Today's "Chibikko King" episode has team Musume comprised of Tanakachi, Sayu, Kamei, & Aichan going up against the Fantastic Four of unicycling! Hmm…it's interesting that Sayu is present today as she's often shown how athletically challenged she can be at times. :O Momusu members wearing animal ears and riding unicycles…and we're not even in Las Vegas! Aichan is first to give the tricky one wheeler a try and after a bit of careful balancing the unicycle shoots out from under her! Sayu is even funnier as she's unable to keep the unicycle upright in a stand still position as she begins leaning one way and then the other prompting the teacher to catch her on both occasions! Tanakachi keeps the cycle straight up but ends up falling forwards before being able to ride it anywhere…but receives Sayu's vote of confidence as Sayu tells her that she did well! :O So team Musume's last hope lies in Kamei…and she can actually balance on it…quite well…but does she know how to stop?! The look on their competitor's faces as they watch Kamei is priceless. Not so much as seeing a miracle but perhaps more like…"so one of them is able"… 😛
Being that it appears that Kamei may be the only member capable of getting further than a foot on this balancing act of a contraption, she' the first to face a member of the Fantastic Four. To handicap the race Kamei's competitor's distance is set at 100 meters while Kamei must travel "just" half that distance. It's a nice touch as team Musume's outfits match exactly the color of their given unicycles. So with a "gambarimasu!" Kamei is off! The closing speed of fantastic girl is simply amazing and from the side it looks as if the speed of the film has been sent into overdrive while "magically" Kamei's area of film has remained at the normal speed. :O It's like the Road Runner vs. Slow Poke Rodriguez!!…if only Kamei had some ACME dynamite to throw at her! 😛 Fantastic girl has completed the 100 meters in just 14 seconds!! Kamei was really impressive despite the loss as I would've spent most of those 14 seconds picking myself off of the ground. And Fantastic Girl has some kind words for all of Kamei's efforts saying that she rode quickly…(ah just not quickly enough).
Now being that Kamei is the only Musume member capable of riding the unicycle farther than a foot, we must move on to another game which will get everyone involved. It's a relay challenge and now here's something that even I can ride! Brings back memories of the Big Wheel days! 🙂 Okay it's actually a tricycle that team Musume will be using while the Fantastic Four will continue on with their unicycles and if that's not enough to even the score, the fantastic ones must also travel twice the distance and maneuver through an obstacle course en route to the finish line! We're talking speed bumps, stairs, a short maze, overhead flag gates, ramp, as well as a required spin all before reaching their finish line. :O Surely team Musume has a fighting chance now…right?!! Sayu declares victory is eminent with the given scenario and I'd be a bit nervous just seeing the large grins on the Fantastic Four's faces as they hear words of confidence coming from team Musume. 😀 Now this is going to be great to see! With all members in their relay positions we're off and peddling! Ah riding a tricycle has never looked slower or I think it's just due to the incredible speed that the fantastic ones are traveling at all while making the obstacles look elementary. And there's even some "Michael Jordan reverse hand switch layup" showboating going on … :O as fantastic girl begins pedaling the wheel itself while ducking the flag gates! If only Marv Albert were here to see this. Ahhhh for awhile it was looking so close as Tanakachi who was the anchor for team Musume was nearly side by side with "pedals like lightning" as she began her required spins on her unicycle but in the end it just wasn't meant to be as Tanakachi ends up about a car length short. And while team Musume expresses their disbelief it all calls for an instant replay so that we may study the tape to see just where they were beaten…hmm it looks everywhere. 😛
And now it's time for a tribute to team Musume's sad defeat and the sweat and…uh tears that went into it. While there's indeed no crying in tricycling there is some "dramatic" footage of team Musume en route to their unbelievable loss and it's all being held together by classic Japanese folk music. 😛 Ahh behold the beauty of the "face cam" which is believed to have been invented by some guy in UFA who's pursuit of close up facial expressions has finally found it's calling. Going from most recently, roller coasters to the hard an often unseen trekking ways of the tricycle an invention has finally found its reason for existence. 😛 And in the aftermath some surprising words from the Fantastic Four as they share their doubts of winning at some point of the relay challenge.
Up next a 400 meter relay! And this time team Musume gets bicycles…with baskets! 🙂 Not too sure if the baskets are part of the aerodynamic package though. From the very start Sayu can be heard screaming "wait!…wait!" :O As she falls behind faster than a sinking stone. Aichan seems to be the fastest of the four but by the time team Musume's anchor Tanakachi gets the bicycle…it's over. Ahh and for their incredible display of unicycling superiority, the Fantastic Four are greeted with a bow of respect from team Musume who just couldn't get it done today. Perhaps if they were given mopeds next time. 😛
Next stop is the "Gourmet corner" as Jun Jun, Aichan, & Kamei head to "Excel Hotel Tokyu" where they are set to meet up with "the one who eats so much." Has a 13 year old enjoyed food this much before…I think not. Soon to be published, him memoirs: "The Joy of Eating with Momusu." It's fine dining at it's best as indicated by those fancy streaks on your plate which I have no idea what to do with…scrape them up with a piece of bread or just marvel at their beauty? 😛 Seems that HM@ has taken a liking to foie gras as it makes a repeat appearance and so soon! It's a good thing that Jun Jun is present for today's segment! They really should serve a banana cream pie instead just to see what she does. 😛 Aichan & Kamei do their best to uphold the legacy of "the guy who makes everything look delicious" who appeared seemingly so long ago on that very memorable episode of Hello! Morning by expressing their pleasure…and they haven't even tasted the dish yet! And now the kid's going in for seconds! The look on Jun Jun's face is hilarious! :O!! The sight of foie gras has Kamei melting as she now seems to be the one most excited about the dish but of course this is HM so there will be a game involved where one member doesn't get to eat and bring in the reappearing Joker for just the occasion. The game remains the same as in previous episodes as the Joker attempts to deceive the eyes while shuffling a single Joker card amongst 2 other blank ones. I think I know where the Joker is this time…the middle card. After the girls pick their card of choice with Kamei getting the middle one :O it's time to reveal the Joker's position. It's sad that the one most excited doesn't get to eat today as Kamei loses! It's funny watching Jun Jun eat the foie gras as if she's again never had it before…complete with a surprised "delicious" reaction. 🙂 And while looking very radiant & cute today, Jun Jun's playfulness continues to shine as she offers some in a very kind and gentle way to Kamei who's just dying to try some…only to pull it away just as she's about to take a bite! It's Jun Jun's version of "icing the eater." Perhaps it was Mike Shanahan who taught her that one! 🙂
Next Gakisan, Mitsii, Nakki, & Chisatochan take center stage with their performance of "Shouri no Big Wave" as HM@ continues to showcase a new single release each week. Wonderful performance and any song that includes the expression "okey dokey" surely must be special. 🙂
More eating and games next week! Tanoshimi desu ne!