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Art Cube's 3rd oneman @ 目黒鹿鳴館

Why do I tend to get sick right before oneman lives? (>_<) Fortunately I didn't have to go out yesterday, and was able to stay inside all day so my fever went down. But despite still feeling like a zombie when I woke up this morning, I definitely didn't want to miss Art Cube's 2nd anniversary oneman :)

^Tonight's setlist. No one seemed to mind me taking it, and that was easier than copying it by hand. (No one seemed to mind me first jumping up on stage to take a picture of it either, lol. I halfway expected some of the livehouse staff to yell at me to get down). A couple of the songs are out of order (Kougekyou was the last encore, not Soaring awakening, which by the way is the 'new song' that's been a part of their setlist at the two previous lives. But all the songs they played are on the list). I wish they would include the names of the solos Kazune, Shizuki, Yossy and Nobu did. They sounded familiar. They also had a guest playing with them for Yossy and Nobu's solos. A foreigner on guitar who no one knew who was. Maybe just a random friend?

The Europe Tour digest DVD was a free gift. Last year, we got a poster, and they also gave out another digest DVD at a sponsored event last sping :) I thought this DVD would just contain footage from their lives in France, but it's actually mostly random footage of the band walking around Paris, visiting shops, playing games at an arcade and bowling.

Also, Seiji and a helium balloon:

I really, really enjoyed tonight's live, despite not feeling all that great. Part of the reason for this wasn't related to the band, but some friends who haven't been coming to the lives lately (Well, almost no one has been coming lately ;_;) had said they would show up for the oneman. The other Seiji fans are still missing, so by now it doesn't look like they'll return, but it was really nice meeting up with those other girls again.
Most people who came today seemed to prefer staying in the back though. I had ticket number 10, but had no problem getting my usual spot in front of Seiji, and a friend who had number 49 could still be in her regular spot as well. But at least several of the others who joined us in the front were showing a lot of energy during the performance, and everyone, including the band, looked like they were having a good time ^^

Art Cube have been chaging their costumes for the previous onemans, so I was wondering if they would appear in new outfits today. Looks like we'll have to wait a little longer; no real costume changes yet, but Seiji performed the first half of the live wearing a mix of his first and most recent outfit. He was dressed in the regular black and red corset and black hotpants, but with the feather and flower headpiece he used last year. And he wasn't wearing a wig this time, surprising several of the Art Cube fans (who don't go to Moi dix Mois' lives) with his curly red hair. For the second part of the show he changed into a white coat. I never went to a Brain Hacker live, nor have I seen a picture of this coat, but I think it might have been one of the coats he wore back then. It looked old, and, it was open in the front showing off his stomach; i.e. showing off his "Brain Hacker" tattoo. That was a surprise... I guess we're done pretending he's not Zethji now.

They didn't mention the upcoming South American tour during the live, but the dates are printed on one of the flyers we got. The band will also be doing another sponsored event on April 16th at Takadanobaba AREA.


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Dec. 12th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
Today was fun! I still didn't have time to check my DVD, but it sounds fun, so I am looking forward to it now.

And I know at least the intro Kazune played on his first solo! Oh, I felt so proud of my country/culture. ;-)
Dec. 12th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
The DVD is really fun and cute ^^

I still think you should ask him or Shizuki about the Brazilian song :) I'm sure he'd be happy you're interested in his solo.
Dec. 13th, 2009 06:48 am (UTC)
Apparently, we are taking turns on colds. I spent the day on my bed today, sneezing and feeling like my head was Seiji's baloon. :-P

Btw, I saw the DVD and it's really adorable! They seem to have had a fun time as tourists in France.

And I already mentioned on my enquetto about his solo and the Brazilian song, so I guess it's alright. I'll save anything else for the sign session. :-)
Dec. 13th, 2009 08:05 am (UTC)
Looks like we'll both have to work on getting better by next weekend then.

Hope they'll do some filming in South America too! :)

Still have to figure out what to say to them all, but I'm really looking forward to the talk part of the event. Also not sure of what to bring for them to sign...
Dec. 12th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
Zethji. x) ♥
He looks like he'd be rather amused with just about anything you give him. I like the shot you snagged!

I wonder if they'll mix the songs on the album differently this time around. I *like* listening to Seiji sing but he sounds muted and quiet (compared to the rest of the instruments) in the past songs they've released. It's been a while since I've listened to them but I recall hearing that something was "off". Seiji sings pretty softly in recordings already and I'm curious to know why his voice never gets amped up a little more. Still looking forward to listening to the album regardless!

It still surprises me how there's too few AC fans compared to Moi dix Mois. I guess Mana has a lot to do with it, but "Juka" still has quite a fanbase, too, doesn't he? O_o Ah well. Glad you guys enjoyed the live!
Dec. 12th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
I like how the others are all 'what the heck is he doing?' to the balloon thing.

I know what you mean about the sound quality of their releases. I didn't buy the new album today although they were doing a presale, as I'd like to get it from Jishuban later so that I can go to the instore event there, so I can't say if it sounds better or not. But at least he sounds excellent live.

Some Moi dix Mois fans did show up tonight (At lest I assume they were fans.. They were dressed in Moitié). But Art Cube is old school vk, and that's simply not what's popular these days. The music Juka does is more mainstream + he's young.
But even though we're few, Art Cube still have more fans than a lot of vk indie bands I see at various lives, and they seem to get by pretty well (Being able to travel abroad, giving out free gifts etc.) ^^
Dec. 12th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah they're all like, "umm..." XD

Oh, it's on sale already? I forgot the exact date it was supposed to be officially released! Too many things to keep track of this month. ;o; I'll keep an eye out for it~

I'm stuck thinking that about half the bands that play still have that "old school vk" sound to them. *headdesk* Apparently I need to get with the times, lol. But it's good to know there are still some bands out there (like Art Cube) that still rock the old school sound and are pretty successful with it. :)
Dec. 12th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
And they were just normally walking down the street when he started doing that x)

It was a presale at the oneman. You won't find it in stores before the 23rd, and with Christmas/New Year's I guess people who ordered it (from overseas) might receive it a little slower than usual.

I still find the old school bands to be the most interesting ones, by far :)
Dec. 12th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
The coat Seiji used was this one: http://i668.photobucket.com/albums/vv45/otterley/33740674.jpg ? ^^

Thank You for the report and set list!
Dec. 13th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
The design was the same, but the coat he used last night was white and had some golden chains attached to it. But it's probably from around that time.

Lots of cameras around this time as well. They were filming the previous oneman too, and seeing as none of that footage have been used yet, they might eventually put it all together on an official relase (That'll be available for people overseas too)
Dec. 14th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, its white xD He used a white coat long time ago in amadeus, but I don't think is the same one ^^

Oh, I hope so! would be great if they put together the records from those oneman, and as bonus material some footage from their lives in France and in America! I hope they really release something like that for overseas.

Its so hard to get those live only things, I only got the live digest from their last anniversary oneman one month ago, and now there's a copy from the Europe live digest on yahoo japan auctions, but I'll not be able to take it so soon ;_;
Dec. 12th, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
hooray for fun lives!

that balloon shot makes me think of the red balloon movie.
Dec. 13th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
You should try and catch one of their lives when you get back here (^o^) Hopefully you'd get the chance to see Rem too (giant albino boa).
Dec. 13th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
I hope you will feel better soon! When winter comes it's hard to not get ill. Even if you yourself are healthy and the weather didn't make you ill you can be quite sure that at least half of the people you are in contact with are ill and will infect you too.

Agree with zeldana; Zethji really seems to have a happy curious kid sometimes *laugh*
The balloon picture is really cute. I can imagine him being all smiley and happy to play with it. (thin legs that man...at least in that pic)
Dec. 13th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure it wasn't the weather's fault. I was perfectly well before going to Art Cube's live a couple of weeks ago, then woke up with a sore throat the following morning.
Thanks! :)

Apart from his voice, his sometimes kidlike behaviour is one of the things I really like about him :D
(In case it's hard to tell from that pic, he's standing on one leg; that's one of his knees to the left. His legs are actually kinda chubby ^^)
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
Ahh now the picture makes more sense. I just looked closely and saw the second leg.
From bigger pictures or from seeing him live I would also say that his legs aren't the slimmest, so I was surprised to see this picture, in which it really looks like he has lost quite a bit of weight. (which doesn't fit to the too tight hot pants though *laughs* Is he still wearing them or did he get new ones? H&M recently sells fake leather hot pants, maybe he should drop by)

I love your icon! XD That's so cute!
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
Nope, he's still using the same hotpants. He recently lost a bit of weight though. Might be related to his plans of showing off his stomach at the oneman. He seemed very self-conscious about it, and kept covering it with his hands during the entire second half of the live x)
This is the most recent picture of him, taken at the oneman:
Not too different from before :)
Dec. 13th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
I do hope they will release this DVD in France, because, well, they was in France.

I find cool that Z showed off his BH tatoo, but also strange.In France, he didn't sing BH songs, and leaved it to the other members.

I want new photos <3
Dec. 13th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
We were surprised to see the tattoo as well. (You could hear people in the audience gasping when they noiced.) But it was interesting to see such a different look from his normal Art Cube attire.
Dec. 13th, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
He wrote on Twitter that he had two different looks but I never could have imagine it.
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