Thursday, September 1, 2016

A9 XII ANNIVERSARY, "NO NAME"-名前は未だ無い- 2004-2005 ONLY LIVE

And here I am, on the flight hurling me 844 km/hour away from the beautiful city where my heart remains, for some while now. During the last six months of my life, somehow I've managed this feat I didn't even know I'll be able to pull off, flying to Tokyo six times in the span of six months. And while it's all stressful and exciting at the same time, it's great because I learned a lot, and even there were some uneventful occurrences along the way, I seriously couldn't remember them now. Memories of Tokyo to me is full of laughter share with people I love, and all the precious memories built with new friends I made.

I should probably come back for another entry concluding my many journeys in Tokyo, although I really have no idea when I'm going to come back to it, seeing the many travel reports I've promised has still yet to make an appearance. But yeah, I'm going to skip into the main topic, and bring you to 28/08/2016, A9 XII ANNIVERSARY 2004-2005 ONLY LIVE, "NO NAME"-名前は未だ無い-.

Early day, as usual, although this one I actually couldn't get up early enough and left with many things I've not the time to prepare before live. It was that morning only that I manage to finish writing letters to our bassist and 2 guitarists. Needless to say, I didn't manage to catch anyone going into the venue, arriving at Studio Coast by 9.30am after meeting up with Aisu, there was already a queue for goods. We joined in and waited. It was while waiting that we finalized stuffs, mainly the anniversary card that I didn't plan on making, but I made anyway, and yes, I managed to finish my letters. A few of us has bought A9 a bottle of champagne as well to celebrate the anniversary. It was such an awesome bottle and Aisu has wrapped it so beautifully, thank you~

The champagne and anniversary card we've made for the boys this time! I hope they've got them and enjoy the gifts~!

The goods queue got long pretty fast, and we moved location twice. The hours waiting just flew by being there with friends, talking about the boys, and sharing stories of our lives during times we did not see one another. Goods sales started at 2pm, and we all got our lots, chekis and goods, after which, a busy time.

Busy with what you might ask, well, busy finding a good shot of our biases of course. It took us more than an hour, but I would say it's not bad for the hour's work. I managed to get many Saga chekis, and one shot with Shou smiling so bright that my heart melt the moment I saw it. あ~ 将さんの笑顔はとても綺麗ですね~ And I even managed to get the full set of Saga ドレカ and a set of Hiroto ドレカ for my friend, totally satisfied with my hunt there.

Saga's ドレカ, full set, along with the metal charms.
Hiroto ドレカ, full set.
There was a bit of a rush back to hotel and back, by the time we reached the venue again, they've started calling entry numbers. Aisu went in first, I follow closely and managed to find her inside the venue itself. We were standing about... 5 rows away from the stage? Not the closest but definitely guaranteed a good view. And we were near Saga side - of course, what else are you expecting from two Saga biases?

About half an hour passed, and finally the lights dimmed, crowd cheered, there was a short video showing the boys, flashing back to the past from their latest work. The boys came out on the stage, half hidden behind the closed, half-transparent curtain. "Saga's back!" I was told by my excited Aisu. Squinting to look through the curtain, it was true that I'm looking at a good view there. That patch of flawless white skin peeking out through the hole cut onto his outfit. I'm glad that through the half-transparent curtain is not the only time I get a glimpse of it (*cough* I'm sorry for typing that, but I'm not really sorry), there were multiple times during the live that he turned his perfect back to us too, without needing us to ask. So yeap, definitely full of good views from my spot right there last night.

Side-tracked, *cough* let's get back to the opening now.

The flashback ends on a familiar song title, 平成十七年七月七日, the first song starting the 3 hours long live.

Lots of songs were played, and I don't really remember that much MC-ing during the main show. As the boys played all these older songs, the night went by busily for us fans as well, busy following Shou doing furi along the music.

The arrangement of the songs that night flowed from one into another seamlessly, not just the music, but the feeling of the atmosphere as well. I'm not sure you will understand what I am talking about exactly unless you're there to experience it first handed. The feeling of the music, in the atmosphere, it flows into another smoothly. Perhaps you can get a feel of it by listening to the songs according to the set list last night.

It was not just a great live I think, it was almost perfect. It's everything I've expected this live to be, with all their experiences gained and improvements made throughout the last 12 years in the music industry, they showed it on stage that night. There was some rearrangement to some songs, and Shou's voice singing them sounds so different now - but the bright smile on his face when he's showing us the furi didn't change at all, no. His smile spread even wider when you manage to get the movements right, he will look at you with that bright happy face while nodding in approval. Like a big kid really. 将さん, 可愛い過ぎ!

Last night, it's very easy to tell that Shou was very happy. Indeed, all of them were very happy on stage.

I have to admit, I'm not that familiar with all their old songs, I wasn't there right from the beginning, but I do have several favorites from that era and I'm glad to be able to listen to them. 無限の花, H.A.N.A.B.I., 赤い風車, 白夜二黑猫, 銀の月, 黒い星, these are all the songs that I love and they sang last night. And I'm so glad to hear them with their improved sound really. They've came a long way, our boys, and I could feel nothing but pride for their improvements.

I always say Shou has shown great improvement with his singing skills throughout the years, which is certainly true, but I'm not trying to be bias towards him and discredit the rest of the members. Its just that, everyone has their own focus on certain sounds when it comes to music, mine has always been the mid- to high range, which tends to pull my listening focus to the vocal and guitar. So yes, I really love the improvement shown by our vocalist. And his voice was perfect last night, his voice has shown all the improvement he has made throughout the years; they've managed to perfect all those songs they've made at the start.

If they've recorded last night's live, I want a DVD of it, or at least a live CD that I can listen to over and over again.

Meiji is one of the song I'm not familiar with, it was from a brief chat with Aisu that I found out that is a live-only song, both Meiji and Ageha. During Meiji, Shou asked all of us fans to squat down and when it's out turn, we should jump up. We will be devided into 4 portions, the right most is Hiroto's fans, follow by Shou and Nao, and then Saga's fans and Tora's fans. I've no idea what got into us, when Shou mention Saga's fans both Aisu and me were like, raising hand and went "hai" (I know I did, softly but it did sounded loud to my ears). None others did it but us two, definitely embarrassing, I felt like a dork. But that little action caught our Saga-sama's attention, and he glanced over at us, and lifted us a smirk. From one of us to another.

You big shitty tease! You big tease!

Apart from furi on some songs, the boys also got us singing a part of chorus from 赤い風車, which you would know if you've watch their Court of "9" live. What different for me is that, instead of watching everyone on the screen holding hands singing to the familiar tune, I was a part of it, I was there doing that with the boys and all the fans. And it felt so heart warming, looking at the boys' expressions on stage as they watched us singing to their song, there was this shade of unmistakably pride and approval on Saga's face. And Shou and Tora were just shinning with happiness (and I couldn't really see Nao and Hiroto from where I was standing...).

無限の花 was so beautifully done I've got to mention it, from the moment the boys play it, that first note in the air sounded and my thoughts jumped to a friend who wanted to be there to listen to the song but she couldn't. If this would help - which I doubt it would - and if you're reading this, JH, the song was brilliantly done. I think Saga did some fine-tuning to the music, but then again I can't be sure because it is the first time I listen to it live, like live live, and I couldn't remember much from the Alice in Wonderland video I watched... (OK, I will rewatch it again sometimes soon, after I got home). The music felt softer, like smoother, and of course as I mentioned, Shou's voice has improved so much through the years. The song sounded very good, perhaps that's all I need and have to say.

During the ending part of 無限の花, one by one the members left the stage, first Shou, then follow by Saga and Tora, and finally Hiroto, leaving Nao on the stage. He performed us a very awesome drum session to a piece of traditional Japanese music. It was very cool, Nao looks very handsome that night by the way, although my focus has not been on him. But that moment was totally his, when he's up there being all amazing and drummed out complicated patterns. The crowd gasped at several places, and cheer for Nao's name whenever he raised his drumstick indicating us to.

And the boys returned after, started Siva and Diva.

What should worth a mention perhaps, should be Haikara. That song that everyone has been waiting for perhaps, and perhaps some of you (like myself) had been wondering if Saga would do it, would he lick his bass that night. Soon as the first note sounded in the air and everyone cheered so loud. Saga did it by the way, licking his bass giving us full fan service over there. And I screamed so loud. Lol. So sorry I couldn't help myself. But you big tease! Saga you big freaking tease! I see those teasing glint in your eyes as you glanced at us out the corner of your eyes, and that little smirk hovering at the corner of your lips! He totally just paused in the middle, narrowed his eyes just to look at us all, watching our reactions (and enjoying it) probably, and then he gone back licking his bass again! He's such a tease! Damn big a tease!

Ah, I screamed so loud. *cover face*

Saga changed bass after that, some technical issue? Or is it hygiene issue? I've no idea. His mom should be there and watching after all. ;-)

Lots of headbanging at the last few songs, and gyaku dive, which is definitely the cause for the aching on the left side of my neck and left shoulder right now. But it was so much fun! The many gyaku dives though got me a bit disorientated, because of all the moving left and right, and back and forth, by the time they ended the concert and went back stage, I kept having the feeling that I've somewhat ended up at Hiroto side of the stage? But I have not, it was just a persistent feeling that has got me kept looking at the stage and wondering where I am standing. It was a very strange feeling (and I was starving, I had been hungry since before the start of the live, perhaps that contributed to the disorientation).

The fans chanted encore loud as ever, if not even louder, none of us was ready for the night to end, even when it has actually ended. I believe all of us wanted to see A9 more, listen to them singing more songs, go crazy and have fun with them. It didn't take long for the boys to come back out on the stage for the first encore of the night, in - wait for this - school uniforms! They came out in school uniforms along with their thick makeup, it's like, well, it's like old time seriously.

And to tell the truth, Hiroto actually looks like a student - we have already establish the fact that that boy has not age a day since 12 years ago. And Shou looks like the most famous student of his year in those Shoujo Manga, one that every girls in the school have a crush on.

Tora, Shou and Hiroto came out arms on each other's shoulders. At first Hiroto is the only one that appears without a jacket, it didn't take long for Saga to take off his - and loosen his tie - and then Shou too, took his jacket off.

They played Shunkashuutou in the school uniform - not surprising, I knew they going to sing that song the moment they appeared in uniforms, seriously - and then 銀の月, 黒い星, that I really love. The boys went back in once again, and another round of encore sounded through the hall, louder than before and more persistence. They took a while, changing into their Anniversary tee before walking out again. For the first time they all wears the same design - at least among all those lives I've attended, this is the first I see - and after another round quick MC-ing, they broke into another familiar tune, 葬園 - 名前も無き君へ -.

They played total of 4 songs in the second encore, all the fun songs. The crowd cheered loud when first note of G3 sounded in the air, and there was another round of head banging and gyaku diving, such fun. The last song wrapping up the show was Time Machine, another that I've been waiting to listen to them play live. Its also an emotional moment for some fans I'm sure, I think I saw someone crying among the crowd there~! Beautiful song, I really wanted this live version to keep.

The boys took pictures with the crowd at the end there. Shou told the photographer to please take a good shot, don't miss out Saga's expose tights there. Saga obediently leaned down even lower so to show more legs in the pictures.


So backtracking, I shall cover bits and pieces that I missed out above.

At one point in the live, Shou asked us to call the members by names. So we were to call Nao like Na-o, Saga as Saga-sama, Tora as To-ra usual, Hiroto as Hiropon, and Shou as Sho-u all done with that cute intonation. You'll probably get it if you watch Haikara live performance where they have the member names calling part. The wonderful thing is really listening to Shou going on with that cute intonation himself, that guy, can he be any cuter. He can do some pretty good cutesy high pitch too! Hahaha!

There was some MC-ing throughout the live, although I could never remember between which two songs they did that, neither did I remember/ catch much of the contents. I do remember that Shou talked to Tora first, and Tora has this beautiful smile on his face all the time that's all I could recall. The second round of MC-ing that Shou brought our attention to Saga. There was this part where he was talking about his outfit - which of course, is something that must be mentioned. Shou said something like well, Saga-san is showing his tights today, and his back - on which Saga has been very nice and turned back to show us that perfect back, again - and initially he thought of making Saga to show his stomach too. Shou has also mentioned something about when they first put on these costumes for the photoshoot, and he saw Saga right after he finished his makeup, his immediate reaction was like "Oh hey, long time no see!". You should be there to see Saga's smirk to that comment! And also the reaction he gave to Shou's asking us "So Saga-San is very sexy (in this) huh?"

Yesssss~ sexy to the max!

By the way, Saga was smirking into the crowd waaaaaayyyyy too many times throughout the live, in the way you can tell he's very proud of himself - for still looking this way and rocking it even though it has been 12 years perhaps? He also kept sticking out his tongue and biting his lower lips when he glanced into the crowd, those actions should definitely be illegal for him to do!

If I'm not wrong, Shou talked to Nao on the next MC session and to Hiroto at the last. I remember Hiroto touched on the way they designed their stage, which was with many long traditional Japanese fabrics hanging from the ceiling to the ground, that give a very Japanese feels to the stage. It was so beautiful and I hope they show pictures sometimes soon. I remember Hiroto talking about this is the feeling to the theme today. It's fitting, reminded me of the visual kei style A9 started off with (at least from what I read, their initial style/ theme was a mix of traditional Japanese with Western influence? Correct me if I am wrong). In some way, the design of the stage really gave out a restart feeling that the boys has been emphasizing on this live.

Funny little part, after Hiroto finished talking, there was some fans there kept calling Nao's name like "Na-o, Na-o, Na-o, Na-o~", Shou heard that, and he was like, "Do you want us to go back (to talk) to Nao-san?"

Hiroto seems to be pretty preoccupied that night that he kept missing out when the other members were talking. First was Nao, when they was introducing their goods. They were talking about the premium box. Nao started to talk about the sake but Hiroto kept talking too, resulting in Nao went like "are you listening (to what I am saying)?" And the second time was during the second encore, where Shou was talking, but Hiroto was busy taking pictures of the crowd which got Shou went like "I am talking here," Hirotoさん, please pay more attention, alright?

During one of the songs, there was this part where Shou sang with an arm held out (like he sometimes do), and Hiroto went over and leaned into Shou's embrace as he plays guitar. During G3, Shou put his arm around Saga's neck holding him close letting him growl into his mic. And somewhere in the first encore, Tora swung his dreadlocks in circles several times.

I heard that Hiroto kissed Shou on the lips sometimes in between Kousai Strip and G3, and Shou got this very embarrassing/ cute reaction to the kiss. Sadly, I've missed that. :( I must've been distracted by our Mr. Sexy right there, or something... XD

Speaking about our Mr. Sexy, Hiroto carried him in princess style at the end there. And they held hands, bowed to the crowd before going in back stage one last time that night.

Announcement for future live were shown at the end, it seems like they are having a revival of A9 Channel on Christmas~! And it will be a White theme Christmas live on 24/12/2016. Following, in January, "Black Period" black theme tour! What's really exciting for me though (and Paige is here grinning very wide, very very wide) is the fact that they're going to have a live on 19/01, MY BIRTHDAY~ Guess who is so going back to Tokyo in winter next year~

Well, if there's not a snowy Christmas for me this year, at least I can hope to see snow on my birthday? I might regret it though, it would be COLD~

It was a wonderful and beautiful live, I am sure this little piece of blog entry I have here isn't even enough to cover half of how amazing the live was. If this is an anniversary signifying the restart of A9, I really look forward to see what they've planned for us in the future, the music they'll do, the live they'll play, and everything else.

The night ended with us headed off having quick supper nearby, we tried demachi (for 15 minutes), but we didn't manage to see anyone going off from the venue (except some backstage staffs that's it). But, perhaps lady luck was with us that night, we still manage to see Nao-san going off, just right after we braved through the wind and the rain back to the train station. Aisu was like, "Can we rest here for a moment?" We all agreed. But it was several seconds after that that out the corner of my eyes, I spied a familiar figure. Someone wearing all black with a giant red bag, and a slim backpack that look strangely familiar, hmm... And the hat and the mask covering his face, he was wearing glasses. I gasped, waving my hand to catch the girls' attention and I was like "Nao Nao Nao!" he was just heading up the escalator to the station. We went over to tell him "Otsukaresama" before he went off. While well, we didn't manage to see all 5 of them going off, it was lovely enough that we get to tell Nao that at least. A surprisingly beautiful ending to the amazing night.

As usual, I hope you had fun reading my little adventure in Tokyo. Feel free to comment/ send me correction if something I've wrote above is not what happened exactly. And for more reports on the anniversary live, feel free to check out @itsmisho_o on Twitter. I might be back to put up some random entries regarding my trips to Tokyo, but if I don't do that, I will totally see you again in November, when I will once again head to Tokyo to see our beloved A9, going on an FC Trip with them.

Picture spam below~ I hope you enjoy them~!
Studio Coast! Took this after the live's over.

Inside the venue with Aisu, so glad to have know you, and found you inside the venue as well.
From the photo exhibition. Don't ask me where is Tora at the bottom set, because his picture was missing when I was around to look at them. Beautiful photos nevertheless.
Closer shots of Saga's ドレカ.
The beautiful portable battery.
The new sensu (fan).
Metal charms from the lots.
Some shots from the artbook~
And new flyers~

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

ALTERNATIVE 2nd Season + オルタナPUB feat.Saga

Probably my most anticipated event of the year, The Alternative Season 2. Those of you who has been following me for a while now would know, or maybe you don't, I wasn't quite sure if I've been tweeting lots about my regrets about having to miss season 1 back in March there. But yes, I've been waiting for this day since March, since they announced that there will be season 2 on Nao's birthday. Such a highly anticipated day, I'm just so glad it lived up to my expectation, and then more.

There's so much, so much I want to cover, and being both these events happened in the same day I do not want to split them into two posts. So before you read on, be warn that this is going to be at monster length. I'm sorry - really not sorry - about that, because I really have so much to share, so much that I want to note down before it lost in the memoryland that I could not dig out from anymore.

Before we waste more precious words on random stuffs, let us start on my day on 31st July 2016 now shall we?

July marked another short trip to Tokyo, slightly longer than the last, I'm staying For 3 days this time. Booked my B&B near the event venue. It's a nice little place to stay for sure, quiet neighborhood and the venue is within walking distance - well its 18 minutes walk according to Google Map. The day started nice, a little cloudy, it should be the perfect type of weather to queue for live in if it has stayed (note if). Me being me who has always such early schedule when I'm in Japan, I arrived at the venue by 10.15am. Not too tough a walk, but I did passed by the venue without noticing it. Passing by the car park next to the venue, there was this car sitting there with the engine running. Someone was sitting inside, someone with a head of golden hair and a pair of sunglasses on... Hold on a moment, he looks familiar! *Me looked up from the phone and at him for real* *Me gasped* That's Nao!!! Sitting inside his car so relax with his hands pillowing behind his head. I have no doubt there was music playing inside the car, and aircon, of course, summer in Japan is already killing me and I'm from the country near the equator. Walking by, I feigned casual - and really I was still looking for the venue, it must be near here... And finally I found the sign for Basement Monstar.

I wondered did I look calm as I walked back towards the venue, internally I was freaking out. Already freaked out on the chat with my friends, asking them what should I do because I really have no idea. I stood by the side for a moment, and Gakki-san came out. Well, nowhere to run now, I'm sure he recognizes me. So there I stood, by the side, watching them taking things out from the car, and watched Nao drove away.

He returned not long after, after two more fans joined me waiting there. Nao appeared with a friendly smile - that smile so bright even I could tell he was smiling even though he has both mask and shades on - and greeted us all "ohayou gozaimasu" as he passed by. Cutie Nao, I like you.

Judging from the situation, I was pretty sure Saga hasn't arrive yet. So I did have my hopes up, and glad that I was not disappointed. Our bassist arrived in a cab, and I recognized its him immediately once I laid eyes on him - That skinny guy at the back of the cab who has a hat on. He came in without makeup today, wearing a mask though that doesn't help to cover the dark eye circles under his eyes. Hey, have you not been sleeping enough? Busy with rehearsal and writing songs these days? He's nice today though, greeting all of us "Ohayou gozaimasu" as he passed by. He even meet and hold my gaze this time, thank you!!!

Goods sales start at 12.30pm, got our stuffs and headed over to Starbucks and chill.

Perhaps we were too chill, there we kinda let time pass until it was 2.30pm that we gone back to the venue, they has started calling numbers. >.< Both of our numbers has passed, however, thank God it's not too bad. Although we missed the seats, I managed to get us space standing first row right behind the seated. The view is good, since everyone in front of you were sitting down, you get to see the stage clearly. The bad choice is to have chosen to stand at Saga's side, our shy bassist never even turn around to look at us once - OK, he did once, or twice I think, when he has his sunglasses on I am not sure if he's looking at us or not - throughout the session, his face is always turned to look at Nao as he talks to him. Certainly a good way to avoid meeting our gaze there yo~ :-/

View for Alternative Part 1

The show started with a bass and drum session, not sure if it is a cover of a song, but they did so well, I really would give anything just to see them two play again. Following the opening was a small talk and they took out their sunglasses. Saga wore that Cyclops glasses I'm pretty sure belongs to Nao's, and Nao donned on another, normal looking pair. They covered Lady Gaga's Judas with the shades on. And with the shades on, Saga did turned and looked at us for about 2 times, that's mainly all the time he has facing us fans sitting on his side.

After I return home I did some of research on the songs he covered that day - because no, Paige doesn't know most of the songs he sang that day, I'm still pretty new into Japanese songs here so forgive me. One of them that I found, it's called ゴーゴー幽霊船 (Go Go Ghost Ship). Saga did a bit of rearrangement to it, the Alternative version has more of a rock feeling to it. It's nice but at the same time, I find the music is a bit too loud and it covered up Saga's beautiful vocal. Maybe it is just me, I prefer to hear his vocal singing to the softer melody, where its full potential and beauty could be heard.

Saga and Nao chatted quite a bit in between every songs, talking about music, about A9, some nonsensical jokes, and throwing praises at one another. Nao asked us "Saga's voice is very nice isn't it?" after Saga done with a cover song. "Yes!" the crowd replied. Of course, how could we disagree with that statement?

Funny how much mishaps Nao has gotten into that night, like forgetting the arrangement of their setlist, knocking over the mic (or made it drop from its holder) several times, you're such a klutz Nao! Even Gakki-san gave us a meaningful look as he tried to not laugh out loud. But seeing how adorable you are at it, I forgive you. XD

They did a drum and bass cover on Coldplay's Viva La Vida, it was nice, I like how good our rhythm team sounded together. And high-five, Saga, I do not like the original version of that song much either. :-x Your version is... acceptable. *nods* (or maybe I am just bias *wink*)

After Gakki brought out the cake and Nao took a bite of it - it is a chocolate cake, Nao said he was glad it is chocolate, haha! - the boys went ahead and prepare for another song. Nao played guitar for this song! And it is obvious that he doesn't play it usually. He was so cute, sitting on the tall stool his legs dangling midair, he has his thick-rimmed glasses on. He had some trouble tuning his guitar at first that even Saga offered to help him do it, LOL! Finally he got the guitar tuned *\(^o^)/* they played the song that has every fans' heart melted that night, Ozaki Yutaka's I Love You was so beautifully done.

This is the first time for me hearing Nao sings, his voice is so cute, adorable just like he appears to be. While Saga's voice is beautiful as ever, smoothly bringing every notes passed his lips to life. Just what we did to deserve such angel in our lives here? <3333

"Is it true that Nao is Saga's Pokemon?" That sentence came out somewhere between the conversation, I wasn't sure what led to it anymore, I think is some questions Saga got from someone, those someone from band "A" with initial "T", "S" and "H", you know *wink* Saga also did an imitation on playing Pokemon Go onstage, it was so cute!

They also told everyone to please take care/ be careful while playing Pokemon Go~!

Saga did an acoustic version of Dead School Screaming, it was beautiful. I love all the A9 songs he rearranged so far, this makes me look forward to August live to see what he has done to those many of their old songs!

His singing to Dead School Screaming sounded so good too, never would have thought that song could be acoustic, Saga's voice singing it just make it so right in this version, beautifully melodic, there is this kind of jazz/ R&B feeling to it. I am pretty sure I will never get tired of listening to this version of DSS if I can get my hand on a copy of it.

Saga-san, do you mind to make us one? An Alternative mini albums perhaps? However I believe you would have to go through tons of copyrights issues if you include those rearranged songs by other peoples like you did in lives though. :-/

They played a demo of the new song Saga wrote during the Spring tour that day too, and apparently the rest if the A9 hasn't heard it yet. So fresh off the oven, we are the first to listen to it - apart from Nao - regardless if it will become an A9 songs or not in the future. The tune was really refreshing, I think I find a bit of Blossom and a bit of Silver in it. It is the kind of song that you can jump/ bounce to the to the beat, very upbeat and easy to like, at least the way I remember it. And it has a cheerful presence, the tune is pretty easy to remember as well, like a song you'll find repeating in your head hours after listening to it. I can still repeat the chorus of it to you now, if only you can hear me, hahahaha!

If that song would make it into A9 next album, I am pretty sure it will be a beautiful one.

Due to some mishap, Saga and Nao played the song twice that night. The first round was stopped somewhere near the end of the song. Out of nowhere there appeared some random beat patterns playing from the speakers. Saga's reaction to it was so adorable. "Ehh???" he went, several times with his hands on his hips. The expression on his face is like that laugh-crying smiley you find on your phone, especially when he was told they are to do it all over again. XD At least Nao managed to fix his player and we - lucky us - get to listen to that demo once again (hence yes, the tune got stuck inside my head ever since xD).

The wonderful afternoon session ended with the ALTERNATIVE team covering one last song, Sayonara Rosalia by Volland Gump. After it was all done, Nao and Saga hugged, and that marked the end of Alternative afternoon session at Ouji Basement Monstar.

Now, let's take a quick moment to cover the bits and pieces of talking I've missed above. Apparently, this is out Saga-san's first time to Ouji as well, and he mentioned that he didn't know the way - come on, you were in a cab! The conversation eventually led to Nao saying that there is a prince (indicating Saga) in Ouji (Ouji means Prince in Japanese) today. Saga's responded saying that because today's Nao's birthday, the true Prince should actually be Nao. (Aww~)

Nao has his session on goods introductions, Saga helped to hold the bag like a good boy as Nao introduced their goods to us. It seems like they had made a typo in the artbook. On one of the page where it should be written as "Saga on Bass" became "Saga on Bess", hahaha! Yup, you'll definitely find the same thing when you get your copy. Mine as well *laughs*.

Saga opened an うma棒 to eat he was so surprised that he went "びっくりした (I'm surprise)!" there upon seeing the package inside. Hahaha! But it's a very nice snack, cheese flavored too, I like it.

As Saga took a bite of the うma棒, Nao commented that even when Saga is eating he looks cool/ handsome. Saga was so embarrassed. Hahaha!

So Shou actually asked Nao where he got his outfit from, and commented saying that he couldn't keep up with Nao's style anymore. Well, Nao does have a very unique taste that looks like it won't fit anybody else doesn't it?

The afternoon session actually went over 40 minutes (as per Saga tweeted). We went out of the venue and have a quick breather/ some quick break for snacks, before we have to start queuing to go in again. There was again a little mishap at the numbering - our fault this time, not gonna say more because there's too much explaining to do - but we managed to get into the venue soon and got a seat, sticking to the left side of the venue this time so I can get better view of my prince.

View from AlternaPub. <3

As I had not gone to get my drink during the first round of the event, I went ahead and got one. I picked the non-alcohol wine they have on the menu, because well, it should be celebration right? To my surprise, my drink came in a pretty glass~

With their logo on it too! We're allowed to keep them!

It didn't take long to start, soon after everyone came in - some even got their drinks and some still queuing for it - there came on the Disney birthday song Saga managed to play on everyone's birthday (I am just waiting to see if that song appears on Tora's party now!), and Nao and Saga came out arms around each other's shoulders, both holding their glasses of drinks high. It was a very warm scene, their loves for one another hovering thick in the air~ We started off with a cheers  (乾杯!) and Nao gave speeches thanking us for our attendance.

And start the documentary, both boys went to sit near the edge of the stage and watched it with us. Lots of precious moments there. Saga did the voice-over. They started off showing us Nao's studio, inside there with his drum set, guitars, and if I didn't remember it wrong he also has basses there, Saga's bass, and some really expensive looking sound systems - don't ask me what they are. And then it showed a flashback of photos of Nao through these years. Our drummer has not change much hasn't he? The same case could be said for all the members. But Nao, I seriously still can't figure out how he is 36 and still looks that way.

A9様 ah, can you share me your secrets on keeping your youthful look perhaps?

The documentary is really a gem, it showed interviews of Nao's family (mom and brother) and his close friends,  and the those who know him. I can't remember the whole thing, neither can I understand most of what they said, so most of what I'll be writing below are mainly things I've noticed. So sorry about this and please bear with me about my slow progress on learning Japanese here.

You can always check out translations/ tweets on the night from @itsmish_o Twitter account. ^.^

One thing I noticed immediately upon seeing Nao's family, they all share the same smiles. Especially Nao's mom and his, they are exactly the same! Same curve, same warm, same friendliness. The way when Nao speaks too, is similar to his mom's, the way I feel. Nao's mom is a very beautiful lady, that kind of lady I can see will greet everyone she meets down the streets with the brightest smile on her face.

From the way she speaks, I can see that she's very proud of Nao, which isn't all that surprising of course. I mean, I would be proud if I have sons like the A9, wonderful, creative, and still staying true to themselves after living such long time in the entertainment industry. From the way his brother spoke too, I can tell that even he is very proud of his big brother.

Several video cuts of Nao from his younger/ children time were shown that night, Nao was so cute there dancing with his schoolmates at assembly (or at least it looks to me like an assembly), Nao there fighting with his baby brother for a toy, young Nao made his brother cry when he couldn't get the toy away from him (aww!). There was so much cuteness, we all laughed out loud - like really, even Saga was there laughing out loud as he watched, giving me a busy time for a moment trying to decide just which direction should I watch, the screen where young Nao was being innocent and adorable or that adult Saga there being innocent and adorable.

Speaking of the bassist, he managed to finish his glass of whiskey during the first part of the documentary - well, I've finished my glass of non-alcoholic wine too, hahaha, but that's waaay different! Even Nao was so surprise to see that he has finished his drink so soon (LOL, don't you already know your best friend is a drinker?).

So there was this one scene from the documentary showing Nao going to this Ramen place in Akihabara. As they have shown us the shop, and Paige managed to remember the name, I headed over next day. It is called 田中そば店 秋葉原店 (Tanaka Soba-ten Akihabara-Branch), nice ramen, I love the rich broth and the texture of the ramen there, definitely another place I would return to and recommend for all of you to go try when you visit Tokyo. You can find it easily by Google map (which was how I found my way there and everywhere in Tokyo, really). XD As for which one is nice, well, I suggest you to ask the staff there for recommendation, they are a pretty friendly bunch there. XD

Coming back to the night itself before I get too far off track. Nao and Saga ended the Alterna Pub with last two songs, first one was Nao and Saga singing duet covering Ito by Nakajima Miyuki. There was so much love in that song, that I felt. Have you experience that feeling? That feeling when your chest, your heart felt so full that you don't know what to do with all those feelings? It is almost like physical pain but not quite, because it will be better to feel physical pain where you can get it treated. I almost cried there, thank God I didn't, because I would really curse and swear at people if I'm to leave a dark trail of makeup down my cheeks there. LOL!

The last song ending the night was the acoustic version of Stargazer, Nao was the one singing to it as Saga plays guitar. Watching him play, there was this smile on his face so bright. His happiness was shinning, and so contagious too. I am sure he had lots of fun that night, those twinkles in his eyes as he watched his partner sings. I am pretty sure he is very proud of the drummer of his band too.

They said thank you, they've went backstage. We were told that the boys will greet us and clink glass (and I really have no better description to call that action of clinking glass, because that's mainly it, they are clinking our glasses with their empty ones, so I can't really call it cheers. But that really doesn't matter does it?) with us on the way out. We decided to hang back and go near the end, moreover Angel and I still yet to redeem our second drink so we went ahead and get that, and then we joined the queue to head out.

My heart was jumping underneath my chest, like I literally feel it pounding against my rib cage and wonder how no one else are hearing it's beats yet, that was how nervous I was there, waiting for my turn to clink glass with them. Funny enough, I think I will get nervous at the thought of seeing Saga no matter how many times I get to see him. I just like him that much I guess. Their voices were loud, firmly telling every fans "Arigatou". In my mind, I silently rehearsed what I wanted to say to each of them.

I went second after Sam. We were to clink glass with Nao first.

"Nao-san! Do you remember this? This jacket?" was my first sentence to him.

Two things:
First, why didn't you tell him Happy Birthday first now, Paige? What is wrong with you that you're here on his birthday event and you didn't even bother to tell him Happy Birthday? You being too nervous is just an... inexcusable excuse! And you've planned it! You planned to tell Nao how he shares the same birthday with Harry Potter, and planned to ask him is he a wizard! How could you forget THAT? You're so fail Paige, I am so disappointed at you.

Second thing, I am sure you are all here wondering about the jacket. What jacket indeed~ Well, I think I tweeted about it before, I've got that last December, during their Christmas live. I wonder does anyone else remember that lucky draw? They were selling lots at ¥1000 each, and they included special prizes like "Member Personal Belongings", the life size hug pillow, as well as "Tour 2015 Re:birth -天翔–" member's costumes? Well, due to some mishap and stuffs somewhere along the way, I've ended up with Nao's jacket, which I've wore to Alternative that day.

What I've anticipated: Nao's thoughtful expression when he tries to recall about the jacket. He probably remembers it, seeing he wore it for about 3 - 4 long months the year before, so I am also expecting realization to hit him, and I was expecting him to smile in that surprised way and perhaps say something like "sugoi" or somewhere along the line.

What actually happened:
Me: "Nao-san, do you remember this jacket?"

Saga (perhaps he was just free and bored, seeing Sam has already done talking to him and walked away, or perhaps he heard my sentence and he was curious why I asked Nao that. I spoke in Japanese): *He lean over to look at the jacket too* "Oh?" *recognition dawned on his face* "OOOOOHHH!"

While he and Nao has both let out the dawning "Oooooh" at me, Saga managed "Oh" louder than Nao.

Oi! I wasn't asking you the question, you know? *blush*

Yup, that done it, I totally forgot whatever else I planned to tell them. Basically, I was panicking. Yays!

Paige (under panic mood): "Erm... I am your fan from Singapore" *held up peace sign*

If those guys think that I've officially lost it, yeah, I think that's the case. Even I didn't quite know where I was trying to do there.

OK, well, I was actually wanting to let them know, 'hey, you know this jacket flew all the way to Singapore!' but my limited Japanese couldn't string those words into a sentence, especially not when I was panicking.

What have you done to me, Saga-san? Why are you so nosy and come responding to the question that wasn't meant for you??!

Though, if they were lost by my sudden random sentence (and peace sign. Dear Paige! Seriously Paige?) they didn't show it. Both Nao and Saga went "Suge*!" multiple times at me. Especially Saga, he repeated it so many times and he said it so loud like he's very impressed. And that makes me a very happy girl. It meant a lot to me, even though he was probably just impressed at the fact that I flew over to see them.

** Suge: is a slang from sugoi, kind of like cool! Or awesome! An impressed expression.

Well, it is a good thing that you to feel impress, perhaps that will help you remember this face here.

I clinked glass with both of them on the exit, a little too overwhelmed to remember to tell Saga what I planned to tell him (which are so many. I wanted to tell him that his voice is beautiful and hence please sing for us more, I wanted to teasingly ask him on a pizza date just to see his reaction), I settled on repeating "Arigatou" back to him instead. A little regretful about that, because I really wanted to tell him all those, but his reaction to me over Nao's jacket is priceless. It is already one of the best thing ever happen to me on live.

Nao, Saga, thank you for your precious reactions~~ <33333

After that, few of us waited for the two handsome men to finish up and come out. It took them somewhere around 45 minutes to an hour. Nao came out first, he headed off to retrieve his car, and drove around, letting the staffs load equipments into it. It took a while but not too long, enough time in between for Nao to even get himself a can of drink from the nearby vending machine - and he held it up cheers to us fans - finally, finally our bassist is readied, he came out, shyly nodded to all of us there waiting - not that many really, less than 10 people - got onto Nao's waiting car and they drove away.

Yet another memorable live, one that leaves me more questions than before I go - pardon me if I'm not sharing them here. But really, crazy as the rest of my month is, getting by with just cold food or instant noodles for lunch/ dinner for the past several months, but I don't think I regret a single thing here - well perhaps with my dorky reaction when I'm interacting with the boys. I really need to get a grip on myself. >.<

So, a long entry, and so sorry this post took like forever. My life had a bit of disagreement with me for a while there. All is good now however, except my next drawing, one that I'm not sure if I can complete in time - and I still want to do individual drawings too. D: I meed more time~

My next live, is at the end of August that's not too far away. 28th August 2016, A9's 12th anniversary. I think it'll be a good one! After which I'll have a little break until November's FC trip with the boys. Keep looking out this blog for future updates alright? And feel free to comment, if you want to fangirl over the event that happened, or if you have something to say regarding my writing style, I'd love some feedback!

Also, for more reports/ translation for the Alternative, please feel free to check out @itsmish_o and @alicerainbowsTwitter!

I'll see you soon!

And pictures!

So glad to have met this beautiful girl, we had so much fun! Look forward to see you on Anniversary live!
The pretty girls I met. <3
From Alternative S2 Artbook, please go get your copy for more beautiful pictures.
The Postcard Set~
Flyers from the live!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

[J-Drama Review] 37.5°C no Namida (2015)

Native title: 37.5℃の涙
Writer: Chika Shiina (manga), Mika Umeda
Genre: Human drama


Renbutsu Misako as Momoko Sugisaki
Narimiya Hiroki as Motoharu Asahina
Hayami Mokomichi as Kensuke Shinohara
Fujiki Naohito as Chikara Yanagi
Suzuki Rio as Koharu Asahina
Yokoyama Ayumu as Kenta Shinohara


Sugisaki Momoko used to be a nursery school teacher. Her difficulty smiling leads to communication problems with parents and her contract is terminated in one year. Momoko is picked up by ‘Little Snow’, a home care service for sick children, and makes a fresh start there as a caregiver. When a child has a fever, the caregiver would visit the home and care for the child in place of the parents who simply cannot take time off from work. Momoko encounters all sorts of families at the places she is sent to. With the support of her colleagues and the occasional help of her best friend, Yumika, she starts to face work, romance, family and friendship.


What a gem have I stumbled upon? 37.5°C no Namida has certainly exceeded my expectation, although it could be because I didn't have much expectation of it when I start. I just happened to like, found this drama having high rating, looking at the casts and saw Narimiya Hiroki in it, and I am like, "hey, why not?" when I started it. Definitely not a bad decision. I do not have words on how much I love this drama right now.

STORY 10/10
Because it is so good! It is so so good. I have to say, it is rather typical of Japanese dramas to infuse a darker side to their story line there, that however is always what got me hook right on the spot. Momoko's character is intriguing, there are many episodes which I spent wanting to know more about her past, what did she do? Why did her family treats her that way? I can't write more without giving the whole story away so bear with me. :-P Just note that Momoko is definitely that character that will go into your heart and stay there, and before long you will find yourself wishing for her to find her own happiness, I definitely ship her with one of the character there, which I am not gonna say more either, you better watch for yourself and witness the chemistry Momoko has with each and every characters in there!

CASTS 10/10
I seriously have a feeling that the character Momoko-chan is tailored made for Renbutsu Misako. I know her from another movie, quite briefly, in Kimi ni Todoke and quite like her there, in this movie her acting has impressed me more. And of course, I have nothing to pick on Fujiki Naohito, Hayami Mokomichi and Narimiya Hiroki, all amazing actors who I have seen in several other shows already too, they are awesome here. Worthy of a mention here is that I love Suzuki Rio, who I've seen in action in Never Let Me Go, her take on Koharu Asahina is just so adorable that makes me wish for a daughter like her! I look forward to see her in other shows/ dramas!

MUSIC 9.0/10
They are pleasant, I love the theme song "Daijoubu", very nice and fitting to the drama. Definitely going to search and add it to my music collection - after I am done with this review.

I would totally rewatch the drama again once I have a chance. Such amazingly executed story, the acting, the story, everything, I love everything! That being said, I could certainly be bias on my rating and review here.

OVERALL 9.5/10
I totally recommend this drama here, though this is not really all fluffy and happy kind of drama, that's a warning, my heart got broken several times, and there are times where I was just filled with so much feels I can't describe it. I didn't cry in this drama, but that could just be me. I look forward to hear your comment on this drama once you've watch it!

So, here is it! Let me know what you think of this drama! Feel free to comment, or drop me a tweet, (Twitter: @ETPaigeYin) or drop me a PM on
Original Post | Credit to MyDramaList | Credit to AsianWiki

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Saga & Show Birthday Feature Live - [SS] Saga SIDE

This June trip to Tokyo is definitely the shortest one that I have in year 2016. The unplanned trip I would called it, an unexpected trip because I have never thought it is possible. More like I had told everyone around me how this trip is impossible for me, I won't have enough money to make it work, having that I just flew to Japan the last 3 consecutive months, and then planning for trips to Tokyo in July and again in August, at the same time I am also anticipating an FC trip... Yeah, it is an impossible trip, I remembered telling my friend that. I am sorry I'll be missing Saga's birthday, I've said, I probably can go for Shou's birthday if I really want to - because Shou's birthday is after the payday - but then I probably gonna give it a miss too because I need a breathing space.

Apparently breathing space is not on the menu for me, not at the moment.

It was a spur moment decision that I've made up my mind to come for SS - Saga Side. A decision not easy to live with the last two months, those two long torturing months filled with struggles, I probably annoyed a few friends of mine with my whining when I've discovered that I need to pay part of the FC trip fees already too by this month - what a crazy month indeed. Although in the end it was all sorted out, and guess what, my original thought that I would not regret the trip? It came true. I am not regretting it at all, not even one percent of it - those struggles somewhat became an experience, I now have a better idea on what to expect next time when similar situation springs up - and I certainly did not regret buying the ticket when I bought it - late, my number was 457, but it still offers a great view and I got to meet up with my friend Angel, we had so much fun there dancing to the music and "mostly" (in my case) ignoring what those around us do and just do what we like to do. The live could not get better any other ways.

Japan greeted me with gloomy weather on my arrival, not a sign, just inevitable. I knew it is the rainy season there already before I fly in - and trust me, I did complain about that to my friend a lot (Sorry Lia, seems like I've really dump most of those complaints to you, and yet you always remain so patient and positive. I love you most!). I hate rains, all of those around me knows that. When it starts to grow dark and gloomy outside, I won't ever step outside unless necessary. And when it's necessary for me to get out in the rain, you'll hear my sigh and see a scowling face. I hate it when it rains! Yet there is Lia, my amazing friend, somewhat managed to made me stop complaining about the rain with a simple sentence. This is too good to not share because, well I have to say that I don't hate rain now don't I? Because she told me: "Rain is blessing, (so) he (Saga) is full of blessing (because he's born in the rainy season)."

Right, good way to shut me up about the rain, you know I can't argue with that! He is full of blessing.

And this trip too, even with all its gloomy appearance, is full of blessings too.

I shall skip to the event day now, my train has really gone way off the track, sorry. But hey, these random little facts are fun to read too, no?

24th June, D-day, Saga's birthday, another early day for me. As usual, the sunlight in Japan messed with my schedule. It was sometimes past 4.30 am and the brightness outside made me thought I've slept late got me sitting straight up from my bed. It was after I saw the clock showing an innocent 4.30+am that I groaned and dropped back into the bed. What a way to start the day. But the rest are not uneventful, except my search for the right exist from Shinjuku train station. That station is a maze really, almost as bad as Tokyo station, almost.

Met up with a friend I just got to know recently (Hey Regina) and together we headed over to Shinjuku ReNY, which wasn't too hard to find. The queue for goods wasn't as long as I feared it would be either, we were about the 7th and 8th person in the queue as we reached there just slightly past 11.30am.

Guess what guys? The first surprise of the day that got me stunned and just stared him for several seconds, Saga appeared not long after we settled down in the queue. O.O

Dressed in a blue shirt and with his hair dyed into a darker shade - it was kind of grey? Silver-ish? Not quite black yet. Even though he covered half his face with a mask, looking at those beautiful eyes, how could we not recognise him? He looks so fine there yo~ And when he saw us there, apparently it was shocking to him too. For a moment he just turned his face away, I kinda guessing what going inside his head would be like "Really? This early?" or maybe even "Do they recognise me?" (and these are mainly Paige's imagination of what's going on inside his head, by no means I know what he's thinking) and he turned back towards us - eye contact - (oh those blue eyes) he nodded, mumbled something along the line "ohayo gozaimasu"? (Or is it really "otsukaresama"?) Seriously, I can't remember, my mind was overwhelmed. I am looking at him, that perfect human being, just that few steps away from me, politely greeting us, and still able to appear adorable at the same time. My hands were shaking by the time I recovered enough after he walked passed and went in, and I texted my friends about the encounter, still couldn't believe it was real.

Geez, get a grip Paige, this is not the first time you see them in real live. Not the closest and not the first, why the hell are you freaking out over here?

Apparently I just did. And I can tell I will still do the same thing in the future. Oh God, what should I do??!! D:

The second surprise appearing from another lift, and that's our Toraさん, with his newly dyed orange hair - so bright! - and black outfit. His guitar on his back, so much like a bandman really. He was so chill and was even talking to some of the fans in front.

And time goes by, Regina and I chat, about our trips, about A9. And then another friend, Aisu came join us. It was after that the third surprise popped up.

When I say he pops up, he really did. Appearing out of nowhere. When I spent the whole morning just looking up whenever the lift made a sound, by 1.00 pm I've already given up hope for any of them to come this way - cause there are too many fans around already, they won't come this way when there are so many fans gathered right? ...Right? Popping up out of nowhere the staircase, is Shou. Dressed in a checked shirt, with a hat and his sunglasses on - I somewhat find that style a bit weird, could be the hair. I am not saying he doesn't look good, it's just... not as I usually see him? He has a smile hovering on his face when he sees us, "Oh, konnichiwa!" he greeted, we greeted back (I know I did) and he walked into the venue after talking to some fans at the front.

いいな~ if only my Japanese is good enough to communicate with them I can probably strike up a conversation with them too - also if I have the courage to. (Working on it, working on it...) XD 

So that was my pre-goods sales little surprises. Goods sales started at 3.30 pm, I got everything except the human-sized towel (really? Human-sized towel? What should I do with it? I don't even have a wall big enough to hang it...) After that the three of us - Regina, Aisu and I headed off to grab some food and put our bags into a locker - we also took time to check out the goods of course, and changed into the new T-shirt. XD Met with another fan who came from Singapore (Hello Mazu). It was raining by the time we got back to ReNY, there we spent some moments under the trees - not the best choice to hide from the rain really - spent some time under the basement area, and finally some time under the rain. I met another friend (ゆあさん, hello!) while waiting for my number to be called - being 400+ I am the last and only one in my "pen" (among my group I mean). I also met another girl I've met in Diawolf live back in March, been referring her as "the cute Tora fan" I haven't even learn her name. Hahaha! Sorry, I'll make sure to ask next time. It wasn't too long until I could go upstairs and into the venue.

And guess who I found inside there? I found Angel!

She's definitely a fun company to have at live.

My view~

Gotta mention this, because I really really am in love with those songs Saga has playing for us while we waited for SS to start. Those mix of 80's and 90's R&B jams and some jazz in it, some of those tunes so familiar and others just lovely to listen to. Saga, please show me your music folder someday because I want to raid it and take them all for my own! If only I have better hacking skills I would hack my way into your pc and get it... Oh dear, that guy make me wants to be a criminal.

Anyway, back on track. The event started with - guess what? - that Disney birthday song!

"Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday, Happy happy birthday to you~"

What a lovely way to start a birthday event, they even push out a cake on stage. XD

Saga has chosen to play all these lovely songs that he thinks isn't popular enough to be play on all the lives - but I love these songs, Saga, you can put them into every lives, really, I love them~ Started with I, followed by Kiss Twice, Kiss Me Deathly (I squealed, remember how I was tweeting about that unvoiced song request several days prior to live day saying that if I can't get to listen to Cross Game live I would happily just listen to Kiss Twice?). That song has turned into a wonderful dance moment for Angel and me, it was sooooo goooood! So much fun! The few other songs following are also my favourite - Blue Flame, so beautiful, DAYBREAK~ totally awesome, oh and Rosario! Rosario, sound so nice!

So Saga was talking about how amazing Hiroto is doing that tapping on his guitar, I guess that somewhat has Hiroto stressed out. When it's time to perform the song (Solar Eclipse), suddenly Hiroto fumbled and missed a note, he immediately called for stop. Someone - I think is Shou - commented how this has never happened before while Hiroto was there all flustered and hurried to practice on his part. It was just a few seconds of mishap but I guess everyone could see how stress Hiroto is - poor boy - but he got it right the second round. XD

A9 did a cover of Blame, which we already know since Saga shown hint before. It was beautiful, I have to say. And perhaps this is a bias opinion, I think they did it so well, it's on par - if not better than - the original. I love Shou's voice better, the deep richness of his voice like thick honey to my ears, even when he came to the last part of the song. I just found it is so good that I wish I have a copy of that track now.

The other cover song however, I can't say I am really familiar with Where the Streets Has no Name (I'll search for it after I get home), but Shou singing in English I couldn't make sense of most of what he's singing. -shrug-

I have to mention this, 4U is absolutely beautiful. Another of my favourite song, and it sounded so wonderful at live as it is recorded - actually the feel on live is better because they are singing in front of you, and that atmosphere, you're surrounded by all the fans who enjoy the same song as you do, somehow make it feels so much better.

Thank you for the song choices that night, Saga! I don't think it can get any better.

When they started playing Heavenly Tale, I found my eyes couldn't move away from Saga because he was so sexy there just focusing on his bass. He just look so charming and so handsome there playing those complicated notes, his fingers move so fast up and down the four strings, it was such a beautiful sight I wish I can see more.

They also played 開戦前夜 (Kaisen Zenya), another of my favourite, follow by - wait for it - G3!

And that song is certainly the most fun among my many lives.

I thought gyaku dive is very dangerous, it just look so scary when other people do it, doesn't it? The first time I witnessed it was in April and I was like, OMG someone can get hurt with this. Though when you're actually doing it, well it might hurt because you might get elbowed - I got several, one near by forehead even LOL - well, it is also very fun. You really have to try to know seriously. I had my moments worrying because there are people there being so small they look fragile, but much fun to stop. Hahaha. Anything for the fun!

It was repeated so many times, I couldn't even count how many times already but I felt all hot and sweaty and out of breath by the time I finish. Now I finally understand why the boys would repeat the same chorus again and again for some songs - because I never did when watching live on DVD, since they always only show the boys and not the crowd.

Between catching out breathe and trying to cool down, we called for encore. They didn't keep us waiting for long, Saga and Hiroto came back out soon, Saga came out first, carrying an acoustic guitar, and I knew then, I knew before Angel lean over and tell me that he's going to sing. He is going to sing~~


"Hiroto you're slow!" Saga called, after he stood there talking for a while and Hiroto still does not come out (come oh, you know your Pomeranian needs to make sure he looks presentable in front of his Number Six). Hiroto came out finally, and before they perform, Hiroto was like, "are you going to sing?" he ask Saga, "This is new." he commented. LOL. Are you really surprised Hiroto? So cute.

Hiroto is full of cuteness that night really. But maybe cause I am standing near the right side of the stage I could see him so much better here. There was a moment he was like so high he doing funny gestures - I sincerely have no idea what is he doing, random movement perhaps? Hahahaha! And there was the magical moment when both guitarists swung their bodies in sync with the beats again. XD

Silly Saga, you should turn around and take picture with us and not with your back facing the camera! Dork. XP But your thickness is cute, I like you.

Let's backtrack a little, because I can't not talk about that magical moment. Such a beautiful voice, that man is a God sent. The whole venue hushed as he sang, there was only music, and I found my whole attention rested on him, only him. Because he's that shinning star in the dark - sorry Hiroto I did not even look at you, except when you come over and lean your chin on his shoulder, you flirty boy. Hiroto also picked up Saga's hand and gave it a princess kiss at the end too, but let's not talk about that.

We come back and talk about Saga's lovely voice, the beautiful melodic vocal he has, it's like music and him has became one when he sings, his fingers playing out various chords, and he sang with feelings, he sang so deep. His voice go so much deeper than Shou's, at the same time it's not. Like I always describe Shou's voice is honey to the ears, Saga's is like, a refreshing flower tea perhaps, lighter but never dull, very rich in fragrance and taste. I love the emotion his every tones carry.

I would just like to put a big giant heart or smiley emoji here hahahaha! Because there's no word to describe what I feel about his voice. I really just hope he would do a solo project and release his beautiful voice to us so I can put that song on replay forever.

After he done singing, and they talked a bit more. Hiroto was then like, so here's Saga's birthday present, the members! Saga was like, you giving me the members as present? Hahahahahhaha!

Nao came out wearing Saga shirt, and he's like, "Saga will always be here in my heart." aww Nao~

And Shou was like, Saga can play guitar, he can sing so well, in the futute he will be a startling producer. In reply to that, Saga said he will only be A9's producer. XDDDDD

Shou teased Hiroto in his coat (it's green and silky) looking like a mom - the coat looks a bit like those western sleeping gown really. Hahahahaha! Poor Hiroto. And during all these Saga turned back and stole bites of his own birthday cake - someone is still hungry. Hahahaha!

"Tora-san, why are you wearing Shou's shirt?" Hiroto pointed out suddenly (Tora came out wearing the checked shirt Shou wore when he arrived). Some fans went like "Oh? Oh?" hahahaha! Tora, blushing a bit, like "Eh eh eh," calming everyone down. Hahahahaha!

Nao got embarrassed when he's telling Saga Happy Birthday somehow. -cough- and he suggested to go drink again. Lol! さすがNaoさんね. XD

And they were talking about that incident how Saga got so drunk he ended up at Tora's home. XD

It was a rather long speech during the encore. The boys just throwing things around, randomly. It was funny.

Second song in encore, Saga rapped. It was so well done!

They sang +- too! Omg! I love that song when I saw them performed it on 2014 Singapore live - sadly it was one live I missed. I'm just glad I get the chance to see witness it live this time. XD

The last song closing the night was Dead School Screaming, another round of gyaku dive. Hahahahaha! No wonder my body felt sore today, probably did too much gyaku dive and headbanging and jumping. Thank god for the day of resting - on the plane - and hey the seat beside me is empty, I'll go stretch out in a bit soon as I'm done with this giant blog here (sorry and not sorry for the length xP)

By the way, you know there's this part of opening to Dead School Screaming where Saga would usually yell out the name of the place they're performing at? This time he screamed "Happy Birthday!" instead. Hahahaha! Looks who's high about his special day?

Oh, Hiroto went and put some icing on Saga's nose. Nao feigned to slam the cake onto Saga twice after they done performing. Hahaha! Saga's reaction to that! He was like "What the!!!"

A part I just remember and inserting here, cause I don't know between which two songs they did that. So Saga and Hiroto was like talking to one another across the stage - like bantering really - and Shou in the middle probably feels ignored and drifting off to dreamland already, so when Saga suddenly address him he was like "Hai Hai?!" hahahahaha! It was so cute his reaction.

That's roughly the whole live, after which we met up with the rest. Aisu and Angel and I went met up a friend of Angel - hi Kelly - and we went for a late dinner. I even went to Rockaholic for a bit but never really stay long because I haven't pack my bags and all, my flight is so early today. Perhaps the only regret. I wished to stay, it would be fun. Well perhaps next time when I have more time in Tokyo I'll go there and have fun. XD

I'm closing this entry with the night's set list and some pictures. As usual, please take this with a pinch of salt, although I praise myself to have quite a vivid memories, I don't understand Japanese that well yet so what I understand from their conversation might not be true at all.

And if you want to know more about the live, feel free to check out tweets by @itsmisho_o and @rilarilarin. You might have to scroll down to find the tweets though. I'll update this again soon enough, let's see if they are getting as crazy on Nao's birthday or not - I won't bet on it, but I look forward to see what Nao and Saga have planned for us on 31/7.

1. I
2. Kiss Twice, Kiss Me Deadly
3. Blue Flame
4. Daybreak
5. カルマ (Karuma)
7. Solar Eclipse
8. Lemon
9. Blame (cover)
10. 4U
11. Where the Streets has No Name (cover)
12. Heavenly Tale
13. The Arc
14. 開戦前夜 (Kaisen Zenya)
15. G3

E1. 歌うたいのバラッド (cover)
E2. 有心論 (Cover)
E3. +-
E4. Dead School Screaming
My gifts for the birthday boy. XD
Postcard Set

Another postcard set
The group postcard you get if you buy both sets
The Galaxy Bracelets, I love the design - and the colors.
Bracelet back-cover.
More fliers from the live. *\(^o^)/*