I’m Angel and this is very first concert review article. Sometime in the near future, I will post a more casual blog post about myself, but for now, let’s jump straight into the review!
So what is Hina Fest? Hina Fest is an annual Hello! Project concert that celebrates Hinamatsuri, which is known as a Girls’ Day, a Japanese Holiday.
For this particular year, there were four concerts that focused on a different Hello! Project group and 1 member: Morning Musume’17, ANGERME, C-ute, and Tsugunaga Momoko. This concert review will only feature content from the Morning Musume’17 Preview and the Buono! segment from Tsugunaga Momoko Preview. So I apologize to those who wanted an overall review of the four-day concert. Maybe in the near future, I’ll do a more in-depth review if there’s enough interest.
This year the concert was held at the Makuhari Messe convention center. The stage set up is typical of a Hello! Project concert
Overall, everyone did a fantastic job with the performance. Most of the singing was on-point, a very coordinated choreography, and the energy was high.
There are some things that I didn’t particularly like. The most notable would be the opening sequence, which was the same for all of the concerts. It featured the official 2017 Hina Fest logo, and a really well animated sakura flower cyclone. H!P really up their game with the animations.
However, while the animation itself was impressive, it does get old every time it’s played to introduce each group that performs. What this opening lacks is the photos of the group/members. So if you do get the opportunity to see it, you’ll probably see what I mean.
Now about the stage itself, while it was a typical H!P stage that you get at large venues, to me it lacks uniqueness. Given I am very biased to my absolute favorite idol group (which I will post about), I do feel like H!P could have taken advantage of their stage. When I say this I mean that all of the groups could have broken away from their dance formations. But also to add a backdrop that would fit the overall theme of the concert, this case being Hinamatsuri.
Moving on to the costumes. A good majority of them were from singles that the groups were promoting, or about to promote for. Morning Musume’17’s outfits were from their single Jealousy Jealously , which is a white silver sleeveless dress. Country Girls’ outfits were from their single Peanut Butter Jelly Love. Kobushi Factory’s outfits were from their movie single. I could go on from here, but you get the point.
"Buono!’s outfits were one of my favorites. If you looked closely at it, you’ll see that it has their name on it"
Of course, there were some outfits that I didn’t particularly like. Most notably would be Morning Musume’17’s second outfit. It was a variation of last year’s outfit, but with feathers that were completely unnecessary.
Overall, I would give the outfits 7 out of 10.
Overall, I would say the concert was good, but it’s not the greatest that I have seen. I’m only saying this because it’s pretty much an average set up. Personally, I also feel like there were too many MCs in between songs/groups and I find myself skipping over them mostly because they’re pretty short and don’t seem to be as engaging with the audience as they could have been.
Again, after writing all of this and only watching one concert and the last third of another one, maybe it gets better with the others. The other possibility being that this has always been the set up with H!P concerts, which would be disappointing.
So that’s all I have for this concert review. Do comment down below what you thought of the concert(s), and also let me know what you would like me to review next. :) It can be just about anything from concerts to music videos.