The Gyakusō Conveyor (逆走コンベア), called the Reverse Conveyor Belt in English broadcast, is a Second Stage obstacle from the first thirteen SASUKE tournaments. Variants of this obstacle were also used in several Kinniku Banzuke events.
It is exactly what its name implies: a conveyor belt with an overhang covering it that a competitor must complete by crawling across.
The conveyor belt is 8m long and moves 20km/h in the opposite direction of the competitor.
Used exclusively as a time waster, it has only retired four competitors (Atarashii Ichirō & Ueki Shigenori) and was replaced with the Metal Spin in SASUKE 14, which acquired a reputation as a feared obstacle.
It was eventually revived in SASUKE 32 from 12 years, 19 tournaments hiatus since SASUKE 13, as the seventh obstacle of the Second Stage. This is placed after the Backstream and before the Wall Lifting.
The name in SASUKE 32 was changed to Reverse Conveyor (リバースコンベア) from the English broadcast.
A padding was added behind the conveyor belt when competitors fail at it due to fatigue, which became another way to fail this obstacle.
However, the speed of the conveyor belt had been decelerated compared to previous tournaments, perhaps due to the risk of going onto an electric obstacle after being inundated with the water from the Backstream.
Similar to its appearance in the early tournaments, this obstacle would only appear as a time waster in SASUKE 32 as all eight competitors who attempted this obstacle completed it.
Because of that, the speed of the conveyor belt increased to its original speed the following tournament, and it proved to be brutal, causing Hioki Masashi and Mori Wataru to time out there and causing trouble for other competitors due to the wet hands and feet from taking on the Backstream.
This proved to be brutal once again in SASUKE 34, as Darvish Kenji and Urushihara Yuuji timed out on this obstacle. On the other hand, Takahashi Kenji is the first person to fail the obstacle without timing out in which he was gassed out and was dragged by the conveyor to the padding which was added behind the conveyor.
This obstacle was also used as the fourth obstacle in BLUE Stage (Second Stage) on KUNOICHI 9 and KUNOICHI 10, with the exception that the overhang is lower, forcing competitors to lie down and crawl onto the conveyor.
SASUKE 8 Version
In SASUKE 8, the whole course was showered with a typhoon that unleashed a heavy rain. This caused several obstacles to have trouble functioning. The Gyakusō Conveyor was among them.
To prevent the dangers of getting electrocuted, the belt was turned off, so it didn't move at all, however the rain that had fallen on the belt while it was not moving had left the belt slippery.
This caused some competitors to slip and struggle before finally making it to the Wall Lifting.
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found