Smiles, Tears, and Dreams! iDOL Street Carnival 2016 6th Anniversary ～RE：Я｜LOAD～!
It was a day of powerful performances, new beginnings, and emotional farewells at Tokyo Dome City Hall on June 25th for iDOL Street Carnival 2016 6th Anniversary ～RE：Я｜LOAD～. It was the graduations of Rino Katsuta and Arai Reira from SUPER☆GiRLS as well as the final performances in Japan of Marin Yamamoto and Mariya Suzuki from Cheeky Parade and Maaya Takeda of GEM before they left to study abroad in Los Angeles for 2 years. It was also the introduction to the sparkling new members of GEM and SUPER☆GiRLS.
SUPER☆GiRLS opened the show, Ami Maeshima standing at the center of the upper level of that stage to deliver her pledge to start off “Hanamichi!! Ambitious”. The audience immediately came alive, calling out and dancing along to the music as the members walked down the stairs. Rina Miyazaki was sandwiched between Rino Katsuta and Reira Arai as they shook hands and gave her a quick kiss on the cheeks.
Cheeky Parade was next, turning up the heat with the full extent of their “Cheeky Power” as they exploded across the stage with “BUNBUN NINE9’”, the voices of 2,100 fans calling out enthusiastically. While it has already been claimed that their performance during their 4th anniversary live at Shinjuku BLAZE was their best yet, Cheeky Parade seemed to rise even higher that day.
Maaya Takeda showed off the early results of her English studies as she switched out her opening “Fine!” in favor of “Are you ready?” as she and GEM moved precisely around the stage while performing “Fine! ~fly for the future~”.
Appearing in a flash of pink and white lights, Wasuta unleashed their “Ultra Mirakurukuru Ultimate Choco Beam”, pumping their fists and high-stepping as the glow of penlights was joined those of smartphones and cameras. If you search for #tws_live or #わーすた on Twitter, you should be able to find a lot more pictures and videos taken by fans from any of the times that Wasuta was on stage for iDOL Street Carnival or just about any event that they do.
The biggest response up until that point came as the Street-sei rushed onto the stage to perform “Zettai! Love Magic”, a song beloved by all iDOL Street fans. The air was practically electric as the audience called out and pumped their firsts/penlights along to the cheerful music.
With all of the groups assembling on the stage, Rika Shimura leader of SUPER☆GiRLS greeted the audience and asked each of the group leaders to share their enthusiasm for the event. Cheeky Parade’s leader Yuna Sekine proclaimed that she wanted to enjoy their final performance in Japan as a 9-member group to their fullest extent. GEM’s leader Yuki Kanazawa echoed the sentiment, calling for the GEMily and iDOL Street family to get excited. Wasuta leader asked for everyone to enjoy the event regardless of regardless of who they were a fan of. TOKYO Yume Piyo-gumi’s Sakurako Kido drew attention to the fact that all of the Street-sei from across Japan were on stage, compared to their smaller senbatsu lineups. The previous exhilaration paled in comparison to the response as all of iDOL Street blasted through “Koi Shite YES! ~Kore ga Watashi no Idol-do!~”, Cheeky Parade imparting some humor as their introduction talked up their sexiness.
Clapping their hands high above their heads and spinning, w-Street (OSAKA Lapilars, FUKUOKA Hakata Minyon sweet★, NAGOYA Chubu) kicked off a medley with “Kokoro no Bi-Dama”, swinging and jabbing their way through “Seishun Idenshi”, closing out with “Namida no Ren’ai Navigation”.
The music box intro of “Gotsugou Onna no Ko” ushered in e-Street (TOKYO Yume Piyo-gumi, Sapporo Snow Loveits, SENDAI Twinkle☆moon) and they scampered around the stage, firing up the audience as they blew kisses. Swaying and twirling through “Zenryoku! Leader”, the medley bounced to an end with the hand clapping light rock of “Iwayuru Idol” with its wota-gei-like choreography and w-Street joining them for the big finale.
Wasuta added a harder EDM edge to their ever growing palette of musical genres with “Pawawawawan!!! Power Puff Girls”. Skipping their way through “Wonderful World”, their performance closed on a high note with the ever popular “Inu-Neko. Seishun Massakari”.
Tokyo Dome City Hall glowed Star Ruby red for Maaya Takeda as GEM started off with “We’re GEM!”, the energy matching that of a double encore performance. Even while hyping up the audience as usual Maho Iyama could be seen sniffling back tears and Sara Hirano shared a look with Maaya before the picked up their microphones to sing their lines in “FLY NOW!!”. The emotions and heat boiled over with the final song “Do You Believe?”, Rana Murakami belting out some extra power during her high note before the festive fist swinging anthem drew to a close and GEM took their final bow as 10 members.
With the members pointing to the skies and a single spotlight shining on Marin Yamamoto as she sang the opening lines to “M.O.N.ST@R”, Cheeky Parade began their emotionally charged final Japanese performance as 9 members. Penlights flashed white and yellow as the fans raised their hands as if sending their power towards the stage.
Yuria Suzuki scolded the fans for not being excited enough and her sister Mariya unleashed a fearsome scream as the performance rolled on with “C.P.U !?”, destroying everything in its path (figuratively of course). Mariya proclaimed her everlasting love for Cheeky Parade before they left their final statement with “WE ARE THE GREATEST NINE9′”. Yuriya and Hina Nagai reached out to symbolically push Marin forward as she sang her solo. Bowing for the final time as 9 members, Cheeky Parade left the stage and moved towards the promise of their bright future ahead.
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