Hahaha VERY late report as usual~~~~~ now lemme try recall~~~~~JULY 29th, 2011 - FRIDAY - GOODS!
I arrived Sapporo on July 29th 2011, Friday to buy GOODS!!! *Battle mode* I was totally in ecstatic mood almost throughout my plane ride from Singapore --> Tokyo as they were playing GANTZ PERFECT ANSWER on SQ! This was not yet released in SG so I caught it first time on the plane!!! Finally I know THE answer......ahh not so perfect to me. Sacrificial nino....T__T
It's great Uncle Johnny finally wisen up and decided to sell goods one day earlier.. there was NO QUEUE. Can I repeat myself pls -- NO QUEUE!!!
This is too rare and surprising to me!! I still rem the slog in rainy winter 2 years ago!! For a while I thot Arashi lost their popularity lol...
But there are pros and cons to a no-queue situation. My friends and I could just stroll around the area freely doing 'window' shopping at our own pace, buying one item and then going back to buy another..and another..another..and ended up with this chunkload of goods among 3 girls! Of cuz include shopping for others but still..... 15 pamphlets and 15 posters?! *dies* JULY 30th, 2011 - SATURDAY - BEAUTIFUL WORLD CONCERT!
Ok the drill as usual...weathering the storm of fan-girls invading the ENTIRE Sapporo city. I really think locals get this annual shock of 2 days with their jaw-drop expressions when they see flocks of people overflowing the trains, poor them LOLOL. Now to Fukuzumi where SAPPORO DOME is, minna!
And it doesn't end at the trains. The bustle and jostle continues from the train station to the Dome entrance. Yappari, summer con is much better!!! Well 2 years ago it was winter con for Sapporo and it was raining NON STOP... so that short walk took 2-3 hours of literally inching forward *can u imagine......* But this year, ah sukkiri!!!! Cool wind blowing, sunshine bright, crowded yes but we can actually WALK, not inch forward... so yea!!!
Concert at 18:00 Hours, guys!!!! *HIGH HIGH HIGH Te Agero!!!*
And then im INSIDE the Dome!!!! The sheer size of it and the amount of people really makes u stop in your tracks and go 'SUGGOOOIIIIII~~' unconsciously....... this is a bad quick snap of it (you can't bring cameras in btw, but hey it's my phone? lol)
My Arena Seat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Eve has just made my dream come true AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are at extreme right side of stage, just next to the walkway where the boys always come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm not exagerrating but it's DAMN NEAR O__O!!!!!!
When the lights go off, everybody just bounced up and went KKYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. It went off at 6.01PM sharp - OMG how punctual can Japanese get!!!! *in admiration* I mean concerts always start late isnt it... The penlights are rreaaallllyyy beautiful, its really BEAUTIFUL WORLD!!!! Everybody went 'KireeeeiiiI~~~~' unconsciously. The best colour combi must be those 5 colours I swear...
The con started with 'Boku ga Boku no subete' in a special concert arrangement, I really <3 this song :) The boys were in all-white gear with some bling bling.. extremely charming~~ next I'm just gonna list whatever comes to mind on what I personally remember lol~ esp how the boys really look like up-close (after staring for 3 hours).. hey not many chance to stand SO NEAR them ritez hehe :)1. AIBA Moment
It really dawned on me how near the stage is to my seat when the boys walk past. It's really 3 steps away to TOUCH them. *cups mouth* Of cuz we wave like crazy tho they tend to look towards to opposite side, rather than down towards my arena area. So just SHORTLY after the con began, dear Aiba came by looking ALL SMASHING HOT in his amazing new hair... and he decided to look our side!!! Thanks to my friend's Aiba uchiwa he waved down directly at us!!!!!!!!!!! It was really doki doki cuz first time SO NEAR!!!!!! Aiba looked AMAZING!!!!! And his solo Janakute was GREAT! u go Aiba!! U have fully recovered yeaH!!!2. OHNO Moment <--- this basically killed me
When I was still in *shock disbelief* mode from Aiba moment described above, Riida happily walked by... and he decided to look down at arena!!!! I just went wild~~~~~~~~~ best of all, he STOPPED right in front of us, held his hands above his eyes to get a better look at us (to avoid the glare from opposite spotlight). My heart was literally exploding away and we were damn obviously just IN FRONT of him. Again my friend's Ohno uchiwa caught his attention and he waved directly to my friend!!! Ohno is such a kind man he makes time to SINGLE you out and makes sure his eye contact with you is CLEAR!!!!!!! So since I was standing just next to my friend, I waved my "Shingapooru <3 Arashi" uchiwa at him.... HE SAW IT, I could see him read the Katakana, had the SURPRISED EXPRESSION (cuz it says Shingapooru I guess), AND GAVE ME A THUMBS UP SIGN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then he walked off slowly.... I was TOO HIGH i can't even remember what song was it when all this CRAZE happened. OMG 50,000 pple and Ohno singled us out!!! I AM DUMPING NINO!!!!!! LOL.
Ohno's solo was also to-die-for! His amazing dancing skills caused the whole Dome to "Woah" naturally... I just wish there were more dancers? Only 2 doesn't bring out the oomph it should.. hmmz. Still, I am HUNG UP ON for HD DVD for this!!!3. NINO...hmm tired?
Nino looked a bit tired and not as genki as I remember him 2 years ago. Maybe too plagued with all his scandal rumours and Nozomi Sasaki *shrugs*... Sad to say, the right side is not his favourite this time and he didn't come by much *sobs* He was practically PLANTED at right side 2 years ago. So they do change sides hahaha. Of cuz he looked super kawaii and skin damn flawless as ever... but he din look down at arena. He always look towards to opposite audience above~~ and he went pretty out of tune in his beautiful solo piece (though guitar look is still great hehe).. gah I was too Ohno-fied that night anyway LOL.4. JUN and too much JUNTOSHI
OK this con, Jun is PLANTED at the right side. well, he's not my ichiban.. but he looked all happy and smiley :) He performed the first solo, and holy moly! He was really SHAKING IT! LOL... sexy provocative performance. Can sense the whole dome fainting LOL. Later part of the con, HE KISSED OHNO. I missed the scene but my friend saw it. AHHHH too much Juntoshi these days.... NO OHMIYA *sobs* I really miss Ohmiya.....5. SHO...the Host King
Hmm Sho really looks like Sho on TV. hahahaha i dunno how best to put it, but nothing much to add LOL. Jun, Aiba and Nino look abit different...the type you might not recognise straightaway if they walk past u in the streets. Ohno and Sho..same same as TV. LOL. Din get much attention from Sho at our side either but of cuz he came by a few times and did his classic president style wave and smile and a Sho fan behind me was all wild and happy hehehe.
Erm Sho's solo was quite funny as he came out in quite ridiculous white and black polka dot outfit (those kind to fail Mannequin 5) and his dancers were carrying large feather fans with even more feathers in their head OMG...... ROFL. They even circled Sho with their feather fans, making him look a like a Total Host King in a Host Club LOLOL. I love his solo piece! just the outfits and dance is funny... even the boys make fun of it hahaha.6. 3 hours too short...?
OK maybe I'm too greedy? but i really felt this concert ended abruptly even tho it was a 3 hour one in full... They said 'thank you' speeches at 2.5hour mark and I was like 'HUH gonna finish already????'.... 5X10 felt so much more...erm satisfying. not sure whether becuz that was my first con...but 5X10 was slightly >3 hours and they sang songs from 1999-2009 so it certainly felt more 'complete'... of cuz this time round I had the priviledge of staring at them super up-close and that is enough said! hahaha.7. MC so so onli..
The MC for July 30th felt unprepared (I dunno if they ever prepare at all) and there were a few moments of awkward silence where nobody could continue the topic. They were mainly picking on Aiba again as usual..haha nothing new.. and i can't remember much LOL. I hope they put some digest in DVD :)8. Special Magic Performance Saikou!
I really like the special magic performance! Innovative and interesting! My friend keeps saying it might be a 3D concert DVD this year and I hope it's true! Can't wait for DVD already!!!!9. Tooku Made... most remembered song i think
I think my memory is failing me.. I can remember much more of 5X10 concert than this one LOL. If I have to pick one song I remember most, I pick Tooku Made.. its the last song before encore and there was this very high, happy and heavenly atmosphere filling the entire Dome!!! It gives me goosebumps!!! Then the screen split into 5 sections individually for the boys... I mean it always happens but I dunno why for this particular song, I jusf felt so happy and touched to see them sing this song SOOO happily with ALL SMILES ear to ear *kyaa* I managed to snatched a rolling streamer (dunno what you call it) from an irritating and boring jap in front of me *YEA* *proud* LOL10. LOVELY background videos!!!
I Love the background video of "Niji no kakera"... 5 cute dwarfs...Aiba with monkey, Ohno with fishing rod, Sho reading news, Nino playing game in his hands and Jun in purple (was he doing anything special? sorry cant rem LOL). Other bg videos of "always" and other songs were simply BEAUTIFUL...... there was one where they boys tear, i think it is "always".. gosh I need that in HD on DVD pleeeeasssseeeee.
There were 2 standard Encores. I like how they started talking in Encore 2. They basically went one by one saying 'hey the fans said they dun wanna go home' haha. J called Nino Gantz hehe. So yea, it ended at 3 hour mark... *abrupt feeling* bye bye Arashi *sobs* I wanna see you soon next time!!!!
Then it was off to another post-con squeeze and Gengkhis Khan dinner with overseas fans!!!!!
And I think au needs to change this poster at Susukino that is TWO YEARS old hullo?! So old already aiyo!
Hmm dunno who will read this con report.. haha its so late LOL. But I love receiving comments :)