So the opening this week is a little different, the stills are from the photo of the AKB girls in SKE uniform from last week. In order: Maeda Ami, Oya Shizuka, Fujie Reina, Matsui Sakiko, Nito Moeno, Satou Sumire, Takeuchi Miyu, Miyazaki Miho, Ichikawa Miori, Shimuda Haruka. Of the three alternate openings I’ve seen, it’s definitely the least odd (The first featured Idolling!!!, and had their own members and played one of their songs, and the title was given as Idolling!!! 0ji 59fun, the second had Miichan’s face on all of the members, and Aitakatta sung with just her vocals, you can find out why on AKB48’s youtube channel.)
This week we’re celebrating the end of 3 weeks of AKB48 vs SKE48 by playing the Time Pressure Battle Burger Shop!!! (Exclamtions added for affect) against SKE. To be fair the SKE girls are wearing a completely new maid outfit 9it’s blue, and continuing against SKE makes sense given how this show is filmed.) Shimada questions the decoration on Sata’s head,which is to represent SKE’s new burger chain. It seems we’ve gotten rid of Chura for this which I can forgive, he didn’t add much. So we have Shachihoko vs Kiyotaki. One SKE girl delivers an insult to AKB, and Shizuka is forced into responding. It falls flat.
As we get into rule explanations, it seems they couldn’t afford a new logo, as the new one is just Boss Burger’s with Sata’s head gear thrown on. We start with the word association variation.
AKB goes first, in order: Ami, Sakiko, Miori, Moeno, Miyu and guessing the word is Shimuda. The first order is love letter, the hints given: love, heart, Miori barely gets transfer or say in, valentine, and feeling, Shimuda gives chocolate and is sprayed, she says she came to her conclusion from Miori ans Moeno’s hints, but gets it when some of the others say Kaku.
SKE’s first turn: with Rena, Sawako, Shiori, Yuria, Mizuki and guessing the order is Akane (I may have gotten a few of these ones wrong). The word is: Chunichi Dragons, the baseball team for Aichi prefecture, and the hints are: blue, ???, Koala,??? , Nagoya, and the answer guessed is ??? and she’s sprayed. An additional hint of Matsunami is given, and she gets it.
AKB again, the order is: ???, the hints, ???, showdown, red, Moeno doesn’t make it, hall, the guess from Shimuda is correct this time
Another attempt from SKE, The order is christmas. The hints, in order are: tree, present, snow, white and tree again, leading to a correct guess (I mean I got this once I’d translated the 3rd one). Mizuki tries to make an excuse that she thought Rena was referring to something else, but is subjugated to the spray along with (said white).
And so we move to the second stage with the scores 1 all. This time they have to make a model out of play dough to show what the word is. For this stage I’m going to say after all 5 have done it what I think it is, what they say, and what it is.
AKB first again: Miori, Miyu, Fujie, Myao, Shizuka and guessing is Ami. Ichikawa’s idea is noted as being NICE, and in the end I have no idea, something to do with sushi, and it sounds like Ami thinks so too, but judging by the spraying and the fact it uses the wrong characters, I’m guessing it was wrong, turns out it wasn’t ‘O sushi’ (Sushi) but kaiten sushi (with the conveyor belts).
SKE’s first turn: Akane, Masana, Rena, Kanon, Akari, guessing is Kanako. I have no idea; initially I thought it was a snowman, now it looks like some kind of alien. Kanako suggests what seems to translate as lion dance, immediately cowers in fear, and rightly so. After some hints she’s able to guess though. Actually from one angle they show it looks like an elephant.
AKB again. Looks to me like the sky. Ami thinks it’s Mt. Fuji. She’s wrong. It’s Cinderella, but so much more noticeable after Shizuka’s modification.
SKE’s turn. Looks like a giant worm near a sand dune really. The guess is correct, and hopefully by the time this is up I’ll have found out what it was. Apparently what Rena did got her sprayed.
And now we finally return to a live performance, here of Ue Kara Mariko. Fortunately featuring Mariko.
We end with Rena’s spraying again (she is the highest profile member there, she was 10th in the AKB election I believe) and Sakiko declaring victory. In English.
With thanks to Smilodon of HJU for filling in some of the blanks