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Pokemon Champion! The Battle of Big Eaters November 27

The episode of Pokemon Journeys that will debut November 27 on Netflix is titled “Pokémon Champion! The Battle of Big Eaters!!” has the following description: (preview video)

Go and Hoshigarisu have decided to enter the “Big Eater Tournament” in Kuchiba City. There are tough opponents there to contend with, like last tournament’s winner Kabigon and the globetrotting legend of the competitive eating world Burshamo, but Go has a surprising plan for winning. However, the Rocket Gang have been confused for the tournament’s organizers and are working on some sort of nasty plot……

The title was inspired by TV Tokyo’s “Battle of Big Eaters” which featured competitive eating teams from various countries facing off.

update Nov 28 The episode can currently be viewed on youtube with English subtitles.

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Japan Today has a post about Kasumi ASMR getting caught spitting out cheese tonkatsu while recording. One of the video's commenters said "I feel duped — I thought she ate everything like a competitive eater.”
A Burger King in Tokyo is offering all you can eat one pound burgers.
Moeno Azuki faced off against Dave Brunelli, Kyle v. Food and a Russian I did not recognize in a livestreamed burger eating contest on a program on the Japanese network TBS.
Darron Breeden collaborated with Kayo Nakajima of Japan to produce a cereal mukbang video.

“King of Gluttony” 2020 video

Youtube currently has the full program of TV Tokyo’s “King of Gluttony” program in which Miki Sudo, Darron Breeden, Max Suzuki, Angela Sato, Hatsuyo Sugawara and others competed. (I will not post any spoilers until later today). Update Results of the final round are in the comments. Takeru Kobayashi and Nobuyuki Shirota appear as commentators, but do not compete.

update Jan 16 Miki Sudo has posted some Instagram galleries: Part 1 | Part 2

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Miki Sudo, Darron Breeden, Max Suzuki, Angela Sato and Takeru Kobayashi appear in a promo video for "King of Gluttony" that will be televised on TV Tokyo on January 12. Kobayashi is not shown eating, so he may not be a competitor. Screen captures:
Miki Sudo appears in a picture promoting the "King of Gluttony" program that will be televised on TV Tokyo on January 12. Darron Breeden (in the back row) might be another competitor. Japanese entrants include Max Suzuki, Angela Sato and Hatsuyo Sugawara. (link to picture) update Miki Sudo confirms she will appear.
Max Suzuki ate 451 bowls of noodles in 10 minutes to set a contest record at the all Japan wanko soba championship in Morioka, Japan. The typical contest duration is 15 minutes, but he was given a 5 minute handicap due to being a professional.
Sam Thurman reported that Takeru Kobayashi was on his flight to Japan, so he might have returned his home country for good. The six-time Nathan's champion announced earlier that he was moving to Kyoto due to high New York City rent.
Hentgee Lim has an article in medium.com about pretending to be a college friend of Keigo Kirino, who passed away due to choking in a rice ball eating contest, and interviewing his family.

Takeru Kobayashi apparently returning to Japan

It appears Takeru Kobayashi will be moving to Kyoto, Japan due to high New York City rent. He recently posted a picture of moving boxes on his twitter. Another tweet has the following automatic translation:

By the time you find a Kyoto townhouse you want to live in
And
For the time being, the room That Maggie decided to live in
In a room as small as New York,
Less than one-third of the rent
I feel like I’m being made a fool of by NY.

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The Japan Times has a article about female ōgui eaters titled "Japan's insatiable appetite for watching strangers binge eat" mentioning Yuka Kinoshita, Angela Sato and Moeno Azuki.
MetropolisJapan has an interview with Adam "Beard Meats Food" Moran about his fitness regimen.
Unscrambled.sg reports that a Japanese woman passed away last week after choking during the "Onigiri challenge", an attempt at eating a rice ball without drinking in under 30 seconds. The incident was livestreamed on her youtube channel. (translated Korean article).
CNN has an article and video about the wanko soba noodle eating challenge available at restaurants in Morioka, Japan. The record is 570 small bowls.
Japanese competitive eater Moe Azuki finished a 192 ounce steak at Ward's House of Prime in Milwaukee. I think this is the most steak eaten by a woman in one session other than Molly Schuyler.
Star Exponent has an interview with Darron Breeden about his victory in last Sunday's Acme Oyster eating contest in New Orleans. Darron started his competitive eating career three years ago in Japan where he taught English.
ANIKI channel has a video of Max Suzuki training for the Nathan's finals.
Tokyo Weekender has a interview with Max Suzuki, who says his goal is to be better than Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi.
Palm Beach Happening has an interview with Max Suzuki, who says he was inspired to enter competitive eating by Moeno Azuki. He hopes that Japanese competitive eating can avoid the messiness that some American competitive eaters exhibit.
The MLE twitter announces that Max Suzuki will do Saturday's Nathan's qualifier at the NYNY Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. I think he will be the first Japanese competitive eater to attempt to qualify for the Nathan's finals since the 2006 qualifier in Tokyo. No other Vegas entrants were listed.
Earlier today, Takeru Kobayashi faced off against a lion in an eating contest on a New Year's Day special for Japanese TV called Battle of Beauty and Beast. In 2003, Kobayashi competed against a bear in a hot dog eating contest on Fox's Man vs. Beast program. update Shrugu702 has a video clip of the program.
Michael Phelps racing a shark is not the only recent human vs. aquatic life matchup. Angela Sato faced off against a seal in an eating contest at North Safari in Hokkaido earlier this month.
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