Preparations for Mana's Birthday
Despite the recent falling-out with the GLB, Mana and the Moi dix Mois members have been striving onward for Mana's Birthday concerts next month!

It was brought to my attention the other day that Hayato recently posted a blog entry that contained some information about next month's performances and work on the new album.
The entry was extremely long, so rather than translating the whole thing I only focused on the end where he talked about Moi dix Mois.
The original entry can be found here: http://blog.drawtheperspective.com/?eid=711

Demons Out!

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Moi dix Mois Birth Liturgy Festival ~Mana-Sama Birthday~
3/20 Mt.RAINIER HALL SHIBUYA PLEASURE PLEASURE
3/21 SHIBUYA WWW

Here are the plans of the 2days performance.
Details here↓↓
http://www.moidixmois.net

The first day 3/20 at Mt.Rainier HALL is already SOLD OUT.
This time will be Mana-Sama's Birthday + Sugiya & Hayato 10 year anniversary commemoration in which I feel obliged, but I'm using Boss' birthday as an excuse to do a rhythm section and celebrate a little.
Whether or not there will be a special performance on that day...huhuhu
is still a secret.

Pre-production of the new album is also still grinding onward. …huhuhu.

This was long, but thats whats been going on lately.


Hayato.




A few notes about this entry:
First of all, the title of the entry "Demons Out" refers to a Japanese holiday on February 2nd called Setsubun. There is a famous phrase that is used on this day which translates to "Demons out, good luck in". Its a little complicated for me to explain in its entirety on here, but if I were to put it simply, the demons are a reference to the harshness of winter and what negativity comes along with that, so with the changing of seasons, spring is supposed to be a time to start afresh and invite in good fortune.
...Also beans are thrown at the demons and thats my favorite part about Setsubun. (≧∇≦)

Secondly, Hayato teases that there may or may not be a special performance at the next live, but actually it was already announced at Dis inferno that Hayato and Sugiya were to do a session for their 10th anniversary with Moi dix Mois commemoration. I'm not sure if this means they will be doing a session together or separately, but I think with the statement he made, Hayato is just trying to get everyone hyped up.
Also, Mana recently wrote on twitter about Hayato during the album pre-production, so I think another reason Hayato made this entry was to give his take on whats been going on lately. As always, you can read my translations of Mana's twitter posts on my Mana-Sama.net Facebook Page.

and finally, this doesn't pertain so much to Hayato's update, but in general for the past few years now I've often thought a lot about how I translated the title of Mana's birthday concert every year. Some years ago it used to be called "Madou Gathering~The Moon's ____th Night~ Mana-Sama's Birthday" with a number placed in the blank, but once the fanclub was shut down the name of the birthday concert was changed and I always used "Birth Ceremony Festival"
Actually, while the name isn't completely wrong, it sounds a bit strange and redundant linguistically to have Ceremony and Festival used twice in one title...therefore I finally decided this year around to change it to what it should appropriately be named, Birth Liturgy Festival. Liturgy has a more religious meaning of a ritual or ceremony, but I think it fits the Moi dix Mois image much more and its a direct translation anyway. Although I doubt anyone out there is really going to think "The title has been officially changed!!" I just wanted to clarify my decision for changing my English translation. So from this point onward I want to start using "Birth Liturgy Festival" instead.



Before ending this entry, I wanted to post this...

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Again, this comes from Mana's twitter and as I said above you can read the translation on my facebook page.
Since it is now past midnight on February 7th, this post was made yesterday February 6th, on K's birthday.
Its hard to believe its already been nearly 2 years since his passing, but this photo and the commentary Mana made with it really captured the essence of their friendship and time together in Moi dix Mois.
Happy Birthday, where ever you are, K!


P.S.
Since the concert at Mt. Ranier Hall on March 20th is sold out, I have already begun receiving emails from people searching to buy tickets. If there is anybody looking to buy and sell tickets, feel free to let me know because I might can put you in contact with others looking to do the same!!
This doesn't just apply to the March 20th concert...over time I have been receiving messages from more and more people for various Moi dix Mois concerts, so feel free to let me know whenever and I can try my best to help out with the situation.
However, when it comes to pre-ordering tickets through me personally, I am only allowed to purchase up to 4 on my account each time, so these kinds of situations will solely be on a first come, first serve basis.
Anyway, I just wanted to put that out there because the number of emails I get now days concerning concert tickets has been dramatically increasing.


Sarah
Gothic & Lolita Bible News
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Several of you may already know by now, but yesterday some sad news was brought to our attention on Mana's blog.
I translated and posted the entry earlier on my Monologue†Garden Translations Site, but for those who haven't read it yet, I wanted to include the translations on here as well.


† Information about the Gothic&Lolita Bible

I think everyone always looks forward to my photos wearing Moi-meme-Moitie in the Gothic&Lolita Bible, but this time I got this from the person in charge

"Every issue we've always requested Mana-Sama x Moi-meme-Moitie pages, but according to the publisher it has been decided that from next issue on plans will come to an end…"

Thats what they said.
I have always taken part in the Gothic&Lolita Bible since the very first issue over a span of some 10 years, so I'm a little sad.


Mana


2016/01/29 (Friday) 21:08:02

(original entry: http://manamonologue.blog16.fc2.com/blog-entry-563.html)




Although I can't say for certain whats in store for the future of Moi-meme-Moitie and the Gothic & Lolita Bible, its truly disappointing to think we have reached this milestone. The Gothic & Lolita Bible was first published in January 2001 where Mana also began his appearances in the Mook. There has not been a single issue since that time that he has not appeared, and with the celebration of the GLB's 50th issue back in November 2013, it felt like a major triumph for the Japanese gothic and lolita communities alike (of course this includes the foreign lolita communities as well).

If I were to speak honestly though, I'm not so sure if I personally feel entirely surprised by this news.
The unfortunate truth about Moi-meme-Moitie is that for the past few years now they seem to have gone into a decline...
A lot of items haven't been selling like they used to, especially the prints. Some of Moitie's major sales came from print dresses and I think Moitie was aware of that. The Cemablo Instrument Trio dress seemed to be one of the first print dresses to really lack in interest. Of course there were people who really loved that dress, but it took a considerably longer time to sell out than normal, and if I'm not mistaken several dresses of that print made it into lucky bags. I even noticed Mana tried advertising it more than other items to attempt to boost sales.

From that point on, Kera Shop Angel, the main shop that carries most Moi-meme-Moitie items in Japan, moved locations from Marui One to Marui Annex. Actually, the Marui One building in Shinjuku, where many lolita shops were located, closed down so all the shops inside were forced to either move to the new Annex building or close down entirely. Therefore, it wasn't entirely the decision of the shop itself to move, it was due to that branch of the Marui group.
The point is, when Kera Shop Angel moved to the new building, the structure of the store changed and the Moi-meme-Moitie items were reduced to only a couple clothing racks (in comparison, Moitie occupied an entire portion of Kera shop in the old building). I think it was at this point that it became evident Moitie wasn't faring well. With a dwindling selection in-store, Moitie has ever since started focusing more on online sales. Thats not particularly a bad thing, but its difficult for people who want to see and feel a genuine clothing article before making the decision to buy it.

I think for a short time Moitie tried to revive itself and draw in more interest by selling the Royal Gate dress sort of as an alternative to the famous Iron Gate (this also happened with Silent Moon and Ruins Cathedral prints). It did work to some degree, but in the end I can't help but feel like it may have done more harm than good. Just like the Cembalo Instrument Trio, there are people who loved the Royal Gate dress, but it seemed like the overall reaction once people actually received the dress in the mail was negative. Rather than a screen print, Moitie used a sort of felt-like material for the gate and many people complained that it was too delicate and difficult to see on the on the dress.

After that, it seems like over time the production of Moitie clothes has slowed down drastically. The number of new items shown in the GLB has been diminishing for a long time too. Instead of having 3-4 pages of Mana pictures and one page to advertise new clothes, the number of Mana pictures published per month has dropped down to 2 pages and one tiny section at the bottom of the second page promoting only a handful of goods. To me that felt like yet another indicator that something was going on with Moitie and it's appearances in the GLB. Fortunately the 2 photos published in each issue were able to hold up for a while now, but I had a hunch it might not last and I was worried since that point they might try to phase Mana out.

The GLB in recent years has had a much stronger emphasis on other classic and sweet lolita rather than gothic. Even though these styles have been more prominent for a long time now, there used to be a bit more balance in styles in the early days. Some of the bigger gothic brands (excluding h.naoto) have either closed down or they're no longer featured in the same ways they used to be. I've wondered what that meant for Mana in the GLB and if he is truly the selling point he once was. However, make no mistake that if the GLB itself isn't planning on shutting down the entire project, then its likely there will be a drop in their sales due to a lack of Mana's presence. There are many people who actually bought the GLB just for the Mana pictures. The thing is, even if there is a drop in sales, will it really be enough to affect the magazine as a whole? The GLB shares a lot of similarities with KERA, which doesn't typically feature Mana and they have been carrying out issues monthly for a long time now.

Its extremely painful for me to say this, but I think realistically Moi-meme-Moitie doesn't have a lot of relevance to a large portion of the lolita community anymore. A large majority of Moitie customers are simply Mana fans now days. But even at Moi dix Mois concerts its become visibly noticeable that less people are buying new items. In the past everyone at concerts and events would flood the event space with the newest designs. Now days that scene has practically vanished and everyone tends to wear older items that they personally like.

Besides the fact that Moitie hasn't been doing as well as in the past, its probably also worth mentioning that the Gothic & Lolita Bible itself has recently undergone a change in its publishing company. At volume 54 the GLB (winter 2014) changed from Jacke-Media to MALL OF TV Corporation. While the GLB has changed publishing companies a number of times since its release, I can't help but wonder if the editors at each publishing company consider different variables when deciding on the contents of the GLB. To be honest, I'm really not familiar at all with the management of the GLB, but I get the impression that perhaps whats going on here with Mana and the Gothic & Lolita Bible is similar to that of Game Lab. Game Lab is actually still in print today; the publishing company never actually shut down. In fact, the only thing that changed was the person in charge, so the editor who wanted Mana in Game Lab initially ended up resigning and the new person probably decided they wanted to go in a different direction. Perhaps MALL OF TV felt the need to make changes as well, which excluded Moi-meme-Moitie.

Really, all of that about the publishing company of the GLB is only a bit of speculation, so I can't say whether its completely true or not, because I still don't know what the status of the Gothic & Lolita Bible is. Are they still going to continue to run the series or are they shutting the whole thing down? I tried searching for information online but came up empty handed. I'm sure in time we'll know, but if its simply a matter of taking Mana out of the contents, then maybe the publishers were aware of Moitie's current status within the lolita industry and felt like the new breed of lolitas don't really connect to Moitie anymore.

The main idea I want everyone to take away from this is perhaps we need to think in terms broader than the simple message Mana posted on his blog. I think theres a lot more at play here and there might be many factors included in the decision the GLB made, but at the end of the day the whole situation is pretty devastating for those of us who have supported Mana through the years.

I think the one point that really truly bothers me about the situation is I had hoped it would be Mana's decision to leave the GLB eventually, not the other way around. The message he posted from the person in charge felt a little cold, but maybe they wrote more in that email that he didn't share and he just posted the main point. I hope thats the case...

Anyway, I'm praying Moitie will be able to pick itself up from this situation and continue on successfully. I want nothing but the best for Mana, so I am looking forward to seeing what steps Moi-meme-Moitie will take next. Who knows, maybe this bit of bad news will turn itself around and something good will come from it!
At this point all we can do is continue to support Mana and Moitie, so maybe if the support is strong enough they will find something new that everyone can be excited for.

With that said, let's all continue to do our best for Mana and for Moi-meme-Moitie!



Sarah
Kera 211
I can't believe its been close to a month since I last updated!
Theres actually a lot of things I've been wanting to post about, but a lot of it ended up on the back burner.
When I was in the US I was busy, and then from the moment I returned to Japan I became even more busy, so I haven't had a moment to breathe!

Anyhow, the newest issue of KERA (vol. 211 March edition) was released recently and with it a very small section that included Mana!

Before I post the scans, I should probably make it clear that the Mana contents are nothing particularly new, but I still felt it was worth mentioning.
There hasn't been much news-worthy Mana or Moi dix Mois information lately, so by this point I feel like I'll take just about anything I can get it.



This is the "Coordinate Ranking + Favorite Photos 3" page, and according to the description, Kera readers have been able to fill out questionnaires in previous issues to vote for their favorite "cute" or "cool" coordinates. The 10 most popular coordinates are displayed in the upper portion of the page, while the second half is a top 3 ranking the reader's overall most favorite pictures.

It seems the person in first place won best coordinate and best picture. Mana came in second with his Moi-meme-Moitie coordinate, as can be seen in the upper middle part of the page.



The text next to him reads as follows:

Mana
(Moi dix Mois)
"Artist Snap"
Photography●KAJI
Street goth style entirely in black.
Mana-Sama is coordinated from head to toe in the gothic brand he produces, Moi-meme-Moitie!

I'm not an avid KERA reader so I had no idea about rankings in the magazine, but its pretty exciting to see Mana's street snap receiving a lot of praise! I guess it shouldn't be too shocking though, because it was an amazing street snap, and Mana's coordinate turned out to be really refreshing and original. I wish Moitie would release the gilet hes wearing in that photo; it would be a great addition to any Moitie wardrobe!


Aside from Kera, there are a couple more things I wanted to cover in this entry that I've been meaning to post for a while.

First of all, I think several Mana fans are already aware of this, but back in December Mana posted a picture on his twitter advertising a book written in English that he found himself him.
It just so happened that he posted this book while I was in the US, so I decided to pick up a copy for myself.



The book is titled The Art of Gothic (the one on the bottom). The article on Moi dix Mois is a brief description of the band's activity from the beginning until now. I've been thinking about translating it to Japanese for those who can't read it for themselves, but I will probably have to wait until I'm a little less busy to start. Although, since the article is made up mostly of various small segments from Mana interviews, non-native English speakers probably aren't missing out on too much.

The book at the top of the picture is another book I found on my own several years ago when I lived in the US. Mana never mentioned this one, but I thought it was worth including.
This book, entitled "The Tokyo Look Book" is another generalized run down of Moi dix Mois, but it goes into a little bit more detail than the Art of Gothic. Those of you who haven't seen it before should really check it out!
Theres also one more book not included in this picture, but its called Jrock, Ink.
While this book doesn't contain any genuine photos of Mana, it does cover information and an illustration of Moi dix Mois!

For those who are interested, you can find these books their via ISBN here

The Art of Gothic ISBN-13 9781617136023
The Tokyo Look Book ISBN-13 9784770030610
Jrock, Ink ISBN-13 9781880656952



Finally, before closing out this entry, I wanted to include one more thing!!



I filmed this video quizzing my mom on her Moi dix Mois knowledge when I was in the US!
I thought it would be something fun and interesting (not to mention hilarious!) to do that would make everyone smile.
Funny enough, my mom really wasn't too bad it!
If you haven't seen it yet, please check it out!


So now, I think this entry has gotten long enough and I need to think about going to sleep before I have to wake up for work again tomorrow morning.
Good night!!


Sarah
2016
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Happy New Year from the US!! (Although the picture is from Odaiba (^▽^;))
Let's hope 2016 will be a great year for everyone!


Sarah
Shedding More Light on Recent Events
Hello everyone!

I have various Moi dix Mois related news that I've been holding back a little bit for the past several days.
Actually, not all of it was held back, but some of it was because I ended up being more busy than I expected and with one thing leading to another......this was the result.

So first thing is first, I translated a huge blog entry written by Seth as Z in his Shape Shifter blog.
I gave the translations to my friends at the Shape Shifter fan blog, 小悪魔ちゃんの煉獄, so please check it out!!

I HIGHLY recommend reading the entry, because even though its long, it has a lot of important things Seth has wanted to say for some time now. It also includes a deeply emotional story about Mana from a really hard time in Seth's life. Its honestly very touching.

The entry can be found in the link above, or here as well:
http://koakumanorengoku.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-13.html




Secondly, Hayato updated his blog once again with another entry regarding Dis inferno.
This blog entry also has a few important points that are relevant to the new upcoming album!

Original entry here:
http://blog.drawtheperspective.com/?eid=710

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My gratitude is coming a bit late, but
12/12 duo MUSICEXCHANGE
Moi dix Mois
"Dis inferno ~LAST YEAR PARTY~"
Thank you to everyone who came.

Its been about 8 months since the last live, but were you able to enjoy it?
Even for the members, since it was our first time in a long time to have a live we felt pressured to give it all we had.
Oh thats right! We also announced a new song this time.
The quality of the tune was high and the drums had a sadistic feel.
The new song is really growing on me!! (laughs)

Typically I have so much fun the time seems to fly by in the blink of an eye, but this day felt like it went by particularly fast.
It took a bit of time, but it finally felt like on that day I was able to go back to something I had been missing.
Even though I was satisfied by that alone, I had been missing the smiling faces of the audience and the stage, and obviously it may be strange to say this kind of thing because the band has such a black image, but the feelings were so so warm that night.

Also,
as a sign of it having been a really solid live…
From the next few days on…
well, arriving up to this point…
I would relentlessly attack by ignoring the schedule here
and by fighting with the jet black symptoms!!!
(here with the screams of the SE like "Ahh!")



This year with Moi dix Mois there were only a few lives, but
the other day during the live there was also a message given from the boss;
He wants to make next year an album year!
and he wants to cover it in sparkling blackness! (whichever way!)

Dare I say that actually all of us current members have begun work on this production!
Even though it takes time, we're definitely working on making it good, so until we reach the day at hand, please look forward to it.

Also thank you for supporting Moi dix Mois this whole year too.
And Moi dix Mois looks forward to next year as well!

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A recent photo of us wild beasts of Moi dix Mois before it was our turn to go out.
(Notice theres eyeliner stuck to my finger!)

Congratulations to Ryux-kun for his 1 year anniversary since he joined! Next year will be his second year!
The sense of stability of his appearance on stage and the sound coming from him is nothing short of reliable.
I am so thankful for the depths of his musical groundings so he can nonchalantly adapt to our situations.
The circumstances have already changed from "you did fine" to "you were great"
With him always smiling and feeling like hes the youngest one, Ryux is extremely likable.
However I could really call you a chivalrous spirit, what with all circumstances of how you joined.
Thank you. I look forward to working with you from here on out.

Master Seth, congratulations for having been a member for 10 years now! Next year will be your 11th year! What is that even!
We've been going steady for a long time.
We always chit chat with one another a lot, but I'm surprised there hasn't been a time where we unexpectedly repeated something. (laughs)
I write that because its something special that we haven't said to each other face to face before.
I like it that I can see Seth's back in my line of sight from the drum set.
For me its a precious sight that can't be simply restricted to words like relief or trust.
Although I have a rare ability, I love it that I can see Seth's straight back when I'm worried about my efforts.
Really congratulations on dix years.


Well now, drummer Hayato will bring this year to a close playing for
Art Cube
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DUAL CORE ENTERPRISE presents
"DUAL CORE SUMMIT 2015"

Right at the height of my jet black symptoms I started Art Cube rehearsal.
I have a lot of wounds on my body (laughs)
However, this day is special and its a valuable turning point concert for me so I can say I've been with the band Art Cube.
It wasn't possible for me to ease up until it felt natural.
I wanted to challenge and adjust myself even more so than normal.
I returned home from my personal practice at the studio around 1:00 am.


That date is already today. I look forward to seeing all the Art Cube FANS.
For those who are planning on attending, please pay attention to it.


Hayato.


**Translation notes
Theres a point when talking about Mana wanting to make the album covered in glittering darkness that Hayato writes "whichever way" -- I believe hes referring to the "sparkling darkness"; the phrase could be reversed to "covered in darkness sparkling". Really theres no big difference in either choice of wording, but for some reason he wanted to make a point to say the terminology could be reversible.

There was also some phrasing talking about himself and his "jet black symptoms" that were a little difficult for me to understand. Similar to Hayato's speaking style, I sometimes have a bit of difficulty even with his writing. But the main point I wanted to express from this entry was the news about the upcoming album!

Theres still nothing to officially confirm a true release date, so I continue to feel somewhat of a need to be conservative when talking about the album. I think the more news we hear about the it's on goings, the clearer image we can begin to get of what to expect! As of right now I'm becoming more and more optimistic about the reality of a 2016 release! At least I really hope it will be next year...


As of now I suspect Mana will soon be making his way back to his home town in Hiroshima, so I imagine we wont be hearing too much more about album work until after the new year.


Speaking of which, I also returned to my home town a couple days ago! I'll be in the US until around the beginning of January (a total of 2 weeks), but I'm excited about trying to make a few more youtube videos while I'm here! I have a few fun ideas I think some Mana fans will really enjoy! (^_−)−☆

I hope you look forward to it!!


Sarah

Dis Inferno XIII Supplementary Information/ Member Commentary
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Since I posted my Dis inferno XIII review on here, my inbox has been blowing up with tons of excited comments! Thank you so much! You have no idea how happy it makes me to hear so many of you enjoyed it!( ´ ▽ ` )ノ

If you haven't read it yet, you can either check right below this entry or click the link here DIS INFERNO XIII REPORT
I also went back and corrected a few typos since I didn't have time to do that after posting the entry.

But besides that point, theres a number of extra information and band member commentary I wanted to post on here, so I've been debating whether I should add it as a PS to the original Dis Inferno report or make a new post entirely. In the end I decided its better to make it a new post because many people who want to read about it could easily overlook a PS and entirely miss out.

First of all, member commentary.


MANA

I already posted this last night on my Mana-Sama.net Facebook Page, but for those who missed out, I translated Mana's recent twitter updates on Dis inferno.

TWEET #1
The Last year party was so much fun dix!
I have been rapidly receiving thoughts and impressions of the live from everyone.
To those of you who I directly hit with with the balloons (o*。_。)o bows.
Well, thats the real thrill of the last year party (^_^)

Questionnaire Form
https://ssl.form-mailer.jp/fms/164efd95187127

https://twitter.com/M_d_M_official/status/675994388049354752


TWEET #2
2015.12.12 Dis Inferno XIII~LAST YEAR PARTY~
Moi dix Mois just before the concert was about to start!

Mana

https://twitter.com/M_d_M_official/status/675997908479680512
(This included the photo I posted at the top of the entry)

RYUX

This is his twitter response to Mana's post that included the photo

The person in the back center with one white eye is Ryux-kun…thats me ε-(´∀`; )

https://twitter.com/RYU59/status/676050007074574336


SUGIYA

Great job on Dis inferno 15.
I am zealous [about it].

https://twitter.com/Sugiya___/status/675643349009743872

HAYATO

This is from Hayato's blog, Draw the Perspective
The original entry can be found here: http://blog.drawtheperspective.com/?eid=709

Finally

I thought I should write in my blog,
so its finally become time since our preparations for the live!

Tonight for the first time in a while I went up in front of everyone as a dweller in the darkness.
Be that as it may, we always do this every year for the last year party.

Make ・ it ・free・and・easy・!

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Wild beasts backstage at Dis inferno XII one year ago.

This year we are once again giving it all our fighting spirits have, so please hit us with your feelings.

Hayato

SETH

I didn't see anything in particular written by Seth after the live, but if he did make any updates or mention about Dis inferno, you can find translations at the Koakuma-chan pages!
Koakuma no Rengoku Facebook Page This includes twitter translations, and
Koakuma-chan no Rengoku Blog which generally includes blog updates and information.




MISSED LIVE NOTES

There were two points in particular I remembered later on that I forgot to mention in my live report.

✝Before going off stage together at the very end of the concert, Hayato took out his phone and took two selfie style photos of all the members together on stage! Unfortunately the picture he posted in his blog (above) was neither of those photos... If I had to make a guess, I would say the reason is likely because Mana was included in the pictures and he probably didn't give Hayato permission to post it. I find it a little disappointing...

✝ During the MC Seth mentioned that Mana wants to do a small session with Ryux at the March lives! I'm not sure if that applies to both concert dates or just one, but it was quickly mentioned so there weren't many details involved, just simply a "look forward to it" remark.


Finally before I finish off this entry, I also wanted to make one more small announcement.
Upon many people reading my concert report, I think the excitement of the new album announcement overtook some readers and I've been noticing some misunderstandings.

As I mentioned in the last entry...

Theres no information yet as of an album title or release date -- Mana is still in the process of composing and working on new music, so once he gets to a point that there will be enough songs for an album he'll eventually start working on the process of making an album. Therefore, we're still going to have to be patient as we await this album, but now we can be excited knowing something is actually in the works!

While there is a possibility that the new album could be released in 2016, there is no guarantee as of right now. Basically this announcement was made with a "take it as a grain of salt" type feel. If memory serves me right, Mana's message was a follows
"Up until now I have made 6 new songs [actually I don't remember if he said 6 or 7] and I'm currently in the midst of composing more music. With that being said, I'm getting close to having enough new music for a new album...so I think I'll start trying to make a new album!"

Once there is an official announcement of when to expect the album release, I will definitely post it on here!!
Until then, please remember this announcement did not include a year or date. We can still look forward to it, but I wanted to be sure everyone understands that the information was rather limited.
For all that its worth, even I really hope to see a release next year!


Sarah
Dis Inferno XIII
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DIS INFERNO

I don't know if everyone noticed, but for those who did, did you enjoy my live tweets when I was at the venue?
I shared some pictures and talked about things as they were happening, and it ended up being really fun!
Of course when the concert started I had to turn off my phone, so from that point is where the entry starts tonight...

The doors opened at 5:00 PM, but I got there around 4:00 because some new goods were going on sale. I have pictures and information about those items, but I'll talk about them in more detail after the live report portion.

This time my number was really good so I was extremely close to the stage (2nd row back, but I was a little bit squeezed between the first and second row once the live started). The first thing I noticed upon entering Duo Music Exchange was the set up of the stage.

There were no curtains this time, so we could see everything clearly upon entering.
This time the stage was decorated with the large Moi dix Mois logo in the background, two iron gates on each side with blue roses, and two large wooden crosses hanging from the top of the stage on both the left and right sides.
I was standing on Mana's side as usual, so I noticed there was a bottle of Jack Daniels sitting on top of his amp -- certainly this would be used during the concert as it traditionally is for Dis inferno!

Waiting an hour for the concert to start felt like an eternity, but as always the music from Goblin was playing a mix of songs from various Dario Argento movies, which tends to keep me moderately entertained and put in the mood for the concert.

As the concert started, suddenly some loud electronic type music started playing with the stage glowing red! Each member came out in the order of Hayato, Sugiya, Ryux, Mana, and Seth. They were each wearing the same glittery type costumes they have been wearing more recently for concerts like this. Originally these outfits were used for the Moi dix Mois Experience a few years ago. Mana's and Seth's looked like this, but this time Seth had blonde hair with streaks of red in it:

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Sugiya and Hayato's outfits had red glittery trim on what looked like their typical style outfits (Hayato with a ruffled blouse and wide pants, and and Sugiya with a vest and black pants), however Ryux's outfit reminded me of something that was reminiscent of Sugiya's old style with kind of a longer blouse and cape that goes down to a little above elbow length... to be honest, this probably isn't really anything different from how we've seen Ryux to begin with in Moi dix Mois, but one thing I noticed in particular was a large golden cross in the middle of his blouse as well as gold trim on the cape portion of his outfit. Some how it really stood out to me.

Anyway, the first song that was played was the Pact of Silence and then they went immediately into Diabolos et Angelie as it was announced!
This was pretty shocking for me, because its the first time one of the new songs has been played as the very first song. Not only that, we got a bigger surprise when the second song started! It was another new song that was played for the very first time. I believe it was called Material Death?

To be honest, I'm not 100% for sure this is the real title of the song, but this seems to be what various fans agreed that they heard Seth announce. I guess you could say this is similar to Diabolos et Angelie...I'm still not convinced this title is completely accurate, but its what everyone has settled with in mutual understanding of the song name. The big problem is, Seth tends to be a little difficult to understand when song titles are in a different language than Japanese...

However, I was pleasantly surprised by the new song! Its a relatively quick tempo electronic type song. Naturally it has many typical Moi dix Mois elements included in it, so its relatively easy to guess where the song is going in terms of melody, but I still felt like there were enough new sounds to it that set it apart and made it unique. Particularly this one had an interesting guitar riff in the middle that really stood out to me. I think there were many things that made this song so impressionable -- first off it felt like it came completely out of the left field! By that I mean usually new songs are introduced at the end of the MC, so in the middle of the concert. It was also an extremely high energy and aggressive song which came across as a bit unexpected when was Seth suddenly roaring out the lyrics right from the start. Not only that, everyone in the audience caught on to the energy of the song so quickly it made me question "Am I crazy, or has this song never been played before?"
The twist this concert took right from the start threw me off and left me with more questions than answers, but it was a really wonderful surprise!

From there, Deflower and Embrace were played.
In fact, this time I have a full set list for everyone! Thank you to those who helped out with this song list!

1. The Past of Silence
2. Diabolos et Angelie
3. NEW SONG -- Material Death (?)
4. Deflower
5. Embrace
6. Front Et Baiser
7. Perish
8. The Prophet

-MC-

9. In paradisum
10. The Seventh Veil
11. Night Breed
12. Sacred Lake
13. Twilight Flower
14. Immortal Madness
15. Dead Scape
16. Beast side
17. Ange
18. Je Laime

-ENCORE-
1. SESSION SONG -- Deus ex Machina
2. Vizard

Going from the set list, let's start with the MC.

This time it was relatively long, but there were several fun stories and exciting information.

Seth began by reading a message from Mana to everyone.
It started as it usually does -- Mana asked if everyone was enjoying themselves.
The audience screamed, but Mana wasn't satisfied with the response, so everyone had to give it a second go.
Again Mana thought the response wasn't good enough, so with the ding of a bell he walked off stage and wouldn't return until everyone was screaming "Mana-Sama!!!" at the top of their lungs!

From there the information continued with Mana talking about how this year marks two special occasions.
First of all, Dis Inferno XIII marks one year since Ryux joined Moi dix Mois! Although there haven't been many concerts within this one year time span, it seems everyone (band members and fans) has come to really love Ryux and welcome him with open arms into the band. Ryux made a short commentary thanking everyone for their acceptance of him and how hes looking forward to continuing with Moi dix Mois.
The second special occasion was Seth having now been in the band for 10 years!
Its so hard to believe; even though Seth has had a long time presence in Moi dix Mois it feels like time goes by so fast! I remember when he first joined Moi dix Mois and some how it really doesn't feel like 10 years have gone by already...really, wasn't it more like 5 years?? I know it wasn't, but it feels that way to me...
Anyway, Seth was encouraged to share some of his memories of joining Moi dix Mois, so he shared a story from when he first started. He said at the beginning of his career with Moi dix Mois he had to ride a plane to go abroad for the first time in his life. This was the first time for him to go on a plane altogether, so he was extremely scared. The whole time there were many different thoughts rushing through his head, but as they were boarding Mana went up to him and said he doesn't have to be afraid because if anything bad happens Mana will be able to fly the plane! Everyone laughed at this point, because this story comes from long ago, and I have no doubt everyone in the venue understood the joke.

For those who don't know, Mana has mentioned a number of times, particularly in the beginning of Moi dix Mois, when they visited Europe that he was terrified of flying...However, Mana is also extremely interested in airplanes, so hes read a number of books about the mechanics and various other information about them. Because of that, he used to say quite often when they would go abroad, "Since I've read a lot of books on flying, I would have to be the one to take over the plane if anything happens to the pilots!"
Whether he sincerely believes this or not nobody can say, but its been a running statement hes made whenever Moi dix Mois goes overseas.

Upon the end of this story and Seth thanking everyone for their support since his time in Moi dix Mois, Mana came out with a bouquet of 10 roses and presented them to Seth. Apparently this was a complete surprise to Seth because he looked genuinely surprised and said "Oh Thank you!! Are these really for me??" and Mana continued to shove them in his face until he took them.
After that Seth also mentioned this coming March 2016 will mark 10 years for Hayato and Sugiya, so they will probably be congratulated at that time.

Next in the message from Mana were announcements of the next lives. Mana's Birthday concert will be held for two consecutive days, Sunday March 20th at Mt. RAINER HALL SHIBUYA PLEASURE PLEASURE and Monday March 21st at Shibuya WWW (both days are national holidays). Its likely the reason why two days were chosen is because Mt. RAINER HALL is a small venue and will sell out fast.

After that, probably the most exciting announcement was made......

Up to now there are a total of about 6-7 new songs that Mana has composed (for those who are counting this would include Diabolos et Angelie, Beast Side, Twilight Flower, Embrace, and Material Death, but there are a few more that have been written but not played yet), so that means Mana has been doing various things to prepare for a NEW ALBUM!!

I imagine most everyone knew this was coming, but I was happy to hear the words finally spoken out loud officially!
Theres no information yet as of an album title or release date -- Mana is still in the process of composing and working on new music, so once he gets to a point that there will be enough songs for an album he'll eventually start working on the process of making an album. Therefore, we're still going to have to be patient as we await this album, but now we can be excited knowing something is actually in the works!

Towards the end of the MC Hayato spoke a little to everyone asking them if they've been good or bad for Christmas (I think? I forget...). It seems to be becoming a new habit that Hayato makes a few talking points during the MC now days, but sometimes its a bit hard for me to understand him because he speaks really quickly...

But regardless, with the ending of the MC, the concert resumed to it's second portion once "In Paradisum" began to sound and then immediately into The Seventh Veil.
If I recall correctly, during Immortal Madness, Mana finally took the Jack Daniels bottle that was sitting on his amp and ran over to Ryux. At that point he repeatedly started tapping Ryux on the shoulder until he finally payed attention and shoved the bottle in his face. Ryux took it and started chugging it until it was about half empty and called Mana "Mana Nii-chan" (Big Brother Mana). Everyone started laughing, including Mana! so the "keyword" during Immortal Madness was changed half way through from "dix Love" to "Mana Nii-chan" for the rest of the song.

Later on in the concert, there seemed to be a new segue between Beast Side and Ange!
In the past Beast Side always ended with the tolling of bells as a way to signify respect for K and to give everyone a few moments to reflect before the next song started. This time however, instead of bells, Beast Side ended with the sounds of the beginning of Ange, essentially connecting the two songs. This was a really interesting and clever way to go about this point because in the past K was always the one to make a special introduction for Ange, but since hes not here it still felt like his presence was around due to the connection between these two songs. However, even with the connection, Seth was the one to make the introduction to Ange this time. It still seemed to have the desired effect though, so the new implementation between these songs was great!

Finally at the end everyone was asked to raise their hands towards the stage for the final song, Je l'aime.
The song played as always, and at the very end everyone said their goodbyes and walked off the stage.


Of course this being Dis inferno everyone was prepared for the encore when Mana would come on stage to play drums!

Once the music came back on for everyone to come back out on stage, Mana ran out first wearing a blue Hanten with kids and pianos printed on it (its a Japanese padded winter Kimono for home use -- this one is Mana's favorite), Matin Mana T-shirt, and a black black skirt while holding up two drum sticks in the shape of an X before running straight to the drums. Next Seth came out to announce each band member and the instruments they would be playing for the session.

Hayato was on guitar, Ryux on bass, Sugiya on guitar, Mana on drums, and Seth of course on vocals.

As Hayato, Ryux, and Sugiya entered the stage they each gave Seth a hug and then stood in position for the song to start.

I should note, that even though this is the typical line up of instruments the members play during the Dis inferno session, I can't help but feel surprised and excited every time Hayato starts playing guitar! His stage presence is really fun and it seems like he thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to interact with the audience, so hes constantly smiling and having fun with everyone when he plays. He even chased after Seth while playing and tried to poke the end of the guitar up Seth's butt!(;゚∀゚)
While Hayato is great at drums, it would be amazing if he could come out on stage playing guitar like that more often!

Also, everyone was wearing Moi dix Mois themed shirts because the session this time was a Moi dix Mois song -- Deus ex Machina.
Seth was wearing a new jacket that was sold at the venue today (and he was using a new towel that was sold for the first time today as well when he took small breaks between songs) while the others were wearing T-shirts sold at various past lives (Sugiya may have been wearing a shirt and the new jacket actually). It was a little disappointing that no cover songs of 80's bands were played, but it was nice to see Mana actually taking on a new role in one of his own songs. However, there were times during the song where Seth had everyone in the audience shouting out "1, 2, 3, 4..." and while it actually went together with various things being yelled and chanted during the song, I couldn't help but wonder if the real reason for this was to help Mana stay on track while drumming (it really seemed that way if you watched him drum while it was being chanted).

I'm not sure if its my imagination, but the Deus ex Machina session seemed cut a little bit shorter than normal. Perhaps this is because taking on new roles is a bit difficult for the members. Even though Seth sang as always, even he was out of breath and he mentioned for the last song, Vizard, he was going to try to put all his energy into it one last time.

At this point everyone returned to their normal instruments and Mana put on the new Moi dix Mois jacket. Seth said a few words about the new goods for sale and a few people in the audience screamed out "you look cool!" so in response he asked "How about my hair? Is it cool too?" and everyone screamed.

In the middle of Vizard, several huge blue balloons came floating out into the audience and everyone started hitting them into the air! However, it felt like the balloons this time didn't last very long. Two of them popped almost immediately and one of them got stuck between the railing and the stage and nobody could grab it to put it back out into the audience. Of the balloons that popped, several smaller balloons came out, so everyone started hitting them around. One of of the larger balloons popped on Hayatos drum set, so when the smaller ones came pouring out, Hayato had to keep hitting them out of the way so he could continue playing. They were still floating around him though during the entire song...

Some of the large balloons kept hitting the crosses set up over the stage which made me nervous because the crosses started rocking back and forth a lot...it seemed a bit dangerous...
Mana also hit a few balloons with his guitar and at the end he picked one up that landed on stage and walked towards the middle of the stage, but suddenly without any warning he threw it extremely fast at the side of him into the audience and it hit some girls in the face. Everyone was really shocked and even Seth said "why did you throw it like that so fast!?"
Actually, it seems like every time the balloons come out at Dis inferno Mana gets carried away and throws the balloons in people's faces violently. At one point one of the larger balloons nearly hit me straight in the face, but I ducked in time and other people shoved it into the air.

At the very end once Vizard came to a close, all the members lined up in front of the stage. Mana zipped up his jacket and shoved his hands into the pockets while he waited as Seth said a few closing words. People in the audience started screaming out that Mana looked cute the way he was standing with his hands in the pockets of the jacket. Finally Seth told everyone to join hands and on the count of 3 all the members and everyone in the audience were to jump in unison for the end of the night.

With that, the members left the stage together as the classical song Pompus and Circumstance played signifying the end of the concert and the end of the year.

While there were a few things done differently than normal this year (no cover song or singing "Can't Take my Eyes off of you" at the end), the number of surprises and exciting announcements made at this concert far outweighed everything else! As we end 2015, we can start looking forward to everything that is to come with Moi dix Mois in 2016!



But before ending this entry, I had a few pictures to share with everyone!

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Flowers from ESP in front of the venue

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Unfortunately you can't see the details as much as I would have liked in this picture, but I tried to dress in a goth/punk style this time. Its hard to see here, but the skirt is the new(ish) Fall Cross print

You can see the detail a little better here:
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And finally the new goods!

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The front of the Parka has a new version of the Moi dix Mois logo with a simple MdM and a cross and the back displays the Moi dix Mois Decagram. At the concert it cost 5,800 yen and the towel was 1,500. As for online orders, they will probably be available soon, but I imagine the prices may go up on the website to about 6,000 yen for the jacket (goods have a slight discount when bought at the concert venues).

For those who are interested in seeing it worn, I took a picture but its only from the front.

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Since it zips up its great for every day use and I'm sure I'll probably be wearing it all the time. Theres no fleece interior, so it isn't particularly great for cold winter days, but it should work perfect for fall and warm winters! I'm going back to my home town towards the end of the month, so I think this parka will work great in Houston weather!💙

Anyway, Dis inferno ended well and now its time to rest before I have to go to work in a few hours.
Good night and dix Love!!!!!!!!!!


Sarah