Cartoon KAT-TUN

The first TV show that I was really interested that I started to dig up everywhere to find the show to watch it from episode one was Cartoon KAT-TUN. It wasn’t long after I got to know about one of KAT-TUN’s member (now ex-member), Akanishi Jin, that I became interested in him and from my research I learned, the group he was in has a TV show called Cartoon KAT-TUN.

Thanks to a lot of videos from their fans who uploaded cuts from the show, I was curious about the show and did my search and finally I came across the big archive for KAT-TUN’s fan that is J-One Records. This is a useful community for KAT-TUN’s fan where we can get a lot of videos of PV (for their single), concert DVD and music shows, scan of magazine, drama/movie that the members acted in, their songs/albums, photobooks and so on.

I enjoyed the show, but it has ended so suddenly around March this year. I think the major reason was because they have different commitments after Jin Akanishi was announced to spread his wings to LA (for his solo concert) and his activities and future from then became vague.

Anyways, the show has three parts, where the first season, they focused on interviewing the guest/s in the studio while sometimes having a ‘small challenge’ if they were challenged by the guest on a game/duel. This concept was interesting, because while KAT-TUN is well-known for their strange ‘member-ai’, they managed to make it interesting with their weird sense of Do-S to the members. (You can see that Nakamaru and Taguchi are always being the victim of the other members’ Do-S).

The concept for the second season is somewhat a little weird. The members are supposed to find out the meaning of love. They invite comedian/s to the studio as guest to have them teach them about ‘what is love’ by doing a lot of different things. While I think ‘love’ is a big matter and has a lot of different meaning depending on our own perceptive, they tried to uncover all the meaning throughout the season, but most of the times, I can’t see the relation of what they’re doing in the episode to the ‘search of the meaning of love’. But in a way, it still funny to watch those episodes.

The last part is learning the rule. Every episode they show three of the members going somewhere to learn about the rules for different things. I liked this concept, where they go to research about different job/hobbies and what they should know about it.

All throughout three years the show was aired, they also have a few specials, and one of the most special episode for me is the batsu game in Hokkaido. Two of the members (Akanishi and Nakamaru) were penalized for making the team lost in darts game (DAT-TUN5) so they were sent to Hokkoido in the coldest town during winter to serve the community. They were made to help at a horse stable, observatory and ski ring, and baby-sitting a kid, lol, but then it ended with the warmest greeting from the whole community and the small kid. It was so sweet.

There’s also a few other specials where one of which (Sendai Special) starts with Kamenashi and Ueda were being penalized by being an AD and later were switch to Kamenashi and Nakamaru (through janken or rock-scissor-paper) and Nakamaru was forced to do bungee-jumping. Nakamaru is known to be the scaredy-cat of KAT-TUN and is afraid of height spent a few hours on the 20m platform. After a moving scene where the other members were encouraging him to do the bungee, he decided to -not to jump! It was hilarious but also showed how much they supported each other.

Most of the episodes have English subtitle either it was hard-subbed or soft-subbed, but there’s also quite a few which haven’t been subbed. If you’re interested to watch this show, you can follow the links below:

episode 001-039

episode040-090 (plus Seniors, Please Teach Us: 100 rules for being an adult! SP1)

episode 091-140 (plus Seniors, Please Teach Us: 100 rules for being an adult! SP2

episode 141-152 (final) plus Seniors, Please Teach Us: 100 rules for being an adult! SP3)

to view those links you’re required to be a member of the J-One Records community.

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