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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... >.>;






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.




Thursday, 17 March 2016

NANA MIZUKI LIVE ADVENTURE 2015, Treasure 14 at Seibu Prince Dome!

Time for me to sneakily publish this super duper late report. I have definitely outdone myself. It is the first time in my blog's history that I am releasing a report AFTER the BD/DVD of the concert has come out. Maybe I should celebrate... by weeping in the corner. orz Here's to hoping I can redeem myself with Zachou Kouen before NANA CLIPS 7 comes out. I don't have much time left for that though....



(For report on LIVE ADVENTURE 2015, Treasure 02 at Osaka, go [here]!)
(For report on LIVE ADVENTURE 2015, Treasure 03 at Osaka, go [here]!)


Live Adventure Treasure 14, let's go!!



Goods
I arrived on Friday with an earlier flight than usual (I think I landed a bit after 6am or something), so I thought I'd be a champ and rush to Seibu Prince Dome to queue for goods right away. Luckily there were some lockers where I could store my suitcase while doing so. I was honestly feeling I was gonna die (there seemed to be something wrong with my ear, which a couple of days later turned into a horrible ear infection actually), so I was happily surprised at how short the queue actually was. Queuing here for LIVE CIRCUS had been a pure nightmare so I was super relieved this was nowhere near that horror. Regardless, it seemed that sizes of the Nana sneakers started to run out before I quite made it that far so I was starting to get pretty anxious about whether I'd get some or not. Here's when being a girl turns out to be super advantageous. The sizes that were running out were luckily the biggest ones due to the staggering amount of males attending, there was another gaijin wanting sneakers before me and I think he ended up buying not the ideal size because of this. I had gone to great lengths to deduce what size would be perfect for me (Japanese shoe sizes... well different country shoe sizes are super confusing) before my trip and when I tried on the shoes I was super happy to realize I had deduced right and got the perfect sneakers for me in one try. \o/ This was definitely one of the most successful queuings I have done, no doubt about it.


Inside Seibu Prince Dome
When I saw the seats of me and my friends I really couldn't believe it. We were on the third row from the front and really close to the middle. Damn! I never really thought I could ever win this good tickets (especially in a massive concert like this) so I was very close to fainting from surpreme excitement. This is definitely going to be a night to remember.


The Concert
Same thing thus far, so for the description of the opening movie, check out [NANA MIZUKI LIVE ADVENTURE 2015, Treasure 02 at Osaka]! And then....



SET LIST:
01. No Limit
02. Justice to Believe
03. PRIDE OF GLORY
04. Inside of Mind
MC1
05. Kindan no Resistance
06. Heaven Knows
Cherry Boys Showcase
07. Lazy Syndrome
08. Bokura no Mirai
MC2
09. Bayonetta Charge w/ Ayahi
10. Nostalgia
11. Nocturne -Revision-
Team Yo-Da Showcase
12. Angel Blossom
13. POP MASTER
MC3
14. Ashita graffiti
15. POWER GATE
Adventurer Nana -movie
16. Avalon no Oukan
17. UNCHAIN∞WORLD
MC4
18. Exterminate
19. Shuumatsu no Love Song
20. Heart-shaped chant
MC5
21. ETERNAL BLAZE
Encore:
22. Dream Rider
MC6
23. It's only brave
24. Happy Go-Round
Encore II:
25. Ano ne -Mamimumemogacho-



Outfit #1 - Badass Nana
Kakatte koooiii!



01. No Limit
Nana started at the opposite end of the arena from the main stage, making her way across on the Jeep. Kind of a downer, finally had super good seats at the very front of the arena and then her first appearance of the night is from the farthest possible place. Oh well. xD


02. Justice to Believe
 Ahhh~ so nice seeing Nana so close in such a big concert venue! I really love being able to see her singing just by watching her and not the big screens, though the downside of this is that there are moments when she looks in my general direction and I feel super embarrassed (I think because it'll instantly remind me of my awkward [handshake adventure]). And of course she happened to do that during this song for the line "kimi ga soko ni iru kara". (>-<;;)



Outfit #1 - Revamped
yep, still not sure what this was depicting xD



03. PRIDE OF GLORY
Time for epic dance section to begin! Not sure if I already talked about this before, but I really love how grand and impactful the opening of PRIDE OF GLORY is. It really helps set the mood before the main bulk of the song kicks in. :3 I approve.


04. Inside of Mind
I still wonder to this day how Nana ended up releasing this song that has so much English in it. I love it. And I love the fact that this is the song that got picked for tonight from the rotation. I hope we'll keep getting more Nana English'y songs since I just love them to bits. Nothing rocks more than Nana English. <3 After the Singapore preparation videos (and the live itself), there is nothing  anyone can say as a counter argument to that.


MC1
Welcome! Nana talks about how recently the weather has been crap, but somehow today was good. Finally the final concert! When she went to change staff-san told her she looked mushiatsui and she hadn't noticed. She then talks about the jeep. The driver oji-san usually drives the stage set truck? I think. Aniki came on stage on the jeep.



05. Kindan no Resistance
Yeessss!  I didn't notice it at the concert itself, only now afterwards when I saw a clip of this, but during the first chorus Nana slips up with words and instead of saying "kioku ni" like she should, she says "kimochi". It flowed along perfectly though and once again shows how easily Nana brushes off things like that and just keeps going. Sasuga Nana.


06. Heaven Knows
So, as I figured, it was gonna be Heaven Knows tonight instead of my Sabaku no Umi. Not a bad thing at all, even if I do have a special soft spot for Sabaku no Umi. I don't think my friends had heard Heaven Knows before so they were pretty impressed that Nana could even do a song like this. I tried it for fun in karaoke the next day and yappari, it just really is too fast (this was the recent attempt I mentioned in my previous report). xD I guess I'll know I've reached a new level in Japanese once I can tackle this.


Cherry Boys Showcase
Go to [NANA MIZUKI LIVE ADVENTURE 2015, Treasure 02 at Osaka] for the description of this! Considering how late I am with writing this, I don't really remember what they talked about. You can check it from the DVD/Bluray already anyway, since it's out. :p I haven't watched that yet, doing this from memory.



Outfit #2 - Cowgirl
Have a special guest spoiler :D




07. Lazy Syndrome
As much as I had been enjoying her going crazy during this song in Osaka, tonight I felt like it was a bit over the top and not natural... maybe because she had been doing it for the whole tour and it was losing it's appeal to her, I dunno. Still, one of the songs that I was most waiting for tonight! I really enjoy listening to songs like this live (fast-paced, almost rap'ish), since they showcase Nana's talents so well. Proper earporn. xD


08. Bokura no Mirai
Time for the peaceful respite in the middle of all the high tension songs. Time to recharge the batteries with soothing melodies before finding out what Nana has in store for us next. >:3


MC2
Nana talks about the outfit and how it's showing lots of stomach. so, because of that, Nana tries to stay fit. "Bijin desu". When she says that the camera zooms in on her stomach + legs and Nana goes like "hey"! Nana starts her pun show with Cheribo. She made the Cheribo choose who does it. It's Yutapon. Then Nana. Then Itaruvich-sensei does one about Shizuoka (Nana tells us to imagine for a min that we are there instead of here) and a few of Saitama.

Then about the block with "LIVE ADVENTURE" letters. Only 13 letters, but today is 14th live. What will happen?! Nana goes through all the previous songs and places. Tonight is Takagaki Ayahi a.k.a Yukine Chris from Symphogear



09. Bayonetta Charge feat. Ayahi
I have to say that at first I had no idea who Ayahi was. After the first Symphogear Live, I watched that clip of all of them singing a song together and was shocked at how horrible it sounded so since then I've tried to pay as little attention as possible to the others apart from Nana and Hikasa Yoko. Though, I have to say that this duet with Ayahi wasn't too bad, even if it was still clear that gap between her and Nana's skill was pretty vast.  And even though I didn't know who Ayahi was at the time, I was able to deduce it from how much the song sounded like Symphogear and from Symphogear she sounded most like Chris. xD All in all, I quite enjoyed the song.

After Ayahi also wants to tell a Saitama pun. Obacchi joins in also. xD


10. Nostalgia
Oooh Nostalgia!! While I was minding my own business and enjoying the pleasantness of the song, Nana went and looked my way again during one of the parts where she sings "wasurenai kimi wo"... don't shock an unsuspecting shy person like that. (;_;) it is seriously unbearably ridiculous how much I blush when I am embarrassed.


11. Nocturne -Revision-
Time again for that song I can't seem to enjoy as much as everyone else. Sorry Nana, I really tried. (;_;)


Team Yo-Da Showcase
As with the Cheribo showcase, refer to [NANA MIZUKI LIVE ADVENTURE 2015, Treasure 02 at Osaka] for the description! The main difference here is that there were way more Team Yo-Da members here tonight. :3



Outfit #3 - Pink Checkers
that sea of blue lights :3



12. Angel Blossom
Time to dance! One of my friends (whose first Nana concert this was) was sure that I would kill her if she didn't learn the dance and do it here tonight.. so she danced. xD I am so proud of her. It was a little embarrassing to be dancing so close to the stage I admit, but it had to be done!!


13. POP MASTER
Yessss! I am so happy that this was the song that ended up coming tonight, as this is the favorite Nana song of the friend I just mentioned.


MC3
Everyone danced well! Nana announces potato chips. Talk about Nana as Ehime bank's image girl. A pic of her in the commercial outfit is shown on the big screens behind her.... followed by Abe-summer dressed exactly the same and doing same pose lol. Another pic of Nana with the paper airplane is shown... and of course... Abe-summer version follows lolwut. xD


14. Ashita graffiti
I hate to say it but I think I enjoyed this song tonight more than usual because of the Abe-summer versions of bank image girl Nana. I am gonna be stuck with those pics of him imprinted into my brain forever. As usual, Nana starts going around the arena in her little motorboat during this song.


15. POWER GATE
I think now officially all my superb karaoke buddies have experienced our ultimate karaoke song for real (yes, this. POWER GATE!!)!  It really never ceases to amaze me how experiencing one song pretty much every single time can always be so satisfying. :3 Just can't get tired of this stuff ever. When the end of the song draws near, so does Nana's little boat ride.


Adventurer Nana -movie
Nothing seems to have changed here, so for the detailed description see [NANA MIZUKI LIVE ADVENTURE 2015, Treasure 02 at Osaka]!




Outfit #4 - Yellow Elegance
the coming of holy Nana





16. Avalon no Oukan
I was wondering what they'd come up for this song tonight, since it's on the slot of "this is the song when marvelous things happen during Nana lives" and I have to say I was a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong though, I loved how she appeared at the top of the huge rock that cracked at the end of the insert movie, and I loved the rainbow colors on the water spray. It was just mainly the Nana floating static in the air for most of the song that made me a sad panda. I guess considering how wow'ing her doing the 3D flight was during LIVE FLIGHT, this just couldn't carry the legacy.



Niji-irooooo sprays!



17. UNCHAIN∞WORLD
Oho! It's been a while since I heard this! I guess it was at LIVE CIRCUS, though it felt like it had been even longer (my sense of time is obviously fucked up). xD


MC4
Nana talks about the stage set and how so many people worked hard to make it a reality..so live documentary? But in book form? Or what? Not sure... what actually even happened to this? xD Don't remember really hearing anything since this concert... ehum.. anyway.. She then talks about LIVE ADVENTURE as a whole and how she went to places she previously missed in LIVE FLIGHT.

**Not sure if this is the right place but, Nana also talked about her upcoming album. She confesses that she hasn't written like half of the songs yet and she only has like what a month and a half left! Oops! She's hoping that our atsui evening tonight will give her some ideas.

She then talks about Symphogear GX a bit since next is...


18. Exterminate
Man, I still fumble at those super fast parts... I need to master them before next time so I don't keep feeling so defeated each time. Anyways... Every time I have heard this live so far, I've thought the opening of the song is really powerful, and it definitely was even more powerful here tonight. Chills are running down my spine just thinking about it.


19. Shuumatsu no Love Song
I tried to enjoy this as much as possible tonight as I have no idea when it will reach the live stage again. Not sure if it's popular enough to pop up often, I guess Kindan no Resistance is more likely to show up. Regardless, the song was over way too fast... (T^T)


20. Heart-shaped chant
Time for the beautiful moment of tonight. I don't know why whenever I brace myself to pay extra attention and absorb songs to the fullest, the opposite seems to happen. Heart-shaped chant was gone way too soon... orz


MC5
Time for the last song. It's been 15 years since Nana's King Records debut. So she's been thinking how should she celebrate, what should she sing? Yappari, it had to be this song. She explains that this song has let her meet so many new people and given her wonderful opportunities. And how for many many many more years (777!) she will continue.... Eien ni utai tsudzuketai to omoimasu!


21. ETERNAL BLAZE
I did wonder if this was going to stay the same for the final concert and yep it did. I guess this was Nana paying back for the fact that LIVE THEATER didn't feature EtaBure at all. And to be fair, there really isn't any grander or more special concert song than this. 


Encore call!
Nanaaaaaaaaa~!


Outfit #5 - encore
Nana was almost dressed the same as me! If only I had worn my concert jean shorts! >:3




22. Dream Rider
Yesss, come to me cute dance song! I hope something else just as fun will pop up again to take its place (and Dramatic Love's) for the next live! I think I might have to do some looping again when the Bluray is out (which it already is, surprise surprise, since I am so retardedly late with this report orz).


MC6
Shassu! Cheribo shassu! Team Yoda shassu! Staff shassu! Nana talks about the 700th Smile-gang event (sniff, wish I could make it...). Nana's like, radio show na no ni lol. She then continues with saying that we should expect crazy things! And then it's time for some genki songs.


23. It's only brave
I actually forgot about the existence of this song, woops. (o_o;;) I hate it when that happens! I remember things so well... usually... I'm afraid that now after this I will really forget it since I won't have LIVE ADVENTURE reminding me of it. Well I guess I can keep watching the Bluray of tonight to solve that problem? xD I honestly don't know why this song escapes me, it is a pretty nice one!


24. Happy Go-Round
Wohooo! My last chance for a while to hear my favorite towel song! Nana and co. got on the jeep and headed towards the back of the stage during this song while waving their towels. I have to say that it took a little bit out of the experience for me as I was stuck in the front, and pretty short. Which means that visibility was very bad. :'< Oh well, I just had to make up for it by spinning my towel extra hard!


Encore II, mouu ikkaai!
I kept wondering if there was gonna be another encore, and yes there was! Nana runs onto the stage again and exclaims that she came back! She then quotes her song and says "Deaete so happy"! And that's why, she says, she will now sing this song! Cheriboizuuuu coooomeeeeee back too!


25. Ano ne -Mamimumemogacho-
This was a fun surprise as the second encore! Getting to do some dancing at the very end is a fitting way to conclude the evening for sure.



I had been hoping for a live announcement here, but no such luck. Nothing for me to immediately look forward to... (T^T) give me something soon Nana!! Now time to work on clearing some more report backlog...