This Arashi ni Shiyagare (嵐にしやがれ) is entirely straightforward – a bunch of comedians – mostly gag comedians – perform their material, and then the Arashi guys try their best to imitate them. A lot of the humor is highly dependent on knowledge of the language, and even then some contextual notes might be necessary, so watching this episode will probably be an exercise in frustration for those who don’t know Japanese until we get a subtitled version. Still, if you like watching the Arashi guys goof around, it’s no-miss TV.

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Technically, the guest for the show is Sugi-chan, who still have minimal respect for. Since I don’t understand what’s funny about most Japanese gag comedians, though, it’s just par for the course.

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As usual, the Arashi guys shoot a bit high in their guesses about who the guest might be . . .

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. . . and look completely unimpressed when Sugi-chan enters like this on a motorcycle:

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MatsuJun immediately pointed out what I had been thinking – the motorcycle didn’t move at all. Seeing Sugi-chan on the motorcycle, we expected that he’d ride in at least a few feet, but they didn’t even let him do that. He just posed sitting on it, then got off.

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Their initial chat with Sugi-chan was unremarkable – just them wondering what Sugi-chan could spend the hour talking to them about. Of course, we know from the intro what they really have planned – after all, no one expects Sugi-chan to fill that much time on his own.

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So, after Sugi-chan totally messes up the way to get the set changed – first by trying to call for it himself, then by not identifying which Arashi should do the call, and finally by calling MatsuJun “Jun-chan” instead of “Jun-san.”

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Anyway, the change of set reveals the rest of the guests – a whole panel of comedians:

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I’m not going to introduce all of them, but rather focus on the acts that the Arashi members will later copy. Honestly, as far as I’m concerned the members of Arashi are funnier than the whole lot of them. In fact, Nino-kun quickly cracks a joke at their expense about not having seen any of them in a digital broadcast (at least, I think that was the gist of it).

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The first one up was the Guitar Samurai (ギター侍) – Hata Youku-san (波田陽区). Of all the acts, I like his the best. The format is easy to understand. For instance, he decided to so Aiba-kun, singing at first about Aiba-kun’s work on Shimura Doubutsu-en. But then he countered the positive with an embarrassing fact about Aiba-kun, and then capped it off with the famous shout “zan-nen!” (残念 – disappointing, deplorable, bad luck).

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Aiba-kun was all smiles . . .

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. . . and Sakurai-san liked it, too.

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None of the Arashis had to imitate the next one (thank heavens).

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But someone will have to do Dekka-chan’s bizarre brand of comedy:

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There was a skit that I didn’t understand, and no Arashis would be forced to try . . .

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. . . and then Moody Katsuyama (ムーディ勝山), whose humor is easier to grasp, but requires a particular singing style.

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Moody-san got Ohno-san totally cracking up. I haven’t seen Ohno-san laughing this hard in a while.

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Then the main guest-  Sugi-chan – was up. Yes, an Arashi will have to imitate him – there was no avoiding that.

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Sugi-chan’s efforts got a smile from Ohno-san.

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The comedy in this one was real easy to understand – too easy:

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Thankfully, they didn’t make any Arashis get into this costume (much less do what would have been a very embarrassing act).

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One Arashi will have to participate in the act of the comedy duo “Regular” (レギュラー), though, and that’s embarrassing enough.

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Someone (was it Aiba-kun?) already had to join in with Tetsu and Tomo in a Himitsu no Arashi “Last Mission” segment a while ago, so no need for that this time.

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Well, Aiba-kun stepped into it anyway, doing marvelously considering he did it on the spot.

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Now, how about an act that is totally Showa (except that he actually started doing it in 2003 – it just looks ancient) – Dandy Sakano-san (ダンディ坂野).

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Somehow, Dandy-san got to Nino-kun:

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With that, it was time for the assignments. Ohno-san got Sugi-chan.

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Ninomiya-kun appropriately got the Guitar Samurai.

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The somewhat old-fashioned Sakurai-san had to imitate the truly old-fashioned Dandy-san.

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Well, if someone has to do Dekka-chan, it has to be Aiba-kun – only he could sell something this weird.

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And that left Matsumoto-kun to take the place of one of the members of Regular.

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How will the Arashi guys do? Well, no words or screencaps will do it justice, that’s for sure.

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But here’s a taste. They all changed the material to include more Arashi-specific references, making me pray for a translation even more. Ohno-san’s version of Sugi-chan’s act was practically Shakespearean.

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Sakurai-san might have been a better Dandy-san than Dandy-san.

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Aiba-kun . . . well, he got the short stick in terms of material, but made the most of it.

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With Matsumoto-kun in, “Regular” became “Irregular”. This was painful to watch, but MatsuJun sure put his best effort into it.

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The one I was waiting for was Ninomiya-kun as the Guitar Samurai, so they naturally put him last. I’m sure I wasn’t the only viewer anticipating something good from this.

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And that was what it was all about. Structurally less complicated than a normal Arashi ni Shiyagare episode, it might prove a difficult one to translate. Just the visual aspect of watching the Arashi members do some comedy makes it worth watching, especially for fans.

The Most Omoshiroi (Interesting) Arashi was a close one between Aiba-kun and Ninomiya-kun, but I have to give it to Aiba. He really looked like he was in his element in this episode. The way he joined in with Tetsu and Tomo definitely scored him the extra points he needed.

I think it’s safe to say that, if we throw out the gourmet special last week, this episode continues the streak of good-to-great Arashi ni Shiyagare episodes since the beginning of the year. Next week should be solid fun, too – the guest is Uchimura Teruyoshi-san, who is truly hilarious.