This episode of Johnnys’ Jr. Land continued the voice acting/dubbing challenge from May 13th, except this time the juniors had to actually dub a scene from Dogstar. The pink team was Takahashi Saneyasu, Okada Aoi, and Yoshizawa Shizuya; the blue team was Akiba Ryusei, Kobayashi Mizuki, and Yamashita Kazunari. Will they be able to portray the animated characters dynamically?
I know nothing about Dogstar, but the scene seemed straightforward to voice-act, yet fun enough to grab the interest of the juniors. They seemed excited to give it a try.
As the sensei gave some tips, Mogi-san distributed copies of the script. The sensei warned them not to let the microphones pick up the sound when they flipped pages in the script – definitely an NG – and also advised them about mike-work (including how to share mikes).
The pink team gave it a practice run, and found it hard to keep in time with the video.
The blue team had time to figure out the script in a back room . . .
. . . so does that mean they’ll be better when they finally get their first try? Well, at least they had good mike rotation.
But that gave the pink team time to figure things out.
You’ll have to watch to see how the two teams do. I will say that Okada Aoi-kun was definitely the best on the pink team, while the three members of the blue team were well-balanced and worked smoothly together.
First we saw the juniors doing their acting in front of the mike, then saw the scene with their voices . . .
. . . and finally found out which team did better according to their instructor.
Following the challenge and a montage of photos taken by Mogi-san (who is simply great at capturing the juniors at work), we got a Jr. Dream Live in the middle of the episode.
Sanada Yuma-kun sang “Hanasanaide Ai” and “torn” flanked by Yasui Kentaro-kun and Masuda Ryo-kun. The performance was mainly notable for Yasui-kun’s sharp and spirited dancing.
Matsukura Kaito-kun was the interview subject in the Junilan Pressure Club segment next.
Really, I wish they had something else to wear except for those prison uniforms. Who decided that the striped tops and ill-fitting pants were a good look?
Anyway, we found out plenty about Matsukura-kun, including that he likes Ninomiya-kun among the Arashi members, and that when asked to do karaoke to a Johnny’s song, he picked Arashi’s “A-ra-shi” and did the dance to it, as well.
He’s an excellent talker and is entirely comfortable at center stage, only hesitating a bit when asked to reveal an embarrassing secret. Out of all things, he talked about putting on weight! He went from 32 kg to 38 kg, and hasn’t really added much height, but they reassured him that it must be muscle mass. The part where he patted his tummy put a smile on my face.
That wasn’t embarrassing enough, so they asked him for an even more embarrassing thing, and I think he offered a skateboard fail anecdote, but I’m not sure.
There was a lot more to the interview, but I really can’t translate all of it. Anyway, I was most interested to see Matsukura-kun’s poise and charisma, and in both respects he was top-notch.
Poor Saneyasu-kun gets grief even here, when Kaito-kun says that Saneyasu-kun is the member he least wants to socialize with. Ouch.
To round out the episode, we got to see a Jr. World Dancer update. It was a month between this edition and the previous update, so have the juniors gotten any better at Irish tap dancing?
They were working on new moves and sure looted a lot more practices than the last time I saw them. So . . . when are we going to get to see them tap dancing on Shounen Club?
This was an excellent episode, with only the Jr. Dream Live being a bit lackluster. Otherwise, the voice acting challenge was compelling and they spent the right amount of time on it, the pressure club segment with Matsukura Kaito-kun went very smoothly, and it’s always great to see the juniors working on their dance skills – even if it is tap dancing, which we will rarely if ever get to see them do in a performance.
I think this episode deserved a 9 out of 10. There were a lot of notable juniors in this one, but it will especially be interesting to look back on it if we’re lucky enough to see Matsukura Kaito-kun début. I think Kobayashi Mizuki-kun also deserves special note for his voice acting work, and especially his imitation of a dog bark.