Shonen Club Cuts 2012/02/10.
All videos are 1024 x 576 Res, Avi, all are on Mediafire. Credits for FS to shokura@lj.
After the greetings of Arioka Daiki and his co-hosts Yaotome Hikaru and Okamoto Keito (hosting debut, finally!) the episode starts with its theme medley (Theme is the same as in the previous episode: Love song). The opener is "Sexy Zone" by Sexy Zone, altough it's not a love song. Next up is Arashis "Love so sweet" by Sato Shori with Nakamura Reia, Kurita Kei, Kishi Yuta and Takahashi Fu. Hip Hop Jump are doing "Shelter" including a rap part by Tanaka Juri. Kadoi Kento isn't with them, he was absent in the recordings for the February episodes. I don't know for sure if he is still a member of HHJ (at least he was still with them on the "Dream lives" on Johnny's Jr. land) but I don't have a good feeling about it.
TOY (again/still with Morita Myuto!) are giving a very nice performance of "Ai no Matador" with Kyomoto Taiga on leadvocals and Matsushima Sou and Marius Yo are singing "Love Letter" with Tanimura Ryuichi, Haniuda Amu, Kuramoto Kaoru and Jinguji Yuta. Cute, but I have to admit I just don't like that song. And I had the impression Sou and Marius aren't the biggest fans of it, either. The medley closes with "Kimi no Hitomi ni Koishiteru" by Daiki, Hikaru and Keito with Noon Boyz, Kouchi Yugo, Matsumura Hokuto and Hip Hop Jump in the back. Good starter, not the greatest opening medley in the history of Shonen Club, but quite nice.
Intro Talk/Yokubo no Rain
Intro Talk with Hikaru, Daiki and Keito about about Valentins day (included in file) in wich Keito tells about Valentine day in England. After that Nakajima Kento and Kikuchi Fuma are giving a very impressive performance of "Yokubo no Rain".
Kento performed this song last year as a solo, but it works way better as a duet with Fuma. I'm still not a fan of the song itself, but Kento and Fuma are getting the best out of it. These two are just a perfect duo. TOY are backdancing and I wouldn't be me if I didn't give extra kudos to the very nice dancing of Myuto in this. Wich I do hereby.
Junior YOUbin didn't featured neither Kento nor Fuma this time, but only A.B.C-Z. Hashimoto Ryosuke told us that he likes the Omu-Rice of his mom the best. Aha. No cut.
Medley by Question? with Hikaru ("Gentles"), Keito ("Daybreak") and with both of them ("Midnight Shuffle"). Great. Hikaru performs "Gentles" with lots of energy, Keitos rendition of his fathers band Otokogumi hit "Daybreak" was way too short, but he was still in the center of attention during Matchys "Midnight shuffle" on wich Hikaru re-joined on bassguitar. Very good and without a doubt the highlight of this episode. If there is anything to complain about, than maybe the fact that you will hear more of Yodogawa Yoshihiros voice than of Keitos during "Daybreak". But to me that's okay. Let's face it: Keito has a nice voice, but when it comes to singing he will never become the next Freddie Mercury. His performance was great, nevertheless!
Talk part of Daiki, Hikaru and Keito with Kis-my-Ft2 about the episodes theme.
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Medley by Kis-my-Ft2 of "Everybody go!" and "We never give up". Good one, even if it doesn't add anything new to their previous performances of these songs. But for whatever reason the "group" feeling is on a higher level to me in this performance (means not just three members with backdancers).
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The game is Oekaki Taiketsu (Drawing game). Presented by Daiki , Hikaru (also the judge) and Keito, Kawai Fumito as presenter of the topic (wich is "horse") and Totsuka Shota, Senga Kento, Igo Akun, Kyomoto Taiga and Tanaka Juri as participants.
Nice one, and with some very..remarkable results: Altough the point is to draw a horse , Taiga slips into the Kaiju genre again (as in May last year, when he was supposed to draw a rhino), Akun draws Mrs.Grintooth of "Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver" and Juri comes up with a mutated pig with tits. Highly amusing.
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Talk part of Daiki, Hikaru and Keito with surprise guests B.A.D. and Shigeoka Daiki. I think the hosts knew about this before, but I'm not 100% sure, because they really looked surprised as Shige and B.A.D. were entering the stage.
Koi ni Ochita Bodyguard
A.B.C-Z performance of "Koi ni Ochita Bodyguard". Lots of good dancing, but the song itself sounds kind of unfinished, as if the arranger had suddenly lost his interest in the song: "Ah, okay we have the singing melody, let's just add some rhytm sounds and go on to the next one." Performance= good,Song= only soso.
I was hoping for the second part of the Jr. ni Q of the previous episode, but instead there was the second installment of Fujigayas Gayagaya Shiyoze with Kawai Fumito and Goseki Koichi as guests, who tried much too hard to be funny . No cut.
Sun burns down
Daiki, Hikaru and Keito are announcing a very,very,VERY special guest. Turns out it is Akanishi Jin with a performance of "Sun burns down". I won't write anything about all that marriage stuff that made the headlines the past few days but concentrate on the performance. If you want to call it a performance, that is. I'm not an expert about Akanishi Jin solo performances and I guess I'll never be, because after watching this I'm not very eager to look out for more of them. Jin makes a very bored impression and it seems he thinks the Shonen Club stage and the audience isn't worthy of his presence. At one point he even blows up his cheeks as if to say "I'm so done with this kindergarten audience!". His movements were totally out of place for a dance number like this, he looked as if he was someone standing at a bus stop at a cold morning trying to warm himself up. And the song itself? Well..it's not totally crap, but it is very..simple..to say it the gentle way. Musically and lyrically. I have no idea why it took five people (according to the credits) to write this one.
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After the "performance" Jin unbended a bit during the talk part with Daiki, Hikaru and Keito. For whatever reasons Fujigaya Taisuke and Kawai Fumito are also in this talk part.
Ending song is "Hoshikuzu no Spangle" starting with Morita Myuto in the center of other dancing Juniors and with A.B.C-Z, Shigeoka Daiki, B.A.D., Noon Boyz, Matsumura Hokuto, Kouchi Yugo, TOY, Hip Hop Jump,Kis-my-Ft2, Nakajima Kento and Kikuchi Fuma joining in. Daiki, Hikaru and Keito are entering the stage to give their goodbyes and "Happy Valentine" wishes at the end. Nice ending of an episode which had some real highlights (Okamoto Keito, the duet of Fuma and Kento and lots of Myuto moments) but was all in all just average (especially in comparison to the previous episode).