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Long wait almost ends, on July 8, ABC will air the premier of 2nd season of I Survived A Japanese Game Show at 9 pm EST. I’m so excited, I put a reminder on my cell phone 😀 Anyways, TVView.TV has a list of players for the 2nd season, check it out here.

To see the recap of last season, see my Japanese Game Show page, here. Or, if you want to watch the episodes of the first season, there’s someone who uploaded the videos on YouTube. Enjoy 🙂

Summer is drawing near, and that means Summer TV Shows are coming too! I always like summer tv shows because  they’re not heavy on drama, most of them even reality shows (I know i’m a reality-junkie). Anyways, from the information that I can gather so far, here’s the list of Summer TV Shows:

NBC:

  • Kings, new episode returns in June date TBA
  • Merlin, series Premiere Sunday, June 21st 8/7c
  • I’m Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, series Premiere, Monday, June 1st 8/7c
  • America’s Got Talent, series Premier, Tuesday, June 23 8/7c
  • The Philanthropist, series Premiere Wednesday, June 24th 10/9c
  • The Great American Road Trip, series Premiere Tuesday, July 7th 8/7c

ABC:

  • Wipeout, Premieres Wednesday, May 27 8/7c
  • I Survived Japanese Game Show, Premieres Wednesday, July 8 9/8c
  • The Superstar, Premieres Tuesday, June 23 8/7c
  • Dating in the Dark, Premieres Monday, July 20 10/9c
  • The Superstars Premieres Tuesday, June 23 8/7c

FOX:

  • So You Think You Can Dance premiers Thursday, May 21 8/7c

CBS:

  • Big Brother premiers Thursday, July 9 8/7c

So far great line up, for NBC and ABC. Can’t wait for summer. I can’t find any info about new summer shows on CW, I guess they’ll just do reruns.

Well, the open calls for new season of I survived Japanes Game Show has been wrapped up in LA, the last stop for the audition. I didn’t go though, I decided I’m not a reality show type of material because I’m so boring 😆 I do want to participate on the games, just no cameras when I’m making fool of myself please 😛 So yeah, no more auditions available for the show, but I’m not sure if they still accept application through email. But if you just found out about this and wanted to apply, you can always send the application email. Click here for the email address and other information. Also, there is a link to apply for wipeout.

Other than that, Burn Notice is back! Just watched it yesterday on USAnetwork.com/burnnotice. Continuing the last episode, Carla said that it wasn’t her (or her men) who tried to blow Michael up, so Michael was assigned to find out who wanted him dead. All new Burn Notice episode on Thursday, Jan 29 on 10 pm EST.

Also, some Japanese games can be very harsh for some people. But for the Japanese, the games are fun and made to make people laugh, and that’s all they care about.

The famous “spank-for-laughing” game: the Batsu (Punishment) Games.
The best-known video is the english-lesson video part of the season 3 where the guys had to spend a day in high school:

The graduation day – more spanking!

Hillarious, even the spankers can’t help laughing.

There are 5 seasons of the No Laughing game:
No-Laughing Hot Spring Inn (2003)
No Laughing in Yugawara (2004)
No-Laughing High School (2005)
No-Laughing Police Station (2006)
No-Laughing Hospital (2007)

The group is called Gaki no Tsukai. To watch all videos with English sub, click here. He has all 13 video of Gaki No Tsukai Onsen Batsu 1.

There’s another recently well-known game played by Gaki no Tsukai, the Silent Library Game. So much for the name, the game isn’t silent at all even though they are trying so hard. It’s really funny!
Part 1:

Part 2:

No sub for these videos, but there aren’t much talking.
Part one:

Part two:

Part three:

Again, as always, there’s some other version, like this one by Binghamton University students:

The ones below are pretty extreme. Yes, they are funny, but I don’t quite get it, a little bit out of the line IMO.

This one is simply OUCH:

So I just watched Hole in the Wall sneak peak, and I love it. Even without the sneak peak, I’m sure I’ll watch it 😛 Anyway, this show really use the same format as the japanese version: the Human Tetris, even the players’ suit and helmet. So the players (2 groups of 3) have to face each other in 3 rounds, and the team with most points after 3 rounds can get into the bonus round. But there’s a catch on bonus round, the guy/girl to do the job is blind folded and the teammates must give him/her directions. It’s really funny!

Anyway, if you miss the sneak peak, there’ll be another sneak peak on Tuesday after the premier of Fringe. But Hole in the Wall itself will premier on Thursday (9/11) at 8pm EST. So don’t miss it!

If you think I Survived Japanese Game Show is stupid and humiliating, you may be right. The Majide show itself might not be a real show, but that’s how other game show is in Japan. They wear silly outfits (even the host is wearing a dress), the challenges are crazy, the audience is loud and the background is flashingly colorful, but the show is hillarious. Take a look at these videos, they are from the same game show (Majide-type of games) 

The famous spinning platforms:

This one is similar with one of Majide’s challenge, but with boxing twist:

Rope Swing:

Here’s another video:

Note: If you are wondering why those people run to the ice bucket after they fall to the pool, it’s because the pool is full with hot water. Japanese people is well-known for their hot bath, and apparently fond of spinning too. You can see the pool is steaming in the video below:

Treadmill madness:

Next time, I’ll write about other types of Japanese game show, and of course, more videos! 🙂

So FOX is going to air their version of Human Tetris this coming September (I’ll keep you posted on the exact date of the season premier). If you don’t know what Human Tetris is, check this video out.

For those of you who cannot wait until FOX air Hole in the Wall, you can catch the Ellen Degeneres’ version of it “Thru the Wall of Take a Fall”:

Human Tetris is game show invented by Japanese (duh) and become a big hit like Takeshi Castle so that many countries make their own version of the game.

On her show, Ellen sometimes play another japanese game show, the “Marshmallow” game. Well, she’s not actually playing the game, it’s some women from the audience who play.

It’s just hilarious, I never knew human face can be that distorter. 😆

The Japanese version:

This marshmallow game also has affected everyone. And because the game is fairly simple and easy to play, people can play it at home too, like this video below:

Even by kids:

After reading abc’s message boards, I worried a little and wondered if abc will make a new season of the show. ABC President, Steve MacPherson said that if the ratings didn’t improve then we probably wouldn’t see another season of the show. Now that season 5 is over, there is no news about this at all. Fans at abc message board are planning to do more than making video to save the mole, they’re going to send MacPherson lemons with a sad face on it 😯 (Paul drew a face on a lemon in one of the episode). One fan offers a suggested letter that makes other lemon references: “Consider this an avid fan of throwing lemons at you if you don’t renew The Mole for another season. You know what they say when life gives you lemons? You make lemonheads and renew another season of The Mole!”

While researching some more, I found this website: http://molecasting.com/show1.html (UPDATE note: The website is no longer available) for The Mole Casting. I’m not sure if it was for the 5th season or for the new one, abc’s official website has no info about this. I guess they take applications while waiting for green light from abc. Or maybe not, I don’t know.

Another info that I’d like to share about other shows how to participate in Wipeout. They are still open casting, so if you’re interested, visit this site: http://www.mysticartpictures.com/wipeout.htm Other than Wipeout, other people have been asking me about how to play in I survived A Japanese Game Show. To be honest, I have no idea. So far, there is no news on the 2nd season, maybe the producers are still thinking about it. I’ll keep you posted if any news comes up about this game. (UPDATE: They’re casting 2nd season of Japanese Game Show, go check my latest post! 🙂 )Lastly, Hole in the Wall: they have finished casting for the first season. Here’s the official link: http://www.fox.com/hitw.htm

In this finale, the players competed individually, no more green monkey or yellow penguin. And every challenge was an elimination challenge, the player with the lowest score or longest time would have to say sayonara to $250,000.

So in the first challenge, the final four was set to free out of Toho Studio. For the first time, they had a game outdoor. The had to complete 5 tasks: getting someone to draw moustache on their face, getting a local to kiss them and getting the picture taken, getting someone to dress as liberty statue, getting a business card, and finally finding 3 people to do the wave. With their limited Japanese, they seemed to have trouble asking people for a favor (the locals thought they were selling something).

Donnell got kissed by a grandma, and Justin got kissed by a dude. Donnell was so desperate when asking people. In the end, Meagan was the winner of the first challenge, her good looks made the challenges easier for her. Belinda finished last, so she was the first one to go bye-bye.

After completing the first challenge, the winners: Justin, Donnell, and Meaghan got a treat. Their loved ones came to the studio and they got to spend time with them (for few minutes) before the next challenge started. On the second challenge, they had to wear sumo sponge suit, and they had to transfer as much water as possible with that suit while getting through an obstacle course. This challenge requires a good amount of strength, so Meaghan was in disadvantage. And, the last girl standing lost, good job Meaghan. So the winner was between Donnell and Justin.

On the final showdown between Donnell and Justin, they had all the old challenges combined: spinning chair, tricycle, egg popping, sticky wall, mochi, and the fake doors. If Meaghan had made it to this round, I seriously doubt she would win, the sticky wall part really required strong arms and it wouldn’t be fair for her to compete against Justin or Donnell. Justin and Donnell were almost always neck to neck all the time, but Justin got a little head start, and in the end he won. So Congratulations Justin! 🙂 But don’t spend all that money to buy your girlfiend jewelry (not that it’s wrong) but at least save some of them for future. I feel bad for Donnell, he’s a good competitior and he had a good heart to accept his defeat. Congrats to you both.

I highly doubt they will make 2nd season because it won’t be as huge as this one (but I’m secretly hoping otherwise). But, I would love to watch another show like this in the future. Heh, who am I kidding? I’ll be on it! Until then, sayonara! 8)

Tonight on Wipeout: Wipey Award! The best of wipeout moments over the past few weeks, with categories like: Best Dance, Best Romance, and many more. Even though it wasn’t really a new episode, but it was really funny. It’s the funniest wipeout moments. Miss it? Watch it online at abc.com

Right now, it’s Japanese Game Show. In this finale, the players competed individually, no more green monkey or yellow penguin. And every challenge was an elimination challenge, the player with the lowest score or longest time would have to say sayonara to $250,000. Read to find out who won Japanese Game Show Finale. 🙂

*Update: ABC is casting for 2nd season of I Survived Japanese Game Show & Wipeout, click here to find out how.

Anyway, for those of you who wondered what does Majide really means, you’re not alone. Someone asked that on Yahoo! Answers, and out of many answers, I quoted these 2, since I think they are the best answers:

はい (read: ha i) means yes.

majide is soured from (真面目に)  マジで (read: ma ji de)、マジ (read:ma ji)  means true,real.

本当に=ほんとうに (read: hon to ni?) means “is it really?” so you can replace majide with hotoni. majide= hotoni.
hai majide=”Yes, really””Is it true?” or “no kidding”.

The other one is:

The Japanese translation of Majide (マジで?) is “seriously?!” in an inquisitive, yet exclamatory sense, meaning roughly “you have to be crazy.” The Japanese characters for the on-screen logo shown on the wall in the program read “Honki de” (本気で) (meaning simply “Seriously” or “Wholeheartedly”).


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