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18 March 2013 @ 11:35 am
Johnny's World Kanshasai!  
I made it back from the Johnny's World Kanshasai alive! I'm beat; the thing was almost three hours in total, and obviously, most of it was standing (when not jumping and screaming in joy, of course), but I'm still not over how amazing it was *___* Basically after this, every concert I ever go to from now on is probably going to be a disappointment. It was that amazing.

I can't really give a full report because one, I'm no good at remembering set lists and two, there was so much going on at one that a lot of the time it would be difficult to even see all of it. However, after the show, yomimashou and I debriefed over Coco Ichibanya curry, and so I do have notes of the things that were exciting to me. If anyone has any questions about who appeared and things like that, though, I'd be happy to see if I can remember, assuming it's not already written here.

So, first of all, our seats didn't seem promising when we got out tickets. We were in the fourth level (arena being the first, stands being the second, balcony being the third, and our seats in the upper stands being fourth) which, in Tokyo Dome, is pretty far away. But luckily, we happened to be in the third row and dead center, so they were actually really amazing for seeing the show, especially with the aid of binoculars. It also added, in my opinion, that we were too far away to be seen by the guys, so the people around us weren't freaking out and screaming and waving 100% of the time, but instead were actually just cheering for their favourite guys or when they were excited. To me, it was a much better energy for enjoying the concert (since honestly, while it's nice, having one of the guys wave to me isn't really my main priority at a concert.)

Our seats were also prime for spying on the kankeisha seats, ahahahaha. We were stupidly excited by this, and gleefully spotted Yuma coming into the kankeisha section right before the lights went down. There was also a family there, a mother, a father, and two younger kids, and yomimashou and I are seriously hoping it was Fuma's family. His siblings are nine and five, so it seemed like it could have been!

Once the show started, we were immediately elated to discover that not only were Marius and Sou appearing (they hadn't been in the actual Johnny's World shows) but the Bakaleya guys (except Jesse) were there! This elicited many a scream from the crowd, as well as the usually-quiet yomimashou and I, and we were really thrilled! Additionally, we were excited that, true to his word, Fuma had actually dyed his hair blonde upon high school graduation. It looked so good! Work it Fuma. The last amazing thing that we discovered pretty much right away is that the kanshasai concert really had nothing to do with Johnny's World. By and large, it was just a concert, though they did sing "Where My Heart Belongs," and "Let's Go To Earth" a couple times... but who wasn't expecting that?

The show progressed like a regular concert with the exception of there being three debuted groups plus a lot of juniors (Zip! this morning told me that apparently, 400 Johnny's talents in total appeared), so the artists got some breaks to catch their breath, and there was basically never a dull moment. They included a lot of tricks like flying (and Hasshi jumping off the top of the scaffold thing from countdown, etc and falling onto a giant blow-up thing, which was horrifying) and there were also a couple instances of the guys playing their instruments. One really great thing, though, was that whenever JUMP performed, Inoo looked so incredibly happy! It seems as if he's really glad to be able to devote himself to JUMP now that he's graduated college. Just... every single moment, he seemed thrilled to be there, which was really adorable. All of JUMP had great energy, though, and there were a lot of good fanservicey/"member-ai" moments, which was awesome.

The shining moment for me (or one of them, anyway) was right after the Bakaleya guys sang "Shake it Up." As soon as the music for "Shake it Up" began to play, the crowd went wild, and the boys looked like they were having a great time singing it. Shintaro and Yugo, in particular, were adorable as always, waving at the crowd and giving 120%, but all of them were amazing. From my point of view, it was great; the Bakaleya guys were basically the only Juniors to get any attention at all; Noon Boyz got to do some things, and Jinguji and Kaoru were there, but the Bakaleya guys were by far the stars of the Junior show, and I loved every second of it! But then after the song was done, ABC-Z, Sexy Zone, and JUMP reappeared to take the hand mics from the Bakaleya guys. Fuma was to take the mic from Hokuto, but after he took the mic, Hokuto lingered and they put their arms around one another and sang together for a few minutes, even as the other Bakaleya guys were leaving. It was basically the crowning moment of the whole thing... because seeing those two together anymore just fills my little heart with joy. ♥

After that, Yuma suddenly appeared onstage! As always, he was awkward and didn't know what to do with himself, but it was cute and he hung out with JUMP during the next few songs before appearing alongside the groups for the MC. For whatever reason, the MC was Yuma, JUMP, ABC-Z, and Kento, Fuma, and Shori. We assumed this was because it had gotten late and Marius and Sou had had to leave, but they appeared later (in yomimashou's words, perhaps they got permission slips signed by their parents to stay out late XD) so I'm not sure what's up with that. My theories are either that they were afraid Marius would either say something unintentionally offensive again or that he would get frustrated and cry (both of which happened at Summary) or that they just really hate Marius and Sou and their fans. Knowing Johnny's, it's probably the latter. :| But it was cute to see all three groups interact with one another, and one great point was that whenever the camera was on Hasshi (who was talking about his upcoming drama), Kawai would lean into the screen and make a ridiculous smile at the camera. He basically secured his spot as my favourite ABC-Z member (not that there was really any question, tbqh) and is sort of the best. ABC-Z also mentioned that they were scarred for life by going on J's Journey to Australia, so... I'm sort of looking forward to seeing it once it starts airing.

But! The most amazing part of the MC as when they showed a preview for Bad Boys J! It was basically a really brief trailer and didn't show too much, but it looks amazing and I cannot wait. Of course, Kento can't fight convincingly to save his life but... I'm sure that will be part of the charm. XD; And Nika and Hasshi looked great, and I'm happy for the Snowmen who get to be in it, too. I have an unfortunate side eye for Yasui and Hagiya Keigo because, of course, they're competition for the Bakaleya guys on the debut front, but I'm sure they'll be great, too; they looked really good in the trailer.

After that, the Bakaleya guys performed a number that they did last week on Shounen Club (I forget what, because old Kat-Tun songs mostly all sound the same to me lol) and I'm unsure as to why they feel the need to constantly dress Yugo in hideous shades of yellow, but I guess it makes him easy to spot. At any rate, the boys were great and got to stand in the center stage, just the five of them (since Jesse wasn't there) for a large part of it, which was a good feeling. They've been split up too much recently, so seeing them together was definitely a great feeling. Also, it was at this point that Yuma mysteriously reappeared in the kankeisha... was he hanging out with Shintaro (remember, they're costars from Battery and Koishite Akuma) backstage? We may never know, but I hope so.

Sometime around this time, Marius and Sou reappeared, dancing with Juniors while Kento, Fuma, and Shori walked around the catwalk, drawing more confusion and concern, but since it's not really different from normal, I guess there's nothing really new or exciting there. There was a lot of really great stuff with JUMP, though, starting with Inoo and Hikaru doing a wire routine together! It was pretty complicated and seemed like something they'd rehearsed a lot together~ And Inoo just looked so happy the whole time, it was so sweet. Then JUMP did their new (???) song, "Come on a My House" (Japanese blogs claim it's for a curry CM but I've yet to find a reliable source), and it was just a really great cute and happy song, and they all seemed so happy... Yamada and Chinen got cosy and seemed like they really liked each other, and Yabu and Takaki were really adorable, too. And of course, by this point in the concert, Yuto's always full of concert adrenaline and is jumping around like crazy, and he was all over Keito, so it was great. ♥

Soon after that it was time for the last spurt, and all three groups plus the important juniors (Bakaleya, Jinguji, Kaoru, possibly Noon Boyz?) came back out onto the stage and performed all three groups' songs in mixed group clusters. Yabu was with Marius and was patting him on the head in a really adorable/hilarious way, and meanwhile, in the "frontman" cluster of Yamada, Shori, and Hasshi, Yamada randomly started doing intense fanservice with Shori, holding him close and stroking his hair, and Shori looked so confused, it was adorable. Then, during Lady Diamond, after Shori did his haiku, Hasshi finally got his shining moment! He got to perform a haiku (which may have been several syllables too long), and his roughly translated to:

I'm Ryosuke,
but the person next to me
is also Roysuke!

After which Yamada responded:

Even if I'm Ryosuke
The Ryosuke beside me
...isn't he an idiot?

I think Yamada's was too many syllables also XD;;; But it was pretty great, especially since Hasshi keeps saying he wants to do "Double Ryosuke" with Yamada. His wish was finally realized! Nothing will ever be as great as that old Myojo shot of them both being like 10 years old together, though. So tiny and adorable |D;

Another highlight of this multi-group cluster section is that we got to see everyone just having fun together! Yugo and Shintaro were in a group with Keito, and all three were adorably rocking out together, and looking like they were having the times of their lives. Also, Tsukada was getting very excited and made Sou dance, and while Sou looked uncomfortable at first, it was sort of cute to see him get into it in the face of Tsukada's intense enthusiasm. Another great point was when pretty much everyone started making fun of the silly hand dance for "Hitomi no Screen" and were all wiggling their fingers at one another, and such.

They finished off the show with "Let's Go to Earth" (take two), and then named the Bakaleya guys (and no other Juniors, kekeke) before sending them on their way. Of course, we called them back for an encore, the high point of which was, when they came back out, Taiga and Juri were standing on the same platform and had their arms around one another. ♥ I have no clue what my opinion is on the state of affairs of their relationship, but... I can get behind that 100%~

Of course, everyone was energetic and adorable, especially the Bakaleya guys, and since they were the stage crew for most of the show (doing and undoing people's harnesses for flying and stuff) it was good to see them both sort of casual and performing on the stage. It was amazing to see them live again, and it was amazing to see all the groups together, and it was all in all an amazing show.

Up next yomimashou and I have tickets to see Sexy Zone in Yokohama on both May 4th and 5th (hahaha oops), so I'm hoping that show isn't a disappointment after this one. This show was so great that I just can't get over it *____*
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Hey! Say! JUMP//Jump Around the World!
S: Yabu/Takakiyomimashou on March 18th, 2013 10:20 am (UTC)
This concert was just so good *______* The Bakaleya guys being there, and being featured, and being together, all the HSJ member love, and Inoo being so happy, and Fuma's blond hair... it was all so good *~~~* Also, Yuma and Shintaro ♥ And Hasshi's shining moment XDDD All concerts should be like this, seriously ♥
ミランダ (大丈夫): Inoo&Hikaru: upwardfaded_lace on March 19th, 2013 02:17 am (UTC)
Basically, everything you said. XD I can't even verbalize how amazing it was.
exoticsjexoticsj on March 19th, 2013 10:27 am (UTC)
Ive read everything!!!!
Its so exciting!!!XD
Btw,i have some questions..
Whats the difference between JW and JW Kanshasai?
About the tickets,you dont know what seats you will be given beforehand?
Whats kankeisha seats?And how sure are you thats yuma's family??are they(his younger brothers?) cute??
"afraid Marius would either say something unintentionally offensive again" what did he say? "that he would get frustrated and cry (both of which happened at Summary)" when?? summary 2012 is it?
"or that they just really hate Marius and Sou and their fans" SERIOUS???

-sorry if im too troublesome..but i am just totally curious!
Thank you!! :) <3
ミランダ (大丈夫): Yugo: well?faded_lace on March 19th, 2013 10:57 am (UTC)
Hello, and thanks for your comment. I'll do my best to explain, but remember that this whole post contains a lot of my opinions, so you have to read understanding that this is just my perspective, and not fact. ^^; But:

Whats the difference between JW and JW Kanshasai?
Johnny's World was a play that ran from November 10th, 2012 to January 27th, 2013 in the Teikoku Gekijou (Imperial Theatre). It contained two acts and a general plot, telling the story of a young actor leaning lessons about the theatre and life in general through magic and history and various other things. Johnny's World Kanshasai, or "Thanksgiving Festival" was a concert that was held in Tokyo Dome on March 16th and 17th and will be held in Osaka Dome on March 30th and 31st. It's a concert featuring the three groups from Johnny's world with no plot or story, only songs and occasionally acrobatic performances.

About the tickets,you dont know what seats you will be given beforehand?
I knew what seats I would have, but not exactly what the view would be like from them. Tokyo Dome seats 55,000 people, so from a simple number written on my ticket, it was a little hard to figure out exactly how good my view would be.

Whats kankeisha seats?And how sure are you thats yuma's family??are they(his younger brothers?) cute??
関係者, or "kankeisha," means "authorized person" or "related person" in Japanese. It can refer to management staff or the press at a concert, but also can refer to someone coming to watch the show was a guest, such as Yuma. The area cordoned off for the guests-- in Tokyo Dome, it's often the area normally for batters in a baseball game. As for the family I saw there... I'm 0% positive it was anyone's family, but since the children looked about the right age to be Kikuchi Fuma's family, I thought it might be his. This is all my guess by looking from very far away, I am not sure at all.

"afraid Marius would either say something unintentionally offensive again" what did he say? "that he would get frustrated and cry (both of which happened at Summary)" when?? summary 2012 is it?
In the performance of Summary 2012 that was recorded for the DVD (which has been released since February, so you can watch it), during the MC portion, Marius happened to make a passing comment that Sou looked like a monkey. This seemed to upset Sou quite a bit, hence Marius's words being offensive. In the performance of Summary 2012 that I saw live (there's no recording, so you'll have to take my word for it), Kento kept teasing Marius in a way that was clearly upsetting Marius until Marius began to cry. Marius's Japanese was quite bad at the time and he clearly had trouble expressing himself. Also, to clarify, in Summary 2011, Marius did not participate in the MC, as he was still a junior and Summary was being hosted by Hey! Say! JUMP.

or that they just really hate Marius and Sou and their fans" SERIOUS???
I'm sorry, I'm not quite sure what you mean by this question. But since I do not work for Johnny's, I have no idea how the Sexy Zone/Johnny's management feels about Marius, Sou, or their fans. It was a hyperbolic way of commenting on the fact that Marius and Sou are often treated less well and given less stage time than Kento, Fuma, and Shori.

I hope this answers all of your questions!
アミちゃんharuyama5993 on March 20th, 2013 04:19 am (UTC)
I read everything and from what I got I can say the show was really amazing. I really wish I could watch the show, but I'm living overseas so that's impossible >.<
I really hope a DVD would be release since this is such a big act where 3 debuted groups and lots of Jrs. performed.

Thank you for this report :D
ミランダ (大丈夫): Chinen: captivatedfaded_lace on March 20th, 2013 05:04 am (UTC)
I'm really hoping for a DVD too! It was an amazing show and it would be such a shame if foreign fans couldn't see it. You're welcome, and thanks for reading~
kochi-senseikenbanana on March 20th, 2013 03:22 pm (UTC)
OK I admit I skipped things about SZ and JUMP and just kept the best parts with Bakaleya. Thanks to you to share it with us, though I miss it on TV...it seemed to be a great Concert ! Even much better than the Summary. It seems that Hokuto and Fuma are closer than Kento and Yugo were in the past. I just love the way you wrote everything. :3
ミランダ (大丈夫): Kento&Yugo: sweetfaded_lace on March 20th, 2013 11:27 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it, thanks for reading!
ashleycloud31ashleycloud31 on March 21st, 2013 04:10 am (UTC)
Thank you or this! :)
I had a lot of fun reading it. Seems like the concert was a lot of fun!
Hopefully, this will have a DVD. lol.

From what I read, I really want to see Inoo now since he finished his studies now. XD And Fuma too since he has colored his hair.

Too much Bakaleya love. ♥

ミランダ (大丈夫): Hokuto&Fuma: puppy lovefaded_lace on March 21st, 2013 07:26 am (UTC)
It was a lot of fun! I hope there's a DVD too! Thanks for reading~
Micchiohryouchipi on August 19th, 2013 04:49 am (UTC)
thanks for the report, only reading bakaleya 6 part, and it seems they had many fans from the scream you describe, hehehe♥_♥
ミランダ (大丈夫): Yugo: goldenfaded_lace on August 19th, 2013 06:32 am (UTC)
You're welcome!