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The second Shounen Club (ザ少年倶楽部) for August began with the three elder members of Sexy Zone singing “Sexy Summer ni Yuki ga Furu”. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you already know how I feel about this song. If you haven’t: I hate it. I still consider it a mess of randomly assembled musical phrases and sound effects rather than a proper composition. The dance is weak, too (lots of arm-waving, very little leg work).

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Thankfully, they didn’t spend much time singing it, as A.B.C-Z quickly took the stage for a verse or two of “Walking on Clouds” Not the best A.B.C-Z song by a long shot, but certainly an improvement on “Sexy Summer” – especially thanks to Hashimoto-kun’s singing.

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They’re still missing Totsuka Shota-kun, by the way.

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The pattern for this opening is obvious – each of the debuted groups get to do a teensy bit of a song – so I wasn’t surprised to see Johnny’s West take the stage next for “Banzai Yume Mansai!”

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It’s not my kind of song and for some reason always reminds me of an AKB song, but they had the most sophisticated choreography of the three groups.

I don’t like opening medleys in general, but at least this one eventually got the audience pumped up.

Hosts Kawai Fumito-kun and Kiriyama Akito-kun talked to the members of Johnny’s West, and Daiki Shigeoka-kun got to introduce the theme of the show: Summer. Let’s see how many summer songs they actually do (I’m not going to count “Sexy Summer” since it can’t decide what season it’s in, has Christmas themes throughout it, and they wore Santa costumes when initially promoting it).

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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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The second Shounen Club (ザ少年倶楽部) of June started with a lot of guitarists on stage – the SC band plus a few. Usually when they decide to have the instrumentalists on Shounen Club, we see a lot of them, and I hope that will be the case here.

The three elder members of Sexy Zone – Nakajima Kento, Kikuchi Fuma, and Sato Shori – greeted the audience and then started singing “Thank You” with a whole host of juniors also singing.

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Tough to name all of them. Let’s see . . . there was Yasui Kentaro, Ishigaki Daisuke, Goto Hiromi, Ogawa Yuu, Jinguji Yuta, Kobayashi Mizuki, Sanada Yuma, Jesse, and Hagiya Keigo. Oh, and also two other non-juniors – Johnny’s WEST’s Hamada Takahiro-kun and Kamiyama Tomohiro-kun showing that they really could be part of a SHARK-like group. The screencaps came out pretty fuzzy, so I suggest just watching this opening – it’s going to be one of the highlights. Oh, and grab a good quality version of it – too many people on stage for anything less.

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Except for the band, the juniors cleared the stage as hosts Kawai Fumito-kun and Kiriyama Akito-kun joined the other debuted members present to introduce the theme of the show – Rock. Well, assuming we’re talking about the form of music rather than stones (of the non-rolling variety), I think my hope that we’ll see more of the band will be fulfilled.

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In my continuing reviews of Gamushara J’s Party!! (ガムシャラ J’s Party!!), I’m going to skip discussing parts that are just filler – like the very long intro of the show, VTRs of Gamushara that don’t include new material, and the clips in the first episode of each month that are really teasers for the second episode, but take a substantial portion of the show.

So, let’s jump right into the action with Jesse-kun singing “Misty”:

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Indeed, it was very much like we were starting to watch a concert already in progress, as the first thing we saw was other people clearing the stage for him.

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After last week’s more boisterous episode (Bad Boys and all that), I’m wondering if we’re going to get a calmer one this time. It’s sure starting out that way. This is an extremely odd song to start on, and I’m going to call the director/organizers out for being sloppy with this – they should have planned for the guys to do something to kick off the second episode during the recording of this, but apparently that slipped their minds. I guess they just hope that the juniors do something that will work as the first song of an episode around halfway into the concert?

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Gamushara J’s Party!! (ガムシャラ J’s Party!!) is a music variety show that features on-stage performances from Johnny’s juniors, the idol trainees of the Johnny’s Entertainment agency, as well as some backstage footage to show all sides of the experience. It is associated with another TV Asahi show called Gamushara, in which the same juniors featured in J’s Party also take on a variety of challenges.

This episode of J’s Party begins with a little feature about Gamushara, explaining the two programs . . .

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. . . before J’s Party begins in earnest. The May episodes were recorded in March, and that’s somewhat important because we’ve already seen some shuffling within the ranks of the juniors in the April Shounen Clubs.

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The juniors featured in this episode each got their own special graphic at the start, so let me just list them here in the order they were credited: Matsumura Hokuto, Yasui Kentaro, Morimoto Shintaro, Tanaka Juri, Morohoshi Shoki, Okamoto Kauan, Hagiya Keigo, Sanada Yuma, Nozawa Yuki, and Jesse. On the bright side, most of those names are juniors who weren’t in the April episodes, so that’s good. However, if those are the only performers, the selection is also much narrower than we saw in the April episodes – I was sort of hoping that with Sexy Zone not appearing in the May episodes, their place would be taken by more juniors, but instead we’re probably looking at fewer juniors, each getting more time.

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