Watanabe Mika (渡邉美香), known before by her maiden name Izumi Mika, is a jazz dance instructor and one-time KUNOICHI All-Star. She showed considerable potential in both SASUKE and KUNOICHI.

SASUKE

In her first SASUKE competition, SASUKE 12, she failed the Jump Hang. However, in the SASUKE 13 Trials, she cleared the Jump Hang and even made it to the top of the Soritatsu Kabe in one try. However, her time ran out as she was climbing over the top of the wall. At SASUKE 13, she was given the number 96 as she showed potential of becoming the second woman to clear the First Stage (with the first being Tanabe Chie 11 competitions ago). However, she shocked everyone by failing the Prism See-Saw. But 21 competitions later in SASUKE 34, Jessie Graff became the second female to clear the First Stage of SASUKE.

She returned for the SASUKE RISING era. In SASUKE 28 she failed the Rolling Escargot, in SASUKE 29 she made it to the Jump Hang Kai where she managed to grab the net and temporarily hold on before dropping into the water. In SASUKE 30 she failed the Hedgehog in a digested performance. In SASUKE 31 her run was once again digested and eventually failed the Orugōru. In SASUKE 32, her run was all cut, but it is known she failed the TIE Fighter. She has not competed since.

KUNOICHI

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Watanabe (then Izumi) also competed in five KUNOICHI competitions. In her first tournament, KUNOICHI 3, she made it all the way to the Final Stage, but ultimately fell about one second short of kanzenseiha. She returned for KUNOICHI 4 but hurried through the Sarentobi in the Second Stage and lost her balance on the final beam.

She returned in KUNOICHI 9 as one of the only two competitors who competed in past KUNOICHI tournaments, the other being Mizuno Yuko. She managed to perform well during the RED Stage (First Stage) but unfortunately timed out at the last obstacle, Cannonball. She then competed again in KUNOICHI 10, where she cleared the RED Stage, but she timed out on the Reverse Conveyor in the BLUE Stage (Second Stage). She returned to compete in KUNOICHI 11 and was given the number 49. She cleared the RED Stage, however, timed out on the Wall Lifting in the BLUE Stage.

Trivia

  • At SASUKE 13, Watanabe was given the number 96, which was the highest number given to a woman in SASUKE history at that time. Jessie Graff now holds the achievement of receiving the highest number given to a woman as she wore the number 98 in SASUKE 37, twenty four competitions later.
  • Watanabe is known for completing the Soritatsu Kabe in the SASUKE 13 Trials, which is one of the first instances of a woman completing the obstacle.
  • Watanabe and Mizuno Yuko are the only two competitors in KUNOICHI 9 who competed in previous tournaments.

SASUKE Results

SASUKE # Result Notes
12 21 Failed Jump Hang (First Stage)
13 96 Failed Prism See-Saw (First Stage)
28 82 Failed Rolling Escargot (First Stage)
29 82 Failed Jump Hang Kai (First Stage) Shown in SASUKE 29 Navi.
30 2953 Failed Hedgehog (First Stage) Digest.
31 56 Failed Orugoru (First Stage) Digest.
32 56 Failed TIE Fighter (First Stage) All cut.

KUNOICHI Results

KUNOICHI # Result Notes
3 92 Failed Pole Climb (Final Stage) Digest.
4 99 Failed Sarentobi (Second Stage)
9 39 Failed Cannonball (First Stage) Time Out.
10 32 Failed Reverse Conveyor (Second Stage) Time Out.
11 49 Failed Wall Lifting (Second Stage) Time Out.

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