Unbreakable Bonds: Otaquest Live 2019

 

Otaquest Live had its second year in Downtown Los Angeles, just up the street from Anime Expo. With talented headliners m-flo and the dance/electronic group CAPSULE (singer Toshiko Koshijima and DJ Yasutaka Nakata), and fan favorite Kyary Pamyu Pamyu it proved to be a major attraction of day zero at AX 2019.

With lively performances from groups such as Hiromi Tosaka, Otaquest managed to keep momentum with fun and exciting performances that kept the energy level high. The visual experience was a mixture of electronic eye candy and a psychedelic trip, all set to the beat of the music.  Above all, what made the show an incredible experience to be at was the connection of bands with the audience.  The crowd was ecstatic to be in the presence of bands they loved and couldn’t see anywhere else in America. The audience engagement was was so intense that people didn’t flock to the bar for drinks, but rather the concert floor because they wanted to be as close as possible to their personal idols from the Far East.

That was where the overwhelming joy of Otaquest came from. 

 

If not already fans, the entire room developed a genuine connection to the performances on the stage. When m-flo showcased a new song the crowd exploded with enthusiasm, and when they said goodnight to the audience it seemed like a sorrowful departure of a dear friend.

Otaquest 2019 was in a word authentic, and that authenticity was repaid with passion from the crowd.

The set list was as follows:

CrazyBoy
01. PINK DIAMOND
02. Double Play
03. BO$$
04. LOCO

HIROOMI TOSAKA
05. SUPERMOON
06. CHAIN BREAKER
07. BLUE SAPPHIRE
08. LUXE

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
09. Ninja Re Bang Bang
10. Fashion Monster
11. CANDY CANDY
12. Kimi Ga ii ne Kuretara
13. Harajuku Iyahoi
14. PONPONPON

CAPSULE
15. MORE! MORE! MORE!
16. JUMPER
17. Hero
18. WORLD OF FANTASY
19. Starry Sky
20. FLASH BACK

m-flo
21. come again
22. How You Like Me Now?
23. been so long
24. MARS DRIVE
25. STRSTRK
26. gET oN!
27. funkdafied (Provisional)
28. Sweet But Deadly (Provisional)
29. EKTO
30. No Question TOKYO RAINBOW PRIDE REMIX New Song

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