Glossary

One of the questions from the Seiyuu no Wa series is regarding favourite TV shows. I got tired of repeatedly explaining what each show is about, so I shall just dump them all here under one convenient list for easy reference. Maybe this page will expand into other categories in the future.

Japanese TV programmes (alphabetical order)
Ame Talk!
Full Name: 雨上がり決死隊のトーク番組 アメトーーク! (Ame agari Kesshitai no Bangumi Ame Talk!)
Genre: Comedy, variety, talk show
Hosts: Comedy duo Ameagari Kesshitai (Miyasako Hiroyuki & Hotohara Toru). Their name translates to After the Rain Suicide Squad
Station: TV Asahi
Site: http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/ametalk/

Cambria Palace
Name: 日経スペシャル カンブリア宮殿 (Hekkei Special Cambria Kyuuden)
Genre: Talk, Economics
Hosts: Murakami Ryu, Koike Eiko
Station: TV Tokyo
Site: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/cambria/
Note: Interviews famous and influential business leaders, with Q&A sessions with viewers asking questions about personal finance and work.

Domoto Kyoudai
Name: 新堂本兄弟 (Shin Domoto Kyodai)
Genre: Music, variety
Hosts: KinKi Kids (Domoto Tsuyoshi, Domoto Koichi), Takamizawa Toshihiko (THE ALFEE) etc
Station: Fuji TV
Site: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/DOMOTO/

Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahen de!!
Name: ダウンタウンのガキの使いやあらへんで!! (shortened: Gaki no Tsukai)
Genre: Comedy, prank
Hosts: Downtown (Matsumoto Hitoshi, Hamada Masatoshi) Cocorico (Endo Shozo, Tanaka Naoki), Tsukitei Hosei
Station: Nippon TV
Site: http://www.ntv.co.jp/gaki/
Note: Many clips from the show have become viral ie this. These “no laugh” punishment games in particular, are very popular.

GameCenter CX
Name: ゲームセンター「CX」. also known as Retro Game Master
Genre: Video games (Yoiko), variety
Hosts: Arino Shinya
Station: Fuji TV
Site: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/otn/gamecenter/index.html
Note: Focusing on retro games, host Arino attempts to complete games within a day. He also visits arcade centers and showcases classic games, as well as interviewing game designers etc. Games he has cleared include Galaga (PS), Prince of Persia, Gradius (Famicom), Gunstar Heroes (Mega Drive) and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, (N64, in 3 days). Games he failed – Super Mario Bros 3, Adventure Island, R-TYPE II.

Getsuyou kara Yofukashi
Name: Monday Lateshow月曜から夜ふかし
Genre: Variety
Hosts: Murakami Shingo (Kanjani 8), Matsuko Deluxe etc
Station: Nippon TV
Site: http://www.ntv.co.jp/yofukashi/index.html

HIRUOBI!
Name: ひるおび!
Genre: News, Information
Hosts: Megumi Toshiaki (Honjamaka), Yashiro Hideki, Eto Ai (TBS announcer)
Station: TBS
Site: http://www.tbs.co.jp/hiru-obi/

Hodo Station
Name: 報道ステーション
Genre: News, Information
Hosts: Furutachi Ichiro, Ogawa Ayaka, Emura Junichiro etc
Station: TV Asahi
Site: http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/hst/

Jounetsu Tairiku
Name: 情熱大陸
Genre: Documentary
Hosts: none, mostly narrated by Kubota Hitoshi
Station: MBS
Site: http://www.mbs.jp/jounetsu/index.shtml
Note: Each episode covers a specific individual, team or group, ranging from athletes to entertainers to doctors and architects. Animator Yamamura Koji was featured in 2003.

London Hearts
Name: ロンドンハーツ
Genre: Comedy, prank, variety
Hosts: London Boots (Tamura Atsushi & Tamura Ryo) & Ariyoshi Hiroiki
Station: TV Asahi
Site: http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/londonhearts/
Note: Features lots of candid camera pranks & stunts, sometimes by setting up members of the public. Also has other segments such as silly rankings (which of these 10 celebs do you most want to marry?).

Matsuko & Ariyoshi no Ikari Shinto
Name: マツコ&有吉の怒り新党
Genre: Talk, variety
Hosts: Matsuko Deluxe, Ariyoshi Hiroiki
Station: TV Asahi
Site: http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/ikari/cast.html
Note: Ikari Shinto is a mock political party name that means ‘The New Anger Party’. They mainly discuss social and political issues on the show with the theme of anger ie. “should I be angry about Abenomics?”

Nanatsu no mi o Tanoshimou! Sekai Summer Resort
Name: 7つの海を楽しもう!世界さまぁ~リゾート
Genre: Travel
Hosts: Summers (Mimura Masakazu, Otake Kazuki)
Station: TBS
Site: http://www.tbs.co.jp/sekaisummer/
Note: The Summers comedy duo travel around the world visiting beaches/resorts.

Ningen Kansatsu Variety Monitoring
Name: ニンゲン観察バラエティモニタリング
Genre: Variety
Hosts: Black Mayonnaise (Kosugi Ryuichi, Yoshida Takashi), Becky etc
Station: TBS
Site: http://www.tbs.co.jp/monitoring-golden/
Note: Films people in a variety of situations (like this girl and her cat).

Otameshika!
Name: もしものシミュレーションバラエティー お試しかっ (Moshimo no Simulation Variety Otameshika
Genre: Food, variety
Hosts: Taka and Toshi
Station: TV Asahi
Site: http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/otameshi/
Note: The show’s premise involves getting guests to go around eating at specific places, and having them guess the restaurant’s top 10 best-selling items. They aren’t allowed to leave until they’ve gotten all 10 correct, so shooting (& eating) can often go on overnight.

Sekai Fureai Machi Aruki
Name: 世界ふれあい街歩き (En: World Strollers)
Genre: Travel
Hosts: none, narration is used instead. Narrators have included Toda Keiko and Mizuki Ichiro
Station: NHK
Site: http://www.nhk.or.jp/sekaimachi/index.html (Japanese), http://pf.nhk-ep.co.jp/detail/41 (English)
Note: A travel series that is available on NHK World

Sekai Fushigi Hakken
Name: 日立 世界・ふしぎ発見 (En: Discovery of the World’s Mysteries)
Genre: Variety, Quiz, cultural/educational
Hosts: Kusano Hitoshi, Demizu Mai, Kuroyanagi Tetsuko etc
Station: TBS
Site: http://www.tbs.co.jp/f-hakken
Note: This has actually spawned a couple of quiz video games, including one for the DS

Sekai no Hate made Itte-Q!
Name: 世界の果てまでイッテQ!
Genre: Travel, variety
Cast: Uchimura Teruyoshi (Utchan Nanchan), Becky, Tegoshi Yuya (NEWS), Miyagawa Daisuke, Imoto Ayako aka Imoto, Morisanchu (Oshima Miyuki, Murakami Tomoko, Kurosawa Kazuko) etc
Station: Nippon TV
Site: http://www.ntv.co.jp/q/
Note: The title means “Going to the Ends of the Earth Q”, and cast members are sent to random places all over the world to do some pretty bizarre stuff. My favourite segment is Imoto’s, she’s always being forced into dumb things like running away from a komodo dragon while wearing a kimono, with a piece of meat tied behind her back. Ah, here’s a video.

Sekai no Nihonjinzuma wa Mita!
Name: 世界の日本人妻は見た!
Genre: Variety
Hosts: Bakusho Mondai (Tanaka Yuji, Ota Hikari) etc
Station: MBS
Site: http://www.mbs.jp/japa-zuma
Note: Features the lives of Japanese housewives from all over the world.

Shabekuri 007
Name: しゃべくり007
Genre: Talk show, variety
Hosts: Neptune (Nagura Jun, Harada Taizo, Horiuchi Ken), Cream Stew (Arita Teppei & Ueda Shinya) & Tutorial (Tokui Yoshimi, Fukuda Mitsunori)
Station: Nippon TV
Site: http://www.ntv.co.jp/007/

Shiru Shiru Mishiru
Name: 知って見て得する情報バラエティ シルシルミシルさんデー (Shitteru Mite Tokusuru Joho Variety Shiru Shiru Mishiru Sunday)
Genre: Variety, information
Hosts: Cream Stew (Arita Teppei, Ueda Shinya) Ito Seiko, Matsuko Deluxe, Bananaman (Shitara Osamu, Himura Yuki) etc
Station: TV Asahi
Site: http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/shirushirusunday/

SMAPxSMAP
Genre: Cooking, music, variety
Hosts: SMAP (Nakai Masahiro, Kimura Takuya, Katori Shingo, Inagaki Goro, Kusanagi Tsuyoshi)
Station: Fuji TV
Site: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/smapsmap/
Note: Foreign guests in the past have included Michael Jackson, Jackie Chan, Lady Gaga, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Whoopi Goldberg.

Tamori Club
Name: タモリ倶楽部
Genre: Variety
Host: Tamori
Station: TV Asahi
Site: http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/tamoriclub/
Note: One of the few non-studio based shows – features on-location shooting covering cultural and social issues.

Terrace House
Name: テラスハウス (officially TERRACE HOUSE BOYS×GIRLS NEXT DOOR)
Genre: Reality
Studio Cast: YOU, Triendl Reina etc
Station: Fuji TV
Site: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/terrace-house/index.html
Note: A bit like a Japanese Celebrity Big Brother. KitaharaRie (AKB48) was one of the first house cast members.

THE! Tetsuwan DASH!!
Name: ザ!鉄腕!DASH!!
Genre: Variety
Hosts: TOKIO (Joshima Shigeru, Yamaguchi Tatsuya, Kokubun Taichi, Matsuoka Masahiro, Nagase Tomoya)
Station: Nippon TV
Site: http://www.ntv.co.jp/dash/index.html
Note: It’s been running since 1995. Main segments include Challenge DASH (taking on challenges etc) and DASH Mura (building a new village in Fukushima).

Tunnels no Mina-san no Okage deshita
Name: とんねるずのみなさんのおかげでした
Genre: Variety
Hosts: Tunnels (Ishibashi Takaaki, Kinashi Noritake)
Station: Fuji TV
Site: http://www.fujitv.co.jp/minasan/
Note: The show where the infamous Brain Wall was born.

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