Much like any other convention that I go to, everyone likes to sleep in the early morning while I'm up and exploring the convention especially since I made two runs to Walgreens in the morning to ensure that we had batteries to run the megaphone for the gathering, which when we realized that the batteries inside were still working.
Our schedule was free until 12:30pm, the time of the start of the Persona/SMT Gathering. Part of the time spent was promoting our gathering by finding other Persona/SMT cosplayers, while the other part was coordinating with those who were running the "Ask a SEES" panel because for whatever reason, the gathering started half an hour after their panel started and they wouldn't be in until after 1pm (and on top of that, there was another Persona-related panel at 2pm, so that stretch was back-to-back-to-back leading up to the concert).
This posed an issue for Ryan and I, the ones that were running the gathering. Because everyone wasn't there to start, we couldn't call out the traditional Arcanas but instead had to play out the group based on what we had then do more shots as people jumped in. A good example was a Persona Q-inspired shot where the ladies would be in the front but the males would be way in the back, adding in a depth-of-field akin to scene were the guys shrunk in the first dungeon, "You In Wonderland."
|The "You In Wonderland" shot. (Photo Credit: animeluv135/DeviantArt)|
|One of the group shots that was taken during the gathering. (Photo Credit: Danny Nguyen/Facebook)|
|The selfie in its final form.|
|Regular ticket holders in line.|
|All them CDs for sale.|
|Minako and Fuuka dancing to the beat.|
|Mega Ran taking the stage.|
After a brief intermission with an introduction by Michael & Gackto, it was time for the moment that every Persona fan had been dreaming of, the reason why so many people came out to this anime convention in Mesa and dropped hundreds if not thousands of dollars.
|Hirata-san and Kawamura-san singing "MAZE OF LIFE" from Persona Q with Lotus at the helm.|
|Lotus Juice getting first track in with Kawamura-san performing "Break Out Of..." from Persona 4 Arena Ultimax.|
|Kawamura-san performing solo to the song "Time to Make History" from Persona 4 The Golden.|
|Kawamura-san taking a break during the musical interlude of "Memories of You" from Persona 3.|
|Hirata-san's reaction to the crowd singing the chorus to "Never More" from Persona 4.|
|Lotus Juice singing "Deep Breath, Deep Breath" from Persona 3 with the help of dancers pulled from the crowd.|
|Lotus Juice and Hirata-san performing "Reach Out To The Truth" from Persona 4 as their encore. Notice that Persona Music Box 2014 towel he's holding; he threw that into the crowd at the end of the song.|
|Danny getting a concert poster signed from Kawamura-san during the after-concert autograph session.|
|A signed copy of Carpe Diem from Lotus Juice and Kawamura-san.|
Sunday would come soon, and we still had one more opportunity to see them...
-Day Two End-