Tag Archive: Kichise Michiko

Himitsu no Arashi-chan (ひみつの嵐ちゃん) is an hour-long variety show hosted by Arashi. Typically, it has two segments, but this week it was just the “share house” (シェア ハウス) segment – the one that replaced V.I.P. limousine – for the entire hour. The share house segment just involves Arashi having a (so far only female) guest over to their lavishly furnished stage-house. They then proceed to talk, cook, and eat with the guest. Last week, with Lola as the guest it was actually pretty good, but usually the segment is fairly boring.

Arashi Share House

Does the fact that the segment is an hour long mean that the guest is especially interesting? Not really. What it actually means is that the guest, Kichise Michiko, recently appeared in Aiba-kun’s Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri drama. While Kichise-san is a sharp character in dramas, on variety shows she behaves with all the expected politeness and reserve that bore me to death.

Of course, since the guest was Kichise-san was there, Aiba-kun was the main host, with Nino-kun accompanying (actually, in this case, causing trouble). Nino and Aiba start off the show lounging around and talking with each other, seeming bored and tired.

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This episode continues the case from Episode 5.

When we last left the most inept detective on the planet, he was on his last case, with his resignation letter already accepted. We had also discovered right at the end of the episode that, as expected, Tsugawa Junko (played by Kichise Michiko) was not to be trusted. We had already guessed that because she was hitting on Katayama Yoshitaro (played by Aiba Masaki) rather forcefully and, of course, any character played by Kichise-san is automatically suspect. In any case, she knocked out Katayama’s sister Harumi, so at the beginning of this episode, we find the main characters waiting in a hospital:

At the Hospital

Though Harumi seems to be all right, if a bit pissed:

Harumi Walks Out

The family leaves the hapless Yoshitaro behind – presenting their thoughts directly to the chief:

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We get a bit of a surprise at the start of this episode – the chief finally accepts Katayama Yoshitaro’s resignation letter!

Accepting the Resignation

If you haven’t been keeping track of this show, shame on you, but let me explain: our main character is the most incompetent police detective that has ever walked the beat, and he’s been trying to resign since the first episode. His brother and sister have so far maneuvered to prevent it, going so far as giving him help with his cases, but the real reason he’s been able to hold on was the help of a cat named Holmes who has pointed out the vital piece of the puzzle in every case.

Holmes is in Charge

Have Katayama’s recent successes given him the confidence to rescind his resignation? Well, frankly, after the fiasco of the last case, where people got murdered left and right while he blubbered, it’s hard to believe his confidence is all that high.

Well, events contrive to complicate matters (of course):

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Kodomo Keisatsu (コドモ警察) is a half-hour drama centered on cops who are turned into kids by a chemical, but who continue about their daily business anyway, fighting the all-pervasive evil organization “Red Venus.”

With all but one of the main cast half my age or less, I’m tempted to just post the most adorable screenshots from the episode and leave it at that. For instance:

Big Bullhorn

But at the risk of seeming a bit harsh, I’ll offer some critique. The plot this time was a hostage situation featuring a crazy guy with a rifle:

Crazy Guy with a Rifle and Hostage

That’s good, because it’s reasonably different from previous episodes. Unfortunately, the whole thing is undermined by the use of set scenes that have occurred in every episode so far, which feel like repeated skits.

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Mikeneko Holmes no Suiri (三毛猫ホームズの推理) is a detective drama featuring Aiba Masaki as a cop who’s afraid of blood, heights, and women. In other words, he’s hopeless as a homicide detective – at least, he is until he meets a cat named Holmes.

Aiba Thinking 2Holmes Title

This episode continues the mystery from the previous episode, which left me enthusiastic about how the show was progressing.  Since Aiba-kun’s character, Katayama, had been backed into a corner with circumstances forcing him to take charge and sharpen his skills, I was looking forward to seeing a shift – perhaps a slow shift – from wimpy Katayama to brilliant Katayama.

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