AKS Worth Watching, August 2nd

AKS Worth Watching, August 8th

And we’re back after a week away! Let’s take a look at some of the many 48 group TV shows that aired this past week!

140727 Nogizaka46 – Nogizakatte Doko ep144
140727 Nogizaka46 – Nogizakatte Doko ep144 – This week we learn who each member looks up to.

Its interesting to see what influences idols have outside of their group, and this is no exception.

140729 AKBINGO! ep299
140729 AKBINGO! ep299 – We’re introduced to some members of Team 8 and they quiz the others on their native dialects.

Rating: rating-three
This is hilarious and fun if you’re familiar with the Japanese language. Otherwise you’re going to be lost the entire time. However, its a great “first look” at Team 8.

140730 HKT48 no Odekake! ep78
140730 HKT48 no Odekake! ep78 – We have two groups this week, one group goes to train at a boxing gym while the other group eats some super-spicy noodles.

Rating: rating-three
Both groups work til they sweat, for two very different reasons.

140726 HKT48 no Goboten ep10
140726 HKT48 no Goboten ep10 – Matsuoka Natsumi and Kojina Yui visit a glowstick factory and watch a demonstration of wotagei.

Pretty fun and cool episode, and glowstick wotagei is always cool.

140729 AKB de Arubaito ep05
140729 AKB de Arubaito ep05 – Kitahara Rie and Oya Shizuka continue to find potential candidates and finally settle on a girl to work part-time with AKB.

Rating: rating-three
I’m going to be honest and say I was too distracted by how cute the girl was that I have no idea what actual work she did but hey, it’s pretty enjoyable.

140729 French Kiss no Kiss-tabi ep05
140729 French Kiss no Kiss-tabi ep05 – Kuramochi Asuka is flying solo to Los Angeles where she visits the beach and has some VERY expensive food.

Rating: rating-four
An idol in America! You know what that means, right? Awkward cute English, idols being Japanese tourists, huge food portions, the works.

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140729 NMB no Meccha Baito ep04 – Kinoshita Haruna, Jonishi Kei, and Yamaguchi Yuuki work on an ostrich farm.

Rating: rating-two
I’m starting to get tired of all these “idols on a farm” episodes every single week. They’ve lost their charm to me. But hey, check it out if you like the lineup.

140725 HKT Shakariki 48 ep04
140725 HKT Shakariki 48 ep04 – Fuchigami Mai works in a mentaiko factory. Murashige Anna is probably sitting somewhere, very jealous right now.

Rating: rating-four
This is a really big challenge for Mai, she’s really out of her element here. Seeing her try to step up to meet the challenge is quite interesting.

140728 SKE48 Ebisho! ep03
140728 SKE48 Ebisho! ep03 – Sports challenge time, followed by Tani Marika and Matsumura Kaori being taken away to Hokkaido and challenged to hitchhike their way back home.

Rating: rating-four
Just like with Ebi Friday Night, SKE really shines in this program. The chemistry between the members and the host, Okubo, is top-notch, and a joy to watch.

140727 AKB48 Nemousu TV Season 16 ep01
140727 AKB48 Nemousu TV Season 16 ep01 – Nemousu returns for a new season with a two-parter where a bunch of AKB members are competing to see who can iron and fold a shirt the best.

Rating: rating-four
This sounds like the most boring thing ever, right? I thought so too but for some reason I was really entertained by it. Maybe it’s because it features a lot of members I haven’t seen on TV in awhile, in a fun competitive environment, but those 45 minutes flew by.

What shows did you enjoy this week? Leave a comment and let us know!

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