As told before, this is not a comprehensive report on me and Buono! in Paris. Yet I want to share with you some moments and thoughts concerning Buono! and it’s historical first overseas visit & concert.
I had a pleasant chance to make an interview with Buono! for Finnish JapanPop magazine on Saturday afternoon after their Kawaii Cafe autograph event. As I don’t know Paris metro lines so well and because NoLife TV’s studio was a bit hard to find I was about ten minutes late on my appointed interview with Buono! girls. But Buono!’s staff however was so kind and let me take the photographs and do the interview after one other interview session was finished. So sweaty and a bit tense reporter and a great Buono! fan from the northern Europe got what he had been waiting for so many weeks.
I thought that I’m quite fed up with Momo’s original yurushite-nyan gesture as she is doing it “all the time” So I thought. But as she did that only for me, being only one and a half meter away from me, I must say that it was one of the cutest thing I had experienced for a long time.
Then Momochi asked if I like her most from Buono! girls. I still remember her innocent but devious voice as she threw the question to me. I answered that I’m not commenting to that. Girls bursted into laughter and Momochi said: “Yep, I think you like me because your face is now so red.”
How you could defend yourself when Momochi is attacking with her cuteness? No way to do that.
She sat almost opposite and so close to me that if I had straightened my hand I had toudhed her knee. No, I was not looking at her all the time. Actually I think I was a bit shy to watch her because she sure was so close to me and I thought it would be rude to gaze her.
When I asked to what European country they would like to go after Paris Miya was the quickest and said to me with smile on her face: “Of course to Finland”. Oh, how polite she was. Ah, how happy I was.
Miya seems to be the most adult like member in Buono! A real lady I would like to say.
When Airi gets a chance she is a very talkative girl. Now when I’ve met her in person I must say that she knows how to use her personal appeal.
Now afterwards I began thinking how much Buono! girls compete against eachother when it becomes to getting attention.
Because I was in semi-heaven during the whole 25 minutes with Buono! I’m not quite sure did we shook hands two or three times. First handshake was in the beginning of the session. Then we shook hands in the end of the interview. But was there handshakes also after I gave girls my little presents and Momochi gave me theirs?
La Machine du Moulin Rouge was full packed. Buono! was on the stage. So why I was a bit disappointed after the show?
Firstly: Essential part of Buono! concerts is their backing band Dolce. That four girl quartet gives Buono! a sharp rocking edge which makes the concerts more versatile, more interesting and. . yeah, more rocking. It’s understandable that they didn’t take Dolce to Paris but making that decision also meant narrower musical expression and such.
Secondly: We didn’t saw the whole concert in Paris. You can say it was almost full lenght with 15 songs but I think the absence of Dolce caused the stripped set list for the concert. Very strange thing was that Buono! didn’t do any encores.
Thidly: Talking about stripped concert also stage props were left home. On stage we saw girls and nothing more. Lights made the setup for the concert.
Conclusion: My disappointment was a result of my high expectations. I wanted to see Buono! like I have seen them on their concert DVDs. In spite of previous reasons we still saw great Buono! on stage performing their great songs. After all most of us fans saw Buono! first time live. That was the most important thing. But I guess I must fly to Japan if I want to see the Buono! concert in it’s full bloom.
On the plane
As I was sitting on the Finnair plane somewhere between Paris and Helsinki I finally started to realize what actually happened during last weekend. Then the same kind of thing happened like in summer of 2010 when I saw Morning Musume @ Japan Expo. I got tears in my eyes and I felt so extremely happy. One of my dreams had just came true. So sentimental fool I am.
(My complete Buono! interview is on March issue of Finnish JapanPop magazine)