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SASUKE 35 (officially,「SASUKE2018」) has been officially announced by TBS on Twitter in December 1, 2017. It is the fourth tournament after Morimoto Yūsuke's kanzenseiha. For the first time in SASUKE history, the words "NINJA WARRIOR" were attached in this tournament's logo (not to be confused with Ninja Warrior, which was a G4-edited version of SASUKE that has been shown in most of the countries outside Japan). The broadcast was aired on March 26, 2018 at 7pm JST with a 4-hour timeslot (originally at 8pm JST), identical to the air date of SASUKE 33's broadcast.

Applications

Applications were released on December 1, 2017 by TBS on their Official Website and Twitter. Applications were closed on January 7th, 2018. The first and only audition was held at Midoriyama Studios, Yokohama from January 12, 13, 19 and 20, in a span of 4 days, unlike previous competitions where there has been two auditions taking place in Tokyo and Osaka respectively probably due to a lot of returning competitors. In addition, unlike in previous tournaments when the auditions only consist of competitors doing 100 push ups and interviews, the producers also added the Godantobi in which competitors must complete to advance.

Filming

The taping dates was confirmed to take place on February 17th, 2018. The First Stage was filmed on the 17th, while later stages were filmed on the 18th.

Tournament Summary

The First Stage was moderately modified, compared to the previous tournament. One new obstacle was introduced in this tournament's First Stage, the Dragon Glider (which was adopted from the Double Dipper, an obstacle that firstly appeared as the third obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 9 in Stage One), replacing the Double Pendulum. However, due to the space constraint resulting from the length of the Dragon Glider, the Tarzan Rope and Lumberjack Climb that had been in place since SASUKE 30 were indirectly removed, resulting the stage ending at the Soritatsu Kabe and a much quicker First Stage since SASUKE 30, with the time limit being drastically reduced to 85 seconds (38 seconds less than the previous tournament), making it the first tournament since SASUKE 17 that the First Stage's time limit was below 100 seconds (coincidentally, that tournament also carried an 85-second time limit for the First Stage) and the lowest in any tournament since Shin-SASUKE and SASUKE RISING's era. The immense changes brought in this tournament resulted in notable failures:

In the end, only 8 competitors completed the First Stage, including the last 5 consecutive competitors from #96 to #100.

The Second Stage remained unmodified from the last two tournaments, along with the time limit, albeit with modifications for the Wall Lifting's visual design. Despite that, there were interesting failures in this tournament's Second Stage, in which the Spider Drop eliminated Yamamoto Keitaro and Nagasaki Shunsuke. Nevertheless, 5 competitors completed the Second Stage.

The Third Stage was moderately modified. The Drum Hopper Kai was removed, moving the Flying Bar and Sidewinder Kai (simply called as the Sidewinder) to the first and second obstacles respectively. The Planet Bridge was introduced as the third obstacle in this tournament, and the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger, Vertical Limit Kai (simply called as the Vertical Limit), and Pipe Slider remaining the same, with a heater added for warmth. However, there was a green resting platform between the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger and Vertical Limit, meaning competitors could rest for a few moment before attempting the Vertical Limit. The Planet Bridge eliminated Hioki Masashi, the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger eliminated Satō Jun, and the Vertical Limit eliminated both Drew Drechsel and Kawaguchi Tomohiro. However, Morimoto Yūsuke was able to complete the Vertical Limit and made all the way to the Pipe Slider, and then completed the obstacle and the Third Stage, making him just the sixth competitor in SASUKE history to attempt the Final Stage more than once (after Ōmori Akira, Yamamoto Shingo, Nagano Makoto, Urushihara Yuuji, and Matachi Ryo).

With Morimoto Yūsuke's Third Stage clear in this tournament, the new Final Stage was finally unveiled and attempted for the first time ever, in which consisted of 3 obstacles: 8-meter Spider Climb, 7-meter Salmon Ladder Jūgo Dan (consisted of 15 rungs, excluding the starting rung), and 10-meter Tsuna Nobori, with the time limit being 45 seconds. However, Morimoto lost too much time at the Salmon Ladder, trying his utmost best to do it as quick as possible. Unfortunately, his time ran out about 5 meters short from the goal, ending his run and the tournament.

First Stage

Obstacles

① Quad Steps クワッドステップス
② Rolling Hill ローリングヒル
③ TIE Fighter タイファイター
④ *Fish Bone フィッシュボーン
⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー
⑥ Tackle タックル
⑦ Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁

Time Limit: 85 seconds.

^ Denotes New Obstacle
* Denotes Modified Obstacle

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
1 Takeda Nobuhiro (50) National Football Player ② Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps.
2 Akira 100% (43) Comedian ① Quad Steps クワッドステップス
3 Torisawa Katsuhide (45) Weightlifter/IBS Salesman ① Quad Steps クワッドステップス
4 Fujimoto Tsukasa Professional Wrestler for Ice Ribbon ② Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Paravi Original.
5 Murata Arashi (16) Pro Surfer ④ *Fish Bone フィッシュボーン
6 Akiyama Koki Tsukiji Market Tuna Dismantling Craftsman ② Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Paravi Original.
7 Nose Kohei (23) Karaoke Jankara Kyoto Kawaramachi Main Office Chief ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー
8 Dairaku Yuya KINNIKU SHOKUDO Clerk ② Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Paravi Original.
9 Sugiyama Kenta Fujiya Cake Manufacturer ① Quad Steps クワッドステップス Paravi Original.
10 Morimoto Tetsuya Hibiya Altar Accounting/YouTuber ④ *Fish Bone フィッシュボーン Paravi Original.
11 Maruyama Karina (35) Former National Football Player/National Honor Award ③ TIE Fighter タイファイター
12 Shimizu Konan The University Of Tokyo Science I Class 1st Year Student ④ *Fish Bone フィッシュボーン Paravi Original.
13 Hosaka Daiju (28) Hisamitsu Pharmacist Pharmaceutical Research Staff ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー
14 Kato Shu Ministry Of Land Infrastructure And Transport Air Traffic Control ④ *Fish Bone フィッシュボーン Paravi Original.
15 Oji Hiroki Pip Slimwalk Development Personnel Staff ② Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Paravi Original.
16 Ishii Ryoji (40) CBC Announcer ③ TIE Fighter タイファイター
17 Kishi Hideaki (31) Comedian/Ballroom Dancer ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー
18 Little Kiyomiya Impersonator ② Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Paravi Original.
19 Kobayashi Kendhiro Indoor Skydiving Instructor ④ *Fish Bone フィッシュボーン Paravi Original.
20 Fujiwara Tomoki Talent ② Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Paravi Original.
21 Razor Ramon HG (42) Comedian ② Rolling Hill ローリングヒル
22 Tomioka Hiroshi (47) Flag Performer ④ *Fish Bone フィッシュボーン
23 Igarashi Yasuo (34) Fresco Bowler ① Quad Steps クワッドステップス
24 Asatani Takamasa Taijuin Monk ④ *Fish Bone フィッシュボーン Paravi Original.
25 SHO (28) New Japan Pro-Wrestling/Roppongi 3K ④ *Fish Bone フィッシュボーン Shown in Navi. Digest.Paravi Original.
26 YOH (29) New Japan Pro-Wrestling/Roppongi 3K ② Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Transition from Quad Steps. Digest.Paravi Original.
27 Kozuka Takuya (35) ALSOK ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Digest.Paravi Original.
28 Ashiya Yuki (21) SECOM ③ TIE Fighter タイファイター Digest.Paravi Original.
29 Suzuki Yuya (29) Sapporo Beer Salesman ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Digest.Paravi Original.
30 Okayama Kenichiro Consultant ② Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Paravi Original.
31 Can Yutaka (33) Golden Bomber ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー
32 Matsuda Daisuke (42) Matsuda Water supply Plumber ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー
33 Tanimoto Kōji (37) Farmer ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Digest.Paravi Original.
34 Sugimoto Keigo Hino Motors Enginner ② Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Paravi Original.
35 Miyata Hideyuki (27) Daiwa House Industry ② Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Digest.Paravi Original.
36 Aono Hikaru (25) Fighter ② Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Digest.Paravi Original.
37 Honma Takashi (48) Bandai Life Division Deputy General Manager ② Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Digest.Paravi Original.
38 Yukiro Sakai Ajinomoto Sales/Grandchild of Franky Sakai ③ TIE Fighter タイファイター Paravi Original.
39 Yoshinaga Katsumi Shimonoseki Municipal Seimatsu Elementary School Teacher ③ TIE Fighter タイファイター Paravi Original.
40 Sekine Ryosuke Drug Dog Handler ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Paravi Original.
41 Iwamoto Hikaru (24) Johnny's Jr ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー
42 Kodama Kengo Firefighter ③ TIE Fighter タイファイター Paravi Original.
43 Matsuke Bruno Plastic Forming Machine Operator ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Shown in Navi.Paravi Original.
44 Sakuma Kota (25) Kawasaki Municipal Minamigawara Elementary School Teacher ① Quad Steps クワッドステップス
45 Onishi Kohei Banker ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Paravi Original.
46 Onodera Toshihisa Shiogana-Sauracho Post Office Director ② Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Paravi Original.
47 Okayama Ryoji Farmer ② Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Paravi Original.
48 Kodama Satoru (34) Hekinan Police station Police Officer ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー
49 Ishibashi Taro (32) Shueisha Weekly Playboy Editorial Department ② Rolling Hill ローリングヒル
50 Morimoto Yuta RIZAP Trainer ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Shown in Navi.Paravi Original.
51 KAREN (22) CYBERJAPAN DANCERS ② Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Digest.Paravi Original.
52 Kumamoto Makoto Carpenter ② Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Paravi Original.
53 Suetsugu Yusaku Giblartar Life Insurance Salesman ③ TIE Fighter タイファイタ Paravi Original.
54 Shuta Koki Okayama Precture Seto High School 3rd Year Student ② Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Paravi Original.
55 Yamada Shoji (23) Toyama Prefecture Imizu City Fire Department Firefighter ③ TIE Fighter タイファイター Digest.Paravi Original.
56 Hayakawa Hayato Tile Roofing Craftsman ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Shown in Navi.Paravi Original.
57 Kanno Kazuki (32) Fukushima City School Meal Cooker ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Digest.Paravi Original.
58 Takiguchi Yuta (33) Souvenir Shop Owner ④ *Fish Bone フィッシュボーン Digest.
59 Noguchi Koji Shoma Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Staff ④ *Fish Bone フィッシュボーン Paravi Original.
60 Hioki Masashi (36) Kitagawa Electrical Manager Clear (11.38 seconds left) First to clear Dragon Glider.
61 Yamamoto Hiroshige (25) Game Center SEGA Employee ② Rolling Hill ローリングヒル
62 Obata Satoshi (25) Maintainance Staff of Nori Manufacturer ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー
63 Takasu Seiki (27) Fisherman of 37th Kompira Maru ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー
64 Nagasawa Hideki Kyorutsu Dentist Center Dentist ② Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Paravi Original.
65 Komatsu Koiki Dr. Stretch Trainer ③ TIE Fighter タイファイター Paravi Original.
66 Ohara Natsuki Pole Dancer ② Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Paravi Original.
67 Araki Naoyuki (25) Car Designer ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Digest.Paravi Original.
68 Tada Tatsuya (25) Yamagata Prefectural Office Staff ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Digest.
69 Kawano Koushiro (27) Swimming Coach ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Digest.Paravi Original.
70 Kobayashi Keita Woodcutter ② Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Paravi Original.
71 Mori Wataru (35) Actor ⑦ Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 Time Out.
72 Kanno Hitoshi (32) Building Maintenance ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー The left side of the second bar was dislodged.
73 Matachi Ryo (28) Plumber ⑦ Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 Time Out.
74 Yamamoto Shingo (43) Training Gym Owner ④ *Fish Bone フィッシュボーン
75 Haruyama Ryo (26) Former US Independent League Baseball Player ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Digest.Paravi Original.
76 Yoshida Yuki Ground Self Defence Force Fukushima Garrison ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Shown in Navi.Paravi Original.
77 Pete Forbes (32) United States Naval Pilot ③ TIE Fighter タイファイター Digest.Paravi Original.
78 Gomi Yuuki (24) Air Self-Defence Force Irumuma Base ④ *Fish Bone フィッシュボーン Digest.Paravi Original.
79 Danno Shun (26) Kyoto University Administrative Staff ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Digest.Paravi Original.
80 Miwa Souma Waseda University Student, Hand Ball Player ③ TIE Fighter タイファイター Paravi Original.
81 Yamamoto Seito (26) Rio Olympics Pole Vault Representative ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー
82 Yokota Shun (27) American Football Panasonic Impluse 2015 Rice Bowl MVP ③ TIE Fighter タイファイター Shown In Commercial.
83 Shogo Arai Alpine Skiing Former Representative ③ TIE Fighter タイファイター Paravi Original.
84 Kimura Sho (29) Boxing WDO World Flyweight Champion ④ *Fish Bone フィッシュボーン
85 Yamamoto Ryosuke Triathlon Beijing Olympics Japan Representative ③ TIE Fighter タイファイター Paravi Original.
86 Tsukada Ryoichi (31) ABC-Z ③ TIE Fighter タイファイター
87 Ono Minami (21) Diver ② Rolling Hill ローリングヒル Digest.Paravi Original.
88 Ugajin Shogo (25) Footprint Construction Craftsman ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Shown in Navi.Digest. Paravi Original.
89 Yamamoto Keitaro (26) EIKOH Seminar Lecturer Clear (5.04 seconds left)
90 Takeru (26) K-1 Champion ④ *Fish Bone フィッシュボーン
91 Takeda Toshihiro (42) Training Gym Owner ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Time Out.
92 Nagasaki Shunsuke (30) Trampoline Performer Clear (7.46 seconds left)
93 Takahashi Kenji (42) KONG EXPRESS ⑤ ^Dragon Glider ドラゴングライダー Course Out. Dislodged bar and his feet touched the water.
94 Suzuki Yusuke (39) Atsugi Junior High School Physical Education Teacher ④ *Fish Bone フィッシュボーン
95 Urushihara Yuuji (39) Haruta Shoes Staff ⑦ Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 Time Out.
96 Darvish Kenji (37) Golden Bomber Drummer Clear (1.03 seconds left)
97 Sato Jun (26) Parkour Instructor Clear (20.39 seconds left) Fastest First Stage clear of the tournament.
98 Drew Drechsel (29) Gym Trainer Clear (15.94 seconds left)
99 Kawaguchi Tomohiro (36) Director of Climbing Shoe Manufacturer Clear (4.80 seconds left)
100 Morimoto Yūsuke (26) IDEC Software Engineer Clear (6.90 seconds left)
Total 100 Attempts 8 Clears

Second Stage

Obstacles

① Ring Slider リングスライダー
② Salmon Ladder Nobori サーモンラダー 上り
③ Salmon Ladder Kudari サーモンラダー 下り
④ Spider Walk スパイダーウォーク
⑤ Spider Drop スパイダードロップ
⑥ Backstream バックストリーム
⑦ 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: 110 seconds.

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
60 Hioki Masashi (36) Kitagawa Electrical Manager Clear (16.06 seconds left)
89 Yamamoto Keitaro (26) EIKOH Seminar Lecturer ⑤ Spider Drop スパイダードロップ
92 Nagasaki Shunsuke (30) Trampoline Performer ⑤ Spider Drop スパイダードロップ
96 Darvish Kenji (37) Golden Bomber Drummer ⑧ Wall Lifting ウォールリフティング Time Out.
97 Sato Jun (26) Parkour Instructor Clear (18.97 seconds left)
98 Drew Drechsel (29) Gym Trainer Clear (23.72 seconds left) Digest.Paravi Original.Fastest Second Stage clear of the tournament
99 Kawaguchi Tomohiro (36) Director of Climbing Shoe Manufacturer Clear (0.18 seconds left)
100 Morimoto Yūsuke (26) IDEC Software Engineer Clear (18.40 seconds left)
Total 8 Attempts 5 Clears

Third Stage

Obstacles

① Flying Bar フライングバー
② Sidewinder サイドワインダー
③ ^Planet Bridge プラネットブリッジ
④ Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger ウルトラクレイジークリフハンガー
⑤ Vertical Limit バーティカルリミット
⑥ Pipe Slider パイプスライダー

^ Denotes New Obstacle
* Denotes Modified Obstacle

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
60 Hioki Masashi (36) Kitagawa Electrical Manager ③ ^Planet Bridge プラネットブリッジ
97 Sato Jun (26) Parkour Instructor ④ Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger ウルトラクレイジークリフハンガー First to clear Planet Bridge. First Transition.
98 Drew Drechsel (29) Gym Trainer ⑤ Vertical Limit バーティカルリミット First Ledge.
99 Kawaguchi Tomohiro (36) Director of Climbing Shoe Manufacturer ⑤ Vertical Limit バーティカルリミット First Transition.
100 Morimoto Yūsuke (26) IDEC Software Engineer Clear First to clear Vertical Limit. First competitor to complete the Third Stage after his own kanzenseiha in SASUKE 31.
5 Attempts 1 Clear

Final Stage

Obstacles

① Spider Climb スパイダークライム (8m)
② Salmon Ladder Jūgo Dan サーモンラダー15段 (7m)
③ Tsuna Nobori 綱登り (10m)

Time Limit: 45 seconds.

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
100 Morimoto Yūsuke (26) IDEC Software Engineer ③ Tsuna Nobori 綱登り Timed out. About 20 meters up. Last Man Standing. First to clear Salmon Ladder Jūgo Dan.
1 Attempt 0 Clear

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