Asian Kung Fu Generation

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Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome (Masaaki Yuasa, 2017)

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Saw Asian Kung-fu Generation last night. Got tickets in May but I was still in disbelief until the second song in. I’ve been obsessed with this band since I was 14… that’s 11 years. I first saw one of their mvs in Mexico on the anime channel. Instantly I was hooked. “They called their song Blue Train but it kinda does sound like a train!”

 I have spent so many hours on AKFragments reading lyric translations and looking at Yusuke Nakamura’s art. I spent a decade imagining a perfect setlist if it ever happened. Then the second song in, Blue Train, they played it. They actually played it. I cried quietly. When it comes to concerts, I don’t do much. I just kinda stand there and watch and listen. So this introverted girl was just sniffling and overjoyed. Then NGS came on and I cried some more but this time because number girl is dead. 

This show to me was a mix of the past and the present. I met people I’ve known online for years and met new people. A day later I feel a lot of things. I went in wanting to see a band I love with my friends and boyfriend and left feeling existential. Like ajikan, I want to flow and keep my tenderness as I age and reach my dreams. Ajikan, you’re great. Thank you. Everyone seeing them tonight, cherish every moment. (pictures 1, 2, and 4 borrowed from Nancy and Luis!)