Not much going on in the world of Moi dix Mois lately, but one thing thats been on my mind recently is the number of new songs Mana keeps talking about online. I get the feeling this all means we could be seeing the production of a new album in the moderately near future because the count is now up to about 7 new songs. (Diabolos et Angelie, Twilight Flower, Beast Side, Embrace + 3 new untitled songs mentioned after the last concert)
But besides that, I have some of my own personal news!!
This is something I've been wanting to talk about since about a week or so ago but I've been holding it off until I finished.
Some time ago I checked out a shop in Shibuya a friend had recommended. It was a really cool place with a cave-like entrance from the street level and as you walked downstairs to the basement if felt like you were entering a dungeon of vintage collectibles.
I was a little overwhelmed at first, but I took my time looking at everything. As I was walking up and down the isles I suddenly caught a glance of a strange looking box. It was hidden among other boxes, so once I dug it out I was shocked to find something I never would have imagined!
......Do you understand?
*quick translation of the last picture:
In one corner of my house.
This is a shot with two of my precious Dracula dolls.
I want to make it a more gothic room..
(From Ma Cherie vol. 1)
Thats right, its the same Dracula figure Mana has shown several times before!
I honestly wasn't even trying to look for it, it just happened to catch my eye so I couldn't resist buying it.
So quickly I made my way back to my apartment to see my new Dracula for the first time!!
The commute back felt like forever, but finally I made it...
and thats when I opened the box...
I guess in my excitement I didn't even think about the part of the box that said "Art Kit" so you can only imagine my shock when I opened the box to see pieces I had to put together and paint myself (;ﾟ∀ﾟ)
I've never done anything like that before, so at first I was disappointed, but then I quickly decided I'm going to try to make it anyway!!
The next day I went out and bought all the supplies I would need to make my own Dracula, and turned my room into a craft area.
The beginning process was the most intimidating to me. I had to get an X-acto knife to cut away extra pieces from the model to give it the correct shape in order to be put together later on. If I were cutting something flat, like paper, this task wouldn't have been so daunting, but cutting a 3D object like this made me worried that I might accidentally cut myself. Fortunately everything came out perfectly with very little injury!
...I say very little because I did accidentally cut my thumb in one place, but I didn't realize it until I started bleeding. It was a small cut though, so its not really a big deal.
Also, cutting out the pieces didn't take nearly as long as I would have thought, so I was really happy about that!
Next was the bulk of the project -- painting.
Naturally the hardest parts were the small features like the face and hands but over all it was relatively easy. I ended up really falling in love with this process although it took such a long time, mostly because I wanted to make sure everything dried before going on to paint certain areas. In total I think it took roughly a week to finish painting everything.
I used acrylic paint for most of his body, except for parts like the shoes and lapel of his coat where I used enamel paint because according to the picture on the box those should look more glossy. For the most part I followed the product image, but with a couple small changes here and there.
Finally last night I got almost completely to the end of the project!!
There were some tiny details I wanted to brush up on before putting the last piece, his cape, on. So I finished up what I could before going to bed, and then after work tonight I was able to put it all together!!
I'm really satisfied with how he turned out!! ( ´ ▽ ` )
I've never done this type of project before, but I think I really fell in love with it! Honestly, I want to paint more art kits now because it was way too fun!
Also, just for fun, I wonder if any of you can point out any differences between mine, the product image, and Mana's?
One major difference is the arm placement. To be honest its more difficult to raise his left arm up like the box because of the cape. Some pieces, like the legs and the cape, fit snugly to the model so theres no need to glue them (I also don't want to glue on the cape because the back side has extra details that can be seen if you remove it). However, since the arms, hands, and head needed to be glued to the body, they tend to be a bit more fragile and gluing the hand pointing upwards would easily make the arm fall off as soon as the cape was attached.
One difference between mine and Mana's is at the neck line. I decided to paint the red part according to the box as its supposed to be a necklace. However, on Mana's model it seems he painted the collar red....was that an artistic choice or did he not notice?? In his defense, if you're not careful its easy to mistake the collar for a bow...I know I mistook it several times, but when it came time to paint the red on I studied the box art carefully.
I think there are some other tiny differences in the details, but I'll leave that for you to figure out.（￣ー＋￣）
If he doesn't make a post about it on his blog I get the feeling a lot of people could completely overlook it, so I think its worth sharing on here.
...Although I say people might overlook it, he actually updated the Moi dix Mois twitter page with the video, so those who follow Moi dix Mois on twitter probably wont miss it. Heres the post with translations.
MALICE MIZER／追憶の破片 ～ 死の舞踏への特別メドレー at 日本武道館 珍しい資料映像を見つけたのでUPしました 映像は当時のスイッチングです このメドレー展開中々刺激的！ Mana / Moi dix Mois https://t.co/ZlysY8q97T— Moi dix Mois (@M_d_M_official) May 30, 2015
MALICE MIZER／Tsuioku no Kakera〜Shi no Butou special medley at Nippon Budokan
I just happened to find this rare video data, so I UP(loaded) it
The video clips were switching [a lot] in those days
The way this medley progresses is really stimulating!
Mana / Moi dix Mois
If any other news on this video ends up surfacing, I'll update this entry with the details.
Based on Mana's twitter the other day, the Gothic & Lolita Bible was supposed to come out on the 24th, but as it turns out new magazines are not sold on Sundays, so it was a little misleading. Finally today, the 25th it has come out so for those looking to buy your own copy, you should be able to find it fairly easily at book stores now!
This time there are only two pictures, and both feature the EGA and EGL versions of the new Fall Cross print.
For those who are interested in the new series, check them out at the Moi-meme-Moitie Online shop!
As of right now the EGL version is on reserve only, but the EGA is currently on sale.
Concerning Mana in this issue,
I love that it seems like hes trying to go back to the older Moitie style with the black lipstick and hair. Of course the clothes aren't really the same as old Moitie, but Mana's aesthetic seems to be influenced on that.
What are your thoughts? Do you like the EGA or EGL version the best? Personally, I'm partial to the EGL version, because in general the EGA version is similar to something that came out a few years ago. However, it looks great both ways!
If you like these scans, please consider buying a copy of the GLB vol. 56 at the local book store, or if you live abroad on CDJapan!
A friend asked me yesterday if I could translate the text that goes along with the Mana pictures on the GLB, but shortly after asking another friend helped her out.
However, I still thought it might still be interesting to translate the text for those who are interested in the story that supplements the pictures!
EGA (first page):
You are always smiling gently.
Your honest eyes were asking me something--
When I reached out my hand, I awoke from the dream.
If I go to some place, perhaps I will meet you......
EGL (second page):
I only encountered you in a dream.
Because we are living in the "wrong world"......
I hope for the day when you reach out your hand, I will be able to hold it--
Honestly, its extremely hard to believe it was one year ago, but it doesn't feel like that.
It still feels like maybe one month or so ago...
Since I shared one of my stories the other day concerning K, I don't intend on making yet another potentially upsetting entry.
Instead, even though I posted it on my Monologue Garden translations site, I want to share my translations of Mana's recent blog entry on here too. I feel like thats the best way to convey this one year marker.
† 5.19 K One Year Death Anniversary
Today is K-kun's first year death anniversary.
The picture is from 2004 when he joined Moi dix Mois.
K-kun, as a matter of course, said "I want to make myself new!"
so by shaving off his hair on the side & his eyebrows, he became the Beast K.
By the way this wasn't a rash order of mine!
At that time, he wanted me to do it, saying, "it will be a shaving ceremony from the boss"
so I brought some barber's clippers to the studio. He came in with fighting spirit, didn't he!
He was pleased with the beast character himself,
and from then on he became the beast...
At that time, I thought in order to give him an even more evil atmosphere,
I said "What if you try to do white make up?" and I lent K-kun some white make up powder, but after applying the white make up, he told me "The white make up looks really good! It fits!"
The second half of the memorial video is from Darkness Theater because of that.
When I saw him, his eyes were a little scary, but it suit him and it was cool!
Up until now K-kun was the first person to call me "Boss".
In the very beginning it seemed a bit like a criminal and made me feel strange, but I got used to him calling me "Boss!" and I began to feel comfortable with it.
Really, when I think "This cool guy was by my side for 10 years" I feel proud.
Anyway, making the K memorial video this time, I want you to deliberately see the gallant figure of K-kun.
Naturally its a time we will never be able to return back to.
Anyway, I hope we can walk together into the future wrapped up in those memories.
Still, for those who say they surely wont be able to watch the K memorial video due to their feelings, I think its fine to do it in your own timing.
2015/05/19 (Tuesday) 00:00:00
Original entry on Mana's blog here
Speaking of K,
like I said, I don't want to make this entry too sad or depressing.
However, I did want to mention this:
I got into Moi dix Mois around the same time it was created, so I remember very clearly when K joined the band and even the same story Mana posted in the entry above when it was first written in the Madousho.
That was one of the first images I had of K and a memory that stuck with me throughout all these years.
K joined Moi dix Mois close to the time when Juka, Kazuno, and Tohru were leaving the band, so the first glimpse I remember seeing of him was the video footage of the first time "Unmoved" was played. It was cool because the image of Moi dix Mois with K seemed so different and exciting, so naturally I felt really enthusiastic about it.
The first album K was in was Beyond the Gate, and incidentally I began working on some deep research of that CD today (actually I guess it was yesterday now). I didn't want to post about it on here because when it comes to these kinds of things I would prefer to talk about my findings and thoughts after I have hit a concluding point, but since this album has a big relation to K, I thought I would at least mention that I decided to start translating the lyrics to all 7 Beyond the Gate songs.
For some this might not be particularly exciting news, but for those who like my translations, I hope you will enjoy it.
I already started working on posting the lyrics on my website, but so far I only have "deus ex machina" posted.
For those who want to check, please go to "Translations → Lyrics" on my website
I will be posting the lyrics to the rest of the songs as I finish them. A vast majority already have a lot of English in them, so I think I translating will go relatively fast.
"deus ex machina" is also already completely in English to begin with, so it may seem my choice to post those lyrics first comes from that reason, but to be honest thats not true. I chose it for a personal reason that I may or may not talk about in the future once I finish all the work and investigation I want to do on this album.
In the mean time, before ending the entry, I will leave the K memorial video Mana talked about on here for anyone who wishes to watch it again or for the first time.
So first things first,
Did everyone get a chance to see the newest Moi dix Mois video?
It was posted last night on the official Moi dix Mois twitter and Mana's blog, but I'll post it here as well.
皆、新しいMoi dix Mois動画を見たことがありますか？
先日、Moi dix MoisオフィシャルツイッターやMana様のブログにて付けたが、ここにも付けたいと思います。
I think some people may feel like "isn't it just normal concert footage?" when they see it, as opposed to a memorial video, but for those who haven't watched it yet, make sure to get all the way through it! Towards the end there is some extra footage that makes it more than a typical video Moi dix Mois has uploaded so far.
Its really cool, especially for people who love K.
終わりまで見ると、特別な映像になるよ！普通のMoi dix Mois動画ではないので、全部を見てください！
Speaking of which, May 19 will mark one year since K's death.
The closer its been getting to this date the more I have been thinking about it...
Sometimes when I'm at work I have to sit completely alone in a room and when I look at the clock that displays not only the time, but the date too, it crosses my mind off and on.
In fact, if I were to speak totally candid, ever since his death, looking at that clock at work when I'm alone for some reason has become a huge reminder of him...
I guess because at the time of his death time seemed to stand still. In the beginning I was completely in shock about his passing, but as the sadness and emotions slowly sank in I wanted nothing more than to be alone to gather myself. But of course as life would have it, we all have responsibilities. I couldn't put life on hold, so even though I really didn't want to, I carried on going to work every day, but those moments completely alone after meeting with people would bring back all the heavy emotions again and I would find myself staring into the clock feeling lost and asking so many unanswerable questions.
Naturally over time my personal condition got better, but through this past year my mind has constantly revisited those moments. I would think about my memories of him and then think about how much time has passed now... I'm slowly, very slowly, beginning to accept the reality of his passing, but it still doesn't feel completely real.
Its the same as when my friend passed away this January. You begin to realize how precious time is and what kind of benchmark these tragedies distill in your life. There will always be those memories you have of interacting with those people, but the realization of making new memories with them will never happen again is sort of a shock to the system. It makes those past memories all the more precious.
Because of them I feel like I want to make the most of life and not hold back.
I didn't mean to go so in depth into that topic, so how about we switch to the other more happy news I wanted to share on here!!
Recently I was contacted by a friend and fellow blogger to do a little Japanese ←→ English translation work for a special interview he got to conduct!
Since there is some relation to Mana in this interview, I can't resist sharing it on here!
KAMIJO Special 20 year anniversary Interview by Kenta Press
Kamijo himself also posted the interview on his Official Facebook page ↓
Kamijo Official Facebook
I've done things like this a few times in the past for various other artists, but so far Kamijo has been the most exciting! Congratulations to Kenta for this interview and thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of it! ( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ
I think we make a good team!（￣ー＋￣）
以前、色々なアーティストでこんな翻訳仕事をしたことがあるけど、Kamijoさんのインタビューが一番楽しかった！Kentaさんへおめでとうございます！私に素敵な機会を与えてくれてありがとう！( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ
Finally, the last bit of news...
This is more or less a more personal matter, but I thought it would be exciting to share with everyone a rare item I recently received!
Its a 1997 Malice Mizer demo tape of Bel Air!
I found it on auction for an extremely cheap price, so I thought "why not?"
I was a little noncommittal about it because I didn't want to spend a lot of money, but I didn't see anybody else bidding on it so I put in the starting bid price and surprisingly I won!
As you can see, I decided to put it next to my Girl'e tape. They look so cool side by side （￣ー＋￣）
I have a small display case for the rare items I own, but since I'm still trying to work on the finishing touches of my room, I'll probably try doing it later on.
I'm not sure why, but the tape has Bel Air recorded on it 4 times...I listened to each one and they're all the same. A friend suggested maybe this tape was used to send to radio stations... Since the paper on the inside talks about what would be contained in the first edition release of Bel Air, my personal feeling is perhaps it was mostly used as a demo for Columbia records along information on decisions made for the final product. Its a little bit of a mystery though...
Regardless, I'm so excited to own this tape now!!
Anyway, now that this entry has been more than long enough, its time to start thinking about getting ready for work... (≧△≦)
Five full days packed with everything and nothing!
Today is the last day of the consecutive holidays, so I thought I would talk a little bit about whats been going on.
Its a little bit uncharacteristic of me, but I feel like the entire time I've been kind of a rebel and getting into trouble day after day.(｀･ω･)
Well, not real trouble... but maybe testing my own limits??
Mostly I've been hanging out with friends who are still in Tokyo and we've been doing a lot of walking around the city and exploring small secret places here and there.
The first day we wanted to visit the new Star Wars museum in Roppongi Hills, but the waiting line was out the door, so we decided against it.
Instead, we found ourselves at the cemetery!
I wont go too far into detail about it, because its the same cemetery I've gone to and wrote about on here many times before.
Afterwards, we went to a cafe for a while and then back out to a small local park I know of.
The interesting thing about this park is that its located near an American base and when we got there we noticed there was a helicopter preparing for take off, so we watched it for a while. Even though there was a fence between the park and the helicopter, it was still relatively close. For me it was exciting because I've never seen a helicopter so close up before!
There is a funny and embarrassing story about it though...
It took some time between the initial start up and when the helicopter was finally lifting off, but I was fascinated, so I stood close to the fence watched everything. However, I guess I didn't expect the helicopter to lift off the way it did, and it looked like it was going to crash right into the gate and me! So what do I do? Start running away screaming...
All I could think in that instant was that it was coming to kill me!! After I realized there was nothing to be afraid of I thought about how stupid that must have looked if anybody actually saw me running around like that. (－‸ლ)
and so I couldn't stop laughing!
After that adventure, we found some swings in the park and got stuck in them... (´・ω・｀)
But finally the night ended with everyone safe back at home and not dead from helicopter incidences.
That brings us to the next day of Golden Week!
The second day, I finally received some furniture I had ordered for my room, so I put everything together before going on another adventure.
Theres still some work I need to do, but my new apartment is progressing!!
One of my favorite features is the bathroom.
Anyway, after working on my room a bit, I went out with the same friends again and this time we made it to the Star Wars museum!
The museum was amazing!! There were so many props and images from the Star Wars movies it was overwhelming! Probably one of the coolest things of all was the light sabers on display. They had Christpher Lee's Count Dooku light saber, so I can only imagine how excited some Mana/Moi dix Mois fans would be to see that.
スター・ウォーズ展が素晴らしい！！映画のイメージや小道具がいっぱい！ライトセーバーが一番かっこいいものです。ManaやMoi dix Moisのファンの方々がChristopher Leeのドゥークー伯爵のライトセーバーが好きだと思います。
To be honest, many people will probably hate me for this, but I'm more of a Star Trek fan than Star Wars. Don't get me wrong! I love Star Wars! In fact, I still remember my father took me to see the Star Wars movies when they came out in the theaters and I remember being deeply impressed... I even plan on seeing the new Star Wars movie when it comes out later this year! But I for some reason my heart leans towards the original Star Trek over all scifi/space movies/series. Therefore, while I thoroughly enjoyed the museum, I kinda felt like there are others who probably appreciate it so much more...I wish those people, no matter where they live in the world, could see this museum. It had everything for a Star Wars fanatic!!
Also, the museum was in the same location as the city view of the Mori Tower! I've shown pictures of the city view on here before as well, but the image of the sun setting was gorgeous!
Furthermore, the night time picture was taken from the roof of the tower!! I've never been on the roof top before, but it was easily the most impressive sky view I've ever seen!! The city just seems to go on forever!!
As for the next day...
Does this image look familiar...? （￣ー＋￣）
Actually, I used to live across the street from this park a few years ago.
What happened was, my friends and I went out to Shibuya so I could look for furniture on this day, but we were all getting a little stressed out and overwhelmed by all the people, so we walked back to closer to where I live and took a small break in a quieter place.
Not much to say about this day. It was mostly doing the same old same old with wandering around, going out to dinner, etc. But it was a nice time to relax amongst all the chaos!!
So on to the last day.
I rounded up my friends and we had a little adventure to the Masonic Center!
I was at Starbucks the other day and a little bored, so I started looking up interesting things to do, when I happened to run across some information that the Tokyo Masonic Center is located right next to Tokyo tower!! Right at that moment, I made the decision that I had to go!
The building was amazing!! I couldn't help myself; I had to get a closer look!!
I think the girls with me were getting a bit nervous about my "exploration" of the building, but since it was out in the public, I went as far as I could and got as many glimpses as possible.
For those who know me, its likely you know about my fascination with secret societies, and the Free Masons truly stand out to me.
Even more interesting and mysterious was the fact that as soon as we got outside from the train station we found somebody wearing a Free Mason ring...
I kinda doubt he was a Mason, but it was cool to see somebody else had come with the same interest in mind!
Most people are coming to that area for Tokyo Tower, but what they don't realize is whats next door.... But to be honest, its likely most of the public doesn't know about Free Masons anyway, so they probably don't care. But for me it was like entering a universe I have only dreamed of!!
How badly I wish I could enter....
But anyway, I'm still filled with excitement and memories of this experience!! We had some great adventures this Golden Week, but to be honest, even though its something small, the Masonic Center was my personal highlight!!
Anyway, this entry has become extremely long, so I'll leave it with that.
As my last day, I spent today going to a new restaurant and afterwards resting. My legs hurt a bit from walking so much, so I need to recharge my batteries for work tomorrow.
I hope everyone who celebrated it also had a fun Golden Week! I'm always happy to hear about what everyone else has been doing so if anybody has any interesting stories please send them to me!! ( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ
ゴールデンウイークを迎えた方々へ楽しみましたか。皆のゴールデンウイークの事を聞いて嬉しくて、自分の楽しい話を送ってください！( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ
At the new place, I still have a lot of organizing to do but once I have a book shelf and table that should be relatively easy...
Hopefully I will still be happy enough with how it ends up looking by then so I can take pictures.
Anyway, once everything was finished, my friends who helped me move decided we should celebrate, so...
I got to meet Pikachu!!(≧∇≦)
There were a lot of people though, so that was the best picture I could get... But they were sooo cuute!!（人´∀`）
We did a bit of shopping for this and that, and by the end of the evening things got a bit ワワポ！/(.^.)\
I'm not sure if my friends would appreciate me posting their picture publicly around the internet, so I blocked out their faces. (><)
But if they're ok with it, then I will remove it!
Anyway, the point is, we have a lot of funny Moi dix Mois related conversations, and as sort of a joke we ended up wandering around the city and I was dressed up in Mana cosplay. (^^;
兎に角、コスプレの理由は、あの2人と供にMoi dix Moisと関係している面白くて可笑しい談話をよくしたり、冗談としてManaコスプレを着ながら都内を散歩したり、色々な写真を撮ったりしました。(^^;
I think my favorite picture of the night has got to be this one...
The uncomfortability on my face says everything (;ﾟ∀ﾟ)
By the way, maybe not everybody will care, but its come to my attention that some people have noticed that the way I style my hair for Mana cosplay is opposite what it should be (the hair should be parted on the other side). Its actually not a mistake! There are a few reasons why I do this...first of all I'm left handed...or should I say, left sided?? Well, its true that I'm left handed, but my sight is also better on one side, so if I part my hair the opposite way its more difficult for me to see. ( `-ω-)
I have prescription contact lenses for this issue, but to be honest I don't really like wearing things in or near my eyes.
Sun glasses are ok because I can buy a bigger size and it doesn't look stupid, but when it comes to glasses and contacts... Contacts are the better option for me, but still... (^^;;
Anyway, over several years I adopted this opposite style as my own, so there are a number of things (especially cosplay-wise) that I choose to do opposite on purpose, but its always been my own secret and if others figured it out then they could be in on it too. ワワポ！(≧∇≦)
Oh and one more thing!
Last night I saw the new Cinderella movie!!
I can never refuse seeing something that Helena Bonham Carter is in, but whats more is this movie was aesthetically beautiful! I wish I could own Cinderella's dress! It was beyond gorgeous on screen! (;A;)
They happened to have one of the glass slipper props from the actual movie on display at my local theater, so even after the movie I was a bit enchanted by it all〜
Helena Bonham Carterがいるので、必見です！しかしながら、耽美的も美しい！シンデレラのドレスが欲しいなあ！映像が素敵すぎる！ (;A;)
If you like that kind of thing, definitely go see it!!
Lastly, Golden Week is coming up! Maybe I will get to have some fun adventures to write about on here with my days off??
Probably not, but its nice to dream...
Either way, I'm looking forward for the chance to rest and sleep and eat..LOL