The A5 Kobe Beef of Smiles

As a minor fan of seiyuu unit Wake Up, Girls!, I’ve seen them perform live a few times. As per the customary behavior of Japanese wota in attendance, there are some vigorous calls happening. Calls, in this context, means the words or cheering that the audience chant or yell towards the stage to cheer on their idols. There is one song that they do which the calls are particularly now “a part of the song” in my head, and the calls are fun too. It’s Gokujou Smile.

After watching the various AWM shows in person, as well as the other US-based anison lives that I’ve attended over the years, it’s really obvious that the penlight is what Americans latches on as the one wotaku thing to do. The truth is, that’s just fine–swinging penlight (responsibly) is fun and creates a nice scenery for the performers on stage if everyone does it correctly. But that’s not what makes calls fun to do–it’s not calls! The most fun one has with penlight is, say, balrogging UOs or cycloning with them. Maybe as a prop for furicopy. If you are in a spacious area you can even do wotagei, but that’s more dance than just waving penlights around. Also, I appreciate people using GREEN for WUG, because this is their color. It is the color of Sendai. It’s the color that unites WUGners even if you are a trash DDs or an insensitive tanoshis. (And yeah try not to use Kayatan’s green, and it’s fine to use whatever color as long as you understand all this.) But that’s all besides the point, when it comes to having a good time with Gokujou Smile.

So let’s put aside our penlights for a minute and learn some calls, because this is a sad showing. Sad! What makes Gokujou Smile a fun song for calls is that the calls are mostly standard response calls, and unlike most anisong the calls are a tad more involved. It’s still a far cry from chikagei level of calls, or what people do at a lit indie idol live, but you can really get into these already.

Gokujou Smile should sound like is this:

Just to romanze the calls, via here. The calls are in parens and lit.  Just a few notes:

  • There are some light hand motions that can be done during a few parts, like “housoku housoku” and “nandaka chigau.”
  • The calls with a music note in the paren are sing-along responses.
  • Uryaoi at your own risk, generally people don’t for WUG. If you do, just at the opening and ending.
  • Fuwa x4 are not clap clap Fuwa x2 but some people do it, especially when not at a live.
  • The “Fuu?” call is just a fuu with different intonation. In JP it’s denoted with down and up arrows. (フー↓ウッ↑)

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EGAO! (Fufu!) GOKUJOU! (Fufu!) SUMAIRU! (Fuu!)

(hey x12)

(Fufu! Fufu! Fuu!)

KURAUDO ni kakareta SUKEJUURU (Yay!)
Nandaka samishii shuumatsu wo (Yay!)
Nandemo ii kara umerutte iu no ha chigau (Nandaka chigau~!)

Honto jimi na no futsuu no hi ha (Whoo!)
Douga de neko wo utsushitetari (Whoo!)
Doudesho tamani ha heya no moyou ga he nanka ne

Minna no shashin (sha~ shin~♪) SURAIDO shite mita (‘te~ mita~♪)
SUMAIRU ippai de zenkai de SUMAIRU darake de
SUMAIRU? SUMAIRU?mairu
Waratte shimau (shi~ mauu~♪) genki ni natta yo (natta~ yo~♪)
Akiramenai haru natsu aki fuyu no hi mo

SHINDOI kisetsu wo shiteru kara (Whoo!)
Kawaranu egao wo mederu (Fuwa x4)
NIPPON no egao ga uwagaki suru (Whoo!)
Nanka tsurai toki mo
NIPPON no egao ga kawaiku suru (Whoo!)
Saki koboreru SAKURA iro (Fuwa x4)
SHINDOI kisetsu wo shitte koso no(Whoo!)
Egao(Fufu!) gokujou (Fufu!) SUMAIRU (Fuu!)

(Hey x8)

Tenki ga ii hi ha dekakeyou (Yay!)
Densha ni notte chotto toode shiyou (Yay!)
Denenfuukei suteki na yasai mo toreru (Housaku! housaku!)

Choppiri nigate na mono datte (Fuu?)
Oishii no tabetara suki ni naru (Fuu?)
OIOI ima made shiranaide gomen to omou

Umi ha hiroi (hi~ roi~♪) yama mo sugoi (su~ goi~♪)
MEIDO IN JAPAN ha saikou sa MAI MAI MAI SUTAA
Nandatte umidaseru
Asobi ni kite (kite~ ne~♪) ai ni kite ne (kite~ ne~♪)
Kono hashi kara hashi made wo hashi no kuni he

SHINDOI kisetsu wo shiteru kara (Whoo!)
Kawaranu egao wo miseru (Fuwa x4)
NIPPON no egao ga uwagaki suru (Whoo!)
Nanka tsurai toki mo
NIPPON no egao ga motenashi suru (Whoo!)
Saki koboreru SAKURA iro (Fuwa x4)
SHINDOI kisetsu wo shitte koso no (Whoo!)
Egao(Fufu!) gokujou (Fufu!) SUMAIRU (Fuu!)

(Hey x8, break, Hey x8)

DONMAI namida wo shitteru kara
Kawaranu egao wo mederu
DONMAI na egao ga uwagaki suru
Nanka tsurai toki mo
DONMAI na egao ga kawaiku suru (Whoo!)
Saki koboreru SAKURA iro (Fuwa x4)
DONMAI namida wo shitte koso no (Whoo!)
Egao(Fufu!) gokujou (Fufu!) SUMAIRU (Fuu!)

(hey x12)

(Fufu! Fufu! Fuu!)


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