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Maaya Uchida, one of the most popular voice-actress singers today, held a Christmas concert event titled ‘Maaya Xmas Party!! 2016’ on December 25 at Sagami Women’s University Green Hall.
The event was held on Christmas Day, so many of the fans were wearing Santa costumes and reindeer hats. The concert hall was filled with a warm holiday spirit.
At the beginning, everyone shouted out the event title, then Uchida came on the snow-falling stage wearing a Santa outfit. Her first song was Winter has come. Uchida sang joyfully on the stage that was decorated with a Christmas tree and a huge gift box. The fans screamed with joy.
After the first song had ended, scriptwriter Chanko came up on the stage as the event’s host, customary at Uchida’s events. He shouted out to the fans, ‘It is very rare to see Maaya wearing a Santa costume!’ and the fans shouted back, ‘Kawaii! (How cute!)’ making Uchida blush.
When Chanko asked Uchida about her mini album ‘Drive-in Theater’ which is to be released on January 11, she answered, ‘It has all the aspects of myself in 2016.’ The fans roared with excitement to her comment.
The following session of the event was ‘Winter MAAYA has come’, which was a gesture game of ‘the classic cute actions in winter’. There were topics like ‘the cutest way to wipe off the whip cream that got on your face’, or ‘the cutest gestures of when you get sleepy in a kotatsu’. Uchida shyly acted out these winter-related topics, and her fans cheered and laughed.
During the next session, Uchida sang many covers. She first sang Esoragoto (Pipe Dream) by nano.RIPE. Before she started singing, she told her fans about singing the acoustic version of the song at ANIMAX MUSIX 2016, and how much she had wanted to sing it again in the original style. After her performance, she shouted out, ‘Finally, I got to sing it!’
After this, she sang two other winter songs, Snow halation from the animation series Love Live! and Geki! Teikoku Kagekidan from the game Sakura Taisen. Every time Uchida started a song, roars of joy came up from the fans, almost shaking the concert hall. The audience’s excitement reached its peak during this session.
In the next session ‘Maaya Xmas Game Party’, Uchida’s manager and staff from Pony Canyon brought a Nintendo N64 console on the stage. The four members on the stage played Mario Kart as seriously as they could, and the unpredictable battle made the concert hall filled with energy. The fans enjoyed watching this thrilling battle.
After this game session, Uchida changed into a chocolate-cake dress and sang four songs, including her newest song Shiny drive, Moony dive. It was the first time Uchida sang Smiling Spiral in public, and before singing it, Uchida asked the fans to make a big wave for her while she sings. Of course, the fans made her wish come true by creating a big wave.
Uchida left the stage while the atmosphere was still filled with excitement.
The fans called for an encore, and Uchida came back on the stage wearing a T-shirt which was also sold as limited-edition item at the event. After giving words of gratitude to her fans, Uchida sang her up-tempo song Gimme! Revolution. That was the last song of her euphoric Christmas concert.
Uchida will be having her second one-man concert ‘Smiling Spiral’ on February 26, 2017 at Yoyogi National Stadium First Gymnasium.
M1 Winter has come
M2 Esoragoto/nano.RIPE from the anime Sankarea
M3 Snow halation/μ’s from the anime Love Live!
M4 Geki! Teikoku Kagekidan/Sakura Shinguuji (Chisa Yokoyama) from the game Sakura Taisen
M5 Distorted World
M6 Kinniro no Yuuki (Golden Courage)
M7 Shiny drive, Moony dive
M8 Smiling Spiral
M9 Gimme! Revolution