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The Viking: Family Muscle (バイキング特別限定版家族の絆で1000万円!!ファミ筋, lit. VIKING LIMITED EDITION: 10 Million Yen Family Bonds: Family Muscle) was a 2006 sports variety competition that acted as the 2nd main spinoff to Viking, after Pair Viking. Family Muscle was centered around the idea of travelling the world, similar to Kinniku Banzuke's Neko de Drive 2.

Unlike previous VIKING competitions, Family Muscle featured teams of at least 3 completing stages in a manner similar to VIKING's main tournaments, as well as SASUKE. Teams as large as 13 players were seen in competition.

Family Muscle was the only true "Family VIKING". Many western fans erroneously called Pair Viking by the family name, however this was not the case. In the opening of Family Muscle, it states that Pair Viking 1 is nicknamed as "Team Viking: Parent and Child Version" and Family Muscle is nicknamed "Team Viking: Family Version". In addition, from Pair Viking 2, the tournaments did not have any requirement of being family, and advertised that couples and other pairs were eligible.

Family Muscle was first promoted during the March 19th, 2006 episode of VIKING. The official announcement text is as follows:

☆新たなるプロジェクト…☆ かつてないスケールのプロジェクトが動き出した。 挑戦者の愛と絆が試される新感覚のスポーツゲームバトル、その名は…、「ファミ筋スペシャル」。 芸能人、一般人、そしてトップアスリートが家族でエントリー。 全てのゲームをクリアすれば、なんと賞金1000万円。 テレビ界にまた一つ、伝説が生まれる。

New Project Announcement

A project of unprecedented scale has been progressing. A brand new type of sports game battle, where the love and bond of the challenge is tested. The name is "Family Muscle". Entertainers, ordinary people and top athletes enter as a family. If they can clear all the stages, they can win ¥10,000,000. Another legend is born into the world of television.

Further information was broadcast via the "Family Muscle and Viking Pre-Broadcast Report" on the evening of March 19th, 2006. This VIKING Navi featured promotion for Family Muscle 1 & 2, as well as Pair Viking 2.

Format

VIKING Family Muscle features 9 stages over what they call a "World Tour". A total victory only requires 7 stages be cleared, as teams may choose between two Stage 5's, and there is an Extra Stage after the final stage.

After each stage, teams may "CHECK OUT" (leave the game with their current winnings) or "CHECK IN" (Move to the next stage but risk losing their earnings).

In Family Muscle 1, an unusual editing format is present. Instead of progressing stage by stage, each team is followed through the full course until their elimination.

As with the Pair Viking tournaments, if any individual player within the team fails, the entire team will be eliminated.

In addition to the main competition, Family Muscle featured "Exhibition" runs. Exhibition runs are unofficial runs done for fun. In the case of Family Muscle, exhibition teams ran Stages 2, 3 and 6. Rather than a cash prize, each team represented a drama currently airing on television. For each stage completed they would earn a certain amount of seconds of time to promote their show during the broadcast.

World Tour
Stage # Prize Safety Net # of Competitors
Japan 1 ¥100,000 ¥0 3
Greece 2 ¥300,000 ¥0 1
Egypt 3 ¥500,000 ¥0 3
Australia 4 ¥1,000,000 ¥100,000 3
China

Brazil

5 ¥2,000,000 ¥500,000 3
America 6 ¥3,000,000 ¥1,000,000 3 or more
Germany Final ¥5,000,000 Unknown 2
Extra EX ¥10,000,000 Unknown Unknown


Japan (日本) - Stage 1

The course mats for this stage are red and white, meant to mimic the Japanese Flag

Obstacles

Family Spin ファミリースピン

Time Limit: 10 seconds

Results

Team Name (Location) Given Name (Age, Role) Profile Result Team Result
Family 1 (48, Father) Course Out Retire
(45, Mother) Housewife / Talent Clear
(Grade 6, Oldest Son) Clear
Nishikawa Family (Osaka) Helen (59, Mother) Housewife / Talent Course Out Retire
Kiyoshi (59, Father) Manzai (Comedy) Master Course Out
Kanako (31, Oldest Daughter) Talent Course Out
Family 3
(39, Father) Clear Clear

(0.3 seconds left)

(39, Mother) Clear
(Grade 6, Second Oldest Son) Clear
Family 4 (17, Second Oldest Son) Clear Clear (2.8 seconds left)
(19, Oldest Son) Clear
Sakura (14, 3rd Daughter) Clear
Family 5 (50, Father) Clear Clear (3.4 seconds left)
(46, Mother) Clear
(14, Oldest Son) Clear
Family 6 (42, Mother) Clear Clear (0.6 seconds left)
(12, Oldest Son) Clear
(42, Father) Clear
Sato Family Hiromichi (37, Father) Clear Clear (2.2 seconds left)


CHECK OUT

(37, Mother) Clear
(8, Oldest Son) Clear
Total 21 Individual Attempts

7 Team Attempts

17 Individual Clears
5 Team Clears

4 CHECK IN

1 CHECK OUT


Greece (ギリシャ) - Stage 2

The coloration of this stage is blue and white stripes, matching the Greek flag

Obstacles

Pythagoras ピタゴラス

Time Limit: 80 seconds

Results

Team Name (Location) Given Name (Age, Role) Result Team Result
Family 3 (Grade 8, Oldest Son) Time Out, Button Press


Two Penalties

82 - 19 = 62

84 - 18 = 64

Retire
Family 4 (19, Oldest Son) Clear Clear (37.8 seconds left)
Family 5 Unknown Clear Clear (All Cut)
Family 6 (Grade 6, Oldest Son) Clear Clear (37.7 seconds left)
Total 4 Attempts 3 Clears

3 CHECK IN


Exhibitions

Team Name (Location) Given Name (Age, Role) Result Team Result
Ns'aoi Family Satomi (19) Clear


One Penalties

79 + 64 = 163

Clear (6.9 seconds left)
Unfair Family (23) Clear Clear (39.6 seconds left)


Egypt (エジプト) - Stage 3

This stage is colored using red, white and black, matching the Egyptian flag.

Obstacles

Pyramid ピラミッド

Time Limit: 60 seconds

Results

Team Name (Location) Given Name (Age, Role) Position Team Result
Family 4 (44, Mother) Navigator Time Out
(19, Oldest Son) Player
(17, Second Oldest Son) Player
Family 5 Unknown Clear (All Cut)
Family 6 (Grade 6, Oldest Son) Navigator Clear (0.5 seconds left)
(42, Father) Player
(Grade 3, Second Oldest Son) Player
Total 3 Attempts 2 Clears

2 CHECK IN


Exhibitions

Team Name (Location) Given Name (Age, Role) Position Team Result
Ns'aoi Family (1st Attempt) Satomi (19) Navigator Time Out
(35) Player
(24) Player
Ns'aoi Family (2nd Attempt) Same as Above Same as Above Clear (25.3 seconds left)
Unfair Family (57) Navigator Clear (8.7 seconds left)
(23) Player
(35) Player


Australia (オーストラリア) - Stage 4

This stage is blue, white and red matching the Australian flag. Oddly, this stage features a snowy forest and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It is possible this stage was originally supposed to be based on Italy.

Obstacles

Harbor Bridge ハーバーブリッジ

Time Limit: 30 seconds

Results

Team Name (Location) Given Name (Age, Role) Role Result Team Result
Family 5 (2nd Oldest Son) 15cm Route N/A Retire
(Father) 20cm Route Fail
(Mother) 30cm Route N/A
Family 6 (2nd Oldest Son) 15cm Route Clear Clear (4.3 seconds left)
(Oldest Son) 20cm Route Clear
(Father) 30cm Route Clear
Total 6 Individual Attempts

2 Team Attempts

3 Individual Clears 1 Clear

1 CHECK IN


China (中国) - Stage 5A

This stage is red, matching the Chinese flag. Additionally, the ping pong balls are yellowish, representing the stars on the flag.

Obstacles

Great Wall of China 万里の長城

Time Limit: 80 seconds

Results

Team Name (Location) Given Name (Age, Role) Profile Team Result
Family 6 (9, 2nd Oldest Son) Time Out
(42, Father)
(12, Oldest Son)
Total 1 Attempts 0 Clears


Brazil (ブラジル) - Stage 5B

This stage is primarily yellow, matching the Brazilian Flag

Obstacles

Amazon アマゾン

Time Limit: 60 seconds

Results

Team Name (Location) Given Name (Age, Role) Profile Result Team Result
Stage Not Attempted


America (アメリカ) - Stage 6

Unlike the other stages, this stage's colors does not seem to match America in any way.

Obstacles

Blackjack Target ブラックジャックターゲット

Time Limit: No Limit

Blackjack Target consisted of 5 sub-obstacles

Results

Team Name (Location) Given Name (Age, Role) Profile Result Team Result
Stage Not Attempted

Exhibitions

Team Name (Location) Given Name (Age, Role) Obstacle Result Team Result
Ns'aoi Family Satomi (19) Punch Out 9 points 13 points


Retire

(24) Struck Out 4 points
(35) UFO 0 points
(35) UFO 0 points
Satomi (19) UFO 0 points
Unfair Family (23) Kick Target 6 points 21 points


Clear

(35) Struck Out 4 points
(57) Punch Out 0 points
(23) Punch Out 6 points
(35) UFO 5 points


Germany (ドイツ) - Final Stage

This stage is yellow and black, matching the German flag.

Obstacles

World Cup ワールドカップ

Time Limit: Unknown

Results

Team Name (Location) Given Name (Age, Role) Profile Result Team Result
Stage Not Attempted


Extra Challenge

Obstacles

Extra Challenge

Time Limit: Unknown

Results

Team Name (Location) Given Name (Age, Role) Profile Result Team Result
Stage Not Attempted


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