It was the day our lives that we would never forget; call it "Destiny" if you will. It was the morning of Day 2 at Taiyou Con. I had finally awoken from what I thought was a coma from the lack of sleep given that we had been traveling two for two days. After getting some well-needed breakfast, my body was ready for anything it could hurl at me. I got into my cosplay as Minato Arisato from Persona 3 and head down with the room crew to run the SMT/Persona gathering.
|Matthew taking a photo of my back at the Dealer's Hall.|
|People waiting in line for the concert.|
|The stage setup.|
Matthew and I have been known to be a rowdy bunch at conventions either starting the concert/convention hype by chanting encore at the end of concerts or starting general chants in front of guests like Attack on Titan Director George Wada at Anime Expo or soon to be brought up on stage Kawamura-san, Hirata-san and Lotus Juice.
And chant we did.
The dream was dead as it became reality and the "Persona Concert" was finally under way at Taiyou Con. I would hope to hear Hirata-san sing "Heaven" from P4 throughout the night but would not happen, although the minute I heard the rhythm for "Never More" I got excited because of the thing I was hoping more than anything would transpire. Like the Music Live crowd back in Japan, I too wished to serenade our guests toward the end by singing along to the lyrics of the song and everyone attended sang their hearts out, so much Hirata-san was on the verge of tears as seen by her expression.
As the concert was winding down, Matt and I wouldn't have it and began our usual encore shenanigans. Sure enough the trio would return to the stage and give it their all with "Reach Out To The Truth". As announced prior to the start of the concert, there would be a signing for the musical guests. I also bought both of Lotus' CDs before the concert and I would have him sign Carpe Diem while all three guests sign the Persona Q Sounds of the Labyrinth CD I had brought with me.
|Kawamura-san signing the front cover.|
The night would end with some well deserved food that I haven't had in a few years and to see some Double-Double virgins from Portland eat their first bite. The room would have a celebratory drink and call it a night for the anticipation of the final day of con.
End of Day 2