Oni-Con 2014 Friday: Ganglion Concert!!

Nov 6, 2014

This year Oni-Con had Ganglion as the main musical guest and I was really excited to see them live! Oni is my favorite model and I've been listening to the band for a little over a year. It was actually really surprising when Oni-Con announced them as the guest because I never thought they'd be able to come overseas. Big thanks to Babel Entertainment for bringing them over.

Some of my buddies for the weekend were Hina & Alys, Pengu, Miss Lillith, and grimy13 in respective order.
This photo placement may or may not be intentional.
My coord for Friday was of course inspired by Ganglion who were rocking their latest black and bordeaux looks provided by Baby, the Stars Shine Bright and Alice and the Pirates. Originally, I was wearing a Boz cape, but it got way too hot for that. Some day, I will get to debut that cape I swear.
Hat: Alice and the Pirates Mad Hatter 3 Stage Hat
Jacket: Alice and the Pirates Moonlight Temptation from the Monochrome Guide of the Dark Jacket
Jabot: Innocent World Millefeuille Ribbon Jabot
Blouse: Bodyline P227
Shorts: Na+H Frill Short Pants
Tights: Sakizo Daughter of Circus
Boots: Queen Bee
Buttcape: Atelier Boz Leister Overskirt

We got the front row, so I managed to get great concert pictures. Since it was Halloween, everyone except Oni came out in masks. Ebi was wearing a R.I.P. skull, Sagara wore Batman, and Vivi was wearing a kunoichi facial mask.
If you're not familiar with Ganglion, here's a short introduction (left to right):
Ebi on bass
Sagara on guitar and backing vocals
Oni on vocals and guitar
Vivi on drums

I don't recall the exact setlist, but I definitely remember them playing loser, tonight, Distance, 碧く揺れて, BLACK OUT, 幸福のセオリー, Go straight your way, and sink. Ganglion is amazing live. When you hear them on CD is one thing, but hearing them in person is so much more impressive. They are so energetic and so talented! Here are some of my favorite pictures I took.
Vivi posted this one on her blog!
Unfortunately, I don't have many pictures of Vivi because I could only see a cymbal over her face the whole time. The life of a drummer is hard. More photos are under the cut. 

Oni loved to yell at the crowd. Her English is really good. She urged the audience for a lot of fist pumping, screaming, and head banging. Needless to say, my arms were really sore the next day.
Ebi really likes to jump around a lot and head bang which made it difficult to take a steady photo. She was so cute!
In the end, the audience demanded an encore and they delivered. The band also threw some things into the audience like guitar picks, a drum stick, Halloween chocolate, and plastic eyeballs. Sarah managed to catch Oni's rose and a guitar pick and Pengu got an eyeball.

Right after the concert, there was an autograph session. The CDs I bought were Distance standard edition and The World Standard Limited Edition. I also bought a poster and 2 clear files. It's a good thing we got our stuff early because they completely sold out of merchandise later in the night. Of course, I brought my KERA BOKU mooks to be signed as well. Oni was surprised to see that I owned them. I had her sign a cover on one of them and a page on the other (for some reason she's not in volume 2 at all). When I flipped to the page Oni said, "Ah, I was so young back then." Then Sagara replied to her "Yeah you were lol." I thought it was funny because they don't seem old at all! Vivi and Ebi were intensely checking out my hat stack. I was able to get a picture with them, too. They even called me an honorary band member for the matching outfit, haha.
The concert and the Q&A are supposed to be uploaded to Youtube, so keep an eye out for them. They said they were filming for their upcoming live DVD, so I think there's a high chance I'll make an appearance. They're so sweet, funny, and cute that I wish they could stay longer. Thank you for coming, Ganglion!!

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