Okay, first thing first…Come out come out whoever you are! We aren’t going to hurt you, much! We know that you are there, probably reading this right now too. So come on out spy! We only wish to thank you for all your lovely work!
Seriously, I have said it before but there really is a spy among us! All this evidence just piling up proves as much! I mean the week this episode aired, I and another Reader were just discussing and speculating and hoping that Nogizaka would do a Danso episode, most likely on NOGIBINGO because it’s like the parallel version of AKBINGO and since they had taken some segments from AKBINGO during the earlier seasons, we were hoping that they would do a Danso take as well.
Well guess what, that following week this episode went and happened! I swear to you my mind is still blown! Took me a while to grasp the fact that this wasn’t a dream! I mean there are just too many coincidences for there to not be a spy among us! And if there is one, I hope you think about my Yukirin rumblings as well. Then again, that is a much different ball game all together.
So, let’s all give a round of applause for our spy dear Readers. Because what an episode this was! And it wasn’t any other Danso, it was Takarazuka style Danso! You know, the masters of Danso? The ones that Mayuyu dreams about every second she isn’t thinking about Mamarin? That type of Danso and people, I think that I am in love with this type of Danso!
The first setting was in an Office and our lady being Hime-tan. Shiraishi was up first. I gotta admit she did look good! That all white get-up and that hat were total winners in my book! It’s just that, she isn’t that compatible with Hime-tan which was kind of a turn-off. I mean Danso is all well and good but it’s only a part of the whole picture! If I can’t ship what I am seeing, well, less enjoyment factor! But she was good looking and Ikoma-kun was all over her as well. She got two out of three points because at first when she hugged Hime-tan she still had her hat on which kind of got in the way of closeness and thus getting to my point. The second time without the heart was better, because that time even Hime-tan raised her arms to hold onto Mai’s! We got more chemistry that way but it was too late!
Which brings me to the next runner up dearest Kawago. We know she is into girls and I have been shipping her with Hime-tan since the two first started appearing on Nogizaka shows! So you can imagine my FEELS when I saw these two together in this Danso segment! Kawago has the personality of a Takarazuka Danso and Hime-tan is as girly as they come so for me, this was just gold! Kawago forgot her line which saw her get 0 points but to me, she gets a perfect three! And even though Hime-tan laughed at her as well, just look at that last cap where kawago is giving a Dou ya face! I can just imagine the love in that gaze!
BTW, Asuka-chan’s reactions were real cute during this episode. Poor girl still new to these kinds of feelings.
After Kawago up came my 2nd best Danso of the night – the one and only Wakatsuki-sama! And who was she putting her moves on? The current Centre of Nogizaka – Ikuchan! Talk about deadily pairing! Yes, I am also a Yumi/Reika shipper but you gotta admit, Erika is an all rounder female partner who totally is compatible with the all rounder male partner Wakatsuki-sama! Take that perfection and add on Kabe-don and this is out right cheating! Which is actually why Yumi didn’t get full points because she just went over-board with this one! Seriously, who could compete with Wakatsuki-sama and Kabe-don!! No one that’s who! My lovely Supergirl and Newgirl’s reactions were most delicious as well.
Chiharu ladies and Gentlemen! But before anything else i said, WTF Manatsu!!?! You so did not go and steal Iku-chan’s dojikko stunt from way back when! Don’t you have any shame?! Seriously, she is luck that Chiharu was so marvellous that she took all three points because if she had made Chiharu lose a point I was going to…Seriously though that Chiharu! I gotta admit, she totally got me with those sleeves as well! And the head petting is a sure win in my book too so really, it goes without saying that she wins the first setting hands down! She was my 3rd best overall Danso.
OMG is that…Is that Butler Danso Hori in the background!?!!!
Breathe BG, breathe!
Okay, okay, I’m good! So, we change the setting to a bar this time. A bar being tended to by Hocchan…Oh jeez, here I go again!
Any way, first up this second round is Hashimoto and our girl this time is Karin (I love that name for some reason). A damsel in distress, a guy with a rose, what could ever go wrong? Everything actually, if the guy was a bad one but they never come any better than Hashimoto so of course she was a winner! And that hand holding, did I mention that I love Hand-loving?! Okay, with that said, Hashimoto moves up to 3rd place and Chiharu to 4th! Totally deserved the full points for that Nanami!
Even Bartender Hocchan couldn’t help but laugh at this Mahiro! But really all three comedians (Mahiro, Noujou and Amazing) are in my Top 10 list so I confess that I burst a few ribs laughing just as much! You just knew something like this was gonna happen after all the seriousness! What’s even more funny is that fact that she doesn’t try to be funny, she just is! Actually the three of them are interestingly like that! No real surprises that this ranks the last on best Danso, huh?
Y U NO B a girl Captain!?! You could have made the best companion for Wakatsuki-sama! In fact I pretty sure that if it was you, she wouldn’t have done that Kabe-don Duex ex Machina! But, not to say that Captain didn’t actually pull off this type of Danso. in fact she is one of the most fitting for this kind of Danso. Her eyes were made for it. Kind of like in Kawago’s case! The wouldn’t be that good at the other type of Danso (Watanabe-sensei…Ren-senpai!!!) but this, they are perfect match for Takarazuka type of Danso! And thos eyes >.< Yep, trailing Chiharu here!
Not to be out-funnied, Noujou strikes as a playa trying to pick a girl at the Hori Bar! Inoue be like, DO NOT WANT! And Nanase’s reaction…priceless! I love these comedians dear Readers, I love so much! They never fail to place a smile on my face. But fear not, Noujou is only playing a bad guy, here comes a hero to save the day…and steal it actually…
Saving the best for last, as the saying goes, here comes Saitou Yuuri to save the day and I tell you guys I think that my mouth watered a little bit when she appeared! She was just so…God! That head touch, that lowered gaze, that eye-contact >.<
That’s it, I know I just shipped Inoue with Itou M. just yesterday after watching Nogizaka’s PV for ‘Ano hi Boku wa Toosa ni Uso wo Tsuita’ but my goodness, if these two aren’t shippable! Welcome aboard the fleet SaYuu (Sayuri x Yuuri)! I stayed up that night thinking about all kinds of scenarios with these two that night, I remember it so well! They just left that much of an impact with me! Definitely the best Danso for the night for me! Indeed, the partner and emotions do play a major part just as I thought!
Yep, this episode was just so good! But we were not don yet…
How cute she was when she finally got to not only meet her Idol but also get to act in a scene with the real Takarazuka member! Seriously, she was like a girl in love! I only hope that Mayuyu wasn’t watching this for I fear for Noujou’s life heh! Mayuyu only got as far as being sang to by a Takarazuka member not be hugged and confessed to. I can only dream what Mamarin had to do to calm down a raging Mayuyu at the time (fufufu)
December 15, 2014 at 22:42
LOL I’ve been waiting for this review. I was initially anticipating the AKBINGO Danso style because I wanted to see how interesting the skit gonna be with Nogizaka46. Oh well, I’m not complaining, it’s a Danso! 😀
The moment I saw Mahiro I knew she was pulling a Lady Oscar. Not bad, but I just can’t take her seriously because like you said she’s funny without even trying. The rest who aren’t the usual ikemen are surprisingly okay, Chiharu was pretty good. I’m with you on wanting Reika to be the girl for Yumi, but Yumi/Ikuchan is kinda cute too. I think Ikuchan likes it whenever Waka-sama is being an ikemen although she’s not as vocal as Waka-sama’s fangirls. Their part seemed a little bit too forceful for me because I feel Yumi was too fast on doing the Kabe-don almost like she’s gonna throw her to the wall. As expected of Waka-sama…her natural ikemen-ness sure can pull all kind of Danso effortlessly and you can basically put her with any other girl and it’d still look good.
Ever since that letter from Sayuri to Noujou in Nogiroom, I’ve been looking out for more of their moments. Somehow I wanted Noujo to get the serious Danso role here so she can play it out with Sayuri. I think they’re an okay pair…or do they count as a crack pairing?
December 16, 2014 at 11:28
Good review, I was also one of the ones hoping they would do it AKBingo style but this was pretty neat as well. I think before this episode, in some of the Nogiroom discussions, one of the things they brought up wanting to do was danso koushien. Also, iirc, Kazumi especially mentioned she loved Sasshi’s hair stylist danso. Seems the members themselves have a lot of ideas for the type of danso they want to do so I hope the staff listen and there’s more to come.
This is my first time commenting on your site but I’m actually a long time reader. So I’ll say thanks now also for all the movies that I never would have heard of without this site (especially ‘Brulee’ which is my favourite). And have you seen the short plot synopsis on the Wonderful World End site? I’d be interested in your thoughts!
December 16, 2014 at 18:13
Well &, thank you for finally coming out (of the closet?) and commenting.Brulee was so great. It hit all the right spots and them some. So glad to see others favoured it as well!
Also from what I have seen, Kazumi is going to be one of the guys next episode so if she gets to play a different role other than Santa, and we get to see her in a wig, not to mention if she is partners with Nanase, I will lose my mind completely!
As for this synopsis you speak of, I haven’t yet seen it, actually I haven’t yet visited the official site (shame on me)
That is all changing now though thanks to you and your heads up. I will get back to you after I see what’s what…
May 9, 2016 at 08:54
What episode is this?
May 10, 2016 at 01:56
Season 3 ep 07