As was with last year (Part 1 and Part 2 from Sasuke Maniac coverage).. and the year before that.. Makoto Nagano appeared again with his friends in the Maguro Festival in Kushikino. He promoted it in his most recent radio interview. It was the 18th Annual to be exact and it took me a bit to find the above posters but yay I found it.. after the fact.. LOL. Long live Google.. At some point I expect the pictures will be on Nagano's site but kinda depends when they get a chance to update it. Judging by the timeliness of the previous entries it might be a while it might be as we speak.. we don't know. As for the rest of the pictures here Ube found for me :) Yay go Ube!!
Nagano: "Yamada dude stop following me.. I want you to go hee-aww".. ©personal blog
When Ube found these photos for me I was dying laughing at this set of pictures from this blog. First before I start.. we know that 5 of the 6 All-stars were there. Toshihiro Takeda, Shingo Yamamoto, Kazuhiko Akiyama, Katsumi Yamada and of course Makoto Nagano. Seems like Bunpei Shiratori was again a no show to the Maguro Festival. His last apperance was in 2007. These pictures were priceless! This first one was funny because it looks like Nagano is telling Yamada to beat it.. I mean there is no place to sit for him so he's telling him to shove off :p This is also the first picture you see of Akiyama's new do.. keep that thought for a moment..
"Here's how you Kanzen Seiha kid." (LMFAO for that quote Ube) ©personal blog
This was one was priceless in so many levels.. including the fact that he's about to light up a cigarette right next to the kid and of course Ube's priceless quote :) I mean we all know by now he's a chain smoker.. it's just funny when it's shot on camera... ya know? I see Nagano is not disappointing and wearing his new clothes! I'm sure I'll bitch about these pants next year when I realize he hasn't changed them..
Please don't grow the back to complete the 1980's mullet look.. ©personal blog
And the last of this set of pictures.. /sigh.. W.. T.. F.. is up with Akiyama's hair? I mean.. what.. gives?? O.M.F.G. I think he got into the gallon of hair dye that Nagano uses and teased it with Takeda's hairgel and then blow dried it with Shingo's hairdryer.. I'm sorry but it looks hideous.. I want the old Akiyama hair back.. /cries and pouts.. He looked great in Sasuke 22! Now he looks like he's wearing a wig..
Takeda jumping on the wall while Nagano watches ©personal blog
These next set of pictures comes from this blog. These capture more normal pics of the course (though that tower thing is pretty tall... I wanna see what's on it and how they used it.. )Yes.. I know.. Geeky stuff..
Nagano being introduced to the crowd ©personal blog
I can't tell from this picture if they got new Sasuke T'shirts or not. It's hard to tell from the front and every other picture they have their jackets on because it wasn't that warm this year.
Takeda, Nagano, Yamamoto and Akiyama with 2 unidentified fans ©personal blog
Shingo has a funky hair problem with the wind while Akiyama's hair doesn't look as frightening as the one blog earlier.. still.. I want that other one from Sasuke 22 back.. but all in all I'm still happy he's back no matter how his hair freaks me out.. Just wish Bunpei was well enough to go but apparently he isn't. I wonder if there will be a BUG in MIKI again this year? Either way I'm happy there were any pics as quickly as they were this time around. Until I see Nagano's page with the best pics of all these will suffice for now :) Again major thanks to Ube for scoping them out for me :D