Hi! I'm new to the community! I recently met AUBE (4/9) and I'm going to be seeing them live for the second time tomorrow night! (4/10). I do live reports for most everything I go to, for full deets check out my profile!
Okay, so those who know me know that I've been to quite a few fanmeets since I came to Japan in September. They've all be fun and enjoyable and interesting, but I have to say that the AUBE fanmeet tonight was by far the best.
AUBe was a band that I wasn't quite familiar with until about late Feb. I had heard of some of their music, but never really went into it much. I saw them live in Feb since they were a part of the Midside concerts (full deets, look at my profile). They're absoluetly amazing, let me tell you that. For this fanmeet, I had to run from class to hop on the train so I wouldn't miss it. Luckily, I got there about 20 minutes before it started. That running must have paid off haha. Anyways! Kim and I were tickets 20 and 21 so we got pretty good spots. We were actually second row surprisingly. It was so amazing to be able to see AUBE up close and without their make up on. They are SO difficult to tell apart without their make up on. It's almost like they're different people! Yuichi and Akiya acutally look better WITHOUT makeup on, but to each their own I suppose.
At most fanmeets, the band will introduce themselves, talk about their new album/single, answer questions, and then play some sort of game. Intros weren't all that excitign execpt Kaito kept interrupting everyone haha. We got to see some special furisuke used in "Boys will be Boys" so I'm anxious to give it a try tomorrow! For those who don't know, furisuke is the handmotions and dances done durings. If you're curious, look it up; that's all the explanation you're getting from me >.< Continuing, Sae demonstrated how "strangely" Kaito walks in public. Apparently, he slouches and bounces at the same time. I thought it was pretty funny.
The questions didn't last long, so we segwayed into the game rather fast. The first portion was a drinking contest. And if you think I mean something like wather or apple juice, you're dead wrong. They have five fruity alcoholic beverages, along with four extremely hard alcohol beverages. We clapped our hands and chanted "Ika, ika" while they drank. I felt bad for Shuu, he looked like he was going to be sick, poor thing. Akiya was close behind and he was given the strongest drink I believe. Kaito looks like he can hold his beer, but apparently he can't because after he had one can, he was almost falling out of his chair. But Sae. He took that thing down like a beast. Then three more after that. And he was the most coherent one when I got my CD signed. After that, they had to eat this...mochi..konyaku looking thing. We aren't really sure what it was. I asked if it was mochi and a couple members agreed with me, but no one was sure haha. I don't know who won that contest since they only picked out the two losers (Kaito and Akiya). Kaito kept trying to put parts of his portion on other members or hide it under his chair. He was so tipsy and he kept slurring all his words. It was down right adorable.
After that, things got rather serious. I tried my hardest to listen and hear what they were talking about but the most I was able to catch was that it was Akiya and Kaito's birthday while they were on tour or somethign liek that. They had messages from both of their families (it was a surprise) and we all got to hear it. Akiya got really emotional and started crying which in turn I believe got a few girls in the crowd to cry too. I didn't cry, but it tugged at my heart strings for sure. Kaito just nodded thru the whole thing but I wasn't sure if that was him nodding off from the beer (he gets very sleepy after drinking) or if he turely was listening.
After that, we all got up and started to line up for the signing. Kim and I stood near the back but some how got pushed back up to the front. And I'm not the most observant person in the world (unless I choose to be) and Kim pointed out that Yuichi (last member in the signing) was feeding people something. I didn't believe her because I couldn't see him. But as I got closer, I did in fact see him feed something to everyone he signed something for. I was nervous because Kim said she thought it looked like fish.
I'm allergic to most seafood, shellfish, and seaweed. How rude would it be to deny him somethign he's offering to me? I was so nervous, you have no idea.
I had to go first because Kim went first for the Mix Speaker's Inc fanmeet (we switch off who goes first everytime). Shuu was first up and he was rather cheerful despite having drunk straight up vodka. And I'm going to type out convos cause they're just confusing as fuck to write straight.
Me: Shuu-san, Are you okay? You had a lot of alcohol.
Shuu: Oh, I'm fine. It was a lot, but I'll be okay.
Me: That was really cool! You were amazing.
Shuu: Thank you! -finishes signing CD- Thank you for coming out today!
Me: I was looking forward to it. My friend and I are going to your live tomorrow. We're excited!
Shuu: Really? Thank you for your support! Until then!
And then I moved on to Akiya. My conversation with him was rather short. I didn't really know what to say to him other than "Hi, you're awesome, I can't wait to see you live tomorrow" That's pretty much all I said and he said "Thank you". He did sign something in English though haha. Then came Sae, my ichiban (number one/favorite).
Sae: Thank you for coming today!
Me: I was looking forward to it. My friend and I are going to your live tomorrow.
Sae: Really? Thank you!
Me: I'm from America; have you ever been there?
Sae: America? No, I haven't. I want to though.
Me: Oh? Where?
Sae:, No, I haven't been there.
Me: I know, but where in America do you want to go?
Sae: Oh, I don't know, "I want to go to Amerca" <---that was said in English
Me: You should come someday!
Sae: I will!
After giving him his letter, I moved away and let Kim have a shot at him. he also wrote something in English on my CD. Kaito was up next!
Kaito: Thank you for coming!
Me: I was looking forward to it!
Kaito: What's your name?
Kaito: Miranda? American?
Me: Yes! I love AUBE though. I'm going to your concert tomorrow with my friend!
Kaito: Thank you! Until then!
Lastly, was Yuichi. He is such a goober in real life. And he didn't even have an ounce of alcohol lol.
Yuichi: Thank you for coming!
Me: -couldn't remember my phrase and just nodded-
Yuichi: Can you understand Japanese?
Me: Of course! I'm a student here.
Yuichi: Really? Is this your first event?
Me: No. Oh wait, do you mean AUBE event?
Yuichi: Yes, for AUBE.
Me: Yes, this is my first time, but I've been to other events.
Yuichi: Oh? For who?
Me: Uh...SCREW, AND, Born..."
Yuichi: I see, I see! -points to dango- Do you know what dango is?
Me: Yeah! I love it!
Yuichi: Which do you prefer?
Me: -points to miso- That one.
Yuichi: Okay! -picks up dango and holds it in front of me- Here you go!
Me: -looks at it and then back at Yuichi- Eh?
Yuichi: Go on!
Me: -gets fed dango by Yuichi-
Yuichi: Is it good?
Me: Yes, very.
Yuichi: Enjoy the concert tomorrow!
I walked away and proceeded to have the most ridiculous spaz attack of my life. They always say food tastes better when you dont' make it. It tastes even MORE better if a hot jrocker feeds it to you.
I have photos of my signed CD case, but sicne there's like, five and I dont' want to post them, here's a link to my Ameba blog which has them all on there. Don't worry, you don't need an account to see them. http://ameblo.jp/miranda-visualkei-fan/
Now to scurry off and do my homework while I make lunch for tomorrow. I have a concert tomorrow and included in that concert will be AUBE, DuelJewel, BORN, and Rshitei. There's also Ayabie and v(NEU), but they aren't who I'm going for haha.