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This was the second Gamushara J’s Party!! (ガムシャラ J’s Party!!) for August, and it had the same cast as the first – Jesse, Masuda Ryo, Hanzawa Akatsuki, Kyomoto Taiga, Takahashi Fuu, Tajima Shogo, Morohoshi Shoki, Anderson Casey, Morimoto Shintaro, Tanaka Juri, and Matsumura Hokuto.
They started with a . . . a rendition of “Let It Be” from Masuda-kun with assistance from Jesse-kun. This was certainly high on the freshness scale, but as a longtime Beatles fan, this sure lacked any of the impact or depth of the song. Done properly (and a variety of good renditions have been done over the years) this is a very moving song, and while I think Masuda Ryo-kun is capable of singing it closer to that style, this was the polar opposite – it was too light.
It was also an odd way to start the episode, so once again the producers/director don’t seem to plan two episodes when getting the juniors to perform a J’s Party – the juniors just do their songs and the director chops the concert in half, adding filler where necessary.
Masuda Ryo-kun had the stage alone for “Triangle”. Nice to see him getting some solo time, and I had no trouble appreciating this song. I do wish they had turned the volume on the microphones up a bit more – the background music was too loud by comparison.
This Gamushara J’s Party!! (ガムシャラ J’s Party!!) featured Jesse, Masuda Ryo, Hanzawa Akatsuki, Kyomoto Taiga, Takahashi Fuu, Tajima Shogo, Morohoshi Shoki, Anderson Casey, Morimoto Shintaro, Tanaka Juri, and Matsumura Hokuto. Because the cast changes from month to month, yet is a manageable number of names, I think it might be a good idea to start reviews of J’s Party by just citing the members who are involved. On the other hand, this list looks a lot like last month’s (except the notable absence of Kouchi Yugo-kun – a shame because all the other Bakaleya members are involved), though perhaps that’s because the younger juniors were busy with other activities. Not sure if this is becoming a show focused on just the elder juniors.
The first song was “Samurai” with all of the cast except for Takahashi-kun and Tajima-kun,
This was an excellent song to start out with, and there was a good amount of energy involved. The red outfits helped.
We saw a lot of familiar performances in the first July episode of Gamushara J’s Party!! (ガムシャラ J’s Party!!), but perhaps that means we’ll get more new stuff in this edition. Let’s find out.
Once again, the participants were Jesse, Morita Myuto, Nozawa Yuki, Morohoshi Shoki, Kyomoto Taiga, Kouchi Yugo, Tanaka Juri, Morimoto Shintaro, Haniuda Amu, Nagata Jiei, and Matsumura Hokuto, and we got the same Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou-inspired opening as last time.
The first song was “Darkness” with Morohoshi, Juri, Myuto, Kouchi, Taiga, and Shintaro on stage. Well, I sure haven’t seem them do this one before, and while it’s not a traditional opening song, it was a very good choice to get viewers interested.
I’m thrown off by the random combinations of juniors, as the agency insists on not even hinting at stable groupings. While I liked the fact that this was something new, I didn’t sense the group cohesion here that we saw with the former Bakaleya members in the previous episode. That’s probably because they haven’t performed this song together as much, and so are more focused on the moves than the mood.
The next performance was something totally new – “Love yourself” with Haniuda Amu-kun and Nagata Jiei-kun. I thought these two would only get to backdance, but here they are with their own stage.
But again, while I appreciate the freshness, which is what I entered this episode looking for, I didn’t like the fact that the backing track totally drowned out their voices. If they can’t sing, they can’t be the only ones on stage – find a junior who can sing to put them together with. “Love yourself” is not a difficult song.
This episode of Gamushara J’s Party!! (ガムシャラ J’s Party!!) started with a long opening as usual, but with strange credits this time – they were apparently trying to imitate Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou based on the background music, but having the names of the juniors on black background instead of directly on their images was unhelpful and choppy.
The Dramatis Personae this time were Jesse, Morita Myuto, Nozawa Yuki, Morohoshi Shoki, Kyomoto Taiga, Kouchi Yugo, Tanaka Juri, Morimoto Shintaro, Haniuda Amu, Nagata Jiei, and Matsumura Hokuto. So, pretty much the usual number of participants. I’m having trouble separating who has appeared in Gamushara versus who has performed in J’s Party, but I think the newbies in this one are Kyomoto Taiga-kun, Kouchi Yugo-kun, and Nagata Jiei-kun (who is in because of the pole dancing challenge).
Just in case the opening credits were inadequate, they took the liberty of identifying everyone during the opening. Each performer got to greet the audience during the Overture. Interesting to note that the poles for that challenge were already up, and presumably had to be there for the entire concert.
Haniuda-kun and Nagata-kun were not on stage for the opening and the first song – “Luv Sick” – but everyone else was present.
In the first Gamushara J’s Party!! (ガムシャラ J’s Party!!) of June, I was surprised by how Yasui Kentaro-kun didn’t get to do a performance despite the fact that he was in the spray art challenge. Well, they made up for that by starting off with him this time (when I say start with, I mean after the two minute opening that they force us to sit through before the show really starts).
Yasui-kun starts the show singing “Kizuna”, and unlike the second episodes in previous months, this didn’t feel as much like it was starting in the middle of nowhere. That said, they could have just been lucky to have performance ot open with – I’m still not convinced that when they record the live J’s Party events, they have the need to edit them into episodes in mind.
Anyway, Yasui-kun was great, of course. The twenty-two year old (going on twenty-three in a month) followed “Kizuna” with “Take Over”, and while he’s engaging on his own, I still hope that they find an appropriate and stable group to put around him soon. His voice is on the thin side, and could do with support.
Speaking of voices, Masuda Ryo, Jesse, and Hanzawa Akatsuki joined Yasui-kun on stage to perform “Suna no Glass”. No problems with this combination, of course – even in off-stage activities it’s pretty easy to see how they could work together in variety shows and such, since their personalities are different.
Gamushara J’s Party!! (ガムシャラ J’s Party!!) is a music variety show that features on-stage performances from Johnny’s juniors, the idol trainees of the Johnny’s Entertainment agency, as well as some backstage footage to show all sides of the experience. It is associated with another TV Asahi show called Gamushara, in which the same juniors featured in J’s Party also take on a variety of challenges.
My main hope going into the June episodes was that we see a wider selection of juniors than we saw in May. The opening credits highlighted Jesse, Hanzawa Akatsuki, Masuda Ryo, Miyachika Kaito, Nakamura Reia, Takahashi Kaito, Matsuda Genta, Suzuki Shunei, Haniuda Amu, and Kishi Yuta. So . . . that’s exactly the same number of juniors as we saw in May – ten. Is this going to be a pattern with this show, that we only see ten juniors each month? If so, I guess it could work out as long as they keep rotating most of them. And here, between May and June, I think Jesse-kun is the only person in J’s Party for both months.
The show begins with an overture and the dramatic entrance of the three headliners – Jesse, Hanzawa, and Masuda – singing Kis-My-Ft2’s “Everybody Go”.
The rest of the cast of ten soon join them, but except for Kishi-kun, the rest act as backdancers. It’s interesting to see Jesse-Hanzawa-Masuda since they’re a vocally adept trio, but even more interesting to hear Kishi-kun in the mix and getting solo lines in their company. Kishi-kun’s voice provides a contrast to those of the other three.
In my continuing reviews of Gamushara J’s Party!! (ガムシャラ J’s Party!!), I’m going to skip discussing parts that are just filler – like the very long intro of the show, VTRs of Gamushara that don’t include new material, and the clips in the first episode of each month that are really teasers for the second episode, but take a substantial portion of the show.
So, let’s jump right into the action with Jesse-kun singing “Misty”:
Indeed, it was very much like we were starting to watch a concert already in progress, as the first thing we saw was other people clearing the stage for him.
After last week’s more boisterous episode (Bad Boys and all that), I’m wondering if we’re going to get a calmer one this time. It’s sure starting out that way. This is an extremely odd song to start on, and I’m going to call the director/organizers out for being sloppy with this – they should have planned for the guys to do something to kick off the second episode during the recording of this, but apparently that slipped their minds. I guess they just hope that the juniors do something that will work as the first song of an episode around halfway into the concert?