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Shounen Club 2013.01.16 Review

Shounen Club (ザ少年倶楽部 – the Boys/Youth Club) showcases the song-and-dance skills of Johnny’s juniors – the next generation of Japanese male idols – alongside the more recently debuted groups in the Johnny’s Entertainment agency. Last week, the theme was “world”, so naturally it was “peace” (平和 – heiwa) this time. If you didn’t see that coming, welcome to Johnny’s!

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A.B.C-Z started the festivities with “Bokura~Love&Peace~”:

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Their dancing outpaced the music, but I enjoyed both the song and the performances as an opening act. As it progressed, various cadre of juniors joined them on stage.

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Shounen Club (ザ少年倶楽部 –  the Boys/Youth Club) showcases the song-and-dance skills of Johnny’s juniors – the next generation of Japanese male idols – alongside the more recently debuted groups in the Johnny’s Entertainment agency. The theme of the show this week is “Yell” (エール) and the show opens with NEWS’ “Kibou Yell”, with Kyomoto Taiga-kun, Kouchi Yugo-kun, and Tanaka Juri-kun kicking things off . . .

. . . then noon boyz (back in those sea blue outfits) and the Double Yuta team (see Nov. 7th post for member list). I suddenly noticed that Kuramoto Kaoru-kun has been getting taller – caught me totally by surprise.

Next up was Travis Japan and the Elder Juniors.

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Sprout Ep 12 Review

With Sprout’s successor series – Piece – already airing its first episode, I think it’s time for me to give a final review of this drama.

Are we expecting any surprises in this episode? Miku (Morikawa Aoi)’s going to get with Souhei (Chinen Yuri), isn’t she? Well, not for a while, apparently. You see, not only did they move forward a year at the end of the last episode – from the end of one summer to the start of another – but we also have an extra half-hour to spare. On the bright side, at least we’ll get a last dose of excellent screenshots before I have to be critical about this drama.

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We begin with Miku’s voice-over telling us that nothing has happened since Souhei left a year ago (I’ll comment on this lost year later in the review).

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Boys are still trying to win Miyuki (Kojima Fujiko) without luck, leaving Takeru (Tanaka Juri) to think he might still have a chance:

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Shounen Club (ザ少年倶楽部 –  the Boys/Youth Club) showcases the song-and-dance skills of Johnny’s juniors – the next generation of Japanese male idols – alongside the more recently debuted groups in the Johnny’s Entertainment agency. Many of these young men will rise to dominate Japanese television by starring in dramas and hosting variety shows (with plenty of them scattered across the airwaves already), so it’s interesting to get to know them now, when they’re less polished and circumspect.

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The show begins with Sexy Zone on stage, singing “Kimi no Tame, Boku ga Iru” (君のためボクがいる) briefly.

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But then we get something I haven’t seen in a while – the introduction of the juniors. Jinguji, Iwahashi, and all of that cohort get introduced by name:

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Now that Miyuki (Kojima Fujiko) has dumped Souhei (Chinen Yuri), he can just go ahead with Miku (Morikawa Aoi), right? Of course not – don’t be silly. In a way, Miyuki has rather soured the prospects for Souhei and Miku, since Souhei won’t be able to hold hands with Miku without feeling a bit guilty about what happened with Miyuki. Miyuki managed to take the high road and get a bit of revenge at the same time. She’d make a good political strategist.

You’ll notice that I didn’t even mention Hayato (Lewis Jesse). That’s because, ever since we switched from Miku’s perspective to Souhei’s, it’s been very clear that Miku is still in pursuit of Souhei. If only Hayato had given Miku a helping hand when she was feeling ill and dazed, he could have won her heart. Honestly . . . .

But at the end of the previous episode, Souhei’s mother threw a wrench in everything, calling Souhei to tell him she wanted him back – wanted him to leave the Ikenouchi boarding house where he is within easy reach of Miku.

Miku is understandably hopeful that he’ll stay and she can win him over. As expected, though, he’s more tentative. As usual, neither makes their feelings clear, hiding everything behind weak smiles.

In this, we start getting Miku’s thoughts again, and it looks like she realizes that it’s crunch time.

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