Another Yamapi event raises questions
Tomohisa Yamashita fans are worried about the seemingly desperate measures his team are taking to get good sale numbers, reports Cyzowoman.
Yamapi’s next single “LOVE CHASE“, which is currently the theme song to anime “トリコ (Toriko)”, is due to be released on July 4. Five variations of the single will go on sale at different stores:
- Limited Edition A (CD + DVD)
- Limited Edition B (CD + 24 page photo booklet)
- Regular Edition (CD)
- Lawson Limited Edition (CD + DVD + Lawson version B2 size poster), only available at Lawson convenience stores
- Tomohisa Yamashita SHOP Limited Edition (CD + DVD + Tomohisa Yamashita shop version B2 poster), only available at the Tomohisa Yamashita SHOP
Then there is also the Yamapi meet and greet event. Only fans who have bought three editions of the five can enter in a lottery for one of the 17 events which will be held in Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Kobe, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Sapporo, and Sendai. Estimating each event would be packed, it would total up to 29,800 fans, and therefore 89,400 records.
“Other Johnny’s talents have held events for fans who have bought CDs and thank you events, but not many have gone around the entire country doing so many,” said one Johnny’s news reporter.
Fan reactions have also been mixed.
“The fans around me have been saying, ‘they say it’s a lottery but wouldn’t everyone in regional areas get in anyway?’, ‘it’s quite cheap when you think that buying three CDs, or 3700 yen, will get you into an event’, ‘another meet and greet. And this time he’s going all around the place…’, or ‘maybe going solo wasn’t a good idea?’,” said one fan.
Of course fans would still be more than happy to get the chance to meet Yamashita, but it cannot be the ideal way he would have wanted to get the No.1 spot.