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Recaps: Silent Siren

5 Sep

saisai spacetime banner v3.2I previously mini-capped™ the Silent Siren concerts, but this is the superior version 2.2.
[What happened to version 2.1?]
Version 2.1 turned into that weird thing I wrote about Apple Jacks.

Prologue
Although I’ve been a fan of Silent Siren for years, I never considered attending one of their concerts. I had assumed their lives would be overly girly and also only attended by girls. Wait, does that sound sexist? [I don’t know. I’m still trying to figure out how a concert only attended by girls could be considered a bad thing.] It wasn’t until I watched their two concert blu-rays, and then re-watched them over and over again, that I realized they are overly girly! But in a good way. Well, it’s better than a girl band being overly boy-ey.

Having become a Silent Siren addict, I wanted to attend every live they scheduled during my trip, which turned out to be “Mezamashi Live,” a two-man at Otodama Sea Studio, and a brief appearance at Tokyo Idol Festival. Unfortunately, I missed their tour finale by a week–which in retrospect would have been enough reason for me to reschedule my entire trip. They also had a photo event in Shibuya and Yokohama during my stay, but since they wouldn’t be performing I was too lazy to attend. It was so hot in Tokyo that a lot of the smaller events I typically would have gone to became too much of a hassle.

“Mezamashi Live”
@ Odaiba Yume Tairiku
July 30, 2015

Mezamashi Live is a long-running series of summer concerts produced by Fuji Television (named after their morning program “Mezamashi TV”). The concert was scheduled for 18:30, but I arrived at 17:00 in order to collect my 1-day pass for the Yume Tairiku festival (which is included with the concert ticket and necessary to access the concert venue) and to purchase Silent Siren goods.

Earlier in the day the band tweeted there would be a high touch event after the concert, so in addition to purchasing a towel and wristband, I pre-ordered their new single Hachigatsu no Yoru, which included the event ticket.

Suu backstage before their rehearsal. Source https://twitter.com/sumiredooon

Afterwards, I went to the stage because the band had started rehearsing. They were super long kawaaaaaiiiiiii, particularly Suu who kept jumping around and acting like a kid. The session lasted about 20 minutes, and they played bits of random songs, including my favorite Silent Siren song Yumeoi. When they finished, I joined the concert queue which was located at the back entrance to the festival. 

My ticket number was 211, which was pretty good since there was about 900 in attendance. In comparison, at last year’s SUPER☆GiRLS Mezamashi Live, my number was 684. For most of my concert tickets this trip, I used Japan Concert Tickets and they were awesome. The guy who helped me was extremely professional and was able to enter me in several ticket lotteries, which would have been otherwise impossible.

Upon entering the venue, staff members handed everyone Silent Siren disposable glowsticks and I chose a spot in the center column of Row 7, which was based on where the members position themselves on stage. I am a huge Suu fan (lead singer and guitarist) and she occupies the center position. My second favorite member is Ainyan (bassist and backing vocals), so I deliberately chose a spot that was directly in the middle of the middle column (for Suu), but I then shifted two seats to the left (to get slightly closer to Ainyan’s spot), in order to maximize my field of vision for both members. [In other words you’re a huge nerd. And that explanation was poorly written!] I also kept shifting back and forth trying to find the perfect spot, which I think confused and annoyed the people around me. [Umm, no one needs to know that detail.]

The group performed wearing cute white dresses (pictured above), which are outfits they’ve worn since 2013. Their smaller concerts begin with them running on stage and clapping along with the audience, before heading to their stations and picking up their instruments. It’s a simple intro, but surprisingly cute. I’m going to write the word cute a lot, because the members have genuinely cute mannerisms on stage, contributing to their overwhelming cute aura. And I actually think that despite being a rock band, they are cuter than practically every idol group. Their cuteness is a result of the way they perform and interact with the audience, as opposed to the rehearsed cuteness idol groups rely on, which tends to disappear once the performance begins.

Despite the setlist being heavily tilted towards their gimmicky songs, the concert was amazing. Their new single Hachigatsu no Yoru has become my second all-time favorite Silent Siren song and from the moment the first chord was played I was crying non-stop like a baby gorilla and screaming “Suuu daiSUUUkii” directly in the ear of the person in front of me for the entire song! I was flailing my arms and just kicking whatever was in my path knocking over people and just having a blast! (<- All of that may or may not have happened).

They also performed their cover of ZONE‘s “Secret Base,” but I thought their version was a little rough. Maybe they are still getting the song down, or maybe they intentionally didn’t want to do a clean version. Now that I’ve listened to their single though, the studio-version sounds great, although I still prefer the original. The concert lasted about 45 minutes, and another 15 minutes for the high touch to conclude.

The high touch went fine, until Ainyan looked at me and said “Whoooa!” like she just had a close encounter with an alien from Mars. Initially I thought it was hilarious, but after thinking about it more I have no idea if it was a positive reaction. My hair was pretty spiky that day so maybe it was a combination of that and being a foreigner. I would see them again at TIF and again on August 5 in Kamakura, but this time I was setting up official Suu fan headquarters directly in the center because Ainyan was dead to me! (jk)

Setlist
1. Soukai Rock

2. BANG!BANG!BANG!
MC

3. Secret Base (ZONE cover)
4. Hachigatsu no Yoru (New single)
5. Starmine
6. GuruGuru Wonderland
Encore
7. Bii San (Beach Sandals)


“Tokyo Idol Festival 2015”
@ Zepp DiverCity (“Heat Garage” stage)

August 2, 2015

On day two of TIF, I arrived at Zepp DiverCity at 8:00 to queue for Silent Siren, who would perform at 10:15. Palet was scheduled immediately after them, and ever since Yumi Nakano joined the group, I’ve become a casual fan. The weather was already hot and a second reason I wanted to arrive early was in order to queue in the shade, since there is only a small stretch next to the venue that isn’t in the sun. When Silent Siren was added to TIF I assumed they would perform a regular set, considering they were scheduled for 30 minutes. Even after PASSPO was designated as their guest, I just figured there would be a harmless gimmick involving PASSPO members either singing alongside them, playing instruments, or doing somersaults on stage.

When I arrived there were about 25 people in the area, but an official queue hadn’t started. I thought that was weird, but took it as an opportunity to buy some drinks. Even after I returned ten minutes later, fans were still just casually standing around This was annoying because there are always line cutters at TIF, but usually the very beginning of a queue is safe. At all the TIFs I’ve been to, queues had formed this early, so I was confused and just stood near the fans with Silent Siren shirts and towels and would follow their lead.

At 8:30 the staff conferred (pictured above) and shortly afterward moved the unofficial queue to the side of the building (which you can see in the stretch that is in the shade). At this point, there was a two-hour wait for the venue to open. Upon entering, I noticed that there wasn’t a security check like there had been for day one and I went directly to the middle of the stage next to the cutout for the camera operator. It wasn’t first row, but it was center and I was on the railing, therefore I would have an unobstructed view.

The group performed wearing cute pastel colored dresses. Suu was wearing a knee-length dress that was completely saved by slits on each side, revealing her SUUper-skinny, yet SUUper-perfect legs. Every time I see her I just want to scream “SUUUU!!”–like a wolf howling at the moon.

Unfortunately, they only performed three songs, and I kind of realized the setlist would be short after they performed GuruGuru Wonderland second, since they typically end concerts with that song. After Bii San, the rest of their timeslot included PASSPO and a boring discussion of the punishment game Yukurun lost during their spring tour, which culminated with her performing Material Girl with them. [If you’re interested in the backstory on the collaboration you can watch this video–skip to the 10:00 minute point.]

Although disappointing, Silent Siren appearing at TIF was completely unexpected. Therefore, I was grateful, but I still selfishly wanted more. Have you ever seen a wild bear eating cookie crumbs? That’s what I looked like. I was like a starving bear eating Silent Siren crumbs and constantly looking for more Silent Siren crumbs and then devouring those.

Except the crumbs were Suu’s legs, making them the best crumbs ever.

Setlist
1. Lucky Girl
2. GuruGuru Wonderland
3. Bii San


“Otodama Sea Studio: Itano Tomomi x Silent Siren”
@ Otodama Beach, Kamakura

August 5, 2015

Otodama Sea Studio is a summer concert venue located directly on the beach of Kamakura, a city 50 kilometers to the south of Tokyo. Travel time was 70 minutes by train and when I arrived I quickly visited Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, a popular Shinto shrine. The shrine is in the opposite direction from the beach, so I only had about 15 minutes to look around before I needed to head to the venue. The weather was really nice because of the proximity to the ocean, and a total departure from the Tokyo heat.


Earlier in the day, the band tweeted photos while they had lunch and walked on the beach.

Unfortunately, there would be no bikini photos on that day–probably because Suu’s skin is very creamy. [And soft too.] Oh yeah, absolutely. [And supple!] Please stop interrupting my Suu story. And never use the word “supple.” Anyway, I was concerned that her delicate skin would be harmed by the sun. But it looks like she was wearing protective clothing. I was thinking though…

Wasn’t there anything I could have done for Suu to protect her from the sun?–which would coincidentally allow her to wear a bikini. Alas, I’m just a normal guy. Suu and I come from completely different worlds. I’m a successful private detective by day and zoo keeper by night and she is a beautiful idol with a sassy personality by day and lingerie model with a sassy personality by night.

Yet I kept asking myself over and over, “What could I do for her? What could I do for her?”

And each time I replied, “I can rub sunscreen all over her body. I can rub sunscreen all over her body.”

Maybe it’s because I am one of the few remaining good guys in the world, but whenever I think about idols going to the beach, I just really, really want to rub lotion all over their body. I know, crazy right?

I missed my chance this time, but if she ever returns to the beach, I promise that I will make the ultimate sacrifice and rub lotion all over her body. [Even the parts that won’t be in the sun?] Especially the parts that won’t be in the sun. Those are the most important parts!

I would tell her, “Suu, your creamy skin will soon be in the sun, and you are already shivering like a baby gorilla. Do not push me away or scream in my ear. It is with great reluctance that I remove all of your clothing. Alas, I must apply sunscreen over your entire body. And yes, including the parts that won’t be in the sun. Fortunately, I always carry with me twenty bottles of lotion. I will be here all day… and you’re welcome.”

Anyway, when I arrived at the beach, the staff had just begun letting fans into the venue. Unfortunately, I had no idea what the process was, because they weren’t calling by ticket number. It seemed like they were just letting in blocs of people based on ticket number ranges, beginning with fan club members. I knew I had a good ticket so I just got in the queue and I entered without a problem. It’s a free-standing venue and I was able to get 4th row in the center column. The floor is actually sand, since it’s a structure set up on the beach.

The two-man line-up was interesting because I doubt there is fan overlap between Silent Siren and Tomomi Itano, and the ratio was probably close to a 90/10 split in favor of Silent Siren. Because it was a shared concert, I figured the etiquette of letting fans of each group have priority would be in effect. I didn’t know who was opening though, so I chose the best spot available, and would vacate if Tomochin opened. I figured she would open though, since the stage didn’t have Silent Siren’s instrument setup. Most of Tomomi’s fans are girls, so when she came on first, I let them pass me, but I still had a decent position. I’m no longer a fan, but when I followed AKB48, she was my fourth favorite member, so I was interested in seeing her as a solo artist. I won’t get into detail about her performance, but it was entertaining, although she heavily relies on a backing vocal track. I think she sang six songs, with a short MC, before returning for a one-song encore.

At the conclusion of her encore, the Tomochin fans relocated to the back of the venue, and I returned to the front near Suu’s spot. Silent Siren’s staff then brought out their instruments and did the standard instrument checks. For the concert Hinachu would use an electronic drum kit instead of her typical acoustic drum, which you can see in the photo below.
I was about two meters from the stage and I actually moved closer because I don’t recall ever seeing the guy wearing the hat in the above photo. There wasn’t the typical gap between the stage that exists at larger venues, so the group was extremely close. They performed wearing the same dresses as Mezamashi Live, but this concert was a lot better, because they performed more songs, it was free-standing, and the beach setting had a better vibe than Odaiba. During the MC, Suu explained that the two-man came about because Tomochin requested Silent Siren, and their managers set it up.

They performed for an hour and sang BANG!BANG!BANG!, Lucky Girl, Hachigatsu no Yoru, What show is it?, GuruGuru Wonderland, and Bii San, in addition to a few others. The group had been heavily promoting their new single Hachigatsu no Yoru, and had another high touch event after the concert. If there was even a 1% chance they would do the event while wearing bikinis, I would have purchased ten, I mean one hundred copies. But Suu has creamy, delicate, soft, and supple skin remember?

The sun hadn’t yet set as I left the venue and I walked along the beach. I had heard that there were Japanese restaurants that served Japanese food in the area, and I was anxious to try one as it would be a nice change from the Japanese restaurants that served Japanese food that I had dined at every day since arriving. Unfortunately, every restaurant I walked into told me they were closed. Which was weird because…

It was only 19:00!

So I ate at Kua Aina, the only restaurant in the area that was still open.
I didn’t mind, afterall, maybe I could find a Japanese restaurant tomorrow.

The End

Spring Tour 2016
I’m planning my next trip to coincide with Silent Siren’s spring tour. [When is the tour?] Spring. [Oh. Probably no bikinis then.]

I think tour details could be revealed during their year-end concerts in Osaka and Tokyo. Until then, I won’t be blogging–unless I finish my Chubbiness fanfic “Chubbfu11y.”Although after a year of writing this is all I have:

Chapter 1
The Chubbiness concert at the onsen had just concluded and the members were extremely sweaty. The special twelve-course dinner the proprietor had promised them would be served in an hour, and in the meantime they would all have time to relax. [Chubbiness member’s name] decided to take advantage of the opportunity and make a quick reconnaissance of the hotspring. Afterall, she was very sweaty.

“OooOOhh this is so relaxing! The water feels great caressing my arms and legs and special places. But now that I am clean and refreshed, I seem to have forgotten my towel in my room. Well, it’s just a short walk, I’m sure no one will see me. Wait, I just heard a noise! Oh, it’s just you [Chubbiness member’s name]. You scared me!”
“Yes, it’s just me, [Chubbiness member’s name]. And I also forgot my towel.”

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Japan Trip Mini-Up™ (mini-update

4 Aug

Inexplicably my brain thought it would be a good idea to do some vacation homework, aka a trip update.

July 29: Concert tickets and Hotel check-in
I arrived at Narita at 2:00PM, which was more than an hour ahead of schedule, and collected my concert tickets at the 7-11 in the airport. The process was a little amusing and I’ll explain it in a later recap. In the afternoon I checked into my hotel in Odaiba, which I’ve stayed at before because its within walking distance of Tokyo Idol Festival 2015 and Silent Siren’s Mezamashi Live concert at Fuji TV’s Yume Tairiku summer festival.

July 30: Museum and Silent Siren concert
At 9:00 I met up with Tobi in Ueno to check out the National Museum of Nature and Science. Yes, we’re both nerds. But Tobi is nerdier because when I casually referred to prehistoric mammals as “dinosaurs,” he immediately corrected me that those creatures weren’t dinosaurs :D Hey, in America a Woolly Mammoth is a dinosaur! (jk)

Tobi also gave me a copy of Yururirapo‘s debut single. Thank you!! This will be worth millions of yen in the future.

After two hours at the museum we parted ways because he had a concert to attend and I had a Silent Siren concert that night. At 5:00 PM I headed to the Yume Tairiku festival to collect my 1-day pass (which is included with the concert ticket and necessary to access the concert venue) and to purchase Silent Siren goods (more like greats). Earlier in the day the band tweeted there would be a high touch event after the concert, so in addition to purchasing a towel and wristband, I preordered their new single Hachigatsu no Yoru, in order to do the high touch.

Afterwards I went to the stage area because the band had started rehearsing! And they were super long kawaaaaaiiiiiii!! They rehearsed for about 20 minutes, playing parts of randoms songs, including my favorite Silent Siren song Yumeoi. When they finished I left the stage area to get into the queue.
My ticket number was 211, which was pretty good since there was about 900 in attendance. In comparison, at last year’s SUPER☆GiRLS Mezamashi Live, my number was 684. Upon entering the concert area, staff members handed everyone Silent Siren disposable glowsticks and I chose a spot in the center column of Row 7, which was based on where the members position themselves on stage. I am a huge Suu fan (lead singer and guitarist) and she occupies the center position. My second favorite member is Ainyan (bassist and backing vocals), so I deliberately chose a spot that was directly in the middle of the middle column (for Suu), but I then shifted two seats to the left (to get slightly closer to Ainyan’s spot), in order to maximize my field of vision for both members. [In other words you’re a huge nerd. And that explanation was poorly written!] I also kept shifting back and forth trying to find the perfect spot, which I think confused and annoyed the people around me. [Umm, no one needs to know that detail.]

The group performed wearing super cute white dresses, which are actually outfits they’ve worn since 2013. Even though I wasn’t a fan of the setlist (I don’t really like their “popular” heavy rotation songs), the concert was amazing. Their new single Hachigatsu no Yoru is my second all-time favorite Silent Siren song after Yumeoi and from the moment the first chord was played I was just crying non-stop like a baby gorilla and screaming “Suuu daiSUUUkii” directly in the ear of the person next to me for the entire song! I was flailing my arms and just kicking whatever was in my path knocking over people and just having a blast! (<- All of that may or may not have happened). They also performed their cover of ZONE‘s “Secret Base,” but I think their version is a little rough. Maybe they are still getting the song down, or maybe they intentionally didn’t want to do a clean version. The concert lasted about 45 minutes, and another 15 minutes for the high touch to conclude.  

The high-touch went great… until Ainyan looked at me and said “Whoooa!” like she just had a close encounter with an alien from Mars. Initially I thought it was hilarious, but after thinking about it more I have no idea if it was a positive reaction. My hair was pretty spiky that day so maybe it was a combination of that and being a foreigner. I’ll see them again on August 5 in Kamakura, but this time I’m setting up official Suu fan headquarters directly in the center because Ainyan is dead to me! (jk)

Setlist
1. Soukai Rock

2. BANG!BANG!BANG!
MC

3. Secret Base (ZONE cover)
4. Hachigatsu no Yoru (New single)
5. Starmine
6. GuruGuru Wonderland
Encore
7. Bii San (Beach Sandals)

July 31: GEM and SUPER☆GiRLS concerts

I’ll recap these concerts when I return home. The concerts were pretty good, particularly SUPER☆GiRLS, and both shows concluded with a high touch.

August 1 and 2: Tokyo Idol Festival 2015

I won’t write too much about TIF because it’s too time consuming, but eventually I’ll recap my personal highlights (prediaDoll☆Elements, and NEO from Idoling) and random thoughts (like why is that orange sphere in the sky so hot?). The biggest TIF disappointment was Silent Siren for performing only three songs before having a long and boring conversation with PASSPO about Yukarun losing their tour’s punishment game and thus having to perform with PASSPO. *However* I also had an unobstructed view of Suu, who was wearing a skirt with a slit up both sides that revealed most of her legs, therefore I forgive them. So the real disappointment was Passcode performing during day 2 at a venue and time-slot they shouldn’t have been within a million kilometers of. This group should be performing at sewer treatment plants, city dumps, radioactive landfills, and alleys behind 10 yen sushi bars, not the biggest stage at TIF. They killed the perfect chain combo of Doll☆Elements, GEM, & predia.

August 3: Hotel change and IDOL NATION 2015

I changed hotels to Toranomon Hills in order to get more centrally located. Odaiba is fine during TIF, but it gets tedious traveling into and out of Tokyo from there.

I’ll recap IDOL NATION in more detail later because it was awesome. Definitely one of the best idol concerts I’ve ever attended. Great production values, great stage layout, great lineup, great crowd, and there was a lot of space to move around in the arena area, as opposed to TIF where most stages were overcrowded and fans were packed in tighter than Chubbiness in their tour bus.

August 4: NEO Idoling mini live in Odaiba
I went back to Odaiba for NEO’s “best of Album” mini live at My Navi stage. The event was in the morning and I arrived later than I intended, but I was still able to catch the rehearsal and 30 minute live. I wasn’t sure whether to purchase their album considering the group is disbanding and purchasing an album without new content seemed pointless, so I just acted the part of the clueless tourist who happened to stumble upon the live and watched from the non-priority area.

August 5: Otodama Sea Studio ~Tomomi Itano x Silent Siren
Otodama Sea Studio is a summer concert venue located directly on the beach of Kamakura, a city 50 kilometers to the south of Tokyo. Travel time was 70 minutes by train and when I arrived I quickly visited Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, a popular Shinto shrine. The shrine is in the opposite direction from the beach, so I only had about 15 minutes to look around before I needed to head to the venue to queue. The weather was really nice because of the proximity to the ocean, and a total departure from the Tokyo heat. 

When I arrived at the beach, the staff had just began letting fans into the venue. Unfortunately, I had no idea what the process was, because they weren’t calling by ticket number. It seemed like they were just letting in blocs of people based on ticket number ranges, beginning with fan club members. I knew I had a good ticket so I just got in the queue, which seemed logical at the time and I entered without a problem. It’s a free standing venue and I was able to get 4th row in the center column. The floor is actually sand, since it’s a structure set up on the beach. 

The two-man line-up was interesting because I doubt there is fan overlap between Silent Siren and Tomomi Itano, and the ratio was probably close to a 90/10 split in favor of Silent Siren. Because it was a shared concert, I figured the etiquette of letting fans of each group have priority would be in effect. I didn’t know who was opening though, so I chose the best spot available, and would vacate if Tomochin opened. I figured she would open though, since the stage didn’t have Silent Siren’s instrument setup. Most of Tomomi’s fans are girls, so when she came on first, I let them pass me, but I still had a decent position. I’m no longer a fan, but when I followed AKB48, she was my fourth favorite member, so I was interested in seeing her as a solo artist, despite having low expectations. I won’t get into detail about her performance, but it was entertaining, although she heavily relies on a backing vocal track. I think she sang six songs, with a short MC, before returning for a one-song encore.

At the conclusion of her encore, the Tomochin fans relocated to the back of the venue, and I returned to the front near Suu’s spot. Silent Siren’s staff then brought out their instruments and did the standard instrument checks. For the concert Hinachu would use an electronic drum kit instead of her typical acoustic drum, which you can see in the photo below.
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It’s difficult to judge depth based on photos, but I was two meters from the stage, and I actually moved closer because I don’t recall ever seeing the guy wearing the hat in the above photo. There wasn’t the typical gap between the stage that exists at most live-houses, so the group was extremely close. They performed wearing the same dresses from the Mezamashi Live concert, but this concert was a lot better, because they performed more songs, it was free standing, and being on the beach the venue had a better vibe than Odaiba. During the MC, Suu explained that the two-man came about because Tomochin requested Silent Siren, and their managers set it up.

They performed BANG!BANG!BANG!, Lucky Girl, Hachigatsu no Yoru, What show is it?, Guru Guru Wonderland, and Bii San, in addition to a few others. I’ll update with the setlist when it’s uploaded somewhere.

Update: I’m back in Los Angeles and the weather here is so much nicer than Tokyo. My editor told me that it’s bad form to leave updates incomplete so…

August 7: OTONA no Bansan Vol. 3 in Shibuya

Otona no Bansan (“Adults’ Dinner”) is a concert series featuring idols and groups in their twenties. The lineup was Yururirapo, Hachaketai, Yuu Kikawa, Vanilla Beans, and predia. I’d been to O-West a few years ago for a HimeKyun concert so I took the “short-cut” to get to the venue, which is going through MarkCity, a mall attached to Shibuya Station, which allows you to avoid the summer heat and crowded Shibuya streets and quickly get to the venue, since the mall’s exit is directly across the street. I arrived 15 minutes before the concert began and purchased a ticket from the box office. When I purchased the ticket the girl said, “Really? This live?” and she showed me the ticket to confirm. At the entrance a staff member asked for the name of the group I was supporting, and I said Yururirapo (even though I like predia more) and she replied, “Really? Yururirapo?”

At the entrance a member from the opening act DREAMING MONSTER was also handing out flyers. After the opening act, Yururirapo, Hachaketai, Yuu Kikawa, and Vanilla Beans, in that order, performed four or five song each. The venue has a second floor closed off to the public that members of each group often occupied while watching the other performers. Predia concluded the concert with seven songs. Even though there were more people in attendance than I had anticipated (I thought it would be empty), it was nowhere near a sellout, so there was plenty of room to move and jump around like a idiot–if that’s your thing :D Except during Vanilla Beans of course. That was nap time.

August 8: Doll☆Elements Summer Tour in Nagoya

The Doll☆Elements one-man in Nagoya was in a tiny, uber janky, and possibly haunted, live-house about fifteen minutes from Nagoya Station. I’ll recap this concert later. In an unexpected highlight, they began the concert wearing their “Kimi no Negai Kanaetai!” (4th single) outfits, which are not only beautiful aesthetically, but more importantly, the skirt length has to be one of the shortest ever for an idol group. Thank you costume designer person!

August 9: Doll☆Elements Summer Tour in Osaka

The one-man in Osaka was also in a tiny venue, but larger than Nagoya’s and nicer because it had a relatively unique three-tiered floor layout. It was still a little janky though, because the club’s bar was actually located in the floor area (as opposed to the lobby), which was a ridiculous design choice because it significantly reduced the venue’s capacity. The setlist and MC segments were similar to the previous day’s concert, but there were a few different songs, which I preferred and made a big difference. I was also more familiar with the new songs I had heard in Nagoya, so it was a much funner concert overall.

Concluding thoughts
Before planning this trip, I had decided this would be my final visit to Japan. After eight trips in five years I’m burned out by idol groups and I want to travel to locales that are more agreeable to my friends and siblings, because traveling solo has a lot of downsides. I also once again learned that because of the heat and humidity, summer is the worst season to visit Japan. It only took five summer trips to fully realize this. Seriously though, it’s 2015; why hasn’t someone invented an on/off switch for the sun? And where the f-junk are flying cars and robot butlers?

Conversely, my fandom for Silent Siren has completely skyrocketed and I fear I’ve become an addict. Whenever I fall asleep at work my colleagues tell me that I mumble “DaiSUUUkii” in my sleep, while clumsily caressing my keyboard.

So maaaybe one more trip will be okay.

For Suu.

And Suu’s legs.