I recently got some old and recent Smap X Smap episodes…ah it’s been awhile since I’ve watched this show as I used to rent Smap X Smap episodes from a local video shop here on a frequent basis and now you can purchase their rented discs instead! This show more than any back then sparked my interest so much and there’s just an abundance of humorous skits, musical segments which often feature guest artists and a large variety of games which are often times wacky good! But then the biggest draw has always been the Bistro portion of each episode. It’s so amazing to watch Kimutaku, Shingo, Goro, and Tsuyoshi (aka “rice eye”…well that’s what my mom calls him because she can never remember his name… 😛 ) cook up delicious and amazing gourmet meals!!! I mean they really can cook!!! And not just simple dishes but rather some very complex ones which would be right at home in top rated restaurants across the globe I imagine. =) So I’ve been watching a few recently and this one I just love!! Episode March 24th, 2008 which features adorable and talented actresses Ikewaki Chizuru and Tanaka Rena (not to be confused with Tanaka Reina =P). I just recently watched Chizuruchan in”Taiyou no kisetsu” and she’s just so incredibly adorable just beyond any words that I can express!! But before we get to the eating the show opens with Smap’s single “Sono mama” which was their current release back on that date…
(Clip was originally eaten by YouTube but i’ve re~upped it…)
~Smap “Sono mama” (Smap x Smap live)~
And here’s the audio:
~Smap “Sono mama” mp3~
Nakai has always been a little different…..and why is he dressed like that? O__o Well whatever the reason for his attire here I Love this song so much!! Such moving verses and a very beautiful chorus….Kimutaku always sings the best parts! ^-^
This single too was current then….
~Smap “Kono toki, kitto yumejanai” mp3~
“Kono toki, kitto yumejanai” & its coupling with song “two of us”…both are lively mid tempo arrangements and the writing here really compliments Smap’s vocals so well.
I didn’t scan either cover above as the members of Smap don’t seem to grace their covers very often as of late. “Sono mama” can be ordered here and “Kono toki kitto, yumejanai” here. I’ve been a fan of Smap since the release of their album “007 Gold Singer” (cute title!) and love the James Bond jazzy~ instrumental at the end of the album too!
My Smap single collection is not quite complete (photo is in need of an update as well)…
My Smap album collection complete (photo also in need of an update xD)…
..and my Smap video and concert collection (photo also in need of an update gosh that’s getting annoyingly redundant =P).
~SMAP X SMAP Bistro featuring Tanaka Rena & Ikewaki Chizuru♥ (March 24th, 2008)~
Today’s Smap Bistro guests are both accomplished actresses and both have such cute and engaging personalities too. Ikewaki Chizuru in particular just gets to me every time I watch her in a program…she’s the very embodiment of adorable overload! In case you haven’t watched Smap’s Bistro segment before the format is simple and perfect. Nakaikun who really has the most engaging personality in the group as probably many have seen on episodes of Utaban and their newer programvwhere he co-hosts with the incomparable Taka-san XD, is the host for the bistro guests as he greets them, takes their order and carries on what are always fun conversations with whomever is on the program. He’s just perfect for the role here. Kimutaku, Shingo, Goro and Tsuyoshi are in charge of the kitchen with the cooking and preparing duties. Each episode sees a random pairing of the four members into two groups and the challenge to win the culinary tastes of each guest(s). I wasn’t aware prior to seeing this episode just how close in age both actresses are as they’re born only a year apart with Chizuruchan in ’81 and Renachan in ’80.
Smap Bistro features no menu so it’s entirely up to the guests to choose whatever their ♥ desires! Renachan without hesitation orders dishes which feature cheese.
And when Nakaikun poses the same question to Chizuruchan, she answers in a quite “familiar” manner which really cracked me up! So it’s cheese for both of them….what are the odds of that happening to be both of their faves?!
So today it’s Kimutaku & Shingo (always a strong team!) vs. Goro & Tsuyoshi…
Renachan has a “Chihuahua” pronunciation hiccup moment! ^-^
And we learn that while Renachan is a dog person, Chizuruchan is the polar opposite…a cat girl. 🙂 Hmm….are you a dog♥ or cat♥ person?
Her expressions are the absolute best…Chizuruchan has that special wrinkled up nose thing going on and her demeanor is just purely sweet! ^-^
We do learn a bit later while the guests are visiting with the chefs downstairs that Tanaka Renachan once knocked poor Tsuyoshi right in the eye instead of the cheek where she was supposed to land her blow for a scene. :O!!
Shingo also acted with Renachan in the feature film “Nin Nin Hattorikun” and a bit of reminiscing ensues here…
But when it comes to Chizuruchan…
…Shingo…um declares her…..
…to just be plain weird! Ah but that’s why I adore her even more….strange is good. Strangeness loves company and I’m a bit weird too. ^o^
First up are team Goro & Tsuyoshi’s dishes featuring cheese!!
The fondue lends itself to a…
…natto joke from Kimutaku! 🙂 Natto scares me!! Just can’t eat it or be in the same room while someone else is eating it! Really really smelly!!! 😛
..the dishes garner equal ♥♥Oishii~ureshii♥♥….♥♥Shiawase♥ reactions. =)
Ah but now she’s done it!….with the words “Sugoku oishiidesu” Shingo has been summoned from the opposing team to show is erm….displeasure? LOL!
It’s Renachan’s familiar friend “Socks!!” 😄 In every episode Shingo does something so funny like this…always the perfect outfit for the occasion depending on who’s the guest! 🙂 You always anticipate this moment~* in the show…it’s always so unpredictable and Shingokun’s just the best with jokes =D!!
Chizuruchan is suddenly jolted by Shingo after he fools her with a false gift offering! =O
Well they don’t call him “Socks” for nothing……O__o…and Shingokun has left the building.
Now it’s team Kimutaku & Shingokun aka “Socks”‘s turn.
Yep he’s still wearing that outfit and there’s just something so amusing about having a “dog” describe to you in detail what you’re about to eat! 😀 Kimutaku’s trying hard not to laugh here!!!
More Chizuruchan~♥ moments to adore…
~It’s amazing watching Chizuruchan eat noodles!!!!….and Kimutaku even declares her just that! =P My grandfather said that the more noise you make the better because it was paying homage to the cook. I don’t know if that’s true at all but that’s the way my grandmother translated it to me when I was little as my grandfather spoke very little English. ^-^
Second from the last photo above: Kimutaku and Doggie alike are amazed at Chizuruchan’s noodle eating skills!! =O
Now it’s time for the chefs to try out each others dishes which is tradition~…..
..Shingo Doggie included too! Aw isn’t that cute!!!…or scary! It’s something I just don’t know which just yet!
Decision time and since we can’t vote on the food being tasted here I thought we’d instead vote on whether we’re Chizuru♥ or Rena♥ people since we already did the dog or cat people thingy above. ^o^
The red team or Shingo & Kimutaku are victorious today!!!…..
..and to the victors comes a ♥kiss♥ from the guest or guests as is the long standing tradition in Smap Bistro! ♥ If it’s a male guest, gifts are presented instead. Note how Nakaikun had to give Shingo a hand in arranging his doggie head piece in order to receive his kisses from Chizuruchan and Renachan..just too funny! Chizuruchan you’re the best!!…and somehow she reminds me of Inoue Mao for some reason. I wonder, perhaps it’s the adorableness + bangs doing the trick here! =D