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TORE! 2013.01.07 Review

Nazotoki Batoru TORE! (謎解きバトルTORE! – Riddle-Solving Battle TORE!) was one of the first shows I reviewed back in April of last year. While it’s always an interesting show, the quiz questions rely heavily on knowledge of Japanese, so it’s a difficult show to enjoy without being fluent, and I haven’t reviewed it since then.

One thing can help drive interest in this show even when the language barrier makes it difficult: guests. In April, it was Aiba Masaki-kun promoting Mikeneko Holmes. This time, it’s Yamada Ryosuke-kun, Arioka Daiki-kun and Kawaguchi Haruna-san for the Kindaichi special that drew me into covering this special.

That said, there are other interesting features of this two-hour special. First, the pharaonic host is usually played by Yama-chan of Nankai Candies. This time, he’s actually playing, and Wakabayashi-san of Audrey is the pharaoh.

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And the total slate of competitors is huge. Instead of the usual two teams, we’ve got four!

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There’s are problems with having so many guests, though. First of all, there’s no way I’m going to be able to figure out who they all are and keep track of them – not if I actually want to enjoy the show. Also, they’re all competing for screen time, so now matter who you’re tuning in hoping to see, you’re probably going to spend most of the time watching other guests. So yeah, having four teams is interesting, but even in a normal episode I find the teams on this show too big.

Right from the first challenge, they’ve made some changes for the new year – or perhaps just for this special. Instead of just members of one team, two teams each sent a pair to go head-to-head against each other. In this case, it was Yamada-kun and Kawaguchi-san for the Kindaichi team against Yama-chan and Kato Koji-san (加藤浩次) for the Sukkiri team.

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These are some of the single and album releases for December (i.e. releases from groups that I’m interested in tracking). My apologies if I missed a significant release – please mention the artist and title in a comment and I’ll update the list.

More complete listings are available on merchant websites (I use CD Japan’s list). For my part, I think there’s some value in also having a shortlist (especially for my own reference), so I’ll stick with this format.

December 5th

AKB48 – Eien Pressure

GLAY – Justice [from] Guilty

GLAY – Unmeiron

HY – Route 29

Koda Kumi – Koishikute

EXILE – Exile Best Hits – Love Side / Soul Side – (album)

Exile Atsushi – MELROSE – Aisanai Yakusoku –

Monkey Majik + Oda Kazumasa – A Christmas Song

Monkey Majik – English Best (album)

Nakashima Mika – Hatsukoi

Suzuki Fuku – Iyaiya Yo-!!

December 8th

Hamasaki Ayumi – again

December 12th

flumpool – experience

NEWS – World Quest / Pokopon Pekorya

Becky – My Friend – Arigatou

LUNA SEA – The End of the Dream / Rogue

BIGMAMA – Jeffrey Campbell no Skate Shoes de

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Here are quick looks at the shows I would have liked to review in the first two weeks of the month, but didn’t get to. Some of these are new shows, in which case I’ll focus less on what happened in the episode, and more on the format of the show and how easy it was to understand. A lot of the shows were two- or three-hour specials, because we’re still in that part of the season. All of the shows were available on youku, and most are available elsewhere as well.

The shows covered in this post are:

SMAPxSMAP SP 2012.10.01

Music Station SP 2012.10.05

NTV Popular Program Special (Sekaiichi Uketai Jugyou SP) 2012.10.06

School Kakumei 2012.10.07

Tousouchuu 2012.10.07

Quiz 80 2012.10.09 (New)

Nakai no Mado 2012.10.10 (New)

TOKIO Kakeru 2012.10.10 (New)

KAT-TUN no Sekaiichi Dame na Yoru 2012.10.12

Honoo no Taiikukai SP 2012.10.13

Tensai Shimura Doubutsu-en 2012.10.13

School Kakumei 2012.10.14

Sentouchuu 2012.10.14

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I think I’ve figured out where I went wrong in my intended coverage of this telethon. Back in the review for part 1, I said “I don’t really intend to critique the show, but rather focus on highlights that, if you get the chance to see a saved copy, you won’t want to miss.” Instead, I’ve ended up giving a tedious minute-by-minute account. Well, no more of that! Back to doing the highlight reel!

If you have no idea what this is all about, take a peek at the post on Part 1 here. Here are the links to Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7.

I think the really long string of small kites is an appropriate highlight to start things off with, especially as it grows past 5000 kites long, and must stretch almost a mile.

The main event for this segment was the high school dance team battle – one of the best events in the whole telethon. I often say that I enjoy seeing young people try their best, and this certainly fits that bill. We get a little preview, introducing some of the teams.

Before the main dance competition, there is another sad story, this time with Aiba-kun visiting the woman with the illness. It’s about fifteen minutes long and, while Aiba-kun does a great job with these sorts of segments because he has the perfect personality for them, it’s still not something I’d care to watch twice.

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This week’s VS Arashi (VS 嵐)was noticeably more energetic than recent weeks have been. For details about how this show works, see reviews of the April episodes. Opposing Arashi was a team of comedians, including Gori-san, Becky-san, and Haruna Ai-san, and if you know anything about those three, you know that they bring a lot of energy to every show they’re in. Not surprisingly, with all the comic wildness in the air, Aiba-kun seemed chipper as well (not to mention Becky appeared in the first episode of his drama and so he got a free plug). The Plus One guest was Naoto Inti Raymi (ナオト・インティライミ)

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As has become a tradition, the show began with a remark about Ninomiya-kun’s eye-catching clothing choice of the week:

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