AKB48 Team 8 Aim For the Top During First Tokyo Idol Festival Appearance!
AKB48 Team 8 assembled in Odaiba to go meet their fans with 2 impressive performances at their very first appearance at Tokyo Idol Festival 2016!
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the photos from their 10:00am – 10:30am performance at Smile Garden were deemed unusable. We apologize deeply.
August 5, 2016 – Hot Stage – 4:05pm – 4:35pm
When the lights rose after “Overture” at Zepp Diver City, the members of Team 8 were standing in a row at the front of the stage, Kurena Chou holding an acoustic guitar and strumming the intro for “Ponytail to Shushu”. Harmonizing their voices gently and clapping to keep the beat, it was as if they had transported the audience to a beachside campfire singalong.
Ikumi Nakano called out to the audience, asking them if they were ready to “have something to say” (The opening calls for one of their songs starts with “Iitai koto ga arundayo”, 言いたいことがあるんだよ, which means “I have something to say”), signaling that “47 no Suteki na Machi he”, Team 8’s debut song, would be next. Answering back with a wave of shouts, the audience jumped and shook as the members skipped and jumped across the stage with their hands held high over their heads.
Leaping up and forming a row across the stage, Team 8 went right into “Everyday, Kachusha” as the audience roared out a MIX during the opening instrumental. Rin Okabe received a surprise when it came to the part where the members lean on each other and found nothing but an empty space behind her. Taking a pause to greet the fans packed into Zepp Diver City, Team 8 received loud cheers when Nagisa Sakaguchi announced that they had come to see everyone. As each of the 16 members introduced themselves, each was welcomed with more cheering and applause.
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