Whew, it’s Monday evening! Two full days have passed since I was at the concert, and I’m still all worked up (haha). In this post, I’ll talk about how the concert went and what I thought.
I had a lot of fun at the concert! A few thoughts…
For one of the songs, Taka had us sing after him in “little voices” and then “big voices.” Trying to sing in a “little voice” with thousands of people in a concert hall is pretty hilarious.
During Mighty Long Fall, about 20 light-up balls appeared and started bouncing around over the crowd. The fans were enthusiastic and crazy, which was really fun for us, and when Deeper Deeper, Mighty Long Fall, The Beginning, and songs like that played, I had fun knowing that everybody else was just as into those songs as me (for once…haha). Everyone went crazy for Kanzen Kankaku Dreamer, too.
Taka came to the back really close to where we were and sang part of a song, which was cool! But way too short (haha.) I wished he’d done a whole song in the back, but writing this now, I guess we were just lucky that he snuck back there in the first place at all.
I have to say, I’m blonde and really foreign-looking, and a lot of times I don’t want to stand out here, but you can bet I wanted to when Taka ran toward us in the back! haha. I saw other “foreign” fans there too, and I can’t help hoping that One Ok thinks it’s cool that we came to see them here in Japan, even though they’ve toured overseas and everything.
Singing along to the songs in the concert was so fun, too! Sometimes I go to the concerts and can’t sing along, but since this one was partly in English and I’m familiar with the Japanese in their more recent songs, it might be the most I’ve been able to sing along to with everyone. I loved Mighty Long Fall, and I think I could’ve kept jumping all night if they’d just performed that on repeat, haha.
But I feel like I heard more than I saw. It’s a weird feeling. I technically “saw” One Ok Rock perform–but on the other hand, I actually didn’t “see” them very well for most of the concert. Even though Green Arena isn’t that big (10,000 people, but Fukuoka Marine Messe was bigger), and we were toward the middle (which was great!!), the band members up at the front were pretty small; and even though there were two screens up at the front, it felt like most of the time there weren’t close-up shots of the members. Sometimes, there was video of the band members playing, but they did it in “three color mode” (I don’t know what it’s called)–like, in black, white, and one other color, like orange. I know they were just stylizing it, but I wanted to see the members clearly, so I wish they’d done more close-ups in full color.
However, they performed with passion and everyone had a good time. I like One Ok fans, too. They’re so enthusiastic and crazy and fun! So…by extension…maybe we are, too?
Of course, getting out of the arena was a little tough, and Preeya was stuck next to me while I made lame Paper Planes jokes: Hey look, everyone’s going to that vending machine! Cash in, cash out! Wow, it’s so hard to get around people! Pass in, pass out! Your strap is folded over, let me fix it! Strap in, strap out!
I’m sorry, Preeya. Please still invite me to concerts!!