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Old 1st January 2017, 06:07 PM
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Just watched the whole show and this is my favorite CDL so far! Her voice was really good compared to last year countdown but the thing that makes this so special is that you can see that Ayu and her team really put all their effort and emotions on this! For me it felt like a retirement concert, you know? With lots of emotions, dancer doing their best, the staff getting up on the stage, classics songs, M, the medley. It was very emotional! I cried a lot during "Who...". The friendship between Ayu and her dancers is so beautiful and genuine. You can see that they really love her and vice versa. I loved this CDL

And "OMG!" seeing them re-act the ANGEL'S SONG PV was everythiiiiing! This was one of the first PVs by Ayu that I've watched and it bring back good memories. <3
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Old 1st January 2017, 08:25 PM
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I'm just watching the concert now, and I'm at Beautiful Fighters, but does anyone else feel she seems a little out of it? It's like she took some flu medicine before the show and it's only starting to hit her at that point lol I dunno, she's just acting a little stranger than normal and a bit bemused by everything lol

I'm enjoying the show though lol
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Old 1st January 2017, 08:29 PM
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^ I agree with you, I don't know if it's because the camera angles but I think she was really sad or something, maybe exhausted. It remembers me to 2007-2008 CDL.
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Old 1st January 2017, 08:37 PM
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^ yeah she just seems a little off

also, in the wedding dress some of the angles make her look hench AF hahaha i think all that aerial training has given her serious muscle. probably why people are commenting she looks a but more fuller than normal
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Old 1st January 2017, 09:12 PM
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^ I agree with you, I don't know if it's because the camera angles but I think she was really sad or something, maybe exhausted. It remembers me to 2007-2008 CDL.
OOooohhhh! this CDL was something.
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Old 1st January 2017, 09:35 PM
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I'm just watching the concert now, and I'm at Beautiful Fighters, but does anyone else feel she seems a little out of it? It's like she took some flu medicine before the show and it's only starting to hit her at that point lol I dunno, she's just acting a little stranger than normal and a bit bemused by everything lol

I'm enjoying the show though lol
I agree with you. From the start until the ballad section there was like a lack of energy from time to time. You can tell that she was doing her best to dance and sing but at the same time I felt that she wasn't the same as usual. As when you feel sick but you want to work and try your best to hide it. I can't be angry with her because I do the same. Last spring I played concert with a throat infection. Then it seems she felt better during the other part of the concert.Ayu is very unlucky to be sick two years in a row for the cdl.

Overall this cdl is very good and the spirit of her first cdls is back. It's simple and neither fancy nor extravagant at all. Even the aerial dance is very simple. The new arrangements are nice.
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Seems to be one of the best concerts ever! Still watching/listening to Kanariya's performance since 7 hours without a break. What a masterpiece! I have to admit that at first the vocoder (?) sounded so odd to me because on the fancams it seemed to be there not so much/end only. Amazing performance, the way she is "walking" through the air as an entrance is just wow... Really, just wow... I love the thing with the crown and I have "my own" intepretation of it but I don't know if anyone wants to read it since it's better similar to another one...

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Lol, that was probably my instagram. You mean Who video, right?
Indeed it's an app with which you can watch Japanese TV. I didn't know about it myself until a friend told me and I missed most of the CDL myself, but at least I have seen a bit I think I also made We Wish recording that is still on my phone
Oh, I really don't know anymore of which song the video was! I saw so many videos on instagram! :0
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Old 1st January 2017, 10:48 PM
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just finished watching the countdown,
i am positvely suprised.
i think her voice was ok! I had sometimes difficulties listening to her because the acoustic was so bad, i mean everything else was soo loud.
kanariya was flawless. she killed it.

all in all, it was a great concert, but i have to admit that i got borred sometimes because we heard some songs now for many times the past years.
( -by the way, because of you was 10 times worse than last angel. )
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Old 1st January 2017, 10:52 PM
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I've seen/heard a number of her live TV concerts, then later the same thing on DVD...some people must have a golden ear, because I can't hear the robotic vocals they refer to.

Maybe it's because I'm more used to hearing music from western countries, where "singers" (and I use that term loosely) use auto-tune all the time and *intentionally* make themselves sound robotic (they must be under the mistaken impression it's a neat effect--it's not). I'm not hearing that on Ayu's concert DVDs. Perhaps Japanese sound engineers have some better techniques for "fixing" vocals that I'm not used to, so I can't really tell what to look for, and therefore I can't spot?

If that's the case, then I hope I *never* get to spot it as it really seems to drive some people here up the wall... :-)
I totally relate! Whenever recording of Ayu's lives are released, every time people talk about how "edited" the vocals were, even past concerts. There are a handful of instances in very recent years where I definitely hear some kind of processing or filter on her vocals. But most of the time I don't hear what others seem to claim and I have a critical ear.
You are lucky if you can't hear it because yes, it is not pleasing to the ears.
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If you can't hear the edited vocals during the choruses of this WE WISH performance, your ears may be slightly broken.

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This might sound bad but I wish this was her last Countdown live ever.

It's just too many tours/concerts to do in a single year.

Ayu is pushing herself to the limit and it shows.

She's only human and despite being in shape she's not getting any younger. The body simply gets worn out as you get older. She might be in excellent shape but she is 38, not 18.

Her shows would be 1000% better if she reduced her workload, did less tours/concerts and rested more.
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This CDL was awesome but yeah..I wish she would be a bit selfish and take this year off, I think it'd really benefit her work and more importantly herself if she did. In little under 20 years, Ayu has given us more than most artists will give in a lifetime and I feel like its time for Ayu to say "enough" and part of me thinks she really wants to do that but also another part of me think she's a martyr and its all she knows.
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I think we need new thread since a long time ago???
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Old 2nd January 2017, 01:35 AM
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she really seemed off at least on the first half of the show, she must be so tired, she should just go for an arena tour and one show of CDL on 31, her schedule is crazy lately.
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Old 2nd January 2017, 04:31 AM
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she really seemed off at least on the first half of the show, she must be so tired, she should just go for an arena tour and one show of CDL on 31, her schedule is crazy lately.
It wouldn't make any financial sense to have CDL be one night only on the 31st given all the time, labor, and money that goes into producing it. And it's nice for people who don't want to deal with the madness that comes with being that close to Meiji Shrine on New Year's Eve a chance to still see and enjoy the concert.
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Old 2nd January 2017, 04:55 AM
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^ I know! it's just that she looked so tired, wish she took this year off and be ready for her 20° anniversary haha also I watched some performances again and I think the whole audio is kinda messed up, I mean at least I couldn't hear well some instruments, some chorus vocals from Princess and Timmy and the public was screaming and singing along when they were shown on camera but you can't actually hear them, I think the broadcast had a bad audio, I'll wait for the re-edited version maybe they will fix that.
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Old 2nd January 2017, 06:38 AM
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This might sound bad but I wish this was her last Countdown live ever.

It's just too many tours/concerts to do in a single year.

Ayu is pushing herself to the limit and it shows.

She's only human and despite being in shape she's not getting any younger. The body simply gets worn out as you get older. She might be in excellent shape but she is 38, not 18.

Her shows would be 1000% better if she reduced her workload, did less tours/concerts and rested more.
THIS. And for people who keep saying she sounds ok. Please.
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Old 2nd January 2017, 06:51 AM
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I think the kink in this year was having TA tour again when she was already kinda pushing it with AT to a-nation... then adding TA tour after that with CDL directly after, it was a lot.
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