So, actually, AKBINGO is the show that started it all for me. It might possibly be my favorite Japanese variety show ever… mostly because I don’t watch Japanese variety shows. Nevertheless, above all this is the first thing I think of if you mention AKB.
This episode was actually nothing special. But it has Takahashi Minami! I always liked her because she was good at singing, she’s a leader, her personality is not typical, and she’s not very attractive. That last part I always put in because I feel like it validates the fact that if I like someone and they’re not attractive then they must be doing something right.The theme of this show is that the girl sitting in the center asks a questions about herself, and then picks one of them to answer. If they get it wrong they get blasted in the face (I’m sure this carries some sort of connotation, but what?). If 4 of them get it wrong, then the girl in the center gets blasted too. (Hmm…) Miichan takes it like a pro. She incorrectly guessed Takamina’s planned stage name–which was a trick question anyway, as she wasn’t going to change her name anyway. ScumbagTaka shows herself.
It’s actually nice to have Takamina as the center girl, because she often asks a lot of emotional questions and her overreactions are funny to see.She talks about her chemistry with KitaRie, but to be honest I haven’t seen that chemistry on-stage. Maybe it’s more present off-stage? But I don’t see them off-stage, so whatever. Kojiharu also pulls off her trademark “I’m airheaded and confused but I really know what’s up.” Thanks to the good graces of her teammates, Takamina doesn’t get shot in the face. (In you end oh?)
To be honest, the questions weren’t that interesting. Maybe KitaRie with the Mother Theresa reference was pretty nice, but overall, I don’t really feel like I learned much about anybody.
I see a surprise at the end…I’m still not sure I can get used to it. The darling of AKB, the story of how she was terrible at everything and then ascended the ranks… has now transferred to “atone for her sins.”
I think it’s BS, personally, to be called out on something you did over 3 years ago. She wasn’t even that funny 3 years ago. And it’s not like what she did personally affected the entertainment she provided to everyone. If she nikushoku joushi’d someone, does that make Sashihara Pride less funny? Does her one scandal wipe out everything good that she has done? And while I think child abuse is one of the most egregious crimes, especially the way Sandusky did it, it does you no good to punish Paterno after he died or to wipe out his lifetime of accomplishments because of his one terrible mistake.
Oh wait, I got sidetracked… by a more criminal issue that is more serious.
As long as she’s still funny, I’ll support her.