Last sunday I went to DAOKO's concert in Osaka! It was the first of many lives in her "thank you blue" tour.
I ended up buying the ticket on a whim when I was in a real depression dump (tm), but decided to go anyway because I've been to way too few concerts here. It's weird, pretty much all the bands/artists I listen to are Japanese and even though I've had multiple chances to go I've just.... never done it. The majority will never come abroad (or to countries outside of east-asia, that is) either, so I should go see them while I still can.
The venue wasn't that big, so even though I stood at the very back I had a good view of the stage. Being tall helps a bit too, I guess. I won't post too much about the set-list as it's kinda considered "spoilers", and even though this blog is in English and not Japanese I'd like to be considerate for their in-community rules. I'll just say that pretty much all her "famous" songs were included, including a lovely solo cover of uchiage hanabi.
I was amused by how different her personality is from what I imagined. Her music videos etc always gave me the impression that she's kinda serious and mature, but she was fairly... what should I say, "airheaded"? (as in silly). Not in a bad way, but it made me think that "Ah, she's just like any normal 20 year old girl after all" haha. She's adorable, and bad at talking (her words, not mine) so she wrote a letter with all the things she wanted to say as to not forget. Which, in turn made her repeat a bunch of things she'd already announced earlier (cue a few "oh no I've already said that..."s).
No photos allowed inside the venue per usual rules, but the posters are nice too, I suppose.
The visuals for the performances were pretty good, kudos to the video and light techinicians. During "boku" I was like 'wow, I haven't seen this PV before?' and turns out it's new and exclusive to the limited edition release of the THANK YOU BLUE album. It's the one starting at 0:33 in the video above, by the way. The character design is by Malbeni, which is another reason why it's great! The song itself is a rearrange of the original "boku", and this one is a lot more chill in my humble opinion.
I hope you'll give DAOKO a try if you haven't heard of her before! She's mainly known for her whisper rapping, but has been doing more pop lately. I'll add one of the newer releases for reference.