Okay, just got back to Malaysia. Man, it’s been really tiring.
So Day 2. I’ll get straight to the main points.
The cosplay competition was surprisingly lacking of competition with only 9 groups joining and well… let’s just say only 2-3 groups were really entertaining while the rest are pretty unoriginal. The best one was the Roxas-Sora team musical which really had me in stitches. There was a valiant attempt by a Vincent cosplayer (yes, Rollo’s mecha) which actually won Aniki’s (Ichirou Mizuki) special award. Too bad the sketch they did was lame. Damn I kinda forgot who won, but if it were me, the SCC President was the best looking one on stage.
Oh wait, I remember now, it’s the Ultraman team that won for their seriously physical skit.
Proceeding onwards, May’n’s concert was definitely the highlight of the day, though they really scalped the fans and the people who paid for the VIP tickets, especially Diamond pass holders. As promised, it was only 7 songs and May’n was really electrifying to see live on stage performing. I think someone already uploaded their recording of it, so look around if you wanna find it. I’m barred from linking it directly.
On the negative side, the sound system was terrible with overwhelming bass, tinny treble which was exacerbated by the fact the venue isn’t suitable for live singing performances since it echoes like mad. I still wish they brought in a live band rather than having her sing karaoke.
The Diamond VIP area was something like a cattle enclosure more than anything but I guess it was still better than to try and stand in the outer area where probably >9000 people were there.
Diamond VIP holders got especially scalped since the promised autograph was limited to pre-signed boards given out immediately and you couldn’t get her to sign any merchandises at all. That and coupled with the shortness of the “concert” seriously made me relieved I didn’t actually spend RM 280 on the Diamond pass.
My greatest regret is leaving my Diamond Crevasse CD at home. Sigh, should’ve gotten my media pass signed instead.
Anyways, it was fun going down to Singapore and participating in such a huge event as well as getting to see Ichirou Mizuki and May’n performing live. If they do have AFA 2009 with guests of similar or greater stature *coughJAMProjectcough* I guess I’ll pay SG another visit again.
I just hope this time they get their act much more properly and learn from their mistakes this year.