Since it might be a bother for new forum visitors to dig through the general discussions thread, I've decided to make a new thread for everyone to post their experiences of meeting Keyakizaka46 members. Yoroshiku! ----------------------------------------------------------------- Keyakizaka46 Omitatekai (First official fan meeting event in Zepp DiverCity, Odaiba, Tokyo) November 15, 2015 Noon Session (3rd event out of 4) The following is a summary of my trip and what my personal impression of the members are. -- Before event -- I applied for the ticket through a new "e-plus" web ticket account, and found out that I won on Nov. 6. Since Nov. 15 is also my birthday, I thought to use the chance to go to Tokyo again, party with friends, and attend this event. I used Twitter to connect with Keyakizaka fans who were also attending the event, and made promises with a couple of them that we would meet at the venue. My oshimen in the group is Aoi Harada. Before I boarded the plane to Japan, I made a uchiwa (decorated fan) with her name on it. Zepp DiverCity is usually standing only, but on that day they laid seats on the floor, so instead of the normal 2500 people, it only had a capacity of around 1100. My seat was the far right end of the first row on the 2nd floor balcony, which gave me a great view of the entire hall. Next to me is one of the cameramen who was documenting the event. We filed into our seats with little noise, and everyone for the most part was quiet. Sometimes, when the girls forget what to say, 2-3 people would shout, "ganbare~" to encourage them, but that's it. No loud laughter, no heckling or sneering of any kind, which made the atmosphere slightly tense and awkward. I feel it's both because everyone is seeing the girls for the first time and being shy, as well as people being pressured by the aura of the 46-group, who have a dignified and elegant image, to act proper (therefore a little numb in response) -- Main event -- The event started. Each of the 20 girls did a self-introduction and most of them performed a little talent show-and-tell. This portion of the event took exactly 1 hour. In the event that I attended, the girls were ordered by height, instead of by last name. (The day before, everyone was lined up by name) Impressions of each girl in self-introduction segment (I will write more about girls who have left stronger impression on me): Rina Uemura: Brings a trumpet to play as part of her talent. Like everyone expected, she made a horrible sound, just like on TV. Not sure how effective it was to have her lead the group, but Rina seems like a good girl who's just a little clumsy. Yui Imaizumi: Yui did her usual introduction and asked fans to create a nickname for her since she doesn't have one. (She did in fact have an idol name called Yuifuru, but doesn't seem to want use it again) She sang an original song acapella as her show-and-tell. She has strong vocals, and seemed fearless on stage, and made a deep impression on everyone. As a reference, here is the song she sang: 『明日への歌』(Ashita e no uta) ついつい口ずさむ明日への歌 伝えたい気持ちと言葉がたまっていく 高鳴る鼓動が隠せない 出逢えた夢が叶いますように そう信じて生きていくの 明日の私は強くなれるかな Rika Ozeki: Wrote a slogan for Keyakizaka using ink calligraphy. Good writing style. Does not appear to be strange at all. Also seems to look better than on TV, namely, she got thinner. Miyu Suzumoto: Talks about chestnuts being her favorite food. Also says she can make omelet rice. Nothing for show-and-tell. Aoi Harada: Says she was born in 2000 and is a "Millennium Baby," which is a very unusual phrase to say in Japan and caught a lot of people's attention. (Most people don't know what the word millennium means) Nothing for show and tell, but she felt mature for her age. Nanami Yonetani: The first girl to try to engage the audience. She told everyone to say "Yonemin" after her catch phrase. We did it, but it felt a bit forced, mainly because she seems to not believe in having the nickname Yonemin herself. Her show-and-tell was a buddhist chant on a cushion. Nanako Nagasawa: Shows audience her Nogizaka46 towel that she got in Sendai concert. Says she loves Erika Ikuta and then played "Anata no Tameni Hikitai" using violin. Messes up on the final line because she forgets how the song converted the minor chord to a major one. Audience was supportive. Minami Koike: Ridiculously pretty in person (front-on camera view). Says she's very clumsy and once got her shirt caught in the train doors and rode all the way to the final stop. Appeals to fans to come shake her hands by saying the ball of her palm feels like a soft paw. Nickname Miichan. Says she likes Anzen Chitai (1980s Japan pop band), which got my attention because I like to sing Anzen Chitai in karaoke. She seems just non-menacing enough that I consider her appeal tactics charming. Yui Kobayashi: Brings on a guitar, but doesn't play it at first. Says she is not actually a "bocchi" (lonely) girl in the group like what was shown on TV. Says she likes to play Animal Crossing games on 3DS, but since she joined the group she hasn't had time for games. Plays guitar and sings same time. Not bad, nothing special though. Yurina Hirate: Says she became an idol not to be pampered by people. Says she wants to be recognized for her talents. Youngest girl but seems to have a strong will. Nana Oda: Forgets how to begin her introduction for around 20 seconds. Silent and frustrated. Fans shout "ganbare!" Says she's been called "mother of three children" by members. Asks audience to say Haha after she says the "sou de are!" oneshot gag. Nothing for show-and-tell. Shiori Sato: Brings on stage an abstract painting reminiscent of futurist painters (80cm x 1.2m) with 3 Japanese soccer players as motifs. Shows an ink calligraphy phrase: 凡事徹底. Finally, performs a couple of ballet moves. A little too greedy for the spotlight, I thought. Nijika Ishimori: Nijika seems to have talked about wanting to bring joy and happiness to her birthplace of Miyagi, which was badly hit by the 2011 Tsunami, on the first day. However, she changed her introduction on Sunday to dogs. She owns a chihuahua called Lily. Shows off a large dog encyclopedia book and asks fans to come to her to talk anything related to dogs. Akane Moriya: Sharp, glittering eyes. Says even though her name is Akane (red), she likes the color pink. Does half of her introduction running from left and right on stage, air rallying an invisible tennis ball. Seems very energetic. Risa Watanabe: Small voice. Says she's shy, but tends to talk a lot after getting to know a person first. Shows off the two-hands janken trick (right hand: scissors, rock, paper. left hand: paper, scissors, rock, repeat). Even though I had it figured out, it was still cute to watch. Risa looks better in person, especially after she let her hair down. Yuuka Sugai: Goes on stage and talks in very formal and refined Japanese. (Mina-sama gokigenyou~), and continues for around 30 seconds. Then stops, smiles and says that's not actually who she is, and that she's just a normal girl who rides horses. Reveals she cannot ride a bicycle, and has torn 3 ligaments on her ankle while trying to ride a bicycle when she was in elementary school. Overall a very well-prepared introduction segment and gave everyone a nice impression. Manaka Shida: Eyes look like she hasn't woken up from a nap yet... not as pretty as on TV. However, she brought a volleyball, and unlike on TV, actually hit it once. The ball went up, over the row of girls, bounced on the stage, and then bounced over the background prop. Everyone laughed. Maybe she planned it, but the fact that she showed off volleyball was very new to us (she didnt do it on Saturday). Rika Watanabe: Talks slowly, but doesnt bite her lower lip as much as she did on TV. Says even though she's the oldest, members treat her like she's the youngest. Has a cat named Peh-chan. Does not look like HKT48's Sae Kurihara. Face is slightly wider than Kurihara but prettier overall. Mizuho Habu: Fairly regular introduction. Nearly the same as on TV. Says she has been tall pretty much all her life, and that she likes to eat chocolate, not people. Says she likes vocaloid. -- Hand shake portion of event -- The girls were divided by last name into three groups: A, B and C. On Saturday, Group C went first, but on Sunday, it was the regular A, B, C order, which meant my girl, Aoi Harada was going with the last group. While I waited, I could watch the stage from the balcony and see how each girl reacted to fans. Here are my impressions: Group A: Ishimori, Imaizumi, Uemura, Ozeki, Oda, Koike, Kobayashi Imaizumi and Koike's lines immediately filled up. Kobayashi was third popular. Ishimori, Ozeki and Oda had the fewest visitors. Imaizumi does a little hop over to the fans when they get close to her table, just like the old Nao Furuhata. My wota friend and I could only sigh and nod: She's a pro. Group B: Saito, Sato, Shida, Sugai, Suzumoto, Nagasawa, Habu This group was pretty crazy. Shida, Sugai and Habu all had a lot of fans. Other fans' reports on Saturday also told of how surprisingly popular Sugai is. I think people are drawn by her overall refined aura and smile. Habu is prettier in person. Shida by comparison is the weakest of the three top girls in the group. Suzumoto and Saito had near zero visitors. Every time a person actually goes to shake their hands, the camera crew, which filmed the whole thing, zoomed in on them to capture their smiles. Group C: Harada, Hirate, Moriya, Yonetani, Watanabe Rika, Watanabe Risa Moriya and Watanabe Rika had the most fans, but Watanabe Risa was in third. People were probably drawn by her relaxed aura. Hirate is right in the middle. Harada and Yonetani were the bottom in this group. I counted that including me and my friend, only 15 people (out of 1100 in Zepp) went to shake Aoi's hands. She even waved at fans who seemed undecided to come to her. She seems very young and frail but never stopped smiling at me. When I showed her the uchiwa I made, she pointed at it with both hands and smiled with her mouth open. I told her I'll continue to support her, and she thanked me and waved at me while smiling until I left the stage. Overall, by any of the 48G standards, Aoi would be called kami-taiou. It's really too bad that her talents of cooking pound cakes and her young age don't help her achieve instant popularity like Yuifuru, who sings acapella and hops around. lol So that's the event! I hope you stayed with me all the way until the end. There's a chance that my face might be one day be shown in the Keyakizaka documentary, although I have my fingers crossed that that won't be the case. I have attached a photo of my seat position and view of the stage, flower stand outside the hall, and a printout given to each attendee of the members' profiles. Looking forward to hearing your experiences with Keyakizaka46 in the upcoming months!!