This Himitsu no Arashi-chan (ひみつの嵐ちゃん) has a share house segment and mannequin must-item segment, both hosted by Sakurai-san and Ninomiya-kun. As they enter, they complain about how long they had to wait on standby before being cleared to step onto the set.

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To make up for the long wait, the director sends the guest to the door immediately – no light banter between the two hosts this time.

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The guest is Yoshitaka Yuriko-san, who was in the movie GANTZ with Ninomiya-kun. She’s appeared on Himitsu no Arashi before, but not in the share house segment.

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As she enters, she complains that it’s cold outside (I think she was pretending to come in from the cold, since this is all a set in a studio). While she’s deciding where to sit . . .

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. . . Nino-kun immediately goes for the refrigerator to offer tea. It’s been a long time since they’ve brought out the perils of Aiba Tea – will they get Yoshitaka-san to drink some?

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You’ll have to watch to see her reaction – it’s the funniest in a long time and involves retribution against Nino-kun. She quickly goes to the fridge to get something to wash the taste out of her mouth.

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But I don’t think she could figure out what was safe, so Nino-kun got something better for her:

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They recall that Yoshitaka-san was in the V.I.P. Room and V. I.P. Limousine segments of HNA previously . . .

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. . . and that she had been part of some bizarre moments like this one:

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Ah, if only they did stuff like that more often in share house!

Then Nino-kun mentioned some experiences with Yoshitaka-san while they were working on GANTZ together, and this somehow led to a particularly difficult round of shiritori (a word game in which each player has to say a word beginning with the last syllable of the last word said). They had to say “kyun” (heartthrob) inducing words or phrases.

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This proved too difficult, so they soon moved on. They pulled out the drawing pad and asked her to jot down the floor plan for her room.

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Thankfully, this was a lot quicker than previous occasions where they did this floor plan thing. Even better, she turned it on Nino-kun, making him draw his room.

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He’s got three TVs in the room:

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A scary-looking fellow appears at the door . . .

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. . . but he just delivers an envelope and leaves.

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It’s a DVD of Yoshitaka-san’s friend who will reveal the “real” Yoshitaka:

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Even with her face obscured like this and her voice changed, every Japanese viewer surely recognizes her immediately:

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So, that screen in front of her face is just a gimmick, and they start slipping the camera in at angles to reveal that, yes, it is Harisenbon’s Kondo Haruna-san. She even does her normal “ja ne yo!” set gag.

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I don’t have sufficient time or interest to translate. It should be straightforward, though, since they have the Japanese subtitles on the screen for everything that she says.

Yoshitaka-san admits to being Haruna-san’s longtime friend . . .

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. . . then they continue with the video:

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I wasn’t really interested in what Haruna-san said, but I loved the camera and audio work in this bit.

The topic of polite language came up, and Sakurai-san noted that recently she’s been using it towards him. But what about toward Nino-kun?

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In her response, Yoshitaka-san did a spot-on imitation of Rola-san (not the hardest imitation to do, mind you), but because it came naturally and out of nowhere, it caught both Sakurai-san and Nino-kun by surprise. Sakurai-san actually snorted with laughter.

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Then there was some “kawaii” (cute) versus “kirei” (beautiful) talk, wherein Sakurai-san asked Yoshitaka-san which one she would be preferred to be called.

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Her response was interesting. At least, it was at first, but the boys were quite persistent about extracting more from her.

Then, about twenty minutes in, they decided to do dinner:

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But before they got to it there was something about Yoshitaka-san’s responses to things that Sakurai-san wanted to get straight, and did some tests on.

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After getting the food together, Yoshitaka-san managed to get some more Aiba Tea revenge. You’ll have to watch to see who her target was and how it played out.

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As usual, I’m not really interested in the food part . . .

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. . . so I’ll leave them to wrap things up . . .

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. . . and move on to the mannequin must-item segment. The judges for this segment will be Kitano Kie-san (北乃きい – technically Kitano Kii), Michibata Angelica-san (道端アンジェリカ), Morisanchuu’s Oshima Miyuki-san, and Nishikawa Ayako-sensei.

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Going up against the two Arashi members were the inimitable Kendo Kobayashi-san (ケンドーコバヤシ), ballet dancer Miyao Shuntaro-san (宮尾俊太郎), and Sakaist’s Denpe-san (デンペー). You might remember Miyao-san from the drama Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge.

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The must-item this time was a down jacket:

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They talk to Miyao-san about his activities, including his time in France.

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So, how will Sakurai-san and Ninomiya-kun do against the ballet dancer and the two comedians?

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It will be up to these four women to decide:

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At least none of the judges are wearing anything unsightly.

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And all that was left of the episode was their critiques and choices.

I think this was a very good episode. Yoshitaka-san was an excellent guest who, while needing to be prompted rather than leading the proceedings, reacted in interesting ways to everything, looked comfortable, and most importantly brought energy to the set. I also thought the Kondo Haruna video was a nice touch, and enjoyed the return of Aiba Tea.

The mannequin must-item half was good. All three of the guest mannequins were intriguing personalities, and Miyao-san really brought his best game while Denpe-san managed a truly striking outfit. The judges were good, too. I always like watching Oshima-san, even if she’s being low-key, and Kitano-san was charming.

It was really hard to figure out who should get the Most Omoshiroi (Interesting) Arashi for this one. Both Sakurai-san and Ninomiya-kun did a good job – possibly because they were both well-acquainted with Yoshitaka-san. Nino-kun lost some points in the mannequin segment, but I think he still has to get the M.O.A. because he was the one who brought out the Aiba Tea, and because we got to see the plan of his room including the three TVs.

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