I wasn’t as excited about watching this episode of Sexy Zone Channel as most of the others because it’s another food episode, and you know how I think they’re the bane of variety shows, hence the delay in the review. Now I have faith in SZ that they’ll somehow manage to make it interesting, but while there was an excuse for the previous food episode (the celebration of three birthdays), there’s nothing like that this time, and I really don’t want there to be a food hour every fourth episode or so.
Anyway, the guys tried to do a proper welcome to the show at the start, had some of their normal humorous banter . . .
. . . and then revealed a new uniform for the show. Apparently, Fuma-kun was instrumental in this.
Now, I don’t mind the outfits they’ve already got, since these convey a strong sense of athleticism. But hey, if they want a change, why not?
Hmm . . . these new overalls . . . don’t seem quite as conducive to the kinds of activities we’ve seen them do. I mean, could they really have done double dutch in overalls? The staff member mentions that they’ll keep the existing outfits for sporty occasions (which I would hope will be most of the time).
Most of them seemed to like the new threads – Kento-kun especially. They took ten minutes to change into the new suits, and I give extra points to Shori-kun and Fuma-kun for immediately tying the upper portion at the waist, since that look gives me much more hope for the future. Shori-kun seemed to have issues with the size of his.
So, since they’re all dressed up like this, we know they’re probably not going to do anything sporty . . .
. . . and when Kento-kun once again jokes about a yakitori location shoot, like he did as a running gag previously, the staff guy held his tongue and asked what they thought of their activities so far.
Someone mentioned bowling, and had to be reminded that they hadn’t done bowling yet. Well, it’s a good idea.
They talk about the other things they’ve done, other possibilities for future activities (massage?) and it seems like the staff is stalling for effect.
And finally, finally, the staff reveals that they’re going to have a yakitori party for Shori-kun’s sake – part of the running gag (this is around eight minutes into the show). Well, at least it means Kento-kun is going to have to come up with a new gag (not that he’s short of them).
Now don’t worry – they won’t just be eating through the whole episode and there will be a game involved (of sorts).
They had another good laugh outside the establishment, as there was a label outside the door saying it was booked for “Sato-sama and four others”.
So here’s the plot: Aside from Shori-kun, the others are in two teams of two apiece, and Shori-kun decides that it should be the elder two against the younger two.
In each round, they will all be presented with two dishes, and each team will try to guess which of the dishes Shori-kun would prefer. All five members will then simultaneously reveal their picks, and the team/teams which matched Shori-kun’s choice will get to eat.
Not exactly the most exciting game they could have come up with. Then again, the group is already in crazy energy mode, so maybe they’ll find ways to spice things up.
The question being posed is how well the members of SZ, after being together for three years, know each other. Well, actually it’s about how well they know Shori-kun.
Expect a lot of funny Shori faces in this.
Now, I’m going to tell you what happened in the first round, but I promise to leave the details of how the other rounds went out.
It turns out that no one matched picks with Shori-kun, and I got a laugh when Marius-kun mentioned that Shori-kun celebrated when he saw this – seems like he feels his goal is to trick them. It would certainly make things more interesting if he was intentionally trying to fool them.
By the way, I think I just discovered another reason why the staff on all these variety shows like doing food episodes – in this case, the staff eat the dish that Shori-kun didn’t choose (and presumably the leftovers of the dish he did). So yeah – in addition to being really easy to set up, the food corners can also leave the staff with a treat if they play their cards right. Sneaky.
The staff took pity on the hungry young boys, though, and created a special rule – they could draw sticks to get some food. I didn’t really like this special rule, since it undermined the main game. Besides, the members only seem to do crazy stuff when they’re waiting to eat food – once they get food, they settle down.
Hence, when Sou-kun and Marius-kun drew the marked sticks, it was Fuma-kun who started doing a horrendous screeching rendition of “Lady Diamond”.
You’re going to have to watch to find out how the other rounds went, if you’re interested.
All I’m going to do is catalog the funny happenings and throw some of the worthy screencaps.
In the birthday food fest, it had been Kento-kun who took the entertainment lead. This time, Kento-kun was fairly reserved, and Fuma-kun was the energetic one.
That’s not to say that Kento-kun was completely out of it . . .
. . . just that this was a Fuma episode.
While they took their time with the first round, the dishes started coming fast after that, and they went through a lot of iterations.
And while you’d think that this would all revolve around Shori-kun, and that he’d be the center of attention, part of Shori-kun’s charm is that he’s a bit shy about being at the center – not that he ever shies away from it, but you can tell he’s only borderline comfortable at it.
So, the others actually got quite a lot of mileage out of this episode . . .
. . . as you can see:
Actually, that scene was a lot more fun than the screenshots convey.
While the members still did their best to entertain us, there was no avoiding the fact that this was the slowest episode of Sexy Zone Channel so far, and not quite as good as the birthday episode.
You pretty much have to be a 100% fan of SZ to be able to enjoy this one, especially if you already watched the previous food episode, which already introduced us to a lot of the craziness that they would bring into this.
The only potentially new angle to this one was the position of Shori-kun as the island of calm in the middle of the turmoil. Oh, and I guess the type of meat involved was different, too.
Fans will definitely be satisfied, but even for them I have to believe this episode was too close to the previous one in the same style.
The one positive aspect to the episode was that there were lots of good screenshots. As usual, the staff showed off some of their own captures during the closing credits.
I’m biased against food shows, and while I enjoyed the birthday party episode, this was the first SZ Channel episode to test my patience at any point during an episode. Knowing what SZ could have been doing during the hour instead of this (that bowling challenge didn’t sound too bad) meant that it was a bit harder to sit through the episode. I don’t think they’ll end up doing food episodes so frequently in the future.
The next episode is already out, so I know that they go fishing. Now, watching people fish is even more tedious than watching people eat, but I don’t know how SZ might be able to make it fun to watch. Will they find a way to make fishing entertaining?