This Aiba Manabu (相葉マナブ) continues from the previous week’s episode on surviving in the wild. Last time, Aiba-kun and his crew explored how to set up a tent, what plants were toxic and edible, and how to administer first aid. What challenges will they face this time?

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Well, this time they’re going to have a barbeque, but they don’t have anything to cook yet. Aiba-kun, Sawabe-san and Iio-san are going to rely on the kindness of strangers – going into the nearby town to ask for food. Meanwhile, the other three members of the crew are going to try and forage for and catch the food. Which team will end up with the largest contribution to the barbeque?

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But you can’t just go up to people and say “please give me food” – it’s much better to ask for something specific. Aiba-kun suggests that they should ask for the ingredients necessary to make curry.

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As you can see, it’s still raining out, and that makes things a bit harder because there’s no one hanging around outside who could point them to likely places.

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They spot a likely place and do janken to pick who should do the asking (first, they have to ask if the resident even wants to be filmed) – Aiba-kun insists that the winner should do it happily, leading to some really confused reactions to the result.

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I’m not going to save this as a spoiler – Aiba-kun won the janken and therefore had to go up to do the asking. He went through the gate without cameras or the his friends following him, but we heard him introduce himself as Arashi’s Aiba Masaki, so he didn’t completely do it as if he was some random person who needed help.

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He asked if everyone else could come up, and the resident allowed it. Aiba-kun then proceeded to explain that they were planning a barbeque and wouldn’t curry be good? Of course it would. But oh dear, they don’t have rice or anything . . . could they entertain him in exchange for something?

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Each of the three teammates try their best to get their potential benefactor to laugh.

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Well, with these three, how could they fail?

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Seeing that the Japanese people are, indeed, kind and obliging (especially to member of Arashi – on his first foray, Sawabe-san didn’t get as good results), we started to get a graphic shopping list at the bottom of the screen.

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They had to walk a dog in order to get these:

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Meanwhile, the team doing things the hard way – Suzuki-san, Cunning Takeyama-san, and Hamatani-san – were trying their best to fish.

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I don’t know – is rainy weather really the best time to fish? Seems like it wouldn’t be. Any way you look at it, they should probably send at least one person to forage for greens.

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Brazenly, the guys who have to beg for food actually try to work their magic at a grocery store. That’s . . . pretty gutsy. After all, it’s no good for the store owner to make a habit of giving stuff away for free to anybody dressed in a costume with a camera crew – from what I’ve seen, Japan must be full of them!

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What do you suppose they’re talking over here?

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You’ll have to watch to find out whether they manage to get anything from the grocery store.

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With the rain making things difficult, they still haven’t gotten the two most expensive items – rice or meat.

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Iio-san negotiates with this 88 year-old resident . . .

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. . . and Aiba-kun ends up giving her a massage for food. Good deal!

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Meanwhile, the fishermen are discovering why human being built communities in the first place – so that people who need fish when there aren’t any can get them from the people who got too many when they were plentiful. But perhaps they’re just missing something . . . .

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You basically have a complete idea of what goes on in their episode – describing it doesn’t really do it justice, though.

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In the end, the two teams come together to see what kind of barbeque they’ll have.

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If you get fish, you have to gut fish:

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We get to see them prepare the food, and that’s what sells a food episode for me.

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Before we see them eat, though, we jump back to the camping gear segment of the previous episode. It turns out we didn’t see all of it, and they saved the food preparation-related camping gear for this episode. I think this was supposed to say “portable range”:

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Still, amazing what you can put into a little packet.

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How about a bowl you can hold securely with two fingers so that you can hold both a cup and bowl in one hand?

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I wonder if viewer of this episode and the last one felt a sudden drive to go camping . . . and to buy all the camping gear they saw.

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Well, if everything else didn’t convince viewers to brave the dangers of camping, how about the meal the guys concocted? I’m not going to show you the finished meal, though, since it might give away too much about what they managed to procure.

This was a great episode, of course. The premise of the show was strong to begin with, building in a sense of competition as well as exploration. Aiba-kun and his team got to speak to the locals – always interesting to watch, and reminiscent of the more exciting Arashi shows of yesteryear (not to mention the 24hr TV telethon that’s coming up). They did what I consider to be a proper food show – where they got the food and prepared it before chowing down.

Unlike the previous episode, there were no specialists involved, so the focus was completely on Aiba-kun and his buddies. That probably contributed to the sense that this episode was more engaging than the last one, even though the last one had more information and more discrete segments.