Manila Idol Matsuri 2018, dubbed as the most important idol occasion in Manila, gathered a few of greatest Japanese idol-impressed Filipino teams and their followers for a day of stay performances and enjoyable actions. Additionally it is the primary of its variety, making the occasion a historic one.
The occasion was organized by The Day by day Manila Shimbun, a Japanese broadsheet based mostly within the Philippines and hosted by Japh Dolls, a half Filipina-Japanese woman group. Over 400 followers got here to witness the performances of 15 indie idol teams from everywhere in the nation, all of whom put up distinctive performances that have been nicely recieved by the gang.
After which there’s MNL48, that includes the Aitakatta-Gustong Makita senbatsu Sheki, Abby, Sela, Tin, Alice, Ella, Ash, Gabb, Jem, Sayaka, Religion, Lara, Grace, Quincy, Alyssa, Erica.
An idol pageant just isn’t full with out idol merchandise, and there have been totally different cubicles across the venue for followers to buy them. MNL48 itself had two cubicles, one close to the doorway, and the opposite within the matsuri space. The followers excitedly visited the stated cubicles to buy items and take part within the “Photocard Gacha”, the place followers should decide from a set of random photocards, hoping to get their most popular set.
MNL48’s look within the occasion was solely introduced final August 25 on Manila Idol Matsuri’s and MNL48’s official Fb pages. It was a shock to many individuals due to how late the announcement was. Nobody actually is aware of (or ought to know) what goes on throughout board-room conferences, however we will all freely assume that MNL48’s look was each to advertise their album, and carry out in an idol occasion as idols.
For his or her first music, the women carried out their debut single “Aitakatta – Gustong Makita” adopted by “Skirt, Hirari – Umiindak na Saya” and “Sakura no Hanabiratachi – Talulot ng Sakura”. The efficiency drew cheers from the viewers, despite the fact that many wotas had since left the MNL48 fandom.
It might be remembered that plenty of HHE’s selections relating to the audition turned off a variety of the hardcore wotas, who made up an enormous chunk of the viewers final Sunday. I truthfully anticipated quite a bit worse, and fortunately there have been no boos (I didn’t hear any, no less than), though a number of wota didn’t be a part of within the chanting.
Loads of followers nonetheless cheered for the women whose ever enhancing performances are beginning to get observed outdoors of the fandom. Their flawless transitions, their vocal talents (which have been undermined by the problems with the microphones) all present their improvement. They’re now extra “idol” than ever, and performing as idols in an occasion for idols in entrance of idol followers – a few of whom might have given up on them – appeared like a ‘homecoming’ of types.
MNL48 has needed to goal a wider market than the native wotas can supply. Many followers understandably didn’t prefer it, however right here we’re. For me, by confirming attendance within the Manila Idol Matsuri, HHE tried to point out everybody that they haven’t forgotten the individuals who fell in line in entrance of Film Stars Cafe in 2016 for the Fan Assembly and if the chance arises, MNL48 can nonetheless be what the wotas thought they have been alleged to be, even when numerous those self same followers have already left the MNL48 fandom.
For the occasion’s finale, all of the collaborating teams joined MNL48 on stage to sing “Aitakatta – Gustong Makita”. A present of unity that went nicely with the followers. It actually felt good. The MNL48 employees directed the women to exit the stage as Sheki, Abby, Sela, Alice, Ash, and Religion have been to go to the MNL48 cubicles to personally prolong their gratitude to the followers who got here to observe and help, and even bought a number of the merchandise themselves.
Manila Idol Matsuri achieved what they got down to do, which is deliver collectively each idols and followers in an occasion that celebrates the tradition. The result’s an “all-star weekend” of types of teams and people calling themselves idols. The method of gathering collectively numerous teams had been fairly an ordeal for the organizers, and there have been loads of bumps alongside the best way.
It’s straightforward to guage an occasion by the sum of its elements. However I personally see worth in reviewing every of these elements to study one thing new and achieve a brand new perspective. I oftentimes see individuals downplay the trouble and monetary muscle required to set an occasion like this up, actually because individuals have no idea every part goes on behind the scenes.
The hope is that by means of this occasion, we may have sufficient knowledge to current to businesses in Japan that the Philippines has sufficient marketplace for their idols. With a profitable idol occasion on the books, it will be simpler to entice Japanese idols into coming to carry out. Idol teams don’t carry out outdoors of Japan out of the goodness of their hearts, there’s all the time a enterprise cause behind it.
AKB48 Workforce eight didn’t come to carry out in Cool Japan Pageant for the sake of performing. Greater than the pageant, it was a check to see if AKB48 had a following within the Philippines. The identical is true of their go to in 2016, the place the Japanese Embassy who invited them, and the occasion itself was produced by Hallohallo. Likewise, their go to in 2017 was to advertise the MNL48 audition, and never change hugs with followers (which, I’m advised, AKS did NOT recognize).
Staff eight visited the nation as a result of they have been tapped to advertise one thing by AKS’ native companion. With out Hallohallo, they in all probability wouldn’t have come in any respect. Earlier than them, many teams have been making an attempt to deliver AKB48 to the Philippines for YEARS with out success. Chief causes said have been that the asking worth was just too excessive, and that AKS wasn’t impressed with the rationale that AKB48 can promote Japanese idol tradition within the Philippines. For my part, one of many the reason why these teams stored being rejected was as a result of everytime you balk on the asking worth and request a reduction for the sake of promotion, it gives the look that your group might not have the power to correctly meet its obligations.
They usually have some extent. One of many explanation why no main promotion group has tried to deliver Japanese idols is as a result of they weren’t positive of any return. Positive, we’ve Starmarie, however they’re the exception relatively than the norm as they have already got established a robust basis within the Philippines and are very happy to return. However generally, J-idols are nonetheless thought-about a little bit of a danger. Even J-rock teams like One-OK-Rock weren’t capable of promote out their tickets.
However whether or not Manila Shimbun will be capable of persuade Japanese teams stays to be seen. To deliver a 48 Group to the subsequent occasion for instance, they must ask for the help of HHE who will prioritize their very own women, in fact. There will even be the issue of cash: bringing Japanese teams right here requires cash, and Shimbun is a newspaper whose circulation shouldn’t be as giant as different native broadsheets. The info will solely be one half of the equation and the organizer’s pockets-measurement is the opposite, until they determine to get a serious sponsor who will then have a say within the occasion.
Then, there’s nonetheless the issue of the “incident” that occurred through the occasion itself. Lacking gadgets have been reported by the performers of the First Stage. The incident marred the occasion and undermined all the trouble spent in placing it collectively.
Criticism arose when the organizers didn’t instantly launch a press release. However because the incident has already been reported to the right authorities, any additional actions can solely be made when the findings have been launched. This consists of authoritative statements, and settlement for the victims.
No matter occurs, I might think about that Shimbun’s stint as idol occasion organizer might be placed on maintain indefinitely. That features plans for the subsequent occasion – which I used to be advised would have taken place earlier than the yr ends.
However even when there would not be additional occasions, Manila Idol Matsuri is particular as a result of it was a day when goals have been realized. So whether or not that is the primary of many or the primary and solely, the feelings that we felt through the occasion is actual and nothing ought to take that from us.
There’s a priority raised by some followers relating to MNL48. They really feel that the group is just not being promoted correctly as a result of their public appearances are few and much between, MNLife has ended its run, and the women are again to coaching once more. Beneath the frustrations, I can see their concern, as a result of AKB48 closely promotes the group, its actions and its singles, and we haven’t actually seen that with MNL48.
Gusto na namin makita pero wala pa rin.
Individuals anticipated that HHE partnered with ABS-CBN because of this, and a few individuals really feel that the partnership had produced little or unsatisfactory reults. A lot of the TV appearances occurred in the course of the audition interval (which they become a contest, in case individuals forgot) and regardless of MNL48 performing a number of occasions in ‘It’s Showtime’, it isn’t sufficient to actually hype individuals for the album launch.
It’s actually exhausting to type a balanced opinion as a result of it’s inconceivable to actually know the true nature of the HHE partnership with ABS-CBN. It does really feel that MNL48 doesn’t appear to be a precedence for the community in the meanwhile. HHE has developed these women into high quality performers to the purpose that informal viewers are beginning to be impressed and it’s a disgrace that we will’t see the women do their stuff as a lot as we’d like.
To make sure the album shall be a hit, individuals ought to see them do their factor. As it’s, the one factor I really feel that HHE can do for the second is to convey the women into conventions and occasions they’re invited to, in addition to make the women promote themselves to fill the void. The opposite factor I can consider is make a provisional Stage and make the women carry out in Film Stars Cafe. However I don’t know if that might even be attainable, though I’ll most undoubtedly journey all the best way to Centris for that.
Now, simply to be clear, we will’t actually know what precisely it’s HHE and ABS-CBN are planning for MNL48 and perhaps it’s on the time-desk already. However all I’m saying is that perhaps we will make it occur a bit sooner. I can wait, however that’s simply me. Different followers are beginning to lose endurance, and we all know followers is usually a bit fickle on the subject of issues that impacts their idols. HHE developed very effective idols, it’s about time we see the women work their magic.
*Some information relating to MNL48’s look within the Manila Idol Matsuri was taken from MNL48.ph.
*The professionally taken pictures of MNL48 have been taken from their website. The lower than skilled ones have been taken by me. 🙂
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