This week’s Himitsu no Arashi-chan (ひみつの嵐ちゃん) has two segments – Share House and Otona wa Dekite Touzen Show (オトナはできて当然 Show) – and is hosted by Sakurai-san and Aiba-kun. They settle into the share house without any craziness, but then Aiba-kun proposes an Aiba Masaki quiz . . .

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. . . and apparently, this involves some monomane. Sakurai-san has to guess who Aiba-kun is impersonating. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a clue.

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He guesses that it’s Rola, and I have no idea why he guesses her, since Aiba-kun’s impression seemed nothing like her (I thought everybody could do a Rola-san impresssion). To my surprise and Sakurai-san’s, Aiba-kun says it’s the right answer.

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I swear, I thought it was the worst Rola monomane ever, but then again, Sakurai-san did manage to guess correctly, so maybe it wasn’t so bad. Aiba-kun tried to do a second monomane, but thankfully the doorbell rang, with guest Tabe Mikako-san waiting patiently.

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There’s clearly a bit of nervousness, but it isn’t all on Tabe-san’s part. For once, the guest grabs a seat quickly, and the two hosts are left confused about where to sit. They both end up on the couch.

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Sakurai-san comments that it’s like a parent-child-teacher meeting (三者面談 – sanshamendan).

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Sakurai-san and Tabe-san did a V.I.P. Limousine segment (the predecessor segment to share house) together a year ago, and start the conversation by recalling that encounter.

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They were also in a drama together in 2007 – Yamada Taro Monogatari. I actually haven’t seen that one – a mistake I must rectify.

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Tabe-san tries to remember how old she was in 2007 when she played that role, and they ask how old she is right now. When she says she’s 23, they express surprise that she’s so young, and Aiba-kun says that she’s adult-ish. In response to that, Tabe-san jumps up with delight. Is it really that big a deal to be called an adult at 23? She really seems glad about it, though:

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Of course, this is coming from Aiba-kun . . .

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Sakurai-san and Tabe-san have the same birthday (January 25th), and talk about exchanging congratulations.

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I’m not totally clear where the discussion went from there, but it looked like they were talking about how things are in the entertainment world, contact addresses (連絡先 – renrakusaki) and the exchange thereof, and things like that.

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I have no idea why they were so animated about this, so I hope kind-hearted soul will subtitle this share house.

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Then the talked moved on to what Tabe-san does in her spare time.

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She’s joined a gym, but she doesn’t really like exercising. When asked why she would join then, she says that she’s brimming with curiosity (好奇心旺盛 – koukishin ousei) and wants to try everything. I could think of others who would benefit from that approach.

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In the same vein, she talks about yoga:

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Then, the talk moves to her friends in the entertainment business, and Tabe-san mentions Ayase Haruka-san.

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They discussed Ayase-san’s appearance on this show, and that episode’s monomane.

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There’s a bit of talk about musicals . . .

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. . . and how busy she is (as a way of leading into a mini-plug of her drama) . . .

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. . . and then it’s meal time.

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It’s all about boiled tofu (湯豆腐 – yudoufu), and Tabe-san does the cooking:

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She eventually recruits Aiba-kun:

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Then, out of nowhere, Sakurai-san decides that he has to go to the toilet, leaving Aiba-kun and Tabe-san on their own.

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And there is silence :

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Wow, Aiba-kun really is too shy to do this segment on his own. Sakurai-san likes making trouble for Aiba-kun, doesn’t he? Anyway, Aiba-kun eventually reaches for the game where you take turns pushing down the teeth of the gator and if it bites you, you have to do the agreed-upon penalty – in this case, monomane.

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Since Tabe-san is bad at monomane, Aiba-kun offers to teach her, and out of all people, he picks Bobby Ologun:

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That was painful to watch (as Bobby Ologun impressions always are). After her attempt, she immediately said Sakurai-san should come back quickly – not exactly a rave review for Aiba-kun’s solo hosting attempt.

The food looks ready just as Sakurai-san comes back.

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They ask her what type of person suits her, and she says she likes the type exemplified by Peace’s Matayoshi-san.

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I didn’t really get her reason why. All I know is that I’m definitely not the Matayoshi-type, so . . . yeah. Rotten luck, that. She does say that a stimulating (刺激的 – shigekiteki) person is good.

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I think Sakurai-san’s next question was something like “where do you look at on the opposite sex?”, which is apparently one of those idol magazine questions. She answers “the shape of the eyebrows!” (眉毛の形 – mayuge no katachi).

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It’s then time to wrap up, with the plug for Ooku . . .

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. . . and then Aiba-kun proposes that the person who loses in janken should be in charge of taking the picture, with all three playing. I’ll leave the result out as a surprise.

The second segment was the Otona wa Dekite Touzen Show, where two teams of three each compete in a series of challenges that large percentages of certain adult groups are capable of doing (for instance, 85% of salarymen). Ichimura Masachika-san  (市村正親) joined the Arashi team, making it the Indulgent/Fond (子煩悩 – kobonnou) Arashi Team. Don’t ask me why.

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The opposition was the 42 year-old flower team, which I think is a straightforward name though perhaps misguided. The members were Amano Hiroyuki-san (天野ひろゆき), LiLiCo-san, and Udo Suzuki-san (ウド鈴木).

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Unfortunately, this is a gourmet special, so all the challenges have to do with food. You would think, with all the variety shows these people have done, they’d know all there was to know about food, but apparently not.

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First up were Sakurai-san and Udo Suzuki-san, and they had to say from which prefecture famous B-class gourmet dishes were from. That certainly sounds difficult.

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One thing I appreciated: they didn’t eat unless they got the answers right.

Next, it was Aiba-kun against Amano-san. This time, they had to match the right name card to the right dish of Chinese food, and also state the correct reading of the kanji. Since Aiba-kun’s parents ran a Chinese cuisine restaurant when he was growing up, he should be good at this, right?

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The final one-on-one round was between Ichimura-san and LiLiCo-san, and they just had to give the names of four desserts.

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The 3-on-3 team battle had them naming food from photos as fast as they could, with a ten second shot clock. The game ends if they can’t get an answer in ten seconds. For the 42 year-old flower team, the guys did pretty much all the answering while LiLiCo-san was at a loss to keep up.

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Can the Arashi team match the food acumen of the voracious comedians?

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This was a great episode of HNA. Tabe Mikako-san was a wonderful guest, completely engaging during the share house conversation. The audience could play along with the Otona wa Dekite Touzen Show segment, which is my main requirement for a quiz show. Also, it was possible to learn the Japanese names of dishes.

I think the Most Omoshiroi (Interesting) Arashi title for this episode has to go to Sakurai-san, for guessing Aiba-kun’s monomane correctly at the beginning, for going to the restroom in the middle of the episode, and for various lesser reasons later on. Also, considering how the discussion went when he stepped out, he was clearly mission-critical.