Review: Anime Cinemusic 2015 at HGH Convention Centre KL

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Like a less satisfying rehearsal of a school project

I don’t know how to put this in a nice way but I have to be honest. I liked how well organised the event was and I absolutely loved the venue HGH Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur. The Wicked Factory Entertainment’s purpose of organising this concert was highly admirable as well. The only problem was the thing that mattered the most — the overall performance, which was far from decent.

Held on October 13th, which was my girlfriend’s birthday as well, the inaugural Anime Cinemusic was an anime and video game music concert performed by an orchestra of young and apparently talented Malaysian musicians conducted by Chan Ling Chee. It was a great challenge for the performers right from the very beginning when they played Linked Horizon’s “Guren No Yumiya” from Attack on the Titan without choir. It was such a mess that even the crowd weren’t sympathetic with their response to the emcee when he asked if we enjoyed it.

Other songs that were featured and disappointingly performed were Joe Hisaishi’s compositions from Studio Ghibli’s Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke and Kiki’s Delivery Service, Final Fantasy series’ “Cloud’s Theme”, “To Zanarkand” and “Lightning’s Theme”, Zelda‘s “Overworld Theme Song” (which my girlfriend was especially upset about), and Gundam Unicorn‘s “On Your Mark”. Any hope for nostalgia magic went out the window. The only song that was well performed was “Merry-Go-Round of Life” from Howl’s Moving Castle right before the intermission.

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Each song was played after an overlong scene of the respective anime or video game was shown. While it’s a lovely idea to have the mood set, the scenes dubbed in English sound weird while those in its original Japanese language were lacking of visible subtitles (blocked by the orchestra).

It was almost a thorough nervy performance by the orchestra. The timing of some sections were off, some instruments even sounded out of tune, and at complex or fast tempo parts of some songs, they just crumbled, failing to follow the conductor. I know these performers were probably inexperienced and some of them were kids, but when it’s a public concert with tickets priced up to RM150, I couldn’t help but to expect at least a decent performance.

Linked Horizon’s Jiyuu no Tsubasa from Attack on the Titan and Joe Hisaishi’s Reprise from Spirited Away were also listed on the event’s promotional poster as well but they weren’t performed — thankfully.

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