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Kanzenseiha (Complete Victory), SASUKE 31

Kanzenseiha (完全制覇), translated as Complete Domination, referred to as Total Victory on English broadcast and officially known as Complete Victory in SASUKE 31, is achieved when a competitor in SASUKE (and its international formats) or KUNOICHI is able to clear the Final Stage in the set time limit.

In addition, the term also applies to all Kinniku Banzuke events when competitors won an event.

To date, Kanzenseiha has only been achieved twenty-three times by nineteen people. If only counting the originating Japanese competitions (SASUKE and KUNOICHI), this feat has only been achieved eleven times by seven people.


The grand prize for achieving Kanzenseiha varies depending on the SASUKE/Ninja Warrior spinoff:

  • SASUKE grants the prize money of JPY 2,000,000, with the exception of a Nissan Fuga car in SASUKE 24.
  • American Ninja Warrior grants the prize money of USD 1,000,000, beginning on American Ninja Warrior 7.
  • SASUKE Vietnam grants the prize money of VND 800,000,000, beginning on SASUKE Vietnam 2.
  • SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia grants the prize money of IDR 500,000,000.
  • Ninja Warrior France grants the prize money of EUR 100,000, beginning on Ninja Warrior France 2.
    • On Ninja Warrior France 1, the prize was EUR 100,000 and a car.
  • Ninja Warrior Germany grants the cash prize of EUR 300,000, beginning on Ninja Warrior Germany 3.
    • Originally, on Ninja Warrior Germany 1, the cash prize was EUR 100,000 and EUR 100,000 was added each season when no winner is achieved, the prize money has since stopped rolling over.
    • Starting from Ninja Warrior Germany 3, the competitor who made the furthest in the fastest time (but didn't achieve total victory) would receive a cash prize of EUR 25,000. In the next season, the female competitor who does the same also receive the same amount.
  • Australian Ninja Warrior grants the cash prize of AUD 100,000.
    • If no competitor could achieve total victory, the prize money will be rolled over to the next season and kept rolling over until someone achieve total victory, resulting that competitor would receive the rolled-over cash prize and the cash prize would be reset back to AUD 100,000 on the next season after that.
    • However, starting on Australian Ninja Warrior 3, the competitor who made the furthest in the fastest time (but didn't achieve total victory) would receive the cash prize of AUD 100,000. Therefore, the prize money for achieving total victory on the season in which total victory occurred on the previous season is reset back to AUD 200,000.
  • Ninja Warrior Poland grants the cash prize of PLN 150,000 and the Ninja Warrior Poland statuette.
    • If no competitor could achieve total victory, these awards are lost, but the competitor who made the furthest is awarded the honorary title of Last Man Standing, and from season 4 PLN 15,000 (in seasons 1-3 without a cash prize).
    • In the fourth season, the title of Last Woman Standing began to be awarded to the participant with the best result among all women, along with a cash prize of PLN 5,000 (only if this woman does not achieve the title of Last Man Standing).



Coincidentally, SASUKE, KUNOICHI, American Ninja Warrior, Ninja Warrior France, and Australian Ninja Warrior achieved their first kanzenseiha/total victory in their fourth tournament:

  • The first kanzenseiha in SASUKE was achieved in SASUKE 4.
  • The first kanzenseiha in KUNOICHI was achieved in KUNOICHI 4.
  • The first total victory on American Ninja Warrior was achieved on American Ninja Warrior 7, the fourth season since the national finals/Mount Midoriyama course was held on the U.S. soil (specifically in Las Vegas), starting on American Ninja Warrior 4.
  • The first total victory on Ninja Warrior France was achieved on Ninja Warrior France 4.
  • The first total victory on Australian Ninja Warrior was achieved on Australian Ninja Warrior 4.

Successful Kanzenseiha

SASUKE

  • Akiyama Kazuhiko, SASUKE 4. Akiyama had competed twice earlier, but ultimately timed out on the Second Stage. He was finally able to clear the Second Stage, but found trouble in the Third Stage. Because five people had cleared the Third Stage in the previous tournament, the stage was completely redesigned, the Pipe Slider being changed so that the competitor would have to swing to the platform rather than just touch down. Akiyama almost slipped off of the platform, but hung on using his arms and was able to pull himself up to the goal mat. The Final Stage at the time was a 15-metre Tsuna Nobori in 30 seconds, which Akiyama finished in a mere 24 seconds, earning the first ever Kanzenseiha.
  • Nagano Makoto, SASUKE 17. Nagano had made it to the Final Stage three times earlier in SASUKE 11, 12, and 13. In SASUKE 12, he was just 0.11 (1/9) seconds away from achieving kanzenseiha. However, he blazed through the first three stages and cleared the Final Stage, a 12.5-metre Spider Climb and a 10-metre Tsuna Nobori with 2.56 seconds left on the clock.
  • Urushihara Yuuji, SASUKE 24. After Nagano Makoto's victory, the course was completely redesigned, retaining only four old obstacles. This new era (the Shin-SASUKE) was designed to eliminate all 100 competitors in the First Stage. However, as time progressed, more and more competitors cleared the First Stage. In his first four tournaments, Urushihara cleared the First Stage three times and the Third Stage twice. After barely failing the G-Rope in SASUKE 22, Urushihara rigorously trained his Rope Climbing skills. When he had 21 seconds to climb the 10-metre G-Rope, his training paid off, as he cleared it with 3.57 seconds to spare.
  • Urushihara Yuuji, SASUKE 27. After Urushihara's first victory, the First and Second Stages underwent minor changes, but the Third Stage was entirely redesigned. For the first two tournaments, all eight competitors who attempted the Ultimate Cliffhanger were defeated. In SASUKE 27, however, the Third Stage was modified so as to make the first half easier but the second half more difficult. This was proven to be an advantage for Urushihara, who became the third competitor to defeat the Ultimate Cliffhanger and defeated the entire Third Stage course. The Final Stage was a 20-metre Tsuna Nobori in 40 seconds. However, unlike the original Final Stage, competitors were allowed to start from a standing position. After fellow UNCLI member Matachi Ryo failed, Urushihara put his Rope Climbing skills to good use, clearing the new Final Stage with a record 6.71 seconds to spare, earning his second Kanzenseiha.
  • Morimoto Yūsuke, SASUKE 31. After nearly reaching the Final Stage in SASUKE 29, Morimoto defeated his nemesis, the Pipe Slider, to reach the Final Stage. He was the only person to clear the Third Stage that day. In the Final Stage, Morimoto kept a steady pace and finished with 2.59 seconds left on the clock to achieve SASUKE's fifth Kanzenseiha and becoming the youngest to do so at the age of 23.
  • Morimoto Yūsuke, SASUKE 38. Without a doubt, Morimoto has trained even harder after the close Kanzenseiha in SASUKE 36. He came back stronger in SASUKE 38, letting go what happened in the previous tournament. He blazed through the Spider Climb and completed the Salmon Ladder Jūgo Dan with struggles. However, his skills during the Tsuna Nobori proved to be a great help and he managed to complete the Final Stage with 2.52 seconds on the clock to achieve SASUKE's sixth Kanzenseiha, becoming the second person after Urushihara Yuuji to achieve it twice. In addition, he is the first person to achieve Kanzenseiha wearing #100.


KUNOICHI

  • Miyake Ayako, KUNOICHI 4. This was Miyake's first tournament, after her dance group G-Rockets joined the Muscle Musical squad. Wearing #58, she shocked everyone by clearing the First Stage with 28.86 seconds to spare. Upon clearing the Second and Third Stages, she was able to achieve KUNOICHI's first Kanzenseiha after clearing the Final Stage with 4.11 seconds to spare. Notably, this was the first KUNOICHI tournament shown on G4.
  • Miyake Ayako, KUNOICHI 5. Miyake was given #100 in honour of her Kanzenseiha in the previous tournament. She showed that it was no fluke by once again dominating the virtually unchanged course a second time, this time clearing with 7.7 seconds left.
  • Miyake Ayako, KUNOICHI 6. KUNOICHI 6 was noteworthy in two ways - it was redesigned after Miyake's two Kanzenseihas and also it had an "International" theme, as women from several different countries including Japan, USA, Brazil, and Indonesia competed. Miyake and Tanaka Maho reached the Final Stage and although Maho was unable to reach the Pole Climb in time, Miyake cleared for an unheard of third time with only 0.66 seconds to spare. She celebrated by waving a Japanese flag atop the tower (further going with the "International" theme). However, Miyake shockingly failed at the final obstacle of the Second Stage in the next tournament and it is unsure if she will ever compete again.
  • Komiya Rie, KUNOICHI 8. Under the new KUNOICHI system, three competitors qualified for the redesigned Final Stage. Komiya was the first to attempt and cleared with 3.7 seconds remaining.
  • Satomi Kadoi, KUNOICHI 8. Satomi was the third to attempt the redesigned Final Stage, and cleared it with a blistering 21.4 seconds remaining, the fastest time in KUNOICHI history.


American Ninja Warrior

  • Geoff Britten, American Ninja Warrior 7. First American to complete Stage Four with 0.35 seconds left, taking only two American Ninja Warrior seasons to do so. This earned him the title of the first "American Ninja Warrior". However, on the next season, Geoff Britten shockingly fell at the very first obstacle of Stage One, and announced the temporary retirement from the competition after that, returning to compete on American Ninja Warrior 11.
  • Isaac Caldiero, American Ninja Warrior 7. Second American to complete Stage Four with 3.86 seconds left, taking only three American Ninja Warrior seasons to do so. Since he had a faster time on Stage Four than Geoff Britten, he was declared the winner of the competition and won the US$1,000,000 cash prize.
  • Drew Drechsel, American Ninja Warrior 11. Third American to complete Stage Four with 2.54 seconds remaining and the fourth American overall to achieve kanzenseiha/total victory. He was up against Daniel Gil for the $1,000,000 cash prize, but Gil failed to complete Stage Four in time and thus Drew was declared the second winner and third "American Ninja Warrior".


SASUKE Vietnam

  • David Campbell, SASUKE Vietnam 2. First competitor to complete SASUKE Vietnam's Final Stage. Third American to achieve kanzenseiha/total victory. Completed the Final Stage with 0.73 seconds left.
  • Nguyễn Phước Huynh, SASUKE Vietnam 2. Nguyễn Phước Huynh has competed on SASUKE Vietnam 1 before, but failed at the Cliffhanger in Stage 3. However, on the next season, he was able to beat the Cliffhanger, and later finished Stage 3 and advanced to the Final Stage. Then, he became the second competitor to complete SASUKE Vietnam's Final Stage with 0.64 seconds left.
  • Lê Văn Thực, SASUKE Vietnam 2. Lê Văn Thực has competed on SASUKE Vietnam 1 before, but failed the dismount of the Pipe Slider in Stage 3. However, on the next season, he was able to beat the Pipe Slider and advanced to the Final Stage. Then, he became the third competitor to complete SASUKE Vietnam's Final Stage, and by completing the Final Stage in the fastest time (with 6.44 seconds left), he was declared as the champion of the tournament and won the VND 800,000,000 cash prize.


Ninja Warrior UK

  • Tim Champion, Ninja Warrior UK 5. After a two-season hiatus since his last appearance on Ninja Warrior UK 2, Tim returned to compete on Ninja Warrior UK 5. On his return, Tim became the first ever competitor to complete the Flying Bar (the final obstacle of Stage 3) and advance to Stage 4 (Mount Midoriyama). Later, he became the first competitor to complete Stage 4 with 1 second left, achieving the first ever total victory in Ninja Warrior UK history and earning him the title of the first "Ninja Warrior UK". However, Tim Champion's total victory would be Ninja Warrior UK's first and last ever total victory, as the show was cancelled after that.


Ninja Warrior France

  • Jean Tezenas du Montcel, Ninja Warrior France 4. Being the Last Man Standing on the previous season, Jean returned to compete on Ninja Warrior France 4. From there, he managed to beat the first two stages with ease and made it all the way to Final Stage (called as Tour des Héros). He blazed through the stage within 40 seconds and completed it with 8 seconds left (32.45 seconds or 7.55 seconds left via external information), becoming the first competitor to achieve total victory in Ninja Warrior France history, winning the EUR 100,000 grand prize by completing the stage with the fastest time, thus considered as the sole winner.
  • Nicolas Cerquant, Ninja Warrior France 4. Second competitor to achieve total victory with 1 second left (39.15 seconds or 0.85 seconds left via external information). This makes Ninja Warrior France history to have a double winner and the first European format to have done so.


Australian Ninja Warrior

  • Zak Stolz, Australian Ninja Warrior 4. With Zak completing the first three stages, he attempt Stage Four (Mt. Midoriyama) first and managed to be the First Australian to complete Stage Four (Mt. Midoriyama) with 0.20 seconds left, taking only two Australian Ninja Warrior season appearances to do so.
  • Charlie Robbins, Australian Ninja Warrior 4. Being the Last Man Standing on the previous season, Charlie returned to compete on Australian Ninja Warrior 4. He managed to beat the first three stages with ease, albeit struggled along the way, and made it all the way to Stage Four (Mt. Midoriyama). He later became the second Australian to complete Stage Four (Mt. Midoriyama) with 3.44 seconds left, taking only two Australian Ninja Warrior season appearances to do so (just like Zak Stolz).
  • Ben Polson, Australian Ninja Warrior 4. Ben Polson's run on that season's competition was not as smooth as both Zak Stolz and Charlie Robbins, as he had an early fall on the fifth obstacle (the Sling Shot) during the semifinals. Despite that, he was still able to hang on and advance to the grand final. Then, he managed to advance to Stage Three for the first time in his Australian Ninja Warrior appearance, and later became the first ever competitor in Australian Ninja Warrior history to complete Stage Three and advance to Stage Four (Mt. Midoriyama), with a clutch attempt on the Flying Bar with the right side of the bar inches outside of the cradle. In Stage Four (Mt. Midoriyama), he became the third Australian to complete it with 4.44 seconds left. Since he was able to complete Stage Four (Mt. Midoriyama) faster than both Zak Stolz and Charlie Robbins, he was then declared as the first ever "Australian Ninja Warrior" and won the AU$400,000 cash prize. With this feat, that marks the second occurrence of three total victories in a season on an international format since SASUKE Vietnam 2.

Close Encounters

SASUKE

  • Tanaka Hikaru, SASUKE 2. In his rookie effort Tanaka managed to beat the first three stages with little trouble, but in the Final Stage he timed out a few feet away from Kanzenseiha.
  • Yamamoto Shingo, SASUKE 3. In Yamamoto's third appearance he managed to beat the Pipe Slider that took him down last time and he managed to climb Tsuna Nobori pretty fast, but he ran out of time about two metres away from the button.
  • Yamada Katsumi, SASUKE 3. In Yamada's only appearance in the Final Stage, he came up just short of the buzzer. Yamada only used his arms for the first five metres but clearly had a faster pace when instituting his legs. He was one of five to take on the Final Stage that day and by far was the closest. With that performance, he earned the nickname as "Mr. SASUKE".
  • Yamamoto Shingo, SASUKE 7. In the Final Stage, Yamamoto had good pace when he started up the Spider Climb, but slipped and dislocated his shoulder when he got three metres up the Spider Climb. Had Yamamoto not dislocated his shoulder, he might have achieved Kanzenseiha.
  • Kane Kosugi, SASUKE 8. Kane joined Jordan Jovtchev in the Final Stage. An extreme downpour had hit Midoriyama that day and it was still raining during the Final Stage. Kane struggled on the slippery Spider Climb but made up ground on the rope, but still fell short. Many believe that had the weather stayed dry, Kane would have achieved Kanzenseiha. This was his final appearance on SASUKE.
  • Shiratori Bunpei, SASUKE 12. Shiratori cleared the Spider Climb with an excellent pace but struggled on the early part of the rope. When he began using his legs to assist him, he flew up the rope. Although he timed out, he might have achieved Kanzenseiha had he started using his legs sooner.
  • Nagano Makoto, SASUKE 12. Nagano had a blistering pace while climbing the Final Stage and despite a few stumbles on the Spider Climb, was eye-level as time was running out. However, the rope swung away from the button. Nagano reached out to press it, but he was 0.11 (1/9) seconds late of hitting the button. The course was moderately redesigned after this and the SASUKE Trials were introduced as a result.
  • Nagano Makoto, SASUKE 13. On Nagano's third try at the Final Stage, he ran out of time once more. Upon timing out, Nagano reached for the button. He fell a few inches short and dropped to the bottom.
  • Urushihara Yuuji, SASUKE 22. Urushihara had only competed once before, failing the First Stage's Flying Chute. However, he was able to conquer Shin-SASUKE's Third Stage for the first time ever and as such was the first to take on the third incarnation of the Final Stage. He reached the G-Rope with 28 seconds to spare but came just inches short of the buzzer.
  • Nagano Makoto, SASUKE 23. Nagano was able to scale the entire tower and was eye level with the button as time expired. However, after Urushihara's close call in the previous tournament, the time limit was reduced from 45 seconds to 40 seconds. If the time limit had stayed at 45 seconds, Nagano would have achieved Kanzenseiha, as he was 0.21 seconds short of the button when time ran out.
  • Hashimoto Kouji, SASUKE 24. After failing the first rung of the Salmon Ladder in the previous tournament, Hashimoto cleared the first three stages in SASUKE 24. In the Final Stage, he was slow on the Heavenly Ladder but made up ground on the G-Rope. He reached for the button as time expired but did not hit it in time.
  • Takahashi Kenji, SASUKE 24. Takahashi had a great pace on the Heavenly Ladder, but on the G-Rope he was twisting up the rope and as a result had to stop to untangle his support wire.
  • Matachi Ryo, SASUKE 27. In Matachi's first three attempts he went out in First Stage. The fourth time was the charm as he finished the First Stage. Continuing his unlikely run he managed to beat the Second and Third Stages on his first try. He and fellow Cliffer Urushihara were the only two to reach the finals. Ryo climbed quickly at first, but started to tire and timed out about centimetres away from the buzzer. However, his performance pushed fellow Cliffer Urushihara to achieve a second Kanzenseiha.
  • Matachi Ryo, SASUKE 30. Matachi once again made it to the Final Stage. He got slower as he got closer to the button and as the result, he timed out about 1.7 metres short. If he went at the same pace from the beginning, he might have achieved Kanzenseiha.
  • Morimoto Yūsuke, SASUKE 36. Following his failure in SASUKE 35, he made it to the Final Stage two times in a row. This time, the Final Stage took place at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse. His pace was considered faster than he did last tournament. However, possibly due to the wind, the rope kept swinging, losing precious time in order to transit to the Tsuna Nobori and as a result, he was late by 0.5 seconds trying to hit the button despite barely arriving around 0.5 metres atop of the tower. Had if the rope not swinging, he would have likely to achieve Kanzenseiha.


KUNOICHI

  • Izumi Mika, KUNOICHI 3. Izumi had flown up the first part of the tower, but started too slow and didn't have enough time to climb high enough to touch the button, as she barely grazed it with her fingertips.
  • Mizuno Yuko, KUNOICHI 3. Mizuno was one of three people to attempt the redesigned Final Stage in this tournament and all three came close to Kanzenseiha. Mizuno being the closest. Had she reached for the button earlier, she would have achieved KUNOICHI's first Kanzenseiha, but instead chose to get higher on the pole. As a result, she did not reach the button in time. The reporter who interviewed Mizuno noted that had she had one more second, she would have cleared. Incidentally, Mizuno Yuko's near-miss of Kanzenseiha was aired only a week before Nagano Makoto's near-miss of Kanzenseiha in SASUKE 12.
  • Komiya Rie, KUNOICHI 5. Komiya started fast and made it to the Pole Climb in good time, but she couldn't climb fast enough and timed out hair level to the finish button.
  • Arimatsu Tomomi, KUNOICHI 8. Arimatsu actually finished the Final Stage in time, but when it was discovered that she grabbed the side of the board on the Survival Climb, she was disqualified.


American Ninja Warrior

  • Daniel Gil, American Ninja Warrior 11. Daniel was considered quick when he went up the rope. However, he started to slow down and he had timed out about 70 feet up / 21.34 meters at the Rope Climb, around 1.534 meters short. Due to the time difference in finishing Stage Three, he goes last, following Drew Drechsel's total victory.


SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia

Ninja Warrior France

  • Thomas Ballet, Ninja Warrior France 2. He was the first person to attempt the Final Stage Tower, which consisted a 23-meter rope and he only had 30 seconds to complete it. He was close, timed out about 1.5 meter away the goal and got eye-level with the buzzer about 2 seconds late.
  • Jean Tezenas du Montcel, Ninja Warrior France 5. After achieving total victory in the last season, Jean returns stronger than ever. In the Finals, he had blazed through the first two stages with ease, barely struggling along the way. He became the first and only competitor so far to complete Stage Two and advanced to the Final Stage after his own total victory. He had to beat his own time set by his previous total victory by climbing 23 meters rope in just 32 seconds. Nevertheless, even using every nook and cranny on the rope, climbing as fast as he can, he desperately reached the buzzer with 1 second remaining and fell short, ending his performance.


Ninja Warrior Germany

  • Alexander Wurm, Ninja Warrior Germany 3. He was the first person to attempt the Final Stage Tower, and he only had 25 seconds to complete 20-meter Rope Climb. He was close, timed out about 1.5 meter away the goal and got eye-level with the buzzer about 2 seconds late.

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