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Friday, 9 September 2016

NANA MIZUKI LIVE GALAXY 2016 -FRONTIER-

I have yet to shake away my bad habit of being very late with my reports, but at least finally LIVE GALAXY -Frontier- is here! ... a few days before BD/DVD release. Oops.... *feels miserable* orz


(For report on  LIVE GALAXY 2016 -GENESIS-, go [here]!)





Didn't go for goods today, but still had to head to Tokyo Dome in the morning to sort out Super☆Blossom. If you're interested about how that went, you can find out [here]. Once again, a big thanks for everyone who took part!


Inside Tokyo Dome

Tonight our seats were on the other side of the stand, so right (looking from the back of the arena) of the main stage. The first thing I noticed that the weird looking space capsule from the previous night was not there anymore - in fact there wasn't even anything in its place. Odd, I thought, what would happen tonight?


The concert
Today the opening movie began the same way as for -Genesis-, but instead of going through gate 9 and crashing down, we went through gate 7 and landed more elegantly into the futuristic city.


SET LIST:
01. Kindan no Resistance
02. Synchrogazer
03. Bright Stream
MC1 
04. Never Let Go 
05. Trickster
06. Exterminate 
Cherry Boys Showcase
07. COSMIC LOVE
08. Ego Ideal
09. Mr. Bunny!
MC2
10. Shounen
11. Ambivalence 
Team Yo-Da Showcase
12. SUPER☆MAN 
13. DISCOTHEQUE
14. Koi No Yokushiryoku -TYPE EXCITER -
MC3 
15. FEARLESS HERO
Future's next -movie
16. Glorious Break 
17. VIRGIN CODE
MC4 
18. Love Brick
19. Clutch!!
20. POP MASTER
MC5 
21. Astrogation
Encore:
22. Rock you Baby
MC6 
23. Tenkuu no Canaria
24. Ai no Hoshi
Encore II:
25. NEXT ARCADIA


A total of 43 different songs in LIVE GALAXY! For LIVE CASTLE it was a little bit less, at a total of 39 different songs. It actually felt to me that there was less variety than that in LIVE CASTLE, but I think I just felt there was more in LIVE GALAXY because of the very clear cut distinction between what to expect from her releases on each day.



Outfit #1 - Dark Knight
Tonight,  Nana is serious business.



01. Kindan no Resistance
I had wondered how they would rival yesterday's grand opening song, but Kindan no Resistance was actually a really good choice for it! Getting to do the high! high! and down! down!s for her really fired everyone up. Especially after the amazing fiery trick that was done in the beginning. At first, you saw something light up where that weird capsule had been last night, and you kinda thought Nana was there... when all of a sudden a trail of flame led up to the main stage to find Nana standing there holding whatever it was in her hand where the trail ended. Whoa!


02. Synchrogazer
... And then we get Synchrogazer!! The energy levels for tonight already feel like they far surpassed last night and I think that is again a good indication of how far she's come over the years. The only thing that kinda brought down the mood was guy in charge of the big screens not doing his job properly, and thus we were treated to a brief glimpse of SMPTE color bars on the big screen instead of Nana, until they eventually corrected their feed. I was so relieved that at this point, Nana was in the mid stage with her back to the screens and hopefully didn't see what had happened.


03. Bright Stream
Plot twist! I really like Bright Stream as a song, but I feel like it has kinda fallen into some crack in my mind and so I slowly forget about it. I am really happy when I hear it though. \o/


MC1 
Nana bids us welcome! The rest of the MC ended up being pretty much the same stuff as in -Genesis-, with the addition of Nana telling us that she also prepared for tonight by... wearing star pjs (and shirt!)!



Outfit #2 - The Katniss Look



04. Never Let Go 
So happy to see this again because it's the most epic thing ever!! I really can't get enough of it. This just really makes me tremble all the way to my core. I was thinking that this kind of sensation and experience is exactly why going to Nana's concerts makes me so happy. Not many things in life affect you on such a deep level.


05. Trickster
Oooh! For some reason I have the Nanascope songs of all my close friends memorized in my brain (yeah, don't ask me why xD) and this happened to be the song of one of my friends I have gone to concerts with for a while and who was there with me tonight too. It's the first time it's popped up and I was super happy she got to hear it, though she probably doesn't even remember that it's her Nanascope lol. Or care for that matter. xD


06. Exterminate 
This has become one of my currently top songs to hear live, because of how gripping the opening is and how fun it is to sing so much for Nana. I still sometimes get confused on the fast lines but I am getting better I feel. xD


Cherry Boys Showcase
Nothing much to add here from what I said in [-Genesis- ]as my memory capabilities just can't cover what they bantered among themselves. xD



Outfit #3 - Mahouko Nana



07. COSMIC LOVE
I got the reverse reaction from this than from a few songs the night before - I somehow remembered this being older and was thus surprised it came tonight even though I did know that. xD I guess it just is the way this song sounds. Or something. Or then Rosario+Vampire just feels like it happened a loooong time ago. Considering Rosario+Vampire and its context though, having mahouko Nana sing it made perfect sense (plus hey, there is "cosmic" in the name!).


08. Ego Ideal
I was so driven to actually focus on the song tonight, but I was caught in the same trap as last night and kept just worrying if the people moving her were going to remember the cables tonight. They were still cutting it reaaaally close. (>.<) My poor heart. Guess I will finally get to properly enjoy this song when the BD/DVD comes out... sniff...


09. Mr. Bunny!
Holy sheeeeeeeeeeeet, it never even crossed my mind that Nana might pull out Mr.Bunny!. I love this song way more than I probably should, it just makes me feel pretty happy. Not to mention the little choreograph is just the cutest thing ever. I've been wanting to see it live ever since looping it from LIVE ACADEMY and finally after all these years my wish has been granted.


MC2
Nana talks about deciding what to ride for LIVE GALAXY. Strange.. I was pretty sure this happened at a different MC yesterday, but oh well. She was like, a rocket? UFO? Mishi-P suggested a bicycle in the air. Nana makes the reference more obvious by extending her index finger in a very E.T. like manner. Guess she feared that people might have not gotten the reference yesterday.  Then she talks about the mahouko thing again. She says she is always a shoujo (young lady) but tonight, she transformed all the way to ko (child lol). She gives a nice talk about shoujos and danshi always doing their best, leading into..



Outfit #3 - Revamped



10. Shounen
Naissuuuu! I was sad the last time I heard this since it didn't make it into the live BD/DVD, but this time I am pretty sure it will. \o/ It's always nice getting a dose of one of these calming and relaxed Nana songs from time to time, in the midst of all the epicness.


11. Ambivalence 
Wohoo, jazzy goodness time. I do hope that this and Ego Ideal won't fade away too fast and we'll get to enjoy them in lives for some time to come. I can't even begin to imagine how amazing these would be orchestral or acoustic. Here's to hoping another special live like that will happen again soon!


Team Yo-Da Showcase
For a description of this and its Aqua vibes, you can again refer to  [-Genesis- ].



Outfit #4 Super Nana
Noticed that the color in her hair had changed tonight. Green now, Red yesterday. 


12. SUPER☆MAN 
Yeeessss!! It still amazes me how much I love this now. xD This song really is a good example of the sort of thing that is much better live because of all the things there are for the audience to do and thus doesn't reveal its real power level at the time of release.


13. DISCOTHEQUE
Fun to get to hear DISCOTHEQUE-senpai right after its kouhai (SUPER☆MAN), and I do have to say that it is indeed a worthy successor. Still, the best is when you can get both of them like this.


14. Koi no Yokushiryoku -TYPE EXCITER -
Holyyyyy sheeeeeeet, Nana even pulled out Koi no Yokushiryoku! I have been entertaining my friends for the past year or so by singing Koi no Yokushiryoku featuring [the beautiful video from Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker] at karaoke (one of my friends finds it very disturbing lol but learned to appreciate the song after hearing it tonight at the live), because I think it's really funny and this song remains one of my top favorites anyway. xD I appreciate it more now too that I finally took the time to actually play through with Peace Walker (along with other MGS titles) last year.


MC3 
Nana goes to bother Itaruvich (lol I think she really likes pestering him more than the others). They talk about challenging new things, but Nana is not impressed with his first reply (which I have conveniently forgotten). So next he pulls out a paper and reads a pretty tanka about Nana and LIVE GALAXY. He then explains that he chose to do a tanka because the structure of this poem form is "go Nana go Nana Nana". He had wondered if he'd get a chance to explain this. Finishing with Itaruvich, Nana announces the upcoming single again and mentions that the 2nd song is the one from Tower of Princess. She then talks about how she is a sensei again in the new anime (Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!). She makes a joke about if anyone would really put her in charge of an art club lol (if you've seen her [drawings], you'll know why xD).  Nana also talks about being in Dragon Quest Heroes II and being a hero, so next is...


15. FEARLESS HERO
Guess this tied nicely to the Dragon Quest Heroes II talk, but I hadn't thought that FEARLESS HERO would make an appearance tonight. This song has never made a big impression on me, but considering how strong the set list tonight has been so far I will forgive this popping up lol.


Future's next  -movie
Nothing really changed in this either for tonight as far as I could tell, so description again can be found in  [-Genesis- ]. I'm not lazy or anything I swear..


Outfit #5 - Mecha pilot warrior


16. Glorious Break 
And here comes this glorious song again.... rubbing in my face my defeat. xD I didn't have much time to lament about it though since the song swooped me along and I found a new thing to rage about when it came time for Nana to fly magnificently down to the ground from the top, because the person in charge of the big screens decided to focus on the Cheribos for that epic moment. What?! You had one job!


17. VIRGIN CODE
I had thought that we'd have something like Vitalization here, but then the opening melody for VIRGIN CODE started and I was shivering like crazy because my body still remembers the impact of it from being the LIVE FLIGHT opener.


MC4 
Nana talks about the robot, of course. Forgot to mention previously that it was named Galaxy 7. Nana then told us about how her staff reacted when she told them what she wanted. They were like lolwut really. xD As an interesting piece of trivia, Nana explains to us that the robot is not moving anymore because it only moves when Nana sings. Guess she got some inspiration from Symphogear and Cross Ange.


18. Love Brick
Oho! The Switch Girl songs have been getting a lot of love in the recent lives, I approve! Makes me wish they'll bring out Happy Go-Round tonight too, but judging by the fact that it was in such a prominent role in LIVE ADVENTURE, I kind of doubt it.


19. Clutch!!
I actually forgot what this song was when it started and was quite excited about it somehow, then remembered it was the least impressive song from SMASHING ANTHEMS for me. xD Still, I guess I might have to admit that it's really not too bad live like this.


20. POP MASTER
As I predicted, here we had POP MASTER replacing SUPER GENERATION as is customary. I'm completely happy with that considering how much I love this song, but I hope that one day Nana will surprise and not have these two in such a symbiosis. If that ever happens, it will blow my mind. xD


MC5 
Once again, it is time for the last song. Nana says that of course it had to be this one because the theme is galaxy, so yappari, it's...


21. Astrogation
Finally! Astrogation time! If this had been any other song I would have been totally shocked to my core. I was really happy about this being a given tonight, since one of the friends who I was here with had really grown to like this song, so it was nice that she got to hear it now. :3


Encore call!
Nanaaaaaaaaa~!



Outfit #6 - Encore



22. Rock you Baby
And yep, tonight's towel song was indeed something else than Happy Go-Round, as expected. I do admit this is again a song I am not terribly fond of, but considering how strong all of tonight has been set list and enjoyment-wise, I will let it slide.


MC6 
Shassuuuuu! She tsalk about how she is doing the call at the back for the first time again tonight, since she usually does it in the front. Next year the 777th smile gang will air!


23. Tenkuu no Canaria
I totally did not see this coming! It asn't part of my mental list of songs that fit the theme of galaxy, but now thinking about it, I guess it should have been since we do have "Tenkuu" in the title, which means sky.


24. Ai no Hoshi
I had been literally waiting for this all night, since I was so sure this just had to be here. But now when it actually came, I wasn't prepared for it at all somehow. Tenkuu no Canaria had lulled me into being off-guard and thus the emotional impact of Ai no Hoshi hit me full-force. orz I did manage to keep myself from crying though, small victories!


Encore call 2
Mou ikkai, mou ikkai!

Nana runs back on stage and thanks us for calling her back. She just heard some amazing news from Mishi-P (this is what I was waiting for all night wohooo). Nana announces that her next live will be at Koushien and starts crying. Me and my friends felt quite confused at this point, as we weren't so well-versed in Japanese baseball to know what the significance of the place is, but a couple of Japanese girls sitting in front of us were kind enough to explain to us that it is the home stadium of Hanshin Tigers. Then everything made sense and I could finally feel happy for Nana from the bottom of my heart.

Before the night is over, we get one more song, which is...


D'awww, bless her <3


25. NEXT ARCADIA
As much as I love NEXT ARCADIA, somehow I felt that it wasn't special enough for a second encore. Ai no Hoshi would have fit here better, or even Astrogation. Or hell, even STAR ROAD! So many possibilities! At least we still got this one song so I am happy about that for sure!

And with that, LIVE GALAXY comes to an end. This trend of Nana concerts at weird times during this year is kinda worrying, because it was easier for me to plan ahead in regards to work and stuff when I had a pretty good idea about the time period when I should expect a live. Needless to say, I will do my best to attend LIVE PARK and whatever comes after regardless of the added challenge.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

NANA MIZUKI LIVE GALAXY 2016 -GENESIS-

I have yet to shake away my bad habit of being very late with my reports, but at least finally LIVE GALAXY -Genesis- is here.... right in time before the BD/DVD release. xD Ehum, I will make this  intro short so I can get on with -Frontier- asap... >.>;


(For report on  LIVE GALAXY 2016 -FRONTIER-, go [here]!)







Goods
When we got into the goods queue we were handed a newspaper that had the goods line up and something else that was pretty cool, this:




It didn't take us long to realize that it was a nice color-coded chart showing what to expect from -Genesis- (marked in red) and what to expect from -Frontier- (marked in blue) and also what to expect from both (marked in gray). It made me really excited because that meant the set list would be really different between today and tomorrow!

As for the goods queuing itself, I had expected it to be something terrible (something reminiscent of the queue for LIVE CASTLE), but since the staff had been expecting the worst too it ended up being quite a pleasant and fast queuing experience. Though, I did get to politely argue with a lady selling the goods, who had some misconception regarding the jerseys (she kept telling me I am only allowed to buy one, even though [the list] right in front of her clearly stated it was 4 per person). I decided in the end that it was not worth the trouble, and just queued again right before live (since there is almost no queue whatsoever then) and luckily they had the size I wanted to get. :3


Inside Tokyo Dome

Somehow, Tokyo Dome feels smaller than it is when you are inside, due to the seats spreading up in multiple floors instead of spreading back like in most other venues (like Seibu Prince Dome for example). Pretty different feels from the first time I was here for LIVE CASTLE, as then it was the biggest venue in every possible way that I had been to back then. Our seats tonight were on the stand left of the stage (when looking from the back of the arena) with a really nice view of everything. And I Couldn't help but notice this interesting thing that was sticking up from the middle stage. I supposed it was supposed to be a space capsule of sorts, but it looked kinda weird. xD






The concert
Lights out, and action! In the opening movie we see Nana arriving to some futuristic city through the portal number 9. Well, not really arriving, more like crashing? lol. Anyways, the Nana has landed and it is time to get the show on the road..


SET LIST:
01. ETERNAL BLAZE
02. Zankou no Gaia
03. suddenly~meguriaete~ 
MC1 
04. Never Let Go 
05. Bring it on! 
06. Exterminate 
Cherry Boys Showcase
07. Freestyle 
08. Ego Ideal
09. What cheer? 
MC2
10. deep sea 
11. Ambivalence 
Team Yo-Da Showcase
12. SUPER☆MAN 
13. still in the groove 
14. Take A Shot
MC3 
15. Replay Machine -Custom-
Future's next -movie
16. Glorious Break 
17. Orchestral Fantasia
MC4 
18. Love's Wonderland
19. Clutch!!
20. SUPER GENERATION 
MC5 
21. New Sensation
Encore:
22. BE READY! 
MC6 
23. pray 
24. Innocent Starter
Encore II:
25. POWER GATE


well, since I am so late again my memories might have gotten a little hazy, but bear with me! :3



Outfit #1 - Golden Rainbow



01. ETERNAL BLAZE
This.... was a shocker. EtaBure happening tonight was a given, but I don't think anyone expected it to be the opener. It took a moment for everyone to be in gear for EtaBure and damn did this end up being the most intense opener ever. xD How are we gonna keep this level up all night?! Even more shocking was to realize that thanks to the division of songs per night, EtaBure showing up tomorrow night is ruled out. And Nana indeed came out of the space capsule as I figured, and after she had made her exit the capsule promptly disappeared.


02. Zankou no Gaia
I keep forgetting how old a lot of these iconic songs are, damn. Needless to say, I hadn't expected to hear Zankou no Gaia tonight. But that's good! It shows that they can stand the test of time, it never gets old listening to them and I love that. :3


03. suddenly~meguriaete~ 
I was somehow really stoked to hear this tonight. I was so excited actually, that it took me a moment to gather my thoughts when it started, resulting in the delayed response from my brain in internally screaming "suddenlyyyyyy meguriateeee".


MC1 
Welcome to LIVE GALAXY -Genesis-! Nana explains the concept of LIVE GALAXY and how tonight's songs will be the ones that were released before 2007 and tomorrow the ones from then on. She goes on to explain how this is a new approach compared to the usual red/blue division or how for LIVE CASTLE -Queen- and -King- she chose songs that she felt better fit a queen or king. She  then tells us she prepared for today by wearing PJs with stars on them last night to get a proper Galaxy feeling. She also sent the Cherry Boys a bunch of line messages.




Outfit #2 - The Katniss Look
so yep, this somehow gave me a very Hunger Games vibe



04. Never Let Go 
This. Was. Fucking. Epic!! We first get Team Yo-Da marching onto the stage with something sort of like lightsabers lighting up in their hands (but not lightsabers because at the tip, they have flags!). That was already pretty chilling by itself, but add the moving stage parts, Yo-Da's lightsabery twirling, the intimidating red lighting, the as intimidating musical power of the melody from the Cherry Boys and Nana's assertive voice.... HOLY SHIT. It all ended up looking like a Hunger Games inspired military exercise and I just couldn't stop thinking of Nana as Katniss. And then when that part with the ticking clock came, damn! The shivers ran down my spine hard core and then bam, the music continued. I can't wait to soak in this again tomorrow.


05. Bring it on! 
This actually works pretty well after the epicness of Never Let Go, I was kinda worried the impact couldn't be carried over but I worried for nothing. :D This brought back fuzzy warm memories from LIVE JOURNEY times. I then wondered, how the impact would hold after this song, and...


06. Exterminate 
... yep. It holds. Exterminaaaaaaateeeeeeee! In a way, I had been thinking that this would come later on today, but I have to admit it fits this slot like a fist in the eye (Finnish proverb (<.<;;)). I am so glad to keep hearing this song in the live roster, because that intro is so effective and gives me shivers every single time.


Cherry Boys Showcase
Ok so, the CheriBo song and intro was totally based on Saint Seiya this time around, which was really awesome! xD The song is essentially a cover of [Pegasus Fantasy]. I was so excited about that I kinda forgot everything Ryutan went around asking everyone to say... oops... sorry... orz



Outfit #3 - Mahouko Nana




07. Freestyle 
I feel like this was part of a live recently too, but don't remember which off the bat. So it wasn't really something that I thought would pop up again yet and my brain took a while to catch up to what song was currently happening... and then I ended up missing most of the song anyway because I was too busy watching little witch Nana flying on just -holy shit- a broom.


08. Ego Ideal
I wasn't really expecting this while witch Nana was flying around, but I really wanted to hear it tonight so I am not complaining! ... except I have to admit that being constantly scared to death about Nana's safety kind of made it hard to focus on the amazing song. (._. ;;) We had noticed that on our side of the arena, the cable for the aerial camera was much lover than Nana's balloons and she was getting frighteningly close now without having been lowered at all (the balloons and Nana were manipulated by just a few people walking along below her, so the chance of human error was not 100% out of the question). Luckily, at the last moment they did lower her and she passed safely, and now when there was no reason to worry anymore the song was nearly over.... nooooooo.... orz


09. What cheer? 
And then suddenly.... What cheer? lol. xD I am actually more happy about this than I should be. I got to hear this in Ehime and first Seibu Dome for LIVE CIRCUS, but since that never made it to the BD/DVD it's like it never happened, at least there is no way for me to go back to it. So finally!! ... Well, assuming we get both -GENESIS- and -FRONTIER- released like with -Queen's Night- and -King's Night-, which really would make sense considering how diverse it seems the set lists are gonna be. I really can't handle how fun the dance for What cheer? is, that coupled with current Nana doing it like she did ages back is just hnngnnhh.


MC2
Nana mahouko! Since the concert is in such a big dome, she wanted to do something to get close to everybody. Like usual. :p Apparently the balloons (and maybe Nana herself actually was a part of it? lol) were kinda supposed to make a heart shape. Can't say I noticed, was too busy fearing for her life. xD Then it's time for the mawatte! -calls. Nana had obviously counted on this, as she ripped off her skirt on mou ikkai. Whoa. xD Up next, a more grown up song.



Outfit #3 - Revamped



10. Deep sea 
Ohooo, she meant Deep sea! Again, I got a feeling that I had had the opportunity to enjoy this song live recently.... but I think it was back in 2013 actually. My sense of time is really messed up. xD While getting this after What cheer? felt a little weird (yeah I know, there was an MC in between there but still!), the lighting and outfit really fit the song well.


11. Ambivalence 
Yessss, my two favorite jazzy songs from SMASHING ANTHEMS made it into LIVE GALAXY! I have to say I am pretty happy now (even if no THE NEW STAR). I kind of thought that they'd just do one, and since Ego Ideal already came, I figured it was that. Glad I was wrong. :3 These two songs were definitely a treat to be heard live.


Team Yo-Da Showcase
The Team Yo-Da intro video in a nutshell is them showing up at Nana's door with their space ship and abducting her. Everything somehow looks so retro and colorful that it really reminds me of [Aqua's music videos]. I kinda miss those days. xD The trend continues with...



Outfit #4 Super Nana



12. SUPER☆MAN 
I was pretty sure this was going to be the opener dance song after Team Yo-Da intro, and so it was! I had been really looking forward to this somehow. It was just so much fun to watch the dance live in Zachou Kouen and so it was again tonight too! If this is indeed the new DISCOTHEQUE, like Nana called it, then I definitely don't mind!


13. still in the groove 
I still haven't recovered from the full on dose of still in the groove I got during LIVE FLIGHT, so I was a bit dismayed to have it pop up again already (not surprising, like I already said in my LIVE FLIGHT reports, this is the only A-side dance song so it is bound to pop up a lot, but still..... )


14. Take A Shot
Well, this was a nice surprise! I don't think I've actually heard Take A Shot live before...? At least I don't remember having heard it. :3 So I was really happy to get the chance tonight as it actually is one of the very first Nana songs that caught my attention randomly and made me want to delve into her more.


MC3 
Nana talks about Zachou Kouen a little, since that's where she first performed SUPER☆MAN and tells the play was about Momotaro. She mentions that Otohime was played by the seiyuu of Fate Testarossa's mother, Precia, which nicely ties in with her just singing Take a Shot. She then comments on how the stage transformed into stairs and admittedly it was pretty neat! She announces a new single in July! Banzai! The A side is for an anime airing in the summer about an art club for which she plays the sensei. Could do fine as a gogosei (high school student) too though she says. She doesn't like the lukewarm reaction from us so she says it again and we are like ooohhh. She then still makes some remarks in fun voices that I can't remember. orz


15. Replay Machine -Custom-
Man, as much as I really love most of the songs that have shown up tonight I really wish that she would have picked more songs that she hasn't sang for quite a while. A lot of these like this, still in the groove, Freestyle and Deep sea have been part of concerts in recent years.


Future's next -movie
We start to see hints of everything not being quite as wonderful in this future city with unused robots being dumped all the time behind the scenes. The systems behind the society break down and our system operators lament how they have this amazing mecha stashed away that only the hero of olden times was able to pilot.... and of course Nana stumbles upon the mecha and becomes the new hero... and then..



Outfit #5 - Mecha pilot warrior



16. Glorious Break 
I had a bet about this song with @flying_mug about this song... which I knew I lost from the moment we made it. orz I made the preposterous claim that the concerts would start with this song (which is silly, because of course -Genesis- and -Frontier- were going to have different openers), and then I left him the option of it coming after the insert movie (which made more sense). And thus he won while I was left to bask in my foolishness.. (T^T) Anyways, I really liked the idea of having a mecha in this live since it fits with the theme of space, but not sure how well it was thought through..? xD I mean, depending on where you sat it was kinda hard to see Nana since she got hidden by its bulky armor.


17. Orchestral Fantasia
Another surprise! I was about to say that it is strange to hear this again so soon after LIVE THEATER... only to realize that was already over a year ago, whoa! Time flies. While I love Orchestral Fantasia as a song so much, it felt like a weird change of pace after Glorious Break and I have to say that it didn't strike me as the sort of song you would have associated with riding a mecha. I guess the message of the song does fit with the fall of the futuristic city in a way though, so I can at least appreciate that line of thinking in regards to putting this song here.


MC4 
Nana talks about her robot/mecha of course and how they they ended up going with something like that. Mishi-P had suggested to her to "ride a bicycle". But then she was like, no it must be a robot of course and I totally agree with her!


18. Love's Wonderland
This came completely out of left field. xD Not that I had that many expectations regarding what old songs would pop tonight, but still. I think this ended up being the golden oldie surprise of this live for me.


19. Clutch!!
This totally destroyed all my dreams of getting THE NEW STAR tonight (wouldn't the name have fit more with LIVE GALAXY anyway?).... whyyyyyy Clutch!! again. (T^T) I do admit that even though Clutch!! started out as the least remarkable song on SMASHING ANTHEMS for me, hearing it live a couple of times now has made me like it more. It's just that live energy that Nana pours into it I guess, makes it feel more fun.


20. SUPER GENERATION 
Every time I hear SUPER GENERATION, I always automatically think yep tomorrow it'll be POP MASTER then. It has become a reflex. xD I await the day when I end up being wrong about this and Nana pulls a fast one on me!


MC5 
Sadly it is time for the last song. Nana tells us how there have been many times when she has been/felt lost. That's why, she has chosen to finish with a song that inspires her to go on.


21. New Sensation
Here I was expecting something super emotional, but nope it's New Sensation. xD This kinda amused me. Though, granted when you take a closer look at the song past the positive and cheery energy it emits, the lyrics are very fitting to how Nana introduced the song considering it is about not focusing on the bad, but instead believing in yourself and going forward no matter what.  


Encore call!
Nanaaaaaaaaa~!



Outfit #6 - Encore



22. BE READY!
This was a fun surprise! This was one of my early favorites along with PROTECTION. It's awesome to finally get a chance to hear it tonight, wasn't really expecting it. Though, I have to say I was quite amused at how non-existent the towel choreography was (since this was today's towel song), but it shows how even these have come a long way.


MC6 
Shassuuuuuuu! from the UFO at the very back of the arena. Nana comments on how she usually does the shassu-call on the main stage at the front so  she wanted to spice things up a bit this time. Next song is the one we voted for for Nana Clips 7.


23. Pray 
Glad to have Pray pop up tonight! It felt a bit serious and epic of a song to be sung on top of that cutesy UFO, but I didn't mind too much. It's weird too, because somehow I felt like I haven't heard this since like LIVE GRACE -Opus II- or something, even though in reality I heard it in all three LIVE ADVENTUREs I attended. Wut. xD I can't trust my feelings anymore!


24. Innocent Starter
When Nana was telling us why she chose this song before she started singing it, it was pretty clear to me that it was gonna be Innocent Starter and I was kind of amused how similar her explanation was now compared to the one she gave at LIVE GRACE -Opus II- for Innocent Starter too (I would have actually been super surprised if it had been some other song tonight because of the massive déjà vu I was getting xD).


Encore call 2
Mou ikkai, mou ikkai!

Nana returns for a second encore to sing a song she should have sang tonight, which is of course...


25. POWER GATE
Would have been really surprised if this wouldn't have been a part of tonight! Especially since it can't come tomorrow. While sometimes it feels a bit silly to have some songs pretty much every concert, tonight just wouldn't have been complete without POWER GATE. After being super pumped up when the song ended though, it felt kinda wrong to leave, nooooo. Good thing there is still -Frontier-!

Friday, 1 July 2016

Thoughts on「 恋想花火」

I have the LIVE GALAXY reports under works, but I have been once again delayed by various things like getting a new laptop (old one pretty much died and the migration process was... painful to say the least orz) and then I have some done excessive country hopping (3 different countries this week, wohoo). But they are coming up slowly, but surely!

I wanted to take a little break from those, however, to talk a little about 恋想花火, which is the third song in the upcoming single STARTING NOW. I've found myself truly captivated by it recently after hearing it on M no Sekai.




Firstly, there is something I want to address though. I have noticed around the interwebs that there seems to be a lot of confusion regarding the name of this song in roomaji. The most common notion being Koisou Hanabi, but I have recently seen something like Risoun Hanabi as well.

The correct reading isn't either of these, but rather Rensou Hanabi. Nana herself says this in the M no Sekai in which the song aired.


(While the reason for this might be obvious to some, I figured I'd take a moment to explain just in case anyone was wondering. In Japanese, you usually have two different ways of reading a particular kanji, the onyomi (音読み) and the kunyomi (訓読み). The onyomi is the Chinese reading, which is often used in words that consist of multiple kanji, while the kunyomi is the Japanese reading, which is mostly used when a word has some hiragana attached to it... but also sometimes in words that consist of multiple kanji, though not as often as onyomi.

So let's look at the kanji in question, 恋 (love).  The onyomi of 恋 is "ren" and the kunyomi is "koi". This kanji can be a little confusing with readings I suppose since there are multi-kanji words like 恋人 (=koibito) that actually use the "koi" reading. Google Translate doesn't help much either in the case of 恋想花火, as it shows rensou hanabi as the Japanese reading, but gives koiso hanabi as the English translation lolwut. )


ANYWAYS. 

About the song itself.

I really love Rensou Hanabi. It is hands down the best song for me in the upcoming single, which makes me kinda sad that it isn't the A side as I can only imagine how heart-warming (and heart-wrenching) that PV could have been.

At first, I thought the song was a typical song of summer love accompanied by a very lovely melody, but once I started paying more attention I realized that there was much more to it. The song is actually pretty sad, as the feelings and magical moments it paints, didn't last very long.  The song essentially describes a love, that bloomed beautifully yet fleetingly and then vanished, just like fireworks. It hit me, that the whole song is a beautiful depiction of being in love as fireworks. Hence the name Rensou Hanabi,which could be translated as something like the fireworks of being in love / the fireworks of feeling love

(NOTE: I am gonna talk a bit about the lyrics now, but they might not reflect the actual song since I have no chance of predicting if Nana has switched some kanjis around and those might change the meaning a bit. Also, the translations I made here are really fast and rough so don't mind them too much orz)

The song tells us what to expect from it starting from its very first line, which is:


「いつかあの日の思い出と同じように、
君も消えてゆくから」
(= "Because just like the memories of that day, 
in time you too will disappear")


With that the song establishes a pretty bittersweet tone from the beginning and keeps turning the knife in the wound by then focusing mainly on how wonderful a time these two seemed to have together, while little by little dropping remarks on how it just didn't last. The sadness gets worse when you realize that instead of only one of them being sad, it is actually both of them.


「君の涙のかけらがひらりひらり、
繋げなかった僕達の未来はきっと夏の幻だったから」
(="The fragments of your tears sparkle,
because our future that didn't connect was surely the illusion of summer"
)


「夜空に満開の花火が明るころ
君のいない世界で僕は泣いたよ」
(="Surrounded by the brightness of the fireworks
 that are in full bloom in the night sky,
In a world without you I was crying"
)


All of this makes me wonder, why did things not work out for these two? Was it just because they couldn't voice their feelings to each other? Did the other person leave town? Did something happen? Did the other person die? I am not sure if there are any hints to this in the song, as I can't make out all the words. I really tried though. I hope once I have the high-quality version of the song and the official lyrics, it will shed some more light into this bittersweet story, because I really wanna know!

In the midst of pondering about everything these lyrics hide within them, I started thinking this song would have gone really well as the OP for the [Orange] anime that's airing soon! Guess it fits the Nakau campaign too, since that is a fleeting thing in its own way, if not exactly your conventional love story. xD In any case, I might consider making an AMV with this for Orange once it finishes airing, we'll see!

And I'll probably do a proper translation of the song too. Though, my quality checker has been really busy this past half year and I am not sure if I dare throw more stuff his way (he already has Blue and Netsujou no Maria waiting for his loving glance). Time will tell~~

Thursday, 14 April 2016

『Super☆Blossom 』 is a wrap!

I was in such a rush in getting everything sorted regarding Super☆Blossom before departing to Japan, that I didn't have a chance to post my cheesy ramblings about it being done on here, but you can still read it from the [tumblr dedicated for the project].






I had greatly underestimated how long it would take me to nicely prepare the DVD versions for Nana. Big thanks to  @ヘイちゃん for suggesting that I make both a DVD format and data format DVD just to be sure (with instructions, since you never know xD and also the YouTube link just in case!) and to @flying_mug for taking the trouble to go to a print shop to print out the cover pictures in high quality and even finding a nice star adorned ribbon (very LIVE GALAXY appropriate \o/) to go with the DVDs.


Anyways! So what happened to Super☆Blossom at LIVE GALAXY?
Let me tell you! \o/


The plan was to locate the so-called "gift box" at the venue on Saturday, and then on Sunday try to give it straight to an actual person and if no go, then just put it in the gift box. Couldn't even find the gift box (lol), so that gave us more reason to bug someone on Sunday. xD

So, on Sunday morning, we staked out the Fan Club counter trying to determine which of the three staff members there looked most approachable. When we finally made our pick, we honestly expected one of the following to happen:

a) she would show us to the gift box
b) she would be like "nope sorry"

But the moment we talked to her (really huge thanks to @mrmkichi for taking charge of the talking, I was super nervous and the likelihood of me producing intelligible Japanese was very low orz), she was instantly willing to take the DVDs from us. We wanted to make sure however, that she knew how awesome our present was though, so we asked if she would like to see it. She was like "Sure, but I don't understand English" and we were like oh no no, no English involved, don't worry you'll understand everything for sure.

She watched nearly the whole thing (till he video needed to re-buffer during the final chorus) and she was super impressed! While watching it, she told us that they have fans from Asia approaching them often to give gifts and such, but never really fans from anywhere else. Thus, she was really happy and excited that our video had fans from all over the world participating in it.

Afterwards, she took the DVDs and said she would get all of the staff to watch it together, since she was sure everyone would really love it, and then after she'd make sure it would get it to someone who could and would take it to Nana herself.

So all in all, a great success I would say!! \o/ Not sure if we'll ever find out if Nana did see it herself, but hopefully we'll be able to spot some indication in that direction from her somewhere.

Thank you again for everyone who participated (and thank you for putting up with my lengthy instructions!! You all did so great, it made me so happy), you guys rock!! Let's do something amazing again in the future! \o/


And last, but not least, I give you Super☆Blossom!!





(If this video doesn't work, or it eventually gets taken down by YouTube, you can still also find it from dailymotion here: [Super☆Blossom - International Fan Project])



Also, just as a fyi, the YouTube video is unlisted, so it won't appear in YouTube searches and to view it you need to access the link directly. This is just a precaution to keep away the wrath of King Records for using their song (so I'll probably keep it set up this way). This, however, doesn't mean the video can't be shared, so...


Feel free to share the link and pass the video forward!!
\o/ Otsukare everyone!!

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Never Let Go -Translation-

I was supposed to be right on the ball with this translation when SMASHING ANTHEMS came out, but life happened - first to my trusted quality checker @DarkSoul4242 and then to me. orz Now though, that I got all of my Nana report backlog out of the way, I could return to the beautiful world of complex lyrics.


And Never Let Go did indeed end up being more complex than I had first imagine. I mean, the overall message is pretty clear, but it's the little nuances that were pretty hard to get right. Regardless, we managed to do a pretty good job (I think xD)! So without further ado, I give you Never Let Go! Hands down my favorite song from the latest album, I guess because it resonates well with my feelings regarding being in Finland.




Never Let Go at MJ




Never Let Go (Translation)
作詞:松井五郎
作曲・編曲:山﨑佳祐



豪雨の闇
息を止め 彷徨う夜明け
閉じこもれば
どこも世界はclever


In the darkness of the heavy rain,
holding your breath, wandering at dawn
If you shut yourself in,
Everywhere the world would seem clever


誰かが引く境界線
また従うだけ
思うことの半分も
言えないまま無抵抗


You're again just obeying,
to the borders drawn by someone

Unable to say even half of what you think,
not showing any resistance


いま逆光を貫くように
もう言い訳に逃げるな
いま逆風も振り切るように
心を解き放って


Now, as if to pierce the back light,
don't run anymore to excuses
Now, as if to shake off the headwind
unleash your heart


孤独さえ 握りしめ
Never let go Never let go
鎮まらない 胸の音
ほんとうなら 絶対Never let it go


Take hold of even your loneliness
Never let go, never let go
If the unquellable sound of your heart
is true, then definitely never let it go


迷路の果て
真実はrealと違う
fakeばかり
愛に似ているdesire


At the end of the maze,
the truth is different from what's real
Just fakes,
desire that's similar to love


正しくてもminority
追い込まれるだけ
沈黙では 終われない
夢まで なぜ 蜃気楼


Even if right, the minority
just gets cornered
It can't end with silence
Why are even my dreams mirages?


いま断崖に立ち尽くそうと
もう魂を離すな
いま幻想にひれ伏すような
涙を拭い去って


Now, even if you were to stand at a cliff,
don't let go of your soul anymore
Now, wipe away such tears that would lead you
to bow down to illusions



悲しみに打たれても
Never let go Never let go
裏切れない 胸の音
ほんとうなら 絶対Never let it go


Even if you are struck by grief
Never let go, never let go
If the unbetrayable sound of your heart
is true, definitely never let it go


かならずある臨界点
ただ信じるだけ
傷を負って嘆くより
怖れるのは無反応


In that critical point that must exist,
you just have to believe
More frightening than getting wounded and lamenting,
is having no reaction at all


いま逆光を貫くように
もう言い訳に逃げるな
いま逆風も振り切るように
心を解き放って


Now, as if to pierce the back light,
don't run anymore to excuses
Now, as if to shake off the headwind
unleash your heart


孤独さえ 握りしめ
Never let go Never let go
鎮まらない 胸の音
ほんとうなら 絶対Never let it go
Never let it go
Just Never let it go


Take hold of even your loneliness
Never let go, never let go
If the unquellable sound of your heart
is true, then definitely never let it go
Never let it go
Just never let it go




Such strong feels in this song, ahh. I'll hopefully get around to translating more songs soon, of which next will probably be Blue as I got a request for that a while back and I still haven't delivered (gomen orz).  If you have more requests for songs you'd like me to look at, let me know!

Saturday, 19 March 2016

『国立代々木競技場第一体育館座長公演“水樹奈々大いに唄う 四” 』

Hurray, I am nowhere near as late with this as I was with my last LIVE ADVENTURE reports! \o/ Progress is happening! It was quite an adventure for me to actually get here, had a lot of ticket mayhem thanks to the strange'ish way that the second round of lottery worked. O.o Long story short, you weren't limited to just one win (as I think it is usually, though after this experience I am kind of paranoid).... aaand you can guess what happened. I won a shit load of tickets. Luckily I managed to gather a group of people to join me on this magical night, but the terror of the possibility of me having won on all my serials still haunts my dreams. I would have had to declare bankruptcy. orz Anyways! Onwards!



Zachou Kouen ikuzoooo!


Goods
Thanks to being hardened by the freezing winter of Finland, queuing out in the Japanese winter was no problem for me. It felt like spring really. I was prepared to queue for a long long time, as the line went around like three sides of the venue, but surprisingly enough it was done pretty fast! The only explanation for this that I can think of is that the zigzaggy line they have in front of the goods stands was nearly non-existent today. Works for me! I was done pretty early and had time to go for a delicious meaty lunch and hours of karaoke fun!



This on the t-shirt made me so sure that tonight  was gonna be about Momotaro!

I can't resist posting pictures of food, especially cute food. :3



Inside Yoyogi National Gymnasium
I had never been here before, so it was pretty exciting to be attending something so close to the heart of Tokyo. When I found my seat I was surprised at how nice the lottery second round tickets were. The seats were on the second floor quite close to the edge and provided a perfect view of the whole stage setup which included a front stage, a back stage, a middle stage and stage walks that connected all three.  I felt these seats were decidedly better than some of the first round ones that might be on the back rows of the arena, where the view would be quite limited. So all in all, I was happy how things turned out regardless of my ticket fiasco!



01. SUPER☆MAN
I was really hoping to hear SUPER☆MAN tonight since I wanted to know how it would pan out live, and it was really fun as expected! Nana and Team Yo-Da were doing the dance from the PV and it just looks even more hilarious in real life than it does in the video. I couldn't stop grinning. xD





02. Clutch!!
I was still in my SUPER☆MAN high, so it took me a while to process that it was Clutch!! that had begun, and I have to say that even though it is the least interesting song to me from SMASHING ANTHEMS, I was surprised at how enjoyable it was live.


MC1
Nana is joined on the middle stage with Mishi-P and as is tradition they discuss the journey from the very first Zachou Kouen to here.  It is pretty incredible when you think about it, I mean it started out as a pretty small thing and it has now become this big. Wish I could have experienced one of those more intimate Zachou Kouens, though if she did that now then getting tickets would be super hard. It's already hard enough as it is. xD


03. ブランブル
I was kinda hoping to hear Never Let Go tonight since I ship it so much xD but getting to hear Bramble was still a nice surprise! It felt more epic than I had expected. Though, it is one of those songs that just passes through you and once it's over, it has already left you behind. It's not the sort of song that lingers in you for a long time. If that makes any sense.


04. 純潔パラドックス
I guess we're now done with the new songs, wish I could have heard a couple more though. :3 It's been a while though since I've last heard Junketsu Paradox so it was nice to be getting it tonight. Looks like on the day performance they got Metro Baroque instead.


MC2
Announcement of NANA CLIPS 7! They are doing a special thing this time, where they want everyone to vote for what song (any song!) you'd like to see a PV of from Nana on the questionnaire on her site, and the song with most votes will get included in NANA CLIPS 7 with a spanking brand new PV (the winner is Pray btw, if for some bizarre reason you weren't aware of it yet)!


05. PHANTOM MINDS
Ooh wasn't really expecting this! I always make a note of not getting spoilers beforehand (since there was that day show), so I had no clue what was coming.


-Mishi-P Talk-
I was kinda expecting that Mishi-P was gonna stay on and talk for a long time, but instead he brought up SUPER☆MAN and that we were in for a treat. We got to see the making of! Not sure if it was the whole thing that'll be included in NANA CLIPS 7 too, or just a part of it, but in any case it was fun to get a glimpse into the world of that quirky PV. Afterwards, we even got to see the whole PV itself, so tonight was definitely a full on dose of SUPER☆MAN. xD Though now that we had just gotten to witness Nana and Team Yo-da pull the super cute dance in real life at the start of tonight, seeing the PV didn't have that much impact anymore.


Then..... Zachou Kouen!


(Side note: I might have mixed up the order of some scenes and for that I apologize. orz I also found the heading names from the NANA CLIPS 7 description, so I put them where I thought they probably are. I could be wrong though. I'll fix them up once I know for sure!)



<Scene 1 - 桃太郎とは - About Momotaro>

[A lone old man] comes up on the middle stage and talks to the audience. He tells the story of Momotaro's origin, how he and his wife found him floating along in the river inside a giant peach. They discovered Momotaro inside the peach when they tried to eat it. Whoopsie daisie. He then proceeds to tell about Momotaro's companions, who then show up on stage for him to narrate about. They are a [dog], [monkey] and [pheasant]. Once he finishes with his introductory tale, we are presented with the whole cast introduction video.



『新説・桃太郎英雄譚』(= "New Theory - Heroic Tale of Momotaro")

【出演】- CAST
桃太郎:水樹奈々
Momotaro: Mizuki Nana
犬:保村真
Inu (Dog): Yasumura Makoto
猿:杉田智和
Saru (Monkey): Sugita Tomokazu
キジ:名塚佳織
Kiji (Pheasant): Nazuka Kaori
金太郎:小西克幸
Kintaro: Konishi Katsuyuki
一寸法師:福圓美里
One-Inch Boy: Fukuen Misato
くま:浅沼晋太郎
Kuma (Bear): Asanuma Shintaro
おじいさん:松本保典
Ojii (Granpa): Matsumoto Yasunori
黒鬼:置鮎龍太郎
Black Demon: Okiayu Ryūtarō
少年:沢城みゆき
Shounen (Young Man): Sawashiro Miyuki
浦島太郎:中村悠一
Urashima Tarō: Nakamura Yuuichi
乙姫:五十嵐麗
Otohime: Igarashi Rei



~Background info~
The story tonight is loosely based on the [story of Momotaro from Japanese folklore], but instead of following the usual storyline of Momotaro, it seems to offer a fun take on what happens afterwards based on Ojii's starting narration and the various characters mentioning how Momotaro already beat the demons once during the play. The screenplay seems to have been written by Asanuma Shintaro, so the guy playing Kuma.

Oh yeah, I should also mention that characters from other folklore and fairytales made an appearance too, for some reason or another. xD You can already see that from some of the roles in the cast list, though there are also some that were only revealed during the play itself.



<Scene 2 - 黒鬼 - Black Demon>

A look at the demon's side. They seem to have some eternal rave party going on or something. I guess being a demon is not so bad? xD We are introduced to their leader, the [black demon] when [Urashima Tarou] comes to start a squabble  with the lesser demons.



<Scene 3 - 桃太郎帰還  - Momotaro's Return>

We then go back to the old man, Ojii, and the companions, who are wondering where Momotaro is. Momotaro, who is Nana as we know, finally makes an entrance! She appears on a "boat" going around pretty high on the right side (from the stage) singing the first enka song of the night.


06. きよしのズンドコ節 (= Kiyoshi no Zundoko Bushi)
I had been wondering what Enka songs Nana would grace us with tonight and I thought she had already covered all the ones I was familiar with at previous Zachou Kouens, but turns out I was wrong! Here comes Hikawa Kiyoshi's Kiyoshi no Zundoko Bushi! I got so excited that I knew the song and that I actually also really like it! \o/ It was so awesome to get to call out to Nana during the song instead of "Kiyoshi!", it felt like such an honor to participate in a piece of Enka. Never imagined it would happen!!






Nana is reunited with her companions and Ojii, they talk for a bit. Ojii brings up Obaa's dango and their deliciousness. They are obviously the Nanette dango that are part of the Zachou Kouen goods this time. Come to think of it, the food made a cameo in the last Zachou Kouen too. xD



<Scene 4 - 変化 - Change>

Not long after Nana makes it to the stage, her companions are off to do various things. Buff bearman, a.k.a. [Kintarou] arrives... So in other words, Konishi-san wearing a huge plushie bear (his legs are the front paws) with fake legs hanging down from both sides of the bear's back making it kinda look like he was actually saddled on top of it.... with really short legs mind you. xD He teases Momotaro about her height. They banter for quite a while and then we get introduced to Misato's character, though we can't see her. She is so tiny. Too tiny to be visible at all. :'D She is the [One-Inch Boy] after all. Nana finally "spots" her and moves her to another part of the stage.

Momotaro contemplating to go beat the demons again, but feels she can't do it unless she becomes better and stronger first. [Shounen] shows up to pep talk her, with Misato helping. Though, Sawashiro accidentally "steps" on Misato.



<Scene 5 - 竜宮城 - Palace of the Dragon King>

Not completely sure whether this happened here, but at some point we take a look at the Demon Island again. The Black Demon and Urashima Tarou are still at odds, when an ominous lady shows up. It is the demons' real leader, [Otohime] and she shows the boys their place. She has plans. ominous plans.


Shounen finishes up her pep talk convincing Momotaro Nana that she is ready to face the stronger demons. Nana is worried about her companions' whereabouts but no worry, they show up at the back of the left side (in same "boat" Nana arrived in), ready for battle. The boat starts moving towards where I was sitting and I was getting super pumped up when suddenly.... Nana joins them! Holyyyyyy! I wasn't expecting her so close to me tonight, don't shock me like that Nana!!!


07. あばれ太鼓〜無法一代入り〜 (= Abare Daiko 〜 Muhou Ichidai Iri 〜)
When Nana reached the boat, the second Enka song of the evening kicks off. It is Sakamoto Fuyumi's song, Abare Daiko 〜 Muhou Ichidai Iri 〜. I don't think I have heard this before, but I enjoyed it all the same! Getting to hear Nana's Enka skills so close up was literally pure heaven. I almost wanted to cry of joy. By the end of the song, they have reached the front stage on their little boat and get off.







<Scene 6 - いざ再び鬼ヶ島 - Emergency at Onigashima Again>

They arrive at the demon lair. Otohime confronts Momotaro and surprise surprise, she is Momotaro's Obaa! After Nana finds out her Obaa is behind everything she runs away heartbroken. Her companions are left to deal with the demons on their own. Saru runs away. Kiji tells Inu to take care of it. We jump back and forth from Kiji's "battle" to Inu's "battle". Inu's battle plays off typical dog behavior, while Kiji uses the mighty power of selfies to thwart her enemies. It is all pretty hilarious.






We then see Kintarou and his [bear], now separate individuals, deal with a kappa demon and another one. Proper boxing match style. There's even a referee. xD This drags on for a while, Kintarou's attacks blocked by the kappa's shell, and the kappa's attacks blocked by Kintarou's amazing muscles.

Even Misato shows up! She is bigger now and is doing her fighting while sailing in a miso soup bowl.

After they are done we see Saru arriving by himself ready to fight. Urashima Tarou comes on stage with his mighty fishing rod. Sugita calls him by real name "Hey Nakamura!". Nakamura explains that he is not Nakamura right now, they have roles to uphold and they battle, resulting in Saru being strung up by Nakamura's fishing rod. Sawashiro comes to the rescue. She flies from the back sprinkling fairy dust... she is Peter Pan! Plot twist! Once she lands she pulls out her hat, making it more obvious. Cue in the Black Demon, who seems to now find himself in the role of Captain Hook. They go off to battle it out like Captain Hook and Peter Pan should.



<Scene 7 -  真実 - Truth>

Nana's companions reunite in the front stage and Nana shows up in new battle dress to save the day.





She goes on a demon massacre, starting from the front stage and making her way to the back stage dual-wielding swords and being super badass. In between some of her companions come and offer her a brief respite, Kintarou and kuma boxing match style, with a towel and stool, then Saru, Inu and Kiji bring her snacks and so on. By the time Nana has made it all the way to the back, she has killed 77 demons. There was a kill counter on the big screens at the front. xD







Finally Nana makes it to the stage at the back of the arena, when one more demon shows up. Ojii shows up to finish up last guy... with his lawnmower? Or something like that. xD He says to Nana that this is his problem as well and they face Obaa together. They have a heartfelt talk about their feelings and bond as a family. They persuade Obaa to come home.

But it's not over yet! Black Demon (or Captain Hook, whichever he identifies with more at this point xD) still tries to stop them, but Nakamura comes to the rescue. He beats the captain up quite easily and then bids everyone goodbye as he leaves in search of girls lol. xD


08. 愛燦燦 ( = Ai Sansan)
I was pretty sure that Zachou Kouen couldn't end without Nana singing a Misora Hibari song and so we get Ai sansan! I bought a Misora Hibari best of CD of sorts a couple of years ago, but I can't recall if I have heard this before or not. I seem to remember the more energetic Enka songs more easily than these emotional ones, even though I really love both kinds of songs a lot. Enka really is just so beautiful to listen to.



<Scene 8 - カーテンコール - Curtain Call>

Everyone comes on the middle stage to take their bows. As last time, everyone is given the opportunity to say whatever it is they want to say (how they are so grateful to get to be a part of this, etc) finishing with Nana of course. I can't really remember what anyone said here, because all of them talked quite a lot and this took pretty long. Keeping the play itself in my head was hard enough. xD







<Scene 9 - エンディング - Ending>

After everyone has had their say and bows, they leave Nana alone on stage... to be joined by Mishi-P. And finally it was the time for what I had been hoping for all night.... announcement time! In April... At Tokyo Dome....





YESSSS!!! I have been waiting for a live announcement ever since LIVE ADVENTURE! I have been feeling for the past year or so that Nana would be returning to Tokyo Dome soon since it's already been quite a while, and now it finally happened! I am SO ecstatic!! Also, a funny thing - I have gotten into the habit of making bets about the randomest things with my boyfriend of which the most recent one was "what will Nana's next live be called". I don't even remember what I bet on (we made the bet a couple of months ago already), but my boyfriend very confidently declared it was going to be LIVE GALAXY. You can only imagine how I felt tonight when it really was that. I so couldn't believe it!!


And that's all folks for now. Hopefully I will be able to dish out some LIVE GALAXY reports at least as fast as I did with this one, but we'll see! I'll leave you with a picture of the cast.