I really love Gaishi as a venue for how tiny and intimate it feels; no matter where your seats are, they're good! Our seats were pretty far up in the stands, but yet we still had a really clear view of the whole place, and we weren't too far from any of the stages.
We were in the middle part of the stands, but it really wasn't a bad view at all!
The show opened with Juniors doing sort of a rhythm dance onstage, followed by a video in the theme of the album, with the different members doing different tasks to make a rhythm. Unrelated to the tour, but the girls behind me were making hilarious commentary the whole time, and announced, "They must have practiced this a lot!" Indeed, they must have XD; The whole thing was really cool and well put together, and ended with the lights coming up on the guys on the center stage where they started off with Quartetto. Their costumes were sort of like they they had sparkly carpets draped on them XD But I thought they were cute, for Johnny's costumes. They then performed Anthem, Chankapaana, and Kibou Yell on the center and main stage wearing these costumes while Juniors appeared behind them on the main stage wearing suspiciously "India" themed costumes.
NEWS took off the huge drapey costumes for Chumu Chumu, and instead were wearing highlighter neon yellow… skirt… things? I was really not a fan XD; They wore them for Chumu Chumu on the mainstage, and then moved back to the center stage for Kaguya, which was accompanied by a video of them wearing more fittingly Japanese-themed costumes (I honestly don't remember if they were the actual Kaguya costumes or not?) and holding umbrellas in the rain. The opening of Kaguya was horribly off-key XD But the rest sounded good!
Following that, the guys started moving around the catwalk for Taiyo no Namida, and then Happy Birthday! Koyama said in the middle of the song that this was his first concert since turning 32, which was really cute~ Then, they got onto carts that were on top of the catwalk? It was very strange and I can't recall having seen anything like it before. They sang Cherish while Shige ~mysteriously disappeared offstage.
Unsurprisingly, Hoshi no Oujisama was next! I had really been looking forward to this because I really like pretty much everything Shige makes, weird as it often is, and I even bought and read The Little Prince specifically for this. Our penlights all turned off before the song started; they were radio controlled, so the guys were able to plan stuff like that. The solo started with Shige, wearing a striped suit and glasses (my notes read "stupid" glasses, which means I probably liked them), reading from the book in Japanese. He trailed off before the line which in English would read, "What is essential is invisible to the eyes," at which time the intro music started, so essentially the first line, "Invisible to the eye," picked up where Shige left off. The juniors were wearing full-body tights covering even their heads, and had hats for either The Little Prince, the Fox, or the Rose from the story. Partway through the song, he moved from the main stage down to the center stage, and then blew a kiss, at which point all the penlights turned on, which was a major mune-kyun moment for me~ ♥___♥ The solo ended with him reading from the book again, and there was a note on the screens saying it was dedicated to the author of the Little Prince, "From Shigeaki Kato" in English XD; I wonder what he'd think if he was alive to see it.
Up next was LIS'N, for which my notes say, "Massu is hip." XD; His costume and the juniors' costumes were baggy hip hop style clothes, and according to my notes, the camera zoomed in on his crotch, though this must have been so alarming to me that I blocked it out of my memory. XD;
Following Massu's solo was Touch, and the guys came out wearing full denim costumes. The other three had really cute ones, but I was not a real fan of Shige's strange long trench coat-esque denim coat. Apparently Koyama was wearing cute glasses, but I didn't notice them in my distress over Shige's unfortunate costum. XD; The back of Koyama's jacket said "News," Tego's said "Encore," and Massu's outfit had tulip-shaped cut glass embroidered on it? XD After Touch, they performed NEWSKOOL, for which the juniors had really "kool" costumes XD; And then Weeeek, and finally, they finished on Departure before the MC.
However… even as they were announcing the beginning of the MC, Massu randomly kept singing Departure? And Koyama just sort of talked over it, announcing the group and that it was time for the MC, and no one tsukkomi'd Massu at all, which was odd. XD; But then they moved into talk of Koyama's birthday! Koyama mentioned how Shige gave him a really expensive-seeming ionizing water bottle? I wasn't totally clear on what it did, but apparently Koyama was looking it up afterwards and accidentally saw the price. My friends looked it up too, and apparently it was almost ¥60,000… wow. Massu kept saying trolly things this whole time XD; And then Koyama talked about how he had gotten a card from a mutual friend of Tego's and his, and Tego had signed it. He asked Tego if Tego remembered what he wrote, and Tego said he forgot. Then Koyama said, "He wrote, 'Not just as a member, I like you as a person.'" Tego got extremely embarrassed and off-mic, you could just barely hear him say "DON'T SAY THAT!!" Koyama made a weird baby voice to tease him, and the other two joined in, being like "What about us? Do you like us as people, too?"
They then asked why there was a blood spot in Tego's eye (it was a burst blood vessel), and Tego said he'd been playing soccer (at which point, Massu interjected, "Here it is, the talk of soccer, of course!") and got hit in the face with a ball. He insisted it didn't hurt at all, but the other three were yelling at him to take care of himself. XD He also talked about how he'd had a fever and was playing soccer anyway! The others were yelling at him more to take care of himself, and it came up that when he'd messaged the LINE chat about having a fever, Koyama started looking up nearby hospitals and was ready to take him to the doctor in the middle of the night, so cute. XD Tego explained that ever since he was a kid, when he got a fever, he'd play soccer and then he'd get better, but the others insisted that playing soccer sick was a burden to the rest of his team. XD;
Then the conversation turned to who's the most girly in terms of their beauty routine, and Massu and Tego talked about how when they do shoots for Biteki, they often get asked for the magazine about their beauty routine and have to awkwardly answer, "Um, actually, nothing." XD; However, they talked about how Shige and Koyama both have good beauty routines and are good at girl skills like that. XD;
Last, the conversation turned to how they're hosting 24 hour TV, and how last time they did it, Yamapi, Nishikido, and Tego all had the flu. Tego referred to Yamapi as "P-san," which amused me. Massu was really excited to talk about how they'd spread the flu to various famous people who had attended 24 hour TV. Everyone else was sort of like… Massu that's not a good thing XD;;
Next, the guys walked down the catwalk to the center stage to see a gigantic prop version of the music box on the stage. They wound it up and it "played" Aikotoba, and they asked us all to sing along, which was really cute and sweet. Then the guys sang Aikotoba before leaving the stage while the overture played. The juniors lined up across the front of the stage and danced more, before the curtain finally opened to reveal the guys in black sparkly outfits with hats. Shige had changed his hair from his normal style to the side-parted hair that shows his under-cut part on the left side of his head; it's now way bigger than it was for White. I'm not a fan of undercuts, but T__T Shige is beautiful no matter what. The guys performed Yonjuushi while dancing, then sat down on the set to sing Hoshi wo Mezashite before leaving again.
Koyama came out for his solo next, wearing a Japanese-style open-shirt outfit. There were lanterns along the catwalk, also, giving it a Japanese feel, despite the music for Ai no Elegy not really sounding like it goes with that aesthetic. XD; Up next, Tego just sat on the stage to sing Encore, and when they zoomed in you could see the bloody spot in his eye. He did a dramatic little bit about taking off a wedding ring… why are all of Tego and Koyama's solos some sort of breakup/relationship ending song??
Next, the guys did Izanaizuki wearing cool phosphorescent costumes, where the lights went out and black lights were shown on them so all you could see was their costumes, and then the lights came back and you could see all of them. Massu came out first, so after Tego and Koyama's solos, I thought Shige would appear next… but he appeared last. OTL.
Up next they sang Wonder, then went back onto the mainstage amidst a lot of fog for the beginning of Sirius! When the fog cleared, we were able to see… they were on hoverboards! This part was really cool, but also nervewracking, especially after Shige and Massu collided. They went down the catwalk on the hoverboards, then showed off some tricks on them. Apparently, at previous venues, they had made a hoverboard train, but at Nagoya, only Koyama got pulled around XD; At the end of the song, Massu called out, "It was Shige-chan's fault!!" XD;;;
The last spurt consisted of NEWSNippon, Sayaendou, Koi no ABO, Teppen, and Nyaro! At some point in here, they got on the carts in the stands, possibly around Sayaendou or Koi no ABO, but I honestly don't remember well. They came pretty close to us considering where our seats were, which was nice! Shige sadly looked pretty dazed and didn't see my uchiwa, but I can imagine he was exhausted. ;__;
Before Hikaru no Shizuku, Shige gave a short speech (where he stumbled over his words, which was cute), and then they went up into the raised small platforms. I really like how they always use the member colors lighting up around the base of the platform when each member sings solo lines during the ballad.
Finally, the encore! Koyama was wearing the bandana as a headband, the T-shirt, and the parka, as well as two of the bandana as a sort of skirt, Tego was wearing the T-shirt and had the bandana dangling from his pants, Massu had cut the sleeves off a parka and was wearing the bandana as a headband tied over his forehead, and Shige was, according to my notes, "the cutest ever." There's no description besides that in my notes, lol, but I recall him having the bandana around his wrist and wearing the T-shirt and parka, with sequins over the white writing on the front and back of the parka. They sang ONE, and then Sakura Girl, where Koyama and Shige's mics were turned down and Tego and Massu's were turned up. This is pretty normal in my experienced for Johnny's groups where some members sing significantly better than others, but because both Massu and Tego were singing different harmonies, all you could hear was the harmony, and it sounded really weird. XD They rounded up with Koi Matsuri, and that was the end!
The show was seriously amazing. *___* I can't wait to see it again in Tokyo!