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So, I really liked the episode with the strange food combos which taste good (2011.06.01). It looks like they had folks send in suggestions and then some of the boys picked one that they liked best to show and have everyone else try. Then they they'd all vote on whether it actually tasted good or not, ie whether that member's successful at this challenge or not. Majority wins as usual.

I haven't tried all the combos, but I probably will try most of them at some point.

Ryo-chan: Pudding (the japanese purin type?) and natto. -- I haven't tried this, but I want to at some point. I'm pretty sure it'll be good because I like natto with honey.

Okura: Japanese curry with mini cream puffs. -- this one looks good to me too. And I don't care if it makes the curry colder or tones down the spicy flavor. :D

Yasu: Gyudon (beef bowl) with fruits punch (ie, those canned fruit things) - I dunno if I can make myself try this. It looks gross >_<

Maru-chan: Vanilla ice cream with Nori tamago furikake (those rice seasoning things, egg and seaweed flavor). I tried this recently and it tastes just like he explained. It's surprisingly really good!

Sadly I don't think any of the other members showcased a choice although I really wish they did though, because I'd love to see what Subaru, Hina and Yoko pick.

The next couple episodes are again trying to guess the names of people. This time around it's veteran comedians. I think this particular type of challenge is getting a little old. ;) I can only watch them be mortified and slapped so many times.
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more shiwake thoughts, I finished up to #15 2011.05.25, which was the 2nd half of the Johnny's Ai one.  I'm not at all surprised that Hina passes his.  But who would've thought that Maru would be good at remembering their sempais lyrics too. I love watching him karaoke cause he gets into it. lol.   And I am duly impressed that Subaru passed his too, which I thought was one of the harder songs.  And I can't believe Yasu fails again this time ;__;   And I die laughing at Yoko's reactions how beforehand he says stuff to cushion the blow (just in case he fails) but then right afterwards he totally throws Yasu under the bus. XD;;  Although Ryo-chan does it too, just less so.  XD;

The episode where Hina, Yasu and Ryo go to the amusement park? -- my feelings on it were exactly the same as Okuras, I totally feel bad for the ossans who are responsible for/manage the park.  No one wants to see that!  ._.  ^^;

As for the ones where they have to give the names of the veteran actors?  lol.  This has got to be set up right?  Cause I can't imagine that the sempai actors would stand for it.  Even the guy who supposedly has a short temper, he seemed to take it all in stride when they couldn't remember his name.  ...Actually the guy whose name none of them remembered did seem a little put out, but... maybe it's just good acting?  ...someone said it (I can't remember who) but it's totally true - it's like they're creating enemies when they're still starting off.  XD;;

I love the ones where they try to guess ages - there's another one where you have to guess who's a mom and who's an elementary school student.  I have to say, Maru sucks at this.  XD;;  And then there was one where they had to guess which lady used to be a yankee (ie, delinquent) ... I totally picked the same person as Maru, which btw was wrong.  XD;;

What's funny about these also is that if you get it wrong, you get slapped (or in the case of the elementary school vs mom, you get squirted in the face with a water gun) And they don't look like soft slaps either.  Although I have to say, they had an assistant do the slapping for the veteran actors one -- and it looks like she slaps harder/softer for certain people (!) ....or at least it seemed that way to me.  :P

Next one up is them sharing/trying strange combinations of food that surprisingly go well together.  There was a short preview clip where I think Ryo's recommendation was purin (japanese pudding) and natto.  I'm actually not surprised that this goes together.  I really like natto with honey -- it makes it taste like sweet red beans. <3

... but it also reminds me of an old clip I've seen before with Ryo-chan recommending that you mix sugar and margerine and spread it on bread, toast it, and then spread some more on the toast.  ...which sounds like a heart attack waiting to happen.  XO
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So, I've been watching Kanjani no shiwake eight and the early episodes are really good!  I'm not sure why it eventually got cancelled, especially right after they made it to golden hour.  But then again a lot can change in 4 years, so.  So far I've only seen the first few eps - so the Johnny's Ai one where they have to sing a randomly chosen shounentai song without making lyrics mistakes for the portions of the lyrics which are missing.  And the one they test who has good motor skills (ie, good at physical exercise, etc) by having them get on a high bar and do backwards rotations, etc.

What's best about these things is seeing their reactions and them interacting with each other and trying new things.  As a fan - honestly that's what I want to see most - it's also why I like Janiben so much.

I honestly felt bad for Yasu when he failed his singing thing.  He looked so sad/upset ;___;  Although turns out most of them failed XD;  And I loved Maru's happy performance - and the members' commentary (which they so helpfully subtitled next to the wipe!)
And I love hearing them sing karaoke-style though.  It's part of the reason I want to watch shiwake.  to hear their non-processed voices! Cause this is the show where they do the karaoke stuff right right?  <3

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