This is somewhat of a continuation of the August 18th episode of Aiba Manabu (相葉マナブ), which focused on common household issues and how to solve them. They remind us about the way to separate egg yolk from egg white using a plastic bottle, as an example . . .

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. . . then move on to new stuff.

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While at least all of this was properly informative, the VTR at the start of the show was a ludicrous 3 minutes and 15 seconds – more than an eighth of the show past before we saw the hosts.

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When we finally got to join Aiba-kun, Watabe-san, Cunning Takeyama-san, and Sawabe-san, the sun was actually shining for once – they’ve faced many a rainy day in this series.

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The setup was the same as with the August 18th episode – the guys watched as a mock family acted out the situation that needs to be resolved.

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The first one seemed to be how to deal with a heavy box.

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They got the same specialist as they had in the previous episode, which makes sense.

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The technique for making the box feel lighter was actually very clever – they put a light box underneath. Now, I don’t know what kind of boxes they’re used to lifting, but the ones I find heavy have a tendency to crush light boxes. Perhaps Japanese boxes are more structurally sound.

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Anyway, as an assistant specialist from a university science and technology department explained . . .

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. . . by putting the heavier box on top, when you arch your back to support the weight, it is now over your legs and supported by your entire frame, rather than just supported by your arms. It also coincides with your own center of mass, so you feel balanced.

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So, contrary to what one might instinctively think, it’s better to put heavier objects higher in a backpack. Of course, they again disregard the consideration that the lighter stuff might get crushed, but we get their point.

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Next problem: if you have accidentally shaken a soda, what should you do to open it safely?

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They all get to give their sodas a very vigorous shaken and attempt their own methods for opening it safely.

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It’s a shame I don’t have a soda bottle around to try this out, but apparently you roll it on the table, then you flick it, and it’ll be all right. How is that possible?

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I’m afraid I didn’t totally understand the explanation for why it works, except that it has something to do with dispersing the volatile air.

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The next issue was getting rid of a strong smell.

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They had a special test room prepared for this one, and the smell of yakiniku was so strong they immediately rushed out.

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They were handed wet towels to spin . . .

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. . . went in armed . . .

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. . . and after three minutes . . .

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. . . the smell was cleared because the particles in the air were drawn to the wet towel.

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What if your toothbrush is messed up with the bristles all over the place?

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I don’t think I’ve ever had this problem, and the solution isn’t even worth mentioning, but I love this shot of their expression of amazement when they saw the toothbrush emerge all nice and neat:

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The next one wasn’t much use to me, since it made use of things unavailable where I am – coins with holes in them (or, for that matter, coins of different denominations being the same size):

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Don’t worry, you don’t need goggles to keep your eyes from watering when cutting onions (would that even work?).

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You will need candles, though, so I think I’ll pass.

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A fan, though, might not be a bad idea.

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Once we got past the opening VTR, which was unnecessarily lengthy, the show ended up being pretty interesting. The guys got to do demonstrations and in one or two cases test out their own methods, so they were actively engaged. I would have preferred it if they had each tried their own method on each of the problems, but that would probably have taken too much time, and finding four unique solutions might also be difficult.

As with the August 18th episode, this isn’t the best that Aiba Manabu can do, but it’s properly informative and Aiba-kun and his buddies are active, so it was good viewing. Now that they’ve done this topic twice, though, I don’t want to see it again in the next two months – the whole reason I like Aiba Manabu is that it’s a genuine variety show with them doing different stuff every week.