Cavaliers
6 - Kobe Bryant LA Lakers
5 - Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets
5 - John Starks New York Knicks
4 - Clyde Drexler Houston Rockets
3 - Moses Malone Retired, former half of the NBA
2 - Scottie Pippen Chicago Bulls

Sprinter Carl Lewis (from the 2nd scan) got a 3 on Version I.

MJ wasn't the only perfect for Version I. Japanese basketball player Hideaki Toyama 外山英明 and a former Denmark basketball player named Anders Petersen  ペーターセン・アナス got all nine biscuits in the basket.

For Version II, the only listed perfect was a third-year high school student named Hitoshi Nakamura 中村仁.

Unfortunately, the book only goes up to 1998, is inconsistent with facts and tends to ignore certain useful information (like air dates). Still, it's a nice little look at stuff that hasn't been seen in a while. More to come!

Friday, August 13, 2010

筋肉番付 怪傑! 金剛くん Kinniku Banzuke Kaiketsu! Kongou-kun

In 2001 - 2003, Monster 9 main man Ushio Higuchi teamed up with Ouchi Suigun 大内水軍 to create 筋肉番付 怪傑! 金剛くん Kinniku Banzuke Kaiketsu! Kongou-kun. The comic was about Kinniku Banzuke's mascot character Kongou-kun and his adventures with his friends. In one story arc, they take a comic-ized version of SASUKE. (Click to enlarge)




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Most of the obstacles are not very different from the real things other than being exaggerated in size and the fact that the competitors take on the obstacles at the same time whilst fighting. One thing to note though is that in the Final Stage, when they are going up the Spider Climb, rather than the walls separating after a certain amount of time, the walls start closing in on the contestants. So yeah.

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