AKS Worth Watching, September 21st

AKS Worth Watching, September 20th

If you didn’t get your fill of 48 Group idols with the 4 hour Janken tournament, look no further. Let’s take a look at some of this week’s variety TV highlights!

140913 HKT48 no Goboten ep16
140913 HKT48 no Goboten ep16 – Tomiyoshi Asuka and Goto Izumi visit a high school and check out some of the cooler clubs there. Back in the studio, they do some more myth-busting.

Rating: rating-three
Asuka and Izumi’s school adventures are quite entertaining this week – visiting gear heads and robotics nerds, and there’s some funny hijinks involving Tanaka Natsumi back in the studio as well.

140914 Nogizaka46 – Nogizakatte Doko ep151
140914 Nogizaka46 – Nogizakatte Doko ep151 – More summer challenge check-ins. Takayama Kazumi was trying to slim her waistline and Ikoma Rina challenged herself at being able to catch a baseball. After that we take a look at Ikuta Erika’s return to Nogizaka46 and her position as center for the latest single. The episode ends with Hori Miona running through a haunted house.

Rating: rating-three
This week’s episode is quite varied in content, not spending too much time focusing on any one particular segment.

140916 AKBINGO ep306
140916 AKBINGO ep306 – Round 2 of “The Wiz” auditions. This time focusing on acting and singing, where each girl acts out a short scene that breaks into song.

Rating: rating-four
Seeing members earnestly competing using their raw talents makes for a good show. All these girls want this part and it shows. There’s also a great moment between the director and JKT48’s Novinta Dhini.

140917 HKT48 no Odekake! ep85
140917 HKT48 no Odekake! ep85 – As part of promotions for HKT’s upcoming single, the new senbatsu goes to a karaoke joint and crashes random patrons’ rooms. Also included is a bit of a prank being pulled on Motomura Aoi and Tomonaga Mio.

Rating: rating-three
Aoi getting picked on is always adorable and some of the other interactions they have with the customers are fun too, but not as strong as some of the other “promotion” episodes of Odekake.

140916 AKB de Arubaito ep12
140916 AKB de Arubaito ep12 – The girl picked from last episode shows up for her gravure shoot.

Rating: rating-two
Just like last episode, this one is basically just another boob-fest.

140916 French Kiss no Kiss-tabi ep12
140916 French Kiss no Kiss-tabi ep12 – The trio is still in Hong Kong and they exchange gifts for each other from their previous solo travels, get massages and visit a dojo to spar against the instructors.

Rating: rating-two
The fight stuff at the end is pretty much the only really interesting thing about this episode. Not really worth the time unless you’re a big fan of one of the members.

140915 SKE48 Ebisho! ep10
140915 SKE48 Ebisho! ep10 – SKE undergoes a few challenges this week, including one where the girls get strapped into a contraption that spreads their legs apart with the crank of a wheel. There is also a dancing endurance battle.

Rating: rating-four
Like any good idol variety competition, it’s equal parts funny and questionable. Ebisho continues to bring out the best in SKE’s variety stars.

140912 HKT Shakariki 48 ep11
140912 HKT Shakariki 48 ep11 – It’s Moriyasu Madoka’s turn to get a job, and this week she’s helping to host a wedding. She’s tasked with many responsibilities, from opening doors to washing dishes and playing piano.

Rating: rating-three
The first time that one of the members puts one of her non-idol skills to use in this show. Madoka has to be a jack-of-all-trades in this episode and she shines.

140913 AKB48 SHOW! ep43
140913 AKB48 SHOW! ep43 – This week’s episode is all about Watanabe Mayu. Several skits and performances featuring this year’s election winner.

Rating: rating-three
If you like Mayu you’ll like this. If you don’t, you won’t.

140914 AKB48 Nemousu TV Season 16 ep08
140914 AKB48 Nemousu TV Season 16 ep08 – We’re back to the darts competition from a couple weeks ago. Various AKB members continue to practice their dart skills for an upcoming competition.

Rating: rating-two
There’s only so much you can watch idols practice with darts, and that point was reached with the last episode that they did this.

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

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