(Reposted photo from the official Love Live Staff Twitter)
When I heard Aqours was coming to LA to perform a 'full-live', I was skeptical at first and mostly unenthusiastic, mostly because I knew it would never match the experience of attending a live in Japan. BUT last moment I decided on buying a ticket less than 24 hours before the live, because regardless about I feel about AX, I should attend regardless to support the hard-working seiyuu.
What unfolded before my eyes at 'Yuuki wa doko ni' from arguably the best seats in the venue, the very back (when would you EVER say this at ANY concert) was the most beautiful display of solidarity from Love Live fans of all walks and colors of life, coming together for a unified cause, to show just how much we appreciate Aqours and all of the hard work they do for us. The seiyuu will remember this experience for a lifetime. As soon as I heard Anchan's faltering voice and onset of tears during her solo when she realized what we were doing, I knew we had accomplished what I thought to be impossible with 7,000 fans. The creators and coordinators of the Aqourainbow project, and the audience that helped make it happen, can have yet one more thing to look forward to; this moment will hopefully be replicated by Japanese LL fans and that we now have claim to fame a new penlight tradition!
So yes, while attending a live in Japan is an unforgettable experience - to partake in our own Yousoroad/Kananrail moment, and the closest feeling of audience participation that is second only to the UO ocean for u's, is unforgettable in its own right. Thank you Aqours, @aqourainbow team, and all of the international Love Live fans. 🌈