I have been honestly looking forward to this review as I love Johnny's Countdown. It is a real treat for Johnny's fans to watch, IMHO.
Also to note is that on the lower right hand corner the countdown for midnight has begun.
Also I would like to know who at Johnny's has decided that large fake flowers is the new thing that needs to be added to outfits. Kisumai has them and now NEWS does. I would not be surprised to see this with other groups though it looks so much worse than the fake feathers and fake fur they usually use.
Even though we did get prerecorded footage for the concert I am actually somewhat fine with it. I would have preferred to have them be actually live but I know scheduling was an issue. Plus the years they did live satellite feeds for other locations the concert came off disjointed with very little decent flow between all the performances. So I am okay with the VTR this year, though I hope that if they got that way again if they have more than one group doing it they schedule them so they can all be seen together at least, as one of the main draws for JCD is seeing the acts interact.
I do miss that they did not have those born in the year of the snake dress up and have their own short focus. Not sure why they cut that this year as I always found it interesting to see which Johnny's had that in common.
Overall it was a fun watch. There have been more fun JCD's in the past but this was one of the smoother ones in the past couple of years though and it had its moments. So if you only know a couple of Johnny's groups or know them all it would be a good watch. Probably not so much if you are not familiar with Johnny's at all, as there are a lot of acts and little in the way to telling the viewer who they are outside of their name or group's name.
With this covered all that is left is the CDTV Countdown to review, which I will make sure to get out on time next Sunday.