Today’s episode of Music Station was a 3 hour long summer special. Guests on this episode include: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Eight Ranger, Nishino Kana, AKB48, Sayaka Kanda, May J., SMAP, EXILE TRIBE, and BUMP OF CHICKEN.
In this performance, the top3 members hold up signboards with handwritten messages for the fans. To be honest, i had no idea what “Placard” means before this, but now I do.
Watanabe Mayu: “Thanks to everyone’s support I am singing from the center position!! Thank you!”
Mayuyu certainly has some nice drawing skills. That rabbit is so cute!
Sashihara Rino: “Please look out for HKT48 too! I will work hard for the Takigyo!”
(She had previously promised to take a penalty if she was unable to retain her No.1 position in the senbatsu sousenkyo. The penalty she has chosen is to go for Takigyo, which is a form of meditation where one stands under a waterfall and clears his mind of all thoughts.)
Kashiwagi Yuki: “I want to become your No.1 !”
Call it fanservice, but I think Yukirin is sending a message for next year’s elections.
Overall, i think the performance was much more enjoyable thanks to these signboard messages for the fans. It is a new gimmick and certainly a bonus for the top members who can use the chance to promote themselves. I only wish they can ditch those white outfits for something more colorful.
Finally, a bonus shot from Kojiharu’s instagram! The new twin combi NyanParu!
Credit: Kojiharu’s Instagram
Rest of the performances below:
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Fashion Monster / Kira Kira Killer / Family Party
Eight Ranger – ER2 / Zukkoke Otokomichi / T.W.L
Nishino Kana – Darling / Kimi tte
AKB48 – Kokoro no Placard / Koisuru Fortune Cookie
Sayaka Kanda – Yukidaruma Tsukurou / Umarete Hajimete
May J. – Let It Go
SMAP – Top Of The World / Shareotsu / BANG! BANG! Vacance!
EXILE TRIBE – THE REVOLUTION
BUMP OF CHICKEN – Niji wo Matsu Hito / ray