Ainori is a popular reality show in Japan, aired on Fuji TV on Tuesday nights at 23:00.
In early August, upon checking my statistics, I noticed my referrers included a message board I had never been to. To my surprise, some non-Japanese fan of Ainori had posted a link to my blog indicating I was talking about each episode in English. Realizing that there must be many fans out there unable to understand Japanese, I decided to write a more detailed account of each episode every week, not to mention a translation of the weekly photo captions. Enjoy, and don’t hesitate to post any comments or questions you may have.
This week Takano was really aggressive, monopolizing Hide as much as she could. Omami got fed up, and she had a really open conversation with Takano, and they sort of agreed upon a truce, letting Hide choose who he’d like to talk to. Hide chose Omami, presumably because he had spent much time with Takano lately. The truce didn’t last long, and pretty soon, Takano was aggressively trying to cut in again, even telling Omami she wasn’t talking to her when Omami told her she’d like to spend a little more time with Hide. Poor Hide was being eaten alive by the two vixens as the hostilities went on, and had a very, very confused look on his face. During one of the conversations with Omami, he finally realized that Omami liked him (about time – everybody had known that for three months already!), not Suuzan. Finally, Takano took the big step, i.e. she went to the Love Bus, asked for the tickets and declared her intentions to Hide. Now, as much as her attitude was despicable, and especially during this episode, I think she made a very good speech to Hide. He, on the other hand, looked really surprised when he heard her say: “I like you very much”. It’s crazy because the girls have been fighting over him for weeks now, and it seemed quite obvious to everybody but him. Next week, finally, we’ll get to find out how one of the most tumultuous Ainori stories will end. And what an ending, boys and girls. I can’t be sure, but from what they showed of next week’s episode, Takano AND Omami were standing next to each other, waiting for Hide to make his appearance. This can only mean one thing: when Omami heard that Takano had asked Hide to go back to Japan with her, she did the same. Are we going to see Hide answer to two declarations of love simultaneously?