Today's episode features the "Viking" (buffet) game format and special guest AzuMAX doesn't waste any time in trying to impress Momusu members Gakisan, Kamei, Reinachan, & Aichan as he introduces himself as being "okanemochi" (rich!! 😀 ) and after a bit of playful bragging by MAXsan Reinachan quickly suggests that they should just give up already! :O And to that MAXsan continues his playfulness as he declares the set to be quite warm and then proceeds to use a wad of cash as a handkerchief!
This lunch time challenge involves the quest for equal portions for each member & guest and the safe zone is quite a small window as there's only a 10 gram allowance that a player can be over or under the target weight! In the example given, if the meal is a total of 500 grams each of the 5 players must then serve themselves an amount as close to 100 grams as possible while staying within that little 10 over/ 10 under gram window of allowance. And to make matters even more challenging at least 3 out of the 5 of them must be within that safe zone in order to win the game! After a quick drawing everyone's position at the table is set and it's time for the challenge to begin. Ah this is quite amusing as Cabbage Man delivers today's featured lunch which is from Domino's Pizza and it's no ordinary pizza as it features 4 different themed toppings which are divided into four equally dimensioned sections over the pizza's surface. First we have the prime seafood portion which features shrimp & squid, then the "mayojaga" portion with potatoes, the mayotsuna which is a blend of corn and tuna, and lastly but definitely the most cutely named portion which is a combination of chicken teriyaki & broccoli which the Japanese adorably refer to as "chikiteri." 🙂 Heheh just the sound of it makes me smile! This pizza is so special that one probably won't find it on their menu as it's a HM original made special just for the show!
With a total of 5 of them sharing a single pizza which is divided into four sections of different toppings they begin to ponder what an equal portion would amount to and how the various types of toppings would affect the overall weight of a 1/5 sized slice. For example one topping may not be equivalent in weight to anothers' and this creates quite the dilemma. Aichan is first and she notes how the corn portion of the pizza appeals to her and proceeds to cut a slice that appears to be about 3/4ths of a quarter of the pizza.
Next up is Reinachan and as anyone familiar with her will know…Reinachan is very fond of "niku" (meat) and she doesn't take long to decide on the "chikiteri" portion! As AzuMAX begins to note a visible pattern that the pizza has, Aichan's off beat comment on his very observant remark has even the little King slightly scolding her as he notes that that's what everyone's been trying to analyze the whole time so far! 😛 As the conversation continues it's funny to note how Reinachan has no intention of cutting herself a piece that doesn't appeal to her even if it means a better chance of winning the game as the yet untouched seafood section which borders the chikiteri section comes into question…to which she states clearly her "anmari" ("extreme") dislike of seafood!! Ah this is so great as special guest AzuMAX actually begins to plead very politely asking Reinachan to consider cutting herself part of the seafood portion despite her extreme dislike of seafoods! But the real question as the shows' announcer proposes is whether his intentions are "kichi" ("good; lucky") or "kyou" ("of ill fortune")!! :O I'm just wondering if he also dislikes seafood and wanted to be sure that the chikiteri and corn portion is still available when his turn arrives next! 😛 Ah Reinachan graciously agrees to his plea and ends up slicing herself a piece which is about 3/4ths chikiteri and 1/4th seafood. 🙂 Okay his intentions weren't treacherous as he serves himself a portion which includes both seafood and potato sections. 🙂 The 2 remaining sections include one that is a half seafood & potato and the other which is about 2/3rds chikiteri and 1/3rd corn and Gakisan and Kamei choose these 2 last portions respectfully.
With the entire pizza now hopefully evenly divided amongst them the whole pizza is revealed to be 1300 grams which makes an exact even portion 260 grams…their target number! Their safe zone is now between 250 and 270 grams and Aichan is first to challenge the scale! She has the cutest praying stance as she awaits her results….ah! her portion totals only 230 grams and Aichan is out of the game! 😦 Next up is Reinachan as she lets out a scream of disappointment as the scale reveals her portion to be way over weighing in at 315 grams! :O AzuMAX now considers if perhaps the seafood may have taken its toll on her portion pushing it over the edge…haha Reinachan can't be too pleased with that! Reinachan admits her weakness as MAXsan pleaded with her "onegai" ("please"). Aichan optimistically points out that 3 players still remain so the game is not lost yet! 😀
Now it's AzuMAX's moment of truth as both Aichan & Reinachan can be seen praying for his success!…..it's high fives all around as MAXsan's slice weighs in at 265 grams!!! Almost perfect!!! And now can Gakisan keep their hopes alive and follow in the success of AzuMAX?! A nervous looking Gakisan looks on as the scale reveal her slice to be….Ah way under the target weight as it weighs in at only 244 grams. 😦 And Kamei is also unlucky as her portion is also too light weighing in at 246 grams. 😦 Haha the joy that had filled the room just minutes ago is now gone and the finger pointing has begun as all four Momusu members begin their verbal assault on MAXsan!! :O His seafood…uh…plan has come back to haunt them all!! Reinachan lead the way as she analyzes the seafood portion and how it became their undoing while Gakisan points out how they didn't need to include it. lol! And to make her point clear Reinachan returns to the scale with a re-portioned section and….it clears! :O Hahah I guess AzuMAX is to blame after all!!! Poor guy! With his…uh "back" to the wall MAXsan fires back that each of them cut their own portions themselves despite his earlier analysis! 😛 Hahah I don't think I've ever witnessed such despair due to a denial of pizza before and really when most games go bad there's just a little bit of disappointment which soon goes away but not in this case as poor MAXsan is in quite a fix with no way out! :O
But wait there's more as the next course arrives and this one truly brings the visual of "Viking" to mind as it's beautifully displayed in a wooden ship dish! It's a seafood delight…oh no Reinachan! :O…and this one's quite pricey as it's cost is revealed to be 26,250 yen!! (which would roughly translate into approximately $250!!) And this display is rightly named after a meal presented to fuedal lords of the Edo period ("Daimyo") as it's presentation is quite breath taking!!! The meal is enjoyed with nori and rice which have also been included and this time the order is reversed as Kamei is set to go first. With a grand assortment of seafood to choose from Kamei quickly chooses her favorites then on to Gakisan as each are allotted 2 sets of choices! Seems that every time a guest appears…drama unfolds and AzuMAX who's already no stranger to drama…with his seafood debacle just occurring moments before finds himself resorting to "haropro" team work and his declaration as one of them!…to gain the favor of his fellow team mates when his choices were once again set to affect Reinachan! Haha "Tsunku Family" indeed! 🙂 Reinachan is next and she shows her unique way of wrapping the rice in between 2 flat sheets of nori and in the process creates a layered presentation! Wow Aichan surely loves rice!!!…as she proceeds to pile it onto her nori sheet generously!
With everyones portions now set the total weight of this "Viking" dish is revealed to be 1200 grams, making the target number 240 grams for each of them. While the pizza proved to be a difficult task to figure out this seafood dish looks to be an even more difficult one to gauge! The safe zone is still 10 grams above and below the target weight making it between 230 and 250 grams. Once again 3 on target portions are needed for the team's success and first up is Kamei who's portion weighs in at 250 grams putting her just on the edge of success!!! 🙂 Ah!…Gakisan once again has her portion come up to light as hers weighs in at only 214 grams. 😦 Reinachan falls short too as her portion weighs in close to Gakisan's at only 217 grams. 😦 Haha can all of that rice that Aichan took make up for the target weight?!! Aichan's estimation is nearly perfect as her portion weighs in at 246 grams!! And I thought she may have taken too much rice proving that she has a much better eye than I do!! 😛 Ah! last game's almost hero..but then turned villain fails to follow up his success as he is over with his portion weighing in at 273 grams! 😦 Hahah Gakisan is losing it while AzuMAX has a momentary meltdown of sorts!…as he realizes that all is now lost as no one will be enjoying any of this wonderful food today. 😦 But wait….
….there's another course to possibly be had! It's dessert! H!M without dessert…just can't imagine it! Cabbage Guy presents a dessert platter which contains an assortment of melon, strawberries, pineapple, orange, kiwi, and various little cake sweets! The fruits look great but personally I'm not a fan of the cake sweets presented here as I rarely eat bakery type sweets…hmmm…it would be never if it weren't for birthdays as that's the only time that I have cake…and just a little piece! Haha after seeing how donuts were made I never ate them again and that was many years ago!!
Ah it's their last chance to eat on today's show and it all comes down to dessert! Aichan is first and with the careful guidance of her fellow team mates she chooses 5 tiny cakes and a nice assortment of fruits. Reinachan also chooses 5 mini cakes and a small assortment of fruits. Hahah it's a good thing that I'm not there or I'd be taking all of the fruits and pleading with them all to eat the little cakes! 😛 AzuMAX takes an interesting approach as he chooses an entire wedge of pineapple, one tiny cake, and a really small sliver of strawberry! :O Aichan insists that the pineapple is already too heavy…hmm his plate looks a bit bare though! Gakisan's choices include 4 tiny cakes and a nice portion of fruits. 🙂 With the other's approval Kamei takes the rest of the mini cakes and has a total of six along with a tiny portion of fruits.
The final moment of truth has now arrived and with the rewards on H!M episodes usually being an assortment of sweets this episode may still be able to pull through and appear as a normal episode! The dessert platters contents are revealed to weigh a total of 980 grams, making their target number 196 grams per player. The safe zone now stands between 186 and 206 grams…will anyone eat today?! With the magical number remaining at 3 successful weigh ins for victory, Aichan is first to challenge the scale with her portion. Ahhh hers looks so close but it weighs in at 219 grams putting her total over the limit. 😦 Wow Reinachan gets hers right on the edge of success weighing in at 206 grams!! Hahah the phrase of "on line" becomes popular as Reinachan has done just that! 😀 Heheh can AzuMAX's giant piece of pineapple really weight the right amount?….ah I'm not surprised as it only weighs in at 156 grams! What was he thinking?!! :O Now the pressure is mounting as both Gakisan & Kamei must get their portions right! Gakisan watches nervously and her portion is nearly perfect!!! She's only 1 gram off of the exact target number as her portion weighs in at 195 grams! 😀
Hahah Kamei is now like the kicker on a football team with 2 seconds left in the fourth quarter down by one! :O Luckily Cabbage Guy doesn't ice her as he pauses only for a moment as Kamei sighs a cute "onegai!" ("please!") and with the raise of the curtain….she hits inside of the safe zone at 204 grams total!!! 😀 Ah I didn't notice that Kamei was wearing a tail to go along with her adorable animal ears until just now as she's celebrating the win while bouncing in joy! 🙂 And now the moment they've been hoping for all episode long….gohoubi time!
Next week's episode looks to have some pretty strange talents on display as well as a larger part of the group on hand…hopefully it'll be everyone! I'm also really looking forward to the new "Bericu" program!! Ah I wonder what kind of format they'll be using and whether or not the show will feature a host…hmmm…how about Yukosan! Tanoshimi desune! 🙂