Shrine Maidens! Shuffle Units! Study Abroad? iDOL Street Carnival 2016 Report
iDOL Street welcomed the Year of the Monkey during their iDOL Street Carnival 2016 at Nakano Sun Plaza Hall on January 17, 2016. SUPER☆GiRLS, Cheeky Parade, GEM, Wasuta, and iDOL Street Street-sei got together for some exciting collaborations but also shared the shocking news that Cheeky Parade’s Marin Yamamoto and Mariya Suzuki, and GEM’s Maaya Takeda would be leaving to study abroad in Los Angeles for 2 years.
Opening with an animated video full of New Year’s imagery, fireworks exploding and the sun rising over Mt. Fuji, the fans cheered as the groups appeared on the screen. SUPER☆GiRLS ace Ami Maeshima took her place at the center of the stage to deliver her pledge at the beginning of “Hanamichi!! Ambitious” to start the show. GEM was up next, sparkling and shaking across the stage with “Baby, Love me!”. Cheeky Parade delivered a moving performance of “M.O.N.ST@R”, the audience raising their hands and jumping along with them. The glow of penlights was joined by those of smartphones and cameras as Wasuta took the stage for the heart-pounding “DokiDoki♡ Today”. 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 from any of the times that Wasuta was on stage for iDOL Street Carnival or just about any event that they do.
Welcoming the fans to Nakano Sun Plaza Hall, the members of SUPER☆GiRLS talked about how they were trying to get more attention for themselves. Ami Maeshima delivered a wicked front kick developed through years of Kyokushin karate. Nana Asakawa talked about her body which had become a hot topic when she was given the title “once in 1,000 years ‘baby-faced huge breasts’ (dougan kyonyuu)”, causing the more modestly endowed Rika Shimura to grab her chest in an outburst of playful anger. Streamers exploded from the rafters as the rest of iDOL Street began the Street-sei classic “Koi Shite YES! ~Kore ga Watashi no Idol-do!~” which had the lyrics modified to introduce all of the groups on the stage.
The previous day had been a solo live for SUPER☆GiRLS at Nakano Sun Plaza Hall so the members talked about how iDOL Street Carnival was different. Rino Katsuta thought it was nice to see fans from the different groups all gathered together. Nana lamented that she would often think she saw someone with her color (mint green) but it would actually be a fan of a different member with a similar color like GEM’s Rana Murakami (emerald) or Wa→Suta’s Nanase Hirokawa (pastel green) instead. Moving on, SUPER☆GiRLS got the audience jumping with “Gira Gira Revolution”, Rika holding her microphone to the members of Cheeky Parade to sing along with her; Nana doing the same to Nanase. Maeshima and Risa Uchimura took a short break to sit with Cheeky Parade before running back into formation to continue the song.
The rest of iDOL Street did their best to keep up with the fans when Cheeky Parade turned up the heat with “BUNBUN NINE9’”, throwing out kechas from their seats on the stage. GEM transitioned almost seamlessly into “Star Shine Story” jumping out from their positions behind Cheeky Parade and moving their arms sharply though the air. Wa→Suta slowed things down with the sentimental fingerpicking country guitar of “Chiisana Chiisana”. The volume of the audience blipped up several notches as the Street-sei performed “Kimi Koi Telepathy”.
Cheeky Parade returned to the stage, wearing cool silver and black outfits to perform their futuristic upcoming single “SKY GATE” with a slower than usual tempo and separate singing and dancing roles for the members. Things returned to normal as they kicked things into overdrive with “C.P.U !?” and the fans erupted into a MIX and moved around as much as they could in spite of the theater-style seating. Yuriya Suzuki commented that she thought that “SKY GATE” showed off Cheeky Parade’s sexy side, saying it was like a new challenge for them as a group.
Ratcheting their arms like lawn sprinklers and bobbing like penguins waddling their way across an ice shelf, SUPER☆GiRLS showed off their glittery new outfits and various dance moves for their new song “Karei Naru V!CTORY” from their 4th album “SUPER★CASTLE”. This was followed up by “MAX! Otome Gokoro”. Naapon attempted to explain about the new song but ended up rambling off on a tangent and eventually kneeling in apology for her incoherence. Ruka Mizote revealed that the members had petitioned for some of the songs that would be on the album.
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