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The 10th annual Anime Japan Fes concluded its triumphant three-day Tokyo stay with Super Anison Spirits on August 17. After two days of extra-searing August heat, rain had come roaring in, making for a mighty wet wait to enter Zepp Tokyo...but there's just no dampening those anison spirits!

I had company this time, after hooking up with friend Finder J in the animal section at Comiket that afternoon (circle Capybara Engine--all capybaras, all the time!--is always a must-see for me ;^) ). We were lucky enough to have tickets numbered in the mid-200s for the concert, so could enter fairly early...and as we hustled through the lobby to scoot down the hallway along the left wall of the hall, hoping to land a left-side spot as close as possible once inside, I noticed a three-person film unit at rest along the wall.

"Are there plans for this to come out on DVD?" I asked them, hoping for a news scoop for Anison Central. Finder J hesitated, and then disappeared on down the hallway, knowing something I didn't. One of the film crew explained that this would be for TV broadcast and then, before I could ask what station, she asked who I'd be cheering for. My mind raced--there was some crossover in performers between yesterday's Super Hero Spirits and today's Super Anison Spirits, and I sure didn't want to name someone who wouldn't be there. "Kushida-san...and Sasaki-san...and Mizuki-sa-" She almost leaped at the name--"You've come to see Mizuki-san?!" "Of course! Aniki is great!"

"Would you mind if we interviewed you?" "Hah?! My Japanese is really bad...!" But up swung the camera and mike, and the interview was underway!

She asked again who I'd be cheering for, and I bumbled out something like "Aniki o ooenshiteruZET'!" with "Z" gesture, trying to imitate his recent favorite replacement for a sentence-ending -ze. Then she asked what I like about Aniki (best I could come up with in that instant was that he's a great fusion of moeru and mellow), and which of his songs I hoped to hear today (my favorites are his robot songs, but today would be other genres' anime songs, so, "Savannah o Koete" from the new Jungle Taitei, and "Ryuu ga Yuku" from Genshi Shounen Ryuu...which just goes to show how badly rattled I was; "Captain Harlock" easily trumps those...).

Then she asked if I could sing any of his songs. "I do at karaoke, but the lyrics are there to read. I'd sing wrong words without them." "Please try!" So I did a short snatch of the chorus of "Savannah o Koete"--"Tabidate, Leo, savanna koete..."--but was embarrassed and figured I'd better stop right there. They thanked me, and I scrambled on down the hallway, entered the hall fairly far down...and found the place packed, arrggh!

Fortunately, Finder J had been watching for me, and I saw her waving from near the front. She'd saved me a spot, and I joined her in the fifth row at far left. The waiting time flew, with all the coulda-shoulda-wouldas from the interview swarming my sorry noggin. It took a little longer than that to shake them off--but if anything could do it, this concert was it!

August 17, 2008 at Zepp Tokyo, Aomi, Tokyo
Featuring Ichirou Mizuki, Akira Kushida, Takayuki Miyauchi, Ken Narita, Miho Morikawa, Hironobu Kageyama, Yuri Shimazaki, Yougo Kouno, Akira Asakura, Shuuhei Kita, and special guest Isao Sasaki, with The Kinds, Apple Pie, Super Rescue Band, and emcee Shocker OH!NO!
1. Roller Hero Muteking (Muteking op): Ichirou Mizuki
[Last summer's AJF Super Anison Spirits concert had launched with six great songs, end on end on end--a tsunami of a start that was so atypical and so outstanding, I pegged it at Number 4 on my list of last year's Anison Concert Top Ten Most Memorable Moments. This year's edition did its darndest to make that caliber of super-start a new tradition, with a fantastic five-song opening charge! (...And I was kicking myself for not having thought to mention "Roller Hero Muteking" in the interview...)]
2. Nagareboshi Gin (Ginga op): Takayuki Miyauchi
[Always a thrill to hear!]
3. Ta ga Tame ni (Cyborg 009 op): Ken Narita
[My all-time favorite anime song! And with Narita-san in top form, and with the crowd singing in harmony...this is what it's all about! *blissful sigh*]
4. Shippuu Xabungle (Xabungle op): Akira Kushida
[...and hot on its heels, here came my second-favorite anime song! Qu-cy dropped part of a first-verse line into verse 2; he caught back quick, but the TV camera was rolling...so when our eyes happened to meet in verse 3, I did something I've never, ever done before. Usually if a performer looks at me, I try to get across a "this is so great!" look while still doing whatever the rest of the crowd is doing; have never tried waving (although have seen a few folks do that). But this time, I suddenly found myself flashing two thumbs up at him--and he rewarded me with a big grin! I was so tickled! So if "Xabungle" makes the TV broadcast, and you see him grin when he sings "inochi hagukumu," that's why. :^D ]
5. WE GOTTA POWER (Dragon Ball Z op): Hironobu Kageyama
[You'd never know he was coming off an all-night concert! His energy was amazing, and the crowd was practically crackling with it, too!]
6. Samurai Giants (Samurai Giants op): Ichirou Mizuki
7. Kokoro ni Ase o (Shin Kyoujin No Hoshi II op): Ichirou Mizuki
[Never expected to hear this one live! Aniki was superb! Now, if only he'd done "Kita no Ookami, Minami no Tora" from Yakyuu Kyou no Uta to complete the baseball trifecta...darn!]
8. Breakin' Through (Persona -Trinity Soul- op): Shuuhei Kita
[Kita-san was the winner of last year's inaugural Animax Anime Song Grand Prix, landing a recording contract. This song was his debut, and we cheered our fellow fan long and loud!]
9. Blue Water (Nadia op): Miho Morikawa
[Amazing but true, she's even better now than when she first recorded it!]
10. Yes! I will... (Nadia end): Miho Morikawa
11. DREAMS (Gundam X op): Akira Asakura
[This was the AJF debut for Asakura-san (not sure how active she's been in the years since Romantic Mode folded). I've loved this song for, yow, more than a decade now, so it was especially a thrill to hear it live!]
12. Yahhou! (Shijou Saikyou No Deshi Ken'ichi op): DIVAxDIVA (Miho Morikawa & Akira Asakura)
[Wow! I need to get this CD! (Later in the show, Shocker said he'd watched this performance from the wings with an impressed Isao Sasaki, who had intoned, "Those girls out there--they're really good!")]
13. Kinnikuman Go Fight! (Kinnikuman op): Akira Kushida
[This is the 29th anniversary of "Kinnikuman"--2-9, ni-ku, get it? And this month the 29th falls on a Friday, or kin'youbi, making Friday the 29th kin-ni-ku...so AJF celebrated a little early, with a "Kinnikuman" songfest!]
14. Akuma no Mougyuu (Buffaloman no Theme) (Kinnikuman ins): Takayuki Miyauchi
[Sooo coooool...!]
15. HUSTLE MUSCLE (Kinnikuman Nisei op): Yougo Kouno
[Kouno-san not only sings, he's a super-charged guitarist, too!]
16. Honoo No Kinnikuman (Kinnikuman op): Akira Kushida
17. Accoustic Guitar Corner: Hyouga Senshi Guyslugger (Guyslugger op): Anison Chimi Mouryou Kiki Kaikai Rakudan (Ichirou Mizuki, Akira Kushida, Takayuki Miyauchi, Miho Morikawa, Akira Asakura, and Yougo Kouno, with Takayoshi Tanimoto)
[Tanimoto (...Taniyama? Tanimura? Taniguchi? ;^) ) was making a special appearance, invited by Aniki during the previous day's Super Hero Spirits to come play the pianika.]
18. Accoustic Guitar Corner: Kyou mo Dokokade Devilman (Devilman end): Anison Chimi Mouryou Kiki Kaikai Rakudan (Ichirou Mizuki, Akira Kushida, Takayuki Miyauchi, Miho Morikawa, Akira Asakura, Yougo Kouno, with Takayoshi Tanimoto)
19. Hakushon Daimaou no Uta (Hakushon Daimaou op): Yuri Shimazaki
20. Minashigo Hatchi (Minashigo Hatchi op): Yuri Shimazaki
[She's even Aniki's senpai, but man oh mannn, super-genki Shimazaki-san is absolutely evergreen...and she's got lungs all the way to her toes! So much fun to hear and see in action! I felt like I'd witnessed something truly special.]
21. Tatakae! Polimar (Hurricane Polimar op): Isao Sasaki
[...and that feeling continued as Sasaki-san took the stage to perform this song for the first time in more than 30 years! This was one of the all-time great anison live experiences, he and a following 4,000 voices strong ripping the air with "Haaaaa...riiiiiiii...keeeeehhhhhhhhhnnn....PORIMAAAAAAAAHHH!!"! I was only good for the first verse, but all around, people berserk with glee were belting out all three with him!]
22. The Ultraman (The Ultraman op): Isao Sasaki
[Another song not performed for some 30 years! He even finished with a big "Shuwachi!"]
23. Ginga Tetsudou 999 (Ginga Tetsudou 999 op): Isao Sasaki
[Superb performance, with beautiful harmony from the crowd...couldn't keep my eyes from brimming over.]
24. Aa Denshi Sentai Denjiman (Denjiman op): Ken Narita
[Absolutely electric!]
25. Cosmos Dream -Uchuu O Kakeru Yume- Columbia Version (Queen of 1000 Years op): Ken Narita
[Not sure why "Cosmos Dream" wasn't before "Denjiman," to have the Reiji Matsumoto songs together and then the tokusatsu songs together...but, anyway! I'd cried when he sang this at the Anison Carnival in Ueno last year. Managed to stay dry-eyed this time, but some juicy *snurk*s could be heard all around at song's end.]
26. Kamen Rider BLACK RX (Kamen Rider Black RX op): Takayuki Miyauchi
[Surprise! So that's why it hadn't been sung at the previous day's Super Hero Spirits...!]
27. Jiraiya (Jiraiya op): Akira Kushida
[Qu-cy had this razor-sharp for the Anime Friends event in Brazil last month, and it was every bit as fan-freakin'-tastic here!]
28. Saint Shinwa -Soldier Dream- (Saint Seiya op): Hironobu Kageyama
[On the stage above, Kage-chan going like a force of nature...on the floor below, people singing, people leaping, people roaring...(the guy next to me was playing air guitar, even! ;^) )...it was an unforgettable snapshot of the kind of energy an anison concert can generate.]
29. Kibou no Honoo yo Moeagare!! (Dragon Ball game): Hironobu Kageyama
[First time I'd heard this, but really liked it.]
30. Harlock no Ballad (Mugen Kidou SSX end): Ichirou Mizuki
[Tremendously moving...maybe even more so than "Captain Harlock"--and before this, I wouldn't have thought that possible. Wow.]
31. Babel II (Babel II op): Ichirou Mizuki
32. Encore: Uchuu Senkan Yamato (Yamato op): All Cast
[With Isao Sasaki at the fore, the stars all gathered to belt out this epic song, and the crowd let loose too. There's something good for the soul in singing "Yamato" full-out--and the resulting ocean of sound made for a thrilling finish for the greatest AJF yet.]
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Date:September 2nd, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
Wow, you got to hear DREAMS live-! That's an awesome song. And the NADIA theme, too... don't forget to fry your mind!
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Date:September 5th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
Hee! When I saw Asakura-san listed, I wondered if maybe she'd done something recent, 'cause since this wasn't Super Robot Spirits, obviously she wouldn't be doing anything from "Gundam X"... Wrong-o, Keebler! They had robots too, they had tokusatsu too...they had a hell of a great show!
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Date:September 2nd, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
Very nice!

It sounds like you had a great time. And congratulations on the interview! ^_^
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Date:September 5th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
Hey, thanks very much! But what they need to do is interview someone coherent in the language, like you!
Date:September 2nd, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)

Interview, heh? :D

Hi there!
It's Alexander speaking (sorry for not being registered here). :) Last year we had some great time at various Anison events. I especially want to thank you once again for your great help for that SSS concert (you know what I'm talking about ;)). Indeed, last year's SAS was a blast, though my favorite part of it wasn't the beginning, but Moush Yoshizaki singing those Hokuto no Ken smash hits. I was breathless in that very instant. :D Not in Japan now, but I do want to return someday. Anison will attract me forever.
Anyway, just wanted to tell you that Japanese fans commented you *a lot* in 2channel. :D :D Especially now with that interview, you've become as interesting for them as Sasaki singing Polymar for the first time in 30 years. :)
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Date:September 5th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)

Re: Interview, heh? :D

Hey, Alexander! It's great to hear from you! The "Hokuto no Ken" corner was certainly a spectacularly great part of last summer's SAS! (He also sang them at the January 2006 SAS; for me, that was the very greatest!) Oh, wow, thanks for letting me know about 2channel--had no idea. You need to return to Japan! (Some fans are asking where you are!)
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Date:September 2nd, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
Man, what the heck is going on?! It just keeps getting better and better, doesn't it? :)

Is this all leading up to you posting about a trip to Tokyo, and on a whim dropping by Nishizaki's new Yamato Pro office and *ban* you've become a Production Assistant or something?

It's becoming a bit strange how I seem to have about 20% of every concert playlist tucked onto my iPod (and some in reserve on my iTunes). I assume this just means if I ever got to an Anison concert my head would explode.

Stupid odd comment you probably already know. The limited edition Leiji Matsumoto music museum CD set has the Queen of a 1000 Years BGM collection (taken, I assume, from the LP) with the original artist songs. what I did NOT know (or had forgotten) was that there were a number of OTHER songs created for the show, either as 'b' sides for single release or as image songs, I don't know, but it was quite a shock to discover that. Man, Queen of a 1000 Years gets no respect. Love and Peace, Love and Happiness, man. :)

(what? no, I didn't suddenly come into mucho cash and grab the set, a friend was good enough to rip a copy of his for me. Someday I'll buy my own, someday....)
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Date:September 5th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
Naw, it's just leading up to a post on What Happened In Nagoya. (Thank goodness I had an IRD [illicit recording device...;^) ] along, or else the next day I'd have thought I dreamed it!) Heh, haven't gone searching for Yamato Pro yet...would be interesting to try, though! There was actually a "Queen of 1000 Years" song collection LP on a minor label. Gosh, what was the name of that place you found that did mail-order back then...was it called Star Records? I got it from them in probably '82, thinking it was a BGM, but it turned out to all be songs (some good ones...one that went "time has come, time has passed..." kinda sticks in mind), along with the opening and ending theme. Mannn, and you get to listen to it anytime! Lucky...! (Mine is somewhere in a storage unit in Ohio. *sigh*)
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Date:September 6th, 2008 12:57 am (UTC)
Yeah, STAR (Sound Track Album Retailers), based in Pennsylvania, IIRC. It was only fair, after you had introduced me to Melody Records. ;)

So, there was a song collection too? Man, I am so ignorant. Let's see if I can pull the song titles off from my iTunes, see if they ring any bells...I see 6 songs listed.

さよならの旅立ち~Time has come,time has passed~

(I love my iMac. I do. I can do so much now)

I think it was Victor that had the Queen of a 1000 Years music license, and Victor..nooo, wait, it's Pony/Canyon.. and they do a piss-poor job of keeping their anime catalog active. but heck, it's really only Columbia that seems to understand the value of their catalog...

and I blather on. sorry.

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Date:September 12th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
Canyon sounds familiar--wonder if that was the label? Might've been a pre-Pony time...Oh, hey, the "Tobe Tetsu no Pegasus" song! Haven't thought about that in years!
...Yow, check it out, just found the LP in an online auction (look quick, it closes September 18):
It's Canyon C25G-0111. Looks like you've got a third of its 18 songs (hey, 33 percent is better than 20 percent...!). Wonder if they're the same recordings, or if not, did Columbia (oops, assuming here that the Matsumoto Museum CD set was Columbia) had someone else sing them, as they did for their version of the opening theme?
. . .
and if they did, would they have had Ken Narita sing "Tobe Tetsu no Pegasus"...?
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Date:September 13th, 2008 06:08 am (UTC)
Well...your instincts are correct, that Matsumoto Music Museum set was produced by Columbia for Bandai /LaLaBit. Please forgive me, I STILL have that blind spot, that inability to read 'name' kanji correctly, but from listening, it's all original artists, so I'm assuming it's Ken Narita singing.

This is the set that 'broke the logjam' that kept all those non-Columbia Yamato songs from showing up, and led to the release of same on the Yamato Eternal Edition file 10. (Yamato the Best)

Hoy crap in a hat, they really cranked out 18 songs for Q1000? That blows my mind. Ohhhh, wait, wait...OK, from reading the track listing on the auction, and comparing it to the track listing on the Museum CD, 11 of those 18 tracks are on the CD. The rest of the CD is taken by the BGM from the Q1000 movie.

So it seems the LP was a mix of songs and BGM. Which is cool.

(note that when I say 'read' I mean 'look at the damn kanji and compare them to each other) :)

And in keeping with that, if you care to put the names of the singers here (English then japanese rendering) I can look at the CD track listings and do that compare thing...but like I said, I'm pretty sure it's all original artists, NOT the cover versions that have been the only thing out there...

Ah, so many LPs to buy, fill in those gaps of stuff I missed back in the day, so many things not on CD, such as the English Harlock drama LP...oh GOD that was bad...
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Date:September 13th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
Columbia's cover of opening theme "Cosmos Dream -Uchuu o Kakeru Yume-" (コスモス・ドリーム COSMOS DREAM−宇宙をかける夢−) was by Ken Narita (成田賢) and ending theme "Mahoroba Densetsu" (まほろば伝説) was by Kumiko Kaori (かおりくみこ). The original artists on those--the folks heard on TV, and on the Canyon releases--were Masaki Takanashi (高梨雅樹) and Manami Ishikawa (石川まなみ), respectively.

Okay, according to the Anison Generation database (http://anison.info/data/), in addition to those two songs, the TV "Queen of 1000 Years" had just the five other songs (four image songs and an insert song), none of which had cover versions. (Takanashi did "Tobe Tetsu no Pegasus,* while Ishikawa did "Sayonara no Tabidachi -Time has come, time has passed-"; the others were by Keiko Toda (戸田恵子), Keiko Han (潘恵子), and Keiko Han and Slapstick (スラップスティック).
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Date:September 13th, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
Seems like old times, doesn't it? struggling along trying to piece together stuff, blah blah blah :)

OK, going on your research, I can confirm that the Matsumoto Museum CD has 6 of the 7 songs, the one by Keiko Han and Slapstick is the missing one.

All the songs are indeed by the original artists, so Ken Narita is hanging around on the last Matsumoto collection release 'Leiji Matsumoto animation world' (aka World of Matsumoto v2.0) Columbia COCX-32297~8

But you know what's kind of funny, looking at that Q1000 CD? No 'Angel Queen' song. I would have thought that with all the money being spent on licensing from other labels they would have got that on there too, but, no.

Man, sure would have been nice if Columbia could have done an 'Eternal Edition' release on the Queen of a 1000 Years TV series, with all the songs, unreleased BGM, blah blah blah. One Day I'd like to talk to someone at Columbia about things like that...

*heheheh* that 'one day...' list is getting longer and longer...
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Date:September 16th, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC)
Wasn't that "Angel Queen" EP from Canyon, too? Wonder if Kitaro's involvement complicates the rights somehow, being a Fantabulous Famous Star and such. (Unlike Dara Sedaka. ;^) )
Date:September 12th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)

Ken Narita!

Hi! I love anisoncentral.com and I am a big fan of Ken Narita. Can you get into a bit more detail as how Denjiman was performed? I mean, who was on backing vox, the Kinds? Or was it playback?
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Date:September 12th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)

Re: Ken Narita!

Thanks very much! The music was live at this concert, performed by Super Rescue Band, and The Kinds sang the backup vocals (as did the crowd, at the tops of our lungs ;^) ).

At the August 2007 Anime Japan Fes Super Anison Spirits concert, Narita-san sang both "Aa Denshi Sentai Denjiman" and "Denjiman ni Makasero!", with live music by Super Rescue Band and backup vocals by The Kinds.

Last year he also performed "Aa Denshi Sentai Denjiman" at least twice to a recorded karaoke music track. The first time, in May 2007 at MoJox2 Nodo Jiman, it was the original karaoke music track, complete with backup vocals. In July 2007, at the Anison Carnival in Ueno, the music was recorded karaoke, but The Kinds sang live backup vocals.

Narita-san performed a solo concert earlier this year, in April (I unfortunately wasn't able to attend). He's slated to perform at the upcoming Super Sentai Spirits III: 20th Century concert in Shibuya on November 29, which will have live music and probably also have The Kinds singing backup.

His web site, Evergreen, is at http://evergreen009.web.fc2.com/EVERGREENTOP.htm.

Hope that helps!

Date:September 12th, 2008 03:54 am (UTC)


Seriously, Ken Narita live after all these years? And Ultraman Jonias live is big too! I have to get my hands on this...DVD or DVR I don't care...
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Date:September 12th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)


Since the interview I mentioned above wound up airing on NHK, and the concert footage was being shot by the same crew, am kinda doubtful the concert will get shown on AT-X as it was last year. With luck Columbia will film and release the upcoming Super Sentai Spirits III concerts on DVD as it did with the previous two, so at least folks would be able to see him perform "Denjiman."
Date:September 15th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)


I'm so angry I live in the US...you're so lucky!

BTW, get my email from my "darthsmythe" email address?

How was the Anime Shudaika recorded then?

yeah, For Whom is my fav too!
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Date:September 16th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)


BTW, get my email from my "darthsmythe" email address?
Apparently not. I get a ton of spam so might have accidentally deleted something good. Most reliable to write here.

How was the Anime Shudaika recorded then?
If you're talking about NHK's Anime Shudaika Daizenshuu concert, it was recorded at NHK Hall in high-def with three floor cameras, a camera crane, and a handheld camera.

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