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.