From the bottom link: Note that they are shooting for a New Years airing.
It's Back! SASUKE RISING!
SASUKE began as a special feature of another program back in 1997. It soon became a huge hit for TBS, and the 27th SASUKE tournament was broadcast in October 2011. Now it's back, and TBS has planned a highly anticipated special program for the New Year holiday break.
In the 15 months since the last broadcast, TBS has put a new production team in place, reconfigured the obstacles, redesigned the program, and provisionally given it a new name: SASUKE RISING (tentative).
In recent years, SASUKE has won fans not only in Japan but around the world. The US version Ninja Warrior and the spin-off American Ninja Warrior have achieved nationwide acclaim. SASUKE has taken off worldwide, with hit versions in Malaysia and Singapore created with local athletes, and popular localized versions in South Africa, Turkey, and throughout Europe. Today SASUKE content is broadcast in 157 countries and territories. Athletes from all over the world are expected to vie for a chance to come to Japan and compete in the new SASUKE RISING.
Plans are in place for large-scale auditions for the new program in Tokyo and Osaka in mid-October, with an all-new set of criteria for qualification. Details will be published on the TBS website.
In recognition of the international renown SASUKE has achieved, TBS is launching a global publicity campaign to share the news of the upcoming event. In addition to press releases, TBS will be connecting with SASUKE content broadcasters and fans worldwide through Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.
Comment by Chief Producer Hiroki Kikuno
"SASUKE began as the Olympics of the unknown. Many competitors are ordinary working people who dedicate themselves to building the enormous physical and mental strength required to take on this daunting obstacle course. Once again, in SASUKE RISING, we will tell the story of these brave warriors who come from every walk of life, showcasing the passion they bring to the challenge and the drama that emerges. Whatever you do, don't miss the action on SASUKE RISING!"
Last Edit: Sept 27, 2012 4:07:23 GMT -5 by lostinube
The guy mentioned as chief producer, Hiroki Kikuno is a long time TBS producer, not a guy with a direct connection to Monster 9. However, he worked on Kinniku Banzuke and the later iterations of the show, both as a part of TBS and as a part of Dreamax Television. Dreamax came out of the TBS Sports Division and they produced several SASUKE and Sportsman No. 1 shows before Higuchi formed M9. (As a side note, I can't remember if Higuchi was at Dreamax or not).
When I put his name and Higuchi's name together in google, I get two things: information about ZONE, a sports documentary show Dreamax did and one random comment on 2ch which is hard to parse but it seems that Kikuno was a director for Kinniku Banzuke during the time of the Power Island accident (don't know if he was the actual director of the segment or not).
So, he has experience with sports variety, especially the TBS type, but it was a long time ago.
Post by lostinube on Sept 27, 2012 12:34:57 GMT -5
According to this tweet:
Sato Inui of production company FOLCOM will be directing SASUKE 28. Inui was a part of Dreamax until 2004 until he started FOLCOM, the company that produced DOORS. Inui took part in SASUKE, Kinniku Banzuke and Sportsman No.1 from those programs beginning until 2004. It has been eight years since he has done a SASUKE.
Post by thatoneuser on Oct 5, 2012 13:22:18 GMT -5
According to Inui's Twitter, EVERYONE will have to requalify, with the exception of Nagano, Akiyama, Yamamoto, and Yamada. (This includes Urushihara and the rest of the Shin Sedai). The concept of "All-Stars" will be retired after this tournament and will not be allowed to compete again. (This part is sort of shady, we're not entirely sure about that.)
Are you sure? Because they had another post soon afterwards, and this one's translation actually has the word "Navi" in it:
Before (~ 6.30 by December 27) [NEW] "SASUKE RISING", (Sun) 16:00 to 16:30 on December 16 this weekend "(tentative) SASUKE RISING Navi" program navigation will be broadcast! Do not miss it! Except for some areas
This is not Navi. The one on Sunday we've known for a while is an ANW4/Nagano special produced by someone who doesn't work for TBS anymore. Inui's special is at another date.
Edit (Confirmation): Seems the earlier information is correct. Sunday is Sasuke Overseas. And December 22 is Navi