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SUPER☆GIRLS: Summer Concert R3CAPS part 2

1 Aug

SUPER☆GiRLS “Summer Battle” Concert Vol. 8
@ Shinjuku BLAZE

Shinjuku, Tokyo
July 29, 2012


I returned to BLAZE on Sunday evening for the final “Summer Battle” concert. I probably should have purchased a ticket for the early show, since I kept seeing the same people attending these, so it’s obviously acceptable behavior. In fact I’ve read some blogs from Japanese fans who went to all eight concerts.

Merchandise was sold at the entrance to BLAZE. The queue wrapped around the entire side of the building.

Before the concert I was still determined to find a battery-powered purple light stick, so I checked the massive electronic store LABI, but couldn’t find one there.

So I went back to Don Quijote as a last resort and they had restocked purple. Lucky! The glowstick was 2,000 yen, but it’s really high quality.

Because of how hot Tokyo gets in the summer I started to understand why practically every idol group sells muffler towels. So after purchasing the glowstick at Don Quijote I went back to BLAZE and bought a towel and another S☆G glowstick wristband. Now that I think about it, I didn’t see a single person actually use their wristbands. I didn’t activate mine either though, but I plan to use them during TIF.

For the final concert I had ticket #348. Because the Saturday night concert was so chaotic with security cracking down on troublemakers, I decided to change my strategy for the Sunday concert. Instead of trying to get as close to the stage as possible, I went to the middle of the floor behind one of the barriers. I figured it would be cool to watch without having to hold your ground. I figured wrong unfortunately. In retrospect I definitely prefer getting as close to the stage as possible. The advantages of being closer to the group outweighs the possible annoyance of some of the fans.

For the Sunday concerts, both Idol Street Fukuoka and Sapporo were the opening acts. Both groups only have four members (Nagayo, Tokyo, and Osaka have 7 or more) so each performed only two songs.

Because the Saturday concerts only included about ten songs, I was hoping my favorite songs that hadn’t been performed yet would be on the Sunday setlist (specifically Zetai Jibun Zenshin Sengen and Egao no Hane, and they would have to perform NIJIRO Namida right? Spoiler alert: they didn’t perform any of these, d’oh!)

The Sunday night song list was definitely my least favorite of the three concerts. But let’s focus on the positives: There was a really long “Sexy pose battle”… that actually wasn’t sexy at all, but was still entertaining. The group split into two groups, with the first group being Rino, Miyrai, Ruka, and Ami, with Saori acting as the judge. Rino was supposed to go first but in typical Rino style she kept complaining about how unfair it was to go first. Then she admitted that the night before she researched “sexy poses” online. Amita then complained for a while that she can’t do “sexy” (she’s been doing this same bit since their first concert dvd). Miyari seemed genuinely embarrassed about the whole thing, while Ruka had the most confidence and just did her pose. The audience determined the winner by making the most noise for the girl they thought had the best pose. While Saori was judging who had the loudest reaction, the crowd started yelling for her do a pose too. So she went into the middle of the stage and posed, and honestly it was one of the better “sexy poses” I’ve seen. It was probably a top ten “sexy pose” of all time. Ruka ended up winning the competition though, and was given a frozen treat made from the S☆G frozen treat kit. Another subtle advertisement for SUPER☆GIRLS merchandise.

The second group of contestants was Rika, Hikaru, Gocchan, and Mirei, with both Kaede and Reira acting as judges. This was the second time that Reira didn’t have to participate as a contestant in one of the corners (she didn’t have to do the contest involving a pedometer on Saturday either). I would have thought that Rika or Mirei would be pros at “sexy poses” since all they need to do to be sexy is exist. But Rika’s pose was kind of awkward and Mirei was too shy. Before voting began though, the audience did the same thing they did to Saori and yelled for Kaede and Reira to do a pose also. They collaborated on a pose that went over horribly with the audience, let us never mention it again. Gocchan ended up winning and was also given a frozen treat. She was asked what flavor she got and she replied “I don’t know”…. followed by awkward silence.

During the final MC segment the group reflected on the eight concerts they had done that week and how they feel they had grown together as a group. Miyari then started crying! She is the notorious cry baby of the group, so I guess it wasn’t unexpected. Saori then called each member one by one to the middle of the stage for them to share their last thoughts. They talked about cliche stuff like continuing to improve, work hard, and challenge themselves, the future of the group, thanking the fans, etc. After they left the stage an encore chant immediately started. The previous concerts I went to didn’t have encores, and the crowd never called for one, so I think it was made clear that only this final show would have one. When the group returned to the stage they had changed into the green t-shirts they’ve been selling and were also wearing the glowstick wristbands. They performed Be with you and then waved to the crowd as they left the stage.

Setlist
01.Welcome to S☆G show!
02.Joshi Ryoku Paradise
03.BELIEVER
04.Ganbatte Senshun
-MC-Member Introduction
05.1,000,000☆ SMILE
06.Every Body JUMP!!
-MC- “Sexy Pose” Battle
07.Puripuri・SUMMER Kiss
08.MAX!Otome Gokoro
09.Miracle ga Tomannai!
-MC-
10.Asu he STEP!
〔Encore〕
11.Be with you

Posing on stage after the final show was over.

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SUPER☆GiRLS: The Most Accurately Named Pop Group of All Time

29 Jul

I’ve been so focused on Tokyo Idol Festival 2012, that I hadn’t mentioned one of the major components of Tokyo Reira Festival, which are the three SUPER☆GiRLS concerts I would be attending on Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29. Well that all ends now. Tokyo Idol Festivals reign of terror is officially over.

SUPER☆GiRLS mini recap (mini-cap™)
The trilogy of SUPER☆GiRLS concerts I attended at Shinjuku BLAZE concluded last night. If I was to use only one word to describe the group it would be: ” Talented, beautiful (and cute-iful), energetic, sophisticated, talented, charming, funny, hard working, and talented. And they all have great hair. They are everything that I am. Except for the “talented” part. They are awesometastic and I love Reira and please purchase PuriPuri Summer Kiss if you haven’t already”.

But if I was to use only one word to describe them, it would have to be… *wait for it*….  “SUPER”.

And hot!!

I used to think the name SUPER☆GiRLS was the most generic name ever given to a pop group. But I now know that SUPER☆GiRLS are the most accurately named pop group ever! Didn’t you just write that in the title? No, I wrote “ever” instead of “of all time”. In unrelated new, SUPER☆GiRLS are the most accurately named pop group in the history of the world!!

I’m going to work on my recaps tomorrow after I change hotels, but in the meantime here are a few photos of the weekend concerts. And although it isn’t evident in the pictures, it’s is extremely hot in Tokyo right now. Or maybe it was hot here in Shinjuku because SUPER☆GiRLS were here. After all they are one of the main causes of global warming.

Saturday noon and night concert

Saturday’s S☆G merchandise

Sunday night concert

Sunday’s S☆G merchandise

Hey this isn’t PASSPO or predia related!

1 Apr

Limited edition April Fools banner

For some reason I always get stopped  on the street by complete strangers asking if I like SUPER GiRLS.

Well, if you really must know… I don’t. I do not like SUPER GiRLS.

I love them!

Which is weird considering how I used to feel about them (extremely fascinating “hater” stuff). There are two reasons I now consider myself a fan : 1) Reira Arai and 2) SUPER☆GiRLS “Maidoru“.

Who is Reira Arai?

Reira, aka Rachel, is… a super girl. *looks at research notes* She is also a member of the pop group SUPER GiRLS. Hmm, that’s all my notes say. She can probably introduce herself better than I can:

Quickly describe her personality in one word! …SUPERFECT!

Renai Rule is kind of Riera’s song because of the multiple solos. It’s also her favorite song, probably because of that. According to my iphone I’ve listed to this song almost 200 times, which is 150 times more than any other SUPER GiRLS song. Take that Kira Pure Power!

The group also has a contest tied in with their upcoming single “1,000,000 Smile” that allows fans to cast a vote for their favorite member through their mobile site. The girl with the most votes gets a solo track on their next single. If Reira wins the contest, she mentioned that she’ll sing Renai Rule, so it is imperative that she wins. I’ll be voting when I receive my copy. Evidently I jinx elections though *sigh*.

What is Maidoru?

The second reason my fandom leveled up is because of  supermerlion’s Maidoru walkthrough. Previously, I only knew of the Maidoru concept through the Mecha Mecha Iketeru “Idol Special” after PASSPO accused SUPER GiRLS of ripping off their “Everybody Makes an Idol” gimmick.

The account profile screen displays your favorite member and your “Producer Points”.

Maidoru (“My Idol”) is a mobile website that fans (including those overseas :) ) can use to give their favorite member support. The site has other functionality but the support aspect is what interests me. You support your favorite member by acquiring “Producer Points” (which are included with all purchased goods), and then spending those virtual points on your favorite member (in the form of increasing their stats). You gain a few points for free just by logging in and visiting your favorite girl’s blog, but I think the fastest way to earn them is to buy their merchandise (or go to their events if you are in Japan).  I bought their upcoming single (which is significant because it broke my personal rule of only buying predia and PASSPO stuff), so when it arrives in a few weeks I’m curious how many points will be included. There is a special section where you can enter in the key code that is included with the cd.

The following photos show Reira’s “Producer Point” stats in comparison with another member, Rika Shimura, who I *think* may be one of the more popular members. She is currently my second favorite, but fans can only support one member at a time. I’m the kind of guy that brings several different colored glow sticks to concerts, so I am against that policy… in principal. (<- that makes me sound smart) (<- but that makes me sound stupid)

(edit: I’ve been spending more time at the site and I was looking at the wrong stats to determine their rank. By clicking on each of the girl’s member page, it shows how many people have selected that particular girl as their favorite. That’s a more accurate measure of their popularity than the points fans have spent on their attributes.)

I translated the categories; there are “normal” categories like singing and dancing ability, and member specific ones. The “ojisan” ranking is related to her catchphrase: “the appearance of a cool ojisan”. She seems like the “cool” idol type, but I’m not sure about the “ojisan” part. I’m probably missing the context. I’ve  been putting all my points in singing and looks.

Rika’s numbers are all higher than Reira’s, and I just checked today, and they’ve gone up a lot since last night (btw I’m always up at 3AM, it’s when my brain does it’s best work. I don’t know what that means). Anyway, Her “baka” rating is also a reference to her catch phrase. It’s interesting that her highest points are for her unique categories, while the opposite is true for Reira.

After I spent five “Producer Points” on Reira’s singing ability, the following message appeared: “Rachel’s singing was awarded 5 points.” Yay! She is on the road to SUPER☆stardom *vroom vroom*

Reira get’s high marks for looks (ルックス) and singing ability (歌唱力), but she has to remember not to neglect her “Ojisan” skills. Actually I don’t mind her ignoring that… because it’s kind of weird.

SUPER GiRLS has a three city tour in April. I was seriously considering their Osaka concert on April 7, because the following day, PASSPO and predia have a joint concert in Nagoya. I think it’s awesome that predia is finally getting equal billing, and no longer being relegated to PASSPO’s opening act. I have a class on Friday afternoons though, so considering the 14 hour flight, it’s impossible to make it by Saturday, and it’s not really a class I can skip, although I was tempted. Going to Osaka would have meant arriving at KIX airport, which is a cool airport that PASSPO fans are familiar with.

I also like it because it’s named after an American cereal.