For all the knocking that I give NMB48 for not performing live, they actually appear on live comedy/play-type stuff. I think that’s really cool. Actually, I think that’s just cool in general. We spend so much time watching things on TV that are highly produced and flawless, so it’s nice to see that stuff in theaters is still going. Maybe I should check out some stuff at Yoshimoto next time I go.
(Come to think of it, I didn’t get to try that one beef noodle thing that’s really famous. I’ll be sure to do that next time I visit Osaka.)
It’s one thing to develop variety, but it’s another thing to develop your live performing skills like this. Now, Riichan and Momoka aren’t exactly carrying this show, as that’s up to the comedians who dedicate themselves to this, but I like that they’re gaining experience.
Momoka was given a few comedy lines, but for the most part they’re just observers. Riichan isn’t really given much at all.
The summary for this episode is that they just concluded a sports festival, and all of a sudden Riichan’s bloomers are missing, so they try and figure out who stole them, and there’s a mock trail. They also slip in a number of cool improv sections, like this part. They search through people’s bags trying to find the bloomers and some of the comedians have to do an improv mono-boke.
I’m actually impressed with this one guy whose name is Imabeppu Naoyuki. A lot of the shows seem to focus on him, very funny guy. He even confesses to Momoka when the teacher finds his confession letter in his bag.
In the process, they discover that one of the comedians, Murakami Kenji, took pictures of the girls in their bloomers, so now he’s accused of actually stealing the bloomers.
There were a number of comedy scenes, like asking him to state clearly what his intentions were… in a loud voice! Then a small voice! Then as another comedian!
No one can really account for his whereabouts, until some guy comes in says he took voyeuristic pictures of his girlfriend while she was changing.
So who did it? All of a sudden, Imabeppu is acting suspicious.
As it turns out, he bought those bloomers online because they’re not even the same color as the school’s.
To be honest, this is one of the reasons I enjoy following idols, because as a non-Japanese it bridges the gap to comedy like this. Like… how do you even find this stuff? Not even your typical Japanese person will tell you about this, and there’s no way you would even study this kind of stuff in a class. It’s like a real life version of Wikipedia, one moment you’re reading about a plant and all of a sudden you find your way to reading about World War 2 just by clicking links.