|A sign of Aiba-chan getting comfy: when his socks are half-off ^-^|
|Aiba and Ohkubo|
|Nanana's obscene gesture after he asks if Aiba found a "Nanana-like thing" on himself at the age of 13. Aiba covers the puppet with his paper and yells at him to "Stop this joking around!"|
Oh, and I have to include this shot, too, because haha... those pants do not look flattering on Aiba (and we all know he has such a cute little butt under all that, too ;P). I hope Jun caught this moment.
We start off with my Sakuraiba heart fluttering as Aiba tells Nanana how clueless he feels about all the stuff gong on behind the scenes during a live recording, and how he usually depends on Sho to deal with all of it. Haha, well, Aibaby, you finally realized how much you rely on Sho, ne? *smiles inside*
Then there's a little good-natured dig from the man to the banana.
|"Arashi's pretty busy, you know!!"|
Aiba: Hmmm... Arashi members? They didn't say anything.... Hey, you know something about Arashi?
Aiba (turning to him): We're pretty busy desu yo~
Nanana: Ah, of course, of course!
Aiba: It may be hard to believe, but we're actually pretty busy!
Nanana (bowing and bowing): Of course, of course!
Aiba: I think the other members probably recorded the episode to watch later, but they probably haven't seen it yet.
And now, we get on to the real business.
To be honest, I thought something seemed a little off with this woman. I didn't like her very much, and I have a secret suspicion that Nanana-chan didn't either, because at one point during the phone call, he actually cuts in to warn her to "use appropriate language" (I think this was after she said something like "I dumped him" and maybe the word she used for "dump" was a bit too casual?). I have nothing against her predicament, really. I can understand how hard it is for one's heart to be trapped between two people, and I can also understand why economic stability would be a concern for her, especially if she, like a lot of other Japanese women, is thinking of electing to become a stay-at-home wife-and-mother after tying the knot. But I did not appreciate how immature she seemed over the phone (perhaps she was just nervous? Idk...). It seemed like she wasn't really in love with either man, because she only seemed to emphasize how one was able to rake in the big bucks, and the other always made her heart go doki-doki because of his looks. I mean, if you're wavering between two men, sure you should consider each one's circumstances and lifestyles when you contemplate which one is more compatible with you, but a bigger consideration should also be the guys' personalities and how they make you feel beyond that initial flutter of the heart that their handsome faces bring, right? I felt like this woman pretty much equated her current boyfriend with money and her former one with good looks (no, not even with love, but looks) and wanted Aiba to tell her which one she should choose.
Well, I liked Aiba's answer: "Perhaps you should re-consider whether or not you're ready to be married."
And it seemed like all the voters out there who voted on this agreed with Aiba, too, because 78% of them voted for his answer.
The lady was not completely satisfied, though. When asked (as a part of the show's routine) if she felt like her troubles were A) Completely Solved, B) Sort of Solved or C) Not Solved, she chose B). Sigh, Aiba was a bit disappointed but he's already reaching for the next case.
Case #2 is a 44 year old housewife who wants to revitalize her marriage with her husband. There's nothing bad going on, she assures Aiba, and it's not like she's worried about her husband cheating on her or anything, but she just feels like they've become a boring old married couple, and sometimes, when she sees those sexy young actresses on TV (like Dan Mitsu), she just wishes that she could regain her feminine sensuality and once again make her husband's heart go all crazy with desire. In other words, she wants to become Dan Mitsu (or Ishihara Satomi... she can't seem to decide :P).
Aiba loved this submission. His entire face was beaming after he read it out loud. "Now this is the type of worry I've been waiting for!" he exclaimed to Nanana. Eagerly, he dials the number.
|"A fat version of Okamoto |
Aiba's answer is seriously one of the best Aiba-wisdoms I've ever heard.
"As for me, it doesn't have to be about being beautiful per se... Like if I was your husband and I found out that for my sake you wanted to become more beautiful and that you actually worried about this sort of thing... I would think that this sort of desire to become beautiful is the most beautiful part about you. Really! That's what I think!"
The woman asks, "So I don't have to worry about this?"
Aiba's voice is all encouragement as he answers, "You sure don't! If your husband knew about how hard you're trying to please him, he would totally be filled with passion again!"
(note: translations may not be 100% accurate, but I think I got the gist of it)
And then, he starts trying to come up with all these playful ideas on how to "accidentally" let her husband find out about this conversation they're having... The woman is laughing a lot over the phone and it's clear that she's feeling a lot more comfortable talking to Aiba as the show goes on. In the end, she declares happily that her worry has been completely solved!
|Honki no Aiba|
Conclusion: I love Aiba. The guy has to stop making me fall more in love with him every time I see him on TV. Seriously, Aiba, I'm already obsessed enough with you!