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After 8 years of hiatus since KUNOICHI 8, the show was rebooted and renewed for KUNOICHI 9 (officially, 「KUNOICHI2017 」) which took place at the Makuhari Messe Convention Hall instead of Midoriyama Studios, making it the first KUNOICHI competition to ever take place indoors. It was announced quietly on December 7, 2016 and aired on February 12 at 6:30 PM JST, coincidentally taking place as the same day of the second taping day of SASUKE 33.

Format

Similar to KUNOICHI 1 and KUNOICHI 2, this competition was reduced to three stages, with the RED and BLUE STAGE replaced with the traditionally-named First and Second Stage. However, only 50 women have attempted the course instead of the usual 100, likely due to insufficient amount of applicants. Multiple SASUKE obstacles were integrated into this tournament, including a heavily toned-down Rolling Hill, the Soritatsu Kabe, and the Spider Walk.

Summary

In the RED Stage, the time limit has rose up by 20 seconds from KUNOICHI 8, making it the longest time limit in the First Stage. Out of some obstacles integrated from SASUKE, there is one gruelling and brutal new obstacle which took out half of the competitors who attempted it, including Mizuno Yuko, a KUNOICHI 2 and 3 finalist, the Fish Bone. In addition, the Jump Hang and Soritatsu Kabe have also caused competitors to halt on their tracks thus failing it. Nevertheless, 5 competitors cleared.

But, in the BLUE Stage, there is no time limit imposed therefore competitors can go at their own pace. Daichoyaku, an obstacle that appeared in the first eight KUNOICHI tournaments, has replaced by the Slide Walk, along with other SASUKE obstacles integrated as well. The first competitor to clear the RED Stage, Izumi Hikari, cleared with ease. For the other competitors though, the Sponge Bridge, a renamed obstacle from KUNOICHI 3, is their nemesis which eliminated them, one by one.

The Final Stage, a 35 seconds time limit which introduced a classic SASUKE obstacle, Tsuna Nobori with a height of 7 metres. Izumi Hikari, was close to Kanzenseiha, with just approximately 2 meters to reach the top, timed out.

First Stage

Obstacles

^Rolling Hill ローリングヒル

^Pipe Hold パイプホールド

^Fish Bone フィッシュボーン

^X Bridge エックスブリッジ

^Jump Hang ジャンプハング

^Soritatsu Kabe 反り立つ壁 (Navi: そり立つ壁)

^Cannonball キャノンボール

Time Limit: 140 seconds

^ Denotes New Obstacle

* Denotes Modified Obstacle

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
1 Kuroki Yuko (25) Boxer ② Pipe Hold パイプホールド First to clear Rolling Hill
2 Anna Konno (27) Gravure Talent ③ Fish Bone フィッシュボーン First to clear Pipe Hold
3 Fujiwara Kahori (29) Ballroom Dancer ⑤ Jump Hang ジャンプハング First to clear Fish Bone and X Bridge
4 Arakawa Yui (23) Kindergarten Teacher ⑤ Jump Hang ジャンプハング
5 MYW (18) Breakdancer ① Rolling Hill ローリングヒル
6 Watanabe Keaki Bowler ① Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Shown in commercial
7 Horie Ginga (33) Accupuncturist ③ Fish Bone フィッシュボーン
8 Hoshikawa Arina Sportshop Staff Unknown All Cut
9 Kitagawa Ayaka (23) Karaoke Shop Worker ③ Fish Bone フィッシュボーン
10 Rokkaku Ayako (25) Baseball Player  ③ Fish Bone フィッシュボーン Shown in commercial. Full run shown in broadcast.
11 Futamaru Haruka (20) SKE48 member ③ Fish Bone フィッシュボーン
12 Saiki Reika (24) Muscle Idol ③ Fish Bone フィッシュボーン
13 No-show Absent
14 Ito Mayu (36) 4th Dancing Older Sister ① Rolling Hill ローリングヒル
15 Okado Himawari (14) Aerial Performer ① Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Failed dismount to platform
16 Takemoto Keiko (38) METI ⑤ Jump Hang ジャンプハング
17 No-show Absent
18 Takahashi Yuu (26) Fashion Model ③ Fish Bone フィッシュボーン
19 Taoka Natsumi (22) Surfer ③ Fish Bone フィッシュボーン Shown in commercial. Full run shown in broadcast.
20 Sawayam Rina (28)  Figure Skater ③ Fish Bone フィッシュボーン
21 Suzuki Chiyo (23) Beach Volleyball Player ② Pipe Hold パイプホールド Digest
22 Ueda Aki Surfer ③ Fish Bone フィッシュボーン Digest
23 Kataoka Ayumi (30) Baseball Player ⑥ Soritatsu Kabe 反り立つ壁 Time Out. First to clear Jump Hang
24 Sato Nozomi Toyo Univeristy Gymnastics Club Unknown All Cut
25 Okabi Sakiko (28) Former Gymnast ⑥ Soritatsu Kabe 反り立つ壁 Time Out
26 Saki Aka (30) Professional Wrestler/Model ③ Fish Bone フィッシュボーン
27 Kishi Asuka (25) Idol ⑤ Jump Hang ジャンプハング Shown in Navi
28 Katherine-sensei (25) Ayaman Japan Youth ① Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Shown in Navi
29 Shiromukai Maya (25) Performer ① Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Digest.
30 Nishitani Ayako (30) Talent ① Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Shown in Navi. Digest in broadcast.
31 Kato Erika (25) Gardener ③ Fish Bone フィッシュボーン Digest.
32 Kamoshida Mai (25) Touch Rugby National Team Member ③ Fish Bone フィッシュボーン Digest.
33 Mahara Miho (35)  Former Motocross Rider ① Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Digest.
34 Sakai Ayaka (27) Pole Dancer ⑦ Cannonball キャノンボール Time Out. First to clear Soritatsu Kabe
35 Katou Yuu (21) Baseball Player ③ Fish Bone フィッシュボーン
36 Yamachi Mari Talent ① Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Shown in Navi
37 Narumi Acrobat Peformer ③ Fish Bone フィッシュボーン Shown in Navi. Digest.
38 Ayashina Aya (23) Model ③ Fish Bone フィッシュボーン
39 Watanabe Mika (38) Housewife ⑦ Cannonball キャノンボール Time Out.
40 Kamei Mami (28)  Cheerleader ③ Fish Bone フィッシュボーン Shown in Navi.
41 Imamura Ami (21) God-like Swing ③ Fish Bone フィッシュボーン
42 Izumi Hikari (21) Parkour Clear (36:22 seconds left) First to clear Cannonball
43 Watanabe Kana (23) Judo Player Clear (23:86 seconds left)
44 Chen Zhuying (36) Stuntwoman Clear (13:30 seconds left) Digest.
45 Oshima Ayano (22) Japan Women’s College of Physical Education Clear (49:93 seconds left)
46 Aoyama Ami (26) Talent ⑤ Jump Hang ジャンプハング Shown in Navi.
47 RENA (25) Shoot Boxing ③ Fish Bone フィッシュボーン
48 Kawabata Yuki (27) Baseball Player Clear (16:42 seconds left)
49 Tsuboi Honami (27) Former Rhythmic Gymnast ③ Fish Bone フィッシュボーン
50 Mizuno Yuko (34) Former Muscle Idol ③ Fish Bone フィッシュボーン
Total 50 Attempts 5 Clears

Second Stage

Obstacles

^Slide Walk スライドウォーク

^Spider Walk スパイダーウォーク

^Reverse Conveyor リバースコンベア

^Slant Edge スラントエッジ

*Sponge Bridge スポンジブリッジ

^Cliffhanger クリフハンガー

Waver Bridge ウェーバーブリッジ

^ Denotes New Obstacle

* Denotes Modified Obstacle

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
42 Izumi Hikari (21) Parkour Clear First to clear every obstacle in Blue Stage, except for Sponge Bridge and Waver Bridge.
43 Watanabe Kana (23) Judo Player ⑤ Sponge Bridge スポンジブリッジ Mid Cut.
44 Chen Zhuying (36) Stuntwoman ⑤ Sponge Bridge スポンジブリッジ Digest.
45 Oshima Ayano (22) Japan Women’s College of Physical Education ⑤ Sponge Bridge スポンジブリッジ
48 Kawabata Yuki (27) Baseball Player ⑤ Sponge Bridge スポンジブリッジ Digest.
Total 5 Attempts 1 Clear

Final Stage

Obstacles

Sayū Hashigo 左右はしご (8m)

^Tsuna Nobori 綱登り (7m)

Time Limit: 35 seconds

^ Denotes New Obstacle

* Denotes Modified Obstacle

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
42 Izumi Hikari (21) Parkour ② Tsuna Nobori 綱登り About 13 metres up. Last Woman Standing
Total 1 Attempt 0 Clear

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