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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