I suspect all YouTube links are taken down by now so I’m not going to even bother with it.
So have a screenshot instead. 😀 Unfortunately, not HQ, but this is all I have. ._.
^Nana-san performed live on Wednesday J-Pop on July 7th. The day IMPACT EXCITER was released.
I’m sure the words are clear enough to see, but yes, she sang NEXT ARCADIA. Unsurprisingly, I like the song even more after seeing this live version. Watching Nana-san enjoy herself on stage while singing… It (in)directly reminds me of all the reasons why I admire her.
But I’m not going to go into those reasons because if i did, this post will turn out to be a ten thousand words essay. 😄 Thus, I’ll stick with talking about the mini-live Nana-san performed on Wednesday J-pop; 5 songs, all performed amazingly well, but one fell just a tiny bit short.
After opening with NEXT ARCADIA (which was a great energetic performance), she greeted her fans and introduced Akimitsu Homma as the keyboardist.
Oddly enough, the song she sang next was Justice to Believe. I don’t quite understand why she’d perform that song, but it could simply be because it’s among her more well-known songs? ^^;;
Then it was Silent Bible. This one didn’t come as a surprise, because Silent Bible is a song on IMPACT EXCITER. As expected it was a good, consistent performance.
Following that up would be one of the fan favourites, ETERNAL BLAZE. Kind of interesting to hear her sing the original Nanoha A’s opening right after the Nanoha A’s -Battle of Aces- theme song. 😄
…And if you’re expecting me to compliment her on a good, consistent performance again, I’m afraid I’ll have to disappoint.
Yeah, this one fell a little bit short. It’s nothing too big, her skills are all intact, and definitely not the first time this has happened, but it is jarring when the lyrics she sings and the lyrics that appear across the screen are different.
But of course, Nana-san is very professional in handling it (like always). Whether it is this time or all those times in Live Diamond, even when she knows she messed up the lyrics, she carries on as though nothing happened. Not all singers are able to do that, and it sets her apart in terms of professionalism. Admittedly, Nana-san probably didn’t know she got the lyrics wrong (except for the first mistake — because it was obvious even to herself), but judging from her blog post made on July 8th, I’m pretty sure she realized her second and third mistake afterward.
And then after the little break where they introduce new songs and recent singers who are in the middle of a tour, as well as reading random letters from fans asking random questions, they bring in the other special guest of the night.
We all saw that coming, right? 😄 It was July 7th and the song they collaborated on was named 7月7日 (July 7th).
^The two of them were so cute. There is no other words to describe it. Even if you don’t know Japanese, if you saw this section, I’m sure the only reaction would be “Aww~ Cute!” XDD
About the performance itself, I didn’t feel nearly as much when I heard
the CD version, but after watching the live, the way Nana-san blinked back tears during the performance, the feeling became completely different. Emotions just washed over me.
The last two lines in the song, perhaps after all that happened to me today, struck me harder than usual. It’s not the first time I’ve heard the song, but there’s something about this live version this time that really brought forth the emotions. Thanks to that, my impression of the CD version will change as well. :3
To conclude this long post, Nana-san is amazing! (What else is new? XDD)