Event Report

SUPER SENTAI 'SPIRITS' III: The 20th Century Version
November 29, 2008 at Shibuya O-East, Shibuya, Tokyo
Featuring Isao Sasaki, Mitsuko Horie, MoJo, Ken Narita, Akira Kushida, Takayuki Miyauchi, KAGE/Hironobu Kageyama, Taku Kitahara, Kenji Suzuki, New Jack Takurou, Kentarou Hayami, and Shin'ichi Ishihara, with the Kinds, Apple Pie, Super Rescue Band, and emcee Shocker OH!NO!

Unlike the past two Super Sentai Spirits concerts, this third edition unfortunately was not filmed for DVD, and no plans for a CD release were announced. -

1. Miyo!! Goranger (Goranger ins): Isao Sasaki
[After the first notes rang out, the crowd's roar almost drowned out the song's next few moments: Not only is this a great piece that was made all the greater by a top-form Sasaki, but also, it meant some rarely-performed insert songs might be ahead...something a good many fans were hungry to hear!]
2. JAKQ Dengekitai (JAKQ op): Isao Sasaki
3. Battle Fever J Alternate Version (Battle Fever J op): MoJo
4. Aa Denshi Sentai Denjiman (Denjiman op): Ken Narita
["Ken-san," who'd been persuaded to return to anison action after observing Super Sentai Spirits II from the balcony in 2006, was greeted with a deafening welcome! The crowd backed him up throughout the song just as loudly, and roared again as Shocker OH!NO! performed the Denjiman team's poses.]
5. Tatakau Denshi Sentai Denjiman (Denjiman op): Ken Narita
[Shibuya O-East was absolutely cram-packed, all the way to the back of the venue. Maybe with that in mind, Narita-san--not the tallest fellow in the world--parked himself on top of the riser at the rear of the stage for much of the song, giving those short of stature or buried in the back the chance for their longest look at a performer.]
6. Denjiman ni Makasero! (Denjiman end): Ken Narita
7. Taiyou Sentai Sunvulcan (Sunvulcan op): Akira Kushida
[Between the first and second verses, Shocker powered through the Sunvulcan team poses...prompting a roar from the extra-loud crowd that startled Qu-cy, normally bomb-proof on this song, into starting Verse 2 with lines from Verse 1!]
8. Tatakau Nakama Sunvulcan (Sunvulcan ins): Akira Kushida
[Ohhhhh, did folks go crazy...!]
9. 1tasu 2tasu Sunvulcan (Sunvulcan end): Akira Kushida
10. Dai Sentai Goggle V Alternate Version (Goggle V op): MoJo
11. Shutsugeki! Goggle Robo (Goggle V ins): MoJo
[When people joined in on the harmony by the hundreds, wowww, what a glorious sound...]
12. Stop The Battle (Goggle V end): MoJo
13. Kagaku Sentai Dynaman (Dynaman op): MoJo
14. Matteitanda Dynaman (Dynaman ins): MoJo
[I got a little concerned that the guys in front of me were going to die of happiness...!]
15. Choudenshi Bioman (Bioman op): Takayuki Miyauchi
16. Colorful Bioman (Bioman op): Takayuki Miyauchi
[Another rarely-performed insert song that had the crowd cheering!]
17. Biomic Soldier (Bioman end): Takayuki Miyauchi
18. Dengeki Sentai Changeman (Changeman): KAGE
[When Kageyama-san (who'd performed under the name "KAGE" in those cheerful Changeman days of '85) took the stage, the energy got ramped up even higher!]
19. NEVER STOP Changeman (Changeman end): KAGE
20. Choushinsei Flashman (Flashman op): Taku Kitahara
21. Heart wa Hanabi sa, Flashman (Flashman ins): Taku Kitahara
[Kitahara-san had announced that this song would be series end theme "Fighting Pose, Flashman"...but the band had other ideas. ;^) ]
22. Hikari Sentai Maskman (Maskman op): Hironobu Kageyama
23. Ai no Soldier (Maskman end): Hironobu Kageyama
24. Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman (Fiveman op): Kenji Suzuki
[Today the world's most musically masterful wedding photographer, Suzuki-san grabbed a moment to have the crowd pose for a photo for his diary on Japanese social site Mixi.]
25. Atsui Beat de Fiveman (Fiveman ins): Kenji Suzuki
26. Choujin Sentai Jetman (Jetman op): Hironobu Kageyama
[As part of his introduction for the song, Shocker warned the front rows to watch out in case Kageyama came tumbling into them; last December, Kage-chan had accidentally slid off the same stage in spectacular style at the start of a "Jetman" performance!]
27. Kokoro wa Tamago (Jetman end): Hironobu Kageyama
28. Gosei Sentai Dairanger (Dairanger op): New Jack Takurou
[NJT got his long locks buzzed off earlier this year, which is unfortunate--but unlike Samson, his power is plenty intact!]
29. Oretachi Muteki sa!! Dairanger (Dairanger end): New Jack Takurou
30. Ole! Ohranger (Ohranger op): Kentarou Hayami
[Hayami-san made a striking first appearance--what a great voice! In the '90s he performed several other anime and hero songs (some under the name Norihiko Tanimoto, including the openings for "Rai" and "Iron Leaguer"), and Shocker told us we'll be seeing more of Hayami-san at future events!]
31. Kinkyuu Hasshin!! Ohranger (Ohranger end): Kentarou Hayami
32. Kyuukyuu Sentai Go Go V (Go Go V op): Shin'ichi Ishihara
[Ishihara-san has picked up the nickname "Gorgeous"--and mannn, he put on a gorgeous two-song show!]
33. Go! Five Go! Fight (Go Go V ins): Shin'ichi Ishihara
34. Hana no Momoranger (Goranger ins): Mitsuko Horie
[Micchi is already a mondo crowd-pleaser--and with this beautiful insert song to deliver, she was one of the biggest hits in a night of huge ones!]
35. Goranger Storm (Goranger ins): Isao Sasaki, Mitsuko Horie
[The thrills continued into the homestretch of the show! The first Super Sentai Spirits had been all opening and end themes. The second SSS had tried three insert songs, all enthusiastically received. This night, there were 11 insert songs--and the crowd was near delirious!]
36. Susume! Goranger (Goranger end): Isao Sasaki, Mitsuko Horie
ENCORE 37. Himitsu Sentai Goranger (Goranger end): Isao Sasaki and all cast

On to "SUPER SENTAI 'SPIRITS' III: The 21st Century Version"!


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