On the 10-12 March 2017, a series of concerts were held at Budokan for the popular 2D idol game Idolmaster: Million Live. The concert was titled The Idolmaster Million Live! Thank You for Smile!!.
Each of the three concerts featured different performers and different set lists. This report covers the performance on 11 March 2017, which had the subtitle ‘BlueMoon Theater.’ The Budokan, (full name: Nippon Budokan) is a hall situated in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. In the Japanese music scene, it is the dream arena that all aspiring musical artists hope to perform at. It is no different to the idols of Idolmaster: Million Live, and the song Thank You! is about performing at this legendary venue. When the game was first released 4 years ago, it was no secret that everyone’s aim was to perform at the Budokan. To finally be able to perform here was an emotional event for both the performers and the fans.
‘BlueMoon Theatre’ began with the song Thank You! The setlist had both songs that the fans were very familiar with and songs that had never been performed onstage before. One of those songs was Poker Poker, which was performed by Rika Abe. Rika had tears streaming down her face as she said, ‘This was Mizuki Makabe’s solo debut, and I recorded it 4 years ago. I’m so happy to be able to perform it here at the Budokan.’ Another song that received its live debut was P.S I love You, with its performing members singing in front of mic stands.
In the second half of the show, Ibuki Kido, Eri Oozeki, Yukiyo Fujii, Sora Amamiya, Saki Ogasawara, and Momo Asakura appeared as surprise guests. The event ended with the cast members expressing their gratitude to the fans. They talked about how they felt about the concert, and the messages that left the biggest impression on the fans was the one from Megumi Toda, who plays Ayumu Maihama. She said the beginning of her voice acting career, the moment when she found out that she had passed the audition for this work, was on 11 March 6 years ago. Until then her work as a voice actor had not gone very well, and she was eventually able to find the character she was ‘destined’ to play, Ayumu. With tears in her eyes, she declared, ‘As Hiromi Hirata said she also wants to sing a song from Million, I’m ready to sing Beat the World!! at any time!’ The encore song was Thank You! and it was performed by the entire cast along with the fan. They all sang along with so much passion that it reverberated throughout the entire arena.
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