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Friday, 15 September 2017

NANA MIZUKI LIVE ZIPANGU 2017 13本目 at Saitama!

I only took 2 weeks for this report! Whoaaaa! Such an improvement from the usual. Then again, this was my favorite from all the LIVE ZIPANGU concerts I went to and once you read the report you'll know why. It felt really special for a handful of reasons and I am really glad I got to experience it. This night really made ZIPANGU become one of my favorite lives so far.


(For report on LIVE ZIPANGU 2017 11本目 at Niigata, go [here]!)






Goods
I repeated my mistake of times past and once again underestimated the cold of Saitama. Figured that surely it couldn't be too bad in March, but nope was wrong. The queuing seemed to also be one of those times when things didn't run as smoothly so I got to spend A LOT of time standing about freezing to death. Definitely my favorite past time. Forgot to mention in my previous post that the smartphone cover had sold out, so was hoping to get it today... but nope, on that too. Sold out AGAIN (It's okay, I got it through the fan club later). 

So, I didn't realize this at Niigata, but Nana had actually done a sort of "the calligraphy of today" thing for each concert during LIVE ZIPANGU. As in, she did the calligraphy herself. Today's was "umasugiru" which can be either taken as "too good" or "too delicious". Going by Nana's fondness for food though, I would go with delicious.






Inside Saitama Super Arena
So today's seats were a lot better than I had anticipated. We were almost right beside middle stage!! Haven't been this close in a while so it was super exciting. And thennnn, the opening movie! You can find the description for it in my previous report.



SET LIST:
01. WILD EYES
02. Hatsu Koi
03. Junketsu Paradox
MC1
04. BRACELET
05. Tears' Night
06. ETERNAL BLAZE
Cherry Boys -Showcase
07. STAND UP!
08. Clutch!!
MC2
09. STORIES
10. ALONE ARROWS
11. Eden
Team Yo-Da -Showcase
12. Please Download
13. Lovely Fruit
MC3
14. SUPER GENERATION
15. TWIST&TIGER
Onanadori -movie
16. Hime Murasaki
17. Etsuraku Camellia
MC4
18. Mysterion
19. SCARLET KNIGHT
20. UNLIMITED BEAT
MC5
21. Meguri au subete ni
Encore:
22. RODEO COWGIRL
23. Young Alive!
MC6
24. Zettaiteki Koufukuron
25. Hana wa Saku
26. STARTING NOW


Outfit #1 - Traditional Kimono



01. WILD EYES
Nana was revealed from inside a giant peach (momo) just like how Momotaro was born. It was a nice touch as it made me look back fondly on the previous Zachou Kouen.


02. Hatsu Koi
The grandeur of this song was really amazing today as well - albeit in a different way than in the small venue of Niigata. There, it had instantly moved through you as it made it's way through the small space, but here it instead surrounded you. It was really, really cool.


03. Junketsu Paradox
The last of the powerful opener trio!! I kinda wish I wasn't enjoying this so much, because it makes the songs pass so much quicker. (>-< )


MC1
Nana wishes us all welcome and then starts listing  all kinds of sevens related to ZIPANGU and tonight (such as 2017, the tour starting on 7.1., it being her 7th time in SSA - the first one being LIVE FORMULA and the previous LIVE THEATER).  She teases that maybe something special will happen tonight...?



Outfit #1 - Revamped




04. BRACELET
Tonight this didn't seem so out of place after all the Japanesey starter songs, I guess because I knew it was coming. I even got goosebumps from the opening tunes. I have to say I like how this whole tour actually feels a bit more mature than the summer tours that tend to be upbeat.



05. Tears' Night
Tonight's wintery song. This kinda fit the flow better than Crystal Letter I feel. I can never really get enough of that powerful instrumental bit in this song. 


06. ETERNAL BLAZE
Blaze it!! I was so glad that the Cheribo intros were coming after this because I was so into jumping along to EtaBure that I could really use a bit of a breather afterwards.


Cherry Boys -Showcase
Nothing really to add here. Same stuff as what I wrote about in my Niigata report - Cheribos having they own Japanesey fun, which was a pleasure to watch. 


Outfit #2 - Uniform Dress



07. STAND UP!
For this song Nana appeared on the middle stage, right beside us! I can't help but think that because she saw our foreign faces, she spent less time facing our way during the song. xD I'm probably just imagining it though. Also, noticed that during the line :

「理想の大人」になれる日を未だに追いかけている
("Risou no otona" ni nareru hi wo  ima dani oikaketeiru /
 I am still chasing the day I can become "the ideal adult")

Nana said 「理想の自分」( "risou no jibun" / "the ideal me") instead. I kinda like when this kind of stuff happens, especially when it isn't just another part of the song that she happens to sing in an incorrect verse but something original. It makes me think about WHY it happened. Did it reflect Nana's current feelings somehow? Of course we'll never know for sure.


08. Clutch!!
Somehow I enjoyed Clutch!! more tonight than I have before, maybe it was because I was so into it before I actually realized it was Clutch!!. Not that I mind though, I like it when songs grow on me, even if it takes a very long time to happen.


MC2
Nana is so proud of her outfit and gladly answered our mawatte! -calls. For the mou Ikkai she gets Martin to join her. She then proceeds to make fun of his rapping. She asks what he has done so far this year and he's like "I've slept". He's been very sho ene (using just a little energy). Nana talks about Okinawa and how they went whale watching. Nana's impersonation of the air sprouting out of their backs was priceless. She then explains the special corner of ZIPANGU and lists the previous pairings and songs for the duets. Tonight is Kado-D's turn and the song is STORIES. Kado-D tells that his family is not here tonight (Nana asked), because of a fever but his kid told everyone to say "papa ganbatte" (=dad do your best) so of course we do.


09. STORIES
While I was really excited to hear a violin solo this time (being a violinist myself), it's a bit of a shame that it was STORIES again for this corner as that's what I also heard in Niigata with Kenny. Anyways! I think Kado-D was a bit nervous as he sounded a bit off key in the beginning, but he soon got past it and man it was so goooddddddd. I really wish this song would have gone on forever.


10. ALONE ARROWS
I was really looking forward to hearing this again and as expected, it sounded super intense in a big venue like SSA. Really happy to get to experience it on both ends of the venue size spectrum, since this song ended up being such a pleasant surprise live.


11. Eden
I'm glad that Eden was permanently on the setlist instead of rotating, since I haven't heard this song enough many times live yet. I guess it'll become one of those songs that we only really hear during winter lives, if we do hear it.


Team Yo-Da -Showcase
Same stuff as in my previous report, with the addition of a bunch more Team Yo-Da members with their own Japanesey twists that I sadly don't remember. 


Outfit #3 - Idol Dress



12. Please Download
This song still didn't redeem itself for me. Even my fiancé who actually liked Please Download a lot when listening to it from the album, unlike me, had to admit that it kinda feels flat live - it just doesn't have the excitement and punch that most dance songs do. Hope it won't show up too often in the lives that follow after ZIPANGU. Unless you happen to really like it, then I will wish for it to show up for you!


13. Lovely Fruit
Oooh, Lovely Fruit!! For this song, Nana once again came on the middle stage! It was really awesome to get to see this so close up, even if most of the time she was facing some other direction.


MC3
For this, Nana's still on middle stage! She talks about the idol corner thing and again jokes about how old she is already. She talks about her seiyuu kouhai (3 of them?) and how they sing her songs... She says she could have that kind of group herself any time with other "onee-san" like Yui Horie. She also mentions that Yo-Da's Mika is getting married and if I recall correctly she bumped into something related to that in Okinawa...? I could be wrong though. xD


14. SUPER GENERATION
Today was once again SUPER GENERATION's turn. Would have liked more variety here, but guess that will be happening tomorrow. :3 I can't be too greedy....


15. TWIST&TIGER
Seeing Nana singing this with more Team Yo-Da dancing on the stage tonight really had me hyped for the musical that was to come (more on that later once I get as far as my musical reports...). I honestly can't get enough of how much fun they're having on stage - so glad they can do this stuff for a living. 


Onanadori -movie
For the description of this, please check out the Niigata report! The most important part is Gennosuke-samaaaaaa!! <3


Outfit #4 - Classy Visual Kei



16. Hime Murasaki
Nana showed up on stage elevated between two enormous wings. It wasn't a a thing to ride around on this time like it usually is, but these wings were so huge and beautiful that it was magnificent in its own way. Also as an added bonus, Aniki appeared! I'm so happy that Hime Murasaki got the extra Aniki oomph to it, as it's such a powerful and emotional song.


17. Etsuraku Camellia
I was really looking forward to seeing this and the beautiful Team Yo-Da behind paper doors choreography again. It was of course in grander scale than in Niigata, since there were more dancers now in this big venue. It is ideas like this that really made me fall in love with LIVE ZIPANGU and I don't think I have felt so giddy at a live since LIVE FLIGHT.


Outfit #4 - Revamp



MC4
Nana talks about the wings. They are apparently really heavy (2.7 tons) and they definitely look it too. She says how she feels like the Sachiko-sama of the seiyuu world. [Sachiko-sama] is an enka singer who has the tendency to pull similar kind of shenanigans during her performances. She also mentions Gennosuke again and the possibility of a new Basilisk (which has been confirmed now btw), which she finds very odd since all the characters are dead. A lot of Team Mizuki are Basilisk fans. She tells how back in the day when Nana did the recording for Basilisk the rest of the cast were her super senpais. They did some sort of "test" for her. Sugita was there too and said he'd kill her or something if she messes up..? xD Aniki is here!


18. Mysterion
I love this song way more than I should (it honestly feels like a bit of a guilty pleasure) and am really reveling in getting to hear it multiple times during this tour. I always thought that it is a great example of Nana's talented voice use with the quick alternating between high and low notes in the chorus.


19. SCARLET KNIGHT
The familiar opening bell toll sent me flying into a state of great excitement, but also confusion. I had been keeping tabs on the song rotations for LIVE ZIPANGU and this surely hadn't been a part of it. I couldn't make sense out of it -why would she sing this tonight?- until Itaruvich appeared.... and then it hit me. It hit me really hard. Let me explain.

I am sure all of you have had the pleasure of hearing the undisputed best rendition of SCARLET KNIGHT Nana has ever sang live, namely the [a capella version] she sang at LIVE THEATER. The choir accompanying her was lead by Itaruvich's lovely wife, Eri. I actually mentioned stumbling onto her English blog in my [LIVE THEATER report]. What you might not have heard, however, is that she had been fighting an unforgiving illness for a long time and sadly passed away around Christmas in 2016. Itaruvich hadn't participated in LIVE ZIPANGU so far, most likely due to the unbearable grief he must be dealing with.

So SCARLET KNIGHT popping up and Itaruvich showing up for that particular song tonight (not to mention this being the same venue, Saitama Super Arena, as for LIVE THEATER) must mean that this was all a beautifully thought out tribute to his late wife. I was really touched that Nana managed to find a way to honor her memory in such a grand way without taking away the privacy of Itaruvich's grief, as talking about it and explaining it to all of us during an MC would have done. She did it for him and him alone - it was not meant for us to make the connection.

I felt so sad after realizing all this. May Eri rest in peace and know that she is loved. Itaruvich is even holding a [memorial concert] for his wife now a year after her passing.


20. UNLIMITED BEAT
I'm glad something like this followed the heart-wrenching SCARLET KNIGHT so I could drag myself out of the deep pit of feels. It is pretty much an undisputed fact now that nothing can get you as fired up as a Nana Symphogear song live. They just ooze so much energy and fire.


MC5
Now Nana goes to bug Itaruvich. I kinda wondered if they were going to talk about his wife after all, but they were just up to their usual pun shenanigans. So, he makes a pun about the English in "Saitama Super Arena", which I can't recall now properly.  Nana then talks about the upcoming Nanoha movie, Nanoha: Reflection, and how the recording for it is next week. It'll be a new chapter in Fate's life, as so far Nana has played her as a very young girl and then suddenly a grownup. This time it'll be between the two extremes as Fate will be a 5th grader in primary school. She does the usual talk about Beautiful as well, about her bangs and the PV. Then it's time for the last song, which is for all of us.


21. Meguri au subete ni
It was time for some self-reflection once again as the live rendition of this is so powerful. You just really want to say yes when she tells you to face everything head on. I wish I could jump start myself like this every day, I feel I'd get a lot more shit done.. :3


Encore call!
Sniff... so sad that we are already so close to the end. (T^T)


Outfit #5 - Encore



22. RODEO COWGIRL
Time to lighten up the mood a bit with this live's towel song. Still can't say I am a huge fan of it, but still fun nonetheless. More fun tonight actually, since Nana went around on a traditional looking cart pulled by some oxen.


23. Young Alive!
This was a surprise! An extra song she didn't sing in Niigata! :o Bring it!! Wasn't expecting Young Alive! at all, but it felt very welcome to keep this night going a bit longer. :3


MC6
Shassu! Again Nana mentions the777th smile-gang and how it's almost to 800th now! Nana thanks everyone for listening to this obaka (silly) radio show of hers and Misato's. She mentions some of her achievements so far and how perhaps next it will be time for LIVE WORLD where she goes around the world? Considering how Nana has a tendency to make all her dreams a reality, I wouldn't be too surprised if this does end up happening in the future. Next song is for all of us, of course. It always makes Nana tear up.


24. Zettaiteki Koufukuron
It was really nice to get to hear this together with my fiancé. I got to thinking that how the simple repetitive nature of the whole song radiates a very raw form of feelings of love. Like, it's really hard to express that to someone, so in your awkwardness you maybe hope that if you repeat it a few times the magnitude of your feelings can get across to the other person. 


Bonus MC
Today is the 6th anniversary of the great earthquake. Nana talks of her feelings about wanting to do something. She mentions how she did something with her friend Mika-chan back then and last year  she released the anime star version of Hana wa Saku with Yamadera-san. So just tonight as a special thing she would like to sing it for us.


25. Hana wa Saku
This is turning out to be such a night of feelings. It was clear that Nana was still feeling the sorrow for all the victims of the great earthquake and she put that all into singing this song now. It was amazing to hear Nana sing all of it herself, as the recording had her paired up with Yamadera Koiichi.


26. STARTING NOW
After the heavy overload of feels, it was nice to get a bit of a cheering up at the very end. Tonight had given me a lot to think about and mull over in my head, so shaking it up here by jumping up like crazy felt very refreshing. 

Afterwards, Nana was doing her usual rounds from one end of the stage to the other in order to bid farewell to everyone. When she started making her way to the middle stage that we were close to, my fiancé suggested we'd make a heart with our hands together by each of us making one half of it. He figured that it could be something that'll catch Nana's attention.So we did that when she was waving in our direction and she answered our <3 with a <3!! Wahhhh, so happy!

Thursday, 31 August 2017

NANA MIZUKI LIVE ZIPANGU 2017 11本目 at Niigata!

So half a year later I finally manage to squeeze out my first (FIRST! orz) LIVE ZIPANGU report. It has been hard juggling work, the desire to change some stuff in my life and a torn muscle in my right armpit. I'll probably keep the next reports a bit shorter and focus on the most interesting stuff, so hopefully that will streamline the process a bit. Well, onwards!


(For report on LIVE ZIPANGU 2017 13本目 at Saitama, go [here]!)




Goods
Took a while to find the queue since the staff had been nice enough to let it grow inside the venue rather than taking it outside right away (like it was the [last time] I came for a concert in Niigata). When it was almost my time to buy stuff I saw a lady with a camera filming stuff around the goods counter, so I hope my gaijin face won't make it into the LIVE ZIPANGU -making of material. (>-<)


Inside Niigata Prefectural Civic Centre
It was so nostalgic being back inside this venue, as this was the first place I ever saw Nana. I still remember how excited I was back then (and still am) to get to see her do her magic live. It kinda made me feel the weight of everything that had happened in my life since and made me hopeful that maybe me being here again might mark the beginning of a new chapter in my life. My seat was quite far back in the first floor, though since the venue is very small it felt like I was very close to the stage regardless of that. I really wish Nana still did more of these smaller concerts, but since her fanbase has grown so much it wouldn't really be fair for everyone anymore.


The concert
Opening movie time! We see Nana in traditional Japanese attire, putting on her make up and getting ready for something. Really, really pretty. After the movie, a few members of Team Yo-Da take the stage to do a bit of traditional Japanese dance, which was beautiful to watch and got me really pumped up for LIVE ZIPANGU and all its Japanese influence. After they finished their dance, then...



SET LIST:
01. WILD EYES
02. Hatsu Koi
03. Junketsu Paradox
MC1
04. BRACELET
05. Crystal Letter
06. ETERNAL BLAZE
Cherry Boys -Showcase
07. STAND UP!
08. Dear Dream
MC2
09. STORIES
10. ALONE ARROWS
11. Eden
Team Yo-Da -Showcase
12. Please Download
13. Dramatic Love
MC3
14. SUPER GENERATION
15. TWIST&TIGER
Onanadori -movie
16. Hime Murasaki
17. Etsuraku Camellia
MC4
18. Mysterion
19. Don't be long
20. UNLIMITED BEAT
MC5
21. Meguri au subete ni
Encore:
22. RODEO COWGIRL
MC6
23. Zettaiteki Koufukuron
24. STARTING NOW



Outfit #1 - Traditional Kimono
So... wow!


01. WILD EYES
I could feel the whole song vibrating through me when it started after the Team Yo-Da dance and I was instantly reminded why it is so special to get to experience Nana in such a small capacity venue. Her strong voice just fills every corner and you. At one point I noticed that Nana's dress had gotten stuck to floor trapdoor that she had entered from on the upper part of the stage. I was fretting really badly that all her performances in Niigata were cursed and she would once again fall, though this time on her face if she tried to move. Luckily, Nana had noticed it herself and managed to yank it out before moving down the stairs.


02. Hatsu Koi
Man, the combination of this song live and the Japanesey outfit Nana was wearing made this feel so graceful and grand. It really made you feel small compared to her grace, but then we all are quite small compared to her aren't we (well figuratively, because literally she is very tiny)?


03. Junketsu Paradox
It felt really natsukashii to hear this song, since it made me remember how back when I first came to Niigata for a Nana concert during LIVE JOURNEY, it hadn't come out yet and she would only sing it for the first time later in that tour. But uhm, reminiscing aside, this was such a powerful trio to open the live with and so fitting for the theme of the tour. I am so on fire.


MC1
Nana bids us welcome! It's been 6 years since her last time in Niigata for LIVE JOURNEY. She recounts how she fell off the stage back then, woops. Nana tells us that many things went through her head in that moment when she was falling and... then ta-dah. "Okyakusan ( =customer, but fan in this case) was there right in my face and I was like.... domo (g'day)" she laughs xD lol. Wonder what will happen tonight? Hopefully nothing like that.



Outfit #1 - Revamped
Basically, just gettin rid of the kimono part.



04. BRACELET
Time for the last song not yet sung live from SMASHING ANTHEMS! It was the first song departing from the very Japanesey feel set by the songs of the beginning, but that's okay.


05. Crystal Letter
This was then the winter song of the night I suppose? xD It kinda felt out of place after the epic loaded beginning of the concert, but I guess it serves the purpose of bringing the tension down a bit so people can have a rest.... which was good considering next was....


06. ETERNAL BLAZE
Somehow I got excited about EtaBure popping up at this point already, even though I complained about it coming so early in LIVE GALAXY. What's wrong with me?! Still, it got me nicely pumped up again after Crystal Letter.


Cherry Boys -Showcase
All the Cheribos had some Japanesey thing. Tom-kun had a ladder of sorts, think it was the same kind you see people performing acrobatics on during matsuri. Ryutan had a white mask. Kenny was a ninja. Yutapon had a circle of things on his back... no idea what that kind of thing is called. (>-<) Anyways, apart from these I can't really remember what the other Cheribos had...



Outfit #2 - Uniform Dress
Kind of made me think of a marching band outfit.



07. STAND UP!
I was really looking forward to hearing this again to give me a bit of a motivation boost. I always feel so guilty when I hear it though, since I haven't been doing what Nana tells me to do. I am sorry... soon, I promise I will "stand up"! (T^T)


08. Dear Dream
I was still lost in thought when this song began, so took a while to catch onto what song it actually was. Still it was nice to hear it again.


MC2
Mawatte! And nana twirled around for us. For mou ikkai she chose Kado-D to twirl with her. Soon he will get to MC apparently (turns out it was for the Yo-Da intro) and that was the reasoning for her choice. Then she teased Sho-chan about something and then proceeds to explain ZIPANGU's special thing - singing a song with just 1 Cheribo. Tonight will be Kenny's turn.


09. STORIES
Okay........ so it's nothing new that all of the Cherry Boys are amazingly fantastic musicians, but damn getting to hear something like this where they get to shine individually just blows you away. Kenny's finger work is incredible. And damn that solo before the song actually kicked in. The way Nana matched her singing with Kenny's epic riffs was so wow.

Then for a more adult song!


10. ALONE ARROWS
Okay, wow. I have to say that I have quite enjoyed listening to ALONE ARROWS on NEOGENE CREATION, but I never expected it to be this amazing live. Nana's voice is so much more powerful and having the Cheribos playing it amplified the song a hundred, if not thousandfold. It honestly sound like a completely different song, like holy crap!


11. Eden
So happy to be hearing Eden again, as it kinda just disappeared after the acoustic live. This section is turning out to be way too epic!


Team Yo-Da -Showcase
Similar to the Cheribos, Team Yo-Da all had something Japanesey with them during their intro dance routines. Mika had an obi. Anna was playing cat's cradle. Then there was also a sword. A fan. Can't recall who had what though.



Outfit #3 - Idol Dress
Blue dress with flowery patterns, does remind me of some idol group PVs lol.



12. Please Download
I was hoping that hearing this live would improve my opinion of it, as I never particularly enjoy it when they mess with Nana's godly voice with the synthesizer. Usually, they don't really do that when she sings songs live but no such luck this time. The amount of background vocals was more immense too than I realized when just listening to this on the album, making it feel like a bit of a mess. I think for the first time ever I like a song even less after hearing it live. orz


13. Dramatic Love
It's been so long since I last heard this (or it feels long anyway), that it took my brain a moment to catch up to what this was. After I realized, I was so into it though because I really love the dance choreograph for the instrumental bit.


MC3
Nana talks about ZIPANGU's theme - essentially different Japanesey things. Currently we are apparently in the "idol" corner in regards to clothes. She mentions her age (37) and how she just recently bought pink flower bed sheets. She also talked a lot about Sister Princess and the  15th Anniversary Blu-Ray Box. Nana does some lines from it I guess, all I remember is just her going like "pyon pyon" because it was so funny. xD


14. SUPER GENERATION
As per usual, SUPER GENERATION has appeared! Not much to say about this that I haven't already said during the countless times I have seen it live. :3


15. TWIST&TIGER
Man, this was so good! Listening to TWIST&TIGER and watching Nana and Team Yo-Da having a bunch of fun on the stage really makes me feel like this is a musical. Just makes me so happy and ready to have fun too. I wonder if it'll be like this too when Nana does Beautiful? Soon we will find out!


Onanadori -movie
I had forgotten how much I liked Toriumi Kousuke's calming voice as Gennosuke in Basilisk (can't believe he also voiced Junpei in Persona 3!! Just found that out while writing this :o) until I heard him narrating this insert movie. Man, so much nostalgia. Ehum. Anyways... the movie is about some lord who rescued the mythical Nana phoenix. One of her feathers is left with him and Nana keeps searching for it and the man who saved her. Later, the lord is ailing in health and asks Nana, who has taken human form during her search, to dance for him one last time. He has an attack during Nana's dance and drops the feather. Nana seeing this, rushes to him and saves his life with her phoenix powers. Thus the dept is repaid and she leaves.



Outfit #4 - Classy Visual Kei
Really loving the outfits this time, so elegant!

16. Hime Murasaki
Holy. Shit. Like, seriously. I have been waiting years and years to hear this live and you have no idea how much it hurts whenever I remind myself I couldn't make it to the Heian Jingu live.  Finally, this day has come and I could not have been less prepared for how gorgeous and powerful this song would feel. I have to say I really love getting the chance to listen to Nana in a small hall like this, because her voice just blasts through it and you on full force making you feel the songs with the entirety of your being. Oh the goosebumps......


17. Etsuraku Camellia
Whoa, such a strong continuation. 4 paper door panels were brought onto the stage and once the song started, you could make out the silhouettes of Team Yo-Da behind them.. then suddenly, Nana emerges with a Japanesey parasol. Damn. While quite a simple idea, I really really like it and feel it's one of the nicest things I have seen during her lives. So fitting for Etsuraku Camellia too. At one point, the four paper door panels were brought together, obscuring the view to Nana.... and once they separated she was wearing punky pants instead of the white dress she started the song in.


MC4
Now Nana kicks thing off by talking about the insert movie. Nana explains the story a bit and says the same part of town was used as in the Cheribo intro. The guy narrating ofc had to be Gennosuke. Mentions Basilisk and WILD EYES / Hime Murasaki. She mentions that she heard a rumor that there might be another season of Basilisk to which she retorts "But everyone died...." and "maybe we are not in it..." lol. xD Then she tells us that this is now the visual kei corner.



Outfit #4 - Revamp
Skirt off, pants on. 



18. Mysterion
Ahhh, too good. This was one of my top favorite songs back in the day and man, hearing it live was just as powerful and epic as I thought. Or actually, more epic than I imagined.


19. Don't be long
Somehow it felt very nostalgic hearing this, though I don't think it has been THAT long since I last did? Anyways, I let it wash over me.


20. UNLIMITED BEAT
After listening to this song so many times from NEOGENE CREATION, I had grown to like it but somehow felt it was missing the oomph of Symphogear songs. I was almost ready to lump it into the category of "well it's just like this because it is a game song" but then tonight changed my mind. Thanks to Nana's strong voice live and having the Cherry Boys playing it totally made it rocket to new heights. Like wow. Yutapon and Sho-chan were hammering those drums totally in sync. It was insane. And Nana was so into it too.


MC5
Time for the last song. Nana talks a bit about the upcoming Nanoha movie and how the recording for that is next month. She of course mentions the musical, Beautiful. Nana felt very awkward without her bangs in those promo pictures. She admires Carole King for always going straight forward no matter what. She says she saw the musical with her mom when she was in NY and really fell in love with it. So, the next song is for all of us who have come with her so far. This MC made me realize how easy it is to tell she is getting emotional because of how she ends up saying "ee...." in between her words a lot. Funny I never really paid attention to it before.


21. Meguri au subete ni
This also felt so different from listening to it from the album. I really feel like this time, more so than usual, hearing the songs live really makes a crazy difference. I wonder why? I really wish Nana would release some sort of live album or something, I wouldn't mind carrying these versions of songs in my iPod. Anyways, this live rendition really tore through my soul...


Encore call!
Naaa-naaaaaaa!! Please come back and continue this goodness. :3


Outfit #5 - Encore
This particular one is from a later concert,
can't actually remember the exact combo she was wearing tonight. orz


22. RODEO COWGIRL
Towel song of the live. I'm not the biggest fan of this song and hearing it live didn't really change it. (T^T) I guess there are just too many other good songs on the album that this doesn't stand a chance for me. Nothing special about the towel stuff either, it was all good fun of course.


23. Zettaiteki Koufukuron
Yesssssss! I was trying to prepare my heart for this all night and I think I didn't take too much damage from the emotional vibes Nana sent out. This song is definitely one who's impact gets amplified when you here Nana pouring herself into it live. I just let it wash all over and through me in that small hall.

MC6
Shassu! Nana mentions the 777th smile-gang. Not much else here this time. Next song for all of us again, and of course it had to be a genki one.


24. STARTING NOW
I never believed I'd be so excited for this as final song, but man has it proven itself to be a fun song live to enjoy and sing with Nana. It also felt good to shake off all the emotions the previous song had woken up inside me.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

熱情のマリア -Translation-

As promised, it is time to tackle the request from pipio and ℓoro - Netsujou no Maria.

Over the course of translating Nana songs, I have come to realize that one of my favorite things is when the song challenges me to think about much more than what is explicitly said in it. It's like solving a mystery - the mystery of what she was thinking of and what she wanted to convey when she wrote that particular song. To my joy, Netsujou no Maria (=Maria of Passion) provided me with  plenty of these, encouraging me to understand it.

Let's start with the most obvious one. When you think of this song, the first question that might pop into your head could be "Who is Maria?" and when I embarked upon this translation I wondered if I would ever find out or if she would remain an anonymous person to me (like, as I haven't given Maria&Joker much thought, I still have no idea who the Maria in that song is).

While it was the last reference to dawn on me, I did figure out who this Maria in Netsujou no Maria is. The other references (found in the translation notes at the end) led me to this one - I felt like I was deciphering a puzzle with only everything making sense piece by piece. I really love nothing more than this sense of discovery.

So, it is my belief that the Maria of the title is a nod to the Maria of [West Side Story]. In case you are not familiar with it, you can read about it from the link I just posted... or long story short, I can just tell you that it is a musical inspired by Romeo and Juliet and is a similar tragic love story. You'll see why I came to this conclusion when you read the lyrics and what the other references in the song are, as they all stem from a certain type of source (a musical performance of some sort, be it a musical or ballet).

With "tragic love story" as our starting point, let's take a look at the lyrics. And of course, QC and  additional nuance spotting done by @DarkSoul4242.







熱情のマリア (Translation)
作詞:水樹奈々
作曲・編曲:加藤裕介



また繰り返すの?
止まらない衝動―アラーム―
嵐よ過ぎ去れと ただ願う
気まぐれな砂のように 自由に焦がれ踊る
答えのない 麗しきジゼル


Will I repeat it again?
The alarm won't stop*
I just wish that the storm would pass
Just like the whimsical sand, I dance craving freedom
A lovely Giselle** without any answers 


溜め息増えるほど
高鳴る裏腹な心 見抜いて
本能探り当てて…じれったい


My sighs increase,
Do see through and notice my throbbing conflicted heart
Please find out my instincts... it is so tantalizing


愛のまま身体震わせ あなたに触れたなら
夢よりも甘い楽園がきっと見えるの
曖昧な秩序なんて壊して
その手で抱き寄せて
戻れないことは もう、知っているでしょ?
ときめかせて


If while letting my body be guided by the impulse of love, I were to touch you
I would surely see a sweet paradise instead of a dream
Break the ambiguous harmony,
and in those hands embrace me closely
There is no turning back, you do know that already?
Make me flutter


まだ胸に残る
埋まらない足跡
古ぼけた時計が火を灯す
豊潤に香り立つ 悲哀に満ちた誘惑
やめられない…? クセになるジキル


Your frivolous footsteps
still linger on in my heart
A timeworn clock lights a fire
The mellowly fragrant temptation filled with sorrow
I can't stop....? A Jekyll who's become a habit***


躊躇い増やすほど
鎖キツくなっていく
イヤよ…早く引き千切って、思いきり


The more I doubt,
The tighter the chains become
I don't want it.... quickly tear them away, with all your might


ありのまま感じ合いたい 私を受け止めて
海よりも深い蜜月に嵌っていく
ありふれた言葉はいらない
隣りで眠らせて
あやふやなゲーム終わらせましょう
つまらないわ


I want us to feel each other as we are, please accept me
and let's go on a honeymoon deeper than the ocean
We don't need unremarkable words
Let me sleep by your side
and let us end this iffy game
it's no fun


(はぐらかさずに)今を生きていきたいの
(逃げたりしない)涙にはサヨナラ
(縛り付けてた)仮想の中
(理由も消えた)プライドなんて捨てて
もっと羽ばたくの…待てないわ


(Without skirting around it) I want to live the present
(Don't run away) goodbye to my tears
(I was tied) within a virtual world
(It has lost its reason now) throw away your pride
and let's fly even more... I can't wait


愛のまま身体震わせ あなたに触れたなら
夢よりも甘い楽園がきっと見えるの
曖昧な秩序なんて壊して
その手で抱き寄せて
戻れないことは もう、知っているでしょ?
ときめかせて


If while letting my body be guided by the impulse of love, I were to touch you
I would surely see a sweet paradise instead of a dream
Break the ambiguous harmony,
and in those hands embrace me closely
There is no turning back, you do know that already? 
Make me flutter



-Translation Notes-

*:Interestingly Nana decided to use the kanji for "urge/impulse" here, but with the reading of "alarm". This could tie into the later reference of Jekyll & Hyde (translation note ***),  in that the impulse she is feeling serves as the sounding alarm that will make the "other" side of her wake up.


**:The Giselle here most likely refers to [the ballet of the same name], which as a metaphor deepens the story of tragic love in the song. "The ballet is about a peasant girl named Giselle, who dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover is betrothed to another." In the beginning of the ballet, Giselle does not yet know the truth about her beloved, and perhaps it is this what Nana refers to with her line (since she says she is a Giselle without answers), indicating that she does not know much about the person she is longing for in the song apart from the moments they spend together.


***:This was the reference I was most familiar with, and it is what initially prompted me to look for the other ones as well. At first I thought that she mixed up Jekyll and Hyde (since Hyde is the one doing bad stuff in [the story]), but now when I think about it more, I think she actually identifies with Hyde more in this song, since she is doing something she isn't supposed to... and here actually refers to her conscience with "Jekyll" and how that part of her wishes she could stop what she is doing.

Also, I have a feeling that instead of directly referring to the original novella, she is referring to the musical version of [Jekyll & Hyde] as all the other references are linked to musical performances. In this version the story sees the inclusion of two key women, Emma Carew, the betrothed of Jekyll, and Lucy Harris, the prostitute Hyde keeps visiting but who is actually in love with Jekyll. This setup fits  the sort of scenario that we've already established with West Side Story and Giselle.  Though in a way it is curious that she uses Jekyll (and Hyde by association) as her reference point instead of Lucy for example (since the other references in the song have been the tragic women in love), but I guess with this one she focuses on how she is doing something she shouldn't be doing but not regretting it (Hyde).


Bonus: There were a few more nuances in the song that I didn't talk about in detail which I will now briefly go over, such as the 焦がれ in自由に焦がれ踊る ("I dance craving freedom") possibly being a play on words as it also means "burn", if let's say you were dancing in the sand (perhaps in a desert) and the sand was burning your feet. Also, the "increasing sighs" are most likely directly linked to a part of her mind being dissatisfied with the situation being "so tantalizing", while "conflicted heart" could also be taken to mean the "hidden side of my heart". Lastly, the "time worn clock that lights a fire" might hint at the passing of the torch from one side of her mind to the other linking it directly to the mention of Jekyll  (and implication of Hyde) a couple of lines later.


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This ended up becoming a bit of an analysis as well, sorry! I just can't help being fascinated by the multiple layers that references like this give to a song/story.

Monday, 30 January 2017

BLUE -Translation-

I am finally back from my long lyric translation hiatus! 

My quality checker had a lot of wonderful things keeping him busy and I didn't want to publish something that might come across as not fully thought through, so it ended up being a while. I'll be working through some of my backlog now (yes, I haven't  forgotten any of the translation wishes I have received... I hope), starting with the request from Vincent Vincent way back when Nana sang BLUE in LIVE THEATER (yikes, it really has been a while I am so sorry orz).

Will be continuing with  熱情のマリア (Netsujou no Maria) after this, expect to see it either later today or tomorrow. That one needs quite a few explanatory notes due to being quite multi-layered, so I need a little bit more time to polish it.

So, as per usual, QC done by the esteemed @DarkSoul4242. Here is BLUE!



宇宙戦艦ヤマト2199 追憶の航海




BLUE (Translation)
作詞:水樹奈々
作曲:吉木絵里子
編曲:藤間 仁(Elements Garden)



君の手に触れてるような
温かい光 この星を照らしていく
こんなにも美しい空
側にあること 忘れそうになっていたよ


Like I was touching your hand,
a warm light lights up this star
We were about to forget,
that such a beautiful sky is beside us


朝日が射せば目覚める
当たり前に感じる景色の中に
奇跡が眠っていたんだ


One wakes up when the morning sun touches them
It is inside the scenery you take for granted,
that a miracle is sleeping


誰もが限りある時に生まれて
限りない希望を探し続けてる
恐れることも 痛みを知ることも
愛という未来に繋がっていく


Everyone was born to limited time,
and continues searching for limitless hope
Even being afraid, and knowing pain,
will lead to a future called love


とめどなく押し寄せる日々に
飲まれぬように ただ走るしかなくて
本当に大切なもの
気付いているのに 見失いそうになっていたよ


Days keep on coming, ceaselessly,
and we can only run on to avoid being overwhelmed
We seem to have lost sight of important things,
even though we have noticed them


言葉を超えた想いが
蒼い海を巡って 夢を翼に変えてく
もっと沢山の歌詞は
煌めく航路―たびじ―へ


Feelings that go beyond words,
revolve around a blue ocean, changing dreams into wings
Many more lyrics,
will lead you on to a sparkling journey


きっと何かが始まる瞬間は
輝く笑顔と共にあるだろう
涙で滲んだ闇に迷っても
愛が明日への道を切り開いていく


Certainly the moment something begins,
is accompanied with a shining smile
Even when lost in the darkness blurred by tears,
love will open up the path to tomorrow


誰かのために生きる喜び
初めて君が教えてくれた
小さな灯が惹かれ合い 木霊するように
世界を彩っていく


The joy of living for the sake of someone,
you were the first to show me that
Little lights attract each other, and as if resonating,
they decorate the world


誰もが限りある時に生まれて
限りない希望を探し続けてる
恐れることも 痛みを知ることも
愛という未来に繋がっていく


Everyone was born to limited time,
and continues searching for limitless hope
Even being afraid, and knowing pain,
Will lead to a future called love


「いつも君が幸せでありますように…」


"May you always be happy"

Friday, 30 December 2016

NANA MIZUKI LIVE PARK 2016

So once again, as has become my habit, here is my LIVE PARK report months after it actually happened. Maybe next year I can do better? One can only keep hoping! On the bright side, I am proud to still be done with this a couple of months before the BD/DVD release... so from that perspective I at least didn't do as bad a job as I did with LIVE GALAXY! That has to be progress... right, RIGHT??? (T^T)



Koshien iku yooo!

Goods
We got to the venue pretty early, but there were already a lot of people queuing. Still, it ended up not being too bad. It was kinda fun circling the stadium, since it was really pretty.






And the one thing I really enjoyed was the messages that people had left during baseball games that they had attended in Koshien along the years. There were a bunch of ones in English too, a lot more than I would have imagined actually!




The amazingly bad rain storm the forecasts had been threatening for the day didn't seem to be anywhere in sight either. There were some light drizzles while we queued but nothing worth getting anxious about.

When we were nearing the end of our queuing time we were treated to a nice surprise.  You might remember the [International Fan Project] I was running earlier this year, through which I met a lot of new lovely people. Two of which happened to be at LIVE PARK and spotted me and my friend in the queue! Thank you so much for coming to say hi!! And sorry it took us quite a moment to realize it was you! I hope next time we can take a picture together, as I regret not having the opportunity to do so this time. :3

By the time it was our turn to buy stuff the hachimaki (head band) had sold out. Didn't expect that to be so popular! :o






Inside Koshien Stadium 
I had thought our seats would be kinda far, but turns out we were quite in the middle of the arena and close to the middle stage, which was not bad at all! It felt somehow really exciting to be in there considering how much it meant for Nana herself. When we were entering the staff gave us one of those long balloons (like the ones they were selling in the goods) with a set of instructions on what was expected of us. The kanji were unfamiliar to us, but luckily the Japanese fans sitting beside us were happy to explain "the plan" to us.


The concert
Then it was time for the opening movie! ... which I really don't remember anything of. Eep! This is not a good start to the report, but I assure you the only reason for this is that my brain was too occupied with all the stuff that came after to remember this. I kinda feel that while LIVE PARK was amazing in so many ways, the little movies were a little lacking. Though now that I am writing this I have a vague recollection of Nana changing clothes and going out in the movie?? So I think I actually blocked it from my mind since I don't appreciate it when they try to sensualize her like that. Anyways, onward!


SET LIST:
01. Aoi Iro
02. POWER GATE
03. It's Only Brave
MC1
04. Naked Soldier
05. SCARLET KNIGHT
06. Antiphona
Cherry Boys Showcase
07. POP MASTER
08. 76th Star
MC2
09. Summer Sweet
10. Koi Uta
Team Yo-Da Showcase
11. The NEW STAR
12. FAITH
MC3
13. TRANSMIGRATION
14. Netsujou no Maria
Bottle Rex - movie
15. STARTING NOW!
16. Lazy Syndrome
17. 7COLORS
MC4
18. STAND UP! 
19. MASSIVE WONDERS
20. ETERNAL BLAZE
21. Appassionato
MC5
22. BRAVE PHOENIX
Encore:
23. Fun Fun★People
MC6
24. Rokko Oroshi 
25. You have a dream
26. Miracle☆Flight
MC7
27. Rensou Hanabi
Encore II:
28. Jet Park


Even though I just assured in the previous section that I remember the later things that happened, a couple of little things remain that I can't place (sorry xD). I asked my friend for help too, but we couldn't agree on what the correct timing for these things were so I will just briefly mention them here. If anyone reading this recalls what MC these belong to please let me know!

  • Nana called today as being "Nana Mizuki vs Typhoon 2016" and pretty much that she won this fight (which ended up not being completely true due to the sudden downpour in the end).
  • Nana was thanking us her fans at one point and also said a thank you to her fans all over the world! This stood out for me as I don't recall her doing so before (apart from the lives that were outside of Japan and available for live viewing in other countries, which prompted her to acknowledge all the countries participating in those cases). I might be biased and too optimistic, but I like to think that she mentioned this today because of our [Super☆Blossom] and everyone's love for her.

Now with these out of the way, let's begin the actual breakdown of the concert!



Outfit #1 - Day at the Park
Dat ominous sky D:


01. Aoi Iro
As much as I love Aoi Iro, it wasn't the most powerful choice as an opening song. It almost feels like it started and almost right after everyone was on stage. No build up of suspense. During the song, a bunch of balloons were released from the jungle gym structure (took me a while to realize that's what it was supposed to be xD) and I couldn't help but wonder where they would end up when I watched them being carried far, far away by the wind.



All dem balloons!


02. POWER GATE
Holy shit, PawaGe so soon, this is like the worst starting combination for me since my throat has been acting up for weeks now (couldn't even really speak the week before). So much singing along from the get go, haaaalp. xD


03. It's Only Brave
I don't know why, but I had thought that this song would just appear once in a live and then fall into the abyss like some other Nana songs, but nope! Here it is! It felt a little underwhelming after the high tension of POWER GATE though.


MC1
Welcome to LIVE PARK! Nana tells us she is so happy to be in Koshien, though everyone had been very worried about the rain. She thought she was going to cry from the beginning, because of how much being here means to her and she still couldn't believe this was actually happening during the rehearsals.


Outfit #1 - Revamped

Except wait.... isn't this a completely different outfit??


04. Naked Soldier
Before my  brain caught onto what song just started, my body beat it to the punch with the shivers. Naked Soldier had left such a strong impression on me in LIVE CIRCUS. It made me feel that with this the concert tonight had shifted gears into epic mode. I wondered how the tension would be kept up, but my question was promptly answered with the next song which was...


05. SCARLET KNIGHT
So, so, so happy to hear this song!! I have always loved SCARLET KNIGHT a lot, and even more after hearing that incredible acoustic version of it, but I realized tonight that I might not have yet understood how special this song is to me. I mean, it's the first song from Nana I ever heard live. It's the song I heard when I saw her before my eyes for the first time ever. It is a moment I will never forget, because it was so important and magical. It is strange looking back at that moment all those years ago. It feels like it has been an eternity since then, and also feels it happened only yesterday. Sometimes I forget how magical Nana's concerts can make me feel and tonight made me remember without a doubt. Thank you for singing SCARLET KNIGHT Nana, it was important to me.


06. Antiphona
First new song of the night! This falls into the "unmemorable game song" category for me, which is a shame because I really like many parts of the song... I just always forget how the song goes after I hear it. orz Still it was a treat to hear it tonight and I really enjoyed it listening to it in the moment!


Cherry Boys Showcase
Have to say I don't really remember anything from the Cherry Boy introductions this time (apart from them chilling at a park), as my brain capacity was hijacked by what came right  after.. which was balloons.

Since the Cherry Boys were talking about getting our balloons ready, I wondered if it had all been organized as a surprise Nana didn't know about... but nope. She came on stage herself to instruct us on what to do... wearing a yukata! She says she really wanted to do this when at Koshien for the 7th song of the night. I really have no clue about baseball in general so I couldn't see the relevance, but my friend reckoned it had something to do with what's done on the 7th inning in a baseball game.

And indeed, turns out it's part of the "7th inning stretch" tradition in Japan, where instead of stretching, you [release these balloons].



Outfit #2 - Yukata
So pretty! I so prefer this over any more "revealing" outfits. :3

Man, all of these balloons going up at the same time was magical!



07. POP MASTER
Such an appropriate choice for this whole balloon thing and 7th song!! It was so incredible seeing that crowd of balloons flying up during the intro that I think this has been the most excited I have been in a concert for quite some time now (think last time was probably LIVE THEATER).


08. 76th Star
Ooh, what a fun surprise! This gave me a nice warm fuzzy LIVE UNION feeling. It's been too long! I somehow really have a lot of fun doing those claps for the chorus. Such a nice follow up after the special POP MASTER.


MC4
Nana talks about her yukata and how since there was no summer live she wanted to wear something summery for LIVE PARK.... So yukata! This of course triggers the usual mawatte! -calls and we also get a mou ikkai with Yuta-pon. This results with Nana coming up with the perfect slip up (be it by accident or on purpose) and calling Yuta-pon "yukata" instead of his actual name, "Yutaka". She then proceeds to tell about her Mount Fuji climb with some of the Cherry Boys and Team Mizuki. She also asks if we watched her on TV this summer, like in FNS and talks a bit more about that too. She also tells us that she went to a lot of concerts and when she was in the Kis-My-Ft2 one, they actually mentioned her being there. Well then, the next song still be fitting for this summer theme...


09. Summer Sweet
I had hoped for Rensou Hanabi (yukata nano ni), but this works! I haven't listened to this song much I admit, but now after hearing it tonight I think I really like it. Hearing current Nana sing it is probably pretty different though, so I am kinda worried taking a listen to the version from the single years ago after this experience. :3


10. Koi Uta
Somehow I am not really a big fan of this song, it stood out the least for me from SMASHING ANTHEMS. It kinda reminds me of some other songs by other people and I am not really used to feeling that way about Nana songs. Hearing it live didn't for once change my feelings either.


Team Yoda Showcase
So... I really don't remember much from this either. Guess it didn't leave much of an impression? I still can only clearly remember the LIVE GALAXY one. xD Though I think Itaruvich showed up during this section and hadn't been here before now.



Outfit #3 - Tora Stripes
Tarzan... inspired? Maybe?



11. The NEW STAR
Finally the song started and I was bursting with excitement as I have really been wanting to hear Nana sing all dis English live. After the first English bit, Nana came surfing down to the middle stage on a board covered in greenery. It made me think of Tarzan, but not sure if that's what she was going for. xD When she was off the board the song continued and I have to say the choreograph for this was pretty funny. All I remember of it though is her playing an air guitar, but that was already very funny in itself.



Nana... jungle surfing? :D



12. FAITH
I had hoped that this song would be GUILTY, but I guess FAITH raked in the most votes. Which is cool, since it is a song I haven't witnessed live yet. The choreograph is pretty nice too and worked well with the longer dress when she did those twirls.


MC3
Nana starts by apologizing for the wait. There were some technical difficulties. She quickly changes the topic to her outfit though. She wanted to wear something sexy and even more than that wanted to to wear tora stripes to represent Hanshin Tigers. She then mentions that she sang FAITH, because it was the song chosen from the questionnaire on her website regarding the most wanted dance song of the summer. Nana asks us then who voted and lots of hands rise into the air, including mine. She then talks about being on Music Station. I think they had her high school picture (on a day after she had eaten a lot of sweets and thus had a bloated face) there from what I remember and the obasan taking the picture just took her pic before she was ready. I think there was also talk about someone she saw as a mentor and was shocked that he actually knew her and called her Kondou-san. This part about Music Station was a bit of a blur for me.

Next song is.. since you know.. Tigers.. TORANSMIGRATION (thanks Nana for making a simple enough of a pun so even I could understand it xD)!


13. TRANSMIGRATION
A while back this song started leaving a strong impression on me but it really bothers me that I can't remember when exactly that began. Was it when I heard it in LIVE GRACE -Opus II-? Very possible. Oh well. The result is that whenever I do hear it live like this I get really excited.


14. Netsujo no Maria
I was hoping for this tonight. It has become one of my top songs from SMASHING ANTHEMS after I got requests to translate it and realized how much thought went into the lyrics of this song. Yes, I am aware that I haven't posted the translation yet (waiting on my quality checker who's been super busy for a... very long time xD).


Bottle Rex - movie
So we are back to having Nana and Cherry Boys at the park we've already seen earlier tonight (if I remember correctly). Nana gets the idea of doing a good samaritan deed and urges everyone to pick up bottles around the park. They end up constructing a t.rex out of them. Cue in Sumire Uesaka - Sumipe. She has the power to bring the t. rex alive, naturally. Doh.

You can find out about this from [Sumipe's blog] (in Japanese). And then...



Outfit #4 - Stripes and Green
Yep, couldn't really think of anything proper to call this outfit. :3



15. STARTING NOW!
Holy shit that t. rex haha! It was so awesome when it puffed out some smoke. xD As for STARTING NOW, I mentioned in my Rensou Hanabi post that I didn't think too much of it as a song, but I am happy that it falls into the category of songs that are really fun live. It was so much fun singing this together with Nana.


16. Lazy Syndrome
Wasn't expecting this, but I am so happy it popped up! I really love this song and it conveys so well much of the stuff I feel in my nichijou. Nana didn't get to do her crazy dancing this time though, since she was still going around with the t. rex. which now was lit up with a bunch of LEDs like a dinosaur xmas tree. xD Actually I am happy she didn't even really attempt (I think she did attempt a little) to do the dance, because the likelihood of her getting hurt as a result was pretty high on that little moving rex platform.


17. 7COLORS
It took me a while to realize what this song was, since it's been pretty long since it last popped up... was it in LIVE CASTLE actually? Daymn! I didn't even remember it's a towel song! Had to quickly pull out my towel when it hit me.


MC4
Nana had been wondering what she should ride this time, so then she thought park...  hmm... Jurassic Park! Hence the t. rex. Nana named it Onanasaurus, because of course. xD She figured having just a normal one would be boring so she had the skeleton light up in rainbow colors. The idea for the insert movie and this came from her role in [KonoBi] and what they did with cans there. She felt there needed to be a good reason for why it transformed though.. That's why Sumipe! They had worked together on Cross Ange and she was very willing to help as long as she doesn't have to be naked (if you've watched Cross Ange this requset really makes sense). xD Nana let her dress the way she usually does, so as a lolita basically.

Then it's time for new album announcement. Nana's been making new songs since May, but she couldn't talk about it in her blog before this announcement. This time the album will be full of new style and new song writers. She feels it's going to be something exciting so she is taking her time. And as a special surprise,  she will sing one song from the album for us now. \o/

(I think around here Nana removed the striped vest, but can't really remember! It came off at some point in any case xD)


18. STAND UP! 
Usually when I hear a new Nana song in a live that I have never heard before, most of it just passes by and it's hard for me to grasp the structure and especially for the lyrics I don't really have brain capacity. But this time, someone had the idea to show the lyrics on the big screens while Nana was singing. which my brain automatically started reading. And thus, this song really hit me hard. I feel a bit stuck with my life right now and don't really know what I should do next. I kinda know what I wanna do, but I don't know if that's what I should do. Hence, listening to this song about getting back up and giving your best and not giving up and and going for your dreams really smacked me in the face. I wanted to cry. I didn't. It's always so scary how accurately Nana's songs deal with such relevant things to my life (I'm sure you all feel the same too right?). I can't wait till December to hear this again. You can catch a sneak peek of it on [Nana's Youtube].

After finishing the song, Nana mentions that it was written by the same guy, Yoshida Takumi, as Lazy Syndrome and Rensou Hanabi. She then briefly talks about the Nanoha younger generation and how she's not involved this season, so in spirit of Nanoha the next songs will be atsui songs like..


19. MASSIVE WONDERS
Feels like it's been a while since I heard this! I wonder if EtaBure will come after this?


20. ETERNAL BLAZE
This turned out to be quite the Nanoha corner indeed. Really excited to get EtaBure at this point actually, because it leaves open the question of what will be the final song before encore! It also felt much more fulfilling than the previous time at LIVE GALAXY when it was brought out right at the start, though then again, I guess you need to break the norm like that sometime so the next time when it is in a more "appropriate" spot you get more stoked about it.


21. Appassionato
Wohooo! I have a lot of fun and silly memories related to this song so I was super excited it popped up. I was wondering (and kinda worrying) if the signature fire sparks would show up near the end of the song and they did! It was a magnificent sight through the stage setup, but I couldn't help but fret the whole time that something bad would happen and the stage would explode in this weather. xD That didn't happen but.....


..... rain. Intense fucking rain. Holy shit.


MC5
Nana talks about the rain and asks if everyone is still genki and okay to keep going in the downpour. Of course we all are ready to keep going, it was her I was more worried about it. (>- < ;;) Then she goes on to say that it is time for what she doesn't want to say and that is that it's time for the last song. She explains she wanted to choose this song for Koshien finale, since she wanted to convey that she wants to do lots of new things from now on.


22. BRAVE PHOENIX
I can't express with words how bad I felt for the completely soaked Nana who was so determined to still give us the exact live experience she had intended. My heart hurt so much and I wish there was a way for me to tell her how much I appreciated what she is doing. The best I could do was to show her I was fully with her on this, so that's what I did. Screw the heavy rain. Truth be told, this whole rain thing really made BRAVE PHOENIX more powerful than ever and I felt I was receiving it with all of myself. Watching Nana like this, singing about how surely the end is just another beginning in the intense rain, I just couldn't help feeling disappointed in myself. When was the last time I had tried so hard? I can't remember. I just gamansuru. With all the rain pouring down my face I couldn't be sure if there were some tears in there too.



Outfit #4 - Revamped
The vestless version of the outfit. Nana in the rain was
so mesmerizing!

Yes I am spamming pictures this time, because wow!



Encore call!
Nanaaaaaaaaa~! Holy shit. When the rain started, I had put on my new LIVE PARK stadium jacket, which proved to be surprisingly water-proof... until it was not and all the water was sucked into it. I hadn't realized that as a result of this, all the water was still trapped within the jacket, so when I lowered my penlight after BRAVE PHOENIX, a massive waterfall came pouring out from my sleeve.  ∑(゚ω゚ノ)ノ Of course I aimed it right on my shoe.... though, not that it mattered since I already had puddles inside them anyway. After sizing up my own situation my feels for what it must be like for Nana quadrupled. I was really really hoping this wouldn't make her sick or cause any accidents. I was almost on the verge of hoping that the encore would be cancelled when..



Outfit #5 - Encore
Every time I see these pics/vids of her so soaked
and playing the sax I feel so bad... (T^T)



23. Fun Fun★People
OMG YES! I had kind of signed off on hoping to hear this song again for a long time after LIVE FLIGHT, but it is one of the best songs to pick for sax for sure!! I got so super excited. This ultimately  became one of my favorite songs ever to hear live after how happy and cute Nana was about singing it together in LIVE FLIGHT and now it rose even higher on my list after this special treatment. This woman is amazingly talented!! Sadly though she couldn't play the sax too much, because she had to sing too. Still amazing!


MC6
Nana talk about the sax of course. How it's so tiny, but it's hers. She got the idea from the brass band at baseball games. And then she thought that yappari, the song had to be Fun Fun★People. She then let's Fire say a few words, as he was her sensei. Fire was like:

"How many of you play sax? She came to me saying she wants to learn to play in a few months and we sax players know that's impossible. But she did it. And would be so mottainai (a waste) if she just did one song so she should do more right?"

Everyone agreed and apparently this time Nana would play the sax for the whole song and we were expected to sing in her stead. Wow! And considering tonight's venue, it would of course be a tribute to Hanshin Tigers in the form of their song!


24. Rokko Oroshi
I am speechless. I wasn't expecting to hear her play the sax for a whole full song, but I should have known that just Fun Fun★People wouldn't be enough for Nana. I truly respect her love and dedication for the Hanshin Tigers and hope that at least some of the players were there tonight to see this. My heart also hurt even more now than before, because of how greatly the rain falling into the sax was affecting how it sounded. Nana was obviously doing a fantastic job and did her best not to have her spirits dampened by the effect of the rain and I wish we would have had the chance to experience this the way she had envisioned - the fruits of her all her practice at 100%. This really was one of those moments when I truly wished I could tell her thank you and somehow indicate that I am filled with so much appreciation for her efforts.

Here's [Nana's blog entry] about the sax. Go tell her she rocks! :) They are fine with comments in English... except that they will get google translated. xD

After finishing she still explained how we usually cheer her on, but this time she wanted to do it for us like the brass band at baseball games. So cute!! :3 Then her sax was taken away and the next song would be back to the usual.


25. You have a dream
I was relieved to see that Nana seemed to be her usual genki self and hadn't let the rain fiddling with her sax dampen her spirits. For this she went around the arena on a thing.... not sure what I should call it. xD Movable platform in any case!


26. Miracle☆Flight
This song has a special place in my heart after LIVE FLIGHT - it was so nice to get to be a part of that surprise for her in Singapore and I get reminded of that every time I go to karaoke and sing Miracle☆Flight, since they added that as one of the live videos. I didn't even really sing it before, but now I do almost every time. xD So needless to say, I got some fluffy feelings from this tonight.


MC7
Nana had been thinking what should she still sing tonight and how it needed to be something fitting for the end of summer and today. And she thought yappari it should be Rensou Hanabi. You have no idea how happy I was at this moment when I heard that!


27. Rensou Hanabi
I had been literally waiting for this all night. I had hoped to have this pop up during the time Nana was wearing the yukata, but this was better. Rensou Hanabi deserves such a special spot in a live. As much as I had wanted to hear this, my heart still wasn't ready for it and the emotional impact was huge. This song is just so incredibly beautiful and sad. I did the mistake of reflecting the lyrics of this song to my journey of having Nana in my life (going to lives, etc) and received such a gut punch from:

はじめて出会った頃
誰よりも笑う君に見惚れて
優しい人だと思った
笑顔の裏では
ひとりで涙を流している
そんな君が誰より大切なのに
何もできないでいた
(The first time we met
I was charmed by the you who laughed more than anyone
What a kind person, I thought
Behind the smile
you are shedding tears alone
That you was more precious to me than anyone, but still
I could not do anything)

and how she (the "I" of the lyrics) is singing songs live (to "you", to me, to everyone) to bring happiness, but in the end it is just a magical moment that'll be over before you know it and then it's back to the grind. Then suddenly, the fireworks. Holy shit. There were so many more than in previous lives, it just kept going. Fireworks. The rain. The emotions. It all swirled into one big jumble. Man. It's been quite a while since I have felt this way. This moment is going to be imprinted in my brain for a long time to come.



All I can say is.... wow.



Encore call 2
Mou ikkai, mou ikkai!

Nana runs back on stage and thanks for calling her back. She then beckons the Cherry Boys and Team Yo-Da back on stage too. She goes on to say that there is still one song that should be sang in LIVE PARK.. And that's of course...



Outfit #6 - Encore ver 2.0
I'm glad she put more stuff on so she won't
freeze to death. (>- < )



28. JET PARK
I was a little concerned about what song could possibly still outdo Rensou Hanabi at this point, but it didn't have to. JET PARK was an obvious choice for tonight that I had forgotten about and served as a nice light-hearted picker upper in the end. Which is in a way a silly thing to say, as even with these upbeat sounding songs the lyrics are sometimes pretty serious.

After the song and bows, Nana stayed behind to run around like crazy to wave at fans from every possible corner of the stages. She does this every time so her doing it now too was not surprising, but what worried me so damn much was that she was doing this in converse on the soaked stages. I was about to die of anxiety thinking that she's gonna slip and get hurt really bad, but miraculously she didn't look even close to slipping. Not even once. Whoa.


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After Nana had exited the stage and the journey back to our hotel started, the cold from being soaked by the rain started settling in. I was freezing so bad, especially in the full AC of the train, that I was sure I was either going to die before reaching our destination or be super sick the next day... neither of which actually happened thank goodness! Some piping hot cup noodles and a nice bath go a long way.

And with this, I bid everyone a lovely New Year! See you next time for LIVE ZIPANGU! ((((o´ω`o)ノ