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It was really hard for me to get mobilized to review this part of the telethon (the slowest part of the 24 hours), so please forgive the wait.

While this was referred to as ‘Part 2’ of the 24-hr TV telethon (24時間テレビ), it started when the show was already six-hours old after the initial two hour intro, the drama special starting Ohno Satoshi-san, and the Arashi ni Shiyagare special, all of which have been reviewed in separate articles. This part featured the Shabekuri 007 special and extended for the three hours with the least viewership – roughly from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. So, did they try to keep the audience awake, or give them a sedative so that they’d be fresh and ready to watch come morning?

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For the record, three Arashi members – Sakurai-san, Aiba-kun, and Matsumoto-kun – were still present, but even they will probably drift out during the course of this block in order to rest up a bit before the tough morning.

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In the first segment, Nagura-san hosted as five entertainers stepped up to microphones, ready to answer some potentially (likely) embarrassing questions.

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I know this guy is from Heisei Nobushi Kobushi:

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This Arashi ni Shiyagare (嵐にしやがれ) special was Part 1-3 of the 24-hr TV telethon (24時間テレビ), coming after the drama Kyou no Hi wa Sayonara featuring Ohno-san in the lead role. Its job is to take the telethon past midnight and to hand things off to Shabekuri 007 in Part 2. The Shabekuri guys will take care of the part where few viewers will be watching.

Normally in Arashi ni Shiyagare, the Arashi guys don’t know who the guest is and what’s going to happen, but there’s no way that could be the case this time. Last year, they faced off against Olympic athletes in athletic competitions in what was obviously a lopsided battle . . .

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. . . but this time, their opponents are going to be the members of fellow Johnny’s idol group Kanjani8 in a live face-off. Kanjani8 did their best to seem menacing and competitive in a VTR:

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The Arashi guys and their fellow hosts are already pumped up.

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When the two groups encounter each other, it gets loud. They are totally talking over each other and shouting at one another. Maruyama-kun took the liberty of starting off things weird – as usual, it’s going to be surreal to watch him do his thing, whether in the foreground or the background.

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Kyou no Hi wa Sayonara (今日の日はさようなら) was the special drama shown as part of the 24-hr TV telethon (24時間テレビ) right after the first 2-hour segment. The telethon drama generally depicts the true story about a main character struggling through some physical issue, and is therefore not the sort of drama I typically gravitate to. Every now and then, though, it’s good to try something different (in my case, I guess it’s once a year in August now), but for those who haven’t seen one of these before, let me warn you that it is going to be serious and depressing, though possibly with an uplifting ending. Possibly. Hopefully. This isn’t Hollywood.

The stars are Ohno Satoshi-san as Fujioka Kota, Miura Tomokazu-san as his father Kenjiro, Kishimoto Kayoko-san as his mother Yasuko, Mimura-san as his sister Koharu, Kimura Fumino-san as his girlfriend Tanabe Etsuko, Fukada Kyoko-san as his counselor Okubo Yuriko, and last but not least, Yamada Ryosuke-kun as Harada.

During the opening credits, we see that Kota works as a chef, but he’s dissatisfied with his life because he doesn’t seem to be heading towards anything. On the bright side, he does have his family and his girlfriend, and since they’re the majority of the cast, I guess they play a large role in his life going forward. Oh, and the food at dinner definitely looked good, so he can’t complain about that (and if he could, then he can cook, so . . .).

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But if the intro made it seem like his only trouble in the world was a bit of ennui (which, let’s face it, a lot of us share), then that changed rather quickly after he took a nighttime stroll with his girlfriend . . .

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. . . and suddenly, after he parted with her, he started bleeding profusely from his nose and mouth.

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In the next scene, he was in the hospital (sort of a lucky thing, since he was out alone), reflecting that he had never thought about the possibility of dying before his parents.

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24-hr TV telethon (24時間テレビ) is a yearly charity telethon on NTV with both broad participation from Japanese entertainers from the network and also features about regular Japanese who are struggling. To keep my attempt to review it sane, I’m going to avoid going into too much detail on each of the segments, but try the make it as clear as possible what happens at what time in the telethon so that you’ll be able to find parts of interest to you. I’ll also point out which parts I thought were really good viewing.

There are numerous versions of the telethon available, and the time index and part divisions I’ll be using are based on a version on Youku, which has no ads. Part 1 of this Youku copy stretches for six hours of programming time and includes the two-hour start of the telethon, two hours of the drama special Kyou no Hi wa Sayonara, and then a two-hour special of Arashi ni Shiyagare. This review is only of the start of the telethon, and I’ll cover the drama and Arashi ni Shiyagare in separate reviews. The Youku copy has seven parts, but this is not the only one that’s split up into multiple sub-parts.

The opening of the telethon shows Arashi presenting the theme on New Year’s Day. To translate loosely, the theme is “About Japan . . . ? This country’s shape/form.” The intro continues with a somewhat grim montage about how the country is in a time of great change in terms of politics, economics, and international relations (actually, those are arguably not the areas Japan faces the greatest challenges, but I’ll leave that alone).

The montage breaks with an uplifting look at people sharing what they think the country is all about, and also a recitation of the country’s strengths and a highlight reel of triumphs. I really hope at some point in this telethon they talk about the future of Japan as well (every nation benefits from talk about its own future – something we don’t currently get enough of in the U.S.).

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Wasting no time, Arashi kicked off the show by performing “Love Rainbow”. Certainly appropriate to the occasion, and I like the idea of starting a long show with a performance. While they were singing, we got little teasers of their individual projects, which we’ll see more of in the day-long show to come.

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After the song, some of the other personalities sharing the hosting duties were introduced. Ueto Aya-san was the main charity personality other than Arashi, The announcers were Hatori Junichi-san and Masu Taichi-san. Tokumitsu-san is always a supporter.

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It was really hard for me to get mobilized to review this part of the telethon (the slowest part of the 24 hours), so please forgive the wait.

While this was referred to as ‘Part 2’ of the 24-hr TV telethon (24時間テレビ), it started when the show was already six-hours old after the initial two hour intro, the drama special starting Ohno Satoshi-san, and the Arashi ni Shiyagare special, all of which have been reviewed in separate articles. This part featured the Shabekuri 007 special and extended for the three hours with the least viewership – roughly from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. So, did they try to keep the audience awake, or give them a sedative so that they’d be fresh and ready to watch come morning?

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For the record, three Arashi members – Sakurai-san, Aiba-kun, and Matsumoto-kun – were still present, but even they will probably drift out during the course of this block in order to rest up a bit before the tough morning.

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In the first segment, Nagura-san hosted as five entertainers stepped up to microphones, ready to answer some potentially (likely) embarrassing questions.

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I know this guy is from Heisei Nobushi Kobushi:

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