So, I'm back from Tokyo and feeling like I got run over by a truck thanks to the horror that is EX Theatre hangover (that place is seriously brutal on the body x__x) and to the typhoon (I swear that 9kinds
isn't just an ame onna, but a typhoon onna, sheesh) that completely drenched us for all of Sunday. I'm sure basically everyone on my flist ha already read about the results, but I figured I'd post about them here, anyway, because… I want to :E So there!
The results are all up on the official Gamushara twitter
, but I'm not going to translate each tweet because I just don't feel like it. Basically what happened is this:
✖ On Saturday (8/9), Sha won the first show, Ga won the second show (but only by the junior vote; Sha had higher decibels), and Sha won the third show (overwhelmingly; beautifully; I almost passed out and I think Reia was in about the same state) putting Sha at 8 wins to 7 losses and tying them for first with Ra.
✖ As an aside, as I'm sure you heard, Kento, Fuma, and Shori came to see the show on the evening of 8/9 (the show I was at), and came up on stage at the end. Shori exclaimed, "Finally, all of Sexy Zone is together again!" and the audience exploded with cheers. During the encore of Yuuki 100%, Sou tried to move out of the way so that Shori could stand in the center, and the other members pushed him back, having him stay in the center of the group. These guys are amazing and I know now that they're going to pull through this.
✖ On Sunday (8/10), Both the decibels and the juniors tied for Ga and Mu. Apparently, in the event of a tie, the higher decibel side wins, but the decibels were tied too, so they resorted to janken. Team Ga won the janken, so they won the first show.
✖ Team Mu won the following show by one decibel, and team Ga won the final show by one decibel, placing Team Ga at 8 wins to 7 losses and Team My at a horrifying 6 wins to 9 losses.
✖ Since three teams were tied for first, they added up the total decibels and ranked by who had the highest decibel score. Ra had the most, followed by Sha, followed by Ra.
✖ By which, the final results were as follows:
No. 1 - Team Ra (Matsumura, Kyomoto, Tanaka, Morimoto, Morohoshi)
No. 2 - Team Sha (Jinguji, Nakamura, Matsukura, Tajima, Inoue)
No. 3 - Team Ga (Jesse, Iwamoto, Fukasawa, Masuda, Hanzawa)
No. 4 - Team Mu (Iwahashi, Matsuda, Takahashi F, Takahashi K, Hayashi)
I… honestly loved the Matsuri as a concert; it was amazingly well-put together, had a great flow, showcased Marius and Sou beautifully, and gave a lot of juniors a chance to shine, but in the end, I really, really hated the performance aspect of the show. Not only did the voting not at all reflect the guys' actual talent, skill, or the effort they put into the show, frankly, I don't even think it was a good popularity contest. People who were closer to the mic were obviously going to get picked up better in the decibel ranking, so if it just so happened that one team had more fans closer, then that team would likely get higher decibels. It just isn't fair to the guys to put them in that sort of situation, where they feel their own worth is tied to this abstract number, and hearing how the members of Team Mu were so upset that they cried through the second half of the show, unable to pull themselves together, just breaks my heart. I sincerely hope that with their friends there to comfort them they can put this behind them without too many insecurities and hurts, and that they know that their effort and hard work on this contest can in no way be represented in an abstract number. Every one of them worked so hard, and they deserve to be rewarded for that, not punished.
But if nothing else, this served as a healthy reminder to me that Johnny's, as an agency, is inherently cruel and unfeeling towards their talents, something good to keep in mind as a fan if you don't want to get hurt.
On a lighter note, the Funcussion staff has been tweeting about Gamushara this whole time in the most adorable way, and this
tweet following the final show was particularly sweet:
(TV Asahi Gamushara!) This is the manager. The show ended today with Team Sha in second place, and having won the decibel vote for 14 out of 15 shows (!), an amazing result! Congratulations to all the fans by whom Team Sha was supported. We at Funcussion, who supported the boys for this show, want to express our gratitude to you from the bottom of our hearts!
Despite the fact that I didn't like the way they handled Matsukura's breakdown during practice, they've been incredibly and adorably supportive to Team Sha this whole time, and before Team Sha's last show, the show I attended on 8/9, they brought a personalized cake for each member of Team Sha (you can see the cakes here
)! How cute is that? ♥
I'm going to do a full report for each show (and yes, the Sexy Zone shows in Saitama; I really am planning on it, I'm just really busy right now) but I need to get past this week first, so please bear with me. Just to give you an idea of my schedule (listing the times as times away from my computer, so transit lumped in):
8/11 - Orientation Committee meeting in the prefectural capital, 11:15 am to 6 pm
8/12 - Free (normal work day(
8/13 - Orientation Committee meeting in the prefectural capital, 11:15 am to 6 pm
8/14 - Orientation Day 1, 7 am to 8:30 pm
8/15 - Orientation Day 2, 7 am to 6:30 pm
8/16 - Weekend
8/17 - Weekend
8/18 - City-wide Elementary English Planning Meeting, 10:30 am to 4 pm
8/19 - City-wide Junior High English Planning Meeting, 10: 30 am to 4 pm
Then I have three more days of summer break before second term starts up on 8/25. So just, please bear with me! I'm having a really busy week or so, and I'll be working on the reports, but unfortunately, work comes first!
Anyway, I'm sorry this turned really long and emotional >__>; All in all, I enjoyed the Matsuri but I'm glad it's done. The boys don't need that sort of stress and hurt.