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25 April 2018 @ 12:17 am
KAT-TUN LIVE 2018: UNION report  


Over the weekend, my mother called me. Then while chatting, out of the blue she asked me, "what happened to that group you used to go stupid over and I had to beg you to shut up about them?"

"That's why I'm in Tokyo, mum. They have concerts".

She only then went, "Oh", in a tone like sounded like, 'oh, so you're still stupid over them'. lol

Guys, it's not a myth... absence does make the heart fonder.

KAT-TUN LIVE 2018: UNION @ Tokyo Dome April 20 & 22



As usual, I rushed to the venue much to 20102205k's relief then later crism79 texted me to say she and powwie were already inside then joked that this time I'm not giri giri in making it on time lol

As usual, please forgive my typos. I'm sure there will be many orz.

As soon as I hit the Korakuen Station for Tokyo Dome and saw all the HYPHENS, a rush of nostalgia hit me. That nostalgia was soon mixed in with excitement when I reached the Dome and saw the crowd and the goods stand and then heard the screaming people on the roller coaster and by the time I got in line to go inside, that nostagia and excitement was joined with anxiety and restlessness. I was telling 20102205k that if it weren't for her wanting to get in early, I would wait until the very last minute. Anyhow, we entered the Dome and as I walked through the tiny passageway to our seat and I saw the stage - the background of the ship - immediately, all that nostalgia and excitement and anxiety got flooded with memories from 2 years ago when I was there for a different reason - I'm not going to lie but when KAT-TUN finally came on stage, if I'd blinked then perhaps a tear would've left my eyes... because f*ck, they're really back!!!!

I got a good seat on Friday, I was literally centre stage and I was close enough to scout out Ueda's nipples lol (but let's leave that for later)

KAT-TUN is very extra!

They're so dramatic and think they're Kings of the Universe.

Watching them walking down the stage during 'Kimi no Yume Boku no Yume', I had to smile... which is a strange reaction but immediately everything bad disappeared and I no longer associate that song with sadness but now with KAT-TUN's promise to each other and to HYPHENS. Ueda was walking down the aisle like 'I'm back bitches! I told you to wait for me, your badass hightness would come get you'... while Kame must have really thought he was on the Paris runway lol and Nakamaru walked down in full confidence like, "guys, it's been rough but we made it... we kept our promise and we made it back to you"... and my heart was happy and light like it was on a flight on roses and cotton candies.


I totally love the setlist! KAT-TUN totally rocked the songs... With 3nin, it's clear that they each have a role to play... it's a distinct role... not a beatbox or a rap role but a role in the songs and the group and I totally love how they shifted the focus between the members - they all had a turn being in the centre... being in the spotlight.

And I mean, Ueda danced his ass off. I mean, he put all his effort in there that I coudn't laugh too hard at his awkwardness lol... sooo fricking cute!

Song List;



I think that while people enjoy a full concert, there will always be that one performance that you'll remember the most... and for me, that's 'Polaris'. Ueda is so talented on the piano and Kame's and Nakamaru's voices are soft and the beatboxing piece was art, everything about this performance was perfect and I kept thinking, 'wow, this is my KAT-TUN'. I also started thinking how I really still do wish for Ueda to get a solo concert because with this musical range/ability, he should be shown the world. This performance, also reminded me why I miss them on Shounen Club Premium...

But speaking of Ueda on the piano.... this gap of this dude is so wide... the rough gangster way he looks is so misleading... one second he's a refined pianist then not long after he popped out TWO (2) guns then rolled out on a motorbike like he's about to hold the world at ransom lol. His 'Ai no Comando' was a really cool performance... the way he was the lead but behind him followed a masked cthulhu doing really cool bike stunts. The crowd was screaming!

Kame's solo was 'Ray' and man.... oh my man was so extra! He did his regular acrobatic swings but with super heavy (AND SEXY) breathing and pretended to be falling and I laughed when I girl behind me screamed when Kame 'slipped' lol.

And Nakamaru was amazing with his laser lights with 'Right Now'. And watching the three of them joining in at the end, made me wonder just how long did they have to practice to get the timing right because they were really perfect.... it was like KAT-TUN owned all the colours in the world and on Friday while I was in Arena seats, the view was great, but it was all the more prettier watching from Stands on Sunday... this is why I need to attend concerts multiple times... the view changes depending on the seating.



Okay, some other observations;

- I love how many people of all ages and sizes and of both genders attended - even Kame noticed the couples and he seemed amazed that the people who started following them grew from teenagers to university students to being married and now have kids... I think he was surprised that 16years had already passed lol (and he's actually old) hehe

- They song 'Rush of Light' and I nearly peed myself because I really love this song! They did quite a good bit of the songs from that very first 'Best of KAT-TUN' album.

- Ueda's nipples are glorious lol. On the first day I could spot them with my bare eyes... but on Sunday, I kept my eyes glued to the screens lol I swear, this guy might have wanted to walk around naked because not only his nipples showed but even his bare yummy shoulders.



- During the closing remarks, Ueda spoke a lot. I think he spoke the longest on both days. Thanking Hyphens for sticking with them and asking us to stay with them  and celebrate next year's anniversary and the year after that. He's just too loveable. On Sunday, he said he loved Nakamaru and Kame and Nakamaru interrupted him to say he also loved Ueda and Kame and during Kame's time to chat.... I feel like the entire dome of 165000 + people were holding their breath waiting for Kame to say he loved them too and when he finally said it (because he's extra and overdramatic) everyone applauded then I think it was during the second encore, that Nakamaru said 'KAT-TUN is forever' and I think that just cleansed everyone's soul.

- I really want to know why KAT-TUN can dance in sync when with others but as a group they're a hot mess lol a cute hot mess. They danced really well with the juniors. Normally, I don't care for juniors but they aided KAT-TUN's aethetics this time so I like that XD... sorry I can't remember what song they danced to as a group but the choreography was good... good thing we'll get it all on DVD ^^

- Oh My GOODNESS!!!! Ten no Koe!!!!!! I was really happy when he showed up on Friday and also to officially announce the return of Tame Tabi! As usual he picked on Ueda, teased Kame about being Johnny's sex symbol and played Nakamaru after asking him to beatbox but as soon Nakamaru opened his mouth he stopped him with a 'Thank you' lol

- Ueda has some guy fans. I saw a young man cosplaying as Ueda. I'd seen this at GACKT's concerts but not at KAT-TUN's but this guy had the 'scars' on his hand and neck, wore his hat the way Ueda wears his, and even his hoodie was cut like Ueda's... so cute ^^

- On Friday, Kame kept asking us to smile. He really didn't want us to feel sad. I guess he felt our anxiousness especially after they came out for the second encore just before he announced the planned tour starting in summer, without meaning to, it sounded like bad news was coming (I just think Hyphens are paranoid--- and with good reason lol) and he was like, 'relax, I wouldn't just suddenly betray you like that'.

- Oh I should say, UNION picked up where 10Ks ended. You'll see what I mean when you watch the DVD. But they really did a well planned out concert guys!

- Extra Kame with his funny faces, removing his shades, clicking his teeth, sucking his finger... he's so lewd! He also did lots of grinding and I realised how much I'd needed Kame's grinding in my life lol

- I think it was to 'Sweet Birthday' they had a sweet dancing where they walked back up the stage doing some simple dance moves/foot work but it was really playful and it was great watching them... I never really check the lyrics for songs but it's only today that I realised that maybe 'Sweet Birthday' is KAT-TUN celebrating their own anniversary which is kinda what those dance moves were... very mellow but joyful and sweet and wow, I love that song and I love KAT-TUN!

- On Sunday, KAT-TUN came out for 3 encores and on the third encore, Kame called us selfish lol and Ueda kept punching at us in the camera and Nakamaru being, Nakamaru was like, "you father will be angry" lol I guess he thought 9pm was late and past curfew lol

and lastly,

Really, to think 3 members were able to full Tokyo Dome; on one hand it makes you think they never needed 6 members since the beginning but to be fair and logical, it's just like what Kame had said at 10Ks, all 6 members contributed to who and what KAT-TUN is today (the 6 built a foundation) XD

I had soooo much fun! I enjoyed Friday thoroughly but Sunday was GREAT! Something about Sunday was super FUNtastic! Maybe it's because by then the nerves had calmed but from KAT-TUN themselves to the audience... everyone was so happy and bouncy enjoying themselves... it was like this grand party that was two years in the planning was suddenly unleashed on Sunday and when it did, it was magical <3

But really, the moment I love the most will always be;


We Are KAT-TUN!!!!
 
 
Current Mood: dreamy
Current Music: polaris by kat-tun
 
 
 
mocoharumamocoharuma on April 24th, 2018 10:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you dear for the nice and detailed report, amazing!. Yatta! SO HAPPY FOR YOU AND ALL HYPENS. The waiting is over and the concert is WORTH- Watching.
kissmegreen (Lyan)kissmegreen on April 25th, 2018 01:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you and you're welcome!
I really didn't expect it to be this long lol
I guess I had a lot built up waiting for this moment XD
Wiedha Kumikowiedha_kumiko2 on April 25th, 2018 02:14 am (UTC)
Hai~~ i'm widha,from indonesia #yoroshiku
Thank you for your fanreport..
My heart feel something~ i want cryng~~ LOL
and i'm very happy too because this concert.
KAT-TUN Finally Comeback..
kissmegreen (Lyan)kissmegreen on April 25th, 2018 01:19 pm (UTC)
Hi Widha!
I'm happy this bulk of incoherence was entertaining for you lol

They're finally back indeed... though I keep having to remind myself that it wasn't a dream XD

Yoroshiku!
roro_iedaroro_ieda on April 25th, 2018 04:43 am (UTC)
thanks for the fanreport!

this is my 1st time attending their concert and when reading this.....i just like, "AAAHHHHHHH, IT' TRUE. I SAW THAT. IT THIS REAL THAT I'VE BEEN THERE???" lmao.

anyway, thank you sooo much for the fanreport. love you
kissmegreen (Lyan)kissmegreen on April 25th, 2018 01:18 pm (UTC)
hehe it really is dreamy... and feels weird, like wow, 'I was actually there and not watching a download' lol I'll never get used to it!

I'm surprised I was able to write all this lol, that's a first >
harukana_linzi: kat-tunharukana_linzi on April 25th, 2018 10:15 am (UTC)
Thank you for the report Lyan!!! I'm really jealous happy for you that you had an awesome time!! I can't even imagine being there T_T I'm really stoked for KAT-TUN and us hyphens too! Great things are to come!
kissmegreen (Lyan)kissmegreen on April 25th, 2018 01:14 pm (UTC)
Sometimes, I still feel like I wasn't there because it was so dreamy XD It's a good thing we have video clips going around XD

*hugs*

Edited at 2018-04-25 01:16 pm (UTC)
crism79crism79 on April 25th, 2018 07:08 pm (UTC)
Oh boy, can we go back?? What perfect few days, it was just amazing seeing them back. They definitely delivered every day. The concert structure, visually and musically was fantastic <3 <3 They are kings of the universe! The Hyphen universe, they rule without contest ^^

So much love for these guys!

And lol, you weren't giri giri at all on both days :)))) No giri giri to see our boys back! And as always loved hanging out with you! It's always a plus of having these concerts is seeing the boys and hanging out with friends ^^

And that last day they were so extra!! It was FUN and exciting and all the Dome was like psyched! Really glad we'll have a DVD to continue remembering this epic return!
kissmegreen (Lyan)kissmegreen on April 27th, 2018 12:15 pm (UTC)
Can we go back?! I want to. I refuse to believe it's already been a week since then. wow.
I think I still have all that energy from then rushing through me XD

If the tour starts in August, I wonder how long we'll have to wait for this DVD...
crism79: KAT-TUN 3nin cloudscrism79 on April 27th, 2018 07:19 pm (UTC)
Gosh... already one week has gone by. Crazy! I could do it all again ^^

Hmmm... we had 10ks by... August? September? So maybe we'll get the DVD before the tour starts ^^ And maybe Kame's DVD before that? T_T

*crossing fingers*
kissmegreen (Lyan)kissmegreen on April 29th, 2018 11:50 am (UTC)
My bank account won't be happy but I want it before the tour starts!
Katara Kame-chanhilly_katara on April 25th, 2018 09:53 pm (UTC)
Kiss I'm crying of immense happiness!
as you read each word you have infected me with your feelings, I agree with those words, devils! We were waiting for this moment, we missed these guys, they are my life
thank you very much for sharing this fanreport
arigatouuuuuuuu!!!!!
kissmegreen (Lyan)kissmegreen on April 27th, 2018 12:09 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!
I'm glad I was able to capture a tiny fraction of this amazing weekend XD
They're back for sure and now we can finally breathe ^^
chiitakachie on April 27th, 2018 01:33 pm (UTC)
thank you for the repo... gosh it must be amazing to see it live. now what we need to do is waiting for their dvd (*A*)9

"Kame must have really thought he was on the Paris runway"
this is the best comment ever hahahahahahaa.....
kissmegreen (Lyan)kissmegreen on April 29th, 2018 12:04 pm (UTC)
lol In Kame's head, he's Mr Top Model XD

It was truly amazing! They really came back for us ^^