Survivor (Japanese TV series)
|Created by||Charlie Parsons|
|Presented by||Neptune, Munehiro Tokita|
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||39|
|Original run||April 9, 2002 – March 11, 2003|
|Related shows||Expedition Robinson|
The prize for Sole Survivors was money of 10,000,000 yen.
Format and rules
Japanese Survivor followed the format of American Survivor, but there were some defferences. In Japanese version, each season was called 'Series'.
In all seasons, sixteen contestants were separated into two tribes (called 'Team' in Japanese version) which consisted of four men and four women. When ten or nine players remained, the contestants merged into one tribe. Original tribe's colors were yellow and lightblue, and merged tribe's color was green.
When a player was forced out of the game due to sickness, he/she coundn't be a member of jury.
In the event of a tie at Tribal Councils, numbers of past votes were used, and a player who had obtained larger number of votes was eliminated.
Japanese Survivor season
1st Series in Palau
It was set in Ngemelis Islands of Palau. Original tribes were named Bekeu (ベケウ Bekeu ) and Deleb (デレブ Derebu ), and merged tribe was named Sage Sils (シルス賢者 Shirusu Kenja ).
Prior to the tribe merge, one player was sent to the ship from each tribe, and they discussed which camp to live in after the merge.
In the Final Tribal Council, there was no scene of the question from the jury to final two players.
Diving instructor Eri Minoshima won by a vote of 5-0 over priest Daisuke Yoshino. There were 6 members of jury, but one of them voted with no names as she could recognize neither of them as the Sole Survivor.
2nd Series in Hokkaido
In Reward Challenges at tribal stage, each tribe had to bet their specified goods. The defeated tribe had to pass their goods to the winning tribe.
Prior to the tribe merge, both tribes had to burn their camp down, and to move to the specified new place.
Convenience store clerk Asami Kawamura won by a vote of 6-0 over housework helper Sakiko Sekiguchi.
3rd Series in Philippines
As a new rule, there were Reward Challenges without competing in races. In those challenges, each tribe could obtain rewards when they achieved aims written in message boards.
In 3rd Series and 4th Series, each player could bring one luxury, such as playing cards, musical instruments, photos of their family, and so on. These things couldn't be used as tools to survive in the island.
Prior to the tribe merge, both tribes had to burn their camp down, and to move to the specified new island.
Demolishing worker Yasuhito Ebisawa, who became an actor after this, won by a vote of 4-3 over bar owner Sei Sugawara.
4th Series in North Mariana
After three contestants had been eliminated, a challenge called 'Shuffle Challange' was held, and as a result, three members from each tribe were switched to the other tribe.
Prior to the tribe merge, two players were sent to the specified place, and they discussed which camp to live in after the merge. They could not reach a decision within allotted time, so the decision was reached by rock-paper-scissors.
When ten contestants remained after the tribe merge, a huge typhoon came to Rota. Until the typhoon had gone, contestants had lived in the cave in the island for safety. As a result, the island was dameged seriously, but the game continued thanks to a help from the Government of Northen Mariana.
Carpenter Kōshin Gunji won by a vote of 5-2 over photo studio staff Atsuko Koizumi.
- Official site (archive) (Japanese)