I love that there is a show like this on TV that shows off Tokyo's attractiveness in English. I have been watching every week since it started in 2006 or so. I record all the episodes. The Tokyo Eye studio has changed many times! So has the quality of the show. A sad fact.
Tokyo Eye used to have a lot of passion! The reporters were great. Kevin Cooney, John Daub, Jennifer Julien, Estela Mak, Megumi Ageishi, Matt Alt, Lindsay, George ... I remember their names because they were so good together. My favourite episodes were when John Daub was with another reporter, especially Kevin Cooney. They were so funny together.
** My favourite all-time episode was the 2009 AKIHABARA MAID CAFE episode with John Daub and Kevin Cooney. I recorded it and watched it many times then visited the same places when I went to Tokyo in 2010. Tokyo Eye was the no.1 show on NHK World in 2009 because of the reporters. I loved that style of show!! Fun and inspirational. I remember the reporter's names because I always looked forward to seeing them. I wish the old shows were on YouTube.
Those were the best years -- 2007 to 2011.
In the last 2-3 years, the show has become so boring. I like Chris Peppler but he is not a good reporter. He does not connect with real people. The show focuses on him too much. He has a nice voice and moves the show along but I want to hear more from people who live there, not a guy who is a Tokyo celebrity who does not experience Tokyo like we would as tourists.
Is Tokyo Eye now "Chris Peppler's Eye"? Maybe Tokyo Eye uses May Pakdee too much? She is very nice and polite but also very boring. Not much personality. That's my humble opinion.
What has happened to the show I love? I do love George!! However, where is Jennifer, John, Kevin and Estela? (I'm so glad Matt does another NHK show.) Where is the fun, laughter, enjoyment? I can not see it on anyone's face anymore. The show has not looked comfortable since 2012.
Also, since 2012, the themes are very boring. Recently, there was a show on embassy workers in Tokyo. Are the producers/reporters out of ideas? Bring back some of the great ideas, stories and reporters that had personality and made Tokyo come to life.
By the way, the virtual studio is awful. Again, no personality. Bland. Boring. Out of ideas.
Tokyo is supposed to be a lot more fun and colourful than the recent image Tokyo Eye is showing. As a long time viewer of NHK World and Tokyo Eye, I am very disappointed at the progress of Tokyo Eye, but the show is always reinventing itself. It's time to do that again with lessons from the past.
Always hopeful for the future of this show.
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