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A Core Sample: Day Two of Comiket & Anime Japan Fes, 8/16/2008 - Somewhere It's Showa

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With the brutal heat and almost constant crunch of the crowd, the fun last Saturday had to be earned--but mannn, was it worth the effort!

After lining up around 8am, here's my section of the crowd when Comiket opened at 10am. That far distant end of the straightaway intersects with the vast plaza leading to Big Sight's grand stairway.

It was the second day for both Comic Market 74 and the 10th annual Anime Japan Fes series of concerts (I'd attended the first day of Comiket, but had been out of luck for that afternoon's long-sold-out AJF Joushibu special, featuring anison's finest female performers presenting a slew of songs, musical theater-style). AJF's tokusatsucentric Super Hero Spirits concert would be in late afternoon--a carrot at the end of the lengthy stick of Comiket.



At 11:10am, we at last ascended to the goal of more than a hundred thousand folks that day: the mystical inverted pyramids of Big Sight!

Different genres are featured each day--yep, a day's circles all move out at closing time, and new ones move in the next morning--and for the first time in memory, the various genres I was after this day all managed to land in the same hall: the expanse of East Hall 1-2-3, today mapped into quadrants for Gundam, Sunrise, Novel F.C. ("fan circle"--folks doing doujinshi for properties that began as novels, such as "Lord of the Rings" and "Harry Potter"), and Other Anime (-That-Didn't-Begin-As-Manga; doujinshi for manga and manga-based anime had the spotlight on Comiket's first day). No need to head over to the mirror world of East Hall 4-5-6 or make the treacherous trek to West Hall 1-2 this time (a small mercy, sure--but after the snail-pace slog to get in, and with four hours of standing ahead at the AJF concert, you bet I'll take it!).

After my traditional first stop for aisatsu with Kurata-san of circle Azzurri, whose "Gundam Wing" books got me hooked on doujinshi a decade ago (and she had her first new one in a couple of years, woo-hoo!), it was on to the Other Anime area--an old-skooler's dream with its time-capsule data books, and BGM arrangement CDs and sheet music, and further adventures of your decades-old favorites!

Photographed with permission, here's the Kyoutou Sanseisha side of the "Baldios" endcap.

The circles that had me especially fired up were the "Baldios" duo of Kyoutou Sanseisha and Nekotei. This time they'd earned an endcap (in doujinshi space hierachy, the most popular circles are assigned spaces along the walls to accommodate lines that may stretch outside the building; then come the interior rows' endcaps, which can accommodate lines a dozen deep; the rest of the circles then fill the interior rows), and they teamed to make the most of it with a display of vintage Baldios toys and kits in addition to their three new books: Kyoutou Sanseisha's manga version of "Baldios" episode 38 (planned to be one of the TV series' final five episodes, which were left unmade when the show was cancelled; they've now comicalized four of those five) and "Baldios Historica" text analysis of the TV series, and the conclusion of Nekotei's Aphrodia-centric take on episode 35.

Yikes, this is getting long...There was way too much other fun, in way too many other genres, to detail here (although lemme note that Yamato Party 2009 was announced for May 3 in Saitama; also, the who'da-thunk-it "Technoboyger" space turned out to be empty...betcha somebody was enjoying their circle passes, though. Didja know Comiket circle passes turn up on YJ!Auctions prior to the event, and typically go for 20,000 yen or more for each day? Obscure genre = great chance to win in the Comiket lottery for spaces...sayyyy...at the Winter Comiket, watch for the great book I'm going to "do" on, uhhh, Dai Apollon! [Kidding, kidding!]).

With book-stuffed backpack in tow, made the 15-minute hike to Zepp Tokyo, which thankfully has lockers for the stashing of loot. The gathered faithful milled around and chatted, and at last the time came! I landed in the fourth row on the far left side, with a great angle view and surrounded by fellow hardcore fans. Once in, the near-hour of standing and waiting for the start is the most grueling part after Comiket--but it was forgotten in a flash when Shocker OH!NO! came out to greet us, and the Super Rescue Band members took their places, flanked by The Kinds (two for a while last year, but now again three strong) and Apple Pie...and with a roar of "Super Hero...SPIRITS!", we were off!

ANIME JAPAN FES 2008 SUPER HERO SPIRITS "NATSU NO JIN"
August 16, 2008 at Zepp Tokyo, Aomi, Tokyo
Featuring Ichirou Mizuki, Akira Kushida, MoJo, Takayuki Miyauchi, Psychic Lover, Takayoshi Tanimoto, Sister MAYO, Shin'ichi Ishihara, Masaaki Endou, Hideyuki Takahashi, Tatsuya Maeda, and Ken'ichirou Ooishi, with The Kinds, Apple Pie, Super Rescue Band, and emcee Shocker OH!NO!
1. Uchuu Keiji Gavan (Gavan op): Akira Kushida
[Later in the show, Shocker reminisced that the first Super Hero Spirits, back in August 1999, had also opened with "Uchuu Keiji Gavan"...and that the crowd actually sang its first few lines, when Qu-cy's microphone didn't work! This year's show would be tech-problem-free.]
2. Uchuu Keiji Sharivan (Sharivan op): Akira Kushida
3. Tokkei Winspector (Winspector op): Takayuki Miyauchi
4. Dai Sentai Goggle V Alternate Version (Goggle V op): MoJo
5. Jigoku No Zubat (Zubat op): Ichirou Mizuki
6. Kagayaku Taiyou Kagestar (Kagestar op): Ichirou Mizuki
7. Ultraman Powered (Ultraman Powered op): Tatsuya Maeda
8. Ultraman Dyna (Ultraman Dyna op): Tatsuya Maeda
[This was the AJF debut for Maeda-san, and he got a huge welcome! These days the ultra-laid-back Okinawan is lead guitarist for the band ROPS.]
9. Engine Sentai Go-onger (Go-onger op): Hideyuki Takahashi
[For a few bars, he did the Mashed Potato...and it wasn't out of place at all in this surf-guitar-esque song!]
10. Engine First Lap -Type Normal- (Go-onger end): Project.R (Takayoshi Tanimoto, Sister MAYO, Ken'ichirou Ooishi)
[Tanimoto's name has become a running gag--is it Taniyama? Tanimura? Taniguchi? He and Sister MAYO schooled the crowd on the arm movements in the song's chorus, and then got rolling! (The rapping part must be mighty monster on them; each had unusual hoarse patches in their following songs.)]
11. Jumon Kourin -Magical Force- (Magiranger end): Sister MAYO
12. Juuken Sentai Gekiranger (Gekiranger op): Takayoshi Tanimoto
13. Tao (Gekiranger end): Ichirou Mizuki
14. Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger (Dekaranger op): Psychic Lover
15. Boukensha ON THE ROAD (Boukenger end): Psychic Lover
16. Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger (Abaranger op): Masaaki Endou
[This was Etchi's only performance, other than the encore; he still had Hironobu Kageyama's all-night concert ahead, it was explained. (Of course, so did Psychic Lover. ;^) ) ]
17. We are the ONE -Bokura Wa Hitotsu- (Abaranger end): Akira Kushida
18. Accoustic Guitar Corner: Go Go Kikaider (Kikaider op): Odaiba Fundari Kettari Anison Rakudan (Ichirou Mizuki, Akira Kushida, MoJo, Takayuki Miyauchi, Psychic Lover, Takayoshi Tanimoto, Sister MAYO, Hideyuki Takahashi)
19. Accoustic Guitar Corner: Hakaider No Uta (Kikaider ins): Odaiba Fundari Kettari Anison Rakudan
[Yoffy of Psychic Lover plays a mean horse-jaw rattle! But poor Hakaider, he don't get no respect--on the "Ore no na wa, ore no na wa" line, first MoJo, then Qu-cy, and then Miya'nii couldn't resist inserting their own names, hee!]
20. Kyuukyuu Sentai Go Go Five (Go Go Five op): Shin'ichi Ishihara
21. Choudenshi Bioman (Bioman op): Takayuki Miyauchi
22. Seiun Kamen Machineman (Machineman op): MoJo
23. Kagaku Sentai Dynaman (Dynaman op): MoJo
24. Uchuu Keiji Shaider (Shaider op): Akira Kushida
25. Kidou Keiji Jiban (Jiban op): Akira Kushida
26. Tokkyuu Shirei Solbrain (Solbrain op): Takayuki Miyauchi
27. True Dream (Blue Swat op): Tatsuya Maeda
[Biggest surprise of the concert for me! Absolutely beautiful.]
28. Juukou B-Fighter (B-Fighter op): Shin'ichi Ishihara
29. Time Limit (Metalder end): Ichirou Mizuki
30. Bokura No Barom-1 (Barom-1 op): Ichirou Mizuki
31. Encore: Taiyou Sentai Sunvulcan (Sunvulcan op): All Cast

High-energy from start to finish, and full of fine performances, Super Hero Spirits 2008 was one to do AJF proud. Afterwards, many were staying for that night's Kageyama-and-company all-nighter, but I headed on back to Gunma to take care of the pets, ogle the day's loot, and prepare for another early-morning departure--for the day that would culminate in the high point of the wild weekend, Super Anison Spirits!
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From:avalonjones
Date:August 24th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
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A tech-problem-free anison concert? Really? :D Sounds like you had an awesome time--can't wait to read the rest!
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From:ii_jidai
Date:August 27th, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
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Honest and for true! You just happened to catch two whoppers last year, with "Siren Builder" stopping on MoJo at Hero Monogatari: Densetsu in October, and then Kageyama skidding off the stage at the start of "Jetman" at AJF in December... ;^) Things have run so super-smoothly this year, about the most memorable hiccup there's been was at Super Robot Spirits in April, when verse 3 of "Go Lion" became "Yon Lion" when Aniki added up four instead of five. ;^)
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From:pockyman
Date:August 24th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
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No, make it 'Astro Ganger' for the real 'what the heck!?' factor. XD

Dammit, I shouldn't miss the chaos that is Comike. -.-

As for Endou-san, well, he was still recovering from the Otakon trip, too. :3

Edited at 2008-08-24 06:28 pm (UTC)
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From:ii_jidai
Date:August 27th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
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"Astro Ganger"...! *bwa-ha-ha-ha!* How about you "do" that one--a circle pass would go a long way toward counteracting the chaos... ;^) (Just watch out for the one "Astro Ganger" fan who shows up and gets their heart broken at the sight of the empty space...they might hunt you to the ends of the earth!)

Ah, good point about Otakon! Did you get to see JAM Project?!
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From:tochiro998
Date:August 25th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
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aww, Technoboyager gets no respect! First Bandai pulls the plug on the toy, then decades later Aoshima announces they're going to do it, and THAT vanishes in the night...

At least I finally, FINALLY got the Animex 1200 (thank you Columbia for this line, hey King Records and Vap and Victor and...and...ALL YOU OTHER GUYS, TAKE A CLUE!) release of the soundtrack. Now to hunt for the Dr. Slump Space Movie...

Anyway, sounds awesome! I can't imagine slugging thru all that time in line, then waiting AGAIN for the concert...You're a real super hardcore Anime Warrior, you know that? I know I would have been hard pressed just enduring the crush at Big Sight...altho there's no question the concert would have pumped me up! I've got....ummm...about 20% of that song list on my iPod Shuffle, I think I need to add a few more Toku songs to the mix..

And in the usual 'do the internet thing' POST YOUR HAUL! POST YOUR HAUL! :)
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From:ii_jidai
Date:August 27th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
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The cut in the catalog was pretty vague; it just said it would be a "Technoboyger" space. I'd been hoping hard for a data book, with settei and info on the making of the series and good stuff like that. But it could just as easily have turned out to be about Hidaka porking Paul or something...in which case, maybe it's just as well that space was empty...!

Naw, I'm a wimp next to the hardcore corps who did the second day of Comiket, and then Super Hero Spirits, and then the Kageyama-and-friends all-night concert, and then lined up for day three of Comiket...yowza!

Is "Seiun Kamen Machineman" part of your 20 percent? If not, think you'd dig it; the music is by Yuji "Lupin III" Ohno!
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From:tochiro998
Date:August 27th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
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....a settei book for Technoboyager...*sigh*...

Cripes, with all the retro rediscovery going on again, where's someone whipping out a Mook or something, huh? I asks ya! It's not fair. I mean, IIRC it had a decent staff, some name designers.

OTOH I wonder if it's fallen into the black hole of 'questionable rights', given that ITC in the UK went away some time ago and the rights to the catalog (Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, etc) kinda ping-ponged about until settling down with...um....Carlton International Media...

Well, I still have the Thunderbirds 2086 publicity booklet, so that's something.

Machineman...dang. What was the deal with Yuji Ohno? He was all OVER the place during the early '80s from the later '70s...Captain Future, Space Cobra.. I guess striking while the iron was hot and getting some non-Lupin bank in :)

Sadly, my live action collection on CD is much weaker than the anime. I should do something about that, but the best way to do it would be some of those lovely (and often cheap) Columbia live action collections and I just don't have access to anyplace where I could hunt and peck thru CDs...last one I got was Super Sentai themes up to OhRanger and a 'metal hero' collection that took me up to B-Fighter, so, yeah, I'm WAY behind. :)

(altho man, Sasaki's singing for the OP of Metalder is...so mellow compared to the energy of Winspector et al...)

What I need is a bunch of money, a trip to Japan, and you guiding me thru the used CD sections to gobble up stuff.. :)
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From:ii_jidai
Date:September 2nd, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
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Cripes, with all the retro rediscovery going on again, where's someone whipping out a Mook or something, huh? I asks ya! It's not fair. I mean, IIRC it had a decent staff, some name designers.

But see, that's the beauty of doujinshi. There are print shops that specialize in short runs; you just gather obscure ephemera (gotta find someone with those darn settei first, or luck into 'em in a shop or at auction), write the content and design it, have the print shop run 250 of your perfect-bound dream book, and there y'go. No need to acquire rights or permission because hey, it's a doujinshi, for gosh sakes! (Although who knows how long that'll go on...a couple years ago a circle did a fantastic "Saraba Yamato" data book that strictly was not for sale, but was a giveaway if you bought their "Arcadia" data book; maybe there was something in it they could only reproduce if it was for free or something.)

Machineman, man...that's one you need to hear! (Yuji Ohno's still out there; found out after the fact that he gave a one-man piano concert last fall in the next prefecture north of here.)
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Date:August 26th, 2008 02:27 am (UTC)

Awesome!

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I've always wanted to see Maeda live! Hopefully Ken Narita or Masato Shimon(Gingaman OP) will be at SSS 2009, i miss both of them. MoJo is the coolest!
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From:ii_jidai
Date:August 27th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)

Re: Awesome!

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Thanks for reading! Maeda-san was so popular, this probably won't be his only AJF appearance! (If you're in Japan, he and his band ROPS have been performing monthly at Live House Lantern in Shibuya.) I agree completely about MoJo--he's crazy-great! Super Sentai Spirits III will be this November at Shibuya O-East, in two concerts: SSS 20th Century on 11/29, and SSS 21st Century on 11/30. Ken Narita is listed for 11/29 (he sang "Aa Denshi Sentai Denjiman" at Super Anison Spirits on 8/17 and sounded great!). Masato Shimon unfortunately is not listed. It may take a miracle for him to ever appear again, but, we can keep hoping...
From:smythe_saikyo
Date:October 11th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)

One more question

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Did Maeda-san play his guitar and sing on the songs he did?
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From:ii_jidai
Date:October 16th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)

Re: One more question

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He sang but did not play guitar at this AJF concert.
From:smythe_saikyo
Date:January 6th, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)

Isao Sasaki

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Why is Sasaki-sama never at any SHS concerts? A live version of Kimi mo Seishun wa Kagayaiteiru ka would be awesome, that song sends chills down my spine much like Scarlet Scarf does.
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From:ii_jidai
Date:January 6th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)

Re: Isao Sasaki

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His schedule unfortunately doesn't let him do it often, but he did perform at the 2006 SHS, where he sang "Kimi no Seishun wa Kagayaiteiru ka" (and also "Tatakae!! Choujin Bibyuun," "JAKQ Dengekitai," and "Himitsu Sentai Goranger"). That song really is something special!
From:smythe_saikyo
Date:January 6th, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)

Re: Isao Sasaki

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Are there DVDs or CDs of SHS 06? If so, I gotta get my hands on em!
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From:ii_jidai
Date:January 6th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)

Re: Isao Sasaki

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No DVDs or CDs for the 2006 SHS, unfortunately. Only three SHS have had commercial recordings released: 1999 (CD), 2000 (DVD [all 28 songs] and CD [15 songs]), and 2003 (nine songs from it were included in King Records' "Anime Japan Fes 2003" two-CD set).
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