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Virgil 1st oneman

Can't remember the last time I felt this bad @_@ Felt pretty crappy all day, and going to a live with a fever is a bad idea (especially when it's a oneman, meaning you can't take breaks). Still, it was Virgil's first official live, so I didn't want to miss it.

Left to right:
Takumi (drums), Haku (shimote guitar), Roa (vocal, violin, whatever's needed), Daichi (kamite guitar), Zekusu (bass)

Apart from people on my flist who might have read my entry about their secret live last month, how familiar are people with this band? I can't remember seeing much mention of them on the various forums. I wasn't expecting the turn out to be great tonight. At the secret live, there were only between 5-10 fans, and I bought my ticket really late and still got a very good number. So I was surprised when BOXX actually filled up. They had to interupt the show asking people to move forwards, to make room for everyone.

The show was supposed to start at seven:

It didn't. And oh my god, we were going crazy having to listen to "song of my oath" over and over and over again D: (the instrumental BGM on their website) It's a nice melody, but try putting it on repeat for more than an hour! But it was worth the wait, and it was a positive surprise that they gave a more than two hour long show.

This live will be released on a DVD btw, if anyone's interested. They didn't mention when or what kind of DVD (full show or digest), but there were at least 5 cameras there, so I think they managed to get a lot of good footage.

Got to know the members a little better this time. Roa seems like fun :D He embarrassed himself trying to teach us furi, and he's also a really good talker, which makes MCs a lot more enjoyable than they tend to be. I wish we'd be able to hear more from Daichi and Takumi though. Takumi didn't say a single word (according to Roa, that's his character's "image"). Daichi just refused to say anything every time the others on stage hinted that he should. (We got a "thank you" when calling his name, so he's not as silent as the drummer. But he seems generally really shy, so that's ok. Maybe he'll feel more comfortable talking when they've done some more lives. He's the one I'm standing in front of, so I'd love to hear more of what's on his mind as the show goes on)
I never got the chance to attend Izabel Varosa's lives. Did Haku speak with a very, very feminine voice and manner back then too? o_O I don't think he spoke at the ANUBIS lives I've been to. But I've seen him at a solo live, and spoken to him on other occasions, so I know the light feminine voice isn't his regular speaking voice. Even Roa commented on him sounding like an okama.
It almost feels like the only reason for Zekusu being the cute girl of the band, is because he visually wouldn't fit in any other role. He's such a... normal dude. Who just happens to look all girly. His only line for the night (told in all seriousness and with the manliest voice I've heard in a while): 俺はホモじゃない (I'm not gay, orz -__-). He apparently gets hit on by men thinking he's a girl when out of make-up.

For people who might attend their lives in the future - merch details: They were selling some really nice looking goods, but not wanting to spend the night at a cold station floor, I had to rush to the train station as soon as the performance was over ;_; Conveniently, during the live, they showed comment videos of the members introducing the various items: compact mirror (white with their red rose logo), pass sticker, sticker set, phone strap, care paper (Is this called "care paper" in non-Japanese English as well? It's the kind of paper you use to remove grease from your face without messing up your make-up; あぶらとり紙). There was also a "free present" in the shape of a white plastic bag with the logo on, that you got if you bought goods for more than 4000 yen. And there were surprise plastic balls containing... something. You could by a random one for 300 yen, but not having time to check it out, I have no idea what was in them.

And somewhat random; Sayula, guitarist of Scapegoat was standing in the darkness outside the venue handing out flyers (Seriously, he could have chosen to stand in the light. I almost walked into him in my hurry, and then had a near heart attack when I suddenly got an "onegaishimasu" in my face without warning). So go give their website an extra page hit, or give him a peta for his effort.

And for something completely unrelated; I signed up for the TOEIC the other day. Have any of you taken this test before?

edit: I just saw the "non-Japanese only" thing for the first of Versailles' 5-day lives in June.... So we'll be... 4 people there? Unless they're counting on a lot of people to be here on vacation that week. Surely there won't be much competition when it comes to getting fan club tickets.


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May. 1st, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
"non-Japanese only" live? The fans may outnumber Versailles! XD

I don't know a lot about Virgil. The first time I'd heard about them was when you mentioned them in a previous entry. Their MySpace samples sound very... non-Visual? If Visual bands can be clumped into a specific sound. There's something fresh and light and airy about them.

LOL @ Zekusu's "I'm not gay" moment. Seemed like a good idea to get that out of the way early?

Take care of yourself. @__@ Looks like flu season is still very much in full swing. And good luck on the TOEIC. =D I don't think you'll have any problems passing with flying colors. X)
May. 2nd, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
I hope nothing gets in the way of going to this "international night". It'll be interesting to see how it'll turn out. (I only know of 3 foreign FC members in the Tokyo area...)

I think Virgil is more influenced by anime than the regular vk band. They seem to be big fans, has their own anime intro, and I think they'll do some short anime videos with the members later on. They're doing a sponsored live in August where they've invited a voice actor from Naruto and some other anime persona that made people go "oooooh" when they mentioned them (My interest for anime is about 'zero' so the names pretty much went in one ear and out the other ^^; )

For the past 7 years, I've only cought a cold twice (that's including this current one), so I was surprised that I actually got sick. It's not that bad though, except for making me feel all zombie like if I'm too active (like going to a oneman live). I'll rest today :)

I'm not too worried about the test. I'm just curious to know what level of English is needed to get a high score ^^ I don't think I know anyone who's ever tried taking it.
May. 1st, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
2 hours show @__@; DVD ? ehehe gonna have to get this !!!
Virgil did 2 (or more ?) instore events last week I think so maybe they managed to get more people interested in seeing them live ^__^
I was a bit afraid when you told me your ticket number so it's nice to know the place filled up finally !!!

From what I remember Haku (named Chihiro in IV) was quite...randomly looking and acting...to be sincere I never got really interested in him (Mr "SayYooo" got all my attention I admit ^^;)

The merch seems interesting *__* Hope you'll manage to get some next time !

You know...if it was possible to fly to Japan for only 2 days I would book my plane ticket for the Rock May Kan NOW T____T
if it had been in july the venue would have full of foreigners without any doubt but mid june ...there are stil exams and school...at least in France =__=;

I hope you'll have time to rest during the week end and recover from this bad flu >.<

May. 2nd, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
The show lasted from 7:30~9:45 :D Not sure how happy I am about having a camera in my face feeling as bad as I did x) But I think it'll be an interesting DVD. The way Roa mentioned it, it sounded like it would be a proper one, and not just a short digest.

I didn't pay much attention to him in Izabel Varosa either, nor in Anubis ^^; But a couple of years ago, had one of my "randomly run into a musician" moments, got to talk with him then and ended up buying his solo release.

Have you heard of any other band selling care paper before? It seemed like such a random item (But useful at lives!).

I don't know about the US, but most of the European countries probably still have exams in June. And those who are working tend to have their vacation in July, don't they?

And not much time to rest ^^; Art Cube are having a live tomorrow, and then there's the event with The Velvet and Motoki on Wednesday. But I can sit down and rest between bands there, so I'll live ^^
May. 2nd, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
Versailles and Virgil
Hi, I'm a random person who either found you through ameba or last.fm. Here's my comment:

Ok, I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought the international only thing would be a teeny crowd. I'd be crazy enough to go, but my bro is turning 40, so I should be here for that.

I followed the Virgil link when visunavi profiled them. I liked 'em enough to friend them on myspace. It sounds like they're coming into their own. I'm looking forward to seeing them on the 23rd.

oh, and peta'd.
May. 2nd, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
Re: Versailles and Virgil
Wonder how many people they're expecting to show up... Of course I might be wrong and a hundred foreigners who just happen to be fans will be here on holidays, but it doesn't seem likely.

Ah, so you're going to the live on the 23rd? It's on the same day as the TOEIC test, so it'll be rather stressfull, but I'll try to get to Tokyo in time for it (already bought my ticket). Hope the crowd will be just as energetic then as they were last night :)
May. 2nd, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Versailles and Virgil
Do we ever really know what Hizaki-sama is thinking?

Good luck on the test, though I'm sure you'll do better than fine. And you have a good stress reliever for afterward.

We're going to the live for Chemical Pictures, but Virgil is a nice bonus. I'll be sure to make a fool out of myself for both. (^-^)v

May. 2nd, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Versailles and Virgil
Thanks! I just hope we'll be allowed to leave the test site as soon as the test is over, as that gives me 10 minutes to get to the train station (I can barely make it in 10 if I run).

I'm actually going to the live for CP too ^^; But both Virgil and MaitoreiA are good reasons to be there.

Edited at 2009-05-02 01:49 pm (UTC)
May. 2nd, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Versailles and Virgil
Yeah, I think the show is going to be solid all the way through. It's definitely on my highlight list for the trip.
May. 2nd, 2009 06:49 am (UTC)
Omigahd, the mexicans got to you! You have now started the spreading of the epidemic through the entire VK indie scene...

And you can start a special group for the Versailles racist-live: the Versailles fans quartet (^0^)/ You can make uniforms if you hurry!
May. 2nd, 2009 07:12 am (UTC)
I blame Fujishiro not wanting to wear that mask during class.

A friend mentioned that they're probably doing the "non-Japanese only" live because that might be the only concert of the 5-days that people not living in Japan have a chance of getting tickets for. But it's exam season overseas, and at the last couple of Versailles onemans I've been to, I haven't seen more than 3 foreigners at each (including me & Kine). It'll be interesting.
But if we end up being really few, it would be fun getting together beforehand and plan outfits etc. ^^
May. 2nd, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)
Oh my god! We could all be infected!

Maybe some foreigners from the rest of Japan who are fans but usually don't bother to come will drag their asses in for the resque XD
May. 2nd, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
We'll only need to find 166 more foreigners to fill the Rock May Kan ^^; (You're still welcome to join me there tomorrow btw :p It'll be fun)
May. 3rd, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
Nyahh, not knowing the furis will be even more obvious when it's only the five of us f(^-^;)
May. 3rd, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
I wasn't talking about the Versailles live ;) I meant the live today, with Danger Gang. You might also like GizeL (new band of the AibeLL members) and チーキィ.
May. 2nd, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
You're getting me interested in Virgil *laughs*
They seem to be fun to watch.
Wow, DVD doesn't sound bad. Do they have many fans/are they well known? I'd expect a DVD only to happen if a band is bigger already and it's worth to produce one.
Do you know if there is a video of them at Youtube? I didn't find anything and would like to see how they're live.

Haha "I'm not gay". Poor thing. He really does make a pretty girl. Sucks though if he isn't really comfortable with that role. (though I think he's rather uncomfortable with "real life" problems and doesn't mind about his band imagine?)

I guess there will be more than just four people at the Versailles foreinger only concert, but it's a little strange that they do this though. The venue seems to be tiny, but this tiny might be too big for foreigners only. I've no clue how many foreign Versailles fans are living in Japan and if they can afford travelling to see them live.
As for foreign fans living overseas: I can't really imagine that there are too many people coming. Flying to Japan and booking a hotel and such isn't exactly cheap. And in case they're students they still might be stuck in school or university.
On the one hand I'd love to go and see Versailles and Moi dix Mois/Közi, on the other hand it IS damn expensive, I probably couldn't get tickets and it's summer and I would melt.
I rather wait till winter and hope to go then. Hopefully Dis Inferno will take place and some Versailles event as well...
May. 2nd, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
There's no live videos of Virgil available yet. This was their first official live, the other one being a small secret live last month (which I happened to be at since The Velvet was playing there).
I think this oneman was sold out. The venue holds several hundred people, and it was really crowded, so yeah they definitely have a lot of fans. They also did a few instores before this live, and you don't do instores if your fans are scarce.

Zekusu looked comfortable with his role on stage. No over acting of feminine stuff either. He just seemed slightly annoyed at being mistaken for a girl off stage. But he's making the best of it band wise, I guess :)

lol, yeah I'm expecting some more people to show up. But I can't see how we'll be able to fill the venue, even if it can only hold a couple of hundred people. As I mentioned in a comment above, I couldn't see anyone else than 2 foreign friends of mine at each of the last onemans I went to. Even in December, when people had vacations, there weren't that many.
But, 4 or 100, we'll manage to have fun anyway for sure ^^ And it's interesting that Versailles are open to try new things like this.
May. 2nd, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
Several hundred? Not bad. Somehow I had thought them to be less known.

It indeed is cool that they're doing something like this. And it shows really well that they are aware of having overseas fans and also care about them. Let's just hope they don't overestimate themself.
I'm sure you guys will have fun! =3
Maybe it'll even be nicer to be not so many people? ..of course it would be horribly awkward if you were just 20, but maybe when it's a little less than usual. Though foreign fans seem to be more...active? on lives, so there probably still would be a rocking crowd. Anyway, I'm sure it'll be good~
Maybe Kamijo will also try to MC a little in English? *laughs*
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