Hong Kong Day 2 MOI DIX MOIS
First of all, before I start this entry I just want to say I intend on writing both an English and Japanese version!! However, it may take a little time before the Japanese version is posted because I will have to translate it from English.

Also, this entry is going to be extremely long because theres so much to write about! If you're only interested in the concert and meet and greet, I will label those sections with bold letters so you can find them easier.

Tonight's live went above and beyond all my expectations!! I can honestly say I'm incredibly sad tonight is over and that I have to leave in the morning. At least I'll still have all my memories on here to live by...

In the beginning I have to admit I was a little bit skeptical about today. Maybe its because I was exhausted from traveling all day yesterday and trying to cram in sight seeing when I could, but I couldn't help but question myself a little... However, after having a good long sleep I woke up and got dressed for the concert.

My outfit is different from how I usually dress for Moi dix Mois events, but I wasn't sure about how people would react in Hong Kong. I was worried there may only be a couple people wearing Moitie and that going in full EGL might be too much, so I went with a relatively simple EGA style. Furthermore, as I mentioned in a previous entry, I've been becoming more interested in EGA lately so I thought it would be a good opportunity!

To my surprise tons of people were dressed in Moitie!! and even though my coordinate is a bit different, I really didn't end up feeling too out of place or dressed down. People came wearing all kinds of different styles so I felt like there was a good balance in terms of fashion.

Ticket sales and the goods booth started from 2:30 PM, so I decided to arrive around 2:00 just to be sure I could find the venue. Unfortunately my hotel is far from any major stations, so I took a taxi. I was so nervous about the taxi because I was once again unsure of what to expect! The hotel website said it should only be a 10 minute ride to the venue, but I read mixed reviews online about whether taxi drivers in Hong Kong are okay with English or not. Many of you may know, most people in Hong Kong can speak English really well! But I heard there are still people who only understand Chinese, and theres the possibility that taxi drivers may not understand English. I felt like if this was Japan it would be no problem! But I didn't think Japanese skills would work out quite well here...(´~`ヾ)

The good news is, it was easy to get a taxi from the hotel and the taxi driver spoke English! The hotel staff even ran out to the taxi to help just in case language would be an issue. The reason I'm writing about the taxi is because the driver was hilarious!! The moment I got in the car and once we worked out the location and directions, the driver said "You are so beautiful!!!" (≧∇≦)
As a female, I can imagine some of you may think "Isn't that kind of creepy?" but by the way he said it, I understood it wasn't meant in a bad way. He ended up being really nice and helping with money at the end because its a little hard to get used to Hong Kong currency.

The venue happened to be inside a convention center, but it looked more like a mall!
There was even a sign for the concert at the entrance!

As I walked through the convention center I happened to see two girls dressed up in gothic clothing, so I followed their path and ended up in front of the concert hall relatively easy. There was a line even forming for the tickets and goods! It was only about 12 people long, but I was relieved to see I wasn't the only one who showed up early.

I originally won an A ticket from the lottery and reserved the poster and tote bag in advanced, so as soon as everything opened I was there to get it immediately. One thing I was particularly interested in was the ticket lottery system. Even though the organizers said the ticket numbers we were to receive would be random, I wondered if that meant the numbers were chosen ahead of time or if they would just randomly hand out whatever number on the day of the concert. It turns out the numbers were in fact pre-selected on a list with everyones name, so I received 62!

If you got to the venue early enough, there were also a few limited copies of a free magazine to pick up!

From the looks of it, I would say the interview included in the magazine probably contains some relatively basic information, but I really wish I could understand it and read it!

There was yet another sign in front of the concert hall.

The line up for the concert wasn't supposed to start until around 5:30, so after receiving everything, I went to eat lunch and then look around the mall area...but thats kinda getting off topic from the concert.

I eventually returned to the concert area around 4:00 when more people were showing up. Suddenly as I was waiting around another fan came up to me and asked if it was ok if we spoke in Japanese. She told me she reads my blog and twitter and such and even showed me pictures on her phone that I've posted on here from my concert reports!! (If you're reading this, 会えてよかったです!本当にありがとう!) I was totally blown away and moved! She also introduced me to her friends who have their own band inspired by Moi dix Mois. I got to listen to one of their songs, which was really great! Please come play in Japan some time!( ´ ▽ ` )ノ

Actually these fans were from Hong Kong, I believe, but their Japanese was way better than mine! It turns out a lot of Hong Kong fans understand Japanese extremely well. Speaking of which, there was a funny episode concerning using Japanese (and its not the only one of the night, but I'll get to that later).
When I was speaking with the new friends I made, some of the staff must have noticed us using Japanese to communicate. There was one staff person who I bought my goods from originally who first used Chinese with me until she realized I didn't understand, so then she switched to English, but after hearing me speak Japanese, every time she spoke to me thereafter it was always in Japanese!!(≧∇≦)
My identity has been a strange situation here...

I met so many people who read this blog and my website!! and I took so many pictures with everyone too! I also met a lot of new people as well...Everyone was so friendly. Maybe it sounds stupid to say, but the kindness and friendliness of everyone there really touched me. I can't say it enough, Hong Kong Moi dix Mois fans are amazing!!

After some time, we noticed the poster that was in front of the concert hall had changed.

If you look carefully you can see the autographs on it this time around. They must have changed it when I went and had lunch. Just for the memory, I took a picture next to the poster as well since a lot of people were doing the same.

It turns out a lot of the people attending the concert were buying their tickets the same day. That was a little shocking to me, I guess because in Japan everyone is always so diligent about pre-ordering. However, it seems lots of people actually tried entering the lottery for A tickets but lost. Every time someone new asked me what number I got and saw I was A 62 they said I was lucky. Maybe its because in Japan majority of the time when people order A tickets they usually get them unless its a really special concert, so I had assumed everybody who wanted an A ticket got one...but it turns out I was indeed very lucky!

Speaking of people who attended the concert, there was also a beautiful Mana cosplayer!!!

Of course this person ended up being extremely popular!! Everyone instantly crowded her and took pictures together! I wanted to as well, but the crowd was getting a little crazy so I decided not to. However, at one point the staff approached her and asked her if she wanted to go meet Mana!! So her and a friend she came with excitedly went back together briefly. Apparently when the staff asked this person if they wanted to meet Mana they were speaking Mandarin, so they may have come from mainland China where cosplay like this is more popular. It was really stunning though!

After telling this story to a few people I got a couple reactions like "What!? They went back and personally met Mana!? Aren't you jealous!??"
To be honest I was really happy for them because I noticed they had been standing in line for B tickets which meant they would have otherwise not had a chance to meet any of the members. There was so much work and craftsmanship going into that cosplay I felt like it would be really sad if Mana didn't see it. I'm glad they got to do it! Its a possibility that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity for them and I've met Mana so many times that at this point I'm only happy to see other fans get this kind of chance too.
Its a really wonderful cosplay!!

Also, there was another funny/strange episode that happened while waiting!
This is something I've noticed before even at concerts in Japan and usually I don't say anything or try to react to it, but this time in Hong Kong things felt like they were getting a little out of hand.
By the looks of things, it seems the only people who came from Japan for the concert in terms of staff were only the Moi dix Mois members themselves. All the other staff appeared to be from Hong Kong, but there was still a camera person there. I didn't recognize him from any other concerts, so I assume he was also Hong Kong staff, although I could be wrong because he never spoke to me. Anyway, he had the big camera they always use for the concerts and events and was walking around trying to take pictures of people waiting outside the concert hall (probably for Digital Madoushos and such). But for some reason, there were several times where he would try to stand relatively close to me, and each time I was talking to somebody or doing something and I saw him out of the corner of my eye aiming the camera at me, I would turn and look at him as a natural reflex. Then each time I turned and looked at him he put the camera back down like he wasn't doing anything! What!?(;゚∀゚)
and this wasn't just one or two times, this was many times!! But whats so strange is I noticed when he walked around and took pictures of other people he would sometimes go up to them and ask so they would be posing for pictures and such...yet every time he tried taking pictures of me and I looked at him, I would try smile at him to show him I have no problem with it, but he would still go back to pretending like he wasn't trying to take pictures.
One time one of the girls I was talking to noticed this guy yet again trying to take pictures, but she didn't want her picture taken so she flinched when she noticed, and the camera man put his camera down and finally made an "ok" sign with his hands.

Its kind of a mystery...why ask everyone else but act strangely around me? I've noticed staff trying to take pictures of me in Japan before in a similar way, but they're a bit more sneaky about it. This poor guy couldn't catch a break.(≧∇≦) I really wanted to go up to him and say "Its fine if you want to take pictures" but I felt a little embarrassed that it might come off as strange, so I didn't say anything. But for future reference...I pretty much say yes to anybody on the planet who wants to take pictures. I promise its okay!!

Finally, about 30 minutes before the concert started there was one more event. The Jeune Fille exhibit!

Anyone with a ticket could enter a small room where they had the Jeune Fille and an autographed poster on display.
I had a feeling based on the pictures the organizers posted about a week ago that this Jeune Fille may be a special one they were keeping, and I think my suspicions were probably right.

You can click this picture enlarge it, but essentially what confirmed my beliefs was the autograph at the bottom left of the guitar.
Theres no way Mana would autograph his own guitar just for the sake of a display like this, and in fact he used his same Jeune Fille X Gips -Crossray- Blanche during the concert which had no sign of writing on it. But the main idea of the exhibition was to be able to see one of the Jeune Filles up close for pictures and display. They included all the detailed information about it as well.
The organizers must really be big Moi dix Mois fans!!

By the way, for those who haven't seen it yet, I also made a video of the exhibition and posted it on Instagram!

Mana guitar exhibit Hong Kong #moidixmois #jeunefille #esp #mana #mana様 #香港

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Now we can get to the concert itself!!

I ended up in the second row, but it felt virtually like the first row because there was somewhat of a space between people where I was standing and I was between where Mana and Seth were standing on stage, so I had a perfect view!

The stage set up was relatively simple with only the Moi dix Mois logo in the background and the instruments on stage. However, the size of the stage and the venue was pretty big! I believe the venue could hold about 600 people or so.

When the concert started the members walked out on stage in their usual order, Hayato, Sugiya, Ryu, Mana, and Seth. The first thing to shock me was the crowd screaming!! Of course the crowd screams in Japan when the members walk out on stage, but not with the enthusiasm they did in Hong Kong!! It was so loud and energetic! I couldn't help but laugh a little. Simply by the way everyone was dressed, the stage, and the usual Goblin soundtrack playing before the start, it was a little easy to forget once I was in the concert hall that this wasn't Japan, so the screaming took me by surprise. Of course the crowd roared most of all once Mana appeared.

This time the members were dressed in all black just like how they looked at Deep Sanctuary.

Heres a picture Mana posted on twitter from the concert so you can see what he wore.

The first song that was played was the Seventh Veil! However, this time the song was played a little bit differently than normal. They included a new portion in the middle of the song where Seth stopped singing and they tried to show off the drums and guitars in what seemed kind of like mini solos, so to speak. It was a refreshing way to hear the song!

After that I remember front et baiser, Beast Side, Material Death, Deflower, Solitude, Ange, IMMORTAL MADNESS, Nocturnal Romance(?), deus ex machina, Je l'aime...I tried so hard to remember the set list but now after some time I'm forgetting what all the songs were! If anybody knows the set list, please send it to me so I can post it here!

Beast Side was the third song played (after The Seventh Veil and front et baiser) and I noticed Ryux trying to make various references to K during the song. Whenever Seth sang the lyrics "Rest in Peace" Ryux would make the sign of the cross like people do in churches when praying. He was also covering his ears at some point, but I don't quite understand why. Furthremore, just like he does at the concerts in Japan, Ryux had his small silver skull accessory he uses as a prop to represent K! He even brought it with him to the autograph session after the concert.

After Beast Side there seemed to be a new intermission song played while the members prepared themselves for the introduction and rest of the concert. It was really heavy on a synthetic choral sound. To be honest it may have been played during other more recent lives and I forgot about it, but it struck me as something new, so even if I did hear it before it was only recently.

Finally Seth introduced them saying "We are Moi dix Mois!" he then attempted to greet everyone in Chinese and it seemed like it took a couple seconds for everyone in the crowd to completely understand what he was trying to say, but once they did everyone started cheering loudly again. Seth then changed back to Japanese, but it seemed a lot of people understood what he was saying and cheered at the appropriate moments. Basically he said its Moi dix Mois' first time in Hong Kong so they want to make it the deepest, darkest, best night ever, so everyone needed to give their energy for the live.

Soon afterwards, Material Death was announced and everyone again started cheering and screaming from the start.
I imagine it must have been extremely exciting for everyone in Hong Kong because Material Death is a song that hasn't been heard outside of Japan yet! I wonder what everyone thought? I really love the energy of that song.
I believe it was during this song too, I noticed one time Mana looked like he was going to fall after he spun around...actually I noticed it happened a few times throughout the concert. At least he didn't actually fall, but whats going on? (´~`ヾ)

Also, I was shocked there was an MC at this concert too! I always imagined outside of Japan the MC's may be rather brief with only a few phrases spoken, but since everyone seemed to do well with understanding Japanese, Seth spoke more than I expected. At first he teased everyone by saying "Mana has a message for you!" making everyone in the audience go wild, until Seth added "that I will speak out for him"
He asked the usual question, "Are you having fun?" and naturally the screaming was intense. However, of course, Mana made a gesture that it wasn't good enough, by putting his hand to his ear, so Seth said "more!" and everyone screamed louder. Seth asked Mana what he thought, but Mana made a gesture with his hands meaning "it was a little weak" so finally the screaming got so loud it felt like the venue could explode! Not only that, the screaming went on for a long time, so long Hayato started hitting a beat with his drum and people started following it with their screams until Mana was satisfied. Mana was so happy with the enormous amount of enthusiasm that he walked to the middle of the stage and blew a kiss out to the audience. Naturally everyone loved it.
Then Mana also had his white bear bag with him which contained small candies in pink wrappers which were all autographed. When Seth said Mana had a Halloween present for everyone he began throwing the candies out to the crowd and everyone went crazy trying to catch them. In Japan people go pretty crazy for little things like this, but in Hong Kong everyone was scattering around trying to catch the candies and then taking more time to scan the floors to see if they missed any. All throughout the entire concert long after the candies had been thrown out I still noticed people searching around for more.

IMMORTAL MADNESS is a song thats played at every live and is usually used for everyone to shout out the "key word" of the night, but this time as far as I can remember we only shouted "dix love!" so it was relatively simple.

One thing that was a little difficult for me to keep up with this time around was how the other fans react to songs. I never particularly realized it, but in Japan certain songs have certain movements to them that people do with how they raise their hands up or do the dix sign and such. Without thinking I was automatically doing these same movements I've become used to, only I realized nobody else was doing them around me! Suddenly I became extremely aware that the people in my surroundings were totally different from people who go all the time, so I kind of wanted to stop doing what was normal and go along with what everyone was doing this time, but every time my mind strayed away from that and I focused more on the concert itself, I found myself having this same problem again and feeling not quite in sync with the others.

However, thats an interesting point about Japan and other countries. The impression I received from Hong Kong is that people are a lot more individualized, so they do their own thing and express their enthusiasm in their own ways. Also, everyone in Hong Kong seemed so passionate!! I heard so many people's stories about when they got into Moi dix Mois and how and what Moi dix Mois means to them. These are discussions I rarely have with anyone in Japan, and there tends to be a more unified feeling like everyone should do the same thing together. Neither way is right or wrong, but its interesting to see these differences! These are details I never think about with Japanese fans, but concerts overseas have a totally different feeling. Really thats part of the reason why I wanted to go to this concert though. I wanted to see something new and different and it totally was!

A few songs later Seth suddenly announced he wanted us to lift our hands up reaching out for Je l'aime. It seemed too soon for this song! Je l'aime usually means its the end of the concert! And in fact it was! Once it ended, each member went to the center of the stage to say goodbye and everyone began cheering. Mana made his exit a bit longer as he stood in the center of the stage lifting his Jeune fille and then finally putting it on the ground so he put hold his arms out and blow a kiss goodbye to everyone before walking off.

Once all the members walked off stage, one of my friends said "Only a 50 minute concert??" Apparently the concert was in fact incredibly short! Everyone started calling for an encore though and several minutes later, the Moi dix Mois members ran back on stage, but they all looked like they weren't expecting it. Mana in particular had already taken off half his costume, so he was missing the corset and ruffly skirt. Instead all he had on was the black chiffon long Moitie blouse/dress, the ruffly skirt-shorts he usually wears under his outfit, and a camisole. The others were still dressed, but you could see even the Moitie blouse Mana was wearing was unbuttoning in the middle. Seth then said "Okay, we will play one last song, but this has to be the very end. So for our very final song we will play Deus ex Machina!!"

Everyone was excited and they tried to drag the song out a tiny bit more, but ultimately it seemed they were a little pressed for time so once it ended and Seth and Sugiya were leaving Mana started playing random notes and making them drag out on the guitar. Ryux and Hayato started staring at him like "Should we be doing something too, or should we leave?" the whole thing must have been completely unplanned because of how they both hesitated. Hayato eventually decided to get up from the drums and throw his drum sticks into the audience before leaving and then Ryux played a couple notes with Mana on his guitar before showing everyone the silver K-skull and saying goodbye as well. Mana continued to play his guitar a little longer and went to the center stage where eventually he laid the guitar down again, repeating the same motion as before, holding his arms out while everyone screamed for him. Unfortunately this time because his outfit had already started unbuttoning, when he held his arms out, half the blouse came completely undone and it was just mana standing there basically in a camisole and a pair of mini skirt-shorts. It was definitely not like anything I've ever seen before at a Moi dix Mois concert! Probably the funniest part about it was, he just stood there for an extremely long time and his outfit kept falling apart more and more. Did he even realize!? (≧∇≦)

Once he left the stage then the concert was finally over and everyone immediately went back out the concert hall for goods and pictures and such. Since I had an A ticket I also got to join the meet and greet!!


A limited 150 people received A tickets which were good for the autograph and meet & greet session. Luckily I happened to be one of those 150!! However, people who had A tickets started lining up quickly, so I was near the end, but the line seemed to go relatively fast so I really only waited a few minutes before I had my chance to meet all the members!

The staff had organized the members to be in the same room where the guitar exhibit originally was, so this time the room was now rearranged with a row of tables and a bar to keep everyone in a row. They only allowed about 5 people in the room at one time, so it was semi private. Everyone was still in their same stage outfits this time, because I'm pretty sure immediately after the concert they had to run to the room for the autograph session.

Since the limited edition goods sold for the Hong Kong show happened to be a bag and a poster, I ended up getting the poster for the autograph session since I already have all the CDs. Also, Ryux is featured on the poster whereas he isn't in any of the CDs so I wanted something he could be a part of too. It was my first time to meet Ryux so I was really excited about it!

First was Hayato, so I gave him my poster and once he signed it he went to shake my hand and said "Arigatou!" I said "Arigatou" in return, and Sugiya who was sitting right next to Hayato said (in Japanese) "woahh cool you speak Japanese!!" I probably accidentally gave him a little bit of a funny look since I've been going to Moi dix Mois concerts for 7 years non-stop in Japan, but I realized maybe he hasn't noticed because hes said before in a Madousho he has a hard time making eye contact with fans during lives because usually he wears glasses and can't see far out so well, so I responded in Japanese "Oh yes, I live in Japan!"
Suddenly Hayato, Sugiya, and Ryu (who was next to Sugiya) all freaked out and started acting like I was their new best friend.(≧∇≦) They all started cutting up and being super chatty because they were so excited and Ryux blurted out in English "YOU ARE AMAZING!!!"
Sugiya then started rambling on to me, but I didn't catch what he said because to be honest I was nervous about talking to them, so when I said "I live in Japan" I felt extremely embarrassed! I know everyone in the room heard it though, because even Seth who was further down next to Mana at the end was looking at me. (;゚∀゚)

When Seth heard Ryux talking to me then he started getting in on wanting to talk to me too, but in the end he only mustered "Konnichiwa!!!" and "Arigatou" However, based on the way he said it, I realized he actually remembered me! Several years ago Mana and Seth had an autograph/meet event in Osaka and the day before that one was the same event with all 5 members in Tokyo. At that time in the Tokyo event Seth had said "Hello" and "Thank you" to me in English because he didn't really know me or if I could understand Japanese. So the next day when it was only Seth and Mana at the Osaka event, they had a lot more time to talk with everyone, so I finally got the chance to tell Seth I understood Japanese so he got really excited about it and started chatting a little with me asking me what I thought of the album (I think it was D+SECT) at that time. From that point on, any time hes talked to me he always used Japanese and always said "Konnichiwa" in the same way.

To be honest I was really glad he said it too, because once Hayato, Sugiya, and Ryux loosened me up from being nervous a little, I started getting a little nervous again when I got to Seth. Regardless, it turns out once he recognized me and said hello I suddenly felt 100 times more relaxed, but thats when the trouble started...

I feel so terrible and embarrassed about this last part!!! ・゚゚・(´Д⊂ヽ

Hayato, Sugiya, Ryux, and Seth all ended up making me feel really happy and relaxed by talking to me in the end and it felt like we all had a really great connection together! However, getting to the point where Mana was became sooner than I expected, and suddenly after laughing and talking with the others I had no idea what to do about Mana! Do I say Hello? Do I stay silent? What is he going to do??? I ended up hesitating because I had no idea what to do, so he grabbed my hand to shake it and smiled reeaaalllyy widely at me and kept shaking his head and looking at me as if he wanted to say "I'm happy to see you too!!" but I got so nervous I started shaking and looked down at the table instead...(/ω\*)
I know its impossible at these events, but if he had just said "hello" or something like the others, then I think it would have gone completely different. What was so bad about it all is that right up until the point with Mana everyone was so talkative and cheerful and then when it got to Mana it felt like the entire room went silent and everything was so awkward you could have cut the atmosphere with a knife!!

I know its my fault for suddenly becoming nervous and embarrassed and making things awkward, but I panicked because I had no idea what to do in that situation...

To Mana,
I'm sorryyy!!! <(_ _*)>

Interestingly enough though, he shook my hand like a normal person this time...
That may sound strange to say, but at past events the way Mana shakes hands is unusual. He tends to grab your hand lightly and kinda wave it around more than shake it. Then on top of that, usually he mouths words but doesn't actually say anything. Its really hard to explain, but this time was very different. I think it might be the first time he actually acted natural shaking hands, and to be honest it was sweet to see him smiling so much!

He then signed the poster and handed it back to me, but verrryyy slowly. At that point I did kind of regain myself and look at him again, but mostly because I felt like "When exactly can I take this poster?"
Eventually I received it though and of course I took pictures too!!

Once the autograph session was over just about everyone was finally going home.
The concert, the autograph session, the fans...absolutely everything was wonderful!!!
I was nervous about coming to this Hong Kong live, but in the end it was worth every penny! I could not have asked for a more perfect day! Thank you so much everyone who made this event a complete success and I can't express enough how happy I am to have met you all! I will never forget this day for the rest of my life! 💙

With the end of this entry, even though I started out with it being "tonight's live" actually now over 24 hours have passed and I've been writing for a large majority of this time while traveling and getting home and such. Finally I'm now back in Tokyo and planning on taking a much needed long rest.
I miss Hong Kong so much though. I want Moi dix Mois to have anther live there so we can all meet again!

dix Love Hong Kong!!!!!!!!!!

Hong Kong! Day 1

As you can probably see from the picture, I'm exhausted!!!
However, I arrived in Hong Kong this afternoon!

Its been an extremely long day starting from about 5:00 AM all the way until now (10:00 PM Hong Kong time), so this entry is probably going to be relatively short, but I don't want to go to bed without at least writing something!

I arrived around 1:00 PM or so and finally made it to my hotel around 3:30. I rested for about an hour and then went out to walk around the hotel vicinity and do sight seeing.

Since today was really the only day I would have a chance to see the city, I went to the Hong Kong Cultural Center. This area has an amazing view of the bay and at 8:00 PM every evening they have a 13 minute light show.

(click the picture for full size!)

In pictures, of course the view is beautiful, but in real life its mind blowing!!
I've been to big cities...I've been to places like New York and of course since I live in Tokyo I see the city every day...but from the moment the plane landed I was shocked by just how huge everything is here! Its like the buildings go up to the sky! and the view from the cultural center just makes everything seem like wall to wall sky scrapers. I don't know where to look first!

The cultural center also boasts a gorgeous clock tower in the center near various theaters. This was something I was really looking forward to seeing because I thought it was beautiful when I was researching places to visit.

After a couple hours walking around and checking out the area, my lack of sleep and exhaustion started to catch up with me, so now I'm back at my hotel ready for an early night.

Theres a lot more I want to write about Hong Kong, so I'll write more later on, and of course I'll be writing about the Moi dix Mois concert in detail tomorrow as well!

I'm really excited to see the Hong Kong Moi dix Mois fans for the first time!

New (old) Moitie!! & More Hong Kong News
Over the past few weeks I've been secretly amassing a collection of more Moi-meme-Moitie items.
Actually, if I'm being honest, I didn't even think about it until today when I found a skirt I fell in love with at Closet Child...

The item I'm talking about is the EGA skirt in the left picture. However, about a week or two before I unexpectedly came across the original Moi-meme-Moitie ruck sack and had to get my hands on it immediately! This is a bag I've wanted ever it was first released, but being in the US at the time and international orders not existing back then made it next to impossible to obtain. So naturally when I saw it I was shocked!

The skirt, on the other hand, isn't nearly as old as the ruck sack, but in time I've found myself becoming more attracted to EGA. Some of you might remember several years ago I used to switch between EGA and EGL quite often. But after moving to Japan I started wearing EGL more frequently and it seemed EGA kinda died out of my life. Its not that I didn't like EGA, its just that EGL seemed to stand out a bit more, especially at concerts and events. EGA is more subdued, so while I've always liked how it looked, it wasn't really giving me the satisfaction I was looking for in wearing Moitie.

With that being said, now days I've noticed my perception has changed a little and I feel like EGA stands out more to me than before. It may not be as "in your face" as EGL, but the look is so slimming and unique that I can't help but gravitate towards it. I imagine age may have something to do with this as well, but I can't stop thinking about how I would like to extend my wardrobe further into EGA items!

Then theres the make up bag...actually I bought this bag about a year or two ago, but I was worried about getting it dirty so I stashed it away in my room. However, with the Hong Kong Moi dix Mois live coming up, I've been starting to think about what I will pack and I feel like its finally a perfect time to put the make up bag into use! I wanted to get one last picture of it before I start using it because I love all the details on it. I also don't think I ever talked about it before, so I thought now was a good opportunity to write about it with the other new items I got. In fact, I plan on taking all of these things with me to Hong Kong! I think the EGA skirt might be used for sight seeing the first day because I've been thinking that even though I would like to switch more to EGA, EGL would be fun to wear to this concert...I'm still not entirely sure on what I will wear, but I think I've got a general idea I plan on going with...

Anyway, that brings me to more news on the Hong Kong concert!!


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The concert organizers, Exclamation Music, posted these pictures on their official Facebook page last night and announced that the ESP jeune fille X Gips -Cross Ray- will be on display at the venue for all concert ticket holders to go see!
I would say based on the pictures, Mana must have already sent some guitars to Hong Kong, so seeing this display should be a big treat for Hong Kong fans!

I plan on going to the venue early on Sunday to make sure everything goes smoothly on my side (transportation, finding the venue, etc) so I'm going to try to check out this display as soon as I can! Of course I will report about that too when I write about everything.

It seems this trip is going to be fully loaded with Moi dix Mois related events! Every time new information appears I'm constantly feeling like I need to bump up the time I need to be at the venue so its making me a little nervous, but mostly I'm feeling more and more prepared, so the excitement is outweighing the nervousness!

12 more days until the Hong Kong live, dix!!!!!!!!!!

ETERNITA & MdM Hong Kong Limited Goods
Finally for the first time in a long time we get to see Moitie in a magazine again!

This is from a new mook called ETERNITA that was released today.
The theme is "What will Alice wear when she's grown up?"

The magazine itself is very interesting, featuring tons of lolita brands similar to the GLB, but with a more "adult" feel to it. Now days many people who were interested in lolita when it was popular some 10+ years ago are getting older, so I get the impression this magazine is making an attempt at reviving the fashion and making it appealing again to that same group who may still have some interest in it. The Moi-meme-Moitie coordinate they put together in the image above has a more classic feel than I'm used to seeing, but actually I think its a refreshing way to look at it! I hope they will continue on with more issues in the future, and perhaps include pictures of Mana next time? I feel like they could find a way to open this niche market up again!

For those who want to buy it, CDJapan ships overseas!


ETERNITA International Orders

Also, new Moi dix Mois Hong Kong Limited goods were released last night from Exclamation Music, the organizers of the upcoming Hong Kong live!!!


Based on the image above, it seems there are only 2 new items that will be limited to the Hong Kong concert (prices are listed in Hong Kong dollars); the tote bag and the poster. To be honest, I think the poster is mostly being sold for people who received A tickets at the Hong Kong live and will be able to go to a meet and greet with an autograph session. Also, its the first Moi dix Mois item Ryux is featured on!

Theres no word yet about whether these items will eventually be available on the Midi: Nette online shop. Its likely that if they are sold online it wont be until after the concert due to the potential of some items selling out. However, if they do surface online I'll be sure to post about it on here!

Exclamation Music just updated with information on purchasing goods at the Hong Kong live!
There will be a preorder online for the goods available at the concert from Oct. 7 12:00 Noon ~ Oct. 17 23:59 Hong Kong time.
Preordered goods will be available for payment and pick up at the venue on the day of the concert (Sunday, Oct. 23) from 14:30 (2:30 PM) ~ 18:30 (6:30 PM). Items will also be available for purchase after the concert for those who don't preorder online.
Preorder is available at the Exclamation Music site link above↑

Please be sure to bring cash for payment. Any posters purchased can be kept at the goods booth with your name included on it so it doesn't get lost or ruined. The posters are also recommended for those holding A tickets who will attend the meet & greet session. If you plan on having a different item signed by the band, make sure its an item (ideally a CD, DVD, or poster) that was released after 2006, otherwise it will not be autographed.
If you're unsure about when the item you want signed was released, the Exclamation Music site has the release years posted on the available goods.

I will keep everyone posted on here as more information comes!

Its really getting closer and closer to the Hong Kong live.
I've been working every day to find out as much information as possible so I can be completely prepared, but I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous! I really can't believe this is happening and sometimes I wonder "what am I doing!?", but I'm also very excited about it!

Only 2 more weeks!!

Tokyo Game Show

I was hoping to write about this after I returned on Saturday, but I ended up being too busy for the past couple days.
Finally I have time now to write about Tokyo Game Show!!!!

I actually woke up early for this! (me waking up early almost never happens, so its an achievement)
But unfortunately I couldn't get in contact with my friends who were going with me for a couple hours, so by the time we got there it was already mid-afternoon.
However, getting in this time was easy because I preordered tickets so we essentially just walked right in.

Unfortunately this photo doesn't represent how crowded it was in real life. The event takes up several halls in separate buildings. I think this picture was from the second building, which contained major companies' exhibitions and demos for their newest featured games. The first building mostly contained merchandise booths, a few gaming competitions, and demos for VR (virtual reality) games.
Since this picture is only the entrance and there was a lot more to see in the other halls, it wasn't quite as crowded as some of the major halls with companies like Playstation, Konami, Capcom, Sega, etc. Those areas were insane.

So let's write about the first area first!

As I said, this area had so much virtual reality, but actually VR was a major feature of this year's Tokyo Game Show. The photos above depict Playstation's VR demo area (it seems you need to do some kind of preregistration for it). Playstation already has a number of games lined up for their new VR console, so there were several games to choose from, but according to their VR demo zone you couldn't actually chose which game to try.
Below the top two PS VR photos, there was another game that seemed to be extremely popular. It's PD Tokyo Inc.'s virtual reality game called "Circle of Saviors". You can see a link with a promo video here↓

To be honest, I've always been skeptical of Virtual Reality...I understand the idea and concept behind it and why it would be appealing, but it just looks so strange to me. I've seen Virtual Reality consoles in arcades for years, and there were probably times where I tried them when I was younger but for some reason I just can't quite get interested in it...That being said, when I saw the game play and promo video for Circle of Saviors I actually thought it looked like fun and I wanted to try to play! Unfortunately, since it seemed to be so popular the line for it was massive. If I'm not mistaken, many people seem to feel like this game provides sort of a seamless experience no other VR games have been able to accomplish before.

I couldn't resist adding this on here! They were at a booth that was selling Nintendo stuffed animals, but these ones in the case are planned to come out in December. The thing that surprised me is that it included Cubone (カラカラ), Diglett (ディグダ), Dragonite (カイリュー), and the three Johto starters! Actually I've seen the 3 Johto starters a number of times at the Pokemon center and Dragonite from time to time, but they still have some rarity as plush dolls. Cubone and Diglett are particularly rare, but the Pokemon Center recently came out with a different variation of a Cubone doll which I immediately had to get my hands on!

This Cubone comes from a newer series of Pokemon dolls being produced which sells each character in a sleeping and awake position. They're sort of like Beanie Babies, so I kind of wonder if thats what the Pokemon company had in mind? Beanie Babies used to be so popular in the 90's, so maybe the Pokemon company thinks that since theres so much 90's nostalgia now days, they can bring back reminiscence of that time but in a Pokemon inspired way...I really wouldn't put it past them. Pokemon is already a part of that 90's nostalgia trend, so why not combine it with another hot commodity from that time? But thats another conversation for another day...

I digress, so on to the second building!

Once again Playstation had another demo area and exhibition place. I swear Playstation was the largest of any company in attendance this year, but I have no complaints with that! I would much rather see that than the whole mobile/computer game feature TGS had last year.

Speaking of this Playstation exhibition area, I didn't get a lot of time to see it. The layout of TGS was totally different this year from anything I remember in the past. I liked this new layout of the convention center much better because it was ultimately easier to access than before. The only issue is, with some major updates TGS tried to make this year (for example, they wanted everyone to download a TGS2016 app on your phone and use that as a map, time table, basic information, etc. but it didn't work well) it was a little hard to understand where everything was at first. My friends and I found ourselves taking a huge portion of our time trying to understand where everything was that it hindered our chances of doing lot of activities. So by the time I actually grasped my surroundings I only had about an hour or less in the second building where majority of things were taking place! What I ended up doing was do sort of a running sweep of the entire premise and stopped for only a minute or two at various booths just to take in what all was going on. I had every intention of going back to what I was most interested in, but by the time I could even get to do that, I really only got to spend time at one exhibitor. I was really disappointed in that.

By the time I stopped at the Playstation exhibition to see what was going on, they were about to start in with a major Final Fantasy introduction. I'm not really much of a Final Fantasy fan so I decided to skip it.
Getting a little off topic again, but of course I've known about FF for many years and my disinterest may have something to do with the one time I actually tried giving it a shot. I apparently bought the "worst version" according to many people (FF X-2) the first time I tried to play it. I've been told I need to try Final Fantasy VI and apparently its available on the Playstation 4 as downloadable content, so whenever I get the chance I really will make an effort at it! I have a sort of love-hate relationship with RPG games...Obviously Pokemon is an RPG and I love it! but its sort of an exception... However, there is still hope with me for RPG games because the last one I played, Child of Light, I absolutely fell in love with! Its a huge possibility that the trick for me with Final Fantasy is simply playing the right one.

Continuing on, I took several pictures of booths that interested me. Twitch is of course a huge famous company and I occasionally watch some twitch channels! so it was exciting to actually see them at a big event like this. The PS Vita both seemed to have several demos out for play and just by the posters that I really wanted to try. Then lastly the Resident Evil 7: Biohazard booth/play through demo looked absolutely stunning!! It was a full on haunted house you had to enter just to experience the demo! I wanted to try is SOOOOOO BADLY!!!! But to be totally honest, I was scared... Its really stupid of me, but as often as I talk about how much I enjoy haunted locations/scary places, I'm actually a huge chicken about physically doing it...even when its not real...those may be the worst, actually... I want to play the game, but I can't do THAT!! (/;◇;)/

I'm not quite sure if this robot actually has any kind of relevance to video games. It could simply be technology that Intel is working on, but it was mesmerizing to watch! It seems that if you stand in front of the robot it can copy your movement, so the girl in this picture was making various arm and hand motions and the robot would do the same thing at the same time. I would have loved to have tried it...it could almost be like controlling some kind of mecha. We're entering a world of real life Gundam!

Then was the SEGA booth!!! This one I actually stayed for because I noticed they were about to do a public demo and major announcement as soon as I walked up! Its the 25th Anniversary of Sonic, so the exhibition included talked with the Director of a new Sonic game coming out in October called Sonic Toon: Fire & Ice (US title Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice) which will be available on the 3DS!!! The demo was really exciting; I loved the way they incorporated the traditional Sonic style play through with the use of fire and ice capabilities for the characters.
Sega and Sonic have a special place in my heart. I remember when I was younger one of my friends used to have a Sega Genesis (or Mega Drive) and we played Sonic every time I went to his house. I fell in love with the character and always dreamed of owning the game for myself. However, my parents almost always bought me Nintendo consoles and games. Besides the ATARI, I think the only other non-Nintendo consoles they bought were Playstation consoles. But I always loved Sega and every time they came out with a new system I dreamed of owning one. The funny thing is, my mom remembered that a couple years ago and for Christmas gave me what she thought was a "real Sega Genesis"

For those who know, you might recognize its not technically what you would consider a "real Sega Genesis". Its a newer Plug-and-Play version with 80 games pre-loaded into it. It does actually work with the real Sega Genesis game cartridges, but many of the most famous titles are already included in it. This console doesn't really take away from the feel of the original games, so in a way I guess I can still say I finally own a Sega console! (it just feels a little strange to say it like that though...)

Besides the demo for the new game there was another demo as well for a remake of the old Sonic games that will include new games as well but in the original 2D side-scroll style. It looks cool!
Also, right before the demo began, the host of the Sega exhibition came out to introduce the Director, a PR person in charge, and another commentator, and then a huge Sonic mascot also walked out!
I can't not write about this because it was so funny! As they introduced Sonic and he walked out on stage, he was walking so SLOW!! Its a little ironic...Sonic is famous for being incredibly fast, but this Sonic mascot can hardly pick one leg up!! He had to continuously walk back and forth between the host and the director when each of them spoke or made some kind of reveal and it was painfully obvious how difficult it was for Sonic to move. Not only that, in order for the Sonic mascot to have some kind of relevance, they needed to make sure he was included with each reveal. So he had to act as the announcer of the Sonic Toon game, but essentially he walked up to the host and put his hand up to "whisper" what he wanted to say to her...it was exactly the same way Mana whispers to Seth during Moi dix Mois concerts. In fact, all of Sonic's actions looked identical to Mana's on stage! If I hadn't been standing alone watching this exhibition, I probably would have ended up laughing out loud by accident! Is this how Mana gets his inspiration?? From mascots?? (*´艸`*)
(Sadly no pictures were allowed of the stage, otherwise I would have definitely taken tons of Mana-Sonic for this entry!)

Long story short, the Sega exhibition really made me want to get back in to Sonic games again.

I also ended up buying a Mega Drive tote bag by the end of the day. It might seem kind of frivolous to buy yet another tote bag since I so many Moi dix Mois tote bags, but sadly many of my MdM bags are getting worn out and breaking. Since Moi dix Mois tote bags always to sell out relatively fast and never restock, I'd like to keep the ones I have last as long as possible. At least with this bag I can use it every day and not worry so much if it breaks. And the design of the Mega Drive bag is kind of unique!

By the time the Sega exhibition/demo ended, it was nearing closing time. My friends and I had split up to look at our own things, so about 30 minutes before everything closed down we met up again at some benches inside the convention center and talked about the video game industry in various countries. I'm always really interested in talking about how video games are perceived around the world and particularly female gamers. Even though its still not perfect, I feel like the US has a lot less prejudice towards female gamers than places like Japan. I love Tokyo Game Show and I always want to go back every year, but as a female sometimes I feel a little uncomfortable there. There are tons of girls who like video games in Japan and attend TGS, but I never can seem to shake the feeling that theres still a major bias towards men (of course I know majority of gamers in Japan are men so it makes sense). I don't know if its really something that will happen in this lifetime in Japan but I really hope to see a day when theres a more even representation of both sexes at Tokyo Game Show!!

Anyway, this entry has become massively long, so this is probably a good stopping point before I go any further and end up with a novel!
I should probably also think about getting some sleep before I have to get up for work tomorrow... (=_=)Zzzz
Good night!

Digital Madousho 12 / TGS2016

Just as I suspected, another Digital Madousho is out.
As always, you can buy it here↓

I know in the last entry I made on here, I probably didn't say "I think there will be another Digital Madousho!" but I thought another one might appear because Mana wrote on twitter back in August that he wanted to make a Madousho about Deep Sanctuary and visiting his home town. However, in Digital Madousho vol. 11 there was nothing about his home town. At that point it only seemed to make sense that another one would be coming sooner or later!

Besides that point, as you can probably see from the advertisement, this issue doesn't only cover the topic of Mana's home town, but also the two birthday concerts from back in March. Theres also a little bit about Game Lab/Game Inferno Ultimate, but nothing in too much depth about that topic, as well as the ESP Mana guitar museum that was on display at the same time. Once again its full of interesting pictures, so even if you can't understand the text theres still worth-while content!

By the way, I was recently told about another potential solution (aside from what I have written about in the past) for those who may still be facing problems trying to buy the Digital Madousho!!
Apparently it seems FC2 is getting better about responding to issues with their Blomaga service (blog magazine) for people outside Japan. If you try to pay via credit card, but your card is blocked due to verification issues, try adding your full name to your FC2 account profile and re-entering the credit card information. If the problem still persists, FC2 should be able to help in an easier way at that point.
I totally eliminated the problem for myself by simply buying FC2 points up front and paying that way, so that may be yet another option as well.
I think its at least worth a try!

Anyway, tomorrow later today I will head over to Tokyo Game Show!!


......I don't look quite as happy from the picture compared to how I sound in the text, but I'm definitely excited! (´~`ヾ)
The reason I look that way is because even though I had been planning to go for a long time now, the time kinda crept up on me faster than I expected and I came to the realization that I'm not as prepared as I wanted to be-- I'm a little disappointed by that.

Every time I go to Tokyo Game Show I see so many people cosplaying different characters and it reminds me of when I lived in the US and went to conventions several times per year. Back then I was constantly making new cosplays non-stop!! Of course, it was only ever Mana cosplay.... but the spirit of the event was fun and I miss that! I really wanted to prepare something special this year but I didn't really know what I wanted to do, and then when I finally came up with an idea I couldn't find anything in my closet to create the image I had in mind...( `-ω-)
If you're wondering, I wanted to make a Mega Absol-inspired outfit.


I'm sure most of you know by now how much I love Pokemon! Of course Mew is my favorite, but if I had to choose a non-legendary favorite, I think it would have to be Absol. I always try to catch Absol whenever its available in the games and I've come to realize I work really well with it too (in fact, I tend to work really well with Dark types especially, even though I think Psychic or Ghost types are my favorite). However, I would feel strange if I cosplayed a Pokemon; thats totally out of my comfort zone!! But I thought, what if I could put together something inspired by it's design? The problem is, there really isn't so much in my closet that moderately resembles what I wanted to do, so I ended up tossing the idea.
Then I thought, what if I wore my Pikachu kigurumi??
But its going to be 82℉ (28℃) as a high tomorrow and that kigurumi is really hot material, better for winter.
So I've been feeling a little let down by my own ideas... It would be fun, but I don't know. I guess regarding whatever I wear will depend on the temperature. Why can't it be fall already??・゚゚・(´Д⊂ヽ

This will be my 3rd...4th...time?? at Tokyo Game Show (since around 2009), but the main point for being excited this time around is because its the 20th anniversary of TGS!!
Its one of their biggest years yet filled with tons of different companies, exhibitions, and events, and I think this year is going to be really unique as well. Theres a lot to look forward to, so I feel like it would be stupid to miss out.

With that being said, I'm going to try to wake up and get going early so I can spend as much time as possible there!!
Hopefully it will be fun and I will have a lot to write about later on!( ̄▽ ̄)

Digital Madousho 11 & 闇の彼方へ〜
I've been wanting to make an entry like this since the newest Digital Madousho was released a few days ago, but unfortunately I couldn't find the time until now.
Actually, to be honest I'm not feeling so well at the moment, so I don't know if I will be able to write in as much detail as I wanted for this entry, but I'm going to try my best!


Digital Madousho 11

As I mentioned, the newest Digital Madousho was released.
This time the focus is on Deep Sanctuary V with a huge compilation of pictures from rehearsal and the concert itself.
Even if you can't read Japanese, I think its probably worth it for the pictures!

If I were to speak on my impressions of this issue,
As someone who went to the concert itself most of the live pictures and concert report doesn't really surprise me, but naturally its nice for memory-sake! I mostly liked the rehearsal pictures because this is the kind of thing we don't see so often and theres pictures of Mana with bare minimal make up!
For the most part, I read through a bit of Mana's impression of the concert report, but I kinda felt like he said just about everything I wrote about on here, but when it came to some extra stories, like the after party he had with Yu~ki and Kozi, it was a little bit interesting! He posted a discussion he had with Kozi about alcohol and how Kozi recommended trying a highball drink (It seems Kozi wanted Mana to order alcohol but Mana doesn't drink so often and when he answered he might have a beer, Kozi pushed him into trying something different) and then gave a brief rundown of some other random topics they talked about (part time work they did together when they were younger, school uniforms, etc).
I know he also talked quite a bit about the MALICE MIZER session, especially Transylvania, and how he kept begging Yu~ki to do the vocals for it but I didn't get through reading the whole thing yet because its really long.

There was a little tiny bit of information about the next album coming out, but mostly all that was said was that this album will be unique in that the music will be varied more compared to past albums. No dates, names, or other details were given out yet.
Oh, and speaking of new music! I may have mentioned this a long time ago, but I couldn't remember if I did or not...I noticed from the set list posted in the DIgital Madousho the official spelling for one of the new songs is "Diabolus et Angeli"
I've always felt like the name is a little on the unusual side, so I was never knew quite how to spell it. Apparently when searching through various set lists posted not only in Digital Madousho 11, but a few previous DMs as well the spelling remains the same for this song each time, so now we have the title officially!

For those who didn't attend the concert, I think one major part of this Digital Madousho that a lot of people will like is Mana's maid costume from when he brought out Yu~ki's birthday cake on stage! There are several pictures of it, and he added a few shots of when he started laughing, but his head is lowered down as hes looking directly to the floor in embarrassment in most of them, so its really hard to see that hes laughing in those pictures. Either way, they're fun to see!

......I really wish the Digital Madousho could be translated to English officially.
Theres so much I would like to say on here, but I feel bad going into too much detail because that should be reserved for the people who bought it. However, since many readers on here can't understand Japanese, it sort of feels like a no-win situation.
I know I was doing translations on an extra site for a few issues that were only for people who bought a copy, but with the current situation persisting that a lot of people have major difficulties buying their copy it feels a bit futile.
I wish something could be done about all this! (≧△≦)

Anyway, for those who can buy Digital Madousho vol. 11 I highly recommend it!!

Also, tonight Mana posted a video of 闇の彼方へ〜 (Yami no Kanata e~ / Beyond Darkness) from Deep Sanctuary!
The video itself doesn't really have footage from that part of the concert, only pictures of the stage, but the sound is amazing!!

Mana recommended on twitter (which I do too) that you listen to it with earphones because the sound bounces from left to right which you can't really hear from computer speakers.
I'm happy he posted it, because its something unique and now everyone can enjoy a piece of something that could only be heard at the concert!!

Even though its been a month since Deep Sanctuary, it seems theres still new ways to enjoy it! I hope in the near future more new things like this will continue to appear!