I have been a fan of Ninja Warrior for a long time. I’ve actually seen every episode ever aired. I was sad to hear that the company in charge of the show was going bankrupt, and the show was probably going away. Not long after that, the show was bought out and became American Ninja Warrior.
The first couple of seasons of the show sucked. They turned it into the “reality” TV that Americans are so hooked on, and it was horrible. My whole family was upset, because Ninja Warrior was something that we would all watch together, but we all detest reality TV.
the next season presented a change, and was a lot more like the Ninja Warrior we used to love. After the change we decided to keep watching it, and we’ve been enjoying it. There’s only one real issue. American Ninja Warrior is for Americans only. The original Ninja Warrior had competitors from all over the world, and of all sorts of ages, but the new Ninja warrior is for US residents age 21 and over only.
We really miss the international aspect of the show. It was interesting to see people not only from japan, where Mt. Midoriyama was located, but also people from the Philippines, China, Belgium, America, Canada and the rest of the world. I really wish that the new Ninja Warrior had international competitors.
If you’ve never watched Ninja warrior, I highly recommend it. It’s one of the few “sports” shows that’s all about beating the course, and not about beating another person or team. Competitors help each other train and give each other pointers on how to beat the course. There’s a real sense of camaraderie that’s missing in traditional sports. I do recommend however that you try to find some of the old episodes to watch. The original Sasuke Ninja Warrior was really a lot better than the American version.