Thursday, February 01, 2007

Haruhi and Kyon -- Live Last Night

I thought I was done with Hirano Aya's blog, especially since she didn't update it at all for over 24 hours. Then I found out why: Kadokawa Shoten, the publishers of the Suzumiya Haruhi novels, had their annual private New Year's thank-you party on Wednesday night, and Kyon and Haruhi -- Sugita Tomokazu 杉田智和 and Hirano Aya 平野綾 -- were the star performers.

Below are the two of them together before the event. Aaya described Sugita as her osananajimi -- old childhood friend. Sugita is described in Wikipedia (Japanese) as being a very nice guy: extremely courteous, especially to women, and very good to his many friends. One thing the two of them clearly share: they are both quite slim. Aaya said she was very nervous, and her stomach was in knots, so script, water, juice and pills are scattered over the table. She practiced performing "Hare Hare Yukai" (the SHnY ED), which they did for the event (click photos to enlarge):



Here Aaya is nervously waiting in the wings while Sugita ad libs his way through a presentation. Then here they are with the author of the Suzumiya Haruhi novels, Tanigawa Nagaru (centre), and Itou Noizi, the original character designer and artist for the novels. Right, is Aaya with SHnY director Ishihara Tatsuya -- whom she calls "Tacchan," which may be an indication of his gentle managerial style. Why does Tanigawa look so happy? Perhaps it's because these people are making him rich.



Finally, here is a photo Aaya took of herself after the party, then a shot of her and Sugita and company doing a bit a performance, then a final farewell:



As Aaya kept repeating in the captions to this series of photos, this is like practice for the big live event in March. For details, here is the announcement in Japanese. It is going to be on Sunday 18 March starting at 4pm and going for three hours or so. It is in Saitama, at Omiya Sonic City Great Hall, which seats 2500. Present will be: Hirano Aya, Gotou Yuuko, Chihara Minori, Sugita Tomokazu, Ono Daisuke, Matsuoka Yuki (Tsuruya), Kuwatani Natsuko (Asakura), Aoki Sayaka (Kyon's sister), Shiraishi Minoru (Taniguchi), Shiratori Yuri (Emiri), and Matsumoto Megumi (Kunikida). It will, of course, be recorded for a future DVD, and there will be special goods for sale at the event. That's all I know, except that Aaya says they will have been working on it for three months when it happens.

As I believe I've mentioned, tickets have a face value of under $40, but are already going for over $500 on Yahoo Auctions in Japan.

84 comments:

Nemo_N said...

Damn, that first picture is pure gold, along with the Tanigawa group one.

Someone has to make a photobook!

Garten said...

That's really awesome. I wish I could be there to watch the performance. This is also the first time I see the face of the author/artist of SHNY.

samatarou said...

That final pic looks more like rock, paper, scissors to me....

hashihime said...

Another pic, from Sugita's agency's blog:
ttp://blog.livedoor.jp/atomicmonkey/archives/50705297.html

kurogane said...

Awesome, pure awesome.

If this develops in to a romance... I'd be rooting hard for them.

hashihime said...

She refers to him as her osananajimi, so I doubt there's a romance there. They are clearly good friends, though. Most of the behind-the-scenes videos on the DVDs seem to be shot by "Kyon". 2channel is rooting hard for a romance -- in somewhat crude terms, being 2channel. It's certainly an idea to ponder.

From reading ja.wikipedia, his family appear to have been big farmers or grain traders. He apparently worked in the fields as a youth, and has brought Itou Miki some of his family's umeboshi. He did/does Shaolin kungfu, went to college, and loves his Honda Steed motorcycle. He apparently quit riding it after Kamiya Hiroshi's accident, however.

I'm getting the impression that Aaya's family are upper-middle-class with aristocratic connections, but that might be just what she wants to project. Seeing her great-grandfather's calligraphy, he was certainly well-educated, anyway.

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