First of all, I’m surprised I even made it out to this concert. It’s a hassle and a half to leave the island to do anything, but I decided to bite the bullet, pay the money, and take vacation for this.
There were a couple reasons I wanted to go, but the most important reason was because it would be a chance to get turnt with Andy, Jo, and Lulu, the broest of NMBros.
I can’t say enough about Andy. For all the trolling he does on Twitter, he is by far the coolest person to have fun with at a concert. He got my back for certain mixes and chants when no one else did it, we got hype together, and it was great.
Lulu I haven’t seen in a year so it was nice to attend a concert with her. Jo is always fun because she’s quiet until she gets to a concert.
And us four, we sat together. The hype was real.
When I first saw the seats, I was a little worried. I had a terrible experience for the 3rd anniversary and these seats looked pretty far back. But once we got in and sat down, I got excited again. From our vantage point we had a clear view of the side stage. And even then we weren’t too far from the center stage. It seemed like no matter where you sat you would get a good view of something, at least.
Good friends and a good view, what more could you ask for?
A FANTASTIC set list. I was pleased with nearly all the songs. Some hype songs, some emotional songs. Some new stuff, the debut of certain talents, the sickest medley performance I’ve seen.
First, it started with a bunch of songs that had the word “go” in it because it means 5 in Japanese. Ok, that’s super corny. But the next few songs were generation songs, and they all carried a lot of significance to their histories. Some of the girls even reverted to their original hair style. So much nostalgia for 1st Gen Beginner.
The most touching performance was Nagisa on the piano performing Kimi to deatte Boku ga kawatta. See, none of us had any idea she was going to play the piano. She started playing and it was okay at first, then she missed an entire string of notes.
The crowd started laughing. We thought it was one of those Nagisa quality moments.
Then she started crying.
Immediately we realized our mistake, and we changed into an encouraging group. “You can do it, Nagisa!” “Go for it!”
And when she would forget her lines, the crowd began to sing along with her. It was one of the most touching moments as a fan, and it gave me chills to be a part of it. It was so emotional. It made me believe in the goodness of NMB fans.
I’m not sure if this will ever be put on DVD, but with that and the rest of the set list, there was this real feeling that this was an experience best felt live. And this was the first time I ever felt that being at an NMB concert, that I was glad to be there instead of waiting on a DVD.
It didn’t stop there. The other tremendously impressive part was the Kouhaku (Akagumi/Shirogumi) medley put together by Konomin. Easily the coolest part of the concert. A couple of groups were mixed up and performed AkaShirogumi songs nonstop. And the songs were mixed together, not just played back to back, and certain songs had dance transitions. Again, it felt so unique and awesome and part of the live experience.
Overall, this concert has to have been the peak of my NMB experience. I was definitely glad to be part of it, and I look forward to going to more concerts. Maybe in February, March, or April…