Toyo University’s Tomboys☆ Take Home 1st Place and a Glass Slipper at UNIDOL Winter 2015-16!
Female university students, friends, and family gathered at Shin-Kiba Studio Coast on February 15, 2016 for the biggest UNIDOL Winter 2015-16 in its short history and saw the Tomboys☆ from Toyo University claim top honors.
Kyushuu idol group QunQun performed a pair of songs as the audience filed in to Shin-Kiba Studio Coast. The winners from the afternoon wild card bracket were announced: Seijo University’s Seijo Kanojo, Housei University’s kimowota☆7, and Meiji University’s Ameijing✩.
Ange☆Reve got the audience warmed up with a trio of songs including their new single “Stare” which even had some calling out for an encore as they left the stage.
Here is a summary of the teams that made it to the finals and the songs they performed:
Ameijing✩ (Meiji University)
First timers Ameijing✩ earned their place in the finals via an aggressive campaign on the PICON photo-sharing mobile app and gave an admirable effort paired with a selection of songs to get the audience pulled in right away. As they continue to improve, they should become a familiar name to look out for in future UNIDOLs to come.
AKB48 – Shonichi
Cheeky Parade – Mugendai Shojo ∀
AKB48 – Kibouteki Refrain
Ameijing✩ Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/_ameijing_
kimowota☆7 (Hosei University)
kimowota☆7 once again placed 2nd in the afternoon preliminaries and went with a setlist overflowing with their idol otaku sensibilities. Things got really wild during their sharp rendition of Niji no Conquistador’s “Triangle Dreamer” which had the crowd lifting up hazard triangles, traffic cones, and cyalumes in triangle shapes while dancing along.
Idol College – Seifuku Koi Monogatari
Moso Calibration – Kanashimi Calibration
Niji no Conquistador – Triangle Dreamer
kimowota☆7 Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/kimowota_7
LolliPop (Musashi University)
LolliPop again used superior numbers to their advantage, starting the AKB48 classic “Aitakatta” with 11 members, switching to 5 for ℃-ute’s “Meguru Koi no Kisetsu”, 9 for Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku’s “Ume”, and ending with everyone on stage for Hello!Pro Kenkyuusei’s “Kanojo ni Naritai!!!”.
AKB48 – Aitakatta
℃-ute – Meguru Koi no Kisetsu
Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku – Ume
Hello!Pro Kenkyuusei – Kanojo ni Naritai!!!
LolliPop Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/LolliPop634
Todai Honeypot (Tokyo University)
Coming out of the prestigious Tokyo University, Todai Honeypot made a powerful impression in their first UNIDOL finals. Hitting the stage to BABYMETAL, they followed up with the ever so appropriate “Odoru Gariben Chugakusei” (gariben means “someone who studies too much”). Finishing up with the addicting “Candy-chan” and “Oogoe Diamond”, Todai Honeypot showed that not everyone who enters through the historic “Akamon” fall into the stereotype of bookworms that can’t have fun.
BABYMETAL – Gimme Chocolate
Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku – Odoru Gariben Chugakusei
℃-ute – Kiss me Aishiteru
Yumemiru Adolescence – Candy-chan
AKB48 – Oogoe Diamond
Todai Honeypot Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/UT_honeypot
Yonjo Kakumei (Meiji University)
In their last UNIDOL (yonjo means “4th-year girls”), Yonjo Kakumei left nothing on the stage, switching from ANGERME’s aggressive “Donden Gaeshi” to SDN48’s sexy “GAGAGA” via a quick costume change. Ramping back up with “Taiki Bansei” and ending with the sentimental “Mikan” accompanied by pictures from their childhood, it was a refined final performance that they could look back on with no regrets.
ANGERME – Donden Gaeshi
SDN48 – GAGAGA
ANGERME – Taiki Bansei
Morning Musume. – Mikan
Yonjo Kakumei Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/shika__revo
Sparkle (Fukuoka University)
Sparkle lived up to their name as the girls from Kyushu dazzled the audience with their southern charms and energetic dance moves. Despite a few abrupt transitions, they showed why Kyushu is one of the hottest scenes for idol groups in Japan.
Cheeky Parade – BUNBUN NINE9′
Morning Musume. – Dokka~n Capriccio
UPUPGIRLS (KARI) – Appaaree
LinQ – Wessai!! Gassai!!
Sparkle Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/fu_idol
Aganeus (Kinjo Gakuin University)
Possibly the most physically powerful group in the finals, Aganeus blasted their way through 6 songs, not letting up their intensity from beginning to end. Incorporating acrobatics and sharp coordination, would it be too much to say that in some parts they might have actually surpassed the performances of the artists that they were copying?
Berryz Kobo – Dakishimete Dakishimete
Fairies -White Angel
Team Syachihoko – Dakishimete Anthem
Team Syachihoko – J.A.N.A.I.C.A.
SKE48 – 1!2!3!4! Yoroshiku!
℃-ute – Massara Blue Jeans
Aganeus Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/karatedo_l
Himawari Time (Waseda University)
Waseda University continued their tradition of producing strong UNIDOL teams as evidenced by the strong performance of newcomers Himawari Time. From their precise performance of “Nanakorobi Yaoki” and sharp formations of “What is LOVE?” to their quick change and rock power of “Material Girl” (but why didn’t they do “Himawari” if they were going to do a PASSPO☆ song?), it looks like another team to look out for in the future has blossomed early.
ANGERME – Nanakorobi Yaoki
Morning Musume. ’14 – What is LOVE?
PASSPO☆ – Material Girl
Himawari Time Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/sunflower_time_
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