Shounen Club (ザ少年倶楽部 – the Boys/Youth Club) showcases the song-and-dance skills of Johnny’s juniors – the next generation of Japanese male idols – alongside the more recently debuted groups in the Johnny’s Entertainment agency. The theme for this episode is 思い出 (omoide – memories). So, are they going to try to recapture old glories or create new ones?

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The hosts for this episode were Hey! Say! Jump‘s Arioka Daiki-kun, Yaotome Hikaru-kun, and Yamada Ryosuke-kun.

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In their case, it looks like they’re definitely trying to recapture old glories, since the song they opened with was HSJ’s first single “Ultra Music Power”. If it seems, as the days fly by since the release of “Super Delicate” in February of last year, that I’m growing more an more irritated by the lack of a new single, it’s because I am getting more irritated.

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It’s worthwhile to mention that they showed some old pics of the HSJ on the screen in the background – a nice touch, and there’s going to be more old photos where those came from later on in the episode.

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A.B.C-Z then emerged to do their own debut single – “Za ABC ~5stars~”.

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So, I suppose what came next shouldn’t be a surprise – the other debuted group featured on Shounen Club, Sexy Zone, sang their first single, “Sexy Zone”,

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What was sort of a surprise was the costumes, which were not only pink, but violently pink. They weren’t sloppy costumes, and the pants were the right length, so I can’t be totally against them. Still, I hope this is just a brief seasonal thing (Hina Matsuri and the upcoming hanami – flower viewing-  season), because it’s hard on my eyes.

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With the groups singing their debut songs, I don’t think there was any way for them to really impress – unless they chose to do a remix version with some new choreography, which none of them did. So, a ho-hum opener.

The hosts proceeded to introduce themselves and the theme. Hikaru-kun also tried to get his tongue around the name of the new A.B.C-Z single “Twinkle Twinkle A.B.C-Z”, but it came out “Tinkle Tinkle A.B.C-Z”, which made me laugh. Looks like this is going to be one of those title that give hosts trouble.

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Remember how I said there’d be more old photos? Well, it happened during this A.B.C-Z performance . . .

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. . . that they showed baby photos of everyone.

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And that means people from other groups, too (though the A.B.C-Z members had juniors holding their photos throughout).

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Now, of course, this had the crowd going all gushy, but I’m not a big fan of old photos – of anyone’s old photos, least of all my own. Still, it was a pleasant performance in keeping with the theme.

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On the bright side, A.B.C-Z still did an excellent and spirited rendition of the song, which I’m growing to like more and more. Also, I can’t deny that it’s a good song to do the nostalgic photo thing with.

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I’m not a big fan of their costumes this time, though. They look like old vaudeville comedians ready for a manzai routine.

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After that, Sexy Zone sat down to chat with the hosts. Thankfully, they already ditched the shocking pink and went with snow-white – a bit late in the season, but whatever. The topic was school memories, especially from those on the verge of graduating this spring – Matsushima Sou-kun from middle school and Kikuchi Fuma-kun from high school.

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Matsushima-kun’s memory had to do with the school lunch (給食 – kyuushoku) and rice boiled in tea (茶飯 – chameshi).

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Kikuchi-kun totally had a story ready, but I couldn’t follow it.

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