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SASUKE 36 (officially,「SASUKE2018大晦日」) was officially announced by TBS on Twitter on the 29th of June, 2018. It was the fifth tournament after Morimoto Yūsuke's kanzenseiha. It was the first tournament to air on New Year's Eve, aired at 6 pm JST and was the last New Year's Eve and 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 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 closed in mid-October. For the first time, the auditions were held in four different cites at four different regions in brackets:

  • 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 on August 17th, 2018 and August 27th, 2018 respectively. In addition, the applications for Osaka closed on September 28th, 2018 and Tokyo closed on October 18th, 2018. All applications closed at 5 pm JST on their respective date.

In addition, the auditions held in Sapporo and Fukuoka were the first in 15 years to be held in those cities, and there were around 4000 applicants in total.

Filming

Taping took place from 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 was broadcast live. Competitors who made it to the Final Stage will attempted it at 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. A notable attempt by a female, Oshima Ayano, becomes the first Japanese women to defeat the Dragon Glider, narrowly missing out the chance to complete the First Stage. Even still, 15 competitors were able to complete the stage, nearly twice as many competitors than the previous tournament, 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 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 Minato Sou (31) Fisherman Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー
11 KAZUMA (28) Performer 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 Wing Slider ウィングスライダー All Cut. Paravi Original.
14 Nogawa Daisuke (21) Confectionery Manufacturing Daifuku Craftsman Wing Slider ウィングスライダー Shown in Trailer. Paravi Original.
15 Shouma Yoshida (26) Cosmetics Research Fellow Wing Slider ウィングスライダー All Cut. Paravi Original.
16 Murata Arashi (16) Pro Surfer 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 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 Shimojo Yutaro (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 Masuko Shuichi (29) Nitori Furniture Company Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー All Cut. Paravi Original.
26 Arakawa Haruna (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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Team 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 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 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 Needs Support Teacher Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー
57 Isa Yoshinori (25) "Black Tiger" Decathlon 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 (04.94 seconds left) First to clear SASUKE 36's First Stage.
64 MAXIMA (21) Pro Double Dutch Player 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 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 (08.03 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 (09.73 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 (03.07 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 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 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 (09.28 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 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 (05.70 seconds left)
90 Nguyễn Doãn Thọ (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 (07.12 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 (06.45 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 (06.12 seconds left)
99 Kawaguchi Tomohiro (37) Director of Climbing Shoe Manufacturer Clear (07.60 seconds left)
100 Morimoto Yūsuke (27) IDEC Software Engineer Clear (08.97 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. Time Out. Paravi Original.

76 Mori Wataru (35) Actor Reverse Conveyor リバースコンべア Cleared 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 (05.74 seconds left) Digest. Paravi Original.
92 Matachi Ryo (29) Plumber Clear (03.05 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 (02.19 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. Cleared the stage with 27.55 seconds left.
98 Darvish Kenji (38) Golden Bomber Drummer Clear (07.03 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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