After Sakurai-san greets the audience for this episode of Himitsu no Arashi-chan (ひみつの嵐ちゃん) by welcoming in the new year, he points out that this is the 200th recording of Himitsu no Arashi-chan.

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This episode contains a share house segment and a mannequin must-item segment. Sakurai-san and Matsumoto-kun waste no time before welcoming their share house guest – LPGA pro-golfer Miyazato Ai-san (宮里藍).

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Now, there have been golfers who turned out to be good guests. I’m not into golf at all, and have a dim view of the pastime altogether, but that doesn’t mean golfers can’t make good guests – especially if there’s some sort of game set up, because they’re still wonderfully competitive.

Unfortunately, there was no such game in this segment.

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Instead, after the obligatory talk about her professional accomplishments (which are substantial – she makes more than a million dollars in winnings every year) . . .

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. . . they spent a lot of time talking about her lifestyle living in Los Angeles.

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In particular, they wanted her to draw the floor plan of her house. This took . . . way too long.

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Way, way too long.

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And then they asked her how much it cost, but she was reluctant to say. So, they had her write it down so that they could see, but the audience wouldn’t know. But . . . that’s not really good TV, is it? Not that I cared at all, of course – I live in California and know prices here quite well.

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In return, she asked them if they’ve made any big purchases recently.

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MatsuJun said he hadn’t, but Sakurai-san mentioned a watch:

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Honestly, I was already dying from boredom at this point. Then the doorbell rang. Surely, they’re going to bring in something to save this situation. 2013.01.17 Himitsu no Arashi 026 2013.01.17 Himitsu no Arashi 0272013.01.17 Himitsu no Arashi 0282013.01.17 Himitsu no Arashi 029

Nope – it’s clothes. Clothes that might suit Miyazato-san.

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We’re already going to get a whole segment about clothes with mannequin must-item, so this was the last thing I wanted to see here. Worse, none of the outfits were really interesting. Nor did I particular care about Miyazato-san’s taste in clothing, nor what MatsuJun or Sakurai-san thought would be best.

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They sure took a long time on it, though.

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It felt like an exercise in frustration as they stood around talking about the outfits hanging there.

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You know how there’s supposed to be a meal in this segment? Well, there wasn’t any attempt to have the Arashi members or Miyazato-san prepare it – a chef walked in with the meal ready to eat. Was it because they took too much time with the floor plans and outfits?

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I got incredibly irritated with Miyazato-san saying “oishii” (美味しい) over and over again in response to the food – her only comment about the taste.

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If they had played some games or did something practical, I think there was a chance that Miyazato-san could have been a good guest. But the more talking they did, the worse it was, and they just spent the whole time talking about real estate and clothes.

There’s a segment for clothes, and that’s mannequin must-item:

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The must-item this time was a military jacket. Fair warning, though – some of these guys have a very loose definition for military jacket.

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The extra-special guest is Kanjani8’s Yasuda Shota-kun, who is introduced as Kanjani8’s fashion leader (or the equivalent).

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There’s some concern about whether a military jacket will suit his style, but I guess that’s only because they haven’t seen much of him.

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The other guests are comedy fashion leader Ogi-san and fellow comedian (not as well-known for his style) Iwao-san.

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So, how crazy will the outfit coordination choices be?

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Well, with Yasuda-san and Ogi-san, it could get crazy indeed. There will be shorts.

The judges were the ever-present Nishikawa-sensei, MEGUMI-san, Youn-a, and three members of bump.y – Sakuraba Nanami-san, Miyatake Mio-san, and Miyatake Matsuri-chan.

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Miyatake Matsuri-chan smiled winningly through a bad pun on her name. Thankfully, the others booed the pun.

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This was my first real introduction to bump.y. They were poised, but not very vocal, so I didn’t get much of a sense of who they were. I wonder if it was enough for this appearance to be considered a success for them.

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Anyway, all that was left were the costume reveals and the judgments. How will Sakurai-san and MatsuJun do? Will Yasuda-san’s wild style appeal to the women or not?

The mannequin must-item segment was solid thanks to the guests – especially Yasuda-san and bump.y – and interesting outfits. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough to compensate for the share house segment.

The Most Omoshiroi (Interesting) Arashi? Really, I have no strong basis to pick one of them over the other. I guess . . . Matsumoto-kun because I preferred his outfit in the second segment.

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