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Japanese Game Shows Take 2

Mike has posted on here about the Ninja Warrior challenge. The latest variation of Japanese game show to catch my attention is Unbeatable Banzuke. Unicycle stunts, trials riding mountain bikes

Unbeatable Banzuke- Super rider

Sample Courses:

  • Hand Walk I, II, IIIA, IIIB — Obstacle course where competitors walk on their hands. This course has a break zone. Between IIIA and IIIB, the Conveyor Belt was changed to Bamboo Bridge.
  • Like a Pierrot I, II, III, IV, V — Obstacle course where competitors ride a unicycle. This event has the most victories.
  • Super Rider I, II, III — Obstacle course where competitors ride a bicycle.
  • Skeboarder — Obstacle course where competitors ride a skateboard. This course has a break zone.
  • Bamboo Derby I, IIA, IIB, III — Obstacle course where competitors walk on stilts. Between IIA and IIB, Green Mountain was changed to Snow Mountain.
  • Kangaroo — Obstacle course where competitors use a pogo stick. Has a break zone.
  • Giant Ball — Obstacle course where competitors stay atop a 5-foot-wide ball.
  • Ottoto 9 — Obstacle course where competitors balance a metal pole on two fingers. Letting the pole fall or touch any metal obstacle results in failure. This course has a break zone. This course has been conquered by one person.
  • Super Helico — Obstacle course involving a radio-controlled helicopter. This course has a break zone to allow the copter’s batteries to be replaced.
  • Neko de Drive — Obstacle course involving a man transporting a woman on a wheelbarrow that looks like a cat. The contestants have 60 seconds to complete the first four obstacles and reach the break zone. After that, the time is unlimited.
  • Quick Muscle — Two competitors have to do as many push-ups as they can in 3 minutes. The one who does more at the end of 3 minutes is declared the champion.
  • Muscle Gym — Two competitors have to do as many sit-ups, back extensions, and push-ups as they can in 3 minutes.
  • Athletic Love — Two people of a couple stand at either end of a bridge-like construct. They have 60 seconds to reach the center without falling off or using their hands.
  • Sponge Bridge I, II — Competitors have to walk atop three rows of giant foam blocks, each harder than the last. KUNOICHI‘s third stage obstacle, Domino Hill, is similar to this event.
  • Daruma 7 — A ‘daruma’ sits atop a stack of 7 blocks. Competitors use a sledgehammer to knock out each block from the bottom up without letting the ‘daruma’ fall off.
    • Super Daruma — Modified version of Daruma 7 which has 9 blocks to knock out instead of 7.
    • Daruma 7 Ace — Modified version of Daruma 7 which the blocks start out small and get larger.
  • Extra Kendama — Competitors play with a life-size kendama. They have 60 seconds to swing the ball onto the large cup, then onto the small cup, and finally onto the central spike.
  • Seesaw 60 — Two people stand atop a giant seesaw. They have 60 seconds to move a 10-kg barrel from one side to the other without letting either end of the seesaw touch the floor. A third person gets to call out advice to the other two people.
  • Banzai 90 — A 6-person team has 90 seconds to launch one of their own onto each of four padded logs hanging several feet above the floor.

On the G4 network.

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May 28, 2008 - Posted by | Humor, Oddities, Television

1 Comment

  1. That was pretty amazing. I’m adding this to my Tivo list.

    Nice find, Morgan!

    Comment by Mike | June 4, 2008


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