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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

NANA MIZUKI LIVE FLIGHT+ 2014, Air 15 at Singapore!

So... I am so ridiculously late with this that even the BD/DVD has nearly come out. I am very sorry about this. But on the bright side, I managed to finish this in time for Xmas! ... If that's a bright side? Ehum, anyway... the reason for this horrible delay is that my life has been one busy mess for the past few months for various reasons. I will probably write a little informative entry about that some time soon. In any case, I am still around and writing. :3

Well, I won't blab on any longer... though I guess it's good to mention that this was my first time in Singapore ever. (^^;) Anyway, without further ado....

(For report on LIVE FLIGHT 2014 Air 1 at Yamanashi, go [here]!)
(For report on LIVE FLIGHT 2014 Air 5 at Kitakyushu, go [here]!)
(For report on LIVE FLIGHT 2014 Air 14 at Yokohama, go [here]!)


Air 15 at Singapore, Shuppaatsuuuu~!



Goods
Went to queue in good time, not too early and not too late, and there were some people already waiting but definitely nothing like what I am used to in Japan which was a relief. :p The people working there were pretty inexperienced with this kind of queuing though, and while the first member of staff cleverly arranged us in a way that made us take less space, the next person screwed it up completely and some rude people took advantage of that to cut many people (e.g. me and my friends) in line. It does annoy me when fans pull stuff like this, it clearly shows a lack of respect to the artist. Never let your greed get the best of you. Other than that the queuing experience was very pleasant and more efficient than I could have imagined. Team Mizuki staff were overseeing the queuing close to the goods table and I had some nice conversations with them in Japanese with my friends. They were really happy that such a colorful bunch (A Finn, an Arab, a Mexican and Singaporean) had come for Nana all the way from Japan... well, my Singaporean friend hadn't come from Japan naturally. xD 

Also when me and my friends started nearing the goods table, I had a problem I needed to solve. I had come to Singapore with two friends, of which one did not know she was going to be attending the concert with us. So.... I still had to somehow collect her ticket from the nearby ticket office without her noticing. (><;;) So using my fandom cleverly and announcing I was going to go to the goods table first from the four of us, I figured I'd buy myself some time before the others were done. I was done with my purchases while the unsuspecting friend was doing hers so I rushed pass... and dropped my stuff on the floor loool. Luckily staff-san helped me lift them and put them in my plastic bag. There were some other people getting tickets in the office before me so I had to wait around, during which my first friend was finished. I asked her to grab our friend and lead her away from the ticket office if she was done before I was.... which luckily wasn't the case. I got her ticket like a boss before she was done picking what shirt she wanted to buy. Phew. xD Surprise was still safe!


Around Sentosa
Since there was quite a lot of time left between getting the goods and the concert starting, I went around Sentosa with my friends. Since Nana had mentioned it in one of her English lesson fan club videos, we of course had to go see the enormous Merlion. On the way there some fans started a conversation with us, which surprised me as I am not used to fans randomly starting a conversation out of the blue. xD It kinda felt like they knew who I was, but I think that wasn't the case. When we finally got to the Merlion and started taking pics of us in front of it, my sleeve was pulled by.... TEAM MIZUKI?! (o_o;;) They asked me if I could take a picture of them in front of the Merlion to which I replied in Japanese and they realized we were wearing Nana shirts. This got them very excited about us and we got to explain again how 3 of us came from Japan and one was from Singapore and in the end they asked if it was okay for them to take a picture of us and if we didn't mind it being published somewhere. We said sure and then asked to take a pic with them too... which looked something like this:







Resorts World at Theatre
When the time for the concert was at hand, it was time to unveil our surprise (kudos for her sister for wanting us to do this). We grabbed our friend by her arms and took her to the entrance with us where we gave her the ticket. Sadly, I wasn't able to get a seat next to us for her, as her coming on the trip was decided after me and my other friend already had a ticket but it was right behind us only a few rows away. So... not too bad I reckon. :3 We entered the theatre and man it was so much smaller than what I am used to. xD Reminds me of my first concert, LIVE JOURNEY, as that was in quite a small venue as well. This got me so pumped. Our seats were very nice as well, they were on the front half of the theatre and not too much to the side. The view was great.


The concert
Finally the lights went off and my first Nana live outside of Japan was about to begin! The opening video followed the same format as the one I saw in Yamanashi, the first LIVE FLIGHT concert, where Nana did not fly in with a plane.


SET LIST:
01. VIRGIN CODE
02. Vitalization
03. 残光のガイア
MC1
04. Silent Bible
05. ETERNAL BLAZE
Cherry Boys showcase (Cheribo Wings)
06. Fun Fun★People
07. ドラマティックラブ 
MC2
08. セツナキャパシティー
09. Fate
Team Yoda showcase (New Generation)
10. GUILTY
11. still in groove
MC3
12. 夢幻
13. アンティークナハトムジーク
Pilot Nana Time Warps -short movie
14. 革命デュアリズム
15. アパッショナート
MC4
16. 禁断のレジスタンス
17. Rock you baby!
18. POWER GATE
MC5
19. ミラクル☆フライト
Encore:
20. POP MASTER
MC6
21. DISCOTHEQUE
Encore II:
22. 深愛


Again, as usual the MCs might be slightly fuzzy. On another side note, the sound quality was not so good at the theatre, probably since they are not used to having concerts like Nana's.  Because of this Nana's singing peaked sometimes, but once again she showed how she is such a pro and just adjusted her singing down a notch to stop it happening again. She truly is amazing. :3



Outfit #1 - Pilot
Sniff, last time seeing this outfit nooooo (T^T)



01. VIRGIN CODE
High tension mode initiated!! I think from all the concerts I've attended, this and SCARLET KNIGHT have been the best opening songs by far. The way the songs just fire you up to the max is amazing. Or well, at least they fire me up haha. While this was the most low key opening for LIVE FLIGHT I've experienced during the tour, due to limited props and absence of the airplane, the atmosphere was no less than anywhere thanks to Nana's unlimited supply of energy. It was a good reminder of how no matter how fancy the stage sets might be, at the end of the day all you really need is Nana on that stage.


02. Vitalization
Oh damn, Vitalization so early on in the night. Intense! It really makes me excited when the set list varies immensely from what I am used to, and it will surely keep doing so all through the night with Nana bringing out more of her most known songs rather than the ones she sang during the tour this summer.


03. 残光のガイア
Somehow I completely forgot that Zankou no Gaia actually was included in LIVE FLIGHT song rotation normally and thus did not expect it at all tonight. Well in my defense, it was never played during the 3 concerts I attended before this one which probably had a lot to do with me forgetting about it. Getting it after a song like Vitalization seemed a bit weird though, the moods in the songs are quite different after all. :3


MC1
Nana starts MC… in English! And a lot of it actually. She speaks a bit slow and with Japanesey phonetics (+ cute exaggerated movements ahhh~ xD), but her English is actually pretty good! Much better than I expected, especially after seeing her English teaching videos on the fan club page. I am really proud of how far she's come. :3 Welcome. Good evening. I am Nana Mizuki! You've all probably seen this MC already, and if not here you go:






Nana continues by saying "I am so nervous" and it is really easy to tell she is very nervous indeed. xD Poor Nana trying so hard. Eventually she says sorry from here on it's Japanese and instantly you can feel her relax. She talks about it being her first concert in Singapore and since she is Nana, she can't forget about all the people watching the live viewing so she says hi to them as well.



Outfit #1 - Revamped
Same as before, without pilot jacket.



04. Silent Bible
When the prolonged intro began, I instantly started bouncing and exclaiming that "oh my god Silent Bible, it's my song" (which amused my friend to no end), but then I started doubting myself since I was so sure that it wouldn't pop up tonight. I decided I wouldn't continue celebrating until I was absolutely sure, and once Nana appeared back on stage and started singing, confirming that it was indeed Silent Bible, I couldn't stop the tears from flowing out. Nana gave me the best gift she could possibly have given me - my Nanascope song during my last Nana concert while still living in Asia. Thank you so much Nana-sama, it means a lot to me. <3 I felt like it was the first time I had ever heard it live, even though I have heard it a few times before - it just never stops having such a huge impact on me.


05. ETERNAL BLAZE
Then right after my Nanascope song... came the Nanascope song of the friend who wasn't even expecting to get to attend the concert tonight. Somehow that made me so happy. Like it was all fate. We were all meant to be there tonight. xD


Cherry Boys showcase (Cheribo Wings)
lol @ Tom-kun's dance. Best part of Cheribo intro tonight. xD Ryutan goes around asking everyone what they like best about Singapore. Aniki doesn't reply anything, haha. Shu-chan introduces himself in English. lolwut. Martin says something that sounds a bit English but mainly Japanese. Kenny number 2? lol? What is going on here? I am totally lost with all their replies. Ryutan's English is incomprehensible. xD Well really, all of their English is. Makes me respect and admire Nana's effort so much more haha.



Outfit #2 - Flower Dress
Fun fun outfiiiiit~! :3 dat fan~~


06. Fun Fun★People
Yessssssssss! I was secretly waiting for this all night. Well, maybe not so secretly. Fun Fun★People has grown to be one of my most favorite live Nana songs ever, it just can't be helped. I really hope that even after LIVE FLIGHT is over this song will keep popping up in Nana lives more often than not. I think my mental well-being might depend on it.


07.ドラマティックラブ 
In a way I am quite surprised that Dramatic Love stayed on the set list tonight, considering how it is a b-side from a single - not one of Nana's most famous songs nor from SUPERNAL LIBERTY. Maybe Nana herself likes performing this song so much that she just couldn't leave it out. Well, not that I'd complain about this decision, since I was very much enjoying seeing the cute dance from more close than ever before (BD/DVD release doesn't count!). Also reminds me, I am happy that Team Yoda came with Nana this time, since they didn't for her first Taiwan concerts in LIVE CIRCUS+. I wonder if we'll see Team Yoda for the acoustic live considering that they have never participated in the orchestral lives.


MC2
Nana starts by mentioning how her staff showed her an article from a Singaporean paper that came out yesterday that had the title of how she loves chilli crab. xD My friend showed me that article, it was a pretty fun read and really did make me crave chilli crab as well. Nana tells how last time when she came here for AFA, she was in Singapore only for 30 hours (damn girl), but luckily this time she is here a bit longer. But regardless of being here longer this time, she says she arrived so late the previous night and she was too busy today to eat some chilli crab so she hopes we will eat some in her stead (which I did btw and it was dangerously delicious)She then goes to bother some Cherry Boys. First up is Aniki. Nana asks him what he has been up to in Singapore and he says many things. Nana asks him to elaborate. He says adult things. Nana says she is also an adult so he should tell her… and sooo, turns out he has only been at the hotel. xD Though he did go to the pool there I think. And then he ate….. Ootoya?? Eh?? Come oooon Aniki, haha. Next up, Ryutan. Ryutan went to the onsen?? I guess he means spa? And then he went to do an segwey course thingy on Sentosa. Aniki had apparently done it a long time ago and told him it was great so that's why he went.

She then mentions that even though Itaruvich is not here tonight, he did send her an email. He had been really clever with it and included an Ehime pun, since Nana is from Ehime. He had titled the email "iyo iyo", but used the kanji for what Ehime prefecture used to be called before it was Ehime, since the kanji is read as "iyo" as well. The email continued with another joke, this time related to Singapore. xD "What do Beatles and Singapore have in common?"  Yep.... "Singapore".... "Singa Pooru" ....."Singer Paul". Nana then mumbles how she and Cherry Boys are always telling silly jokes in Japanese and apologizes that nobody probably gets them here. I was all like I dooooooo. xD

Then Nana moves on and says it's time for a happy song from SUPERNAL LIBERTY!


08. セツナキャパシティー
Oh wow, such a random spot for this song. Totally didn't see it coming, though it does make sense to pump up the end of the concert with more popular songs instead. Setsuna Capacity was a very enjoyable listen as always, though it doesn't stand out from SUPERNAL LIBERTY for me that much.


09. FATE
Having FATE after Setsuna Capacity felt a little weird, but I am always in the mood for some FATE because it is so beautiful. :3 I think I had used my emotional capacity already on Silent Bible though, because I was able to listen to FATE in a more stable state. This song worked as a good encouragement once again towards my future endeavors. I hope it will keep guiding me, even when I have forgotten the reasons for my decisions and actions momentarily. 


Team Yoda showcase (New Generation)
Well nothing new here really, though I don't recall if they actually showed the Team Yoda stewardess video this time or if they just did their dance intros on the stage.



Outfit #3 - "Erokakkoii" Attendant
Finally pictureeeee!



10. GUILTY
Finally, after three LIVE FLIGHT concerts I got to see GUILTY very close and needless to say, my mind exploded. This song and the choreography are so dangerous. At the same time my heart cried blood because this was the last time I will be seeing this song live for now. How am I going to live without seeing GUILTY every couple of months? D: well, maybe living is actually easier without seeing it.. a new choreograph really hasn't made me feel this way since HIGH-STEPPER with its "bitch walk" segment.


11. still in groove
I had still been secretly hoping for a chance to hear Soredemo kimi wa omoi desu kara -again- tonight, but still in the groove is a title single song while Soredemo is just a B-side so makes sense to have that appear instead.... even if that means having my Soredemo dreams trampled. My big fluffy Soredemo dreams of goodness... sniff... (; ; ) Well maybe the still in the groove spanking move made up for it. A little. 


MC3
Mawatte! Yep, you can't escape this no matter where you go Nana. xD When she was doing the mou ikkai with Aniki, she says in English that it's embarrassing. D'aww~ She then talks about how sexy the outfit is again as usual. She says the English words on the outfit are actually from GUILTY. Nana goes close to the live viewing camera to give them a better look of the lyrics printed on her skirt. Why are you suddenly so bold Nana, has talking all that English made you high or something?? xD Where's the embarrassment?! She then goes on to explain how it's a sexy flight attendant outfit and mentions Singapore Air because the flight attendants on that airline have really sexy outfits for real. They even have a slit on the skirt and when they bend down to give you your drink you can see their thigh and that made Nana squeal like an embarrassed little girl. LOL. This story somehow made my day.

Nana then tells us in her cute little fluffy English that next is a grown up and sexy song.


12. 夢幻
I was wondering what this grown up sexy song might be... but it was Mugen! Which makes a lot of sense. Been a while since I've heard it... last time was... LIVE CASTLE maybe? In any case, hisashiburiii~ I wish we could have had awesome smoke effects with this tonight as they go so well with Mugen, but even without those this song does chill me inside. brrr. :3



Outfit #3.5 - Antique Nachtmusik Cloak
The cloaaakkk!



13. アンティークナハトムジーク
Aaand the awesome hooded cloak for Antique Nachtmusik has made its way to Singapore! I feel pretty lucky to have experienced this song before and after that outfit came into existence. It highlights for me how brilliant of an idea adding it was. The transition from Mugen to this was also very magical boosting the effect Antique Nachtmusik had on me and it really sent shivers down my spine.


Pilot Nana Time Warps -short movie
This time in our little Pilot Nana movie, Yuichi Nakamura makes an appearance and prompts Nana to say something in a cute voice in English for Singapore. Nana eventually complies and says "I love you" in a cutesy voice. Nakamura makes fun of her and claims he didn't hear her saying it. The video differs slightly from the other versions I've seen so far. Interesting.


Outfit #4 - Flamenco
Heeyyy sexy lady~



14. 革命デュアリズム
Ahhhh, I was wondering whether we'd get this tonight or not and I am glad the answer was yes. Nothing beats making my lungs explode from singing with Nana (I am not a masochist, I swear). I glanced at my friend a few rows behind us, as we always sing this together at karaoke. I had actually made her excited with the possibility of Nana walking by her during this song (since my friend was on the very last row of the front half of the seating), since she had gone around one way or another at this point during the tour... but for nothing. (^^;;) well, that's a good thing considering Nana's safety. She should stay on the stage in a completely new place.


15. アパッショナート
Hearing this tonight made I remember Kitakyushu and how Nana was suffering while singing this and my heart shatters. I guess because of them both being inside (the other two LIVE FLIGHTs I attended were outside). Even writing about this now is making my heart hurt. I am a weakling. orz


MC4
Nana talks about her special guest on the video, Nakamura-san and how he made fun of her. This initiates mou ikkai -calls to get Nana to say something in a cute voice. And she says in Japanese how she'd like to hug everyone tightly. Nana then goes on to say she is going to give us a special gift and says in English that she will sing her new song!


16. 禁断のレジスタンス
Wooooooooo, such a nice treat! I wasn't expecting her to bust out a new song somewhere else than Japan but since tonight did have a live viewing too, I guess it was the best time since such an abundance of her fans all around Asia AND Japan got to hear it. Nana really is so nice to her fans. I am not yet quite sure what I think about Kindan no Resistance as a song, but now after getting to experience it live I do think that doing the jumps for "I wanna fly! (high!) Fly! (high!)" and "You feel the beat! (down!) Beat! (down!)" was really fun and I am really mesmerized by the energy Nana put into those parts of the song. So good.

Nana then talks a bit about Cross Ange for which Kindan no Resistance is the theme song. She says that finally she gets to play a princess who isn't helpless but is instead badass (not "help meee" but "do I really need to do this, what a pain" xD). Though I have to say Nana that your explanation definitely didn't make me ready for what Cross Ange actually was.... you could have warned me properly lol.



Outfit #4 - Revamped
Whyyyy does this outfit exist lol xD



17. Rock you baby!
I was still in a daze from getting to hear Kindan no Resistance that I am not sure if people used towels for this song, I did since it is already an automation for me... and so did everyone else probably, but I seriously have no recollection at all. My eyes were glued to Nana. I was in the moment. xD which is exactly how I love to be! 


18. POWER GATE
Man, I've come to enjoy POWER GATE so much. Even though it's always been fun to sing it with Nana at concerts, I realize only recently learned to truly appreciate it through singing it at karaoke and my friends singing with me (as I already mentioned in my previous report). I wish I had had this epiphany much earlier already. Anyways! This time for "woo-wo-ooo Power gateeeee" Nana not only called for "only guys" and "only girls" as usual, but also for "only live viewers" and even "cherry boys". xD So much fun!


MC5
Time to say the words she doesn't want to say. Yes, it is time for the last song. Feels like the evening just began. We are sad and Nana replies with an English "me too". So cute. :3 Nana is so grateful for getting to come hold concerts abroad and says she will definitely come to Singapore again. It is now time to sing together!!


19. ミラクル☆フライト
For this song, the Singaporean fan club had prepared a special surprise. They had made and given around flags for everyone to bring out during the first chorus of Miracle Flight as a tribute to Nana. I felt very annoyed that some people brought out their flags already at the beginning of the song, but luckily Nana didn't seem to pay those much heed. When the time for the chorus came and we all busted out our flags, Nana's reaction was the best. She couldn't continue singing properly when she saw them. She was too excited and touched and once again, I felt so much admiration for this woman to whom things like this meant so much. I am glad to have been able to be a part of it.

On a side note, I have to mention I had some trouble when a Nana friend of mine gave me the flags. She wanted to confirmed how many tickets and from what section I had, and I tried to show her my tickets very sneakily so that the friend we were surprising would not spot her ticket or the fact that I got three flags. Somehow I managed. I'm sorry if I made checking my tickets a bit inconvenient. orz

Nana took one flag for herself before leaving the stage.


Encore call!
Naa-na, Naaa-naaa! (I recently went to a totally different concert and almost started up the Nana-call for encore orz)



Outfit #5 - Encore
Such happiness hunngghh :3



20. POP MASTER
Nana returns to the stage waving the flag around happily. She is wearing the Nanette t-shirt (a bit more bling bling'ified version compared to the goods one, her Nanette has a bow tie)! I wonder if that's why she taught how to buy a Nanette T in her English lesson or if it just is a happy coincidence. I was pretty stoked that she picked this shirt, as both the two friends I came to Singapore with and myself had bought that shirt. During the course of summer POP MASTER has become one of my favorite karaoke songs (among many others), so I was really happy that Nana brought it out tonight.. not that I was expecting anything less but still. Definitely a good encore starting song. :3


MC6
Nana says thank you for calling her back! And now even in Singapore, shassu call! Shassu call then for just boys! For just girls! The live viewers! Cherry Boys! Yep, Nana went shassu nuts. xD She is so happy to do this outside of Japan and having people understand what it is. She tells that she will probably get a batsu game for this year in smile-gang.


21. DISCOTHEQUE
And DISCOTHEQUE stays on the encore list as expected! I did secretly hope for Lovely Fruit to make an appearance tonight (in addition to) but I am not complaining as Nana already gave me the best surprise ever by including Silent Bible. :3 DISCOTHEQUE provided a nice high tension finish to the first encore, because of course, one very important song was still missing from tonight's set list making a second encore inevitable..


Encore II, mou ikkaaaai!!
Nana pops back on stage and thanks for calling her back again! She mentions the facebook questionnaire for Singapore regarding people's favorite songs and follows to say that the number one song will be next..


22. 深愛
And what else could it be than Shin'ai? The Singaporean  fans did try to get Omoi to make it into the concert tonight instead from the list, but there just really isn't beating Shin'ai. It's nice for Nana too in any case I think, considering how much more feels she has behind this song. I think it must mean a lot to her that her special song is loved so much in every country. :3

And with that LIVE FLIGHT+ in Singapore has come to a close, Nana swears she will be back as she waves a last round of goodbyes and then disappears off the side of the stage after doing the usual "kore kara mo..... Mizuki Nana ni... kakatte kooooi". It was definitely worth coming to Singapore for this, Nana's English was incredible not to mention I got to spend some time with the lovely members of Team Mizuki earlier in the day. Though I have to say the best part was getting to experience all this with my precious friends.

7 comments:

  1. glad u enjoyed it was kinda wondering how you will react to your first ever nana mizuki live in singapore so have been trolling your site daily but yea i enjoyed it too guilty was my personal fav :)

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    1. I'm very sorry for being so late with this, but I am glad you kept checking my site up till I actually wrote the report! :3 When Nana comes to hold a concert in Singapore again, I hope I will be able to come then too!! It was awesome. All dat Engrish. <3

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  2. woot! finally! you write your Live Flight Singapore XD

    uuwaaaaa.......it bring back memories T.T....hope to see Nana again back in Singapore XD

    ehh.....your friend is at the last row? are you all at the right side?
    i was at the 2nd last row and heard some 1 at the back talking across down the theater ^^;;; while taking a rest (from giving out flags) and preparing for the concert XD,

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    1. Yep.... sorry for taking my sweet sweet time. (><;)

      I really hope I will be able to be there again too when Nana does come back to Singapore! Gives me a good excuse to do some travelling. :D

      Yeah, my friend was on the last row of the front half of the theater and yep we were on the right side. And yep, we did some talking before the concert began. If it was indeed us you heard talking, I hope we weren't a bother. (^^;)

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    2. ah no i was not, i was happily listen to both of you lol XD

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