Ohno Satoshi-san and Matsumoto Jun-kun face a pack of female comedians in this special episode of Himitsu no Arashi-chan (ひみつの嵐ちゃん). When I say “face”, the two of them have to be a bit wary, considering what happened the last time Morisanchuu decided to bring their friends over for a romp.

Ohno-san and MatsuJun enter and give each other a welcoming hug for the Christmas special. It’ll be the first time they’ll be doing the share house segment together.

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They talk a bit about the episode where all five Arashi members appeared in the share house, where Ohno-san expressed a preference for MatsuJun. Then, as always seems to happen when the Arashi members haven’t done this segment together, they have to figure out the seating. As it turns out, Ohno-san and MatsuJun both tend to take the same seat.

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Then the topic turns to what happened the last time Morisanchuu appeared, and decided to bring seven extra guests. Foremost in MatsuJun’s mind was the Arashi-sama game where the guests forced the Arashi members to do things that were a tad embarrassing – like proposing to one of them. Ohno-san notes that it sounds like a batsu-game-ish thing, which it is.

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The bell rings, but they don’t budge, talking a bit about the Momoiro Clover episode first.

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But eventually the crowd beckons . . .

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. . . and there’s no avoiding their fate. They try to close the door after five get through, but no dice.

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The guests this time are Morisanchuu (Ooshima, Murakami, Kurosawa), Harisenbon (Haruka and Haruna), Itou Asako, Oashizu (Mitsuura, Ookubo), Baabee – I guess this should be Barbie?, and LiLiCo. Everyone is thumbs up in my book except for Baabee and LiLiCo.

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MatsuJun notes that it’s his first time meeting LiLiCo-san, and he points out that she’s not really an entertainer. His tone says what I basically had in mind when I saw her – why are you here?

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Murakami-san was apparently under the impression that it was BYOB, because she brought enough to drink for everyone, and started breaking them out immediately. Looks like the entertainers were wise to the contents of the share house refrigerator and wanted to avoid even the offer of an Aiba concoction (since if they’re offered it, as comediennes, they can’t turn down a challenge like that, I guess).

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LiLiCo decides to tell everyone how to do kanpai (cheers!) Swedish style (since Sweden is her mother country).

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Ooshima-san is apparently weak to alcohol (at least, for comic reasons) and seems to get tipsy quickly.

 

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The two big MatsuJun fans, Ooshima-san and Itou-san, take positions as close to him as possible without being disrespectful:

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MatsuJun tries to prompt Haruna-san for the “ja ne~ yo” gag, comparing her to Kadono-san and then to Michael Moore. She doesn’t bite, though, saying that she can’t do work today.

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With the small talk over, they decide to exchange Christmas gifts, with each guest bringing one and picking which of the two hosts to give theirs to.

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I guess I should leave who gives what to whom as a spoiler, but I think the first one is pretty obvious – Ooshima-san gave hers to MatsuJun:

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I guess it’s something therapeutic, and they decide to test it out on Baabee.

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Oh, and the other MatsuJun fan, Itou-san, gave her gift to him as well. It was a sleepy-time teddy bear with a device that played soothing or alarm sounds, including one option that was recorded by Itou-san herself.

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I’ll leave the rest out – partly to keep the surprise and partly because just listing gifts gets tedious. Will Ohno-san be able to catch up on the gift tally?

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And what did Haruna do to earn a rebuke from Ooshima-san, leading to a hilarious blubbering (and wonderfully tonal) apology.

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Ohno-san can’t quite match Haruka-san’s teeth:

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There’s no hiding LiLiCo’s gift, since MatsuJun was forced to wear it for the rest of the episode:

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Seems like the first batsu game of the evening rather than a gift.

For the next phase, Arashi reciprocated. Who will get the gifts from MatsuJun and Ohno-san? There will only be two lucky women.

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How do they decide which of them get the gifts? They go with which one of them is wearing underwear in the color that the gift-giver prefers!

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It was probably already clear, but by now, the Arashi pair had to feel as if they had lost control over their own show.

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I guess Haruna didn’t have the right color:

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MatsuJun’s gift is worth mentioning – a Santa Claus outfit! The recipient, Murakami-san, immediately dashes off to put it on. Which leads me to the question: if they didn’t know who was going to get it, how is the outfit the right size for her? (or, did they replace it with one that fits backstage?)

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As Murakami-san gets ready, Haruna-san gets all the attention as she tells a story and sings. She seems to be having a good episode.

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Then a mysterious guest arrives . . .

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. . . who the Arashi members don’t recognize . . .

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. . . but their guests sure do. They even applaud her arrival.

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You see, she feeds them:

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Well, she was part of a comedy duo, too, but it seems like her main role is good cooking.

After a chat over food, it was time for what the guys had been dreading – the Arashi-sama game:

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Just to remind us, we get a clip of MatsuJun’s proposal from the last time they did this:

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The women draw sticks to figure out who will get to make a request of the Arashi members first . . .

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. . . and Itou-san ends up the lucky one, so MatsuJun will be her target.

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She decides that she wants MatsuJun to name three points he likes about her.

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I completely agree with the first one he mentions – she has Arashi choreography down perfectly. She did “Wild at Heart” to acclaim from Ohno and MatsuJun during the 24-hour TV telethon.

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After hearing the points, Itou-san is teary with joy.

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MatsuJun comes up with a special rule after that, but I didn’t quite get it – not sure about the definition of the verb hiku (引く) in this context. Whatever it is, the rule has to do with the game instantly ending.

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Ookubo-san was the next one to get a chance for a request, but there was an objection from Matsumoto-kun.

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That led Baabee-san to get it:

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I think she wanted MatsuJun and Ohno-san to fight over her. No comment.

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Then it was the time for the third and final round . . .

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. . . which Haruka-san won.

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As is traditional, she wanted a proposal. But who from?

It was a fun episode, but it went a lot slower and seemed a lot tamer than the last time. The comediennes were actually quieter. I think Harisenbon were clearly on their game, and Itou-san was sharp, but Morisanchuu were comparatively lacking in energy. As for the rest, I really didn’t think they contributed much at all, and better people could have been found to fill those four slots.

But the atmosphere was still interesting, mainly fed by the fact that we didn’t know what was going to happen next. There was always the possibility that something crazy would happen (like using underwear to decide who would get gifts . . .) and that chance is something that is usually absent from share house because the guests are more . . . you know . . . they have appearances to keep up. Just the mere chance of the bizarre made this more exciting than a normal episode.

The Most Omoshiroi (Interesting) Arashi for this episode was Matsumoto-kun, without question. He clearly took the lead throughout the episode and, more significantly, kept that crab thing on his head the whole time after he received it. There was just no ignoring that. Ohno-san had some interesting parts, but I think MatsuJun was a more constant presence through the whole hour.

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