Terrace House: Tokyo 2019–2020

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Terrace House: Tokyo 2019–2020
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The initial cast of Terrace House: Tokyo 2019–2020.
GenreReality
Presented byYou, Reina Triendl, Yoshimi Tokui, Azusa Babazono, Ryota Yamasato, Shono Hayama
Opening themeJapan: "Graves" by Chvrches
International: "Divers in a Hurricane" by Eleventyseven
Ending themeJapan: "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol
International: "No Guarantees" by Sammy Isaac
Country of originJapan
Original language(s)Japanese
Production
Production location(s)Japan
Release
Original networkFuji Television, Netflix
Original releaseMay 14, 2019 – May 19, 2020
Chronology
Preceded byTerrace House: Opening New Doors

Terrace House: Tokyo 2019–2020 (Japanese: テラスハウス Tokyo 2019-2020, Hepburn: Terasu Hausu Tōkyō Nī Zero Ichi Kyū Nī Zero Nī Zero) is a Japanese reality television series and the fifth installment of the Terrace House franchise. It follows three men and three women as they temporarily live together in a house in the Setagaya ward of Tokyo, Japan.[1] It premiered on Netflix Japan as a Netflix Original on May 14, 2019.[2]

In April 2020, the production of the show was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan. The show resumed airing episodes that were filmed prior to the suspension of production in May 2020, but the release of new episodes was again suspended following the suicide of cast member Hana Kimura on May 23, 2020.

Following Kimura's death, Fuji Television announced their decision to cancel the season on May 27, 2020, leaving the final two produced episodes of the show unaired. Netflix removed the season from its searchable database in Japan in mid-2020 and pulled all episodes featuring Kimura on August 10, 2020 in international markets.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[3][edit]

No. Name Occupation Birth date Age* Appearance
English Japanese Nickname Eps #
01 Kaori Watanabe 渡邉香織 Illustrator June 25, 1990 28 01 - 20 20
02 Shohei Matsuzaki 松嵜翔平 Actor/Writer October 9, 1993 25 01 - 18 18
03 Haruka Okuyama 奥山春花 Actress March 24, 1995 24 01 - 25 25
04 Kenji Yoshihara 吉原健司 Kenny Musician June 2, 1987 31 01 - 14 14
05 Risako Tanabe 田辺莉咲子 Fitness trainer January 14, 1998 21 01 - 14 14
06 Ruka Nishinoiri 西野入流佳 Part-timer December 1, 1998 20 01 - 25 25
07 Emika Mizukoshi 水越愛華 University student February 1, 1998 21 14 - 34 21
08 Giuseppe Durato デュラト・ジュゼッペ Peppe Mangaka December 24, 1992 27 14 - 26 13
09 Ryo Tawatari 田渡凌 Basketball player (Yokohama B-Corsairs) June 29, 1993 26 18 - 32 15
10 Hana Kimura 木村花 Professional wrestler September 3, 1997 21 20 - 42 23
11 Violetta Razdumina ラズドゥミナ・ヴィオレッタ Vivi Aspiring actress October 4, 1995 24 26 - 42 17
12 Kai Kobayashi 小林快 Comedian August 15, 1994 25 26 - 39 14
13 John Kimverlu Tupas トパス ジョンキンバルー Tupas Lily Franky's personal assistant January 13, 1997 22 26 - 34 9
14 Toshiyuki Niino 新野俊幸 Shachō (社長, "Boss") CEO of EXIT Inc. October 21, 1989 30 33 - 42 10
15 Yume Hayashi 林ゆめ Office worker/Gravure model October 18, 1995 24 34 - 42 9
16 Shion Suzuki 鈴木志遠 University student February 1, 1997 22 34 - 42 9
17 Reo Kanao 金尾玲生 Professional surfer/Entrepreneur June 24, 1992 27 39 - 42 4
18 Monroe Ron ロンモンロウ Model/Singer July 31, 1995 24 42 - 42 1

*Age when they first joined Terrace House.

Timeline[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

Name Japanese Cast member Episode(s)
Yusuke Aizawa 鮎澤悠介 Aloha State 7, 9-10, 13-16
Avian Ku エビアン・クー Aloha State 15
Kaito Nakata 中田海斗 Opening New Doors 39
Masato Yukawa 湯川正人 Boys x Girls Next Door 39

Episodes[4][edit]

No. in SeasonNo. in PartTitleNetflix Japan Release DateFuji TV Air DateLength (mins)
Part 1
11"We're Back in Tokyo"May 14, 2019 (2019-05-14)TBA40
All the members enter the house and some initial relationships begin to form. Shohei seems to hit it off with Kaori and asks her out to drinks.
22"Tempura Incident"May 21, 2019 (2019-05-21)TBA39
Haruka asks Kenji for a guitar lesson and they promise to hang out on the weekend. Some of the members discuss their dreams over drinks at home.
33"Dreamed of Her"May 28, 2019 (2019-05-28)TBA37
Though Ruka and Risako go out for pancakes and a movie, Ruka isn't sure if it counts as a date. But when Ruka gets a fever, Risako takes care of him.
44"I Want to Be a Hero"June 4, 2019 (2019-06-04)TBA42
After Haruka buys a guitar in Harajuku, Ruka gives her a ride back to the house. While playing cards together, Risako and Ruka make a wager.
55"Reiwa!!"June 18, 2019 (2019-06-18)TBA45
The house rings in the Reiwa era. Ruka gives Risako a ride to parkour practice, Haruka enters a drag race, and Kaori and Kenji go out for burgers.
66"The Grass is Greener on the Other Side"June 25, 2019 (2019-06-25)TBA57
Haruka and Ruka go on a date; over a steak dinner, she asks him what he thinks of Risako. It seems that romance is on everyone's mind.
77"Woman to Treat and Woman to Split the Check"July 2, 2019 (2019-07-02)TBA45
The atmosphere gets a little strained as Haruka and Risako find it difficult to talk to one another. They know they're both interested in Kenji.
88"Passive Boys"July 9, 2019 (2019-07-09)TBA48
The ladies of the house go to lunch together, where they agree that the guys' passivity is unsatisfying. That night, Risako tells Ruka and Shohei.
99"Girlfight"July 23, 2019 (2019-07-23)TBA45
Both Risako and Haruka declare that they're interested in Kenji, which leads to a serious late-night argument. Later, Kenji hears about it all.
1010"The Boy That Gets Treated"July 30, 2019 (2019-07-30)TBA43
Haruka and Shohei attend a festival to hear Kenji and Terrace House alum Yusuke perform. The members prepare a surprise birthday party for Kenji.
1111"Broccoli Pasta, Carbonara-Style"August 6, 2019 (2019-08-06)TBA49
Kaori admits that she's losing confidence in her artistic abilities, but Kenji isn't very supportive. Ruka talks about his dreams, but he lacks focus.
1212"Always Chillin'"August 13, 2019 (2019-08-13)TBA46
The night of her birthday party, Kaori and Ruka talk for a long time. Kenji tells Shohei he's got feelings for Risako, and he's planning to tell her.
Part 2
131"All Or Nothing"August 27, 2019 (2019-08-27)TBA48
The weather is stormy, but Kenji and Risako head out for a beach date and Kenji confesses his feelings. NBA star Rui Hachimura stops by the studio.
142"Just A Moment, Please"September 3, 2019 (2019-09-03)TBA43
Kaori meets with a friend to talk about her art and her feelings for Shohei. The night of Kenji's farewell party, Risako makes a surprising decision.
153"A Man's Worth Is Determined By His Job"September 10, 2019 (2019-09-10)TBA38
In an action acting class, Shohei and Haruka do pretty good in their fight scenes, but Ruka fails to shine. Two new members arrive in the house.
164"Orange Flavor First Kiss"September 17, 2019 (2019-09-17)TBA44
Durato and Haruka have drinks on the roof one night and talk about his relationship history. The members use the house pool for the first time.
175"This is Not a Place to Slack"October 1, 2019 (2019-10-01)TBA37
Peppe invites Emika to go to the beach after playing video games with Haruka. Ruka applies for a new job, then asks Emika out on a drive.
186"Bros Before Hoes"October 8, 2019 (2019-10-08)TBA35
Emika and Peppe take their trip to Zushi beach. After a night swim, Shohei tells Ruka about a big decision before heading out the next morning.
197"The Stray Sheep"October 15, 2019 (2019-10-15)TBA38
Emika and Ryo hit it off during their baseball outing, while Peppe and Haruka enjoy an afternoon playing Pokémon Go. Housecleaning is in the air.
208"The Third Flower"October 22, 2019 (2019-10-22)TBA41
Kaori makes a shocking announcement, and an outgoing new house member smashes in and makes waves. The girls gossip about the boys.
219"Too Shy Girl"November 5, 2019 (2019-11-05)TBA43
Change is in the air as the members bond with the new arrival. Energetic Hana is love-struck by Ryo, while Emika reveals she's hanging out with Ruka.
2210"Tip Off"November 12, 2019 (2019-11-12)TBA44
Pepe makes progress on his manga; Emika and Haruka discuss their insecurities. Hana gets jealous of Emika after they both cheer on Ryo at his game.
2311"Friendship Between Men and Women"November 19, 2019 (2019-11-19)TBA44
Tensions rise in the house when Haru has her long-awaited date with Ryo. Emika worries about her future prospects both professionally and in love.
2412"Pink Rose"November 26, 2019 (2019-11-26)TBA40
After an intense encounter, Emika makes a stand. Peppe and Haruka go on their long-awaited date, but nerves and other priorities get in the way.
Part 3
251"The Girls Can't Do It"December 9, 2019 (2019-12-09)TBA52
Athlete Yusuke Tamuara joins as a studio guest, and Haruka gives Peppe her answer. After Ruka makes a special dinner, he gives a speech in English.
262"Internationalization at Once"December 16, 2019 (2019-12-16)TBA41
Friendships are never forgotten as Peppe takes his next step. The house takes on a more international feel as three new members arrive.
273"I Can't Be Here"December 24, 2019 (2019-12-24)TBA38
Members new and old get to know each other. Hana gets serious when Ryo returns home with an injury, and the housemates throw a Halloween party.
284"Starving for Affection"December 31, 2019 (2019-12-31)TBA47
Kai offers Hana some emotional support as Ryo and Vivi grow closer. Tupas reveals more about himself to his housemates.
295"About Love"January 14, 2020 (2020-01-14)TBA50
Comedian Chiemi Blouson joins the studio. Kai works on his next routine, while Hana seeks advice from friends and the girls go on the offense for love.
306"Not Guilty"January 21, 2020 (2020-01-21)TBA47
Tupas treats Emika to a movie and dinner, and the female members go to Kai's standup show. Awkward encounters ensue between Hana, Vivi and Ryo.
317"Publicity Stunt"January 28, 2020 (2020-01-28)TBA40
Actor Eiichiro Funakoshi joins the studio. Hana reaches out to a sick Kai; Vivi dispenses some harsh advice and Ryo continues to send mixed signals.
328"I Hate You"February 4, 2020 (2020-02-04)TBA40
The members go out for dinner together and Ryo shares some upsetting news. Later, he discusses his feelings honestly, and Vivi makes one last stand.
339"Half Blue"February 18, 2020 (2020-02-18)TBA44
Emika tells Hana about her decision before her romantic date with Tupas. Kai and Hana bond, and attractive new tenant Toshiyuki joins the house.
3410"Case of The Bottle Beer Incident"February 25, 2020 (2020-02-25)TBA46
Tupas and Emika leave the house, and new members Yume and Shion arrive. Toshiyuki goes on offense to get closer with each of the female members.
3511"The Monster in the Hallway"March 3, 2020 (2020-03-03)TBA45
Vivi tries to make plans for Christmas with Ryo, but when it doesn't work out, Toshiyuki tests his prospects. The house gets into the holiday spirit.
3612"Angel"March 10, 2020 (2020-03-10)TBA48
Toshiyuki and Yume go on a passionate date, but Yume is hesitant about the next steps. Kai gets some advice and the members ring in the new year.
Part 4
371"Another Terrace!!"March 24, 2020 (2020-03-24)TBA48
Hana, Kai, and Yume join Toshiyuki on a two-day, one-night trip to Kyoto to test the dating waters, but things don't go quite the way they planned.
382"Case of The Costume Incident"March 31, 2020 (2020-03-31)TBA42
The girls get together to vent after the trip, and Vivi confronts Kai, who then has a rough show. Hana's wrestling clothes get ruined in the wash.
393"Always Remembered"April 7, 2020 (2020-04-07)TBA46
Kai apologizes to Hana before his announcement. New member Reo, a pro surfer, eyes Vivi when he arrives, bringing a change of pace in the house.
404"Never Forgive Luigi"April 14, 2020 (2020-04-14)TBA44
Vivi bonds with Reo and makes plans with Shion; Yume proposes a trip to Sapporo with Toshiyuki. The house gets spirited during the Setsubun holiday.
415"Life-Threatening Date"May 12, 2020 (2020-05-12)TBA42
Toshiyuki's Hokkaido trip with Yume approaches, but her closeness with Reo sparks jealousy. Shion and Reo each spend more time with the female members.
426"Woman Who Makes Everyone Dream"May 19, 2020 (2020-05-19)TBA43
Yume gives her answer to Toshiyuki. Hana's matches get cancelled due to COVID-19. Shion confides in Vivi who makes an announcement at a group dinner.

Production[edit]

The 2019–2020 season was originally planned as an extended Terrace House edition with an extended run of episodes that would lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.[5] In the first episode, the panel spoke about the ambitions of this special season which would culminate around the same time as the global sporting event.

Comedian Yoshimi Tokui, a panel regular, took leave from the show in late 2019 after he was charged with not reporting income of over 100 million yen over a period of three years for his one-person company.[6][7] He apologized, saying he missed the payments due to his "sloppiness and neglectfulness."[7]

In April 2020, the production of the show was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan, a decision that was announced shortly after the postponement of the Summer Olympics on March 30, 2020.[8][9] The show resumed airing episodes that were filmed prior to the suspension of production in May 2020 with Ryota Yamasato hosting the commentary segments alone, before Reina Triendl joined him to co-host.[10]

But the release of new episodes was again suspended following the suicide of cast member Hana Kimura on May 23, 2020.[11][12] Following Kimura's death, Fuji Television announced their decision to cancel the season on May 27, 2020, leaving the final two produced episodes of the show (episodes 43 and 44) unaired.[13][14]

Death of Hana Kimura[edit]

On May 23, 2020, cast member Hana Kimura died by suicide while isolating at her own home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before her death, Kimura shared a picture of herself and her cat on Instagram with the words, "I love you, have a happy long life. Sorry." She also tweeted hours before her death: "Every day, I receive nearly 100 honest opinions and I cannot deny that I get hurt."[15]

Several notes were discovered in her apartment, with one addressed to her mother.[16] Kimura's death led to a widespread conversation about cyberbullying messages she faced from Terrace House viewers, a situation that escalated after the episode "Case of the Costume Incident," which included a scene where she was involved in a fight with cast member Kai Kobayashi over him accidentally washing her wrestling costume.[17]

Hana Kimura's mother Kyoko Kimura claimed in weekly magazine Shūkan Bunshun that Hana was pressured by the staff to stage the fight with Kobayashi.[18] In July 2020, she filed a complaint with the Broadcasting Ethics & Program Improvement Organization claiming the producers edited the program to misrepresent her daughter as violent. She said the program violated her daughter's personal and human rights and continued shooting even after her daughter hyperventilated following the dispute with Kobayashi.[19]

Kobayashi also claimed in Shūkan Bunshun that he was asked by the staff to touch her breast.[20]

In August 2020, Fuji Television released an internal report which outlined some of the circumstances surrounding Hana's experience on the show and her subsequent suicide. The producers noted in the report that Hana engaged in self-harm after the fight with Kobayashi. They said staff had met with her on a number of occasions where they suggested she stop using social media and seek professional care.[21]

Hana's mother disputed the report's findings, saying she doubted the investigation was impartial, and that the TV network could have foreseen the cyber bullying because of their past experience with the popular show.[21]

On August 10, Netflix removed episodes 20 to 42 from its streaming platform across all international markets. Episode 20 featured a brief introduction of Kimura before she entered the house, while on all subsequent episodes she was one of the housemates.

Reception[edit]

A story arc involving Toshiyuki Niino and Yume Yoshida saw Tom Hanaway of The Japan Times write a piece criticizing the show and its commentary panel for not making "a bigger deal" about consent.[22] In the episode "Angel," Niino is shown smearing lip balm on Yoshida's lips and then suddenly kissing her for the first time, without asking permission. On another date in the episode "Another Terrace!!," Yoshida had to decline Niino's physical advances "over a dozen times."[22]

Hanaway generalized the studio commentators' reactions to these moments by saying they first sympathize with the woman, "before typically ending up at the outdated sentiment: She was asking for it."[22] He noted that while several Western media outlets and online viewers criticized them over a similar situation in the previous season, the panel members had yet to face any backlash in Japan for their remarks - or lack thereof - on consent. He wrote that "The conversation on consent in Japan hasn't progressed as far as it has in some places abroad, but those places are precisely where the show is popular."[22] In a YouTube video he made with Vivi where they discussed how the Terrace House program only shows short clips of their lives at the house and viewers then think they know them as a result, Niino briefly addressed foreign viewers who accused him of sexual assault based only on seeing the clips; "it's the person's decision whether it's a sexual assault or not. If the person says it is, then it is. But who are you to judge?"[23]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "テラスハウス TOKYO 2019-2020:INTRODUCTION". テラスハウス TOKYO 2019-2020 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  3. ^ "テラスハウス TOKYO 2019-2020:MEMBER". テラスハウス TOKYO 2019-2020 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  4. ^ "テラスハウス TOKYO 2019-2020:STORY". テラスハウス TOKYO 2019-2020 (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  5. ^ Friend, David (4 September 2019). "Truth and fiction blur in diverse slate of highlights to stream in September". 680 News/The Canadian Press. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  6. ^ brandonthomasorselli (2019-10-26). "Japanese Comedian Tokui Apologizes Over Unreported Income, Will Be Cut From Terrace House". Nicchiban. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  7. ^ a b "Japanese comedian Tokui apologizes over $1 million in unreported income". Mainichi Daily News. 2019-10-24. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  8. ^ Brzeski, Patrick (2020-04-13). "Netflix's 'Terrace House' Halts Production as Coronavirus Lockdowns Finally Come to Japan". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8, 2021". CBC/The Associated Press. 30 March 2020.
  10. ^ "『テラハ』1ヶ月ぶり4話限定で配信再開 スタジオから山里亮太が"ぼっち"出演". Oricon News. 2020-05-11. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  11. ^ @TH6TV (May 23, 2020). "Official Terrace House Twitter Account" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  12. ^ "Japanese wrestling star Hana Kimura dies aged 22". BBC News. 2020-05-23. Retrieved 2020-05-23.
  13. ^ "Fuji TV to end reality show "Terrace House" after cast member death". Kyodo News. 2020-05-27. Retrieved 2020-05-27.
  14. ^ "Current season of 'Terrace House' cancelled following death of cast member Hana Kimura". The Japan Times. 2020-05-27. Retrieved 2020-05-27.
  15. ^ Margolis, Eric (2020-07-17). "The Fall of 'Terrace House'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  16. ^ "Hana Kimura's death fuels debate over how to stop cyberbullying". Nikkei Asian Review. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  17. ^ "Why some fans of Netflix reality-show star Hana Kimura blame her death on cyberbullying". Los Angeles Times. 2020-05-23. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  18. ^ "'Terrace House' Producers Allegedly Pressured Hana Kimura to Stage Scene That Sparked Bullying". popculture.com. July 7, 2020.
  19. ^ Submission, Internal (2020-07-16). "Mother of 'Terrace House' star Hana Kimura files ethics complaint over death". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  20. ^ "Terrace House star Kai Kobayashi says staff asked him to touch Hana Kimura's breasts". SoraNews24. July 10, 2020.
  21. ^ a b NEWS, KYODO. "Fuji TV says cyberbullying of "Terrace House" star was unforeseen". Kyodo News+. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  22. ^ a b c d Hanaway, Tom (2020-05-10). "It's time to talk about 'Terrace House' and consent". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  23. ^ Violetta Razdumina, Toshiyuki Niino (2020-06-23). なにも言わずにはいられなかったので、少し発言させて頂きます。 [I couldn't remain silent. So, I decided to share my opinion.] (video) (in Japanese). YouTube. Event occurs at 16:39. Retrieved 2020-08-10.

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