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Archive for September, 2012

Sprout Ep 10 Review

Posted on: September 30th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

The previous episode of Sprout (スプラウト) ended with Miyuki (Kojima Fujiko) disappearing, which means that Souhei (Chinen Yuri) has to go search for her . . .

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. . . and get his best buds Arata (Yasui Kentaro) and Takeru (Tanaka Juri) to do so as well – with the viewer knowing that Takeru also has feelings for Miyuki.

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It sounds like she didn’t go far, though.

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Shounen Club 2012.09.26 Review

Posted on: September 29th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

The Shounen Club (ザ少年倶楽部) schedule has been a bit less predictable recently, but hopefully it’ll get back to normal starting in October. Anyway, this is the much-anticipated second September episode.

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The Hey! Say! Jump hosts for this episode were the same as for the first September episode – Arioka Daiki-kun, Chinen Yuri-kun, and Yaotome Hikaru-kun. Since the theme is “arigatou”, it makes perfect sense that they kicked things off with “Arigatou ~Sekai no Doko ni Itemo~”:

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Their three voices took care of the song quite nicely – surprisingly well, in fact – as they performed a two-minute version of the song. The dance moves were all still there, though only an outline of what they’d do with the whole group present.

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HamaKisu 2012.09.26 Review (Finale)

Posted on: September 29th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

This is the final episode of HamaKisu (濱キス), but don’t worry, it’s just changing its name to “KisuHama Learning” (キス濱ラーニング) and will be back under that name next week. There’s a website キス濱ラーニング.com which doesn’t have much on it for now, but bears the distinction of being the first website I’ve ever visited that doesn’t use the latin alphabet in its address – something that only recently became possible. It comes out as gibberish in the address bar, though, showing the raw code – I hope they fix that.

Anyway, on with the show. What will we get as a grand finale? A teary graduation? Or something more surprising? Maybe both:

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The plan for this episode seems to revolve around one word – kandou (感動 – being emotionally moved). Of course, any variety show star would have to be ready to display that kind of reaction at a moment’s notice. What sort of stimuli does Hamaguchi-san have planned?

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First, there’s the graduation scene:

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Kuro no Onna Kyoushi Ep 10 Review

Posted on: September 28th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

And so we reach the grand finale of Kuro no Onna Kyoushi (黒の女教師). If you haven’t seen the rest of this series up to this point, and intend to do so, read no further! Answers to questions we’ve asked all season will be revealed.

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24-hour Television 2012.08.26 Part 7 Review

Posted on: September 28th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

It has taken me a lot longer to get through this than I could have imagined. Who came up with this silly idea of reviewing a twenty-four hour telethon? Oh, right . . . .

Well, things will get steadily more dramatic as we get closer to part 10. If you have no idea what this is all about, take a peek at the post on Part 1 here. Part 7 started around 11:20 a.m on Aug 26th. Here are the links to Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.

As those making donations are greeted and thanked by various stars . . .

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. . . we get a brief glimpse of the story of sixteen year old Rinka-chan, who has high blood pressure in her pulmonary artery, and is visited by Aiba-kun in his capacity as Shimura Doubutsu-en co-host.

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Thus, we have Aiba’s Traveling Zoo.

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Beginners! Ep 10 Review

Posted on: September 28th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

Well, this is it – the last episode of Beginners! (ビギナーズ! ). Doesn’t seem like it should be, does it? I mean, they haven’t developed the promising storyline of Shimura’s father’s disgrace at all. Shimura (Fujigaya Taisuke) could have spent two or three episodes getting to the bottom of what happened all those years ago, doing some investigative work and using his S-class team to bust those really responsible. Don’t tell me they’re going to pack that all into one episode?!

At the end of the last episode, the academy chief (Kaga Takeshi) found a way to sideline Shimura – making him part of the Police Athletic League instead of an active-duty police officer. If Shimura wins a marathon, he’ll be in the league.

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Shimura lamely accepted this fate in an extremely uncharacteristic turn for him. Again, I wonder what happened to the fiery fellow we met at the beginning of the series, and can’t really call it character development, since he’s definitely gone downhill. Yes, he’s more serious, but in a bad way.

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The rest of the class is distraught at his choice, as are Sakuraba (Sugimoto Tetta) and Ryuzaki (Ishida Hikari).

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Upcoming J-Pop Releases – October 2012

Posted on: September 27th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

These are some of the single and album releases for October (i.e. releases from groups that I recognize). My apologies if I missed a significant release – please mention the artist and title in a comment and I’ll update the list.

More complete listings are available on merchant websites (I use CD Japan’s list). For my part, I think there’s some value in also having a shortlist (especially for my own reference), so I’ll stick with this format.

October 3rd

Domoto Koichi – Gravity (Album)

Sexy Zone – Sexy Summer ni Yuki ga Furu

Sako Tomohisa – Kimikoi Calendar

October 10th

Morning Musume – Wakuteka Take a Chance

Fukuyama Masaharu – Beautiful Life / Game

GACKT – Hakuro

BREAKERZ – BREAKERZ Best – Single Collection – (Album)

October 17th

Kanjani8 – 8EST (Album)

Sashihara Rino with Anrire – Ikujinashi Masquerade

Sakamoto Ryuichi – Three (Title Subject to Change)

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