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American Ninja Warrior is a reality show inspired by the bi-annual competition in Japan, Sasuke/Ninja Warrior. In fact, the prize for the show is being a member of the 10 American athletes who will be flown to Japan to compete among the Ninja Warrior All-Stars.The show had it's origins as a more straightfoward competition prize offered by G4 TV, who ran the English subtitled Ninja Warrior. The opportunity to compete has grown to a large group of hopefuls who got the best time on an obstacle course.It has since evolved into an elaborate competition after an initial elimination round. They set up three groups of five and go against each other in various obstacles, usually items inspired by Midoriyama and including a physical strain between obstacles. The team to have the lowest combined time has to send two of their members to compete against each other for who has to go home. Unique to reality shows, and certainly in the spirit of Ninja Warrior, is that despite the spirit of competition all of the people involved are rooting for each other and looking to build the strongest team to show off in Japan.It can be expected that a lot of tropes applying to Ninja Warrior can be applied here.
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