A DESURABBITS Weekend! 10th Single Mini-Live Release Events in Tokyo! (2019/09/07-08)

I had so many potential events to attend this weekend.  Not only idol events, although there were plenty of those.  I was also invited to go to Nakano Oktoberfest on Sunday.  Oh, and there was also the matter of Typhoon Faxai barreling toward Tokyo, potentially threatening an otherwise fun weekend.  As a result, my friends decided to postpone going to Oktoberfest until next week.  That left idols…

I knew I was going to see DESURABBITS on Sunday afternoon.  Wasamin had two events, the first being at an onsen in Odaiba, then on Sunday she would be performing with Minyo Girls at a big music festival in Shinjuku.  I had ruled out the Sunday festival because of the hefty admission price, and ultimately decided to skip Wasamin’s Oedo Onsen show for the same reason.  Then there was Hissatsu Emomomomo!! who were also performing three times on Sunday at a big Akihabara Idol live.  I could have gone to this, even though I would’ve missed their first performance.  However, I was concerned about being caught away from home by the Typhoon.  So I ultimately skipped that one too.  At the end of the day I decided to keep things simple, and go to both of DESURABBITS live events in Kinshicho and Shinjuku.  This would also give me an opportunity to take a 2-shot cheki with both Emi and Bucho, completing the “set” of cheki’s with every member…

Saturday Night at Tower Records Kinshicho

Kinshicho for some reason seems like a trek from where I live, but it’s surprisingly easy to get to, transferring at Jimbocho Station to the Hanzomon Line, I made it in around 40 minutes, AND the station has an exit directly into PARCO, where the event was being held.  BTW, this is a new location, the previous Kinshicho Tower Records, where I saw both Wasamin and FESTIVE, was a few blocks away from the station.  Anyway, I arrived on the 5th floor and found the shop.  There were quite a few people milling about, waiting for the show to start.  I was able to score a spot in the center, just three people back from the stage.  Bucho-san was checking the sound system before the girls came out for rehearsal.  He also informed us there would be ‘no jumping allowed” during the show.  I’m not sure how much jumping the fans normally do, but fine.  For the rehearsal, they practiced short versions of both their new single and their 9th single, so we knew those would be performed for sure.  Eventually it was showtime…

Being in the center was the perfect spot for me, since I knew I would be taking a cheki with Emi-chan, so I would focus most of my attention on her during the show.  Mind you, she isn’t my group-oshi.  In fact, I like all three girls equally.  But since all three members in their own way have made efforts to connect with me (or maybe to fish me) I have a desire to reciprocate.  When I say “their own way,” Yuzu is always super-genki and enthusiastic.  Emi blushes and flirts, while Karin is the most subtle, not really paying much attention to me in person, but actively responding to my Twitter account.  Bucho is just a great host, and seems to be fond of any foreigners in the audience.

The other interesting thing about DESURABBITS’ mini-lives, unlike the Wasamin mini-lives I go to so often, there is really no pattern to them.  Sometimes they sing three songs, other times five.  The new single, Magic of Butterfly, is sometimes performed at the beginning, and sometimes the end.  On the other hand, at every event I have attended this past month they have sung at least one of their old singles.  And to my pleasant surprise one of my favorite DESURABBITS songs, Koisuru Kisetsu was in the setlist.  This show ended up being one of their longer, 5-song performances, and after “Camera O.K.” time I immediately queued for my 2-shot cheki with Emi, grabbing 2nd spot in queue.  Unfortunately for me the first guy in line also chose Emi, so I had to wait a few minutes…

Yuzu took the photo, and basically hung out with us while we had our chat.  Once again, Emi remarked that she loves my eyes, and I told her I love her voice.  She also seemed to be interested in my T-shirt.  Both of them got really excited when I explained to them that it is a pizza/brewery restaurant on Hamamatsucho.  They hadn’t noticed that it says “Hamamatsucho” right across the center, LOL.  Unfortunately they are too young for beer, but maybe they will go to try the pizza.  It was a really nice interaction, Emi is very sweet.  And with that I took off.  By the way, they have a lot of nice dinner choices in this mall and the surrounding area.  Kinshicho is a really cool part of Tokyo that for the most part is ignored by the tourist crowd.

Sunday Afternoon at HMV Record Shop, Shinjuku ALTA

I awoke Sunday morning expecting a dreary and rainy day, but instead it was bright and sunny.  However, dark clouds loomed in every direction, and the fierce humidity was indicative of a storm brewing.  I set out on my usual route to Shinjuku, taking a very short ride to Itabashi, and then walking four blocks to catch the Saikyo Line.  As I came up the escalator I saw everyone hunkered down near the exit.  It was pouring rain.  I pulled out my mini-umbrella and proceeded to walk toward the JR Station, and after two blocks the rain had stopped and the sun was back out.  However, the sun’s glare was so fierce that it was giving me a headache.  I couldn’t wait to get into the station.

Arriving in Shinjuku, I took the exit across the street from ALTA.  This is another shop I am well familiar with, as my friend Frank is an avid vinyl collector, and spends a lot of time browsing their big selection.  However I’m pretty sure it was the first time I had seen a group perform there.  The members were rehearsing as I walked in, and they had the event area closed off, the fans haphazardly queued to get in.  I decided to make my purchases early, then entering the viewing area to grab a spot, first in the back, then moving up toward the front, and then moving again to allow a group of girls to get the front spots, ending up somewhere in the middle.

By the way, the sound sounded kind of “off” for most of the show, like they had blown a woofer or something.  They didn’t really fix it, so maybe it was just a bad sound system.  Some of these venues (HMV Esola, Shinseido Ikebukuro) are notorious for having issues with their sound.  Anyway this ended up being a relatively short set.  However, they did sing “Desurabi Lando” which is another song I really like.  There are a lot of hand motions and chants in that song, which I wasn’t aware of since it was my first time hearing it live.  But it was a lot of fun, and by the second verse I was starting to catch on.  Since I was in the middle, Emi-chan was my focus member, and I did notice her making eye contact with me and blushing a couple times.

Bucho announced that they would be offering a free collector photo for people taking 2-shots.  I was really thirsty, and hadn’t noticed that the queue had already formed, and was pretty long.  Since I was so far back, and they were still doing the handshake portion of the buppan, I decided to quickly run down to the basement and grab a drink a 7-eleven.  It was then I noticed that ALTA has a direct underground connection to Shinjuku Station.  Cool!  This way I could avoid whatever weather was going on outside, be it stifling humidity or pouring rain.  Heading back up to the shop, the queue for 2-shots had gotten even longer.  It took quite a while, and the even bigger bummer was that Bucho ran out of free photos just before I got to the front of the line.  Not a big deal, although there was a photo of him I would’ve liked to get.  The girl in front of me also chose Bucho for a cheki, so again I would have to wait a few minutes…

So I inquired about their one-man live next weekend, and he asked if I was coming.  I told him that Wasamin has a mini-live in Laketown at 2 p.m., and I was thinking of coming after.  He thought it might take two hours to get from Laketown to Shimo-Kitazawa.  I also wanted to know if they were hand-selling tickets, since I saw some people had tickets with the girls’ photo on them, but he advised me to use LivePocket.  In any case, my time was up, and off I went…

By the way, the new single comes with a small member photo inside.  I’m not sure how many individual photos exist, but the first eight CDs I opened all had different pics, including three unique Karin photos.  I didn’t get a duplicate pic until the last copy I opened, where I got another Bucho.

I did some checking, and it only takes around 45 minutes to get from Wasamin’s event to DESURABBIT’S one-man, so even if I stay through Wasamin’s buppan I should still be able to make it in time for doors.  So that will likely be my plan next Saturday.  It’s a three-day weekend, so the rest of my schedule will be Wasa-time.  I’m looking forward to it.  And I’m looking forward to my next DESURABBITS adventure!

CK in Tokyo

 

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