Picture and Image Accessories Show '96
In the Picture and Image Accessories Show '96, which was a show where camera accessories makers showed off lots of various goods, there was a Popular Seiyuu Paradise Show on the 4th floor stage. There were other various shows and events at the stage during the three days of the event (3/1 - 3/3, 1996). The 4th floor stage had about 100 chairs, and there was room for a few rows of standees. There was a bigger stage on the 3rd floor, where the real idol singers and girls in swimsuits came as guests. Those were probably much more crowded than the seiyuu event.
The seiyuu event took place at 12:00 on March 1. At 10:00 (as the door opened for the show), there were already 30 or so people waiting for the event, but I got a decent aisle seat in the 3rd row, in the left-center area. The main guest for the seiyuu event was Sakurai Tomo!
This was one of the few events where pictures were allowed, and 99% of the people in the audience had cameras.. many of them with camera equipment costing over 500,000 yen. (EOS1 with LARGE white lenses or F4 with a large lens)
At 12:00, the emcee guy and emcee girl came out. (The emcee girl was cute.. maybe even cuter than Tomo.)
They quickly introduced Sakurai Tomo, and the Saint Tail image song started playing in the background. Tomo came out wearing a shiny red jacket, a short, shiny red skirt, a red and black shirt with a big heart mark on it, black high socks, and black shoes.
MC guy: There are a lot of cameras today, but I don't think I'm
in any of the pictures.
MC girl: The first question is for Marin.
Then they quickly moved onto Tomo's songs.
"It's show time!" Tomo said (very loudly). Then Tomo sang Koi Mitaina Kanji, which was the Saint Tail image song.
Tomo's second song was Baby Baby, and her third song was ACTRESS.
After her songs..
MC guy: How do you like singing in front of all of these people?
MC guy: Why did you want to become a seiyuu?
MC guy: What kind of things will you be doing in the near future?
Then Tomo left the stage.
The next portion of the event was the Anime Cosplay Contest. There were four contestants who would dance or sing with their various costumes on. The judges for this contest was Sakurai Tomo, ?? Miru, and Agami ??.
?? Miru (19 years old) and Agami ?? (20 years old) were new seiyuu. Miru had done a voice in the game Power Doll, and ?? had done some voices in Tenchi Muyou.
The cosplay were: some girl bad guy from Fighting Viper, Cammy from Super Street Fighter II, some girl from some game (?), and Super Sailor Chibi Moon.
When the girl dressed as Cammy danced in front of Tomo, and Tomo was asked to comment later..
Tomo: When she turned her hips toward me, I couldn't decide
where to look. I wanted to touch it.
After all of the performances, Sakurai Tomo announced the winner. It was the third girl.
[Sakurai Tomo event reports]
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