I decided to write this post bc of a bunch of comments that were made on my post about ariyoshi’s show with the tokyo university guy and the AV star by me and another person lol. i just remember him saying yeah i know about the ame talk and the honma dekka…. i highly RECOMMEND BOTH. ( so sad about kaneko 😦 ) what else! I know that not a lot of people are into talk/variety shows or have a really warped/prejudiced/narrow-view on talk/variety shows because there is a lot of variety in variety/talk shows as well as among the episodes of one talk/varietiy show. also there is the availability with vids getting removed off the streaming sites and ordering it is probably really pricey plus who wants to order something they never seen. so anyways i’m writing this for my limited audience. niche is good 🙂 though in japan it’s hardly niche..
so first i’m gonna reiterate some information about japanese talk/variety shows JUST SO you don’t miss out on good stuff but you know at the same time don’t waste your time trying to like something you don’t like or trying to find something you find utterly boring/pointless as interesting because of x reason.
What I LOVE about it is…the interesting talk, the deep talk, hilarious talk etc etc. basically intersting talking! hence TALK/variety show! ALSO like i said before withthe previous post, i hate how korean talk/variety shows are so noisy or poorly edited (compared to japaense), really obnoxious and just … just not think of the viewers. IT’S LIKE NO I DON’T GIVE A SHIT THAT B-LIST CELEBS ARE PLAYING SOME GAME THAT I CAN PLAY WITH MY FRIENDS… hence i hate 1 night 2 days/running man etc etc (it’s not funnny at all to me… it’s just one of those things like i find big bang theory stupid and not funny as well asmodern family as well as new girl. i don’t care how many damn awards you throw at it. it does’nt change its suckiness) . but like i said in my previous post, my…. relatives find it fun to watch and that it doesn’t require much thinking. i can understand the second part but i will nevr comprehend the first part just bc of my love towards japaense shows.
so that is why I am recommending these shows and for the record I do not like recommending anything that’s embarrassing. in other words, people who go crazy over __ and like recommends it and then you watch it and your response either ends up being zzz…. wtf, this crap is average/mediocre/below-average/complete shit or…. it’s good but not that good. Like recently I read the book children (chirudoren) by isakarou something something and that book has…. REALLY high reviews amazon like 4.5 starss high… from what I could tell from his writing style from my brief reading in bookoff… his writing style is compatible with me so i gave him a shot. and to give a shot with an author, i usually choose an award-winnning book. sothis was did win an award. but for me this book is like 3/5 or 2.5/5 … it’s just nichijou-kei. I like certain aspects/parts about it but overall i do not see why it’s 4/5 or 5/5. for tanpenshuu … hana no manma and natsu no anthology were more enjoyable and interesting for me (those are like 4/5 or 4.5/5… hana no manma is AWESOME) so that’s why i have to rate his book lower bc all i can do is compare to books i’ve read thus far. BUT from the amazon reviews, some people said they loved his other book ___ and was disappointed with this one b.c. of the popularity/hype so i will try to chceck out his other books as well in the future provided book-off puts his books in the dollar section lol.
So basically I personally don’t like recommending anything unless i really find it totally awesomely fun and i have some amount of confidence that the person who i recommend it to won’t respond back with uh… it’s nothing special.. I feel like just the word recommendation sorta holds the nuance that out of all the __ I watched I felt ___ is the most entertaining/worth watching. OF COURSE there’s also personal taste differences but you know i just described in this post what I love about japanese talk/variety show. so i tihnk you should know whether or not there’s a chance in hell if you find what I find interesting/awesome also interesting/awesome. however, with this post i will probably end up doing the opposite of what i just said because the nature of variety/talk shows/tv is just is what it is. lol.
so the thing with talk/vaerity shows, at lesat for me, is let’s say i find one i really like but then there’s some parts of the show I REALLY find boring no matter what or some of the kikaku (it could span the whole ep or half the ep, who knows) is just really crappy and uninteresting but there’s also episodes that make me laugh out loud from beginning to end. So if I GAVE UP on haneru no tobira after seeing the 100en shop bit I would hav eNEVER watched the episode with the bakuro (where the cast tell their biggest secret. of course the cast are all geinin so it’s hilarious shit). I’m not saying I sat through the 100 en shop big. what i did was fsat-forward the show to see if tehre’s any part worth wathcing and i found out there is.
just a tip … i find idol shows easier to understand and to be more everyday conversation if reinforcing common/japanese vocabulary is important to you. ie arahsi, akb48. but the thing is even though it’s easy to understand and reinforcing in that way it’s still funny and enjoyable to watch. but by all means don’t limit yourself to idol shows just bc they’re easier because those geinin are frickin’ hilarious.
So I’m just going to talk about a bunch of japnaese talk/variety shows that i like. plesae take into consideration what i said before about duddy episodes, segments, etcc. don’t scream bullshit till you fast-forward lol.
竹山のやりたい100のこと ～ザキヤマ＆河本のイジリ旅～ – wow I caught this on youtube and I love it. koumoto’s laugh is to die for and zakiyama is awesome. it was so funny in ep 4 when zakiyama was like if you just say yaritai yaritari w.o. the yaritakunai it becomes realllllllly vulgar. I’m definitely gonna check out other eps. i don’t know if i want to recommend this show but I personalllly LOVE It. the takeyama ijiri on london hearts is so funny too the yakusha thing… lol. I wonder if the show was filmed before the whole mess with koumoto’s mom or if the show ended after that ended. but anyways i hope there’s many eps. I would recommend checking it out if you’re in the loop with geinin and you love the takeyama ijiri on london hearts.
ブラマヨとゆかいな仲間たち アツアツっ! – so I’ve been loving this show ever since it aired. it completely is what I love about japanese talk/vairety show with the geinin. so the show is called blahblahblah atsuatsu bc they gotta talk PASSIONATELY about whatever. and geinin are really good at speaking/telling stories. it’s hosted by black mayonnaise which is definitely one of the top tier conbis in japanese now. I like both of them but yoshida is pretty twisted…. so there’s a lot of interesting stories and both parties are good at talking so it’s enjoyable and fun to watch . So the host are like A+ tier as far as geinin are concerned. it’s a shinya show (airs at midnight?) so they don’t have limits… you know how if a gets the prized golden hour for its airing they have to keep it g or pg which might sorta limit/hamper the people who are on the show with their creativity. that is not to say that this show is only full of shimo-neta stuff…. what ‘m saying is they don’t have to deal with those kind of restrictions or pressure to please the broad audience as opposed to whatever audience. so i’m finally catching up with this show and watching eps i havnet seen yet. so one i saw recently was with jarujaru (I love this conbi) and they talked about the whole m-1 granpri (guranpuri… what is this word in english lol) grandpre? debacle (I personally liked their manzai but now i get why everyone was so pissed at them) and why did what they did… it was awesome finding out the back story. i actually watched that m-1 grnpuri bc jarujaru wasin it and i wanted to see who was most funy. ps. i found the winner not FUNNY but at least they didn’t become popular after winning. I prefer punk bubu over owarai meshi ( the winners) that year. the winners talked about a bird-person or something.. basically it was dumb and not funny. I’ve seen the m-granpri before and i don’t find all the people funny and i don’t agree with the judges but there are funny ones in there.
for watching download off clubbox or search with name of show and douga or name of show on youku or on tudou.
ひみつの嵐ちゃん！– i like it a lot. the older eps anyway from 2009 and back? The easy to understand ( compared to others ) but still funny. Not sure if it’s as fun for guys… i dont think it is. the ones airing now a days with the share house is boring..
はねるのトびら – 暴露 – that ep was awesome 🙂 that episode you should definitely watch. i loved the bakuro one about suzuki because it was so harash and real. i hate suzuki too man…
ゴットダン - there’s sorashi tai and a whole other kikaku but this show can be crude lol. so yeah… thre’a lot of kikaku so see if any interest you. I love this shwo somtimes ie マジ歌選手権…. omg i love some of the songs for reals. and it’s so funnnnnnny!! I laugh out loud while i watch that. If I had milk in my mouth like the judges i would have to clean up my house. i thought the title was GODDAMN b.c. the show is crude sometimes.. turns out it’s GOD TONGUE . i found out from clubbox lol. so sorry it’s ゴッドタン, my miss lol. バカヤロウ徒競走 IS INTERESTING too.
有田とマツコと男と女 – some of it is interesting and hilarious but some of it is okay. artita and matsuko is an interesting combination i thought and it does work…. I like the part with the gaikokujin of course. i would skip the part about ippatsu ya because they were famous for a brief amount of time in the 80s or 70s or some shit.
speaking of matsuko + someome. matsuko and ariyoshi’s ikari shintou is okay. at first i had mad expecatations bc it was matsuko and ariyoshi. the funny thing is even they talked about it on the show… i know that people expect both of us to be all pissed and be yelling and spitting poison out of our mouths but we’re just normal people lol. it’s just okay….. I don’t know if it got better or anything. BUT I do have eps on my que for certain eps because it came up on the news (entertainment news) that they talked something that seemed really interesitng.
akbingo – i only watch interesting kikaku episodes ie i do not watch the episode the burger shop, flour, stupid games that have no meaningful conversation etc. i like interesting talk. I also like let’s DANSO lol.
くだまき八兵衛X – I lovethis show. they talk about interesting stuff and there’s also shimo-neta lol ie ep with the av joyuu. the ep about goukon was pretty funny.
さしこのくせに – i loved this show. i don’t know why but i jjust loved it. they had an episode with kaidan which was awesome. i am a fan of sashihara so if you aren’t a fan of her i don’ tknow how fun it’ll be.
red theater – there are some awesome konto on this show. this show as well as three theater features konto with a set and props and costumes. some kontos arent as funny but once you find one that’s hilarious, you can also anticipate that they’ll do variations of that konto with different settings etc. I think the show was really popular?
平和昭和時間空間バトル – this was one of my first shows/introductions to talk variety shows. they had some fun games. they compare showa and heisei. there were idol boys that were 13/14 so i was hoping it would be easier lol but they sitll have 14 years on me with the japanese. there was a geinnnin here i realllllly liked on this show he’s the one that’s in his 30s.
有吉AKB共和国 – the editing on this show is good. i find this show pretty funny/entertaining/awesome. I am a little bit of a fan of akb48 but not that huge. i first watched bc of ariyoshi of course. i don’t want to strongly recommend ittttt but i personally really enjoyed watching some of the eps. the country song that kojiharu sang will always be in my heart lol 国歌. they have a lot of kikaku too so choose the one that looks interesting if you want to check it out.
ame talk アメトーーク! – only geinin come on the show for talking so it’s awesome (one of the reasons why i’m just likein LOVE with japanese tv and i just have to compare this show to korean tv sometimes because it’s so much better). find a themed ep that interests you and try it out. i loved hitomishiri geinin, evangelion geinin. sometimes, they’ll do it on sometihng i have no idea what it is like some anime i’ve never seen but it’ll still be hliairous.
やりすぎ都市伝説 – i found this really interesting at first … this kikaku for this show but then for some other eps, i didn’t find it that interesting. i know this show has other kikaku too
matsumoto hitoshi! he has like an empire of talk shows. I like yurusenai hanashi and zotto suru hanashi the most. i do like suberanashi hanashi but for some of them i don’t find it that suberanai actually lol. but some suberanai hanashi are awesome and i laugh out loud together. As far as i can tell his shows are mainstream? or at lesat popular? at leas tmore popular than current anime lol.
ホンマでっか!? – educational? maybe. there was drama with kadokura and his blog and leaving the show which was hilarious. they also have nayami soudan corner which might be useful if you have the same problem.
arashi no shukudai-kun – this show is pretty gooooooood. it ended a couple years ago but i wish they didnt’ end it bc arashi ni shiyagare just sucksssssssss. they keep saying gouka gouka or have all this crap going on to make it all gouka gouka (fancy ‘smancy) but it is boring. i’ve been meaning to watch the ep with chutoriaru just bc they’re interesting but it could end up being boring 😦 FUN TALK/VARIETY. find the guests you like and watch.
リンカーン 持病でガッテン – I wrote about this before i beleive. i don’t like lincoln in general. i don’t find the the thing wit hthe quiet library funnyy . but there are eps /kikakus that are interesting ie jibyou de gatten so iguess i do like the show. THE Nuigurumi ep was so cute and funny too. maybe it was the cuteness and the contrast with scary hamada
akb48 bimyo- I like this show it’s funny. there’s some konto that don’t work but most of them work imo and there’s parts that are subbed with the konto (which is rare since they usually don’t for konto) so in that way i l ove it.. there’s a lot of i can’t catch it but if i did i would’ve understand it with konto/manzai/etc. not sure if i would recommend to non-akb fan but i like it. I would recommend to anyone who likes conto bangumi!!
HANSEIKAI 反省会 with ariyoshi -sensei! – I like this show. the b-kyuu. the b-movie quality about it is just hilarious. they do have big people on it too. it’s just silly and serious and all this stuff at the same time. it’s an awesome show. i love the stuff ariyoshi confesses in the beginning of the show.
情熱大陸 – jounetsu tairiku – i’d say watch an example with a celebrity that you like or are interested in. It’s a documentary or documentary-like program! i definitely gotta watch danimitsu’s, kuriyama chiaki, whoever else that’s been on this show that i like/interested in.
TABIZARU 旅猿 – this show I really like. I personally HATE 1 night 2 days and other shows like that on korean tv since they are boring as HELL and the editing or post-editing/effects are so obnoxious and lame but I love this show. I don’t know why. so far i saw the one in tsukiji with kasuga and tko. It’s just funny and the ordinariness is what’s funny about it…. i can’t explain it too well. I personallyy really enjoyed it. I was caught by the tittle which was kai gai dorama mimakuri. that caught me and i’m glad I watched it. maybe it’s the geinin.
新堂本兄弟 – this show rocks. I don’t like the new set-up as much as the old set-up? I would recommend it to beginners because you can find a guest who you really like/care about and watch and laugh. it’s subed a lot so you can definitely learn from it and most of the time it’s everyday/common japanese but it’s still hilarious! people don’t have to use difficult/obscure words or whatever to be funny. simple is funny too.
gachigase – this show i wouldn’t really recommend. i mean if you’re a japaenese talk/variety show virgin lol then you might find it rather intetrseting or you really like akb48. it’s just a quiz show and like i said i love interesting talking and that’s not relaly this show’s focus. i saw some eps that interested me like the ep about the korean women and plastic surgery.
pikaru no teiri – this is the new “red theater”. not really. it was interesting how on london hearts they were treating it like the new red theater. i haven’t seen enough pikaru no teiri to really give all the deets. but iLOVE LOVE LOVE bibaru and rui. it’s basically very homosexual and very funny. i think their acting is pretty goood. the casting is just perfection lol. there’s other conto on this show that i like but some are just fail….. (that dried up desert grass thing rolling across the desert) ビバリルイ nm. bibari and rui. but it’s so funny. go watch it. they also have part where they talk with the guest which is interesting. oh and i forgot to mention shiratori. sometimes it’s hilarious, hsometimes ifeel bad for watanabe naomi. i think the funniest part about the shiratori konto is the part (I don’t know if they shoot it multiple times or just once ) where they show a cast member that is unable to hold in their laughter (is that on purpose that they showed us that? but ANYWAYS it makes it more funny)
nakayoshi terebi – some of the eps are intersting. so 3 groups of people from 3 diff countries just debate about stuff. i think out of the combinations korean/chinese/japanesae is most interesting. some of the eps are not. you can tell whether or not the topic they talk about will interest you or not. it has a variety touch so it’s not just serious debating/talking with the facts the whole time through. i like other shows better than this one
arashi ni shiyagare — no…. just no. arashi shows aren’t THIS BORING.
ザ!世界仰天ニュース – exactly as the title says.I was thinking since the footage shows white people did the production made the reenactment themselves or if they took the footage from another tv show (america or uerope somewhere) …
FOR SOME this show’s enjoyment sorta goes down b.c. of the reenactment because they take longer to tell the story than they need to. I enjoy the reenactment but that aspect kills it forme so i gotta be doing something while i watch the show otherwise i don’t watch this show. I like the talking aspect of talk/variety shows more so this show doesn’t do much for me? yeah the mysteries are interesting it’s just… they could tell more if they cut down on the reenactment… plus they hvae a part where the people do their talk which may or may not be intersting and honestly geinin are like the BEST when it comes to interesting tlaking. if you find it interesting, watch. i presonally would rather watch something else.
it’s like the strange stories they show on TLC. love how there’a show where they only show interesitng stories . there’s probably a show like this in korean but i wouldn’t know what it’s called and i don’t like watching these kinds of shows without my kanji soo eh. lol.
ほこｘたて hmm this show is average to me?i would have to fast-forward or do something while watching to watch it. by all means the concept is interesting and i love taka and toshi. it’s just other shows have more to offer me than this show fo rme. it’s totally recommendable to beginners of japanese and beginners of talk/variety shows.
TBS「イチハチ」 – I loved this show! so sad it got cancelled b.c. somebody lied on the show lol.
basically they have crazy people on this show and they discuss HILARIOUS episodes of their craziness (most people don’t… really have their preferences etc etc) like people that are obessed with being clean, who are really lazy, have very unbalanced diets, etc etc. they have top -class geinin on the side so the enjoyment level is high high high. really funny. !!
testsuko no heya – i don’t find ithis show interesting. she has the guiness world record. great for her but the show is eh. oshare rizumu, merenge on kimochi more interesting…. the clips they showed on ame talk wwere hilarious as well as those eps but tetsuko’s room ain’t that intetersein.
ブラマヨの世紀の和解SHOW – i don’t know if this show has a lot of eps. the ep with ariyoshi was hilarious. he was brilliant as always . i saw another ep which wasn’t as good but the concept is interesting.
fukaii hanashi– deep… Stuff 🙂 I wonder who they replaced the mc with. so they tell a DEEP MEANINGFul story in one minute. it usually is. you learn stuff… there’s different themes so DEFINITELy check it out an ep with the theme that interests. highly recommend!
ジャック10 – I liked this show but like the vids on youku need passwords? wtf. but anyways there’s eps on clubbo!! it’s like doyagao as far as i remember. people teach really USEFUL/handy information. junior is on the show.
コレってアリですか？ – i loved the show in the begining.. towards the mid it felt like they ran out and the re-enactments got too ridiculous/unrealistic but then I saw a later ep that is good. I think you can tell whether or not the episode (segments of th eshow) holds something of interest to you depending on what situations they cover. O-DO-RI- is in this and so is bananman…. I like those 2 conbis. especially shitara-san! if you don’t know what korette aridesuka MEANS then go watch the show and find out.
shabekuri – this is why i love geinin. just check out an ep with a celebrity you care about or know. if that ep ends up being boring, then watch another one lol. i like ita lot and i didn’t know how amazing this show could get till i watched a really amazing episode. + highly recommend.
london hearts – i don’t like some of the kikaku like when they rank geinin i want to sleep with or i want to go out etc etc. i love the ariyoshi shinro soudan and the ura de konna koto yattemashita and some of the kakeduke au. i notice the kakedukeau got boring. if you want to watch agood with the kakedukau watch the one with michishige and ariyoshi the one when ariyoshi crashes their kakuduke. + highly recommend.
also they have dokkiri shows (IE うわ! 騙された大賞, 爆問パニックフェイス!, etc etc ) , kae-uta shows (替え歌 they change the lyrics and sing it regarding their problem/ etc etc and it’s funnyt), monomane shows ( omg the new monomane with maeda atsuko is so funnnnnnnnnny… 私のことが嫌いでもAKBのことは嫌いにならないでください) she’s got the annoying nasally voice down!、 怪談 – these are awesomeeeee very scary sometimes.
there’s a lot more shows .. some i do not remember what show it is or what it was called plus i’m behind so i don’t know if there’s some new hilarious show. and no i don’t need recommendation bc i’m really super behind lol. these shows air week ly!!