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SASUKE 36 (officially,「SASUKE2018大晦日」) has been officially announced by TBS on Twitter, on the 29th of June, 2018. It is the fifth tournament after Morimoto Yūsuke's kanzenseiha. It aired on New Year's Eve, first-time SASUKE has aired in that date on 6 pm JST as the last New Year's Eve and possibly the last SASUKE tournament of the Heisei era. The broadcast was scheduled to last approximately 6 hours and it shared its airtime with a boxing match featuring Kazuto Ioka and Donnie Nietes for the vacant WBO super-flyweight title. This tournament has also introduced SASUKE's new logo for the first time ever.

Applications

Applications were released on 29th June 2018 by TBS on their Official Website and Twitter. Final applications had scheduled to close in mid-October. For the first time, the audition is held in four different cites at four different regions in brackets and they are

  • Sapporo (Hokkaido) in 26th August 2018.
  • Fukuoka (Kyushu) in 1st September 2018.
  • Osaka (Kansai) in 8th October 2018.
  • Tokyo (Kanto) in 3rd and 4th November 2018.

The applications for Sapporo and Fukuoka closed earlier on August 17th, 2018 and August 27th, 2018. In addition, the applications for Osaka closed on September 28th, 2018 and Tokyo closed on October 18th, 2018. All of the applications were closed at 5 pm JST.

Filming

The taping dates took place on December 1st, 2018 till December 3rd, 2018, spanning across 3 days. It was originally planned to be held until December 2nd, 2018.

Additionally, for the first time in the history of SASUKE, the conclusion of the tournament will be taped and broadcast live. Competitors who made it to the Final Stage will attempt it live from the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, which concurrently airing with the pre-taped broadcast on New Year's Eve.

It is also the first time in SASUKE's history where one of the stages do not take place at Midoriyama Studios, disregarding the fact where SASUKE 1 took place in Tokyo Bay NK Hall.

Tournament Summary

This tournament featured many iconic moments such as Matachi Ryo's one-handed save at the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger, Drew Drechsel's slip-up on the landing pad from the Backstream, Urushihara Yuuji becoming the oldest competitor to ever clear a version of the Cliffhanger, and the live Final Stage attempt by Morimoto Yūsuke.

The First Stage received two modifications: the modification and renaming of the TIE Fighter into the Wing Slider and the 20-second addition for the time limit for female and/or over-50 competitors to 105 seconds. Despite that, there were some notable failures like Nagasaki Shunsuke and Tsukada Ryoichi falls on the Dragon Glider, Yamamoto Shingo's fall on the Wing Slider, and Takeda Toshihiro had to withdraw due to a shoulder injury on the Wing Slider. Nevertheless, 15 competitors were able to complete the stage, including Urushihara Yuuji (who timed out on the First Stage in the previous tournament), and Matachi Ryo (who cleared the First Stage for the first time since SASUKE 30).

No modification was made into the Second Stage since SASUKE 33. Despite that, there were several notable failures like Mori Wataru's disqualification at the Reverse Conveyor after using the padding beside the conveyor to crawl across with his legs (although he completed the stage with less than one second remaining) and Drew Drechsel's slip off the course from the chute from the Backstream to the landing pad (making his first ever Second Stage failure in his SASUKE appearances, thus ending his streak of 6 Second Stage clears, and failing to match Takeda Toshihiro's record of 7 consecutive Second Stage clears), 10 competitors were able to complete the stage, which was the second highest number of Second Stage's clears in SASUKE history (after SASUKE 4 at 11 competitors), including competitors like Urushihara Yuuji (who completed the Second Stage for the first time since SASUKE 28), Matachi Ryo (who cleared the First and Second Stages after 4 years) and Darvish Kenji. In addition, this is the highest number of the Second Stage clears since SASUKE RISING era.

The Third Stage remained unchanged from the previous tournament, albeit the distance for the foothold from the Planet Bridge was increased by 40cm. 4 out of 8 competitors (Tada Tatsuya, Matachi Ryo, Urushihara Yuuji, and Morimoto Yūsuke) were able to complete the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger, with Morimoto being the only one to complete the Vertical Limit and later the Pipe Slider, while the others failed on the Vertical Limit, coincidentally at the third section. In addition, three competitors were able to complete the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger on their first attempts. Morimoto's Third Stage clear in this tournament made him just the third competitor in SASUKE history to attempt the Final Stage for 2 tournaments in a row (after Ōmori Akira and Nagano Makoto) and tied with Ōmori Akira and Urushihara Yuuji for the second most Final Stage appearances in SASUKE (with 3 appearances each, only being beaten by Nagano Makoto at 5 appearances).

In the Final Stage which was broadcast live for the first time ever at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Morimoto Yūsuke had a faster pace than he did in the previous tournament, despite having a little trouble at the Salmon Ladder Jūgo Dan. However, possibly due to the wind or his safety harness nudging the rope, the rope kept swinging, losing precious time in order to transit to the Tsuna Nobori, and as a result, he pressed the buzzer around 0.5 seconds late despite barely arrived 0.5m away from the goal.

First Stage

Obstacles

Quad Steps クワッドステップス

Rolling Hill ローリングヒル

③ *Wing Slider ウィングスライダー

Fish Bone フィッシュボーン

Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー

Tackle タックル

Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁

Time Limit: 85 seconds (105 seconds for female and/or over-50 competitors).

* Denotes Modified Obstacle

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
1 Hasegawa Mamoru (24) Flag Performer Manber of Yokohama Kishidou Rolling Hill ローリングヒル
2 Matsui Rakugi (14) Sumo Wrestling Middle School Student ③ *Wing Slider ウィングスライダー
3 Torisawa Katsuhide (46) Former Japan Weightlifting Representative Rolling Hill ローリングヒル
4 Sakuma Kota (26) Kawasaki Municipal Minamigawara Elementary School Teacher Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 Time Out.
5 Matsuki Tomohiro (27) Flower Shop Owner Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut. Paravi Original
6 Aramori Sho (24) LINE Salesman Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut. Paravi Original. Transition from Quad Steps.
7 Kaneko Shunsuke (37) Futtsu Post Office Chief Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut. Paravi Original
8 Kamada Jyunji (46) Kawasaki Tsurumi Rinko Bus Kamihirama Sales office Driver Fish Bone フィッシュボーン All Cut. Paravi Original
9 Hoshi Kazufumi (39) Firework Craftsman Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Shown in Trailer. Paravi Original
10 Minatoso (31) Fisherman Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー
11 KAZUMA (28) Performer ③ *Wing Slider ウィングスライダー All Cut. Paravi Original
12 Kuroda Yuuta (25) Go-go Dancer Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut. Paravi Original
13 Shigeru Kimura (43) Sauna Manager ③ *Wing Slider ウィングスライダー All Cut. Paravi Original
14 Nogawa Daisuke (21) Confectionery Manufacturing Daifuku Craftsman ③ *Wing Slider ウィングスライダー Shown in Trailer.Paravi Original
15 Shouma Yoshida (26) Cosmetics Research Fellow ③ *Wing Slider ウィングスライダー All Cut. Paravi Original
16 Murata Arashi (16) Pro Surfer ③ *Wing Slider ウィングスライダー
17 Daichi Nagata (21) Kyoto Univ. SASUKE Circle Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut. Paravi Original
18 Takiguchi Yuta (34) 3rd Owner of the Michinominato Marutake Fish Bone フィッシュボーン Digest 1-01. Lost his balance on the 4th pedestal. Paravi Original
19 Risaizawa Atsushi (31) Dairy Farmer Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Digest 1-02. Couldn't reach the 1st bar. Paravi Original
20 Sugawara Yoshihiro (23) Specialized Farmer ③ *Wing Slider ウィングスライダー All Cut. Paravi Original
21 Matsumoto Rei (32) Slack Line Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Digest 1-03. Couldn't reach the 1st bar. Paravi Original
22 Ando Yukino (24) Health and Physical Education Teacher Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Digest 1-04. Transition from Quad Steps.Paravi Original
23 Yutaru Shimojo (32) Boat Racer Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Reached the 1st bar but couldn't hold on.
24 Nobunaga Kobayashi (19) Soy Sauce Shop Owner Fish Bone フィッシュボーン All Cut. Paravi Original
25 Shuichi Masuko (29) Nitori Furniture Company Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー All Cut. Paravi Original
26 Haruna Arakawa (19) Professional Tennis Player Rolling Hill ローリングヒル
27 Nachi Suzuki (33) RIZAP Founding Member Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Lost his grip at the end of the first track
28 Yoshimoto Joutaro (18) High School Student ③ *Wing Slider ウィングスライダー All Cut. Paravi Original
29 Sakurai Yuki (26) Taxi Driver Quad Steps クワッドステップス All Cut. Paravi Original
30 Asuka Takagi (25) Policeman Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut. Paravi Original
31 Oyama Miki (33) Beach Volleyball Player Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Digest 2-01. Failed transition to Rolling Hill. Paravi Original
32 Sakai Yuichiro (27) Ajinomoto Salesman. Grandchild of Franky Sakai ③ *Wing Slider ウィングスライダー Digest 2-02. Recovered after the 1st drop slipping but later slipped after the 2nd drop. Paravi Original
33 Kiuchi Tsubasa (36) International Lawyer Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー All Cut. Paravi Original
34 Hattori Yuki (31) House Mover ③ *Wing Slider ウィングスライダー Digest 2-03. Slipped after the 2nd drop. Paravi Original
35 Maiko Shiraishi (36) Dental Clinic Owner ③ *Wing Slider ウィングスライダー Digest 2-04. Slipped after the 2nd drop. Paravi Original
36 Miki Nishino (19) AKB48 Ex-Member Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Digest 2-05. Transition from Quad Steps. Paravi Original
37 Noriyoshi Miyoshi (50) Dental Technician Quad Steps クワッドステップス All Cut. Paravi Original
38 Suzuki Koichi (48) Golf Instructor Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut. Paravi Original
39 Takahashi Ota (47) Primary School Principal Fish Bone フィッシュボーン All Cut. Paravi Original
40 Akiyama Koki (28) Tuna Dismantling Craftsman ③ *Wing Slider ウィングスライダー All Cut. Paravi Original
41 Mr. Shachihoko (26) Imitation Talent Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Digest 2-06. Slipped at the downward section. Paravi Original
42 Ishibashi Taro (33) Shueisha "Weekly Playboy" Editorial Department ③ *Wing Slider ウィングスライダー Fell immediately after starting also made a flip
43 Honma Takashi (49) Bandai SASUKE Department Manager Rolling Hill ローリングヒル
44 Ichiyoi Notake (23) Juvenile training legal instructor Fish Bone フィッシュボーン All Cut. Paravi Original
45 Hideaki So (24) Ama/Scuba Diving Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー All Cut. Paravi Original
46 Ishida Takumi (30) Comedian Kaminari Fish Bone フィッシュボーン
47 Sato Kentaro (32) "Magical Girls Site" Cartoonist ③ *Wing Slider ウィングスライダー
48 Gotoh Yuuki (29) Athletic Self-Defense Force Fish Bone フィッシュボーン All Cut. Paravi Original
49 Naoki Takahashi (24) Coast Guard Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut. Paravi Original
50 Hoshino Kaihei (20) Air Self Defense Force Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut. Paravi Original
51 KAREN (22) CYBERJAPAN DANCERS ③ *Wing Slider ウィングスライダー
52 Iwamoto Hikaru (25) Johnny's Junior

Snow Man

Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 Time Out. Reached the top of the wall right after the time expired.
53 Sunagawa Shinya (23) TBS Toudaiou Member ③ *Wing Slider ウィングスライダー
54 Taisuke Kono (24) PRO SHOWROOM Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut. Paravi Original
55 Takahito Kayano (48) Dean of Tsuda College Rolling Hill ローリングヒル
56 Maeda Mizuki (24) "Black Tiger" special support class staff Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー
57 Isa Yoshinori (25) "Black Tiger" decapitator Rolling Hill ローリングヒル
58 Kim Jin-Guk (33) Former South Korean Football Player Representative Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー All Cut. Paravi Original
59 Kenji Kanehara (22) Men's Cheerleading Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut. Paravi Original
60 Matsuda Daisuke (43) Matsuda Water Supply Plumber Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー
61 Ishikuna Noa (22) Actor Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Digest 3-01. Lost his grip on the 1st bar near the end of the 1st track. Paravi Original
62 Pee (26) Talent Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Digest 3-02. Paravi Original
63 Araki Naoyuki (25) Car Designer Clear (4.94 seconds left) First to clear SASUKE 36's First Stage.
64 MAXIMA (21) Pro Double Dutch Player ③ *Wing Slider ウィングスライダー All Cut. Paravi Original
65 Shuzo Yoshizawa (28) Former professional basketball player Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー All Cut. Paravi Original
66 Can Yutaka (33) Golden Bomber Guitarist Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー
67 Watanabe Shuuto (29) Pro Mixed Martial Arts Fighter ③ *Wing Slider ウィングスライダー Paravi Original
68 Aoki Yusuke (20) Actor Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Digest 4-01. Reached the 1st bar but couldn't hold on. Paravi Original
69 Kondo Hiroki (23) Gymnastics former Japan representative Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Digest 4-02. Reached the 2nd bar but couldn't hold on. Paravi Original
70 Morimoto Kimito (25) Decathlete Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Digest 4-03. Reached the 2nd bar but couldn't hold on. Paravi Original
71 Hioki Masashi (37) Kitagawa Electrical Manager Clear (8.03 seconds left)
72 Watabe Ryo (26) Fire Department Rescue Team Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー All Cut. Paravi Original
73 Tada Tatsuya (26) Yamagata Prefectural Office Staff Clear (9.73 seconds left)
74 Takumaki Kunitomo (30) Rickshaw puller Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー All Cut. Paravi Original
75 Ugajin Shogo (26) Footprint Construction Craftsman Clear (11.70 seconds left) Digest 5. Paravi Original
76 Mori Wataru (35) Actor Clear (3.07 seconds left)
77 Oshima Ayano (24) Shinkin Bank Employee. KUNOICHI Representative Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 Time Out.
78 Stefanie Noppinger (25) Ninja Warrior Austria Representative ③ *Wing Slider ウィングスライダー
79 Kou / TWINS (23) YouTube Content Creator Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー lost his grip right at the end of the obstacle (at the 2nd track)
80 Tsukada Ryoichi (32) A.B.C-Z Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー
81 Yamamoto Shingo (44) Training Gym Owner ③ *Wing Slider ウィングスライダー
82 Suzuki Yusuke (40) Atsugi Junior High School Physical Education Teacher Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 Digest 6-01. Time Out. Reached the top of the wall but couldn't hit the buzzer in time. Paravi Original
83 Nakagawa Takaharu (27) Former Japan Society Football Player Clear (9.28 seconds left) Digest 6-02. Paravi Original
84 Nagashima Tetsuta (26) Moto2 Rider Fish Bone フィッシュボーン Digest 6-03. Lost his balance on the 3rd pedestal. Paravi Original
85 Takeda Toshihiro (43) Training Gym Owner Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Withdrew due to the injury sustained at Wing Slider.
86 Urabe Hirotaka (29) K-1 Super Feather Class Champion ③ *Wing Slider ウィングスライダー
87 Tanaka Kenji (32) 2nd Place World Fin Swimmer Fish Bone フィッシュボーン Digest. Paravi Original
88 YOH (30) New Japan Pro-Wrestling/Roppongi 3K Fish Bone フィッシュボーン Digest. Paravi Original
89 Ben Toyer (28) Ninja Warrior Australia Representative Clear (5.70 seconds left)
90 Nguyen Doan Tho (28) SASUKE Vietnam Representative Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 Digest. Time Out. Paravi Original
91 Yamamoto Seito (26) Asian Games Gold Medalist Pole Vault Representative Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー
92 Matachi Ryo (29) Plumber Clear (7.12 seconds left)
93 Yamamoto Keitaro (27) EIKOH Seminar Lecturer Clear (13.01 seconds left) Digest. Paravi Original
94 Nagasaki Shunsuke (31) Former Olympic Trampolinist Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Digest. Paravi Original
95 Urushihara Yuuji (40) Haruta Shoes Staff Clear (6.45 seconds left)
96 Satō Jun (27) Parkour Instructor Clear (23.39 seconds left)
97 Drew Drechsel (29) Gym Trainer Clear (29.45 seconds left) Fastest First Stage clear of the tournament.
98 Darvish Kenji (38) Golden Bomber Drummer Clear (6.12 seconds left)
99 Kawaguchi Tomohiro (37) Director of Climbing Shoe Manufacturer Clear (7.60 seconds left)
100 Morimoto Yūsuke (27) IDEC Software Engineer Clear (8.97 seconds left)
Total 100 Attempts 15 Clears

Second Stage

Obstacles

Ring Slider リングスライダー

Salmon Ladder Nobori サーモンラダー 上り

Salmon Ladder Kudari サーモンラダー 下り

Spider Walk スパイダーウォーク

Spider Drop スパイダードロップ

Backstream バックストリーム

Reverse Conveyor リバースコンべア

Wall Lifting ウォールリフティング

Time Limit: 110 seconds.

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
63 Araki Naoyuki (25) Car Designer Clear (12.31 seconds left)
71 Hioki Masashi (37) Kitagawa Electrical Manager Clear (13.11 seconds left)
73 Tada Tatsuya (26) Yamagata Prefectural Office Staff Clear (11.08 seconds left) Digest. Paravi Original
75 Ugajin Shogo (26) Footprint Construction Craftsman Reverse Conveyor リバースコンべア

Digest. Paravi Original. Time Out.

76 Mori Wataru (35) Actor Reverse Conveyor リバースコンべア Clear the stage with 0.55 seconds left but later shown that he was disqualified for using the sides with his legs
83 Nakagawa Takaharu (27) Former Japan Society Football Player Spider Walk スパイダーウォーク Digest. Slipping right after starting. Paravi Original
89 Ben Toyer (28) Ninja Warrior Australia Representative Clear (5.74 seconds left) Digest. Paravi Original
92 Matachi Ryo (29) Plumber Clear (3.05 seconds left)
93 Yamamoto Keitaro (27) EIKOH Seminar Lecturer Wall Lifting ウォールリフティング Digest. Paravi Original.

Time Out.

95 Urushihara Yuuji (40) Haruta Shoes Staff Clear (2.19 seconds left)
96 Satō Jun (27) Parkour Instructor Clear (19.55 seconds left) Digest, Paravi Original.

Fastest Second Stage clear of the tournament

97 Drew Drechsel (29) Gym Trainer Reverse Conveyor リバースコンべア Course Out. Slipped off course when sliding down the chute from Backstream.
98 Darvish Kenji (38) Golden Bomber Drummer Clear (7.03 seconds left)
99 Kawaguchi Tomohiro (37) Director of Climbing Shoe Manufacturer Clear (12.26 seconds left)
100 Morimoto Yūsuke (27) IDEC Software Engineer Clear (12.83 seconds left)
Total 15 Attempts 10 Clears

Third Stage

Obstacles

Flying Bar フライングバー

Sidewinder サイドワインダー

③ *Planet Bridge プラネットブリッジ

Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger ウルトラクレイジークリフハンガー

Vertical Limit バーティカルリミット

Pipe Slider パイプスライダー

* Denotes Modified Obstacle

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
63 Araki Naoyuki (25) Car Designer Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger ウルトラクレイジークリフハンガー Failed second transition.
71 Hioki Masashi (37) Kitagawa Electrical Manager Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger ウルトラクレイジークリフハンガー Failed second transition.
73 Tada Tatsuya (26) Yamagata Prefectural Office Staff Vertical Limit バーティカルリミット Failed second transition.
89 Ben Toyer (28) Ninja Warrior Australia Representative Flying Bar フライングバー Failed transition to the 3rd cradle.
92 Matachi Ryo (29) Plumber Vertical Limit バーティカルリミット Lost his grip at three-quarters of the 3rd ledge.
95 Urushihara Yuuji (40) Haruta Shoes Staff Vertical Limit バーティカルリミット Lost his grip at the beginning of the 3rd ledge.
96 Satō Jun (27) Parkour Instructor Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger ウルトラクレイジークリフハンガー Failed second transition.
98 Darvish Kenji (38) Golden Bomber Drummer Sidewinder サイドワインダー Transition from Flying Bar.
99 Kawaguchi Tomohiro (37) Director of Climbing Shoe Manufacturer Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger ウルトラクレイジークリフハンガー Failed first transition. Only competitor to fail the first transition that day.
100 Morimoto Yūsuke (27) IDEC Software Engineer Clear
Total 10 Attempts 1 Clear

Final Stage

Obstacles

Spider Climb スパイダークライム (8m)

Salmon Ladder Jūgo Dan サーモンラダー15段 (7m)

Tsuna Nobori 綱登り (10m)

Time Limit: 45 seconds.

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
100 Morimoto Yūsuke (27) IDEC Software Engineer Tsuna Nobori 綱登り (10m) Time Out. Around 24.5m up (0.5m away from the goal) and 0.5 seconds late. Last Man Standing.
Total 1 Attempt 0 Clear

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