Inheriting the Spirit of FACTORY: Kobushi Factory and Tsubaki Factory Tokyo Idol Festival 2017 Live Report

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Inheriting the Spirit of FACTORY: Kobushi Factory and Tsubaki Factory Tokyo Idol Festival 2017 Live Report

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Kobushi Factory and Tsubaki Factory bear in their names the word “Factory” given by Saki Shimizu, the captain of Berryz Kobo. Hello! Project now embarks on a new chapter with the graduation of ℃-ute and Momoko Tsugunaga in June of 2017. Although the two groups are still developing, they have been positioned to inherit the spirit of Berryz Kobo, and would contribute to the new era. This live report focuses on their performance at HOT STAGE at Tokyo Idol Festival 2017 on August 4th.

Kobushi Factory – August 4th @HOT STAGE 11:35am ~ 12:05pm

It can be said that Kobushi Factory has established a strong presence at idol festivals. Although their performance was early in the day, the concert venue was filled with many fans and their energetic performance matched the heat of the open air stage.

Kobushi Factory appeared on stage in short dresses in their member colors with black stripes running down them. I felt a little bit of loneliness that the number of warm colors had decreased. The group burst into “Nen ni wa Nen” and “Kenmei Blues”, their voices dripping with vibrato, showing off the strength of their overwhelming singing skills. Ayano Hamaura, Rei Inoue, and Ayami Hirose are especially brilliant vocally.

Continuing on with their new songs “Sha-La-La! Yaruhazu-sa” and “Eejanaika Ninjanaika”, Kobushi Factory lifted up the audience with energetic performance. The group showed their youthful enthusiasm with their last song “Bacchikoi Seishun!”. Although they had gone through some difficulty with the withdrawal of sub-leader Rio Fujii and hiatus of Rena Ogawa, as they overcome those challenges, Kobushi Factory will be sure to blossom even more!

Photos by Nathan Gey

Set List

01 Nen ni wa Nen
02 Kenmei Blues
03 Sha-La-La! Yaruhazu-sa
04 Mijuku Hanjuku Torotoro
05 Eejanaika Ninjanaika
06 Chotto Guchokuni! Chototsumoushin
07 Bacchikoi Seishun!

Tsubaki Factory August 4th @HOT STAGE 1:20pm ~ 1:50pm

Tsubaki Factory has had tremendous momentum since its major debut. The familiar sound of guitar chords strumming echoed through the concert venue, the members swinging their right hands to start off their performance with a cover of “Dance de Bakoon!” by ℃-ute, who disbanded in this June. This cover was famous enough to attract those who just came to glance at them and brought a shout of joy to the audience.

Three of their latest songs followed. “Waratte” is composed by Maisa Tsuno, who also composed “Sexy Cat no Enzetsu” by Morning Musume.’17, “Shūkatsu Sensation” comically expresses Japanese job hunting, and “Hanamoyou” features the solo dance of Riko Yamagishi and Mao Akiyama. Their power of expression and singing skills proved to be excellent enough to be a part of Hello! Project, the best idol groups among all idol groups.

The Sunrise Jumps during “Hatsukoi Sunrise” unified the entire audience and the group ended on a high with the surprise of Berryz Kobo’s “Icchoume Rock” for their final song. The cheers of the audience echoed through the hot summer air like a refreshing breeze. Tsubaki Factory showed their strong spirit in inheriting the legacy of ℃-ute and Berryz Kobo, reassuring fans that the future of Hello! Project on the royal road is secure.

Photos by Nathan Gey

Set List
01 Dance de Bakoon!
02 Waratte
03 Shuukatsu Sensation
04 Hanamoyou
05 Hatsukoi Sunrise
06 Icchoume Rock!

Rena Ogawa (Kobushi Factory) was absent due to anxiety neurosis and Kiki Asakura (Tsubaki Factory) was absent due to lumbar disc hernia. These two groups did not face this event with the full members. I am hoping for their complete recovery and look forward to seeing both groups performing with all members at full strength in the near future.

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Growing up in Akihabara culture, ykmk became an otaku covering idol, anime, and pop music.

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