Today's episode returns with a new Chibikko King challenger who just happens to be a 7 year old ping pong wiz kid! Hirano Miuchan is introduced and apparently she's been going "Forrest Gump" on other older kids since she was 5 years old! :O When asked about today's "challenge" there appears to be only one thing on her mind as she replies with a smile: winning, which translates into the complete destruction of anyone who stands on the other side of the table. So the stage is set for a 5 set match between little Gump and Team Musume which has 7 members present today including Sayu, Aichan, Gakisan, Jun Jun, Lin Lin, Kamei, & Tanakachi.
Tanakachi is first up to face Miuchan and the first point seems innocent enough as it resembles that of a point you might see at your next family get together. 🙂 Modest serve by Tanakachi followed by a softly hit backhand return which Tanakachi then dumps into the net. Hmmm…but Tanakachi does a bit of a fancy serve on the next point but after a short exchange little Gump hits a topspin forehand ending the point abruptly and this stroke was much more reminiscent of that which you see on a tennis court although you can tell there's still a lot being held back. A couple more short exchanges including a fault and before you know it Tanakachi is down 0-4. Set point and after another aggressively hit forehand which tends to scare rather than have one attempt to return it, little Gump has completed his first shut out seemingly with minimal effort…Tanakachi can only scratch her head in disbelief. Miuchan is indeed a class act! When asked about Tanakachi's game, praise for her serve was given and that was really a great thing to hear especially after a beat down like that. 🙂
Instead of continue on with the one on one format the producers had a different idea up their sleeves and the age old question (heheh actually I don't anyone's ever questioned this :P) of whether 7 paddles are better than 1 will soon be answered! This creates quite a crowd around the table on team Musume's side and Jun Jun shows everyone her attack motion that she'll use when she poaches in for the kill! :O Heheh it gets quite a reaction from everyone and this is the first time you're really getting to see Jun Jun clearly in today's episode…and it must be said just how ultra cute she looks right now! Jun Jun is really becoming a favorite Momusu member of mine as I find her soft & sweet demeanor quite an attraction and she really has moved ahead of Lin Lin in just about every way imaginable. But when it comes to table tennis is Jun Jun more image than play as she fails to incorporate her "fierce" technique on the first point which little Gump wins all too easily. The girls take turns serving and impressively they do manage to get their paddles on some quite hard hit forehands from Miuchan but the end result is seeing them land just long as Gakisan watches another point go to the challenger as it's now 4-0 and yet another set point looms. Ah now it's time to see Jun Jun's serve and she has one of the longer rallies with Miuchan until she sends a floater over the net only to see it returned with force straight into her body as she's unable to react in time. Perhaps if it were Musume vs. Musume, Jun Jun would be able to "Forrest Gump" the others. 😛
Okay now we know that 7 paddles aren't better than 1 but how about handicapping the next set in the most extreme way imaginable. We've seen little Gumps obvious talent but what would happen if team Musume's side of the table were reduced to a mere 70cm x 50 cm surface?! Surely team Musume should be able to win a point now…right?! To assure everyone just how accurately Miuchan is capable of hitting the ball a challenge is set up where a target measuring just 4 cm is set up at the back corner of the table and Miuchan has absolutely no trouble nailing it in one try!! The girls are all amazed as they all applaud this great show of accuracy.
Sayu is set to challenge little Gump who'll only have the little hitting surface to work with but the end result of the first point is a carbon copy of the others as Sayu is unable to handle Miuchan's return even with so little area to cover. The next 3 exchanges are 2-3 hit affairs as Aichan & Kamei hit their returns long while Tanakachi misses her return attempt. Heheh watching Kamei bounce up and down in disappointment after losing her point is the cutest thing! But now its match point and team Musume is yet to win a single point! :O Dubbed team Musume's "Ace", Jun Jun heads up to face Miuchan with match point looming before her. I've really grown to love the outfits that Momusu wears on these episodes and the netted shoulder area really adds a cute touch to them. As Jun Jun prepares to serve you can hear Tanakachi say that Jun Jun's eyes are scary…" I think her "serious" look is quite adorable actually! So it's all come down to this last point and team Musume's last chance to actually win a point. No pressure Jun Jun! 😛 Ahhhh…but 5 hits into the rally Jun Jun hits the ball long and Miuchan walks away triumphant while Jun Jun falls to the ground in defeat.
Hmmm…no one seemed to know that this would end up being a batsu game but of course it's HM so it only seem natural! The champion Miuchan gets to decide which member will perform monomane (impression/impersonation) by choosing a favorite animal and the member wearing those ears will have to impersonate that animal. Miuchan chooses the rabbit and Tanakachi who's caught a bit off guard at first does a…uh……hmmm…I can't find the words because I'm cracking up too much! :O After a couple floppy hops done in the most adorable manner Tanakachi then stands up giving the camera a brief look of displeasure before laughing. Ah Miuchan seems to have enjoyed her performance as well! Just seeing the usually tough Tanakachi acting like a bunny is just too funny!!
Just when you thought this episode couldn't get any better Jun Jun shocks everyone by eating the banana while it was actually supposed to be used in the next Miuchan challenge. lol! It's quite hilarious as the others are scolding her but Jun Jun doesn't seem to mind as I guess she was really hungry! 😛 Miuchan now must pick an item to use in the next match and the selection is quite a strange array of items including amongst the strangest: (another) banana, cell phone, & a chocolate bar. Team Musume is urging Miuchan to use the cell phone but little Gump fancies the slipper instead and it's game on! Tanakachi & Sayu are Miuchan's opponents and the first point is the longest rally of the day up to now! Miuchan's ability to play with a slipper instead of a paddle doesn't seem to change anything except that Miuchan's power appears to be a bit diminished or is it a case of holding back right now? Miuchan takes the first point as Sayu misses a backhand return. Miuchan perhaps seeing that Sayu is the weaker link here sends the next return her way and Sayu misses again. After a couple more quick points including a miscommunication between the two and another Sayu backhand miss it's now match point once again as team Musume is down 4-0. After a short exchange Tanakachi sails a return long and we've now learned that Miuchan is quite unbeatable even if you handicap the game in very extreme ways. I personally wanted to see Miuchan win with the banana! Now that would have been amazing as I bet the result would have been the same. I wonder if Jun Jun ate the other banana while no one was looking. 😛 While Miuchan enjoys the fruit flavors of victory team Musume's MVP Jun Jun is asked to summarize the days challenge to which she replies "fantastic!" And you have to love Jun Jun's feisty personality as she also declares herself to be "fantastic!" in a slightly muttered tone although everyone could hear her clearly. 😀 Ahhh Jun Jun has just earned herself 5 bonus points! And if you're like me then you're now wondering when her first solo shashinshuu will be released! Jun Jun has matured into an idol so quickly and her development at this point seems to possibly be the fastest that I've ever seen a new Momusu member reach. Mitsii really matured as an idol quickly as well but Jun Jun just seems to have gotten to this point a bit earlier. She's really got such great demeanor & personality! Add to that ultra cute looks and I think there may be a slight shake up in my Momusu member rankings come time for the next update.
The next segment is all about bread and you have to love the cap that this guy is wearing! It reads "Never trust a hippy." Eh?! Japanese have some of the strangest phrases on their clothes sometimes. 🙂 Along for the bread journey are Jun Jun, Lin Lin, Kamei, & Tanakachi. After getting their chance to create their own bread masterpieces it's now time to see the end results which are quite aesthetically pleasing! Now bring in 3 children who are certified "bread lovers" and their works are put to the test. Jun Jun's bread gets a "katai"(tough; hard) reaction from taster #1! :O And she smiles sweetly! Gakisan's treat gets the "oishii" thumbs up to her delight! Lin Lin who had inserted watermelon in her bread before it was baked gets a …………………………reaction. 😛 I take it's not very good. Kamei's uh "treat" includes "umeboshi" (pickled Japanese apricot) and it gets a…. O_O :O :P…reaction. The reaction of the girl on the far right says it it best! "Suppai!" (acid; sour; vinegary). See pic #1750 and it's hard to believe that with a reaction like that what happens next is even possible and is among one of the great upset moments in HM history as the 3 expert bread tasters choose………Kamei's bread to be the best of the day!! They had such a "sour" and seemingly yucky reaction to Kamei's bread that when I saw Kamei praying along with the other 3 of them as they awaited the final decision I really thought it was in vain for her to do so. The look on Kamei's face is the best as she's perhaps more shocked than anyone else in the room. 😀 Now it's time for some PR time as Kamei has earned the job of shopping around some umeboshi pan out on the streets! Ah if you were walking down the street and saw Kamei dressed in animal ears wearing a vendor's tray full of pan treats surely you'd want some right? The true beauty is in the way that she tries to get some foreigners attention. "Hey Hey Hey!" lol! "E Pan!" "I'm Kamei!" "Umeboshi!" 😀 After her first potential customer declares the bread delicious Kamei turns on the charm as she cutely poses with her hands to the side of her face as if to say "please…" She then makes her first sale! Her voice!! She sounds like an anime character selling bread on the streets! She's just too cute and she manages to sell all of the bread! Great PR time for the street vendor and if Kamei's undeniable charm can't get one to buy this bread then no one can! Kamei's charisma really shines here and I think it's enough to make anyone into an instant fan even if they'd never heard of her before. Ah she's just so adorable!!! #1 in my heart. 🙂
Today's episode closes with the continuation of the Kirarin Revolution collaboration with Momusu. The members get a close up look at early animation sketches and story board designs for the series and the fan voting information is given out once again as the voting for a favorite Momusu member designed character continues. I'm just waiting to see what Kamei drew!