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This might as well have been a oneman

So, I just returned from a Sherow Artist concert and, no one seem to care too much about the banning of shikiri. People were rotating as usual, and we didn't have any problems with getting to the front for matenrou Opera. (I don't know all the front row people, but there was an elderly woman who very clearly went to her "usual spot" in front of Anzi, and no one made any attempts to chase her away). I've still left to see how people react to it at Versailles' lives, but I'll be seeing them later this month, so I'll find out soon enough. But if people are still doing it for mateope, whos fan it was who complained about the system to begin with, I don't find it likely that people will let the ban stop them from getting to the front on the 22nd.

Since both Yuuze and Cecir were support members for Juka, I've been curious to see them in their new band, E'm~grief~, but their schedule never seemed to fit with my own, so I didn't get to see them until today. And lol x) I was struggling not to start laughing a few times. Their stage show is really old school VK, and gets laughably weird at times. But I still liked them a lot, and wouldn't want their shows to be any different. They're very MALICE MIZER-ish; there was magic, random coreographed dancing/moves, theater etc. And in the middle of their act, Yuuze and Cecir used electronic drums, like those seen in MALICE's "bara no irodoreta blabla" DVD. The thing is they moved exactly like Mana and Közi while hitting the drums, and with Yuuze being the girlish member, standing on the left, and Cecir standing on the right with long red braids and a tight black something, the similarity was impossible not to notice. Even the rythm was the same.

After two songs, and the drum part, Cecir was looking rather uncomfortable while reading their forthcoming schedule off a piece of paper. (People laughed at him, poor thing). I don't enjoy speaking in front of big groups of people either, so I understand him. When he was done talking, there was akward silence to be had..... Cecir and crowd just stood there staring at each other, until he said "い..以上です..." ("th-that's all.."). More akwardness. Yeah, he's gonna want to do this again soon <__<

E'm's set was pretty short (but they only have four songs, so...). They ended their performance with "Eternal Melody", before 愛狂います。 (aicle) and Like Absolute myself entered the stage. Don't have anything interesting to write about these bands. Seen one of them before, don't care about neither. But the vocalist of LAM made them fun to watch anyway.

摩天楼オペラ (matenrou Opera) were last since this was a SAS sponsored event. They must have played all their songs (I haven't kept track of them all), because they were on for a loooong time. I haven't attended any of their lives in Tokyo since forever (well, March, but that's also a while ago). When did their crowd change for the better? The last time I saw them (not including the European lives), it was still only the front row of people who'd look like they actually cared about the band. Most of the others would just stand there, kinda like Juka's crowd. Now the entire front area, as well as quite a few people in the back, were jumping up and down, doing hand fans, swarming Sono whenever he invited people to do so. What happened here? x)

They also played a new song (which I didn't catch the name of, but according to Anzi's blog is "ダチュラ"), which had a nice guitar solo at the end, and during the MC Sono announced that matenrou Opera will be releasing a new single in December. They will also have their first instore event the same month.



( 15 darlings — Bonjour Honey! )
Oct. 4th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
So they call the switching places shikiri? I didn't know that!

Oh so that's who the new Under Code band is! I'll have to keep an eye on them now. X3

Mate does seem to be growing in popularity now :D
Oct. 4th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
They really stood out from the other Under Code bands I've seen :) I hope they'll stay that way, since several of the UCP bands have ended up both looking and sounding basically the same after a while :/

I'm glad matenrou Opera seems to have gotten a proper fanbase of their own, and can now have concerts without beeing "that band that opens for Versailles" :) I was still sort of expecting another band to come on after them yesterday x)
Oct. 4th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
Yeah kind of. :\

Yeah that's good to hear. :D
Oct. 8th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)

long time no see, haha.
too much work, too little time to read other books and play^_^
Oct. 8th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
e-mailed you :)
Oct. 9th, 2008 10:59 am (UTC)
Hey, I'm sorry for bothering you randomly like this, but I couldn't help noticing what you wrote about Matenrou Opera. Did Sono really announce they'll release another single in December!? Also, do you have any clue as to when exactly the instore will be? I'm DYING to go, but I won't be in Japan until December 15th.

Again, I'm sorry for bothering -- it's just that they're my favourite band, and I'm MAJORLY obsessed about them. XD
Oct. 9th, 2008 11:50 am (UTC)
Oh, don't worry :) Comments are loved, so you're not bothering me.

Yeah, Sono announced both the release of a single and an instore event for December (and Anzi mentioned it in his blog), but I don't know the exact dates, sorry >_< Hope you'll be able to go though. Since it'll be their first instore, I guess it's a pretty important event for them.
But whenever we get one of the dates, we can probably assume the other one is close to that day.
Oct. 9th, 2008 12:01 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, I totally missed that in Anzi's blog even though I check their blog regularly. D:! I really hope I can go ;o; I've been worried about their lives because they haven't announced any, but I suppose they'll have lives if they're putting out a single and everything. Gah, I hope they'll update their OHP soon, I'm going to die if the instore is before 12/15 DX
Oct. 9th, 2008 12:18 pm (UTC)
How long will you be staying in Japan?
I would find it very strange if Sherow didn't do some sort of Christmas/New Year events this year as well, so if you're staying until the end of December, it shouldn't be too hard to catch at least one of their lives.
Oct. 9th, 2008 12:23 pm (UTC)
I'll be staying there for four weeks, so I'm pretty sure I'll be able to catch them at least once, but I'm just panicking as usual. XD; I hope they'll have some kind of a Christmas event, I wanted to go to Moran's but it sold out too quickly. On New Year's we're probably going to stylish wave countdown though.. But we'll see, I might change all my live plans because of Matenrou Opera, haha. I saw them live twice in Japan over a year ago and once in Finland this year, but I want to see them at least twice in Japan this time too. XD;
Oct. 9th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
That was the first concert ever at which all the Sono crowd-swarming occurred. It might be because this is the longest set they've played pretty much ever, but usually it's just the first few rows in the front and some people in the second tier who are doing the furi, minus any and all craziness. Their last live at Ikebukuro cyber was kind of like this one, I suppose, but that's mostly because it was completely sold out and we were packed in there like sardines.

Consequently, I think it was the increased number of people actually into their lives that had Sono all grinning and talking about how "ippai" the venue was. The band has mentioned more than once that they think that there are a lot of fans who like their music but don't attend their lives, so I think this was a treat for them.

-ducks away, having been linked here by ST-
Oct. 9th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
You were there?
Yes, that's what I was used to; only the people in the very front doing furi/not simply standing there. Hope it's not just a one time thing. I always felt bad for them when it looked like no one cared. (but I was really surprised by the swarming part)
Oct. 9th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
I go to every Matenrou Opera concert in Tokyo. XD

I was there, and I think I saw you, though I have the tendency not to talk to people at these things, as I tend to go on the assumption that the whole fandom detests me. Plus, the whole "Hello, random gaijin!" thing tends to get really creepy when people do it to me, I find. XD

Hey, I still remember the first time I saw Matenrou Opera and Sono trembled throughout their whole set. XD So watching their progression has been more than interesting. XD
Oct. 9th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
lol, I don't mind random "hello"s x) (and I'll probably be at their live @ o-west, Nov. 6th too)

When Sono mentioned the instore event, I couldn't help thinking about their sign session in Sweden earlier this year. They were trembling really badly when giving me back the photoset they signed for me, and didn't say much, if anything to anyone, and didn't even shake peoples hands. Let's hope they'll feel less nervous at an event in Japan.
Oct. 10th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
Haha, well I'm definitely going to be there, but since O-WEST is generally much more filled, we may or may not see each other anyway. XD

I've mostly only noticed Sono being really nervous in the past, mostly because it was really easy to see his hand shaking while he held the microphone. It was pretty adorable. XD Sono usually only seems nervous at the bigger multi-band events with the phenomena you described - where there are only some fans in the front who seem to be participating in the event, and most other people don't care. They were probably only nervous in Europe because they're such a new band, and were in a foreign country, just opening for Versailles, and all that. As their popularity has grown, I've noticed that they've all seemed to become more comfortable onstage, though. So at the instore, I'm sure they'll be fine. XD
( 15 darlings — Bonjour Honey! )

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