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The Soritatsu Kabe (そり立つ壁), called as the Warped Wall on English broadcasts, is one of the oldest and the most difficult obstacles in SASUKE history.

Introduced in SASUKE 5, the Soritatsu Kabe has been in every SASUKE tournament since then, with the exception in SASUKE 18, where the Great Wall took its place.

Its function is simple: competitors must scale a concave quarter-pipe by running up and grabbing the top of the wall. However, this has proven to be one of the most difficult obstacles in history as every competitor who achieved kanzenseiha, every one of the SASUKE All-Stars and most top competitors have failed there. Aside from Yamamoto Shingo, the All-Stars have all failed here at least once.

The Soritatsu Kabe is one of the most iconic obstacles in the show's history, showing up everywhere from:

Many competitors (including four of the SASUKE All-Stars) have built this in their backyards to help training for this obstacle.

Interestingly, if the competitor went off the obstacle, as Takeda Toshihiro did in SASUKE 7, they would be allowed to climb back up to the obstacle and try again without disqualification, meaning that there is no possible way to fail here other than running out of time.

SASUKE 5-17 Version

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A drawing of the original Soritatsu Kabe.

In the original version of the obstacle, competitors had 2.7m to run in order to scale a 4.3m (actual height is 5m) high wall. Many competitors found that in order to have success on the obstacle, competitors would need to run up and jump at their highest point in order to reach the top.


Advantages

  • In SASUKE 13, the producers added in the Nejireta Kabe to the course.
    • This made the Soritatsu Kabe slightly easier as competitors were able to use the landing platform of the Neshireta Kabe to get more speed into the Soritatsu Kabe, making reaching the top easier.
  • Also in SASUKE 16, there is a long runway after the Reverse Fly which the competitor can use to gain more speed making it very easy.
  • Also, starting in SASUKE 13, the producers would remove a piece off the top of the wall for competitors under the age of 17, over the age of 50, and female competitors.
    • This made the wall about half a meter shorter.


Weather Debacles

  • The Soritatsu Kabe was proven to be very tough in SASUKE 8 due to the heavy rains that day. This made competitors grip on the obstacle very low.
  • The Soritatsu Kabe also became particularly tricky in SASUKE 15. Due to the extreme heat, competitors became very winded by the time they reached the Soritatsu Kabe, possibly due to exhaustion, causing several time outs of top competitors.


Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
5 5 10 50%
6 7 11 63.64%
7 11 17 64.71%
8 8 13 61.53%
9 7 10 70%
10 9 10 90%
11 13 17 76.47%
12 15 16 93.75%
13 11 14 78.57%
14 15 18 83.33%
15 11 17 62.5%
16 22 22 100%
17 14 20 73.68%
Total* 157 254 62.06%
  • NOTE: In a special before SASUKE 15, the completion percentage was said to be (from SASUKE 5 to SASUKE 14) 110 clears out of 192 attempts for a percentage of 57.2%. It is unknown how competitors did in each specific tournament, so only the total number is counted with this information.

Gallery

Shin-SASUKE Version

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Hirata Atsushi on the Soritatsu Kabe in SASUKE 19

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A tester demonstrating the Soritatsu Kabe in SASUKE 24

The Soritatsu Kabe was brought back in SASUKE 19 after being replaced by the Great Wall in SASUKE 18.

This new version of the obstacle was harder, as the height was raised to 4.5m (20cm higher than the original - the actual height is now 5.2m).

This was proven to be a problem for SASUKE All-Stars Shiratori Bunpei and Takeda Toshihiro as they failed there several times in SASUKE 19 before finally beating it with little time left.


Advantages

This version was eventually replaced by the Ni Ren Soritatsu Kabe, but returned in SASUKE 31. Its height was once again increased, as its actual height is now 5.5m (even though its still 4.5m shown in broadcast), confirmed via Japanese Wikipedia. A portion of the wall is removed to make it easier for women to climb atop with, similar to the KUNOICHI version.


Success of Women

  • In SASUKE 32, Kacy Catanzaro became the first female competitor to complete this obstacle within the allocated time limit in an official SASUKE competition (not counting Watanabe Mika's completion during the SASUKE 13 Trials), before timed out on the Lumberjack Climb. However, Oshima Ayano is officially announced to be the first female competitor to clear in SASUKE 31 even though she timed out before climbing atop of the wall.
  • In SASUKE 34, Jessie Graff became the second woman to complete the obstacle within the time limit, she cleared the First Stage in that tournament, becoming the first women to clear the First Stage since the introduction of the Soritatsu Kabe in SASUKE 5, and the second women since Tanabe Chie's First Stage completion in SASUKE 2.


Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
19 12 16 75%
20 13 18 62.5%
21 22 28 78.57%
22 23 26 88.46%
23 33 35 94.28%
24 16 20 80%
25 16 22 78.95%
26 14 16 93.33%
27 30 36 85.71%
31 20 33 60.60%
32 16 22 72.72%
33 15 21 71.42%
34 24 25 96%
Total 250 309 80.90%

Ni Ren Soritatsu Kabe


In SASUKE 28, there were 2 walls instead of 1, and the obstacle was called the Ni Ren Soritatsu Kabe (2連そり立つ壁), literally "Double Warped Wall".

The first wall is 4.0m tall. After scaling up the first wall, competitors need to slide down a pole that will lead to the second wall which is equivalent to the Shin-SASUKE version (4.5m).

This obstacle took down Nagano Makoto, who hadn't failed the Soritatsu Kabe since SASUKE 8, in the first two competitions it has been present in. It should be noted Nagano had badly injured his hamstring during his second attempt. It also took down notable competitors such as Nakayama Kinnikun and Tomoyuki.

After SASUKE 30, the first wall was removed to make room for the Tackle, thus reverting the obstacle back to its Shin-SASUKE version.

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
28 7 12 58.82%
29 22 26 84.62%
30 33 38 90.18%
Total 62 76 82.66%

KUNOICHI Version


In KUNOICHI 9, the Soritatsu Kabe appeared for the very first time for the reboot as the sixth obstacle of the RED Stage (First Stage).

During the official broadcast, the name for the Soritatsu Kabe (反り立つ壁) differs from the original name. The Navi states both the original name, as well as a custom translated English name, the Steep Wall (rather than the Warped Wall, which was used on several SASUKE/Ninja Warrior's international format, including American Ninja Warrior, Ninja Warrior UK, Australian Ninja Warrior, and SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia).

This version of the obstacle was modified for the female competitors, and was lower than the original version's height, somewhat identical to the SASUKE's modified version for women.

Competitor's Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found.
KUNOICHI Clears Attempts Percentage
9 7 9 77.78%
10 6 6 100%
Total 13 15 86.66%

American Ninja Warrior Appearances

ANW1 Warped Wall

American Ninja Warrior 1's Warped Wall

ANW4 Warped Wall

American Ninja Warrior 4's Warped Wall

ANW6 Warped Wall

American Ninja Warrior 6's Warped Wall

ANW8 Warped Wall

American Ninja Warrior 8's Warped Wall (the white line indicates the old 14 feet height)

The Soritatsu Kabe (known as the Warped Wall) is one of the most iconic obstacle on American Ninja Warrior. Many competitors have built this obstacle in their backyard/ninja gym to help training for this obstacle specifically. However, between American Ninja Warrior and SASUKE version of the Warped Wall, there are several differences:

  • The wall's height is just 14 feet (4.26 meters). Starting on American Ninja Warrior 8, the wall's height is increased to 14.5 feet (4.41 meters).
  • Competitors have just 3 attempts (5 attempts on American Ninja Warrior 1) to complete it (due to the fact that as the clock counts up during qualifying, there is no way to being timed out).
  • Any competitor who slipped off the side of the wall will be disqualified (as opposed to being allowed to try again).
  • The wall has longer runway than in SASUKE version (for qualifying).
  • The Warped Wall is placed as the sixth obstacle (except on American Ninja Warrior 4 in Northeast and Southeast region, where it was placed as the seventh obstacle, with the Wall Lift took its place).

Notable Attempts for Female Competitors

The Warped Wall is one of the toughest obstacle for female competitors, mostly due to their height and technique. 


Las Vegas National Finals

ANW4 Warped Wall (Stage One)

American Ninja Warrior 4's Warped Wall in Stage One

ANW8 Warped Wall (Stage One)

American Ninja Warrior 8's Warped Wall in Stage One

The SASUKE version of the Soritatsu Kabe (Warped Wall) is also used as the sixth obstacle in Stage One from American Ninja Warrior 4 until now, with the wall's height is 14 feet, shorter runway than in qualifying (about half in length than in qualifying), and no 3-attempts rule as in qualifying (the only way to fail was being timed out).

On American Ninja Warrior 6, Meagan Martin became the first female competitor to attempt this version of Warped Wall, and failed (timed out).

On American Ninja Warrior 7, Jessie Graff became the second female competitor to attempt it, but failed (timed out), and so did Meagan Martin (for the second straight season).

On American Ninja Warrior 8, Jessie Graff became the first female competitor to complete the Warped Wall in Stage One's American Ninja Warrior, and later the stage (becoming the first female competitor to complete Stage One in American Ninja Warrior history).

On American Ninja Warrior 9, a record 5 female competitors could get past the Warped Wall in Stage One (Barclay Stockett, Jesse Labreck, Allyssa Beird, Meagan Martin, and Jessie Graff). Eventually, 4 of them (except Meagan Martin) could reach the final obstacle (the Flying Squirrel), and Allyssa Beird was the only one who could complete it and hit the buzzer, making her just the second woman to complete Stage One in American Ninja Warrior history.

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