Though a word of caution, after arriving I was informed by Kurogane that for today’s Chihara Minori concert, I was not allowed to take any photos. Even this rule was enforced for Media representative as well, only Official media were allowed to photograph the performance.
At first I didn’t quite followed the logic behind the move, but then James’ of Lowyat informed me that this is actually a normal thing and it also happened at May’ann concert performance in Singapore. Searching through the net as well as asking a few friends who are familiar with Jpop concerts I learned that this was to ensure that the idol’s image is not diluted by too many photos of her and it seems the Japanese have a law prohibiting taking photo of anyone whether its for personal or gain as its copyrightable or marketable. In this case Chihara Minori’s image is VERY marketable hence they wanted to control what kind of photos of her were available.
Alright, enough with the strange requirement. Let’s get down to Day 2’s event!
Once again members immediately made a beeline for the KKNM stall to line up and buy their wide range of goodies!
Also I would like to make a correction, it my last report I incorrectedly call their stall KKmart where they are called KKNM and are very famous among the anime community, the fault is on my part.
Seeing that a lot of the stall were not fully opened, I then decided to grab some breakfast again at the maid cafe
After that, I went back to check on Evangel (you can see him here at the front of the line, he’s the guy with the red neko hat).
The line was growing steadily.
I then noticed that there were a lot more cosplayers than yesterday. Here we have Rebi and Rose from Digi Charat.
Mikuru Asahina of Haruhi, both of these girls were at the KKNM stall.
I then asked if I could take a photo this time and they allowed on the condition I didn’t take close up shots of the wares they were selling. I kept thinking to myself, how am I going to do that? Then I figure I would satisfy the requirements by slightly throwing out the product shot into bokeh while showing you an idea what they were.
More games were on hand today to help keep the crowd occupied.
Since I had covered most of the stalls/booths yesterday I decided to check around the floor on the cosplayers and lo and behold who did I bump into?
Our very own Dancing Stormtrooper, Wiseman! I asked him for a few shots and he kindly obliged. I wanted to ask him some question on where he got his suit made but there were other people vying for his attention and photos so I decided to continue on. Hoping maybe I could ask him later.
Then some really spectacular cosplayers showed up and drew the crowd….
How big? This big, I was block up from all directions.
I was informed that this lady has been to every anime convention in the same outfit everytime. I admire her dedication!
Next some figures shots since most people were focus on the cosplayers leaving the figure display empty~~
Soon it was time for the concert and we then proceeded to line up for over 30 minutes which drew a lot of flak from fans for the long wait. We were also told to holster all our camera gear. I kept thinking to myself, how am I going to explain this to the guys? In any event, the show started with an enormous cheer from the fans.
The songs lined up consisted of those from a few animes, her own singles as well as a new one. But when all was thought done, the fans demanded more by cheering “Encore” (“En-co-re” in japanese speak). Which she then gladly did and came out onto the stage for 3 more song while wearing a Kebaya . What else would happen? The crowd went wild! 😄 I was so tempted to screw the no photo rule and reach for my camera, but it appeared they had someone watching us as pointed out by the guy sitting next to me.
And so, the concert came to an end with everyone having enjoyed themselves fully.
His face has been obscured to protect him from fans just as crazy as him >_<;;