Finally, the first actual recording to have taken place in 2012. That means we get our long awaited Kouhaku talk! =D We also get to find out where she went for her annual New Years trip. But before that…
Team Smile-Gang has officially all passed the 30 years old mark! That translates to: Let’s shine the spotlight on Misato for a while by bombarding her with questions. >D
Nana: How’s being 30?
Misato: …It’s fun…?
Misato: Well, I’ve only just turned 30…
Nana: I know, but…
Misato: But it’s… relaxing.
Nana: Relaxing!? You can’t be relaxed! You should be out having fun!
Misato: No, it’s more like I’m not bothered by the little stuff anymore. Sort of like “Meh. Whatever.”
Hahahaha. Sounds like things are going well for Misato so far.
Nana: How did you feel the moment you turned 30? Any level up* feeling?
Misato: During that moment, I was enjoying my pork soup.
(*Rather than using the actual words “level up,” it was substituted with a brief hum of what resembles a level up tune. Let’s just chalk it off as part of the Nanamatopoeia.)
Nice answer there, Misato. 😄
Nana: What do you know about politics?
Misato: Barely anything.
Nana: Same here…
Misato: Occasionally, through television…
Nana: Yes, bits here and there from the television… But any knowledge I have now on politics were accumulated from before…
The conversation proceeded down the course of knowledge on governing parties and whatnot, leading to Misato’s final comment of:
Misato: We haven’t grown much over the 10 years.
Lol. Ok, now I don’t feel so bad about not knowing much about politics. XDD
Nana: I wonder if others at the age of 30 pay attention to politics at all?
Misato: Actually, everyone around us can talk about it no problem.
Nana: Is that so…
I broke out laughing at the way Nana-san said “Sou nanda… (Is that so…).” XDD
Anyway, moving on… The question that has been sitting at the back of our minds (at least, it has been sitting there in my mind) was where Nana-san and her mother went for her New Years trip. Apparently it was… *drum rolls* … HAWAII!
Oddly, I’m not surprised. A part of me suspected it might’ve been someplace like that.
As for Misato, she spent her New Year at an onsen. With no TV. As she said on a previous Smile-Gang, she just wanted to relax and be bored for once. She recorded Kouhaku so she watched it afterward.
And that brings us to the NHK Kouhaku Talk we’ve all been waiting for.
She first reveals that she, personally, does not choose what song to sing. The NHK staff requests it. Thus, she was actually half-expecting to sing Scarlet Knight at first because that is obviously a “red” song. However, the theme for the 62nd Kouhaku was “Sing for Tomorrow” which carries the meaning of “cheer up” and “support.” What better cheer up song from her recent song releases than POP MASTER? And that’s what the NHK staff asked of her; to sing POP MASTER on Kouhaku. They also suggested her to do something along the lines of cheerleading to fit the theme better.
But us fans have become accustomed to assigning colours to her songs, so we know (and they know) that POP MASTER is anything but red (the music clip for POP MASTER screamed blue). So
in a ridiculous attempt to make amendments, Nana and her team decided to go for an orange and yellow clothing/costume to try to make it more “red.” The style of her clothes was meant to be retro-cute and carry the idea of being energetic.
I shall refrain from commenting on the retro-cute idea.
For the performance itself, Nana-san was, as expected, very nervous. Especially because she was up there only for 2 minutes and 5 seconds, leading to the special cut version of POP MASTER. In case you weren’t aware, the intro and outro was completely cut — Nana-san had to focus really hard in fear she would miss her cue. She said she felt like she was singing acapella. 😄
Backstage/rehearsal-wise, she was surprised that many more people/performers remembered who she was (unlike last year). Some actually came up and greeted her. Among them was Angela Aki. She asked her many things including how it went at Tokyo Dome and spoke about how she got her attention after hearing her sing at the Haru Uta Special. Nana-san says Angela Aki is a really nice person. =3
Other backstage/rehearsal happenings include finding out that Mizumori Kaori bought and read Shin Ai (Nana-san wrote about this on her blog (December 30, 2011)). Matsutoya Yumi came and talked to her because, apparently, two of her band members (Aniki and Ta-san, two of the first generation Cherry Boys) often talk about Nana. 😄 Nana-san was all “O_O It’s an honour to be in your presence!”
That about wraps up all she said about Kouhaku.
Before we end off… Misato got her first punishment point!!! Because it’s been 7 years and Red has made their comeback! (If you haven’t been following, if White won, Nana will get a punishment point, whereas if Red won, Misato gets a punishment point).
Next up is the Quiz Corner.
The first question is related to Misato being the new lead for the next season of Precure.
Why yes, they can finally do “Futari wa Precure!” 😄 Omedettou Misato! What you wished for during Shachou Kouen II came true! XDD Nana-san was all excited that they’re both pink and how they’ll soon be able to work together as Precure due to the upcoming movie. =3
Misato: If you work for Smile(-Gang), you will become Precure.
^Don’t ask. XDDD Misato makes random comments all the time. 😄
After that, the corner proceeded as normal… Or maybe not. Woah… As Misato asked, what happened to Nana-san after her trip to Hawaii? Did she gain some sort of ability? She got all the answers correct (and didn’t take too many guesses either)! Including the last question I personally don’t think I would ever be able to think of.
Question: My girlfriend, as revenge for getting into an argument with her, caused some huge damage in my room. Nothing changed inside the room. But things that should be there are gone. What went missing?
Answer: “Files on the hard drive were deleted.”
^Seriously, I would never have guessed. ^^;; And Nana-san got it on FIRST TRY. Makes me wonder if that might be because she (or someone close to her) experienced something similar…
Unfortunately, despite getting all the questions correct, none of the scratch cards were a hit. Better luck next week, Nana-san!
And that’s all for this week. =3