This was a special Father’s Day edition of Gamushara (ガムシャラ), and the plan for the episode brought six juniors to a rainy field. The juniors in question were Hanzawa Akatsuki, Matsumura Hokuto, Jesse, Takahashi Kaito, Iwahashi Genki, and newcomer Fukusawa Tatsuya. I wonder if having just one new junior involved is going to be a pattern – seems a bit stingy.
Anyway, this is the lucky family that is going to get help from the six Johnny’s juniors to craft an extra-special Father’s Day. I wonder how, among the tens of millions of families in Japan, this particular family happened to be chosen. It’s like winning the lottery . . . except not quite as lucrative.
I suppose it was relatively convenient – Saitama is directly north of Tokyo – and if the staff specifically wanted to find a strawberry farmer, that could have narrowed it down in the Takano family’s favor. This is all a surprise to the father of the family, by the way, so I can only assume the mother engineered it.
Jesse-kun holds a poster with Takano-san’s details.
And we find out that Iwahashi-kun really likes strawberries, so he volunteers to go pick them. He decides to recruit Fukusawa-kun as his helper, but the announcer unfortunately decided to talk right over Fukusawa-kun’s reaction to this – we could see his lips moving, but not what he was saying. Horrible.
The staff explains that the other four will head into the house to help the kids and mother prepare whatever they need – the juniors will be taking their orders from them.
The strawberry team headed for the greenhouse (and, now that I’ve started to try and grow strawberries, I completely understand why they do it in greenhouses), and they get permission to help pick the ichigo.
The farmer demonstrated how to pick the strawberries, but Iwahashi-kun . . . well, you can see for yourself:
He’s really proving to be a great character for variety shows – he didn’t show it as much in Johnny’s Jr. Land as he has been here on Gamushara.
Inside the house, the other four did some research, conferring with the kids about what should be done.
They ended up with a to-do list . . .
. . . and then Takahashi Kaito-kun suggested that the kids should write thank-you letters to their father.
With that, they went to work.
While Hanzawa-kun could easily reach the cooler, he decided to get the kid to clean it . . .
. . . so Jesse-kun had to give the kid a little lift. Hanzawa-kun held the lid of the cooler up.
Strawberry picking continued, and while we were seeing these two at work, the director also decided to add a little inset box where we could see what was simultaneously going on in the house. I approve.
When asked how he is with his father, Iwahashi-kun said “犬猿の仲です” (kenen no naka desu), which can be roughly translated as “like cats and dogs” (it’s actually dogs and monkeys, but has the same meaning – not getting along very well). I found that to be unusually frank. The graphic person gave it two exclamation marks, and I think he was about to say that his father didn’t agree with Genki-kun’s decision to join Johnny’s, but was interrupted in the middle of that sentence.
The preparations at home even include repainting:
The strawberry guys got to munch on onigiri. It’s interesting that Iwahashi-kun has been fielding all the staff questions – we’ve barely gotten a few words from Fukusawa-kun. Judging from the way the announcer talked over him earlier, I wonder if they just decided to cut out some of his parts.
Of course, Genki-kun has some really interesting ideas. They asked him about what kind of father he’d like to be, and he said he wanted a family that could play a baseball game. When Fukusawa-kun asked if this meant having an 18 member family (the required nine for each side), Genki-kun confirmed! That’s . . . ambitious. I hope he’s either including extended family or grandchildren. Actually, it’s sort of refreshing that Genki-kun doesn’t seem to think things through very much – he just gets caught up by the idea. I just got done watching the movie “October Sky” earlier today, and Homer Hickam (whose real story the movie was based on) had sort of the same mode.
Jesse-kun and Hanzawa-kun were busy with paper art. I sort of feel that Genki-kun and Fukusawa-kun got the easier end of this challenge.
Hokuto-kun and Kaito-kun helped with the cooking, and it sounded like this was a fresh experience for Kaito-kun. At least, he complained about the smell and seemed to be chopping things very slowly.
I might have underestimated the Genki-Fukusawa side of things – I didn’t realize that customer service was part of the bargain, but they spent some time helping the father sell strawberry goods.
Hanzawa-kun was bound to be used as a ladder at some point:
Meanwhile, Hokuto-kun and Kaito-kun are suddenly aware of the time limit as they’re in the middle of making the chocolate cake. Hokuto-kun speeds up his mixing.
As is the pattern on this show, they interrupted the weekly challenge to bring us another chapter in the monthly challenge – the final chapter of this one, in fact.
Jesse-kun, Morohoshi Shoki-kun, and Takahashi Fuu-kun are on the last leg of preparations for their performance . . .
. . . and Takahashi-kun will get to incorporate some of his breakdancing into it.
Jesse-kun is somewhat injured, so the coach has to stand in for him during practice.
Will he be ready for the main deal?
I couldn’t get many good screenshots of their performance at J’s Party because movement=blurry, but this has to be watched to be appreciated anyway.
It was very impressive, but I won’t say whether they managed to do it perfectly or not.
Palpable sense of relief afterwards, of course.
All that was left of the show was to see the Father’s Day party.
I think Takano-san was pleased by all this, and maintained a very fatherly image throughout.
The version I had of this had the commercials in, and they interrupted this final scene twice – very annoying. Anyway, the elder son eventually read his thank-you letter to his father, and that concluded the challenge.
There was a very brief live stage clip during the closing credits. That was awkward, but what would normally happen during the closing credits is a preview of the next episode, and they’ve consistently preferred to surprise the audience on that (a choice which I support).
This was a very focused Father’s Day episode – we got the stated challenge, the conclusion of the jump rope challenge, and nothing else. I thought it was very good – not as entertaining as a more active challenge would have been, but after they did the Mother’s Day episode, I’m glad they followed up with this one as well.
Except for the usual announcer interference, the main issue with this episode was the way Fukusawa-kun was marginalized. He was the only new participant, and he didn’t really get a chance at the spotlight. To some extent, I think the nature of the challenge itself made it difficult for him, but so did the fact that the staff was more interested to get Genki-kun to talk than to prompt Fukusawa-kun for anything.
So, hopefully the next episode will allow more juniors some room to introduce themselves.