A(ace) gig at Närcon, Linköping

I was so excited for this concert and it was – in one word – AWESOME!

The core band-members is Nimo (vocals), Rookie Fiddler (violin & flute) and Toshi (bass). They also had two support members Shunji (drums) and Kentaro (guitar).

They opened up with “Night of the Knights” and the audience got lyrical. We were quite many in the crowd, since the convent is such a big one. I don’t know how many that actually knew about the band before though.

We were allowed to take photos and film during this concert, so here’s my video of that performance:


 
Other song favorites of mine that they played was “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis” (The Neon Genisis Evangelion theme), “MASQUERADE”, “Sakura” and “Shangri La” etc.

Toshi looked really serious and sexy most of the time.

Toshi looked really serious and sexy most of the time.

Nimo

Nimo

Nimo and Rookie Fiddler

Nimo and Rookie Fiddler

Nimo smiled a lot and was very charming. Sometimes his facial expressions reminded me of Hyde (L’arc~en~ciel). He wore a pirate-hat, since Ace was – according to him – pirates from Japan. ^^

But most adorable was Rookie Fiddler who’s smile was to die for. So cute! And I loved his outfit (especially the stay-ups – I looooove androgynous-looking men with stay-ups. ^^) He jumped and danced and played the violin like a possessed angle. It makes A(ace) pretty special as a visual kei band – that they in fact have a permanent violinist. Rookie Fiddler also plays the flute.

It was such an enjoyable show and I was in seventh heaven. I couldn’t see Shunju or Kentaro that much though, probably since they’re only support members.

This is another one of my videos. For anime-fans, this is their cover of “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis” (残酷な天使のテーゼ) from Neon Genisis Evangelion! ♥

You just can’t help falling in love with Rookie Fiddler and his smile, violin-skills and stay-ups (my weakness… ;-)


 

Rookie Fiddler played his violin so hard that his bow broke in the end and strands from the hair was hanging from it. But he kept playing anyway!!! I wonder how many violins he consumes during a tour…

After the concert I went forward to Natsu and her friend who were both as lyrical as me, and her friend had managed to get some hair strains from Rookie Fiddler’s bow. Lucky girl.

These guys absolutely amazed me, and surprised me. I would LOVE to see them again!

Thanks Nyanko Scandal Factory for bringing A(ace) to us!
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Närcon in Linköping

I headed to Linköping today to attend at the Närcon convent, primary to see A(ace) perform. As usual, I traveled by myself. It’s OK, but sometimes I wish that I had a friend who shared my passion for otaku-things and visual kei.

Evil Neko is ready to enter the convent!

Evil Neko is ready to enter the convent!

Anyway, the convent area was huge (The university campus) and I got lost in the labyrinth of halls all the time. There was cosplayers everywhere with more or less impressing outfits and I couldn’t help myself from feeling sorry for those with heavy clothing ’cause it was really hot outside. I only wore a simple sleeveless dress and I was about to die by the heat.

A girl cosplaying Maya from LM.C.

A girl cosplaying Maya from LM.C.

Cute girl in cute dress.

Cute girl in cute dress.

A Slayer from the computer game The Suffering.

A Slayer from the computer game The Suffering.

Crossdressing

Crossdressing

A plague doctor.

A plague doctor.

It's not everyday you meet Jesus! Since alcohol was strongly prohibited at the convent, he had to promise the staff several times not to experiment with the water...

It’s not everyday you meet Jesus! Since alcohol was strongly prohibited at the convent, he had to promise the staff several times not to experiment with the water…

Omg!

Omg!

Some outfits must have been very hot to wear this day.

Some outfits must have been very hot to wear this day.

An angel.

An angel.

A gang.

A gang.

I am very glad som many wanted to be photographed.

I am very glad som many wanted to be photographed.

I also spotted some Furries, totally covered by their animal suits… must have been sweaty in there.

The area held a lot of different interesting events and shops. I mostly looked at the shops actually and found some stuff I really liked. Like these ears…

(I swapped with my old ones that I once bought in Japan).

(I swapped with my old ones that I once bought in Japan).

I also found an X-Japan pouch and an X-Japan fan (very much needed since it was soooo hot outside)

I also found an X-Japan pouch and an X-Japan fan (very much needed since it was soooo hot outside)

A cute stuffed Mokona.

A cute stuffed Mokona.

Here’s a stuffed Nyanko Sensei (from Natsume Yujincho anime). If he wasn’t so darn expensive, he would have followed me home (hm… like if I need more bumptious cats with super powers in my home…. I also found a Nyanko Sensei cap!

Nyanko Sensei from  Natsume Yuujinchou.

Nyanko Sensei from Natsume Yuujinchou.

I love Manga figures, but not the fake ones. It's so typical - all the nice looking dolls (the originals - not the copies) are not for sale. :-(((

I love Manga figures, but not the fake ones. It’s so typical – all the nice looking dolls (the originals – not the copies) are not for sale. :-(((

Hm.... I think I see a theme here...?

Hm…. I think I see a theme here…?

This one below wasn't for sale. Otherwise I would have bought her, 'cause I fell in love. I would have preferred her boobs to be a bit smaller though.

This one below wasn’t for sale. Otherwise I would have bought her, ’cause I fell in love. I would have preferred her boobs to be a bit smaller though.

More original dolls, not for sale. :-(

More original dolls, not for sale. :-(

And another original doll - not for sale. Lol, it's easy to be confused about the legs to the right of the doll that rather belongs to a human sitting there...

And another original doll – not for sale. Lol, it’s easy to be confused about the legs to the right of the doll that rather belongs to a human sitting there…

Fullsize Girlfriend-cussions anybody?

Fullsize Girlfriend-cussions anybody?

In Korea you can marry them. :-) These reminds me though of Lee Jin-Gyu who married his dakimaura. ^^ I think it’s cute. Man merries pillow

There was several karaoke halls with japanese and korean music.

There was several karaoke halls with Japanese and Korean music.

I found Misa at the area and we finally managed to sing the whole “Cassis” by Gazette that we once only started at the Rencon convent.

Ruki in the PV Cassis.

Ruki in the PV Cassis.

I also met Natsu and “Fantazama” at the area. Natsu and another of her friends was already queuing for the concert and I know they got a good spot just in front of the stage later.

The concert was supposed to start at 10.00 PM so I joined the line at 9.00. Unfortunately, there apparently was some problem with A(ace) manager (described as a sort of high-hat ass by the Närcon staff) so it got delayed. We had to stand and sit in the cold (yes, cause it got very cold in the evening) until midnight before they finally let us in.

A(ace)

A(ace)

I was freezing cold and started to feel sick. A girl next to me was very kind and decided to sit down next to me, close, so we could share body warmth. That was very much needed. And we had an interesting talk too.

Well, more about the concert later…