Short Event Report: Aqours in Anisama 2017

3 months in and I still haven’t done my event report last Anisama lol.

So last night, NHK BS aired the TV digest of Anisama Day 1 in which Aqours participated in. As I watched snippets of the event already uploaded here in FB and Youtube, feels from my first overseas event flowed back into me. Today was the perfect time to write that overdue event report. Well, a short one specifically for Aqours in the mean time.

The setlist that Aqours sang in Anisama was:
1. Aozora Jumping Heart
2. Happy Party Train
3. Koi ni Naritai Aquarium
4. Yume Kataru Yori Yume Utaou TV size

Before Aozora started, they showed the usual character video they show on short lives (the one with the Aqours Super Live). I believe they also used that video for Aniupa and AWM. Most of the audience changed their colors accordingly to characters that appeared on screen. I did the same and shouted the character and seiyuu’s name. (Emphasis on Ainya)

They did a pose and turned their backs. I immediately knew the song…

1. Aozora Jumping Heart
Aozora as the opening song was pretty standard. What I noticed immediately was they were wearing their HPT costumes. At that point I knew they’re gonna sing HPT. (Thinking of another song in the middle of a song. Such a bad person w) I considered myself lucky since it was a tour exclusive song and they sang it at Anisama.

– MC –
They did the usual greeting and the 「Aqoursです!」There was no call and response though. Each member did a compact introduction of themselves. The audience simply changed colors and shouted each member’s respective name as a response. Anchan’s part was pretty memorable. A few of her fans not only broke UOs but even did UO balrog (4 UOs on each hand) on her introduction.

2. Happy Party Train
I spent most of the time thinking whether if people will do the color changes for each solo line but people didn’t. I guess if a song is character-centric, people would simply switch to the color of whoever is in the center like how it was in µ ‘s.

This time it’s quite noticeable that Aqours has indeed improved in their dancing skills. Also Suwawa can easily kill you with her winks.

Each member’s solo line was a treat to listen to. Kinda anticipated Kanan’s solo because the HPT costumes glow on that part. The staged dimmed and it was clearly visible even from my seat. I expected people to break Ultra Greens but they broke UOs instead. Aikyan’s and King’s harmony at the end was pretty good.

They did a quick MC afterwards. They said the next song is their last song.

Photo originally from Anisama twitter account. https://twitter.com/anisama/status/932266093757861888

3. Koi ni Naritai Aquarium
Do I even need to explain this lol? For the record, I simply did the standard calls. The not-so-standard ones, just inside my head.

Broke 1 UO on the sunset part then switched to light blue on Yousolo. Other people broke UOs instead.

4. Yume Kataru Yori Yume Utaou TV size
They brought out pompoms on this song. No actual choreo from what I remember. I wanted to break UOs on this one but it was the TV size! orz
They waved goodbye to the audience afterwards and descended on the platform on the middle. Shouted Ainya’s name all throughout.

 

Looking back: Cosplay Mania Day 1 – Riho Iida and the PH Community

This post was originally posted in nekoandcoffee.wordpress.com last November 4, 2016

First of all let me go back a bit, to April of this year. FLOW just finished their breathtaking full set performance. This made me look forward to the rest of the conventions for the latter half of the year. I was already anticipating which guests would be invited for Cosplay Mania Jam since they were able to show potential when Pile came over last year.

https://twitter.com/cosplayph/status/755294198811754496/photo/1
Cosplay Mania 2016. Cosplay Mania x I love Anisong

 

Fast forward to July,  thus the announcement, Cosplay Mania x I love Anison. This made people so hyped cause it meant a large pool of possible artists for the event. Yet the announcement must be taken with a grain of salt since this partnership is a sign of testing the waters, whether the Philippines is a viable market for Japanese concerts or not. A responsibility rested on the shoulders and wallets of the fans if they wanted more artists to come in the future.

Rippi’s flasta. The color theme was based on the jacket of her 2nd album.

A few months before the event, the community, spearheaded by several people and Riho Iida Philippines, began to make preparations. Button pins and Call books were produced and freely distributed to people attending the concert. Flowerstands were also presented to Riho Iida and Starmarie, which was completely crowdfunded through donations. T-shirts were also printed and worn exclusively by Riho Iida PH members. A huge tarpaulin was also printed, which can be seen near the end of the blog.

Callbooks were freely distributed online. Hard copies were given away at the Onegai Onii-chan Booth.

Sad to say, even with thorough planning, there were some disappointments and minor hitches that happened, especially with the Meet and Greet process. I’m no longer detailing on what transpired regarding the process since I want to make this blog as positive as I could. All I can say is, the organizers shouldn’t let the crowd run like that. Safety should always be first.

Nevertheless, the meet and greet did bear positive effects, especially to those who ran as fast as they could. All efforts previously mentioned above was duly noticed by Rippi, all thanks to the Kaigai eventers that were overheard by Rippi’s staff talking about the huge tarpaulin.

Concert

Translation:

It is my first time in Manila.
I was surprised that a lot of fans here were waiting for me.

Thank you,  I had a great time. ~ ☆☆

The concert itself is an experience to remember. The crowd has definitely upped their game this year. Almost everyone in the VIP section has a Kingblade and knows the chants to Rippi’s songs. It felt like everybody has thoroughly studied the call guide and knew exactly what they should do.

Near the end of the concert, Rippi said a short message that was translated by an interpreter. She apologized because she was not able to go to the Philippines sooner. She also said that she really had fun here and doesn’t even want to return back (to Japan) (帰りたくない). Sadly, we all know that it wasn’t quite possible but the emotion behind her words can be felt, that they were spoken from the heart.

The fan-driven effort was really amazing to witness. The community was able to make Rippi special and the staff were even impressed by the effort. Not to mention, kudos to the effort of Cosplay.ph for making Rippi’s short stay in Philippines a memorable one.

For an event that I looked forward to for almost 6 months, the wait was worth it.

Looking toward to better and improved conventions for next year.

Rippi setlist:

  1. Kataomoi Sekkin
  2. Sirius
  3. Heartache = Koi to Yokan
  4. KISS! KISS! KISS!

Encore: Hajimaritai Kanon