Two variety shows and one J-dorama: This August, Channel U has prepared quite the treat for fans of Japanese television programming.

VS Arashi

The J-Wave on Singapore TV starts tonight with VS Arashi, a game show where a guest team of celebrities take on Arashi, the enigmatic J-pop group that has taken Japan by storm since their debut (“Arashi” literally means “Storm”), in a number of wacky physical-challenge attractions: Kicking Sniper, Bound Hockey, Giant Crusher, and more.

What in the world could “Giant Crusher” possibly entail? You’ll just have to watch to find out!

VS Arashi airs every Monday 8PM on Channel U.

Run for Money

Then tomorrow, August 14, watch Japanese TV personalities and regular folks alike push their limits in Run for Money, a reality game-show where participants are told to escape from the clutches of three Hunters – agents dressed in black – for 60 minutes. The rules? Stay within the pre-defined game zone – which is usually a famous Tokyo hang-out spot like Shibuya – and safety-first: those who are caught in any sort of minor accidents are disqualified.

Should the participants succeed, a handsome prize money of some 600,000 yen awaits them.

But it’s not as easy as it sounds; some of the participants are friends who are likely to travel together and, as the saying goes, “when chased by a bear, you only need to run faster than the person beside you.”

The things people do to not get eaten by a bear for money.

Expect thrills, spills, and heartless acts of betrayal in Run for Money, Tuesdays 8PM on Channel U.


J-dorama: Full Throttle Girl (Zenkai Girl)

Finally, J-dorama fans can look forward to Full Throttle Girl, an 11-episode love comedy starring Yui Aragaki, Ryo Nishikido (from Kanjani Eight or 関ジャニ∞), and Hiroko Yakushimaru.

Here’s the synopsis from Fuji TV:

Devoted to becoming an international lawyer, Wakaba Ayukawa (Yui Aragaki) is full of ambition. Her hard work pays off when she lands a job at an international law firm, but to her disappointment, the first prestigious assignment that is given to her is to babysit the boss’ (Hiroko Yakushimaru) 5 year old daughter, Hinata. Wakaba loathes kids and nursing, but unwillingly takes on the job as she is fixated on wealth and success. One day when she goes to a preschool to pick up Hinata, she meets a man named Sota Yamada (Ryo Nishikido). Sota is a man without higher education, wealth, or a future goal, someone that Wakaba absolutely cannot stand, the complete opposite of her ideals. Once again, contrary to her will, she ends up looking after Hinata and a few other kids along with Sota. Despite being exhausted from all the first-time experiences in child care, Wakaba begins to realize what is truly important to her. A heart-warming comedy about work, relationships and love.”

Full Throttle Girl premieres on Channel U Saturday, August 18, at 11.30PM.

Source: Xin MSN


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