26 February 2011
AKB48 TV Program [Naruhodo! High School] gets golden time slot
One of AKB48's TV Shows is getting an upgrade! The show, titled Naruhodo High School, aired only two times last year, on 30 May and 9 October 2010. But starting April, it will be given a regular broadcast schedule every Thursday at 7:00PM JST, considered the golden time slot for Japanese TV. The show's title will also be given a supplementary exclamation mark, just because it looks nicer with it. So now the title is Naruhodo! High School. This is the first time AKB48 gets a golden time slot show.
The reason for this upgrade is because of the high ratings the two episodes of the show had, the May episode with 8.0%, and the October episode with an even higher rating of 11.8%, despite its timing. The show's original hosts, Announcer Hatori Shinichi, and one half of the owarai duo Audrey, Wakabayashi Masayasu , have been replaced by Tamura Atsushi, who is one half of the comedy duo London Boots Ichi-gō Ni-gō. Other celebrity guests will also be appearing on the show.
Naruhodo High School is an information and variety show where the members perform experiments to learn new things, as well as receive advice about everyday stuff. Older fans of AKB48 might remember the science show Suiensaa which AKB48 was part of in it's earlier times. 3 AKB members per week (not counting Oshima Mai, one of the MCs) would do an experiment about frivolous stuff. Experiments which are usually "How do you....." and "Why does this.....".
The experiments in Naruhodo High School are pretty much similar to this, but less unimportant and more interesting to watch. Previous experiments on the show include "Can a building be vibrated by dance?", "Can butter be made by using the thrill rides?" and "Can a huge pudding be made by using a drum?" Seriously, it doesn't get any cooler than doing a test about resonance frequency.
As well as experiments, the other part of the show features the members of AKB48 getting advice from the famous Buddhist nun, writer and activist Setouchi Jakucho. It is unknown if she will still be part of the new Naruhodo! High School.