July 2005 is an interesting month for Shounen Club as we get the one of the official lost episodes of the show that I know of. I will explain how this month ended up only having a single episode at the end.
Trying to find some positives to focus on during the NEWS medley for one of the songs we get what is now the current line up for the group performing together. Guess this is more bittersweet though in the end.
But because of his scandal and since it was a pretty major one a lot that involved him got pulled, which included a drama special he did with the rest of Kanjani8. So it is no surprise that they pulled the second episode of July for it as well, considering NEWS would still be hosting it and it probably was deemed to much trouble to edit it. And so the July 17th 2005 episode can be considered a lost episode as it was probably all ready to be aired but because of the scandal it did not.
As a NEWS fan this episode was probably one of the hardest to watch, knowing that the group was about to lose a member to a scandal. And to have the theme be Cherish and so much emphasis being on the group cherishing each other it is heartbreaking to watch. Especially anything with Uchi in it. I may not care for him much but he was still a part of the group and loved by the members and I do have some sympathy for him, even though he should have known better than to drink underage. But the adults around him at the time should have known better as well, especially just letting him leave them when he was drunk. I know Ryo has admitted to feeling guilty about the incident as he felt he should have been there to make sure Uchi made it home alright and while NEWS was dealt a blow by this so was Kanjani8. In fact it was felt harder by K8, as they had known him longer and their future was not as certain as NEWS at the time. Which is probably part of why they held on to the hope that Uchi would return to them.
I realize I am rambling now, I guess I have more feelings about this than I had thought at first. But even though this episode brings up those emotions there are also happier things to focus on in the episode, like the interactions by the remaining members of NEWS and of course seeing more of the younger Juniors that will eventually make up Hey! Say! JUMP. So while there is the sad their is joy to be found in this episode as well.