SASUKE 36 has been officially announced by TBS on Twitter, on the 29th June, 2018. It will be the fifth tournament after Morimoto Yūsuke's kanzenseiha. It is planned to air on New Year's Eve, first time SASUKE has aired in that date on 6pm JST as the last SASUKE tournament of the Heisei era.
Applications were released on 29th June, 2018 by TBS on their Official Website and Twitter. Final applications had scheduled to close on mid-October. For the first time, the audtion is held in four different cites at four different regions in brackets and they are
- Sapporo (Hokkaido) in 26th August, 2018.
- Fukuoka (Kyushu) in 1st September, 2018.
- Osaka (Kansai) in 8th October, 2018.
- Tokyo (Kanto) in 3rd and 4th November, 2018.
The applications for Sapporo and Fukuoka closed earlier on August 17th, 2018 and August 27th, 2018. In addition, the applications for Osaka closed on September 28th, 2018 and Tokyo closed on October 18th, 2018. All of the applications were closed at 5pm JST.
The taping dates was confirmed to take place on December 1st and December 2nd, 2018.