Back again with our main MC, Kisora, and her partner this time is Kishimoto Yumeno, who already seems like an old pro at radio. She actually gets the show moving, after the usual opening by Kisora, by saying that she’s listened to all of the show so far (which isn’t a huge feat; it’s maybe 12 minutes of actual content, but we’ll let her have it) and it sounded like so much fun. As a result, she was very eager to come and do her recording for the show, but once she actually got to the studio and went into the recording room, she got very nervous. Kisora sympathizes, as this is her fourth show and she still hasn’t settled in to the process yet. Still, Yumeno is excited to get talking because she and Kisora are rarely paired up for anything within Tsubaki Factory, so she hopes to have some interesting conversation.
I imagine their relationship being a lot like this.
Fan Letter #1 – The first letter is from Yabako. They have a story to tell about going to yakiniku with their younger siblings who are both in middle school. To their surprise, their younger siblings grilled the meat for them for the first time, even though Yabako had been grilling the meat for them their whole lives. It was a strange but heartwarming experience knowing that her siblings were growing up and becoming responsible. For some context, yakiniku is meat prepared over an open grill at the table, and generally 1 or 2 people are expected to be responsible for cooking the food for the the rest of the table. Children generally don’t do much grilling, for reasons that should be obvious, so it’s a sign that Yabako’s siblings are maturing and becoming capable people for them to now do the grilling for her instead of the other way around. It warms the soul.
(This is an actual photo edited and posted by Yumeno. Yeah.)
Kisora asks if Yumeno would grill meat for her if they went to yakiniku. Yumeno says she absolutely would not. Kisora says she probably wouldn’t grill, either. Yumeno elaborates, saying she never knows when to turn it, so she always leaves it up to whoever she’s eating with. Kisora adds that people have different preferences for how they like their meat cooked, so if they barely have a grasp on how long to cook it in the first place, throwing in that extra level of difficulty confirms that they are non-participants outside of eating. Among Tsubaki Factory members, who go out and grill some meats together from time to time, it’s actually Saori or even Mao who usually does the grilling, as they recall. They find it funny how it’s the members who don’t necessarily have a reputation for being mature or reliable who take control there, while the members who do have that reputation don’t grill at all, or at least not for other people. Yumeno laughs because it’s the same thing that Yabako experienced, with the younger or more doted-upon members taking charge. Ultimately they decide they might try grilling it for everyone just once, if only to impress the people who usually cook.
Also a genuine Kishimon edit, this time with two infants she claimed so they could cook meat for her
Fan Letter #2 – The next letter is from Shiranagi, who wants to know how Tsubaki Factory spends its time in the dressing room. The first answers are expected, that the members spend their time stretching or going over their music with a coach, but then Kisora mentions that she feels like they’ve been spending more time in their dressing room together as all 9 of them, and that has made them do more things together. Yumeno then has a realization: they all do muscle training in dressing rooms together, that if there’s one thing they all do lately, it’s exercising. It’s generally kind of basic, like handstands against the wall, but Kisora enjoys it a lot. In fact, it’s one of her personal goals this year to get all the members to do more exercises like sit-ups when they’re together. She says that it’s almost impossible to keep up a workout routine by herself, which is true for most people, so she wants to have the whole group encouraging each other. She thinks she’ll be able to convince everyone because sit-ups do help the figure, and hopefully everyone will think about how much they’d like to have a nicer midriff. Yumeno laughs because she’s imaging everyone with a six-pack, but they probably won’t go that far. In any case, they’d both like to keep up that routine in the dressing room.
Don’t worry, they’re still eating, too.
More Teion Yakedo
Then it’s time for a song from their new single, which does have three A-sides, but it is Teion Yakedo again. Nothing against the song, but H!P seems to have this deep-seeded fear that if they play more than one song per month, they’re going to lose the small fraction of casual listeners they have. At this point it will be weird to hear a different one, however, since this song has come to signal the end of the show. It’s still worth it to listen all the way to the end for the spelling. I cannot emphasize enough how cute it is to hear idols spell things. Nevertheless, this is the end of our time together for week 4, now on to week 5!