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Sexy Zone Channel 2014.07.02 Review

Posted on: July 27th, 2014 by tylerraiz No Comments

http://phamvankhoa.com/college-paper-writer-employment/ After completing their fishing challenge unsuccessfully in the previous episode of Sexy Zone Channel, the members of SZ waved goodbye to the audience, then were accosted by the staff and told that there was another location shoot to do. Well, it’s a good thing fishing isn’t an especially taxing activity and the SZ guys never seem to run out of battery.

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The boys raise a token fuss before Matsushima Sou-kun asks where the location shoot is going to be.

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As usual, they try to guess what the challenge will be (and try to squeeze in a proper opening to the show) . . .

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follow site . . . and as usual, they’re wrong. Rather than a challenge, this is more of a fun episode, and the setting for their amusement is a safari park. Apparently they’ve seen the ads for the Fuji Safari Park, but most or all of them haven’t been there before, so they’re totally excited (Marius-kun was hopping around and running ahead).

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Now, let’s face it, with SZ encountering animals for the whole episode, this is either going to be reaction comedy or cute fluff for SZ fans. We’ll see if they really manage to keep it interesting for a broader audience.

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buy a phd uk Shori-kun was given the task of reading out notes about the park. He only read a couple at the start, but it looks like he’s got a stack of cards, so maybe he’ll be acting like the tour guide.

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http://ageinshape.com/custom-book-reports-online/ . . . but I wonder how long that will persist. I mean, as the bus enters the “Bear Zone”, the thing the SZ members comment on is the word “Zone”, which they recognize from their group name.

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click I was rather struck by the fact that the English on the sign was so much larger than the Japanese, which was in a tiny strip of white at the bottom. I guess the Japanese don’t really need to be reminded as much not to open windows or get out of cars when there are bears around. Good for them.

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click here Shori-kun tries to conduct a bear quiz, but gets a bit distracted by the bear that is coming right up to the bus. This was very good reaction comedy here.

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follow Once they got to the quiz question, each of the members got to post answers before the reveal, and it looks like they’ve got a lot to learn about animals – which is good, because they happen to be in the right place for that.

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http://ucmother.ac.ae/?meaning-of-assignor meaning of assignor I think the quiz was supposed to determine whether they could feed the animals, but that was a hopeless condition since the staff absolutely had to get video of the members feeding the bears. The staff made the SZ members beg, though, and I loved Marius-kun’s “this is a once in a lifetime chance” talk. That was hilarious.

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http://upliftservice.org/example-dissertation/ Wasting no time, they went on to the lions. The lion quiz, which they took care of quickly, once again proved that the SZ guys need to get acquainted with nature more often.

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Next up was the tiger area, then the cheetah area. There was no shortage of crazy energy and comments. The “Oh~ Cheetah~” thing was yet another laugh-worthy tidbit.

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If they keep this up, I’m going to run out of synonyms for funny. I couldn’t avoid cracking up whenever Fuma-kun and Sou-kun sang a song for each animal (apparently from some source they were both familiar with like songs from a kid’s show or nursery rhyme.

They spotted some buffalo – actually, bison, and to my amazement they actually clarified that and got it right. Out of nowhere Marius-kun mentioned Buffalo Bill’s and no one paid any attention, so as usual he kept repeating it – he doesn’t allow himself to be ignored. But here’s my question: how the heck does he know about Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show?

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To interrupt Marius-kun going on about Buffalo Bill, Fuma-kun told Sou-kun to sing something, and Sou-kun picked a convenience store tune (or, at least, what ended up sounding like a convenience store tune).

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At this point, Shori-kun had one of the most epic moments I’ve seen from him. He wasn’t particularly interested in the animal outside and was probably preparing his next quiz question, but then he saw a Honda NSX drive by below and burst out in earnest shock.

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The NSX is a truly beautiful car, of course, and the design is from an era that focused on streamlining for aerodynamics (newer cars, including the next generation NSX planned for 2015, are bulkier). What they should really do is bring SZ to a car show, and I bet Shori-kun wouldn’t need the memo cards to be able to find stuff to say about the cars.

Back to business, they passed by camel territory and the question was, how many liters of water can the camel drink at one time? If you’ve been playing along, you should know by now to avoid picking the answers that the SZ members choose.

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The last zone that they went to in the bus was the giraffe zone. We’re only halfway through the episode, so thankfully there’s going to be some outside-the-bus activity. Interesting choice for the tour to start with the bears, lions, and tigers, and end with the more placid animals.

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After they exited the safari zone bus . . .

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. . . and conducted some supplementary silliness . . .

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. . . they headed for the bunny house. And so begins the cute fluff segment for the dedicated SZ fans.

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And by bunny we mean rabbits, though Fuma-kun did mention that they were the Playboy symbol as well.

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There were four normal bunnies and one special bunny. They did janken, and Kento-kun ended up getting the special one . . .

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. . . which was a giant rabbit. Kento-kun closed his eyes until it was in his lap, and he had a good reaction. So, even in the fluff segment we got some comedy.

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I . . . really don’t know what to say about them petting rabbits, except maybe that some of these creatures were clearly bred for maximum fur. Credit to Marius-kun for trying to reach over to touch Fuma-kun’s super-furry rabbit, getting denied, then patting Kento-kun’s rabbit before being told off for that, and then petting Kento-kun himself. That was the main amusement in this scene.

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Next stop was the kangaroo pit, and on the way there Marius-kun made me chuckle by mentioning Buffalo Bill’s again. The kid really doesn’t let an idea go once he’s gotten it into his head.

Anyway, I still remember Arashi’s Aiba-kun facing off with a boxing kangaroo in Tensai Shimura Doubutsuen, but these kangaroos are tiny by comparison and the guys had no trouble with them. The scenes with them introducing themselves to the kangaroos – and especially between Sou-kun and Hiroshi – were genius.

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They really got into this whole kangaroo business.

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By this point, this was feeling like a very long episode, though not necessarily in a bad way. There were just so many stops and individual stations that it felt like a lot of discrete activities instead of the one big activity that we normally get on this show.

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Thankfully, we were getting to the last station just when it was feeling long, and it turned out to be the cutest and possibly the most interesting part. They got to hold baby lions:

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They had to take turns holding the cub, and while Marius-kun waited he was tossing out Lion King lines. At least, until the staff mentioned that they would get to name the cub.

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The cub definitely didn’t respond well to “Seku-chan” or “Chan-chan”. Fuma-kun’s “Kato Sekushiro” was a good one – referencing the child star. The goal was clearly to work in the show’s name somehow, but that’s rather limiting.

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The cub started napping in Kento-kun’s arms, and the staff suggested that maybe it was time to pass the lion around in the hope that holding it would help them come up with a name.

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They asked questions about the cub, but weren’t getting any closer to a name.

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A second lion cub was suddenly introduced, and Marius-kun got to hold that one.

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I think I’ll leave any further discussion of a name for the cub or cubs out as a spoiler. If you want to find out if they managed to come up with a name, you’ll have to watch.

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Fuma-kun is quite good at lion cub handling, and saved Sou-kun in a moment of panic. Definite sense that he’s held a baby before.

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Shori-kun started singing “Sexy Zone” to the cub.

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After that, they did their normal wrap-up reflection on the experience.

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Well, they certainly kept a smile on my face throughout the episode, and I think it was better all around than the fishing episode, squash episode, or the food episodes. This one deserves bonus points because it was a totally unexpected activity, and I like being surprised by variety show topics.

As usual, the members were all very involved, and Sou-kun was more engaged this time than in any episode so far. They all offered many memorable moments and managed to maximize the humor even during the kawaii portions of the show. Lots of random singing.

Even better, I happen to know that the next two episodes will be devoted to a legitimate athletic challenge, so I continue to be entirely positive about the direction of this show.

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