This week’s Himitsu no Arashi-chan (ひみつの嵐ちゃん) begins with a share house segment in which Ohno-san and Ninomiya-kun play host to 60 year-old Natsuki Mari-san (夏木マリ):

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Doesn’t look like age is slowing her down at all. Before she arrives, the two Arashi members get comfortable:

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They kick things off by talking about the end of their all-Japan tour which, according to the little green blurb at the bottom, was a great success/packed (大盛況 – daiseikyou).

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When the bell rings, they don’t dare keep their elder waiting. But when they look to see who’s there, Natsuki-san is cawing. By cawing, I mean making a sound similar to that of a crow.

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That cawing made the two hosts rethink how much deference they should show, and they returned to their seats without opening the door. The sound Natsuki-san was making was still audible.

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Ohno-san decides to go to the intercom, and make a cawing sound in reply. This leaves Nino-kun in stitches:

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And that’s our introduction to Natsuki Mari-san. She does shake their hands amiably when she enters. Needless to say, being twice their age, she’s entirely confident and right away appears to have a plan in mind (particularly one that involves promoting her CD right away).

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How well prepared is she? Well, she right away tells them that she brought champagne in order to get rid of the bad taste after they drink Aiba Tea (相葉茶).

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So they have champagne:

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To my surprise, she immediately rummages through the fridge for stuff to munch on with the champagne. Aren’t the hosts supposed to think about that?

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I didn’t get a screenshot of it, but Natsuki-san actually wrote Arashi-chan and something else in gold nail polish on her nails for the occasion. Talk about prepared! I did get a shot of the two hosts looking at the nails:

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Back at the table, they eat what she put together and chatted very briefly.

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But they get back to food quickly . . .

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. . . and Natsuki-san gets back to work.

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As usual, I was bored by the eating phase of the show.

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Things started to get more interesting when Ninomiya-kun pulled out a photobook from back when Natsuki-san was 29, and she struggled to try to hide it.

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Their expressions while looking at the photobook were probably the highlight of the segment.

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The conversation slowed things to a crawl. It seemed to be about the Arashi member’s mothers.

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Even Nino-kun got bored, so he pulled out the photobook again. Ohno-san rushed over to get a look.

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It was time for a package to arrive:

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And that package contained a hip:

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This was Natsuki-san’s signal to teach them some hip exercises.

 

 

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And suddenly the segment got interesting again.

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Anytime the Arashi members get active, it’s a positive for the show. That’s my absolute rule.

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Though this sure involved a lot of standing in place, but there’s also hip wiggling, so don’t worry. Perhaps animated gifs would have been better. They certainly would have been funnier.

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Even the final photo:

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With that, it was time for segment two – the Otona wa Dekite Touzen Show (オトナはできて当然 Show) where two teams of three compete in a series of challenges to prove that they’re adults. The Arashi team is Ohno, Nino, and Matsuyama Kenichi-san.

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The opposing team – the Sensei team – had Yashiro Hideki-san (八代英輝), Nishikawa Ayako-san (西川虫子), and Sugimura Taizou-san (杉村太蔵).

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Can the Arashi team really prove themselves to be more adult than a team of TV senseis?

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The first challenge was to name which fish’s eggs different dishes are made from:

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You would think that this would be easy for fisherman Ohno-san, but he’s used to thinking about the grown-up fish, not the eggs.

They both have a taste of the dishes to jog their memories.

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There’s no way I could have managed that first challenge, and even less chance that I could have done the second – arranging the sumo ranks in order of prominence by stacking them with the top rank on top.

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Does MatsuKen-san look like the type who watches sumo?

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Well, that leaves Ninomiya-kun and Nishikawa-sensei in a match of sharp tongues:

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What will they have to do?

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They have to fold ten tee-shirts in a minute and a half!

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Now this, I could do (tee shirts are a major staple of my wardrobe).

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How about Nino-kun?

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Yet another great face from Ohno-san as Nino-kun is in the midst of this challenge:

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The final task, which each team does as a group, is to name as many of the items that appear on the monitor as they can consecutively. If they can’t name one in the time allotted, the challenge ends.

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Both teams have to name the same set of items:

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So, did Arashi manage to show up the supposed senseis, or were they trounced and forced to drink whatever liquid was chosen for the batsu game?

I think this was an above average episode. I wouldn’t call it great, since there were some slow parts in the share house segment, but Natsuki-san sure tried her best to spice things up. Of the questions in the second segment, the only one the viewer couldn’t play along with was the tee-shirt folding (unless you happened to have a basket of laundry handy). On the whole, it was a decent hour.

Not as good as next week will be, though. You see, next week Ohno-san and Matsumoto-kun will be doing battle against Ikuta Toma-kun in the Last Mission! Now that’s more like it. I wonder if I’ll be able to sit through the share house segment, waiting to what I really want to watch.

The Most Omoshiroi (Interesting) Arashi for this episode is a tough one. Ohno-san had the best reactions, and really seemed to be on it this time, but Nino-kun was the one who pulled out that photobook, and managed a great tee-shirt folding effort. I’ll give it to . . . Ohno-san, for cawing in response to Natsuki-san right at the beginning of the show.

 

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