THE VELVET was the second band playing, and it's nice to see that the front row is growing ^-^ They did a few changes today, one of which included replacing the Edward Scissorhands intro with a short intro song written by MiMi.
In stead of the lantern MiMi is usually holding as the curtain is drawn, containing a live candle which he blows out as the intro fades into their first song, he was using an electric one with pink/purple glass. It was attached to a long cord, and MiMi took advantage of that by swinging the new lantern around in big circles. You could see Bera being slightly nervous about being hit ^^;
So far, after they started using the polkadot theme, Bera has used the same costume, while MiMi has changed details or entire outfits for every live. But for the last couple of lives, Bera has made some changes too ^^ (You probably won't care about this description unless you go to their lives once in a while, but at least some people on my f-list do.) MiMi was wearing a unsymmetrical polkadotted shirt with a rose attached to the collar, a short black onepiece and his usual tights. But instead of the pigtails, he had braided the hair on the left side of his head and put it all up into a huge bun on the right side (With all the regrowth after perming it last winter, it's starting to turn into a mess.) I'm also starting to suspect him of losing his glasses (Probably forgot them somewhere?). Both today and last time he's wearing a different pair, without the chain accessory. These ones look a lot more like the kind you'd have as a spare pair. And because of them, he couldn't wear his polkadot eyelashes today. Strange seeing him without the fake lashes again. Bera was wearing polkadotted tights today as well for the first time. The exact same kind that me and mrs_fujiwara were wearing at their previous live x) And, I was extremely surprised when I noticed his necklace. It's one he used back when they were still called Velvet Eden. I never expected to see a part of any of those old costumes on stage at this point.
W T H happened?
This was the first Tokyo live since their Europe tour (The previous one was October 2nd), but they did a live in another city last week, and according to a couple of friends who went, it was the same at that live:
There's been some serious problems going on among Art Cube fans here for quite a while now, and it has caused people, including friends of mine, to stop going to the lives. But it was never bad enough to make everyone disappear :( Me and mrs_fujiwara weren't only the only regular front row people actually in the front row today. We were the only ones at the live. The only other Art Cube fans there that I could recognize, were a couple of friends of mine who are always in the second row on Nobu's side. They were the ones going to the live last week, and could tell me that it had been the same there. And they don't have any idea what's going on either. I don't know what the rest of the people in the front were doing there today; they were not fans of the band, and seemed to simply be there to occupy the front row (There wasn't a list for reserving spots this time, and they refused to move in favour of the actual fans). The band noticed of course, and the entire performance was affected by the awkwardness of it all. If it's like this next week as well, I'll contact the other regulars and try to find out what's up.
Anyway, here's the setlist:
1. 虹化鏡 (kougekyou)
2. Pain～ Wing・・・
3. Blue Heaven
4. (new song)
5. 失楽蝶 (shitsurakuchou)
Seiji didn't mention anything new in the MC, just repeating the news of the upcoming release, oneman and the live digest DVD. (And that Europe was cold).