In October 9, the voice actor and musician Hiro Shimono held a stage event called ‘One Chance’ at Pony Canyon’s 50th Anniversary: Hiro Shimono Special Stage at Pacifico Yokohama Great Hall.
Hiro Shimono, who debuted last March, has already released two CD singles: Real and One Chance. The two-part event (day and night) attracted over 8000 people.
Hiro is a multi-talented entertainer and he made sure to express all his talents: he singed, acted, talked, and did a small comedy show. He always says in his public announcements that his motto is to always do his best and that is exactly what he did with this event.
The Day Show opened with a dramatic movie and a fun talk between Hiro and chairman Tadanori Date. They tried to challenge various Guinness world records in a segment called ‘One Chance at the Guiness!!’ Of course they had no chance of actually breaking any records on purpose, but it was hilarious to see them dance limbo, pile up toilet paper, spit our stoes of plums as far as humanly possible. And these were just some of the challenges. There were two they really enjoyed: One was called ‘How many bananas can you eat in a minute?’ and in the other they had to assort 30 umbrellas by color using only one hand. These two were the closest they got to an actual record. They ate five and a half bananas when the record is eight and their umbrella performance was only 10 seconds more than the Guinness record. Not bad. Hiro especially liked the umbrella challenge and expressed his wish to do that again in the future.
Next was a special comedy sketch called ‘One Chance!! Special Short Comedy Show.’ In the first part, “The Hero, Hiro Shimono’s Reality,” he saved a girl from a delinquent wearing a gold cape and red headband with the help of three guests: Tomoko Iida, Toshiki Iwasawa, and Motoki Takagi. Hiro aced some very difficult tongue-twisters and improvised on some songs.
The second part was ‘The Vampire: Hirocula’, where he mixed the very popular among the fans shows Hiroko and Karaage along with a verbal exchange with the show’s MC, Dateko. Later he commented, ‘I tried my best so everyone would enjoy my shows. I was kind of worried, but I’m glad the audience liked them.’ The performance was full of his unique hospitality, and it made the audience smile.
The Night Show as you can imagine was more of a concert and focused on Hiro Shimono’s musical and voice-acting talents. After the opening talk show, the first part was ‘Hiro Shimada + Pony Canyon: Hit Song Cover Concert’. Hiro said, ‘It was my first time to sing other people’s songs on stage.’ He seemed nervous when he sang The distance of the starry sky by The Alfee. He also sang Like the moon of tonight by Elephant Kashimashi (a karaoke favorite of his), and Another Orion by Fumiya Fujii.
He then continued with the opening theme of Attack on Titan, Guren no Yumiya by Linked Horizon, and the opening theme of Hashire! Mirai, Ace of Diamond by Glay; he was a voice actor in both anime! ‘I didn’t expect I would sing an anime song myself. I’m not even a protagonist,’ Hiro laughed, but the audience enjoyed the stage show. Videos of the anime were playing along with the music. ‘I relearned how powerful anime is through this event. Everyone loves anime.’ He seemed to be excited about his career as a voice actor and musician.
After the concert, Hiro showed his voice-acting talent. He performed a serious reading drama about a boy living on a star and a girl living on Earth called One Chance. Hiro wanted to send a message through his reading: ‘No matter how hard is your life right now, always remember that you are not alone.’
Both shows had something in common: The concert at the end. Hiro sand Real, Promise, One Chance, and Beyond along with five band members. From the beginning of the show you could see that there was a drum kit, a keyboard, a DJ booth and some Marshall amps on stage. It wasn’t difficult to predict the concert, but still the audience was very excited. Hiro doesn;t have the huge repertoire, he has only just started as a musician, but that made the show even more intimate. The fans knew the songs and gave all their energy to the show. His encore was Colors, a J-rock song that reminds the Japanese rock that was played in the 90s. He also announced his new mini album will be released in 2017.
He ended the Night Show saying, ‘I don’t want to end this concert, but there is a start because there is an end, and vise versa. Let’s be ourselves and do our best!’
Hiro Shimoto is a delight of talents. True to his motto, he gave these shows his best. He doesn’t compromise and tries to express himself as he feels he should. I wonder what kind of concerts he will hold when he has a few more songs under his name. I am certainly not the only one who is wondering that. Let’s meet again at his next concert!