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My report: Tegomass no Mahou

11:53 JST December 20, 2011 7 comments

Tegomass pen light, confetti and tour pamphlet

What: Tegomass 3rd Tour Tegomass no Mahou

When: 13:00 – 15:50 Sunday, December 18 2011

Where: Yokohama Arena, Yokohama

Other notes: Chilly 9 or 10 degrees celcius, sunny, calm breeze, and tons of Tegomass fans and Barcelona fans at Shin-Yokohama station (it was the Club World Cup).

The setting:

Circular stage with two long stages going out to the side, two more shorter stages leading to  elevating platforms.  The band played inside the circular stage, and another stage cut straight across the circular stage in the centre, and this could rotate around slowly.

Arena set up. Red shows the stage layout, with the band and rotating stage in the centre. The elevating platforms close to block A & D (taken from Yokohama Arena website: http://www.yokohama-arena.co.jp/kyakuseki/)

The entire arena had a cutely magical feel about it.  There were fairy lights strung from the ceiling, making it look like stars, and large 5-pointed-star and moon decorations dotted around the place.

At the ends of the stages were two white Christmas trees.

Before going into Yokohama Arena

Concert:

1st half

Mahou no Melody

Massu wearing his red and white costume (mostly red), and Tegoshi wearing his red and white costume (mostly white), appeared from where the Christmas trees were, and performed the song standing on top of rotating disco ball-like platform.

Bokura no Sora

Ryoukiteki Honey

 

Introduction

Tegoshi: “Tegomass noooooo Tegoshi deeeesu!”

Massu: “Domoooo!  All you little kids, it’s Massu!  All you not little kids…Massu dayo!”

 

Tanabata Matsuri

Yukidaruma

Aiai-gasa

The two went on the elevating platforms.  Massu was on my side.  So cute…

Mr FREEDOM

 

Kushami

Sotsugyo Album

Wasuremono

Kushami, Sotsugyo Album, and Wasuremono were sung one after the other in a ballad setting.  Tegoshi and Massu sat on chairs on the circular stage with two other musicians on chairs playing acoustic guitars.  Towards the end, heart-shaped confetti started falling from above.

 

Hanabi

The two came back with new costumes on.  Tegoshi in an all-white ensemble, and Massu with…a marching band-like navy or black jacket, a leopard print jacket on top of that, and bright red baggy pants.

The firework-shaped lights were lighting up in different colours, it was very pretty.

At the end, Massu read one of the heart-shaped confetti that had fallen a few minutes and said, “Dear Massu…you’re good-looking.”

 

Yuuyake no Uta  (Masahiko Kondo song)

Ding-Dong (TOKIO song)

Tomadoinagara (Arashi song)

Zutto (from NEWS first album “touch”)

Arigato.ima (coupling song to NEWS’ 7/11 limited edition single)

Yuuyake no Uta, Ding-Dong, Tomadoinagara, Zutto, and Arigato.ima was a medley of songs from the early days of the duo’s career.

The two said it’s a medley of songs known by hardcore fans as “コアファン萌え萌えメドレー (Hardcore fans Moe Moe Medley)”.

Old video footage of them was streamed on the screens.

I liked it how Massu said that “Tomadoinagara” was the song they sung when they were back dancers for Arashi.

Miso Soup

The second half of the song was sung with Tegomass sitting in giant miso soup bowl sets at the ends of the stage.

Massu took one of the giant chopstick props and started playing it like an air guitar.

Kiss 〜Kaerimichi no Love Song〜

At the end, Massu ran to the centre of the stage and jumped to catch something.

“What’s the matter Takahisa?” Tegoshi said.

“Yuya, I caught sound,” Massu said.

“Umm…do you know what sound is, you can’t catch it,” Tegoshi said as he walked towards Massu.  Massu told Tegoshi to look inside his hands.

“oh my gosh, it’s there!” Tegoshi said.

Massu opened his hands slowly, and when you looked at Massu’s hands on the giant TV screens, animated sparkles flew out of them.

 

MC

Costumes

The two were talking about how different their costumes were.  They said because the first costumes were all about the tour’s theme of “Magic”, they were thinking along the same line.

But then when the two of them worked by themselves to design their own costumes…the end result was one in white and one in a multi-coloured, multi-pattern outfit.

 

Soccer

Tegoshi was disappointed Alberto Zaccheroni hadn’t invited him to join Japan’s national soccer team yet.

Tegoshi also seemed disappointed he couldn’t watch Barcelona play in Yokohama today.

Then Massu asked Tegoshi, “If Zaccheroni invited you, what position would you play”.

“Well, their formation right now is 4-3-2, but in European soccer it’s still 3-3-2, so obviously………..,” Tegoshi said as he kept going on and on and on about soccer.  Or something like that, I hope so…I lost him after the first few numbers and names.

Then Massu collapsed!

“It’s just that there were so many numbers….and I was trying to add them all up,” Massu said as he explained that his brain had overloaded.

Massu was talking about the chaos a year ago during the Soccer World Cup when Japanese fans swarmed into central Shibuya to party.

“I was there,” Tegoshi said.

“EEEEEEEE!?” the crowd said (including me).

“No, really.  My friends I were calling one another saying, ‘something amazing’s going on in Shibuya, let’s check it out!’ so I went there,” Tegoshi said.

Maybe I should have another look at that footage to see if I can find Tegoshi…

 

Clothes

“How about you, Massu.  I mean, you do clothes,” Tegoshi said.

“…what do you mean I ‘do clothes’,” Massu said.

“I mean, like, if you looked at what you do over a week, the majority of it would be taken up by clothes,” Tegoshi said.

“So you mean I like shopping for clothes, looking at clothes,” Massu said.

But Tegoshi confessed that he has no interest keeping up with fashion trends.  He said he usually looks at window displays of clothes to decide what shops to go into or buy.

“You know, like stripes.  They’re called what, ‘borders’?  And what do you call blobs?” Tegoshi said.

“DOTS!” the crowd yelled.

“Oh, that’s right,” Tegoshi said.

 

Tegomass future

They two were talking about how younger juniors were debuting, like Sexy Zone, who are already sexier than Tegomass.

But Tegomass promised that even when they’re 30, they’ll keep true to their cute nature.

But Massu said the merchandise might change.  He said they might start selling Tegomass beer glasses in a few years.

 

Yokohama Arena Aoi-na”: song for Yokohama Arena

With Tegoshi on guitar and Massu on vocals and tambourine, Massu sung a piece they made especially for Yokohama.

It went something like this:

“Walking step by step to Yokohama Arena

Waiting in the backstage room

Here starts the (Johnny’s) Jr years

V6, KinKi, Arashi, Taki-tsuba

We danced so much for them

You! Dance now.  In 2 minutes!

When we finish we’ll go home on the train

The same as all the fans who were watching us

Everyone looked like a super star

I hope I can be like them one day

Yokohama, Yokohama, Yokohama

Yokohama Arena is in Kanagawa

Arena, you’re chair’s are Aoi-na (eng: blue)

I want to see ya next year

All those (Johnny’s) Jr who are growing up behind me….aren’t there!?”

 

2nd half

Kibou no Hikari wo Kokoro ni Tomosou

Hanamuke

This one was sung with the two of the elevating platforms on either side of the arena.  Now Tegoshi was on my side.

The platform’s safety barriers were covered in white flowers and fairy lights.  At the end, Tegoshi took a flower and threw it into the crowd.

Sakura Girl

Yuyake to Koi to Jitensha

Over Drive

HIGHWAY

The only song if I remember correctly with a dance sequence.

Aoi Bench

 

ENCORE

Cheetah Gorilla Orangutan

The two went around the upper stands on magical elephant rides wearing the Tegomass no Mahou parkas.

Lots of “Lalalala” singing with the fans.  And I mean LOTS.

Tegoshi would raise his hands when he wanted everyone to sing louder, then crouch right down with his hand when he wanted everyone to quieten down.

Introducing the band members

Ainonakade

A song written by Tegomass.

It was really cool because the lyrics on the giant screens indicated which parts were for fans to sing, so it was like everyone was singing a duet with Tegomass.

At the very end, Massu and Tegoshi passed right in front my side!

Because I was sitting in the second row, I got a very good last look at Massu and Tegoshi :)

Walking out of Yokohama Arena

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Drama Ratings December #3

16:31 JST December 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Drama Ratings December #3

謎解きはディナーのあとで (Nazotoki wa Dinner no Atode) average ratings (%)

starring Sho Sakurai (Arashi)

Ep 1 Ep 2 Ep 3 Ep 4 Ep 5 Ep 6 Ep 7 Ep 8 Ep 9 Ep 10
18.1  16.1  16.4  16.7  15.9  14.9  15.1  15.4  15.2

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妖怪人間ベム (Youkai Ningen Bem) average ratings (%)

starring Kazuya Kamenashi (KAT-TUN), Shunsuke Kazama (Johnny’s Jr.)

Ep 1 Ep 2 Ep 3 Ep 4 Ep 5 Ep 6 Ep 7 Ep 8 Ep 9 Ep 10
18.9  17.1  15.8  16.7  16.2  14.3  14.9  13.9  13.2

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南極大陸 (Nankyoku Tairiku) average ratings (%)

starring Takuya Kimura (SMAP), Mizuki Inoue (Johnny’s Jr.)

Ep 1 Ep 2 Ep 3 Ep 4 Ep 5 Ep 6 Ep 7 Ep 8 Ep 9 Ep 10
22.2  19.0  16.9  15.8  13.2  19.1  13.4  15.0  16.7

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Drama Ratings December #2

17:12 JST December 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Drama Ratings December #2

謎解きはディナーのあとで (Nazotoki wa Dinner no Atode) average ratings (%)

starring Sho Sakurai (Arashi)

Ep 1 Ep 2 Ep 3 Ep 4 Ep 5 Ep 6 Ep 7 Ep 8 Ep 9 Ep 10
18.1  16.1  16.4  16.7  15.9  14.9  15.1  15.4

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妖怪人間ベム (Youkai Ningen Bem) average ratings (%)

starring Kazuya Kamenashi (KAT-TUN), Shunsuke Kazama (Johnny’s Jr.)

Ep 1 Ep 2 Ep 3 Ep 4 Ep 5 Ep 6 Ep 7 Ep 8 Ep 9 Ep 10
18.9  17.1  15.8  16.7  16.2  14.3  14.9  13.9

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南極大陸 (Nankyoku Tairiku) average ratings (%)

starring Takuya Kimura (SMAP), Mizuki Inoue (Johnny’s Jr.)

Ep 1 Ep 2 Ep 3 Ep 4 Ep 5 Ep 6 Ep 7 Ep 8 Ep 9 Ep 10
22.2  19.0  16.9  15.8  13.2  19.1  13.4  15.0

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