During last year’s Anime Festival Asia (AFA), our reporters managed to snag the chance to interview the members of PCF when they came for their series of performances at the Mini Akiba Stage! The members were all very down-to-earth and personable in their own right, but one thing’s for certain: they really love their beer!
A well-known name to Nico Nico Douga users and AFA-goers seeing as they came last year too, PCF is a three-man dance group composed of Keitan, Tadanon and TAKUMA who specialize in high-energy performances seemingly made for a stage. You just don’t get the same effect watching a video! Most distinctive is their wotage, a type of dance performed with lightsticks in hand and a lot of yelling from the audience.
Q: So, how did PCF first form officially?
Keitan: No idea.
Tadanon: No beans, man.
TAKUMA: We just dunno.
[You don’t know?!]
Keitan: You see, when we first officially formed PCF, we didn’t even think of it as a ‘formation’ at all.
TAKUMA: Maybe we formed after we drank together…but then again…
Keitan: We don’t know how we formed, but we developed the way we perform at our lives from the various events we attended.
Tadanon: Yeah, sounds about right.
Q: How do you come up with the choreography for new dances?
Keitan: Ah, yeah, we got those. New choreography. New videos?
TAKUMA: They’re asking how we design those dance moves.
Keitan: How we create them?
TAKUMA: Yeah, the process and all.
Keitan: Hm…well, recently we’ve started creating the moves based on the ‘hook’ of the song, you know? From there, we fill in the blanks, bit by bit — making sure to add in our own personality, our interesting flair and spirit into the moves.
Q: So, it’s been a year since you last came to Singapore. How do you feel now that you’re back here again?
Keitan: I feel like the audience here has changed somewhat. The AFA last year feels completely different from this year’s.
Q: With that in mind, what do you think are the differences between audiences overseas and Japanese audiences, when it comes to your dance performances?
Tadanon: Oh, oh, foreigners are more like ‘WHOA!’ whereas Japanese people are more like, (leans back in his chair with a cool expression, arms folded)
[More cool, you mean?]
TAKUMA: More like it takes more time for them to get to the ‘WHOA!’ stage.
Keitan: That’s right. It’s like foreigners tend to join us in getting steadily more hyped, like, they’re more open. Their hearts are more open to us.
[And the Japanese?]
Keitan: Well, they take more effort. It takes quite some time to get them pumped.
Q: If you had the chance, what kind of event would you want to perform in?
Keitan: In Singapore?
[Let’s say in Singapore.]
Keitan & TAKUMA: I Love Anisong! (the I Love Anisong concert series)
Keitan: [very firmly] We’d want to perform in I Love Anisong.
Q: So apart from Singapore, what other countries would you want to perform in?
Keitan: Yeah, we want to go to America. We’d want to perform in Anime Expo (an anime convention held in Los Angeles) if we have the chance. Seriously, we want to go to AE…I heard the alcohol there is delicious.
TAKUMA: [perks up] Alcohol? Delicious alcohol? I wanna go! (laughter)
Keitan: Oh god, we feel so empty when we enter other environments, so alcohol immediately comes to our minds when that happens. Immediately.
Keitan: And that’s why we want to go to Los Angeles.
Q: So…why do you want to go to America specifically?
Keitan: Um, because we’ve never gone there before. We’ve already went to Europe after France’s Japan Expo…and…
TAKUMA: We’ve been in Singapore.
Keitan: Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan…we’ve gone to a lot of places. Mostly back and forth around Asia. So when we think of places we’ve never been to, we think of America.
Tadanon: [firmly] We want to cross the Pacific.
Keitan: Mm, indeed.
Q: Would you like to perform in Singapore again?
All: Of course!
Keitan: Of course.
TAKUMA: So I can drink Tiger (a local brand) beer. (laughter)
Tadanon: Singapore’s the easiest to get to.
Keitan: And, there’s the casino too, and…
TAKUMA: Tiger beer… (more laughter)
Q: Are you thinking of collaborating with anyone in particular?
Keitan & TAKUMA: FLOW, FLOW, FLOW! (a Japanese rock band which came to Singapore in 2015 for I Love Anisong, most famous for Code Geass and Naruto theme songs)
TAKUMA: Want more FLOW.
Keitan: During last year’s (2015’s) AFA, we collaborated with FLOW in ILA. After that, we even got to perform in FLOW’s World Tour finale. FLOW shows us a lot of respect, and we loved FLOW in the first place. FLOW is cool…so we want to be on stage, with FLOW.
It was a pity that FLOW didn’t come for last year’s I Love Anisong concert, but they didn’t seem too disheartened by that! Indeed, they danced to Fighting Dreamers (the fourth opening theme song for Naruto) at one point during their performances, which was naturally met with raucous cheering from the crowd.
Despite having a smaller stage this time around, PCF was amazing as usual, having their performances attended by large crowds filled with people waving lightsticks. On the second day, lightsticks were even passed out to the crowd (or rather, thrown from the stage and met with excited screaming) so everybody could join in on the fun. On both days, crowd participation was also further boosted when the group taught the audience how to do a simple dance to the ever-nostalgic Moonlight Densetsu (the iconic first opening theme for Sailor Moon).
While we don’t know whether they’ll be coming next year, we hope that they will — maybe with another appearance at I Love Anisong! Either way, we look forward to seeing more from this energetic dance group.
Photography by Joshua Mak