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Monday, May 9, 2011

Sasuke 27 officially announced

Edited: May 18 - Malaysia participation confirmed.

Sasuke 27 announcement ©Muscle Park

As was expected (I figured after the Maguro Festival they would mention something online).. for a while now actually (seems we have been discussing this for over a month now on the boards).. we finally got word about Sasuke 27. Thanks to the tireless work of Lost in Ube we have dates!

Official Japanese announcement on Sasukemania:
(also reprinted on the Muscle Park site)

SASUKEファンの皆さん、大変お待たせいたしました。
【SASUKE第27回大会】の開催が決定しました。
本選 2011年7月予定
予選 2011年6月予定
たくさんのご応募お待ちしております。
どしどしご応募ください!
【SASUKE出場選手募集】
氏名・年齢・職業・連絡先・住所・スポーツ歴・出場への意気込みをご記入のうえ 「写真」もしくは「VTR」などを必ず同封して下記あて先までお送りください。  
〒107-0061  東京都港区北青山3-11-7 Ao 13F  
(株)モンスター・ナイン  「SASUKE」出場者募集係まで
※書類審査・オーデション・予選会などがあります。
※書類審査通過の方へのみご連絡いたします。

(Google Translation):
SASUKE all the fans, very much Thank you for waiting.
With the 27th SASUKE competition will be held.
June 2011 qualifiers will be scheduled in July 2011 Finals
We look forward to many applicants.
Please apply without hesitation!
SASUKE - PLAYERS - Wanted

I omitted the last part about the application since they still have the "Foreigner clause". Btw.. here it is: Sasuke Mania Site on the Entries. - written in English - all the way at the end of the message:

To those who want to participate in SASUKE iving outside Japan
If you request to participate in SASUKE, please contact your local broadcasting station for details.
We cannot accept applications directly.
Thank you for your cooperation.

I may be incorrect.. but this has to be the first time Monster 9 has actually PRINTED a time-frame for both Sasuke Trials (Japan) AND the taping date! Right now there is no official airdate since we are 2 months out from taping. (always note with dates that far in advance - especially since this is taping - these are subject to change) When we find out I'll post it here.

Entries so far:

Japan:
  • Maguro Festival - It is rumored that this event produced 1 winner going to Sasuke. It is not yet confirmed.
  • Sasuke Trials - To be held in June (per this announcement).
United States has 11 spots.
  • 1 from an online auction {18+ year old US citizens only} (note that they still have to pay to get to Japan.. they are just only buying a spot)
  • 10 from American Ninja Warrior 3 (Taping starting next week in Venice Beach, California)
Malaysia - Has 1 spot
  • Trials will be held May 27 and 28 for one spot on Sasuke.
For those questioning what ever happened to the cancellation we are still waiting to find out. The article back in January stated that 27 was the last one. We just have to wait and see what happens. I'm hoping 27 has huge ratings so that it makes their decision to cancel a moot point. But only time will tell.

Good luck to all competitors in Sasuke 27!
Do your best! Ganbatte! がんばって!


Ganbatte - Do your best! Ganbatte - Good luck! ©Wired in Japan

38 comments:

ad uk said...

This is very good news indeed still slightly disappointed by the foreigner policy as my local broadcaster will not talk to me

Rhonda said...

Finally. In a way, purchasing the spot for however much and then having to pay for tickets over there is sort of redundent but people will do what they will do. I still say that was very wrong to do. Where is teh money going that is paid for the spot? Is it to help out somewhere or just slipped into a pocket of someone.
At least right now there will be one more Sasuke.

Arsenette said...

Yeah UK.. though this policy has been in place for about what.. a year now?

Agreed Rhonda I don't like the tie in to the tragedy. Call it personal taste on that issue. As for the money in the auction - 100% of it is going to the Japanese Red Cross.

We've known for a while there was a 27.. it's 28 we aren't sure about.

ad uk said...

Been trying to get on for about a year I suppose at least it was a good excuse to get fitter than I was. no where near the levels of the top competitors. but then this tournament shows us time after time that is not everything .you just need to want to get to the end bad enough with a pinch of luck to boot

Arsenette said...

Well now that Challenge is FINALLY showing some new stuff I wish that they would put on a contest for the chance for someone to go. :(

ad uk said...

As always impressed with your subject knowledge. yes finally new content on challenge probaly due to sky taking them over so increasing there budget. which is a good thing however since they have been swallowed by sky they are impossible to contact. as sky will only take emails from paying customers not people who watch on.I do however live in hope

mel0k said...

Hi
This is a great news
Do we know when the show will be aired ?
In july or august ?

Arsenette said...

UK I've been bugging Jim North on twitter.. LOL Maybe he can provide an email for contact?

Hey Mel :) There is no airdate set yet. Usually we find out soon after the taping or the same week of taping. Very seldom do we know way ahead of time what the airdate will be.

ad uk said...

That would be cool

Arsenette said...

Try emailing everyone. Heck.. Malaysia is getting a spot and USA has friggin' 11. Try asking Sky, Challenge, Jim. Everyone. Even if it's just one spot via video entries.. it's a start.

ad uk said...

I will keep trying

Arsenette said...

I'll keep cheering :) Let me know if you hear anything. Btw became part of Keshiheads forums to keep up with UK news.

Diviapaed said...

Yeh, Hiragana!!! The alternative form is Gannbarou(がんばろう). Nota bene: Nagano uses this form.

Arsenette said...

Hey.. wrong blog :p I just copied someone else's.

ad uk said...

Had a look at some of your posts on keshiheads surprised there server didn't overload at the amount of info you put on in literally mins .As for ratings in Japan do you not know someone clever who could do some sort of flash mob thing on mixi

Arsenette said...

Flash mob? I do know a few people with mixi accounts but I'm not familiar with the term.

ad uk said...

Sorry for late response blog been a bit odd at moment on my phone
As I tried to say I wondered if you knew someone clever who could set up a couple of flash mob type things in Japan . The idea of flash mob is to get people to do some thing they would not normally do as to draw media attention this could be used to boost sasuke coverage in the news another way it has been used is to get as many people to buy a certain record to stop another becoming no.1 this could be used to get people to watch just to save it

Arsenette said...

You'd still need permission to use the name of the show otherwise they would just say "crazy person talking crap" and omit the name of the show :p Personally TBS can do a hell of a lot more to promote it. Hopefully with Monster 9 even MENTIONING they are having trials and the show is in July is a huge start.. hopefully they have something planned to try to keep this show alive in Japan.

ad uk said...

Updating there main homepage would be a start

Arsenette said...

Monster 9 already put the announcement on the official Sasukemania website. TBS wouldn't put anything up unless they had an airdate with the full description of the show. They do that to every show they air. It's marketing that TBS has to do.. and they are notoriously bad at it.

ad uk said...

Monster9 main page still going on about 26 if you are only mildly interested not a true fan you may not get beyond this page as shocking as that sounds some people are that lazy

Arsenette said...

Well we have known for a long time that Monster 9 is only interested in Muscle Musical.

jose said...

Soryy I didn't know how else to contact you. Check your Email for Takeshi's Castle episodes.

Arsenette said...

No worries I'll check it out. Was sick all day today.

ad uk said...

Just curious but do you know why takeda did not go last time will it have any bearing on him turning up this time

Arsenette said...

I've mentioned this a few times and won't say it again for future reference.. sorry if I get ticky.. I hate repeating myself. Scheduling problem and that's up to TBS.. the last time they gave him 2 weeks .. that's it.. 2 weeks notice.. I'd be hard pressed to find anyone with an employer that flexible. Given now that M9 has announced there will be one in July THAT should help the situation. The last time it was friggin October and they STILL didn't know if they were going to have a tourney.. then out of nowhere it was zomg go now.. k? :D

ad uk said...

Thank you. Not sure how I missed that before maybe read it late at night and my head just didn't take it in

Arsenette said...

Meh.. I get cranky often ;) Don't take offense :)

ad uk said...

None taken. Must get annoying repeating yourself on several different forums guess it comes with the territory being the leading expert on all things sasuke

Arsenette said...

LOL I'm not an expert.. far from it. That's Ube's territory :D I just ramble alot :p

wee_jieh_beeh said...

What if someone from UK traveled to japan. Then can they enter sasuke?

Arsenette said...

Only if they are working or studying there. They have to have a legal residence of some kind to even be considered for the trials. Then you have to be in the country for trials. So just "going" there is not going to suffice.

wee_jieh_beeh said...

Thanks for the info.

Arsenette said...

No problem. I wish it was easier. Trying to get Challenge to at least do some sort of contest for a spot in Japan. No dice of yet.

wee_jieh_beeh said...

Lets keep our fingers crossed then and also hope that the show stays on air after tournament 27 :).

Arsenette said...

VERY much agreed :)

Wipeout Star said...

According to a (un)reliable source (Wikipedia) S27 airs 18th Dec 2011 and Kunochi is set to return airing Christmas 2011. Remember this is Wikipedia
Unreliable Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Sasuke_competitions#27th_Competition and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kunoichi_%28TV_series%29#9th_Competition

Arsenette said...

If you know it's unreliable.. why bother? Just ignore Wikipedia since we know it's vandalized.