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12 January 2015 @ 11:18 pm
[mini-report] Johnny's Countdown 2014-2015  
Well, I finally did the work I was supposed to do, but I didn't do anything useful in fandom T__T; I spent most of today freaking out that my Puzzle and Dragon strategy up until now isn't good enough from here on out haha |D;;; What a loser, I know.

But I decided I'd just write up a bullet-point list of stuff that was cute at countdown, because I honestly don't really want to write a report of a Matchy concert! Sorry for the informal format, but I just honestly don't have that much to say.

As always, this contains a lot of my opinions and my interpretations of things. If that will offend you, please don't click the cut. In particular, a negative view of Sexy Zone as three members, and a negative view of Matchy are apparent, so please don't read if you don't want to see that.

✧ It's always fun to go to Tokyo Dome when the city is pretty much empty! Even in Tokyo, a lot of stuff shuts down around 9 or 10, so it's just a bunch of Johnny's fans milling about XD; There were lots of girls taking photos of their Duffys and assorted other JE-dressed bears (including us!) and enjoying the illuminations at La Qua without the usual crowd around.

✧ The arena was set up without a full catwalk this year, which was interesting. I've never been to the Kinki con, so I never know how the setup is used with Kinki, but it was similar in shape to the Arashi setup from this year.

✧ Somehow, I sat in a row of JUMP fans, and none of us overlapped XD In our row, there was Yamada, Takaki, Yuto, Chinen, and of course Inoo (me) and Yabu (yomimashou). It was pretty coincidental XD

✧ The beginning was the same as usual, with the groups performing one at a time, this year from newest to oldest. So that meant Johnny's WEST led off, followed by ABC-Z, and then Sexy Zone. There was noticeably less excitement when Sexy Zone performed, perhaps because no matter what group they follow, it seems not many Japanese fans really like the three-member singles. The guys, for their part, all looked unenthusiastic and apathetic, but they did their best.

✧ It's worth mentioning that at this point everyone in my section looked to the regular spot where kankeisha and Juniors doing kengaku, etc, sit, and there was no one there. No Juniors or underage members appeared at all during the whole thing, and there was no recording, either, showing the juniors and underage members, like there has been in past years.

✧ Next up was JUMP and the crowd went wild! There was seriously so much more excitement than there was previously, it was really amazing. JUMP all looked really good, too. ♥ I love Yamada's hair currently.

✧ After JUMP came NEWS, who showed more of the Kaguya PV and it was totally awesome. KAT-TUN didn't get to live stream in this year, sadly.

✧ Next up was Tackey and Tsubasa, and pretty much everyone got really excited and emotional. Tsubasa came out wearing sunglasses and pretty much not moving around much for the first few songs, but he removed them and did the hand gestures for Yume Monogatari. He and Tackey looked so happy together, it was beautiful.

✧ The groups' segments rounded out with Kinki Kids, Shounentai, and finally, Matchy. Then, everyone came back onstage to talk for a bit and then count down to midnight. After midnight was when it became a Matchey live, though he did perform with Okamoto Kenichi (or, as I call him lovingly, "Keitodad").

✧ Matchy's next hour or so was long and boring. It was amusing when he asked the crowd why they didn't seem that excited. Why do you think?? We didn't come to see a Matchy live XD;;; Also, he mentioned that some members of the audience seemed the age that they could be his daughter, and Okamoto Kenichi responded that some members of the audience even seemed like they could be his grandchildren, which Matchy did not particularly enjoy, but I did XD;;; Go get 'em, Keitodad.

✧ At one point they randomly brought in Kuroyanagi Tetsuko, who came from Kouhaku. This of course bears the question, if she could come then why not the Johnny's groups that were in Kouhaku, but we all know better than to ask logical questions of Johnny's. This took up another chunk of time, as she was brought onstage and then went back to the kankeisha area to watch the rest of the show.

✧ There was a really cute moment between Yuto and Keito during the time period while they were backdancing for Matchy; they ran together down one of the long catwalk around like they were racing, and were super close, and it was adorable.

✧ After midnight, we found out, after not seeing them for a while, that Sexy Zone and ABC-Z had been sent home because they had Johnny's world in the morning. They left without getting a chance to say goodbye or anything, because Matchy >__<;

✧ Near the end, they all put on windbreakers for some reason, but Keito was to put the jacket on his dad, and the crowd went wild XD; They both looked a bit embarrassed, but it was adorable. XD;

✧ That's about it. It was an interesting experience to see about 90% of Tokyo Dome not really care for what was going on, but all in all, I wish there had been actually more to watch =___=; Hopefully next year, Matchy won't hijack Countdown. As I saw a Japanese fan say on Twitter, "We were tricked!" XD;

Sorry it's not much, but that's all I have to say about Countdown… And now to get to bed, it got late, sheesh. x___x;
Current Mood: blahblah
Current Music: Hey! Say! JUMP//Asu e no Yell
Mayura: YuyaRabumayura_news on January 12th, 2015 04:52 pm (UTC)
I read pretty much the same about Countdown being a disappointment this year on Twitter. Dai-chan's fans were so pissed because he didn't get to wear hakama (as a JUMP and Kinki fan, I was not really happy to read that none of them wore one).
I remember last year Tsubasa and Tackey were almost not looking at each other. I'm glad to read they're back as a pair and Tsubasa's better. :)

I'm nonetheless glad to read that there were some nice moments too, and that JUMP were welcomed that well \o/ But I'm not that sad about it not being broadcast. I would have hated a Matchy solo concert... I got to see the Countdown for real last year and though the non broadcast part is always better, it's always nice to see everyone joining together for a medley on TV; but a whole Matchy focused medley... blah... :(

Thanks for the report :)

Edited at 2015-01-12 04:55 pm (UTC)
ミランダ (大丈夫): Chinen: musingfaded_lace on January 13th, 2015 04:56 am (UTC)
Yeah, it was a disappointment to basically everyone, as far as I can tell. I was angry for Daiki, too! I forgot to mention it in this report, but it was honestly ridiculous that he got slighted. Honestly, he could have gotten a whole five minutes and Matchy still would have had plenty of time to steal the show. Sheesh.

But yeah, JUMP were great in the time that they got, and I was really happy to see Tackey and Tsubasa looking good together. But I think that they knew that no one would want to watch it… hence it not being broadcast. =__=; I really hope that things are fixed next year.

You're welcome!
chained_akame: chenchained_akame on January 12th, 2015 04:57 pm (UTC)
Good to know that there were nice moments, because the reports on twitter left me very disappointed :( I hope whoever decided that learn from their mistake and bring the Countdown we love back for next year. I was devastated when I read that it would not be shown on TV, but after reading the reports...I'm glad it wasn't aired XD
ミランダ (大丈夫): Chinen: musingfaded_lace on January 13th, 2015 04:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, I don't even know how this year's Countdown came about. It really annoys me that they let Matchy do basically whatever he wants whenever he wants, because frankly, at this point, he just doesn't have that big of a fanbase, and tricking people into coming to see him isn't helping anyone. But still, there were some good moments with the groups I was actually there to see, so… I try to look on the bright side. ^^ Pretty much everyone in Tokyo Dome seemed really annoyed, though, so I hope they learn and don't do it again next year.
liliumviililiumvii on January 12th, 2015 06:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your report. Sounds like you had fun! Were Kisumai not there?
ミランダ (大丈夫): Yamada: :ofaded_lace on January 13th, 2015 04:58 am (UTC)
You're welcome! I had fun… for what it was, haha. But yeah, Kisumai were never slated to be there. As far as I can tell, they only did CDTV this year.
S: Yamada: happyyomimashou on January 13th, 2015 02:20 am (UTC)
Our row of Jump fans was pretty awesome XD I felt bad for the one Kinki fan next to me lol. But it was really fun to be surrounded by people getting excited about the same stuff as us~

And ugh Tackey and Tsubasa ;~; I'm so happy we go to see them together, and the fans' response was amazing.

And Keitodad ♥ Please call Matchy old forever ahahaha. Thanks for the report! Despite the fact that it was a Matchy concert =__=;;
ミランダ (大丈夫): Yamachii: cuddlesfaded_lace on January 13th, 2015 05:01 am (UTC)
It really was XD; It was a really nice coincidence.

I know ;____; Everything about T&T was amazing… I'm so happy Tsubasa was able to perform. He and Tackey looked so happy to be together.

Ahahaha yuuup. You tell 'em, Keitodad. XD; But you're welcome… I wanted to at least highlight the good bits =___=;
britkit27: daiki hmmbritkit27 on January 17th, 2015 12:47 pm (UTC)
Tackey and Tsubasa were so cute~~~ ;; Everyone was so thrilled for them and it was such a great surprise. And JUMP was amazing ♥♥♥ Stupid Matchy hijacking >< Keitodad was epic though XD with his sass.

I'm glad we went but |D hopefully this year will be better...
ミランダ (大丈夫): Yamada: :ofaded_lace on January 18th, 2015 11:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah ;___; I was really happy for Tackey and Tsubasa… Tsubasa was supposed to perform so I assumed he'd at least be there, but seeing him actually singing and dancing some was really good. And of course JUMP was amazing ♥ And yes, Keitodad should insult Matchy forever |D;;;

Yeah |D Same.