Arashi ni Shiyagare (嵐にしやがれ) began with a new plan/segment – a Tokyo good-shop loud/tedious-shop segment where two of the members (in this episode, Ohno-san and Ninomiya-kun) will do a bit of location shooting. While I normally like location shooting, I can’t get excited when they visit restaurants because far too many shows already do that. It would have been different if they were doing a good-shop/bad-shop segment where they were actually reviewing the food (though considering how that could kill business for the poor restaurant involved, I guess the collateral damage from that plan might be too high).

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0012013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0022013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 003

The restaurant this time specialized in yakiniku, and that’s about all I have to say about it.

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0042013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0052013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 006

Oh, I guess I should mention that the tedious part of the shop is the owner, who played a game with Ohno-san to guess his birthday (not that it’s much of a mystery, anyway). He told Ohno-san to take his birth month, multiply by four, add 9, multiply by 25, and add the birthdate, then show him the result. What I can’t figure out is this: why is Ohno-san surprised that, after seeing the result, the man could figure out his birthdate? I’m sorry, but it’s quite simple – you just have to subtract 225 from the answer (which is 9 x 25). Other than that bit of misdirection, the whole point is to multiply the month by a hundred and then add the date.

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0072013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0082013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 009

I guess with all the other activities, the Arashi guys don’t really have time to brush up on math.

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0102013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 011

Well, here comes the food, and the umais:

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0122013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0132013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0142013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0172013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0182013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0192013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 020

After that extended (eight-and-a-half minute) advertisement for the yakiniku shop, for which the Arashi guys were probably paid in food, we finally got to the meat of the episode, with special guest Takeuchi Riki-san (竹内力), who is billed as the entertainment world’s most dreaded.

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 022

With so much time already lost, and such an interesting guest, they waste no time before bringing him out. His entrance involved sort of a mini-scene complete with letterboxing and a TV attempt at the film look, but I won’t give away the details. I’m sure you can probably guess based on Takeuchi-san’s image, though.

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0232013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0242013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 025

He talked tough at first . . .

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0262013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 027

. . . but he came bearing sweets, revealing them dramatically (and with a brilliant momentary flick of the brow to the audience).

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0282013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0292013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 030

When he says they’re not normal cream puffs (シュークリーム – shuu kuriimu), I think it’s safer to believe him. His favorite is the one with the strawberry flavoring, by the way.

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0312013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 032

With more than a hundred credits in his career so far, surely Takeuchi-san’s rumors will be interesting, right?

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 033

The first one seems to say that at the front door/entrance (玄関先 – genkansaki) . . . something about a pegasus flying. I’m sure there’s a mundane explanation for this, but you’ve got to give him points for grabbing our interest. It’s so unexpected that the audience couldn’t muster a proper “eh!” because they were probably busy reading it for the second or third time.

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0342013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0352013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 036

To understand, you have to see the entrance to Takeuchi-san’s house and spot the statue of the pegasus out in front.

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 037

He’s also understandably proud of the interior, where he has a screen and projector set up for entertainment.

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0382013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 039

I still remember when KAT-TUN paid him a visit at his house in their Dame na Yoru variety show. That was . . . shocking.

But Takeuchi-san likes to host home parties, so I guess he’s prepared for the associated costs.

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0402013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0412013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0422013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 043

The next rumor said something about 24-hour war preparation (臨戦態勢 – rinsentaisei), which seems to be a reference to his normal need to get ready for a role, but I’m not too sure.

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0442013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0452013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0462013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 047

Watabe Ken-san, who was in the restaurant portion of the episode, dropped in a little rumor of his own about Takeuchi-san’s love of old-timer gags – really silly puns.

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0482013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0492013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0502013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 051

With the rumor segment over, Katsumata Kunikazu-san (勝俣州和) stepped onto the stage to help with the more active portion of the show. Whatever you do, don’t mention his clothing – that’s what he wants us to do.

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0532013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0542013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 056

Takeuchi-san decided to go with the classroom format for the first challenge. The topic seemed to be South Osaka (Osaka Minami), which is a very specific area of Osaka (the southern part of the downtown area rather than the whole metropolis).

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0572013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0582013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 059

This involved a brief VTR . . .

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0602013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0612013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 062

. . . after which the Arashi guys tried to guess the answers to questions related to that part of Osaka.

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0632013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0642013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0652013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0662013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 068

Each question was preceded by a tiny VTR, but most of the focus was on their attempts to answer the questions.

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0692013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0712013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0722013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 073

I’ll need subtitles to really get a proper sense of this segment, but there was definitely a food focus (well, except for the spas). Get a load of the hat:

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0742013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0752013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0762013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0782013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 080

Finally, we got to the part of the show I was waiting for. With Takeuchi-san in attendance, I was expecting that they’d do some fight scenes, and sure enough . . .

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0812013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 082

But though their clothing already looks quite snappy . . .

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 083

. . . they need to dress like proper delinquents to satisfy Takeuchi-san (and we don’t want to get him upset, do we?) . . .

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0842013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0852013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 086

. . . so they lose the leather jackets and end up in the usual look for school delinquents:

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0872013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 089

Takeuchi-san showed them how to beat the insufferable loudmouths in correct style (and he actually explained some of the moves in detail).

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 088

After which, they proceeded to do their parody versions. Takeuchi-san picked Aiba-kun to go first.

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0902013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 091

Actually, Aiba-kun did pretty well, and that was the deepest I think I’ve ever heard his voice go.

Ohno-san was next and, as you might expect, he did it in his own idiosyncratic fashion. It was comic brilliance this time, and I think he had most of the crowd aching with laughter.

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0922013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0932013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 094

MatsuJun went last. Of course, he played it straight and cool . . . until his final line.

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 095

Then, there was more food.

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0972013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 0982013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 099

Here are the food reactions:

2013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 1002013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 1012013.05.04 Arashi ni Shiyagare 102

And that’s how it was. On the one hand, there was clearly too much food stuff. Consider that, if they had skipped that segment in the beginning, we could have seen Sakurai-san and Ninomiya-kun tackling the fight scene properly instead of it being edited down to the last minute of the show. Also, skipping that segment in the beginning would have meant introducing Takeuchi-san at the top of the show, and I’m sure more viewers would have stuck with this show instead of looking for something more engaging.

The main show with Takeuchi-san went well. None of the segments felt too long, and Takeuchi-san has that engaging personality of his. Katsumata-san is also a great character in his own right, and much more fun to watch than the assistants we usually get on this show.

So, unless you really like watching people eat yakiniku, skip the first eight minutes and you’ll be treated to a fine episode. Not one of the best episodes of the year, but still good fun.

The Most Omoshiroi (Interesting) Arashi was Ohno-san, who’s been surprisingly strong since the start of April. In this case, he won for being surprised when the guy at the beginning got his birthdate, for his participation in the classroom segment, and his unique fighting style at the end. Aiba-kun came in second, mainly for his attempt with the fight scene.

Advertisements