Utada Hikaru Wild Life Concert DVD Reviewed

WILD LIFE was Japanese-American singer-songwriter Hikaru Utada’s final concert tour before her scheduled hiatus from 2011. She performed for only two dates at the Yokohama Arena, Japan on December 8 and 9 2010.

That 8 December show of Wild Life was filmed and broadcast to 64 cinemas in Japan, and streamed free on the live streaming website Ustream.tv, with two channels set up. There was a total access of 925,000 viewers (I was one of them), as well as around 185,000 comments left in the chat feed.

WILD LIFE was released on both DVD and Blu-ray formats on April 6 2011. And you can get a copy all the way from Japan or perhaps if you can find it locally here. This DVD represents the fans’ most precious support for Utada Hikaru because this was her last concert.

The Verdict

The DVD version features two discs, the first containing the show itself, and the second featuring a photo gallery with pictures taken by Kenji Miura, some never before seen audience interactions during the shows, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the concert (from rehearsals to after the final show).

The Blu-ray version will have the concert and special features on one disc. On 24 March 2011, Utada Tweeted that both the DVD and Blu-ray release of WILD LIFE have been postponed, due to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan damaging the pressing factories. The DVD will now be released on 20 April 2011, and the Blu-ray release set for 18 May 2011.

You can check out the set list below.

  Set List  
1. “Intro (Kuma Spaceship Video)”  
2. “Goodbye Happiness”  
3. “Traveling”  
4. “Teiku 5″ (Take 5)  
5. “Prisoner of Love”  
6. “Colors”  
7. “Letters”  
8. “Hymne à l’amour (Ai no Anthem)” (A “stripped down” performance, with only a piano accompanying Utada’s vocals)  
9. “Sakura Drops” (Performed on the piano by Utada)  
10. “Eclipse (Interlude)” (Synthesizer solo performances from band members while Utada goes through a costume change)  
11. “Passion” (Used the Kingdom Hearts II bridge)  
12. “Blue”  
13. “Show Me Love (Not a Dream)”  
14. “Stay Gold” (Performed on the piano by Utada)  
15. “Boku wa Kuma”  
16. “Automatic”  
17. “First Love” (Performed on the piano by Utada)  
18. “Flavor of Life (Ballad Version)”  
19. “Beautiful World”  
20. “Hikari”  
21. “Niji-iro Basu”  
  Encore Tracks  
1. “Across the Universe” (The Beatles cover, also featured Utada playing the guitar)  
2. “Can’t Wait ‘Til Christmas”  
3. “Time Will Tell”


Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

The recording is fantastic and every moment watching Hikki on stage was just brilliant because she was so radiant and giving her all for her millions of fans. Definately one for the fans and the collectors.

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