AFA 2008: Day 2

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.

12 Comments

  1. Aoshi Said,

    November 24, 2008 @ 4:33 pm

    Jesus you’re seriously quick. I haven’t even done anything on Shrine yet.

  2. Li Shan Said,

    November 24, 2008 @ 5:24 pm

    unfortunately the recordings don’t have yousei, welcome to my fanclub night or What about my star….. yet…

  3. Lehq Said,

    November 24, 2008 @ 6:14 pm

    Yeah, I was actually quite apprehensive initially when they announced it’s gonna be held at Suntec along with the convention — was expecting some decent place to hold the concert

    “rather than having her sing karaoke”
    haha not to forget that oh-hazukashi-desu slip-up for a split sec where we saw windows media player

    Anyway,it’s sg’s first attempt after all.

  4. tj han Said,

    November 24, 2008 @ 7:42 pm

    Suntec has held lots of concerts! I went for the Simple Plan standing only one a few years back and it was damn awesome.

  5. Jason Said,

    November 24, 2008 @ 7:51 pm

    “haha not to forget that oh-hazukashi-desu slip-up for a split sec where we saw windows media player” – We did? o_o

    I didn’t mind the overwhelming bass so much since her powerful voice soared and pwned everything (at least from where I was standing, I stood so long my back hurt >.

  6. Lehq Said,

    November 24, 2008 @ 8:43 pm

    @tj han
    pardon my ignorance then XD
    but I was expecting something…I dunno…more grand?

    @Jason
    you didn’t notice?

  7. AK Said,

    November 24, 2008 @ 9:35 pm

    Hey, thanks for hanging out with Team Blue for a while to take the group shot. I should think we’re sending the good one over to you shortly. Unless you don’t mind the Kira either.

  8. Cho_Hakkai Said,

    November 25, 2008 @ 1:05 am

    I can say that I regret I did not get the VIP ticket. There are too many heads blocking the views.

  9. wolfx Said,

    November 25, 2008 @ 2:37 am

    I had all the while vocally said that SGD 118 for an in-con-concert-with-7-songs was really lolnowai. But at the last minute I got a Diamond Pass….and i feel really bad for the people who did pay for it. (and those that got their parents to pay for them).

    I did a video recording interviewing some of the people in the Diamond VIP area before the concert when they heard the news of not being able to bring their personal items for signing. They weren’t pleased. I did plan on putting it on youtube or something but since “certain blogs” decided to do some firefighting and labelled disappointed fans as “spoilt brats”, I won’t post it in fear of prolonging this dorama. The spoilt brat label was unwarranted and i wonder is it because some people do not see the value of SGD 118.

    That said SGD 118 for a “con-cert” was not worth it. Now to add salt to the wound, fans didn’t even get what they were expecting either. GG.

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  11. Jason Said,

    November 25, 2008 @ 11:34 am

    @ Lehq : Well, I had my eyes plastered to my book before the concert and plastered on May’n herself throughout the performance so that might explain it :P

  12. Ki Said,

    November 28, 2008 @ 9:24 pm

    A little late but, I’m wondering, how did one get a Diamond Pass anyway? Did something special happen or you just had to be the early bird in line?

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