Hello I am back with another recap of VS Arashi! Thank you very much for your kind comments on my previous entry, I really appreciate it. This time I'm a little bit late so I hope you can forgive me. But enough for now!
I will never include an explanation of games unless it's a new one or there are new rules. I hope you know who Itou-san is (the MC or The Voice from the Above). That's all, your comments and thoughts are highly appreciated! You can even give your own rating.
interacting with the guest team.
had her good moment too. The funny moments were mainly based on the movement that you have to see for yourself to have a good laugh (It's not as good when described in a recap - screencaps don't do it enough justice).
This time Arashi start off talking about club activities during their junior high school. Here Jun reveals that he was in a football club
i'm not gonna call it soccer!!it's footbaaaall Which was apparently something that the members didn't know. Ready for a little bit of personal history? In fact, Jun's father played football, so little Jun did it in kindergarten as well. During middle school there was no football club so he joined the baseball one. During junior high school he stayed in the baseball club and joined a football club. Jun joined Johnny's in May during the first year of junior high school.
Smart Sakurai assumed that Jun trained football for no more than 1 month (since in Japan the school starts in spring).
Smart Sakurai was right and not-so-football Jun added that he did nothing apart from running around. (did he mean that he didn't even touched the ball?!)
Nino: What a special football.
This episode's guests are members of Originally Judo Club team! Some were very successful in Olympic Games (silver medalists!)
(the name should be telling that the members used to be in a judo club during school days :D) Almost everyone has black belt which is of course the highest level, only the female guest is one step apart from that level.
Almost everyone. Besides that guy.
It's the comedian Takahashi Shigeo who strinkingly resembles Mark Zuckerberg.
The plus one guest is Mochida Kaori, lead singer of a pop group Every Little Thing.
Arashi almost didn't know how to react. Apparently she appeared in the show 3 times before in the course of mere 10 months!
Mochida reveals she was in a Tenis club during her school days but Ohno is concerned about something else.
Ohno: And your partner is...? [He means Ichiro Ito, member of Every Little Thing]Members correct him immediately that he shouldn't call him like that. Mochida is not bothered and explains that he's a bit busy.
First game is Koro Koro Viking!
Satou (girl) is asked whether she feels alright about the game. She is a bit nervous but the guy on the other side reassures her that she can rest her hands as he's gonna do it on his own anyway. The rest of the team disagrees!
Takahashi: We're more nervous because of you!
Arashi don't think that Satou seems like a judo type, but she does it quite a lot. Apparently, she did classic ballet for 10 years and once she was in junior high school she entered Judo club.
But, but how?! She just simply wanted to be stronger.
Another guest was asked to share a story. So he told that when he had white belt only (the lowest level) he had to hide it in his bag when going to practice. But now since he achieved the black belt, he will always walk around with the black belt outside!
They end with quite a good score but they still found it difficult.
Yoshida: Judo is way easier.
Yoshida: So tired now."
Then it's Arashi's turn!
Nino gets asked about the combination with Mochida at the orange zone.
Nino: It's a bit of a problem there.
Mochida: Wait, wait, wait. I'm quite okay at this.
Nino: No, no, no. I'm quite awful at this.
Then both of them are reminded of a mutual memory that Nino remembers very well.
By getting -50 points 3 times in a row, their total score was -95 points. What a score!
Nino: At least we had fun.
The combi in the orange zone was playing quite well, Mochida had a smile when they finished. But her smile soon disappeared. Itou-san reports 85 points.
Mochida: But we got the doubling golden ball into 50 point square?
Well, the reason was that the pink combination (Aiba & Ohno) dropped the ball and the golden ball as well.
But they don't seem to admit it.Sho: Then tell us your excuse.
Aiba: It always fell right into the hole in our zone.
Nino: You've been using this same excuse forever! Aiba: Koro koro... It didn't koro koro at all! (koro koro: rolling) It thumped right down!
Aiba: It should be Thump Viking!
Nino: This is no good, he's been aiming at it, that fellow behind! [the wall where the balls come out]
Aiba: I shall remember his face after this.
Sho: Stop it please!
Next is Rolling Coin Tower! But before that, what are the judo memories of the comedian Takahashi?
He was once in a club where other guest (Yagi) was the captain. Apparently it was incredibly easy to cheat around him. They had this one exercise that was quite tiresome Yagi even showcased it (you kind of move up with your back, turning your hips and having your body directed to one side and then to other side) Everyone had to do it, but Takahashi just went up without doing the exercise when Yagi couldn't see him.
Next is Mochida! What were her memories?
She mentions liking Yawara! which is a story about a girl that has talent for judo. She is being forced to practice judo to gain championship in the Barcelona's 1992 Olympic Games. Machida talks mainly about how she liked the manga and liked singing the opening of the anime. Takahashi then reacts on what she just said.
Takahashi: The connection to this judo related episode is just too weak!
Then the conversation was diverted to 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympic where Yoshida won gold medal for Japan.
They mentioned his signature move.
They demonstrated it. So cool!
Hamadari: He's the master so it doesn't hurt at all! [being thrown]
They get ready. Arashi definitely don't want to knock the tower down.Sho suggets to go aggressive while looking at Mochida. Oh, how just how aggresive she'll be!
The members can't believe their eyes. No, they'd rather just cover them.
But we can see that Mochida really didn't realize and looks like she's about to cry. Poor girl, she will get reminded of this throughout the whole episode. However, Jun and Ohno don't seem to be minding it, they are just still a little bit confused.
They forgive her as she apologizes vehemently and then Ohno goes:
Ohno: She didn't look at us once!
First pair is Sho and Ohno combi! They discuss what strategy to use. The question is, who's gonna take the "finger" who's gonna take the "chin"? They discuss time management and Nino comes to the conclusion that Sho should do two sides [chin part, middle part] Sho is reluctant but other members are persuading him.
Jun: You managed to climb the "chin" once? [successfully]
Sho: I guess so.
Aiba: Then the next target for you is climbing it taking the two sides! [the middle part and the chin part]
Nino: That will be your final level.
Sho: Is it just me who has this kind of completion system?
They compare but Ohno is exposed immediately that he's just making his arms look shorter.
But it's long decided. Sho will do two sides, Ohno will defeat the 'finger'.
Ohno clears the 'finger' with ease as he's quick and nimble.
Sho on the other hand... well. Forgive me but I just can't... just can't when this man climbs the wall!
In the end he couldn't finish off the chin :( And when the members see Sho's expression,
Aiba: What's the matter?
Sho: I get it.
Sho: I'm scared of that chin.
Nino: But you climbed it before.(sucsessfully)
Sho: That guy just got stronger.
Everyone: But it hasn't changed!
Sho: But before it was just like this...
Everyone: No, no, no it didn't change.
It's turn for the guesting team. Hamadari and Yagi. Here Hamadari shows what he does when he wants to show people how Judo can be interesting. So Mochida volunteers for the demonstration. He practically tells the person how strong they look and then while he holds their hand he throws himself to the floor as if the other person was throwing him. Hamadari continues to play along.
Hamadari: Machida-san! This is worth Tokyo Olympics!
Then he suggests that a yell could take him down as well.
Sho: A yell? Then Ohno-kun.
This scene was so hilarious, honestly I couldn't stop laughing for a minute :D
Since they are judo practitioners they cleared the wall with ease.
Just one thing, I have seen people pressing the buttons with their hands or with their legs but I haven't seen anyone doing it with their head! Hamadari had also some little problems (just look at that!) with the chin but he made it in time.
It's time for Bank Bowling. Arashi Turn. Machida starts with an optimistic premonition.
Then Jun asks Mochida if the right side is ok for Mochida.
Mochida: I'll knock down the red pin.
So they get ready. But before that,
Aiba: You know? This Bank Bowling is not like normal bowling. You must put your whole life into it.
Mochida: It's okay.
Aiba: Your practiced on that side.
Mochida: I did it on this side.
Aiba: She did it on that side.
1 second pause
Sho: We heard it.
However, the prediction was not fullfiled. Both of the balls went to the right and with that they scored 77 points.
Next combi is Jun and Nino!
Itou-san speaks to Jun about how the red pin must go down.
Nino: He's somehow negative.
Sho: VS... Arashi?
Nino: Just when we went up here he said "Mhhhmmmm, the previous was not really bright."
Nino: This is VS what?
Nino: This is a show where Arashi are playing the number one role!
But despite the Nino's fighting spirit, they didn't knock down the red pin. Nino pointed out that it wasn't that bad though. Since he threw the ball like some piece of trash or something. And when he demonstrates that again, somehow it seems like the ball is gonna knock the red pin down.
But no.It's turn for the guests. First were Takahashi and Yoshida but they didn't knock down that much. After them went Ryou and Satou. She is asked about her confidence. She confirms her confidence but by accidentally saying a catchphrase of a comedian who does that during his "recital of erotic chinese poems'
They throw the balls and Satou knocks the red pin down! They praise her but then Sho gives a remark:
Sho: Ryo-san also aimed for the red pin but it went slightly off?
Ryo: Don't say anything.
And the last game is Kicking Sniper! Arashi go first and must get more than 250 points to have a chance of winning. They start talking about the latest discovery of Jun being in a Football club. Jun isn't very happy about his performance lately though. Other members tell him the opposite and Ohno is being Ohno:
Ohno: Go with some confidence.
They are informed that the maximum score they can get is 860 points. So Ohno states their goal. 700 points. And they do very well! First is perfect by Mochida. They leave no target without hits.
They got 650 points! They are obviously happy but start to regret how they couldn't get the remaining 50 points.
Especially Ohno. Or only Ohno? Then when Itou-san starts to mention the last target being taken down, there's a boy who starts to nod vigorously.
Look at that smug face! How he's waiting for the moment when he gets praised!
Well? What will he say? Next! Itou-san doesn't say more.
Judo practicioners got to their positions. They need 400 only points to win! First targets are for zero points but last three are knocked down to a quite an extent!
The result is?
Judo Team obtains mere 200 points, thus Arashi win!! Yaay~