After a long long awaiting from ASEAN fans, finally Lantis Festival 2015 came to hit The Star Performing Arts in Singapore. With additional performer, Megumi Ogata, this show just became more exciting following two successful live in Las Vegas and Hong Kong. This 4 hours performance including anisongs live and collaborations between seiyuu and anisong singers. Crowd starting from 1PM by fans who came earlier to snap up exclusive event merchandise from official booth, even though door opens at 5PM. Before the concert started, firstly all audience observed a minute of silence in honour of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, the First Prime Minister of Singapore, who had passed away earlier on Monday.
Let’s get the part started! First appearance was Choucho! Really lovely dress! She brought up 4 anisongs included one cover song from Love Live. The first two songs are “Dream Riser” from anime Girls Und Panzer and “Yasashisa no Riyuu” from anime Hyouka. Her beutiful voice and upbeat song made us boost up our mood by swinging the colorful litestik all the time. Her MC is about her first time to Singapore and Choucho was really glad to see all of the audience. Then she was singing “Snow Halation” from Love Live to make all Love Live fans jumping out and sing together. Last song from Choucho was “Starlog” from anime Fate/Kaleid Liner.
Here our second performer, Azusa Tadokoro, this young cute seiyuu in Aikatsu (voicing Aoi Kiriya) and Idolmaster (voicing Shizuka Mogami) sang along 3 songs with much energy. First song was “Hello My Revolution” from her 1st album “BeyondMyself”, following “Lost My Music” covered from Aya Hirano song for anime Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu. She said in MC about she was learned hard to speak English but it’s not good enough LOL. Last song was very special since the song come from her new single which not released yet, titled “Dream Line”. Catch up Azusa’s new single on April 22nd!
Next up, Kenshou Ono. Replacing boys’ audience crowd, now cheers and roars came up from girls’ audience. He is Tetsuya Kuroko seiyuu from Kuroko no Basket, this answerd why he sang mostly ost. Kuroko no Basket and chara song of Tetsuya Kuroko itself. After two songs “Touch” and “Needless to Say”, he greeted Singapore with broken English (LOL), but at least he tried. The best part was, he failed to enter his songs and gave us the cute facial express before he covered up his song smoothly. He keep thrilling all fangirl with his charisma, commanding them to jump along with the crowd. Then, he was singing Chara song titled “Future Line” and last song was “Fantastic Tune” which audience had been waiting for all the time. Kenshou closed his performance by doing backflip!! yes!! the real beackflip! LOL surely he got big applause with the laughing of every girl audience.
Another surprise for girls’ audience, coming up Kenichi Suzumura seiyuu of Atsushi Murasakibara from Kuroko no Basket, Masato Hijirikawa from Uta no Prince Sama, Momotarou Mikoshiba from Free! Eternal Summer. One of the most awaiting seiyuu to perform his anisong by ASEAN fangirl. With a more mature aura and still got the crowd worked up, he sang 5 songs with the opening part are “Intention” from his single, “Asunaro” from anime Kamisama no Memo Chou, and “Shiroi Karasu”, from anime Code Breaker. His MC was saying that his weak point is English LOL but he told about he went to Merlion and posing like the fountain. After that, Kenichi continued his MC in Japanese Language. Last part were “Ships” and “AIUEOngaku” from his latest single, he asked all the audience to do some kakegoe (chant) together by clapping hands.
The live continued, Megumi Ogata showed up and all adore yet respect claps welcoming her cool appearance. Megumi is seiyuu of Shinji Ikari from Shinseiki Evangelion, and Sailor Uranus from Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon. Her songs proved it. Couldn’t deny that her powerful vocals and stage presence which was apparent the minute she started singing. First song was “Zankoku na Tenshi no Teeze” from anime Shinseiki Evangelion, which originally sung by Youko Takahashi. Audience was singing together at last chorus since Megumi gave us the mic LOL. Then she called Azusa Tadokoro to make a duet performance, with Sailor Moon’s ost. what else? rite! “Moonlight Densetsu” was brought up by Megumi and Azusa, superb collaboration! Second MC, she introduced herself and praise over Singapore audience with a very big smile in satisfactions. The last two songs was “Saisei -Rebuild-” and “Shukkou -Departure-” from famous game, Danganronpa.
Now we have intermission for 15 minutes to calm down the audience and preparing stage for next performance. Interview of JAM Project screened out like the commercial break of healthy drink LOL. As the staff were doing some adjusment at the stage, audience could see many paint bucket with standing canvas. What will be next? Most of the audience surely already have a guess. Please welcome!!!
OLDCODEX! For many in the audience, OLCODEX was the highlight of the night. Girls shrieked the vocalist, Tatsuhisa Suzuki, since he also is a seiyuu of Kazunari Takao from Kuroko no Basket, Makoto Tachibana from Free!, and Ranmaru Kurosaki from Uta no Prince Sama. Came along with the painter, Yorke, and their own band replacing Lantis’s band. They brought up 6 songs for the total setlist succesfully got boys and girls alike headbanged to their hits. Every song that Tasuhisa was singing, following by Yorke’s painting skill by drawing the title of every song in the canvas. Opening part were “WALK” from anime Kuroko no Basket, “Dried Up Youthful Fame” from anime Free! Eternal Summer, and “Seek Your Turn” from their single. Tatsu opened the MC part by saying all word in nihongo, he admitted that he couldn’t speak and understand english at all, even there are many english lyrics on OLDCODEX’s songs, but he doesn’t know the meaning LOL. Fortunately, Yorke translated all to English for next MC part, he also introduced their band member one by one while all fangirl audience keep screaming their name. Last part of OLDCODEX were “Landscape”, “Rage On!” from anime Free!, and “Fool K”. Last painting that Yorke draw was “OLDCODEX IN SINGAPORE” which fade out with repeatedly screams and applauses.
Continued with Minori Chihara. She is seiyuu of Mahira Natsume from Girlfriend Kari, Miranda Campbell from Cross Ange, and Yuki Nagato from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu. She looked ethereal as she entered in a glittery blue two-piece outfit just like her performance in Lantis Festival last year. First two songs were “Junpaku Sanctuary” from anime KIDDY GiRL – AND, and “Termination” from anime Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon. Then at her first MC, she introduced Masami Okui from JAM Project to sing together in the following song “Rondo Revolution” from anime Shoujo Kakumei Utena. Next song was “Kyoukai no Kanata” from anime with same title Kyoukai no Kanata. In her MC< she said about she soen’t want to go back to Japan LOL. Last part of her songs were “Yuki, Muon, Madobe Nite” from anime Suzumura Haruhi no Yuutsu and “Paradise Lost” from anime Garei. Of course her closing was leaving a sadness cry from fanboys’ audience.
Last performers! The famous veteran anisong group which over the decades, have contributed many rousing and inspiring songs to famous anime and tokusatsu series, please welcome JAM Project! They started out with “Gong” from game Super Robot Taisen, “Vanguard” from anime Card Fight Vanguard, and “Garo ~Savior in the Dark~” from tokusatsu Garo. Then they did opening MC, greeted all audience and continued with solo performances. Masaaki Endo with “Yuusha-Oh Tanjou” from anime Yuusha-Oh GaoGaiGar, Masami Okui with”Predestination” from tokusatsu Garo, Yoshiki Fukuyama with “Planet Dance” from anime Macross 7, Hiroshi Kitadani with “We Are” from anime One Piece, and Hironobu Kageyama with “Cha La Head Cha La” from anime Dragon Ball Z. Back to being JAM Project, their performance near to the final. They said about last part will be consisted of three songs. So, “Victory” from game Super Robot Taisen, “Rescue Fire” from anime Tomika Hero Rescue Fire, and “Skill” from game Super Robot Taisen closed their performance that night.
As the lights went off, the audience keep shouting ENCORE until all artist showed up again to the stage. They sang the theme song for Lantis Anniversary “Starting Style” together just like the grand final moment. Finally, they all supposed to give last word one by one as goodbye sign. Many of fans were crying in silent.With three cheers of ‘Banzai!’ a collective bow on the part of the performers, and three sets of nine syncopated claps on the part of the audience, the festival drew to a close. It was a night to remember. Thanks a lot Lantis, thanks a lot Singapore! Saikou datta!
Yasashisa no Riyuu (優しさの理由)
2. Azusa Tadokoro
Hello My Revolution
Lost my music
3. Kensho Ono
NEEDLESS TO SAY
Future Line (フューチャーライン)
4. Kenichi Suzumura
Shiroi Karasu (シロイカラス)
Aiue Ongaku (あいうえおんがく)
5. Megumi Ogata
Zankoku Tenshi no Thesis (残酷な天使のテーゼ)
Moonlight Densetsu (ムーンライト伝説) feat. Azusa Tadokoro
Saisei -Rebuild- (再生-Rebuild-)
Shukkou -departure- (出航-departure-)
Dried Up Youthful Fame
Seek Your Turn
7. Minori Chihara
Junpaku Sanctuary (純白サンクチュアリィ)
Rinbu-Revolution- (輪舞-Revolution-) feat. Masami Okui
Kyoukai no Kanata (境界の彼方)
Yuki, Muon, Madobe nite (雪、無音、窓辺にて)
8. JAM Project
GARO〜SAVIOR IN THE DARK〜
Yuushaou Tanjou! (勇者王誕生！)
We Are! (ウィーアー！)
CHA-LA HEAD CHA-LA
Rescue Fire (レスキューファイアー)
9. ALL Artists
Special thanks to Amuse Entertainment Singapore.
Photos courtesy of Amuse Entertainment