7/25/15

Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions in Vancouver

Well....a night with the VSO and Pokemon was wow magical and amazing. This is my 3rd videog ame related concert at the Orpheum but my first all "one game" concert....Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions.

Wow where to start other then it was an amazing and once in a life time experience for any pokemon trainer to experience and a very unique symphonic concert experience in general, Pokemon trainers came and some were decked out in Poke-Cosplays including me decked out in my flaming red-white Talonflame clubbing cosplay and raggedy Kyogre plushie in hand. Pretty amazing cosplays that showed up including the subway masters of Unova, and plenty of cute Pokemon Gijinkas spanning different types. Hmm no merchandise booth hmm. I was lucky enough to get front row seats, and wow I get to see all the stage action (thats a really big bass cello in front of me) including the musicians warming and tuning their instruments.

As for the concert itself, wow first it started with rounds of "who's that pokemon?" as the audience took their seats. Then the conductor herself takes her place and you hear the familiar call of....PIKACHU!!!! The repertoire starts off at the begining at the little town called Pallet Town then roaming our way through time to end in Kalos. Wow I say it was awesome to hear the era "8-bit" sounds translated into symphonic sounds. My favorite segments were the opening numbers starting out in Pallet Town, Ecruteak Town (I have been to the real life Ecruteak Town, Kyoto so this brought back memories),
Kyogre's theme (yep my Kyogre plushie seemed happy at this part), and the heartstrings pulls of the trip through Kalos. The official finale had electronica sounds mixed in and my heart and the conductor went into overdrive with passion. I wish they included my favorite song in the Pokemon World...Lugia's Song aka "Legend Comes to Life". It would have sounded beautiful with a symphony. Of course you to have an encore...and what? A massive sing-a-long of the original Pokemon theme! Plus a tribute to the recently deceased Iwata-San.

It was beautiful to see in the opening number all the opening titles for all the games starting from RBY to XY flying in order on the big screen and plus the visuals included game segments from respective games playing along side the corresponding tunes. Visuals were just great. In addition to gameplay elements there were graphical visuals of scenary to represent each region in the Pokemon World. For example, since most of the Pokemon World is based off prefectures in Japan...some of the landscape shots vaguely looked like the Japanese countryside while the trip through Kalos looked like France...Kalos being based on France.

In the end....this long time Pokemon trainer had one very magical experience with alot of fewllow Pokmon Trainers in the audience. I saw Cheers!

For more info on Pokemon and joining the local Circuit.
Official Pokemon Website - www.pokemon.com
The Local Fan Site - www.pokemonbc.com
The Local VGC Fan Site - www.nuggetbridge.com

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