In June 2020, Watabe Ken (49) from Unjash who has completely abstained from artistic activities due to his own scandal. Since then, he has long distanced himself from the world of television, and in February 2022, he appeared on Chiba TV’s “Black and White Unjash” and announced his resumption of activities. However, he has not appeared in any other shows to date. Koji Higashino (55), a senior comedian, has always been concerned about Watanabe. He co-starred in “Gyoretsu no Dekiru Hodanjo” (then Gyoretsu no Dekiru Hodanjo), and on the show he often talked about Watanabe, who was in lockdown, and kept in touch with him. What kind of path should Watanabe follow as an artist in the future? Higashino, who is also a first-class “animation animator”, listens to Watanabe’s advice from a senior’s perspective and sends down a beer. (Interview and text/Larry Toda/Photographer: Seiji Tonomura/Yahoo! News, Original Editorial Department of RED Chair)
“I don’t know what kind of tension I should do…”
Watanabe: Hello. Thanks again. Thanks. Higashino: It’s like a monk’s work clothes. Watanabe: It’s been two years since I wore a costume like this. The makeup artist and stylist met for the first time in two years. I didn’t know what to base my choice on, so I let you decide. I don’t know what kind of tension I should do today. I still appear in “Shirokuro Unjash,” but if I get too embarrassed, people will say, “How long are you going to keep doing it with that kind of tension?” Higashino: No, is it going to be business as usual? Watanabe: Really?
Higashino: I think it’s better to do it without worrying about it at all. (Shimada) Before Mr. Shinsuke retired, I had a little problem and took a break. I was doing “Gyoretsu” together, so I thought it would be okay. But when it came time for the actual performance, I stepped on the gas and talked more than usual. That’s why Watanabe should apologize when he apologizes properly, and once he gets into his main business, he can do as usual. Watanabe: Yes, I understand. Higashino: Actually, about three months ago, Watanabe and Goto (Terumoto) from Foot (Football Hour) went out to eat. By then, Watanabe was handling everything, including restaurant reservations, and he was waiting with two vacant top seats and taking all orders. But as we talked it got funnier and funnier, and halfway through I asked Goto to order a beer. Watanabe: I didn’t! (Laughter) Please stop. I did well until the end. Higashino: Well, it was because they were talking happily. I was glad to hear that you seem to be doing well.