About 2 weeks ago, the Final Fantasy Distant Worlds Tour arrived in Chicago for their 25th Anniversary Celebration concert; while I have heard about the Distant Worlds tour for some time but I have never been motivated to go, but since this is the 25th anniversary celebration tour and it is only stop in USA this year, making it sort of a special occasion that is difficult to pass up. Since I have a rather long history of playing Final Fantasy and have shared sort of a love-hate relationship with it over the past 20 years or so, it was a good opportunity to see this for myself at least once!
The concert was held in the Akoo Theatre in Rosement near the O’Hare Airport, and it was rather convenient for me to get there after work.
However, I must stress that this venue was way too small for the crowd that had gathered there! I arrived 2 hours before the event and it was already so crowded! And the lack of proper queuing line for the merchandise made it a rather frustrating experience overall.
Though there were a handful of cosplayers around making the queuing less stressful. Pardon me for the blurry cam action >.>; There was such a line of people waiting to get their pictures taken with these 2 hot girls that I was hardly able to get my shot off; this is the best I could do.
A pretty good Yuna imo.
These are some of the merchandise that were suppose to be available, but by the time I got there; most of these were long sold out >.>;
Fortunately, I was able to secure what I wanted the most~
My most beloved Dollfie Dream Maxima Sakuya is here to help me sort out my trophy loots~
- Lightning Returns Poster
- Distant Worlds I&II CDs
- Distant Worlds The Celebration T-shirt
- Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary The Celebration Program Guide
- The Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Chocobo Plush
The one that I wanted the most is obviously the Chocobo Plush
Here is my lovely Sakuya hugging the adorable 25th anniversary Chocobo~
The program guide is pretty interesting too~
Featuring on the first page is the conductor, Arnie Roth and the man who is responsible for over 80% of Final Fantasy music, Nobuo Uematsu. And since this year is the 25th Anniversary and the Chicago stop is the closest to the actual birthday of Final Fantasy, making it the “official celebration”, Nobuo Uematsu himself has arrived with the tour and greet us several times during the play.
Please feel free to visit my flickr for the rest of the program guide.
Since we are not suppose to be able to take picture inside, I was only able to sneak a couple of photos during the concert.
The conductor would pause every few songs and talk about what he would do next, obviously he is quite knowledgeable about Final Fantasy games as well.
Cutscenes from the game corresponding to the music can be seen throughout the entire concert.
FF11, like a blast from the past, I had probably spent about 3 years on this game from 2003-2006 when I finally stopped actively playing this game, which helped me cut spending and to help balanced my budget to a surplus because I was too busy playing this game everyday!
A scene from FF12, one of the few games that I barely started….
Nobuo Uematsu was on stage more than a few times throughout the concert~
And finally, the fans is what kept this long running series going. Though Square-Enix might not have been as successful as they have in the past; but I will never forget the time I spent with their games and the music! And Thank You for Chicago Orchestra for their performance!
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