The Arashi ni Shiyagare (嵐にしやがれ) Christmas Special began classy, with a choir singing “All I Want for Christmas is You”, but I can’t help but feel that it would have been better if Arashi themselves had done a song.

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Still, it was a lot better than starting off with a 90-minute special with the Tokyo Ii Mise Kudoi Mise segment, which I was vaguely worried they might do.

The show was billed as having a handsome young man, a beautiful girl, and some first experiences (stuff they haven’t experienced before). The first two should be easy, but that third point is a bit tricky if it’s applied to the Arashis rather than the guests.

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The handsome young man in question was Miura Haruma-kun, who last appeared with Arashi on VS Arashi as far as I know, and did a great job there. But that went well because they had a chance to be active – if all they’re going to do here is sit down and chat, I doubt even Miura-kun could keep the audience engaged.

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Fortunately, they decided to throw out the normal pattern (at least for a bit) . . .

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