Johnny’s group A.B.C-Z is the first group from the agency to make a ‘DVD debut’, and a day before the official release date, a special event was held in Shibuya’s SHIBUYA-AX on January 31. By 8am, 3000 fans had started lining up, and by 2pm this number swelled to 9000 fans, so long that the line continued on for a kilometre down to Shibuya’s NHK Hall. When the event started at 3:30pm, the five members shook hands with each and every fan, and handed them their DVD copy of “Za ABC ~5 stars~”.
“Thank you so much for lining up in the cold weather,” Koichi Goseki said.
“Everyone was apologising to me about having cold hands when I was shaking them, but all I wanted to say was, ‘no way! It’s your warm-hearted thoughts that count!’,” Ryosuke Hashimoto said.
It has been reported a Johnny’s & Associates representative had said events where talents sell their product to fans had not been done since Mayo Kawasaki in the 1970s – 80s. A.B.C-Z had asked for the event to be held as a way to “let fans know how grateful the group are for them”.
The DVD was also the group’s idea, which they had thought would be best to showcase their dancing and acrobatic skills. The music video for the title number “Za ABC ~5 stars~”, for example, is a 4min45s video taken in one take using one camera, leaving no room for mistakes.
“It took us eight takes to get it right. It’s like a live performance,” Fumito Kawai said.
Shota Totsuka said the title also had a special meaning for the group.
“A star itself doesn’t know it’s shining. We can’t call ourselves stars, it’s something we have to earn from others who see us shining,” he said.
After the DVD event, 1000 lucky fans were invited to a special concert that night.