Takeshi's Castle: Extra Edition (partially found TBS spin-off of Japanese game show; 1987-1988)

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Takeshi's Castle: Extra Edition is a Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) variety spin-off of the Japanese game show Takeshi's Castle. Airing from 4th October 1987 to 29th May 1988 on TBS affiliates, it was hosted by the show's Gundan, with the spin-off featuring various studio segments including trial runs for possible new games for the main show.


Takeshi's Castle itself originally aired from 1986 to 1990, with 133 episodes broadcast on TBS.[1][2] During the height of its popularity in Japan, it was decided that a spin-off entitled Takeshi's Castle: Extra Edition would also prove enticing for the TBS audience.[3][4] Analysis of available clips indicated that it was a variety show that primarily featured comedic and game show-orientated segments set within a studio, with most participants being the show's Gundan.[5][3] Aside from this, the show also allowed viewers to write in about their own ideas for Takeshi's Castle, some of which would be trialled on Extra Edition.[3] It is unclear whether any of these ideas eventually made it onto the main show.[3]

32 episodes aired on a weekly basis from 4th October 1987 to 29th March 1988 on TBS affiliates.[4][3] Takeshi Kitano, also known as Beat Takeshi, made a few guest appearances during the show's run, including in the inaugural, third, and twelfth episodes.[5] Summaries published in newspapers provide a few extra interesting details of certain episodes.[4] For example, Episode 11, published on 20th December, supposedly featured an end of year party hosted by the Gundan.[4] Episode 21, broadcast on 13th March, apparently conducted an insight into the "American version of Takeshi's Castle".[4] However, it is unclear which show Extra Edition was referring to, or whether it was just a parody of what an American spin-off of Takeshi's Castle would look like.[4] Finally, a parody Opening Ceremony for the then-upcoming 1988 Summer Olympics was featured in Episode 26, broadcast on 17th April.[4]

The show aired Sunday mornings, often competing against Fuji TV's recap version of Waratte Iitomo!.[3] Alas, whereas Waratte Iitomo! continued airing new episodes from 1982 until 2014,[6] Takeshi's Castle: Extra Edition quietly disappeared from television screens after less than a year on the air.[3][4] Some Keshi Heads users speculate that TBS established the show to capitalise on the Takeshi's Castle brand, in a failed attempt to increase its Sunday morning ratings.[3]


Compared to the main show, Takeshi's Castle: Extra Edition remains as an obscure spin-off.[3][4] Unlike Takeshi's Castle, which gained international fame thanks to various adaptations, most notably in the United Kingdom and United States, Extra Edition remained a Japanese exclusive television show.[7][3] Additionally, the show received few, if any, reruns, and has not been made available on streaming platforms like Amazon.[4] Hence, the majority of episodes have become fully lost media overtime.[8][4]

Nevertheless, a few segments have been uploaded to YouTube and Bilibili, including by marugame seipan and デンジャラスボーイ.[8] Two such clips are confirmed to have been from Episode 29, broadcast on 8th May 1988.[8][4] Another originated in Episode 28 a week prior.[8][4] However, the show's obscurity makes it difficult to verify which episodes other available clips were sourced from. Nevertheless, analysis by Keshi Heads user channel4squares1 suggests that the 11 minute clip may well have been from Episode 19, as it contained a sketch featuring Junji Igagawa.[8][5] Igagawa supposedly only featured in Episode 19 of the show, broadcast on 21st February 1988.[5][8][4] No full episodes have publicly resurfaced.



11 minutes sourced from Episode 29.

Seven minutes sourced from Episode 29.

12 minutes sourced from an unknown episode.

11 minutes sourced from an unknown episode (speculated to have been Episode 19).

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