Yui Makino – Otakon 2016 Friday Concert
The lineup for Otakon’s last Baltimore appearance was pretty impressive. There weren’t any of the huge stars we’ve had in the past (I’m looking at you Yoko Kanno), but it was a solid lineup. And who else to kick off the festive weekend than Yui Makino, the voice behind Sakura in Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles? I remember watching that during the last years of High School, and it ranked among my favorites. Over the years, she’s been the voice of some of my well-liked list, most recently her work as Erica in Hundred, and I was eager to see her live.
Being a musician myself, I’ve always been in awe of people who can both sound amazing at singing, and playing an instrument at the same time. I personally can only manage one at a time, and I’m a terrible singer. But Yui was fantastic at both. Her stage presence was high-energy, with lots of pointing, and she sounded great. The only fault I could find was that the audio technician allowed a few feedback blips, but that’s far from her fault. I was glad I could be present during her performance, and would love to hear her again, yet I’m unsure of her willingness to host a tour in the U.S. If she one day decides to put forth dates, I’ll be sure to make the trip to see her.,
MODOKASHII SEKAI NO UEDE
TSUBUYAKI WA “Crescendo”
AO NO KAORI