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Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou Ep 09 Review

Posted on: April 30th, 2013 by tylerraiz No Comments

This episode of Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou (ビブリア古書堂の事件手帖 – Biblia Rare Books Case Files) is about the books we read as kids that, if we were to read again, would bring long-unaccessed memories to mind.

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While Shinokawa (Gouriki Ayame) and Daisuke (AKIRA) are out visiting a shop that sells photobooks and has a gallery . . .

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. . . Jesse-kun gets his most substantial scene of the series so far, as it seems like there’s something between his character Fumiya and Kosuga Nao (played by Mizuno Erina). It’s still a throw-away scene, though, unless they actually plan to do something with this relationship in a later episode (which I doubt).

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At the gallery-shop, Daisuke bumps into someone he didn’t expect to see – former girlfriend Akiho.


Arashi ni Shiyagare 2013.04.20 Review

Posted on: April 29th, 2013 by tylerraiz No Comments

Arashi ni Shiyagare (嵐にしやがれ) is an hour-long variety show that features Arashi and famous male guests from a range of backgrounds who share their expertise with the five hosts. In this episode, though, the guest is Okada Junichi-san from V6 – Arashi’s senior in the Johnny’s talent agency. In other words, he shares their background (to a reasonable approximation). So, what does he have in store for his kouhai?

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Sakurai-san starts the show reflecting on a difficult question he gets from reporters – “recently, what sorts of things have you gotten interested/involved in?” – and decides to ask the same question of the other members. Aiba-kun’s was high school baseball. At least they didn’t talk about who the guest might be – could be especially embarrassing for them in this case.

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When Okada-san steps out of his undisclosed location and onto the stage, MatsuJun exclaims “shinsen!” (新鮮 – fresh), which is a pretty accurate description of Okada-san’s look on this occasion, not to mention the fact that he’s on this show.


Kis-My-BUSAIKU 2013.04.22 Review

Posted on: April 28th, 2013 by tylerraiz No Comments

It’s been a while since I got fed up with KisuHama Learning, dropping the only Kis-My-Ft2 show I was covering. Will the group’s new regular show, Kis-My-BUSAIKU, be able to capture my interest and put Kis-My-Ft2 back into my review queue? Unlike other shows, this one has been vetted, having sporadic episodes over the past year, so hopefully all the kinks have been worked out and everything is going to run smoothly.

It begins with a group meeting where they seem to ponder the show’s name. You see, “busaiku” means ugly, and in a sense is an indirect opposite to “kakkoii,” which while usually rendered “cool” literally means “in good form.” So, there’s some consternation that the group’s name is going to be juxtaposed with that insult, but that’s because the show is largely about the members proving that they are, in fact, kakkoii through a variety of skits. Personally, I think the title is brilliant on the grounds that it manages to sound rude in both Japanese and English simultaneously.

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In-studio, there are two members in particular who seem more pumped up than the other members – Miyata-kun and Nikaido-kun – but I’m not entirely sure what that was all about, and it simmered down quickly enough.

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They weren’t as pumped up as the show’s first guest – Udo Suzuki-san – who’s sort of the prototype of a certain style of Japanese comedian. At first sight, you might be worried that he’s going to be obtrusive and annoying throughout the show, but notice how quickly he moderates his tone and blends in to the prevailing atmosphere.

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The main segment involves the KMF2 members individually acting in skits, and then ranked on their performance by a hundred women in their twenties or thirties. The skit prompts are largely romantic in nature, so . . . not exactly my kind of thing. For instance, the skit situation this time is the kiss at the end of a driving date. Still, it’s all in good fun.


J’J – A.B.C-Z in Australia 2013.04.22 Review

Posted on: April 28th, 2013 by tylerraiz No Comments

In “A.B.C-Z オーストラリア縦断 資金0円 ワーホリの旅” (A.B.C-Z’s working holiday trip through Australia with 0 yen), we last left the idol group A.B.C-Z in the dark of an Australian summer night desperate for fuel. They still have some money left from their first job, so that’s not a problem – they just need to find a gas station that’s open.

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They’re 52 km from Townsville – their destination – so they probably can’t make it with the gas they have left.

Fortunately, they spot a gas station in time, but then the question is how much gas they can afford. With $198 left, and the need to keep $70 for a camping spot, they decide they’ll have to forego a $30 dinner to keep enough buffer after getting $100 worth of gas.

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Kawai-kun volunteers Hashimoto-kun for the duty of pumping the gas. In his first starring role of the series, Hashimoto-kun manages to hit $100 exactly while also engaging in the kind of banter expected from a gas station attendant. Good job!


Nino-san 2013.04.24 Review

Posted on: April 27th, 2013 by tylerraiz No Comments

Nino-san (ニノさん) is a new half-hour variety show featuring Arashi’s Ninomiya Kazunari-kun (and I’ll keep using the –kun honorific to distinguish the person from the show) and . . . that’s all I know about it so far. Let’s find out what it’s going to be like.

Nino-kun starts it off talking over some delightfully mischievous music – hopefully a sign of the tone of things to come. He says that each time, there will be a guest MC and a new project to challenge (I’m not entirely sure about the grammar of all of this – particularly the guest’s relationship to the challenge). It seems like it’ll definitely be a new format for a show, so instead of trying to translate everything Nino-kun says, perhaps it’ll be better to just watch it in action.

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The guest MC for this week is Yahagi Ken-san from Ogiyahagi – a frequent guest on Arashi shows and someone Nino-kun should be reasonably comfortable around (not that Nino-kun ever seems reluctant to speak up).

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The keyword as they talk is “ダメ出し” (dame dashi – judging someone, urging them to improve). Yahagi-san has a serious criticism prepared, and literally sticks it onto Nino-kun:


Aiba Manabu 2013.04.21 Review

Posted on: April 27th, 2013 by tylerraiz No Comments

This is the first episode of Aiba Manabu (相葉マナブ), a fresh half-hour variety show hosted by Arashi’s Aiba Masaki-kun. I have no idea what to expect so . . . let’s find out so I can do a proper introduction if I decide to continue reviewing this series.

The episode begins with Aiba-kun at a desk with glasses on, looking unconvincingly like he’s studying.

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A huge caricature on the wall calls out to him, and Aiba-kun addresses the . . . I guess I’ll call it a portrait, to use the term loosely, as “chief.” At the bottom of the screen, we see that he’s the riddle chief (謎の所長 – nazo no shochou).

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The chief gives us a preview of what’s to come in the show and my heart sinks, because all we see is Aiba-kun eating. Masaka . . . you don’t suppose this is going to be just another program where we see the host(s) eat stuff, is it? Well, the theme for the episode is food born in Japan (that people might not realize originated in Japan) so . . . yeah.


Maido Jani 2012.10.17 Review

Posted on: April 27th, 2013 by tylerraiz No Comments

The members of Kin Kan and Naniwa Oji kicked off this episode of Maido Jani (まいど ジャーニ~) by each mentioning something tasty they ate recently. If only more variety shows got through the obligatory mention of food so quickly at the start of the show . . . .

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The topic this time is again one that the hosts are definitely ready to talk about (and I hope they keep the topics that way) – Kiriyama Akito-kun(桐山照史), probably best described as the leader of the Kansai Juniors.

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And they got a great guest to talk about Kiriyama-kun with them – their elder in the Kansai Juniors, Muro Ryuta-kun (室龍太). This is an encouraging sign, meaning that the people in charge of the show don’t mind going in-house into Johnny’s to find appropriate guests. A lot of the time, there seems to be an urge to find an adult chaperone – any of the generic talents or comedians who populate panels on Japanese TV – who might not be a useful addition to the show. It looks like Maido Jani is avoiding that pitfall.