We've had rain pretty much non-stop for several days now. It was like walking into a shower when I arrived in Shinjuku today. Not fun D: But on the bright side, even the hosts' hairdoes can't handle weather like that, so there was almost none out in Kabukicho :D I wish it would always be so easy and comfortable to walk through that area....
Just got home from seeing THE VELVET and Kaya (and LOGiQ) at Shinjuku LOFT.
MiMi is back to using a minihat. He added white extensions to his hair, and put it up in pigtails (it's still permed). During the first half of their set he was wearing his glasses, so he could actually see us clearly for a while. I think the reason for why he hasn't been using them lately is because he started using feather eyelashes and sticking butterflies to his face, and then the glasses get in the way. They made the butterfly fall off this time though. (When he eventually removed them, his facial expression made it look like he was thinking something along the lines of "wow, I really am blind o_o") He's currently using a very short black skirt with a corseted waist. (He was using this skirt in December, but had a jacket covering the corset part then) They're still doing the polka-dot style though. MiMi has polka-dot tights and a skarf, while Bera still has the polka-dot armwarmers. He got a new coat - a tailcoat with black feathers on the right shoulder. And he exchanged his pants for a pair of glossy hotpants and spiderweb tights. Bera and MiMi now have matching extensions attached to their bangs (while MiMi also attached curly extensions to the rest of his hair). All I could see of Lem was his head (too much smoke at the back of the stage), so I don't know what his outfit looked like.
It's fun to dress up so that you'll match their black&white/polka-dot style. And MiMi seems to appreciate it if you do.
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Great performance, but again! I was the only one waving my hands in the air during Bera's guitar solos (>_<) It's embarrassing doing it all by myself. The last time I saw them, more people finally started doing it, but this time I was back to being the only one <_< I understand that MiMi's the most popular one (he's my favourite too), but can't people at least pretend to appreciate the other members, just to be nice? He's a good guitarist.
Set list: Stripper, Heroine, Cry Baby, Poison, Dress Code, Kimi ga mita yume, Kurutta yoru ni, RIDE ON ME, Kagerou no mukou de
We weren't that many people there today. I picked up my ticket about 25 minutes before the doors opened, and got #2. And now I seriously think Kaya needs to do something if he wants to keep his fans. LOFT is not a big place. I counted the people in the front row - it varied between 8 and 9 people. Kaya had about two and a half row of people for his performance! This guy used to fill places like Shibuya O-WEST less than a year ago! I noticed a lot of fans failed to show up for his oneman in February (most of the A tickets weren't there, which are the pre-bought fanclub tickets) When he made the announcement tonight that he would be doing another chansons event, people barely clapped.
OCHI has been replaced by scary guy D: (it's Ryoshin; that guy could not be more different from Ochi if he tried. *Stop staring at me!!! Or at least smile while you do!!!*) But Yui's cool :D They both got new outfits too. French, Versailles-ish costumes. Ruffled shirts, and velvety coats with Kaya's name & logo on the back. Kaya wore the Carmilla outfit; first with the long skirt, then changed into the shorter skirt. His hair is black again (though the stage lighting makes it look dark brown)
He sang a couple of new songs, one of them was introduced as Rose Kingdom, guessing the other was Ophelia. The other songs were Epicurean (yay, I didn't bring the fan in vain), Funerary Dream, Chocolat, Kasha and Rose Jail. Having only one person behind me, Rose Jail wasn't painful at all ^^; And the people around me were smiling! I haven't seen people smile during Rose Jail for a couple of years. We're usually too busy with surviving and getting elbows in our heads and ribs. This time it was nothing but fun :)
Kaya said there will be some announcements posted on his website tomorrow (or, today by now). He didn't say anything that we didn't already know during tonight's looong MC, but told us to check the website on June 1st. (ah! it's June already! :O ) The MC was spent talking about the upcoming concerts and release + telling us the story of how his dancers banged Kaya's head into the ceiling the last time he played at LOFT.
I'll go get started on that letter. And all I have to write it on is Rilakuma stationary. Great XD At least it's not Hello Kitty....