While the travelogue episodes were entertaining the return to games whether they be in studio or on location somewhere are the true joy of HM episodes! Today's "Chibikko King" is a master at arcading and in particular the crane type games. Representing Momusu is Kamei :D, Sayu, Tanakachi, & Jun Jun. Jun Jun has really matured so much as an idol and she truly feels like a natural part of the group for me instead of a new member. Heheh and the others make her look so tall!
The location for the showdown featuring the wiz kid vs. Momusu is Tokyo's Joypolis and we are quickly introduced to the one who wins so many toys out of these machines! The four girls are dressed in really cute dresses today and their tops have a great looking net design. Kamei's honest laughter can already be heard in full force! 😀 Heheh the little "king" in the stroller remains as a fixture on this show and Tanakachi gets the "honor" of pushing the little guy around. After Sayu gives us a cute rendition of how the crane in these games operate by picking up the little "king" we find out that there is indeed a crowned champion of these crane type games in Japan! :O Ahh to be crowned the "T.V. Champion of the Crane Game." :O!! And after a brief VTR clip she's introduced as a special guest on today's episode!
With the help of a special "crane cam" we are treated to a trial run by the Chibikko King aka kid who wins a lot of toys and goodies from crane machines. Without breaking a sweat he routinely captures a toy on his first try! I don't know about anyone else who has played these types of games but it's definitely not easy, at least for me it isn't. After about $20 I'll go home empty handed and wondering why I kept playing. 😛 Next using another crane the boy wonder of crane games manages to capture not one but two Pocky treats in a single attempt! :O The four girls and I are all amazed at this point and I think you throw in the towel before this bout begins. :O The girls receive a few tips on working the crane from the reigning champion and I imagine that Sayu & Kamei would like to take this kid out on a date so that they can win lots of stuff! Heheh they just seem to be the most excited by his talent. Just imagine him cleaning out all of the machines with minimal cash and eventually the arcade would have to close. lol! I've never seen a figure (in box) in one of these machines but that's exactly what the kid captures next in just one try! :O
Sayu is first to give the crane challenge a practice run and with remarkable skill…uh luck…she manages to capture a cute stuffed toy! The crane originally didn't look like it was going to grasp it properly and when it slipped out of its claws it fell into the chute! Heheh there's even a name for this technique.
At 100 yen per attempt team Musume is given 1100 yen to win as many prizes as they can and first up is Jun Jun who looked at first to have a chance at capturing a Stich plush toy sees it fall through the crane's grasp. Now this I can relate to as it's what happens the majority of the time when I've tried playing one of these games. Sayu begs "please" to the machine but Stich will have none of it. Kamei is next and after her failed attempt she bounces up and down in cute disappointment. Champion Nakashima gives a few words of advice before Tanakachi faces the crane game. They are now down to 800 yen and yet another Stich falls through their grasp. But out of the smoke comes Sayu to save the day and prove that her practice run wasn't a fluke after all!! With all of their money spent Sayu manages to capture the one and only Stich plush for team Musume.
Not to worry the Boy Wonder is playing on a handicapped format and gets "only" 300 yen which equates to "just" three tries. Ah I say only because I fully expect him to win three Stich plush dolls. With a slight grin on his face, that of a wolf stalking his easy prey he heads to the game to pull victory out of the machine one Stich at a time. The girls know that they are in trouble after the "King" effortlessly captures a Stich on his first try. Watching him operate you begin to realize that selection of your target is perhaps the key to success as he quickly selects his next target. Just like witnessing Roger Federer forget how to swing a tennis racket, the "King" watches as his second attempt goes awry! :O With the score tied at one Kamei, Tanakachi, Lin Lin and Sayu can be seen behind him praying for his…uh failure. lol! Well not literally but I bet that's what they're all thinking. :P The pressure mounts and it's the bottom of the ninth, two outs, game's tied, and the Boy Wonder is down to his last 100 yen. The "onegai" jinx is on as Sayu…uh heckles the boy wonder into another miss!! Phenomenal! Team Musume survives with a tie! :O
Time for the tie breaker and team Musume's pinch hitter Tanakachi is set to face the Nolan Ryan of crane games…let's just hope none of them charge the mound if he wins. With only one chance each the Mr. Ryan step up to the machine and…misses again! :O Tanakachi can now win with a walk off stich capture! With USC's recent upset and tumble in the polls anything's possible. On paper it looked like a sure defeat for team Musume, a free bingo space for boy wonder, a…..well you get the picture. With amazing poise and confidence, two wonderful traits that define a part of Tanakachi's personality she CAPTURES a Stich in this sudden death playoff!!! Boy wonder has been upset and the celebration begins! The unthinkable has just occurred and………..while the tune from Rocky plays in the background Reinachan begins to tear a bit as happiness has overcome her. 😀 Yo Adrian I did it!!!! And with the victory come the spoils of a special treat! 🙂
And now it's time to eat, a long time tradition of Momusu t.v. shows and Gakisan, Kamei, Jun Jun, & Lin Lin are treated to some special cuisine at "pueruto panuusu." They meet up with a 12 year old food "expert" and a large piece of well marbled meat. Heheh watching this food "connoisseur" is quite amusing and after he neatly lays several pieces of meat on his bowl of rice he starts chowing down like there's no tomorrow! :O It gets a great reaction from all of the girls as they are all cracking up! It never ceases to amuse me watching the reactions of H!P members whenever meat is presented before them! The excitement is always amazing! 😀 They sure love meat!! Hmmm…I wonder if their parents don't serve meat at home. "Kids Gourmet" corner gets rolling but first a game must be played of course as it's HM! Literally a "Joker" comes out to greet them with a bit of pyrotechnics and freaks the girls out! (See photos 1108, 1112, & 1113 for some great reaction stills) :O!! The "Joker" game involves four cards three of which are blank and a single card which is the Joker. The goal is to not be the member who chooses the Joker card as that member will not be able to dine today! After some shuffling which didn't involve magic or really any slight of hand tricks I thought it was pretty easy to see which card was the Joker. With two cards left to turn over and Kamei & Lin Lin praying theirs isn't the Joker the suspense is as thick as that piece of meat that awaits the winners. Ah Kamei must eat! And to her delight Lin Lin has picked the Joker card. It's always amusing watching members of H!P eat and for a second there I thought that Gakisan was going to give Lin Lin a piece…but she just let her smell it. :O With such short episodes these HM@ programs go by so quickly! Heheh I forgot to stop the disc before the credits starting rolling as I've been trying to avoid any new PVs that they may show as I'd like it to be the first time I'm watching them when I receive the actual releases. So I ended up catching a short glimpse of Biyuuden's new PV during the credits and indeed it's very pink as I've heard!
Don't forget to feed the fish whenever you visit as they always seem to be hungry! Their pond is on the right side. 🙂