The Godantobi (五段跳び), known as the Quintuple Step on English broadcasts, was an obstacle introduced on SASUKE 8 as the first obstacle of the First Stage, replacing the Maruta Nobori which had been there for the first seven tournaments.
Competitors had to jump across four steps that were angled 45° degrees toward the center of a water pit, and then had to jump to the landing platform at the end. The steps were positioned right-left-right-left across the length of the pit.
Each step was 60 centimeters (2 feet) wide, and the total length of the obstacle was 6.2 meters (20 feet and 4 inches). This obstacle required both speed and balance. It was proven to be brutal in its first tournament, eliminating half of the field.
Although most of the competitors who failed at the obstacle were joke competitors, the Godantobi was notable for eliminating Akiyama Kazuhiko in SASUKE 9, when his foot touched the water while leaping from the fourth step to the landing platform, becoming the first SASUKE All-Star to fail at the very first obstacle of the First Stage.
This obstacle served as the basic concept of the Quad Steps, which was used as the first obstacle in qualifying and semifinal on American Ninja Warrior 2 and American Ninja Warrior 3, and then on American Ninja Warrior 4 in every qualifying region, though the steps were much wider. Some competitors have even resorted to taking multiple steps on each platform.
In SASUKE 32, the Quad Steps was introduced. Its main difference with the Godantobi was that when the competitors reached the fourth step, they would need to jump to the next obstacle (the Rolling Hill) instead of jumping to the platform.
SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia
On SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia, the Godantobi appeared as the first obstacle during both Challenge Stage and Semifinal Stage 2. However, the obstacle was called as the Quintuple Steps (referred to G4's Ninja Warrior name for the Godantobi, not the Quintuple Steps). The Quintuple Steps itself would later appear as the first obstacle during Challenge Stage on the next season.
Unlike in SASUKE (where the competitors must step all the four steps), several competitors only used either the left or right side of the steps to complete the obstacle.
On SASUKE Vietnam 2, Nhảy Bước 4 (SASUKE Vietnam's offical name for the Godantobi) appeared as the first obstacle in Stage 1A and 1B, which was similar to one used on SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia (since several competitors only used either the left or right sides of the steps to complete the obstacle).
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found
- Notes: In a special before SASUKE 15, the completion percentage was said to be 292 clears out of 400 attempts. However, it was unknown (besides SASUKE 8) how well competitors did in a specific tournament.