After Monster9's bankruptcy on November 2011, all rights to the show fell completely into the hands of its broadcaster, Tokyo Broadcasting System.Following their acquisition of all rights to Sasuke, TBS renamed the show Sasuke Rising for the 28th, 29th and 30th editions, but have since reverted to the original Sasuke title.
For the female version of Sasuke, see Kunoichi (TV series).For the American TV version, see American Ninja Warrior. For other uses, see Ninja Warrior (disambiguation).180 to 360-minute specials in Japan; 30-minute episodes (United States, France, Finland, Estonia, Indonesia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and others); 30- or 60-minute episodes (Singapore); 50-minute episodes (Czech Republic, Serbia) Sasuke (サスケ; stylized in Japan as SASUKE) is a Japanese sports entertainment television special in which 100 competitors attempt to complete a four-stage obstacle course.An edited version, named Ninja Warrior, is screened in at least 18 other countries.To date, Sasuke content has been aired in 157 countries.Shot on location at Midoriyama studio in Yokohama, it airs on TBS between Japanese television drama seasons.
Each 3-hour special covers an entire competition; there are normally 100 participants.
There have been 31 specials produced, approximately one new special per season (twice per year).
The show is produced by TBS and is one of the spin-offs of Muscle Ranking , another sports entertainment competition, which aired on G4 under the name Unbeatable Banzuke.
Until the 10th competition, Sasuke was broadcast as a special part of Muscle Ranking, but it became an independent program when Muscle Ranking was discontinued.
The first competition was held indoors, marking the only time Sasuke did not take place outside.
Competitions generally start in the daytime and continue until completed regardless of weather or darkness.