First Impressions: Naniwa Danshi – NANDE?! [なにわ男子 Debut Tour 2022 1st Love]

20:00 7th April 2023 — Naniwa Danshi has just uploaded their live performance of their song NANDE?! from their 2022 debut tour [1st Love].

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As a Naniwa Danshi fan, I’m embarrassed to admit that I have yet to find time to sit down and fully listen to their ANSWER album. However, since this video has been uploaded, I can only think of my delayed response as a blessing because being able to experience this song through this visual performance has been nothing short of absolutely amazing.

First off, can we talk about the outfits? Blame me for being slow and perhaps these men have already performed in these ensembles before, but let’s talk about the design for a moment.

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I’m loving the fact that they’re wearing these suits that offer just the right amount of shimmer. Johnnys are famously known for their flamboyant suits but it’s refreshing to see such a simple yet interesting design that’s both reflective yet matte. The dripping paint design’s a nice and subtle way to keep the suit from being ‘boring’. And while it’s difficult for me to distinguish whether or not the base colour of their suits is white or cream (Because let’s face it, who can really tell with those blue and purple spotlights?), it’s nice to see that they’re sort of staying true to their original pink colour in a much more mature way.

Naniwa Danshi - NANDE live performance - costume - Suit - Outfit red and white
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Next, the dance. My knowledge on this physical art is way too limited for me to actually name specific dance moves. But I’m 90% sure that that rolling of the wrists and locking of the knees is a signature move when it comes to Japanese hip hop. Now, whether or not Johnnys Entertainment were the original creators of that move or whether they were responsible for popularising it is completely unknown to me, but we do know that it’s one of the classic dance moves that Johnnys and Associates artists are known for. And it definitely made me smile to see them squeeze so many of those, along with some other classic Johnnys moves, into the beginning of that performance.

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Lastly, we need to talk about the song — obviously.

Since this was my first time hearing NANDE?!, I’m going to be honest and say that the initial section of the song didn’t really stand out to me. But the trumpets that play as the members point in unison definitely gave me old-school Japanese pop song vibes. We’re talking about music from the 80s and the 90s, similar to something that you’d hear while watching the Detective Conan anime.

The chorus was what really drew me in, and then the lyrics definitely hit me when Ohashi had his solo and sang:

何千年 何百年 恋してたいのに // キミのため 生まれて来たはずなのに

Thousands of years, hundreds of years, I want to fall in love with you // I was most definitely born to be with you

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Ohashi Kazuya Live Performance - First Love - NANDE - Concert DVD - Live Performance

Excuse me?! Imagine having someone say that to you! Have more romantic proclamations ever been made?

I actually had to pause the video and have a moment of silence to just make sure that I’d actually heard the lyrics correctly because the words that were coming out of his mouth were honestly too lovely.

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To end this post, I’d just like to voice out that Onishi Ryusei really shone throughout this performance. Unfortunately, Ryusei (or Ryuche 😁) isn’t my favourite Naniwa Danshi member. However, his solos, facial expressions and overall delivery of each move was impossible not to admire and marvel at. He definitely caught my eye and just held onto it for the entire performance.

Onishi Ryusei Nande  Naniwa Danshi Concert DVD live performance First Love Tour Debut Tour 2022

[Also, the ending was the final finishing touch. All of them just dropping down into the hole in the centre of the stage? Classic Johnny’s exit.]

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Kimi Dake wo Nigasanai – Naniwa Danshi Lyrics (English Translations)

君だけを逃がさない 君だけを見つめたい 君だけを奪いたい…

You’re the only one I won’t let escape. You’re the only one I want to look at. You’re the only one I want to steal away…

Mystery love Mystery love, oh yeah

Mystery love Mystery Love, oh yeah.

君だけを逃がさない 君だけを見つめたい 君だけを奪いたい…

You’re the only one I won’t let escape. You’re the only one I want to look at. You’re the only one I want to steal away…

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わかりきってた 気が付きゃ君だけ Watching

I’m aware of it. Have you noticed that you’re the only one I’m watching?

明白な真実ほど 認めたくないでしょ? (All right?)

You don’t want to acknowledge this obvious truth, right? All right?

眠れないのは 君に出会ってからだ

I haven’t been able to sleep since I met you.

証拠も根拠も無くっても心がザワザワ

Even if there’s no basis or reason for this, my heart just won’t be still.

Fall in love Fall in love 君の言動 君の動向

Fall in love Fall in love    your words and the way you move

Fall in love Fall in love 探り考える

Fall in love Fall in love    I’m thinking of exploring further

Yeah Yeah Yeah 解決できない事件はない 糸口は君にある

Yeah Yeah Yeah There’s no case that can’t be solved, you’ve got the clue

Going crazy 迷宮入りさせないさ

Going crazy I won’t let this go unsolved

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We gotta love We gotta love

We gotta love We gotta love

最初で最後の君さ胸に手を当てて 真実を探れ

First and foremost, place your hand on your chest and search for the truth.

We gotta love We gotta love

We gotta love We gotta love

君のため息すらも 全部拾い上げ

Even if it’s just a sigh, I’ll pick up on everything

君の心 奪ってみせるよ

I’ll steal your heart and show you.

あぁもどかしい 愛はMystery

Aah – It’s so frustrating. Love is a mystery.

燃え上がる気持ち

I feel like I’m burning up

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We gotta love

We gotta love

わかりきってた 火が付きゃ2人 Labyrinth

I’m aware of it. The two of us are in a labyrinth that’s just caught on fire.

淡白な Attitude そそられる My heart (All right?)

That indifferent attitude, it’s tantalising my heart (Alright?)

情熱的に だけど計画的に 気を抜けば心

Let your heart wander passionately, it’s all part of the plan

さらけ出しちゃいそうになるから

After all, it already looks like it’s going to get exposed

Fall in love Fall in love これは友情?されど愛情?

Fall in love Fall in love  Is this friendship? Or is it love?

Fall in love Fall in love どれも君次第?

Fall in Love Fall in Love Either way, it all depends on you?

Yeah Yeah Yeah 解決できない事件はない 君だって例外じゃない

Yeah Yeah Yeah   There’s no case that can’t be solved, and you’re no exception

Going crazy 迷宮入りさせないさ

Going crazy   I won’t let this go unsolved

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We gotta love We gotta love

We gotta love We gotta love

最高で最上の君さ

The greatest and the best of you

今以上に Step by step プライドは捨てて

Now more than ever  Step by step   throw away your pride

We gotta love We gotta love

We gotta love We gotta love

君だけを見つめるよ

I’m only looking at you

この身この心の全てで 奪ってみせるよ

I’ll steal away this body and this heart

あぁ難しい だから愛おしい

Aah – it’s so difficult but that’s what makes this so precious

燃え上がる気持ち

I feel it burning

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We gotta love

We gotta love

君だけ…奪いたい…

It’s only you … I want to steal

Oh 甘い声に溶けそう

Oh  you look like you might melt from this sweet voice

君の全てを僕に委ねて All right?

Just entrust yourself to me  All right?

君だけを逃がさない 君だけを見つめたい 君だけを奪いたい…

You’re the only one I won’t let escape. You’re the only one I want to look at. You’re the only one I want to steal away…

We gotta love We gotta love

We gotta love We gotta love

最初で最後の君さ 胸に手を当てて 真実を探れ

First and foremost, place your hand on your chest and search for the truth.

We gotta love We gotta love

We gotta love We gotta love

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君のため息すらも 全部拾い上げ

I’ll pick up all of your sighs

君の心 奪ってみせるよ

I’ll show you by stealing your heart

あぁもどかしい 愛はMystery

Aah how vexing … Love is a mystery

燃え上がる気持ち

I’m burning up

We gotta love

We gotta love

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[Translation] Ohashi Kazuya’s First Arena Tour Instagram Post — 19/02/2022

Ohashi Kazuya (大橋和也)’s photo from his performance of ARASHI ()’s ‘Monster’ — during なにわ男子 First Arena Tour 2021 #なにわ男子しか勝たん — was posted on Naniwa Danshi (なにわ男子)’s official Instagram account today.

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Ohashi Kazuya 大橋和也 Instagram Translations First Arena Tour Live 2021 Naniwa Danshi Arashi Monster Performance
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Ohashi Kazuya Instagram Post Translations 大橋和也 Naniwa Danshi なにわ男子 First Arena Tour Live 2021

< A good guy that’s also dripping in sweat😅>

What’s at the tip of my finger?

Your chin? Or is it your lips???

I have no idea.

If I could say just one thing, I can’t keep up with this sort of character anymore. LOL.

I did my best 🤣🤣🤣

This is embarrassing, so I’m going to run away now.

Vanish! 😶‍🌫️

by Kazuya (Leader)

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なにわ男子 First Arena Tour 2021 #なにわ男子しか勝たん is Naniwa Danshi’s first concert DVD and it’s scheduled for release this Wednesday — February 23, 2011.

[Original Instagram post on @naniwadanshi728official]

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