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Johnnys’ Jr. Land 2012.06.17 Review

Posted on: April 5th, 2014 by tylerraiz No Comments

I’m going to have a very entertaining Sunday thanks to the first episode of Gamushara J’s Party, the start of a new era in Shounen Club, and also a complete surprise JUMParty 4 that I had no idea was coming. But before all that, this episode of Johnnys’ Jr. Land is one I’ve been looking forward to because of the juniors involved.

Perhaps most significantly considering his increasing prominence among the juniors, this was the first time Iwahashi Genki-kun was part of the Super Battle Colosseum segment. He was the leader of the pink team alongside Kobayashi Mizuki-kun and Akiba Ryusei-kun. The blue team had Yamashita Kazunari-kun, Tanimura Ryuichi-kun, and Takahashi Saneyasu-kun.

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Yamashita-kun noted that his team was all middle-schoolers, while the pink team members were all high-schoolers, so it was sort of a generational battle here. It was nice to see him in the leadership role – yet another one of the interesting features of the episode.

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Watching Shounen Club, I had the impression that Iwahashi-kun has gained confidence over the past few months, but seeing him in this episode from two years ago, he’s changed less than I thought he had. Even though he’s a bit hesitant here, he still has poise.


Johnnys’ Jr. Land 2012.06.10 Review

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

Wanting to get past the blowdart episodes in Johnnys’ Jr. Land, I’ll risk reviewing too many JJL episodes in quick succession, and offer a look at this June 10th episode.

We’ve already seen the blue team (Miyachika Kaito, Nakamura Reia, and Akiba Ryusei) and pink team (Kajiyama Asahi, Abe Aran, and Yoshizawa Shizuya) do plenty with the darts, so I continue to be disappointed that we’re going to get another episode of this.

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Putting that aside, though, the reason we’re getting another episode of it is because they didn’t really finish in the previous episode. We also get a special round at the end.

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In the main competition, each person gets two rounds, and ultimately, it’s just a matter of tallying up all the points at the end to figure out the winning team. Three players didn’t get to do their second tries in the previous episode, so that’s what we start with here.


Johnnys’ Jr. Land 2012.06.03 Review

Posted on: March 23rd, 2014 by tylerraiz No Comments

With the new junior variety show, Gamushara, set to start on April 5th, I had better step up my viewing of Johnnys’ Jr. Land just to get a better sense of what they’ve already been up to and who they are. Reviewing the two series side-by-side might end up being very interesting, though the casts are somewhat different with Gamushara skewing a bit older.

In the previous episode, we left the blue team (Miyachika Kaito, Nakamura Reia, and Akiba Ryusei) and pink team (Kajiyama Asahi, Abe Aran, and Yoshizawa Shizuya) in the middle of blowdart training, in preparation for the competition in this episode.

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The format is pretty simple: they get five shots in a round, all of which have to be launched within three minutes. At the end of the round, all the points they get are tallied up.

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First, the teams each got to practice, with the blue team going first. Reia-kun and Kaito-kun did very well here, but Ryusei-kun was . . . well I don’t know where his dart landed, but it sure wasn’t on the dartboard.

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But that was just the first shot, and they each got to try a full round, so Ryusei-kun made sure his next four shots hit.


Johnnys’ Jr. Land 2012.05.27 Review

Posted on: March 18th, 2014 by tylerraiz No Comments

It’s always something new in Johnnys’ Jr. Land, and this time the Super Battle Colosseo was . . . blowdarts! Unless you’ve already watched the episode, I bet you didn’t see that coming!

The teams were Miyachika Kaito, Nakamura Reia, and Akiba Ryusei on the blue team, and Kajiyama Asahi, Abe Aran, and Yoshizawa Shizuya. It was Abe Aran-kun’s first time, so he got a chance to introduce himself with a special skill.

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They get a chance to check out the standardized equipment for sports blowdarts – a 120cm blowpipe and a 20cm dart weighing 1 gram . . .

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. . . and also to give it a first try before the instructor arrives. Will any of them be able to hit the target without the instructor’s help?


Johnnys’ Jr. Land 2012.05.20 Review

Posted on: March 8th, 2014 by tylerraiz No Comments

This episode of Johnnys’ Jr. Land continued the voice acting/dubbing challenge from May 13th, except this time the juniors had to actually dub a scene from Dogstar. The pink team was Takahashi Saneyasu, Okada Aoi, and Yoshizawa Shizuya; the blue team was Akiba Ryusei, Kobayashi Mizuki, and Yamashita Kazunari. Will they be able to portray the animated characters dynamically?

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I know nothing about Dogstar, but the scene seemed straightforward to voice-act, yet fun enough to grab the interest of the juniors. They seemed excited to give it a try.

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As the sensei gave some tips, Mogi-san distributed copies of the script. The sensei warned them not to let the microphones pick up the sound when they flipped pages in the script – definitely an NG – and also advised them about mike-work (including how to share mikes).


Johnnys’ Jr. Land 2012.05.13 Review

Posted on: March 3rd, 2014 by tylerraiz No Comments

After the Dream Live special on May 6th, 2012, Johnnys’ Jr. Land returned to regular programming with a very special challenge for the juniors – voice acting/dubbing. And what kid wouldn’t want to lend their voice to a cartoon/anime (or adult, for that matter)?

The contestants in Super Battle Colosseo were Takahashi Saneyasu, Okada Aoi, and Yoshizawa Shizuya on the pink team and Akiba Ryusei, Kobayashi Mizuki, and Yamashita Kazunari on the blue team (or, as Mogi-san named them, the tall team – they were all taller than him). And wow, do I never get to see any of these guys on Shounen Club.

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Just to get them prepared, they heard their instructor for the day doing the voice of Kindaichi from the Kindaichi Shounen anime.

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The voice acting specialist is Matsuno Taiki-san, and the first character he brings up is actually Spongebob – he dubs it over in Japanese. I wonder how the jokes turn out after translation?


Johnnys’ Jr. Land 2012.05.06 Review

Posted on: February 24th, 2014 by tylerraiz 2 Comments

I took a lengthy pause from reviewing old Johnnys’ Jr Land episodes because I realized I had too many holes in my collection, especially since the series ended and reviewing the entire run from April 2012 onward became possible. I recently found where all the episodes were hiding (thanks hakucchan!), so now I’ll continue to take a look at what the juniors were up to. It is bound to be the case that, as some of these juniors eventually get to debut, JJL will become a major touchstone to see how they developed into stars.

This was a special episode of Johnnys’ Jr. Land composed only of the Jr. Dream Live performances from previous episodes, as requested by fans. Imagine Shounen Club with a smaller stage, no live audience, no talk segments, no Hey! Say! Jump, and mainly performances from juniors and Sexy Zone (and one from A.B.C-Z), and that’s basically what this episode was. Let’s see how the juniors were doing a year ago and how far they’ve come since then.

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The wonderful Mogi Junichi-san goes from MC to DJ in this episode:

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Performance one was Sexy Zone performing their self-titled début single. This was from the seventh episode (2011-11-13), and let’s say it right away since it was my main reaction throughout all of this: wow, they’ve changed a lot in two years! Here’s a fresh-faced Fuma for you: