It was awesome. Went with 9 other people, sat in a row, and enjoyed the show! Turns out that they were debuting a bunch of songs here in NA that were just played in Tokyo not too long ago. Clash on the Big Bridge, Fabula Nova Crystallis, 2 FFXIV songs that I don't know the titles to, and maybe one or 2 more. Oh, new suite with FFI~FFIII. I really wanted them to play Dancing Mad, but that would take far too long. The Black Mages version is already about 12 minutes, while the original is what? Almost 17 minutes? That would definitely kill the players if they went with the full suite. Still, the program they went with was pretty good. They even played Fisherman's Horizon! Time to rub that into a certain someone's face, considering that I can watch Harry Potter at a later date. And Uematsu sang with the choir for OWA!
An interesting note is that the visuals they used included the JP versions of the games. Some of the stuff would have been more than likely lost on the audience if they couldn't read it. I think my friends would have thought I was completely insane for laughing so much during the Clash on the Big Bridge segment. It was Gilgamesh's dialogue, which included him "leaving things to" Ekindu. They did use the English version of FFVI for the aria, Draco and Maria. The FFXIV segments were, I think, unintentionally funny. I'd hate to be the main guy, seeing as how he kept getting owned by either the environment, monsters, or was about to be collateral damage due to an onslaught of monsters and other happenings.
Then we went to meet Uematsu. Damn the line was long! It took us about an hour to finally come face to face with him and Arnie Roth. Got Arnie to sign my ticket (because I had no DW stuff...) and Uematsu to sign both of the SaGa sleeves I tagged along. There was also a Square-Enix rep there and he seemed really happy to see the SaGa things. Then I made Uematsu do something that I never thought he would do: a headdesk. I asked him if he would be willing to do a little doodle on the DVD sleeve because I really like the SaGa slimes. He said that his level of drawing skills have always been low, since the first grade. So... he did a smilely face instead. It's simple and cute! Maybe I'll upload a little pic at some point. Maybe, since I put the discs back into that box. Ah... maybe I should have gotten him to sign my PSP too! Even if it was a Crisis Core PSP... Well, it was a good thing that we were at the back of the line. The ones at the front were limited to 1 item only so that they could keep the line moving. I really don't regret spending almost $140 on this. Awesome music and meeting a favourite composer! He's pretty cute in person (mannerisms)! Alex was the real fanboy, with the "you're my hero!" and handshaking and pictures. I prefer the much more subdued fangirl approach, so...
I still want to kill them though~ Paint and drench a room in red~ Normally for these types of concerts, you should try to get to the venue about 30~45 minutes earlier to find your seats while the light is still on. Not to mention that taking the TTC at night, on a weekend, is pretty much a crapshoot for getting somewhere on time? I could have gone to the show for free because one guy's date stood him up. Seemed like a nice enough guy, but I had made a commitment to those guys and I was going to stick to it, even if they did annoy me with being late. We missed the opening act of Liberli Fatali, but managed to catch the Victory Theme. Much of my murderous intent has since died down, but still annoyed.
They better come back to Toronto with Dancing Mad!