Experiencing LiSA: Another Great Day In Manila
LiSA performed live last night, June 27, 2015, at SM Aura Premier’s Samsung Hall. I am not much of a LiSA fan myself but when I found out that she was coming here to perform, I just had to go, I mean it’s not everyday that a Japanese artist visits the Philippines to do a live event. I bought a ground level ticket and awaited the day of the event.
We arrived at around 4 in the afternoon yesterday at Samsung Hall’s lobby area. A lot of people were already there. Everybody was excited to see LiSA in the flesh and most of us were probably going to experience that for the first time.
For people who don’t know, LiSA is a Japanese pop singer whose claim to fame was performing as one of the vocalists for the fictional band Girls Dead Monster from the hit anime series Angel Beats. She quickly rose to stardom and debuted as a solo artist. Her first solo single was Oath Sign, the opening song for one of 2011’s best anime series, Fate/Zero. She went on to sing other anisongs including opening songs for Sword Art Online and Sword Art Online II.
The doors opened at 5 PM and the live started at 6 PM. We were advised by the staff that they strongly prohibited taking pictures and videos inside the hall.
There we were, waiting for LiSA to come out, with our hearts at our throats. The tension inside the hall was increasing, and even someone like me who isn’t much of a fan could feel it. Then she came out, happily prancing as if she were light as a feather and were without a care in the world. We were sitting two rows from the back at ground level but I could see her smile all the way from where we were. It was infectious. I couldn’t help smiling myself. She introduced herself and asked us if we liked anime and if we liked Sword Art Online. We all replied “Yes” in unison.
Then she sang Crossing Field and everyone was struck in awe. She was good, extremely good. I was personally shocked at how much power her small body was generating. I couldn’t tell if it was the sound system or the acoustics of the room, but I could feel the power of her voice. It was real and intense.
People started to chant and sing along with LiSA. It was like being inside a maelstrom of music. You can’t help but be swept away. I started chanting and singing and waving my hands and clapping. Her performance washed away my fatigue and I was awake again, truly awake and aware but without a care for whatever was happening outside. That hall was my world and it felt awesome and whole.
While she was singing Crossing Field she paused for a bit, looking at the audience she whispered “saikou” to her mic. That was it. I started screaming like a madman. It was awesome. That moment was perfect. I can only compare it to a human sized big bang. It blew my mind. Other songs from the first half were Oath Sign, No More Time Machine, Ichiban no Takaramono, and Shirushi.
The Q&A session started after the end of the first half. The host asked if LiSA had the chance to sample any of the food here since she came to Manila. LiSA said that she ate bananas, mangoes, bamboo rice, and halo-halo. LiSA also said that she was afraid that none of the people in Manila knew about her and she had doubts if anybody would come to her live. She said that she was relieved that she had fans in the Philippines and they came to see her.
The host proceeded to pick questions randomly from a bowl which were previously gathered from some of the attendees. The first question was why did she cry during her Girls Dead Monster: Final Operation concert. She said that she felt sad that it would be the last time that she sang as a member of Girls Dead Monster and that is why she burst into tears.
I’m not sure about the order of the questions but I remember her answering to “among the anime you sang for, which one is your favorite?”. She replied that she liked Nisekoi for the characters but she loved Fate/Zero for the story. She went on to say that her favorite character was Rider.
A question about her musical influences was picked and she said that Avril Lavigne inspired her to be a musician. She wanted to sing rock songs while looking cute just like Avril. She was also asked what kind of guy she likes and she answered that she would love a guy like Woody from Toy Story, a kind guy she said.
The next half of the live was no less amazing than the first. We were able to rest during the Q&A so I was ready for more dancing and screaming. I can’t stress enough how beautiful and powerful LiSA’s voice is. Hearing her live is guaranteed to ignite a fire in your heart. Her passion for music clearly translates to her singing.
When it got to her Electro Lyrical performance, she stopped for a bit to teach us some dance steps so that we can dance along with her during the song. We were all laughing because the steps were a bit silly and fun. When she started singing and dancing, all of us got caught up in it and we started dancing as well. Everybody was dancing. smiling, laughing, and singing. Even the couple in front of us who were a bit stiff at first started dancing and singing as well. It was a delight to watch LiSA dance around the stage while singing. It’s amazing how something so simple can be so captivating.
Electro Lyrical is easily my favorite act of the night. The other songs from the next half were Rally Go Round, Bright Flight, and Rising Hope. Forgive me if the order of the songs are inaccurate. I’m trying to remember everything as best as I could and, sadly, I don’t have the best grasp for remembering details. I can only clearly recall how I felt and it was an awesome feeling of joy and excitement. There were no dull moments during the live and LiSA kept us on our toes during the whole performance.
After the last song ended, she thanked the audience for coming and left the stage. All of us started yelling “An-ko-ru!!!” a call for her to perform an encore. We were clapping our hands as we yelled and then everybody started sitting down and stomping while yelling. The spotlights lit up again and she ran to the stage to greet everyone. She thanked us for requesting an encore and we all took a picture together. She sang “Crow Song” for her last performance. After that, she made a promise to come back to the Philippines along with her band.
After the event we lined up to greet her and get our signed posters. She looked so delicate and fragile, I couldn’t help but be amazed at how much her performance has touched me emotionally. LiSA is a total performer, an artist who is not only extremely skilled at singing but is also able to reach out to her audience and involve them in her performance. I am thankful that she came to the Philippines and I hope that the success of this event brings more Japanese artists here. Bless all of the people who made this possible, and my eternal gratitude to LiSA for giving us such a memorable performance. Bye-chii!!!