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J-Karaoke Manila First Trial Session Report

by datenshi on March 09, 2016 21:06

UPDATE: As of August 2016, Golden House Family KTV no longer uses KY machines and have switched to TJ Media

With our love for karaoke and the sizable number of otaku in our country, Japanese music karaoke should've been something as big as figure collection and cosplay.

But as we all know, it isn't.

We here at Karaokepedia and J-Karaoke PH want to change that.

However, we can't just rush into it carelessly. We've seen many movements try similar things in the past but end up fizzling out. To avoid that, we need to do some research first.

And that's where the trial sessions come in: to get feedback from local J-music fans, nothing really beats holding some free/cheap karaoke sessions and learn from them.

We held the first trial session at Golden House Family KTV last Saturday, March 5, 2015. Out of the 25 who registered, only 12 showed up. This was expected as free events tend to have more people backing out at the last minute. On the plus side, this meant that we had money to spare and we decided to spend it on more free drinks and extend the karaoke hours.

The event was supposed to start at 7 PM, but people arrived early so we went ahead and started at 6:15 PM. We went on through the night and tapped out at around 12:30 AM. All in all, we sang 80+ songs in the span of those 6+ hours.

The time frame and the high number of songs highlight some advantages of karaoke to the usual J-music gigs, namely, there's a lot less prep time between songs and the flexible time means that you can have an enjoyable experience whether you're an early (no wait time) or late (still get to sing/hear a lot of songs) comer.

The almost complete song list can be found in the sortable table below. As expected, theme songs were pretty popular. It wasn't a J-Pop night, though, as most of the songs were J-Rock.

With over 1/5th of the songs related to L'Arc~en~Ciel (e.g. hyde, Glamorous Sky, Careless Whisper), the night was practically a mini-#LArcMNL session. Janne Da Arc, ONE OK ROCK, SPYAIR, and UVERworld had good number of songs, but some of our favorites either had poor showing (e.g. Gackt and Asian Kung-fu Generation) or weren't even sung at all (e.g. Glay and Luna Sea, though KY's poor selection for the latter is also at fault).

This lead to a realization: local Japanese music fans have come to the point that karaoke sessions will not be boring and repetitive even if we do it weekly. We know so many songs that we can have a session where participants sing a crazy amount of songs and still miss singing some of the most popular songs. No Hohoemi no Bakudan, no Zankoku no Tenshi no TEEZE, no Heart of Sword ~Yoake Mae~, no The Beginning.

Just imagine of how many more songs we could've missed if there were more J-Pop fans in attendance.

There were, however, repeated songs: New World, ALONES, D-tecnolife, and IMAGINATION. Blame the early birds taking the good songs before others could even arrive.

We've also made other observations. Telling people to prepare their songs and search for their numbers in Kumyoung's site and this site before the event was a very good idea. It made sure that the reserve list was up at least 5 songs by the second hour and no time was wasted. Also, the KTV disabled scoring - that's how we got to to sing so many songs in so little time.

The non-stop singing also had some non-obvious side-effects. First is being so engrossed in singing that you lose track of everything. Not having the chance to sing their favorite songs in public outside cons, first time singers will get continuous hits of "Holy shit, I have to sing this song!" and many hours will pass before they realize it. They won't even feel hungry as long as the drinks keep coming.

Non-stop singing also means that the remote control's "search by title/singer" function isn't that useful because you can only use it when there are no songs playing (furigana eats up the screen so the menu can't open). In the end the physical song books proved to be more useful for browsing songs than the remote or the KY song search site (which is slow to access over mobile internet).

The singers also didn't have any time to search for lyrics in between songs. But they eventually found out that it didn't matter - if you're not a person with a mic, you can just sing whatever lyric you remember or can read from the screen. The main singers do need to have a copy of lyrics on their phones, though. But as mentioned above, we had them prepare the songs and lyrics before the event.

All in all, it was a good night. There's still a lot of room for improvement and we'll see if we can address them in the next trial session.

Thanks to all who attended! The tentative date for the next session is on April 2. Join the Facebook group or the Meetup site to get updates.

The venue will probably be the same, but we're always looking for a bigger venue (e.g. bar, restaurant). Message the admins over at the FB group or Meetup site if you know of a good affordable and accessible place.

Here are random videos from the event. We didn't rename the videos so you can play Name that Tune on some of them.

And finally, the song list:

141930New WorldL'Arc~en~Ciel
243431Amanojaku164 feat. GUMIVocaloid
342334Kokoro EROAD OF MAJORAnimeMajor S1 & S6 OP
441762Jiyuu e no ShoutaiL'Arc~en~Ciel
541163DIVE TO BLUEL'Arc~en~Ciel
743889Seven Deadly SinsMAN WITH A MISSIONAnimeNanatsu no Taizai OP2
843265Fast ForwardMONKEY MAJIKAnimeNurarihyon no Mago OP1
943438oath signLiSAAnimeFate/Zero OP
1043698Wherever you areONE OK ROCK
1143709Hengen Jizai no MAGICAL STARGRANRODEOAnimeKuroko no BASUKE S2 OP2
1261950Do You Want ToFranz FerdinandAnimeParadise Kiss ED
1342507ALONESAqua TimezAnimeBleach OP6
1442967Journey through the DecadeGacktTokusatsuKamen Rider Decade OP
1541793RewriteASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATIONAnimeFullmetal Alchemist ED4
1641812RIVERTatsuya IshiiAnimeGundam Seed ED2
1741185Driver's HighL'Arc~en~CielAnimeGTO OP1
1842646Ash Like Snowthe brilliant greenAnimeGundam 00 OP2
1941215SobakasuJUDY AND MARYAnimeRurouni Kenshin OP1
2043856DiverNICO Touches the WallsAnimeNaruto Shippuden OP8
2141891GekkoukaJanne Da ArcAnimeBlack Jack OP1
2243285QUALIAUVERworldAnimeGundam 00 Movie OST
2340355SEASON'S CALLhydeAnimeBlood+ OP2
2441239Blurry EyesL'Arc~en~CielAnimeDNA^2 OST
2642582DAYBREAK'S BELLL'Arc~en~CielAnimeGundam 00 OP1
2741209HEAVEN'S DRIVEL'Arc~en~Ciel
2843734Rising HopeLiSAAnimeMahouka Koukou no Rettousei OP1
2943372SAMURAI HEART (Some Like It Hot!!)SPYAIRAnimeGintama ED17
3043298One dayThe ROOTLESSAnimeOne Piece OP13
3243821Mighty Long FallONE OK ROCKMovieRurouni Kenshin LA Movie 2 OST
3342676DRINK IT DOWNL'Arc~en~CielGameDevil May Cry 4 OST
3443825unravelTK from Ling Tosite SigureAnimeTokyo Ghoul OP
3543872SignFLOWAnimeNaruto Shippuden OP6
3641636MELISSAPorno GraffittiAnimeFullmetal Alchemist OP1
3743387Kanzen Kankaku DreamerONE OK ROCK
3842285INNOCENT SORROWabingdon boys schoolAnimeD.Gray-man OP1
3943886HeartacheONE OK ROCKMovieRurouni Kenshin LA Movie 3 OST
4041981LinkL'Arc~en~CielAnimeFullmetal Alchemist Movie OP
4142296Rolling starYUIAnimeBleach OP5
4240593Good-bye DaysYUIMovieTaiyou no Uta OST
4340099D-tecnoLifeUVERworldAnimeBleach OP2
4441469Kimi ga Suki da to SakebitaiBAADAnimeSlam Dunk OP
4543153from Y to YJimmyThumb-P feat. Hatsune MikuVocaloid
4742507ALONESAqua TimezAnimeBleach OP6
4842455One More Time, One More ChanceMasayoshi YamazakiAnime5 Centimeters Per Second ED
4942780GekidouUVERworldAnimeD.Gray-man OP4
5042240Sen no Yoru who KoeteAqua TimezAnimeBleach Movie 1 OST
5143634Jiyuu no TsubasaLinked HorizonAnimeShingeki no Kyojin OP2
5243633Guren no YumiyaLinked HorizonAnimeShingeki no Kyojin OP1
5341264the Fourth Avenue CafeL'Arc~en~CielAnimeRurouni Kenshin ED4
5442937STRENGTH.abingdon boys schoolAnimeSoul Eater ED4
5541930New WorldL'Arc~en~Ciel
5643728IMAGINATIONSPYAIRAnimeHaikyuu!! OP1
5742294COLORSFLOWAnimeCode Geass OP1
5843879Let Me HearFear, and Loathing in Las VegasAnimeParasyte OP
59413441/3 no Junjou na KanjouSIAM SHADEAnimeRurouni Kenshin ED6
6041475CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LAHironobu KageyamaAnimeDragon Ball Z OP
6143140Tsubasa wo KudasaiHO-KAGO TEA TIMEAnimeK-On! OST
6243123Kimi no Shiranai MonogatarisupercellAnimeBakemonogatari ED
6341682Sekai ga Owaru made wa...WANDSAnimeSlam Dunk ED2
6442144OhayouKenoAnimeHunter X Hunter OP1
6543711C.h.a.o.s.m.y.t.h.ONE OK ROCK
6641611Ueta TaiyouJanne Da Arc
6742639Fuyu no MaboroshiAcid Black Cherry
6843141modern strange cowboyGRANRODEOAnimeNeedless OP1
6943089Fuwa Fuwa TIMEHO-KAGO TEA TIMEAnimeK-On! Insert Song
7040099D-tecnoLifeUVERworldAnimeBleach OP2
7142935Koi wa Sensousupercell feat. Hatsune MikuVocaloid
7241998GLAMOROUS SKYMika NakashimaMovieNana LA Movie OST
7341497Shining rayJanne Da ArcAnimeOne Piece ED8
7543299TengakuYuuyu-P feat. Kagamine RinVocaloid
7643849ideal whiteMashiro AyanoAnimeFate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works OP 1
7741027STAY AWAYL'Arc~en~Ciel
7841316SHALLOW SLEEPhyde
7940798God knows...Haruhi Suzumiya (Aya Hirano)AnimeThe Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Insert Song
8043120VAMPIREJanne Da Arc
8141817DOLLSJanne Da Arc
8220950Careless WhisperWham!
8341103FINAL DISTANCEHikaru Utada
8542355gravityMaaya SakamotoAnimeWolf's Rain ED