The anticipation was great, the moment dripping with potential as the former-and-reformed Bellring Girls Heart, now christened There There Theres, shared the link to the livestream of their debut stage performance. Hundreds in attendance, thousands watching all over the world as five raven-winged schoolgirls hit all the right notes, made the right steps and showed that, while the faces may change, the essence of BRGH would live on forever. Powerful.
The problem was that the only people who heard anything were the ones in the building.
Oh, and how the kinds of people who are fans of things like BRGH/TTTs not only took that in stride, but made it into a crucial part of the show. Many excellent jokes and many more excellent puns were made. Poor Tanaka had to come out and apologize:
— There There Theres公式 (@TTTS_AQBI) February 18, 2017
He vowed to fix it, and fix it he did:
Everything you were hoping for? Pretty seamless overall, I think. Granted, when the job description is “deliberately sing off-key and be just not quite coordinated enough to pull off that choreography,” the bar is set in a weird place.
I’m just glad that we didn’t lose one of the more oddly compelling projects in idol.