Official I’ve in Budokan Page is up with many details in small print.
First off: The live event itself is taking place on January 2, contrary to I’ve’s actual anniversary date.
There is another event the day before, which will be a tent sale of I’ve goods at the Budokan site as well as possibly an Itasha contest.
The official guest list is the usual suspects (KOTOKO, Kaori, Mami, MELL, Eiko) plus C.G Mix, Kazuya, Tomoyuki, Maiko, and other guests though C.G Mix is listed under the same column as the vocalists.
A series of videos called “I’ve Talkjam in V-tube” (Y-tube?) will be put up on Youtube, much like the nine-part “I’ve Talk Jam” audio show that preceded the 2005 show. The Budokan website will also be updated regularly. “Version up” was just one of the many clips from current I’ve members shown in the promo video, so the probability he’ll get his two or three songs on stage is 100%. Not exactly what this newsmonger wanted, but I’ll get to that in a later post.
As for tickets, there seems to be a limited pre-sale via Animate retailers via cell phone registration, which is most likely a lottery. Then some “ticket port” sales which sound like they’re over-the-counter, then finally perhaps some general public (?) sales online.
One Japanese blog took a bunch of pictures at the event, including screenshots of the promo video, which I suspect will be released to the general public (that is, Youtube) sometime soon. Someone already put tried to put it up on Nicovideo where it was promptly deleted.
Updates: Nicovideo seems to have kept a video relating to the press conference:
I’ve members speak over the constant clicking of cameras.
Full video of the conference.
Promo video (clips from Budokan, clips from PVs)
Editorial after the jump.
“Departed to the future” is right. Much like the American football team Green Bay Packers acted when Hall of Fame athlete Brett Favre retired and then tried a couple months later to come back to the team, the response was essentially “We’ve moved on.” Sorry MOMO, SHIHO, and all the others that were around four years ago and helped define I’ve, we’ve moved on. Instead of a cast from the 10 year history of I’ve, we get a starting line of Love Planet Five, a coaching staff of Takase, Nakazawa and Iuchi, and jack-of-all-trades C.G Mix. I didn’t listen to the conference, and wouldn’t be able to understand anything if I did, but from the looks of things, the concert will go on like I’ve prior to 2006 never existed.
This, if you read the fine-print kana on the official page, is a Geneon production. A quick check to the I’ve in Budokan 2005 DVD booklet shows that Geneon had almost nothing to do with the first concert. Now they’ve taken it over — presumably due to contractual obligations that kicked in shortly after Budokan 2005 — and will offer no acknowledgment that any I’ve member other than those listed have ever existed as a part of I’ve. No Lia, no MOMO, no SHIHO, but leave in IKU as a surprise guest, since she’s with Geneon. And with the crap they pulled with master groove circle, who knows what gimmick they’ll have? Couldn’t be worse than Renee whatsherface…
They can’t even set this up well enough to have it on a proper date. New Year’s* is a hell of vacations, shrine visits, and packed hotel rooms. New Year’s Countdown shows are exempt, of course, but they aren’t usually this big of an event, and this is no countdown show. Worse, I’ve doesn’t even turn the big 1-0 until February, which means we aren’t really celebrating anything unless I’ve is the name of a horse.
So I’m trying to figure out if I should just give up this futility of thinking this is some sort of “celebration of ten years of I’ve” and just treat it as the biggest concert of the Geneon era of I’ve, where we KNOW that all five I’ve members will be there with most of the arrangers and a few surprise guest stars.
In the meantime, I’ll be listening to verge.
*fixed. My memory of Japanese holidays isn’t as keen as I thought it was. Golden Week is actually the first week of May. However, New Year’s Celebrations are still a very important time in the Japanese calendar. Note especially that January 2 is the one of two days portions of the Imperial Palace are open to the public. Nippon Budokan is labeled “Japan Martial Arts Hall” on this map of the Imperial Palace grounds. Things might be a tad hectic around there don’t you think?