Ainori #315

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Ainori is a popular reality show in Japan, aired on Fuji TV on Monday nights at 23:00.

In August 2005, I discovered that Ainori was not only popular in Japan, but also all over the world thanks to Bit Torrent technology. I decided to write a summary of each episode, and do a translation of the weekly photo captions from the official site. What do I get out of this? I get to improve my Japanese, I get more traffic to my blog, but above all, I get the satisfaction of knowing many non-Japanese speakers all over the world can appreciate a truly unique reality show. Enjoy, and don’t hesitate to post any comments or questions you may have.

Ainori’s official homepage (Japanese only).

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Ainori #315

WARNING! THIS IS THE HUGEST SPOILER EVER!

OMG, OMG, OMG, I can’t believe this! The incident we all thought had happened twice already actually went down this week, and what a bombshell! If you haven’t seen this week’s episode yet, you might NOT WANT TO READ ANY FURTHER!


Everything started quite innocently, with Outlaw thanking Suuzan for helping him change from a pure macho man to a regular Romeo, explaining he was ready to declare his love (to Goki, of course), and that he would leave Ainori over the next few days…


Then, during a toilet break, Outlaw found himself alone on the Love Bus, and that’s when it all started. The soundman had inadvertently (?) left his equipment turned on, i.e. Outlaw could actually hear what the others were saying through their mics. Oh yes, you guessed it! Goki was talking to one of the female staff about her forbidden attraction to Atsushi, the soundman, and how she couldn’t fall in love with any of the male participants.


As you can imagine, a disgruntled Outlaw wasn’t in the best of moods, and started telling the staff not to point the camera at him, trying to interfere by putting his foot in front of the objective. The cameraman told him to be more cooperative, and that’s what made Outlaw lose it!


The group had to restrain him as he was becoming more and more aggressive, angry because all his efforts had suddenly become meaningless. The staff didn’t have a clue either as to what was going on, and the Love Bus had to stop so the director and Outlaw could have a talk outside. Outlaw explained that he had heard everything, and that there was no way he could recover from that, leaving him with only one option: dropping out! Dudes, I was soooo rooting for him, I mean, with the transformation he went through and everything, I’m really sad and disappointed for him. I really hope he can make use of what he’s learned on Ainori in the future. This is something that should never have happened, and the soundman was crying when he realized that his mistake had actually triggered all this. You’d think this is a real mess, right? But wait, there’s more…


When Outlaw’s dropping out was announced to the rest of the group, Goki probably realized Outlaw was in love with her, and that somehow he had found out about her feelings for Atsushi. I guess she saw how hopeless her situation was, too, and she also suddenly announced to the group the she was dropping out.

So we lost two good participants due to a human error, and I’m pretty pissed off about that. In my opinion, the staff should have removed Atsushi from the equation as soon as they heard that Goki had feelings for him, and have a new soundman replace him. It’s ironic that he’s the one who provoked the incident by leaving the sound system on. On a reality show which emphasizes the secrecy of the participants’ real feelings, a mistake like that is unacceptable. He should have been fired on the spot! Next week, it seems one of the girls is going to get the tickets from the Love Bus, which means we might have a kokuhaku (love declaration) a soon as next week! I can’t be certain, but it sure looks like Hisayon’s hair in the picture. Can’t wait!

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Update (2006-05-30): The Ainori Staff has posted an official apology on their website.


It roughly translates like this:

-About this week’s episode-

Due to the staff’s error, Outlaw dropped out, and many of our viewers were displeased. We truly apologize for that. Although the soundman was shaken, leaving the mixer turned on was a real beginner’s mistake. In addition, the cameraman calling a participant “temee” (note from the translator: “temee” is really untranslatable in English. An equally insulting term in English would be “motherfucker”) was an inexcusable abuse of language. Even if the cameraman’s pride was hurt by having a foot directed to the camera, he obviously went too far.

Now, the technical staff is back to Japan, and is keeping in touch with Outlaw, making efforts to repair their relationship with him. In order not to make participants repress their feelings in such a way ever again, from now on we will be more careful and work hard on the production of the show. We are truly apologetic.

The Ainori Staff

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Ok, I know I’ve been slow on translations lately, but don’t worry people, work has finally slowed down a bit. So just for the record…
:-) Special treat for non-Japanese speakers coming soon – I promise! :-)

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16 Responses to “Ainori #315”

  1. Aya Says:

    I don’t think Atsushi should have been fired just because Goki “fell in love” with him. When he was interviewed by the other staff, he made it clear he’d never even spoke with her except for the times when he asked her to put the mike on. He didn’t do anything to make her develop her feelings towards him, and therefore he shouldn’t be accountable for the actions that resulted because of it.

  2. Sylvain Says:

    >Aya

    What I meant is Atsushi should have merely been replaced (not fired – there’s plenty of work for a soundman at Fuji TV) by another soundman when Goki confessed her attraction to him. What he should get fired for is leaving his equipment on, resulting in Outlaw’s dropping out.

  3. NewYorkJihen Says:

    It can’t be Hisayon leaving, I think it’s going to be Izumi. Hisayon hasn’t been developed as a character yet. Now Outlaw- that’s development. He started out as a creep and did a 720 degree turn!

  4. Chk Says:

    Looks like everything was set up by the director or the crew to have the sound left turned on so Outlaw can hear Goki’s conversation. They couldnt come out and tell Outlaw about Goki’s feeling for the soundman so they set everything up so he can find out himself. Very devious. Also, why wasnt Outlaw allowed to say goodbye to the rest of the cast?

  5. megumi Says:

    yarase (set up) or not, I was really shocked by this ep. I cried so much when I found out Autoro was leaving. Autoro was my favorite member.. not only from this group but from all the other members I’ve been watching from before. I’ve never been so supportive of a guy member (like I did for Autoro) before, let alone fangirl over the internet about him. XD but I wish the best for Autoro & Goki..

  6. Baka Says:

    Why do you guys call him Outlaw? Anyway, it was totally set up. Even having the audio guy get in camera, on the bus, in front of Goki was unnatural. And I bet the director told Autoro to stay in the bus by himself. Autoro was pretty freaky when he snapped, but then the camera guy provoked him too; he was like “I’m trying to get a shot and WTF you doing to my camera%#(*^” All I have to say is, Ai Nori director is an idiot. And I don’t like Goki either. She’s scary. She’s selfish. I like Izumi; she understood how Autoro felt.

  7. Marcelo Says:

    And Hisayon as well, Baka. Hey people, Outlaw may have reacted as if he had learned nothing from the time he spent with the group, but you must admit his reaction was only human. We all have pride, and Outlaw´s was stepped on bad by that incident, whether an accident or a setup. Anyway, you´re right, the director´s an idiot and should be, if nor fired, transffered immediately. He simply screwed up what could have been an interesting and heart warming outcome. whether Goki had rejected him or not. I would have taken made the same decision he did! Man, he was so hurt he even decided stop things abruptly, leaving right away without saying goodbye to the rest of the group. Seppuku for Ainori. Period.

  8. jennycubachi Says:

    Outlaw is such a changed man, and to have this event occurr because of the soundman’s inability to shut off a recording is disgraceful. I don’t know why nothing is done to him. I don’t want to see Outlaw go because of this. Goki had feelings for the soundman and its something she can’t shy away from. I do see her point in leaving the show. Either this is a ploy by the Ainori producers to create an intense show (and mess with the feelings of their participants) or the soundman is a baka. I would love to see what is next for this show.

  9. Miriam Says:

    We call him Outlaw because that’s his nickname on the show. An Outlaw is what they call a host, who isn’t part of a faction/group.

    Man, this episode was sad. I totally understand why Outlaw getting pissed. I really wish he could have had a proper kokuhaku. I hope he’ll stay the nice guy he’s become on the show and I hope they’ll show him sometime in the future (maybe in a special or something).

  10. megumi Says:

    from the looks of people’s reactions, I’m afraid of Ainori’s “future”. I just hope they don’t lose fans/viewers..

    & I still like to type Autoro instead of Outlaw. lol

  11. Sylvain Says:

    Way to go, Megumi (笑)

    Actually, I decided to call him “Outlaw” because that’s what I thought is name meant, plus when I looked it up in a katakana-English dictionary, the word “outlaw” came up. However, I had no idea it meant “a host who isn’t part of a group”. Thanks for the info, Miriam.

    I don’t think Ainori will lose fans over this, unless it happens again. As some of you said, it still isn’t clear whether this was a (partially) staged stunt or not.

    ちょっとアヤシいなぁ。。。

  12. umi Says:

    I am reluctant to believe that this was a setup. Ainori is usually all about the kokuhaku’s that don’t work out. They have never had something like this happen in the past, and it is really uncertain that they would start now.

    I think the unnatural angle of the sound man going in front of Goki wasn’t necessarily unnatural. It is obvious they take several breaks and an episode happens in the course of couple of days. We don’t see everything. We usually don’t see the mic-ing up process that we saw today. It is concievable that the sound guy periodically checks the sound in the car. Also, that they take more breaks and a lot of lull and long periods are cut out of the show.

    I think it really was a stupid mistake. I also think that the show tries to be very secretive about the others love interest. That’s why interesting love triangles continue.

    People have stayed on the bus past shitsuren/rejection before. Like the time seki-chan’s love interest retired and he had to get over her to meet and fall for someone new. It is sort of happening now with suuzan (or hopefully it will). That’s why they allowed Goki and Outlaw to stay until THEY wanted to leave. I don’t think they ever kick someone off the show unless it is a medical emergency.

    It is also interesting to remember that there was that girl that fell for the bus driver and it worked out. Eh. I guess that driver wasn’t permanant staff. Also, no one else was crushing on her, so, no hearts were broken.

    Sorry that this is a long comment.

  13. umi Says:

    I also just wanted to clarify. I think the show allows for people to grow past things and to change. They don’t kick people out because there is always possibility for the people to change. And if there is no koi/romance going on, then that is when they plan outings and activities for the members.

  14. Jenna Says:

    Je ne comprend rien à l’émoi collectif je n’ai jamais autant ri de tous mes visionnages de ainori! Meme avec Mikarin la tortue qui lachait pas la jambe de Suzan! Raah les plans, les regards , les comportements tout était calculé, et le coup du micro alors qu’elles sont à trois centimètres de la camionette pfff… Pathétique j’ai trop ri et les deux sont partis je ne les trouvais pas terrible de toutes faço ns. Bon comme d’hab’ personne comprends mes commentaires mais bon. Vivement de vrais bon nouveaux participants!

  15. mv Says:

    Whether it was an accident or a setup I am disappointed to see both Goki and Outlaw go, esp. Outlaw since he grew so much. I hope Outlaw will be able to look past this incident, as a sort of an obstacle, and not go back to his old self.

  16. Nhung Says:

    I just heard about this show. Like it. by the way, i’m a Vietnamese woman :-)