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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).

Family Muscle 2 returns to the standard format of going stage by stage, unlike Family Muscle 1

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

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) Clear Clear (3.7 seconds left)
Natalia (38, Mother) Clear
Yan (15, Oldest Son) Clear
Family 2 (38, Father) Clear Clear (3.1 seconds left)
(11, Oldest Daughter) Clear
(37, Mother) Clear
Family 3 (34, Father) Clear Clear (2.1 seconds left)
Megumi (31, Mother) Clear
(9, Oldest Son) Clear
Family 4 (48, Father) Course Out Retire
(12, Oldest Son) Clear
(45, Mother) N/A
Sato Family (37, Mother) Clear Clear (2.2 seconds left)
Hiromichi (37, Father) Clear
(8, Oldest Son) Clear
Family 6 (43, Father) Clear Clear (0.5 seconds left)
(40, Mother) Clear
(14, Oldest Son) Clear
Family 7 (41, Father) Clear Clear (2.0 seconds left)
(37, Mother) Clear
(9, Oldest Son) Clear
Nishikawa Family Helen (59, Mother) Housewife / Talent Clear Clear (<0.1 seconds left)
Kiyoshi (59, Father) Manzai (Comedy) Master Clear
Kanako (31, Oldest Daughter) Talent Clear
Family 9 (43, Father) Clear Clear (2.7 seconds left)
(9, Oldest Son) Clear
Kaiya (Mother) Clear
Total 27 Individual Attempts

9 Team Attempts

25 Individual Clears


8 Team Clears

8 CHECK IN


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 1 Yan Clear


Two Penalties

67 - 33 = 100

79 - 53 = 16

Clear (6.6 seconds left)
Family 2 (38, Father) Time Out, 8th Gate


Three Penalties

99 + 88 = 177

55 + 66 = 111

89 - 76 = 23

Retire
Family 3 Megumi (31, Mother) Clear


Penalties

85 - 17 = 77

Clear (15.2 seconds left)
Sato Family (37, Mother) Clear Clear (45.5 seconds left)
Family 6 (14, Oldest Son) Clear Clear (Digest)
Family 7 (41, Father) Clear Clear (Digest)
Nishikawa Family Kanako (31, Oldest Daughter) Time Out, 5th Gate

Penalties

44 - 31 = 5

Retire
Family 9 Unknown Clear Clear (All Cut)
Total 8 Attempts 6 Clears

6 CHECK IN


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 1 Yan Navigator Time Out
(48, Father) Player
Natalia 38, Mother) Player
Family 3 (34, Father) Navigator Clear (31.6 seconds left)
Megumi (31, Mother) Player
(9, Oldest Son) Player
Sato Family Hiromichi (37, Father) Navigator Clear (18.8 seconds left)
(37, Mother) Player
(8, Oldest Son) Player
Family 6 (Second Oldest Son) Navigator Clear (16.3 seconds left)
(43, Father) Player
(40, Mother) Player
Family 7 (41, Father) Navigator Time Out
(37, Mother) Player
(9, Oldest Son) Player
Family 9 (43, Father) Navigator Clear (0.1 seconds left)

CHECK OUT

Kaiya (Mother) Player
(9, Oldest Son) Player
Total 6 Attempts 4 Clears

3 CHECK IN

1 CHECK OUT


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 3 (Father) 15cm Route Clear Clear (2.2 seconds left)
(Oldest Son) 20cm Route Clear
Megumi (Mother) 30cm Route Clear
Sato Family (9, Oldest Son) 15cm Route Clear Clear (16.8 seconds left)
(37, Mother) 20cm Route Clear
Hiromichi (37, Father) 30cm Route Clear
Family 6 (2nd Oldest Son) 15cm Route Clear Clear (4.2 seconds left)
(40, Mother) 20cm Route Clear
(43, Father) 30cm Route Clear
Total 9 Individual Attempts

3 Team Attempts

9 Individual Clears


3 Team Clears

3 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 3 (34, Father) Time Out
Megumi (31, Mother)
(9, Oldest Son)
Sato Family (37, Mother) Clear (9.0 seconds left)
Hiromichi (37, Father)
(8, Oldest Son)
Total 2 Attempts 1 Clear



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
Family 6 (43, Father) Fail Fail
(14, Oldest Son) Fail
(12, 2nd Oldest Son) Fail
Total 3 Individual Attempts

1 Team Attempt

0 Individual Clears 0 Team Clears


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) Obstacle Result Team Result
Sato Family (8, Oldest Son) Struck Out 0 points Retire


12 points

(37, Mother) 9 Hoops 8 points
Hiromichi (37, Father) Punch Out 4 points
(8, Oldest Son) UFO 0 points
(37, Mother) UFO 0 points

Exhibitions

Team Name (Location) Given Name (Age, Role) Obstacle Result Team Result
Family 9 (43, Father) Punch Out 0 points Retire


9 points

(9, Oldest Son) Kick Target 9 points
Kaiya (Mother) 9 Hoops 0 points
Kaiya (Mother) 9 Hoops 0 points
Did Not Attempt


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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