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HamaKisu 2012.09.26 Review (Finale)

Posted on: September 29th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

This is the final episode of HamaKisu (濱キス), but don’t worry, it’s just changing its name to “KisuHama Learning” (キス濱ラーニング) and will be back under that name next week. There’s a website キス濱ラーニング.com which doesn’t have much on it for now, but bears the distinction of being the first website I’ve ever visited that doesn’t use the latin alphabet in its address – something that only recently became possible. It comes out as gibberish in the address bar, though, showing the raw code – I hope they fix that.

Anyway, on with the show. What will we get as a grand finale? A teary graduation? Or something more surprising? Maybe both:

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The plan for this episode seems to revolve around one word – kandou (感動 – being emotionally moved). Of course, any variety show star would have to be ready to display that kind of reaction at a moment’s notice. What sort of stimuli does Hamaguchi-san have planned?

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First, there’s the graduation scene:


HamaKisu 2012.09.12 Review

Posted on: September 15th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

HamaKisu (濱キス) is a half-hour variety show hosted by Hamaguchi Masaru-san (濱口優)and Kis-My-Ft2, in which Hamaguchi-san trains the seven members of the idol group to be top-notch variety show personalities. Last week, they began a challenge to survive off the bounty of the ocean with the first weigh-in. Now, whichever team weighs the most by the end of the challenge wins the game.

Underwater Challenge 1The Result?

The show begins with a tally of what Tamamori-kun and Miyata-kun caught for each of their teams in the last episode, including the weights, which shows that the green team has a lead:

Last Week's Results

Will the green team also benefit from having an extra member?

Which Team Will Win?Green Team

Miyata and company get advice from shell diver Isako-san:


HamaKisu 2012.09.05 Review

Posted on: September 9th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

This time on HamaKisu (濱キス), Hamaguchi Masaru-san instructs the members of Kis-My-Ft2 in what he is most famous for – surviving by taking advantage of the bounty of the sea. Oh, and the shouting of “totta do-!” (獲ったどー! – caught it!) when they make a catch.

Totta-do! 1Totta-do! 2

The difficulty level on this challenge merits the full five stars, and it involves five steps. Let’s hope this means Hamaguchi-san really puts the idols to the test.

The Challenge 1The Challenge 2

The show begins with Hamaguchi-san talking to Tamamori-kun and Miyata-kun, who previously took on the challenge of surviving with minimal resources. Their participation in that challenge was not, however, why he had taken them aside:


HamaKisu 2012.08.29 Review

Posted on: September 1st, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

After two weeks of recaps, HamaKisu (濱キス) returns with a new challenge for the Kis-My-Ft2 members – karaoke. Right from the start, I know I’m going to enjoy this episode, because I’m curious to see how well they do. There are few things I enjoy picking apart more than vocals, and I rarely hesitate to criticize poor singing when I hear it (being kinder to children and people with self-esteems so low the critique might cause them to cry, of course). It’ll also be interesting to see what songs they pick.

HamaKisu Title

All karaoke games have their own unique scoring system, and the one Kis-My-Ft2 are up against is a bit confusing. It works on a gong show principle – that is, if they aren’t doing well enough, the song ends. They “clear” a song if they manage to get through it.

Making Karaoke Confusing

How hard is it to clear? Well, the show’s producers are once again offering 1,000,000 yen (roughly $12,500) if Kis-My-Ft2 can clear on their first try. So, yeah, it’s pretty much impossible.

The ChallengeThe Challenge 2

They do have an experienced coach – Ehara Masahiro-san, who has appeared on Kanjani no Shiwake among other shows to show off his karaoke skills, and also does monomane (impressions) of vocalists.


HamaKisu 2012.08.22 Review

Posted on: August 24th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

Like the previous episode of HamaKisu (濱キス), this was a recap episode, this time featuring the infamous senbei-eating challenge where the Kis-My-Ft2 members consumed 1000 rice crackers (and these are not flimsy little things, folks) in forty-two hours. Highlights from the episodes covering that challenge were condensed into this half-hour show.

1000 Senbei

Frankly, while the challenge was difficult for the members, it wasn’t very exciting to watch the first time. This episode points out 21 lessons (教訓 – kyoukun) the Kis-My-Ft2 members learned during the course of the challenge, and includes some reflections from Kitayama-kun. The best thing I can say about the episode is that it ended with a preview of next week’s HamaKisu, which thankfully had new material – and looks like a lot of fun, too.

Recapping the Challenge 1Recapping the Challenge 2

I suppose we might as well run through a few of the lessons they learned from eating senbei. The first one was that they should all pick a standard variety of senbei for their first taste:


HamaKisu 2012.08.15 Review

Posted on: August 17th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

HamaKisu (濱キス) is a half-hour variety show hosted by Hamaguchi Masaru (濱口優)and Kis-My-Ft2. I started watching the show four months ago with no expectations and without being a fan of Kis-My-Ft2, and have spent week after week being pleasantly surprised. The tasks Hamaguchi-san has set before the Kis-My-Ft2 members have been difficult, and their attempt to complete them have been consistently amusing.

Starting in April 2012It's Been Challenge After Challenge

In this episode, they face a more scathing critique, as Hamaguchi-san highlights six grave mistakes committed during the course of this variety show.

The Plan for Today

The first point of improvement is that (if I’m translating this right) the top batter’s record should not remain standing – the plan should be to see it broken.


HamaKisu 2012.08.08 Review

Posted on: August 9th, 2012 by tylerraiz No Comments

This week, the members of Kis-My-Ft2 continue to try to make their way up a staircase while trying to remember how to read various obscure kanji compounds. Those familiar with HamaKisu (濱キス) might think this is a relatively easy task compared to what they’ve taken on in earlier episodes, including kissing scorpions and forest survival. However, it turns out that Hamaguchi-san, tormentor . . . I mean, mentor . . . of Kis-My-Ft2, has not lost his touch.

HamaguchiThe Torment

The ordeal requires them to descend the staircase every time they make a mistake, and to go through all the kanji compounds over again. There are a hundred compounds in the challenge, and they seem to have trouble with every third question, so they’ve been up and down a lot already. At the base of the stairs, they have sheets of compounds to study from, and from which they can get the answer if they don’t know. Each member is responsible for a certain section of the full list of 1000 possibilities.

Study Time 1Study Time 2

We begin with their fifteenth attempt up the stairs, and they’ve climbed a total of 2180 stairs so far. They are on compound #50 out of 100.