Young aspiring J-pop singer May’n, the vocal behind Sheryl Nome of hit anime Macross Frontier, was in town last week to perform at Anime Festival Asia. Before the concert, she had an interview with a local newspaper. When asked whether she feels like a Galactic Fairy like her anime equivalent, she replied,
“To me, Sheryl is self-assured, and she’s a top idol who’s unattainable and unreachable.”
“I’m very conscious of Sheryl’s image when I perform. But for myself, I want to be reachable, I want to be close to my fans.”
Those interested may read the full article here.
In related news, I attended May’n’s mini concert on day 2 of Anime Festival Asia. I really enjoyed myself. May’n put up a good performance. She sang all (7) of Sheryl’s solo songs from Macross Frontier, one of my favourite animes this year.
This pic is not taken by me. Serious!
Scenes from the anime were flashing through my mind when May’n was singing the songs. “Infinity” reminded me of the epic battle in episode 7, “Diamond Crevasse” of Michel’s heroic death, “Northern Cross” of SMS Macross Quarter’s break away from Frontier to seek their own destiny. If one is observant enough, one can also see that May’n is wearing a fold quartz earring on her right ear, just like Sheryl.
But sadly what was supposed to be an enjoyable event ended with a minor unhappy hiccup. Those who paid $118 for a good view of the concert were entitled to an autograph and a handshake with May’n after the concert. Many were expecting May’n to sign on their copy of her single or other related merchandises but was instead greeted with pre-signed shikishi.
Before moving on, shikishi literally means ‘colored paper’, a square board and is usually white. Japanese celebrities (and sumo wrestlers) usually sign (or doodle) on these shikishi and give to their fans. Alternatively fans may present a blank one for their idols to sign, in which case, the star may also address their signature to the fan by writing the fan’s name on it.
Please don’t make Sheryl cry.
Ok back to May’n, so a few fans that came with high expectation were disappointed and a debate ensued online. I will not go into further details by adding oil to fire. I will just like to say if it was me, I will gladly accept the shikishi cos a signature on a white surface is more prominent and easier to see as compared to say a black poster etc. May’n’s signature is so cute, she even drew <(^ω^)> on it.
Maybe this will suffice?
Oh btw, if anyone is having doubts that the shikishi are photocopied, I can assure that they are definitely personally signed since I compared a few of them and they all look different.