On 2016’s final BEMANI Namahousou, a.k.a. BEnama (BE生) plenty of guest composers were on hand, including (left to right)…
PON, DJ TOTTO, U1-ASAMi, Nekomata Master, (Tanaka-san), L.E.D., wac, Gekidan Record(!), and Sota Fujimori:
Up first was the quick announcement of a new REFLEC BEAT Quest song, which will appear on Jan 1st:
MUSECA will also get 3 new songs and matching Graficas soon (no date revealed)
YATSUZAKI HARDCORE, friends of RoughSketch, got a jubeat and REFLEC BEAT plus pack as well this week:
In other jubeat plus news, Hold Notes have been added to the game, along with two charts featuring them. The 3 jukebeat free songs have also been ported to the Japanese version as a free download:
Finally, CHALLENGE SCRATCH 44 will debut on 12/30, with a new transplant song, PHQUASE’s RHYZING BEAT (from Qubell) :
The eAMUSEMENT App’s 3rd Anniversary has also brought a special present: Card Stickers! Available to download here:
Finally, Sound Voltex’s qualifiers have started today, which means all BEMANI games have now started. Quiz Magic Academy has not, surprisingly…
As we already know, there are some bonuses available in IIDX, DDR, and GITADORA for participants:
A quick look back at the year’s past major events and releases:
Next up, everyone wrote their kanji-of-the-year:
L.E.D.: 忍 (shinobu) – ninja
Nekomata Master: 服 (fuku) – clothes
wac: 鬱 (utsu) – depressed
DJ TOTTO: 初 (hatsu) – first
Gekidan Record: 水 (mizu) – water
U1-ASAMi: 挑 (idomu) – try/challenge
PON: 参 (san) – join/arrive
Sota: 失 (shitsu) – loss
And up to the year’s main event, the BEMANI MUSIC AWARDS 2016!
First up: User ranking (from the eAMUSEMENT App)
3rd place was a tie – but congrats to ARM and Attack The Music vocalist Nicole Curry!!!
Triple Counter took the 1st place spot, but there was no one to receive the award!
Next up was Konami/BEMANI staff’s ranking:
Wait a sec, 1st place again?! Congrats!
Due to the surprise result, PON instead sang a karaoke version of Good bye, Summer!
Finally, the SUKI MUSIC Ranking TOP 30 for the entire year:
Before the #1 spot was revealed, a quick PICK UP! was announced:
AND THEN AKHUTA DID A THING:
Congrats to him for his 2nd PICKUP! award:
Finally, the top spot went to the 5th KAC REFLEC BEAT Boss song, Rebellio!
DJ TOTTO proudly accepted the award…
…and then treated viewers to an interesting freestyle rap version of the song:
As a surprise, Tanaka-san got the “BEnama Staff Choice – Best MC” Award:
Of course, he had to sing, and there’s only one song that it could possibly be…
Finally, the whole crew performed 恋歌疾風！かるたクイーンいろは from pop’n music:
And that’s all for this year!
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