Was pretty monotonous but it's still a new Sasuke. Not sure how much longer I can care to watch the same three celebrities hyped every tournament. The parallels to 33 were endless. Run order is never varied, they fast forward the block of Sato/Shunsuke/Drew every time, Hioki plays the same role every tournament, the constant Yamada dramatics isn't even funny anymore, and the results were pretty identical to 32 and 33 especially.
Yuuji, Jessie, and Yusuke on Stage 3 were fun to watch. The rest was pretty boringly average. Honestly I lost track what number Sasuke this was and was actually calling it 33 because every tournament is almost exactly the same.
The editing was too choppy, but at least the celebrities weren't overly saturated this time (they still got a tad too much screen time, but it's an improvement). Someone get rid of the people in the booth, they serve no purpose. And since the Backstream is still superglued to the course, at this point saying "get rid of it" is pointless.
1) Jessie was the star of the tournament by far. Loved how she used her legs on the Sidewinder to rest her arms. 2) Drew is still the most consistent. I still believe he is the closest. Sad his stage 1 and 2 runs get digested, when he has gotten the farthest in the last 2 or 3 Sasuke tournamanets. 3) Nagasaki Shunsuke L M A O comeeee onn man falling on the Spider Walk? 4) glad to see Wreathman got his revenge and redemption on the course after his horror story last Sasuke. Oh wait I didn't get to see it -.-' #digest 5) Tomohiro and Sasuke Kun still the best Japanese ninjas by far. 6) Sad to not have Asa and Kanno. 7) Hioki always has the most dramatic runs, and I LOVE the guy to death, but his stage 3 run was a liiiitle long for my liking. Could have editted it a little better to give Drew a stage 2 run or something. 8) Ryo Matachi is a thing of the past. And it pains me to say it.
Overall, incredible tournament, much better than the last ones. It definitely was the "feel good" tournament, with so many finishers, a women completing stage 2, and an All star like Takeda beating stage 1, along with Yuuji beating it as well. (:
I'd give it a seven, as it was a pretty nice tournament.
Being the first tournament to feature no new obstacles (right?) put a big damper on it, but the results really ended up saving it.
Although it ended once again on the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger/Vertical Limit Kai combo, it had a bit more variety, with four obstacles doing their job at taking competitors out.
Jessie was great, had she competed in Chie Tanabe's days, she could've easily achieved kanzenseiha! I wasn't shocked, but think about it: the first woman in 19 years to clear a stage and only the second one to ever get up the Warped Wall. That's pretty awesome!
Drew did great as always. Takes a really good competitor to have such consistent, successful results. Yusuke was also really good again but almost seemed like he was showing off by getting the chalk I'm not saying it didn't help, but if I were him I would've kept hanging. Of course, I can barely clear my own straight-across Cliffhanger replica so who am I to talk?
Anyway, overall I'd say focus on changing a couple of obstacles each tournament and it'd be great. They focus way to much on altering the color-scheme and could put that money and effort into creating new obstacles. Stick with a nice solid black, red, green, brick or wooden theme (the current one is so ANW ) and put the thought into designing some epic new obstacles. And maybe hiring new editors lol
Good: + Competitors like Yuuji Urushihara and Darvish Kenji finally clearing the First Stage for the first time in quite a while (especially after Yuuji's shocking Rolling Hill fail the previous tournament). + SASUKE's (belated) 20th anniversary tournament! + A variety of both experienced and inexperienced competitors clearing (24 competitors in total) + Jessie Graff clearing the Second Stage! + The Flying Bar proving to be much less of a bloodbath + The return of Tatsuya Tada and Takamasa Nagasaki + The celebrities proving that they've got what it takes in the First Stage! + The Black Tigers making it to the Third Stage for the very first time! + Yusuke Morimoto, and others taking down obstacles that took them out in the past. + Drew making it back to the Third Stage for the 5th time in a row! + Takeda making it to the Second Stage, extending his record for the most amount of First Stage clears (19). + The competitors' and audiences' reaction alike after Urushihara and Jessie's runs. + The Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger finally showing the potential of eliminating competitors it had in the last two tournaments, but never get to showcase! (Both good and bad) + The first obstacle proving to be much less of a threat! (More competitors attempting the later obstacles) + Yusuke Morimoto making it the furthest of any competitor! + Someone actually attempting the VLKK (Drew fell instantly upon making it there...)
Bad: - Wataru Mori failing the Quad Steps. Seriously? - Oh, so the Spider Walk can eliminate competitors? Never heard of that since SASUKE 17! - Shingo Yamamoto and Toshihiro Takeda not improving over their previous tournaments. - Ryo Matachi has gone the way of the Yamada. is now a shadow of his former self. - Competitors have adjusted to most of the obstacle combinations that have been deadly in the past (e.g. Tackle + Warped Wall), so the producers need to produce something fast. - Kanno, Asa, and Shinya not participating. - Hiroshige Yamamoto going the way of the Zhang Wang Yang. - Drew failing the Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger (again...) - The Ultra Crazy Cliffhanger bloodbath (both good and bad)
Ugly: -- No new obstacles on any of the first 3 stages! (Make the Unstable Bridge great again!) -- The Salmon Ladder Nobori / Kudari is, IMO, a thing of old. -- Tatsuya Tada and Takamasa Nagasaki getting cut (Show their runs instead of glorified pop-stars For Crying Out Loud!) -- While they have stepped up big time, the celebrities still hog the most screen time. (I know this is mostly for ratings, but you could at least give the ones who actually contributed to the results of SASUKE more screen time...) -- Drew, Sato, and Nagasaki being completely digested (Give them MOAR time!) -- Yamada... Need I say more?
So overall I'd give this an 8, I may have my gripes here and there, but for the most part, the Good parts quite frankly outweigh the bad things. Sure, the tournament is basically SASUKE 33 with some modifs and a new blue-red colour scheme, but the emotions that come with it are really high, makes me feel like watching SASUKE for the very first time... This is just my opinion, don't worry too much about it.
Last Edit: Oct 13, 2017 4:15:56 GMT -5 by marvel1303
Post by moonlightwalker on Oct 13, 2017 23:30:10 GMT -5
1st was a bit too easy & not very exciting but at least the urushi thing spiced it up a bit. making all of ragivaru's runs into digest was bulls**t though also the cm placement was extraordinarily ridiculous this time (though i guess i should be glad they got that many sponsors huh)
Gave it an 8 myself, that it's definitely a solid tournament this time, plus, the fact that it's actually shown as a second tournament of the year and not just one tournament a year, it helps to give people a chance to try and watch it, and have it stay relevant.