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It was really hard for me to get mobilized to review this part of the telethon (the slowest part of the 24 hours), so please forgive the wait.
While this was referred to as ‘Part 2’ of the 24-hr TV telethon (24時間テレビ), it started when the show was already six-hours old after the initial two hour intro, the drama special starting Ohno Satoshi-san, and the Arashi ni Shiyagare special, all of which have been reviewed in separate articles. This part featured the Shabekuri 007 special and extended for the three hours with the least viewership – roughly from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. So, did they try to keep the audience awake, or give them a sedative so that they’d be fresh and ready to watch come morning?
For the record, three Arashi members – Sakurai-san, Aiba-kun, and Matsumoto-kun – were still present, but even they will probably drift out during the course of this block in order to rest up a bit before the tough morning.
In the first segment, Nagura-san hosted as five entertainers stepped up to microphones, ready to answer some potentially (likely) embarrassing questions.
I know this guy is from Heisei Nobushi Kobushi:
This Arashi ni Shiyagare (嵐にしやがれ) special was Part 1-3 of the 24-hr TV telethon (24時間テレビ), coming after the drama Kyou no Hi wa Sayonara featuring Ohno-san in the lead role. Its job is to take the telethon past midnight and to hand things off to Shabekuri 007 in Part 2. The Shabekuri guys will take care of the part where few viewers will be watching.
Normally in Arashi ni Shiyagare, the Arashi guys don’t know who the guest is and what’s going to happen, but there’s no way that could be the case this time. Last year, they faced off against Olympic athletes in athletic competitions in what was obviously a lopsided battle . . .
. . . but this time, their opponents are going to be the members of fellow Johnny’s idol group Kanjani8 in a live face-off. Kanjani8 did their best to seem menacing and competitive in a VTR:
The Arashi guys and their fellow hosts are already pumped up.
When the two groups encounter each other, it gets loud. They are totally talking over each other and shouting at one another. Maruyama-kun took the liberty of starting off things weird – as usual, it’s going to be surreal to watch him do his thing, whether in the foreground or the background.
Kyou no Hi wa Sayonara (今日の日はさようなら) was the special drama shown as part of the 24-hr TV telethon (24時間テレビ) right after the first 2-hour segment. The telethon drama generally depicts the true story about a main character struggling through some physical issue, and is therefore not the sort of drama I typically gravitate to. Every now and then, though, it’s good to try something different (in my case, I guess it’s once a year in August now), but for those who haven’t seen one of these before, let me warn you that it is going to be serious and depressing, though possibly with an uplifting ending. Possibly. Hopefully. This isn’t Hollywood.
The stars are Ohno Satoshi-san as Fujioka Kota, Miura Tomokazu-san as his father Kenjiro, Kishimoto Kayoko-san as his mother Yasuko, Mimura-san as his sister Koharu, Kimura Fumino-san as his girlfriend Tanabe Etsuko, Fukada Kyoko-san as his counselor Okubo Yuriko, and last but not least, Yamada Ryosuke-kun as Harada.
During the opening credits, we see that Kota works as a chef, but he’s dissatisfied with his life because he doesn’t seem to be heading towards anything. On the bright side, he does have his family and his girlfriend, and since they’re the majority of the cast, I guess they play a large role in his life going forward. Oh, and the food at dinner definitely looked good, so he can’t complain about that (and if he could, then he can cook, so . . .).
But if the intro made it seem like his only trouble in the world was a bit of ennui (which, let’s face it, a lot of us share), then that changed rather quickly after he took a nighttime stroll with his girlfriend . . .
. . . and suddenly, after he parted with her, he started bleeding profusely from his nose and mouth.
In the next scene, he was in the hospital (sort of a lucky thing, since he was out alone), reflecting that he had never thought about the possibility of dying before his parents.
24-hr TV telethon (24時間テレビ) is a yearly charity telethon on NTV with both broad participation from Japanese entertainers from the network and also features about regular Japanese who are struggling. To keep my attempt to review it sane, I’m going to avoid going into too much detail on each of the segments, but try the make it as clear as possible what happens at what time in the telethon so that you’ll be able to find parts of interest to you. I’ll also point out which parts I thought were really good viewing.
There are numerous versions of the telethon available, and the time index and part divisions I’ll be using are based on a version on Youku, which has no ads. Part 1 of this Youku copy stretches for six hours of programming time and includes the two-hour start of the telethon, two hours of the drama special Kyou no Hi wa Sayonara, and then a two-hour special of Arashi ni Shiyagare. This review is only of the start of the telethon, and I’ll cover the drama and Arashi ni Shiyagare in separate reviews. The Youku copy has seven parts, but this is not the only one that’s split up into multiple sub-parts.
The opening of the telethon shows Arashi presenting the theme on New Year’s Day. To translate loosely, the theme is “About Japan . . . ? This country’s shape/form.” The intro continues with a somewhat grim montage about how the country is in a time of great change in terms of politics, economics, and international relations (actually, those are arguably not the areas Japan faces the greatest challenges, but I’ll leave that alone).
The montage breaks with an uplifting look at people sharing what they think the country is all about, and also a recitation of the country’s strengths and a highlight reel of triumphs. I really hope at some point in this telethon they talk about the future of Japan as well (every nation benefits from talk about its own future – something we don’t currently get enough of in the U.S.).
Wasting no time, Arashi kicked off the show by performing “Love Rainbow”. Certainly appropriate to the occasion, and I like the idea of starting a long show with a performance. While they were singing, we got little teasers of their individual projects, which we’ll see more of in the day-long show to come.
After the song, some of the other personalities sharing the hosting duties were introduced. Ueto Aya-san was the main charity personality other than Arashi, The announcers were Hatori Junichi-san and Masu Taichi-san. Tokumitsu-san is always a supporter.
This was the final part of the 24-hr TV telethon (24時間テレビ) hosted by Arashi – the 35th annual charity telethon presented by NTV. This part stretched from three and a half hours of program time, and included the finales of all the events that had been proceeding simultaneously through the day.
If you want more background, check out the post on Part 1 here. Here are the links to Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, and Part 9. D-Addicts had a seven part version, and the review of Part 4 explains how the ten part version I got corresponds to it.
We begin with a VTR of Aragaki Yui-san visiting slums in the Philippines, at the behest of an organization that tries to help kids born into life in them.
She helps out with home construction, and befriends the girl whose family it is being built for.
Once again, Aragaki-san’s straightforward attitude comes off as charming.
So, how can this telethon possibly top the dance competition in part 8? Well, things have built up steadily. With all the different threads in play being introduced in Part 1, a special drama in Part 2, and a very entertaining Arashi ni Shiyagare in Part 3, things were a bit choppy in the overnight and early morning parts – Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7.
I’m just hoping that, as we wind things up, there won’t be too many more of the heart-rending human-interest stories. At the start of this part though, there’s still around five-and-a-half hours of program time to go, though, so they’ll probably sneak a few more people with debilitating illnesses in before the end.
It’s a bit different this time, though, as Aiba-kun arrives with his traveling zoo.
So that wasn’t too bad – between Aiba-kun, Rinka-chan, and the animals, how could they go wrong? Shimura-san, host of what has to be the most popular animal show on Japanese TV (among his other illustrious credits), clearly approves of his kouhai’s work:
I think I’ve figured out where I went wrong in my intended coverage of this telethon. Back in the review for part 1, I said “I don’t really intend to critique the show, but rather focus on highlights that, if you get the chance to see a saved copy, you won’t want to miss.” Instead, I’ve ended up giving a tedious minute-by-minute account. Well, no more of that! Back to doing the highlight reel!
I think the really long string of small kites is an appropriate highlight to start things off with, especially as it grows past 5000 kites long, and must stretch almost a mile.
The main event for this segment was the high school dance team battle – one of the best events in the whole telethon. I often say that I enjoy seeing young people try their best, and this certainly fits that bill. We get a little preview, introducing some of the teams.
Before the main dance competition, there is another sad story, this time with Aiba-kun visiting the woman with the illness. It’s about fifteen minutes long and, while Aiba-kun does a great job with these sorts of segments because he has the perfect personality for them, it’s still not something I’d care to watch twice.