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I’ve taken longer than usual getting to this episode of KisuHama Learning (キス濱ラーニング) because, frankly, I wouldn’t recommend it. That is, unless you like seeing funny expressions from Hamaguchi Masaru-san or watching him eat food – both of which are apparently high entertainment among the Japanese, but insufficient to keep me interested.
In this special episode, the Kis-My-Ft2 guys aren’t really involved – they’re watching a VTR of a challenge Hamaguchi-san took on earlier this month for another variety show’s special.
In my December 19th review for this show, I wrote, “any more eating episodes or musical instrument episodes (barring something that elementary school students don’t play, like guitars or violins) are not going to get favorable reviews from me.” I gave them a pass on the first challenge (first two episodes) of the year, because it was related to Tamamori-kun’s new drama, Nobunaga no Chef, which naturally involved food. That leeway doesn’t extend to this episode.
This episode of KisuHama Learning (キス濱ラーニング) continued the challenge of the last episode, which was a tie-in to Tamamori-kun’s drama “Nobunaga no Chef”. They are presented with a dish and have to decide whether people of the Sengoku Jidai (戦国時代 – the Japanese Warring States Period from 1467 to 1600) could have eaten it.
In this challenge, they face competition from the comedy duo Haraichi:
In this new round of the challenge, each team is going to get five chances to clear five straight items.
At the end of my last 2012 review of KisuHama Learning (キス濱ラーニング), I said that episodes involving musical instruments or eating were not going to get favorable reviews from me. Are they going to make me eat my words? Because that looks like a table full of food . . .
. . . so all they need to do now is find a way to make this more interesting than naming sushi or endless senbei chewing. Can they do it?
It seems like this is all tied to Tamamori-kun’s new drama “Nobunaga no Chef” (信長のシェフ). Hamaguchi-san prompts him to mention it . . .
. . . but when he starts going into full plugging mode, Hamaguchi-san shouts at him. I guess Tamamori-kun was talking too much like an actor just guesting on the show to promote his drama.
So, the point of the exercise this time is deciding whether or not each food item could have been eaten in the Sengoku Jidai (戦国時代 – Warring States Period from 1467 to 1600). In the drama, Tamamori-kun plays a modern-day chef who gets sent back in time to that period.
This week’s KisuHama Learning (キス濱ラーニング) continued the xylophone challenge the members of Kis-My-Ft2 and Hamaguchi Masaru-san began on the December 12th episode.
The eight challengers each take a few bars of each song, and all eight have to play their part correctly to clear the song.
They dealt with the four easiest songs last week, ranging from elementary to middle school level in difficulty. This time, they have to clear the four tougher tunes – the ones meant for middle to high school students.
The first song for this episode is “Shounen Jidai” (少年時代), which involves tremolos (トレモロ).
This episode of KisuHama Learning (キス濱ラーニング) was a one-hour Friday special. The members of Kis-My-Ft2 and Hamaguchi Masaru-san faced off against the comedy duo Oriental Radio (Nakata Atsuhiko-san and Fujimori Shingo-san), naming stuff in a 100 yen shop in English. Right from the start, I can tell you that it was a very easy episode to understand, and the choices seemed to make more sense on average than in the previous episodes with this game. Perhaps they got some feedback and threw out the more dubious attempts at English.
Before the start of the challenge, everyone gets some time to study. Really, given this time, there’s little excuse for failure for Kis-My-Ft2. After all, they’ve done this exact challenge – with most of the exact same items – relatively recently. They’re going to be given two choices for each item, so it’s a fifty-fifty chance even without knowing anything. Really, the only thing they needed to know about English coming in was how to pronounce the words – which they’ve been iffy at.
Oriental Radio are so confident that they decide not to study:
After the mayonnaise malaise of the last two episodes, KisuHama Learning (キス濱ラーニング) turns to something a bit more striking – xylophones.
As with the recorder challenge, the Kis-My-Ft2 members have to perform some grade school standards, each taking a couple of measures. They clear the song if they all do perfectly (well . . . they seem to get a lot of allowance for messing up the tempo, but hitting the wrong note is an absolute no-no).
There are eight songs ranging from about the fourth grade level to a couple of high school pieces.
Oh, and much to the dismay of the Kis-My-Ft2 members, Hamaguchi-san will be joining them again to make a round eight instead of seven (since just having the seven of them do it would require one person to take an extra part). In the recorder challenge, Hamaguchi-san not only did very badly, but also had an infuriating habit of laughing when he made a mistake. On top of that, it’s tough for the KMF2 members to get angry with him.
This week’s KisuHama Learning (キス濱ラーニング) is all about mayonnaise. They have to guess which taste goes with which brand, and they only clear the challenge if they get eight correct in a row. They started this challenge last week and I quickly realized something: I’m totally not interested. Distinguishing different brands of mayonnaise is the least useful and the least engaging thing they’ve attempted on this show, whether it’s under the name HamaKisu or KisuHama.
It’s not like the viewer can play along, and there isn’t much by way of interesting dialogue (though at least I can understand most of what they say, since it’s all food stuff or complaining). And as they begin their nineteenth try after eight hours, it doesn’t look like the Kis-My-Ft2 members are having much fun with this, either.
Honestly, it’s better to watch them have fun while struggling instead of just being constantly frustrated. Or, if it’s something frustrating, let it be something worthwhile. This is just tedious.