I’ve wanted to see Ad-Live for a while now, and when SuzuKen announced Kiiyan and Okamoto in the same show, no way I was missing it. My friends and I were 0 for … every lottery, though, and, needless to say, no luck with the general sale. But I wasn’t to be denied, particularly since the show was two days after my friend Nancy’s birthday, so I was persistent, and ended up getting a pair to the 13:00 show for a reasonable price. Last row, second floor, but there! And Nancy was lucky in the lottery for the 16:00 show live viewing, so we were set.
I was a little trepidatious since my listening skills are still wanting, to be kind, and I feared not understanding anything. I’ll admit, I missed a lot, but got enough from context (and occasionally asking), that I’d recommend the experience for fans with even marginal listening skills. We’re guessing that the general premise is the same for each show, so, if you’re going to next weekend’s shows, don’t read!
I did take a picture of the stage (*ahem*), but don’t feel right posting it. So I’ll just say that it was on a turntable, with one half set up as the employee break room of a company (Tomodachi Factory) and the other side changed, depending on the scene. The break room was very detailed — table with chairs, a couch, drink dispensers, a phone and a TV. There were two ways in and out — a door and an ‘elevator.’ They used the same sets for both shows; what changed were their roles and their personalities. The basic setup for each show was the same: two guys coming to Tomodachi Factory to find a friend, and they have to go through a series of “tests” before they decide if they like the other guy. And at random points in the event, they would reach into their bags to pull out random words and phrases to use, of course.