There is Only Love for Keyakizaka46 at Tokyo Idol Festival 2017!
Keyakizaka46, the first sister group of the Sakamichi franchise, returned to Tokyo Idol Festival for the second year in a row, bringing with them their trainee unit, Hiragana Keyakizaka, led by Neru Nagahama. With only one performance scheduled for August 5th, fans were lined up for several hours in the roasting sun to make sure to get the best spots at Hot Stage.
The “Overture” set the tone high as the fans were already cheering hard for their idols under the burning sun. Keyakizaka46 appeared on stage in stylish new outfits, an elegant mix between deep green uniform dresses and leather straps.
The main line up began the performance with the cheerful “Abunakkashii Keikaku”, which was aired live on TV. Taking advantage of the exposure to showcase Keyakizaka’s fast-rising popularity, the following introduction talk was led by Rino Sashihara herself, along with Keyakitte Kakenai host Teruyuki Tsuchida. Captain Yuuka Sugai and sub-captain Akane Moriya excitedly expressed their will to perform at Tokyo Idol Festival again in the years to come, then the talk moved onto pointing out how Nanako Nagasawa had cut her own hair a few days before the festival.
The main line up left the stage to let their trainees shine with their fresh energy, performing upbeat songs “Eien no Hakusen” and “Dare yori mo Takaku tobe!”. Their uniforms were almost identical to their upperclassmen’s, the only difference lying in the color of their dresses, navy blue instead of green. During their own MC, Yuuka Kageyama confessed to being a big idol fan, emotionally adding that standing on the main stage at Tokyo Idol Festival was a dream come true!
Yurina Hirate and the rest of the main line up then came back on stage, to tackle the more popular songs of their repertoire. Despite the absence of Yui Imaizumi’s delicate dancing, the very elegant “Futari Saison”, the group’s 3rd single, left quite a big impression on the crowd. The live ended with their iconic first single “Silent Majority”, the audience emotionally vibrating with the fans’ loud calls, as an echo to the girls’ serious singing.
Keyakizaka46 enthusiasts also expressed their concern over Yurina Hirate’s physical condition, as her performance was in shocking contrast to her usual energy, and fans screaming “Techi, hang in there!!” from the audience could be heard in between songs. Hirate seemed to have given up to exhaustion, after barely finishing a national tour the month before and the repeated television appearances, putting a lot of work and pressure on the 16-years-old’s shoulders. Management and members notified fans that Hirate was able to rest and was feeling better on social media a few days after the festival ended.
Despite their busy schedule, Keyakizaka46 was able to kick the heat away by standing together on stage and turned their only performance of the festival into what sure will be a unique memory for their fans!
Will Keyakizaka46 return to Tokyo Idol Festival 2018? Regardless, they reaffirmed their status as one of the most interesting rising stars of the idol industry, and lived up to their status as one of the headliners of Tokyo Idol Festival 2017.
Photos by Nathan Gey
01 Abunakkashii Keikaku
02 Eien no Hakusen (Hiragana)
03 Dare Yori mo Takaku Tobe! (Hiragana)
04 Futari Saison
05 Silent Majority
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