Moi dix Mois Mana’s Birthday Concert DAY 1: Mt. Rainier Hall Shibuya Pleasure Pleasure
Another year, another series of Mana birthday concerts!
It seems its becoming a tradition that we have 2 concerts every year and the first day is always at Mt. Rainier Hall.

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The doors to the concert were to open at 5:00 PM, but new goods were going on sale starting from 4:00, so I tried my best to get there by that time.
Shockingly as I arrived at the venue there were already lots of people waiting to buy the new goods!! Its honestly been a while since I’ve seen a line quite like that, so without thinking I immediately joined in because I didn’t want to miss out. Fortunately I was able to get my hands on all the new stuff (a Moi dix Mois 15 year anniversary tote bag/long dress style shirt in navy, and Mana 25 year anniversary T-shirt), but I will talk more about that later.

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There was also another amazing flower stand this year!!
In fact, this time I joined in on the flower stand! The person who manages it every year looks for anyone going to the concerts who would like to join in, and since this year was a special year I decided to participate as well. There will be another one tomorrow that I had a hand in, and they decided to include a photobook with commentary and 10 reasons why we love Moi dix Mois, all of which were given to Mana as a gift. I'll try to remember to include a translation of my message and my picture send to Mana as part of the project in tomorrow's entry!


Anyway, let’s get to the concert!!

The concert started around 5:30, so as the lights went down, suddenly from the right side of the stage, Hayato, Sugiya, Ryux, Mana, and Seth came out one by one.
The setting was the typical Moi dix Mois symbol in the background with rose entangled iron gates on either side of the stage. Since Mt. Rainier Hall has theater style seating, we don’t get a to choose where to stand — the tickets actually have the row and seat number indicated on them, so I ended up on the first row in front of Ryux! (A6)

Its pretty rare that I stand at that side of the stage, but its somewhat refreshing too. From this angle, I can get a clearer view not only of Ryux himself but also Sugiya. Back at the Hong Kong live I had a really fun interaction with them, so I hope they remembered me from that!
Anyway, the costumes this time were the sparkly outfits they tend to use for more special occasions like Mana’s birthday




The set list this time was interesting! There were various songs we haven’t heard in a while and I even felt like the set list mix was different from usual.

1. SE. En Lumiere
2. Dialogue Symphonie
3. Angelica
4. Beast Side
5. Solitude
6. The Other Side of the Door
7. Eternally Beyond
8. Sanctum Regnum
9. The SECT
-MC-
9. New Song
10. Perish
11. Immortal Madness
12. L’intelier dix
13. Dead Scape
14. Twilight Flower
15. Material Death
16. Je l’aime
17. XANADU
18. SE. En Lumiere

-ENCORE-
19. Pageant

After the first couple songs, Seth as always announced that these concerts mark Mana’s birthday, Mana’s 25 years as an artist, and Moi dix Mois 15 year anniversary. He also asked that we pull all our energy and emotions together and unite together in the venue.

From there they continued on to Angelica, Beast Side, Solitude, etc...
I was really surprised about Sanctum Regnum! However, it made sense!
Actually, an interesting story happened concerning that song. Someone I met up with for the concert today mentioned this song, and wanting to do the “D-I-X” pose (it was their first time to see Moi dix Mois), but I said I hadn’t heard that song in an extremely long time so I didn’t know the likelihood of them playing it tonight . However, when Seth suddenly stopped the show to explain to new people how the D-I-X pose works for this song, I thought “Woah, we’re actually doing it!?”
But considering the fact that these two days concerts mark some important occassions, I think the choice of this song had some logic built in to it.
…Actually, come to think of it, looking at the set list again, don’t a lot of these songs have some importance to Moi dix Mois? SE aside, Dialogue Symphonie was the first song performed tonight, marking the first Moi dix Mois CD, and essentially, the very first Moi dix Mois song. Considering Moi dix Mois concert history, Sanctum Regnum was also a pretty significant song. During the concerts there are many ways the fans and the band interact, one in particular being the timing of some movements/motions during songs (i.e. throwing up the dix sign at certain points). If I recall, perhaps Sanctum Regnum was the first time coordinated motions were incorporated into Moi dix Mois concerts.

For those who don’t know (since its been a while), back when Sanctum Regnum was released, everyone was asked to hold their left arm/hand up in a salute type pose with their hand in a dix sign at their forehead when “D” is shouted out during the song. Then, when “I” is yelled out, everyone should then change from the “D” pose to an “I” pose, meaning you take your right arm and hold it straight up with your hand still forming the dix sign/devil horns. Next, for the X, you bring up your left arm and cross it over the right arm thats already in the air, to make an “X”. Finally, when “DIX” is shouted out by Seth, everyone brings their crossed over arms still in the “X” pose down in front of them pointed to the stage.

Even at the time I first moved to Japan, Sanctum Regnum was still regularly used at concerts, so experiencing it again after some years was kind of nostalgic.

Speaking of which, didn’t it seem like quite a few songs were from Beyond the Gate this time? I can imagine the meaning Mana was possibly trying to portray with this set list, especially in terms of marking special anniversaries, but I digress.

The MC this time was interesting! It started out with Mana leaving the stage and Seth telling us we need to shout out “Je t’aime Mana-Sama!!” for Mana to walk out, but the first couple tries were a little pathetic. There was hardly any energy at first! But as always, everyone pulled through and Mana came running out with his stuffed bear he usually takes with him loaded with candy inside. As soon as he came out, we all sang Happy Birthday and Mana stood in the middle dancing to the music (he basically just sways back and forth with his hands pressed together raising them up as he sways from side to side). From there he decided to walk down the middle isle throwing candy out, and then running to the back and showing up on the second floor to throw candy at everyone up there. It turns out, he was wearing a panda bag too, so when we saw him from behind we saw a giant stuffed panda! It turns out, one of the girls who came with me to the concert gave it to him in Hong Kong!! It was so exciting to see her gift being put to use!!(人´∀`)

Eventually he came back down to the first floor and threw candy from either side of the stage to those of us in the front. When he got to the side I was on, he looked directly at me, smiled, and dropped several pieces right in front of me!!

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Actually, I noticed him dropping several directly down where I was standing, but I only saw one in that moment that I felt like I could easily grab. It fell on the floor, so I bent down and picked it and it seemed the other people around me gathered pieces of candy as well, so I thought to myself “I’m glad I got one!” but actually, when I got back to my apartment I found 2 more pieces that had mysteriously landed in one of my bags! I honestly have no idea how that happened, because my bags were under my seat, but maybe some how they fell between the cracks of the seat and ended up there? Its strange…
Even more mysterious, I found a guitar pick from Ryux in the same bag as the two extra candies. It was the new tote bag sold at this live, which I took out of the packaging right away to store the shirts I bought…I guess I must have placed that bag in an extremely lucky place! Or maybe its just Moi dix Mois magic! (≧∇≦)

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By the way, it seems Mana signed every piece of candy he threw out!
Now I feel a little guilty if I open them and eat them…

After the candy excitement, Seth spoke a little about these concerts being special days as we’ve established. No particularly interesting news this time around, just something about “more details later” on whats to come in the future of Moi dix Mois (I’m guessing they meant something about new album information? or more likely, next concert information)
Then speaking on this year being Moi dx Mois’ 15th anniversary, Seth went around and introduced each member, so each member could play a brief solo. He started with Hayato, then Sugiya and Ryux. After playing his short solo, Ryux then introduced Seth as the vocalist, and finally Seth introduced Mana who walked to the center of the stage and played the intro to Kioku to Sora (If I remember correctly). Of course everyone in the audience got excited about that!

Then Mana whispered to Seth and told him to talk about how its Ryux birthday too in March! Some how, all the talk about Ryux encouraged Mana to make jokes about him. I couldn’t totally understand the joke…it was something about how Ryux seemed like a clay doll? or a golem? I guess because they were saying Ryux is cute and lovable (in action and appearance), but he’s a man too! So I guess the joke was that dolls are cute, but maybe a clay doll is a rugged image? To be honest, I hard a very hard time understanding it, although I think I got the basic idea of it? Ryux fell down onto the floor, so at first I thought they meant he seemed like a rag doll? But perhaps if it was a clay doll, its like he was crumbling to the floor… To me personally, he seemed more like some kind of marionette!! ( ̄▽ ̄;)
Anyway, the point is, Mana kept going on further and further with the joke, and eventually he started laughing about it and couldn’t stop, so he turned his back to the audience for a good 10 minutes or so and kept cracking up. It was kind of funny to me, because standing on the opposite side of the stage, I could easily see Mana’s facial expressions when he was standing there laughing. It was far easier to see than what he probably hoped for! Not only that, there were a couple times where they obviously wanted to start going in to playing songs again, so Mana would start trying to play guitar at some points but would turn facing Seth and start smiling again, but as he did he would start cracking up again and turn back around with his back facing everyone to laugh more. Then when it seemed like he was done, he would start up again several more times! To be honest, watching Mana crack up was far more hilarious than the actual jokes!

Eventually they got around to resuming the concert, with the announcement of a new song! Unfortunately Seth said the title so quickly and briefly I don’t think anyone could catch what he said. I hope tomorrow he says it more clearly so we can understand!

Speaking of the new song, I love it!! Honestly speaking, I guess there are many aspects to this song that are very similar to the typical Moi dix Mois sound, but there were some unique points this time around as well. For one, you can clearly hear the influence of nature type sounds Mana is fond of. The middle of the song breaks into a few seconds of ocean waves amongst other nature sounds before resuming onward to what we know and love of Moi dix Mois songs. The ending also breaks out into nature sounds again with more waves and rain before drifting off into silence.

Listening to this song really made me feel true anticipation for a new Moi dix Mois album! So far I feel like there are some really great and unique aspects to several of the newer songs we’ve been hearing, and I think however and whenever a new album will come into fruition, it will be a wonderful addition bringing in fresh concepts. To me it also seems like it will become something more varied than past albums. However, at the moment as I write this I feel like I should be cautious with my words… While the prospect of a new Moi dix Mois album is exciting, I’m not saying its something that I can assure will materialize soon. I imagine theres still some ways to go, but my guess is perhaps Mana is finally starting to realize and feel the pressure of creating something new for everyone. The issue is, however, new Moi dix Mois songs aren’t easy to create, and seeing as Moi dix Mois albums are embedded in deep concepts, it takes time. On one hand I would really love to have a new album in my hands right now, but on the other I think I would prefer something of quality that I can immerse myself in. If that means we still have to wait a bit longer, I think in the end its worth it.

Logically thinking, at the moment I believe we’ve been introduced to about 7 new songs, but thats including a potential SE (Destruction xxx) so I don’t know if that counts. Therefore, if only 6-7 new songs have been introduced as of right now, its probably not quite enough in Mana’s mind for a new album (although I would say its getting close!). He has talked briefly before about new songs he created, but I don’t know if those will surface eventually or not. Whats more, usually he likes to introduce new songs at concerts first, so the songs that show up in the albums are never really a surprise or a first listen for people who come to the concerts. Therefore, all I can say realistically is that my hope for the moment is that Mana keeps pushing forward to work on new songs, and by extension, a new album!

Continuing on with the concert, during IMMORTAL MADNESS we had to shout out a variety of words. One referenced back to the Ryux jokes when we were asked to yell out “Doroningyou” (clay doll).
Also, speaking of which, Ryux was holding up K’s skull lighter pretty often to include K in the concerts! In particular, its fun to watch how he holds it out and shows it off during Beast Side as a symbol for K. At the end of the concert, he wanted to walk out holding it, but he nearly forgot as he walked to the center of the stage, so he ran back to his place, picked up the lighter, held it up for everyone to see and then ran down the middle isle.

The main portion of the concert ended with XANADU and the members walked off the stage at the same place they entered.

The intermission was relatively short and then Hayato, Sugiya, Ryux, and Seth walked on stage with the new shirts that were on sale today! Seth wore the long dress-like shirt made for the Moi dix Mois 15 year anniversary while the other members wore the Mana 25 year anniversary shirts. Mana wore a black and white stripped Moitie blouse and black wide high waisted pants, so he was totally different from the other members.

Everyone (the audience and band members) then took out their blue glow sticks (everyone in the audience received one as well upon entering the venue) and on the count of “un, deux, trois…dix!” everyone in the venue snapped their glow sticks together to radiate blue throughout the concert hall! At that point, Pageant started to play and everyone waved their glow sticks in unison to the song.

Once it was over, this time each member walked off stage by going down the center isle (since it was theater type seating, the middle isle was open and lead to the back doors). As always, Mana was the last to leave, going to each side of the stage and bowing to everyone. He then slowly walked down the middle and out the door, signifying the end of the concert.

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With that being said, I think I want to end the entry tonight simply the concert ending. Usually I write more and post photos of the new goods, but since its now 4:00 AM and I have to wake up and get ready for tomorrow’s concert as well, I will leave all the extra photos and information for tomorrow’s entry.
Theres actually quite a bit I wanted to take pictures of and talk about, so tomorrow’s entry will contain a lot more in terms of all the extras!!

However, before I say goodnight, I would like to show a couple pictures of the gifts I gave Mana this time!!

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Today I included 2 gifts. The first is a pretty rare CD from the movie "House by the Cemetery".
Mana mentioned before that when he was younger and trying to learn guitar, the song "I remember" from the movie "House by the Cemetery" made a huge impact on him and he really wanted to learn how to play it. However, there was one major obstacle he had to deal with in learning the song-- it was only on VHS! Therefore, he would sit there and rewind the tape over and over again just to try to listen and learn how to play it.
I thought about looking into finding a physical copy of the song for some years now, but that proved to be a big challenge. I guess I should say I didn't actively look for it for several years, but over the years I have periodically tried searching for it. I realized maybe about 3 or so years ago that a soundtrack to the movie actually does exist, but the problem is the label it was under stopped making copies many years ago. Several times over whenever I tried to track down the CD most sellers wouldn't part with it for less than $100 USD (approx 10,000 yen), so for a while I gave up trying to find it. But then I started thinking about it again and realized a vinyl record version of the soundtrack exists for a far more reasonable price. The only issue was to me, how practical is a vinyl record? Sure its cool, but I felt like thats something thats more of a collectable rather than for the purposes I was hoping for.
Long story short, I eventually came across a more reasonably priced copy of the original CD so I jumped at the chance to buy it!
Funny enough, even though the movie (and soundtrack) are Italian, I got it from a French shop...

The second gift is something more simple. It's Hibagon Eggs!
Mana's home town is famous for the Japanese version of Big Foot, or as they call it, the Hibagon. I bought this snack before some years ago and posted about it on my blog previously, so I'm sure if you search for it, you can find it!
Anyway, it was something that even though its from Mana's home town, I wonder if he knew about these snacks in particular? They seem to be more of a souvenir type gift rather than something you would simply find at a regular shop, so I felt like it was something unique and obscure. Not only that, Mana seems to have amassed a bit of a Hiroshima collection lately, so I figured it was another addition to that. The box inside includes a specialized newspaper about Hibagon facts and the regions they were discovered in Japan, particularly Hiroshima.

My thinking in terms of these gifts was that they were things that traced back to his roots. If we're celebrating Mana's 25 years as an artist, then it seems only appropriate to consider things in relation to what inspired him to get where he is now! (Although of course the Hibagon eggs were just for fun (´~`ヾ) )

Well, now that I wrote far more than I had anticipated about these gifts, I guess its finally time to say goodnight for a few hours before we do the same thing all over again tomorrow!!

dix Love day 1!!!!!!!!!!


Sarah