Day 2, Mana’s real birthday, finally came to an end!!
Although both concerts were concentrated on Mana’s birthday, this one had a particularly large focus seeing as its March 19.
Upon arriving at the venue, there were several amazing flower stands this time!!
The blue and white one was the second day of the Mana birthday flower stand project created for anyone who wanted to join in. I participated in both days, so I was excited to see how it would look. As expected, it was gorgeous and beyond amazing!!! Thank you Manami who puts this together every year! I feel like she always works so hard organizing everything and Its a very special opportunity for everyone!
Each band member dressed like Snoopy was a cute touch!
Also, as I suspected, Kaya and Kamijo gave flowers.
There were many different aspects to the concert this time as well.
For one, the stage was decorated with pieces from the flower stand given yesterday! For those who didn’t see the picture already, here it is
The Moi dix Mois sign with the ram skull, chains, and a red Moi-meme-Moitie cross pendant were attached in front of the drums, and the flags with the Moi dix Mois symbol were incorporated to the background on both sides of the stage.
Considering the fact that the panda bag Mana used yesterday (and today) came from a fan at the Hong Kong live and the decorations used at the venue today came from yesterday’s flower arrangement, both of these lives gave me a new kind of impression — a sort of interaction we haven’t seen before where its beginning to feel like anyone could be incorporated into the concerts in some way or another. I’m not sure if that makes sense, but the fact that items used for the shows actually came from people who gave those items as gifts at concerts felt like a really nice gesture.
Anyway, my number this time was A 17, so I was in the front on Mana’s side, but actually I guess you could say I was somewhere between the first and second row? There were two girls in front of me but I was standing between them. The reason I describe this is because from the position I was standing at, it was hard for me to see the entire stage. Aside from Mana, I felt like I kinda missed out on seeing the other members very clearly.
As always, everyone walked out on stage in the same order -- Hayato, Sugiya, Ryux, Mana, and Seth. The costumes this time were black and blue for Mana and black and red for the other members. After the SE (The Pact of Silence) they began with The Seventh Veil.
Heres the set list:
1. SE The Pact of Silence
2. The Seventh Veil
3. Gloire dans le Silence
6. The Other Side of the Door
7. Eternally Beyond
9. Material DEATH
10. *New Song* — Into the Hill (?)
12. Immortal Madness
13. Dead Scape
14. Twilight Flower
15. Beast Side
16. Ange ~D Side Holy Wings~
18. Je l’aime
19. SE En Lumiere
Since I'm posting the set list now, I guess I should address a major point you may see within it -- the new song title!!
Last time I said I had a hard time hearing what Seth said the name was, but tonight I made a huge effort to try to catch what he said. The trouble I think a lot of people have with Seth announcing song titles is that he tends to be pretty unclear since they're never in Japanese. Its not his fault really, but anyway they're hard to understand. I wasn't quite sure if I heard him wrong and he said "Eternal Hill" or "Into the Hill" but I believe it was "Into the Hill," thats why I added a question mark.
This time he explained that the new song was played for the first time yesterday (the first day concert) and the image/inspiration Mana had in making it. Essentially what I remember is that they talked about it portrays the image of walking along a river into eternity. -- This also seems to explain the water sounds I described last night in talking about the song. Although, I have to admit, it sounds a lot more like ocean waves than river waves to me...but thats besides the point! (*´艸`*)
Regardless, all of this was talked about at the end of the MC, so I would rather go back to the beginning of my concert and work my way to that point for now.
To be honest, I liked the song choice and concert as a whole much better tonight. Towards the beginning of the concert, Seth introduced Moi dix Mois and spoke about today being the Sabbath (technically now, Monday the 20th, is Spring Equinox, so I believe the true reference is in terms of that, but I think it was also a reference to last year's concert and Mana's reference to that time last month on twitter). Naturally because of this Witchcraft was played! I'm very partial to D+SECT songs, so I was happy.
Also, at the very end of Eternally Beyond, the sound suddenly glitched out and everyone kinda jumped in surprise. Amazingly though, Seth continued to sing the last few lines, and Mana tried to bridge the gap between songs with a lengthened guitar solo intro into Perish until the sound issue was fixed. Seth joined in as well, speaking out parts of the introduction so the transition would seem more smooth, and actually it worked really well! This is the sort of professionalism I like in Moi dix Mois. I imagine it has to be hard to think in an instant what to do in such a situation, but even when something goes wrong the show continues seemlessly. I can only imagine at some point in time Mana probably thought, "Is this K trying to play tricks on me again so we all know hes here celebrating my birthday too?"
After that the concert resumed as normal without any problems.
Finally the MC!
Theres so much to talk about here!!
After Material Death Mana walked off stage, and as always we were told to yell "Je t'aime Mana-Sama!!"
Seth said "This venue is filled with so many girls! Use your girly glossy eyes and with hearts in your eyes, call out to Mana-Sama with all your strength!" Of course it took a few tries until Mana came out on stage, but when he did he carried his bear bag out and tossed it at Seth. No candy this time, but Seth sang happy birthday as he danced by swaying and holding his hands up together until the end of the song.
Afterwards, Mana ran off stage again and wheeled out a birthday cake on a cart, pushing it to the very edge of the stage. This time he also had his panda bag and a green lighter so he could light 5 candles that were on the cake (I'm assuming 5 as a symbol for the 15 and 25 years anniversaries). As he brought the cake out, Seth said "What!? Hes doing it all by himself!?" and as Mana began to light the candles Seth continuously told him to watch his sleeves so they don't get caught in the fire. Mana had some problems lighting the candles, so every time he thought some of them finally lit, they would burn out, and every single time he tried to relight each candle Seth would warn him to watch out, like "be careful. be careful. be careful. be careful. be careful..."etc. (not those words exactly, but that was the idea).
(Yes that is a cake, from Mana's twitter)
Ryux took out a video camera on a selfie stick as Mana appeared with the cake, filming everyone on stage and in the audience. Sugiya also had an iphone he was taking videos/pictures with of Mana with the cake. Mana even tried posing as close as he could to us in the audience when Sugiya was taking pictures, so its likely at least our hands got in the shot! It would be nice if he posted those pictures!
Eventually Mana wanted to blow out the candles on the cake, but he seemed like he had to figure out how to cover his face so everyone wouldn't see him doing it. In the end, he hovered on top of it, covered his hands around his mouth and blew them out. Once he did, he started jumping around the stage with his hands up and wouldn't stop, so all the other members started jumping around too for a while. Of course people in the audience were laughing and starting to do the same thing too!
Immediately from there, Seth took out the Moi dix Mois binder he usually holds to read Mana's message to everyone. This time I guess there must have been some kind of issue with what was written in the binder, because he went up to Mana communicating something about it and they talked back and forth (of course with Mana whispering to Seth), so then they stood there together with Mana reading and approving parts as Seth said what was written out loud. They asked if everyone was enjoying themselves and of course the audience screamed out in return. The first time everyone screamed out, Mana shrugged his shoulders like it wasn't good enough, so everyone had to do it again. He also said he was happy to take a picture with everyone and the cake for his birthday (so essentially it was all planned out). Then they talked about Mana being excited that they're celebrating on his real birthday today and that there are plans for the next concert in September, but apparently it might be something more? It seems Mana wants to do something special to celebrate his 25 years as an artist, so they teased that whatever the "concert" may be could be something more like an event. I got the impression though that hes still working on it, so there was no flyer or anything advertising it. He hinted at this last year too when they talked about 2017 being his 25 years as an artist, so I can't help but wonder if hes trying to round up people from back in MALICE MIZER days until now to do a big show together? It would make sense...
Also, in order to celebrate Mana's birthday/25 years as an artist, he had Seth ask everyone to request songs for him to play on guitar from MALICE MIZER times!!
Of course everyone in the venue went crazy and started shouting out song titles like mad so it was impossible to hear any one true request. Even so, they still kept urging everyone to request aaaaaanythiiing!
One of the people next to me looked at me and said "I hope they play ______!" whatever the song was, I forget. I said "I think they already decided the song in advanced, they just want to get the audience excited..."
It turns out that was exactly the case.
After all the yelling, Seth said "How about one person yell out a request at each side of the venue?" so he went from right to left to get a couple requests out. Someone said "Bel Air" but after that more people started shouting once again, so eventually they stopped it and announced Tsuioku no Kakera
Mana began playing the song alone and eventually Seth joined in singing the lyrics. I think there were points that were a bit too high for him, so his voice cracked several times and he only ended up singing about a verse before they stopped playing.
Finally it was about time to resume the concert, so as I mentioned before, Seth explained the new song, Into the Hill and thats where we went into the second half of the live.
Unmoved was a pretty big surprise, so a lot of people got really excited as it started, and IMMORTAL MADNESS was a little wild this time around.
At the time when they want us to shout out a call or keyword of the night for IMMORTAL MADNESS, Seth first asked us to yell out "Mana-Sama Mana-Sama Mana-Samaaa⤴︎" but raise our voices up really high at the very end of the third "Mana-Samaaa⤴︎"
That call was yelled out a few times, but it was hard for everyone to do it because we had to say it so quickly, so eventually they changed it. Seth explained Mana wanted everyone to yell something reminiscent of the old MALICE MIZER/VK days, so they asked everyone to yell "Sexy Pretty Angel Mana-Sama"
(For those who don't know, "sexy pretty angel" was a phrase Mana came up with and used from time to time in MALICE MIZER era)
As Seth explained "Sexy Pretty Angel Mana-Sama" Mana started doing motions to each word. At "sexy" he put his hands on his hips, at "pretty" he curled his hands into fits and brought them up to his face like a cute embarrassed girl, at "angel" he waved his hands like butterfly wings, and at "Mana-Sama" he held his hands out to everyone in the crowd.
So, every time "sexy pretty angel Mana-Sama" was yelled out Mana would repeat these motions, but since the pace is relatively fast during the song, he had to hurry and do the motions each time all at once and it just kinda looked like he was flailing around eventually.(≧∇≦)
During Beast Side, Mana went up to the edge of the stage and started putting the end of his guitar into the audience to touch peoples hands with it, but he started swinging it around at us and it hit my hand really hard. He wasn't trying to hurt anybody, so it was an accident that this happened, but after he hit my hand it started hurting a bit but the pain wouldn't go away. Eventually when the lights were a bit brighter I looked at my hand, and....
A splinter from the guitar got stuck in my hand! (;ﾟ∀ﾟ)
I'm not upset, but it wasn't the best feeling for the rest of the concert until I could see better and get it out afterwards.
Great souvenir, right? (I'm joking)
Surprisingly, the concert didn't end with Je l'aime, but Ange this time!!
But as you can probably see from the set list, Je l'aime was actually the very last song played at the encore.
This was a bit different actually...Usually for Mana's birthay Pageant is the very last song played so everyone can get out their glow sticks to the song, but it was a nice touch to have both of these songs played together at the very end. I guess because last year we had our glow sticks for Je l'aime also, but it was in a completely different order.
Anyway, for the encore all the members came out wearing the 15 and 25 anniversary T-shirts again and this time Mana was in Moitie, but wearing a different blouse from yesterday. This time it was a blue and white Moitie blouse where the blue kinda looks like splattered paint (I wore this same blouse at dis inferno 2016, so for those who don't understand, go check out the pictures in that entry), but he didn't include the frilled part. Instead, he had the top few buttons unbuttoned so part of his chest was exposed.
After Pageant and Je l'aime, the concert came to an end and everyone left the stage. As always, Mana was the last to leave, walking to each side of the stage and bowing to everyone before ending the concert.
As I said before, this time was really fun and exciting!! There was so much more interaction than the night before and it felt like everyone as a whole had more energy. A lot of people I talked to felt the same way, so it seems this night's concert was overwhelmingly popular for everyone! I imagine it has something to do with the fact that this venue has no seat's like at Mt. Rainier Hall, so its a bit easier to be involved, and since it was Mana's real birthday he was more energetic and excited.
I really didn't want this night to end!!!
By the way, my coordinate tonight was Alchemy print but I didn't get enough time to take a very good picture. Sorry!! (><)
And as promised, pictures of the new goods!
First of all the Mana 25 year anniversary T-shirt! I really like it in person! The silver is kinda glittery, but the shade of blue matches nicely with it. The only thing I feel a little bit strange about is the dates on the shirt, especially the back. Doesn't it kinda seem like he died??(´～｀ヾ)
But besides that point, its nice for every day!
Then the Moi dix Mois 15 year anniversary goods. The long dress-like shirt is actually navy blue, not black! But the print size looks good for this shirt and its really cute and comfortable. Its my personal favorite this time around. The tote bag has the same design on it and is about the same size as the dark frame tote bag. Both of those bags include zippers, so they're essentially the same only with a different print. The print this time is especially interesting because if you look in the detail it has "dix force" "Embrase" (shouldn't it be Embrace?) and "Quiet Night Secret Garden of Flowers" written on it.
Finally, I received several gifts this time from people who came from all over the world!!
Thank you so much!!!! dix Love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ♡
I was able to meet people who came from various countries especially for the Moi dix Mois concerts! like Germany, Hong Kong, Australia, Portugal...is that all? If I'm forgetting something, let me know! Some of them came for the first time too, so it was fun to hear their reactions!
Really, everyone made it an unforgettable night! Even though its now a day later, I can't stop thinking about this weekend! Why couldn't it last just a little longer?
But with that being said, maybe its finally time for me to get something to eat...I've been writing for so long now I haven't eaten at all today!
I hope you all enjoyed these live reviews and could feel the energy we felt at the concerts these past two nights!
Also, Happy Birthday to Mana!!!