I apologize for being so late with this post, as these events occurred almost a month ago.
As I mentioned on an earlier post, Kiss Bee embarked on a very long, and aggressive promotional tour to sell their latest single, Dokkin Fuwaffuu. The single comes in four different main types, and then a fifth special edition. The single also contains a c/w which is probably my favorite song in their entire catalog, Maho Nanka Yori Fantasy.
Once again, here is the official video of the 6th single…
Needless to say, I have become a huge fan of Kiss Bee as of late, and have been seeing them as often as I can. And with this promotion, there were tons of opportunities to see them at many free lives. Additionally, they were offering prize drawings if you came to a certain amount of appearances during the promotion, and if you bought enough CDs. The CD purchase requirement was ridiculously high. I did have a CD buying card, which ended up being a souvenir. However, I did attend enough events to be in the drawing for some pretty big prizes, like going shopping with a member, dinner with a member, special personalized audio cds, videos. Ultimately I didn’t win any of the prizes, which were announced via a drawing on Twitter.
BTW, I mentioned the 5th version of the single, which was billed as a “Special Edition” and was being sold for 10,000 yen. (All the other editions were 1000 yen) I’m not sure what possessed them to charge such an exorbitant amount for this version. The CD content was the same, it had a different cover, plus a special hard paper outer cover (some groups offer these for free as a store promotion) and a 20 or so page special booklet. Maybe it was worth 3000 yen, but 10,000? So you may be surprised to know that I actually purchased one copy. But why?
The final day of the promotion was being held at Venus Fort in Odaiba, and there were two separate events. I usually buy 2-3 CDs per event, which meant I would probably buy 5-6 on this day. However, from all of the other events I attended, I already had six copies each of the other four versions. (Anyone want a copy, or four?) So the way I saw it, I could spend 6000 yen, and get CDs I already had, which are essentially worthless to me, or spend a little more, get more benefits, and get something I don’t have. Despite the fact that I felt the CD wasn’t nearly worth the price, the event tickets were. At the end of the day, it was really no different than buying 20-30 AKB48 Theater version CDs for the handshake tickets. Anyway…
The final events I attended were at HMV Modi in Shibuya, Tower Records in Shibuya (where incidentally I had seen Wasamin the previous evening) Ikebukuro Seibu Department Store Sky Stage, and finally Venus Fort. There were also events that week in Kinshicho and at Sky Tree I considered attending, but I didn’t want to overdo it.
I also want to note that Kiss Bee has a lot of very nice fans, and quite a few of them a fairly proficient in English. I have managed to become friendly with some of them, and they have been very helpful in assisting me with understanding Kiss Bee’s event system, which at times can be confusing. They have also gotten me peripherally involved with Tanifuji Misaki’s Seitensei committee, so I will be getting some of her birthday goods. In fact, as I write this it is Misaki-chan’s birthday, and when I tweeted her a birthday greeting she responded a few minutes later with a “like.” Such a nice girl.
While I consider Tanifuji Misaki my “oshi” member of Kiss Bee, I am also a big fan of one of their newest members, Maeda Reon. I first noticed Reon-chan smiling me at one of the early promotion events, where she kept smiling at me. Since Misaki-chan wasn’t there that day, I decided to meet Reon for a handshake. From there I was hooked, and made a commitment to see both of them at each event. My usual M.O. was to do a cheki photo with Misaki, and then do a handshake and autograph with Reon-chan. Since Reon-chan is new, her line is usually very short. In fact, I am usually first in line to see her. I love rooting for underdog members, and Reon has been very appreciative of my attention. That said, I still love Misaki-chan the most. She is the main reason I started following this group.
So I have taken a few chekis with Misaki-chan, and have gotten a few autographed pics as well. Here are the latest ones, from these last few events…
BTW, I added a couple of shots I took during the photo-op. Misaki-chan is always a blast to do photos and stuff with because she is so silly. This is why, so many of our pics have goofy poses and faces. In fact, people in the industry have noticed, and she is going to appearing in a drama this coming season.
I also got a bunch of signed photos of Reon. Oh, and one cheki.
That was an awesome moment. At the Seibu event I finally decided to take a cheki with Reon. So I queued up, then manager asked me who I wanted my cheki with, expecting me to say Misaki, but when I said Reon he had a look of genuine shock on his face. But that wasn’t all, when the manager called for Reon she had an even bigger look of shock. I told her that I finally wanted to take a photo with her, and she kept thanking me. Luckily for me, Misaki was with another fan at the time, so I don’t know if she noticed, or what her reaction was, if any. But it isn’t like I don’t take chekis with her at every single event, so…
Finally, at the final Venus Fort event I decided splurge on the group photo. (This was the day i bought the Special Version of the CD, so I had a lot of tickets) It was a double prize too, since Kiss Bee Youth, their trainees, were also there, and in my photo. But I got a good reaction from the crowd when I picked which members I wanted out front. You can pick up to two, and the fans knew I would pick Misaki, but they all kinda “whooa”d when I picked Reon as well.
Unfortunately I am now so far removed from those events I have forgotten about any particularly interesting conversations I had with either one of them. I know that with Misaki we have talked about her upcoming TV show, and quite often I will talk to both of them about my work/school life. Reon-chan is currently studying Chinese and Korean, and is planning to also study English. She sometimes integrates Chinese into her intros.
Now that Kiss Bee’s current promotion has ended, I am kinda talking a short hiatus. In fact, I have sorta taken a hiatus from all of the groups (except for Wasamin of course) just to save money. It isn’t cheap to go to a lot of idol events. Sometimes I allow myself to splurge a little and have fun, but sometimes I take a step back, and try to live a bit more frugally. In fact, sometimes it makes some of the members more excited to see me, when I haven’t been to events in a little while. Sawabe Rion from Tokyo CLEARS even mentioned it once, that when she didn’t see me for a while she would wonder about me. Though at the moment, I am really in the mood to see Minyo Girls, so…
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