better get this out of the way before my memory gets hazy...IMMO'S AKB48 in LOS ANGELES REPORT!!!!
I got on the plane in Toronto early ass and made good time to Los Angeles. Got into the airport and just stood around waiting impatiently for my bags. I was gonna wait for the hotel shuttle but after talking to some guys in line who were like 'seriously, we've been here for almost half an hour' I was like SCREW THIS and took a taxi to the hotel I had booked for a day to get my folio and drop off my bags.
After checking in and getting my folio, I walked to the convention and met up with stage48 people. There was a sign there and a whole big ass group of us sitting around just chilling. Me in my purple AKB48 hat got waved down and I sat around and got to know everyone. Just saying, it was awesome to be around people who loved the girls as much as I did, or maybe even more.
We wqaited for maybe an hour before the line started moving us in and thank god I asked someone about the premiere pass because we bypassed the retarded normal lines and went straight to get our passes and tickets. There was a bit of problems getting the concert tickets though, as AX is highly disorganized and were JUST busting tickets out of brown envelopes at the time and seperating the good front row tickets from normal tickets.
While we waited, there was a girl at a table off to the side with a table and a whiteboard with 'AKB48 meet & greet raffle!' written on it. You only got one chance to get these tickets and seeing the raffle just made me cringe inside. I had thought I could pay for the tickets and be able to see the girls, but with the raffles, my chances of seeing them face to face was shot to hell. I *really* wanted the meet & greet. REALLY. So while some of the S48ers held my place in the line for concert tickets, I sucked it up and went over there to try my luck.
Guess what? No luck. So I went back to the concert ticket line to try my luck with the concert tickets... and I'm sure some of you have seen videos online: FRONT ROW DEAD CENTRE, BABY!!!
But then I went back to the raffle to just hang around and give the girl at the raffle table sad-face. Everytime someone got a ticket we would cheer and every time someone didn't, we would be like
But honestly, I was feeling pretty shitty. Meet & Greet was the only way I knew I was gonna see the girls and talk to them.
When it was getting time for the meet and greet and melon and koopa were gonna head over there for the M&G cuz they got tickets, I decided to go over too. My whole thing was if I couldn't see them in the room, I might as well be outside cheering people on and perhaps catch a first glimpse of the girls and hopefully, my leader Takamina. hahaha.
When the girls showed up downstairs, I'm pretty sure I was the first one to spot them and I was like "GUYS! GUYS! They're here! They're here!!!" and jabbered like an excited fool. I didn't see if Takamina was there or not but I just poked my head over the side of the second floor and yelled out "TAKAMINA!!! TAKAMINA!!!!"
Cameras turned up towards me and the girls all looked up to see who the crazy was screaming out for Takamina.
Just my luck, none of the girls were Takamina. hahah. I'm such a damn idiot.
But the girls came up and went into the meeting room while everyone with tickets went inside and I was left outside holding someone's bag. T_T I could just HEAR them laughing and talking inside and I was feeling happy that I saw all the girls that came but bummed out to the max that I wasn't in there.
ALL OF A SUDDEN... someone came out and said there were FREE SEATS!!! And one of the security people asked AKB management if they should bring some people in and IMMEDIATELY, I was down on my knees and begging like a DOG. Like. A. DOG.
The guy nodded at me and was like "If they let us, then we'll bring you in cuz you were the first one here and I'll let you in."
Guess who got in to the meet and greet?
First table I was at was with Moeno and... Mocchi I think (clarify for me if I'm wrong, guys) and I had a BALL asking them questions. Told the girls I found out about them cuz I watch their shows and was talking my ass off like an idiot. Even managed to be like "Yo, Moeno.... DOROBO!" and she was like "ahahah... ha.
" I also manged to pimp out S48(REPRESENT!) and even mentioned nihongogo. Their translator wrote down the websites and passed it to the two girls. Though after a while I was like... what would happen if some of the girls managed to stumble into krazy kamp in the nihongogo forums? O_O Hahaha. The girls asked me if I would try my best to visit them in Japan and I was like "DAMN RIGHT!"EDIT:
Forgot to mention that mocchi looked at me for a bit then was like "You were yelling for takamina, weren't you?" and I was like... ... yes. Hahaha. Then they apologized for not being takamina but I was like "I'm just stoked your girls are here
Ten minutes with them and I was off to sasshi and kitarie's table! But 1 minute in, I was told to leave cuz someone had come into the room who had a ticket.
Boooo. But then I got in again and ended up sitting at Sayaka and Akicha's table!!!! RIGHT NEXT TO SAYAKA!!!
She's not as tall in person, I always thought she would tower over me like crazy. She was crazy personable and just kept talking and her English was pretty alright. Akicha was kinda quiet and I think she was just overwhelmed by the English...
Anyways, that was the last table and even though they were trying to shoo us out, Sayaka kept talking and she's a complete sweetheart. Really wish I coulda gotten to the other girls.
After the meet & greet, some of the S48ers managed to see the girls and me, melon and koopa JUST missed them. When we raced off to try to catch up to them, we saw them going into a restaurant and the guy who had let me into the meet & greet saw me and was like "YOU! Crazy!" Ahahah. So somewhere out there, an AX staff thinks I'm a crazy. Which is fine cuz I guess I sorta was.
But we all ended up eating somewhere else and made plans to go to the red carpet and greet the girls the next day.
And that the end of DAY 0.
Stay tuned for more! I'll also put up pictures and videos when I get back to Toronto!
For those in Toronto (gyan, I know you're there) who are going through withdrawal... lets go out for bbt when we get home and chill cuz withdrawal is easier to deal with together.