This should be a great episode of Arashi ni Shiyagare (嵐にしやがれ) because the guest is Bananaman’s Himura Yuki-san (日村勇紀), who will definitely want to get the Arashi members to do some outrageous stuff.

Since there’s the promise lots of crazy fun ahead, I was disappointed that they once again started with the catatonic Tokyo Ii Mise Kudoi Mise segment. This confirms that the segment is not just a time-filler and is really going to be a consistent thing despite the fact that it only detracts from the entertainment value of the show. In fact, it’s already even more consistent than the superior Encounter the Unknown segment.

I also wish they’d get a different guide for it – Watabe Ken-san plays it too straight and doesn’t really contribute anything.

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This time, they visited a sushi place, and a fairly big one at that. Surely such a large place can’t be tedious (kudoi), right?

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The chef keeps talking, though, preventing them from eating

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We get the two “umai”s, for those playing the drinking game. I think the director gets the joke as well, because he put an echo on the umai and had the text at the bottom in gold.

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Actually, I didn’t really buy into the kudoi side of this restaurant. I understood the kudoi part when the chefs were singing or endlessly talking about baseball, but this guy was talking about the food, which should be fair game.

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In the end, we got a few more umais, but nothing really interesting happened. It might have been the most boring – dare I say kudoi – segment of this type so far.

I considered skipping the segment altogether, since it doesn’t feel connected to the rest of the show and I after a few iterations of it, I saw nothing to interest me. I’ll probably just give it a brief mention in future reviews just to indicate that it’s there and if anything interesting happens. It’s annoying to have to start every episode griping.

Okay, on to the main event!

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For once, they decided to give the guest a properly dramatic entrance. I’m sure Himura-san himself thought of this:

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Himura-san came out singing and . . . I guess it can be considered dancing . . . to a song called “Get Wild”.

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This was,  of course, Himura-san playing pop idol – parodying Arashi. The Arashi members made an effort not to be amused, but they could only keep the serious faces on for a moment – they couldn’t avoid laughing.

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To everyone’s surprise, Himura-san actually moved on to a second verse, so the Arashi members ended his performance in the only way they could:

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As expected, it was an energetic start from Himura-san, and it gave them plenty to talk about between his huge portrait and his song choice.

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I’m not sure we really needed Heisei Nobushi Kobushi’s Yoshimura-san, but I guess his talk gave Himura-san a chance to catch his breath. Also, he handled the listing of Himura-san’s credits/accomplishments (like making 428 TV appearances in 2012), which Himura-san couldn’t do himself without seeming immodest (though I guess the huge portrait of himself in the background already busted any attempt at modesty).

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Onto the rumor segment, the first one said something about his private life and showy/gaudy (派手 – hade). The first example was him purchasing a 16 million yen (around $160,000) sports car. I was sort of disappointed that they didn’t mention what make it was.

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He also had a tooth implant operation which cost him 5 million yen ($50,000), but for someone in entertainment that can’t be considered gaudy – it’s more of an investment, right? Especially if he had serious tooth issues (which he did).

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Then he shows us his teeth and . . . maybe it’s a bit showy.

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He talked extensively about the operation. Thanks to it, he was able to have a pistachio for the first time at the age of 40 (I think he was lacking molars in key areas).

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The next rumor was that the notification sound on his car navigation system for when he arrives back at his house is extremely grandiose. I think we’re noticing a trend with Himura-san here. Of course, he has to explain exactly what it sounds like and why.

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After sweating like he’s in a sauna . . .

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. . . he pretends to be driving with MatsuJun in the passenger seat when we hear the car nav sound in question play. It wasn’t too bad – tamer than I expected.

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The third rumor was that he had a Shitara sleeping face photo collection (Shitara-san is his comedic partner in Bananaman) and . . . they were funny photos, but far from cute.

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Okay, enough of all the talk. Unlike some of the other guests, Himura-san does more than talk, and the Arashi guys will have to participate alongside the “Himura Monster”.

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The other member of Heisei Nobushi Kobushi brings out the challenge board . . .

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. . . and the funny faces begin. As Himura-san explains,while Arashi is good at being cool, he’s here to teach them how to be unpleasant/awkward (無様 – buzama).

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There are different levels to the busaiku faces – five buzama levels that the Arashi members will try to take on. All the members will have to attempt to imitate the faces Himura-san does, and the best member at each level will be exempt from performing the higher levels.

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I don’t know how to translate the names for each level, but level one is a famous one from Himura-san, and I’m sure Arashi was surprised to learn that this was the most basic act they’d have to do.

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The Arashi guys take issue with the format  . . .

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. . . and then the level 1 craziness began:

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Aiba-kun’s attempt wasn’t particular good for screenshots. I thought Nino-kun’s was the best, but Ohno-san’s had a particular Ohno touch to it. Himura-san indicated who he thought was best, and that person didn’t have to do levels two through five.

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That was just the basic level of insanity. They went on to level two, which left Sakurai-san shocked and Yoshimura-san rolling on the floor laughing (literally):

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How will the Arashi guys do? Here’s Sakurai-san, but I’ll let you watch to find out how the others did:

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Turns out Arashi isn’t as bad at being busaiku as Himura-san thought.

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It’s impossible to give an accurate impression of the further levels in still screenshots. Ultimately, we got to level five, which sort of reminded me of a Beavis & Butthead image (I never watched the show).

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All those funny faces were the first challenge – there were two more where that came from. The second challenge involved imitating Himura-san in full-fledged scenes. For instance, one where he bumps into a thug:

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Nino-kun had to do that one:

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But with so much content from Himura-san left, and so little time, they have to continue it in the June 29th episode. That should be another great episode.

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In the last minute of this episode, Ohno-san revealed the designs for the 24-hour telethon tee-shirts.

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As you can probably tell, I really enjoyed the episode. Throwing out the Mise segment (and going forward, I’ll judge episodes without taking it into consideration), the pacing was great with an excellent intro, a quick rumor segment, and lots of action at the end. The promise of more to come was also good, since I knew that Himura-san would have plenty to do and was afraid that they’d have to cut him short.

The funny faces bit was only the start – they’re clearly saving the really interesting stuff for the June 29th episode, so don’t miss it!

The Most Omoshiroi Arashi is a tough call this time. I wasn’t impressed by Aiba-kun’s faces, nor Sakurai-san’s really. Of the other three, Ohno-san probably did the best, but he put his own spin on things. For the first challenge, he and MatsuJun were the primary contenders, but then Nino-kun did the first scene for the second challenge near the end, and that was epic. So . . . I think I have to give it to Ninomiya-kun because of that scene at the end, which was the most difficult thing any of the Arashis attempted in this episode.