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Midnight Circus 第7怪

We finally got a Halloween event with THE VELVET :)

Met up with some of the other girls early, took pictures and ate candy for an hour before heading to the livehouse. Weren't that many people there to begin with, but it filled up nicely after a while. As we entered, those who had come in Halloween costumes were given bags of candy as a gift, really cutely wrapped by MiMi in small Halloween bags.

As with all sponsored events, the sponsoring band is playing last, so we had to wait through five other bands before THE VELVET finally would come on stage. Weren't too familiar with the others; can only remember seeing Chiklo before (Which is an all girls band btw.) But we were asked to join the front row for Tokami, so we did, and it was quite fun :) Thankfully no complicated furi, lol. Then we got a short break to get ready while Bokurano played.

A little past 8pm it was time to return to the front for these guys:

(^the newest flyer. I recently acquired a scanner.)

And a group of fans I haven't seen in months suddenly showed up :D Was very happy to see two people who used to be regulars, but were fans of Chiro (the previous support bassist), so they stopped coming to the lives when he left. One of them is a boy (the only one among only female fans), and it was adorable to see him cheer Chiro on. Didn't expect them to show up since it was the new bassist, Hitzuru, at this live. Don't really know him that well yet, and it's kinda hard to see him when he's way over on the other side of the stage, but he came and mingled with the fans afterwards, which was nice.

An accurate setlist will have to wait until MiMi posts it online. But they have a new song that they've been playing at the last couple of lives that's really fun, and different from their other stuff. Someone had requested a song with "moshing". Moshing at these kind of lives isn't the pushing and slightly dangerous activity you see at for instance Western lives. It's basically running from one side of the room to the other while jumping. You can see an example of it starting at 1:49 in this video http://youtu.be/L1xxAgBWgD8 (yes, completely random video)
And the very first live after people asked for it, they had a song ready with lots of moshing. It's called 理想的なサル (risoutekina saru), which means something like "ideal monkeys". I assume the 'monkey' part is at least somewhat directed at us flailing about in front of them XD But MiMi's started introducing the song with "saru ni naru" (I'll become a monkey), followed by doing some sort of monkey inspired dance on stage, lol. It's almost unfortunate that there's a guitar solo during this part, as I'd rather just watch MiMi make a fool out of himself (before we have to do so).
They also did "Mayonaka no Circus", which has become limited to the sponsored events. I'll just continue mentioning here how much I want it on a CD in the hopes that they eventually will include it.

Most of the songs they played were pretty lively, so after an hour or so, we were quite exhausted. But enjoying ourselves a lot. After the last song, we got a few minutes to recover while calling the members back on stage for an encore. We called them back one by one, and of course it's up to the person who is in front of the individual members to initiate the various calls.... I always feel silly going "Beraaa!" all by myself ^^; (You're supposed to do it in a high-pitched "cute" voice). Then, when it was MiMi's turn to return to the stage, it was Bera who started going "MiMiiii!!" instead of the girls, lol. He's so much fun. I'm glad he's been at the goods table more frequently lately. It was only him there tonight. They were doing a pre-sale of the new single, but I decided to wait as we'll probably get some kind of bonus if we buy it at the stores.

MiMi put a bird cage on my head, Bera threw me his guitar pick, and then a really fun event had come to an end.... Will be a long wait until November 21st.

(^The glasses the girl on the lower right is wearing are MiMi's actual glasses.)


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Oct. 30th, 2011 06:43 am (UTC)
Definitely one of the best shusai they've done :) Even if all four of them messed up various bits, but that's kinda become part of the fun at Velvet's lives in general...

lol, it was at the end, so I had already removed the ears to headbang and sakudai for previous songs. That would have been interesting though x)
Oct. 30th, 2011 09:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks for scanning the flyer! :3

You and your friends all look so great!~
Oct. 31st, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
When I have time, maybe I'll try to get around to scanning more stuff and post it in a friends locked entry.

Thanks :) We had a lot of fun, while at the same time feeling very silly x) (Especially walking from the place wo took those pictures to the livehouse in broad daylight, lol)
Nov. 1st, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC)
Okay, I finally got around to comment on this! :)

I hope your train ride wasn't as awkward as you thought it would be! XD
I actually didn't even notice the ears till zeldana 1st mentioned them when you posted this, lol. XD

Yay for getting a scanner and thanks for the scan! :)
I like the style of MiMi's pants and I've been wanting a pair in that style for quite a while (but long ones, this is too short, lol). With pants like that, it's good that both of them are wearing non-transparent (I hope) tights, haha.

I'm glad to hear you got to meet up with friends you haven't seen in a while. That's always nice. :)

Gotta admit the video you posted was amusing and I thought it looked a bit silly XD, but it's just because I'm not really used to it. Seemed like the people were having fun though. So that is the moshing there? haha XDI guess it can only be done at smaller lives where it probably isn't packed with people. :/

MiMi's dance still sounds funny! XD I wish they would make a short video featuring that! Or any kind of video, I'd love to see anything from their shows! :)

Rofl at Bera calling MiMi back on stage! Sounds kinds cute, haha.

Their live always seems to be SO much fun! Thanks for making reports about them! I really like to read those! :D

Seems like all of you had fun taking those puri, too! But how did that girl end up with M's glasses? lol (And is he a bit shortsighted or what? XD)
Nov. 1st, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
I wore a coat on the train, so that was ok, lol. At least I wasn't the only person around going to a Halloween party.

I've started scanning more stuff, so I'll probably post it eventually (Been a busy week, so not done yet).
I have the same tights, and they're fairly thick :p I kinda feel sorry for how hot it must be to wear them on stage. Especially together with other stuff like armwarmers and gloves etc.

I prefer that moshing at packed lives actually. With both Velvet and Art Cube, there are really few people, so it feels kinda stupid to be jumping around like that. For this live we were about 9 people running around the front half of the room, lol. (Looks sillier with MiMi doing it all by him self on stage, since none of the others joins in xp )

It was cute! Especially since Bera is the scary, intimidating kind of guy. Not one you'd expect to start shouting "MiMiiii", lol.

MiMi gave her his glasses :) Just like Bera gave some stuff to me too. Just a silly way of them to show appreciation for our support.

Edited at 2011-11-01 09:37 pm (UTC)
Nov. 2nd, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
Oh well, at least there's no chance it'll be cold for them! XD

Ah you fans are mean, leaving MiMi to do it by himself! But since it's funny, it's okay to do that, hahah. XD

Hmm he does sound a bit scary while on stage, but is he acting the same when you randomly bump into him? ^^

Well, you've been giving them stuff, too, so it's sweet of them to do the same in return. It's nice to know that fans are appreciated! :)

Btw could you explain to me in short what is exactly "sponsored event"? What does it really mean? That kind of thing seems to be frequent there, but so far I wasn't able to figure it out, apart from that it's always several bands playing at those. :/
Nov. 3rd, 2011 01:22 am (UTC)
Oh we are doing the moshing, but that's off stage. MiMi is the only one on stage doing it, since the other members aren't joining in ^^; (I completely understand them)

Bera is a really sweet guy and has been nothing but kind to me. I guess you have to see him in person to get the 'intimidating' part. I've also seen him when he's angry (not with me thankfully, but in general), and that's more than kinda scary... He's great, but the complete opposite of shy, cute and childlike MiMi. It's part of what makes the band interesting though, with such different members.

With "sponsored event" here I meant THE VELVET was the main band; the band who plays last, invite the other bands to the event, and who pays the majority of the fees for playing. It's called "shusai" in Japanese. Most other events they play at are shusai too, but for other bands who then invited Velvet to come play at their event. (Hope I'm making sense). It's because this was Velvet's event that they were selling tickets for it at their goods table last time. (They buy a certain amount of tickets from the livehouse, then do their best to sell all of them so they don't lose the money they already spent on that. These are also the tickets with the best numbers).
Nov. 4th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
Well, now that Bera even called MiMi back on stage like that, who knows if he'll maybe try that moshing sometime in future! Can you imagine him doing that? hahahh XD

Woah, I don't wanna see him angry! I'd probably run away and hide, lol.

Yup, it makes sense! I was thinking it might be something like that, but couldn't be sure since that seems to be Japanese thing so I haven't heard about it before really... Thanks for the explanation! :)

Also, if you ever feel like ranting about them, feel free to send me a PM or something! XD

I realized I dunno much about TV and I really like reading about them. Plus it would be really helpful for finding something to send! ^____^
Nov. 4th, 2011 01:13 am (UTC)
Omg sorry for the separate comment, but I meant to ask sth and totally forgot while writing the comment above! >_<
Zooming in on the scan you posted, MiMi's labret (?) caught my eye as I wasn't aware he has one. Did he get it fairly recently (like, during this year) or did he have it before, too?
Nov. 4th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
Yeah, the Labret is pretty new. Just a few months old, so I don't think it's featured in many of the pics available online. I have some free time today, so if I can get some of the flyers/photos scanned and uploaded during the afternoon, you should be able to see when it appeared. It's the only piercing any of them have (B used to have a Nostril, but obviously it's gone now). I'm kinda surprised they don't have pierced ears at least.

As for that other thing, I'll PM you. They read this journal ^^;
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