My Japanese weeks don’t seem to come to an end even though I have left Tokyo and spent two days in London. Precisely we were in the stunning Royal Abert Hall in London for the Final Fantasy – Distant Worlds Concert. It was announced as the “THE ONLY OFFICIAL 25th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT IN EUROPE”
Well, there is another concert in Munich in 2013 which isn’t less official, but, ok, I see the appeal of the “ONE and ONLY” once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in marketing. I have to mention that I haven’t played a single one of these games, so I was more of a geek goggle. And – of course – they didn’t disappoint me!
I am one of these old school admirers of Commodore 64 looks and layouts, so I can easily connect to the buzz about the first Final Fantasy release back in 1987. They showed scenes on the gigantic screen from these first games and always made the comparison to the newer versions of the games so we could see how the different characters evolved – and, more importantly, how computer games generally evolved from looking like 8 Pixels fighting another 8 pixels to almost fotorealistic sceneries which was quite impressive. The music: The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra plus choir were performing the most important, popular or whatever interesting themes of the games. Makes a nice combination, this high profile orchestra and their serious looks in contrast to the geeks in the audience dressed as chickens (I was strongly advised to write chocobo instead) or whatever animals (I was strongly advised not to write whatever animals)!
In the end they were performing kind of opera songs with soloist singers which was a little bit over the top seeing kind of funny video game scenes with dragons and attacking monsters and listening to impressive voices as though being in a Mozart or Rossini production. Well, I enjoyed very much even though I was maybe as much impressed by the venue as by the production! Arigatou gozaimasu Nobuo Uematsu and Masashi Hamauzu ありがとうございます。