GLB vol. 58
I know this update is coming relatively late in comparison to when I normally upload Gothic & Lolita Bible scans, but better late than never, right??  (;´・ω・`)

Actually what happened was, I made plans more than 6 months ago to meet with a friend visiting Tokyo for two consecutive days.
We've been friends for more than 10 years and this was our very first time to meet in person!! I still managed to pick up a copy, and amazingly enough my point card at the book store had enough points that I was able to buy the GLB this time for 150 yen (about $1.50 USD)!! (°□°)

The point is, even though I had a physical copy in my hands all day I wasn't able to do any scans or translating until I got home much later tonight...
So instead of boring you any further with my stories, heres the new images of Mana from Gothic & Lolita Bible Vol. 58

Caption translations

EGL Page:
The first day we met,
I was fascinated by your blue eyes gazing at me.
If the world you live in is different, then I'll just have to go there.
I would even become a doll to be with you--.

EGA Page:
A long long time ago--
I was turned into a doll by a sorcerer.
Some how you are able to speed things up......
It will only be a little bit longer until the spell that was cast on me will be broken.

The theme of the GLB this time is dolls, so the story is supposed to follow along with the main contents.
Most of the dolls shown this time are Blythe dolls, but several other popular kinds show up too.

If you're interested in the content, please consider supporting the GLB by buying your own copy!
Gothic & Lolita Bible Vol. 58 on CDJapan

Speaking of dolls, for anyone in Tokyo who likes this kind of thing I noticed the other day that there is a small doll exhibition called "Square and Circle"going on in Roppongi. If memory serves me right, there are some really strange and creepy looking dolls on display, but they're interesting for people who like gothic things.
The exhibition runs until the end of the month, November 30th, and I think it might be free.

Lastly, for those who are curious about what I did with my friends that took so long today...

( ̄ー+ ̄)

It was pretty sudden and unexpected that we visited Odaiba, but they completely fell in love!!
Of course, I also really love it, and the holidays are extra special at Venus Forte. The theme for Christmas this year is space, so all the "orbs" above the fountain are supposed to look like planets and constellations. Even the ceiling lights up with a starry sky now!
Unfortunately we only got to spend about 10 minutes in the mall before it closed, so I would like to go back some time soon, even if its by myself.
Almost every day I suffer from a lot of stress and anxiety related problems, but for some reason the moment I step foot in Odaiba my stress always goes away.

It must be Odaiba magic!!(人´∀`)

Sorry to keep you waiting!!

Just as I thought, the street snap picture of Mana was in Kera.
Perhaps the reason he didn't announce it until last night on twitter was because he wanted to make sure the picture would actually end up in the magazine? Anyway, Kera was released today, so after an excruciatingly long wait at the Immigration Bureau, I finally got around to obtaining my own copy. Then after another period of excruciating stress, I was finally able to scan and translate everything.
I may need to explain some things about the translations though...


Mana (Moi dix Mois)
(Hometown Hiroshima Prefecture)
Game Hardware Critic

Today's Fashion Theme●
Street Goth

Full body from head to toe ● Moi-meme-Moitie
(Mana-Sama produced gothic brand)

Shoes, Rings with the exception of one●
They're from all over the place

The person you use as a reference for your style●
Mana-Sama (smiles)

Current Obsession ● I will go to the beach!**

Magazine you usually buy ● Famitsu (routinely)

Favorite Character ● As you may expect, I'm interested in game and anime characters that are made in reference to me (smiles)

Fashion you would like to try next ● An 80's hardcore style gigantic mohawk and a studded leather jacket

The Moi dix Mois live "Dis inferno XIII ~LAST YEAR PARTY~ will be held December 12 at Tokyo, Shibuya duo MUSIC EXCHANGE. Details and other news are on the HP

I wanted to talk a little bit about the Current Obsessions part.
At first glance, I didn't understand the expression "I will go to the beach!" at all, so I went to research it and apparently it had come up in this blog entry on Monologue†Garden previously.
(My translated version here)
Still, even though I translated it previously, it was quickly apparent to me that what I wrote wasn't quite accurate...
I did a bit more research and finally came up with a much clearer answer!!
It turns out Mana did a two part interview after the release of D+SECT in Dec. 2010 with a website called
(Both parts can be found here:
Part 2 of that interview actually answers the meaning of this phrase specifically!

Here is that portion translated:

-- Perhaps people from all over the world are listening to "D+SECT". Within that, there are probably people who can't understand the real meaning trying to be expressed in the fine details of Japanese, but surely there are things Mana-Sama wants to convey, that will be conveyed, don't you think?

Mana:Since my outlook is also brought about by the melodies of the songs, I think there are a lot of people all over the world who can get the feeling that way. Because I often receive emails from overseas saying "I like your sound". Whether its Japanese or some other language, I think there are probably things in my music that aren't being conveyed. I think Moi dix Mois melodies (tunes) are something only I can write.

-- Some how they are sad and ominous, yet beautiful melodies. Naturally this is something original only to Mana-Sama, and when listening to the melodies, I think only Mana-Sama can perceive it all completely. Nonetheless, Mana-Sama's spin on the melodies seem to take on a color, like blue.

Mana:What, is that so?

--Yeah, these are just my own thoughts, but it still doesn't feel like something like pink or red. or red. Well, I do like the ocean.

--Like how you symbolize "I will go to the beach," you must love the ocean? (※Note:"I will go to the beach"was a shocking phrase Mana-Sama remarked a long time ago in a MALICE MIZER interview)

Mana:(laughs). The "I will go to the beach" situation was that in the ocean in Japan doesn't really have a beautiful ocean color... The color of the ocean that I like probably isn't the ocean in Japan. What I like is a transparent blue. I like the marine blue in the shallow part of the ocean.

ーーSo then, overseas.

Mana:Preferably the ocean with no people in it.

To further go into detail, those of you who read Japanese may think "How does 浜渦やるだよ (Hamauzu yaru da yo) actually translate to "I will go to the beach"?
To be honest, this is jut my preferred way to translate it because it conveys the idea a bit clearer for readers who don't understand Japanese. A more literal translation might be something more like "I will make Hamauzu" or "I will play/perform Hamauzu"
These phrases just don't make a lot of sense when trying to convey them to English readers, and while Hamauzu doesn't specifically mean "the beach" it could be translated to something like a "sewfood stew" or a "whirlpool in the ocean" if you wanted to get technical. However, in this case, the phrase is completely made up by Mana and thus non-sense, which is why even in the later half of the interview it starts sounding strange when translated to "I will go to the beach" and the interviewer notes it was a "shocking phrase".

I know this was an extremely long explanation, but the phrase itself is complicated...

Anyway, when researching this phrase, I noticed apparently at one time I had plans to translate the entire interview, but I'm not sure if I actually went through with it? I couldn't seem to find it if I did...
If I actually did translate it and anybody knows where its located, I would be really happy if you could let me know!!
If I didn't translate it, would you guys like me to? If so, please let me know about that too!!
I wont translate it unless I get a response, so if you want it either send me a message/email or a tweet or something on facebook. Here are the links to my social media:
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Tanz der Vampire
This past weekend I got to see something I never imagined I would get the opportunity to go to...


Its a musical called Tanz der Vampire, or as it has been translated to both Japanese and English -- "Dance of the Vampires"

To be honest, writing about it on this blog may be a little difficult because I still have memories of several, several years ago when I helped moderate an old MALICE MIZER/Moi dix Mois related message board and I asked if anyone had any kind of interest in theatrical productions...sadly I received a resounding "NO" and I can't help but imagine that still applies today...

However, I think this musical is really worth noting, even to Mana fans!!!

While the musical itself was amazing, I can't help but mention the feeling of walking up to the doors of the theater.


The whole place was decked out in a Vampire theme. Walking into the lobby, everything was decorated elegantly, but then there were bats flying around at the ceiling. Of course they weren't real, but the atmosphere was a mix of both elegant and gothic. I've been to my fair share of musicals (little known fact, I love Broadway and theater!) but this is the first time I've seen a theater lobby decorated in this manner. I was really surprised!
If you look carefully on the right side of the picture at the top of this entry you can see one of the bats that was flying near the giant poster signed by the full cast. There was really no detail overlooked at this place.

The musical started around 5:30 PM so I went into the theater to find my seat which turned out to be incredibly easy. I was a little worried at first because when I went to buy my ticket the show was nearly sold out every single day, so the only seats I could find were on the second floor at the very edge. I decided to chance it and hope for the best, but it turned out to be totally fine. You could clearly see the stage from every seat and it didn't feel too far away.

The stage had a huge black and blue screen created to look like windy night time scene from the very beginning, but naturally, this being a musical, there were several other sets throughout the story. Each one being very elegant or very gothic, similar to the feeling created in the lobby.

As for the musical itself,
although I've wanted to see this musical for well over 10 years now, I still didn't know the entire story. The first production of Tanz der Vampire was in 1997 in Vienna and by the time I heard about it, information was relatively scarce in English. I was eventually able to hear a couple songs in English, but even that was extremely limited because there was supposed to be a version created for Broadway, but things fell apart quickly due to a number of problems. In the end, due to the time period in which I had a huge interest in it and that being a time period with next to no information available outside the German language, I gave up a lot of my hope in ever seeing it. I do remember, however, when it was first announced that Tanz der Vampire would be translated into Japanese and I regained a bit of hope because I had plans to go to Japan the following year for the first time. Of course what I didn't know back then was that the interest in musical theater in Japan is weak, so most shows only survive for a few weeks.

With that being said, my hopes were dashed. But then in October I happened to see an advertisement for the musical and suddenly after many years my aspirations returned!! I had to get a ticket!!

It might seem strange to say, but I'm actually pretty happy I didn't know so much about the story in the first place, because it ended up being sort of a surprise to me! Not only that, I became captivated by the story and performance that for the first time in an extremely long time seeing a live performance really moved me emotionally.

Basically its a story of two young people, Sarah (hehe...( ̄ー+ ̄)) and Alfred who meet by chance and fall in love, but one night Sarah is lured by a vampire known as Count von Krolock with promises of eternal life and invites her to a ball at his castle. Upon considering a relationship with Alfred or the Count, she receives a package from the Count's assistant (sort of a Renfield type character from Dracula) which turns out to be a pair of red shoes and is coaxed into finding Von Krolock's castle.

From there Act II begins where things get a bit more interesting with Alfred and a professor who believes in vampires who he works for go to Count von Krolock's castle to attempt to rescue Sarah.

...I wont go further than that with the story, because I want to leave the ending as a surprise. Its certainly worth seeing all the way through though!

Actually, this musical is based off the Roman Polanski film, "The Fearless Vampire Killers" so for those who are interested in the story, you can still see it that way!


Long story short, I fell in love with this musical all over again. The only regret I have is that I didn't know about it sooner so I could have attempted to get seats on the first floor. There was actually quite a bit of interaction with the audience, so the people who were closest to the stage got a really cool experience! However, there was one time where the vampires who lived in the castle came walking throughout all the isles in the theater. I was kind of shocked when I overheard someone in a cape and top hat singing behind my shoulder, but when as he passed me and continued walking through the isle I thought it was a great effect!

For anyone who has the chance, I highly recommend seeing this musical!
Some of you may still be wondering why I said in the beginning this is worth noting even to Mana fans. Just because it has to do with vampires might not mean much, but to be honest every element of this musical really struck me as something very....Moi dix Mois-esque(?) Its probably easier to understand that by seeing it for yourself than simply reading about it on here.
Anyway, it was a wonderful and beautiful performance! I wish I could go see it again and again and again...

By the way, I bought a few goods while I was there!


Its a long sleeve T-shirt with a print of wings on the back and the name on front as well as a bat plush key chain with the name on the back of one of it's wings. I wanted to buy the CD, but I was hoping I could get it on itunes. It turns out only the German version is available online, so I guess I'll have to look for a copy at a CD shop somewhere.

By the way, before I end this entry I wanted to make a small announcement on here.
Its a little off topic from the rest of the entry, but since I occasionally receive questions about this, its probably worth mentioning...
I noticed an announcement on the official Moi-meme-Moitie website last week that the headquarters has changed to a new location.

This affected order confirmations and deliveries for about 5 days from November 5 - 9, but this likely only affected orders domestically within Japan. The real point I'm trying to make is that for anyone (especially overseas) who tries to send Mana gifts or letters in the mail, the address that has been used up until now for these kinds of things was the Moi-meme-Moitie headquarters address. Since they changed locations, here is their new updated address that will likely be used for sending gifts and letters to Mana from now on:

Mana-Sama C/O Moi-meme-Moitie
2-16-8-1206 Konan
Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0075

If it turns out the address used for gifts and such is different from the new Moi-meme-Moitie address I will post it on here, but I'm pretty sure this is what it will be.

If any of you ever have any other questions related to these kinds of things, as always you can feel free to send me a message!

Moi dix Mois CM in Shibuya
Happy Belated Halloween, everyone!!

I wanted to post something on here for Halloween, but one thing or another happened and I never got around to it.
Either way, now that its November we can start looking more and more towards christmas Dis inferno!

As I mentioned in the last entry, there was a video posted on the Official Moi dix Mois youtube page that was to be used as a small commercial in the Shibuya concert hall area. The commercial will be running continuously from November 1 - 15, 2015.
Since today was my day off I made my way over there and filmed it for everyone who is interested in seeing it at the venue location but can't actually go there themselves.

You may be wondering why the title of the video includes "Pooping Snowmen"'ll just have to watch to find out! (≧∇≦)
Also, the photo used in the thumbnail you see before playing the video is me from when I cosplayed Mana at Dis Inferno VII back in 2009. I wanted to use something in relation to the video theme and contents. Seeing these kinds of pictures makes me really nostalgic. Maybe some day in the future I'll try cosplaying Mana again like this...

Anyway, please enjoy the video!!

By the way, if I'm not mistaken the next Gothic & Lolita Bible should come out later this month and Mana mentioned something on twitter about an extra appearance in the Street Snap section of another magazine. He never said which magazine it will be in, but if I had to make a guess I would say its probably Kera. This is the only other major magazine that contains gothic & lolita related street snaps specifically, so I will be on the look out when it comes closer to time of the release of these issues. If it turns out the street snap is in a different magazine, I will make an announcement about it on here. Either way, please look forward to it!

Its been a little while since my last update!!

To be honest, not a lot has happened lately and there hasn't been too much news worthy to post on here...
But since its getting close to one month since my last update, I thought it might be worth writing about another concert I went to yesterday!


It was kind of a last minute decision, but after realizing Vampire Rose's birthday was this past weekend on the 16th and he was having a birthday concert yesterday (Monday) I suddenly decided about 2 hours before the concert would start that I wanted to try to see if I could get a same day ticket and go.

The doors opened at 6:30 and I happened to get to the venue right at that exact time, but the whole thing was a little confusing. I've never been to a concert venue in Shinjuku before so I'm not so familiar with the live houses in that area. However, it quickly became apparent where the concert was being held by the line outside, but to be honest even that was confusing!!

I stood outside in the line and a staff person was walking up and down saying B tickets could enter the venue. I was a same day ticket, which means I didn't have any kind of letter or number, so I thought it was probably best if I just stayed in line. About 5 minutes later, everyone in line was ushered to the stairway going down to the B2 level where the concert was, but strangely enough the line never moved...
I waited for the better part of half an hour before the concert was supposed to start all the way up until about 5-10 minutes prior. Thats when I started getting nervous because the line was still at a complete stop.

The person in front of me also seemed really confused, so he got out of line and walked further down the stairs but never came back. At that point I realized the line must have been for something else, so I followed his lead and went downstairs too. It turns out that really was the case and I wasted nearly 30 minutes waiting for nothing! I was a little mad at myself for not going down sooner...

Anyway, some of you may remember I went to Vampire Rose's birthday concert for the first time a couple years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it!
One thing I really loved about the concert last time was the venue it was held in. The inside was like an old theater used for operas or plays and with candles and roses decorating the stage area, the whole theme came together brilliantly!
This time was a little bit different though, it was just a small normal concert hall. Not that its a bad thing, but the feeling was certainly different. Even so, the stage set up was similar to the last time, but instead of the candles set up along the stairway of the stage, the candles were placed at different levels on the small stage, as well as a giant coffin with a silver cross in the middle that had "ROSE" written in the center. Some how everything still managed to look amazing on this stage!

As the concert started, many fans had red glow sticks that they tied together to make in the shape of a cross, so as the lights dimmed down the audience area looked like a sea of crosses! Then as the music started the coffin in the middle began to open and Vampire Rose walked out. I really wish words could describe just how amazing the entire scene was! Vampire Rose truly has one of the best concert intros of any band I've ever seen!

This is probably bad of me, but I don't actually know the titles of any of the songs...Vampire Rose has given me all his CDs but some how I still don't know the song titles. ( `-ω-)
To be honest, the songs that were performed this time were the same as the past year I went to, so rather than describing the same thing over again, I recommend reading that entry if you want to know sort of a description of the songs.
Other than that, one thing I probably didn't mention last time because it was a bit different in some ways, was that the concert itself really felt like going back in time to 90's visual kei bands! When I first got in to VK, a lot of the bands were totally different from how they are today, and as a result I tend to not really enjoy the more current bands. The bands I know were active in the 90's so it was extremely refreshing to feel like I had been transported back into time! I can't quite put my finger on what made it feel that way, maybe it was the music or the overall look of the performance, but I really fell in love with the whole performance!

Also, another thing worth mentioning, since Vampire Rose is technically a solo artist, during live shows members from other bands play their instruments as back up for him. This time the member set up was as follows:

Vo. Vampire Rose
Gu. 真婀咲 [Maasa] (ex.般若 [Hanya] and ex.弥叉 [Misa])
Gu. LUVIO (ex.La'veil MizeriA)
Ba. 雪那 [Setsuna] (KIL:erre/ex.Metis Gretel)
Dr. こ→すけ [Ko→suke] (ex.Illweeds from machida)
Violin. Louie (Rose Noire)

Actually, Louie, the Violinist, didn't play for the first half of the concert, but he did have major parts for a few songs in the second half and during the encore.

After about an hour into the concert there was an intermission where a projection screen rolled down from the ceiling and we got to watch videos of some of Vampire Rose's friends from other bands wish him happy birthday. I didn't know a lot of the groups because some of them were relatively new, but two in particular I did recognize were Toshiki from Pan-d-Ra and Kaz (ex. VIISense).
Maybe some of you know Toshiki and some of you don't, but a few years ago I went to Pan-d-Ra's very first performance and there were a lot of rumors that Toshiki might become the next huge gothic VK star. I'm really not sure how his career turned out but I personally haven't heard much about him in a long time. Anyway, he made a birthday message video inside a Karaoke room and a lot of people were laughing at that fact. Its probably because a lot of people felt like "What? Why is in a karaoke place making a message??" its a bit strange...But at least I felt like it was practical!

As for Kaz, I think his birthday message was the most interesting. Recently I believe hes working with the band Gengah who is on the same label as Shape Shifter and Art Cube, so he made a small mention about Z (calling him Seiji) and the guitarists of Art Cube Y (but called him by his real name, which I forget) saying that he had been hanging out with Y recently. As it turns out, the reason he talked about this is because Vampire Rose happens to be friends with Y so it had some relation to Vampire Rose. Then just as the other bands did, he announced his concert schedule and while announcing the dates and venues he snuck in the date of the release of some video game he likes. I've only seen him before so I don't know so much about Kaz, but it turns out hes pretty funny!

Once the birthday video messages finished, the concert returned with the introduction of Louie who played Violin!
One of my favorite non-Japanese musicians happens to be Lindsey Stirling. If you don't know who she is, shes an amazing violinist! I recommend checking out one of her videos on youtube↓

The point is, I really love violins, so I thought Louie's performance was outstanding!! I wish I could play violin!
After a few songs he left the stage for the duration of the concert until the encore.

So speaking of the encore, usually when the curtain closes fans either scream "encore" or the band's name, but this time it came to my surprise that everyone started chanting 召し上がれ!召し上がれ! "meshiagare" or "Eat me"...doesn't that sound a little bit perverted??(;゚∀゚)

Anyway, after some time the curtains opened again there unexpectedly the encore lasted another half an hour!!
At the beginning everyone came out on stage wearing special Vampire Rose T-shirts and Halloween themed capes (pumpkins, vampires, black and orange silk capes, etc) while carrying small pumpkin baskets with candy that they threw into the audience. As Vampire Rose walked on stage he kept yelling "HALLOWEEN!! HALLOWEEN!" It was a little bit funny because since Halloween is only recently becoming popular in Japan, I often hear a lot of people yell out "Halloween!" can skip out on the whole "Happy" part of the phrase. I'm not sure if what he really meant was "Happy Halloween" or if he just wanted to yell out "Halloween", because it turns out he introduced a brand new song at this concert called Bloody Halloween, and the main chorus of the song is "Happy Halloween, Happy Halloween!"
When this song played, the everyone was expected to yell out "Halloween!" after "Happy" was sung, but the tempo was a little bit fast so a lot of people in the back (near where I was standing) slowly gave up on yelling out Halloween.
All in all, the song was really catchy and fun! You can listen to it here on Vampire Rose's youtube channel:

The CD recently went on sale so it was available to purchase at the concert and likely in stores now!
Vampire Rose explained he created this song because he really loves Halloween so its something hes been wanting to do for a while now.
After the new song, he was going to do an MC, but right as he was about to start suddenly birthday music came on and everyone started singing Happy Birthday. A staff member came out in full costume with some kind of ghoul mask to present Vampire Rose with a coffin shaped birthday cake (it looked like it was made by the Vampire Cafe staff) with several candles and two sparklers that wouldn't go out when Vamprie Rose tried blowing on them. Even the bassist tried to help blow out the sparklers but nothing, so the staff had to end up taking it back with the sparklers still going off.

From there, there was a bit more talking before a couple more encore songs were going to be played, but suddenly the birthday music came on AGAIN! Vampire Rose and everyone in the audience got really confused at this point, but the audience started singing the birthday song again anyway, and the band members presented Vampire Rose with a gift that had signatures all over it from all of Vampire Rose's friends. This part ended up being a complete surprise and even Vampire Rose said "I didn't expect it at all!" there was a load of band guys at the concert watching from the audience, and it turns out all of them, including the band members, had gone in together for the gift and that was the moment they had all been waiting for. The gift was a bottle of wine produced on Vampire Rose's birth year. Apparently one of the guitarists in the band found it on Yahoo, so Vampire Rose responded saying "Yahoo is amazing!"

Finally from there, the last two songs of the night were performed. A lot of fans in the audience had red towels that had "Vampire Rose" written on them, so for the last song everyone with a towel waved it in the air. As soon as the song ended, everyone on stage and in the audience got together for a group photo.


Its a little embarrassing, but I wonder if you can see me in it?( ̄ー+ ̄)
I'm a bit towards the back on the left hand side. Theres a gap between me and the other people, but thats because the people standing next to me tried to hide during the photos so they sat on the ground...

From there, all the band members held hands as well as the audience and everyone did one big leap together to finish off the night.
One of the guitarists and the bassists kept throwing things in the the audience at the end and before the curtains closed, the guitarist ran into the coffin and shut himself in.

I'm really glad I made the last minute decision to go because it turned out to be a really great night!!

From here on out, there aren't any other concerts I'm planning on attending except for a certain musical, but I don't know if it will be worth writing about that or not...
Anyway, now I can start looking towards Dis inferno! It might be all the way in December, but I've already started thinking about how I want to dress... I would like to do something a little bit different this time, but we'll have to see if my ideas actually end up working...

Anyway, before closing this entry, I wanted to make two special notes!!

First of all, I was out with some friends a couple weeks ago and we happened to find something kind of interesting!

I know its nothing big, but we found an advertisement for Moi dix Mois in a free magazine at closet child!
Its surprising because its very rare that I ever see Moi dix Mois advertisements anywhere! Not only that, Mana mentioned on twitter that Hot Stuff asked him to make a 15 second PV to stream outside the Shibuya concert venue area. Of course this PV was already uploaded onto the Moi dix Mois Official Youtube channel, but its exciting to see that Hot Stuff is finally making efforts to promote Moi dix Mois publicly like this!

This video will be shown outside the concert halls from November 1 - 15, 2015 so I plan on checking it out and posting about it here!

Lastly, I want to announce a new fansite I've been helping working on for a while now!


I've been encouraging some friends lately to make a fansite for Shape Shifter because they really love Z, so we worked together on setting up a new blog called 「小悪魔ちゃんの煉獄」 (Koakuma-chan no Rengoku) meaning "Little Demons' Purgatory".
We came up with the name together because they explained to me that Shape Shifter likes to call their fans 小悪魔ちゃん (Koakuma-chan/little demons) so they wanted the title of the site to have that in there. Therefore, I came up with the name Little Demons' Purgatory because the concept of Shape Shifter revolves around the band living between the Human World and Demon World, so I thought it was only fitting that the fans would be living within Purgatory between the Human and Demon world!
My other involvement in this website is simply setting up the design and graphics -- my friends who run the site do all the updates, but I try to help them along whenever needed.

I've really come to love the design of this new blog because its something different from anything I've done before. Whenever I do fansite related work, its usually just for myself so its all Mana based, but trying to gasp the world of Z and Shape Shifter was a huge change for me because I needed to try to understand something I only had a grasp of with the Moi dix Mois world...
But long story short, I really enjoyed doing this and the way everything came together!

For those who are interested, they also made a Twitter and Facebook page containing news, information, and translations, so please check it out dix!!

Shape Shifter First Live / Z様 Session

Unless you've been living under a rock, you're probably already well aware that a few months ago Z (Moi dix Mois Seth) came out with the announcement of a new band called Shape Shifter!

For anyone who doesn't keep up with any of the Moi dix Mois member's other band activities I'll catch you up to speed with Seth.
Aside from Moi dix Mois, Seth was also the vocalist of the band Art Cube, but as of December 2014 the group broke up. During Art Cube, Seth went by the name Z様 (pronounced Zeta-Sama).
Along with the recent announcement of Shape Shifter, Z has also mentioned this is essentially his own solo project.

Having said that, today was Shape Shifter's very first performance!!
(Also, I would like to note, since this entry is my reflection of tonight's concert, I will refer to Seth as Z accordingly.)

The concert today was held at the venue Ikebukuro EDGE -- an extremely small and intimate concert hall that could probably hold no more than 100 people. There was a total of six performances, and first up was Shape Shifter.

Actually, even though Shape Shifter performed for the first time today, originally their very first performance was supposed to be on September 30th at Shibuya Club Asia. However, I get the impression that regardless of today's concert, the one on the 30th is still technically their first concert -- Officially, that is.
I guess you could say today served as a preview of what's to come. I already had a hunch that was the case because this concert was announced quite a while after they announced the one for the 30th.

With that being said, the time and set list for each performance was limited to about 30 minutes. If I remember correctly, each band only played about 3-4 songs. Really, it was only enough to get a taste of each band's style.

But speaking of Shape Shifter, I was pleasantly surprised by their music!
I've been paying a bit more attention than usual to Z's activity recently, and if I were to speak honestly, I've had some concerns and doubts about this band. I don't know why, but I kept having some unshakable feeling that it wouldn't be my style. Perhaps its because Art Cube was never particularly my style to begin with, so I thought Shape Shifter might end up being the same. However, that wasn't the case at all!! Shape Shifter's music was easy for me to get into and I found myself warming up to their sound almost instantly!

In my opinion, their music still feels typical to many other "new" VK bands, but it has a certain charm I can't quite put my finger on.
Rather than awkwardly trying to describe each song, you can listen to a sample of their music here:

Some how when I listen to these samples I feel like it doesn't do justice to what I heard in person. The live version just really blew me away! However, I did feel a little bad for Z because he forgot the lyrics to his songs a couple times. It wasn't really that noticeable, but I think it frustrated him.

Another thing worth mentioning is their stage outfits. Each member came out on stage wearing black and white stripes while Z coupled his look with a white and pink wig and a black hat with feathers coming out of the side.


The two members standing closest to Z pretend to be sisters (although they're both male) and go by the name "Igarashi".
They share a blog together, which you can check out here

Besides that, there was a short MC in the middle where Z introduced each member and announced the next live. Since the performance time was so limited they mostly stuck to the important points during the MC and quickly moved on to their last one or two songs before exiting the stage.

After Shape Shifter three more bands played before Z returned on stage with one member from each group for a small session band.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed Shape Shifter, I think the Z session band was probably my favorite part of the night!
This time rather than wearing his stripped outfit, Z came out in all black and his natural hair. I know its been said before (mostly by Mana) but Z is really fashionable!! He had on black pants with large platform boots and a sheer blouse with a vest over it. He also had a few silver necklaces and bracelets that tied the entire outfit together really well!

The session was mostly comprised of X Japan and hide songs, including Pink Spider!!
Since Z's voice is so different from hide's, I never would have imagined him pulling off that kind of song, but he did an amazing job! It seemed that even the people who came to the concert for other bands really enjoyed it because they were all dancing and singing along. Z himself also seemed really energized by these songs because he started acting far more care free than he did with Shape Shifter...although I can't help but wonder if thats because he was more nervous about everything going right for their first performance.
Either way, the session band really reminded me of Dis Inferno with the "drink and party!" type vibe towards the end of the concert.

After about 3 or 4 songs the session came to an end and Z immediately got off stage and the other members quickly followed.

There was one more band afterwards, but I didn't end up staying for them.

All in all, the concert was extremely fun and I can't wait to see what Shape Shifter has in store next!! (Although, unfortunately I can't go to the next concert on the 30th because I have work)

Anyway, speaking of work, I need to wake up in a few hours so its probably time to start thinking about going to sleep.

For those who are interested in Shape Shifter, you can check out their official website here:

Some of you may already be well aware, but Tokyo Game Show has been going on for the past 4 days now!
Its been about 5 years or so already since I went for the first time, and I never had the chance to go again until I made a point to do it this year.


The first time I went, for some reason or another I had a scheduling conflict and ended up only being able to stay for about an hour. That was disappointing because there was so much to see and do; it was really exciting!!

This time I woke up early to get there at a decent time so I would be able to do and see everything.
Of course I brought a couple friends along too! (^_-)—☆

The only issue was, the lines were huge for everything!! We left around noon and finally entered Makuhari Messe (the venue) around 2:00!! (°□°)
The reason is, it took nearly an hour to even get to the area and then waiting for tickets took another hour... then since we didn't have time to eat before, we had to wait in another line for an hour...we didn't get around to doing much of anything until 3:00 or so.

Besides that, however, it seems that standing in those lines didn't take away from what few hours we had left.
To my surprise it was relatively small this year... I have a few theories as to why -- perhaps its because it was only 2013 since the major gaming companies come out with new consoles, so with the exception of new video games, there weren't that many new things to introduce. Another thought I had came from something I noticed at the event itself:

It should come to no surprise that games for mobile devices (ipad, ipod, etc) have gained immense popularity, so consoles may very possibly be on their way out. Playstation's area was filled with mobile games by various indie developers, and while several games looks really appealing, it made me a little sad to see there really wasn't much geared towards the PS4.

Similarly, several other big names in the gaming industry either emphasized computer gaming or simply placed booths filled with goods and T-shirts for sale.

Another big surprise (although maybe it shouldn't be...) was that Alienware seemed to dominate the whole event!
To be honest, I'm not that big on computer games, and games for mobile devices are fine, but they more or less only serve as entertainment for a whole 10 minute ride on the train... that means its hard for me to feel invested into something with a major story line or a lot of action if its on a device that I'm only going to use for small increments of time.

......Yes, I know it sounds like I'm complaining, but perhaps its because for the first time I could physically see an era I grew up with ending right before my eyes, making me want to scream "NO GOD PLEASE NO" like Michael Scott from The Office.・゚゚・(´Д⊂ヽ

But on a more positive note, at least many of the goods being sold seemed to have a large focus on much older games!!
I was excited to see Sonic at Sega's booth and ended up with a really cute key chain.


There were also tons of cosplayers, which is something I haven't seen in years. There were some that seemed to put a lot of effort in their costumes, but I couldn't help but wonder why so many dressed as anime characters instead of video game characters??
But anyway, it really brought back a lot of memories of the days when I would go to conventions and cosplay too. The cosplay and convention were definitely not in the same style as the US, but its interesting to see the differences! I think the convention set up, events, and staff are way more organized and professional in Japan, but the whole cosplay situation has a lot more freedom, and by extension, is more fun in the US. All in all though, the organization of Tokyo Game Show really makes me feel like I can enjoy my time so much more.

So long story short, I'm a bit sad that TGS was so small this year with such little variety, but at the same time I did absolutely enjoy it and it was pretty shocking to see so many changes!

Also, I made a video of the whole thing, so please check it out!!

By the way, this is off topic from TGS, but I finally received both white versions of the new Moi-meme-Moitie socks last week!!

Feel free to click on any of the pictures for a larger size to see the details.

As you can probably tell from the pictures, the bright blue and dark blue socks have two different shades of white. The bright blue is sort of a "dirty" white while the dark blue version is regular white. It probably shouldn't be a huge issue once they're worn, but I worry that the white on the bright blue version could clash with some pure white dresses, so you have to be careful about coordinating them.

However, one good point about both white versions is how you can easily see the details in the print this time!! With the black version it was hard to tell, so thats why I posted so many detail shots.

For me personally, while I love the white versions because they're so easy to see, I've found that the black x blue has been more practical for my wardrobe. I really need to find something that can match these white socks!! (>_<)

Anyway, I once again wrote a novel-long entry, so it would probably be best to end it here...

But let me know which version of the socks you all like best!! I'm always interested in hearing everyone's thoughts and perspectives!! ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ