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Posted 7/12/15
Did anyone go the IA Live Concert at Anime Expo? If so, what did you like or dislike? How did it compare to past Vocaloid concerts (Mikunopolis, Miko Expo)?

Unfortunately I wasn't able to go this year.
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I was there, and it was awesome. Way beyond expectations for one of the non-"original six" Vocaloids. I was also at the Miku show in LA last October, and I would say some parts of the IA show were even better than that.

One thing that worked out really well was using live dancers on stage in sync with IA. That could've been great or it could've been a disaster, but they really got it right and it made it feel a lot more like a "live" show. Also the band members were WAY closer than at the Miku show, so that also made it feel a lot more like a real concert. And on a couple of songs, they did a lot more creative stuff with lighting and backgrounds on the glass, really taking advantage of that to put IA in a different reality, not always just dancing on stage on a black background.

They also had her talk to the crowd a lot more than Miku at her show, and they had screens overhead with translations for those parts, which helped. And being at Club Nokia instead of the Nokia Theater was a huge plus - all the seats were a lot closer, and even at the back row of the balcony you are right on top of the action. So all of this made the show more exciting than Miku in a lot of ways.

On the negative side, the show was a lot shorter because IA wasn't the main act. I'd say it went about 45 minutes, though all of those 45 minutes were excellent. It was all first-come, first-serve seating and the line went for blocks; some of the people were probably waiting for hours and still got skunked, although as I said, there were not many bad seats. And, it's hard to match the crowd enthusiasm for the Miku show, not just during the show itself but the anticipation leading up to it ... the fans at Miku Expo were all pretty hardcore Vocaloid fans, and people were going NUTS for hours before, during and after. Here everyone was excited of course, but the atmosphere was more "Hey, neat concert that goes along with Anime Expo," not "holy god, I've been waiting YEARS for this!" At Miku Expo there were thousands of people cosplaying as one of the Vocaloids; at AX I probably saw 40 or 50 Vocaloids (and only 5 or so original Mikus) the whole weekend and most of them were at this show. It was definitely NOT the main attraction.

For the second half of the concert, Wagakki Band just blew everyone the F away. I mean, they were incredible. That combination made it one of the best concerts I've seen in years.

I have to add that the AX staff really helped us out big-time. We'd ordered the tickets beforehand, and when we went to pick them up on Day 1, were told "Sorry, we don't have any record of that and now the show is sold out." So we messaged them on Facebook that day, but didn't expect anything to happen. Then on Day 3 right before the show was supposed to start and we were feeling bummed out, I got a message that said "This is AX staff, we found tickets for you if you can meet us at the entrance in 10 minutes" so of course we RAN over there. The AX director of entertainment himself had gone to the trouble of special-requesting an extra set of tickets for us and got us to the front of the line (although we sat in the balcony to get a good view in the center and to be able to sit down after walking around all day). So they totally came through in a big way. Overall, although I think AX is still struggling with too many people in a limited space, they're learning to deal with it a bit better and with a few improvements could start making some real progress on the LineCon problem.
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Posted 7/13/15
I didn't know what to expect since I'm not that familiar with Vocaloids, but it ended up being a really cool show and I had fun. Definitely got my money's worth out of my Momoiro Clover Z glowstick. I was in the floor pit section, and the crowd was really lively so that helped the atmosphere a lot as well.
And Wagakki Band was amazing. I knew they'd be cool, but they totally exceeded my already high expectations. Hope they do a US tour sometime, because I would definitely go see them again.

As for AX, they did a great job fixing the registration this year, so hopefully next year they can focus on getting the bugs out of the ticketing system (although by Day 2 the ticket lines were pretty much gone). Day 0 ticket pickup would be nice.
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Posted 7/13/15
I'm gonna be posting my review of the event later this week, so I'll link it here when it's up.
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Posted 7/14/15 , edited 7/14/15
i had a lot of fun at the IA concert, i had never been to a vocaloid concert before and was impressed. There was an issue with one of the songs, where the video was out of sync with the dancers and the vocals, but that was only for like 30 seconds or so.

I have to say though, the Wagakki band concert was amazing. It was a lot better than I expected and definitely stole the show. That was an amazing concert. I definitely will go to another one of their concerts if they do a US tour like they said they were hoping to do.
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