Kyary Pamyu Pamyu brought her "The Spooky Obakeyashi" concert she performed in Japan last year
to America for her World Tour. It was my first time ever seeing her perform live and I didn't know what it would be like and I am letting you all know that she is FANTASTIC! She is a wonderful performer. Her stage is colorful and fun, her backup dancers are also dressed up in interesting costumes just as she did! The stage on standby had this backdrop..
As the lights dimmed down for the concert to begin, a VTR began to play. Kyary wakes up in her standby room to find herself face to face with three Obakeyashiki: Kasa-obake
(umbrella monster), an elderly long neck monster (I think Rokurokubi
??) and an Okami
. The three tell Kyary that she MUST show the world how scary Japanese obake
are because people only find American monsters scary, to which Kyary says it's because obake are cute! The three are enraged at being called cute and demand Kyary to put on a scary show immediately or they will put a curse on her AND her audience. Kyary protests and says they can't do that, but they send her off to perform before she can get a word in-- but not before changing her costume with magic! The VTR cuts off here and the stage curtains rise, revealing a beautiful set from which Kyary enters, wearing her altered costume with the help of the obake. It's pretty much this costume pictured here on the clearfile they handed out to all of us as we entered the venue. (EDIT: It seems to be this VTR
I seriously would have PAID for this!! This is so nice!!
The venue was much smaller than where she performed in Japan, but they used the stage to its full potential. I noticed in the ZIP news clip
I posted earlier there was a dance battle she did. There was no dance battle
in the American performance but she did show off her moves so it was pretty much all on her! Also featured in the clip was the Kasa-obake dancing on stage, but for this performance it was only the Rokurokubi and Okami who came out to play. There was a performance she did with the dancing Okami
too, but I don't know what song it is.
Kyary performed a lot of her songs. I was surprised she could keep going. She did PON PON PON as her final song during the encore and recorded an Instagram live
of the audience. She had three costume changes, the last one being for the duration of the encore. We clapped for a long time for an encore and I was wondering what was taking so long (I thought she would just clean up but NO, it was a FULL COSTUME CHANGE to one she called "Happy Exorcist"). I quickly doodled the costumes she had during the performance. The black one, she said, was inspired by a crow.
Her MCs were short. I remember for the first one she read the person standing next to me's sign "Love Kyary Pamyu Pamyu." She thanked San Francisco and asked if everyone was having fun. She said she ate crab at some point (I saw a shot on Instagram!). After the dance battle she asked if we liked her dance moves and talked about how she had a stiff body
(NY fancam, but probably the same thing she said here).
Here's what I could remember of the songs she performed (in no particular order, although I tried to keep it close..). Here's one
fancams if you're interested!
PON PON PON
All in all, it was a super fun concert. We all danced along with her and she was so, so cute! Kyary is a really great performer. She puts on a show when she sings. It's really fun for all ages and I highly recommend her whether it's a first for you or your friends.