Risa Oribe also known as LiSA had a successfully held her first concert, ~Another Great Day in Manila~ concert yesterday, June 27 at the Samsung Hall, SM Aura Premier in Taguig City.
LiSA was not the first Japanese artist who performed in the Philippines. There have been similar artists like Uchusentai Noiz, Heidi, Joe Inoue, Aya Ikeda, Starmarie and many more who had performed before and yet, it was well-attended by the community.
As early as the mall opening, fans of the Japanese anisong singer lined up just to see their favorite singer. LiSA’s fan T-shirt and other merchandise were even sold out hours before the concert has started.
At exactly 5PM, the doors were opened and fans orderly entered and occupied the seats of the venue. The organizers constantly remind the audience that taking photos and videos are prohibited. The concert started at 6PM and ended at around 7:30PM. Meet and greet session ended at around 9PM.
Almost all the premiere seats were filled. The members of the press and holder of the standard ticket occupied the balcony seats.
Here’s a list of happened during the concert.
Before the concert began, the concert organizers were constantly reminding the audience the rules and guidelines especially the no photography and no videography rule.
LiSA who famous for her songs from various anime series, opened the concern with songs from popular anime series Sword Art Online “Crossing Field” and Fate/Zero’s “Oath Sign”.
The second set were acoustic versions of Ichiban no Takaramono from Angel Beats, and two more song from Sword Art Online II, no more time machine and Shirushi. It was also that time that LiSA introduced her guitarist which was well-received by the audience.
During the break, LiSA answered several questions from the audience.
LiSA talked about why she cried during the Girls Dead Monster Last Live – Final Operation. She was singing Ichiban no Takaramono back then.
This is LiSA’s first visit to the Philippines and yet, she was very worried that Filipinos might not know her. She expected to eat lots of bananas here. Aside from bananas, she liked mangoes, pork, bamboo rice and halu-halo.
She likes to date kind people like Woody from Toy Story.
Among the anime series she sang the theme songs, her favorite is Nisekoi and Fate/Zero. Nisekoi because of the characters while Fate/Zero on the story.
American artist Avril Lavigne has been influential on the growth of her music career. She wants to be like Avril which plays rock music but cute.
THE SECOND HALF
The second half with LiSA teaching the audience this dance step from the Electro Lyrica.
The last set were a song from her 6th album titled BRiGHT FLiGHT, Nisekoi’s OP Rally Go Round and Mahouka’s Rising Hope. LiSA gave an encore performance with the acoustic version of Angel Beat’s Crow Song.
She performed a total of ten songs in her first Manila concert
LISA PROMISED TO RETURN
By the end of the concert, LiSA said that she promised to come back to the Philippines but this time with a band. She was also a given flowers and a full set of Minions figures from a popular fast food restaurant as a token of appreciation.
Then, she requested for a group selfie with the audience. The photo was posted on her staff’s Twitter account.
Premium ticket holders were given a chance to meet LiSA as they exit the venue. This was also the time were fans can give their gifts to LiSA. As earlier announced, they were also given posters signed by the artist.
IN THE END
LiSA’s first Manila concert was truly a one time experience for an anime fan here in the Philippines. Whether you are in the balcony or the auditorium , the concert offered more what you had expected. It was really a great day.
We are hoping that with the success of this concert, it opened more opportunities for producers and concert organizer to bring more Japanese artists to perform in the country.
Photos below are official photos from the concert.