05 January 2012

こたつDE嵐 Kotatsu de Arashi 2012

  • こたつDE嵐 Kotatsu de Arashi
  • 福嵐特別企画!こたつDE嵐 Fuku Arashi Tokubetsu Kikaku! Kotatsu de Arashi
English Title:
  • Kotatsu de Arashi
  • Fuku Arashi Special! Kotatsu de Arashi
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Year: 2012
Episode: 01
  • 大野智 Ohno Satoshi
  • 櫻井翔 Sakurai Shō
  • 相葉雅紀 Aiba Masaki
  • 二宮和也 Ninomiya Kazunari
  • 松本潤 Matsumoto Jun

Kotatsu de Arashi is a special television program where the five members of Arashi sit under a こたつ kotatsu and talk about various shows in Fuji TV where they appeared.

The members discussed the following topics:
  • a phantom drama where everyone in Arashi appears
  • finally shown on television, a huge incident at the VS Arashi press conference
  • human bird
  • a serious life-threatening fight with nature
  • a manzai (traditional style of stand-up comedy) with big shot comedians
  • Arashi are grandsons for a day
  • the first broadcast was a live broadcast
  • the moment of Arashi's first appearance in Fuji TV
  • the touching conclusion of the boat club's 100 days of fierce fight

I like Kotatsu de Arashi because as always, I like watching the five members of Arashi together. The show is basically where the members watch some of highlights of their own shows, and sometimes share some behind-the-scenes information.

I especially enjoyed the discussion about the first drama where all the members are part of the cast, because it seems that not a lot of people are aware of its existence and some people in the Japanese media would rather pretend it didn't exist.

I admit that the members' acting leaves a lot to be desired but I think they did a passable job. Of course, I'm a fan of Arashi as a group, and all of the members individually, so you may want to take that into account when considering my assessment.

Kotatsu de Arashi also featured some scenes from まごまご嵐 Mago Mago Arashi, which is one of my favorite variety shows of all time. I find it really interesting because two Arashi members become grandsons for an elderly couple for a day, and the grandparents really treat the members as their own grandchildren: they order them around to do chores, they reprimand the members when they make mistakes, and they spoil them most of the time.

The show is a great summary of what the Arashi members have done in the Fuji TV station since their debut in 2001 and until 2011. It focused more on their earlier shows, so it's quite nostalgic to look back on those times.

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こたつDE嵐 Kotatsu de Arashi