Date: 9-10 June 2012
Time: 9am to late.
Venue: PWTC Tun Razak Halls 1 and 2.
The first ACG (Anime, Comics, Games) con I attended since I wrapped up Daicon back in 2009. Yes, it’s been a while. Wasn’t hoping much for this frankly, but it turned out way better than I expected.
Cosplayers are seriously annoying
One of the reasons I never bother to go to a cons locally nowadays is the dominance of cosplayers and AFAMY was not spared of this tragic fate too. Cosplayers here have some sort of perverted sense of entitlement when it comes to pathways which results in a lot of traffic flow issues. Did not help either that the main event hall was the smaller of the two halls AFAMY used. Why can’t we all learn that apartheid policies are not all that bad if it’s for the good of everyone? There’s a good reason why Comiket has a dedicated cosplay square.
So basically, the event itself was not really anything to shout about except for telling people to NOT FUCKING TAKE PHOTOS IN THE MIDDLE OF A 2-MAN WIDE PATHWAY BLOCKING EVERYONE ELSE FROM MOVING. It really was a giant test of your patience and ability to line up too.
“Buying tickets, sir? Here, have a line.”
“Just got out of the ticket line, sir? Here, have another line.”
“Meido cafe, sir? Please proceed to the end of the line at the other end of the hall.”
“Concert, sir? That will be another line, sir.”
“End of the line is all the way there, sir.”
On the bright side, it does make for a great test for my eventual visit to Comiket. Having a smartphone with you really helps a lot with the boredom!
Oh and there was also GSC’s Ultimate Madoka on display, which was pretty much the only thing worthwhile seeing in the entire hall for me.
I was almost tempted to preorder after seeing it in the
flesh PVC. Almost.
Estia kasa misti vidi ato
But the real attraction of the entire thing was the concerts anyways, and goddamnit, the organizers fucking blew me away with how well handled it was. Relatively speaking that is.
I mean, a proper stage set in a properly sized hall with a real sound system and actual stage lighting system. I can see they really knew where their money was best spent on to provide maximum returns.
Day 1′s lineup was Kurosaki Maon, Aimi and Kalafina. Maon was quite decent and performed mostly her Index songs, Kimi to Taiyou ga Shinda hi and SCARS (Hellsing IX). Also brought along a trope of dancers to spice things up too. Pretty much her recent stuff from Butterfly Effect, which was being sold at the event for RM 145 (dohohoho).
Aimi, being her first ever live performance, did not really do too well, but she put up a very good fight. She covered almost her entire discography plus two covers: Yozuca*’s Sakurairo No Kisetsu and
Bouken Desho Desho Hare Hare Yukai (groan). Decent enough I guess.
The main highlight was of course Kalafina, with the following setlist:
3. kimi ga hikari ni kaete iku.
5. destination unknown
7. to the beginning.
Quite a conservative tracklist imho. Wished for Hikari no Senritsu, but guess you can’t have it all. No encores too, unfortunately :(
It was great finally getting to see them live, even if it was a rather short one (almost 1 hour I think). Their emcee parts were quite fun as they talked about walking around KL and had “mee goreng” and “wonton”. At one point, Keiko (or was it Hikaru?) asked the audience what are the best Malaysian desserts and some troll shouted “beehoon” or something. In the end the crowd settled for “cendol”. Hopefully they got a taste of that before they left. Oh, and apparently Keiko loves Rider while Wakana likes Kiritsugu and Hikaru likes Saber.
Also thanks to Sony Music Malaysia, I actually managed to get Kalafina’s autograph!
Also I made Keiko laugh when I got my autograph! Fuck yeah!
Wow, I seriously did not expect to get it after losing in the ticket ballot (got Maon’s and KOTOKO’s instead). Now I feel like buying more Sony singles locally ( ￣ ▽ ￣ )ノ Ｄｏｈｏｈｏｈｏｈｏ～
Bringing the house down
Day 2′s line up consisted of SEA☆A (笑), KOTOKO and FLOW. Honestly I wanted to skip this day, but I decided against it due to KOTOKO. I mean, this is the artist that led me down the path of
loneliness anison with songs such as Shooting Star, Second Flight, Re-Sublimity and agony. How could I miss her? And boy, was I proven so right.
M1 Face of Fact
M3 Shooting Star
M6 Light My Fire
The set list was a really good mix of her old and new stuff, with mostly all of them great songs. Starting it off with Face of Fact really raised the tension up, then when she moved to Shooting Star the crowd really went wild, since it’s probably her most familiar song amongst fans here. The real climax was Light my Fire and at the time of writing, I still don’t have much of a voice thanks to shouting out loud with her. I was extremely happy when she capped it off with Re-sublimity since I thought she would be choosing a more ‘mainstream’ song from the Shana titles or something, but yeah, I got to hear it live! Surprisingly, her singing was extremely good too. I’m definitely going to find another chance to attend her proper live one day.
If KOTOKO brought the house down that night, FLOW’s performance would be the demolition team blowing it up in to smithereens. They actually brought in proper musical instruments (since they ARE a band and all) and oh wow, I truly got a taste of how lives are done. I can’t really recall their setlist since I was too busy killing myself otagei’ing, but they pretty much did all their famous anison from Code Geass, Eureka 7 and Naruto, even throwing in their cover of 1/3 Junjou no Kanjou in to the show.
The member introduction was pretty dang awesome too, especially their guitarist Take, who not only wore some bling LED sunglasses and got the entire hall to dance with him too. All in all, FLOW’s performance almost killed me as it was almost 2 hours long plus they even came back out for an encore performance. Great guys, seriously. Made my VIP tickets worth a lot more than their while.
Maon and Kotoko’s autographs GET!
All in all, I had a great time at both concerts. That RM 308 (USD 100) was well worth spent just for those. Hopefully the event was a success from a financial standpoint, so that Malaysians would get another AFA here too. And frankly, we need more events like this here instead of cosplay circlejerks that aren’t even worth going even with free entrances. If the AFA people are reading this, let it be known you’ve at least got my money in your bag the next time it happens. Cheers!
+ Awesome concerts well worth more than the prices paid for it.
+ Ground crew people actually polite and helpful in a professional manner. (Seriously!)
+ Ultimate Madoka.
+ Accomplished pretty much everything I wanted from the event.
- Cosplayers. Cosplayers. Cosplayers.
- Lack of crowd control in the hall.
- Lack of really interesting stuff to see otherwise.
tl;dr AFAMY was great for the concerts. Event itself, not much. Still, a very good effort for an inaugural event.
P.S. Only thing I bought from the event itself that wasn’t concert related.