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Hatsune Miku concert is just a few days away!

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Hi All!

 

    Like the subject says:

 

The Anthem Washington DC July 12, 2018

Hammerstein Ballroom New York, NY July 14, 2018

 

Are you ready to attend?!      

The NYC concert is sold-out, but I think the Washington DC is still available.

 

 

 

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Hi All!
 
    Like the subject says:

 

The Anthem Washington DC July 12, 2018

Hammerstein Ballroom New York, NY July 14, 2018

 
Are you ready to attend?!      
The NYC concert is sold-out, but I think the Washington DC is still available.
 
 

 


I'm going to the NYC concert! Maybe I'll see you there!!


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3 hours ago, Daniel Perales said:

So that makes 3 of us so far for NYC. I wonder is anyone else here are going to the Washington DC one?

 

I'm super excited. Preshow I'mma hang with a buddy on LI at its new Round 1 location playing some Project Diva Future Tone Arcade, and likely other things too! July 14th can't come too soon!

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My wife and I will be at the DC concert. Already took the day off from work and will have my official Miku light sticks at the ready!

 

My wife knows she's going to have to restrain me once Luka comes on stage. :D

 

My only question is whether or not its better to drive or take the Metro in. 

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People who are going to the NYC concert should read the faq of the venue:

 

https://mc34.com/faqs/

 

 

 

PROHIBITED ITEMS

Please arrive early and travel light and you may be subject to search. Manhattan Center may utilize metal detecting hand wands, walk-through metal detectors or other devices.

Prohibited items include (but are not limited to):

  • Laser pens
  • Large signs (10" x 14.5"/only soft cardboards or construction paper)
  • Oversize bags
  • Lighters
  • Gum
  • Umbrellas
  • Magic markers & permanent markers
  • Drugs *(prescriptions must be in original labeled bottle and must have a valid state ID)
  • Weapons of any kind (exceptions may be costume weapons in a soft cardboard or Styrofoam. No large items, decision at discretion of Security Supervisor)
  • No metal items
  • No hard plastic items
  • No wooden items
  • Outside food and/or beverage (including water, cans and bottles)
  • Alcohol
  • Professional cameras
  • Video cameras, monopods, tripods, audio recording devices and SLR cameras with telephoto or zoom lenses
  1. You may bring in a disposable, 35mm or digital point-and-shoot camera (with no zoom or telephoto lens) however, for some events, cameras of any type and/or flash photography may be prohibited

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I won't be recording the show... lol so I'm good there.

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4 hours ago, GasparAKAShiggitay said:

I won't be recording the show... lol so I'm good there.

My concern is that people will bring in their good umbrellas only to have to toss them aside because you're not allowed to bring them in. I always go by the center every night when I'm walking home from work, and I sometimes see a sizable mound of umbrellas outside during an event on a rainy night. :(

 

 

 

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On 7/9/2018 at 2:15 PM, Kristin Garrett said:

I'll be at the DC show! I work near the Anthem so it's an easy walk after work :)

We are getting there very early. Any good parking nearby?

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4 hours ago, KyoKyo said:

We are getting there very early. Any good parking nearby?

I got a spot on spothero at L'Enfant Plaza. It's about a quarter mile away and has a free shuttle to the Anthem.

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Just now, Daniel Perales said:

Ok Washington DC people! What did you think of it?

Going early tomorrow for the NYC concert. I might see some of you there. :)

 

 

You might see me there! I'm going from Boston to NYC to Hicksville, Long Island, then back to NYC for the show, then back home... ALL IN THE SAME DAY>. >_>

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2 minutes ago, GasparAKAShiggitay said:

You might see me there! I'm going from Boston to NYC to Hicksville, Long Island, then back to NYC for the show, then back home... ALL IN THE SAME DAY>. >_>

Talk about having energy!  :)

 

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Just now, Daniel Perales said:

Talk about having energy!  :)

 

Haha I'm 34.. I can do it, but it's gonna suck arriving home at 3:30AM, then I gotta wait for the public transit to open up... and THEN I'm expected to be at work by 10AM... That's gonna be a rough 48h.

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Just now, GasparAKAShiggitay said:

Haha I'm 34.. I can do it, but it's gonna suck arriving home at 3:30AM, then I gotta wait for the public transit to open up... and THEN I'm expected to be at work by 10AM... That's gonna be a rough 48h.

Weather report at this moment is predicting partly cloudy in the hi 80's. I'll try and wear something light and breathable.

 

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1 hour ago, Daniel Perales said:

Ok Washington DC people! What did you think of it?

Going early tomorrow for the NYC concert. I might see some of you there. :)

 

 

Show was great and the crowd had great energy despite standing in the miserable heat for hours. Miku greeting everyone in Engrish was cute. HELLOOOO DEEE CEEEE. MY NAME IS HATSUNE MIKU!  HOW ARE YOU?!?!?!  I CAN'T HEEEEAR YOU!!!

With that said, you would almost think that The Anthem in DC had never held a concert before. Their line management was awful. They closed the merch line 20 minutes early despite them having plenty of stock, and they seemed to not really understand the logistics of how to set up a large line.

When they divided the lines, they wound up allowing dozens of people from the far end cut in front of the people who had lined up earlier for the merch line which they then referred to as the "everything" line, including VIP and general admission. They then had to go through this "Everything" line and individually look for VIP holders and put them in a totally separate queue. Thankfully our patience paid off and we were in the first 30 or so people in the general admission line to get in so we had plenty of time to get goodies and pick a good spot in the pit.

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1 hour ago, GasparAKAShiggitay said:

Haha I'm 34.. I can do it, but it's gonna suck arriving home at 3:30AM, then I gotta wait for the public transit to open up... and THEN I'm expected to be at work by 10AM... That's gonna be a rough 48h.

I got home at 11:30pm and had to be up for work at 4:30am.    I feel your pain. 

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5 hours ago, KyoKyo said:

Show was great and the crowd had great energy despite standing in the miserable heat for hours. Miku greeting everyone in Engrish was cute. HELLOOOO DEEE CEEEE. MY NAME IS HATSUNE MIKU!  HOW ARE YOU?!?!?!  I CAN'T HEEEEAR YOU!!!

With that said, you would almost think that The Anthem in DC had never held a concert before. Their line management was awful. They closed the merch line 20 minutes early despite them having plenty of stock, and they seemed to not really understand the logistics of how to set up a large line.

When they divided the lines, they wound up allowing dozens of people from the far end cut in front of the people who had lined up earlier for the merch line which they then referred to as the "everything" line, including VIP and general admission. They then had to go through this "Everything" line and individually look for VIP holders and put them in a totally separate queue. Thankfully our patience paid off and we were in the first 30 or so people in the general admission line to get in so we had plenty of time to get goodies and pick a good spot in the pit.

When I had the VIP in my first concert (back in 2014), they let us in 15 minutes before the main crowd. They gave us this swag bag (containing a vinyl record of the single "Sharing Your World", glow sticks, backstage pass, and a coupon to get a paint program for free).  I skipped the merchandise line,  and went right to the already crowded floor area. I manage to be around 3 or 4 rows away from the stage, so my views of the show was mostly decent (until some tall person gets in your way).

I have the VIP again this year. My goal is to be right in the front row this time around.

 

 

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Miku Expo Day NYC hast arriveth! Who's excited?!

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Well, Miku Expo NYC has came and left.

My Thoughts:

The Good

 

The venue have gave people a chance to buy their merchandise/souvenirs by letting us enter, look then buy then going back out in our place in line.

Some fans were providing us water while we were standing on line outside. Thank goodness the day wasn't as hot and humid like last week.  

The set list was like a 50/50 mix of old vocaloids songs with some new ones.

The audience was just as energetic as ever.

Got to meet Gaspar at the end of the concert.

 

The "Not so Good"

 

Why do tall people always seems to manage to get to the front most of the time? My view wasn't so bad, since the person in front of me was kind enough to provide a gap for me to view through.

The projected image of the Vocaliod characters was a bit too soft or slightly out of focus compared to the last concert I've attended. Kind of spoiled the "realism" look to them.

While the supporting band was pretty good, they were overpowering sometimes. In other words, you can barely hear Miku and the rest sing. 

 

 

Overall:

 

I did have fun at the concert, but not as much fun that it was worth the $170 VIP for. I mean, why pay good money only to mostly watch the back of people's heads? Next time, I'll wait for reserved seating when it becomes available. 

The VIP swag they gave us is as follows: A plastic Miku hand-fan, Miku Expo Guide book, and insert advertisement of a game called "Unison League", a cloth VIP sticker, a Miku Expo Neck towel, and a VIP badge with a 3D picture of Miku hooked on a lanyard, all inside a black cloth bag.   

 

That's it! Hopefully everyone else had a great time! Too bad Gaspar and some others that I met couldn't stick around long enough and at least get something to eat and talk about stuff.

 

Take care!

 

 

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Well, Miku Expo NYC has came and left.
My Thoughts:

The Good

 

The venue have gave people a chance to buy their merchandise/souvenirs by letting us enter, look then buy then going back out in our place in line.
Some fans were providing us water while we were standing on line outside. Thank goodness the day wasn't as hot and humid like last week.  
The set list was like a 50/50 mix of old vocaloids songs with some new ones.
The audience was just as energetic as ever.
Got to meet Gaspar at the end of the concert.
 

The "Not so Good"

 

Why do tall people always seems to manage to get to the front most of the time? My view wasn't so bad, since the person in front of me was kind enough to provide a gap for me to view through.
The projected image of the Vocaliod characters was a bit too soft or slightly out of focus compared to the last concert I've attended. Kind of spoiled the "realism" look to them.
While the supporting band was pretty good, they were overpowering sometimes. In other words, you can barely hear Miku and the rest sing. 
 
 
Overall:
 
I did have fun at the concert, but not as much fun that it was worth the $170 VIP for. I mean, why pay good money only to mostly watch the back of people's heads? Next time, I'll wait for reserved seating when it becomes available. 
The VIP swag they gave us is as follows: A plastic Miku hand-fan, Miku Expo Guide book, and insert advertisement of a game called "Unison League", a cloth VIP sticker, a Miku Expo Neck towel, and a VIP badge with a 3D picture of Miku hooked on a lanyard, all inside a black cloth bag.   
 
That's it! Hopefully everyone else had a great time! Too bad Gaspar and some others that I met couldn't stick around long enough and at least get something to eat and talk about stuff.
 
Take care!
 
 

Thanks for the mention, Dan! It was cool to meet someone else from the Otakon forums. I'm at work currently but I plan on filming a video talking about how I felt about this year's Miku Expo concert, and some other things related to it. Stay tuned for that!


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Okay now that I"m home from my freakin' (partially accidental) almost 17h work shift, here's the text version, and possibly loose script for my Miku Expo NYC 2018 ...review... video. Not sure if it's a review, but more of a reaction to my seeing this same kind of thing a second time, and how it compares and contrasts with then (2014) and now (2018).

Okay, so first off the line wrapping around the Hammerstein Ballroom (aka Manhattan Center) was interestingly done. It was VIP in front, and then everyone else directly behind them, with gaps between where there were storefronts along 34th street there. I don't remember it being like that back in 2014. I think I remember just walking in with my ticket in hand, and my friends and I went up to the balcony and we waited for the show to begin.

Next, I was sort of disappointed and a little bit mad that some of the songs that Miku did didn't feature her in her "proper" outfit/module for the song, i.e. Senbonzakura. She was singing and doing all the choreographic moves etc in her normal outfit, and while that outfit isn't bad (I find her cute in it) I really wanted to see them use the proper module... Was it due to licensing stuff? Other petty stuff that couldn't be worked out before the show? Who knows, but I was sad I couldn't see her in her true glory for that song. I was happy that Rin's "Meltdown" featured her in her song proper outfit, and I was jammin' to that song so hard. On a side note to this point I'm happy they didn't have Len sing "Fire Flower"... This might be an unpopular opinion and I apologize in advance, but I don't like Len all that much, and I dislike that song a good deal. Back in 2014 when that song came on all the prepubescent/teenage girls went NUTS... It was interesting to see/hear.

Third, this was my first time in the standing area vs in a seat in the balcony. I'm 6'2", and I could most of the time see the Vocaloids prancing around on stage just fine, but it was somewhat of a struggle, like @Daniel Perales said, with the super tall people in front, making it a challenge to shimmy around to see stuff on stage at any given moment. 

And lastly for now I was sort of disappointed with the song set/list this year... Back in 2014 they had so many more awesome tracks (I really only know the Project Diva songs and a few others not in the games) and I was sad certain songs never left PjD to be performed in a live setting, some examples being Kyoudai Shoujo (Giant Girl), Kagerou Daze (Heat Haze Days) and World's End Dancehall, to name a few.

All in all I enjoyed seeing my "waifu" (lol) on stage again, and I'd do it again if the pattern was to continue in 2020, since it seems to happen every two years.

Thanks for reading, and I'll try and get a video version of this reaction/pseudo-review up on one of my YouTube channels (not sure if it'll a vlog or a regular video yet).

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