Okay so before I say anything about today or yesterday's concert I need to start with...
KODA KUMI was there tonight in the VIPしか入れないarea (pun intended) with her kid! And a nanny maybe. They left after the main show. Her kid had to go out during (miss)understood (probably due to ayu's shouting lol). But ffs I was staring at her so much I couldn't help it. She sat there all night and didn't participate in the concert but meh. I was gonna wave at her, but anyway I digress. Kuu was last weekend, this weekend was all about ayu!
Anyway so tonight I had arena A3 seats- first time so close and first time buying tickets myself. Thanks TA! Last night was C3 so not bad but not as close as tonight. It was so nice to finally see ayu up close with my own eyes finally.
The show is almost too long, I was so exhausted both nights, so props to ayu for maintaining form and her voice. Vocally she was as good as last year's CDL and as good as I've seen her. Probably my favourite show of hers alongside HOTEL Love songs arena tour.
Visually it's more complete than CDL but some interlude videos would have been nice. It's probably a great concert for first time ayu goers to see because of the amount of songs and energy, but having seen the Cirque de Minuit CDL as well it wasn't as 'amazing' for me, but still a really great show. What are the chances though, both times I did the CDL and then consecutive ARENA TOUR and they were the same (HOTEL Love songs + Cirque de Minuit).
I loved the rare songs she sang- especially (miss)understood, Secret, and HAPPY ENDING. immature was not that great a performance and the elephant is pretty useless.
Gomi was also there in the audience tonight but on the front row, he hid himself in Boys & Girls when he was shown on the screen.
WARNING was probably my favourite performance of the night, followed by Secret or until that Day.... forgiveness wasn't as great without the countdown in it, I think she should have left that song out of the setlist.
She acknowledged in the MC tonight that tonight was the last show with the current setlist, will be interesting to see what she does for the "final". They're really desperate to sell tickets, they had posters and signs everywhere for the concerts in Yokohama and were giving out leaflets, as well as had booths set up so you could buy tickets to it. Never seen that before at one of her shows. Kind of bummed they added the concerts again knowing how good my seat was tonight, but what can you do! Next year maybe. Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing what she does with "the final" - though I'll have to wait a while to see it, I'm off the grid in Alaska when it airs.