Hatsune Miku, You see her all over Tokyo, hear her many places that you go, she stars in commercials and billboards. She is one of the biggest idols and the biggest humanoid in Japan and to some effect has become famous the world over. She has concerts that seem to sell out every time along side her merchandise they offer at said concerts. Fortunately this past month me and my friend were able to obtain tickets to a concert that featured both Hatsune Miku and Kodō, a famous taiko drum band. The concert was at the NHK hall in Shibuya and was my first vocaloid concert.
As we arrived at the hall we noticed the people flooding in, many of whom had plush figures or other merchandise supporting their favourite vocaloids. We immediately tried in vain to purchase merchandise of our own at the stalls outside of the venue unfortunately they were sold out. We then walked in to the arena where they had posters and billboards set up for those who wanted to take pictures. However due to the long Line of people waiting we decided to just find our seats and take pictures later. As we walked towards the seating area we stopped at a table where we would receive a light up wand for the concert that was included with the price of admission. When we found our seats we began to test out our new Wands switching between the three colors while we waited for the concert to start.
When the concert started I was amazed be how most of the crowd was moving in unison as they waved their wands to the beat of the songs. Then the first images of Hatsune Miku came on stage the place erupted with excitement. The atmosphere that her presence created was very surprising and overwhelming at the same time. The part that completely blew me away though was when the taiko drums would begin to play the rhythm for the songs while Miku sang. This combination of traditional Japanese instruments and the modern voice and style of vocaloid was simply incredible. Unfortunately at time you did get the feeling that the drums over powered the rest of the instruments. however all thoughts of this went away as soon as the vocals would begin, for once you heard the combination of the two, you couldn’t help but to be taken away by the sound. The concert lasted a few hours and included not only Hatsune Miku but also other vocaloids. After the concert my friend and I went and she got pictures with the previously mentioned posters and billboards before we were ushered out of the building as it closed.
Over all my experience at the concert was better then I had imagined. Many may say that it was not a concert because a vocaloid/humanoid is not much more then a projection on a screen, I don’t agree. I believe a concert is more about the atmosphere and excitement that the artist brings to the arena as they perform, and by that standard this concert was great in my opinion. If anyone still believes going to see a vocaloid concert is not worth it let us not forget that this event also had a taiko drum group which in all honesty was worth the price of admission all on their own. For anyone that has been debating about weather or not to attend a Hatsune Miku concert, I could not stress enough that it is definitely worth going as I will definitely go again once the opportunity comes around.