The concert venue, Japan's National Yoyogi Kyogijo Daiichi Taiikukan serves as a nicely sized arena and the stage setup which features a long catwalk out into the audience provides fans a great up close view of their favorites and adds a most welcome element to the performances. I really loved the level of energy held up through the entire concert and you really get a feeling of just how much energy is being spent throughout making the feat even more remarkable…who say's live idol performers aren't athletes? 🙂 All your recent favorites by each group and unit are on the setlist including performances of "Edo no temari uta II", "Anataboshi", "Yuke Yuke Monkey Dance", "Dschinghis Khan", "Resonant Blue", "CC Cinderella Complex" and "Gachinkode ikou!" In particular though I'm most happy to see beloved classics such as "Manatsu no kousen", "koi ING", "Chu! Natsu Party", "Tropical koishite~ru", and "Special Generation" making appearances here and digging even deeper…"Toko natsu musume" and C-ute's indie single "Massara Blue Jeans." ^-^ A few songs are given new spins to them with new combinations of members doing the honors of performing them while most others are performed primarily by the original lineups (groups) with the remaining members and Eggs playing back up to them in a dance/backup vocal capacity. Something can be also be noted of the vocals overall as I found for the most part except for a very few gray areas everyone sounded great throughout! Truly 123 minutes passes quickly as the flow and order of performances are well thought out making for a day/night of fine H!P entertainment for any fan.
So with these thoughts in mind I'd just like to share 7 performances which I found to be quite memorable…
Talk about a great beginning as the second performance features all the girls with tennis racquets and the cutest gear on! Singing the "Golden era's" "Manatsu no kousen" the performance begins with the launching of tennis balls into the audience!!…what a joy for the lucky fans who were able to catch one….and then um….ward off the wild wota who wished they had caught one instead….. :O "Hey give that back!…..and that's not a tennis ball up there!" :O
"Manatsu no kousen" is truly one of Tsunku's very finest compositions and this rendition by the "younger" generation is a sweet take on this timeless song….the vocals and harmonies are immaculate!
Aichan really shines in her solo performance of a most favorite "oldie" of mine…"koi ING" a song that I've always held the upmost love for. Out of the entire Momusu group Aichan is really the only future soloist that's easily recognizable at this point and perhaps her first poignant moments came with her lead in their musical "Ribbon no kishi" in which she shined brighter than the sun itself along with her debut indie single "Yume kara samete." Aichan's vocals have developed such character and feel along with strength and throughout the concert whenever handed the solo spotlight even if only for a phrase or two she makes the most of it.
Really a beautiful performance here as Aichan is accompanied by a few Hello! Project Eggs. Absolutely ♥ "koi ING."
A little past midway a most anticipated performance occurs as Manoeri takes the stage solo and performs "Manopiano" on the keyboard. Just the sight of seeing an instrument on stage during a H!P concert is a thrill in itself…add in the fact that Manoeri is a most capable pianist and you have one of the night's most memorable moments no doubt.
Manoeri's vocals are solid here and she performs in a most impressive fashion. Now if only Momo would take up the drums seriously along with Miya on bass and Airiin on guitar…I think we'd have the perfect idol band! =D There's really a sweet joy in Manoeri's performance here and her demeanor and expressions say it all! ^-^
Digging really deep into the H!P vaults this performace of "Toko natsu musume" gets the most adorable trio of Gakisan, Kamei and Mittsi! Their outfits are sweetly Hawaiian inspired and the flowers make the perfect hair accessory!
For the majority of the show the stage and catwalk are filled with members but for the performance of "Toko natsu musume" you really take notice of how just three most energized members can fill up the stage making the need for any backup unnecessary. Gakisan, Kamei and Mittsi are electric here!!…and watch for their hula (known as the "flower dance" in Japan) mixed into the choreography!! ^-^
Junjun gets a most deserved spotlight song with the performance of Ayaya's early classic "Tropical koishite~ru" and watch for her cute intro as well as Maimai's stab at maturity with the middle break dialog. 🙂
The very nature of "Tropical koishite~ru" always gives way to the most lively and fun performances and this performance continues that fine tradition. Their outfits here are also one of my most favorite from this concert…the colors and styling have a sweet casual softness to them. 🙂
Berryz Koubou and C-ute, reminiscent of their "Battle concert" renew their onstage presence here with a powerful performance of C-ute's beloved indie single "Massara Blue Jeans."
There's probably enough energy here on stage to light up the Tokyo Tower and I've always been impressed with the dance choreography ever since laying eyes on their pv…here "Massara Blue Jeans" lights up the arena with an insurmountable dose of girl power! ^-^
As the concert begins to wind down group spotlight songs such as the above "Massara Blue Jeans" fill the arena and here Momusu's too seldom heard "Love & Peace! HERO ga yatte kita" gets the special Wonder Hearts treatment! Songs like these which have a sort of "anthem" sound to them have always appealed to me and other fine examples would be "Nanni mo iwazu ni I LOVE YOU", "I wish" and "ONE FOR ALL & ALL FOR ONE" to name just a few.
Spirits are high here and there's a whole lot of hamming it up for the camera moments to behold throughout the performance!! ^o^ My favorite has got to be Gakisan's kiss (above)!! Too cute!! ^-^ The ensemble vocals ring vibrantly and to say this moment is pure joy may even be an understatement! =D While this is actually the second to the last performance of the concert I felt that it really could have ended the show in a great high energy fashion…not to say that the actual final performance wasn't great as well. 🙂
Other highly notable performances are Buono!'s two song appearance, High King's r&b takeover, as well as Kohachan's ad for Red Bull and Amp Energy Drink! ;D Extras include backstage footage which is always a treat but I'll leave that to be anticipated as I refrain from spilling those beans…