First, let me say that it was a blessing to even get the ticket! I wanted to buy a ticket for the Saturday concert, but I ended up getting to the convenience store in Osaka too late (12-1pm or so, and tix went on sale to the public at 10am that morning) and the Saturday tickets were all sold out! But, it is pretty cool to be able to say that I was able to go to the FINAL 20th L'Anni~ver~sary live!
Let me also say that preparing the L'Arc/lolita outfit for the live took a LONG time! After work, I went straight to the design studio to get help drafting the pattern for the vest/skirt, but the worst part was the stenciling. In Japan, people do not focus on heating the room as much as heating themselves, so I endured cold and cramped legs to make the outfit. Anyway, the stenciling took twice as long b/c the material is black, so I had to have a 'primer' layer and then the actual color. Honestly, to do the back, back, front, front stenciling took about 6 hours per application. BUT, it was worth it. I want to do one more coat on the vest, but I am very pleased overall. The front of the skirt reads, 'L'Arc~en~Ciel' and the back of the vest and skirt have some lyrics to one of my favorite songs of theirs!
Okay, on to the day of! I woke up around 5:45 am to get ready for the concert, though I had already determined my layering the day before b/c I did not want to wear a coat for it would have covered up my stencilling. I arrived in Osaka around 10:20 am and waited outside to meet a fellow Hyde fan whom I have been friends with on facebook since 2009! M and I chatted and then came Mrrrr, who hugged me close since we haven't seen each other since orientation! We went to a church geared towards youth and I fell for the first time in my rocking horse shoes! It didn't hurt and I wasn't too embarrased! The sermon was more like a pep talk about 'Running your Race,' geting rid of unnecessary 'weight' in our lives, and most importantly quickly confessing sin in our life and getting it right with God so that we can, as Christains, win souls for Christ. (Did that throw you for a loop?)
After church, I hugged Mrrrr a million times, then M and I went to アメ村 for some shopping! M told me about the time she met Hyde at a Vamp Addict meet up because he liked her drawing! We met E and she told me about when VAMPS had the historic concert at Pearl Harbor (considering that they are a Japanese band) and she had HYDE encounter x3!!!! The accounts were all in Japanese, but the day before the concert, she saw Ju-ken coming from a jewelry shop and she told him to do a good job! Then she cleverly decided to wait around and she saw Hyde and Kazzie in a jewelry shop!!! She wanted to go in, but the manger wouldn't let her! So she waited for him, all the while looking though the glass window. When Hyde finished, I think he waved and then left. Second, the next day at the concert, she was about 3 people from the back and he cocked his head to look at her b/c he probably recognized her from the night before! She also saw Hyde at the food court at the airport and he shook her hand. Of course, a million people lined up to shake his hand afterwards! We had this chat at a Lotteria in Osaka, but afterwads, we headed to the 京セーラドーム! It was awesome hearing people ooh and awe over my outfit, but I am not sure if they got that it was L'Arc-themed. I'd like to think that they did...
At the dome, more oohing, then M and E and I parted ways because they had floor seats and I was the farthest from the stage, on the outer ring of the dome. I know this because I checked my seat online! I bought a melon soda for 200en, asked the stewardess if it was okay to bring drinks in to the dome, then asked for directions to my seat. There was a gap between the seat in the wall, so I put my Metamorphose bag and schwag down before setting in beside two Jp women to my right and a man came to sit next to my left, but not a hottie. T.T The arena was smokey and I contemplated running to the loo, but decided against it. Minutes passed and I noticed that there was a woman in a tower to work the lights/camera. She had to climb a ladder to get there!
Before the show started here is what I thought they would play:
xxx, niji, Chase,
bless, caress of venus, lies and truth,
anata, kasou, revelation,
forbidden lover, driver's high, kaze ni kienaide,
jojoshi, seppun, ready steady go,
hurry christmas, good luck my way.
I wish 2007
kasou heisei jyuunananen
After the exact same intro as the Fukuoka live, L'Arc played さよなら first and if you have the True cd, you know that さよなら's outro is Caress of Venus' intro and they played it next as I suspected they would! Hyde danced to C of V, of course and so did I! Then they sang Good Luck My Way and during this song I began to shed my outer layers of clothes because I didn't want to get my handmade L'Arc vest sweaty! I noticed that the guy next to me was mimicking my hand movements, which made me feel cool! Next was Heaven's Drive! I danced around in that confined space like crazy!
L'Arc played flower and then DRINK IT DOWN, though I didn't appreciate the digital flames that appeared on the screen and partially obscured Hyde's face. I wonder if it was a tactic to hide Hyde's ageing face... Next was Dune, and Hyde did his twirl! I sang along, but either I couldn't hear the person beside me or they didn't know the lyrics. Also, my voice sticks out from everyone else's. Maybe b/c I'm not Japanese? The next song truly surprised me, ガラス玉! I almost cried, I think. forbidden lover followed and when Hyde sang the part about crying out to God, bright lights pointed at the middle of the ceiling. The next song was MY HEART DRAWS A DREAM, which I love to sing and once again, my voice sounded different. Revelation started by quoting from the Bible's "Revelation" and then ken, tetsuya, and yukihiro were driven around on carts with steam guns as we shouted "OI/HEY" for forever. After all three made a complete circle around the arena, hyde was carried out. Then they sang the song when he got back on stage! It was soo fun, but took a long time! Then they played SEVENTH HEAVEN and Driver's High and I had TOO much fun singing along and jumping and shouting, 'YEAH!!!!' I think I annoyed the people around, but I am a teacher and this is my only real form of stress release and letting my hair down!
After Driver's High, tetsuya asked if we'd like to eat his banana, then he threw it at the crowd! Mukimpo! Then they performed Stay Away and we clapped. After that was Ready Steady Go, Hyde cursed before it in English as per usual and said whohoho! At the beginning, I worried that Kenchan was hurt again, but he was okay! At the end, yuki went crazy on the drums and I thought he had arm tattoos, but he was just wearing a tattood shirt! Following, they sang Anemone which is what I have been longing to hear them perform live, tear pricked my eyes. He sang it with the orchestra and I think he confused the lines of the song at one point. XXX and Chase were the chasers (though I don't drink I know the term) and then ken sang 'happy birthday to me'! It was too cute!He said something about 'nukanuka' which may mean dummy or 'nukunuku' which means comfy. He may have also said something about mashibamui, but I have no idea what that means. Actually, I do not get Ken's jokes, but then the crowd doesn't seem to either... Then they sang Hurry CHristmas with the blue slideshowesque reindeer background. It made me think of the Hurry Christmas app for the iphone they had.
Then hyde spoke about how he was running and fell and hurt his knee, I think. He spoke about how he hadn't done that since they started 20 years ago. He waxed nostalgic talking about the past 20 years then they sang link and niji was last. After that, they put on a video a the then-yet-to-be-released CHASE, announced a NEW ALBUM, the WORLD TOUR for 2012 and it was over.