Finally got some time to sit down and write something about Art Cube's oneman :)
I think their onemans are probably the most fun lives I attend, and this one was no exception.
The picture above is of some decoration at the entrance of the live house (Takadanobaba AREA). They didn't end up using this for anything, and the table remained empty except that one flower, but it gave us an opportunity to get some pictures of their banner(?). It's usually draping the back wall of the stage during their lives.
The stage itself was covered with the same kind of white flowers, and other decoration in the same colour. A little lighter than their usual setting (But that was nice now that their costumes are all black).
One of the first songs of the evening was "akatsuki". And lots of people had brought fans to wave around this time :D The band still didn't finish the official Art Cube folding fans, so it was a very varied assembly of all shapes and colours. Must have looked interesting from the back. The first half of the live also contained most of their calmer songs, and we got to hear both "you're here..." and "suna no hana" again for the first time in a while.
Following "akatsuki" was another slightly messed up the MC.... Seiji automatically read the announcement written on the paper in front of him, before exclaiming "This is not in the right order!" a couple of times. Followed by a "Are you trying to tell me I should write these things myself?" lol, he should at least start reading them through before the lives. Most announcements were related to the coupling tour with VII-Sense starting next month. And the gave us the time and date for the tour final; it will take place at Ruido K4 in Shinjuku on July 17th. So maybe it will coincide with the summer vacation of some of you, if you're planning a trip to Tokyo. They will be giving out a free digest DVD from the tour at this live.
As usual, towards the middle of the show all the members had their various solo acts. Shizuki was up first, and played a medley consisting of four soundtrack tunes. First one was "A Pirate's Life for Me", where he was pretending to be attacked by canons. Couldn't recognize the second and third song, but the fourth one was"Requiem for a Dream". He ended his solo with leaving the drumset to join us at the edge of the stage making us do silly moves again.
Yossy was up next. He didn't sing anything this time, but instead played a really fun cover of the Super Mario theme song. Yossy can be quite shy and awkward, but he's also absolutely adorable on stage. He was laughing openly during the entire song, and so did we.
Seiji walked up on stage singing the Mario tune, and seemed almost disappointed he had to the change the mood so completely for the next song. Him and Nobu did an accoustic version of "Kasoukyoku" together, like they had done at the event with Kaya in March. It was Kaya's chanson event, and Seiji jokingly said he'd do chansons for his solo at their next oneman. But to his surprise he was met by loud cheers, and had an "oh...oops" moment. And then he dragged Nobu down with him by announcing "And Nobu will join me on guitar!" (Nobu didn't look thrilled, lol) But they kept their promise, and after the duo, the other two joined them for an actual chanson (Which sounded kinda strange backed up by drums).
After the solo corner, they did a failed attempt of "Blue Heaven" due to Shizuki not being prepared at all. They joked around a bit, causing Seiji to end up crouched on the floor laughing before they finally got ready to try it again. Before the song ended completely though, Seiji suddenly rushed off stage. One of his blue contacts had started moving to the back of his eye. He came back for a second to push Yossy to the microphone for an MC while he went backstage to try and get the contact out. Yossy went into nervous laughter mode not knowing what to talk about, so Shizuki decided to be silly instead, and announced that Yossy's cute corgi dog was there tonight and started chanting her name, and quickly got us all to shout for Peko (....who of course weren't really there). Seiji still wasn't done, but someone in the audience saved Yossy by asking for a reprise of Mario. This time he was backed up by drums and bass, and Seiji returned by the end of the song and they got us all to jump to the tune pretending we were Mario jumping to hit Question Blocks.... Silly band.
The last half of the live covered their more energetic songs. Enjoyed "False Prayer" a lot. And of course they had to include "not exist" with the 'moshing'. I still didn't really decide whether I want them to ever give us a DVD with this.... I'd love to show you exactly how silly it looks, with our "crab walk" and all.
There were several songs for the encore too. We called Shizuki, Nobu and Yossy back on stage, but when Seiji entered last everyone completely ignored him. We were too busy cheering for the big white snake hanging over his shoulders :D She behaved perfectly, and I was so happy to have her so close again (I think most of you know by now that I love reptiles, and particularly snakes). They made sure to make it a fairly calm song with no furi though (Rengesora). Since she's not used to being on stage anymore I'm not sure whta headbanging and pumping our fists violently towards her would cause her to do....
They did a couple more songs, and ended their set with "Shitsurakuchou" as always.
Everyone who attended the live was given a photo of the band :)