Berryz Kobo held two concerts at Saitama Super Arena on April 1. 2007. That day was the most remarkable milestone so far in their career. 2007 was their fourth year together as Berryz Kobo. On the MV of their first single “Anata Nashi de wa Ikite Yukenai” girls danced on a small stage which was build on the field of Saitama Super Arena. Slightly over three years from that release they held their sold-out concerts in that very same arena.
I really can’t say what’s the ultimate best BK live DVD but I can say that “2007 Sakura Mankai Berryz Kobo Live ~Kono Kandou wa Nidoto Nai Shunkan de Aru!~” is one of those which every BK fan should have and watch at least once / year. DVD has nice selection of old and new BK songs such as “Jiriri Kiteru”, “Special Generation”, “Koi no Jubaku”, “TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY”, “Nanchuu Koi wo Yatteruu YOU KNOW?” and “VERY BEAUTY”. Of course there is also “Anata Nashi de wa Ikite Yukenai” and girls perform it in sync with the original MV which is shown on stage screen behind them.
These official photos are from Sakura Mankai sets which were shot when they recorded BK’s DVD magazine vol.8.
And here are some songs from Sakura Mankai concert. First one is lovely VTR and last one very emotional ending song of the concert. They used to cry when they sang “Bye Bye Mata ne”. I wonder what’s gonna be the ending song for their final live on March 3.
. . . But the fact is that I’ve not posted a single entry here in 18 days. Oh, that’s actually over two weeks.
I think you must know this because . . .
After my Berikyuu Paris trip in July, my summer vacation and especially after The Announcement from Berryz Kobo I’ve not been as active as before with my BKI blog postings. Although I’ve said many times that The Announcement didn’t came to me as a big surprise and I’m not sad about what’s going to happen next I must confess that this thing has unquestionably affected me quite deeply.
My first reaction to The Announcement was to ignore that it would not shake my world in any drastic ways. So I thought or should I say I tried to be as nothing exceptional had happened. But it happened and it hit me quite hard afterwards.
Now when I know that the end of Berryz Kobo comes closer and closer I’ve become kind of paralyzed. I find it quite hard to write anything about my most favorite group these days. I’m not thinking that “it’s no use to write about BK any more because they are soon gone”. It’s more like I’m living a mourning period but support, love and devotion are still here.
You can’t call me a fresh Berryz Kobo fan. I’ve been following these girls from the beginning and became their true fan in 2005 when Special Generation single & MV were released. Since those days BK has had a special part in my life. It has not been “just another idol group”. Those girls have given to me and many others myriad of enjoyable, happy and enotional moments. They have lifted me up when I’ve been down. They have sang songs those I’ve listened over and over again. They have grown up as I’ve also got older. They have been different kind of idols. The kind that makes them so lovable.
Some days ago I finally dared to watch BK’s latest concert DVD “Debut 10 Shunen Kinen Concert Tour 2014 Haru ~Real Berryz Kobo~”. Seems that all BK’s lives are now special events. As was this one which was held at Tokyo Dome City Hall on March 3. So I watched this DVD and my head was almost exploding with all those memories of Berryz Kobo which bubbled up from my mixed-up brains. There were certain songs those irresistible got my eyes to tears. Songs such as “Anata Nashi de wa Ikite Yukenai”, “Jiriri Kiteru”, “Munasawagi Scarlet” and especially “BE” and “Bye Bye Mata ne”. Last two ones get me always quite emotional and I think that’s the case also with BK girls themselves.
So I watched this DVD and I reminisced all kinds of things from the past. Sometimes feeling very happy sometimes quite sad. Ten years with Berryz Kobo can never be wiped away from my mind. Those memories stay there and I’m always grateful to BK girls who have given me so much good feelings and who have made my day so many times in the past.
It feels that I’ve now got over my deepest mourning days and I can now continue more actively with this blog. It could be so that I might post lot of “memory lane” stuff here in the coming months. Not forgetting all present things happening for Berryz Kobo.
Yes, there is a light that never goes out no matter what ever happens.