Normally on Arashi ni Shiyagare (嵐にしやがれ), the guest is supposed to teach the members of Arashi something or challenge them in some way. This time, it’s going to be a bit different, as the announcer says that the guest has nothing to teach Arashi. So . . . what are they going to be doing?

Before we get to that, the members of Arashi – as uncertain of their near future as we are – take the stage looking . . . well, they’re in leather jackets, but if I said they looked tough, I’d be lying.

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Sakurai-san has a taxi story he’s eager to tell. Seems like the taxi driver was a real character, but I’ll have to hope for subtitles to fully understand this part.

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He then notes that there seems to be more attention on this episode than usual.

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Could the guest be a Johnny’s member? (the actual guest in the back is horrified by this raising of expectations.)

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They suspect Kanjani8’s Maruyama-san or TOKIO’s Nagase-san or both.

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The guest is actually Oizumi Yo-san who is . . . not a Johnny’s member. The Arashi members don’t look particularly pleased.

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The crowd looks enthusiastic . . .

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. . . but the Arashi members aren’t and immediately call for the present (お土産 – omiyage). Oizumi-san complains about the expectations they set.

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They try to remember when he was last on this show, and it turns out it was in October of 2010.

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Since they mentioned it, there’s no way to stall any further – Oizumi-san came bearing Hokkaido bread, which has corn inside. Cue the chorus of “umai!” (especially from Sakurai-san)

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After feeding them, Oizumi-san shocks them with the news that he will not be teaching them anything, and that this will be a new format Arashi ni Shiyagare. Well, after three years, it’s amazing they haven’t changed things more than they have.

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Don’t expect much change, or anything permanent, though. For instance, we still start with the segment where the guest has to dispel or confirm rumors:

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But wait – that rumor’s a bit different. It says that Oizumi-san has a repertoire of 70 monomane (impressions). That’s usually the sort of thing they save for later.

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He’s got the full list ready for them to peruse and make requests:

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Sakurai-san doesn’t hesitate to go for the one they all want to see – Michael Jackson.

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Unfortunately, Oizumi-san says that after doing Michael Jackson he can’t talk.

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He offers to try, but they decide to go with Eddie Murphy instead. Oizumi-san has another excuse on this one – when they watch Eddie Murphy movies in Japan, they really only hear the dubbed voice (which might go a long way toward explaining why I hate pretty much every Eddie Murphy monomane I’ve seen). I’m not sure whether he ultimately imitated Murphy or the dubber.

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Oizumi-san always has a lot to say before each impression. For Fukuyama Masaharu-san, there’s a whole story to go along with it.

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The Fukuyama monomane was the first one I could assess, and I wasn’t impressed. I didn’t recognize the next person Oizumi-san did, but MatsuJun was sure impressed.

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Even Arashi had no clue about the next one . . .

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. . . so Oizumi-san had to explain (and I couldn’t understand the explanation):

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He then does Watabiki Katsuhiko-san and Nakadai Tatsuya-san, but I again know neither one, so I can’t gauge whether he did a good job.

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Like last week’s guest (Sekine-san), though, Oizumi-san doesn’t like taking the episode sitting down, and pops out of his chair with ease.

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Sensing that MatsuJun is easy to impress with monomane, Oizumi-san calls on him for a little demonstration.

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After that, I was totally uninterested in the next rumor, which had something to do with Oizumi-san’s daughter’s hair.

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Even this somehow got him standing:

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The rumor after that was about how filming can’t progress when Oizumi-san is on-set – there always seem to be mishaps.

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As usual, Oizumi-san’s explanations are engaging, but I can’t follow them.

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And there he is, standing again:

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He’s just a natural storyteller.

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I wish I knew what he said, because he even had Ohno-san laughing:

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Anyway, on with the part of the show where Oizumi-san is not going to teach Arashi anything.

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The assistant for today is Watanabe Ken-san from the curiously named comedy duo UN-JASH (アンジャッシュ).

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It looks like, instead of Oizumi-san teaching them, the Arashi members are going to teach him . . .

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. . . and the first thing he wants to learn is a magic trick.

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Which means we get a real treat – the first time I’ve seen Nino-kun do a card trick in ages. He has to use a fresh pack, and since he presumably didn’t know this was coming, he had no chance to prepare anything ahead of time. What sort of trick can he do in these circumstances?

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Actually, he can do quite a lot. He kicks things off with some simple sleight-of-hand tricks just to warm up. He really tried to put on a quick card magic show (while he has the chance).

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Then it’s time for the main trick. I’m not going to describe all the steps – you’ll have to watch it for yourself to enjoy it.

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And then he moves on to another trick, which is the one Oizumi-san will ultimately do:

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Unfortunately, Nino-kun doesn’t explain how either trick is done for the benefit of the audience – they just show him and Oizumi-san going to the back, then cut to when Oizumi-san is ready to do the trick himself. The rest of the Arashi members had “free time” in the meanwhile.

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It’s great to watch Nino-kun’s expression while his apprentice tries to do the second trick. Nino-kun can’t really avoid stepping in, though, at numerous points where Oizumi-san is getting the script wrong. I wonder how much ad-libbing Oizumi-san does in dramas?

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Of course, Oizumi-san is also intentionally trying to make things funny (quite successfully, too).

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After the magic, Oizumi-san wanted to know about doing cool MC talks – more specifically, the kind of talks they do on music shows.

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So, they brought out a mock Music Station set, complete with a imitation Tamori-san and . . . well, it’s Nakamura Moeko-san, but she’s not imitating the real co-host of Music Station – she’s just herself.

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I think Tamori-san is actually a slightly better interviewer than his imitator is, and he really didn’t give Arashi a chance to do a properly cool talk.

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Fake Tamori’s questions had Oizumi-san in stitches:

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But when it came time for him to do it himself and show what he learned, he was at a loss.

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He was even worse off when Fake Tamori asked him about his new song, its title, and to sing a line or two from it. Since the guests on Music Station are there to sing, these are not normally the questions they get asked during the talk bit.

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So the Music Station part was sort of a bust. They looked like they were about to wrap things up with food, but there wasn’t any time left. The show ended with Oizumi-san hastily plugging Share House no Koibito.

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Oizumi-san was a great guest, and not altogether unlike Sekine-san in his ability to keep things interesting and the sheer volume of things he had to say. That said, the episode sort of fizzled out after the card tricks. I think the rumor section was probably pretty good judging from the reactions of the Arashi members, so hopefully someone will translate this episode, because otherwise trying to follow along with Oizumi-san’s quick words is impossible for me. The highlight of the episode, though, was the card trick part.

So, I guess there’s really only one possibility for Most Omoshiroi (Interesting) Arashi. It’s got to be Ninomiya-kun for his card magic. Nice to see he’s still got the touch even though he doesn’t get much chance to use it.

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