NYAF 09: Yui Makino Live!


Yui Makino, the acting-prodigy-turned-voice-acting-musician graced us at NYAF this past Saturday with a little concert. Japanator got intimate with her performance front and center.

 Read on for hi-touch stories, the set list, and all that stuff which makes you wish you were there to see Tsubasa Chronicle's Sakura and Welcome to the NHK's Misaki do her song and dance.

The concert took place around noon on Saturday. Lining up for it early would have given you a brief glimpse as Yuuchi (the nickname that fans call her) wrapped up her rehearsal. It didn't take very long until all the con attendees filed into the concert hall at the convention.

The show started with an emcee segment from Monica Rial, totally because she is also the same Princess Sakura from Tsubasa Chronicles! From there we saw an introduction video from Yui Makino's France appearance at Japan-Expo this past summer. The footage continues as scenes from Yui Makino's first oversea live in Shanghai played on, from 2007. The video ends with a self-introduction piece that explains a bit about her background and personality. We learn about her being a classically trained pianist and as an actress and voice actress, and her affinity to cats.

And just like that, Yuuchi steps onto the stage and greeted the crowd as she gets ready behind the keyboard. You can see the set list below, courtesy of Chishin's Fantasy World:

1. Yume no Tsubasa
2. You are my love
3. Tenshi no Hashi (From Arc Rise Fantasia)
4. Haru Machi Kaze (Brand new song! First time live!)
5. Ao no Kaori (New song)
6. Amurita
7. Yokogao
8. Fuwa Fuwa (New song)
9. The Never Ending Rainbow (New song, not sure on the name either)
10. Tanpopo Suisha
(Please let me know if I got anything wrong please!)

Unexpectedly, Yui Makino performed four new songs, which totally slammed me clueless despite having at least heard of most of her works up until this year. It's a treat that she gave us the opportunity, too, to purchase her Tanpopo Suisha single at the con as it doesn't come out until early October in Japan.

If there's a word that describes Yuuchi's music, it would be peaceful. Her music is expressive but it isn't the kind you would rock out to. Her biggest two charm points are her unique vocals and piano training, and she made good use of them. The concert itself didn't prompt for a lot of stand-up-and-jump moments, but the fans really enjoyed her performance anyways.

At the end of the show Yuuchi and her crew decided to take a group picture. During the setup, Yuuchi ran around the center stage and gave out high fives to all the fans. It was a fun little exercise to finish out an amusing and charming set.

Our NYAF coverage keeps on going! Stay tuned for an interview with Yuuchi from Brad!

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