Jul 09 2013
Day 3 – Saturday 6th July
A busy day of autographs and more concerts planned! First stop was to get signing tickets for gravure idol Natsuna, which turned out to be a choice between signing or having a photo… we went for the photo option obviously! As you can probably imagine, the queue for these tickets was almost entirely empty. After that hop over to the Dempagumi.inc queue and attempt to win signing tickets a second time. Actually I guess this is a good point to explain the signing ticket system at Japan Expo for anyone that’s not been, it really seems quite organised.
Basically there are either first come first served, or lottery signing sessions (lottery sessions being reserved for more popular guests), you queue up first thing in the morning and get (or don’t get) all your signing tickets you want, it’s then marked on a card tied to your ticket (so you can’t go back multiple times if you failed) and you’re given a ticket for the signing session. We probably spent about 15 minutes in total queuing up for this, which means you can then go and enjoy yourself for the rest of the day and turn up for the signing session right when it starts. Far far more organised than other conventions where the process for getting stuff signed is just queue up for the signing session as early as possible and then miss every other event that day and every other person you wanted signed from because you only had time to queue up for one person for 10 hours.
Anyway we failed at winning Dempagumi.inc signing tickets again. …though one of the very helpful French fans explained to us that all hope was not lost, that if they still had tickets left just before the actual signing session then we could come and just get one.
After that I headed off to get stuff signed from May’n. I couldn’t believe how cute she is in person, she always has this cool persona in videos/photos and on stage, but seeing her just standing there smiling in a cute white dress, wow, just wow. She is absolutely amazing:
She also speaks good English, and said she loves London. \o/ …May’n concert in London next? I hope so!
After that we went and queued up for Dempagumi.inc’s second concert, but before they were on there was a young dance group called J*DeeZ. We went into it kinda expecting the same quality as a group of random youtube dancers, but no they actually sung, had original songs and everything. They do need to grow a few more years though, lol. Anyway the Dempagumi.inc concert was awesome again, they done the same setlist as on Thursday, the crowd let off streamers that got stuck in the ceiling, Mirin’s ribbon broke, fun concert. xD Everyone tried to get an encore for a good few minutes, but the Japan Expo staff kicked us out.
Went and got food, then off to the C-ute handshake event, Maimai said she saw the canes during the concert, lol. This was followed up by the photo session with Natsuna, it did seem like there were a grand total of maybe 10-20 people that turned up. Better than none I suppose.
As a result of the handshake and photo sessions we ended up missing most of the “PES NEXT GENERATION LIVE ! TOYOTA x STUDIO 4°C meets ANA” event. Basically we managed to arrive for all the boring bits, Nightmare, and some raffle that AOP were reading out results for. This took ages as seemingly most people with tickets didn’t bother to show up to the event, lol, eventually some people won some stuff Madoka laptop, trip to Japan etc. At this point in the day we were shattered and retreated back to the hotel area for food and rest.
Day 4 – Sunday 7th July
Final day, and even more stuff to do! Got to the venue, grabbed some sort of pizza and baguette for breakfast, then immediately went to grab a spot for AOP’s last performance of the weekend. They were really fun!
We pretty much spent the rest of the day either in the queue for the live house, or in the live house, front row get! First J*DeeZ again, then angela, then May’n, then Urbangarde. angela were awesome, no Asu e no brilliant road in the setlist, but awesome nontheless! May’n was awesome, sung several Macross songs, and ended on Diamond Crevasse, again almost brings a tear to the eye, beautiful! I was kinda hoping she would sing Ready Go! but it wasn’t to be. We were cleared out of the live house before Urbangarde so we weren’t at the front for that, but suffice to say they were hilarious, throwing out condoms into the audience and generally being mad. Worryingly though the guy does slightly remind me of the the that scene in Suicide Circle with the guy dancing/singing around the bodies. D: This PV probably sums up Urbangarde entirely:
After that we were off to Paris again for Perfume! An extortionate taxi to CDG airport so we could get a train from there and beat the crowds at the expo train station. When we eventually arrived we started looking at the map for where the Perfume concert was, but then looked up… no need, the queue was bloody HUGE! It went around 2 blocks and they had to start letting people in over an hour early just to process everyone, it also looked like *lots* of Japanese fans had made the trip over. We ended up at the back obviously but this wasn’t too bad as there was a raised platform.
This concert was a million times better than the disappointing budokan concert we went to in Japan. A bit like a club night, everyone packed in tight, everyone bouncing, everyone enjoying the music. I definitely think Perfume suit smaller enclosed venues than anywhere massive. Their MC’s were pretty funny too, they were speaking in English and at one point attempted to ask someone in the audience to translate for them, but ended up picking someone from Spain/Portugal(?) who just carried on translating everything into English. xD The lasers were fantastic, and the projection onto the dresses at the beginning was amazing! A very good concert! No Akihabalove, but we did get Chocolate Disco, so that’s all good, lol.
The only thing I would say is that out of the entire weekend it’s kinda funny that the biggest group we saw live were the only group not singing live, even C-ute and J*DeeZ managed to sing live! Oh well, I guess it’s kinda difficult for Perfume.
We attempted to wait for them with everyone outside, but our last train was leaving soon and we had to catch it. Who knows if they ever came out, lol.
A truly awesome convention, in many ways better than Anime Expo, more organised in terms of signing tickets and music events, almost everything ran dead on time, a fantastic lineup of guests. I mean really how are they going to top their guest list next year? Get AKB back again? Have an AKB vs H!P concert? Maybe Nana Mizuki? Either way I think we’ll be buying premium tickets for next year before the guests are even announced (sods law we’ll just end up with a bunch of VK bands next year, lol). I do wish it was in London instead of Paris though, everything there is soooooooo expensive, like double the price of London for *everything*. 330ml can of beer, €6… a baguette and drink, €10. -_-
That AKB0048 doujin is hilarious, suffice to say the plot is an AKB audition… but then Acchan comes in and saves the day at the end by slicing everyone up. xD
Thank you Japan Expo and everyone we met there for one of the best cons I’ve been to!