This was the beginning to what turned out to be a long, idol-filled day. Mingaru’s monthly one-man live is their one event I try to see as much as I can since it is a longer set, approximately an hour or so. Plus, the group tends to make big announcements at their one-man show. This time was no exception. But first, highlights from last month’s event. I like that the group publishes these videos regularly…
I got to the venue earlier than usual, and I noticed there were a few more Wasamin fans in attendance. I guess the buzz from the few of us who have been going all along is beginning to catch on, eh? I grabbed a spot along the right side wall one row off of the stage. This would put me very close to Ramu-kyun, who I enjoy playing with during the show. For the group’s monthly event, they seem to alternate between a more traditional group program to a special setlist, where the members try something different. Since the members came out in casual outfits, we knew this was going to be a more informal type of show. They opened with Sochuu Omimai Moushiagemashou, which has almost become a regular part of their repertoire. However, I only counted ten members, including recently promoted Ryo-chan. Who was missing? It turned out Kako was on holiday in Australia. Okay then, at least it wasn’t one of my favorite members. After the opening song and introductions, they announced that they would be doing an “idol unit” show. Leading off with…
Rio and Izumi
Secret Base (Zone) performed by Rio, Ryo, and Matsuri: This is one of my favorite J-pop songs, as it reminds me of the Alohana anime/drama, which is such a tearjerker. The fact that Rio was performing gave this song promise, although the girls collectively had a bit of trouble on the chorus. Overall I enjoyed this performance.
Rio, Yutori, Izumin, and Ramukyun
**An interesting side-note on the above pic, when you see how tiny Yutori is it is amazing to think she is one of the OLDEST members in the group!**
There always seems to be a Momoclo song in the set, and Minori always seems to be involved. This time is was Wani to Shampoo, which was performed by Rinacchi, Minori and Ramukyun. Yuua and Izumi sang an old anime song called Majokko Megu-chan, which is interesting since Yuua is one of the group’s top singers, while Izumi isn’t quite as good. That said, I think Izumin leveled-up singing along with Yuua. The final performance was Uchiage Hanabi, sung by Miyabi with Yutori on guitar. Miyabi sounded great, and Yutori did an excellent job harmonizing on the chorus. Yutori’s guitar prowess seems more skilled every time I watch her. This was the best of four performances IMO.
Ryo, Minori, Matsuri, and Rio
The remainder of the concert was many of their standards, including zashikiwarashi, Ureshi Namida (their standard show closer) and of course their most recent single. Since I was on the far right, I was very close to Ramukyun, and like last month, she reacted every time I focused on her. I think Ramu is so adorable, and I am still looking for another opportunity to take a 2-shot cheki with her. Every time I look at her she gives me the greatest smile in return. I also got a lot of reaction from Yutori since she spent a lot of the show positioned in front of me.
There was a VTR presentation during the encore. The girls expected it to be a message from Kako in Australia. However, there was also a second announcement. Minyo Girls will be releasing their second major single on November 28th, and the song will be called “Mirai.” Naturally the girls were very excited about that, and it means there should be lots of in-store lives in the coming months. They have their performance in Korea coming up, plus this new single. Minyo Girls have a lot going on!
I decided to keep things simple. I cannot make it to their one-man live next month since it conflicts with a Wasamin event. Their October show is mid-week, and I’m not sure I will be available. I decided to purchase a ticket for their November ‘Countdown’ concert in Hamamatsucho. This would afford me either one signed cheki with one member, or a group 2-shot. I decided just to stick with the Group shot today….
I should be pretty easy to spot on the far left
As I sat down and put up the peace sign, Miyabi immediately attached her peace sign to mine. So cute. I wonder if she has noticed me paying attention to Ramukyun, since this was certainly a “This is MY fan” move. But yeah, I decided to be somewhat frugal and skip the individual chekis. After that I headed upstairs, said goodbye to Miyabi’s mom, getting a wave from a couple other parents as well….
Yuua and Miyabi
I didn’t realize it at the time, but this live show was only the beginning of a 7+ hour marathon of idols for me. I decided to head over to Odaiba to watch a free live of a group I hadn’t seen in a while, and ended up running into another group I hadn’t seen in quite a while. I will save that story for Part 2 of this post.
CK in Tokyo