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Shounen Club 2014.09.10 Review

Shounen Club (ザ少年倶楽部) is a music variety show hosted by Kawai Fumito of A.B.C-Z and Kiriyama Akito of Johnny’s West that showcases the song-and-dance skills of the Johnny’s Entertainment agency’s most recently debuted groups – A.B.C-Z, Sexy Zone, and Johnny’s West – as well as the agency’s trainees (known as juniors).

The second episode for September begins with A.B.C-Z introducing the theme of the show – 15th anniversary year again, even though I still have no idea how they figure that – and then performing “Legend Story”. Hashimoto-kun’s opening wasn’t quite as striking as before – more muted this time.

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Maybe it’s because it’s at the start of the show, but it seemed lacking in energy and not as sharp as the previous time I saw this performed.

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So, I’d call that an iffy opening. The song itself could probably work if it was done with some over-the-top exuberance, but they were restrained on it this time.

Moving along, Kawai-kun and Kiriyama-kun introduced the first performers – Hirano Sho, Nagase Ren, and Takahashi Kaito. This is a bit unusual since we’ve normally had one of the other debuted groups out to do the talk at this point even when a junior group was preparing to perform.

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And so begins a new era of Shounen Club (ザ少年倶楽部). Hey! Say! Jump has graduated and Johnny’s West, freshly debuted, will take their place alongside A.B.C-Z and Sexy Zone as the senpai groups on the show. We now have two explicit hosts of the show – Kawai Fumito-kun from A.B.C-Z and Kiriyama Akito-kun from Johnny’s West. The general configuration looks a lot like the early Koyama-Nakamaru era, with SZ in place of Ya-Ya-Yah (though YYY’s status at the time was a bit complicated). Let’s see how the new arrangement works out.

I was a bit disappointed that they didn’t replace the tacky graphics in the title sequence they added to the show last year, but that’s a minor thing.

SZ opened the show with the self-titled debut song, dressed in those futuristic pink and white outfits. The music to the song was somewhat redone, but the net effect is subtle.

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Fuma-kun seemed a whole beat off during this dance – a rare lack of synchronicity on a song that should be sharp.

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As you might have already guessed, A.B.C-Z followed with “Za ABC~5stars~” – their own debut song. Unlike SZ, they were on a forward platform, and only vaguely did the dance to the song.

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Shounen Club 2013.11.06 Review

I think we’re getting spoiled with all these Shounen Club (ザ少年倶楽部) episodes. For those who have only tuned in for the past month and might think this is a regular weekly show, we normally only get new episodes on the first two Wednesdays of the month. In October, because of the Kansai specials that started the month, we got four SC episodes, and we’re continuing with new material right into November.

Noon Boyz had the title call for this episode, introducing the theme of the episode – Color (this is one theme that Shounen Club will have no trouble with!). So, still more hope that Noon Boyz will take a more active role in the hosting of the show.

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They kicked things off with KinKi Kids’ “Kanashimi Blue”.

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For those worried about Tanaka Juri-kun (including me) after his elder brother was fired from the agency, concerns were rather dramatically put to rest as he was front-and-center at the beginning of NEWS’ “Akaku Moyuru Taiyou” with a lengthy rap portion. Seems like the agency wanted to send a message here, since this is pretty much as prominent a role as I’ve seen Juri-kun have in a performance, and they could have easily cut it out and started with Hagiya Keigo-kun singing the main verse. Nice little assisted flip, too.

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Shounen Club (ザ少年倶楽部) is a music variety show usually hosted by Japanese idol group Hey! Say! Jump that showcases the song-and-dance skills of the Johnny’s Entertainment agency’s most recently debuted groups – A.B.C-Z and Sexy Zone – as well as the agency’s trainees (known as juniors). For this month, HSJ has been busy with promotional efforts, so the other two groups handled the hosting.

Juniors Jinguji Yuta-kun and Iwahashi Genki-kun handled the title call for this episode as their usual team combined with some Twenty Twenty members – most visibly Miyachika Kaito-kun and Matsuda Genta-kun – started the opening medley with “Hurricane”, “Kitto Daijoubu”, and “to the Freedom.”

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Then Jesse-kun and Matsumura Hokuto-kun joined in to conclude “to the Freedom”. I have to say that the ‘dancing’ from these two left me shaking my head – it was sort of a weak attempt at sexy. Nice vocal stylings from Jesse-kun, though.

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Then noon boyz mixed in with the rest for “Sakura Sake”. We also had a skateboarder and a rollerskater on stage.

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