Idols Assemble! High Tension and Hijinks at Akasaka Halloween 2015!
Some may consider Halloween to be over as soon as the sun rises on November 1st but Akasaka Halloween brought together STARMARIE, PASSPO☆, Wasuta, hy4_4yh, predia, palet, Cheeky Parade, UPUPGIRLS (KARI), drop, Hime Kyun Fruit Can, Ciao Bella Cinquetti, and lyrical school for one last blast of powerful lives and amazing costumes at Akasaka BLITZ!
To read about Akasaka Halloween 2014, check out the article in the link below.
The dark fantasy unit won the privilege of opening festivities due to ranking #1 on the idol support app CHEERZ and were looking to win enough new fans to receive the treat of having their first sell out at Shinjuku BLAZE on November 3rd. A noticeable contingent of “Marists” (STARMARIE name for fans) in red shirts came alive as the group that looks and sounds as if it’s Halloween everyday began with the creepy and heavy “Circus wo Koroshita no wa Dare da” (Who Killed Circus).
Swaying like cursed puppets, they continued with “Teiou no Kirei na Alibi” (Splendid Alibi of the Emperor) before cleaning things up with the tumultuous “Mitsuboshi Resutoran Paul Kara no Shoutaijou” (The Three-starred Restaurant -Paul’s invitation). Having earned an anime theme song, selling out Shinjuku BLAZE, and increasing international appearances, it may not be long until STARMARIE’s fantasies become reality.
Hitting the stage unusually early because they had to take off in order to make their next live of the day “Yappari PASSPO☆ ga Number1!” at Meiji University, the high-flying PASSPO☆ eschewed their usual entrance for a dramatic one befitting the alter egos they had assumed as the PAvengers (and John McClane from Die Hard)! Ai Negishi (Captain America), Yukimi Fujimoto (Black Widow), Anna Tamai (Thor), Naomi Anzai (Hawkeye), Mio Masui (Iron Man), Natsumi Iwamura (The Hulk), and Shiori Mori (John McClane) struck (mostly) heroic poses as a spotlight took turns shining on them.
Despite Iron Man and The Hulk probably being two of the most feared characters in the Marvel Universe, because they were played by Mio and Nachu (Iwamura’s nickname), they ended up getting no special respect during the live. Mio ended up being “shot” by everyone at the end of “Itazura Rock’n’Roll” and Nachu had one of her green pectorals “ripped” off and thrown into the audience by Thor. With Tamai being Thor, her usual onstage mischievousness made her seem more like Loki, bumping Yukimi Fujimoto in the backside with Captain America’s shield and her hammer. The combination of the costumes that were definitely more than the 2,000 yen Wally (known in the United States and Canada as Waldo) outfits from the 2014 event and the hard-hitting set list, it was unfortunate that PASSPO☆ did not have a solo Halloween live planned.
01 BABY JUMP〜Tengoku he no Toujou-bin〜
02 Itazura Rock’n’Roll
03 Street Fighter
04 BEAST IN YOU
06 HONEY DISH
07 Material Girl
Next up was Wasuta, the iDOL Street group looking to reach the world with their cute looks, eclectic sound, and social media. The glow of LED screens filled Akasaka BLITZ from beginning to end, making it feel like a live in the United States. The only theme for their outfits seemed to be “kawaii” and that was more than enough for one of the must-watch groups that debuted in 2015. The killing blow was dealt when they finished off their set with the inescapably adorable “Inu-Neko. Seishun Massakari” that had fans (those not preoccupied with documenting the performance with their cameras) barking and meowing along.
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01 Wonderful World
02 Doki Doki♡today
03 Zili Zili Love
04 Lan Lan Jidai
05 Inu-Neko. Seishun Massakari
Opening with a cover of the Rhymester classic “B-BOY-izm” from their upcoming cover album “HypaYo no Seishun J-rap” (release date: November 11), hy4_4yh got the audience warmed up before jumping into the abyss with the frantic “YAVAY PARTY ANTHEM” (“yavai” hy4_4yh’s way of saying “yabai” which is Japanese slang for bad, which also means really good) and “Tickee On The Beach”.
Slowing things down with a cover of Orange Range’s “Hana”, hands waved back and forth to the old school beat. Even though “LOVE GENOME” brought things back to the world of pulsing electronic beats, the pace remained steady. hy4_4yh finished out their set with another cover, “Unbalance” by KICK THE CAN CREW and two lucky fans got a special souvenir when the fake right hands poking out from Yumiko and yukarin’s sweatsuits popped off!
01 B-BOY-izm (Rhymester cover)
02 YAVAY PARTY ANTHEM
03 Tickee On The Beach
04 Hana (Orange Range cover)
05 LOVE GENOME
06 Unbalance (KICK THE CAN CREW)
The sounds of a creaking pipe organ rang out through Akasaka BLITZ as sexy adult group predia took the stage dressed as the undead brides of Akane Minato, who played up her handsome cool looks by transforming into Count Dracula! It was like some kind of Halloween danso twist on Kiyoshi Ryujin 25! Starting off with the cool “Utsukushiki kodoku tachi” before blasting the audience with a wall of vocals in the fist-pumping dance rock of “Yosoukyoku〜Akai Nokoriga no Sasoi”.
Rumina Murakami declared herself to be the main wife of Akane, which made sense since they share the main vocal responsibilities. The harem mood heated up during “Wedding Story” as the members of predia crowded around Akane and took turns kissing her on the cheek. This lead to Rumina fighting off the other wives during “Tokyo Love Affair” before predia ended their set with their major debut single “Kowareta Ai no Hate ni”.
01 Utsukushiki kodoku tachi
02 Yosoukyoku〜Akai Nokoriga no Sasoi
03 Wedding Story
04 Tokyo Love Affair
05 Kowareta Ai no Hate ni
palet got the audience rocking when they broke out onto the stage in matching prison outfits and got things started with “All for One”. Things got even more hectic as palet stomped on the gas with the fast-paced rocker “Shake My Soul”. Midway through the song, Yumi Nakano thought it would be funny if she tried to rip at a hole in Yui Fujimoto’s pants!
After a short explanation about their outfits, which were a nice change from 2014 when they didn’t dress up at all, palet jumped into a non-stop 4-song set which had its share of “Trick or Treat” moments on stage. Riona Igusa and Mayu Watanabe started messing with each other and Yumi during “Itsudatte I LOVE YOU !!!”. Yui rushed around the stage flipping up skirts during “Ichigo Kibun” and carried Yumi around on her back while singing. Finishing up with “Believe in Yourself!”, the members of palet reminded the audience about their regular lives in Akihabara, and more importantly, leader Miyuki Hiraguchi had brought handcuffs for anyone who wanted to make their special Halloween 2-shot photo extra special!
01 All for One
02 Shake My Soul
03 Kimi no Koto
04 Itsudatte I LOVE YOU !!!
05 Ichigo Kibun
06 Believe in Yourself!
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