Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club First Live “with You”

On December 14 and 15, 2019, a new school idol group has descended at the Musashino Forest Sports Plaza. Of course, this new school idol group has come a long way to forge their own identity after the reveal at the 2017 Tokyo Game Show. Formerly known as Perfect Dream Project, Nijigasaki High School Idol Club made their mark by holding a concert and it’s just the beginning of their journey for the Love Live! franchise.

Big thanks to Mantan Web for the official pictures, and shout-outs to both the Love Live! subreddit page and Anime PH Project for news leading up to the concert.

Okay, let’s start at the SM Megamall where the delayed viewing was held there on January 11, 2019 and I arrived an hour before the concert starts at 6:00 PM.

Honestly, I feel that the delayed viewing should start early like 4:00 PM instead of the evening. But anyways, here are my thoughts on the concert itself as it’ll only cover Day 2.

All I can say is that even though they only have 20 songs to perform (18 are comprised of character image songs, 2 are group songs), it’s a good start for Nijigasaki High School Idol Club despite being rough on the edges.

Of course, there are a few stand-out performance during the concert like Miyu Kubota where she performed Karin Asaka’s 1st solo song “Starlight” and it was a banging experience. There’s also Kaori Maeda where her performance as Shizuku Osaka fits her character pretty well such as “Audrey” and “Anata no Risou no Heroine”, Maria Sashide bringing in the little girls during her performance of “Koe Tsunagou yo” as Emma Verde, and Akari Kitou’s soothing voice is making me sleepy during “Nemureru Mori ni Ikitai na” as Kanata Konoe (which she got a birthday later).

Of course, the most exciting performance of all was Tomori Kusunoki as she shows that her character Setsuna Yuki is the headliner of the concert, setting the venue on fire with “CHASE!” and “MELODY”. Yeah, Setsuna is one popular character that stood out the most!

Aside from those stand-out performances, others are quite decent like Mayu Sagara where she brought a flag during “DIAMOND” as Kasumi Nakasu, Natsumi Murakami’s peppy performance as Ai Miyashita especially when she shouted “Ai Ai Ai!”, and Chiemi Tanaka where I’m gushing over her cute performance as Rina Tennouji (although I wish she’s wearing that Rina-chan Board mask).

Unfortunately, I feel that Aguri Onishi needs to get better especially when hitting those high notes as Ayumu Uehara during “Kaika Sengen”, which I love those 90’s vibes on that song. Sure that Aguri got a decent career when she joined various idol groups like SPR5, but I feel that she has the potential to be great if Onishi put more work on her vocals and stamina.

Regardless, it was a great concert and they did a great job on it despite having limited songs to perform. But you know what, I feel that they’ll have more because not only that they’ll have sub-unit songs, but also they’ll have their own TV anime series in the near future. Yeah, I feel that the future is bright for them!

Afterwards, it’s time for me to head home as it’s already late and the mall is about to close soon.

I haven’t made any friends though but I’m happy to see Nijigasaki for the first time. And by the way, it’s a long time too since I’ve watched a concert as I’ve missed watching the delayed viewing of Aqours 5th Live last year.

One more thing, I got some goodies too like a T-shirt, a poster, and a postcard which I’ll keep it in my collection.

Image courtesy via Pixiv

And with that, I’m finished with my thoughts on the concert and like I said before, they have a bright future ahead as we’re reaching 10 years of Love Live! Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you that Nijigasaki School Idol Club will return next week for Love Live! Fest along with µ’s, Aqours, and Saint Snow (Sorry A-RISE).

Of course, that concert will be held in Japan on January 18 and 19, 2020, while the delayed viewing of it will be held in later months across the world (including the Philippines). With that said, I’ll see you around next month for the delayed viewing of Love Live! Fest (should I have enough money to buy tickets).

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