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Arashi’s Teamplay

Arashi’s 19 going 20 years together as a quintet is a solid testament to their teamwork quality. Besides their consideration toward one another and mutual love for the group, their differing personas probably help to maintain the cohesion and balance. As well as provide interesting dynamics for variety shows. Continue reading “Arashi’s Teamplay”

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VS Arashi 2018.08.30: Quiz Matsumoto Jun #2

Ever since the epic Quiz Matsuuu~ Motooo~ Ju~n! last October, that game never really left our mind, until it’s back for the second time… on his birthday episode.

Yup, the youngest in Arashi turned 35 last Thursday, making Arashi officially the mid-30’s group. And what better way to celebrate his joining the ojisan club than to make this VS Arashi episode a Jun-centered one? Continue reading “VS Arashi 2018.08.30: Quiz Matsumoto Jun #2”

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VS Arashi: the clay art game

VS Arashi continues to roll out new special games every now and then, and they continue to be a hit or miss for me. Some of my favorites listed here have yet to make a return despite how fun they were, so they probably are a one-time thing, which i’m sad about. But this latest special game has been quite epic, garnered a good laugh from everybody, and played twice now that i suppose it will be in rotation frequently in the future. Continue reading “VS Arashi: the clay art game”

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VS Arashi 2017.10.12: highlights

VS Arashi is a game show that Arashi hosts and plays as the home team against a guest team on Thursdays. Most of the time, five members of Arashi are a team with one to two Plus-Ones, though occasionally one of them will move over to the away team to promote his acting project. Although each of them headlined a drama or movie this year, only two* came onto the show as a guest: Ohno and his Shinobi no Kuni Team in June, then Jun and his Narratage Team last week. Continue reading “VS Arashi 2017.10.12: highlights”

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VS Arashi: The Special Games

There are two weekly programs that Arashi have been hosting as a group in the past decade, and VS Arashi is one of them. Started in April 2008 before moving to its ‘Golden Time’ slot in October 2009, it’s a game show wherein Arashi as the home team, aided by Plus One guest(s), takes on the away team (mainly celebrities) in a number of games — three when it was still a half-hour program and around five for its hour-long golden episodes.

For a TV show that has aired more than 400 episodes in 9 years, naturally there are games that stood the test of time and those that were shelved and never returned. Continue reading “VS Arashi: The Special Games”

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Ohno on THE Yakai

Arashi is a group of five; i like each of them individually but i love them together. My next favorite thing is probably seeing them as pairs, regardless of the combination. Besides the two regular TV programs done by all five, there are a number of shows they host as individuals. That’s why even though i may not watch or follow those solo shows regularly, i’ll never miss the episode visited by another member. Continue reading “Ohno on THE Yakai”

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Teamwork Arashi

Remember Korekatsu Arashi? It’s been half a year since it aired, and the one thing i remember the most about it is hands down the epic Teamwork Match. I liked this game in particular and that special in general that i wished it wouldn’t be a one-time show.

At that time, Junior-san mentioned the possibility of the proposed games being brought over to VS Arashi, so when they actually did so around a month later, i was beyond thrilled. The more when it was my favorite game that made the cut, either because it received the most positive responses or because it’s the most workable game to be incorporated into the regular program. Now, every Arashi member has gotten a chance being inside the box… that i suppose it’s okay to blog about this segment again. Continue reading “Teamwork Arashi”