Not only did SASUKE 32 began taping earlier today, but TBS also released the list of competitors. In addition, something eventful happened during taping, and we don’t know anything about it.
Be warned, there be spoilers below.
Day 1 Filming Begins
At 7:00 AM local Japan time, on-site registration began for all competitors. Taping occurred until about 2:30 PM local time, concluding half-way through the first stage, with the rest resuming tomorrow. We have no details on any of the runs, as expected from an air-tight Non-Disclosure Agreement from all in attendance.
However, at some point during the day, there was some sort of “unusual interruption” that occurred for the first time in Sasuke history. We don’t know what exactly happened, and those on-site (competitors, crew, and audience) are under NDA, so we won’t be hearing anything from them until they’re allowed to discuss what exactly happened.
From what we can find, there haven’t been any reports of injuries sustained thus far, as those might appear on local news or blogs. Weather reports showed it clear for the day; no rain, and light wind (3-7mph) throughout the day, until after filming was concluded; where the wind picked up by 5-10 mph, hitting the 10-15mph range. Two and a half hours after the conclusion of filming for day 1, a 4.6 magnitude earthquake occurred off the southern coast of Japan, at a depth of 127-150km. There doesn’t seem to be any reports of earthquake activity within the filming region. Perhaps it was political issues? U.S. President Obama is in Japan, visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial on Friday, ahead of the 2016 G7 Summit.
SPOILERS BELOW – You’ve been warned.
We won’t be going through the whole list here, but we will pull out a few names.
First and foremost, what remains of the competing All-Stars – Takeda Toshihiro, Yamamoto Shingo, and Nagano Makoto; are all lined up in the prestigious 98, 99, and 100 positions, respectively. Takeda takes number 98 for the 5th time, Shingo takes 99 for the first time, and Nagano with 100 for the 15th time.
Sasuke 31 Champion – Morimoto Yusuke, will not be competing due to personal issues regarding employment. Had he participated in this year’s Sasuke, he would have risked not only his current employment opportunity, but potentially his career. He may return in the future, but he will not be present for Sasuke 32.
- SASUKE 30 Finalist Kawaguchi Tomohiro takes 97
- Shin-Sedai & SASUKE 32 Finalist, Kanno Hitoshi, takes 96.
- Four-time Third Stage competitor, Asa Kazuma takes 95.
- Tahitian dance instructor Anastase Ragivaru takes 94.
- Recurring SASUKE & American Ninja Warrior, Drew Drechsel, takes 93.
- The Kong Express, Takahashi Kenji, takes number 92.
- Golden Bomber drummer, Darvish Kenji, takes 91.
- SASUKE 30 Finalist & Last Man Standing, Matachi Ryo, takes number 90.
- Two-Time Grand Champion Urushihara Yuuji takes number 89.
- Recurring SASUKE competitor, Kishimoto Shinya, takes 88.
- Olympic Trampolinist & SASUKE 17 Finalist, Nagasaki Shunsuke, takes 87.
- Taiwanese representative, Liao Long Zhun, takes 86.
- Ninja Warrior Sweden representative, André Sihm, takes 85.
- Pro Kickboxer & K1 Fighter, Takeru, takes 81.
- Parkour Instructor Sato Jun takes 76.
- Dutch representative, Perry Oosterlee, takes 70.
- Recurring SASUKE & American Ninja Warrior, Brent Steffensen, takes 62.
- Former KUNOICHI competitor, Watanabe Mika, takes 56.
- American Women’s representative, Kacy Catanzaro takes 51.