Which made is slightly uncomfortable having to arrive at the livehouse early and wait outside for an hour, but it was worth it in the end as today's lineup was pretty good :)
GPKISM is popular among the overseas communities, and I remember talking to Ken (vocals) a few years ago, so I was curious to see them live for the first time. And Ken really impressed me, so I'm glad they ended up being added to the list of bands :) I knew Ryonai had collaborated with them lately, but for some reason hadn't expected him to be on stage tonight, so that was a really nice surprise! :D All he did was dance along to the rhythms and attempt an MC, but it was still cool to finally see him.
It looks like Kaya has regained some fans now. He had several rows of people screaming his name. Of course it might be due to the other bands playing; there were obviously lots of Moi dix Mois fans there this time.
1. Paradise Lost
2. 傀儡 (kugutsu)
3. Rose Kingdom
4. Rose Jail
I wish he'd spend less time talking and more time singing, but it's always been like this. He had some announcements, also including one of the Art Cube members: He'll do another live show with Seiji and Loki in June (6th), and again they'll sing songs from musicals etc.
As promised we were given a digest DVD from the previous oneman as we entered the venue. This time the footage is set to Soaring awakening. During the MC Seiji told us they will have their next oneman in August! No date given yet.
The songs they played:
2. Pain～ Wing・・・
5. Soaring awakening
At the end of the live, Art Cube were joined on stage by Kaya, VII-Sense and E'm to do a session together. The song they did was "20th Century Boy" by T.Rex (thank you aitreni for the info! I wasn't familiar with it) Seiji was the only one of them somewhat familiar with the lyrics, so the three others just did their best contributing with their voices at random parts. Mikage entered the stage with the big inflatable banana we saw him carrying around a few years ago, lol. I wonder if it's the same from back in Node of Scherzo, or if he got a new one for the occasion. He then proceeded to hit people (softly) on the head with it.
Art Cube's new single was available for presale at this live. And a new AC release, means more confusion about how to read kanji (-o-;) I've mostly seen the title track written as "hanabikage" online, but Seiji was saying it as "hanahikage". (edit: Nobu confirmed that it IS supposed to be "hanahikage") I asked some of the Japanese fans about the second song, 蓮華宙, and they didn't know how to read it. And neither does any of the members except Nobu it seems?? They asked Yossy how to read the name of the songs, and his answer was "ummmm..." So I guess we shouldn't feel bad for not knowing either x)
btw, there's a "KALM" credited in the booklet for arrangement of 蓮華宙... I'm assuming this is the guy from Velvet Eden as I haven't heard of any other person who goes by that name. If so, that's really neat :D
The band used their new costumes for the first time on stage at this event, and they're looking good. It's a little strange to see Seiji without anything red this time, but his new white dress is gorgeous. And it's not as heavy as it looks; the arms for instance are a sort of white fishnet-ish material. Still not sure what to think of his new wig though. Maybe we can get an explanation from him about what kind of image he was going for with the design of it. There are feathers above each ear, and the shape of it is strange. Kazune's outfit reminds me of a pope, but it looks cool on him, and I really like the new hair together with his make-up. His costume on the other hand, does look rather warm. But at least he doesn't have to move around a lot. Overall the costumes are really colourful and bright: <screen cap>