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K-ON! Live Event ~Let’s Go!~ (2009.12.30 in Yokohama Arena)

Opening

As some people are already aware, the K-ON live concert that took place at the end of last year at Yokohama Arena was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 30th. It was near the end of this live event that the surprise announcement for a second season was made. While that came as a pleasant surprise, the concert itself was what I dying to see at the time and here we are six months later. Most of Houkago Tea Time’s songs were performed to a karaoke backtrack with the seiyuu only pretending to play each of their characters’ instruments, but they did learn how to play a couple of songs themselves. The actual live music performances were saved until near the end of the concert, but things started off with a bang and an opening performance of “Cagayake! GIRLS” after a crowd countdown.

Yokohama Arena’s max capacity is 17,000 for those wondering, and by the looks of it, it’s a sold-out crowd they performed in front of. One side of the arena was sectioned off for the stage area, but I’d wager that there are at least 15,000 attendees at this concert. When things are put into that perspective, it’s pretty easy to see why K-ON!! is airing on 28 different stations right now.

 

Cagayake! GIRLS

It seems like it’s all about the glow sticks at Japanese concerts and this one is no different. In fact, it’s like everyone bought one of each color, because once the character image songs got underway, most of the crowd switched to the one that matches the character’s seiyuu on stage. The songs at this concert were all preformed live, but as with most DVD/BD concert releases, I suspect that the audio was touched up afterward. Still, Toyosaki Aki (Yui) deserves a lot of credit in this concert, since she not only sang the majority of the songs, but was also the MC for it. I never doubted her talent, but I must say I have a new-found level of respect for her after watching this two and half hour live event. She’s only 23 years-old yet looked like a complete natural on stage the entire time. In terms of outfits, all the seiyuu had “HTT” jackets on for this opening theme performance, saving their actual full outfits underneath for the solo performances that followed the obligatory opening words to greet all the fans in attendance (not included here).

For those unfamiliar with the character image CDs that were released, each feature two character specific songs and their version of “Let’s Go!”. Only the first track was performed by each seiyuu, but each song was accompanied by pretty cool instrumental solos performed by the musicians actually playing the live music. Naturally, things start off with the star of the series, Yui.

 

Toyosaki Aki – Giita ni Kubittake
(Hirasawa Yui Character Image Song)

As per the above, Aki looked like a complete natural on the stage and this performance was a prime example of that. She was appeasing to the crowd the entire time and dancing around on stage in that mini-skirt like she was having the time of her life. It definitely helps add to the appeal when she’s fairly tall for a Japanese girl at 169cm and has legs to show off. I just loved her hand gestures and constant smile, with her mad air guitar looking really cute and Yui-like. She was also pretty easygoing with her exit line of “There’s a lot more on the way!” (Mada mada tsuzuku yo!) too. This was definitely one of my favorite character image song performances of the concert. I find myself constantly flipping to this song on my mp3 player now too.

 

Hikasa Youko – Heart Goes Boom!!
(Akiyama Mio Character Image Song)

Out of all the character songs, Mio’s were naturally some of my favorite ones, so watching Hikasa Youko perform one live was quite a treat. The crowd wasn’t really in sync with the glow sticks for Aki’s performance, but most of them whipped out the blue ones for Youko’s here. I’m not sure if they were told to match the seiyuu’s character color for each of their solo performances, but I get the feeling it’s just something the crowd figured out on their own after looking around. In any case, Youko’s outfit wasn’t very flashy or revealing, but the zettai ryouiki she highlighted with her black stockings more than made up for it. I thought she looked pretty cute, especially when she gave the crowd a bit of fan-service with Mio’s “moe moe kyun” at 3:28. One of the most endearing things about Youko is that she embodies a lot of Mio’s personality, such as her nervousness and overly emotional nature, which is seen later on.

 

Satou Satomi – Girly Storm Shissou Stick
(Tainaka Ritsu Character Image Song)

Satou Satomi probably had the goofiest-looking outfit thanks to that extra frilly dress she had to wear. I was never much of a fan of this song, but I’m a sucker for live performances and Satomi made it very Ritsu-like, so that was fun to see. The somewhat deeper voice she uses for Ritsu isn’t her natural one, yet she sings the entire song in it. With character songs, I tend to take notice of seiyuu going to that extra length to try and sing them in character. It sort of fits the whole idea of a “character” song after all.

 

Kotobuki Minako – Dear My Keys ~Kenban no Mahou~
(Kotobuki Tsumugi Character Image Song)

In terms of instrumental solos, the piano one was undoubtedly the most soothing one. I probably could have kept listening to that piece, but seeing Kotobuki Minako come out in that pink dress made me quickly focus on her instead. She is undoubtedly one of the prettiest in the group and amongst seiyuu all together. As the youngest cast member at only 18 years-old, Minako was surprisingly one of the least nervous out off the entire group. She is in the seiyuu group sphere with Aki though, so I couldn’t help but wonder if that’s where they both get their composure from. After hearing a lot more of her singing voice in sphere, I’ve been hoping we’d be treated to a K-ON song where Mugi sings, but I doubt the group will ever break out of having Yui and Mio as the vocalists. A shame to say the least as I love Minako’s voice, even when she’s trying to sound a bit like Mugi. Music Ray’n seems to agree too, as Minako’s going to see a solo debut later this year. Much like how Yui’s character song was about Giita, Mugi’s one is about her keyboard. Incidentally, she’s the only seiyuu with the same last name as her character — Kotobuki (…albeit with different kanji).

 

Taketatsu Ayana – Jajauma Way To Go
(Nakano Azusa Character Image Song)

Of all the girls, Taketatsu Ayana came off the most nervous to me, simply because it looked like she was really concentrated on her dance movements and singing. She didn’t look like she was going with the flow that’s for sure, but I commend her for giving a good performance regardless. I figured she wouldn’t have any problems either, having played roles like Ako in kiss x sis, but I guess being perverted in a studio behind closed doors is very different from being outgoing on stage. That’s okay though, since it had a very Azusa-like nervousness to it. She can shake that tushy of hers all she wants too.

 

Sanada Asami – Maddy Candy
(Yamanaka Sawako Character Image Song)

DEATH DEVIL! If there’s one performance that blew the whole cutesy feel of K-ON out of the water, it had to be Sanada Asami’s one. She had the whole heavy metal, headbanger, “Catherine” look going on too. I loved how she pretended to play her guitar with her teeth at 2:35 too, in pure crazy Sawa-chan fashion. She even came out with the mask and cloak seen in the first season, and of course had the actual outfit on underneath. They even brought in a special heavy metal guitarist just for her song. Rock on!

 

Call and Response – Sawa-chan

The next part of the concert was a fairly long MC, but introduced Ui and Nodoka’s seiyuus, Yonezawa Madoka and Fujitou Chika, for the first time. I didn’t bother including most of it since it was all about a “Call and Response” game (if you can even call it that), where each of the seiyuu said part of a character line and had the crowd follow up. Yui’s one just so happened to be the “Un Tan” from playing castanets, which turned out to be pretty amusing because a lot of people actually brought one. The best laughs came from Asami coming out dressed like Sawako as a prim and proper teacher with glasses, and later taking them off to become her other self. It was pretty hilarious how she complained about the crowd’s response being too damn quiet the first time around and all other seiyuu acting all scared of their teacher shortly after. Youko had the knees buckling just like Mio would too, and later went on to make a sales pitch for Blu-ray reservations. “I’ve been waiting for you bastards to show up!” (Omaera ga kuru no wo MATTE IMASHITA!”) Awesome, just awesome.

 

Yonezawa Madoka – Lovely Sister LOVE
(Hirasawa Ui Character Image Song)

It was during the Call and Response that I got a good sense of how Aki’s able to keep things entertaining as the MC, some of which was simply calling Madoka her little sister in Yui’s voice and wishing her good luck for her character song performance. As the very capable Ui though, Madoka didn’t have any problems whatsoever in giving a very cute one. If there’s ever going to be a spin-off of the music club at Sakura High School, Ui may just be the perfect candidate to pick up where her sister left off.

 

Fujitou Chika – Coolly Hotty Tension Hi!!
(Manabe Nodoka Character Image Song)

Admittedly, I hadn’t listened to Ui or Nodoka’s character image songs since the singles came out a couple of months after the other five, but Chika deserves a lot of credit for giving a very crowd pleasing performance of “Coolly Hotty Tension Hi!!”. Someone’s got to write some plot in the second season that gets Nodoka singing a song! Her role in K-ON happens to be her first one as a seiyuu and to be able to perform so well at a live event of this magnitude that many seiyuu will never even get a chance to deserves a lot of credit. She had her family in attendance too, so I can completely understand why she was so emotional during her final words for the concert at the whole. She wasn’t even the most emotional one either, as a lot of the girls were bawling their eyes out uncontrollably at the end.

 

“That Day in the Light Music Club” (Aru Hi no Keionbu)

Those without sufficient understanding of Japanese probably won’t get too much from the live picture drama-like mini episode, but I gather it’s still interesting to see everyone voice their characters live. Being a bit of a seiyuu fanatic, I love seeing live performances like this, as they showcase just how professional Japanese seiyuu are and how they can record almost all scenes in one-shot, plus time their voices to the animation on-the-fly. They didn’t have to do the latter here, but still had to pace the dialogue themselves. Anyway, this “Day in the Light Music Club” episode involved talk about the group breaking up due to their differences in musicianship after reading about how another band did the same, which naturally drew some wary reactions from everyone except Yui who suggested it. Sawa-chan on the other hand liked the prospect of Yui finally coming over to “her side” of the music world and how she might have two bands to go to for tea parties. After Yui added how she’d be with Azusa forever and become “Old Age Tea Time” (Rougo Tea Time) together, the idea of renaming their band came up when Ui asked where “Houkago Tea Time” came from.

As a name Sawa-chan gave them because they couldn’t decide on one themselves, Yui figured something more upscale would help their image, which a vote where Mugi comes in as the unexpected tiebreaker led to some good laughs. This isn’t the first time Mugi joined in on one of Yui and Ritsu’s “interesting” propositions, but the names thrown out were even better. On top of Yui’s “The All-America” (Za Zenbei) and “Explosive Laughter” (Daibakushou) ones, Mugi suggesting the rice angle with “Rice Riots” (Kome Soudou) proved to be good stuff. If it were up to Mio, it’d be “Chocolate Melody” though, which was cute because it was just what I’d expect from her, but hilarious when Yui put the “Rice Chocolate” spin on it, much to Ritsu’s frustration. Naturally, Sawa-chan has the best suggestions, throwing out “After A Beating Bloody Time” (Oudago Bloody Time). That was easily one of the funniest ones next to “Za Zenbei” with the way Yui suggested it. Unsurprisingly, nothing changed when talk about a theme for them involved tea, snacks, and fluffiness. Things end off with the start of the Light Music Club’s live performance getting announced and everyone rushing off to give us just that.

 

Curry Nochi Rice

After all the character image songs, it was nice to finally see Houkago Tea Time back together as a group. Aki’s introduction about how they never touched any instruments in their “Rajion!” radio program performances led to a nice jab (tsukkomi) by Satomi asking if they’re just a comedic band. For most of these performances, it was all about Aki’s vocals since none of the girls were actually playing live, but it wouldn’t be the same without them all on the stage together with instruments in hand.

 

Fude Pen ~Ball Pen~

Fude Pen ~Ball Pen~ turned out to be one of the nicer performances because Aki helped sing a bit of backup for Youko, which sounded really nice live. This is definitely one of my favorites HTT songs from season one, so I was really looking forward to hearing it. It would’ve been pretty cool if this was one of the songs they learned to play, but I’m not complaining when they took the time and effort to learn a couple. I absolutely love Youko’s vocals and am often left wondering why she hasn’t been scouted into some seiyuu group or even a solo debut after all this time. Her singles would probably sell like hotcakes to all K-ON fans.

 

Watashi no Koi wa Hotchkiss
(Live music performance!)

The crowd reaction to Aki’s announcement that they were actually going to perform a song live was pretty awesome to say the least. After hearing how they tried to keep their practicing fun with their characters in mind, I could already get a sense of some of them starting to feel a bit emotional (e.g. Satomi). Their performance is more than passable for amateurs and pretty impressive at the same time, since Minako is the only one that I’m aware of with any sort of musical background. (Her mother is a piano teacher.) What’s more, Youko went so far as to learn how to play the bass left-handed to fit the Mio part when she’s actually right-handed. It didn’t look like the two of them had too much difficulty, whereas Satou Satomi and Aki seemed pretty confident on the drums and guitar respectively. It wasn’t easy for Ayana though, as she expressed her struggles learning how to play the guitar during her tear-filled final words at the end. I think she managed to get through it just fine. Go Azu-nyan!

 

Fuwa Fuwa Time
(Live music performance!)

With their first-ever live music performance in the bag, it looked like all the girls were feeling the fruits of their labor realized in front of the sold-out crowd. Emotions were starting to show after Yui told everyone they gave it their all practicing and expressed concern over how everyone would react to their performance, which of course drew another heartwarming response. Tears were already coming down before they even started singing this supposedly last song, but luckily only got through to Aki near the end of the performance. Much like Fude Pen ~Ball Pen~, I loved the sound of Youko singing backup to Aki this time around. They even went so far as having instrumental solos part way through, with Minako showing everyone up with her piano skills. Youko wasn’t too bad on the bass either, while Satomi looked like a natural on the drums. The girls all facing one another giving it one more go was right out of episode twelve, so that was pretty cool to see. I have no idea how Aki held up as well as she did compared to everyone else, but it was easy to pick up her shaky voice when she laughed about it. It was kind of funny how they messed up their group bow, but it did help lighten the overly emotional mood.

 

Don’t say “lazy” (Encore)

It wouldn’t be right without a performance of “Don’t say ‘lazy’” and saving it for an encore was befitting given its popularity. The crowd was so into it and Youko sounded pretty damn awesome, making it the perfect song to satisfy the encore chants. This is still my favorite song from K-ON even with the season two ones considered and the one I’ve been dying for a live performance of ever since I first heard it a year ago. Being a seiyuu sung song, I thought I’d never get a chance to, but this live event delivered just that in one of the best possible stages. I got goosebumps watching this.

 

Season 2 Announcement!

As with most concerts, the encore was planned from the very beginning. Along with it was the surprise announcement of the second season, which sent a thunderous roar of excitement throughout the arena. Needless to say, that response got the waterworks going again. If DVD/BD sales of season two do well and another live event draws on this many attendees, we may just see another one of these announcements for season three at the the end of this year.

 

Cagayake! GIRLS (Encore)

For this encore performance of “Cagayake! GIRLS”, the girls looked like they finally loosened up and tried to end on a happy note, but most of them couldn’t help but get caught up in the moment of it all. After the big season two announcement, Aki managed to keep it together to sing another full song, which I don’t think Youko was in any position to do. Youko was completely taken back, extremely choked up, and in dire need of that group hug at the end.

 

Let’s Go! (Encore)

I didn’t include everyone’s final words because they took around twenty minutes to get through, but it was waterworks city for everyone except Aki (Yui), Asami (Sawako), and Madoka (Ui). The rest were very deeply moved and it didn’t look like Ayana and Satomi would be able to get through what they wanted to say at all. Youko was pretty much the same, whereas Minako ended up crying even though she said she was trying her darndest not to. I actually found it a bit hard to watch and felt bad for them, hoping that someone would just let them end their words short so they can cry on someone else’s shoulder. Eventually, they did all get through it and gave us a pretty good group performance of “Let’s Go!”, which this live event is titled after. Somehow, everyone’s voices were fine again when they had the support of the entire group, with Asami bringing out the Sawa-chan craziness at 3:27 again. God damn she’s awesome. Anyway, I really enjoy these anime seiyuu concerts, because without them we’d never get to hear any of these songs performed live. As mentioned above, this whole event lasted two and half hours and was a blast the entire way through. Here’s to hoping that they’ll hold another one following the second season!

July 14, 2010 at 3:49 pm
70 comments »
  • July 14, 2010 at 4:03 pmPhocus

    Awesome live concert! I was afraid they’d all sound terrible on stage (since they’re fairly new seiyuus), but it turns out they are all surprisingly well-prepared.

    Houkago Tea Time does not disappoint, no surprise.

  • July 14, 2010 at 4:14 pmviral

    These tracks just reminded me how much I liked the first season, and how much worse the second is.

    Btw thanks for the post. I was curious about the live event, but I was too lazy to download the whole thing.

    • July 28, 2010 at 6:17 pmsuperchan

      i got the blu ray version
      i also don’t understand Japanese.
      i think they did pretty well for voice actors and also i like to ask you peoples that really like this should buy them ??

      if you peoples want to see them again live with improved skills and think better supporting them ??

  • July 14, 2010 at 4:26 pmLurker

    One thing KyoAni did right: popularize new seiyuus/VAs and give them a chance to shine.

    Umm, won’t RC get in trouble for hosting these videos?

    • July 14, 2010 at 4:38 pmDivine

      Um, you can consider this a limited time post then.

      • July 14, 2010 at 11:33 pmunlisted

        maybe keeping up just Cagayake! girls would make it less of an issue.

        copyright issues aside, they are a ton of males in that audience lol. Also, finding out from you that k-on is on 28 different stations is ridiculous. The U.S. is so weird with its exclusivity. shows tend to only show up on maybe 2 or 3 stations max. New shows on one station and re-runs on the others. Its great to hear you can get you fill of a show on so many stations.

  • July 14, 2010 at 4:28 pmduh

    Wow, that’s a lot of videos and text. I can only thank and applaud you Divine for the time and effort it must’ve taken to make and write. I just hope the RC server can hold up to the proverbial rape it’s likely to get from this blog entry.

    • July 14, 2010 at 4:33 pmduh

      Also, looking at the file naming convention, is there supposed to be a 03 video?

      • July 14, 2010 at 4:36 pmDivine

        Opening words, which I didn’t include.

      • July 14, 2010 at 4:44 pmduh

        Ahh ok, thanks again. Japanese seiyuu concerts are certainly crazy and none like them else where in the world.

  • July 14, 2010 at 4:53 pmmegalith

    Dat orange glowstick…

    When I watched this I liked how they announced the season 2.. If I was there I’d be totally surprised as well.

    “…..but it was waterworks city for everyone except Aki (Yui), Asami (Sawako), and Madoka (Ui)”

    Aki did get teary eyed a bit, as for Satou Satomi, Yoko Hikasa, and Ayana Taketatsu, had the most trouble finishing their statements. Chika Fujito was the most touching out of them all even though she didn’t bawww like the those 3. Good job girls! ;__;

  • July 14, 2010 at 5:03 pmtacdo

    Awesome.

  • July 14, 2010 at 5:07 pmdiet otaku

    it would’ve been SUPER awesome if they’d changed into their “don’t say lazy” costumes to sing that song, but that was still pretty cool. sawa-chan wins the whole thing, though. XD

  • July 14, 2010 at 5:27 pmSkizzit

    Loved the live performance of “Let’s Go” It’s amazing to me how even the mannerisms, body language and facial expressions of the seiyuus playing the five main girls fit so well with their characters. Satou Satomi especially cracks me up and I can totally picture Ritsu while watching her.

  • July 14, 2010 at 5:37 pmLaN

    Well done. How much were tickets for this?

    • July 14, 2010 at 5:49 pmDivine

      6,825 yen with taxes in. That’s the only price listed on the official website, but I imagine prices differ depending on your seat.

      • July 14, 2010 at 9:58 pmLaN

        Hm, congrats to them. It’s nice to see it’s doing so well.

  • July 14, 2010 at 5:46 pmReconnect

    Creamed myself on Sawako’s image

  • July 14, 2010 at 5:50 pmLaN

    There was a ton of MIO!!! from the crowd.

  • July 14, 2010 at 7:18 pmakani

    Holy crap, THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS. SAWA-CHAN SENSEI IS FREAKING AWESOME. And I just loved the crowd’s reaction to the second season announcement.

  • July 14, 2010 at 7:18 pmRazgriz

    That’s a lot of HD video. Never seen so many in one blog entry.

    @LaN: Mio is like “sacred” to the K-ON! group. I’ve heard some diehard fans say that Mio can exist alone without the group. That really ticked me off even if I’m a Mio fan myself.

    • July 14, 2010 at 7:30 pmDivine

      This is far from being HD since it’s only 480×270, but I consider it pretty decent quality for the resolution and file sizes. They still pale ridiculously in comparison to the Blu-ray release in 1080p.

    • July 14, 2010 at 10:02 pmLaN

      The thought of Mio without Ritsu scares me. It just wouldn’t work :P!

  • July 14, 2010 at 7:25 pmberamodk

    Wow… live voices were better than studio recordings!!!

  • July 14, 2010 at 8:02 pmIsland Esper

    omg !! please put me in contact with the black market I MUST have an original copy ofthis. no matter the cost or the stake. there goes this month rent money. Divine why? どして? you have to show me this!

    lol Yui is giant when she stand by the others girls. I still love Mio the most; but all the other girls raise lots of cookie points with me. Have to start saving to see the next one live!

  • July 14, 2010 at 8:03 pmSkins Thunderbomb

    Wow, thank you very much for this Divine! :D I don’t watch K-ON, but I enjoy watching concerts :3

  • July 14, 2010 at 9:32 pmAshorichan

    I have to admit, Hisaka Yoko sounds really good live. That’s in front of so many people too! Wow, I could never do that! Same with the rest of the seiyuu. The instrament playing wasn’t the best, but since they’re still learning it was pretty good. I’m learning how to play the guitar myself too. x3

  • July 14, 2010 at 11:23 pmsuperunature

    1. attendence to this concert drew a full crowd
    2. Blu-ray version of this concert ranked #1 with 22,000 copies sold, dvd ranked 4th
    3. broadcasts in a whole bunch of stations
    4. cd singles sold extraordinary
    5. MANY licensor (10-15+ companies making k-on pvc figures) countless making other products, stickers,backpacks,ties,socks,cards,pillows,towels,stationarys,straps etc.
    6. manga sell for k-on more then doubled.
    7. blu-ray and dvd of the episodes does very well.
    and in this internet era, most people don’t bother buying cds/dvds, most animes and and many mangas becomes unprofitable, and this isn’t one of them. They would be stabbing themselves not making as many episodes as they can. The only draw back is that its based on their high school k-on band, and they looking to graduate at the end of season two (9 more episodes) and a spin-off usually kills the show and does not do well. but Im sure they will have ovas if not another season. after all anime industry is business, and a successful anime are to stay for as long as possible.

  • July 14, 2010 at 11:24 pmMD

    Bakabt has BD 720p version of this concert and it is awesome! One of the best anime live concert I’ve ever seen, probably my favorite until now :) I hope we could see another one this year, and even a new K-ON! season.

  • July 14, 2010 at 11:43 pminnerchihiro

    This was very enjoyable. I will try and watch some of the skits that were not here later, even if I don’t understand Japanese X) Thank you Divine, for putting this up and sharing your opinion.

  • July 15, 2010 at 12:10 amfatjing

    wow, Aki is really tall, I wonder she’s taller than the announced 169cm. But definitely she’s very cute.
    And it is interesting that Minako actually knows how to play the keyboard which makes she perfectly suited to Mugi’s character.
    btw, seems that Minako is left-handed and Yoko is right-handed

  • July 15, 2010 at 12:29 amAnimeniac

    hahaha… epic… good thing i somehow understand few of their language…

  • July 15, 2010 at 12:48 amDestiny

    Hikasa Youko, she’s my fav seiyuu next to Hirano Aya. her voice n her songs just gets me for some reason, especially pure pure heart.

    Sanada Asami as sawa-chan is just awesome. yui wasn’t my fav character but after watching how Toyosaki Aki perform i changed my mind bout her abit. but mio is still my fav <3

  • July 15, 2010 at 1:27 amGirafe

    Watashi no Koi wa Hotchkiss gave me goosebumps!!
    I really enjoyed this anime! T_T

  • July 15, 2010 at 1:47 amGiraffe

    Ooo.. I spelled my name incorrectly.

  • July 15, 2010 at 2:03 amRei

    Watching live performances are so fun I love it! Love Hikasa’s voice, my gawd she definitely needs some solo career it’d kick off so well. Have you heard her Jusin song from Seikon no Qwaser? It’s to DIE for it’s so awesome and you can’t get enough of it.
    I agree that they should let Mugi sing apart from Yui and Mio. She was after all, aiming to join the CHOIR club way back in episode 1 of season 1 lol ;_; KOTOBUKI MINAKO/MUGI UTAI MASU!!
    Can’t wait for my copy of this so I can sit back and watch this in full 1080p *A*

  • July 15, 2010 at 2:09 amJurkasz

    This was a freaking awesome concert, I sooo want to see them performing live too! The announcement of the second season gets out a lot of emotion from me even after a dozen times of watching. I can feel the joy, the unlimited happiness the crowd could experience back then! The two live performances were simply amazing, I never thought it would be this good, but they did a very good job in learning to play these songs, especially Youko, who had the toughest with having to play a lefty character ^^ I was also amazed by Sawa-chan’s performance, the moe moe kyun bit during Youko’s character song, the air-guitaring performed by Aki, the live mini episode… so much memorable moments! Thanks for the review Divine, you’re the best xD

  • July 15, 2010 at 2:37 am[SiNaN]

    Wow! This is just awesome! Thank you very much Divine, for taking time to write this post.

    Toyosaki Aki and Sanada Asami was just great. And the (real) live performances were incredible. I can’t understand much Japanese but I really enjoyed live picture drama-like mini episode.

    I wish we did have “Sweet Bitter Beauty” live as well. That’s my favorite from first season.

  • July 15, 2010 at 3:26 amimerik

    It’s so weird to attach real people to these voices… But seriously thanks for throwing this up Divine.

    When I was reading I didn’t understand why don’t say lazy would give you goosebumps.. then I started watching it and I got goosebumps. Her facial expressions even reminded me of Mio’s during the s2 ed at times.

  • July 15, 2010 at 5:09 amPeanutbutter003

    The “are you ready?” part before the Hotchkiss performance really let me thought I was watching one of the episodes.

    Three thumbs up for everyone!

    For those who liked Hikasa Youko, you have to listen to Jusin. I could loop that song for hours myself.

  • July 15, 2010 at 8:27 amtenton

    They sold the 8 different colored chemical glowsticks at the concert. This is why people had the 8 different colors for each person; sold in a set of 4 (left side, right side or something like that). People on their own for Ultra Orange ones, though. :P

  • July 15, 2010 at 12:25 pmHello_Moto

    I never finished watching K-ON! mostly because I never enjoyed the show as much as it seems everyone else did. When the second season came out, all of my friends were all over it and one of them always spams GO! GO! Maniac whenever I’m at his house (don’t kill me, but I think that song is god awful). So I decided to watch these performance out of sheer curiosity more than anything else and I must say I’m quite impressed. I knew Aki Toyosaki was quite a decent performer (and she does great in this concert), but I’m more impressed with Yoko Hikasa here. The last time I heard her sing something live, she was absolutely terrible, but she actually does a pretty good job here. It was also impressive to hear them playing their respective instruments despite being amateurs (they actually don’t sound too bad either). Overall ‘E’ for Effort for this concert.

  • July 15, 2010 at 1:16 pmrenton14

    lol there not even playing there instruments. i was so amped to see them play and all they did was stand there smile and move ROFL. i luv you k-on

    • July 15, 2010 at 2:12 pmHayate Yagami

      They played for Watashi no Koi wa Hotchkiss and Fuwa Fuwa Time, which, considering that only one of them had any previous training, and Youko learned to play left handed to match with Mio, is still quite impressive.

      • July 15, 2010 at 7:50 pmduh

        Indeed.

        I’m extremely impressed that they’re “amateurs”, particularly Satou Satomi’s drum playing. I don’t know how to play the drums, but she certainly looked like she knew what she was doing.

        I do however, play the guitar a little and I still find it hard to sing and play at the same time, which makes me even more impressed by Toyosaki Aki and Hikasa Youko. I have no idea how long they practised for, but they make a better band than SCANDAL do and can certainly sing Don’t say “lazy” better live (even if they didn’t play the instruments during that song).

  • July 15, 2010 at 7:05 pmYun_Fang

    BEST POST EVER!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE K-ON!!!!!!
    GO RITSU!!!!

  • July 15, 2010 at 10:20 pmlol

    OMG!

  • July 15, 2010 at 10:22 pmlol

    OMG! Im just.. idk xD

    love all of them, Yui(aki) and Mio(Youko) sung wonderful, i dont remember more names xD
    but loved it.

    Dont say lazy was just.. perfect.

  • July 18, 2010 at 3:32 pmShinjiro

    Thank you very much for sharing, Divine. That was one fantastic post.
    Much love and respect for Keion and all its adorably talented seiyuus!

  • July 20, 2010 at 10:39 amHuda

    Thank you for posting the live event here but I really wanna watch the call-and-response thing. ):

  • July 28, 2010 at 6:20 pmsuperchan

    if you don’t where to buy it check out AmiAmi, yesasia , etc

    it not because you don’t life in Japan you can’t find it !!!!

  • August 5, 2010 at 11:59 pmkeiOnDaisuki

    –i’ve seen the vid on youtube were in they all teared up–and man, it was infectious!! i also wept…i’m so happy for them–for the success of their labor and anything else…

    –i wasn’t one of those to get really caught up with concerts and get so emotional over it…however, this event was totally a whole new different matter…i enjoyed every tiny bit of it—there was never a dull moment…and yeah, i cried..=(

    –and goodness!! i’m impressed how they managed to pull off a live performance, given that they were only trained for months…it wasn’t that spectacular…but seeing how they’d really put their hearts into it, i must say, it was great…

    *applause*

    –hikasa-san was awesome despite her not being a natural lefty..she’s quite pretty too…and the voice? oh boy, i love it the most amongst the seiyuus’…i found it absolutely cute when she said ~moe moe kyun~…i even thought i had turned into a perv because of that..*snicker*

    –toyosaki-san was pretty much tall for a japanese…seriously, i never thought she’s that huge…she’s pretty as well..and *coughs* not to mention those long legs…ahaha..she was a good MC too…she mostly did the talking..anyhow, i was impressed how she was holding back her tears unlike the rest (esp. yoko and ayana)

    –sato-san was oh-so ritsu!! i adore her!! she’s so energetic and playful…and yeah, i was a bit disappointed with her dress during her solo performance…she sorta..err…looked…stupid and silly in it…i agree that she seemed comfy with the drums…

    –kotobuki-san was the prettiest of them all!! gosh! and i din’t know she was only eighteen…so, she has a background with the keyboard prior to k-on, eh? that only says that she really fits her role as mugi…she looks soft-spoken too..yay! i adore her!!

    –taketatsu is so cute!! yay! azu-nyan! she appeared to be the most nervous among them…but really, she’s so kawaii…

    –fujitou-san’s voice was likeable too..so mature just like yoko’s and minako’s…

    my verdict about their prettiness:(descending)

    kotobuki>>>>Toyosaki>>>>taketatsu>>>>hikasa>>>>sato>>>>yonezawa>>>>fujitou..

    –well, im sorry if this comment is so long..but i can’t help it…this post is just the best!! arigatou!!

  • August 17, 2010 at 11:22 pmOtakuLeader

    I would have loved to see HTT live! It was really was a fun and well planned show. I just finished episode 20 and Show Spoiler ▼

    I had to finally watch this live and it did not disappoint. I’m just sad that it is all coming to an end now. Hopefully they do one more live for the 2nd season, as many have wished as well. And Youko aka Mio also won my heart in her live version just as Mio did in the anime version. She is so similar to Mio in many aspects and is so talented, as all of the seiyuu are, but she will always be my favorite K-ON! girl as well as the song “Don’t Say Lazy!” Thanks for blogging shows like this and letting others experience such a wonderful treat as this live! LONG LIVE HTT!!!!!

  • August 25, 2010 at 9:58 amFum

    Waaah the t-shirts i want one e_e

    I really enjoy this concert it’s just amazing *-*

  • September 8, 2010 at 6:21 amotaku

    there is a backstage event too!!

  • September 8, 2010 at 8:34 amotaku

    which episode is the “That Day in the Music Club” (Aru Hi No Keionbu)??

  • October 3, 2010 at 8:14 amWaynewoei94

    Man… Will there be another live event just lyk this?

  • October 3, 2010 at 2:33 pmastrofan

    Thank you Divine for sharing! I spent the whole evening on your post and enjoyed every minute of it. And finally i ordered the BR… wish i could go back in time and attend the real event… –
    And to HTT, Bravo!! (remember the time where you wished “Mezase Budoukan” – well you made it!)

  • October 24, 2010 at 2:46 pmKublaiKhan

    Hey everyone! I loved this Live event, and I’ve been watching it nonstop lately lol. I know I’m late to the party here, but I’ve been trying to find the name of the guitarist from Sawa-chan’s image song. I’ve gotten the “Shinja” part, but I can’t find anything about him on the net. Anyone help me out or got any info?

  • October 24, 2010 at 3:11 pmKublaiKhan

    Hahaha figures. As soon as I post this, I find out the name. It’s “She-ja” from the metal band Volcano.

  • November 13, 2010 at 4:23 amRegina Han

    OMG CAN I THANK YOU SO MUCH? I’VE BEEN FINDING FOR THE WHOLE THING!!! sorry for the caps though. THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!! :)))

  • December 2, 2010 at 2:19 amWaynewoei94

    There is gonna be a second line on 20th of febuarry 2011!!!! http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/k-on/special/event110220.html

  • February 27, 2011 at 4:21 amstormofshadow

    just as expected, k-on live event provides a limitless source of peace and happiness. now we just need a way to bottle and distribute the stuff! ^_^

  • February 28, 2011 at 5:05 amvic

    This time I’m definitely buying the Blu-ray!

    I missed them when they came down to my home country (Singapore) back in 2009 for Anime Festival Asia (stupid exams!). They didn’t sing at the event, but they did some live-dubbing. Hope they come down for AFA 2011!

  • March 1, 2011 at 11:33 amMichael

    How can I buy the DVD from this show?

  • March 27, 2011 at 1:35 pmritsu

    where can i download this video??

  • March 28, 2011 at 9:26 amritsu

    please? does anybody know?

  • April 15, 2011 at 1:24 amRyou Sakai

    I’ve cried whan the audience blow up their mind with the 2nd season annoncement, K-ON! is te best musical anime!!! and i can’t beleive that the seiyuus have learned to play the instruments, that’s really awesome!!! fuwa fuwa time is the best song played in the concert, because THAT’S the REAL HOUKAGO TEA TIME!!! hell yeah!!!
    long live to k-on!!!

    coming soon: “RYOU SAKAI presents… A TRIBUTE TO K-ON!!” this is not a joke, i’m working on this projetc!!