── What did you think about this first-time recording after new year?
A: It was very happy. The "Gutto Sports" thus far, in one sense, is to dig deep into the parts of the guests which were hard to be featured, so I hope that audience would look forward to it. I also think that guests may have shown faces that they may not show in other programmes.
── The athletes of various games will appear in the programme, will Aiba-san read the materials and prepare for the interview before the programme?
A: Because the programme does not feel like "It's TV show!", basically I don't do preparation. We prepare up to a light preparation meeting. During the official recording, I learn together with Itoda-san and Kojima-san from what athletes say. I dig deep what I think and what I am interested in on that day, at that occasion. I feel like I am facing the first reaction with great care.
── I have an image that Aiba-san is always close to sports such as you have be playing baseball and basketball since childhood. Have you noticed any change of your awareness on sports while interacting with the athletes appearing in the programme?
A: Indeed I become aware of the games of the athletes who came to this programme. For instance, when I see on TV the athletes who have talked about various things in the programme fighting for victory, even we only met once, I feel like he is no longer no-body to me. I have enthusiasm to cheer for them "this player had such great effort and had had such experience and defeats so that he is fighting in such way here now!". I changed a lot on the way of watching the sports games as well as my feelings when I watch the competitions.
── When you look back the past recording, please tell us what is impressive to you.
A: Though it may apply to all athletes, they have an extraordinarily huge amount of exercise. However, they do not think it a tough thing, rather, they would think that it is natural, it is their lives, and I am always inspired by their high awareness of this.
A while ago, soccer player Nakazawa Yuji-san came (25 March O.A.), he seemed to have control alcohol and oil during his soccer career. I was surprised by his saying that "I am glad that I can eat fried chicken and drink beer". The daily life of athlete is totally different from ours.
── It is noticed that Aiba-sans's warm and soft aura connects with the overall atmosphere of the programme. What do you think is the charm of "Gutto Sports"?
I think it would be that this programme doesn't have a stiff feeling. I also have some part in me like a costumed mascot character, right? (Giggle) While audience can see athletes in various occasions, frankly saying, it is somehow difficult to let them show their genuine "inner" side. However, if we record the programme in a nervous way, they definitely will not show us the side which they plan to show. They definitely will not talk about things even they can talk about. Therefore, in order to record the programme in a happy and relaxing manner, in good sense, we are aiming to continue our style of making a "relaxing programme".
── By the way, I think in April, the start of a new work / school year, there are a lot of people who change their environment. Please tell us Aiba-san's way of communication!
For me it would be that no matter in what occasion, I work to my very best in order not to have any regret. Not only communication, work and study, no matter what thing, even if it doesn't turn out to go well, even if it would turn out to be fruitless effort, I think you won't regret if you have tried your best. If you do your best as much as possible, whatever the outcome would be, you would be able to accept this, right?
── At last, please have a message to the audience.
We are welcoming the 4th year of this programme, we would like to talk to the athletes with "good feeling" as have been. Heading 2020, it would be more and more exciting in terms of sports, it would be great if this programme would contribute a little to convey the various angles of sports and the greatness of the players ...! It would be great if the audience would join us to enjoy this programme together.
... Backstage story of new poster and poster photography
After the very exciting first recording of new year, Aiba-san changed his costumes and went to take photos for the programme poster.
Aiba-san who was lectured that the cameraman will take photo the moment he stood on the stage and stepped a step out said "thank you for your care!" and tied his shoelaces to stand by, and tried the photography session of "timing is critical!" hard difficulty while exchanging opinion with cameraman with smile such as "Should I put my leg more in front?", "The part with direction changed is out of focus".
As a result, Aiba-san fully exhibited his naturally good motor talent and finished the photography more than ten minutes (!) than expected.
Please stay tuned to the more power "Gutto Sports" as well as Master Aiba Masaki.
17 April 2019 Wednesday 19:30~20:42
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