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Tiga & Mebius (and their human counterparts) in a game show 
18th-Sep-2008 03:57 pm
Tokyo Friend Park 2: 09/15/2008

Because I can't resist after finish watching this episode, which is, I assume, to promote the Ultraman movie. Ultraman Tiga and Ultraman Mebius appear, as well as fake kaiju (Red King and Baltan).

Okay, I guess Tokyo Friend Park 2 is another variety show, a la NEP League (reminds me that I still want to hunt down the D-BOYS episodes), but probably needs less understanding of the Japanese. It surprised the heck out of me when it showed up on v6_unlimited. For obvious reason, other than the mention of Hiroshi Nagano (Daigo) and UM Tiga, the post didn't also tell me that Shunji Igarashi (Mirai) or Takami Yoshimoto (Rena or Hayata's daughter, haha) were in it. (I realized their appearances by reading the screencap.) I would have downloaded and watched even if there was only Nagano, of course, but it's all the better this way.

Go watch it if you haven't, because I've probably spoiled most of the episode under the cut.


There are five games:


First one is sort of jumping and sticking on a wall. I suppose one just has to see it, because I really can't explain. Nagano is the best in this one, I think. (Yeah, Igarashi got even higher, but he messed up on his first try. I think they might be debating whether to give him another chance.)


Second one is with this large screen. There are blocks falling, a la Tetris. The contestant hits the block as they are falling down (or going up). It would stop when you hit it at the right time. The objective here seems to be...(hard to explain without picture)...bridging the blocks from left to right. So if the subsequent block doesn't stop adjacent to the previous one, you lose, I think. And the length of blocks get shorten as the game progresses.

Anyway, Igarashi missed the final block so the game was over and he fell down to the floor in a heap (sorry, I found that too hilarious). So well, since there is still plenty of time, the group gets another chance. (I thought they would have changed the position and let Igarashi go first or something, but no. Senpai first, then his love interest, then the rookie.) Long story short, Igarashi totally redeemed himself by saving them all with the last block.

Nagano seems to be consistently good throughout this game also.


Third one is the bowling ball one. Yeah, there's this green bowling ball (probably plastic, and it didn't look heavy) hanging down with rope the contestants are supposed to...(hard to explain without picture)...swing around, so that the ball hits as many pins as possible.

Anyway, they couldn't strike down all the pins in the first two rounds. However, they nailed all the pins in their third try, with plenty of time to spare. Either they are getting better (and learn the pattern) on their third try, or I suspect that the game (secretly) helps the contestants by slowing down (or stopping) the moving pins (or perhaps not anything that obvious, but this seems to be the game that can be interfered with the most and viewers would not really realize whether something is up).


Fourth game is totally my favorite, haha. It's some sort of picture quiz. I think each contestant is asked about things they like and/or know about. They have to identify things in the picture related to their topic (technically it's "problem" but I like "topic" better)--that seems to be chosen for them.

First round:

- First up is Yoshimoto. Not sure what her topic was (because I totally have no clue what the pictures were). I think she's asked about African musical instruments???? She gets them all correct.

- Next is Igarashi. Sadly he gets only the first two (out of five pictures) correct. The topic seems to be ramen, and has something to do with his father (such as his favorite food, perhaps?) (EDIT: Ah, see this comment instead for the correct question.)

- Last is Nagano. He is to identify Ultramen from their silhouettes. Since he likes them a lot, it follows that he should get them all correct. And he does, in this order: Seven, Dyna, Tiga (that's cheating), the original, Ace.

Second round:

Again, keeping the same order, Yoshimoto goes first. I guess the topic is still Africa-related(?). They show pictures of desert(?) animals (most of which, by the way, I don't recognize). She gets only three correct.

Igarashi is up next, again. I think the topic is about Japanese Olympic medalists.</s> (EDIT: Ah, see this comment instead for the correct question.) But how very very sad that he can't identify even one person. (Not that I was very surprised. He made the sort of face that spelled doom even before he saw the pictures.)

Nagano is last, again. And somehow I think he gets a topic that gives him very unfair adventage (a.k.a. most anything having to do with food). So of course every plate is all correctly identified. I'm impressed, really.

Yeah, they win this game. :)


The last game is table hockey. I can't say much about it, since I don't know much about it. Anyway, Igarashi seems to score the goal most often. Their opponents are the fake kaiju, Red King and Baltan. (Nice of Mebius and Tiga to not attack them too much and still let the kaiju be around to play against the contestants.) I think Igarashi stays at the table without a break but Nagano and Yoshimoto take turns. (Well, Yoshimoto seems to come down just so one could say she participates in the game, I think.) Needless to say that the contestants win this game. :)


...And I think I've run out of stream. So if, for some reason, you read this without watching first, there are still something else left to look forward to.
Daigo &amp; Rena
Comments 
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18th-Sep-2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
Ah, that sounds very interesting. I didn't think the Africa-related questions were random, but didn't have any info to back it up. Also, I forgot earlier that Yoshimoto was also doing some sort of African dance before that picture quiz game started.

Thank you for the information! :)
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19th-Sep-2008 03:37 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you for the link! :) Yes, the few pictures I've seen are very lovely. I'll check the site out more thoroughly when I have some time.
18th-Sep-2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
Maybe I'z not awake yet... Is there a download link? Thanks in advance!
18th-Sep-2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
No problem. Since I don't think I can share their link, the post with the download link is here (need to join the comm first to see media posts).
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18th-Sep-2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, TFP2, or at least this episode, is fun. I was surprised, but in a good way, to see an episode showed up in the comm, because I didn't know this show is still around. Before this, I'd never seen any TFP episode, but I think I'd read somewhere sometime ago about V6 appearance in TFP. I remember wanting to watch that episode, but couldn't locate it anywhere (and I don't think there was a "2" after TFP then, or perhaps the person who posted simply made a mistake).

I appreciate that you translate Igarashi's questions for me. I suppose I've caught only a few words and simply guessed the rest. ^^; And, yes, his second question seemed pretty unfair, then. The Nagano Olympics were held in 1998, so that's like ten years already. Hope they don't do this kind of thing often (ask unfair questions, I mean), since I've come to like this show.

I mean, I suppose it's better than general trivia at least?

Definitely. This is my favorite part of the show for that reason, that at least it asks more personalized questions to suit each person.
19th-Sep-2008 12:38 am (UTC)
I was going to put off watching it, but once I heard Nagano and Shunji appearing at the same time, I just can't help myself. Deadlines be damned, I'm watching it as soon as I get home! :D

TFP is so much fun. Try hunting down the ROOKIES special too. They all show up, although only five of them do most of the games. There's a torrent up at d-addicts.com.

V6 showed up at TFP twice. I know they're both found at the same community. I haven't seen the older one, but their second appearance was very amusing. :D If you want spoilers, I'll happily recount it over the weekend. XD
19th-Sep-2008 03:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, realizing that they both appeared made me watch the show as soon as I downloaded it. :)

ROOKIES special? I assume it's a TFP episode. Sure, I'll get it when I have a chance. (Though wonder how they are going to balance many people in the same show. But, yeah, five sounds like an ideal number to me.)

Oh, didn't think to check the comm, thanks. That was quite sometime ago (i.e. when I didn't have an LJ account) when I read about one of V6 appearances in TFP. And I appreciate your offer to recount spoilers. Though I would have to hold off reading until I've seen the show itself. ^^;;

EDIT: I mean, I'm interested in reading your thoughts, but only if you have the time and don't mind.

Edited at 2008-09-19 02:58 pm (UTC)
22nd-Sep-2008 09:11 am (UTC) - I'll Watch as soon as I can!!!
Thank you!!!
23rd-Sep-2008 05:48 am (UTC) - Re: I'll Watch as soon as I can!!!
That was a fun show to watch. American game shows are so boring in comparison.

It was fun to see the kaiju and Tiga and Mebius.
23rd-Sep-2008 07:38 am (UTC) - Re: I'll Watch as soon as I can!!!
Glad to hear that you enjoyed the show. :)

American game shows are so boring in comparison.

Really? I think you're the second person I've seen to mention something along that line. Then again, I've never really watched American game shows other than Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, so I wouldn't know. (Only seen one or two episodes of a few other shows.) Anyway, I've read somewhere that there are plans to import this Japanese game show format to the US, so maybe there's still hope yet.
15th-Mar-2009 02:41 am (UTC)
Nagano always good at that first game. I mean back then when V6 became guest stars at TFP he always reached the clear / highest score. ^^ The funny thing is when it was the second person to do that, Nagano asked Shunji about who would do it first.

This is all my imagination by their body language cause I don't understand what they're talking about. It seems that Shunji said it doesn't matter for him who goes first. Nagano almost let him do first but then changed his mind so he's being laughed by the MC. He said that he would be too worry if he went as the last. The burden would be too much.

Did you see Shunji's face when he fail after he almost success? Nagano soothing him must be made him really relief. So in the last game after he knew the tricks he tried to give Nagano the lessen burden by being the active one in attack & did protection too.

Was it just my imagination? Or Shunji's face when Yoshimoto failed really a little grim? He didn't show the same face when it was Nagano's. Cause Nagano was his childhood hero? >_<

About the pictures games, glad that I could understand now. I knew the pictures would be something about what they said their best of them. But I didn't know that Yoshimoto said she loves something from Africa. I just thought she loves ancient stuffs & rare animal.

I thought Shunji's father has a ramen shop. Didn't have any idea about the people that showed up at his part. For Nagano, he got the questions because he said he loves Ultraman since he was a kid & also that he loves yakiniku. Still I amazed that only from silhouette pictures he could guess which Ultraman it was.

Sankyuu really, now I can understand what was the question were & why they picked them for their guests.
16th-Mar-2009 11:01 am (UTC)
Well, I still haven't seen any of the V6 games, but I think I might have one of the shows already (the second time they appeared, not the first time). Now will just have to find the time to watch.


The funny thing is when it was the second person to do that, Nagano asked Shunji about who would do it first.

This is all my imagination by their body language cause I don't understand what they're talking about.


Yeah, it did seem like a silent asking. I don't know much Japanese either, but I think Shunji said something like 'after you, leader'? And Nagano said 'I'm going' and everyone laughed...


Did you see Shunji's face when he fail after he almost success? Nagano soothing him must be made him really relief.

Actually, no. ^^; But I remember a little of the soothing...something like revenge, revenge? And, yes, I think you're right.


As for the pictures games, most information are courtesy of the other folks who commented. But I'm glad they help you.

I wonder if this show will ever get a subtitle. They are talking way too fast for me to catch what they say...
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