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
Happy New Year 2017


Happy New Year everyone!!
明けましておめでとう!!

Only a few more days until I return back to Japan. There was so much I wanted to post before the new year and so much more I want to post now about my trip so far, but its been difficult because I've been so busy. (´・ω・`)
Sooner or later everything will be updated on here...
日本に帰るまでもう少し時間がある。お正月の前に色々な更新したくて、今までの故郷の事も書きたいんですが、最近なかなか忙しくなってきたので、ちょっと難しいです。(´・ω・`)
その色んな更新は追ってしたいと思います。

Until then, I hope you all have a wonderful and safe 2017!
それでは、安全で素敵な年になりますように!

Sarah
Merry Christmas!!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone who celebrates this year!!( ̄▽ ̄)

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I finally made it to the US a few days ago, so as always, heres a picture of how our family's church is decorated!

Also, this isn't something I usually like to do, but this year I'm making an exception for a pretty good reason.
Well, a good reason? I should say its relevant to this blog and Moi dix Mois!

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I don't have it yet, because its being made to order and will be available sometime around March, but I'm getting a Jeune Fille!!!!!!!!!!

I ordered it earlier in December, and it will take about 3-4 months to receive, but I'm so excited!!

Last night I found my old BC Rich Warlock and started learning the basics on how to tune and play guitar finally.

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I was happy I was finally able to do something, so now I can't help wondering if when I finally get my Jeune Fille, should I try learning how to play it?
My biggest problem is I can't play instruments at my apartment in Tokyo, but I might look in to renting out a practice room. It hurts my fingers right now, but its too fun!(人´∀`)


By the way, it seems Mana also made a post on twitter for Christmas!




I already posted the translations on my Mana-Sama.net Facebook page as per usual, but for those who haven't seen it yet, I'll post them on here too.

Me-Ku!~💙 ☆.。.: *+・°☆.。.: *・° *・°☆.。.:+*・°☆

Mana-Sama Santa has appeared before you!!

Have a wonderful night together

Mana

**Translation note -- "Me-ku" is short for Merry Christmas


Anyway, I hope you all have wonderful holidays! Next is New Years! Let's hope for the best in 2017!
(Actually I'm going to -try- to make another post before New Years day, but we'll see what happens)


Sarah
Dis inferno XIV Extras, Hiroshima Carp Katsu, MdM New Jacket, etc...
Since its been a couple days now, I imagine most everyone has gotten a chance to read my Dis inferno XIV concert report. If you haven't, you can check it out in the previous entry I made here↓

http://monologuesanctuary.blog132.fc2.com/blog-entry-472.html

Speaking of the concert, I realized after posting my review I missed a somewhat important detail!
Not only that, Mana made a small reference to it as well, so I'm a little mad at myself for overlooking this point.
If you haven't seen his twitter, this is where he posted about it and shared a picture of his outfit from dis inferno!




If you haven't seen my translation of this post yet, this is what it says:

Thank you for waiting! Here's a photo from Dis inferno XIV! Does the wild image match Jack Daniels this time around!? By the way I made the bone necklace that I wore myself! However when explaining the process of how to make it, it seemed like the venue was a bit noisy... what what what... Everyone burst out magnificently at this live!!

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The point I wanted to talk about is the Jack Daniels!!
How could I forget!? エェ━Σヾ(・ω・´;)ノ━!!!!

So on the stage I noticed two bottles of Jack Daniels, one on a stand behind Mana and one in front of the drum set near the area where Seth usually stands. During the MC, Seth said something along the lines of "Since its dis inferno, then we naturally have to have Jack!" so Mana walked over to the stand behind him and took the bottle Jack Daniels as well as a straw, but he tried to quickly hide the straw behind his back (it didn't really work; if I saw him take it and try to hide it, then everyone did LOL). Seth announced that Mana has to drink the Jack Daniels, so he went to the center of the stage and pulled the straw out from behind his back and put it in the Jack Daniels to drink. When he did, everyone in the crowd started laughing because it was such a strange sight!
Actually for those who don't know, the bottle of Jack Daniels usually has tea in it, so its not like he was drinking alcohol straight from the bottle. Once he stopped, Seth explained that since Mana never opens his mouth, he wanted to keep that mystery, so he refuses to drink it straight from the bottle (...wait a minute, hasn't he tried drinking it straight from the bottle before? The same year he took a huge gulp and then Seth said it was tea immediately after because everyone in the audience was freaking out?).

After that they continued on with the MC as I explained in the previous entry.
I guess with so much happening at the concert, that detail was something that was easy to miss out on because it was so short. The segments with the Jack Daniels at Dis inferno are usually a little bit more of a focal point than they were this year, but the Jack Daniels was indeed included!


By the way, I finally tried the Carp Katsu I received at the concert!



Taking pictures and explaining it would have been simple enough, but I thought it would be more fun to make a video of it.
I took a picture of it as well before eating so you can see a little bit of the strange consistency I was talking about.

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Will I ever try eating it again?? hmm....Maybe!

Lastly, I also talked briefly in the last entry about the new jackets that were released.
Since I bought both of them, I wanted to share pictures on here!

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Starting with the black one, the look is relatively standard to last year's black x white version but its a nice change for those of you who like this color scheme instead! To me it feels a bit more casual for regular use because it doesn't stand out quite as much as the blue one, so I've been wearing this one out a bit more since the concert.

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To me the blue one stands out a bit more, but I like the concept with the colors! My only issue is its a bit brighter than I would have liked, so I haven't really worn it anywhere outside my apartment yet. I'm sure I will eventually, but I also haven't had that many chances to wear either of them.

I also included details of the design on the front and back because they're a little bit different the black version.

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What I'm talking about is the silver itself. The silver on both the black x silver version and this blue version are a little bit sparkly, whereas the red is just a basic red print.

Unlike last year's black x silver version, these two jackets have warm fleece lining inside, so if it gets cold where you live, these are perfect!
According to Mana's twitter there is only a limited number of these jackets, but at the end of the live I still saw the merchandise booth still selling them, so maybe if they didn't run out they will end up on the Midi: Nette shop to purchase online.
I will keep an eye out and post links on here if they show up online.

Anyway,
now that Dis inferno is over, I have to start thinking about going back to the US to visit my family.
I'm leaving tomorrow, so I have a ton of work to do today!! (≧△≦)
See you on the other side of the world for 2 weeks!


Sarah
Dis inferno XIV
Finally its here!!!

Dis inferno XIV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The costumes were amazing! The performance was fun! The concert as a whole was really wonderful!!

So this time the live was held at Duo Music Exchange, which upon finding was decorated with a few Christmas ornaments and flowers from ESP.

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This time around I was number A 50, so I entered the venue pretty early on and found a good spot in the second row in front of Seth!

By the way, this time around I wore full EGA for the first time.

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I know this picture doesn't show my full outfit, but I'll post more pictures after talking about the concert itself.

The concert started out a bit differently than normal, but it was fully of energy!
The first thing to happen was all the lights went out and suddenly the new SE Destruction XXX started playing with the lights on stage flashing all different colors.

For those who don't know the new SE, check it out in the latest video posted on the Moi dix Mois youtube account!



In fact, the video above was the full on intro to the concert! Not only did they start with Destruction XXX but immediately as all members entered the stage they went right in to Deus ex Machina in the exact same way as the video. Essentially as you watch those first 49 seconds, you're watching the first 49 seconds of Dis inferno XIV.

Speaking of the beginning of the concert, I should also mention how everyone looked this time.
Hayato came out first wearing some kind of tight fitting two part black top (basically like a tank top and long sleeve shirt over it, but the neck of the shirt felt down past his shoulders) with holes all through it, next was Sugiya who had on what looked like a Moitie-like black blouse? it was kind of ruffly/lacy with a red tie and a huge silver cross pinned to the tie. Then he had kind of a black pleated skirt with black pants, similar to the Hong Kong live

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Then was Ryux with really baggy black pants and a black shirts with some writing on the back side of the shirts. His make up was pretty unique this time as well, with his face painted white and red, as can be seen from a recent twitter post he made:




To be honest, I really loved his whole look this time. His style is so crazy and unique, but it works so well!!

After Ryux was Mana, wearing the Moi-meme-Moitie Fall Cross print shirt, really short shorts, lacy tights, the blue and black top part of the puffy skirt he usually wears (meaning it wasn't the full skirt, if that makes sense), a really wide black belt, a huge necklace laced with bones coming out of it, the new Moi-meme-Moitie Angel Cross over knee socks in blue that were released today, and his usual huge black boots.

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The guitar Mana came out on stage with first today was also his new(er) BC Rich Warlock Revenge in white

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Actually, I wonder how many people know this, but the BC Rich Warlock was used in Motley Crue. Mana owns some kind of figurine set of Motley Crue from their Shout at the Devil period with Nikki Sixx holding a white BC Rich Warlock. I can't help but imagine this is probably where some of the influence comes from to own that guitar.

But moving forward, the last one to enter the stage was Seth, with his huge brown fur coat, a fishnet shirt underneath, really tight black pants, and this huge chain necklace with a white skull on it.
In one way or another, Ryux, Mana, and Seth all had some kind of decoration that depicted bones. Ryux may have been the least obvious, just with a skull knob on his guitar and the skull lighter he carries around with him that belonged to K.

The first several songs were all sort of electronic in theme, so it gave me the impression that perhaps this live was focusing more on industrial style Moi dix Mois music, but eventually it took a turn into Twilight Flower which seemed to open the door to more typical songs.
Rather than, explain it, I'm sure you would all be interested in the set list, right?

1. SE Destruction XXX
2. Deus ex Machina
3. exclude
4. Night Breed
5. Twilight Flower
6. Invite to Immorality
7. Nocturnal Romance
8. Tentation
9. The SECT

-MC-

10. Material Death
11. Perish
12. Neo Pessimist
13. IMMORTAL MADNESS
14. Dead Scape
15. Ange~D side holy wings~
16. Vizard

Encore:
17. Beast Side (Mana drum session)
18. Forbidden

One thing that kind of surprised me at this concert was how much more Seth seemed to get into the feel of the music. Hes always been an energetic performer, but I really noticed this time around how he would sometimes make attempts to act out some scenarios that went along with the songs. For instance, during Nocturnal Romance there were times where he walked over to the edge of the platform the drum set was on and would sit in this contemplative type pose when singing, or at Invite to Immorality he kinda scrunched his body, crossing his arms and holding on to his shoulders, almost giving you the image of some kind of demon falling to earth. Maybe thats a strange description, but thats the impression I was given based on his actions. Typically he usually goes about the same motions, doing a bit of fan service-y type dances near Mana, but this time was true showmanship!

They also talked a lot about this concert being a "big end of the year party" with Ryux making a lot of emphasis on that point.
The message from Mana at the MC was pretty long this time around. First of all, he asked if everyone was enjoying the concert (as always), but when he wasn't satisfied with the yelling out at first, he started making somewhat aggressive motions with his hands pointing up, up that he wanted everyone to yell out more. After they did, he then went up and whispered to Seth and Ryux who both looked at him with extremely confused looks on their faces, so when that didn't work, he started flicking his hands and jumping, and Seth said that at the next yell, Mana wants everyone to jump up and down and flick their hands out (like making hand motions to resemble something shining or sparkling). Eventually everyone did it and thought it was pretty funny. Mana then went up to Hayato and Sugiya and made the same motions at them that they have to jump and do the hand movements as well, so all the members eventually started doing the same thing and Hayato even came down from the drum set to jump around on stage too. He then started running around and high fiving Seth and Ryux before running back to the drum set.

Afterwards Mana talked about the necklace he was wearing with the bones on it. It turns out he made it himself, and so he wrote on the message Seth was reading out that he wanted to explain how he made it. Seth started laughing when he saw the "let me explain it" part of the message. He must not have read the whole message until the time of the MC because he made comments like "Seriously? I have to read a whole explanation?" and Mana nodded.
Afterwards, he said something about he wanted to interact with everyone in real time at the live, but to be honest, I couldn't really understand what that part was about. Seth read out various questions that people were randomly raising their hands to. It seems the friends I had around me couldn't quite understand either...I wonder what it was about?

Anyway, the end of the message talked about the next concert, Mana's Birthday live on Saturday March 18 and Sunday March 19!!!!
It will also be the 25th anniversary of Mana as an artist, so everyone cheered and clapped at that comment.
The March 18th live will be at Mt. Rainier Hall Shibuya Pleasure Pleasure as it has been for the past few years now, and the March 19th live will be at TSUTAYA O-WEST.
Since the March 19th live will be on Mana's actual birthday, Seth made a comment about it saying "Its on Mana's real birthday, so it should be pretty exciting then!" and once again Mana nodded in agreement to his comment as everyone in the audience cheered.

Finally, once all the announcements were finished, Seth raised his voice to scream out the name of the next song, Material Death!
Once IMMORTAL MADNESS played, a lot more excitement started happening again. Seth was deciding on the key word for the song, but Mana eventually made him tell everyone to yell out "LOVE" while making a heart shape with our hands, and then yelling "Kyuuu!" and raising our hands up. In the middle of the song, Mana went back and got a bag of snacks from Hiroshima and tried showing it off before standing at the edge of the stage and trying to open it in front of everyone, but all the snacks kept falling onto the floor, so he finally took the bag, and started reaching in and throwing it out into the audience. What came as even more of a surprise was that he suddenly got onto the ground level between the stage and the barricade where everyone is standing and starting throwing out candy to everyone in the front. I never have any kind of expectation that I can catch anything he throws out, and particularly being as close to the front I am, he usually tries to aim a little bit further back, but to my surprise one fell directly into my hands!

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Its called Carp Katsu and its Okonomiyaki Sauce flavor. I've seen this before in Hiroshima, and I saw several years ago in Mon+amour when he gave these out as a prize to some fans, but to be honest I've always hesitated to try it...
Maybe not tonight, but I will try it soon and post something about it for those who are curious!(`・ω・)

After handing out all the snacks, Mana then ran to the back of the venue and walked around among the audience members in the very back. They even continued playing IMMORTAL MADNESS and he jumped around with the audience pretending to watch the show with them! It was a bit hard to see him back there at first but when he started jumping you could see him smiling and laughing a bit. It was a really fun touch that you wouldn't typically see at most Moi dix Mois lives!

Eventually he got back on stage, and then made Ryux switch guitars with him, still continuing on with IMMORTAL MADNESS! Ryux seemed to be really surprised by it, but when he received Mana's white Jeune Fille (he had changed from the Warlock to the Jeune Fille Gips Crossray after the MC) he started yelling out "I HAVE THE JEUNE FILLE!!!" Sugiya and Ryux then started messing with the dials and making the cross in the center flash it's red light. Everyone in the audience was laughing and cheering for them being so excited by it. Ryux then requested that they change the keyword during the song to 「Jeune filleだぜ!」 (Jeune Fille da ze -- "Its the Jeune Fille!") so everyone continued to shout it out until the song was eventually played most of the way through and Seth started switching the keyword back and forth between "Love Kyuuu" and "Its the Jeune Fille!"
It was so ridiculous and crazy one of my friends and I started laughing and apparently Mana started staring at us. Ahhhh...Why does this keep happening? It was a funny moment though! (≧∇≦)

Afterwards, the concert subsided into a few more songs, until everyone left the stage for the encore where Mana comes out and plays the drums.

This time around, Mana came out on stage the same way he did last year-- in a blue winter house kimono called a chanchanko (which he often wears during dis inferno), an old Matin Mana T-shirt, a spike collar, and long black half skirt. As he entered the stage, he held up two drum sticks in the shape of a cross and then proceeded to the drum set on stage. Seth then came out to announce the encore and the other members on their instruments. By this time Seth took off his fur jacket and only had on the fish net shirt, but the other members came out wearing the black x red version of a new Moi dix Mois hoodie that was sold this year. Each member was announced on stage one by one, Hayato on guitar, Sugiya on guitar, Ryux on bass, and of course Mana on drums.
the song they did the drum session to this year was Beast Side. Mana's drumming to the song wasn't bad, but it definitely felt different from Hayato's usual playing, and it always tends to feel like they play a little bit short version of songs, I think because Mana gets tired. Hayato is always fun to watch on guitar because hes so animated and excited while playing. Sugiya's guitar was interesting because it was full of stickers like a Superman logo and Cap'n Crunch (Do people in Japan even know who that is!?), I'm guessing it must be his own guitar that hes had for a long time. I also noticed Ryux was really good on bass, but even his stage presence was fun and had great chemistry with Hayato and Sugiya dancing around. At one point he was playing next to Hayato but knocked into the mic stand, but in one swift motion caught it and tilted it back right, but it was funny to watch because his knocking into it was so painfully obvious that everyone saw it and he had this look on his face like "what have I done!?" but when he caught it just in time it looked like it was all meant to happen. Good save! Why can't the other members be this graceful when they trip or make silly mistakes? (I'm kidding of course) (´~`ヾ)

Once Beast Side ended, they all played one more song together -- Forbidden. Giant balloons filled with smaller balloons came pouring from the upper back end of the concert hall as they started bouncing around the venue with everyone taking turns at hitting them. Even though its fun, it always makes me a bit nervous because it seems kinda dangerous! These huge balloons hit the lights at the top of the stage and Mana always gets so excited he hits them really violently that they tend to hit people right in the face. But I guess its just balloons, right? At one point Mana kicked one and hit popped pretty quickly afterwards and one huge one that hit his guitar popped right in his face and he started swinging his arms around trying to shove them away when he was playing guitar. At one point one of the smaller balloons got in Seth's face so he started hitting it back and forth with a couple right in front of me. Naturally the balloons were hitting the other members too and one fell on the drum set when Hayato was playing. It was kind of a chaotic scene! However, unlike years past, not so many of the huge balloons popped, so a lot of people didn't end up going home with small balloons like they usually tend to.

One of the larger balloons found its way into the back of the stage so a staff person took it back towards the stage exit, but at the end of the song Mana went back and got it from the staff then put on the new blue Moi dix Mois hoodie that went on sale tonight and posed on stage holding the balloon behind his shoulder trying to look cool. The other members gathered around him standing on either side as Seth announced the end of the concert and that he will count "un, deux, trois..." and everyone should jump together at once. Right as he told the members to hold hands, Mana shoved the huge balloon right at Seth and made him carry it around...the balloon was practically as big as seth was, so it looked tiny carrying it! But he eventually put it down on stage so they could all do their final jump together to end the night.

Finally, as it does every year, the Pomp and Circumstance March song played and all the members started walking off stage. The last two to leave were Hayato and Mana. Hayato had a two pairs of drum sticks, giving one to Mana, and both of them threw their drum sticks out into the audience before waving goodbye to everyone and leaving for the night.

Once the concert ended, several people started chanting "Moi dix Mois" hoping for a second encore, but at that point the Goblin music that always plays before the concert starts had started playing again, which meant the concert was truly over.

I think tonight's concert has been one of the most energetic and exciting Moi dix Mois lives in quite a while! The new elements and interaction with the audience really brought things to a new light and everyone seemed to be truly engaged!
I'm looking forward to the March birthday concerts and hope they can live up to the enery tonight!!
dix Love!!!!!!!!!!

By the way, as I mentioned, I have pictures of my coordinate from tonight!
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I know this picture isn't terribly better, and my bow was falling off at that point, but its a coordinate I've never worn to a Moi dix Mois concert before! I wanted to do something a bit different, but then I realized what I wanted to do was too similar to something I did last year, so I settled for this. It was a more comfortable change for once.

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Also, at the end of the live the staff brought out this Christmas tree. I'm not sure why they waited until after the concert to do it, but I assume it might have something to do with during the concert they were not only talking about the end of the year, but Christmas too. I think Mana just really likes Christmas, to be honest. Of course, tis the season, right?

By the way, I also purchased both hoodies (the red x black version and blue x silver version) tonight, but I'll post more about those later when I post about the Carp Katsu snack.

With that being said, I hope those of you who went to the concert tonight enjoyed yourselves, and I hope those of you who didn't but read this entry got a sense of what it was like!

Now I think its time to finally go to bed! Goodnight! ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ


Sarah
A Wild Jeune Fille Appeared!


I can't not post about this!!
Yesterday my friend invited me to her house to have dinner with her and her family and I got to see the Jeune Fille that she owns for the first time!
Not only that, it was my first time to actually go into a real Japanese house. Because of that, as a commemoration she had me take a picture in their traditional style Japanese room with the Jeune Fille. It was so wonderful!



For those who remember, I got to hold a different Jeune Fille some years ago because this same friend was friends with a staff person from ESP. The entry is here↓
2012 Entry: Jeune Fille Time!!!

The point being is that I'm not quite sure I realized at that time how easy it was for me to reach the upper strings on the neck, but after holding my friend's this time it seemed effortless!
I've wanted to play guitar ever since I was a Jr. high school student, and I remember at that time I received a guitar for my birthday and was promised guitar lessons, but it never happened....

However, since I received a guitar I tried playing it on my own, but I got too frustrated because it was too hard for my hands to reach the upper parts. I'm also left handed, so holding a regular guitar felt awkward to me... throughout the years, even in high school I tried numerous times to learn again, so I was eventually able to teach myself how to hold a standard right handed guitar, but the problem with reaching still persisted, so I always gave up really fast.

That being said, now that I know the Jeune Fille isn't a problem in terms of reaching, I can't help but want one of my own...

The major problem is the price.
I can't stop thinking about how much I want one now, but on what planet would that ever happen?・゚゚・(´Д⊂ヽ

Anyway, I don't mean to complain. I was so happy to be able to see my friend's in person, so it really inspired me!
Since the Jeune Fille is so beautiful, I couldn't help but share it on here!



Sarah
MmM News & 香港MdM ライブレポ Part 2状況
First of all, for everyone waiting for the Japanese version of the Hong Kong Moi dix Mois live report,
Moi dix Mois香港ライブレポPART 2を待っている皆さんへ、

遅くて本当にすみません。 m(_ _)m
まだ翻訳中ですが、
今まで色々な情報が積もっているので、
日本語がわからない皆さんと共有したいものです。
(実は英語がわからない人々でもこの更新がわかるかも。写真でわかりやすいでしょう。)
和訳完了までもう少しお待ちください。<(_ _*)>

I wanted to make sure those who are waiting for the Japanese version of the Hong Kong live report know I haven't forgotten about the translations! The entry was very long, so it will take me a while to completely...I hope I can work on it more tonight, but after I make this entry I have to go out and do a few things for a little while. Hopefully later on though...




Anyway, there has been various Moi-meme-Moitie news lately that I've wanted to post about!

First of all, those of you who read Mana's twitter may have noticed that Moi-meme-Moitie has been included in the latest Gothic & Lolita Bible vol. 62.
You may also have noticed, however, that I didn't post it on here the day it was released, November 24...

So for anyone who has been waiting, here is Moi-meme-Moitie in Gothic & Lolita Bible vol. 62


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I was reluctant to post these images for a couple reasons.
First of all, its only a tiny square in the corner of the page with dresses that have already been released, so its nothing new or note-worthy really.
Secondly, its more of a personal problem, but I'm disappointed that the GLB chose to advertise Anime Matsuri this time. As you can see, its not on this page particularly, but since Houston is my home town, I've known and had to deal with the owner since before Anime Matsuri ever began. Those who are immersed in the lolita community understand the problem.
To make a long story short, I wont talk about the problems with Anime Matsuri owner here, but its hard for me to condone this situation.
Of course, I also thought to myself that those of you who read this blog likely don't have much involvement in the issue, and I don't think you should be "punished" (for a lack of better words) for outside interference. But, if you were curious why this came so late, I wanted to be able to give you an explanation.



As for other news, I was also announced a couple weeks ago that Moi-meme-Moitie was used as a fashion reference for the movie "Tale of Tales"!

The official website is here
http://itsuka-monogatari.jp/

However, I feel like the information got a little confused, so I want to explain!

There are no actors actually wearing Moi-meme-Moitie in the movie itself, rather the Japanese website decided to include various brands and coordinates that they felt could look inspired by the fashion within the movie. To put it simply, its for promotional purposes.
Regardless, its still fun to see the Moi-meme-Moitie coordintes chosen for the site!
http://itsuka-monogatari.jp/tieup.html

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The descriptions written in Japanese have nothing to do with movie content or promotion, its simply a description of what each coordinate is, like what you would see in Kera or the GLB.
The exciting point to me is that they chose to include an older Moitie piece! I really love the long tiered dress and the necklaces match nicely. Of course I like the white coordinate too, but I feel like its just advertisement for whats available now. Theres nothing wrong with that, its just nothing particularly new in terms of coordinate choice.


Speaking of Moi-meme-Moitie, Dis inferno is coming up in a few short weeks on December 17th, so I need to think about what to wear!!
I feel like I'm at a loss for ideas lately.... (´・ω・`)


Sarah