Super late, and largely cribbed from my Tumblr write-up, but with some pics!
Guests: Joy Max Poko (MC), Ono Yuuki, Ono Kensho, Kentaro Utsumi (KenPro shachou), Hayashi Yu (Screen Mode), another KenPro seiyuu, Namikawa Daisuke, Takahashi Chiaki (and her amazing breasts), Kuribayashi Minami and the other three members of Granrodeo.
There were pre-recorded messages from Iwata Mitsuo (I desperately wish I knew what Miichan said, because Kiiyan was dying), Yonaga Tsubasa, Anri Katsu (who talked about their various Mr. Tambourine Man adventures) and Shimono Hiro.
The Attack on Titan managaka did a huge sketch of Kiiyan, Jean and Mikasa for Kiiyan,which he’s been using as his Twitter icon ever since. Everyone had a rose for Kiiyan, and Ono Yuuki gave him another one of those book lamps, and Ono Kensho gave him a very nice traditional folding fan.
He seemed genuinely taken aback at being brought blindfolded into the room and greeted by over 400 of us saying “Kiiyan, tanjoubi omedetou!” And indeed, he’s brought up on various radio shows that he genuinely didn’t know and so was really, REALLY surprised. He didn’t even know they were going to Tokyo Dome Hotel until his manager got him into a taxi.
Kiiyan wasn’t dressed for an event (shorts again, showing off those lovely legs), as he pointed out. He said he would’ve dressed appropriately, had he known. At the halfway point, they whisked him away and he came back in 10 minutes in a gorgeous white tux. He later got rid of the bowtie and jacket … and teased us by stripping the shirt off … only to put it back on. He did toss it to the audience in the end.
He … was more than a bit tipsy by the end of things, which was cute, until he launched into his final comments … which seemed very serious (like about how men are expected to be married by 40….). There were some lewd hip thrusts somewhere in that talk too.
Joy was moved to tears when Minami was singing to Kiiyan (Kiiyan was loving every second of that song, pumping his fist in the air and pointing at himself when she’d sing his name.
Kiiyan came close to tears during a Yamaguchi-TV produced video featuring pics of young Kiiyan, and comments from his mom, dad and grandmum. So sweet to hear his grandmum say how she’d be there supporting him. They’re clearly so, so proud of him.
NamiDai made Joy and Kiiyan cut the cake together, and Chiaking, Takita and Val were all in front of the stage snapping pics. (Indeed, Kiiyan was like “Chiakiiing!” when he saw her doing it) And then NamiDai congratulated them on their marriage or something like that and Kiiyan was all “wait, that wasn’t a marriage ceremony!!!” NamiDai assured him it was just a birthday cake.
The guests all came in through the crowd. My table, though it had a good view, was poorly situated to catch the attention of any. But while we were eating, and Kiiyan changing, Joy took Ono Kensho on a walk around the room. They stopped right in front of me. Joy was looking the other way, but I had Kensho’s full attention, so I waggled my fingers at him and he nodded to me.
Joy made Kiiyan distribute bags of special event cookies to each table. (Again, wrong side of the table, so didn’t get his attention, alas). Kiiyan clearly did not want to do this, but he was a trooper about it and Joy kept him on track. A girl one table over from me told him it was her birthday too, so he wished her a happy birthday. And he noticed the guys in the audience.
e-zuka, dork supreme, was really dressed down … and stole food off someone’s plate on his way to the stage.
Val kissed Kiiyan after they hugged. I believe Kiiyan was trying to assure us it was on the cheek, but sure didn’t seem that way. Heh.
e-zuka led us in singing happy birthday to Kiiyan. No cake diving this time, but he still managed to get some on the tux, so Joy had to clean it off.
I delivered the letters before the show, and recorded a message from foreign fans … entirely in Japanese, since they had a video camera set up for just that.
They had a special event bromide, but you had to buy one of the DJCDs, and I already own all of them. We did get free event tshirts, to go with the cookies.
Kiiyan hadn’t seen Chiaking in a very long time, so was really gobsmacked to see her. He was also quite amazed by her breasts, which seemed perilously close to a wardrobe malfunction (pretty sure he commented on that). She shoved her microphone down her cleavage at some point.
Ono Yuuki abuse continues. The moment when Joy went to get a pic of the Onos with Kiiyan, and Kiiyan put his arm around Kensho, and left Yuuki looking at the two of them like an eager puppy…. He did finally call Yuuki by name at some point, at least.