66th NHK Kouhaku Utagassen 2015~2016: X Japan comeback,Arashi,Golden Bomber and more

NHK’s Kouhaku is one of the most prestigious music shows in a year. Artistes who are invited are chosen according to several factors – the results of this year’s activities, public opinion and performance concept. Take a look at the highlights from last night, have they lived up to expectations?


 

X Japan – Forever Love/Born to be Free
X Japan disbanded in 1997 after appearing on Kouhaku, but regrouped in 2007. 2015 marks their return to Kouhaku after an absence of 18 years. Remembering their bandmates Hide and Taiji who passed away in 1998 and 2011 respectively, 2 guitars which belonged to them were placed onstage, as if to show that the band was performing as 7 instead of 5.

Leader Yoshiki says “We didn’t think that we’d get a chance at this stage. We’d like to thank the fans who supported us all these time, because of you, we got a 2nd life.

Arashi – Star Wars Collaboration / Sakura/ Ai wo Sakebe
Tying in with the popular movie, the members of Arashi transformed into Star Wars warriors complete with lightsabers and sang their hit songs for the year together with the Droids of the Galactic universe.

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NMB48 – 365nichi no Kamihikouki
I have no idea whether they’re trying to promote “Asa ga Kita”, Yamamoto Sayaka, the song or NMB48, but seeing how the cast of “Asa ga Kita” joined in the performance in the end, i guess the point was to promote the drama! Yamamoto Sayaka still got a huge deal out of this though, the guitar (which is actually unnecessarily in the context of her performance) and her solo opening made her stand out so much that the rest of NMB48 simply faded into the background. Most importantly, she got to stand beside Tamaki Hiroshi who is one of my absolute favourites!

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AKB48 10th Year Anniversary – Aitakkata/Flying Get/Heavy Rotation
The concept of this performance was “Magic”. The moment when i read reports about it, alarm bells sounded because god knows how many lame magic tricks AKB48 has attempted in the past year. The real magic came when Maeda Atsuko and Oshima Yuko appeared out of nowhere to join the group. Takamina is shocked, but it is afterall the group’s 10th anniversary so i’m sure we’ll be seeing more Acchan-Yuko in 2016.

Ayase Haruka, Perfume, V6 x Disney Medley
Disney is quite a regular fixture on Kouhaku and Perfume often collaborates with Disney, but we’d never discover how cute Ayase Haruka is if not for this performance.She sings so well and dances like she’s part of Perfume!

 

Golden Bomber – Memeshikute
Golden Bomber cannot escape the vicious cycle of promoting”Memeshikute” and even Ayase Haruka is innocently asking “How much longer can they continue with this song?” but Golden Bomber always makes it fresh for the audience. In this performance, Darvish Kenji is dressed in a kimono but Kyan and Utahiroba Jun strips him to reveal that he’s actually dressed for a sumo match. The screen shows a computer system randomly picking his opponent from the Kouhaku judges, and it settles on Naoki Matayoshi, an award winning novelist and comedian. Naoki Matayoshi is carried into the ring and he loses to Darvish, but instead of getting a prize, sumo wrestlers pickup Darvish and knocks him against a temple bell,which is sounded traditionally to mark the start of a new year. Darvish ends up in a daze and Naoki describes his state using a scroll with the words “Hibana”(“fire sparks”). “Hibana” is actually the title of his award winning novel.


If you’re interested in the full show, you can view it here.

 

 

 

Golden Bomber to perform “Memeshikute” on Kouhaku for 4th time

NHK has just announced their setlist for the “66th NHK Kouhaku Utagassen” and Golden Bomber will be performing their hit song “Memeshikute” for the rarest of 4th time.

Golden Bomber commented “When will these guys stop appearing?! You must be thinking of this…but you’re right! We’re shocked ourselves, but also full of stress. But we’ve been chosen so we’ll make sure everyone gets excited.”

Member Utahiroba Jun tweeted “Golden Bomber will be performing Memeshikute for the 4th time, but this is also the most performed song alongside Namida SouSou in Kouhaku’s record. Personally, i think it’s great that we can set this record being an air band.”

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Meanwhile, AKB48 will be performing a 10th year anniversary medley, whilst NMB48 will be sing 365nichi no Kamihikouki. Hmm…so without that 365nichi, NMB would not even be in Kouhaku.

Music Station Halloween Special: Idols, Golden Bomber, TOKIO and more

I have no idea why everyday cosplay=Halloween but apparently Japanese celebrate it this way.

AKB48 –  Halloween night
They are cosplaying different professions and the concept for each member was decided by Akimoto Yasushi.

Jurina- Takarazuka
Takamina – Gyaru
Sasshi – Politician
Paruru – Nurse
Yukirin – Hostess
Tomu – Priestess
Sakura – Maiko
Sayanee – Sexy Secretary
Mayuyu – Waitress
KitaRie – Kindergarten Teacher
Yui – Cabin Attendant
Milky – Ballerina
Matsumura – Pro Wrestler
Akane – Music Station AD Intern
Shibata – Retro Idol
Yuria – Police

Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku – Super Hero

Denpagumi.Inc – Eikyu Zombina

Golden Bomber – The v kei ppoi kyoku
I think Golden Bomber are the only ones who got it right. They were the creepiest of the night.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Pumpkin no Gyakushu

Nakashima Mika – Hanabata
I loved the CD version but this live is a major flop! Is this person really Nakashima Mika?!

TOKIO – Tokyo Drive
They are cosplaying as Tamori san.

Ayano Go and Golden Bomber’s Darvish Kenji are BFFs

Popular actor Ayano Go(33) and Golden Bomber’s Darvish Kenji(34) are apparently best of friends, and their relationship have become the talk of town.

“Within the industry, there are rumors of them being together, but they’re really close. Ayano Go is one of the few who knows Darvish’s real face. He hangs out with Ayano more often than Golden Bomber members.” – showbiz insider.

If you check Darvish’s blog, you’ll see the 2 of them going on private trips. “There isn’t even a sign of a woman’s shadow. The places they visit often are Osaka and Kyoto in the Kansai area. They also go to onsens together.”

It’s said that the 2 met 2 years ago through singer Nishikawa Takanori’s birthday party.

“Darvish was the one who approached Ayano. Ayano didn’t know that he was part of Golden Bomber as Darvish had no makeup on. They had an enjoyable conversation and after drinks exchanged contacts. It was last year when Ayano finally came to know about Darvish’s real identity. One day, Darvish was at TV Asahi and heard that Ayano Go was there as well, so with makeup on his face he visited Ayano’s room.” – TV network insider.

According to Ayano, Darvish Kenji looks like Yamashita Tomohisa(30).

“When the 2 travel, they’d disguise themselves and visit snack bars and cabaret clubs.It can be said they are close enough to know each other’s secrets.”

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Aiba Masaki pranks Golden Bomber members on Arashi ni Shiyagare

On the recent episode of “Arashi ni Shiyagare”, Arashi’s Aiba Masaki received a task to dress up like Golden Bomber’s Utahiroba Jun and infiltrate Golden Bomber to see if members can notice the difference.


Utahiroba Jun says that his fans think he resembles Aiba, especially the eyes.

Utahiroba Jun reveals that unlike Arashi, Golden Bomber members aren’t that friendly in private. Nevertheless, Aiba thinks it’d be hard to camouflage as a member. Utahiroba Jun predicts that chances of him succeeding would be “half-and-half” like the parting of his hair.


So Aiba transforms into Utahiroba Jun – same hair style, eye makeup and t-shirt.


Aiba enters the Golden Bomber meeting room but everyone is engrossed with reading. Aiba breaks into a grin realising how simple it is.


Leader Kiryuin Sho prompts the other members to think about the comments they’re going to make for the gourmet corner of “Arashi ni Shiyagare” later. Aiba laughs listening to them.


After 6mins, with everyone ignoring him, Aiba starts to shuffle around,grabbing things infront of the members.


Finally, Aiba opens his mouth and asks Darvish Kenji to read the words “steak”.


Darvish Kenji is still foolishly laughing away but Yutaka Kyan looks over..


“Who are you!?”


Yutaka Kyan: I just got goosebumps!
Utahiroba Jun enters the room: Please some attention to me!
Kiryuin Sho: I was in a panic and thought his face was different.
Aiba: But you’re the worst! ( referring to Kiryuin making everyone think of comments for gourmet show later)


Later half is just the gourmet corner where they eat food that’s supposed to bring up their energy level quickly. Kiryuin Sho apparently ate too much garlic and ended up in the hospital with garlic poisoning.

Performances from TV Tokyo Music Festival 2015

 

This is another music festival aired a few days ago on June 24, via TV Tokyo. It was about 4hrs long and notable acts are below.


48/46 Group


AKB48 – Heavy Rotation
NMB48 – Durian Shonen
SKE48 – Coquettish Juutai chuu
HKT48 – 12 Byou
AKB48 – Bokutachi wa Tatakawai/Koisuru Fortune Cookie
I find Riripo and her wink very cute!  

Nogizaka46 – Taiyou Knock


Johnny’s Family

Kanjani8 – Tsuyoku  Tsuyoku  Tsuyoku/Musekinin Hero

NEWS – weeeek/Chumu Chumu

TOKIO – Love,Holiday/Ambitious Japan!

TOKIO – Love you only

Kinki Kids – Garasu no Shonen/Ai sareru yori Ai shitai/Flower/Hakka Candy
When i saw Koichi, it feels like i’m seeing a Prince!

Hey!Say!JUMP – Seniors’ Medley/Ultra Music Power/Kira Kira Hikare
Liking their new song~

Johnny’s West – Ee ja nai ka/Very Happy/


Hello Project Group

Morning Musume OG – Hold on me!/Love Machine/Koi no Dance Site/Happy Summer Wedding

Morning Musume ’15 – Seishun Kozou ga Naiteru


Others

Golden Bomber – Memeshikute

Golden Bomber – Shin da Tsuma ni Niteiru

Sekai no Owari – Starlight Parade/Moonlight Station

Superfly – Tamashii Revolution/Beautiful

Performances from FNS Music Festival 2014

Selected performances below….

Che’nelle – Happiness(with Matsushita Nao on the piano)
FINALLY this song has been performed! I can never get enough of it. Beautiful voice and lyrics, all self-penned by the singer herself!


 

Johnny’s Family

A full blown Johnny’s artistes collaboration to celebrate Kondo Masahiro’s 35th year of debut.
This is practically a miracle cause Johnny’s artistes are split into 2 factions and they have never collaborated in this manner. The inclusion of SMAP really means alot for the fans as well as for the agency. Erm wait, where’s Yamapi?

In order of appearance:
1. Johnny’s WEST – Ee jya nai ka
2. A.B.C.-Z – Crazy Accel
3. Sexy Zone – Sexy Zone
4. Kis-My-ft2 – Everybody Go
5. Hey! Say! JUMP – Ultra Music Power/Ashita e no YELL
6. KAT-TUN – Real Face/ In Fact
7. Kanjani8 – Musekinin Hero
8. NEWS – Kibou ~Yell~
9. Tackey & Tsubasa – Venus (Tsubasa absent as he’s sick)
10. Arashi – A.RA.SHI
11. V6 – Ai Nanda/Sky’s the Limit
12. Kinki Kids – Garasu no Shonen
13. Tokio – Love you only
14. SMAP – Shake
15. Kondo Masahiro (with backdancing from above people)

 

Kis-my-ft2 – Thank you Jyan!

Kinki Kids – Kagi no nai Hako

NEWS – ONE ~for the win~

Arashi – Bittersweet

Kanjani8 – King of Otoko

Sexy Zone  – Hitomebore


 

AKB48 Family

The rules for live singing must have been changed cos these girls are sounding as good as their CD. Just take a look at the past years’ FNS performances and you’ll know what I mean. What to lookout for, the Mayuki combo with their Christmas jingle!

In order of videos:
1. Mayuki – Awatenbo no Santa Claus
AKB48 – Koisuru Fortune Cookie
2. HKT48 – Melon Juice(with famous mascot Funasshi)
3. Nogizaka46 – Nandome no Aozora ka
4. SKE48 – 12gatsu no Kangaroo
5. NMB48 – Teppen Tottande!
6. AKB48 – Kibouteki Refrain


LDH Family

E-girls – Mr Snowman / Follow me(with mascot Funasshi)

Exile – 24World

Sandaime J Soul Brothers – R.Y.U.S.E.I


Collaboration Performances

Dream5/48group/Nogizaka/Golden Bomber/T.M Revolution/The Alfee – Youkai Taisou Daichi

Hiromi Go/May J – Let it Go

Exile Takahiro/Gospellers – Mimosa (with Nogizaka Ikuta Erika on piano)