Akishibu project “Change The World” During Sold Out Akasaka BLITZ Live!

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Akishibu project “Change The World” During Sold Out Akasaka BLITZ Live!

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Akishibu project celebrated a triumphant homecoming of sorts when they returned to Akasaka BLITZ, the place where they took the stage for the first time as idols, for their sold out 4th one-man live “Change The World – Mirai wo Yumemiru Bokutachi wa-” on March 22, 2016.

After a series of short announcements by a very excited Hinako Kera, there was a video opening with the sound of crashing waves and the members standing on the seashore, Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” washed in, accompanied by slow motion footage of them as the sun filtered through the cherry blossoms on the trees on a riverbank. Paper hearts fluttered down from the rafters as the members ran onto the stage, greeted by the glow of waving penlights and cyalumes and shouts from their fans.

Leading things off with their beloved song “New World”, any nervousness the members of Akishibu project might have had, melted away as they swung their fists and smiled out at their fans. Metallic streamers shot out from the stage at the beginning of the second song “Manatsu no Serenade” as the members slapped the sides of their shoes to the peppy midtempo rock. The mood jumped up a few more notches with another favorite, “Midaregami Fighting Girl” which was ushered in by a thunderous MIX lead by Emiri Otani and a swift barrage of “Kera” calls for Hinako.

Rocking through “Be yourself” and ending with a triumphant air guitar strum and point toward the heavens, Akishibu project took a short pause to greet the sold out crowd in Akasaka BLITZ. Overflowing with excitement at seeing their biggest audience in their short history, the members vowed to give their all for a performance to remember. Natsumi Ishikawa called attention to their sparkly new outfits from their second mini-album. Hinako joked that she heard a lot of fans saying she was the cutest one.

The music shifted toward the electronic end of Akishibu project’s catalog beginning with “Candid Love” and “Rival”. The fans received a welcome surprise with the return of the last of the previously “sealed” songs “Everyday!”, raising their voices and chanting as the members box-stepped and shook their heads like schoolgirls helplessly in love.

A slide show documenting the various lives and events in Akishibu project’s history played before giving way to archival footage of Yue Miyatani’s appearance at the 2012 Asia Diva Audition before she returned to the stage to talk about the song that had taken her all the way to the finals and lead her to join Akishibu project, “Dear Best Friend”. Despite having song the song “more times than she could count”, perhaps the pressure of performing it on the stage with the other members for the first time was too much to handle as she quickly halted the music and asked to be given a chance to start over. With the tension broken. Yue and the other members showed off the singing ability that they had been diligently working on.

Yue thanked the audience again for listening to a song which had given her so much encouragement and asked them to someday love it as much as she does. The sentimental mood lingered with the first performance of “white” a song with lyrics written for Emiri Otani, who would be graduating from Akishibu project on April 17th. Miiro Taguchi requested that the fans wave white (Emiri’s member color) cyalumes, and a soft glow filled the venue.

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Kai Okudara
Kai Okudara

Writer, researcher, photographer, foodie, KSDD

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