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VS Arashi 2014.01.16 Review

To kick off this episode of VS Arashi (VS 嵐), the Arashi members imported something from their other show, Arashi ni Shiyagare – the MatsuJun fashion check. Except here, the other members checked Matsumoto-kun’s fashion sense, which Sakurai-san noted didn’t fit the atmosphere of the show. That was funny, because Sakurai-san’s own outfit wasn’t exactly the sportiest thing I’ve ever seen him wear.

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And actually, even though MatsuJun looks like he’s bundled up in a turtleneck, things are very much not what they seem. I’ve never seen anything like it, so I’m not going to include a screenshot of the reveal, since it was genuinely surprising.

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On balance, I think MatsuJun’s outfit was more sporty than Sakurai-san’s.

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The guest team competing against Arashi this time was the cast of the drama Team Batista 4, which apparently doesn’t have a DramaWiki page yet, though previous seasons of it do. The cast is led by Ito Atsushi-san and Nakamura Toru-san and includes Kuriyama Chiaki-san, Mizuno Miki-san, Watabe Gota-san, and Yamazaki Kento-san.

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The previous episode of Ando Lloyd (安堂ロイド〜A.I. knows LOVE?〜) concluded with a bit of a surprise – Shinzo (Kiritani Kenta)’s attempt to revive Lloyd (Kimura Takuya) resulted in the android losing his memory – putting him back in the same state as in the first episode. That’s an interesting turn of events if they do something with it, but it’s unclear how much of his memory he’s lost. For instance, he seems able to access his mission to protect Asahi, he knows he’s in 2013, and he knows he’s supposed to kill anyone who finds out about him. Does he remember that he took justice into his own hands to kill the masterminds of a mass murder plot?

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Asahi (Shibasaki Kou) is convinced that she can keep Lloyd from killing Shinzo and Isaku (Endo Kenichi) despite Lloyd’s programming, and that’s a fair assumption since she kept him from killing them and Nanase (Oshima Yuko) before. Whoever programmed Lloyd sure allowed for a lot of flexibility.

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After deciding not to kill them, though, Lloyd disappears. It’s unclear yet whether he’s still got his emotions or not – let’s face it, even when Suppli (Honda Tsubasa) installed emotions into him, he hardly changed at all.

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