Ninja Warrior, the original obstacle course competition series from Japan and precursur to American Ninja Warrior and spinoff Team Ninja Warrior, is heading to Esquire Network.
Under a multi-year licensing deal between Esquire and producers TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System Television), the Ninja Warrior marathon will begin Saturday, September 3 at 7 AM and run through Tuesday, September 6 at 4 AM, featuring 26 “Sasuke” tournaments and 7 “Women of Ninja Warrior” (Kunoichi) tournaments. Additionally all-new “Sasuke” tournaments will air for the first time in the U.S. on Esquire Network in 2017. The U.S. run comes 10 years after the series originally premiered on G4.
The Japanese series features competitors from around the world as they attempt to overcome insane obstacles in an effort to defeat the infamous Mt. Midoriyama. Viewers can relive the runs of past amazing competitors including legendary Makoto Nagano, a fisherman and fishing boat captain who reached the final stage more often than anyone else and was the second person to complete the course, Toshihiro Takeda, the firefighter who reached stage three more than any competitor, Yuuji Urushihara, the shoe salesman who achieved Total Victory not just once, but twice and Kazuhiko Akiyama, a crab fisherman who was the first to ever achieve Total Victory.
“Esquire Network is thrilled to be airing the original ‘Ninja Warrior’ episodes that launched a cultural phenomenon in the United States and was a precursor to the mega-hit, ‘American Ninja Warrior’ and subsequent spin-off ‘Team Ninja Warrior’,” said Matt Monos, SVP of Programming & Acquisitions, Esquire Network. “Drawn to the extraordinary strength and talent of these fierce competitors, the series quickly developed a strong fan-base when it began on G4. Esquire Network is excited to serve this loyal audience with the high impact, addictive television they crave.”