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SASUKE2008秋 (SASUKE #21)
Tokyo Broadcasting System [TBS] broadcast date Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
Stage Results Overview
Competitors to clear 1ST Stage = 9
Competitors to clear 2ND Stage = 3
Competitors to clear 3RD Stage = 0
Competitors to clear FINAL Stage = 0
SASUKE #21 - Top 5 Results
The top 5 performances for this competition are listed by highest obstacle and then by competitior number.
SASUKE #21 - Commentators
SASUKE #21 - Course (Obstacle) Configuration
Total Obstacles = 25
Time Limit = 120 seconds
Time Limit = 80 seconds
Time Limit = none
Time Limit = 45 seconds
Iji mise te (維持見せて)!!! Show us your guts!!!
YAMADA Katsumi (山田 勝己) (aka Mister Sasuke) the leader of the All Stars is an interesting individual. His determination to compete in Sasuke is well known, since it inspired people like NAGANO Makoto to start competing as well. His unwillingness to quit in the face of ever worsening performances might be commendable. However one wonders whether YAMADA may have developed a bit of a co-dependent relationship with Sasuke (needing the fans and the spot light) especially after NAGANO's kanzenseiha in SASUKE/Ninja Warrior #17. Since then Katsumi's performance has really gone down hill and you can see a certain sense of disdain in his face when some competitors succeed (while the rest of the All Stars cheer them on).
There is in Japanese culture a well known relationship between a Sempai (Senior) and a Kohai (Junior) where the kohai is in a sense "in debt" to the Sempai. Since the Sempai came first they have the "primacy". So in Japanese culture it is very rare to see a kohai call a sempai out but in this Sasuke Memorable Moment from SASUKE #21 you'll see NAGANO Makoto (長野 誠) doing just that.
YAMADA has just landed on the mat at the end of the Jumping Spider - ジャンピングスパイダー and it looks (to some anyways) like he fakes a leg injury. At the sight of this NAGANO screams out "Iji mise te! (維持見せて)" which translates to "Show us your guts!". You can see the disgust in NAGANO's face and he then pleads with YAMADA not to "throw in the towel" but to show us what competing in Sasuke is all about. It's telling that two Sasuke's later (SASKUE/Ninja Warrior #23) the announcer is calling NAGANO "Mister Sasuke".
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The 21st Competition, official name: SASUKE2008秋 (literally Sasuke 2008 fall), is the fourth tournament since Nagano Makoto's kanzenseiha in SASUKE 17, and the tournament in which Urushihara Yuuji made his debut. Prior to this tournament, preliminary trials were held in both Japan and the United States. The SASUKE 21 Trials had eight representatives and the United States had six (although only three actually qualified). Due to the poor results of the last two tournaments, the course was kept virtually the same. In fact, only one new obstacle, the Hang Climbing, was introduced. The results in this tournament were vastly better than SASUKE 19 or SASUKE 20 as 9 people cleared the First Stage, including the last four consecutive competitors (a Shin-Sasuke record). In the Second Stage, the Salmon Ladder eliminated four of the nine, and only three were able to clear. Two-time Pro Sportsman #1 champion Miyazaki Daisuke cleared the First and Second Stages for the first time but failed the Devil Steps in the Third Stage, the earliest third stage failure in Shin-Sasuke. In his record-breaking 11th appearance in the Third Stage, Takeda became the first person to clear the Shin-Cliffhanger. Nagano made it to the final obstacle in the Third Stage, the Gliding Ring, where a flaw in design made the obstacle much more difficult than imagined. As a result, Nagano failed there, ending the tournament. For an unprecedented fourth straight tournament, no one made it to the Final Stage.
This tournament marked a return to dominance for the SASUKE All-Stars as all five who competed made it to the Soritatsu Kabe, three of them cleared the First Stage (the most since SASUKE 17), and Nagano and Takeda cleared the Second Stage.
This article uses material from the "SASUKE_21" article on the SASUKEPEDIA wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.
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