One of the cherished traditions within the 48 Teams is the “seitansai” or “birthday festival”, which is a particular stage efficiency to have fun a members’ birthday. MNL48 follows on this custom by holding a seitansai occasion for the October birthday celebrants Jaydee (October 2), Ruth (October 10), Mari (October 14), Rans (October 18), Erica (October 19), and Ella (October 30).
The occasion was held in Film Stars Café final October 14, 2018 at 12 midday. Though the registration time was introduced as 9AM, the Centris Mall begins operations at 10AM which triggered us to crowd outdoors the door. Upon getting into, all of us trooped to the registration desk, solely to be advised that those that already paid their tickets will go first, adopted by those that can pay on the venue, and eventually, the walk-ins. This resulted in me being separated from my companions, and though it didn’t actually have an effect on my expertise of the occasion as an entire, it was a minor inconvenience as my knee was hurting that day.
After a number of dangerous experiences with HHE’s registration practices, I might say that this time, it was barely higher nevertheless it undoubtedly nonetheless wants enchancment. After the registration, every part was smooth-sailing for me, as we went on to entrance and had the cameras on our telephones blocked with stickers. This as a result of the occasion is unique, as with different pay-per-view idol occasions, and since that is additionally the rule in 48 Group Theaters.
The tables in MSC have been rearranged for the occasion. Though we have been assigned seats, the employees determined to permit teams that have been separated an opportunity to take a seat collectively. As a result of my companions Admins Youko and Soul Murderer from FilWota have been already sitting and their desk is already full, I used to be positioned on the identical desk as Jaydee’s household together with two different followers.
We have been served meals which consisted of a kiddie-sized hamburger, fries, spaghetti, two hen lollipops, iced tea and a dessert. I used to recurrently eat within the previous Film Stars Café in SM Mall of Asia, and once I get the prospect, I eat of their new Centris location, and I need to say that in each places, I’m not loopy about their kiddie meals, or any meals with kiddie-sized burgers. I did just like the spaghetti and the hen lollipops although.
Now, in idol occasions, I wouldn’t often need to eat and drink so much as a result of going to the restroom can show to be a problem, particularly if nature comes calling in the midst of the occasion. However Film Stars Café not solely had restrooms, however clear ones, so I wasn’t too fearful.
Earlier than the occasion began, a voice went on and on reminding us abut the do’s and don’ts. With out confirming with fellow followers who know greater than me, I might enterprise to say that that is referred to as “kage ana” within the AKB context. The phrase, which means “shadow announcer” (if my supply is correct), is used to confer with the member making the bulletins earlier than an occasion begins. I do not know who was the kage ana final Sunday, if it was even a member, or if there have been multiple speaker. However listening to it was cool, if a bit repetitive.
Whereas ready for the present to start out, numerous followers made their method to the merchandise desk to snag some event-exclusive items, and in addition buy a replica of the primary single. I actually needed to let myself go, however I’ve a price range to maintain and so, with a heavy coronary heart, I went my approach again to my seat.
The most important shock of the night time was proper when the occasion itself began. Oh, we have been just about anticipating the senbatsu to return and carry out “Aitakatta“. But we – well I, at least – did not expect the Overture to be played.
One of the things the fans had been requesting ever since the group started official duties is the Overture, that 60-second recording that serves both as an intro and to hype up fans. All groups in the 48/46 families have it, and even some non-AKB groups have their own Overture. But it is something that MNL48 has yet to have. Until last Sunday, that is.
For sure, the intro was a bit flat, as instead of being on full volume from the start, the guy handling the sound mixer chose to start on low volume and then ratchet it up. But we were so surprised we didn’t start to nit-pick it until after. No one could react at first simply because we weren’t expecting it. It was heavenly music to my ears.
The senbatsu performed the first number of the night (there would only be three, naturally), “Aitakatta-Gustong Makita“. Afterwards, they talked a bit about the birthday celebrants. An introduction video was shown and the celebrants performed “Umiindak na Saya” – marking this as the primary time non-senbatsu members formally carried out a music outdoors of ensemble performances of ‘Aitakatta-Gustong Makita’ and ‘Talulot ng Sakura’.
I’ve all the time needed to see the Beneath and Subsequent Women carry out as a result of all of them acquired the identical coaching, and they’re all working onerous for that day they’d be given an opportunity. At the very least a few of them did final Sunday. I’ve all the time maintained that even the women I didn’t root for in the course of the audition have one thing good to supply followers. Mari and Rans have been merchandise of the “secret auditions” that gave delivery to the Challengers I so hated many months in the past. And Jaydee….uhm, nicely, the followers knew about “it”.
However that each one felt a life-time in the past, and issues (and extra importantly, my outlook) has modified since then. Mari was one of many two who changed the aspirants who backed out on the final minute, whereas Rans joined Sheki and Alice on the Japan journey which featured their “Talulot ng Sakura” a-capella (within the restroom), and Jaydee made nice strides at enhancing and taking her work as an idol very significantly.
After three video games facilitated by the women, the celebrants carried out “Talulot ng Sakura” and have been joined by the senbatsu mid-song. Then, they have been every given a cake in addition to a message from certainly one of their shut buddies within the group.
It’s these moments the place I actually felt the women have reworked into idols. Probably the greatest issues about reside occasions are the MCs which is a small-talk portion designed to provide ample time for the subsequent performers to vary outfits. One in every of my favorites was Ruth gloating when her fan gained one of many contests. The opposite was when Religion was presupposed to ship Ruth her cake (and was completely emoting whereas doing so), solely to completely miss her, prompting Ruth to do a faux-walk out.
After the efficiency, the women went to the merchandise sales space to attempt to use their allure to promote extra items. Whoever prompt it’s a genius: it labored like a appeal! Many followers have already purchased greater than their justifiable share of products earlier than the present began, however they’re nonetheless emptying their wallets to purchase extra. In any case is claimed and carried out, the merchandise tables had considerably fewer items on them.
Within the mad scramble to the merchandise sales space, individuals type of forgot that there was a cheki (photograph) session with the celebrants. I actually need to have my image taken with any member, however I actually needed to tighten up the purse strings. There’s an space for the cheki full with background and a desk.
Initially, the women have been supposed to face close to the doorway and see us out of the venue. However resulting from some modifications (the women needed to hurry to some place after that), it didn’t push via and we opted to go away the venue at round 2PM.
The October Seitansai marked the primary ever “theater event” of MNL48, which made it doubly essential to some followers like us. Regardless of the precise MNL48 Theater nonetheless beneath development, the group has the extraordinary fortune of being dealt with by the identical firm that owns one other restaurant that they will briefly use.
Moreover, there’s a big incentive for MNL48 to tug this occasion off with no hitch, and never simply because they’ve simply launched their first single. The group has needed to go by for months and not using a correct occasion, and I figured that sooner or later, they must work out how one can make the money go in.
And so it didn’t come as a shock that the occasion all of a sudden appeared within the calendar part of the MNL48 app, in addition to the announcement in the course of the present that there can be a seitansai for each month that a member celebrates a birthday. That signifies that subsequent month can be the flip of the November celebrants, and so forth and so forth.
The occasion didn’t actually give a lot by means of surprises apart from some bulletins just like the charity occasion they’ll host on October 27, and the Halloween Social gathering on October 31. We have been informed that the doorway to the charity occasion can be free, whereas no additional particulars have been shared for the Halloween Get together. Whereas each occasions made me completely happy, I additionally realized that I’ll not be capable of go on the October 27 occasion (doubtless as a result of lack of funds), whereas the Halloween Get together might be held on every week day that additionally occurs to be pay-day. And uh…I feel we will probably be anticipated to return in costumes, one thing I’m not inclined to do.
The final announcement that did shock me was when Sheki thanked the followers for coming, she additionally requested us to proceed supporting them till they ultimately carry out within the Philippine Area. I used to be stunned as a result of it was a daring assertion: the Philippine Area is the most important within the Philippines, and no native movie star has ever actually managed to fill it. Additionally it is in Bulacan, which suggests it is perhaps too far for an enormous chunk of their followers.
However greater than the precise venue, I feel the assertion is a declaration of their objective. Simply as AKB48 had as soon as aimed to carry out in Tokyo Dome, so additionally will MNL48 endeavor to carry out within the Philippine Area. Though in case you ask me, I feel performing on the Mall of Asia Area or the Araneta Coliseum will probably be fairly spectacular feats as properly.
Earlier than we finish this text, let’s additionally speak concerning the elements that should enhance on the subsequent occasion. The registration has all the time been HHE‘s Achilles heel in these events. I really think that they should either coordinate with the mall regarding what time the registration will start, or simply adjust to the mall’s working hours. Regardless of not being made to face within the solar as in earlier occasions (particularly first one which is the MNL48 Fan Assembly in Film Stars Cafe MOA), many followers arrived earlier than 9AM as a result of that was the marketed time of the registration. And even when the registration lastly began, there was a little bit of confusion as nobody was directing or sustaining the road.
Initially, everybody trooped to the road, after which there was an announcement that those that already paid for the tickets will go first, adopted by those that selected “pay at venue” for his or her cost technique, and eventually, the walk-ins. There is just one drawback: there was a seat quantity assigned based on registration order, which signifies that some teams have been separated. It will have been higher if they only divided the road between VIP and Common and processed the funds/registration as mandatory.
With a purpose to facilitate this, there ought to have been extra individuals within the registration space than was current final Sunday. There also needs to be a evaluation of the procedures to make it extra environment friendly. All vouchers had bar-codes, and so far as I do know, bar-codes might be scanned. Higher but, the cost might mirror in your private data on the app so that every scan of the QR code may also affirm if cost was made and the tactic chosen. If HHE manages to determine the way to implement this, every registration will solely require a QR code scan and a legitimate ID verification with the vouchers serving solely as back-up paperwork.
Second, I personally just like the meals in Film Stars Café. With that stated, the kidde-meal that was served us wasn’t my concept of “appetizing food” and was a disappointment to some followers. I ate all of it as a result of I used to be HUNGRY, however I used to be near asking one of many servers if I can order one thing totally different. I might assume that at PhP1,000.00 for the VIP ticket, that we deserve a bit of bit extra, and MSC has great things on the menu. It’s one thing to consider for the subsequent occasion.
Film Stars Café had different, extra appetizing dishes on the menu.
Third, some followers commented that the cheki was lower than passable. I actually can’t affirm this since I didn’t avail of it, however they stated the photographs have been dim, there was an extended desk separating the followers from their idols (as an alternative of the spherical desk in AKB48’s occasions), and the background was reportedly ineffective. I feel, assuming these observations are legitimate, that that is straightforward to treatment because the employees taking the photographs could make use of correct lighting. And even when it isn’t, such an occasion can profit from a number of changes and constructive suggestions.
Was it well worth the cash? I might say, sure. It isn’t an ideal occasion by any means, however it’s fairly actually their first “theater” occasion they usually pulled it off fairly properly. I’m positive the employees can be dissecting each remark, opinion, and suggestion with a view to enhance these occasions sooner or later.
It was additionally a delight to have the ability to see the senbatsu carry out as soon as extra, however the spotlight for me have been the celebrants. For the primary time, the followers have been capable of see lower-ranked members carry out and present us their stuff. That was my aim for this occasion: to see the non-senbatsu members carry out, and I actually hope we see extra of them sooner or later. MNL48 is value extra than simply the senbatsu and I actually, actually consider that.
October seitansai is completed, and it’s good, enjoyable occasion. Hopefully, November seitansai will probably be even higher.
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