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This year's anniversary oneman consisted of two parts. The second part, starting at 8pm was the oneman itself, but at 3:30pm was part one with four different session bands. As usual for the December oneman, it took place at Rock May Kan. It's a tiny livehouse which used to be a theater, so the sound is really bad. But I guess it has a kind of charm to it.

Shizuki's session was up first. ~DANI~ isn't just a one time thing though, as he does lives with this band all the time. But it was the first time I saw them. And there was a lot of headbanging *_* Maybe not the best way to start such a long event. For one of the songs the vocalist was joined by a girl who is one of Art Cube's staff members. I have no idea what she sounded like, as it was impossible to hear both her and the other guy's voice during this song (Partly because of Rock May's terrible sound system), but it was somewhat entartaining and silly to watch them. They acted out some sort of failed love story, which probably ended up looking sillier than was the intention ^^;

~DANI~ was the only band's setlist I was able to take a picture of, as they didn't turn on the light between the bands. Does anyone know any of these songs? None at the live did...

They were followed by WAKA-TICK; Yossy's BUCK-TICK cover band. He had drawn a "W-T" on his cheek to match Imai. And he was very clearly nervous - it was his first MC ever. But Yossy has such an honest smile, and it's so obvious when he's enjoying himself, it's always fun watching him getting to do stuff like this on his own.
He was joined by Loki on vocals (Who was actually fully dressed. I think that's the first time I've seen him covering more skin than he's showing. Finally), a couple of guys from PRIMEADDICT on guitar and bass (Whom we were already familiar with after having seen them at events with Art Cube and THE VELVET numerous times), and Shinsaku (ex-JackRose) on drums. Yossy introduced everyone in his MC, and accidentally(?) said that "the drummer used to be in a band with Seiji". As in, he said the name Seiji. So he had to go on and explain that "umm... he's Zeta-sama now... But his real name is Seiji ^^; It's a secret! hush!^^;;;" LOL  

Third was Nobu's session NATUKA SEA. Lots of VII-Sense regulars came to see this band, as it had Juka on vocals as well as RayX and KAZ among the other members. The second guitarist was Tomozo! He's always interesting to watch on stage, though the old Sulfric Acid style make-up still looks weird ^^; Nobu was adorable! I never thought I'd say that about this man, but he looked really, really cute for this session. Unfortunately there aren't any clear pictures of him, but Tomozo posted this:


They had matching hair x)
I wasn't familiar with most the songs they did, but.... They started their set with MALICE MIZER's "kioku no sora"! :D That was completely unexpected. And Juka did really well. His voice suited the song perfectly.

Last was Seiji's "session". During sound check you could hear both Kengo and Sugiyan playing riffs from Moi dix Mois tunes, and as the curtain opened, even the intro to their set was Moi dix Mois (exclude). People were cheering loudly. They all had specially made shirts with a logo on it (Designed by Seiji, and he'd printed it on the shirts himself). He looked cute (though I think he was going for sexy). Apart from the shirt, he wore a hat, extremely short hot pants, tights (which he complained about being uncomfortably warm, and sympathized with us girls), a belt and the M10M boots.

Unfortunately he loves talking, so most of their set was spent on the MC, with time for only two songs. No idea where the songs were from. They had the lyrics taped to the floor, but there was no song titles on the sheets.
edit: Kengo posted the setlist.
- MC -
1.六本木心中 / アン・ルイス
- MC -
2.Tattoo / 中森明菜 

The first part of the event finished at 7:15, so we had just over an hour before the doors opened for part two. The oneman ended up being much shorter than usual because of the preceding  sessions.
Setlist; probably not in the right order:
*虹化鏡 (kougekyou)
*Blue Heaven
*花陽影 (hanahikage)
*new song
*蓮華宙 (Now I'm really unsure of how to read this. We thought it was 'rengechuu'. KALM thought so too. But when Seiji introduced the song this time, he said something completely different...)
*not exist
*False prayer
*失楽蝶 (shitsurakuchou)
*20th Century Boy 

Somehow the moshing for not exist was a lot more fun than usual today. I guess it's because we were a lot more people than usual. It's always easier to do that stuff when a large group of people around you are being just as silly. And Shizuki was having a lot of fun with us in the front this time ^^
For the last encore, most of the bandguys participating in the previous sessions joined Art Cube on stage. Complete chaos, but fun :D

Seiji announced during the live that their next oneman is coming up May 8th, at Takadanobaba AREA (great livehouse, much better sound). Tickets will be available through presale from January 22nd, and general sales from March 22nd. They're also doing their first sponsored event under the new record label at the same venue on March 21st.

And finally the band has some new merch. I don't know why they haven't been selling photosets at least, and they're still not. But they have a new keitai strap, and it's actually quite cute. When you buy the strap it comes with a macron shaped charm with the band's initials AC written on it, and you can purchase individual macron charms with the members' names. Not very in style with the bands image, but I guess they figured the majority of their fans are girls who like cute things. They pretty much sold out.
 As a free gift they gave out a DVD from the previous oneman. This time they included parts of several songs, which was nice. And it's also fun to have parts of the furi for False prayer on video ^^;

I might add more details later, but it's getting late so I should get some sleep. THE VELVET's sponsored event coming up tomorrow, and loads of things to plan and finish before then.



( 11 darlings — Bonjour Honey! )
Dec. 12th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
Song 4 and 5 are actually Cradle of Filth songs. o_O Don't know about the rest.
Damn, I wish I could have been there!!
Dec. 12th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
ah, ok. Thanks! There was so much noise during that set, it was hard to distinguish one song from the other.
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Dec. 12th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
I asked the staff about the stamp cards after the live (As we haven't heard anything about it yet). And apparently Seiji was supposed to tell us about it during the MC, but I guess he forgot (again) ^^; For now it looks like we'll get it at the instore event next month. (I hope they make some sort of official announcement with the details, if you need to be at a specific event to receive the gift. I'm sure people would appreciate being told beforehand)

Edited at 2010-12-12 06:41 pm (UTC)
Dec. 13th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
Amazing new picture, they should make a pamphlet or something with all those awesome pictures ;((

I'm wondering how this new song sounds >_> I was hoping they would keep sample keyboards at their songs but after listening to False Preyer I started to be a little afraid, I love keyboards hehe.
Dec. 13th, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
It would be nice if they started selling photosets again I suppose. I haven't asked for a reason, in case it has to do with poor sales or something like that, but it's really uncommon for a band not to be selling any pictures at all.

False prayer might be a little too heavy for the keyboards? They're still part of Kasoukyoku, so there's hope it might not disappear completely :)
Seiji said this new song was not the same as the one on the 'best of' album, but the one they played was a bit on the heavier side too. It had headbanging and pumping fists in the air.
Dec. 14th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
The whole event sounds great! Seems like you really had fun and I'm glad to hear that! :)

"umm... he's Zeta-sama now... But his real name is Seiji ^^; It's a secret! hush!^^;;;"

Hahaha at least he figured what to say without getting to confused. XD

At they're so pretty on that pic! But it looks kinda weird that the one with the gloves (is that Nobu? I have no idea which is which :/) seems to have really toned arms, not very feminine, haha. XD

Whaaaat? Juka sang MM's song? O_o I've never thought this would happen! It must've sounded really nice. :)

They had the lyrics taped to the floor,
Cheat sheets, huh? XD

Haha they should choose easier to read song titles. How the hell are you all supposed to know what is it if it can be read in more that one way?

Did you buy that keitai strap? I'm curious how does il look like. It really does sound cute! :)
Dec. 14th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
Yossy was quite nervous, so he might not have been thinking when talking, so he let Seiji's name slip. But we all know already, so it doesn't matter ^^

Nobu is the one on the left with flowers in his hair. The guy on the right is Tomozo. He only dresses more femininly at special occasions, so he doesn't look particularly girly x)
It was fun seeing them together on stage though. They're really good friends, despite the age gap of more than 10 years.

I expected that session band to only do Luna Sea songs, so the MM song was a huge surprise.
And Seiji always has cheat sheets with the lyrics when he's singing songs that aren't from his own band XD But his eye sight is bad, so he still sometimes has trouble. He was trying to read information from their new flyer during the MC, but had to give it up because he couldn't see what was written even when holding it up to his face. Then complained a bit about being old ^^;

I guess Nobu enjoys putting together kanji to make special titles. The only way we can know for sure how to read the titles is by asking the band I've done that before, but I feel stupid doing it for every song, so I didn't ask about "rengechuu" yet.

I didn't buy the keitai strap at this live as Seiji's charm was already sold out. Will buy it at the next live if they've re-stocked by then.
Dec. 14th, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
He really sounds like a good natured person! :)

Oy maybe the time has come for me to learn who is who in AC! I've known about them for so long and read about them from you (didn't hear much of their music, though), but it's kinda embarrassing. XD

Hmm maybe Seiji should start wearing contacts for eye correction as they can come in colour, too. Although I'm not sure how much do they cost...
Always?! Like Kamijo, huh? Haha XD (How old is he approx.? I haven't figured out yet...)

I hope they will restock since it seems people like that kind of stuff! And I hope you'll manage to get one, too! :)

Dec. 15th, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC)
I like Yossy's awkwardness :D

Well, it's not a band you see very often, and he's out of costume in that picture. For Art Cube pictures, the members tend to be colour-coded... Nobu's colour is green.

Seiji has enough money, so that's not the reason for him not investing in a couple of corrective contacts. Maybe the ones without correction is just a lot easier to find? He seems kinda lazy, lol.
Seiji's age? He's 38. Which isn't old, but it still makes him older than a lot of other band guys, and the oldest member of Art Cube. (Yossy is the youngest at 30)

I'm sure they'll have more of the keitai straps later. And their next live isn't until January, so it only depends on how busy Seiji is with Moi dix Mois until then.
Dec. 15th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
Gotcha, thanks for telling me! I definitely look into it! :D

Yeah, they're probably easier to find. I guess the ones for correction would have to be custom made in colour, depending on his dioptry . Although I'm not sure how often they have to be replaced (I guess depends on the type?).

Hmm about 5 years ago, I would've thought it's oldish, but not anymore... Age doesn't really matter, imo. He's still awesome, right? XD
Dec. 22nd, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
Hello dear Chou!
Sorry the delay.
But I had to comment here too! *-*
I was very happy to learn that the Shaura is evolving.
It's good when we see who we admire so much growth.
I hope that you have been pleased with him singing Kioku to Sora.
I wonder how amazing it was, since I'm also amazed Malice Mizer.

I am proud of Juka. Although I will realize my dream to meet him. I'll try, really.

Thanks for another post,
and sorry for the delay.

( 11 darlings — Bonjour Honey! )

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