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SASUKE 32 (officially, 「SASUKE2016 」) has been officially announced by TBS, and the broadcast was at 6:30pm JST (18:30), on Sunday, July 3, 2016. The event was 3 and a half hours long.

Applications

The application process for SASUKE 32 was announced at the official website on March 22, 2016, in addition to a video revealed on both their Twitter and Facebook accounts. The deadline for entries was at April 8, 2016, 11:59 JST. Auditions were held in mid to late April in Tokyo and Osaka.

Filming

Similar to the previous two SASUKE competitions, the taping of SASUKE 32 took place over a two-day period, May 28th and May 29th 2016; the first 50 competitors ran the First Stage on the 28th, while the remaining 50 competitors ran the First Stage on the 29th. In addition, the 29th also included any possible runs for the Second Stage, Third Stage, and Final Stage.

Later, it was revealed via Inui Masato's Twitter account that there was an unexpected delay during production, where due to safety reasons, the camera equipment and apparatus can be dangerous when it is wet.

During SASUKE 32 taping, Drew Drechsel pointed out the course being wet thus being unfair to the competitors as well as compromising the safety of every competitors, thus the taping has to be cancelled. This came as unexpected news, especially when weather reports showed the area clear for the day.

Despite the incident and resulting delay, taping of SASUKE 32 completed on schedule on May 29, 2016.

Based on the official aired broadcast, the cancellation happened for the very first time in SASUKE history.

Broadcast

The broadcast for SASUKE 32 will take place at 18:30 (6:30pm) JST, on Sunday, July 3, 2016. The show is expected to be 3 and a half hours long, including commercials.

The competition will only be broadcast on TBS in Japan, until licensed out around the world.

For the sake of brevity, and based on past history, most, but not all competitors will be shown during the first stage, depending on their results and reputation. Competitors that make it beyond the First Stage will have their Second, Third, or Final stage runs shown in their entirety.

Event Summary

SASUKE 32 is the first tournament since Morimoto Yūsuke's kanzenseiha in SASUKE 31 (however, Morimoto didn't compete in this tournament due to job training).

Like with previous competitions following kanzenseiha, the course was significantly altered to increase the difficult, with about half of the course being modified, with several obstacles being modified to increase their difficulty or being replaced outright with a more difficult obstacle.

First Stage

The First Stage received a 5-second time reduction and had three new obstacles, the Quad Steps which went directly into the Rolling Hill, the TIE Fighter, and the Double Pendulum, while the Orugōru and Tackle both received modifications.

For the second time (since SASUKE 16), there was a time limit difference for competitors in First Stage, as normal competitors are given 115 seconds to complete it, while over 50 and/or female competitors are given 125 seconds to complete it.

The results were much lower than in the previous three SASUKE tournaments, with only 8 competitors cleared, the first time since SASUKE 28 that the clear rate was in the single-digits.

Many prolific competitors like Takahashi Kenji and Asa Kazuma failed early in the course, while others like Hioki Masashi, Urushihara Yuuji and Yamamoto Shingo failed midway or near the end, as Matachi Ryo, Kanno Hitoshi and Takeda Toshihiro did.

This was Nagano Makoto's last tournament. While he put on a strong performance, he took too long on the Soritatsu Kabe and timed out just a few feet from the button. After his run, a ceremony was held to commemorate his dedication for SASUKE tournament, with Nagano was presented a Japanese national flag with his picture in it, signed by fellow competitors.

Half of the competitors who cleared the First Stage (Brent Steffensen, Andre Sihm, Ragivaru Anastase, and Drew Drechsel) were all foreign competitors. Domestically, Suzuki Yusuke, Sato Jun (who hadn't competed since SASUKE 25), Nagasaki Shunsuke, and Kawaguchi Tomohiro cleared.

Second Stage

The Second Stage only received two changes, one being the return of the Gyakusō Conveyor, which changes its name into Reverse Conveyor, to bring the official obstacle count to eight, and the Wall Lifting being lowered to its pre-SASUKE 21 height. The time limit was also raised by 15 seconds. As the result, all eight competitors cleared Second Stage, making it the first time since SASUKE 6 that the Second Stage had a 100% clear rate.

Third Stage

While the Third Stage had no new obstacles, almost every obstacle present except for the Pipe Slider was given extensive modifications to increase their difficulty. Only the Iron Paddler was removed in favor of the return of the SASUKE 27 version of the Flying Bar.

For the first time since SASUKE 27, competitors failed obstacles before the Crazy Cliffhanger, which had been redesigned into the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger. Back to the Flying Bar, it ended up eliminating half of the field, albeit a rain shower near the end made the obstacle more difficult, and resulted in Ragivaru and Kawaguchi (the Last Man Standing of the tournament) both failing there.

The Sidewinder R Kai eliminated Andre, while Brent and Sato failed the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger. However, for the first time since SASUKE 5 and 9, a competitor managed to beat the redesigned Cliffhanger in its introductory tournament. That competitor was Drew Drechsel, who managed to make it to the modified Vertical Limit Kai.

Unfortunately, due to the removal of the resting platform between the obstacles, Drew wasn't used to transfer between the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger and Vertical Limit Kai without any breaks, and failed immediately after transferring, leaving the Pipe Slider and Final Stage untouched.

First Stage

Obstacles

①*Quad Steps クワッドステップス
Rolling Hill ローリングヒル
^TIE Fighter タイファイター
④*Orugōru オルゴール
^Double Pendulum ダブルペンダラム
⑥* Tackle タックル
Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁
⑧ Tarzan Rope ターザンロープ
⑨ Lumberjack Climb ランバージャッククライム

Time Limit: 115 seconds, (125 seconds for female and/or over 50 competitors)
^ Denotes New Obstacle
* Denotes Modified Obstacle

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
1 Saito Tsukasa (37) 2015 M-1 Champion Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps.

First to clear Quad Steps.

2 Inomata Sho Asparagus Farmer Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps. All Cut
3 Torisawa Katsuhide (44) Weightlifter Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps.
4 Kuniyama Hasen (25) TBS Announcer Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps.
5 Yamagishi Masaya (23) 2016 Mr Japan ④*Orugōru オルゴール First to clear TIE Fighter
6 Yamashita Yuta Kyoto University Student - Chorus Course Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps. All Cut
7 Kawano Ichijou Shop Owner Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps. All Cut
8 Hamada Keita (27) Cabin Captain Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps. Digest. Shown on Navi.
9 Mizuno Ryoji (36) Shop Owner Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps. Digest. Shown on Navi.
10 Ota Hirohisa (32) Comedian ①*Quad Steps クワドステップス Failed to transit to Rolling Hill.
11 Tsukada Ryoichi (29) ABC-Z Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 Time Out. First to clear Double Pendulum
12 Tamura Shinji Shop Owner Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps. All Cut
13 Fujioka Shunsei Horse Instructor Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps. All Cut
14 Nakamura Kenjin Bartender Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps. All Cut
15 Miruhara Seijou International Automobile Taxi Crew Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps. All Cut
16 Mizunoya Yuichi (36) Gardener ^TIE Fighter タイファイター Shown on Navi
17 Horiuchi Ryo Bandai Employee ④* Orugōru オルゴール All Cut
18 Yamazaki Shingo French Cusine Shop Owner Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps. All Cut
19 Yoshida Mikio Fruits Wholeseller ④* Orugōru オルゴール All Cut
20 Watabe Ryota Civil Servants Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 All Cut
21 Okura Shimon (23) Model ^Double Pendulum ダブルペンダラム
22 Kato Hideaki Tatami Craftsmen Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps. All Cut
23 Koga Hikaridairo Farmer Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps. All Cut
24 Ozaki Ryo Ground Self-Defense Force 1st Airborne Brigade ^Double Pendulum ダブルペンダラム Shown on Trailer
25 Inezuke Yohei Water Piping Employee Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 All Cut
26 Ogasawara Tsubasa Bicycle Shop Rental Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps. All Cut
27 Kato Yusuke Banker Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps. All Cut
28 Hida Takahiro (32) Maintenance Ward Employee ^Double Pendulum ダブルペンダラム Shown on Navi.
29 Akiyama Jun (30) Dentist *Quad Steps クワッドステップス Shown on Navi. Digest.
30 Hikuchi Kaneo (34) Demolisher ^Double Pendulum ダブルペンダラム Shown on Trailer. Digest in broadcast
31 Hioki Masashi (35) Electrician ^Double Pendulum ダブルペンダラム
32 Matsubara Shinji (24) Yamada Corps ^TIE Fighter タイファイター
33 Yamamoto Hiroshige (23) SEGA Employee/ Yamada Corps ⑨ Lumberjack Climb ランバージャッククライム Time Out. Was at the top but failed to press the buzzer on time.
34 Obata Satoshi (23) Technician / Yamada Corps ^Double Pendulum ダブルペンダラム
35 Ugajin Satoru Scaffolding Construction Craftsman Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps. All Cut
36 Kunimoto Mitsuhiro Doctor Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps. All Cut
37 Hikawa Kazuyuki Christian Preacher Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps. All Cut
38 Okaro Tomohito Car Designer ^TIE Fighter タイファイター All Cut
39 Miyagawa Kentaro Chiropractor ④* Orugōru オルゴール All Cut
40 Togashi Kenshiro (19) Scaffold Dismantling President ^Double Pendulum ダブルペンダラム Digest. Shown on Navi
41 Can Yutaka (31) Golden Bomber ^TIE Fighter タイファイター
42 Tatsuya Tanimoto Original Cirque du Soleil Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps. All Cut
43 Hokama Gishi Fireman Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 All Cut. External information.
44 Takayuki Igaki Lawyer ④*Orugōru オルゴール All Cut. External Information.
45 Amano Joji (31) Rock Band ^TIE Fighter タイファイター Shown on Navi
46 Takahashi Keigo Car Mechanic Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps. All Cut
47 Nishimura Shuta Ali, Mark Movers Inc Lumberjack Climb ランバージャッククライム All Cut. External information.
48 Leino Shimamura RIZAP Personal Trainer Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 All Cut. External information.
49 Wada Ryuji Tire manufacturer Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps. All Cut
50 Ibushi Kota (34) Pro Wrestler Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps.
51 Kacy Catanzaro (26) Women American Representative ⑨ Lumberjack Climb ランバージャッククライム Time Out. Shown on Navi. First woman to beat the Soritatsu Kabe
52 Inamura Ami (20) Idol Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Course Out. Sucesssfully made the transition to Rolling Hill but failure to dismount on barrel properly and stepped on the safety pad for the second time, where she should fell in the water. Shown on Navi
53 Saiki Reika (24) Muscle Idol Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Down Hill. Shown on Navi
54 Tomaru Sayaka (19) Gravure Idol *Quad Steps クワッドステップス Shown on Navi
55 Futamura Haruka (20) SKE48 Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps.
56 Watanabe Mika Housewife ^TIE Fighter タイファイター All Cut. External Information.
57 Utada Yui Food Researcher Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps. All Cut.
58 Mineta Grace (23) Manga Artist ④*Orugōru オルゴール All Cut. External Information.
59 Takada Kaho (20) The King's Brunch - Reporter ^TIE Fighter タイファイター Shown on Navi
60 Shiromuko Maya Lecturer ④*Orugōru オルゴール All Cut. External Information.
61 Akiyama Reina 8th Grader - International School ^Double Pendulum ダブルペンダラム All Cut. External Information.
62 Brent Steffensen (35) Stuntman Clear (11.25 sec left) First to clear SASUKE 32's First Stage
63 Peindante Shonosuke YouTuber ④*Orugōru オルゴール All Cut. External Information
64 Nonaka Yudai (26) Researcher ^TIE Fighter タイファイター Digest. Shown on Navi
65 Tsuruta Yuki Plastering Industry Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps. All Cut. Shown in KUNOICHI 9 Navi.
66 Suzuki Yusuke (37) PE Teacher Clear (2.12 sec left)
67 Yamaguchi Yoshiki Rafting Guide Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps. All Cut
68 Tsuneji Yokouchi Telephone Wiring Supervisor Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps. All Cut
69 Nakayama Kouki Researcher - Medical ④* Orugōru オルゴール All Cut
70 Perry Oosterlee (21) Supermarket Clerk ⑨ Lumberjack Climb ランバージャッククライム All Cut. Time Out. External Information. Broke Ankle While Dismounting TIE Fighter.
71 Narita Shinichiro Tarzan Rope ターザンロープ All Cut. Time Out. External Information.
72 Araiki Naoyuki (23) University Student ^Double Pendulum ダブルペンダラム Digest. Shown on Navi
73 Sasaki Gen Starbucks Employee Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps. All Cut. Shown in KUNOICHI 9 Navi.
74 Matsuda Daisuke (40) Plumber ④*Orugōru オルゴール Shown on Navi
75 Kung Cheen-Howng Kindergarten Teacher/American Representative ④*Orugōru オルゴール All Cut. External Information
76 Sato Jun (24) Parkour Instructor Clear (15.17 sec left) Digest
77 Takiguchi Yuta Souvenir Shop Owner Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut
78 Kikuchi Masamitsu Performer Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 All Cut. External Information.
79 Taniguchi Kotarou First grade of junior high school Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut.
80 Akiyama Kouki Phamaceutical Store Clerk Rolling Hill ローリングヒル All Cut.
81 Takeru (24) K-1 Wrestler ⑧ Tarzan Rope ターザンロープ Touched the water
82 Mori Wataru (33) Actor ⑨ Lumberjack Climb ランバージャッククライム Time Out.
83 Ihara Naoki (34) 400m Hurdle Representative ⑨ Lumberjack Climb ランバージャッククライム Time Out. Digest
84 Zhang Wang Yang (24) Chinese Representative Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 Time Out. Digest
85 André Sihm (24) Sweden Representative Clear (2.32 sec left) Digest
86 Liao Long Zhun Taiwanese Representative Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 All Cut. Time Out
87 Nagasaki Shunsuke (29) Trampoline Player Clear (2.44 sec left)
88 Kishimoto Shinya (37) Paper Manufacturer Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 All Cut. Time Out
89 Urushihara Yuuji (37) Shoe Salesman ^Double Pendulum ダブルペンダラム
90 Matachi Ryo (27) Plumber ⑧ Tarzan Rope ターザンロープ Time Out
91 Darvish Kenji (35) Golden Bomber ^TIE Fighter タイファイター
92 Takahashi Kenji (40) Kong Express ^TIE Fighter タイファイター
93 Drew Drechsel (27) ASEAN Open Cup Winner/Gym Trainer Clear (2.63 sec left)
94 Ragivaru Anastase (25) Tahiti Representative/Dance Instructor Clear (25.87 sec left) Fastest Stage 1 clear of the tournament.
95 Asa Kazuma (34) Carpenter ^TIE Fighter タイファイター
96 Kanno Hitoshi (31) Pachinko Parlour Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁
Time Out. Dislocated shoulder immediately after clearing the Soritatsu Kabe, and timed out on top of it.
97 Kawaguchi Tomohiro (34) Concrete Mixer Driver Clear (20.65 sec left)
98 Takeda Toshihiro (41) Gym Trainer Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 Time Out. Digest
99 Yamamoto Shingo (41) SASUKE Perfect Attendance/Gym Trainer ^Double Pendulum ダブルペンダラム Digest
100 Nagano Makoto (44) Fisherman ⑨ Lumberjack Climb ランバージャッククライム Time Out. Was at the top but failed to press the buzzer on time. Final appearance on SASUKE.
Total 100 Attempts 8 Clears

Second Stage

Obstacles

Cross Slider クロススライダー
Salmon Ladder Nobori サーモンラダー 上り
Salmon Ladder Kudari サーモンラダー 下り
Spider Walk スパイダーウォーク
Spider Drop スパイダードロップ
⑥ *Backstream バックストリーム
Reverse Conveyor リバースコンべア
⑧ *Wall Lifting ウォールリフティング

Time Limit: 115 seconds
^ Denotes New Obstacle
* Denotes Modified Obstacle

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
62 Brent Steffensen Stuntman Clear (25.56 sec left) First to clear SASUKE 32's Second Stage
66 Suzuki Yusuke PE Teacher Clear (9.59 sec left)
76 Sato Jun Parkour Instructor Clear (10.49 sec left) Digest
85 André Sihm Sweden Representative Clear (15.82 sec left) Digest
87 Nagasaki Shunsuke Trampoline Player Clear (5.19 sec left) Digest
93 Drew Drechsel ASEAN Open Cup Winner/Gym Trainer Clear (11.14 sec left) Digest
94 Ragivaru Anastase Tahiti Representative/Dance Instructor Clear (28.63 sec left) Digest. Fastest Stage 2 clear of the tournament.
97 Kawaguchi Tomohiro Concrete Mixer Driver Clear (15.59 sec left)
Total 8 Attempts 8 Clears

Third Stage

Obstacles

① *Drum Hopper Kai ドラムホッパー改
Flying Bar フライングバー
③ *Sidewinder R Kai サイドワインダー R 改
④ *Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger ウルトラクレイジークリフハンガー
⑤ *Vertical Limit Kai バーティカルリミット改
Pipe Slider パイプスライダー

^ Denotes New Obstacle
* Denotes Modified Obstacle

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
62 Brent Steffensen Stuntman ④ *Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger ウルトラクレイジークリフハンガー First transition. First to clear Drum Hopper Kai and Sidewinder R Kai.
66 Suzuki Yusuke PE Teacher Flying Bar フライングバー
76 Sato Jun Parkour Instructor ④ *Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger ウルトラクレイジークリフハンガー First transition. Digest
85 André Sihm Sweden Representative ③ *Sidewinder R Kai サイドワインダー R 改 First to fail Sidewinder R. Digest
87 Nagasaki Shunsuke Trampoline Player Flying Bar フライングバー
93 Drew Drechsel ASEAN Open Cup Winner/Gym Trainer ⑤*Vertical Limit Kai バーティカルリミット改 First to clear Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger. Transition from Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger.
94 Ragivaru Anastase Tahiti Representative/Dance Instructor Flying Bar フライングバー
97 Kawaguchi Tomohiro Concrete Mixer Driver Flying Bar フライングバー Last Man Standing
Total 8 Attempts 0 Clear

Final Stage

Obstacles

Spider Climb スパイダークライム (8m)
^Salmon Ladder サーモンラダー (7m)
Tsuna Nobori 綱登り (10m)

Time Limit: Unknown
^ Denotes New Obstacle
* Denotes Modified Obstacle

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
Stage Not Attempted (no Third Stage clears)

See Also

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