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Such a fun live! I've been so busy this past week, with almost no sleep at all, so I was worried I wouldn't be able to enjoy the event much, but I'm so glad I went afterall.

At the entrance we were met by some really nice flower arrangements for the sponsoring artist. The one for Satsuki was especially cute.


TRIGGAH was the first band. I'm not very familiar with their music, but it's Tomozo's band, so I have seen them at events with Art Cube a few times. This was the first time I've stayed in the front area to watch them though, and actually took part in the furi. The music isn't too intereting for me, but the guys are really cute to watch and seem to have a lot of fun (not only playing and interacting with fans, but having fun together as friends on stage).

Art Cube was second. And most of all I enjoyed the large group of friends among the fans there :) It's even more fun than the lives themselves, gathering with a lot of people you don't really see that often on other occasions due to busy everyday lives etc.
It's difficult to say anything in particular about the live, other than that they finished their set without any noticable mistakes this time! (Not including Seiji messing up the MC, misreading the MC notes and failing at Japanese, lol. That all happened.) The new announcement made was that they will do another oneman already on March 2nd next year! Didn't expect them to announce this so soon, as we are still waiting for the annual December oneman (Which this year is a two-day event: A oneman with member sessions on the 12th, and then a threeman on the 13th together with Kaya and Kozi).

On an Art Cube related note, the fanclub goods arrived today.

The member card is surprisingly good quality, and they had made sure to pack it carefully inside a nice plastic folder. I have bad experiences with fanclubs for bands here in Japan, so I hope ZEALOT will continue to suprise me in a good way! It will probably take a little time before everything is up and running smoothly, but maybe we'll get to try out the FC ticket system with the March oneman.

At this live they also did a presale of the new single, akatsuki no mai (special live version). Listening to it now, and they did change part of the songs from the live arrangements, but it's still good. The chorus of the title track is exactly as it is at their lives, and instantly makes me think of everyone waving colourful feathery folding fans around while dancing :) I wish they'd kept the chanting at the beginning of Test tube skeleton ("creep out from test tube") as strong and loud as I'm used to it, but I'll get used to pretty fast. The extra song on the live version of the single is an acoustic guitar version of shitsurakuchou. The only instruments are Seiji's voice + the guitar (They used two different guitar tracks at parts to add to the melody).

After Art Cube, Kaya was up next. Haven't seen much of him lately, and had a lot of fun finally seeing him on stage again! And it made me even happier to hear him announce the second song would be Epicurean. I had brought the old pink fan on a whim, though I hadn't really expected him to do that song (or any old songs for that matter). Both Medusiana and Rose Jail were enjoyable too since we stayed up on the second level where no one were jumping on top of us and painfully crushing us in an attempt to touch the man....
As usual he talked for half his set. But at least he's really funny! He announced som new goods; a handkerchief, a mirror, and a photo album to keep cheki in (If you're not interested in cheki, he suggested you use it for business cards instead). He also talked about an upcoming tour, as well as an event he'll be doing in Shinjuku's 2-chome, saying it'll be his first time going there, lol (2-chome is the largest gay district in Tokyo). This latter event sounds kinda interesting, might be fun to go.

Satsuki was last. I decided to stay to watch him too, and I'm glad I did! Had never seen him before, but heard a lot about him from friends. I quite enjoyed the music, and the furi made it even more fun. They played nine songs, including a completely new one called Romance. It was one of my favourites. They hadn't planned an encore, but some of the fans had brought a cake and flowers for the birthday of the bassist, so they had to come back on stage to sing him Happy Birthday and hand over the gifts. And so we got to hear Romance a second time (since they hadn't rehearsed anything in particular). 

Five days until the next Art Cube live! And lots to do until then.


( 7 darlings — Bonjour Honey! )
Oct. 8th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
Sweet, looks like you got to enjoy all aspects of the live instead of spending the majority of your time waiting through other bands...

Before commenting on the entry, random question - is BROTHER still around? Just curious if you've heard anything about them in passing.

Not gonna lie, I got a little giddy reading about the threeman with Kaya and Kozi. I can only imagine their pre- and post show antics, haha. Have lots of fun then too!

And take care to get some rest between now and the next show. How's school and life in general?
Oct. 9th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
oh wow, I have no idea what's up with BROTHER. I know Yura must be active in Dacco still, as Kaya happened to mention yesterday that he would tour with them. I'll keep an eye and ear out for any mention of BROTHER from now on though, and let you know if I come across a flyer or something!

The Art Cube fans aren't too thrilled about the threeman actually. I enjoy both Kaya and Kozi a lot, and I'm glad to see them, but also very much understand the feelings of the other AC fans.... A lot of the fans of those other two vocalists are extremely rude and violent during lives, trying to physically hurt the fans of other bands on purpose (It's not just limited to the AC fans). There were people leaving the room during Kaya's performance last night because of this... It's really too bad some people have to behave like this and actually ruin it for the artist they're supposed to support :/ Hope things will work out in December.
/negative stuff

Life has been busy! But there's a lot of good things happening lately too, so it all adds up in the end :) One of my closest friends who got sick with cancer last year is back and at good health now, and it's so nice to have him around again.
Hope things are working out for you on the island too! Is the living situation better now?
Oct. 9th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
Oh that's some news at least, thanks for the update as far as that goes. :) And thanks for keeping an ear out, too. I'm about to do some searching myself to see if they plan on releasing something soon. (I think I found Daishi's blog? http://ameblo.jp/guitar-daishi lol. It has a new song playing in the bg~)

I was hoping that wouldn't come up. (>_<) Sad how they won't let up after all this time. I'm trying to grasp for a reason as to why they'd be like that (besides to maybe push people out of the way...?) but still, that's awful. =( Hope you guys will be able to enjoy it with relatively little interference from them despite that.

But don't the bands notice what's going on? I suppose in the end they don't have that much control over what the fans do but it seems like that kind of thing would be noticed and mentioned, at least. Hmm.

Your friend's recovery is fantastic news indeed! :D <3

As for me I'm enjoying my solitude quite a bit, haha. But I've been thinking about the best time to go back to Japan and it's looking like Spring of 2012 is the most ideal.
Oct. 9th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
Spring 2013*
Wish I could go next year, haha. ^^;
Oct. 10th, 2011 01:52 am (UTC)
If they didn't announce Brother ending, it might be the kind of project that does some activities whenever all the members have some free time?

And the bands do notice! There's a reason why Art Cube haven't done anything with Kaya for ages, despite Kaya and Seiji being really good friends who love to be on stage together. The AC members looked completely shocked at a live right before they stopped doing anything with K. as his fans violently pulled their fans out of the frontrow and proceeded to try and push the smallest girls down on the floor where they'd be trampled....
Of course this is just part of his fandom. Those I talked to on Saturday were incredibly nice. It's just some who have to ruin it for everybody. oh well, hope it gets better eventually.

And hope spring 2013 works out for you! :D (You're more than welcome to stop by this coming spring too though! :'D)
Oct. 10th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
Perhaps! Daishi recently wrote something about a new single so I guess they're still working on something, but I haven't kept up with their live schedule so it may be as you say.

So it is that bad. =(
I still don't get what on earth they hope to achieve by doing that. It is what it is I suppose, there seems to be a group similar to that (maybe not as bad) in every fandom. (Notably DeG.)

Haha hope so too! I'll be in school all of next year save for two-week breaks between each semester. But I think as it stands I have more flexibility in 2013. Will have to keep living vicariously through you until then again I suppose. X)
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Oct. 9th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC)
I'm glad to finally get the chance to see him. A lot of my friends seem to like him. And it was nice to have a live where I could enjoy all the bands and not get bored.

My favourite of the two new songs is Test tube skeleton, but now I can't get the image of the lives out of my head when listening to akatsuki no mai either.
I hope they'll eventually get around to releasing a full album...
( 7 darlings — Bonjour Honey! )

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