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Final Viking

Intro

Final Viking (stylized FINAL VIKING) is the final stage of all VIKING tournaments (Individual and Pair). Throughout all of the different VIKING's, there were six versions of this stage (3 in Individual and 3 in Pair). In VIKING 4, as well as the Pair version, the tournaments were competition-style, ensuring a winner no matter how far or how many competitors progressed or cleared. In the Individual version's first three competitions, simply completing the stage resulted in Kanzenseiha.

Final Viking Obstacles

Individual VIKING

VIKING Final Viking Obstacles Time Limit
1-2 Horizon Rope (23m) Vertical Rope (10m) 100.0
3 Hawkeye Steady Voyager Ultimate Plank Heartbreaker None
4 Hashigo Nobori (20m) None*

Pair VIKING

Pair VIKING Final Viking Obstacles Time Limit
1 Victory Bridge Swing Mast Victory Balanço 55.0
2 Kadōshiki Untei 90.0
3 Untei・Keisan Victory Balanço 90.0
  • There was no definitive time limit as the timer counted upward in VIKING 4's Final, meaning it would have lasted as long as the competitors took to climb the tower before pressing the button.

Version 1 (VIKING 1-2)

Nagano Makoto was attempting the Final VIKING, VIKING 2

The first two Individual VIKING tournaments featured a 23 meter Horizon Rope (ホライズンロープ) leading to a 10 meter tower with a Vertical Rope (バーティカルロープ), which had to be completed within a 100 second time limit. The competitors had to cross hand-over-hand for approximately half of the rope (marked by a flag) after which the competitors were free to use their legs. After reaching the end of the Horizontal Rope, they were to transfer to the Vertical Rope, reminiscent of the Tsuna Nobori in SASUKE, though this was tied with the Horizontal Rope as well as at the top, meaning that was less freedom for the rope to swing around compared to the Tsuna Nobori. Competitors had to reach the top and press the button to stop the clock.

Nagano Makoto was the only one able to attempt this version in VIKING 2. He completed the Horizontal Rope, but failed only 50cm short of the button on the Vertical Rope after suddenly gassing out. This version was not conquered prior to the Final Viking re-design in VIKING 3.

Competitor's Success Rate

  • All results based on the Fuji TV broadcast and external information found
VIKING Clears Attempts Percentage
1 0 0 N/A
2 0 1 0%
Total 0 1 0%

Version 2 (VIKING 3)

In VIKING 3, Final Viking was redesigned, replacing the 3rd Fantasy Stage from the previous tournament. This version featured four obstacles the competitors must complete before achieving kanzenseiha. There was no time limit. The obstacles featured the brand new Hawkeye, the Steady Voyager and Ultimate Plank from the 3rd Fantasy Stage, with the final obstacle being the Heartbreaker, brought from the 2nd Adventure Stage. Two people, Minamide Kimihiro and Maeda Sho attempted this version, with Minamide failing the Ultimate Plank almost right away and Maeda failing the Steady Voyager. This version would only last for one tournament due to the format change in VIKING 4.

Competitor's Success Rate

  • All results based on the Fuji TV broadcast and external information found
VIKING Clears Attempts Percentage
3 0 2 0%
Total 0 2 0%

Version 3 (VIKING 4)

Final Viking, VIKING 4.

Due to the head-to-head heat format of VIKING 4, Final Viking was redesigned once more. This version of Final Viking consists of a 20 meter tall Hashigo Nobori (梯子登り). The ladder was not an actual ladder, but a tall bar grid which bounced when climbed. This was a time trial, meaning the winner is the one who can scale the tower in the fastest time. Sato Hiromichi won with a time of 17.83, almost 4 seconds faster than the runner-up, Sumitaki Masaki.

Version 4 (Pair VIKING 1-2)

Pair VIKING featured their own version of Final Viking, adopting a format similar to VIKING 3's where competitors had to take a consecutive series of obstacles rather than climb towers, though a major difference was that these courses were a time trial stage, where the furthest fastest team would became the final winner. Instead of being held at Tokyo Bay, all Final VIKINGs of the Pair version were held at Kumejima, Okinawa.

The first version of Pair's Final VIKING featured three obstacles: Victory Bridge (ビクトリーブリッジ), Swing Mast (スイングマスト), and Victory Balanço (ビクトリーブランコ). The time limit was 55 seconds. Oji Hirofumi/ Oji Kaito was the only team to try this version in Family VIKING 1, and they completed it with 13.1 seconds left, achieved kanzenseiha.

This version returned as the SEMI Finals of Pair Viking 2. The time limit was reduced to 50 in addition to a minor change in the Victory Bridge.

Competitor's Success Rate

  • All results based on the Fuji TV broadcast and external information found
Pair VIKING Clears Attempts Percentage
1 1 1 100%
2
Total

Version 5 (Pair VIKING 2)

Pair VIKING 2 featured a special Final Viking for teams to complete after completing the Semi Final, consisting of a obstacle known as Kadōshiki Untei (可動式うんてい). One member of a pair has to move along bars in the air by hanging on with their hands. There are a certain amount of fixed yellow bars, loose silver ones, and big gaps. As the hanger reaches a gap the other member of the pair has to pick up the loose bars that have been passed and lay them over the gap, so the hanger can move on. In case the one crossing the bars became tired, there were randomly placed resting platforms along the way to the finish. Once the member of the team crossing the bars reached the end, they had to swing out a short distance to the finish pad below, a la the early versions of the Pipe Slider in SASUKE. The time limit was 90 seconds.

3 teams were able to try this version, with two teams completing it and achieving kanzenseiha: Sato Hiromichi/Sato Fumiya (with 39.14 seconds left) and Pair VIKING 1's victors; Oji Hirofumi/ Oji Kaito (with 16.33 seconds left). Since team Sato Hiromichi/Sato Fumiya completed it faster, they were declared as the winner of the overall competition. As for the final team; Sase Masahaku/ Sase Hazuki, they just timed out short of the goal.

Competitor's Success Rate

  • All results based on the Fuji TV broadcast and external information found
Pair VIKING Clears Attempts Percentage
2 2 3 66.67%
Total 2 3 66.67%

Version 6 (Pair VIKING 3)

This version brought back the familiar two-obstacle format for Final Viking, which consisted of the Untei・Keisan (うんてい・計算), which is similar toVersion 4 except there are no resting spots and one member of the team have to solve a mathematical addition sums similar to the Parley and Tactical Parley in order to open the corresponding gate to let the other team member to pass and continue till reaching the ending platform. There are four gates which corresponds to four problems , alternating between addition and subtraction. The Victory Balanço (ビクトリーブランコ) also returned as well, though with a different twist. The time limit was still 90 seconds.

2 teams were able to try this version: Kudo Junichiro/Kudo Emu and Ogawa Takeshi/Ogawa Mai, but both teams failed the Untei・Keisan. Since team Kudo Junichiro/Kudo Emu went further, they were declared as the winner.

Competitor's Success Rate

  • All results based on the Fuji TV broadcast and external information found
Pair VIKING Clears Attempts Percentage
3 0 2 0%
Total 0 2 0%

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