Anime-song (a.k.a anisong) singer Takayoshi Tanimoto celebrated his 15th anniversary since his debut with a solo concert titled ‘Takayoshi Tanimoto Self-Accompaniment Concert: Heartfield 2017 (Tanimoto Takayoshi Hikigatari Live: Heartfield 2017)’ on 7 April at Yotsuya-Tenmado.comfort in Takadanobaba. Every seat at the concert hall was filled with fans, and Tanimoto accompanied himself on the piano. Guitarist IMAJO from the band Psychic Lover joined him as a special guest.
The concert’s set list contained Tanimoto’s anime songs, movies themes, and his original songs. When we hear ‘piano accompaniment’, we tend to imagine a ballad or softly arranged songs, but this was not the case for Tanimoto. His performance was filled with energy, and it was almost as if he were slamming the piano keyboard.
His songs are very up-tempo and powerful and he put all his heart to express their positive theme: looking forward to living tomorrow. His beautiful voice and performance were heated up with his energy to live. The emotions put into the lyrics and his passionate singing were all transmitted to the keyboard, and his lively performance got all his fans absorbed to it.
The concert started with Tanimoto’s greeting, ‘I have reached my 15th anniversary this year, so I hope to look back and share my music history with all of you today.’
He first sang ‘Overdrive’ followed by two songs from the anime Zatch Bell! (Konjiki no Gash Bell!!): ‘Kimi ni Kono Koe ga Todokimasu youni’ (I Hope You Hear This Voice) and ‘Mienai Tsubasa’ (Invisible Wings). Tanimoto’s voice and the sound of the piano synchronized and refreshingly pranced through the concert hall. It was as if his powerful and straightforward singing gave wings to the fans’ hearts to let them fly to their shining futures. Also, ‘Takami no Sora e’ (Aiming for a Higher Sky), the insert song for Juken Sentai Gekiranger, was sung with a fierce voice, almost as if they were the cries of his soul accompanied by his passionate piano melody. The audience roared with energy in response.
Tanimoto then sang one of his original songs, ‘Mistake,’ in a soft and beautiful tone. In the ballad segment, he sang ‘Kono Machi no Dokoka ni’ (Somewhere in This Town) and ‘Gekkou’ (Moonlight) with a sorrowful voice that seemed as if it were still tied to griefs in his past. In ‘Ari no Omoi’ (The Ant’s Feelings), he expressed a gradual rise in spirit. In ‘Noborikake no Sakamichi’ (The Hill You are Still Climbing), Tanimoto started off softly, but gradually got more powerful, and ended in shouts. His original songs were all a reflection of Tanimoto’s joys and sorrows, and his passionate singing captured the fans’ hearts from beginning to end.
In the second half of the concert, IMAJO, a member of the band Psychic Lover, came up on stage as a guest. Tanimoto sang MR.BIG’s ‘To be with you’ accompanied by IMAJO’s acoustic guitar. They both loved to play this song in their youthful days. Then, Tanimoto sang ‘Juken Sentai Gekiranger,’ the theme song for the popular tokusatsu series, accompanied by IMAJO’s powerful and sharp guitar sound. The fans cheered and chanted during this song, and shouted out, ‘Gekiranger!!’ at the chorus part.The songs following
The songs following Gekiranger’s theme were all performed with a music session featuring both the piano and the acoustic guitar. Tanimoto passionately sang ‘Ai Senshi Babyuu’ (Love Warrior Babyuu) in a happy tone. Next came the up-tempo ‘Byun Byun ToQger’, the theme song of Ressha Sentai ToQger. The fans all leaned forward from their seats and cheered with excitement.
Towards the end of the concert, Tanimoto announced that he will release a new album to commemorate his 15th anniversary! It will be available on 2 August, and it will include many original songs. He then sang the insert song of Digimon Tamers, ‘One vision.’ At the end, Tanimoto said to the fans, ‘I will sing the next song as my cheers to your future’ and sang his original song ‘Kiseki: (The Locus).’ This song’s lyrics expressed feelings of hope for the future, and Tanimoto sang with all his heart to send this message to every fan in the concert hall.
For the encore, Tanimoto and IMAJO performed together ‘Massage.’ All the fans united as one and sang out loud with Tanimoto and IMAJO, ‘La la la la- Uta wo Utaou (La la la la- Let’s Sing a Song).’ By singing this song together, everyone felt that they are not alone, and they have the power to walk on by supporting each other.
Tanimoto has been holding many concerts where he accompanies himself on the piano. Right now, Tanimoto is suffering from dystonia, a disorder which many musicians have experienced. Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder in which sustained muscle contractions occur involuntarily. It may result in symptoms such as abnormal fixed postures, twisting movements of the whole body or parts of the body, rigidity, or convulsions. At one time, Tanimoto could not even play the guitar or piano, but he worked very hard with his rehabilitation for a long period and has now recovered to the point where he can play the piano while singing. He decided to publicly confess his disorder so that he can become a ray of hope for those suffering the same disease.Tanimoto’s performance was so powerful and lively, that fans who were unaware of his condition would not have noticed he was suffering from a disease such as dystonia. It was as if his inner passions as a singer were the power to cure the curse of disease.
Tanimoto’s performance was so powerful and lively that fans who were unaware of his condition would not have noticed he was suffering from a disease such as dystonia. It was as if his inner passions as a singer were the power to cure the curse of the disease.
2017 is the year of Tanimoto’s 15th anniversary. As mentioned earlier, his new album will be released on 2 August. On top of this, Tanimoto is planning another concert in the near future. Please look forward to news on his upcoming album in our future articles.
Text: Tomonori Nagasawa
Kimi ni Kono Koe ga Todokimasu youni (I Hope You Hear This Voice)
Mienai Tsubasa (Invisible Wings)
Takami no Sora e (Aiming for a Higher Sky)
Kono Machi no Dokoka ni (Somewhere in This Town)
Ari no Omoi (The Ant’s Feelings)
Noborikake no Sakamichi (The Hill You are Still Climbing)
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