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Midnight Circus 第5怪

Last day of my vacation. Got to end it with a live featuring two of my favourite bands :D

THE VELVET had been cool enough to invite Art Cube to participate in their sponsored event. I hope Art Cube will return the favour at their own event in March.

1. 蓮華宙 (rengechuu)
2. 戒幻郷 (kaigenkyou)
3. 花陽影 (hanahikage)
4. Pain~ wing…
5. 失楽蝶 (shitsurakuchou)

Kind of a dull set this time, but as expected they ended up being the last band playing before Velvet, so I suppose a setlist with less violent songs was a good thing at this particular live.

During the MC Seiji greeted us with a loud "akeo!", to which we would answer "me!" (Akeome is an abbreviation of akemashite omedetou, meaning 'happy new year'). He wasn't happy with our level of enthusiasm, and told us we should shout it with fury. To achive said fury, we were to think of how we, even as girls, didn't have breasts as large as Art Cube's vocalist does. lol, oh Seiji...

Some of you asked about the keitai strap they're selling now. Here's a picture of the standard AC-version and the Zeta-version:

The white part of the macarons has tiny gold beads. Really cute, buy I wonder how sturdy they are though... Seems like they might break easily if I have them on my phone and then carry that around in my bag. But they're not expensive, and they're home made, so I guess that's part of the charm. They're made by Seiji, and he's probably using one of those do-it-youreself deco kits that you can buy at Tokyu Hands.  (The wrapping came complete with his fingerprints still on it).
The plastic strap with Art Cube's name will probably survive a lot longer.

There wasn't much time for other things than playing their songs, and their set went by quickly without any trouble. Moving on to the seventh, and last band of the evening.

^That's the new poster that's up at AREA now. Difficult to take a decent picture of it without the lights reflecting on the poster itself. They still have one of the best spots on the wall, and the thing is huge!

1. 真夜中のサーカス (mayonaka no circus)
2. 愛憎倒錯遊戯 (aizou tousaku yuugi)
4. プラスティックドール (plastic doll)
6. クライベイビィ (crybaby)
7. ヒロイン (heroine)
8. ストリッパー (stripper)
9. 狂った夜に (kurutta yoru ni)
10. 白いカラスは眠れない (shiroi karasu wa nemurenai)
11. 静寂は凶暴 (seijaku wa kyoubou)
- encore -
12. 君が見た夢 (kimi ga mita yume)

Too bad they didn't have time for the second encore that was planned. It was a bit strange to end the live with a song like "kimi ga". Last one was probably supposed to be "Victor", which would have fitted better being a lot more lively. But if there wasn't time, there's nothing to do about that. (I'll just give up on hoping for RIDE ON ME...^^;)

I was very happy to hear LOVE ROCK LOVE though :D Even if it was a short version of it. I'd love to hear more of Bera's songs and see what the "new" Velvet could make of them. As they were playing it, MiMi walked across the stage, closing the curtain after him, pretending the live was over. We stood there in complete darkness for a moment, before his head peeked out at the side of the stage, telling us they were just kidding. He was cute.

MiMi was trying to get more people to write the anketo this time. Saying that they had a big announcement, but only those who wrote an anketo would receive the new flyer, where this announcement would be written. (I didn't write one ^^; Cheated by receiving zeldana 's flyer). The new one is the one on the right in the top picture (purple polkadots), and the big announcement is the release of a new single! :) It's called 幻影フィクション (genei fiction) and will be released on March 24th. The title track is a song they've already played live a couple of times. Don't know what other song(s) on it would be.

The birdcages made a return for "shiroi karasu". This time it was placed over my head by Bera. MiMi put one over his own head and continued singing like that, lol. Was a fun event; don't think I have anything bad to say about it. Even chiro dared to run over to our side of the stage for a couple of seconds, before being pushed out of the way XD A lot of people stayed behind to watch them this time, which was nice, and Art Cube's fans joined in on the furi etc. in the front. Would be great to see both bands together again.  



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Jan. 9th, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
Looks like they're experimenting with colors on the new flyers. MiMi's polkadot eyelashes are green. Their pictures have been weird but interesting lately.
The poster looks really nice. (The tie still makes me laugh though. It's on all of their new pictures ^^; But he's using a different one for the lives... Does he thinks he shouldn't use MiMi's tie on a regular basis or something? I wouldn't mind).

Yeah, Chiro kinda blabbed about that already, didn't he x) They have several songs I'd like to be included on the single. Seijaku being high on the list.
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Jan. 9th, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
I know they were selling a poster at the sponsored event in December - not the old one, this one was cheaper, but not sure if it's the same as the one at AREA. But there wasn't any posters last time, so I don't know o.O I have no interest in the posters, so I don't pay much attention to them ^^;

I'm not the only one of us favouring seijaku among the new songs ^^ And it's really fun live. Bera gets all smiley when we jump together with him <3
Jan. 10th, 2011 12:07 am (UTC)
That's a nice way to end vacation! I'm glad to know it was fun! :D

At least AC didn't make you look silly in front of THE VELVET! XD
Omg Seiji! Wtf? LOL

Seiji made those? They're adorable! :D Fingerprints, huh? Heheheh XD

Omg it's the colour on TV's fliers! Not all b&w! XD What MiMi did sounds really cute! I'm glad to hear about the new single, yay! :D

Oh the birdcages! Nice that they brought them back. Was it Bera who pushed Chiro aside? lol XD

It's really great that AC fans joined in furi, since no one ever seems to want to join. :)
Jan. 10th, 2011 06:28 am (UTC)
At least Seiji doesn't take himself too seriously, which is a good thing.

The straps are very obviously home-made (air bubbles, visible glue etc), which I think is kinda cute and it makes buying them a lot more interesting. Don't know how long it takes to make them, but at the two lives they've sold them so far, the numbers have been quite limited. Seiji is known for making accessories. You can see various items (including keitai straps) at this site: http://www.bat-mark.com/market/market-top.htm

lol, of course it was Bera who pushed him. A not so suddle way of telling him 'go back to your own side'.

We got AC fans to join in on calling the members too. Bera looked surprised.
Jan. 11th, 2011 10:44 pm (UTC)
lol yeah, but still! XD

I think it makes them more charming, too! Makes them even more special. :D Eh? I had no idea he was so crafty! Some of that stuff looks really great! :D (Who's the other person?) Thank you very much for showing me this! I didn't know he was involved in making this kinda stuff. I'm a bit embarrassed to say I never researched his background much. :/ I do like him, but never got around to look it up. Now you got me more interested, so I'll definitely try to find out more about him! ^^

Oh Bera... lol He should put some marks on his territory! XD

I hope he was pleasantly surprised! That's really great! I hope some of those AC fans will continue to attend TV's (lol) shows! :)
Jan. 12th, 2011 12:26 pm (UTC)
The other person (Aisha) is apparently Seiji's older sister.
Yeah, he can make some nice stuff. It always makes me laugh when looking through the booklets of Art Cube's CDs, where he's credited in Engrish for "producing visual things", lol.

Jan. 10th, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
Those phonestraps are absolutely -amazing-, I love them. ;~; thank you so much for the picture, it's just beautiful.

I'm not sure what to think about Z's jokes... xD So hilariously endearing. I can only imagine the thought process behind designing those boobs.
Jan. 10th, 2011 06:33 am (UTC)
The straps are certainly different from their previous goods. They were made to be cute and girly, compared to the other stuff.

They make the MC interesting x)
Jan. 10th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
Actually, MiMi put his cage over Jennifer's head and then over Ruchiru's. Only after that he put it on his own!
Jan. 10th, 2011 06:18 am (UTC)
Yeah, I saw that too. You should have let Bera put the cage on you ;p

btw, did you see Chiro referring to Seiji as... Seiji not Zeta? ^^; I'm glad to see them mentioned in the blog finally. Both parts seem to have avoided that until now.
Jan. 10th, 2011 08:37 am (UTC)
Aw man last night was fun. :D Definitely a great live to end the vacation with! (Now to get home, unpack and re-organize everything. ;; lol)

Stuck in a hotel in Narita for the night, since we got four inches of snow back in Georgia! Today was one of those three days of the year where it gets super-cold, apparently! XD And of course my friends are all happy about not having classes or work, etc., because of it. I hope there's some left when I get back...

Anyway, hope you manage to get some sleep this week. :'D Try not to stay up too late watching horror movies!
Jan. 10th, 2011 08:38 am (UTC)
I forgot to mention the weird weather was the cause of the flight delay. A full day, too, but at least tomorrow's flight goes directly to ATL from here.
Jan. 10th, 2011 08:55 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed this live too :D And great timing being here just in time to catch a rare live with both Velvet and AC.

Was it only caused by weather on that side of the globe? We had some really strong winds here earlier today, so I was wondering if that would delay flights.

Hope you get back to the US safely eventually. At least you seem to have access to the internet to kill some time while you wait.
Jan. 10th, 2011 12:21 pm (UTC)
They played lots of songs, too (well, Velvet did, lol) and I woke up with "Stripper" stuck in my head. X) If my CDs weren't buried at the bottom of the second suitcase I'd dig them up and have a listen to the new single.

Know what, I might do that anyway... got nothing else to do for the next few hours. XD

And as for the flight, I'm not exactly sure. Originally it was just the LAX -> ATL flight they cancelled, but by the time I got to the airport I tried to check in and they told me I was too early. My heart sank. (They only let you check in 24 hours before your flight so... I was there a full day early). But at least the airline let me stay at a local hotel with a few meal tickets.

Internet is free here, too, and it's not wonky, either. I see planes landing on the runway across the street so I doubt the winds here were of cause, but that could have had some influence. Wish Delta had notified me beforehand, though...
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