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Gamushara 2014.04.20 Review

In the first episode of Gamushara (ガムシャラ), while delighted that a fair number of juniors were getting time in the spotlight, I was a bit distressed by how choppy the show was and how often the director chose to cut to VTRs. Will we see the same problem in this second episode, or will things go smoother this time? I’m going to have a stopwatch going to time how many minutes we’re listening to the announcer instead of the people involved in the challenges.

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As before, Yasui Kentaro-kun was the MC . . .

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. . . but the juniors were more restrained this time, with only Mohohoshi Shoki-kun jumping out to the front to mess around.

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Shounen Club (ザ少年倶楽部) is a music variety show hosted 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 juniors took the stage first to kick off the second April episode. Iwahashi Genki-kun and Jinguji Yuta-kun led a huge pack of them singing SMAP’s “Original Smile”.

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I think this was basically the full complement of juniors – at least, all of the juniors we’re likely to see in this episode.

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A.B.C-Z continued the song after some of the juniors cleared out . . .

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There are changes in the works for Shounen Club (ザ少年倶楽部) coming up in April, but rather than speculating about those, I’ll just wait and see how things shake out. For now, we’ve got the March episodes to enjoy, and plenty of interesting things going on including the début of Johnny’s West, A.B.C-Z’s first album, and continued promotion of Sexy Zone’s second album. Will they still manage to squeeze some juniors in? Let’s find out!

The show begins with Sexy Zone performing “Shout!!” from their new album in color-coded outfits that don’t match their image colors. Go figure.

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A word to the songwriters: a piece this light and fluffy shouldn’t be called “Shout!!” As the Isley Brothers can tell you, “Shout” is a title reserved for much more upbeat and especially loud songs (and the Isley Brothers’ “Shout” is one of my absolute favorite songs). Doubly so if you put two exclamation marks at the end.

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Other than the title, it’s a fine song, though I was surprised they did a full-length version of it, taking four minutes at the start of the show.

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49 Ep 11 Review

Here it is, the final episode of 49. Among the dramas I’ve reviewed, I don’t think there’s any that I’ve been more reluctant to see end. For most series, it’s pretty clear they need to wrap things up. Shinryochu was the last one that I thought should have had more episodes to it because too many of its storylines were wrapped up too hastily, but it was so intense and disconcerting that I was nowhere as eager to see that one continue as this one.

Right up front (because I’ll be focusing on the review at the close of the article), I’d like to thank arisu-subs for the wonderful translation effort throughout the series. I don’t acknowledge the subbers often enough – mainly because I’m not sure whether they want me to.

So, the writers have only an hour left to do right by the story of Kagami Dan (Sato Shori) and his father. Can they manage it?

It begins with Dan recording a message to his father – a longer one than his father left him, but just as meaningful in its own way. We find out something quite surprising – that Dan’s father wasn’t the one who died. Dan distinctly remembers his spirit floating away from his body. He realizes that his father left his own body and pulled Dan’s soul back in by force, and that’s how they got merged in Dan’s body.

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The writers have had a lot of tricks up their sleeves along the way, but this one really takes the cake. I’m properly impressed by this twist to things.

I also like how they have the two of them facing each other like this when Dan says he’s afraid that he’s going to be the one who’ll disappear after the forty-nine days are up rather than his father. Very artsy.

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Dan’s father doesn’t know what will happen at the end of the 49 days, either, it turns out, and this is a state of affairs that we should be able to get some serious resolution out of. I noted in the previous episode that we didn’t really know whether Dan was now enjoying life enough so that he wouldn’t contemplate suicide. Well, I think we’re at least going to find that out, and if he still wants to live, that’s a start.

On the less serious side of life, Possessed Dan, Kenta (Yasui Kentaro), and Satoshi (Jinguji Yuta) find Kiryu Tetsuya (Kyan Yutaka) sleeping in his money. He’s really got the whole decadent thing down!

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49 Ep 10 Review

This is the second-to-last episode of 49 and I’ve admittedly stalled on reviewing it to delay gratification. On the bright side, the last episode will be double-length, but I wonder if even that will be enough time to put a satisfying cap on things. The acting and stories have been so engaging thus far that I doubt any viewer could resist wishing for an episode or two more (though the plot effectively limits the possibility of a special or second season).

When we last left Kagami Dan (Sato Shori), he had just retaken control of his body from his father’s ghost – doing so right in front of Mana (Nishino Nanase), who had so far believed that she was dealing with twins rather than a young man temporarily possessed by the ghost of his father. The switch seemed to signal that Dan now has feelings for Mana – feelings he used to only have for Sachi (Yamamoto Maika).

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Mana naturally demands an explanation, but she posits her own – multiple personality disorder – before he even gets a chance to say anything substantial.

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Sachi steps in, offering to tell Mana what’s really going on, but Mana spots a rival and they immediately start fighting over Dan.

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Ah! Young love! I bet Dan never thought that he’d have two girls fighting over him! Well, to be more accurate, one girl fighting for him, and another fighting for his father who has been using his body like a time share. You can sort of tell Shori-kun has a bit of trouble not smiling here as he tries to put on a convincing wince of pain, but he gets his expression down to one of dismay before they cut to the opening credits.

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