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The Johnny’s World Thanksgiving Concert in Tokyo Dome DVD is the first concert DVD that I’m going to review on this site (though it’s not actually the first one I had planned to review – I have all the screencaps for last year’s Arafes DVD, but couldn’t manage to organize the review). I think this is a good first concert to attempt because it’s in many ways an extension of my Shounen Club reviews, since it features the same performers (Hey! Say! Jump, A.B.C-Z, Sexy Zone, and the juniors) singing many of the same songs, but doing so in a more extraordinary, more polished fashion. This will be an exhaustive review – which is to say, I’ll probably be quite exhausted after writing it.

The show begins with the junior instrumentalists, including Hagiya Keigo-kun on the drums, Goto Hiromi-kun on the violin, Ishigaki Daisuke-kun on the keyboard, Ogawa Yuu-kun on guitar, and . . . I can’t believe I can’t figure out the name of the kid on trumpet! Someone help! I hope this isn’t going to be a thing in this review where I forget people’s names. Anyway, I was especially appreciative of the trumpeter’s efforts because I vaguely remember how hard playing that instrument was in middle school.

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After the overture and a bit of a light show from the juniors in tuxedos, the dread wall-thingy with all the juniors trapped inside (you known, the one that looks like a scene from Jailhouse Rock – they call it ‘the mansion’) was unveiled. Kidding aside, I really like this idea of stacking the juniors vertically – it means that they’re not hidden behind everyone else and we can see whether they’re messing up or not – it puts the kind of pressure on them that will help them to develop.

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Hey! Say! Jump took the stage in those sparkly blue outfits that are sort somewhat iconic by now, I think. In an unsurprising pattern, each of the three main groups will start the show by singing their début song. It’s sort of like having The Beatles start every concert with “Love Me Do”, but whatever.

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HSJ can still do “Ultra Music Power” just fine – I never doubted them. This was the first chance to assess the sound quality and the mix, and at this point it seemed good. There was plenty of screaming fan sound and Tokyo Dome echo in the background, but the vocals came through fine. I always wonder how much post-work there is in getting the vocals that clean, but then A.B.C-Z did “Za ABC~5stars~”, and all of their vocals were just superb. It’s only possible to tell on the solo lines, and Hashimoto-kun’s solo at the start sealed the deal for me.

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Due perhaps to Hey! Say! Jump promoting their new single or other commitments I’m not aware of, this episode of Shounen Club (ザ少年倶楽部) featured the members of Sexy Zone as the main hosts of the show with A.B.C-Z handling their usual segments. It’s not my preferred arrangement, but let’s see how they do.

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I always like it when one of the members start in the midst of the crowd – don’t ask me why.

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The opening song was one I haven’t heard on Shounen Club in a while, but always liked – Tackey & Tsubasa’s “Yume Monogatari”. Jesse-kun and Hokuto-kun were at center stage, but flanked by Masuda Ryo-kun and his cadre of Elder Juniors.

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Finally daring to look at the new season of dramas, it looks like both of the ones I’ll definitely cover – Kamen Teacher and Pin to Kona – have Jesse-kun in them. So . . . this is going to be quite a season for him. It therefore didn’t surprise me too much when Hokuto-kun left the stage during the next song – V6’s “Honey Beat”, so that Jesse-kun was firmly in center stage with Noon Boyz and the Elder Juniors backing him up. Let’s see what he does with the spotlight this season.

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The first Shounen Club (ザ少年倶楽部) of this month felt stacked with debuted acts, with the juniors marginalized to the end of the show. Will the juniors get more time in this episode, or will the performers who have already proven themselves still get the lion’s share?

The theme of the episode is sakura (桜), so they kick things off with Hey! Say! Jump’s new sakura song – “Hyakkaryouran” (百花繚乱 – flowers blooming in profusion).

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When they did it in the finale of the January 16th episode, all dressed up and with the full group, I thought there was a chance it might make it onto a single – if not the A-side, perhaps a B-side. This time, the song struck me as way too repetitious to go that far. Oh, well.

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After hosts Arioka Daiki-kun, Yamada Ryosuke-kun, and Yaotome Hikaru-kun introduced the theme . . .

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Shounen Club (ザ少年倶楽部 – the Boys/Youth Club) showcases the song-and-dance skills of Johnny’s juniors – the next generation of Japanese male idols – alongside the more recently debuted groups in the Johnny’s Entertainment agency. The theme for this episode is 思い出 (omoide – memories). So, are they going to try to recapture old glories or create new ones?

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The hosts for this episode were Hey! Say! Jump‘s Arioka Daiki-kun, Yaotome Hikaru-kun, and Yamada Ryosuke-kun.

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In their case, it looks like they’re definitely trying to recapture old glories, since the song they opened with was HSJ’s first single “Ultra Music Power”. If it seems, as the days fly by since the release of “Super Delicate” in February of last year, that I’m growing more an more irritated by the lack of a new single, it’s because I am getting more irritated.

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It’s worthwhile to mention that they showed some old pics of the HSJ on the screen in the background – a nice touch, and there’s going to be more old photos where those came from later on in the episode.

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Shounen Club 2013.02.13 Review

The first Shounen Club (ザ少年倶楽部) of this month was a delight to watch. How will the juniors do in this episode?

Bakaleya Six, the Elder Juniors, and noon boyz kick things off with the dance version of Kis-My-Ft2’s “Ai no Beat.”

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After two minutes, special guest Fujigaya Taisuke-kun from Kis-My-Ft2 walks in and takes up the song. He’s wearing the same black top-camouflage bottom combination as the Bakaleya bunch (or perhaps I should say that they’re wearing the same colors as he is?).

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The theme for this week is LOVE – with Valentine’s Day this week, it was either that or 愛 (ai – love). The hosts were Arioka Daiki-kun, Nakajima Yuto-kun, and Yabu Kota-kun.

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