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Memorable momentsSASUKE (サスケ) Memorable Moments
SASUKE (aka Ninja Warrior) is undoubtedly one of the most unique programs on television. Where professional and amateur athletes alike can compete on an equal stage. It's the competitor versus the course. This type of show gives rise to many memorable moments and here we seek to display some of the memorable moments of SASKUKE to help "tell the story".
 
Sasuke Shuriken KANZENSEIHA - URUSHIHARA Yuuji (漆原 裕治)!
From SASUKE2010元日 (SASUKE #24)
 
During SASUKE2010元日 (Sasuke/Ninja Warrior #24) which was broadcast on New Year's Day, URUSHIHARA Yuuji (漆原 裕治) became the third competitor to achieve KANZENSEIHA (完全制覇 or Total Victory).
 
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Sasuke Shuriken Once again...that's SASUKE!
From SASUKE2009秋 (SASUKE #23)
 
SASUKE/Ninja Warrior #23 was supposed to be the battle of the ALL-Stars versus the Shin-Sedai (New Stars). YAMAMOTO Shingo (the only competitor to compete in every SASUKE) was brilliant throughout and as the day wore on his snappy one liners were caught on camera for posterity.

In this "SASUKE Memorable Moment" HASHIMOTO Koji has just fallen at the start of the Salmon Ladder much to the shock of his family and friends...to which YAMAMOTO Shingo quips: "Mata korega SASUKE desu ne! (またこれがサスケですね!)" which translates to English as "Once again...that's SASUKE!".

 
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Sasuke Shuriken Show us your guts!
From SASUKE2008秋 (SASUKE #21)
 
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/Ninja Warrior #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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Sasuke Shuriken KANZENSEIHA - NAGANO Makoto (長野 誠)!
From SASUKE2006秋 (SASUKE #17)
 
SASUKE/Ninja Warrior #17 was a "Fall "Classic" for sure. Since it was when NAGANO Makoto, after three unsuccessful attempts, achieved KANZENSEIHA (Total Victory). ENJOY!
 
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Sasuke Shuriken Kyujuichikiro (91 Kilos!)
From SASUKE2006秋 (SASUKE #17)
 
Decathlete Paul Anthony Terek (ポール・アンソニー・テレック) exploded onto the scene in Sasuke/Ninja Warrior #17. HATSUTA Keisuke (the announcer) kept repeating Paul's weight of 91 kilograms which in Japanese is "Kyujuichikiro". When Paul went from the Circle Slider to the Jump Hang in the 1ST Stage he jumped so far that he was able to grab the top bar of the Jump Hang much to the amazement of the crowd and competitors alike.
 
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