Quik points of interest from AKB in LA
Day Zero Line: My brother and I arrived first, and met gideon an hour later around 6am in line. By 3pm, there were about 20-30? stage48 people in one spot haha.
Meet and greet: Even though it was raffeld, alot of stage48 people got in!
Table 1- Sashhi and Rie Kitihara: I asked sashhihara who her favorite idol is, she said momoclo?? i think. Than they asked her who her favorite AKB48 member was, and I think she said Acchan? they asked Rie and she said Mariko! Than they asked me who my favorite member was, and i said, " sasshi now!" After I asked her if she could do her wotagei dance, and she and rie started to do it, than the entire table started to do the wotagei by putting thier fingers in the air from left to right, it was so awesome because she had so much energy. Later, I think every table did it as well. At the end i asked about Japan in the world cup, they said they were sad, but it wasnt that guys fault. Than I said, it was the poles fault, and they agreed and laughed.
Table 2- Reina Fujie and Maeda Ami: Gideon was asking alot of questions here about fashion and music, but i remember what was said. But I asked Reina to Please do her moo moo dance from this commericial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2cCd0S2vR8
She did it for a couple seconds, but she was so imberessed, but so cute haha. I told her it was my favorite japanese commercial, some more questions were asked, than i asked them what thier favorite song was, and if they could sing it. Dang, i forget what song they sang, but everyone clapped for a beat and they sang it. I think it was Maybe? after they finished I told the translator to tell them in a group its hard to tell what they sound like, but individualy they have very nice voices. They blushed and smiled.
Table 3: Sayaka and Aji
I asked sayaka what her favorite filipino food was, and she didnt have a name, but she described it as a sour soup, and me and another guy said, " sinigang!" and she said thats it ! haha. They asked sayaka if filipino culture is in her household, she said no, but just the food sometimes. Than they asked her what sayaka liked to do for fun or something. It was funny because she wanted to know where the Duane Reade ( a drug store in NY), so basically for fun they wanted to go to a drug store and shop. Than they asked Aji where she wanted to shop...SHE SED VICTORIA SECRET ! haha. oohh, also when sayaka was talking about shopping, Aji starting to scratch at the table like a kitten, and everyone was like, wat is she doing? but the translator said it was her way of showing she was axious to shop haha.
The funniest part was there was this nervous guy at the table, and sayaka was actualling picking on him, cuz she kept saying, " are you okay?" in english to him. It was soo funny because the whole time the guy was trying to give them directions to CVS and victoria secret. and the translator was trying to tell them what streets to drive down etc haha. The guy was so nervous, i apologize if he read these forums, i just found it funny how sayaka was concerned about him and asking him questions.
I missed the first autograph session: Alot of people thought it would be the top girls, but it was the same girls from the Meet and Greet. ALOT of people were waiting in line for it, and they were able to sell like 100 american CD's of AKB48 to people waiting in line. Alot of new and causal fans bought it, so good for them !
I knew in advanced they werent giving autograph tickets at the focus panel, but I didnt want to tell anyone because no one would attend the panel, so a few seconds before the panel endded I ran as fast as i could to the exhibithall, it was great because I was about 10 seconds ahead of everyone and i could hear behind me a huge rumble of people haha, with regular AX attendees starting to get scared.
Second autograph session: I gave sasshihara my glow stick cuz she saw me waveing it to her, the managment yelled, if thats a gift u have to give it to me !, than sasshi was like, " its okay" and like kept it on the table. When she was signing my autograph she paused before writing LA, and i showed her my badge, so my autograph says, " AKB IN JEREMY" haha. At the end, i know it was against the rules, but i reached my hand out and she shook it ! Id really have to say Sashhihara stood out the most. Luckily I was able to get all the girls to sign thier autographs in the gold metalic ink. ill post a pic sometime,
Going to both concerts in NY and LA, id say it was way different. In NY it was all about the top girls and the venue was more intimate. I was in the front row for NY as well, and the girls could really look at you and make direct eyecontact with you. It felt more personal in Newyork.
LA was on a bigger scale. but im really happy they featured the undergirls more, it made me a fan of them more and exposed new comers to them, at the concert I was in the front row as well, and it looked like the girls were looking straight the entire time, most likely because all they could see where the glowsticks.
Anyways both experiences were great, till next time guys,