~ 「TGIF!」Idol♥’s unzipped on way back Fridays reminisces the November 15th, 2001 episode of Utaban…the one where the Pucchimoni Compatibility Game is land mind-ridden, Kei’s dirty bear makes an appearance, giant musubi are yummy♥ & Taka-san makes Yasuda’s mom cry! =O (Volume 70)

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Utaban November 15th, 2001

Utaban November 15th, 2001

So Christmas may be still a bit far away however ever notice how those festive decorations, wrapping paper and the like seem to go on display and sale earlier and earlier each year at your local mall? So in that spirit ~* tonight we’ll be going back to the fall of 2001 to revisit Pucchimoni’s appearance on Utaban where “Pittari shitai X’mas!” makes an appearance!, Pucchimoni remains as one of Tsunku’s/Hello! Projects’ most creative units and while their music never failed to grab you their collaborative personalities which were so diversely varied made this grouping yet again a genius move in its own right.  Remember the first time you heard “Chokotto Love?”…I remember that afternoon so vividly, driving home from a friend’s home with the single in my player and thinking what in the world is this song?? What happened to Goto Maki’s long kinpatsu hair? And then of course….this song is amazing!! Like nothing I’ve heard before as if Tsunku had just created his own genre of music proving once again that music truly knows no boundaries for those gifted enough to dream them up. And the coupling with song “DREAM AND KISS” remains an all time Hello!Project favorite too and talk about two songs sitting beside one another which couldn’t be more different! Here it’s been nearly two years since their smashing debut so the girls look much different from back then and with Sayaka’s graduation, Yossi has joined as each in their own right has fully developed their own brand of Pucchimoni charm ~* to bring to the grouping. And with Kei in this unit plus a visit to the Utaban set, you just know that it’s going to be a very very funny episode…(^q^)!

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Utaban November 15th, 2001

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~Tonight’s episode’s notable highlights include:~

  1. A promotional photo for Pucchimoni’s single “Pittari shitai X’mas!” gives an insight into girls’ school uniform fashion where cuteness in clothing isn’t always created equal.
  2. A letter to Taka-san gets him to confess his feelings for Kei, mother included =O.
  3. Yossi. Yes Yossi, this look may not have lasted long so yes you must check her out here and for even more of this look, get her first photo book too =D.
  4. Come for the Utaban conversation, stay for the Kei CGs!! I must say, some of the very best editing work by the Utaban staff was done for this episode. I mean who wouldn’t want to party with wine & Kei??
  5. Kei’s tendency to want to kiss Gomaki and Yossi is revealed =O.
  6. The Pucchimoni Compatibility Game!!! Here we find out at long last just which girl in the group most attracts the hosts themselves and with Taka-san’s known like for Gomaki will he be able to identify her personality through this game??
  7. Eventually The Pucchimoni Compatibility Game is revealed to be in actuality, The avoid Kei ‘land mines’ Game at All Costs!!! =P
  8. An awesome performance of “Pittari shitai X’mas!”
  9. Taka-san & Nakai-kun trying to figure out which cell phone strap belongs to each girl includes smelling them, studying their contents and praying the one they’ve chosen doesn’t belong to Kei…(^q^)!
  10. Gomaki is ‘jilted’ by Taka-san?!?….say it isn’t so!!!

~Utaban November 15th, 2001 guest: Pucchimoni♥~

Simply one of Utaban’s finest episodes!! as the main corner featuring the “Pucchimoni Compatibility Game” was created with pure genius and just how it naturally plays out with the guys not actually trying to figure out which item matches their personal tastes the most making them most compatible with that girl, but instead trying to figure out which ones belongs to Kei and then trying to avoid those…(^q^)! The creepy Kei CG added in during each round’s reveal is equally hilarious so now the only question is…will the boys survive the game?!!

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7 Responses to ~ 「TGIF!」Idol♥’s unzipped on way back Fridays reminisces the November 15th, 2001 episode of Utaban…the one where the Pucchimoni Compatibility Game is land mind-ridden, Kei’s dirty bear makes an appearance, giant musubi are yummy♥ & Taka-san makes Yasuda’s mom cry! =O (Volume 70)

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  2. philipleslie says:

    Poor Yasuda has to put up with so much mocking! A really funny episode with a great song too. Thank you for posting! I’ve even been inspired to look at recipes for onigiri. I’ve seen these snacks lots of times, but never thought to make them. They’re actually really easy to do.
    But poor Yasuda…

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    • Along with Johnson (Kaorin) Kei’s was a long running gag on Utaban where you just knew something somehow was going to happen pointed at her and what’s even funnier is that on numerous occasions neither girl even needed to be on the actual episode to be referenced =P as they would pop up in conversations in sometimes the most unlikely of ways during other guests’ visits =D. In reality the joking was like a total endearment to them even as out there and wild as it was at times. U~n musubi are yummy and there’s so many ways to make them down to the most simple of just wrapping seaweed around and placing an ume in the center =D. I’ve even seen molds for the triangular shaped style of musubi…for you know the perfectly shaped treat ^^.

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  3. Thank you so much for uploading this!! The presenters of Utaban loved Yasuda Kei. Their bouquet to her graduation was the biggest thing ever.
    Is there anywhere you can buy the episodes?! I’ve been looking all over for them

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    • Hello, I’m so sorry for my very late reply =/ as I’ve been on a blogging hiatus for a while and just returned yesterday.

      Utaban and Hello! Project had such the history together as both grew and benefited from one another equally throughout those golden years of the show and the idol group’s rise to the top back then. Kei was legendary on the show no doubt and even when she wasn’t present for a show she still at times managed to sneak her way in by ways of VTR or animated humor from the staff and guys =D.Miss Utaban =(. There are quite a few more complete episodes featured here in separate posts and you can check this link if interested:

      https://morningberryz48.wordpress.com/?s=utaban

      Unfortunately I’m not aware of this show being sold anywhere but I know a lot of fans have collected their episodes over the years and tend to share them, I too will continue to feature their episodes here periodically =D.

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