Event Report

SUPER SENTAI 'SPIRITS' III: The 21st Century Version
November 30, 2008 at Shibuya O-East, Shibuya, Tokyo
Featuring Yukio Yamagata, Salia, Hideaki Takatori, Hironobu Kageyama, Masaaki Endou, Akira Kushida, Psychic Lover, Isao Sasaki, Takafumi Iwasaki, Sister MAYO, NoB, Takayoshi Tanimoto, Ichirou Mizuki, Hideyuki Takahashi, and Project .R (Takayoshi Tanimoto, Sister MAYO, Hideyuki Takahashi, Hideaki Takatori, Mayumi Gojo, Takafumi Iwasaki, YOFFY, IMAJO, Ken'ichirou Ooishi), 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. Gaoranger Hoero!! (Gaoranger op): Yukio Yamagata
[What an opening! Yamagata-san not only growled, howled, and strutted, he also spun and swung a huge naval-version rising-sun nishiki flag on a pole all through the song in ultra-kakkoii bosozokuesque colorguard style!]
2. Kizuna -Spirit of GaoRanger- (Gaoranger ins): Yukio Yamagata, Salia
[This funky give-and-take tune became even more fun when Yamagata-san got so carried away by the beat, he blew his singing spot that starts the second verse--dancing around as the music went on without him, and then getting startled out of it when grinning Salia sang her line on cue, hee!]
3. Healin' You (Gaoranger end): Salia
4. Hurricaneger Sanjou! (Hurricaneger op): Hideaki Takatori
[I've only been lucky enough to see Takatori-san in the Super Sentai concerts; his super-high energy is electrifying every time!]
5. Kaze yo, Mizu yo, Daichi yo (Hurricaneger ins): Hideaki Takatori
[Every bit as supercharged!]
6. Ima Kaze no Naka de (Hurricaneger end): Hironobu Kageyama
[Kage-chan kept things hot, delivering this with extra intensity!]
7. Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger (Abaranger op): Masaaki Endou
[Well, you know "Etchi" wasn't about to be outdone...wow!!]
8. Dinoguts ga Tomaranai (Abaranger ins): Hironobu Kageyama
[The crowd went absolutely wild!]
9. ABARE-SPIRIT FOREVER (Abaranger ins): Akira Kushida
[I've heard fans sing this at karaoke, but this was the first time to hear it by the man himself!]
10. We are the ONE -Bokura wa Hitotsu- (Abaranger end): Akira Kushida
11. Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger (Dekaranger op): Psychic Lover
[Always a highlight! (Joe even delivered some licks right in the center of my sightline, woo-hoo!)]
12. Dekaranger Action (Dekaranger ins): Psychic Lover
[Another mondo crowd-pleaser!]
13. Dekamaster NEVER STOP (Dekaranger ins): Isao Sasaki
14. Midnight Dekaranger (Dekaranger end): Isao Sasaki
[Mannn, Sasaki-san rocked every ounce of swing in this thing!]
15. Mahou Sentai Magiranger (Magiranger op): Takafumi Iwasaki
[Iwasaki-san (who also wrote this tune) always looks so happy to be there...!]
16. Mahou no JUMON (Magiranger ins): Takafumi Iwasaki, Sister MAYO
[Hadn't heard this before. Cute!]
17. Majin Gattai! Magiking (Magiranger ins): Masaaki Endou
18. Jumon Kourin -Magical Force- (Magiranger end): Sister MAYO
[I've long feared this song. Deeply. But this time I feared it a little less--which is either a good sign, or a very, very bad one... ;^) ]
19. Gougou Sentai Boukenger (Boukenger op): NoB
[What, no mike-stand whirling...? Who are you, and what have you done with NoB?! ;^) ]
20. Boukenger GO ON FIGHTING! (Boukenger ins): NoB
[Another super-popular insert song!]
21. Boukensha ON THE ROAD (Boukenger end): Psychic Lover
[Holy cats, Yoffy was able to hold the final note 'til the music ended...!]
22. Juuken Sentai Gekiranger (Gekiranger op): Takayoshi Tanimoto
[Here's what especially bites about no DVD release for this concert--this hasn't had a live recording yet, arrggh...]
23. Burning up! -Jounetsu o Uketsui de- (Gekiranger ins): Ichirou Mizuki, Takayoshi Tanimoto
[Aniki's arrival prompted a huge welcome from the crowd!]
24. Chikai (Gekiranger ins): Ichirou Mizuki
25. Tao (Gekiranger end): Ichirou Mizuki
26. Engine Sentai Go-onger (Go-onger op): Hideyuki Takahashi
[With the place roaring all around him, Takahashi-san was grinning in almost maniacal glee for most of the song. Think his expression meant, "This has got to be a dream...and I don't want to wake up!"]
27. Engine First Lap -Type Normal- (Go-onger end): Project.R (Takayoshi Tanimoto, Sister MAYO, Ken'ichirou Ooishi)
[Mannn, the folks up front all seemed to know the entire dance...first time that night I was glad to have wound up about halfway back in the hall...]
28. Engine Second Lap -TURBO CUSTOM- (Go-onger end): Project.R (Takayoshi Tanimoto, Sister MAYO, Hideyuki Takahashi, Hideaki Takatori, Mayumi Gojo, Takafumi Iwasaki, YOFFY, IMAJO, Ken'ichirou Ooishi)
[More members of the ever-expanding Project.R came pouring in to fill the stage! Ooishi couldn't answer when Shocker asked how many members they're up to now; "Better figure it out soon, you've got a live coming up!" quipped Shocker, referring to the February "Go-onger" concert announced the day before.]
ENCORE 29. Himitsu Sentai Goranger (Goranger end): Isao Sasaki and all cast
[After Isao Sasaki belted out the first verse, Aniki grabbed the first few lines of the second verse, delivering them in a hip-wigglin' Sasaki imitation that had the big guy helpless with laughter once he got the mike back!]

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