Let me just preface this blog post by saying that this was completely a last minute impulse thing. Did I want tickets to see the show? Of course! But I missed out since they sell out so fast. On my way and back from work on Wednesday I saw so many fans… I was feeling down that I wouldn’t be able to go this year. The envy was real. I decided to look through yahoo auctions just to see what was out there. Basically after a little headache I successfully purchased an electronic ticket from someone who couldn’t make it due to work.
Yay goods =D goodbye money…
I was on the fence with Mendy’s train pass holder thing but refrained.. turns out it was sold out anyway.
I went to the second show of the tour. 9/4 at the Kyocera dome. It was a slightly rainy and cloudy day and thankfully there wasn’t a huge line at all for the goods area. It seems like most people got theirs in advance from the day before. After buying the goods I found my gate and lined up at 2:40. The gates were supposed to open at 3 but opened around 3:30……. The qr code ticket thankfully scanned in fine and it came with a CD.
I knew where my seats were by looking on line. Basically in the middle section of the whole dome. It wrapped around in a big circle.
On to the start of the concert.
I wanted the yellow/gold flag since yellow was the color for Osaka but I couldn’t choose. I got lucky and got it anyway.
The show didn’t start until around 5:30 and there was a pretty loooong intro video with all the heroes.. Finally Victory started up and everyone went crazy. I’m not gonna front, vocals were sort of iffy on the first couple of songs. I think they were too hype and excited haha. I don’t know if it was mic volume or what was going on. Won’t be long was a lot of fun as usual. VERBAL came out of nowhere and was rapping =D
There was a short 3jsb section where they only did like 2 songs. Ryusei and Sakura. Vocals were much better. I’d say Ryuji & Hiroomi got an equal amount of cheer when they were on screen. After 3jsb was The Second. OMFG… the second was on point. Their songs are so hype!!! Nesmith’s hair was pretty cool =D it suits him more than a plain old buzz cut, or that disastrous Sisqo hair he had going on at one point. Basically, he had dreads but the sides of his head were shaved. Shokichi’s hair was flawless too. Their songs are my favorite.. reminds me of 2jsb. They were followed by Generations and I don’t know what song they sang because I don’t really listen to gene. Right after gene 3jsb came back with only the vocalists… suddenly Matsu showed up with this super serious face and when he started dancing the crowd was like “aahhhh!!!” They brought up two couples that were about to get married and sang wedding bell… lucky. I think maybe sometime after Shokichi did his solo stuff or Takahiro did, my memory might be off. Takahiro’s performances were great. Nice vocals. He did GLORIA and it was hilarious because at the beginning of the song he sang the first part and then there was silence. He basically said “Oops, I forgot the words a little.” Adorable. He said something in Kansaiben during the show too.
There was the dance performance part where everyone got a turn. Sekai… got some moves. He is a beast.
Then suddenly E-Girls! They did a dance number and then sang RYDEEN dance all night. I like E-girls but the high vocals don’t do it for me. Gomen nasai no kissing you… I’m still completely baffled as to how this song was green lit. The whole time my knee jerk reaction was pinching my eyebrows.. it’s like bizarre happy circus clown music… I… just… it makes me confused and not in a good way.
Suddenly DJ Makidai. His parts were great~
I was really happy when they played Think about it by The second because I love that song and know the lyrics by heart. Shokichi did back to the future with the rampage. The anthem was hilarious, awesome, and suspect all at the same time. Akira was amazing.
Skip ahead to let’s party! They were on the moving platforms so close enough were I could see their faces even with my not so perfect vision. I left before the encore because I was exhausted from the little work that I did in the morning and lack of sleep… also wanted to beat the thousands of people rushing to the train. I’m a terrible fan =(
This has been my 4th LDH live and it’s always been fun. I wish I could go with someone next time… that would be nice but the ticket prices sort of make that impossible.
Lack of Atsushi was a bummer. There were a few low points vocal wise but the majority of the time it was where it needed to be. Energy for days from the performers. Grade: “A” would go again =D
Walking around Namba Parks I came across this lovely wall!
And below we have a view of Umeda from the Hep5 building. Not sure what’s going on with the building to the right. Looks as if many windows were smashed??
Here is the obligatory cherry blossom shot. I would have totally missed hanami season if it weren’t for my old co-workers. Happy I got out there to participate. We went to Osaka castle. The best time to see the flowers was plagued by bad weather. It was overcast the entire day rained just a little..
Then, this past Saturday, me and some friends went to see our friend play in her band SECONDLADY. We went to the Hard Rock Cafe which is located near Honmachi station in Osaka. It was a lot of fun because my friend and some other customers were being hype machines. Someone even started to sing along which caught the vocalist off guard
Me and a friend split this enormous cobb salad with real blue cheese dressing. It was really good.
I was excited to get dessert because I ate around/under 1600 calories a day 7 days straight prior. It was time to let loose. I ate about 2/3 of their apple pie & ice cream. #fatnessfirst.
I’m going back to Tokyo either Friday night or Saturday morning! Just for one day of training… The free shinkansen ride makes up for it. My current job is pretty cool. So far, since things are just starting up, I’ve had a lot of days off and free time. On a few days I’ve had 3-4 hours of free time in the middle of the day or I’d just come in for 2 hours in the morning. Eventually things are going to pick up but not too much. Overall I’m pleasantly surprised. The kids are adorable and hilarious. It’s fun listening to their little conversations.
I took a relatively short break from nails. Last week I received a coupon from someone working around hikkakebashi for gel nails. The deal was any design you want that could be done within 90 minutes for 3500 yen. Which is incredibly cheap as the design I chose would have easily been over 6000 otherwise.
Finally was able to get out there and see some fall leaves. Apparently so was everyone else… we were like salmon swimming upstream the whole time, but it was fun. We had plans to go to an owl cafe after the trip to the waterfall but it was closing time maybe next time..
I got sick the same night =( I blame it on the waterfall!
Mmm, that’s it for that.
It’s been a long time since I’ve been to concert. I requested a day off to see SEX MACHINEGUNS and The KANMURI. This is the second time I’ve seen them together. Fricken insane. These ossan have so much energy. There was definitely a difference in crowd interaction which I was surprised to see.
Most people were there for Machineguns and when SMG talked about The Kanmuri the crowd’s reactions were always quiet and awkward… but when The Kanmuri came out to play EVERYONE knew all their songs and were going crazy so I don’t get it..
Ohhh! I finally bought a bike! Just need to actually use it..
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