Impressions: L'Arc~en~Ciel Live Concert Viewing


And a fun time was had by all in attendance

I've known about the Japanese singer Hyde ever since hearing his theme song to the anime Blood+ and I've known about the band L'Arc~en~Ciel since hearing their theme for the anime Moribito. Over the years, I haven't heard much more than that, but I've always been curious. When the opportunity arose to attend a live screening of one of their concerts from National Stadium in Japan, I jumped at the opportunity and I can now gladly say that this was one of the best decisions I've made all year. 

Over the course of almost three hours, L'Arc~en~Ciel put on a show that covered multiple albums and two stages for a packed house in Japan. If only the theater where I saw the concert was packed as tightly as that stadium. 

After arriving extremely early for the show, I got comfortable in my seat and noticed right away that this was not going to be a sold-out screening in Seattle. It wasn't even close. I can't say exactly how many people were attendance by the time the show started, but I can say that the first fifty people to arrive were supposed to get special prizes like posters and glow sticks, yet there were enough leftover that I got multiples of these prizes. 

Despite the small numbers in the theater, this did not deter anyone from having a great time. From the first moments when the band appeared on stage to the closing fireworks show, the audience had a great time for the most part. While the host of the event encouraged us to get up and dance if the mood struck us, no one did so. Mind you it wasn't because the music was bad or unenjoyable, as there were plenty of occasions when the audience was singing along. 

For one day though, the audience really got to feel like they were part of the show. The audience in Japan was very hyped for the concert and the audience around me felt included as well, as Hyde constantly looked directly into one of the cameras. He always seemed to remember that he was playing for an international audience, and it made a big difference.

There were really only two moments during the screening when the audience was really taken out of the moment and reminded that we were watching a broadcast. The first came about thirty minutes into the screening when the feed dropped and we were treated to two minutes of a blank blue screen. The second time came towards the middle of the show when L'Arc~en~Ciel played what those of us in the audience guessed was either a new or a copyrighted song that they did not have the rights to broadcast around the world. As a result, we sat there waiting for ten minutes, bored and slightly annoyed, as the camera focused on the stadium audience back in Japan. This wasn't the fault of the concert promoters but it was certainly a complaint that many people had as they left the theater after the show. 

Overall, L'Arc~en~Ciel put on a great concert and Live Viewing Japan did fans a great service by bringing it to audiences around the country. Should they ever decide to do this again with another band, I know that I'll be going. Furthermore, if L'Arc~en~Ciel ever decide to play a concert in my neck of the woods I have every intention of attending. I wouldn't go so far as to say that this was a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity, but it was certainly one that I'll remember for months and years to come. 

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