So I had tickets for both of the shows in Tokyo, why both, well if your going to fly a 1/3 of the way round the world for the weekend just to go see a concert, you might as well go to both of them, plus it reduces the cost per show as well
The venue was at the Tokyo Dome just North of the centre of Tokyo. I did briefly consider staying at the Hotel onsite there, but then I saw the prices
If I've done this right you should be able to click on the photos for the bigger versions
And an overhead shot from the world's tallest free-standing broadcasting tower the Tokyo Skytree which had a Star Wars thing going on on the top floor which was a nice surprise
As I mentioned in the main thread I passed by the area quite early on the Saturday, just to see if anything was going on, and found the merchandise stands were open
So I decided to jump right in then and there as I expected that there would be quite a queue later on. You get given a leaflet on the way in with pretty pictures and prices on, no idea what most of the stuff was, so just played safe with the T-shirt and scarf
There was also a very nice banner thing to have your picture taken in front of
And here was what the queue looked like closer to show time
Note to self for next time 'Always get there early' end note
So onto the concert itself, one of the guards on the gate I was entering through on the Saturday saw me taking pictures of the gate, so I had to hand the camera into the holding area and pick it up after the show, of course that was after he had to get someone who could speak english to explain that that was what he wanted me to do
So you'll have to imagine the scene in your mind, I was pretty much right at the back of the stadium but the incline down was quite steep so it had the effect of looking down on the whole stage which was similar to the Wonder99 Winter one, but instead of an complete outer circle it was like in three sections with a runway out to each one with seating areas in-between them, there was also a big circular video wall above the centre island on which was shown the main action of the show for us in the cheap seats and also the lyrics. Above that was a white circular curtain hanging from the roof on which during the show was projected images relating to the songs being played, rain, tears that sort of thing, which probably won't make it onto the DVD/Blu-ray release, which I think will be a shame as I thought was very effective and really added to the atmosphere.
The Show kicked off at 5:30 with a guy wandering out onto the stage to the sound of birds tweeting and someone knocking coconuts together
I believe he was pretending to be on a horse and I think he was looking for Miwa but it was difficult to hear what he was shouting as they didn't give him a mic anyway he covered the whole stage a couple of times then went off before the main throng of musicians and performers came in from the side and the wonderland theme started.
Miwa and Masa made their appearance after the theme finished to huge cheers, but I'll just gloss over how they got there
Flying sequences started almost immediately with Miwa in her white Queen dress looking fabulous, getting a lot more adventurous with some of her manoeuvres, she was clearly feeling really comfortable in the rig swooping down so close to the fans in the floor area Masa also got a little bit of air time, but not too much maybe he'll do a bit more next time
After the first couple of songs they did the intros and Rin got a Huge cheer, far bigger than anyone else got.
After a few more songs then they went out to the different walkways for the Love, Tears, Life sets each one was preceded by Masa putting on an outfit and announcing it and I think they had little video intros on the screen as well
Other highlights included, what they did with the bike for Ring! Ring! Ring!, that was good fun, the Huge dress she had on for one song was just fabulous, oh to have been in the floor area for that one The outer stages moved round as well so they could circulate the outer stages without getting off them.
Before I knew it 3 hours had flown by and they were heading off stage for a rest while the usual Mexican waves went around the stadium accompanied by loud clapping echoing all around.
They were soon back out for the Encore though, with the usual pyrotechnics accompanying Ano Natsu no Hanabi and finishing up with a rousing rendition of Mata ne, all that was left then were the usual extended goodbyes with them running all over the stages waving at everyone
The whole show ran for just under 3.5 hours including the break and was possibly the best one yet, not 100% sure on that yet though will need to wait for the Disc to come out so I can get a better view of it
I think this page is indicating that it will be on the TV on the 21st March http://www.skyperfectv.co.jp/special/dc ... 1451205346 not sure though.
After messaging Jinn before the show I found out that we were seated very close to each other so we decided to meet up afterwards and have a chat, couldn't do much more than that as it was at least 9:30 by the time we got outside and I needed to get some sleep in before having to be out of the hotel at 8am the next morning to get back to the airport On the metro in rush hour, what fun
Now I just can't wait for the next one