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The 12th Competition, official name: SASUKE2003秋 (literally SASUKE 2003 Fall) is arguably one of the best and most successful tournaments to not have the second winner. It is the eighth tournament since Akiyama Kazuhiko's kanzenseiha. The First Stage started out with Yamada Koji cleared the stage with over thirteen seconds left on the clock. He became only the second #1 to do so (with the third one would be Kanno Hitoshi in SASUKE 27) and the first #1 to do that in his debut. After a string of failures, #70-100 showed great success. All 6 SASUKE All-Stars (5 at the time and future SASUKE All-Star Shiratori Bunpei) cleared the First Stage for the second straight tournament. Due to the weather, the First Stage went into the night for the first time in SASUKE history (a trend that would continue for several more tournaments).

In the Second Stage, a record 8 straight competitors cleared. Had it not been for Yamada Katsumi's disqualification, there would have been a 100% Second Stage success rate, the only other tournaments where this has occurred being SASUKE 6 and later in SASUKE 32. It also would have been the only occasion all six of the SASUKE All-Stars would have made it to the Third Stage.

In the Third Stage, competitors again went deep into the course. Out of the 10 competitors, 9 of them made it to the Cliffhanger and 5 of them made it to the Pipe Slider. In the end, 3 competitors cleared the Third Stage (including Shiratori Bunpei, who cleared on his first Third Stage attempt) to make it to the Final Stage, the most since SASUKE 3. In the Final Stage, Nagano Makoto came 0.11 seconds short from achieving kanzenseiha, the closest loss at the time. Incidentally, Nagano Makoto's near miss of kanzenseiha in this tournament was aired only a week after Mizuno Yuko's near miss of kanzenseiha in KUNOICHI 3.

First Stage

Obstacles

^Yamagoe 山越え

Rolling Maruta ローリング丸太

^Ipponbashi 一本橋

Jump Hang ジャンプハング

Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁

Tarzan Rope ターザンロープ

Rope Climb ロープクライム

Time Limit: 85 seconds

^ Denotes New Obstacle

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
1 Yamada Koji Fighterfighter with 3% Body-Fat Clear (13.70 seconds left) First to clear Yamagoe and Ipponbashi. First appearance on SASUKE.
7 Noguchi Yuichiro (16) 2nd Year High School Student Ipponbashi 一本橋
10 Dega Benson (23) Roppongi Disco Clerk Rolling Maruta ローリング丸太
16 Esper Itō High Capacity Entertainer Yamagoe 山越え
17 Koike Aoi (26) Japan Second Ranked Body Boarder Yamagoe 山越え Digest.
18 Hirata Shinya (46) Japan Travel Tour Yamagoe 山越え Digest.
21 Izumi Mika Jazz Dance Instructor Jump Hang ジャンプハング
22 Kuramochi Minoru (55) "Edokko" Tavern Manager Yamagoe 山越え
30 Sudo Genki (25) K-1 Fighter Jump Hang ジャンプハング
32 Takei Sou 1997 Japan Decathlon Champion Jump Hang ジャンプハング
35 Goku (39) Stripper Jump Hang ジャンプハング
37 Kyle Younger (25) Stuntman Yamagoe 山越え Digest.
38 Hanami Takuya Comedy Group "Red King" Yamagoe 山越え Digest.
39 Nakata Yosuke (22) Actor Rolling Maruta ローリング丸太 Digest.
40 原 盛樹 (23) Fedex Driver Jump Hang ジャンプハング Digest.
41 Nakayama Kinnikun (25) Physical Comedian Rope Climb ロープクライム Time Out.
51 Hibari Action Actress Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 Time Out.
54 Unknown Unknown Unknown All Cut. Wore white shirt and black pants.
60 Yamaguchi Kosuke Finswimmer Rope Climb ロープクライム All Cut. Time Out.
61 Takahashi Hiromitsu (38) Ballet Dancer Jump Hang ジャンプハング
62 Arai Kenichi (33) Swimming Instructor Jump Hang ジャンプハング Digest.
63 Gamō Junichi (30) Actor Yamagoe 山越え Digest.
64 Mitsui Taichi (26) Men's 1999 Rhythmic Gymnastics Champion Jump Hang ジャンプハング Digest.
65 Tomoyuki (23) Model Tarzan Rope ターザンロープ Digest.
67 Unknown Karate Unknown All Cut. Wore karate outfit.
70 Sato Manabu (24) Gymnast Clear (00.75 seconds left)
72 Asaoka Hiroyuki (32) Chigasaki-city elementary school teacher Clear (06.20 seconds left)
76 Sanae Kikuta (32) PANCRASE Champion Ipponbashi 一本橋
77 Shiratori Bunpei (36) Inba Village, Chiba Prefecture, Office Worker Clear (03.9 seconds left)
80 Nagasawa Hidenori Jaguar Mechanic Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 All Cut. Time Out.
81 Iketani Naoki (29) 12th Annual Genojin Sportsman No.1 Champion Rope Climb ロープクライム Time Out.
86 Fujimaki 弘儀 (14) Middle School Student/Student Council President Jump Hang ジャンプハング Digest.
88 Haguri Masanori (31) First-Class Architect Jump Hang ジャンプハング Digest.
89 大豆生田 Mitsuhiro (27) Nursury Worker Jump Hang ジャンプハング Digest.
90 Yamada Miho (30) Former Olympic Rhythmic Gymnast Jump Hang ジャンプハング
91 Ishimaru Kenjiro (49) Actor Ipponbashi 一本橋
92 Kobayashi Masâki (28) Placed Third in Individual Gymnastics National Championship Clear (07.11 seconds left)
93 Kobayashi Shinji Transport and Industrial Waste Jump Hang ジャンプハング All Cut.
94 Nakata Daisuke (29) Pro Trampoline Player Rolling Maruta ローリング丸太
95 Takeda Toshihiro (28) Gifu Firefighter Clear (10.81 seconds left)
96 Yamamoto Shingo (29) Gas Station Director Clear (07.18 seconds left)
97 Akiyama Kazuhiko (30) Former Fisherman Clear (04.89 seconds left)
98 Yamada Katsumi (37) Ironworker Clear (00.72 seconds left)
99 Jordan Jovtchev (30) Olympic Gymnast Clear (04.0 seconds left)
100 Nagano Makoto (30) Miyazaki Prefecture Fisherman Clear (15.82 seconds left) Fastest First Stage clear of the tournament.
Yusa Masami Life Saver Unknown All Cut.
Harashima Masami Hang Glider Man Yamagoe 山越え All Cut.
Asano Kohei Quick Muscle Champion Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 All Cut.
Total 100 Attempts 11 Clear

Second Stage

Obstacles

Chain Reaction チェーンリアクション

Brick Climb ブリッククライム

Spider Walk スパイダーウォーク

Balance Tank バランスタンク

Gyakusō Conveyor 逆走コンベアー

Wall Lifting ウォールリフティング

Time Limit: 70 seconds

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
1 Yamada Koji (29) Firefighter with 3% Body Fat Clear (01.9 seconds left)
70 Sato Manabu (24) Gymnast Clear (01.4 seconds left) Digest.
72 Asaoka Hiroyuki (32) Chigasaki-city elementary school teacher Clear (03.5 seconds left) Digest.
77 Shiratori Bunpei (36) Inba Village, Chiba Prefecture, Office Worker Clear (02.7 seconds left) Digest.
92 Kobayashi Masâki (28) Placed Third in Individual Gymnastics National Championship Clear (05.2 seconds left) Digest.
95 Takeda Toshihiro (28) Gifu Firefighter Clear (11.5 seconds left) Digest.
96 Yamamoto Shingo (29) Gas Station Director Clear (04.9 seconds left) Digest.
97 Akiyama Kazuhiko (30) Former Fisherman Clear (05.2 seconds left) Digest.
98 Yamada Katsumi (37) Ironworker ② Disqualified on Spider Walk スパイダーウォーク See Yamada Katsumi's Glove Disqualification.
99 Jordan Jovtchev (30) Olympic Gymnast Clear (02.68 seconds left) Digest.
100 Nagano Makoto (30) Miyazaki Prefecture Fisherman Clear (14.6 seconds left) Fastest Second Stage clear of the tournament.
Total 11 Attempts 10 Clear

Third Stage

Obstacles

Rumbling Dice ランブリングダイス

Body Prop ボディプロップ

Lamp Grasper ランプグラスパー

Cliffhanger クリフハンガー

Pipe Slider パイプスライダー

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
1 Yamada Koji (29) Firefighter with 3% Body Fat Cliffhanger クリフハンガー
70 Sato Manabu (24) Gymnast Cliffhanger クリフハンガー Digest.
72 Asaoka Hiroyuki (32) Chigasaki-city elementary school teacher Clear
77 Shiratori Bunpei (36) Inba Village, Chiba Prefecture, Office Worker Clear Middle Cut.
92 Kobayashi Masâki (28) Placed Third in Individual Gymnastics National Championship Body Prop ボディプロップ Digest.
95 Takeda Toshihiro (28) Gifu Firefighter Pipe Slider パイプスライダー Middle Cut. Failed Jump. Broke his shoulder falling from the Pipe Slider.
96 Yamamoto Shingo (29) Gas Station Director Cliffhanger クリフハンガー Middle Cut.
97 Akiyama Kazuhiko (30) Former Fisherman Pipe Slider パイプスライダー Middle Cut. Failed Jump.
99 Jordan Jovtchev (30) Olympic Gymnast Cliffhanger クリフハンガー Digest.
100 Nagano Makoto (30) Miyazaki Prefecture Fisherman Clear
Total 10 Attempts 3 Clear

Final Stage

Obstacles

Spider Climb スパイダークライム (12.5m)

Tsuna Nobori 綱登り (10m)

Time Limit: 30 seconds

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
72 Asaoka Hiroyuki (32) Chigasaki-city elementary school teacher Tsuna Nobori 綱登り (10m) About 20m up.
77 Shiratori Bunpei (36) Inba Village, Chiba Prefecture, Office Worker Tsuna Nobori 綱登り (10m) About 21m up.
100 Nagano Makoto (30) Miyazaki Prefecture Fisherman Tsuna Nobori 綱登り (10m) Reached the top of the tower, but 0.11 seconds too late. Last Man Standing.
Total 3 Attempts 0 Clear

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