Kirby 25th Anniversary: July 21st concert to be livestreamed, here’s how to buy a ticket

The Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert is getting a CD / DVD / Blu-Ray release: check out this post for more details!


A few months ago, it was announced that several concerts would be held as part of the Kirby 25th Anniversary celebrations. Those quickly sold out, which is why additional concerts were announced a few weeks later, in March.

Since no such concert was announced outside Japan, if you want to see one live, you really have no other choice but to travel all the way to Japan (unless you happen to already live there). This is most definitely a costly option (planet tickets are not exactly what you’d call cheap, not to mention you also need to take into account accommodation), though a trip to Japan would definitely make for some fantastic memories.

But for the vast majority of people, planning such a trip on such a short notice isn’t really an option (even if you do happen to have enough money for it). Which is why there’s a second and much more affordable option: watching it live, on NicoNico!

Today, it was announced that the July 21st concert would be streamed live on NicoNico. Naturally, the livestream isn’t free: you need to purchase a ticket, but said ticket costs “only” 2 500 Nico Nico Points (2 500 Yen, or 20€ / $22 / £17). You will find the page to the livestream by clicking here!

Before we explain to you how to buy a ticket, here’s some details about the concert:

  • Date and time: July 21st at 7PM JST / 12PM CEST / 11AM BST / 6AM EST / 3AM PST, at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo
  • Conductor: Taizou Takemoto
  • Orchestra: Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Special Guest: Makoto Ohmoto (Kirby’s voice actress)
  • MC: Mirin Furukawa, Nozomi Yuzuriha

Next, here’s how to purchase tickets:

Step 1 – What you need to know: tickets can only purchased until August 13th. Timeshift (watching the livestream after it’s ended) will be available until August 20th. You need a credit card to purchase the ticket (or rather, the points used to purchase the ticket), but other purchase methods are also available (this guide is only for credit cards, but the procedure remains the same except for the payment screen). You also need a Nico Nico account (Premium not required, but recommended for best quality).

NB: if you do not feel confident about purchasing tickets on a website in a language you do not understand, even with the help of our guide, then please refrain from attempting anything. After all, this all involves very real money, so please keep that in mind if you decide to follow the guide below!

While this may sound overly dramatic, it’s important that we stress out we cannot be held any responsible for any error (either technical, or on your end) that could occur when purchasing the points and/or ticket.

Step 2 – Go to the livestream page, scroll down, and click on the big blue button (or simply click here)

Step 3 – On the new page, scroll down and press the pink button:

Step 4 – You will then be told via a pop-up that you don’t have enough points, and therefore, cannot purchase the ticket. No problem: that’s normal! Simply press on the pink button to purchase some Nico Nico points.

Step 5 – On the next page, scroll down the wall of legal text and then press the yellow button.

Step 6 – On the next page, select the amount of points you want to buy. Since there’s no 2 500 Points option, you need to either purchase 2 000 and 500 points, or buy 3 000 and be left with 500 unused points. If you choose the former, you will need to go through the steps below twice.

Step 7 – Next, you need to choose your payment method. As explained above, this guide is for credit cards, so that’s what we’re picking now.

Step 8 – Next, enter your credit card details, with:

  1. Credit card number
  2. Expiration date
  3. Code (as displayed on the screen… yours, not ours!)

Once you’re done, press the yellow button to confirm. 

Step 9 – On the following screen, press the yellow button to confirm, or the middle button to cancel.

Step 10 – Next, you have to validate your purchase with your bank. We unfortunately cannot guide you through that bit, as it entirely depends on your bank, but since the page displayed at that point is from your bank, it will be in your language.

Step 11 – Press the yellow button to confirm.

Step 12 – Once you have 2 500 Points, you can purchase a ticket. Go back to the livestream page, scroll down, and click on the big blue button (or simply click here). 

Step 13 – On the purchase page, press the pink button again. This time, you will get a pop up asking you to confirm whether you want to purchase the ticket or not (instead of the one telling you you don’t have enough points).

Step 14 – You then get a pop-up telling you that the purchase cannot be cancelled. Press OK to confirm, and that’s it! You have just purchased a ticket for the livestream!

On the day of the concert, simply go to the livestream page to watch live. If you cannot watch it live, you can always watch via timeshift at a later date (though only until the date mentioned above).

Happy viewing, and Happy Kirby 25th Anniversary!


Founder and main writer for Perfectly Nintendo. Tried really hard to find something funny and witty to put here, but had to admit defeat.

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