100 competitors test their skills against physically and mentally demanding four-stage obstacle course.




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Series cast summary:
Shingo Yamamoto Shingo Yamamoto ...  Self - Competitor 25 episodes, 1997-2010
Katsumi Yamada Katsumi Yamada ...  Self - Competitor 23 episodes, 1997-2010
Keisuke Hatsuta Keisuke Hatsuta ...  Self - Announcer 21 episodes, 1998-2010
Toshihiro Takeda Toshihiro Takeda ...  Self - Competitor 21 episodes, 2000-2010
Kazuhiko Akiyama Kazuhiko Akiyama ...  Self - Competitor 19 episodes, 1998-2010
Makoto Nagano Makoto Nagano ...  Self - Competitor 19 episodes, 2001-2010
Naoki Iketani Naoki Iketani ...  Self - Competitor 16 episodes, 1998-2010
Minoru Kuramochi Minoru Kuramochi ...  Self - Competitor 13 episodes, 2002-2010
Ichiro Furutachi Ichiro Furutachi ...  Self - Announcer 12 episodes, 1997-2003
Kenjirô Ishimaru Kenjirô Ishimaru ...  Self - Competitor 12 episodes, 2002-2010
Masami Harashima Masami Harashima ...  Self - Competitor 12 episodes, 2003-2010
Wataru Ogasawara Wataru Ogasawara ...  Self - Announcer 12 episodes, 2005-2011
Toyohisa Iijima Toyohisa Iijima ...  Self - Competitor 11 episodes, 1997-2005
Bunpei Shiratori Bunpei Shiratori ...  Self - Competitor 11 episodes, 2002-2008


100 competitors test their skills against physically and mentally demanding four-stage obstacle course.

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Only three competitors have achieved "kanzenseiha" (i.e. completed all four stages) since the start of the competition: Kazuhiko Akiyama in Competition 4 (Fall 1999), Makoto Nagano in Competition 17 (Fall 2006) and Yuuji Urushihara in Competition 24 (Spring 2010) and second time in Competition 27 (Fall 2011). "Kanzenseiha" translates into English as "complete domination." See more »


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Takeshi's castle for serious athletes, also octopus man
29 August 2010 | by donkey-kong-jrSee all my reviews

This has to be one of my favourite shows on television these days, its got everything; action, drama, humour, Makoto Nagano and that other guy, you know the one i mean, always wears a petrol station uniform.

Anyway, the show consists of 4 rounds, each more dastardly than the last. Contestants face a barrage of fearsome obstacles such as the warped wall, the cliffhanger, the pipe slider and lastly their own incompetence. Unless that is, your name is Makoto Nagano.

While each round is difficult, stage 3 in particular separates the ninja warriors from the octopus men. Few have prevailed, and even fewer have went on to achieve total victory. Just ask Katsumi Yamada, the man who redefined the term 'runner up'. Despite never achieving total victory, he devoted his life to conquering the course, and eventually earned himself the title of 'Mr Sasuke', the uncrowned king of ninja warrior.

So watch this show if you enjoy watching athletes at the top of their game, performing stunts that wouldn't be out of place in a 1980's Jackie Chan movie. Alternatively, if you wanna catch a glimpse of the rare and illusive octopus man, this is perhaps the only place to see it.

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26 September 1997 (Japan) See more »

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