Amanda Liu July 1, 2007
I just got back from AX after a very long day. So how was the SOS Brigade Invasion Tour? Basically it was a wonderful mess. The performances were wonderful but the AX staff screwed up. Think of a top-class restaurant with the best gourmet food but a 2 hour waiting and horrible service. That’s basically what this was. WARNING: EPIC POST AHEAD.
Apparently AX can’t do anything right. Hence the concert started two hours late from schedule. I, along with many other people, stood in the hot sun for two freaking hours. Luckily, I made friends. Hey, it’s only at AX when high schoolers can talk to 40 year olds about Claymore. Anyways, I eventually went inside and got my premier seat. Which was in the front AND middle. It was SO worth the $30.
It took them a while to start the concert. There was a lot of stalling with commercials and audience screens. The audience cheered, clapped, and even did several waves (both inside and outside of the arena) from boredom. They also messed with the light colors and DVD player a few times. That’s why we were totally unprepared when a small figure was in the darkness. A second later, I realized it was Yuko Goto.
Yuko Goto started the show with “Koi no Mikuru Densetsu”. There’s not too much to say except that she sang even more off-tune than the recording. But the more she sang off-tune, the more the audience cheered. Oh and she was wearing a cute skirt if you were wondering.
After she was done, she thanked us with suprisingly decent English. And by decent I mean she could carry a converstation. Patricia Ja Lee was the host along with this random translator that didn’t really help. Then Stephanie Sheh, the really short English VA, came out and both Yuko Goto and Stephanie Sheh did on-the-spot voice overs for Mikuru. I admit, I could care less so I found it a bit boring. When this was all over, they introduced the next guest, Aya Hirano.
Aya Hirano performed “Bokuen Desho? Desho?” as the next song. To be honest, this wasn’t that great of a performance. She used this weird vibrato in her voice and she sang with a faster tempo than the song resulting in an utter mess. Oh and she was wearing these really short shorts.
After Aya Hirano finished, they did another voice over thing. This time it was with Wendee Lee. I thought Wendee Lee was Asian. I was surprised to find that she was this middle aged white lady with blonde hair. Oh well. Also, Aya Hirano talked a lot but the translator was useless so I didn’t catch much. All I got was that she apparently lived in the States when she was 3 and spoke good English but she forgot it all. No kidding, she was the worst out of the three.
Next, Minori Chihara came up and performed two songs from the Yuki Nagato Character CD that I did not know off. Either ways, both songs were pretty good but I liked the first trance one better (anyone know what its called). She kinda had the Yuki Nagato act going on too by looking at the ground and moving her arms robotically. But it was a good performance with strong vocals.
Afterwards they did another voice over. However, this time it was with Johnny Young Bosch who’s the English VA for Itsuki. It was pretty funny since basically she did her lines with Johnny just gruniting for like two lines. It wasn’t fantastic but it was at least enjoyable. And prepared us for the highlight of the concert.
Aya Hirano came back after that and performed “God knows….” and “Lost My Music”. Thankfully, she performed much better on these two songs. At first, God knows… was a little shaky but she got better. She even managed to hit the high notes perfectly which surprised me. Then she performed Lost My Music flawlessly. I have to say that I enjoyed this the most, but I’m biased because I have always loved those two songs more than the rest combined.
After that Patrica Ja Lee introduced the two other actresses from the ASOS Brigade (I forgot their names). Then she introduced the dance contest winners. Soon, everyone came back up there and danced to “Hare Hare Yukai”. Aya Hirano, Yuko Goto, Minori Chihara, the English VAs for the Haruhi dub, the ASOS Brigade, the dance contest winners, and even the translator. Oh and I say dance because it was so obvious that they were lip-synching it. There were no mikes.
Then the audience screamed for an oncore and got one. It was “Hare Hare Yukai” again. This time it was the TV version. Aya Hirano, Yuko Goto, Miniori Chihara all had head set microphones this time but they lip-synched it again. I know this because when Aya wanted to speak she couldn’t be heard and had to use the big microphone.
So basically, that wraps up this concert (if you managed to make it this far). There were a shortage of mikes, numerous mike problems, DVD problems, and a million other technical difficulties. So yeah, AX fails even if the actual content was good. It was a fun concert even if it was a tad on the expensive side. Now it’s 11:32 P.M Pacific Time and I’m off for bed. I have a wedding to go to.
Tags: SOS brigade
Category: The Artists
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