Kalafina 10th Anniversary Live at Nippon Budokan (2018-01-23) (BD/DVD Release June 13/2018)

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Squall Leonhart

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Been reading this thread with great interest. Sounds like it was a great performance overall and the cpm members that were able to go had a lot of fun.

Anyone have any disappointments or was all 30 songs done well?

AFTER THOUGHT: listening to them raw during live made me realize how much processing goes into their live DVD releases... nothing at all like attending the actual concert!!! It's so bare and raw and naked IRL omg so much better. WAKANA sounds LESS HONKY without all that reverb. I actually enjoyed Natsu no Ringo live. And KANTANKATAN was so much more bearable because of this!
I have never been to a Kalafina or FictionJunction live but when I play FictionJunction and Kalafina Blu Rays on my Monitor Audio speakers and turn the volume up it sounds like I have been transported to the event. The sound becomes lifelike and sounds like they are in the room with me. The FictionJunction Blu Rays have a surprising amount of detail. I urge any member here to invest in a good hifi system if funds and living space allow and connect Blu Ray player to a good DAC. Totally worth it!

One member here mentioned cameras and recording equipment at this anniversary event so hopefully we will get a Blu Ray release because I will pre order it day 1. I cannot wait!

Oh and I am glad Hikaru let her hair grow :)
 

Atlas Star

Sailor Yuki
@Squall Leonhart no no no when I say raw I mean "unedited". There DEFINITELY is studio editing in their audio/video releases. I know that for a solid fact now. The flat notes, sharp notes, overpowering vocals of one singer over the other, reverb level, echo level... from the moment they started singing in "ring your bell", I heard a difference. I was definitely naive to think that they ACTUALLY sounded like the DVD releases in their lives.

BUT I MUCH PREFER RAW LIVE AUDIO OVER EDITED STUDIO MAGIC AUDIO. It's so much more real and less of a facade...
 
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luna.somniaxx

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Nice to know they were great live :) can't wait for the releases
 
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Seasonreaper

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My only disappointment is that they played Hevenry Blu instead of say, Matakaze. That's all I'd change really. I'm not a huge fan of RYB or Mirai either but it allowed the girls to warm up with songs I don't really care enough about if they aren't perfect.

And yeah the difference between the recordings and the actual lives is massive. I love their live releases but there's really nothing quite like actually attending a live, it's such a beautiful experience. Feels so much more natural.
 
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MegyTomitatsu

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inbox.me.email.for.secret.surprise.m4a.file.of.me.singing.songs.wink.wink

But on a serious note I really want to thank @Smiley for delivering the book from production all the way to the present box!! And of course everyone who contributed to the efforts!! I had a pleasure to meet her and she is just A WONDERFUL HUMAN SOUL!!!

And shout out to @MegyTomitatsu for helping me with tickets.. you truly are the best!!!!!! Didn't earn a dime off those tickets... I would've had to pay an arm and a leg if I bought them off auctioning... thank you again......

And @Hadi_sama for helping me get live goods! Cus that LINE WAS INSAAAAAAAAANE!

What a wonderful community of fans we have here .... i am so touched by how helpful everyone is and how open to sharing and caring this CPMe family is!!
No probs, I'm glad that I could help in any way. I'm really glad you guys enjoyed the live :hero:
I'm sorry you couldn't stay tho. But then again, since the live lasted longer than all of us expected, the dinner passed quite quickly haha

The book was really amazing, and I wad surprised we did physically written messages too. It was fun running around, recruiting people to write :XD:
Thanks much to @Smiley and her group for all the work and effort they've done!

The quality of the girls' singing was outstanding! They delivered very well, Wakana was truly good.
Hikaru was hitting some high slightly operatic notes like a boss, but I'm frustrated at myself for not being able to remember which song!
Serenato with ACCORDION was the best thing ever to happen.
Aria gave me goosebumps throughout the whole performance. It was a lover key, but extra powerful.
I was crying throughout the entire Hikari Furu. The bride dresses made my heart skip about 8 beats.
Lirica was damn good especially Keiko's kajiurago solo, that was amazing.
And kantankatan I almost jumped to the ceiling when the song started!!!

I will probably write a long report when I come home, might as well post it here.

They actually stuck to the fans' votes on Harmony site for the songs. At the end of the live they showed top 100.

The only thing that worries me is complete lack of stage performance, theatrics and effects. They did none promotion for the live itself and seems not much was invested. It's kinda disappointment that it's a big milestone, but regarding the stage performance it felt like a random live...
Also, why hire the accordionist if you'll use her for only like two songs?? And one of those two is even not a Kalafina song lmao
And no announcements was a bit weird as well.
I hope everything is okay and we get something soon.
 
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Seasonreaper

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Hm, didn't they say their plan was to focus on the singing more rather than theatrics this time around? Sure I heard that mentioned somewhere. Also I do wonder if they decided to go back to their old style of live performances as a throwback to where they started.

Whilst it might seem kinda basic compared to what they could've done to some of us I reckon it might've well been a huge nostalgia hit for those who've been there from the start.

Also the Hikaru operatics were at the start of Oblivious.
 

Sania

I like Yuki
My only disappointment is that they played Hevenry Blu instead of say, Matakaze. That's all I'd change really. I'm not a huge fan of RYB or Mirai either but it allowed the girls to warm up with songs I don't really care enough about if they aren't perfect.

And yeah the difference between the recordings and the actual lives is massive. I love their live releases but there's really nothing quite like actually attending a live, it's such a beautiful experience. Feels so much more natural.
Still, this was the best Heavenly Blue ever!!! It was so good I started jumping!
The single guy in the entire Budoukan jumping :TdT:
 

Atlas Star

Sailor Yuki
Still, this was the best Heavenly Blue ever!!! It was so good I started jumping!
The single guy in the entire Budoukan jumping :TdT:
I was doing Kala-hand-motions in my seat! I didn't jump ... was afraid I was gonna fall off the second floor ....

But honestly, HB is super anticlimactic after ONGAKU.... they had the crowd going for ongaku and then in HB I felt like the energy sorta died down....
 

Sania

I like Yuki
I was doing Kala-hand-motions in my seat! I didn't jump ... was afraid I was gonna fall off the second floor ....

But honestly, HB is super anticlimactic after ONGAKU.... they had the crowd going for ongaku and then in HB I felt like the energy sorta died down....
A true Man would not be afraid of falling from the second floor, if being noticed by the Girls is at stake :listen:

Tho I agree there was very little space, so being light helped there a lot :XD:
 
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Smiley

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The blank message pages of our book were filled with messages from local and overseas fans but I haven’t taken any photos of it.

I put the message book into the present box of Kalafina after the live, I am sure that the girls will receive it.

PS: the Japanese fans also praised our book when I showed to them.
 
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kala x ace

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I really wish Yuki would’ve been there...I was secretly hoping she’d pop out and play the piano for some of their ballads. Or even having Yuriko do back up vocals. It was definitely a Back to Basics theme which I enjoyed but apart of me wanted it to be a huge festival with all the bells and whistles. Maybe the 15th anniversary lol
 
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MegyTomitatsu

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Hm, didn't they say their plan was to focus on the singing more rather than theatrics this time around? Sure I heard that mentioned somewhere. Also I do wonder if they decided to go back to their old style of live performances as a throwback to where they started.

Whilst it might seem kinda basic compared to what they could've done to some of us I reckon it might've well been a huge nostalgia hit for those who've been there from the start.

Also the Hikaru operatics were at the start of Oblivious.
Hmm? I don't remember I've seen that one before.
It would be sad if they just turned back tho. I find their most recent performances pretty epic. Especially the arena lives!
I wonder then.
Still the prior promotion of the live was minimal. Also they didn't talk much about it being an anniversary in MCs, or talking about the future. Hope the movie has some news in stock.

@kala x ace oh, Yuki was there! She rushed right beside my friend...while I was in the restroom :...:
But she was in the audience tho, no performing
 

Hime_Wakana

I have reached Yuki nirvana
The blank message pages of our book were filled with messages from local and overseas fans but I haven’t taken any photos of it.

I put the message book into the present box of Kalafina after the live, I am sure that the girls will receive it.

PS: the Japanese fans also praised our book when I showed to them.
Waaaaaaaaaaa I'm really happy that the japanese fans praised our book!! I really also hope that the girls will show some reactions in their blog post soon!! *cross finger
 

Michelle

I adore Yuki
Good thing the ranking is posted on the FC site, because I ended up staring at the PV montage more and stopped paying attention to the song titles about 1/4 through.

The top 24 songs were part of the set.
1 位 アレルヤ 590 票
2 位 sprinter 535 票
3 位 oblivious 444 票
4 位 光の旋律 368 票
5 位 adore 333 票
6 位 満天 332 票
7 位 ARIA 323 票
8 位 into the world 314 票
9 位 heavenly blue 284 票
10 位 屋根の向こうに 272 票
11 位 君が光に変えて行く 270 票
12 位 傷跡 270 票
13 位 progressive 270 票
14 位 red moon 263 票
15 位 lirica 254 票
16 位 ring your bell 247 票
17 位 夏の林檎 245 票
18 位 storia 240 票
19 位 serenato 234 票
20 位 to the beginning 218 票
21 位 ひかりふる 209 票
22 位 symphonia 192 票
23 位 未来 185 票
24 位 音楽 182 票
25 位 I have a dream 181 票
26 位 五月雨が過ぎた頃に 179 票
27 位 また風が強くなった 171 票
28 位 夢の大地 171 票
29 位 Eden 170 票
30 位 sandpiper 168 票
31 位 seventh heaven 165 票
32 位 far on the water 164 票
33 位 むすんでひらく 152 票
34 位 neverending 150 票
35 位 胸の行方 147 票
36 位 アレルヤ ~piano ver.~ 143 票
37 位 fantasia 140 票
38 位 Gloria 130 票
39 位 君の銀の庭 128 票
40 位 destination unknown 127 票
41 位 believe 127 票
42 位 One Light 127 票
43 位 星の謡 121 票
44 位 Door 121 票
45 位 五月の魔法 119 票
46 位 Magia 109 票
47 位 追憶 109 票
48 位 sprinter ~with strings ver.~ 107 票
49 位 oblivious ~俯瞰風景mix 104 票
50 位 sapphire 102 票
51 位 Kyrie 99 票
52 位 blaze 99 票
53 位 monochrome 97 票
54 位 obbligato 93 票
55 位 輝く空の静寂には 92 票
56 位 love come down 91 票
57 位 misterioso 89 票
58 位 やさしいうた 88 票
59 位 moonfesta~ムーンフェスタ~ 86 票
60 位 Lacrimosa 85 票
61 位 君が光に変えて行く ~acoustic ver. 84 票
62 位 consolation 79 票
63 位 こいびとの昔語りの夕暮れの 73 票
64 位 Magia[quattro] 71 票
65 位 傷跡 ~Piano2 mix 69 票
66 位 fairytale 68 票
67 位 ring your bell (in the silence) 67 票
68 位 明日の景色 64 票
69 位 テトテトメトメ 62 票
70 位 ring your bell ~with strings ver.~ 62 票
71 位 identify 60 票
72 位 真昼 57 票
73 位 interlude 01 56 票
74 位 in your eyes 52 票
75 位 花束 50 票
76 位 メルヒェン 50 票
77 位 signal 44 票
78 位 春を待つ 44 票
79 位 春は黄金の夢の中 43 票
80 位 夏の朝 42 票
81 位 闇の唄 38 票
82 位 magnolia 35 票
83 位 in every nothing 35 票
84 位 空色の椅子 35 票
85 位 九月 33 票
86 位 snow falling 32 票
87 位 lapis 31 票
88 位 うつくしさ 30 票
89 位 君の銀の庭 ~with strings ver.~ 30 票
90 位 木苺の茂みに 28 票
91 位 into the water 24 票
92 位 interlude 02 22 票
93 位 灯影 20 票
94 位 fairytale ~with strings ver.~ 19 票
95 位 うすむらさき 17 票
96 位 al fine 12 票
97 位 dolce ~with strings ver.~ 11 票
98 位 ことのは 9 票
99 位 intermezzo 7 票
100 位 finale 6 票
101 位 dolce 5 票
  トータル 13301 票
 
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Squall Leonhart

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@Squall Leonhart no no no when I say raw I mean "unedited". There DEFINITELY is studio editing in their audio/video releases. I know that for a solid fact now. The flat notes, sharp notes, overpowering vocals of one singer over the other, reverb level, echo level... from the moment they started singing in "ring your bell", I heard a difference. I was definitely naive to think that they ACTUALLY sounded like the DVD releases in their lives.

BUT I MUCH PREFER RAW LIVE AUDIO OVER EDITED STUDIO MAGIC AUDIO. It's so much more real and less of a facade...
Interesting. I would love for the live blu rays and studio albums to be mastered as raw as possible. The audiophile in me wishes they would rerelease the albums remastered.

I noticed my Kalafina Red Day Blu Ray has a lot of reverb and echo. Others are not as effected for some reason.

Studio magic gets brought up a lot on this forum but I don't know what it is. Is it software studio editors use?
 

VyseLegendaire

TETOTETOMETOME
For the simple reason that DVDs/BDs are mass market products and if the songs don't match the expectation of the consumers then it can hurt their reputation.

So we might be fine with some of the idiosyncrasies and 'live magic' of the lives, but they won't be suitable for most listeners who only know the CDs.
 
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