(Initially, I wanted to reply directly to this post, but I found out the answer becomes so long that a separate post becomes more fitting.)
I certainly do not claim to be the ultimate authority on this issue (Well, I didn't physically attend the FMT because I couldn't), and I am afraid that many at this time may no longer care about it anymore. But as I have observed the online discussion before and after, I think I can summarize a brief report on the Shanghai FMT, particularly the troubling part.
Before the Live
Time: Very unfortunately, the time of FMT was in overlap with the final exam period of most Chinse high schools/universities. Although to this time I have heard many stories of people attending FMT despite their coming exams or working appointment, in general, some who would have attended could not afford the time anymore. Meanwhile, traveling isn't easy for many people, especially students. But on this issue, I think final exams is the biggest factor stopping many Aqours fans.
Ticket Selling: Also unfortunate was the ticket selling mechanics. Lantis seemed to use a local agency. I still do not get how does that very agency handle the ticket selling, but many of its behaviors make it look like a ticket scalper (for example, stockpiling tickets). I even heard people joking (or serious accusing) it as "scalper." Without enough evidence I will not bluntly accuse it so but I think it certainly discouraged people from getting the tickets they want.
Growing Yakkai Culture: Yakkai and Ietaiger originated from Japan, but somehow they get a stronghold in China. (To clarify, both terms have contested definition but I will refer "IeTaiger" as a specific set of call actions and "Yakkai" as actions unacceptable community-wise. One is more objective the other is more subjective. But since IeTaiger is generally not acceptable in Love Live's live, it is almost interchangeable with Yakkai) In last September's delayed Live Viewing, people already complained that IeTaiger people almost destroyed the live viewing experience (and thus IeTaiger is generally considered as one of the Yakkai action). What's perhaps more serious is that the official never said anything formally about IeTaiger itself (besides banning UOs). That made a certain people started to believe IeTaiger is OK and legitimate during the live. So before the FMT, people were warned that IeTaiger people might strike again. Still, the general public felt that people would not have the courage to do such Yakkai stuff in an actual live, only to be proved wrong later on.
Yosoroad and Kananrail As they were successfully implemented in Seoul, other places wanted to try the same. Shanghai is not an exception. But a rumor said certain guys planned to sabotage it for some unknown reason. (those persons might be the very Yakkai people but the opposite could also be true) But preparation went as usual and the planner had the confidence that it would succeed.
The Live itself
I actually received pretty divided opinions on that (perhaps it is the very indicator that the live wasn't quite successful). I believe the actual experience is subject to each person's seating, character and general view towards Yakkai (eg. very serious or do not care)
Perhaps the fortunate ones: So far, the majority still said they enjoyed the FMT and had a good time there. Although many were aware of the Yakkai, they do not think it was as serious as many non-attendees claimed.
The unfortunate ones?: Others, however, are really angered. Some fell directly into the "IeTaiger zone," and from them, we start to know how serious was it. Basically it was loud and very interruptive to those who sit nearby, particularly during slow songs like Mijuku Dreams (yes, they even had Mijiku Dream version of IeTaiger call). Whereas as "fast song" could cover the noise by heavy background music, the slow songs have nothing to defend itself, which makes the IeTaiger especially annoying.
Yakkai: It seemed that the Yakkai people were concentrated in some specific areas. I cannot draw an exact map but from what I heard there was a group at the front and another group in the back seats. The "horrified" part is that many Yakkai people seemed to be organized. Of course, some were just lonely individuals doing his own stuff, but how could a group of Yakkai people be able to act as an organization and get concentrated seats is still worthy of reflection.
Is Yosoroad and Kananrail successful? I only know about the Kananrail. From the Kananrail organizer and the leaked footage (well, another infringement, although the poster claims that he does it to warn people...), it was only partially successful, or frankly, unsuccessful. While many viewers followed the instructions, others did not (either because they didn't know, or did not care). There was also a missing link due to insufficient people there. Moreover, in the center (the VIP seats actually) a bunch of people broke their UOs. (That position in technically not on the "rail track" but having a giant orange really disturbs the effect) It seems that those UO breakers were the very people who planned to sabotage the Kananrail or Yosoroad (and once again, we should reflect how did they get the positions they desired). Were those sabotagers related to Yakkai people in general? They claim they just aim for Yosoroad/Kananrail and not related to Yakkai people, but it is still a mystery.
Righ after the FMT, complains soared everywhere I visited. Now as people get calm down, they start to turn to more positive elements of the FMT or plan to actually do something to stop the Yakkai happening once again. Regardless of whatever they want to do, I think my mission of reporting should stop here. Whether it is a total disaster, a lesson to learn, a generally OK FMT, an enjoyable experience, or "it totally depends on the person," now rests on your judgment.
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