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Rolling Hill (ローリングヒル) is a First Stage obstacle first introduced in SASUKE 31 as the first obstacle, replacing Long Jump from the previous tournament. The obstacle is basically a combination of Maruta Nobori and Maruta Kudari, as competitors had to climb up five rotating logs similar to Maruta Nobori, walk atop the logs, before climbing down five rotating logs similar to Maruta Kudari. Even though the obstacle is a fusion of Maruta Nobori and Maruta Kudari, there are differences between Rolling Hill and Maruta Nobori and Maruta Kudari, as the logs on Rolling Hill are placed higher than Maruta Nobori and Maruta Kudari, with the bottom logs on each respective obstacles are leveled to the water. The rotating logs and the top logs were painted in white and brown, respectively.

There is a rule regarding this obstacle is that competitors were not allowed to jump from the top of the obstacle to the landing pad or else they would be disqualified. However, this was not strictly told in the beginning and Ragivaru Anastase, a debutant in SASUKE 31, was not aware of this rule either, as at the time, he is not fluent in Japanese, resulting in him jumping on the top logs. He then went on to clear First Stage, but due to miscommunication, this was ignored, resulting in the producers warned the remaining competitors right away that they are not allowed to jump like Ragivaru did or they will be told to stop their run immediately.

Nagano Makoto attempting Rolling Hill in SASUKE 31


Matsuda Daisuke attempting modified Rolling Hill in SASUKE 32

Due to the introduction of Quad Steps in SASUKE 32, Rolling Hill was relocated to the second obstacle. A safety mat was also placed between Quad Steps and Rolling Hill to catch the competitors that roll down the hill. However, it is off limits to step when transitioning between the two obstacles, though stepping on them unintentionally may not result to disqualification.


Hioki Masashi attempting modified Rolling Hill in SASUKE 33

There have been aesthetic modifications to this obstacle since. First, in SASUKE 33, the rotating logs were now painted in red and black, while in the top logs were painted in red, making it one of few obstacles in SASUKE's history to be modified in three consecutive tournaments.


Takeda Toshihiro attempting modified Rolling Hill in SASUKE 34

Then, in SASUKE 34, the top log on the downward portion of the obstacle was painted yellow and black in order to indicate where the competitors would have to jump to clear the obstacle. This modification make Rolling Hill follow Half-Pipe Attack as one of only two obstacles in SASUKE's history to be modified in four consecutive tournaments.


Kanno Hitoshi attempting modified Rolling Hill in SASUKE 35

Lastly, in SASUKE 35, the rotating logs were again re-painted, this time now with light-blue and red, while the top logs remained red. Also, the top log on the downward portion was re-painted in red, with black and yellow shading in the middle, making Rolling Hill so far the only obstacle in SASUKE's history to be modified in five consecutive tournaments.


While this obstacle got a high clear rate, it took out few notable competitors, such as Yamamoto Shingo, Takeda Toshihiro, Urushihara Yuuji, Kanno Hitoshi, and Anastase Ragivaru.


KUNOICHI Appearance

Rolling Hill (ローリングヒル) then appeared as the first obstacle in RED Stage (First Stage) from KUNOICHI 2017 Spring onwards, with the only differences being there are no logs atop and the rotating logs are painted in yellow.

Oshima Ayano attempting Rolling Hill in KUNOICHI 2017 Summer


It provided small damage across three tournaments, but most of the time, it served as time waster for the later obstacles in the stage.


Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found.

SASUKE

SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
31 49 100 49%
32 62 97 63.92%
33 68 88 77.27%
34 82 97 84.54%
35 70 95 73.68%
36 75 98 76.53%
37 65 92 70.65%
38 71 97 73.20%
Total 542 764 70.94%


KUNOICHI

KUNOICHI Clears Attempts Percentage
2017 Spring 37 50 74%
2017 Summer 45 50 90%
2018 47 50 94%
Total 129 150 86%