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Finalstage

Final Stage

To date, the Final Stage has known six forms. Each of these share a single, common goal: to scale the tower and reach the button at the top before time expires. If the competitor does not reach the top platform in time, the rope is cut and the competitor falls (they are caught by a safety line). Reaching the top is referred to as kanzenseiha (完全制覇), translated roughly as "complete domination", and rendered on Ninja Warrior as "Total Victory". Of all the competitors to attempt to claim victory, only thirty four have been admitted to the Final Stage, and only five of them have gotten there more than once (Ōmori Akira in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd competitions, Yamamoto Shingo in the 3rd and 7th, Nagano Makoto in the 11th, 12th, 13th, his victory in the 17th, and 23rdUrushihara Yuuji in the 22nd, along with his victories in the 24th and 27th, and Matachi Ryo in the 27th and 30th). Currently there are only 3 victors: Akiyama Kazuhiko defeated SASUKE in the 4th Competition, Nagano Makoto in the 17th, and Urushihara Yuuji in the 24th and 27th

The original Final Stage consisted of climbing a 15 meter (49 ft) rope climbing, and the contestant must start climbing from a seated position. Kawashima Takayuki was the first to try it.

The second version of the Final Stage was unveiled in the 7th Competition, when Yamamoto Shingo became the first to attempt it. The height of the tower was increased to 23 Meters. It consisted of a Spider Climband Rope Climbing. After 15 seconds, the walls of the Spider Climb spread apart. This ensnared Jordan Jovtchev during the 8th Competition, when he failed to complete the Spider Climb before it began spreading, and fell off the tower.

A final stage consisting of a Spider Climb and a triple Rope Climbing was shown at the end of SASUKE 2006 and the 2010 Happy New Year tournament, but was not built.

The third version was revieled by Urushihara Yuji in 22nd Competition. It consisted of a 13m Heavenly Ladder followed by a 10m Rope Climbing. The time limit was reduced from 45 to 40 seconds in the 23rd Competion.

The fourth version consisted of a  20 meter Rope Climbing, which had the same time limit. Matachi Ryo was the first to attempt it in SASUKE 27, and came less than 2 meters from victory when the rope was cut, however, Urushihara Yuuji achieved kanzenseiha later that night.

The fifth version was almost exactly the same as the previous version, the difference being that there are no steps leading to the Rope Cliimbing, and that the rope climbing was 3M taller. Competitors would have likely started in a seated position, the time limit would most likely have stayed the same, however this version would only be seen in 1 tournament.

The sixth and final, and current version, was shown in several pictures prior to the airing of SASUKE 29. The Spider Climb and Rope Climbing return, however the height of the tower is now at 24M, with a likely time limit of 30 seconds.

The prize for completing the Final Stage is ¥2,000,000 (about US$18,618). It was changed to a Nissan Fuga car in SASUKE 24, and then to ¥4,000,000 ( about US$39,008)

Typically, only one or two people make it to the Final Stage, if any make it at all. However, the 3rd competition and the 24th competition saw a record 5 competitors attempt the Final Stage. After the 4th competition, though, the Final Stage was only achieved on average every other tournament. Interestingly, out of all the athletes to attempt the Final Stage, none have had a weight of more than 70 kg, perhaps as heavier competitors' weights would play as a disadvantage in the Third Stage.

Final Stage --ANW4--

ANW4 Tower.

Final Stage ObstaclesEdit

Comp # Final Stage Obstacles Total Height Time Limit
1 → 4 Tsuna Nobori (Rope Climbing) [15m] 15m / 49ft 30.0
5 → 17 Spider Climb [12.5m] Tsuna Nobori [10m] 22.5m / 74ft 30.0
18 → 22 Heavenly Ladder [13m] G-Rope [10m] 23m / 75ft 45.0
23 → 24 23m / 75ft 40.0
25 → 27 Tsuna Nobori [20m] 20m / 66ft 40.0
28 Tsuna Nobori [23m] 23m / 75ft 40.0
29 → 30 Spider Climb [12m] Tsuna Nobori [12m] 24m / 79ft 30.0

Version 1 (SASUKE 1-4)Edit

Firstfinal

Final Stage Version 1-4.

The first ever final stage included a single 15 meter rope climb, named the Tsuna Nobori (綱登り) with a 30 second time limit. Competitors had to start in a sitting position. Although this version only lasted four tournaments, there were a total of twelve attempts made, including three by Omori Akira. In SASUKE 3, Yamada Katsumi joined four others in the final stage and came within inches of kanzenseiha. The next tournament, Akiyama Kazuhiko, who had previously never passed the second stage, became the first man in history to achieve kanzenseiha by clearing with 6.0 seconds left.

Competitors' Success RateEdit

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
1 0 4 0%
2 0 2 0%
3 0 5 0%
4 1 1 100%
Total 1 12 8.33%

Version 2 (SASUKE 5-17)Edit

Second Final

Final Stage Version 5-17.

After Akiyama Kazuhiko's Kanzenseiha in SASUKE 4, the Final Stage went through its first revision. The new, taller second Final Stage included a 12.5 meter Spider Climb (スパイダークライム) before the shortened, 10 meter Tsuna Nobori (綱登り). The time limit was left unchanged. In addition, the Spider Climb would separate after 15 seconds. This separation brought down only one competitor, Jordan Jovtchev, in SASUKE 8. The only other person to fail the Spider Climb, Yamamoto Shingo, dislocated his shoulder in his attempt. Kanzenseiha was almost achieved in SASUKE 12, where Nagano Makoto failed to press the button by 0.11 (1/9) seconds. Nagano also came close from victory in SASUKE 13 (About 22.4 meters up). He would later clear the stage with 2.56 seconds left to achieve Kanzenseiha in SASUKE 17.

Competitors' Success RateEdit

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
7 0 1 0%
8 0 2 0%
11 0 1 0%
12 0 3 0%
13 0 1 0%
17 1 2 50%
Total 1 10 10%

Pre-Version 3Edit

FinalStage2

The "new" Final Stage shown at the end of SASUKE 17.

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After Nagano's kanzenseiha in SASUKE 17, TBS showed the SASUKE 5~17 version of the Final Stage being demolished and coming up from the rubble was a new Final Stage. This Final Stage looked extremely difficult as it consisted of a Spider Climb and three ropes alternating from right to left to right. It is speculated that this was the design of the Final Stage that the producers wanted, however it was never used for unknown reasons. This final stage was also showed at the end of SASUKE 24 but once again, it was not used.

From the pictures provided by G4 and Taiwanese competitor Li En Zhi, and from the new SASUKE Plug-and-Play game, it had been suggested that the new final stage consisted of a Metal Ladder and Final Climb. However, there is no absolute verification that it was the actual final stage.

FinalStage3

Screenshot from the SASUKE Plug-and-Play game

Version 3 (SASUKE 18-24)
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The new Final Stage was finally revealed in SASUKE 22 with Urushihara Yuuji's Third Stage clear. The new Final Stage was revealed to be a 13m rope ladder, named the Heavenly Ladder (ヘブンリーラダー), and a 10m rope climb, renamed from the Tsuna Nobori to the G-Rope (Gロープ). It is unknown if anything is different between the two rope climbs to warrant a name change. The time limit of the new Final Stage was also raised to 45 seconds. After Urushihara's run in SASUKE 22, the time limit was reduced to 40 seconds. The following tournament, Nagano Makoto attempted the Final Stage, now with a 40 second time limit, and came within inches of the goal. He would have cleared easily had the time limit been kept the same. The same was true of Hashimoto Kouji in the next tournament. A total of five people attempted it in SASUKE 24, with Urushihara as the only returning finalist. He would defeat the Final Stage with 3.57 seconds to spare, earning the third ever kanzenseiha. This is the only version of the final stage which was attempted after someone had cleared it (due to Urushihara being 3rd in order, while the other 2 clears, Akiyama and Nagano, were both Last Man Standing). Competitors' Success Rate

   All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found

SASUKE

Clears

Attempts

Percentage

18 through 24 1 9 50%
Total 1 9

Version 4 (SASUKE 25-27)Edit

Since no one made it to the final stage in SASUKE 25, the obstacles of the Final Stage were unknown and this would remain true the next tournament.
SASUKE 25 - 27 Final Stage

Sasuke 25, 26 and 27's Final Stage.

However, it was known the same structure was used, as in the final stage used in SASUKE 18-24. in SASUKE 25, however, the tower's appearence was different, as it did not possess the light rings present in previous tournaments. The tower also had a beam of blue light coming out of the top of it; a feature not present in SASUKE 26. The final stage was finally unveiled, with UNCLI members Matachi Ryo and Urushihara Yuuji's stage three breakthroughs, in SASUKE 27; and consists of a 20-meter Tsuna Nobori, named the Ultimate Rope Climb with a time limit of 40 seconds. The tower height remained at 23 metres to the goal. This version was conquered by Urushihara Yuuji and with record speed (6.71 sec left); marking this his second time achieving kanzenseiha, a first in SASUKE history. This is currently the only Final Stage SASUKE obstacle to be cleared in the tournament of it's introduction. This variation of the Final Stage returned in American Ninja Warrior 4, though no competitor was able to attempt it, as the only remaining man in the competition was Brent Steffensen, who failed the Hang Climbing in the Third Stage.

Unlike the 1st version of the Final Stage, competitors are allowed to start in a standing position.

Competitors' Success RateEdit

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
27 1 2 50%
Total 1 2 50%

Version 5 (SASUKE RISING) (28)Edit

The fifth version of the final stage was briefly seen in Stage 3 and in a trailer of SASUKE RISING.
SASUKE RISING (28) FINAL STAGE

SASUKE RISING's Final Stage (28).

It's design was similar to that of the 4th Version of the Final Stage consisting of a rope time. Unlike it's predecessor, this version is 3M taller, and the competitors would have likely climbed up the rope in a seated position. The time limit would have likely stayed at 40 seconds, as Urushihara may have cleared this particular version by 1 second left. It was used for only 1 tournament. This is also the only version of the final stage to have never been attempted.

Competitors' Success RateEdit

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
28 0 0 N/A
Total 0 0 N/A

Version 6 (SASUKE 29-)Edit

SASUKE 29 FINAL STAGE

Sasuke 29's Final Stage.

With the removal of the previous version of the final stage, it was not unusual to see a change similar to that of the 18-24 version from the Metal Ladder to the Heavenly Ladder. The previous final stage consisting of a rope climb was thrown out all together and the return of the 7-17 final stage took its place. The spider walls seem to take up less this time, and the rope climb appears to take up more space. Nevertheless, the height of the tower has once again increased, this time to 24M. The Spider Climb (スパイダークライム) has decreased to 12M, while the Tsuna Nobori (綱登り) was slightly modified in length to 12M from that of its original predecessor, at 10M, with a time limit of 30 s, as its predecessor.

This version of the Final Stage was first attempted by Kawaguchi Tomohiro in SASUKE 30. Unlike its predecessor, the walls of the Spider Climb did not split after the first fifteen seconds due to the structure of the building, and the rope is also no longer cut after the competitor fails, continuing the tradition of the Shin-Sasuke era.

Competitors' Success RateEdit

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
29 0 0 N/A
30 0 2 0%
Total 0 2 0%

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