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We saw a lot of familiar performances in the first July episode of Gamushara J’s Party!! (ガムシャラ J’s Party!!), but perhaps that means we’ll get more new stuff in this edition. Let’s find out.

Once again, the participants were Jesse, Morita Myuto, Nozawa Yuki, Morohoshi Shoki, Kyomoto Taiga, Kouchi Yugo, Tanaka Juri, Morimoto Shintaro, Haniuda Amu, Nagata Jiei, and Matsumura Hokuto, and we got the same Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou-inspired opening as last time.

The first song was “Darkness” with Morohoshi, Juri, Myuto, Kouchi, Taiga, and Shintaro on stage. Well, I sure haven’t seem them do this one before, and while it’s not a traditional opening song, it was a very good choice to get viewers interested.

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I’m thrown off by the random combinations of juniors, as the agency insists on not even hinting at stable groupings. While I liked the fact that this was something new, I didn’t sense the group cohesion here that we saw with the former Bakaleya members in the previous episode. That’s probably because they haven’t performed this song together as much, and so are more focused on the moves than the mood.

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The next performance was something totally new – “Love yourself” with Haniuda Amu-kun and Nagata Jiei-kun. I thought these two would only get to backdance, but here they are with their own stage.

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But again, while I appreciate the freshness, which is what I entered this episode looking for, I didn’t like the fact that the backing track totally drowned out their voices. If they can’t sing, they can’t be the only ones on stage – find a junior who can sing to put them together with. “Love yourself” is not a difficult song.

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This episode of Gamushara J’s Party!! (ガムシャラ J’s Party!!) started with a long opening as usual, but with strange credits this time – they were apparently trying to imitate Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou based on the background music, but having the names of the juniors on black background instead of directly on their images was unhelpful and choppy.

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The Dramatis Personae this time were Jesse, Morita Myuto, Nozawa Yuki, Morohoshi Shoki, Kyomoto Taiga, Kouchi Yugo, Tanaka Juri, Morimoto Shintaro, Haniuda Amu, Nagata Jiei, and Matsumura Hokuto. So, pretty much the usual number of participants. I’m having trouble separating who has appeared in Gamushara versus who has performed in J’s Party, but I think the newbies in this one are Kyomoto Taiga-kun, Kouchi Yugo-kun, and Nagata Jiei-kun (who is in because of the pole dancing challenge).

Just in case the opening credits were inadequate, they took the liberty of identifying everyone during the opening. Each performer got to greet the audience during the Overture. Interesting to note that the poles for that challenge were already up, and presumably had to be there for the entire concert.

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Haniuda-kun and Nagata-kun were not on stage for the opening and the first song – “Luv Sick” – but everyone else was present.

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The previous Shounen Club (ザ少年倶楽部) ended with Sexy Zone, and this episode begins with them singing “4 Seasons”. On the bright side, the song is new to Shounen Club, so the freshness factor is there.

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But why aren’t Marius Yo-kun and Matsushima Sou-kun performing with the elder three?

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The choreography was trivial, this is a fairly simple song to sing, and it’s not a particularly upbeat opening song – it would have done better in the middle of the show rather than the start.

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The reason they didn’t save it for later was apparently because the song’s title is the episode’s theme. It’s certainly not the most upbeat Johnny’s song to mention the four seasons, though. Hosts Kiriyama Akito-kun and Kawai Fumito-kun talked to the three SZ members about it . . .

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It’s May and things are heating up. Shounen Club (ザ少年倶楽部) has a lot of competition for attention this spring, with Gamushara and J’s Party giving the juniors the room they need, Maido Jani still giving the Kansai guys a good venue, Sexy Zone Channel really showing what SZ has to offer (not to mention all their other TV appearances), and even though I only get to watch it inconsistently these days, ABChanZoo still features the A.B.C-Z guys doing their thing. But this is still the only place where they all get together so . . . maybe this show can capitalize on that unique side?

First up, Iwahashi Genki, Jinguji Yuta, Miyachika Kaito, Kishi Yuta, and Abe Aran lead the juniors in a performance of NEWS’ “weeeek”.

We got the first bit of English I think I’ve heard from Genki-kun and he didn’t do a bad job of it (he said “let’s enjoy this song” and I could understand it – my threshold for whether English is being spoken well or not). I know Genki-kun is enthusiastic about learning English, and I think he’s been a bit more cautious about throwing it out there as a result.

I think I also have to make a note about Abe Aran-kun’s blonde hair (for his role in SHARK 2) here. I don’t normally comment about hair, and tend to prefer them to keep it black unless they’re going to pick a really shocking color, but I have to admit that blonde really, really suits Aran-kun.

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He’s really caught my attention in SHARK 2 as well (still trying to understand enough of the dialogue to write reviews on it).

Anyway, personnel notes aside, “weeeek” is always a good song, and it looks like they’ve decided to give some old NEWS costumes to the Fab Five (as I guess they now are). I don’t normally recognize costumes, but I remember these – especially Tegoshi-kun’s pink jacket – vividly from the opening of the NEWS Pacific Concert DVD – the very first Johnny’s DVD I saw, I think. And what a great intro to Johnny’s that was!

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Ahem, it seems to be my day for digressions. Everyone else among the juniors managed to get some camera time during the song – it’s a great song for this sort of distributed attention.

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I took a lengthy pause from reviewing old Johnnys’ Jr Land episodes because I realized I had too many holes in my collection, especially since the series ended and reviewing the entire run from April 2012 onward became possible. I recently found where all the episodes were hiding (thanks hakucchan!), so now I’ll continue to take a look at what the juniors were up to. It is bound to be the case that, as some of these juniors eventually get to debut, JJL will become a major touchstone to see how they developed into stars.

This was a special episode of Johnnys’ Jr. Land composed only of the Jr. Dream Live performances from previous episodes, as requested by fans. Imagine Shounen Club with a smaller stage, no live audience, no talk segments, no Hey! Say! Jump, and mainly performances from juniors and Sexy Zone (and one from A.B.C-Z), and that’s basically what this episode was. Let’s see how the juniors were doing a year ago and how far they’ve come since then.

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The wonderful Mogi Junichi-san goes from MC to DJ in this episode:

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Performance one was Sexy Zone performing their self-titled début single. This was from the seventh episode (2011-11-13), and let’s say it right away since it was my main reaction throughout all of this: wow, they’ve changed a lot in two years! Here’s a fresh-faced Fuma for you:

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