SASUKE 37 (officially,「SASUKE2019」) has been officially announced by TBS on Twitter, on July 29th, 2019. It was the sixth tournament after Morimoto Yūsuke's kanzenseiha and the first tournament of the new Reiwa era (which started on May 1st, 2019). It was aired on December 31st, 2019 at 7pm JST with a time slot of approximately 5 hours and was the first New Year's Eve of the Reiwa era.

In addition, this is the second time and two consecutive times that a tournament was aired on that date after the previous tournament, with another live Final Stage attempt.

This marks the first time in SASUKE history that in between two tournaments back-to-back was aired with a duration of exactly a year. 

Applications

The application was released on July 29th, 2019 on their Official Website, Twitter and Facebook. Application's deadline is on September 6th, 2019 and auditions has took place at Tokyo in September 13th and 14th, 2019 and Osaka in September 20th and 21st, 2019.

A special auditions were held on October 11th for celebrities that consists of the Quad Steps and a bar simulating the Dragon Glider.

Filming

The taping took place at November 23rd and November 24th, 2019, with the first half of the First Stage took place in November 23rd while the second half including any possible runs for the Second StageThird Stage will be on November 24th.

However, due to the bad weather, the filming is postponed by a day from its original date, mainly for safety reason. With that, the original competitor's list revealed on the November 23rd had changed due to scheduling conflict from some of the competitors, thus not be able to compete.

For the second time and two times in a row, competitors who made it to the Final Stage will attempted it at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, the same venue from the previous tournament, which concurrently airing with the pre-taped broadcast on New Year's Eve.

In addition, it is the second time and two times in a row 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.

Summary

The First Stage was modified with a newly revised Fish Bone, adding 9 more poles which spun clockwise painted in yellow. Unfortunately, due to bad weather, especially with mist that shrouded the course during the last 10 runs, performances were, on average, worse than in the previous tournament. The time limit was increased to 88 seconds and an addition of 15 seconds for the time limit imposed on women and/or over-50 competitors compared to SASUKE 36, totaling to 120 seconds. For the first time ever, Yamamoto Shingo is the only All-Star to compete in the tournament, but ended up failing on the Dragon Glider. In the end, only 10 competitors cleared, with a lot of shocking fails of top competitors such as Matachi Ryo, Nagasaki Shunsuke, Darvish Kenji, Mori Wataru, Yamamoto Keitaro, Kawaguchi Tomohiro, and the most shockingly, SASUKE 31's champion Morimoto Yusuke. Overall, Two Yamada Black Tigers (Yamamoto Yoshiyuki and Isa Yoshinori cleared, alongside 2 international competitors, Rene Kaselowsky and Jessie Graff along with 41 year old Urushihara Yuuji and Suzuki Yusuke. Other finishers included Tada Tatsuya, Saikawa Kōji (in his rookie effort), Hioki Masashi and, for a record ninth straight time, Sato Jun.

The bad weather also affected the Second Stage as well, with the stage being modified with a new obstacle. The Ring Slider was replaced by the Rolling Log as the new first obstacle. However, it was then announced that competitors would need to skip this obstacle due to the rain causing the log to slide and stop rather than roll down the track rendering the obstacle unable to complete, hence resulting in each competitor starting on the Salmon Ladder Nobori, officially reducing the number of obstacles to seven. In addition, the time limit imposed on the Second Stage had to be revised without the new obstacle with 100 seconds, a reduction of 10 seconds from the previous tournament. The women and/or over-50 competitors' time limit on the other hand has an addition of 10 seconds, a total of 110 seconds. The Backstream's jets were reduced and the Reverse Conveyor's belt was slowed down. With that in mind, 8 of the 10 competitors (the only failures being Saikawa Kōji and Suzuki Yusuke) managed to clear with 7 out of those 8 (Isa Yoshinori being the only exception, although Jessie Graff was given an extra 10 seconds) left more than 10 seconds on the clock.

The Third Stage was lightly modified with the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger being replaced by the Cliffhanger Dimension, which took out 5 of the 8 competitors who attempted it, despite how the ledges that were originally meant to move being halted due to the weather issues persisting. However, Urushihara Yuuji, Rene Kaselowsky, and Tada Tatsuya managed to clear it. Furthermore, nobody failed at the Vertical Limit and Kaselowsky and Tada managed to clear the Pipe Slider and move on to the Final Stage, the former of whom being the first rookie to clear the Third Stage since SASUKE 8, while Urushihara made a fatal error on the Pipe Slider, resulting in the bar slipping off the left side and rendering him unable to complete the obstacle. In addition, Kaselowsky became the fourth foreigner (officially considered as the third foreigner possibly due to Kane Kosugi's Japanese heritage) to complete the Third Stage (after Jordan Jovtchev and Kane Kosugi in SASUKE 8, and Lee En-Chih in SASUKE 24). The results for the Third Stage overall were vastly better than in the last few tournaments, being the first time since SASUKE 30 that more than one person cleared and the first time since SASUKE 31 that no competitor failed any obstacle preceding from the Cliffhanger.

With the first occurrence of more than one finalists since SASUKE 30, the Final Stage was broadcast live, Both Tada and Kaselowsky failed on the Salmon Ladder Jūgo Dan, somewhat attributed to the slippery bar and rungs. Tada made it only a couple of rungs from the top of the ladder, land lop-sided, causing the bar to slip down the rungs; he subsequently could not find the strength to correct himself and timed out. Kaselowsky made it about halfway up the ladder, similar to Tada's attempt, landing lop-sided, only for the bar to slip off from the obstacle resulting in his failing, ending the tournament with no competitor reached the Tsuna Nobori, occurred for the first time since SASUKE 7 during Yamamoto Shingo's withdrawal due to a shoulder dislocation. This was also the first time since SASUKE 13, where less progress was made on the Final Stage than the previous tournament, where Morimoto Yusuke reached the top of the tower in SASUKE 36 before timing out.

First Stage

Obstacles

Quad Steps クワッドステップス
Rolling Hill ローリングヒル
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: 88 seconds (120 seconds for female and/or over-50 competitors.)

^ Denotes New Obstacle
* Denotes Modified Obstacle

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
1 LAGI Nakaya (29) Fire Knife Dancer from Spa Resort Hawaiians Fish Bone フィッシュボーン
2 Nishino Miki (20) AKB48 EX Member Rolling Hill ローリングヒル
3 Torisawa Katsuhide (47) Former Japanese Weightlifting Representative Wing Slider ウィングスライダー
4 Monkki (51) SASUKE 1-3 Finalist / Calligrapher Comedian Wing Slider ウィングスライダー
5 Yamada Kota (12) Hasuda Municipal Kurohama Junior High School Student Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut. Paravi Original.
6 Kumakawa Yuya (26) Fisherman Fish Bone フィッシュボーン
7 Matsushita ▽ (26) Muscle Talent Rolling Hill ローリングヒル The inverted triangle is known as Gyakusankakkei in Japanese.
8 Vacant Tatekawa Dankei originally hold this bib.
9 Arakawa Haruna (20) Professional Tennis Player Wing Slider ウィングスライダー All Cut, Paravi Original.
10 Mori Wataru (36) Athlete Actor Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 Time Out.
11 Hashimura Wataru (25) Consulting Company Worker Wing Slider ウィングスライダー All Cut, Paravi Original.
12 Natsuaki Kamil (21) Model / Keio University Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Shown in Navi. Digest.
13 TOSHIKI (34) Vocalist Wing Slider ウィングスライダー Digest.
14 Jibiki Yasushi (38) Air Rescue Wing Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Digest.
15 Mishima Ryuhei (36) Building Maintenance Worker Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut. External Source.
16 Kirayama Hitomi (49) Tokyo Metropolitan Legislator Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Digest.
17 Honma Takashi (50) Bandai SASUKE Team Manager Wing Slider ウィングスライダー Shown in Trailer.
18 Yagishita Sora (25) Bandai SASUKE Team Member Fish Bone フィッシュボーン All Cut, Paravi Original.
19 Fujishima Kota (24) Ballet Dancer Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut, Paravi Original.
20 Katagiri Jō (31) Deputy Manager of Ramen Restaurant Rairaitei Wing Slider ウィングスライダー All Cut. Paravi Original.
21 Sakuma Kota (27) Kawasaki Municipal Minamigawara Elementary School Teacher Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 Time Out.
22 Iwamoto Ako (26) Mogul Skiier Wing Slider ウィングスライダー
23 Nakamura Mao (23) Bodybuilder and Cabaret Hostess Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut, Paravi Original. Full run shown on YouTube.
24 Hosoi Toshiyuki (53) Hibiya Iron Rod club / Iron Rod Uncle Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut, Paravi Original.
25 Uemura Yuki (26) Boxing Trainer Fish Bone フィッシュボーン All Cut, Paravi Original.
26 Kishimoto Kunihide (25) Sumitomo Forestry Salesman / Former Gymnast Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー All cut, Paravi Original
27 Ikeno Yoshihiro (24) Kumano Shinto Priest Quad Steps クワッドステップス All Cut, Paravi Original.
28 Imanishi Satoshi (34) High School Teacher Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー All Cut, Paravi Original.
29 Omi Yuto (24) Miso Company Worker Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut, Paravi Original.
30 Ito Kosei (25) Ono Pharmaceutical Chemist / Flag Football Candidate Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut, Paravi Original.
31 Ishibashi Taro (31) Shueisha "Weekly Playboy" Editorial Department Rolling Hill ローリングヒル
32 Matsuda Daisuke (44) Matsuda Water Supply Plumber Wing Slider ウィングスライダー
33 KAREN (23) CYBERJAPAN DANCERS Rolling Hill ローリングヒル
34 Vacant Swapped with Matsushita ▽
35 Iwaki Yuta (27) Actor Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Digest.
36 Takahira Tamotsu (27) Aircraft Assembly Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Digest.
37 Saito Shinya (27) Tendo City Hall Worker Quad Steps クワッドステップス Digest.
38 Matsumura Ryo (24) Kindergarten P.E. Teacher Fish Bone フィッシュボーン Digest.
39 Takahito Sakurai (26) Gamer / DeNa Co Ltd Worker Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut, Paravi Original.
40 Tanaka Daisuke (25) Kyoto University Student Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Digest.
41 Aoki Satoshi (25) Pet Shop Employee Wing Slider ウィングスライダー Shown in Trailer.
42 Battur (25) Mongolia's Representative Fish Bone フィッシュボーン
43 Ashlin Herbert (25) Australia's Representative Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 Time Out. Digest.
44 Jackie Wong (43) Hong Kong's Representative Fish Bone フィッシュボーン Shown in Trailer. Digest.
45 Jackie Chang (45) Comedian Rolling Hill ローリングヒル
46 Vacant Swapped with Tada Tatsuya.
47 Yamamoto Yoshiyuki (27) Yamada Black Tiger Clear (09.41 seconds left)
48 Isa Yoshinori (26) Yamada Black Tiger Clear (06.59 seconds left)
49 Tada Tatsuya (27) Yamagata Prefectural Government Official Clear (06.93 seconds left)
50 Sunagawa Shinya (24) Todai King-member Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Digest.
51 Tosaka Junichi (48) Former NHK Announcer / Team HoriPro Quad Steps クワッドステップス Digest.
52 Inoue Sakura (20) Talent / Team HoriPro Quad Steps クワッドステップス Digest.
53 Takahashi Fu (21) Actor / Team HoriPro Wing Slider ウィングスライダー Digest.
54 Restrepo (26) Macho 29 Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut, Paravi Original.
55 Saikawa Kōji (24) Action Actor Clear (01.90 seconds left)
56 Miyashita Junichi (36) Beijing Olympics Swimming Bronze Medalist Wing Slider ウィングスライダー Digest.
57 Araki Naoyuki (26) Car Designer Fish Bone フィッシュボーン Digest.
58 Kato Reo (24) Junon Boy Finalist Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Shown in Trailer.
59 Okada Yoshifumi (35) Former Professional Baseball Outfielder Rolling Hill ローリングヒル
60 Hioki Masashi (38) Kitagawa Electrical Manager Clear (03.38 seconds left)
61 Iketani Naoki (46) Former Gymnast Wing Slider ウィングスライダー Digest.
62 Akiyama Koki (29) Tuna Factory Worker Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut, Paravi Original.
63 Hide Maeda (34) Mime Artist Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut, Paravi Original.
64 Sho Okubo (30) Air Defence Force Pilot Fish Bone フィッシュボーン All Cut, Paravi Original.
65 Kikuchi Satoshi (20) Firefighter Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut, Paravi Original.
66 Sakai Yuichiro (28) American Football Player / Grandchild of Franky Sakai Wing Slider ウィングスライダー All Cut, Paravi Original.
67 Takano Kairu (20) Actor Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー All Cut, Paravi Original.
68 Kanno Kazuki (32) School Chef Wing Slider ウィングスライダー All Cut, Paravi Original.
69 Minato Sou (32) Fisherman Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 Time Out. All Cut, Paravi Original.
70 Shintani Kazumasa (31) Looop Solar Panel Company Worker Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut, Paravi Original.
71 Wakky (47) Penalty Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Digest.
72 Miyago Shohei (31) Vetanarian Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut, Paravi Original.
73 Nakagawa Koji (29) Employee Wing Slider ウィングスライダー All Cut, Paravi Original.
74 Morita Manaho (21) Skymark Flight Attendant Fish Bone フィッシュボーン All Cut, Paravi Original.
75 Suzuki Yusuke (41) Atsugi Municipal Fujitsuka Junior High School Physical Educational Teacher Clear (04.95 seconds left)
76 Ali Hay (31) United Kingdom Representative Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 All Cut. Time Out. Couldn't complete the obstacle after sustaining an injury on the Rolling Hill. External Source.
77 Oshima Ayano (25) Kunoichi Representative Fish Bone フィッシュボーン
78 Kou (24) YouTube Content Creator「TWINS」 Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Digest, Shown in Trailer.
79 Gil Marantz (24) Israel's Representative Fish Bone フィッシュボーン Digest.
80 Nagasaki Shunsuke (32) Trampoline Performer Fish Bone フィッシュボーン Digest.
81 Zin (25) THE RAMPAGE from EXILE TRIBE Rolling Hill ローリングヒル
82 Urakawa Shohei (22)  THE RAMPAGE from EXILE TRIBE Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー
83 Takechi Kaisei (21)  THE RAMPAGE from EXILE TRIBE Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー
84 Yamamoto Shingo (45) Competed in Every Sasuke Tournament. Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー
85 Kanno Hitoshi (34) Building Services Engineer Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Time Out.
86 Iwamoto Hikaru (26) Snow Man / Johnny's Jr. Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Touched the Water.
87 Tsukada Ryoichi (33) A.B.C-Z Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 Time Out.
88 René Kaselowsky (23) Germany's Representative / Elephant Performer Clear (04.05 seconds left)
89 Kyoguchi Hiroto (26) World Champion Boxer Quad Steps クワッドステップス
90 Yamamoto Keitaro (28) EIKOH Seminar Lecturer Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 Time Out.
91 Matachi Ryo (30) Plumber Fish Bone フィッシュボーン
92 Jamie Rahn (31) America's Men's Representative Rolling Hill ローリングヒル
93 Tsukahara Naoki (34) Beijing Olympics Silver Medalist Sprinter Fish Bone フィッシュボーン
94 Satō Jun (28) Parkour Instructor Clear (20.21 seconds left) Fastest First Stage clear of the tournament.
95 Sam Kendricks (27) Pole Vault 2017 & 2019 World Champion Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー
96 Urushihara Yuuji (41) Shoes Haruta Salesman Clear (05.80 seconds left)
97 Darvish Kenji (39) Golden Bomber Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー
98 Jessie Graff (35) America's Women Representative Clear (31.50 seconds left)
99 Kawaguchi Tomohiro (38) Director of Climbing Shoes Manufacturer Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 Time Out.
100 Morimoto Yūsuke (28) Sasuke-kun, SASUKE 31 Kanzenseiha Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 Time Out.
Total 100 Attempts 10 Clears

Second Stage

Due to poor weather, competitors had to skip the Rolling Log, and start directly at the Salmon Ladder Nobori, thus, the obstacle itself will not be numbered.

Obstacles

^Rolling Log ローリングログ
① Salmon Ladder Nobori サーモンラダー 上り
② Salmon Ladder Kudari サーモンラダー 下り
③ Spider Walk スパイダーウォーク
④ Spider Drop スパイダードロップ
⑤ *Backstream バックストリーム
⑥ *Reverse Conveyor リバースコンべア
⑦ Wall Lifting ウォールリフティング

^ Denotes New Obstacle
* Denotes Modified Obstacle

Time Limit: 100 seconds (110 seconds for female and/or over-50 competitors)

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
47 Yamamoto Yoshiyuki (27) Yamada Black Tiger Clear (23.57 seconds left) Fastest Second Stage clear of the tournament.
48 Isa Yoshinori (26) Yamada Black Tiger Clear (06.82 seconds left)
49 Tada Tatsuya (27) Yamagata Prefectural Government Official Clear (19.12 seconds left)
55 Saikawa Kōji (24) Action Actor ② Salmon Ladder Kudari サーモンラダー 下り
60 Hioki Masashi (38) Kitagawa Electrical Manager Clear (16.36 seconds left)
75 Suzuki Yusuke (41) Atsugi Municipal Fujitsuka Junior High School Physical Educational Teacher ③ Spider Walk スパイダーウォーク
88 René Kaselowsky (23) Germany's Representative / Elephant Performer Clear (11.46 seconds left) Digest.
94 Satō Jun (28) Parkour Instructor Clear (21.94 seconds left) Digest.
96 Urushihara Yuuji (41) Shoes Salesman Clear (13.83 seconds left)
98 Jessie Graff (35) America's Women Representative Clear (16.84 seconds left)
Total 10 Attempts 8 Clears

Third Stage

Obstacles

① Flying Bar フライングバー
② Sidewinder サイドワインダー
③ Planet Bridge プラネットブリッジ
④ ^Cliffhanger Dimension クリフハンガーディメンション
⑤ Vertical Limit バーティカルリミット
⑥ Pipe Slider パイプスライダー

^ Denotes New Obstacle
* Denotes Modified Obstacle

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
47 Yamamoto Yoshiyuki (27) Yamada Black Tiger ④ Cliffhanger Dimension クリフハンガーディメンション Second transition.
48 Isa Yoshinori (26) Yamada Black Tiger ④ Cliffhanger Dimension クリフハンガーディメンション First transition.
49 Tada Tatsuya (27) Yamagata Prefectural Government Official Clear First to beat Cliffhanger Dimension.
60 Hioki Masashi (38) Kitagawa Electrical Manager ④ Cliffhanger Dimension クリフハンガーディメンション First transition.
88 René Kaselowsky (23) Germany's Representative / Elephant Performer Clear Officially the third foreigner to complete the Third Stage.
94 Satō Jun (28) Parkour Instructor ④ Cliffhanger Dimension クリフハンガーディメンション Second transition.
96 Urushihara Yuuji (41) Shoes Salesman ⑥ Pipe Slider パイプスライダー Bar is derailed. Oldest person to beat a version of the Cliffhanger and Vertical Limit.
98 Jessie Graff (35) America's Women Representative ④ Cliffhanger Dimension クリフハンガーディメンション First transition.
Total 8 Attempts 2 Clears

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
49 Tada Tatsuya (27) Yamagata Prefectural Government Official Salmon Ladder Jūgo Dan サーモンラダー15段 Time Out. About 12 meters up.
88 René Kaselowsky (23) Germany's Representative / Elephant Performer Salmon Ladder Jūgo Dan サーモンラダー15段 Bar is derailed. About 13 meters up. Drop to about 12 meters. Last Man Standing.
Total 2 Attempts 0 Clears

Miscellaneous

Number Before Number After Name Profile Notes
8 N/A Tatekawa Dankei Comic Storyteller No-show
54 N/A Maruyama Karina Nadeshiko Japan No-show
55 N/A Takeda Shinji Actor/Talent No-show
34 7 Matsushita ▽ Muscle Talent
49 33 KAREN CYBERJAPAN DANCERS
46 49 Tada Tatsuya Yamagata Prefectural Government Official
7 54 Restrepo Macho 29
33 55 Saikawa Kōji Action Actor
93 56 Miyashita Junichi Beijing Olympics Swimming Bronze Medalist
86 59 Okada Yoshifumi Former Professional Baseball Outfielder
56 86 Iwamoto Hikaru Snow Man / Johnny's Jr.
59 93 Tsukahara Naoki Beijing Olympics Silver Medalist Sprinter
N/A 8 Vacant
N/A 34 Vacant
N/A 46 Vacant

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