ファミ通
Ahhhh!!!!
I had just finished writing this entry and FC2 completely erased it!!
Its the one time I didn't make a backup of the entry before posting it either. Damn.

Let's try this again...

Yesterday Mana posted on twitter that he made an appearance in the famous Japanese video game magazine, The Weekly Famitsu. I had suspected this may be the case about a week ago when he made a vague reference to it, and it seems it was true!
This time there are no photos of him included, but the article contains artwork of him along with a commentary he made for the 20th anniversary of the manga ドキばぐ (Dokibagu), which has a connection to the Famitsu.




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Translation:
Given an appearance in the times of a legend
A congratulatory comment from Mana-Sama (Moi dix Mois/MALICE MIZER)!


Mana-Sama, an artist who is active as a guitarist and music producer showed a firm love for video games with “Dokibagu” in the past. We got a congratulatory comment from him for the 20th anniversary of “Dokibagu”!


“This has been my favorite story in the Famitsu ever since childhood, so I had always wished to be in the manga and I got to be twice! I was really happy about that!
I had a photoshoot at Ami Shibata’s house, and when the Xbox raided Japan I didn’t go out to the market, so she came and showed me the real thing……I had tears! “Dokibagu” put forth an “Even this is in here!” type maniac content, and the story was always so interesting; it’s single-handed execution was nothing short of a catharsis! Congratulations to “Dokibagu” on it’s 20 year anniversary! “




Although it was a short statement, I could really really feel Mana's enthusiasm upon reading it! As far as I'm aware, Dokibagu is not a manga that ever surfaced or saw official translation in the US. From what I could find online, it doesn't look like it was ever released anywhere except Japan, actually. Many times when Mana talks about particular titles such as this, it makes me want to look into it more myself. Some how it always makes me feel like I've completely missed out on an aspect of Japanese pop-culture for the soul reason that it was never made available overseas. I often feel like I should take advantage of the fact that I live in Japan, and try to get my hands on these things, but the sheer amount of content made only available in Japan feels a bit overwhelming sometimes...

Anyway this is going to end as a relatively short entry.
Theres a lot more I wanted to talk about actually (which thankfully I did manage to save!), but at this point I feel like its probably better to leave out of this entry. Tomorrow, well technically today, is Dis inferno, so I feel like it would be information overload if I continued this and then wrote a full live report later on too.

Maybe some of you can guess what the content is that I want to discuss because theres quite a bit I haven't addressed recently. I feel those things are still important to cover on here, but I will do it for sure when the timing is better.

Until then, please look forward to that entry, as well as the Dis inferno live report that will go up after the concert!


Sarah