Yukan Club 有閑倶楽部 Episode 4 Screen Caps
Bido played by Taguchi Junnosuke (Hanayome to Papa, Ganbatte Ikimasshoi) has admirers lined up with tokens of their love as he enters the school grounds, he meets up with the rest of the Yukan Club, Shochikubai Miroku played by Akanishi Jin (Anego, Gokusen 2), Seishiro played by Yokoyama Yu (Haikei, Chichiue-sama, Food Fight), Yuri played by Minami (Battle Royale, Kaikidaisakusen), Noriko played by Kashii Yu (My Boss My Hero, Sexy Voice and Robo) and Karen played by Suzuki Emi (Long Love Letter, Lunch no Joou) in the school garden where Karen invites everyone to a party at her house that evening to celebrate a 20th Anniversary. Yuri of course wants to know about the food, but then she spoils the principal’s secret photo he’s taking of Bido. Miroku wants to know if the principal also fancies Bido. But the principal tells Bido that his daughter fell in love with him at first sight and the photo is promised to her. Bido playfully agrees and poses for the camera. Noriko and Karen warn Bido that making fun of people like that he’ll wind up paying for it one day. That night at the party as Bido is bringing wine to his latest conquest he bumps into a rich but miserly old woman. Noriko and Karen warning may already be coming true.
This was my least favourite episode so far, because of what happens much later in the episode that I don’t want to spoil so I won’t post about. I really like Taguchi Junnosuke but the writers of this show are underutilizing his talents. In fact Yuri, Noriko and Karen are also used marginally. I think Karen and Bido should use their sex appeal to trap or trick suspects of the opposite sex so the rest of the club can execute a plan. Yuri should use her extraordinary appetite to provide a clue to a case like “Kuitan”, Noriko the head of the literature club should bring some obscure literary clue to a case that no else would know about. It would be nice if Bido and Yuri were more then just the brunt of jokes. I would like to see the writers focus more on the team as a whole. All that being said I still enjoyed the episode and will continue to watch and post about it.
Love Song has done their usual fine job with the English hardsub release and the bit torrent file for the first four episodes can be downloaded here.