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What does SCANDAL, a band that has been together for a long time, think is the fine line between "stability" and "routine"?

Season 2, Episode 61 blog

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HARUNA: This time...we'll be doing "Catch up - Kyoukai-sen Kyoukai" (Fine Line Association) for the first time in forever! It has been quite a while.

RINA: It has.

HARUNA: Now let's select the "agenda" cards. Oh, Kawai-chan (*director) has prepared them.

→Drawing a card.

HARUNA: "Routine" and "stability."
(*Kawai: "I was wondering what you guys, who have been working this job for a long time, think about this")

RINA: I see...I think many working people may feel this.

HARUNA: Doing the same thing over and over can easily lead to a tedious routine.

TOMOMI: A "routine" is a state of being stuck in place. It's not about new ideas, but about repeating the same thing over and over again. Nothing more or less. "Stability" isn't about the mental may have a mental aspect to it, but it's about being able to continue doing what you need to do and what you want to do.

RINA: I feel that "stability" gives you more freedom. It feels like you can be free within the foundation of "stability." "Routine" feels rigid.

MAMI: I wonder. "Routine" gives the impression of continuing to do what you've been given, while "stability" gives the impression of continuing to do what you want to do.

RINA: Like whether you're passive about it or not.

MAMI: Yeah. I feel like continuing to do what you want to do is not "routine" but "stability." But even when you're in a "routine," if you can find your own fulfillment in the work you're given, I think that will turn into "stability."

RINA: I think it has a lot to do with how you approach it.

HARUNA: "Routine" feels more negative.

RINA: That's true.

TOMOMI: It's about whether it's boring or not.

RINA: It's the degree of excitement. You want to change the way you perceive things, and the heart you have when you face them. When you feel like you're in a routine and you're tired of repeating the same thing over and over, try to come up with new ideas. If you look at it from a broader perspective, we've really been doing the same thing since we were kids. Just writing songs and performing live. Within that, we're expressing new feelings. I think it's all about your own state of mind.

MAMI: When I'm writing songs, I always feel like I'm playing octaves for guitar solos and such. I wonder if I can do something different, but I can't, so I just send them to everyone, thinking, "Oh well..." or "Pfft."

【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt』 - Season 2, Episode 60

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•The episode starts with this.

•TOMO reads the next message from a listener who attended the Nagoya and Osaka performances of the LUMINOUS tour. She says that she had a big fight with her boyfriend 5 days before Nagoya and even talked about breaking up. She thought that she wouldn't be able to go to the concert if things didn't work out. Their ticket numbers were in the double digits, which can be quite rare, so she thought about what she should do. Then the bf contacted her and said he wanted to go with her, so they ended up making up and going to the concert together. She says that they were able to make up thanks to SCANDAL. The band says that's cute and that they're glad. HARU laughs and says that ticket numbers saved them. TOMO says that it happened at the right timing.

•RINA reads the next message from a listener who also attended the Nagoya concert. They say they actually were betrayed so badly by someone they trusted that it'll probably take them several years to recover from it. They felt helpless and honestly couldn't even think about SCANDAL and wasn't sure if they wanted to go to the concert. However, their ticket number was in the single digits. The band starts laughing at this. The listener says they thought it was a reward from the heavens and decided to go. While there in the front row, the lyrics for some of the songs really hit hard and made them cry. RINA says that this listener is apparently a teacher (All: "Hey! Teacher"). TOMO says that ticket numbers do have the power to change lives. HARU says it does seem like that's true. No matter how dark your life is and unsure you are, it does make you want to go to that concert. RINA says that she's surprisingly the type of person who would get a little intimidated if her ticket is in the single digits. She's a little too shy to be far up front and prefers to watch from a distance. But this made her realize again that there are many people who do feel saved by being in the front row, so close that they can almost reach the stage. TOMO says that she hopes that they always help someone out with their concerts. RINA says a really interesting thing about music is that it resonates differently depending on your circumstances. HARU says that lyrics are amazing things. RINA says that they can sound completely different, and it's also the same as when they're performing the songs. HARU agrees that it really depends on the moment.

•MAMI reads the next message from a listener who, while waiting at a traffic light on their motorcycle, was hit by a car late at night the day before Golden Week started (April 26) and was rushed to the emergency room. They had made lots of plans for GW but had to cancel them due to suffering from whiplash and other nerve pain and instead concentrate on treatment and rehab. They had resigned to not being able to go to the Yokohama concert (May 6), but they told themselves that their body would be fine after rehab and that today's concert was only for today, and that they should go rather than regret not going. They were third row in front of TOMO and participated in the concert until the end. The band is surprised and wondered if they were able to stand there until the end. The listener says that they were so sore that they couldn't even lift their arms, but they have no regrets. They're also looking forward to the tour finale in Tokyo (May 25). The band laughs and wonders if they'll be okay. MAMI says that them being in the third row means that they also had a good ticket number. They laugh and say they're glad. HARU says that this is another case of being motivated to go because of a good ticket number. TOMO says she wishes they could give good numbers to everyone. HARU says that it's also interesting when your luck isn't as good, and it makes you want to go to another concert and hope you get a better number. RINA says she think she also got a DM from this listener who had written to ask if the staff could arrange a special set for them to watch the concert in a more relaxed manner. However, even if the band members get messages like this, they themselves cannot take action on it. They can tell the staff, but they can't reply directly to the person. That's why she really wishes people like this person would go through official channels instead, and that they should be more careful in regards to DMs because they are not staff's accounts. TOMO wonders if the listener's condition worsened by going to the concert. MAMI laughs and thinks it's the opposite. HARU says that the listener hopefully improves more by the tour finale and to not overdo it.

•HARU reads the next message from a listener who is a little older than HARU and says they recently resigned from the company they had worked for since they graduated college (14 years), and that SCANDAL's songs like "Image" and "Sisters" have given them a lot of support. The band says it's impressive that they worked there for 14 years. HARU says that continuing to do something is a lot of work. RINA says it's very encouraging to have someone a little older than them listen to their music.

•TOMO reads the next message from a listener who only got hooked on SCANDAL about 2-3 months ago. They did know about songs like "Shunkan Sentimental" and "Shoujo S" before, and by chance they decided to listen to other SCANDAL songs. They also started watching music videos and listening to "Catch up." The band says thanks and that it makes them happy to hear that.

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Establishing a new segment where listeners answer other listeners' concerns??

Season 2, Episode 60 blog

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HARUNA: This time...we'll just be reading messages.


I'm sending in a message because I want to ask for love advice.

As more people around me get married, I've started to think seriously about marriage. I'm still in the process of searching for that kind of partner, but as I meet various people, there's one thing that's been bothering me.

As I meet various people, I've recently begun to feel that people express their feelings towards me in various ways, and that the ways vary from person to person.

I understand that there are various ways of expressing things, but I'm struggling to answer which I'd be happier with: someone who can express themselves clearly, or someone who is not good at expressing their feelings and doesn't express them, or someone who doesn't understand them from my perspective. I'm honestly happy that they express themselves so clearly, but I also wonder if I can respond in equal measure and feel anxious about whether my message is getting through to them.

On the other hand, if they don't express themselves that much, it makes me curious when I don't know what they think of me. It makes me feel like I can't move forward and leaves me feeling frustrated.

I know this is a difficult topic to discuss, but I'd like to hear SCANDAL's honest opinions, and I was wondering if you could occasionally have a segment where listeners could answer listeners' concerns. I'd appreciate your consideration for this new segment.

TOMOMI: That's really good!

RINA: I like it.

TOMOMI: Let's do that.

RINA: There are all kinds of people, after all.

MAMI: But it feels like they already have the answer. People who show affection properly tend to have a more positive outlook on things.

HARUNA: That's true.

MAMI: You're glad about that, but it's a question of whether you can keep up with it, right? But they feel bothered by people who aren't good at expressing themselves, and they thought that their negativity is stronger, so it feels like they have the answer.

RINA: So you think it's better for them to express themselves.

MAMI: Isn't it about the "degree" of which they do it? Isn't that what the listener's worried about?

TOMOMI: I think the most important thing is to decide which one you like better. Everyone has their own way of expressing themselves, and there's nothing wrong with that, so I think it's best to think about your own feelings first and then discuss the way the person you like in the future expresses themselves.

HARUNA: I thought it would be better to look at other aspects, and to be able to see a little more of each person's good qualities.

RINA: So it's not about "going against yourself"?


RINA: Like their attitude towards others, or the nature of that person.


TOMOMI: Some people are good at expressing themselves, and some are not, but it's important to know what kind of person they are. Even if you're not good at it, I think there will come a time when you'll understand that you're thinking things properly as you talk to each other, and you'll think that's okay, for both of you. I think it's important to be close to each other, and rather than deciding based on how to express it, I think it's better to prioritize your feelings and which person you really want to be with.

RINA: I don't think you need to feel that you have to return the same amount of love because someone has expressed it to you. If you love each other, even if you express it in different ways, there are things you can understand and feel for each other. If they say "I love you" a lot, I don't think you need to feel burdened by having to say it the same number of times.

TOMOMI: Because it's not about the number of times.

HARUNA: It's "to each to their own," including yourself.

RINA: That's right.

MAMI: Discuss things with each other. Each time.

TOMOMI: It's about understanding the other person.

HARUNA: Getting to know them better.

RINA: But it's great that the listener's so active. They started thinking about marriage and decided to take action to meet various people.

TOMOMI: That's important.

HARUNA: I've been thinking lately that you really do have to take action.

TOMOMI: Also, we should definitely have a segment where listeners answer other listeners' problems. Let's do it! First of all, let's ask for people to respond to Chibo's concerns.

MAMI: This is what we think, but what do you all think?

【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt』 - Season 2, Episode 59

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•The episode starts with this.

•They then go through each date and location on the Asia tour leg. First is Taiwan on June 9th. The venue, Legacy Taipei, is large live music venue that opened in 2009 and renovated from the site of a former sake brewery built in 1914. Its max capacity is 1,000 and has a vibe similar to Club Citta Kawasaki and Shibuya Quattro. It's frequently used for concerts by famous Taiwanese singers and international artists. TOMO says that a 1,000-person capacity venue is nice. RINA says she's glad they get to know about stuff like this before performing.

•Second is Guangzhou on June 11th at Tai Space Livehouse, which is in the heart of Guangzhou's nightlife scene. Opening the heavy door, you enter a live music bar that makes you feel like you're in the Tang Dynasty. The two-story design features beautiful walls decorated with red lanterns and wine bottles on the bar. The stage is huge and the lighting and sound equipment is excellent. TOMO says that playing somewhere with good lighting and sound is important. HARU wonders what's with the red lanterns and wine bottles. RINA wonders if it's a very sparkly place because it's in the heart of the nightlife scene.

•Third is Shanghai on June 13th at Bandai Namco Shanghai Base Dream Hall, which is the center of subculture events in Shanghai. Many Japanese artists such as Leo Ieiri, coldrain, and Naotaro Moriyama have performed there before. RINA says that a lot of great Japanese artists have performed there. TOMO asks if it'll be SCANDAL's first time performing there. HARU thinks so. MAMI wonders if there will be a huge line of people waiting in line to try out gacha machines. TOMO wonders about the "subculture" events and thinks that maybe they're the same as ones held in Harajuku and such. MAMI thinks that anime and manga-related events are probably held there.

•Last is Seoul on June 15th at musinsa garage. The brand Musinsa is well known in the fashion world, and the venue opened in the mecca of Korean indie music, with fashion brands and indie musicians having the same mindset in the sense that they can grow together. MAMI says that she uses Musinsa's app a lot. TOMO says that it is easy to use. HARU says that she likes this kind of info since she can imagine what it'll be like before they go there. RINA says it's interesting and that there's a big difference between knowing and not knowing what kind of culture a city has. TOMO says that they surprisingly don't have a lot of experience with playing concerts in South Korea; they had only played there once before, and for a festival. HARU wonders when that was. RINA says it was a long time ago, and MAMI estimates around 2014-2015 (2014 is correct). TOMO says that it was a festival with a lot of loud bands. RINA says that it was a really cool festival, and that people told them they were happy SCANDAL was performing as there were no other all-girl bands performing. TOMO says that it'll be their first time playing a solo concert (RINA: "Yeah, surprisingly"), and that they'll need to do their best.

•HARU says that that's it for the guidebook and asks what kind of concerts they want to do. TOMO says that they played at a lot of small venues in Japan, which made everything pretty simple, so she thinks they can take the tour as is overseas. They often make their setlists more compact when they tour overseas and do something different, but she thinks they can play the same setlist they did in Japan, and that it would be good to do that. Though they haven't decided on that yet, they want to make the performances red-hot. MAMI says that in order to deliver LUMINOUS properly overseas, she thinks it'd be great if they could deliver the atmosphere of the tour around the songs like they are in Japan. HARU says that they'll do their best.

•There's a pause before a hard-to-hear voice in the background seems to say that that was short. MAMI starts laughing and HARU also says that it was short. MAMI says that maybe they could do a quiz. TOMO says that maybe they could do another one based on info on Meiji's site (like they did in a previous episode). MAMI says to tell her what they'd like a quiz about. TOMO asks if MAMI's going to make one. MAMI says she'll look for some questions/info. TOMO asks if she could do 4 questions (presumably about each place they're going to). HARU says to start it off with Taipei. MAMI asks if it's okay to just ask something about Taiwan, which they say yes to. MAMI says she found a good one and asks:

Q. What is the time difference between Taiwan and Japan?

A. 30 minutes
B. 1 hour
C. 2 hours
D. 5 hours

TOMO answers 2 hours, which is incorrect. HARU goes, "Isn't it 1 hour?" MAMI says yes in English. Japan is located at 135°E and Taiwan is located at 120°E.

•MAMI then starts looking for a quiz question about Guangzhou. She looks for a bit and then says, "Wow, this is a hard one!" The others ask what it is. The question is:

Q. There is a Chinese proverb that says, "Eat in Guangzhou." What province in China is Guangzhou located in?

The band laughs and says they have no idea. RINA asks if they would have heard about this province before. MAMI says yes and that there's a sauce that makes Chinese food easy to make. TOMO starts excitedly saying something that is kind of hard to understand but is apparently incorrect, so MAMI instead asks what kind of food egg foo young is. HARU goes, "Ahh, what was it again??" and then guesses Canton (Guangdong), which is correct. MAMI reads that Cantonese cuisine features flavors that make the most of ingredients such as shark fin, swallow's nest, lobster, and abalone, and is famous for its egg foo young, shumai, and babaocai. The others say they should eat those.

•Next, MAMI looks for a quiz about Shanghai. HARU says that this is fun. MAMI goes, "Really?" TOMO agrees that it's fun. MAMI finds a question and says that it's hard, and that it's about Shanghai Disneyland.

Q. What area opened in Shanghai Disneyland in 2018?[

A. Frozen
B. Mulan
C. Toy Story

TOMO and HARU guess Frozen while RINA guesses Mulan. MAMI pauses and says that the correct answer is Toy Story. They all go, "Aah!" TOMO says that there's a new area opening at the Tokyo Disney Resort in June that features Frozen. MAMI says that the hotel is being talked about a lot.

•Lastly, MAMI looks for a question about Seoul. She says there are a lot of them coming up and finds two that are interesting. HARU laughs and says that she can ask both of them. The first question is:

Q. What is the most common last name in Korea?

TOMO guesses Choi, which is incorrect. HARU and RINA guess Kim, which is correct. MAMI then reads the second question:

Q. What is the approximate population of Korea?

TOMO guesses 60 million, which is incorrect but is close. RINA guesses 70 million, which is also incorrect. MAMI says that that's further away from the correct answer. TOMO guesses 50 million, which is correct. RINA laughs and asks what's up with this quiz and all the hints they're being given. HARU laughs and says they're being given too many hints. MAMI says that it seems like there isn't really much of a band culture there. RINA guesses that it's because there are a bunch of dance groups, which MAMI agrees with. HARU says that those are basically all who appear on TV. TOMO hopes that their own band sound reaches those in Korea. MAMI says that they hope the people will enjoy it. RINA says that it makes them happy that there is an interest in SCANDAL there. She also says that it's impressive when artists from your own country are known worldwide, and that it's really nice to know that people are interested in Japanese all-girl bands. HARU says that she saw on Twitter recently that someone had come from Korea to see the LUMINOUS tour, so it makes her happy to see when fans are happy. TOMO says that a lot of people from overseas have been coming to this tour (🙋‍�), and also mentions how she ran into a fan from Spain at Azabudai Hills the other day. MAMI says that she wants to go to Azabudai Hills. HARU says it's a really nice place. TOMO laughs and says that she thinks they're in the center's target demographic.

•They then close out the episode. HARU says that their program director Ohno wasn't here today and so they largely did what they wanted to. TOMO says that they took over doing quizzes from him, which makes the others laugh. HARU says that it's impressive how they were able to do a quiz like that right away. RINA says it'd be nice if they could record for this program overseas if they can. MAMI says that maybe they could record something while walking around the different cities. TOMO says that the audio might be only iPhone-level quality, though, and that they might not be able to do it due to their tight schedule.

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An in-depth look at the Asia tour leg in support of LUMINOUS, which starts from June 9!

Season 2, Episode 59 blog

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HARUNA: This time...we'll be doing a new project. It is titled,
"A guidebook of our Asia performances"!

We are currently in the middle of a nationwide tour in support of our new album LUMINOUS, and will be starting the Asia tour for it in June. We will be going to Taipei, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Seoul, and we'd like our listeners to know more about the Asia tour! ...And not only that--we have created a "travel guide" to help us enjoy our tour.

Fans in each country also listen to "Catch up," so we'll be delivering this episode in easy, slow Japanese. We will proceed based on the Asia tour travel guide.

TOMOMI: A travel guide was actually made for us.

MAMI: There's a place to write your name on it. It's a guidebook written entirely in hiragana.

HARUNA: Let's start with the dates...

Sunday, June 9 @ Legacy Taipei. Taipei
Tuesday, June 11 @ Tai Space Livehouse. Guangzhou
Thursday, June 13 @ Bandai Namco Shanghai Base Dream Hall. Shanghai
Saturday, June 15 @ musinsagarage. Seoul, Korea

RINA: It seems like there are almost no tickets left.

TOMOMI: It looks like they sold out immediately. Thank you very much.

RINA: I'm happy. It's been a long time since we toured Asia.

HARUNA: That's right; we haven't been able to go since the pandemic started.

TOMOMI: Asia, yes.

RINA: Sorry to keep you waiting.

HARUNA: At any rate, we're very happy.
Next, "The purpose of the tour!"

"It will be fun, safe, and exciting"

TOMOMI: That's true.

RINA: Indeed, that is the goal.

HARUNA: Next, the "Tour rules"!
There are four. The first one is "Wear whatever you like."

TOMOMI: If you can "wear whatever you like," then that's not a "rule."

HARUNA: The second one is "Have fun however you'd like to."

RINA: That's right.

HARUNA: The third one is "Be careful not to overeat."

MAMI: Yes.

TOMOMI: That's important.

HARUNA: The last one is "Meiji is preferable for snacks."

MAMI: This is true.

TOMOMI: No doubt.

RINA: We'll bring some.

HARUNA: The next page of the travel guide is a map. It shows the location of each city.

MAMI: I think Guangzhou is the furthest away this time.

HARUNA: That's right.

MAMI: Isn't Guangzhou 4 or 5 hours away (by plane)?

TOMOMI: Ah, that's close.

HARUNA: that so?

MAMI: It takes a second to get there.

HARUNA: Hong Kong is like that, too.

TOMOMI: Well, it's about the same distance as a domestic trip. It's the same as taking the shinkansen to Hiroshima.

HARUNA: That's true. It is close.

RINA: It feels like everything is close.

HARUNA: Yes, because we had gone to Brazil.

MAMI: We traveled 30 hours each way.

RINA: That's true.

TOMOMI: Once you experience going to Brazil, you become "invincible" when it comes to transportation. Europe also only takes a second to get there. First of all, there's no need to transfer.

HARUNA: That's right.

MAMI: In other words, "just one flight" on a plane means that it's "close."

TOMOMI: Yes, it is close.

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『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt』 - Season 2, Episode 58

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•The episode starts with this. RINA says that even if the listener were to go out with the friend, she doen't have to feel like she has to get married to him. If she thinks she might like him and want to date, that's fine; it's also fine if they break up. HARU says that they could keep things as they are right now. TOMO says that she's personally never really had a friend turn into a romantic partner. That's why this situation sounds pretty novel and nice to her. RINA says the situation could go either way, so it's good to do what the listener wants to do without being too cautious.

•TOMO reads the next message from a listener who says that their son is a heat-generating boy who raises the temperature of the room just by being in it. Even on a very cold day in the middle of winter, they don't need to heat the room when they sleep next to him. They say their son is a divine being who makes me feel warm just by being in the room with him. On the other hand, it's the worst in midsummer. The band laughs and says that's cute.

•MAMI reads the next message from a listener who went to the Hiroshima stop of the LUMINOUS tour and stayed over at a friend's place there. After the concert, they told their friend their thoughts on the concert. The friend said, "They're playing concerts for the album they made after setting a Guinness World Record, right?" and was really impressed. The listener asked the friend how they knew about SCANDAL, and the friend said that the listener had written about them on their Instagram. The listener has been posting their thoughts after every concert or CD release, hoping that it would reach as many people as possible. They're glad to know that some of their friends read their posts. The band thanks the listener. TOMO says that she often looks at the posts that the band's tagged in, which makes her happy. HARU says that posts like the listener's are important. MAMI says that if you know which artists your friends like, you'll definitely tell your friends about when you hear things about them, even if you don't know much about that artist. Things like, "Oh, I hear this artist is touring now."

•RINA reads the next message from a listener who went to the Okayama stop of the tour where their boyfriend was able to get ticket numbers 1-2. Their previous message had been read during episode 38 where they had met at SCANDAL's Mystery Tour event and then started dating, but they kept it a secret from everyone who was in the same group as them. Since at this concert they were in the front and center in the group photo, they laughed hard that it was obvious they had traveled there together. RINA says that they're taking photos with the audience and also letting the audience take photos and videos. TOMO says while laughing to be careful if you don't want to be in the group photos. RINA says that that's such a peaceful way for their relationship to be exposed.

•HARU reads the next message from a listener who is a second-year college student in what is essentially a light music club. The club had a welcome concert for new first-year students, and they covered "DOLL." They had performed at the school festival last October and covered "Kagerou," "Kagen no Tsuki," and "SCANDAL BABY" but the listener was satisfied with their performance, so they wanted to have a second go at it with the same members. They discussed what kind of music would be simple and cool. "DOLL" was the first song that came to mind and they suggested it since it was the first song they learned when they started playing bass in middle school. They usually play bass but wanted to try playing guitar and sing, so they asked the vocalist+guitarist and they let them do so. They were having so much fun on the day of the concert that they don't remember much about it, but they do clearly remember the sparkling eyes of the first-year students. "DOLL" was released in 2008 and so they thought that not many of them would know it due to them being only 3 years old when it was released, but they were really happy to hear them say how cool it was. The band thanks the listener. They also talk about things like how the number of people who bring their kids to SCANDAL concerts has really increased, as well as people who are expecting and say that they'll come back to see them after things settle down. RINA says that she's really happy everyone is moving forward in their own lives. HARU says that she also happy that those fans do come back, and that everyone's grown up together.

•MAMI reads the next message from a listener who says that their boyfriend is very lucky when it comes to SCANDAL, and lists 3 reasons. ①He's tall, so even if he's in the middle of the crowd, he has a clear view of the band. ②He often appears in the crowd photos. ③He won an invitation to go backstage and meet the band (one of the winners of the lottery held for the Highlight single). The band mentions things like it could be beginner's luck and such. MAMI talks about how Sanrio has a lot of lucky draws but never pulls the stuff that she wants.

•RINA reads the next message from a listener who has given copies of LUMINOUS to their co-workers, who are listening to it, but they can't seem to remember the title "Highlight no Naka de Bokura Zutto." Some misrememberings include "Ankoku no Naka de Bokura Eien ni" and "Ankoku no Naka de Zutto Boku-tachi" (both basically mean "We're Forever in the Darkness"). They ask the band how they can get people to remember the title properly. The band wonders why they think "ankoku" (darkness) is in the title. TOMO goes, "That's the complete opposite!" MAMI says that they could just go with "Highlight." The others agree that they could just shorten it to that.

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Is "If we can't find partners in a few years, let's get married" a possibility from SCANDAL's point of view? No?

Season 2, Episode 58 blog

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HARUNA: This time...we'll just be reading messages.

Takana Mentaime Mayo-don - 26 years old - Female

I have something I'd like advice for. I have a close male friend that I trust. My friend and I live in different prefectures (he used to live in my hometown but moved due to work), but we meet about once a month and go out to eat or go out of the prefecture. When we meet, it's usually like a girls' night out, and we enjoy talking and updating each other on what's going on.

Neither of us has a boyfriend or girlfriend. We usually talk about marriage values and ideal partners, and recently, my friend told me that he could see me as a romantic partner, and that if neither of us had a partner in two and a half years, we should get married.

For some reason, I started becoming romantically aware of my friend. Up until now, I had been the one to invite him to eat or send messages on LINE, but since then, my friend has invited me to eat every time he goes back to our hometown, and messages have started coming more frequently. I feel happy because I see a different side of my friend, and I feel like I've discovered even more good things about him.

I feel a little uneasy about our relationship, which is more than friends but less than lovers. But we've been friends for a long time, so sometimes I think it's best that things stay the way they are.

I broke up with my ex-boyfriend six months ago. I feel sad, and there's a part of me that still lingers over it. I don't know if I'm trying to fall in love with my male friend because I want to make up for these feelings I have, or if I'm trying to fall in love with my friend but am still attached to my ex. I can't sort out my feelings.

Please give me a hint on what to do.

TOMOMI: What's with the "two and a half years" thing...

MAMI: I know, right?

TOMOMI: Not two or three years, but two and a half years!

RINA: Isn't it because they're turning 30?

TOMOMI: I wonder.

RINA: Like a milestone.

HARUNA: The listener is in her late 20s.

MAMI: But what kind of promise is that? After all, you don't know what'll happen in two and a half years...

HARUNA: I wonder what's up with that. I kind of don't like it...

MAMI: I totally get it! After all, if you don't have anyone else...

HARUNA: Yeah, why is it something that has to be decided?

TOMOMI: Because they've been friends for so long, it must have been embarrassing to say, "Let's start dating after all," right? So he decided on a period of time as a kind of joke, not that they would wait two and a half years for each other. Maybe unless something like that was said, they would both feel uneasy. Or something like that.

RINA: And to tell them calmly.

MAMI: So, if the friend said it as a joke, the listener fell for it.

RINA: The relationship has shifted a bit. It feels different from before.

MAMI: Yeah.

HARUNA: She's aware of that.

MAMI: He said "two and a half years" later, and she doesn't know if he's serious or not, but it might make it impossible for either of them to have a boyfriend or girlfriend, right?

RINA: They don't have to think that far, right? If you find someone you really like within two and a half years, I think you should be free to do whatever you want, since there's no such rule.

TOMOMI: I think he's referring to an insurance-like period.

RINA: Because it makes you feel safe.

HARUNA: It can also be viewed as romantic interest.

TOMOMI: The guy is also comfortable with their current relationship and wants to take a step forward, but I think they're both thinking the exact same thing: if the relationship breaks down, there may be no going back. If you don't really like each other in that way right now, I think you should enjoy your relationship as it is! If you've become aware of him romantically, then you can make the decision to go out with him... I don't think you need to think so hard about it.

【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt』 - Season 2, Episode 57

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•The episode starts with this.

•RINA then mentions how, until recently, the four of them had often been together on travel days and such, and this is the first time they're spending so much time apart. She says it's fun to hear what each member has been up to during the concert MCs. HARU brings up how she had mizutaki soup delivered to her. She felt that she shouldn't go out to eat too often due to her recent sickness, and when she said she wanted to eat something good for her body, their staff had mizutaki delivered from a mizutaki restaurant.

•They talk about Kumamoto, which happened on April 7, next. HARU says it was their first time playing there in 7 years (not since their 47-prefecture tour). RINA says that it seemed like the audience really listened a lot to the new album and were following along well. HARU says that it was also great that it seemed like everyone was having fun in their own way. RINA mentions how the band WANIMA had given them dumplings backstage (they were playing at the same venue the next day). HARU says they ate them on stage. RINA says that the bands have a connection with each other with having the same photographer. MAMI says that SCANDAL gave a lot of bread to WANIMA when they played there the next day. TOMO says that she was actually sick but started to feel better around the time they were in Kumamoto, and she was finally able to go outside. She did a lot of walking around and went to coffee shops, clothing stores, etc. and had fun doing so. She also played Pokemon GO and beat a lot of Pokemon, caught a lot of Pokemon, and beat a lot of gyms so that her team (Valor) was now in control of them.

•After Kumamoto was their concert in Okayama on April 12. HARU says it had also been 7 years since they last played there. TOMO says that they were going to play there for their KFTD tour that unfortunately never happened. HARU says that TOMO's relative came to see the show. TOMO says that her relative had been coming to see them for a long time and thought that she was still in elementary school, but she's all grown up and working in the bridal industry now. She hadn't seen her in 7 years and now she's taller than all of the SCANDAL members. HARU says that the concert was also really good. TOMO says that everyone was really loud. RINA says that she could hear the audience even with her in-ears in, which doesn't happen often.

•Following that was their concert in Takamatsu on April 13. MAMI says that there was udon in the dressing room for them to eat as soon as they entered. There were also inari sushi and tempura. They also went out to eat curry udon after the concert and ending up eating next to a bunch of fans. RINA says it was like an after-party. They say that the concert was really hot. MAMI mentions that the breaker for the air conditioning in the venue tripped about halfway through, so it was literally really hot. TOMO says that that was something that often happened before the pandemic. RINA says that Takao, the drummer of UNISON SQUARE GARDEN, came to see the concert and it made them really happy how complimentary he was. HARU says that he said his band would love to do another joint-band concert with SCANDAL. She then mentions that their program director Kawai is coming to the Mito concert and so will record audio after it.

•The audio recorded after the Mito concert is then played. They say they were close enough to the audience that they really could have shaken hands with them if they stretched out their hands since it was a small venue with a 350-person capacity. They say the atmosphere was hot and great, with lots of people calling their names, and they could see everyone's faces clearly. MAMI says that everyone looked like they had just gotten out of the bath. HARU says that it being sold out despite being a weekday made them really glad they came. TOMO says that the sticker they played in the dressing room 7 years ago is still there, although it's a little beat up now. She says she really felt the passage of time. HARU says it's great how they're still going strong 7 years later. They say that they're going to be heading to Sendai now, since their concert there is the next day.

•The audio then returns to SCANDAL recording in the studio where they close out the episode. Before they do, HARU reads a message from a listener who is from Okayama and tells a story of when they were in middle school and found a bat at school that looked very weak. They gently scooped it up and went to the nurse's office where the nurse and a female student were. As soon as the listener opened their hands and showed them the bat, they both yelled out. TOMO goes, "So there are bats in Okayama!" HARU says that Kawai, who is from Okayama, has never seen a bat there, but there seem to be plenty of people from there that have. TOMO says that when they asked the audience during the Okayama concert if there are bats there, a lot of people said there are. She says that the band was like, "So Kawai was lying after all!" and laughs. HARU laughs too and says rather than her lying, it's more that she's never seen any.

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Interim report on the "LUMINOUS" tour! A spoiler-free recap!

Season 2, Episode 57 blog

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HARUNA: This time...since we're on tour for our new album: "The real story! LUMINOUS, Katarimasu! (Talking About LUMINOUS)"
The LUMINOUS tour started on April 2 and will continue until May 25, so without giving away too much information...we'd like to give you a look back and an interim report from the four of us.

By the way, as of this recording, the last concert we played was on April 13 in Takamatsu.

RINA: First, we played in Hiroshima on the first day. The first day was amazing, wasn't it?

All: Yeahー.

RINA: We were really energized.

TOMOMI: We felt at ease that the first day was in Hiroshima.

All: Yeahー.

HARUNA: It was our first time having Hiroshima as opening day of a tour, right?

TOMOMI: It might have been.

RINA: Even though it was a weekday, we were so happy that the venue was filled to capacity.

HARUNA: Also, the crowd was so pumped up that it was hard to believe it was the first time people heard this setlist...

TOMOMI: Everyone was so vocal.

RINA: It was a good groove, or rather, a good opening.

HARUNA: It was good, and it was fun! If you have a good first day of the tour, you feel different afterwards, don't you?

RINA: That's true. The beginning is important.

HARUNA: We fell in love with Hiroshima all over again.

RINA: Yeah, we did.

HARUNA: Oh, by the way, I took a break from this program, but my nasal voice has not returned.... I was still dragging it out after the first day, up to around Fukuoka and Kumamoto. But I still had a great time in Hiroshima. I was just trying to do what I could do at that time, but really, it is best to be in good spirits. But even so, the fans were warm, and we were able to put on a great concert.

RINA: When you've been doing this for a long time, it's normal to have days with various situations. It's normal as a human being. But you have to give 100% on that day, right? It was a great day, and I felt that we were really able to do that at the concert.

HARUNA: After Hiroshima, we went to Fukuoka the next day. How was Fukuoka?

RINA: Fukuoka was also scorching hot... We last played at that venue on our 47-prefecture tour. It had been a long time since we'd been there, and I thought the two days had completely different vibes.

HARUNA: Yeah. I like the Fukuoka venue (*DRUM LOGOS). The atmosphere, that is.

RINA: You can see all the way to the back.

HARUNA: It's important to be able to see the audience's faces.

RINA: It is important!

TOMOMI: Very important.

HARUNA: Fukuoka was fun too. Did you go anywhere in Fukuoka? After the concert?

RINA: Yes, I went to the Fukuoka Prefectural Art Museum by myself on the day before the concert, where various Fukuoka-related artists' works were exhibited. I enjoyed the exhibition, and after the concert, the staff and I went out to eat at a zosui specialty restaurant that served zosui in a lunchbox...

HARUNA: I didn't know there was such a place.

RINA: It was my first time there, and it was a wonderful restaurant.

HARUNA: You're pretty active this time, aren't you?

RINA: Yeah. I'm trying to go to places where I can see many things. I hope to be able to talk about my memories of the place each time I do an MC.

【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt』 - Season 2, Episode 56

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•The episode starts with them eating yogurt for the first 5 minutes, then HARU reads a message from a listener writing in for the "godlike people" segment. They say that the band probably has experience that moment when you walk into a restaurant and a crowd gradually grows behind you, and by the time you leave, a line has formed, and you feel lucky to have gotten in at the right time. That's happened to them a lot since they were a child. They often get a window seat, and they don't know if it's the divine aura they emit or the fact that the food they're eating looks so delicious, but they feel a little lucky when they go out to eat. They ask the band what they think. TOMO says that this often happens to MAMI's mother. MAMI says that it also happens to HARU's mother as well. HARU agrees and says that she also feels that way sometimes. TOMO says she might as well, which makes the others laugh. She also says that there's been many times where band has gone out to eat and says that they came at just the right time. HARU agrees and says she thinks she likely thought that when they recently went out to eat udon while on tour. The band agrees that the listener does have godlike powers. MAMI says that while this is unrelated but is still on the topic of the divine, when she went to see a palm reader recently, they told her that God resides in her fingertips. The others say that's impressive. HARU says that MAMI's playing guitar with God's hands. MAMI says that she was also told she's an alien, which makes the others laugh. Another thing she was told was that she's a human spiritual hot spot. She shows the band her reading presumably on her phone, and they say that it's very detailed. HARU says that MAMI is also a person with godlike powers.

•TOMO reads the next message from a listener who says there's a video they'd like SCANDAL to watch about Nagoya. They've recently gotten hooked on Robert Akiyama's videos on YouTube, which a lot are about Nagoya. They say that they thought it might be fun if people who know Nagoya well, like the band, could watch them. Both TOMO and RINA say that those videos are the best. HARU asks if they've watched the videos about Nagoya. RINA says of course, and TOMO also says yes. She mentions that he did a fake commercial song about the snack Bisu-kun, and also does videos like that for different kinds of cities/prefectures. They talk about this guy for a bit, but since people that aren't from Japan will probably not find it interesting/probably find it hard to follow along, I will not be translating the rest lol

•MAMI reads the next message from a listener who is also writing in about Nagoya. They'll be attending the Nagoya performance of the tour, and regarding the special page on the MANIA site where people can leave tips/suggestions for the cities that the concerts will be in, they say that there's nothing that they can think of to recommend. The band laughs. The listener says that like what's been mentioned on "Catch up" when talking about Nagoya, they have many places that they like but do not have many recommendations. They thought they had to write something to make Aichi Prefecture more exciting, so they wrote down Sukiya (basically the equivalent of Yoshinoya). The band laughs again. They ask HARU and MAMI, who are from Nagoya, what they should write. TOMO says that there are plenty of Nagoya food specialities that everyone's likely tried before, but you could write something like a good cafe that you like. Basically anything that's good that's not necessarily a Nagoya specialty. MAMI says she follows Instagrammers who post about gourmet food in Nagoya. RINA asks if there's been anything good posted recently. MAMI thinks about it and says that she thinks they did post about some bakeries. RINA says that cafes would be good to recommend. MAMI seems to have found it on her phone and says that they had posted about the bakery Petit Pont L'eveque Noda and that the food looks good. TOMO says that stuff like that would be good to write about.

•RINA reads the next message from a listener who mentions another listener who mentioned in a recent episode that the person they're in a relationship with doesn't speak their mind, and it's exactly what their own husband is doing. Sometimes they get angry at him for not speaking his mind, but sometimes he looks them straight in the eye and says that what the listener wants to do is what he wants to do, so they've given up on trying to change that. The band brings up how they're married and the husband has probably been that way ever since they started dating; they're sure the two got married because they wanted to be together, despite the husband being that way, so it's okay to think of it as just their way of doing things. The fact that he looks the listener in the eye and tells them that what they want to do is what he wants to do is probably because he really loves them. RINA says that sending messages like this in to vent a bit is something that's good since it can be stressful to deal with. They bring up how they mentioned last time that they suggested to have the SO plan the listener's birthday or such, and it might be good to have this listener's husband do the same or plan a wedding anniversary.

•Then this happens, and the episode is closed out.

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Caless Vocal & Dance School in Osaka is moving!? The truth is...

Season 2, Episode 56 blog

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HARUNA: This time...we'll just be reading messages!



I'm afraid this is just me doing some chit-chat and not as part of a segment, but I was moved by something so I had to send this in.

I live in Tokyo, but the other day I went to Osaka for an acquaintance's wedding. The venue was near Kyobashi Station and there were many stores, so my friends and I were hanging around trying to find a place to have the after-party in the area when suddenly "Caless Vocal & Dance School" appeared in front of us!

I thought to myself, "This is the legendary school...!" and was so excited, but since I was with my friends, I just passed by it. But I thought I might not have this opportunity again and explained the situation to one of my friends who was nearby. They said, "Oh, you mean it's a sacred place? You should definitely take a picture! Everyone is still around here, so you should go!" I thanked them and went back the way I came.

As I went back and took pictures of SCANDAL on the signboard of Caless and the artists from the area, people passing by said, "What is this place? Is this place famous?" It was kind of embarrassing, but I was very happy to be able to take pictures of the sacred place.

Since I'm not familiar with the area, I didn't expect to end up so close to the venue by chance, and I was very moved!

TOMOMI: Wow! It seems that Caless is moving to a new location...

MAMI: Ehー!?

HARUNA: Really!?

RINA: Is that so?

MAMI: Where? Somewhere other than Kyobashi?

TOMOMI: I don't know.

HARUNA: Eh, seriously?

TOMOMI: I haven't heard the details.

RINA: I wonder where it will be.

TOMOMI: The building has gotten old, and they have been operating there for a long time, so they have to move. So Yacchi was lucky.

HARUNA: Indeed.

MAMI: That's trueー.

TOMOMI: It was probably the last minute.

MAMI: Does that mean they're working on relocating now?

TOMOMI: I wonder.

MAMI: So it's like a last look?

TOMOMI: Yeah, I wish I could have been there.

MAMI: Oh my.

HARUNA: So, if you're planning on making a pilgrimage to the sacred place of Caless, we recommend that you do it as soon as possible.

RINA: That's right.

HARUNA: Not that there's anything in particular...

TOMOMI: No, nothing.

MAMI: We can say that we used to go there.

TOMOMI: There's a calendar with our autographs on it.

HARUNA: It may have just been a coincidence, but we're happy for Yacchi.

RINA: Your friends are so kind.

All: Thanksー!

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『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt』 - Season 2, Episode 55

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•The episode starts with this. And like the few previous episodes, HARU is absent for this one as well.

•MAMI reads the next message from a listener who has been recently wondering about their problems and where their boundaries really lie. They're currently in a relationship with someone who, to put it nicely, is a calm person who accepts their opinions. To put it badly, they're also a person who doesn't have the will to express their own opinions. When they go out to have fun, it's almost always up to the listener to decide where to go. Even when they want to make a decision together, the listener always makes the final decision. They're grateful to their SO in the sense that they respect their wishes. But there will be more and more moments in their lives when they will have to make more important decisions. They end up thinking that they might end up being more like a mother where they ask their SO what they're doing, what they're thinking, and ask them to complete tasks. They ask the band where the fine line is between kindness and irresponsibility.

•The band says that they really get that. RINA says that you feel lonely when too much is left up to you. TOMO says that kindness is an action based on consideration for the other person. If the SO is living this way with the intention of going to placed that the listener really wants to go to, and the listener will definitely find it fun, then maybe it's kindness. MAMI says that rather than asking where they want to go or what they want to eat, or what they're thinking about, she thinks it would be better to ask them why they're doing what they're doing. RINA says that the next time they decide to go on a date, it might be good idea for the listener to say they want to go where their SO wants to go. MAMI thinks it would be a good idea to start by making a decision by consulting with each other. RINA says to try speaking in a way that allows them to come up with ideas. TOMO says that, for example, when it's the listener's birthday, the listener can tell their SO that they're leaving the planning up to them. If you give them the task of planning something once in a while, it should become a habit. RINA says that it'd be good to talk to each other properly about this.

•RINA reads the next message from a listener who has had a crush for three years on a younger person they met in college and is the same gender. During the time they've had a crush on her, she's had two boyfriends and seems to be doing well with the second one. After noticing that there was a mutual understanding between the two of them, the listener decided to stop thinking what they wanted to do about her. However, it doesn't mean that their feelings for her will disappear, and also don't know how to get rid of them. They don't get to hang out often due to living in different regions now, but when the listener had some time to spare where her crush was, they happened to find out that they were in the same area and decided to meet up. When they got to the meeting place, the girl and her boyfriend were there since they were out on a date. The bf knew they were good friends and wanted to meet the listener. They went to have tea and the friend + bf sat next to each other with the listener across from them. While she and the listener were having a good time talking about trivial things, the bf was sleeping peacefully next to her the whole time. She smiled at him, which made the listener's emotions get all jumbled up. When they parted, the two of them stood side by side while waving the listener off, and as soon as the listened got on the train, they burst into tears and cried silently for a while. They didn't know what they were about at the time, but they cried the next day and the day after that, and then they realized that they were tears of self-pity. If they told her they loved her, she might be more considerate, and they might have less chance of getting hurt. But they don't want to mix that kind of trouble into their relationship with her. They tell the band they want to reach a place where they can go as far as they want, even if they have to suffer in a gray area that is not black or white. They always are empowered by SCANDAL's songs, words, and attitude.

•RINA says that she's sure everyone means well, including the bf, but what a love triangle this is. TOMO says that it's sad. RINA says that the listener feels so much for the girl that it makes them cry. MAMI says that they probably didn't know what to do because their feelings are so strong. TOMO says that it's a really lovely thing to fall in love with someone and that it's not easy to find a love that makes you cry for three days straight, though it is painful. RINA mentions the song "Watashi-tachi" on LUMINOUS and that she wrote the lyrics with exactly these kinds of feelings in mind. If you have a relationship that doesn't have a name to it, or if you're in a situation like this, it might not be possible to date that person right now. But when you feel like you love someone, it's painful, but it can also be a very happy thing, like what TOMO just mentioned. When you become an adult, even that is a form of happiness, even though it is painful and warped. RINA wrote this song while thinking about having someone that you care about, so she hopes it'll give them a moment of peace when they listen to the song. She thinks it'd be better if the listener could be in a special position while supporting her and her bf. MAMI says that it would be great if they could continue to have fun together. RINA says that while cherishing the person important to them, the listener should also keep an eye on a new kind of world and hopes that they'll find people who will make them happy.

•They end the segment + episode by talking about how they received all sorts of messages today: godlike powers, fine line, and love advice. They were all long messages, too. TOMO says that she hasn't seen many other radio programs that get lengthy messages like the ones they get, which is something unique to their program. RINA agrees. They say they welcome all kinds of messages, though, whether it be lengthy messages or one-line long messages.

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TOMOMI's legs are like the ocean?? What unusual incidents have occurred because of someone's godlike powers?

Season 2, Episode 55 blog

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TOMOMI: This time...we'll just be reading messages. We've received a lot of them.

MAMI: Thank you!

TOMOMI: Let's get right to reading them.

RINA: Yes, please do.

Nekojarashi, 28 years old

Regarding the theme of "godlike powers," I would like you all to decide whether I myself am a "god" or "not a god."

For a long time, I have had a lot of trouble wherever I go, and things often don't go as planned.

When I go to the supermarket in a hurry, I end up taking the one cart from among many carts that contains items that the previous person left in their eco-bag after paying for it, and I have to look for an employee to explain.

When I take the shinkansen to my destination, delays due to bad weather are a given...

Whenever Russian roulette takoyaki is ordered at an izakaya, it's always me [that gets the one filled with wasabi].

If it suddenly rains while I'm out and I buy an umbrella, the rain will stop the moment I leave the convenience store.

When I bought a full-length mirror online, it arrived at my house broken.

Three or four times in my life, I've found a lost wallet while walking and took it to a police box.

I often feel sorry for causing trouble to those who work with me, but I have come to the conclusion that perhaps this is because I am a "god."

I'm a god who takes care of the people around me who are "a little unlucky! If my taking care of the "not-so-lucky" moments increases the number of "happy" moments for the people around me, then that is an act of God, isn't it?

If I were a god,  I would take all the "not-so-lucky" moments of SCANDAL's and increase the number of moments of joy and happiness as much as possible. And above all, the members of SCANDAL, who always save me when I feel sad and depressed, will always be my "gods."

RINA: Hmm, what beautiful writing! ...Yes, you are a god.

TOMOMI: A god...I guess they're a god.

RINA: Aren't they a "god of absorption" who can become a kind person?

TOMOMI: If the number of moments when people around them are truly happy is increasing, then they really are a god.

RINA: It's great that they have the ability to accept things like Russian roulette and umbrellas. That's amazing.

TOMOMI: Yeah, they're positive.

MAMI: They're eating the spicy takoyaki and thinking that they're glad they got it.

RINA: Yeah, they got it, and they're enjoying it.

TOMOMI: Instead of thinking that they're unlucky.

MAMI: That's positive and wonderful.

TOMOMI: The reason they think they might be a god is because they are a god.

RINA: Good thought process.

MAMI: Our slightly unpleasant things might be heavy... for 4 people.

TOMOMI: There's enough for four people. We have our share of bad luck, too.

MAMI: As we've said before, a lot of stores...

TOMOMI: We're gods who destroy stores.

RINA: I don't like it. I hate it the most.

MAMI: We absorb everything up.

Staff: What kind of "bad luck" have you had?

TOMOMI: Twice in two days, bird droppings fell on me.

RINA: That's amazing. Amazing probability.

TOMOMI: It happened was when I was in middle school. On the way home, my friends and I would always sit in the middle of the road, chatting, and stretch our legs. I was sitting there, legs outstretched, and it hit me right on the leg. At first I thought, "Gross! Why is it warm?" Then I wiped it off, and a little while later, more droppings fell on the same was hilarious.

RINA: Maybe the bird thought it was their house.

MAMI: Right here!

RINA: Maybe it was where their toilet was.

TOMOMI: I heard that when birds see something shiny, they think it's the ocean and drop their feces. My legs were probably glowing.

RINA: How positive!

MAMI: Godlike...

TOMOMI: They were truly divine legs.

【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt』 - Season 2, Episode 54

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•The episode starts with this. And like the few previous episodes, HARU is absent for this one as well since, as TOMO says, her voice is very nasal right now.

•TOMO then reads that there are 200 types of jellyfish in Japan. MAMI interrupts a bit and reads off a few jellyfish-eating animals, which include sea turtles, sunfish, penguins, thread-sail filefish, and chub mackerel. TOMO wonders if they eat tiny jellyfish. MAMI thinks that it means they eat jellyfish that are small enough to fit in their mouths. Kawai (a staffer) is heard in the background wondering if the animals eat jellyfish for the taste. The band doesn't think so. Kawai then wonders about penguins. RINA wonders if they eat jellyfish that don't have a taste. MAMI wonders how they eat jellyfish; perhaps they slurp them up. They laugh and say that sounds probable.

•The next jellyfish fact TOMO reads is that they're 95% or more water. They say they get that, and that they are like jelly. TOMO then reads that they don't seem to have a cerebral cardiovascular system. TOMO wonders what that means, and if they are considered a living thing. MAMI wonders what the definition is of a living thing. TOMO wonders if it means that something has a life force, and what is life if there's no heart? She goes, "Is this now a philosophical discussion?" The others chuckle. TOMO then wonders how they're able to move. The staff says they move using nerves alone. MAMI wonders how that works without a brain, and then reads a fact that says that instead of blood vessels, jellyfish have "water vessels" that carry nutrients throughout their bodies. TOMO says that they do sound like they're closer to plants, and that plants are living things. They then all laugh at this. TOMO wonders if that when they sting humans, it's not to protect themselves from being attacked but because their neres were touched. MAMI says that they probably can't control them since they don't have brains.

•TOMO then reads that jellyfish have existed for about 500 million years, and some say that they've been around for 1 billion years. TOMO wonders how long humans have been around. Ohno says 5 million years. TOMO says jellyfish are greatly their seniors, and that if you really go back to the source, there might have been a time when humans were jellyfish. She also mentions how in textbooks it says how life came from the oceans, after all. RINA says that at the museum in the Tower of the Sun in Osaka, there's a section on the history of life, and at the beginning there is a jellyfish-like creature on the bottom floor. TOMO says that they're like family to humans. Ohno mentions something about how ascidians (sea squirts) are closely related to humans. The band is surprised by this. MAMI says that humans eat ascidians, so wouldn't that make it cannibalism? They laugh. TOMO says that she gets humans evolving from primates, but starting as an ascidian is a bit too unexpected.

•TOMO then seemingly reads how jellyfish are nothing but mysteries. Ohno says something about how they sleep. TOMO and RINA say that's really cute. TOMO says that humans sleep to rest their brains, so why do jellyfish sleep? Ohno says to rest. MAMI goes, "Even though they just float?" TOMO then reads what is a bit of a scary fact about jellyfish: It's said that there's a jellyfish that is immortal. TOMO says, "What is an 'immortal' jellyfish anyway?" MAMI wonders if it's one from a billion years ago. Ohno seems to explain it but it's pretty hard to hear him, so instead you can read this page about that jellyfish instead lol. TOMO wonders if there are male and female jellyfish. MAMI reads that with moon jellyfish, it's a female if the underside of the body of a mature individual has a frilly skirt. They say that's cute. TOMO says that it's kind of scary that jellyfish will probably survive until the earth dies or the oceans dry up.

•Another jellyfish fact TOMO reads is that there was a jellyfish that was 37 meters long. She laughs while reading it and says that's scary. MAMI wonders if the person who found that jellyfish is in the Guinness World Records for it. The staff laughs and says that's a good question. Another fact is that a fishing boat capsized under the weight of jellyfish in 2009.

•Ohno asks the band to explain why they put jellyfish on the album covers. TOMO explains that the word luminous means "to emit light" or "to shine bright," and since jellyfish also shine brightly, they decided to go with them. They're also cute. But they didn't expect them to be such scary creatures. MAMI chuckles.

•Next, they play a game where they have to guess the name of jellyfish based on pictures shown to them. They're shown the first one and they say it's cute. TOMO says it looks like a wind chime and Ohno says that's a pretty good guess. MAMI guesses a bell jellyfish, which is not correct. TOMO guesses a blown glass jellyfish. Ohno pauses and says that they're right about the jellyfish being name after something made by humans. TOMO then guesses chocolate and then glass, which are both incorrect. MAMI guesses tea cup jellyfish. Ohno says that the name of this thing itself is a bit difficult, and that it appears in period dramas at night. MAMI guesses paper lantern jellyfish. Ohno says that's a good guess but it's called something else. TOMO guesses bonbori (another name for paper lantern), but it's still not quite it; it starts with 'an.' TOMO guesses "andon jellyfish (jimble jellyfish)," which is correct. TOMO wonders if the jellyfish pictured is a male since it doesn't have frills.

•The next jellyfish is shown. MAMI guesses a fan jellyfish. RINA guesses flower. TOMO guesses rose. MAMI guesses marguerite daisy. TOMO guesses chrysanthemum. Ohno says that it's not named after a flower. MAMI guesses typhoon, then hurricane. TOMO guesses windmill (fuusha). Ohno says that this one is also named after a man-made tool. TOMO guesses wheel and says it a bunch of times, which makes the others laugh. Ohno says its name contains a Japanese word. MAMI guesses sharin (which means 'wheel' in Japanese). Ohno says that that's kind of close. RINA guesses fuusha (windmill), which TOMO had already guessed earlier, though lol. Ohno says that it's something that all of them have right now. TOMO says motor. Kawai asks if she has a motor on her right now, which makes them all laugh. TOMO says she doesn't. MAMI guesses battery. Ohno says that again it's something they all have on them right now. RINA goes, "What could it be? An iPhone?" They all laugh. Ohno again says that it's something they all definitely have that you can hold in your hand. RINA guesses kasa (umbrella). Ohno says that answer does make sense since it's raining today, but that's not it. TOMO guesses bag. Ohno says that it's something that you have every day, especially when you go out. TOMO shouts out kagi (key) jellyfish. Ohno says it's key something. TOMO says kagi no ana (keyhole), which makes him laugh. They go back and forth a bit before they guess "kagi no te jellyfish (clinging jellyfish)."

•The last jellyfish is shown. They say it looks pretty. MAMI says it looks like a Tangela. RINA guesses hanabi (fireworks). Ohno says that it is named after something spectacular, and that it does contain the word 'hana.' He says that it may have been used at obon festivals in the past. MAMI guesses hanakazari (floral decoration). Ohno says that 'kazari' is a good guess. TOMO guesses hanakanmuri (flower crown). MAMI guesses hanakaza, which is close enough to be the correct answer: hanagasa jellyfish (flower hat jelly). Ohno mentions that it's located in Japan as well as South America, and TOMO wonders how that even happened for them to pop up in two very different locations at the same time. MAMI says that maybe a bird took it with them. TOMO goes, "It took a trip inside of a bird??" They laugh and RINA says that birds are amazing. They mention the jellyfish on the LUMINOUS covers are CG and even though there could be actual jellyfish that resemble them, they're original jellyfish specifically made for the covers.

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The jellyfish on the cover of LUMINOUS... What are jellyfish anyway??

Season 2, Episode 54 blog

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TOMOMI: This time... actually, "one problem" has arisen regarding the new album...
It's about the covers.

All: ...!

TOMOMI: So, we'd like to solve this "problem."

MAMI: ...yes.

TOMOMI: The title is... "Kurage wo Furage"!! ("Flying Get the Jellyfish"; kurage = jellyfish; furage = flying get, which refers to getting something like a CD one day it before officially goes on sale)

RINA: Isn't it way past furage time (for LUMINOUS it was March 19)?

MAMI: What? What does that mean?

TOMOMI: The covers of LUMINOUS feature jellyfish, but how much do we, SCANDAL, know about jellyfish? I don't think we know anything at all. This is a big problem.

RINA: I see.

TOMOMI: What about you guys? Do you know anything about them?

RINA: I heard that there are a lot of jellyfish in the ocean during obon season and it can be dangerous, so you shouldn't go near them.

TOMOMI: I heard that the end of summer is scary.

RINA: Because they're poisonous.

MAMI: They sting you. Does that mean they have spikes?

TOMOMI: When you get stung, you get a tingle and it swells.

MAMI: Like a cut.

TOMOMI: I wonder what it is. Electricity? I don't really know.

*Staff remarks: It's a big problem that you have only vague knowledge about jellyfish even though your album covers feature jellyfish!

TOMOMI: ...So, we ought to know the basics of jellyfish. We'll be studying them today. First, jellyfish are apparently plankton.

RINA: I see... When I think of "plankton," I think of something much smaller.

TOMOMI: Like a red tide, right?

Staff: They're the same as water fleas.

TOMOMI: Water fleas, huh?

MAMI: Does that mean that they're big plankton?

TOMOMI: Microorganisms?

RINA: Plankton that doesn't need to be seen under a microscope?

TOMOMI: Well, if that's the case, wouldn't it be really scary?

RINA: I'm suddenly feeling scared...

MAMI: Isn't "plankton" the oxygen for fish?

TOMOMI: Oxygen for fish?

RINA: Food?

MAMI: Don't they eat plankton?

TOMOMI: Oh, that's right.

RINA: Whales and stuff do too, right?

TOMOMI: So are there creatures that eat jellyfish?

RINA: Are there? I wonder.

TOMOMI: Humans eat jellyfish.

MAMI: Yeah, they're in Chinese dishes. Are those real jellyfish?

TOMOMI: Those are delicious.

MAMI: Yeah.

TOMOMI: And there are over 3,000 types of jellyfish in the world.

RINA: There are that many??

TOMOMI: That's what it says.

RINA: I didn't know there were that many.

TOMOMI: They have roughly the same shape. They're divided into so many different types.

RINA: I wonder what the differences are.

TOMOMI: I like going to aquariums and looking at the jellyfish area...

MAMI: They're cute, aren't they?

TOMOMI: I was thinking that the shapes and colors are slightly different from each other...

MAMI: Wouldn't it be hard to tell if you were in the sea?

TOMOMI: The shapes are similar.

【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt』 - Season 2, Episode 53

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•The episode starts with them eating some yogurt, and then this happens. And like the previous episode, HARU is absent for this one as well.

•MAMI reads the next message from a listener who likes to enjoy their time alone. They spent two days with friends last week and it was a bit exhausting. They aren't very good at speaking, and even when they try to convey something to others, they can't find the words to do so. They ask the band if it's okay to say no if they say no to hanging with friends if they feel too tired to do so, though they do want to hang out. They say it hurts to be alone, but it's difficult when there are times they feel lonely. The band says that they totally what the listener is saying. RINA says she thinks it's totally fine to say no to hanging out, and that there's nothing wrong with that at all. She doesn't think they need to force themself to see someone, so if for example they don't feel like they're in the mood the day before, she thinks it's okay to be honest and say so. MAMI says that, as her bandmates are well aware, that there was a time when she almost never asked them if they wanted to go out to eat together. TOMO says that that did happen a lot in the early days. MAMI says that she likes being alone and spend time alone, so there are times when she says no. That's why she's the kind of person who doesn't think anything of it when someone else turns her down. She thinks it's not good to be too cautious about it and end up feeling uncomfortable. TOMO says that it's natural to have days when you're tired and you don't have to force yourself to do something you don't want to. But, for example, if you made plans to go to the movies and tickets have already been bought, it would be better to go. RINA says that she has a friend who lived overseas for a few years and that you don't need to be as cautious in such situations compared to Japan. Many of them live by their own standards, so they can just tell each other things like they're not feeling it today and will be canceling their plans to hang out. She thinks it's really nice to be able to say yes or no to each other casually without leaving each other feeling bad. TOMO says it takes courage to say no at first, but your friends will come to understand eventually. So even if it takes time, it's a good idea to take care of yourself first. RINA also adds that being alone is not a negative thing at all.

•RINA reads the next message from a listener who found someone they like and was wondering if they might be interested in the listener since they were very close when they talked, and talked to them when hanging out with a group of friends. And even though they like different types of music, the listener recommended SCANDAL to them and they got hooked, and asked the listener to go to their next tour with them, which made the listener very excited. This person had a girlfriend a little while before, which they didn't know until a mutual friend told them, so although the listener didn't confess their feelings, they knew how they felt about them and it made things awkward. They're now sure that they'll be attending the SCANDAL concert alone. The band basically says that it's a learning experience to know that there are people like this, and that they're sure they'll meet someone else that they like.

•TOMO then says that a "Quminous" (Queen of LUMINOUS) message has arrived. The listener says that their Quminous is their big sister who's 13 years older than them. When they were little, they used to make sweets and stuffed animals together; she would praise the listener no matter what picture they drew; etc. They hadn't seen or heard from her in 8 years, and the reason why they were able to see her again was because the Nagoya concert for Kanshasai Vol. 2 was on her birthday. She was kind as ever and praised them a lot, even though they're all grown up. They say that they want to properly tell her one day that she admires her more than anyone else in the family. The band says that's wonderful. TOMO says that it's really wonderful that they're able to say they love their big sister so much. They say that the listener is only 23 years old, so they might be embarrassed to say things like that to their sister. TOMO says that they might be able to say it when they're in their 30s. RINA says that relationships can change suddenly. She has 4 siblings, and there was a time when she didn't contact any of them for several years. They didn't speak a single word for many years, but somehow they became very close, and now three of them are adults and they've become more like friends. RINA thinks that the same kind of moment may come for the listener, and it would be wonderful if they could talk about what they've been thinking all this time.

•MAMI reads the next message from a listener who is writing in for the "godlike powers" segment. They say that their godly person is their husband. There's this kind of negative ion atmosphere around their husband that makes them feel very safe and peaceful when they're near him. Even their sister said the same exact thing when she was around him. MAMI says that maybe the husband is emitting negative ions, which the others agree with. TOMO says that they should bask in it a lot. MAMI says that when they're feeling down about something to just go and sit next to him. TOMO says that it's impressive when these kinds of people are part of your family; it's like coming home to a spiritual hot spot every day. She also says that they should do a whole episode of just these kinds of messages since she's really interested in them.

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SCANDAL has often encountered bats for some reason. Are there any in your city? No?

Season 2, Episode 53 blog

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TOMOMI: This time, we'll just be reading messages.

MAMI: Yay! Then let's keep reading.

TOMOMI: Let's read them.

Aoi (26 years old)

I was completely ready to send my thoughts on LUMINOUS, but because I couldn't help but symphathize with your recent stories about bats, allow me to share that message instead.

TOMOMI: Here's a bat story!

MAMI: Ehー?

I was born in the countryside of Yamaguchi Prefecture and lived there until I changed jobs the year before last and came to Hiroshima. There were so many bats. Especially in middle school. The end of the hallway and the gym at my middle school were pretty crazy.

MAMI: Eh, they mean inside the school??

TOMOMI: That seems to be the case.

MAMI: Isn't that crazy!?

The floor gets pretty dirty when there are bats... I was in the school band, and especially when we stayed late and it got dark, the music room would be filled with them.

All: Ehー!?

MAMI: Close the windows!

RINA: Why!? Why are there so many inside?

Of course, we had them at home, too. Bats, wild boar piglets, foxes, wild rabbits... There was so much nature. I guess it's just the way it is in the countryside.

RINA: There are too many...

MAMI: There are as many as in a small zoo.

TOMOMI: Were there really that many bats??

RINA: On the contrary, this is too much.

TOMOMI: Yamaguchi, huh...

RINA: Does that mean that even if bats come inside, everyone just accepts it and lives their lives?

TOMOMI: I guess so? I guess it's just everyday life now.

RINA: That's pretty unusual.

TOMOMI: Do you mean that the further west you go, the more bats are there?

MAMI: I wonder...

(*Director Kawai, who is from Okayama: "There aren't any in Okayama...")

TOMOMI: So there aren't any in Okayama!

MAMI: They are there!

TOMOMI: You just haven't seen them!

MAMI: They're all over the place in the evening.

TOMOMI: There are a ton.

MAMI: I'll ask my local friends again. I'll ask, "They're there, right?"

TOMOMI: I'm sure they're there.

MAMI: Yeah. I'll talk to them.

【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt』 - Season 2, Episode 52

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•The episode starts with this. They also mention that HARU is absent this episode due to feeling under the weather.

•TOMO then talks about when she went to promote in Sendai. She says there were people at the event who said they had been a fan for 13 years but this was their first time going to an event, and that the upcoming tour will be their first time to see SCANDAL live. There were also many fans who cried and told her stories that moved her. She says it was a very happy time. She was actually delayed in her promoting due to an earthquake that happened that morning in Ibaraki Prefecture, which affected the shinkansen going to the Tohoku area where Sendai is. Her first promo job for the day was to make a live radio appearance. She couldn't make it on time, so she had to ask them to move her time slot a bit later. In between schedules, she was able to go to Benyland, a local amusement park. MAMI says that TOMO's schedule said that she could go for about 15 minutes and asks her what she did in that time frame. TOMO says that because the band has been mentioning Benyland on "Catch up" for a long time, the staff said that she could go for just a little bit. Due to the delay with the live radio appearance and other factors, they had to fit the visit in in the middle of her schedule, but she actually ended up being able to be there for about 30 minutes. She rode the Yagiyama Cyclone roller coaster and says that it was pretty powerful and it was also scary how there was only one seatbelt for two people in each car. She says she'd love to go there again with the entire band.

•Next, they read messages from listeners. TOMO reads the first one from someone who says they've been a fan since elementary school, but so far has only listened to this program and read social media posts from the band, and hasn't sent many messages to the band. However, when they went to TOMO's event in Sendai, she gave them the pseudonym "Marguerite," so from now on they'll be sending many messages. RINA asks if that did happen. TOMO says yes, and that they wanted a name to use for when they send in messages, so they asked TOMO what name she'd give them if compared to a flower. TOMO thought they were really cute and looked like a marguerite (daisy), so she named them as such.

•MAMI reads the next message from a listener who says there's one thing they're wondering about, which is what Igari of HEY-SMITH said in his release comment for LUMINOUS about how there's probably one part that the band re-recorded many times. As an amateur, they don't understand what Igari meant no matter how many times they listen to the album. They ask the band what they think Igari heard that made him think that. The band laughs at this. MAMI says that Igari had LINE'd her a little before the comment was posted and said that it might sound a little condescending, but the comment made her really happy. She says it wasn't condescending at all. TOMO laughs and says that they wouldn't have minded even if it was. She also wonders what part he thought they re-recorded a lot, but since there are a lot of parts where each of their instruments stand out, that might be what he's referring to. MAMI says the guitar solo on "Gunjou pleats" sounds like it was recorded by chance. However, she did record variations of that solo as many times as she could. TOMO says that all of those solos were different, depending on the take. MAMI says that it's because sometimes they have to do a lot of editing and cutting. TOMO says that you'd be surprised if you listened to all of the different takes, and would have a hard time believing it's the same song.

•RINA reads the next message from a listener who says that they got their driver's license and looking forward to listening to SCANDAL's songs on the way to school. The band congratulates them. Ohno seems to ask RINA how her driving is going. RINA says that it's the same and that the furthest she's driven is still Tokyo Disneyland. MAMI asks her if she's just stuck to driving in the Kanto area. RINA says yes, and that she'll do her best to drive further.

•TOMO reads the next message from a listener who bought the Magazine Edition of the album and when reading TOMO's 100Q + 100A and read TOMO answered Awaji Island as the place she'd like to live. As someone who was born, raised, and live on Awaji Island, they were so surprised that they screamed. They can't help but wonder what about that rural island made her like it so much. TOMO says that she's from Hyogo Prefecture so it's easy to get to the island, and so she has a lot of good memories of it. She remembers going there with her grandma. It's nice because it's the countryside and is different from the kind in her hometown of Kakogawa. There's the ocean and mountains, and the food is delicious. It's a place that makes her feel relaxed and at home, which is why she wants to live there. MAMI says there's a Hello Kitty place there (probably referring to this), which makes the others laugh. TOMO says there didn't used to be trendy stuff like that on the island. MAMI says that she's signed up for email newsletters about Awaji tourism. TOMO laughs and asks why. MAMI laughs and says it's because of the Hello Kitty resort. She was thinking that if she's able to go, she'd like to stay a few nights and enjoy different parts of the island. TOMO says that glamping's pretty popular there right now. Ohno then mentions onions, and TOMO says that the onion soup there is great. She then says that she chose Awaji Island because a quiet place in the countryside would be ideal for her lifestyle.

•MAMI reads the next message from a listener who tells the band their thoughts on the album, which they loved (way too long; will not be translating it lol). The band thanks them and that that was some great feedback. They also say things like they're happy the album's resonating with everyone more than they imagined. TOMO says there are a lot of songs that they wrote for themselves and for everyone who listens to them, and they're really happy that everyone's taking it all in.

•Then, TOMO says that they're going to try and directly hear some thoughts on the album and call a listener. After the listener, a woman, picks up, RINA reads the message that she had sent. She mentions that "Fanfare" in particular resonated with her. TOMO had mentioned that she wrote the lyrics while her autonomic nerves were in disarray, and the listener says her nerves were also in disarray. After the message is read, TOMO asks the listener if she upset her nervous system with the song. The listener laughs and says it was very much in disarray, which makes the band laugh. They then talk more about things related to the listener, such as who she's going with to the tour and how/when she discovered SCANDAL, which I don't particularly feel like translating lol

•They then close out the episode. MAMI says that although their tour ends on May 25, they'll be playing at the MORI, MICHI, ICHIBA festival in Nagoya the next day on May 26. She also mentions that her mom will be there. TOMO says, "Ah, of course!" and they laugh.

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LUMINOUS was released on March 20. Talking about the promo they each did in different cities!

Season 2, Episode 52 blog

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TOMOMI: On March 20, we successfully released our new album LUMINOUS!
Thankfully, we received a lot of feedback right away, which means that tonight, we will open the "LUMINOUS Customer Center!"

MAMI: A customer center, huh.

TOMOMI: Yes, a customer center!
In order to make LUMINOUS an even better album and loved by many people, we will strive to further improve the quality of the album and introduce the "voices" of our listeners regarding LUMINOUS.

Before that... you were each a "manager for a day" in different cities, weren't you?

All: Yes!

TOMOMI: First, we'd like to start with a "work report" for our customers.
First, let's start with Nagoya's manager, MAMI! Take it away.

MAMI: Yes. I went to the Tower Records at Nagoya Parco as a one-day manager.

TOMOMI: Thanks for your hard work.

MAMI: Thanks for your hard work. As a report, many people said they were seeing me for the first time. They had never been to a concert of ours, and although they've heard our songs, they had come to this event first. I was impressed by these first timers.

RINA: That's a good start.

MAMI: It makes me happy.

TOMOMI: I wonder if they discovered us recently.

MAMI: They said they discovered us during the pandemic, which was when it was difficult to hold concerts, so they missed the chance to go initially. They decided to try going to an event first.

TOMOMI: I'm grateful for that.

MAMI: I did feel grateful.

TOMOMI: That's all for your report?

MAMI: That's all, but what else is there to report...?

TOMOMI: Promoting in Nagoya.

MAMI: Ah, promo. Let's see. I also made a radio appearance, and I'm always interviewed by the Chunichi Shimbun newspaper when I do promo in Nagoya...

TOMOMI: The reporter is adorable, aren't they?

MAMI: That reporter has been replaced...

TOMOMI: Eh? Oh, that's right. They retired, didn't they?

MAMI: But the person who replaced them was very knowledgeable and did a lot of research on us.

TOMOMI: That makes me happy to hear.

MAMI: It was an atmosphere filled with love.

TOMOMI: Thank you very much.
Next, Osaka's manager, RINA!

RINA: Since I was in Osaka, a huge number of people came out, which made me happy. I had announced on my Instagram Live that I was allowed to stay as the store manager until the very last minute, so also the store was located in Tennoji, there were many people who worked nearby and came running in 10 minutes after getting off. I also got the impression that many of them spoke to me in a polite manner.I'm glad we were able to communicate with each other.

I was the only one who stayed the night for promo purposes, so I was given the chance to do radio and TV appearances for two days. They were so passionate about digging into the album, perhaps because Osaka is the band's hometown, but it made me really happy. They were all DJs who knew us, and also appeared on [Satoko] Nii's radio program. She listens to "Catch up" and said how impressed she was with what we talked about during the episode where International Women's Day was mentioned, and other details. I felt the love that Osaka has for us. It was great.

MAMI: Nii was also the MC when we got our Guinness World Record.

TOMOMI: She's always been a great help to us. Manager RINA, thanks for your hard work.

RINA: Thanks for your hard work.

【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt』 - Season 2, Episode 51

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•The episode starts with this.

•Ohno asks them what song from LUMINOUS they'd recommend for cleaning. TOMO tries thinking about it for a minute before RINA suggests "Gunjou pleats," which they all agree to go with. Then, after the "whole roasted pig thing," Ohno is still surprised and says he had no clue that happened. The band laughs and says he should come with them next time.

•The fourth one is to change the direction of your pillow. West-facing ones are believed to increase wealth, as the west direction symbolizes abundance and prosperity. East-facing ones improve health and career luck, as the east direction is associated with growth and advancement. HARU says that that's not something she's paid much attention to. TOMO says the same and thinks hers is facing west right now. MAMI says that hers is facing north, which she says has many theories/beliefs about it that are not particularly good (usually that you shouldn't sleep with your pillow facing north since that's traditionally the position for dead bodies). HARU says that only stuff about west and east are written on the script, though. MAMI says she feels a bit hesistant to say this, but she says she believes it all comes down to one's own feelings about it, which is why she's never paid much attention to such things/beliefs.

•The fifth one is to not cut your hair on Wednesdays, which originates from a superstition in Thailand. TOMO says that she's probably never cut her hair on a Wednesday anyway. The others say the same. TOMO says it's because every Wednesday they're always busy with meetings and rehearsals and don't really have time to go to the salon that day. She says they're doing a good job of avoiding that superstition, then. Ohno asks them if they understand the reason for the superstition. They say they don't. Ohno says something that isn't audible, but apparently the reason is that it used to be considered a day of agriculture/farming in ancient Thailand, so cutting something was thought to be bring bad luck.

•The sixth one is that cutting your hair on a full moon night brings good luck, which is a superstition from the UK. They go, "At night, huh." TOMO says that they could cut their own bangs at night. MAMI says that maybe this comes from a new cycle starting.

•The seventh one is to drink tea. TOMO says that she loves tea. HARU reads that tea is said to be a symbol of good fortune worldwide. Ohno repeats that it's a worldwide thing, which the others sound surprised at. HARU says that there are all kinds of tea, after all. RINA wonders if it matters if it's hot or iced. HARU says that the band all likes tea. RINA says that this one sounds doable for them.

•The eighth one is "fukurou," which means "owl" but can also be written in kanji as 不苦労 (no bad luck). In Roman mythology, the owl is a symbol of intelligence, and in Egyptian mythology, it is said to be a "mystical spirit." TOMO wonders if that way of thinking was applied when deciding on the Japanese word for owl. HARU thinks that owls are only known as fukurou in Japan, which Ohno seems to confirm. MAMI says that her mom really likes owls. RINA says that that seems to check out. MAMI also mentions that they went to an owl cafe together.

•The ninth one is to come across a white dove/pigeon. HARU says that she and TOMO saw one at Tsukiji Market earlier that day. TOMO says it was really round, which they laugh at. They say it must eat a lot of fish. TOMO says that pigeons in that area are really happy and round. MAMI says that's cute. HARU says that they get really close to you since they're used to humans. She also says that white doves/pigeons are symbols of peace. TOMO says that you hear that often.

•The tenth one is to find a bat (koumori). TOMO says that bats seem a bit ominous, though. Ohno says that that's not the case here. HARU reads that "koumori" has kanji phonetic equivalents meaning happiness and protection. They're actually considered auspicious, and in China there's auspicious merch featuring bats. When five bats gather, they symbolize a super beast of cleverness, wealth, health, and abundance. They laugh and MAMI says that sure is everything. RINA says that they're super strong. MAMI says that a ton of bats come out when it's night in her hometown. RINA says that they do live under things like bridges. MAMI says that you could just be out biking and a bat will hit your face. They laugh at this. MAMI says that you can also find a lot of them around telephone poles. TOMO says that she once took care of an injured bat in elementary school. HARU says that they have really cute faces. TOMO says they do, and that their noses look like pigs. Ohno asks what she did with the bat. TOMO says that after they took care of it, they put it back in a tree. They had originally found it under a vending machine. MAMI wonders if it fell. TOMO says that after they looked after it and gave it something, they put it back in a tree. She also mentions that there don't seem to be any bats in Tokyo. RINA says that there are a lot of them in Osaka. TOMO says that bats appear so suddenly at dusk that you wonder where they possibly even came from.

•HARU then says that there was a time when a bat had gotten into her parents' house and it took a long time to get it out. Ohno wonders what's up with all of them having bat-related stories, which they laugh at. TOMO wonders why bats aren't in Tokyo. Ohno thinks that there don't seem to really be any in the Kanto region (where Tokyo is). They agree and say they've never seen one in the region. Ohno says that there are apparently zero kinds of small bat in Chiba Prefecture (which is next to Tokyo). TOMO wonders why and says that's odd, and that she's going to look into it later. Ohno again seems to say something about how surprised he is to hear such detailed stories about bats from them. They laugh. TOMO says that they're a part of daily life. RINA says that when she was little, she thought she saw a bird but realized the shape wasn't that of a bird. She asked her parents what it was, and they told her it was a bat. There's a pause before Ohno asks if there's any, as it seems like TOMO is trying to look up info about bats. She suddenly says that there are in fact bats in Okayama (even though that's in the Chugoku region, way west of Kanto lol), which the others laugh at. Ohno says that there aren't, but TOMO insists that they are, and that what Ohno saw in the sky (I think lol) is a bat, not a pigeon. HARU chuckles. Ohno says that there aren't any in Chiba, though. There's a pause before TOMO goes, "There aren't?" RINA wonders if bats are more likely to be found in the Kansai region. MAMI seems to look it up as well and says that they're apparently found throughout Japan except Hokkaido. Ohno says he's never seen one in person (he's from Chiba), and also has never bumped into one while riding a bike. RINA says that Tokyo's probably too urban for them to be here. TOMO says that they apparently are here, though. RINA says that it's likely they (or maybe just Ohno) just never noticed them. Ohno repeats the thing about good luck and such that bats are associated with, and TOMO says that the countryside must be really lucky since they have so many bats.

•The last and eleventh one is to "give the gift of LUMINOUS." There's a pause before they go, "What?" and wonder what that means. TOMO asks if that means they're supposed to talk about the album. RINA asks if something will happen if they "give the gift of LUMINOUS." HARU reads that they'll give some important people (AKA all the fans) the album. Ohno says something inaudible about bats. They laugh and HARU says that they actually have pretty good luck. The others agree. Ohno says that the band are the only 4 people in the studio that have stories about bats, with one even entering a house. TOMO wonders if their bat experiences were due to them having good luck. Ohno says that most people wouldn't be able to say those kinds of things happened to them. MAMI says that she thought stories like theirs were the norm. Ohno laughs that he didn't know that bats are cute. TOMO says that they are cute, enough that she wanted to keep it as a pet. MAMI mentions that there was a bat area at the Singapore night zoo they had gone to, and there were some pretty big ones there. RINA and HARU say they were kind of scary. There was bird meat hanging on a wire above them for the bats to eat, which was pretty surprising to see. TOMO says that meat-eating bats have cute faces as well. RINA says that they do have a lot of bat-related stories. TOMO says that they see bats as often as they see sparrows. MAMI says that the ones in residential areas are about that big, as in they're pretty small.

•RINA says that out of the 11 things mentioned, there were quite a few of them that they've done when they consciously thought about them. HARU says that the pig ornament one might be the only one they wouldn't be able to do right away. They then mention that a piggy bank could count. MAMI tries to remember if there's a pig Sanrio character and realizes that there is one. RINA asks which one it is. TOMO says that it's a minor character, but neither she nor MAMI remember what its name is (it's Pippo). RINA says that they could get something of that character, then. TOMO wonders if they can play the role of a pig properly. They laugh and RINA says she's sure it can. TOMO says that there's also an owl character. HARU knows what it is and says it's PataPataPeppy. Ohno asks if there's a bat character. TOMO and MAMI don't think there is. MAMI jokes that they should make Sanrio create 5 bat characters.

•Since this episode came out a few days before LUMINOUS was released, HARU asks the band how they're currently feeling with the release date almost here. TOMO says that their hearts are racing. RINA says that happens every time they release something, particularly an album. Both she and HARU say it also feels like summary because it takes a long time to make and it's all they're thinking about the entire time. RINA says it feels like, "Finally!" HARU says that this album's a good one. RINA says it's a really good one. HARU also says that it's cheerful and bright. RINA says it's really satisfying to have finally arrived here after going through all kinds of experiences, and that she's looking forward to having everyone listen to it. HARU says that she'd also like the people who say they learned about SCANDAL via this program to listen to it as well. She hopes that they will get to know the band not only through this program, but also get to know their music properly.

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Season 2, Episode 51 blog

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HARUNA: This time...we'll be doing a project just before the release of our new album LUMINOUS on March 20!
"Good-luck charm! LUMINOUS! 11 things you can do right now."


RINA: Good-luck charm...?

MAMI: Good-luck charm, huh. I want to have good luck!

HARUNA: Recently, we've been sharing stories from "people with godlike powers"...and there's now even a segment for those kinds of people. We hope that people will listen to our new album LUMINOUS and get even a little "luckier," and that as many people as possible will listen to it... This is a special project with those wishes in mind.

TOMOMI: I see.

HARUNA: This album has 11 songs, so we will introduce "11 things we can do right now" that will increase our luck. Our staff has researched all kinds of tips for "boosting your luck" around the world.

MAMI: Thank you very much.

TOMOMI: I want to boost mine!

RINA: I wonder what kind of things there are.

HARUNA: Here's the first one: Cleaning!

RINA: Ah, that's important.

TOMOMI: That's really important.

RINA: I think that'll definitely boost it. The cleaner the better.

HARUNA: Especially the entryway. Cleaning is the basis for improving your luck, so let's do some light or serious cleaning while listening to LUMINOUS. Also, March 20, the release day, is the spring equinox, which means it's the start of a new season, so it's a perfect day for cleaning.

MAMI: That's really wonderful.

TOMOMI: The release date itself is an auspicious day.

HARUNA: Let's clean our entryways.

TOMOMI: Cleaning also motivates you, and when your place is clean, you feel motivated to do anything.

MAMI: When your mental health is affected, your place becomes a mess.

HARUNA: I totally get that.

TOMOMI: Your mental health reflects in your place.

RINA: When you're busy.

HARUNA: Here's the second one: Open all of your windows first thing in the morning.

MAMI: Open the windows!

HARUNA: "Air" is "empty energy," so by emptying it, good things and good "energy" will come in.

MAMI: I see.

TOMOMI: I open the windows quite a bit, but right now, in front of my house, a big construction project has started and they're tearing down the remains.

MAMI: Isn't there a lot of dust?

TOMOMI: The air purifier reacts to it quickly. So I thought it would be better not to open them too much. I'm trying to open them at night after the construction work is finished. There's also pollen at this time of year.

HARUNA: Yeah. It seems like 5 minutes is enough.

TOMOMI: Yeah, that's right. Even 5 minutes can change the air.

HARUNA: So far, we understand two things.

RINA: They seem doable.

HARUNA: Now for the third one: Pig ornaments.

MAMI: What??

TOMOMI: Maybe from China?

HARUNA: First of all, "things are moving along swimmingly" ('pig' in Japanese can be read as 'ton,' and 'rapid pace' in this instance is 'tonton byoushi')

RINA: Ah. So that's how it is.

HARUNA: So, in Germany, there's a custom of giving presents with a motif that combines "pigs and clovers" on birthdays and anniversaries.


RINA: I see. So it's a set of those.

TOMOMI: But you know, when we perform in China...

HARUNA: In Hong Kong.

TOMOMI: Hong Kong, huh. I guess the pig is an auspicious animal worldwide, since they prepare a whole roasted pig as a kind of prayer for the success of a concert.

HARUNA: Maybe so.

Staff:  Seriously??

RINA: Seriously. Every time.

TOMOMI: The pig grow in size according to the size of the venue.

【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt』 - Season 2, Episode 50

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•The episode starts with this.

•MAMI says that, although she didn't see this during the marathon since she wasn't able to look at her phone, TOMO was watching her running status during the Osaka Marathon the whole time and sent over screenshots of videos taken before the marathon that were posted to YouTube. They laugh and TOMO says she did keep sending her messages since before the marathon started and also watched the moment MAMI finished the race. MAMI says they had a system where people could track runners via GPS and had videos of the runners passing certain points of the marathon. She mentions that their radio program director Kawai had run in the Tokyo Marathon and was really fast + faster than MAMI, and was 2 hours faster than her at 4 hours, 9 minutes. She also had gone to cheer her on. HARU says that everyone's so impressive. TOMO says that that includes Kawai, MAMI, and the listener Pii-chan. MAMI says also includes TOMO and they laugh. TOMO says good work to herself for working on her abs. MAMI says the last time she ran the Osaka Marathon was 7 years ago with HARU. Her time then was about 6 hours. This time she walked a lot, so it took her about 6.5 hours. HARU says that it was raining, too. MAMI says it was also cold. The previous marathon took place in November so the temperature was different. She kept thinking that she'd be able to run it, but 7 years had passed, after all. TOMO says that the video at the 25 km mark showed MAMI walking, but at the 35 km mark she was running. RINA says that she made a comeback. TOMO says that watching MAMI working hard had made her cry. MAMI says she ran as hard as she could and her knees still hurt even now, but it was a great experience. Ono asks her if she regularly runs and MAMI replies that she doesn't. HARU asks Kawai, and she seems to say she doesn't and had done training for it. MAMI asks if she's run since the Tokyo Marathon, which Kawai seems to say no to. HARU and TOMO say that that's impressive that she seems to like to run.

•TOMO reads the next message from a listener who says their mom is a solid person who everyone can rely on, but sometimes she can be a little out of character. She's recently started taking care of some houseplants and sends the listener photos of them via LINE. One day when they went to her house, they saw some cacti and thought were cute all clustered together. They held it in their hands and it seemed as if it was growing. The band laughs and is kind of confused by this. The listener says that when they told their mother this, she laughed and said she had been watering it for a long time. The band says that's cute. RINA says that her mom had been taking care of a small cactus that she and her siblings had given to her as a birthday present in the kitchen, but over the years it grew into a very tall cactus. HARU says that small cacti like golf ball cacti look like golf balls at first but will look different as they grow. MAMI says that HARU seems to have a knack for raising things and mentions the turtle her family had. HARU laughs and says that the turtle did live for a long time for over 30 years.

•MAMI reads the next message from a listener who says that their queen in their black cat Coco. She can be selfish and cleverly takes over a warm bed that another cat was sleeping on when the other cat moves, but when another cat tries to get on the bed or sofa where she's sleeping, she'll cat-punch it. And even though she sleeps on top of the listener, when they try to pet her she runs away. Although she's selfish, she'll sometimes bare her belly and let the listener pet her. When they go to the vet, she buries her face in their armpit, shivering and with her butt sticking out. She's a 15-year-old grandma queen with a very cute side to her. The band says that's adorable. RINA says that cats are tsundere types, after all. HARU says that she's extremely cat-like. MAMI laughs and says that hiding her face but not her butt is very cute. TOMO says that's nice that it sounds like they have many cats. MAMI says she wishes Coco lives a long life.

•RINA reads the next message from a listener who talks about Season 2, Episode 49 and says that as she listened to the person who sent in the message of not liking herself, she thought of how she also doesn't like herself. She's a childcare worker who doesn't think she's doing her job well, and she ends up thinking the kids aren't cute, or that she's useless and not needed, or that they're better off without her. But she hopes that she can gradually learn to love herself with the band's words in mind. She knows it'll take time, but she'll do her best and thanks them. RINA says that she got a lot of feedback on that episode, such as messages on Instagram. She was reminded again that everyone is dealing with similar feelings on a daily basis. As she said in that episode, she thinks it's really important to be kind to yourself as well. HARU says when they get messages like this, people can realize that they're not alone in their thinking. RINA says we should all accept each other.

•HARU reads the next message from a listener who has been struggling with this for the last 14 years: When they went to karaoke with someone they used to date, the listener was so tone-deaf when singing that the person asked them, "Are you chanting?" After that, the listener found it difficult to sing in front of people, and can only sing in front of people they're close to (who would not hate them even if they know they're tone-deaf). They ask the band if they could give them some advice about how they can learn to sing in public. RINA is surprised there are people (like their SO) who would say something like that. TOMO says that it's likely never the case that someone wouldn't like someone else because they're tone-deaf. RINA says no, but it hurts a lot and makes you afraid to sing. HARU says that she thinks the person who said that to the listener is nonsense. TOMO says that it's possible it could have been meant as a joke if they were very close to each other. HARU says that the listener was hurt by it, though.

•HARU also tells a story of how in middle school there was a girl the same age as her that wanted to be a singer but wasn't very good at first. However, she loved karaoke so much that she went almost every day for fun, or even by herself. By going there every day, she got really good at singing. TOMO says that's a good story. HARU says that maybe the listener could do the same by going to karaoke by themselves. MAMI says that if you're aware of yourself, you can become better. RINA says that she knows how scary it can be to have that happen even once. She's not a very good singer herself and is a little scared of singing, which she thinks comes from being a little traumatized from her school and audition days. She doesn't know how to solve that, which is why she doesn't sing at all outside of work. She doesn't even go to karaoke for fun; she only sings when the band needs her to. She thinks the only way to get rid of those feelings a little at a time, though it is really hard to do. HARU suggests that the listener decides on one song to sing and commit themselves to getting good at singing it, so when they go to karaoke with someone, it'll be nice to be able to sing that song well. MAMI says they can ask their friends to help them practice or go to karaoke with those who can sing well. HARU says that to be realistic, they could record themselves singing and then analyze it. They agree that the listener should try going to karaoke to practice alone at least once.

•TOMO starts reading the next message and reads the line "New segment about people with godlike powers." She pauses, laughs, and asks what that's about. Ono begins to mention gods and HARU and MAMI seem to remember. MAMI says that they had asked in a previous episode that they asked people with "godlike powers" to send in messages. TOMO goes, "So we named that segment 'People with godlike powers.'" There's a pause before Ono laughs and says they didn't. TOMO continues to read the message. The listener says that they've been baking for a long time, and even though they usually keep their bread completely cold, it starts to warm up when they touch it. It feels like they're turning bright red and their blood is flowing through them. They say they also know a hairdresser who sometimes gets their strength sucked out of them when they touch a client's hair, and can tell a person's state of mind and body just by touching their hair. They ask the band if they've gained any divine power during their 17 years of being a band, such as being able to hear sounds that people usually cannot, or being able to understand what birds are saying. TOMO laughs and asks what's up with this person. HARU says that maybe they're someone with godlike powers. RINA says that maybe the sound thing could be related to an occupational hazard. Ono asks if they know what birds are saying. They laugh and MAMI + TOMO say they don't. They ponder and then say that they don't really have any 'powers.' TOMO asks Ono if a lot of people have sent in messages for this new supposed segment. Ono says a lot of people have. TOMO says that as they listen to stories of people with godlike powers, the moment may come when the band also realizes the powers hidden within them.

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MAMI completes the Osaka Marathon! A listener who was motivated by this decides to try something?

Season 2, Episode 50 blog

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HARUNA: This time...we'll just be reading messages. We have less than 10 days until the release of our new album LUMINOUS...

RINA: It's almost here.

HARUNA: Let's read some "Quminous" messages!


MAMI-chan! Good job running the Osaka Marathon.

All: Good jobー

MAMI: Thank you!

I'm glad you were able to complete the race without any injuries! I wasn't able to be there to cheer you on, but I was moved by tracking your run online that I couldn't stand still and decided right then and there that I wanted to try something, too! The week after the full marathon, I decided to take on the challenge of riding around Lake Hamana on my bicycle!

What MAMI-chan did is a billion times more difficult, though I don't mean to compare one challenge to another. Ever since I became a SCANDAL fan, I've always looked up to you four who always remember stay positive and take on challenges, and that has been my guiding principle in life ever since I became a fan of SCANDAL.

I've been on a diet lately so I've been trying to avoid sweets, but on this particular day, I had my favorite chocolate banana as a reward!! It was delicious!

Not only this time, but whenever I've been troubled or had a hard time in my life, you've always shown me the future and shined a light on me.

I have not been able to give anything back, but I will continue to support you in your life, even if it's only in a small way!

All: Thank you!

TOMOMI: I wonder how long it takes to go around Lake Hamana. Doesn't that sound impressive?

HARUNA: Even if they say it's "just" biking...

TOMOMI: It must be tough.

RINA: I wonder how many hours it takes.

HARUNA: I wonder.

RINA: There's also Lake Biwa, right?

HARUNA: There is.

TOMOMI: Lake Biwa is huge.

RINA: Is there an event where you cycle around Lake Biwa... I don't know.

Staff: It says that one trip around Lake Hamana is 71 km/44 miles.

All: 71 kilometers!? Lake Hamana!?

TOMOMI: That's tough!


RINA: I wonder how long it takes to bike it?

MAMI: Isn't that really difficult? Didn't their legs get swollen? Were they okay?

Staff: The estimated time required is 4 hours and 44 minutes.

RINA: Ehー? That's tough.

HARUNA: They're doing something totally amazing.

TOMOMI: Good job!

RINA: Good workー

MAMI: Good work!

TOMOMI: But they were inspired by MAMI-chan.

HARUNA: Yeah, they did it the following week.

MAMI: That's amazing.

TOMOMI: It is.

MAMI: I think it's amazing that they were able to decide to do something now and take action.

HARUNA: It really is amazing.

TOMOMI: Oh, I did sit-ups too! After seeing MAMI-chan running the full marathon.

MAMI: Eh, did you work hard on your sit-ups?

HARUNA: You were definitely influenced.

TOMOMI: I was, and I was moved!

【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt』 - Season 2, Episode 49

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•The episode starts with this.

•TOMO reads the next message from a listener who is 40 and has been playing darts as a hobby for 16 years, and will be participating in the qualifying round of the soft darts world tournament. The preliminary round is an online match where you compete against competitors and professional players from all over the country, and after winning the first round and the second round, the final round is a tournament to decide who will be the finalist to participate in the main event. In the main tournament, you compete in a tournament against top-ranked men's pro players, women's pro players, and winners of overseas tournaments. If you win and become number one in the world, you will receive a prize of 10 million yen ($68,000 USD). Their dream is to participate as an amateur in this tournament, which is attended by professional players that they've admired for many years, and to become number one in the world. The band says that's impressive and also wonder what soft darts are. RINA guesses that the tips are soft. They say they don't really know much about the darts world, but they have played darts before at places like bars and backstage at festivals. They laugh and say they've never met anyone who was good at it, though it's likely most people they've seen had been tipsy while playing. They say they're cheering the listener on and hope they can be the best in the world.

•MAMI reads the next message from a listener who says there's something they're too embarrassed to tell anyone: they can't ride a bicycle, partially because they're not too athletic and also because they gave up practicing when they were little. They actually bought a bike two years ago and tried to practice at the park at night but gave up. They tell people they're really close to, but they just say that it's okay. The listener also thinks it's okay because they have a driver's license, but they get a strange feeling when they see kids or adults riding bikes around town. They ask the band what they would think if someone their age told them they can't ride a bike. They also ask them for a pouch for their birthday so that they can put their car keys in it. The band laughs and says they'll give it to them. MAMI says that they can eventually put a bike (lock) key in there. HARU says the band could practice with them, with the listener having asked about practicing riding a bike. They laugh and RINA says that the listener would be under a lot of pressure with the four of them watching. HARU says that it might be better to do the same thing people usually did when they were little where your parents took off your training wheels and they would hold you in the back. RINA says that they already have a sense of fear regarding riding a bike and think that they can't do it, so it's best to get rid of that mindset first. HARU says that it must be hard to practice alone in the park as an adult if you think someone might be watching you. TOMO says that it might be a good idea to try out an e-bike, which is easier to ride, to get a feel for it, and then try riding a regular bike. MAMI says that she doesn't think riding a bike has anything to do with athleticism. HARU says that you just have to get a feel for doing it.

•RINA asks if any of them have ridden a bike recently. HARU says no. MAMI says no as well, but the last time she rented a bike, she was able to ride it like normal. RINA says that she thinks it's important to not feel like you're not good at it, but even if they're not able to do it in the end, it's fine to just drive their car, and geting a license is many times more impressive. MAMI says that it's not the same feeling as driving, though. Even if you haven't driven for a month, you'll still be able to drive. TOMO says that she thinks riding a bike is similar to walking since you don't think about how to walk. Once you learn how to ride a bike, you don't think about how to do it afterwards. You don't remember the first time you walked as a baby, but you probably practiced hard enough to finally be able to walk. That's why you shouldn't give up on practicing. MAMI says that maybe they could first practice on a stationary bike like those found at the gym. RINA says that it isn't dangerous, after all. HARU wonders if they would be able to get a sense of balance like that. RINA says while laughing that there's this horse-like thing you can experience. The others aren't sure what she means until HARU asks if she's talking about the 'rodeo' ones (I think they're talking about mechanical bulls). They laugh at this but don't think that would help. MAMI says that unless they first step on a bike pedal, they won't be able to move forward. And if they don't move forward, they won't be able to balance. TOMO says that if you're scared, you won't be able to pedal at first. MAMI says that this is a pretty lively convo, which makes the others laugh. HARU says that they want the listener to do their best and be able to ride a bike. TOMO says the first step is the scariest, which they all agree with. They ask the listener to let them know if they make any progress.

•There's then a pause before they go, "What?" and MAMI seems to read this from their script: "Although you've never spoken about it, what is something you can't do?" HARU says that she can't whistle. RINA says that she doesn't think she can either. MAMI says that she can whistle but not change the pitch. RINA says that she thought a high percentage of people who can sing well can also whistle well. HARU says that she can't. RINA says that she thought she could do it well. MAMI says that TOMO can whistle. HARU says that she doesn't know how to whistle. She then seems to try whistling but all that's heard is what sounds like a quiet breeze. They laugh and HARU says it's just the wind. RINA asks if she's trying to cool something down. TOMO says it sounds like the window's open a bit. MAMI says that she herself was able to whistle better in elementary school. TOMO seems to try and a whistling sound does come out a bit. She says she used to be able to whistle melodies but it's not possible for her anymore. Another attempt at whistling is heard, and seems to be coming from MAMI. They laugh at this. RINA says that whistling's difficult to do. MAMI tries whistling again and RINA says she's doing it. MAMI says that she can only whistle this note, though.

•HARU asks if there's anything else they can't do. MAMI says she's really bad at ball games like baseball and softball, and can only really catch a ball about as big as her head. RINA says that's really surprising. MAMI says that she can't catch them and don't know where they'll fall. She'd always get hit in the face and get a bloody nose. HARU says that she's probably been traumatized by that and she's convinced that she won't be able to catch it. MAMI says she probably can't see it the moment she'd be able to catch it because it blocks her vision. When she looks at it, it hits her in the face. HARU says that maybe she's seeing the ball right to the end, but perhaps not. MAMI says that she doesn't know the distance between the racket and ball when playing tennis, for example. RINA says that it's more like you're using the racket as an extension of your hand. MAMI asks if it's like she's trying to touch it with her hand. RINA says yes, and that it's all about feel.

•TOMO says that she's rather unsure of her sense of distance. She bumps into people and doesn't notice when she drops things. Her iPhone flies off so often that she wonders sometimes if it's even still working. She doesn't know why this is and says there's something wrong with her hands, and that her senses are dull. HARU says that she kind of gets that, though. RINA says that she's amazing when it comes to the playing the bass, though. TOMO goes, "Am I even playing the bass?" They all laugh hard. HARU says she's a prodigy. MAMI says that she seems to be okay when she drives and doesn't come close to bumping into anything. TOMO says that she does when she rides a bike, though. MAMI says something about once having to hold her hand while walking to keep her going straight (it's hard to understand since they're all kind of talking and laughing at the same time). TOMO says that there are lines on the ground when driving, so if there could always be lines on the ground when she's walking, then she could probably walk straight without having to depend on others. RINA laughs at how narrow the lines would be. HARU says that she'd probably be okay if she walked in bike/pedestrian lanes. TOMO thinks so as well. RINA says that there are tons of things they can't do, and jokes that it really feels like they're in a band and barely getting by with what they are able to do. MAMI says she doesn't know if they're doing a good job or not. RINA goes, "What do you think, guys?", directing this to the fans. They all laugh. HARU says that they're probably good at being SCANDAL, which they laugh and agree with. TOMO says that what SCANDAL can do and what the band members can do are two different things. They all agree.

•RINA reads the next message from a listener who is encouraged by the messages that SCANDAL puts out every year on March 8, International Women's Day. She feels that SCANDAL is always there for each and every one of their fans, regardless of gender or age. When she hears that they're proud to be women and in an all-girl band, and then sees their message on IWD, it pushes her to take better care of herself. She says she don't like who she is. She's not pretty, slim, confident in herself, or knowledgeable--she has so many negative aspects about herself that she can't even begin to list them all. Even so, every time she gets a message from SCANDAL, she's reminded that it's okay to accept herself more and she feels relieved that she is who she is. March 8 is also her birthday. RINA pauses, laughs, and says this is getting kind of heavy. The listener says that every year she takes the liberty of thinking that SCANDAL's IWD message is a birthday message to her. She's also come to love mimosas. RINA's voices starts wavering and says that she's starting to cry. The listener says it'll take her a long time to love herself, but thanks to SCANDAL, she's sure she'll love herself a little bit more every time her birthday comes around. She thanks them for all of their love.

•The band thanks the listener. RINA says she really doesn't want the listener to say that they don't like herself, and that she thinks she's a really good girl. When they send out a slightly sensitive message like their IWD ones, they find themselves thinking about how difficult it is to choose the right words and how to send them out. She says she's so glad they kept going without stopping. The listener is from the same generation as the band and right now is likely a point in time when her life will change a lot and has to deal with a lot of conflicts, so being able to to be kind to yourself is really cool and important. Since the listener has this kind of heart that can write something like this for the band, RINA wants her to direct that love towards herself as well. Although she's never met her and doesn't know what she looks like or what her body shape is, she thinks she's really cute and cool no matter what. Of course there's beauty in delicate things, and there are some clothes that can worn because you have the right physique for it, bit there's nothing cooler and more beautiful than living a life where you love every minute of it. She's really happy that their message and music resonate with her mentality, and that RINA's the one that should be thanking her. She says she's really adorable.

•MAMI says that she doesn't think there's any difference between who's pretty, who's cool, or who's not. It may seem like everyone's looking at you, but they probably aren't. People don't look at others as much as you think they do. That's why MAMI's been thinking a lot lately that it's all about self-satisfaction. It's okay to wear what you think is cute, or put on makeup that you think is cute. She used to be overweight, which is why she understands how the listener feels. RINA asks if it has to do with wanting to lose weight. MAMI says that it was more that she had to lose weight and was always told to lose weight. RINA says that was what the 'right' thing to do was when they first debuted, and the world back then wasn't one where people could talk about lookism like is done now. It was like the thinner you were, the more successful you were. HARU and RINA agree that that was how things were. MAMI had always thought of herself as overweight, so when promo photos were taken, they would make her appear thinner. But since she was pretty rebellious, she would say things like she was going to lose weight but never did. The others laugh and RINA says that's nice. MAMI was concerned about that back then but wasn't so concerned that she thought her life would be over if she didn't lose weight. Now, we're living in an era where there's a lot more diversity, and that all body types are good. RINA says that that's been true for thousands of years, but it's only recently that everyone's starting to finally realize that.

•TOMO says that being cute or cool is all a matter of taste and is up to each person, so it's best to stick to your own preferences and be who you want to be. MAMI says that Kuromi (a Sanrio character) always says to be the person you want to be. They laugh at this. TOMO says that that's what Kuromi does enjoy saying the most. MAMI says that Kuromi is cute because that mentality makes her cute. RINA says that instead of thinking of yourself in terms of negatives that make you feel bad about yourself, change your way of thinking so that you can enjoy the process of becoming more like what you want to be. But if you find something you surprisingly like about yourself, leave it as it is. She wants you to make yourself the kind of person you want to be so that you can become more beautiful as you get older. HARU says that she thinks it's normal to compare yourself to someone else--she does that as well. It's something that happens every day, so it's not a bad thing at all. It's totally normal to feel bad about yourself, so just try to choose what you like as much as possible. If you accumulate a lot of happiness, even in trivial things like "I'm glad I ate this today" or "I'm glad I bought these clothes," she thinks you'll feel fulfilled.

•MAMI says that there's sure to be a lot of people who aren't able to send this kind of message, no matter how much they love themselves or think they're cute, so taking that first step like the listener is something special. TOMO says that what the listener thinks isn't something exceptional; it's something that everyone thinks but doesn't say. So don't think you're unhappy because you don't like yourself, because everyone's the same. She thinks it'd be good for her to try something that'll make her like herself. RINA says because the band's job is one where they're able to send messages like this, that they want to break this kind of binding spell, even if just a little bit, that people have on them. MAMI says that she thinks there are a lot of people who can relate to this message, so they're really grateful that the listener sent this in. RINA says that she really hopes that SCANDAL's music will give people confidence. She hopes that when people hear their words and music, it'll be like a switch that helps to ease peoples' hearts and minds.

•They then close out the episode. HARU says they read quite a lot of deep content today. RINA laughs says that there were so many kinds of messages, and that she wasn't expecting to go from talking about bikes to crying.

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HARUNA: This time...we'll just be reading messages.
In celebration of our new album LUMINOUS on March 20, we have started a segment called "Queens of LUMINOUS," or "Quminous" for short. We've been receiving many "outrageous queen stories" about people you know.

Aoi (*26 years old)

For me, my friend Shi-chan is a Quminous. We connected because we'e fans of the same actress. We liked the same idols from the time we were in the upper grades of elementary school until we graduated from high school, and we became fans of SCANDAL around the same time. We have been going to SCANDAL concerts and events in Kansai together for about 6 years now.

We have a lot of similarities in our family structures and positions at home, so we are very comfortable together, but the thing I like most about her is that she is somewhat nonchalant. I tend to think deeply about many things, like whether I should do ___ in this case, but when I ask her for advice, she responds surprisingingly light-hearted about it, like, "Isn't that okay?"; she makes me laugh with her unique use of words; she goes "I dunno" (知らんけど; shinran kedo), which is very Kansai-like of her... I don't know why, but when she told me, "Well, just do your best" after listening to my problems, it felt more comforting than any other "Do your best" I'd ever been told. I always think that she has something that I don't have.

RINA: That's wonderful.

TOMOMI: They're a good friend. I don't think there are many people who have the same favorite thing for so long. I think it's rare.

RINA: It is very rare.

HARUNA: Yeah, they've been friends since elementary school.

RINA: I guess their interests really do match.

HARUNA: They're in their late 20s now. That's amazing.

RINA: It's a great thing to have someone by your side who understands you so well at a time in your life when you are going through a lot of changes. It's wonderful.

HARUNA: But I think Shi-chan is also helped a lot by Aoi, who is different from her.

RINA: You can tell that they support each other.

HARUNA: This kind of "Quminous" is great, isn't it?

RINA: It's really good.

(A staffer asks, "Do people in Kansai use 'Shiran kedo' a lot?")

RINA: I say it unconsciously, but it's not something you should pick up on, so I don't think it's appropriate.

HARUNA: But don't you say it a lot?

RINA: I do!?

HARUNA: I think you do.

RINA: That's so embarrassing!

HARUNA: I think you say it right away.

RINA: Really!? I'll be a little more aware of it...

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