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KANZENSEIHA

Kanzenseiha (Complete Victory), SASUKE 31

Kanzenseiha (完全制覇, translated as Complete Domination, called as Total Victory on English broadcast and officially called as Complete Victory in SASUKE 31) is achieved when a SASUKE or KUNOICHI competitor is able to clear the Final Stage in the set time limit.

To date, kanzenseiha has only been achieved fifteen times by twelve people. However, if not counting all the international versions of SASUKE/Ninja Warrior, kanzenseiha has only been achieved ten times by seven people.

The reward of winning the entire tournaments varies from different SASUKE/Ninja Warrior's international formats:

  • SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia grants the prize money of IDR 500,000,000.
  • Australian Ninja Warrior grants the cash prize of AU$100,000.
    • However, if no competitor could achieve total victory, the prize money would be rolled over to the next season (and kept rolling over until someone achieve total victory, resulting that competitor would receive the rolled-over cash prize and the cash prize would be reset back to AU$100,000 on the next season after that).

he Coincidentally, SASUKE, KUNOICHI, and American Ninja Warrior achieved their first kanzenseiha/total victory in their fourth tournament:

  • The first kanzenseiha in SASUKE was achieved in SASUKE 4.
  • The first kanzenseiha in KUNOICHI was achieved in KUNOICHI 4.
  • The first total victory on American Ninja Warrior was achieved on American Ninja Warrior 7, the fourth season since the national finals/Mount Midoriyama course was held on the U.S. soil (specifically in Las Vegas), starting on American Ninja Warrior 4.

Successful Kanzenseiha

SASUKE

  • Akiyama Kazuhiko, SASUKE 4. Akiyama had competed twice earlier, but ultimately timed out on the Second Stage. He was finally able to clear the Second Stage, but found trouble in the Third Stage. Because five people had cleared the Third Stage in the previous tournament, the stage was completely redesigned, the Pipe Slider being changed so that the competitor would have to swing to the platform rather than just touch down. Akiyama almost slipped off of the platform, but hung on using his arms and was able to pull himself up to the goal mat. The Final Stage at the time was a 15 meter rope climb in 30 seconds, which Akiyama finished in a mere 24 seconds, earning the first ever kanzenseiha.
  • Nagano Makoto, SASUKE 17. Nagano had made it to the Final Stage three times earlier in SASUKE 11, 12, and 13. In SASUKE 12, he was just 0.11 (1/9) seconds away from achieving kanzenseiha. However, he blazed through the first three stages and cleared the Final Stage, a 12.5 meter Spider Climb and a 10 meter Rope Climb with 2.56 seconds on the clock.
  • Urushihara Yuuji, SASUKE 24. After Nagano Makoto's victory, the course was completely redesigned, retaining only four old obstacles. This new era (the Shin-SASUKE) was designed to eliminate all 100 competitors in the First Stage. However, as time progressed, more and more competitors cleared the First Stage. In his first four tournaments, Urushihara cleared the First Stage three times and the Third Stage twice. After barely failing the G-Rope in SASUKE 22, Urushihara rigorously trained his rope climbing, and when he had 21 seconds to climb the 10-meter rope, his training paid off, as he cleared it with 3.57 seconds to spare.
  • Urushihara Yuuji, SASUKE 27. After Urushihara's first victory, the First and Second Stage underwent minor changes, but the Third Stage was entirely redesigned. For the first two tournaments, all eight competitors who attempted the Ultimate Cliffhanger were defeated. In SASUKE 27, however, the Third Stage was modified so as to make the first half easier but the second half more difficult. This was proven to be an advantage for Urushihara, who became the third competitor to defeat the Ultimate Cliffhanger and defeated the entire Third Stage course. The Final Stage was a 20 meter rope climb in 40 seconds. However, unlike the original Final Stage, competitors were allowed to start from a standing position. After fellow UNCLI member Matachi Ryo failed, Urushihara put his rope climbing skills to good use, clearing the new Final Stage with a record 6.71 seconds to spare, earning his second kanzenseiha.
  • Morimoto Yusuke, SASUKE 31. After nearly reaching the Final Stage in SASUKE 29, Morimoto defeated his nemesis, the Pipe Slider, to reach the Final Stage. He was the only person to clear the Third Stage that day. In the Final Stage, Morimoto kept a steady pace and finished with 2.59 seconds on the clock to achieve SASUKE's fifth kanzenseiha, and becoming the youngest to do so at the age of 23.

KUNOICHI

  • Miyake Ayako, KUNOICHI 4. This was Miyake's first tournament, after her dance group G-Rockets joined the Muscle Musical squad. Wearing #58, she shocked everyone by clearing the First Stage with 28.86 seconds to spare. Upon clearing the Second and Third Stages, she was able to achieve KUNOICHI's first kanzenseiha after clearing the Final Stage with 4.11 seconds to spare. Notably, this was the first KUNOICHI tournament shown on G4.
  • Miyake Ayako, KUNOICHI 5. Miyake was given #100 in honor of her kanzenseiha in the previous tournament. She showed that it was no fluke by once again dominating the virtually unchanged course a second time, this time clearing with 7.7 seconds left.
  • Miyake Ayako, KUNOICHI 6. KUNOICHI 6 was noteworthy in two ways - it was redesigned after Miyake's two kanzenseihas, and also it had an "International" theme, as women from several different countries including Japan, USA, and Brazil competed. Miyake and Tanaka Maho reached the Final Stage, and although Maho was unable to reach the Pole Climb in time, Miyake cleared for an unheard of third time with only 0.66 seconds to spare. She celebrated by waving a Japanese flag atop the tower (further going with the "International" theme). However, Miyake shockingly failed at the final obstacle of the Second Stage in the next tournament, and it is unsure if she will ever compete again.
  • Komiya Rie, KUNOICHI 8. Under the new KUNOICHI system, three competitors qualified for the redesigned Final Stage. Komiya was the first to attempt and cleared with 3.7 seconds remaining.
  • Satomi Kadoi, KUNOICHI 8. Satomi was the third to attempt the redesigned Final Stage, and cleared it with a blistering 21.4 seconds remaining, the fastest time in KUNOICHI history.

American Ninja Warrior

  • Geoff Britten, American Ninja Warrior 7. First American to complete Stage Four with 0.35 seconds left, taking only two American Ninja Warrior seasons to do so. This earned him the title of the first "American Ninja Warrior". However, on the next season, Geoff Britten shockingly fell at the very first obstacle of Stage One, and announced the temporary retirement from the competition after that. 
  • Isaac Caldiero, American Ninja Warrior 7. Second American to complete Stage Four with 3.86 seconds left, taking only three American Ninja Warrior seasons to do so. Since he had a faster time on Stage Four than Geoff Britten, he was declared the winner of the competition and won the US$1,000,000 cash prize. However, Isaac Caldiero's US$1,000,000 win once sparked controversies among the fans and viewers, who thought Geoff Britten also deserved the cash prize as well (due to the fact that only the competitor who completed Stage Four within the time limit in the fastest time would receive the cash prize). Because of that, NBC has changed the rule for achieving total victory, starting on the next season. If more than one competitor achieved total victory, the prize money will be divided among the competitors. After winning the US$1,000,000 cash prize, Isaac Caldiero didn't compete on American Ninja Warrior for two seasons, before returning to compete on American Ninja Warrior 10.

SASUKE Vietnam

  • David Campbell, SASUKE Vietnam 2. First competitor to complete SASUKE Vietnam's Final Stage. Third American to achieve kanzenseiha/total victory. Completed the Final Stage with 0.73 seconds left.
  • Nguyễn Phước Huynh, SASUKE Vietnam 2. Nguyễn Phước Huynh has competed on SASUKE Vietnam before, but failed at the Cliffhanger in Stage 3. However, on the next season, he was able to beat the Cliffhanger, and later finished Stage 3 and advanced to the Final Stage. Then, he became the second competitor to complete SASUKE Vietnam's Final Stage with 0.64 seconds left.
  • Lê Văn Thực, SASUKE Vietnam 2. Lê Văn Thực has competed on SASUKE Vietnam before, but failed at the Pipe Slider in Stage 3. However, on the next season, he was able to beat the Pipe Slider and advanced to the Final Stage. Then, he became the third competitor to complete SASUKE Vietnam's Final Stage, and by completing the Final Stage in the fastest time (with 6.44 seconds left), he was declared as the champion of the tournament and won the VND 800,000,000 cash prize.

Close Encounters

SASUKE

  • Tanaka Hikaru, SASUKE 2. In his rookie effort Tanaka managed to beat the first three stages with little trouble, but in the Final Stage he timed out a few feet away from kanzenseiha.
  • Yamamoto Shingo, SASUKE 3. In Yamamoto's third appearance he managed to beat the Pipe Slider that took him down last time and he managed to climb the rope, but he ran out of time about 1 meter away from the button.
  • Yamada Katsumi, SASUKE 3. In Yamada's only appearance in the Final Stage, he came up just short of the buzzer. Yamada only used his arms for the first five meters but clearly had a faster pace when instituting his legs. He was one of five to take on the Final Stage that day and by far was the closest. With that performance, he earned the nickname as "Mr. SASUKE".
  • Yamamoto Shingo, SASUKE 7. In the final stage, Yamamoto had good pace when he started up the spider climb, but slipped and dislocated his shoulder when he got 3m up the spider climb. Had Yamamoto not dislocated his shoulder, he might have achieved kanzenseiha.
  • Kane Kosugi, SASUKE 8. Kosugi joined Jordan Jovtchev in the Final Stage. An extreme downpour had hit Midoriyama that day, and it was still raining during the Final Stage. Kosugi struggled on the slippery Spider Climb but made up ground on the rope, but still fell short. Many believe that had the weather stayed dry, Kosugi would have achieved kanzenseiha. This was his final appearance on SASUKE.
  • Shiratori Bunpei, SASUKE 12. Shiratori cleared the Spider Climb with an excellent pace but struggled on the early part of the rope. When he began using his legs to assist him, he flew up the rope. Although he timed out, he might have achieved kanzenseiha had he kept the pace from using his legs.
  • Nagano Makoto, SASUKE 12. Nagano had a blistering pace while climbing the Final Stage, and despite a few stumbles on the Spider Climb, was eye-level as time was running out. However, the rope swung away from the buzzer, and as Nagano reached out to press it he came short and time ran out. Officially, he was 0.11 (1/9) seconds late of hitting the buzzer. The course was moderately redesigned after this, and the SASUKE Trials were introduced as a result.
  • Nagano Makoto, SASUKE 13. On Nagano's third try at the Final Stage, he ran out of time once more. Upon timing out, Nagano reached for the buzzer. He fell a few inches short and dropped to the bottom.
  • Urushihara Yuuji, SASUKE 22. Urushihara had only competed once before, failing the First Stage's Flying Chute. However, he was able to conquer Shin-SASUKE's Third Stage for the first time ever and as such was the first to take on the third incarnation of the Final Stage. He reached the G-Rope with 28 seconds to spare but came just inches short of the buzzer.
  • Nagano Makoto, SASUKE 23. Nagano was able to scale the entire tower and was eye level with the buzzer as time expired. However, after Urushihara's close call in the previous tournament, the time limit was reduced from 45 seconds to 40 seconds. If the time limit had stayed at 45 seconds, Nagano would have achieved kanzenseiha, as he was 0.21 seconds short of the buzzer when time ran out.
  • Hashimoto Koji, SASUKE 24. After failing the first rung of the Salmon Ladder in the previous tournament, Hashimoto cleared the first three stages in SASUKE 24. In the Final Stage, he was slow on the Heavenly Ladder but made up ground on the G-Rope. He reached for the button as time expired but did not hit it in time.
  • Takahashi Kenji, SASUKE 24. Takahashi had a great pace on the Heavenly Ladder, but on the G-Rope he was twisting up the rope and as a result had to stop to untangle his support wire.
  • Matachi Ryo, SASUKE 27. In Matachi's first three attempts he went out in First Stage. The fourth time was the charm as he finished the First Stage. Continuing his unlikely run he managed to beat the Second and Third Stages on his first try. He and fellow cliffer Urushihara were the only two to reach the finals. Ryo climbed quickly at first, but started to tire and timed out about 6 feet away from the buzzer. However, his performance pushed fellow cliffer Urushihara to achieve a second Kanzenseiha.
  • Matachi Ryo, SASUKE 30. Matachi once again made it to the Final Stage. He got slower as he got closer to the buzzer, and as the result, he timed out about 1.7 meters short. If he went at the same pace from the beginning, he might have achieved kanzenseiha.
  • Morimoto Yūsuke, SASUKE 35. He cleared the Third Stage which took him out in the past 2 competitions, and the first man to clear the Third Stage after his own Kanzenseiha. In the Final Stage, his pace was fast and could have cleared that day. But he lost time on the Salmon Ladder Jugo dan, in which the bar was uneven near the top. He had less than 15 seconds to climb up the Tsuna Nobori but timed out about five meters near the goal.

KUNOICHI

  • Izumi Mika, KUNOICHI 3. Izumi had flown up the first part of the tower, but started too slow and didn't have enough time to climb high enough to touch the button, as she barely grazed it with her fingertips.
  • Mizuno Yuko, KUNOICHI 3. Mizuno was one of three people to attempt the redesigned Final Stage in this tournament, and all three came close to kanzenseiha. Mizuno being the closest. Had she reached for the buzzer earlier, she would have achieved KUNOICHI's first kanzenseiha, but instead chose to get higher on the pole. As a result, she did not reach the buzzer in time. The reporter who interviewed Mizuno noted that had she had one more second, she would have cleared. Incidentally, Mizuno Yuko's near miss of kanzenseiha was aired only a week before Nagano Makoto's near miss of kanzenseiha in SASUKE 12.
  • Komiya Rie, KUNOICHI 5. Komiya started fast and made it to the Pole Climb in good time, but she couldn't climb fast enough and timed out hair level to the finish button.
  • Arimatsu Tomomi, KUNOICHI 8. Arimatsu actually finished the Final Stage in time, but when it was discovered that she grabbed the side of the board on the Survival Climb, she was disqualified.

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