Another episode where I skip through a lot of things. I do that a lot lately. Man, I’m lazy.
The comedy skit featured what seemed like Miichan and Team 4? I think. I’m so not used to Team 4, and I only see them in passing either by seeing them on AKBingo or other such things. I have to say, Okada Nana really stands out to me. She has a unique look. I don’t know if it’s because I think she’s cute, or because she’s (Tupac) shakure, but for what little exposure I get of Team 4 I seem to see her a lot.
This burger skit was actually quite funny. Well, it feels juvenile, but I don’t care. Also, the comedian’s tsukkomi was actually kinda scary. It’d be something like this:
-“Are you eating here or taking out?”
-“Are you bringing it back home?”
-“Yeah, I’m taking it home.”
-“Are you eating by yourself?”
-“Uh, yeah, that’s right.”
-“Man, you are one lonely person.”
-“LEAVE ME THE HELL ALONE.”
It makes me think about how much I like Jinnai’s tsukkomi. I also like Yamada Nana’s tsukkomi, but that seems to only work for her. Doesn’t help that she tennen boke’s too much.
As much as I’ve been liking B2 lately, I’m really on the fence with Shuu. She’s got an infectious cute smile and a hilarious bratty personality that’s funny on variety, but her dancing seems kinda meh and her voice makes me cringe. Like… it’s terrible. She has to work on that.
I see this performance and I’m like, man they’re cute and all, but it’s lacking substance. Obviously you’re not gonna win any singing awards with Tonari no Banana but with that said, it’s cringy.
I really want to like Shuu though, I really do.
Under the guise that they were going to perform a skit for NHK, they invited NMB up and as it turns out it was really for the press conference to announce their Kouhaku entry. It was fun to see the normally stonefaced (I guess you can say stoic, damn weird English to Japanese to English nuances) Sayaka burst into tears. Also fun to see was Yui laughing at her at first, and then realizing the gravity of the situation and crying too.
I’ve said this a billion times but I still miss Yui in NMB.
I’m always curious to see how popular members treat non-popular members. I remember being somewhat surprised at the NMB documentary because sometimes you’d see Milky go absolutely nuts for a KKS or Team B2 member and you wonder if it’s just for the camera or if she really likes them but just doesn’t have time to hang with them. I always like it when a senior member helps bring up juniors.
The final musical performance was awesome.
Two girls perform an excellent Piano+Sax rendition of Kareha no Station. Now, it’s not the greatest, but it’s still pretty damn good. This is why I want to follow the group, because when you see stuff like this that they’re capable of, it’s really a treat. I remember reading somewhere that less than 0.05% of all pianists actually become concert pianists. It’s fiercely competitive and you need to practically be a god to be able to do it.
When I see things like this, I think that for a moment… pretty good people can shine. Give them their 10 seconds of fame and reward them just for being very good. I definitely enjoyed this.