For various reasons, AFA 2011 was and is, my very last chance to visit as next year is a little tough to attend due to overseas education. But even so, I wasn't that hyped to go at first as I didn't have anyone to go with, tho a senior of mine did express some interest in going again this year.
That was until they announced "MikuPa Live Party in Singapore".
And the rest was history.
Everything fell into place shortly, such as booking our accommodation with flight tickets and before we knew it, my senior and I we're on the plane (which almost left without us) bound for Singapore.
For the un-informed, AFA 2011 was held over 3 days, (actually 3 nights and 2 days), with each night holding a "I ♥ Anisong Concert" that had different artistes, while the main festival only starts on the 12th (Sat) to the 13th (Sun). MikuPa was held on Friday night, which we left home on that very morning.
Our hostel was located in Clarke Quay, with a great nightlife that's full of bars, beers and booze right by the Singapore River that cuts through the city. The nearby shopping complexes and plazas made the area that more bustling by the time we ventured to the first few by mid-day.
Wandered around a bit more and had some pepper-ish "Bah Kut Teh" (Meat Bone Tea) for lunch before heading back to the hostel to check-in. After settling our stuff, my senior/good friend stressed the importance of arriving 4 hours early at the concert hall, so we made our way as fast as the MRT allowed us, which was quite speedy actually.
And now the hardest part of our trip began: waiting.
While waiting for the double doors to open in 4 hours time, a few things happened, such as meeting friends of my senior whom are also very passionate VocaFans while meeting even many more like minded individuals. It was great meeting you guys, and most of them were (surprise, surprise!) fellow Malaysians, whom swam across the straits to get here too, no matter what!
A couple of hours later, the official MikuPa merchandise that's present at every MikuPa was being setup. Usually, producer albums and CDs would be sold as well, but none of that was seen on sale. Instead, there were a finite quantity of apparel and other wearable goodies which is fine all the same.
We all silently knew the current situation: Too many predators, too few prey.
And hunt was on.
Incredibly, when they laid out the queue barriers, it opened right in front of me! As one of the first few customers, I made sure to get some exclusive goodies for my friend and myself. An exclusive Singapore MikuPa T-shirt and clear files with beautiful covers. As I looked back after purchasing them, the line had already stretched across the whole floor. Goodluck guys.
Hurried back to our camping spot as more bouncers and security detail was massing at the double doors. We all knew it was soon time to enter. Awwwwww yeah, its starting!
Thanks to my mom's gene or formulated diet from young, I was tall enough to view the stage pretty well even with a few heads bobbing in front of me. For those who couldn't, there were 4 projectors with live feed from cameras placed at different parts of the hall to ensure fair viewing for all.
After more waiting, thanks to the VIPs shuffling their asses ever so slowly to their chairs (lol), accompanied by a few other delays, the concert hall was finally plunged into darkness. It had begun.
When they hit the first few notes of "Hajimete no Koi ga Owaru Toki" by supercell, the crowd went nuts, and I mean chunky-large-granule-sized-nuts. Me included.
Most of the time, I couldn't really see well, since some fluid was forming and obscuring my vision of the stage. Thankfully, the songs picked up and hits such as "Rolling Girl", "Rasetsu to Mukuro" and "The Intense Singing of Hatsune Miku" were being played, as I dried up my vision.
Fortunately, Kagamine Len saved me from losing anymore fluid with his appearance and perky "Migikata no Chou", which I love oh-so very much. I swear, there was one point during that song Ren had a raep face on but that's probably just me.
The heartfelt "Fire Flower" came after that and you could clearly see (or hear) it was a tune everyone loved and could easily sing too, even if you didn't know it. At this point, my friends and I had lost our voices as we tried our very best to sing every song over the superior sound system that rocked the hall hard that night.
I know I've skipped mentioning a few awesome songs so as to not bore you with my lame commentary of my emotions but the full playlist of MikuPa in Singapore can be played, viewed and watched at MikuBook, accompanied with the original PV videos for your entertainment.
"Time Machine" and "ARiA" was soon played with, what was thought to be, a mess up of the band member's introduction, but actually wasn't the case when I viewed the live stream back home, with "Miku Miku ni Shite Ageru" played as the final note of the concert. As usual at every MikuPa, we had to do a encore chant (it was 4 minutes of continuous chanting!) to summon her return for, not one but, a double encore!
"Uta ni Katachi wa nai Keredo" calmed everyone for the first encore, right before ending the night with the last but epic song that started it all, "Melt" by supercell. Will never forget that tune that rang through out the hall and sometimes in my dreams;
The crowd (well I don't think I have to express anymore than I have too) was long gone at this point, as we shouted, jumped, screamed and sang along till the very final tune.
As I mentioned before to my friends, nothing and I mean nothing in your life, will ever beat the feeling of experiencing the concert first-hand with the sound system messing up your hearing and balance senses, or being blinded with more colours that the rainbows of the 7 continents could ever throw at us, compared to watching it online, on NND, or a recorded live-stream of the concert.
tl;dr IT WAS MAGICAL.
Before leaving the hall together as people shuffled towards the doorway, with our backs aching badly and very stiff from 7 hours of total standing time, part-deaf, part-visually impaired with no voice and famished from 7 hours of self-starvation and a later discovered broken shoe of mine, I quietly asked our group, "Would you do it all again?"
And the look they gave me was all I needed as a reply.
-End of Day 1-
Continued to ["Day 2: The Masses Amassed] (Coming soon!)