Thursday, 31 December 2009

大晦日★ゆくとシくるとシ

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Ah No.105468 Author: HYDE 2009-12-31 13:53:49

It's already New Year's Eve?



Whatever No.105486 Author: HYDE 2009-12-31 14:04:08


I was composing music and doing other things, and while I was spending my free time on that,
It ended up becoming New Year's Eve....
The truth is that I've just started composing some tunes, but I've come to think...
I’d rather show up...


Though I am always thinking (of you)


Though I am composing for VAMPS...


Hnnn~ time is not enough...


Unexpectedly No.105521 Author: HYDE 2009-12-31 14:21:04

I really ended up making some time for Laruku's activities
Well, probably it's K.A.Z who's doing a lot for us
Since this Laruku's tune is a theme song, "impathy"(*) plays an overwhelming part.
Up to the present, even if I watched the players in a game, it meant nothing to me, but I’ve come to feel touched
Just in the decisive games


But maybe that’s because I was thinking of them the whole time while I was producing (** the tune**)
even though we haven't met at all.




Ah No.105529 Author: HYDE 2009-12-31 14:24:36


Up to the very present, I thought it was "impathy" (*)...


it's "em" (*), ne...


ashamed




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(*) The correct word is “感情移入” ("kanjyou inyuu") which means "empathy". However he misspelled it as "感情輸入" (kanjyou yunyuu) which is something like receiving/importing feelings. So, I translated the misspelled word as "impathy", using the prefix "im" as in the word "importing"

Thank you, honey, for showing so much empathy  (^__^)





Putting that aside No.105555 Author: HYDE 2009-12-31 14:34:52

Up until now, when I am composing a theme song, I keep in mind the whole time the main object that will appear in the lyrics, so
I end up trying to feel emotionally involved with the image of the heroin and cast that I never met before, which already differs from the director’s image


However, I probably don't think about the other side (** I think he's referring to those who will see/listen the final product**)


Ah, but
When your tune touches the emotions of others, it's possibly embarrassing...




Putting that aside No.105587 Author: HYDE 2009-12-31 14:48:41


This year turned into a deep, thick year with VAMPS


I think it was 1 hot and amusing year


Next year I really want to make good use of the things I gained this year


Laruku's activities will be in intense vigor the year after the next year, so, as VAMPS,


I want to make next year a year with no regrets


I wonder how far I can go~


Because I am saying such thing, there's no time to waste


I really don't want to lose to anyone in quality


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I'll run for a while




Well then No.105619 Author: HYDE 2009-12-31 14:55:17




Well,


I'll compose for a while, ne


Today I'll leave the lamp turned on


The reason is for you not having feelings such as "come here soon", "you're neglecting us"


Have a nice year!




HAPPY NEW YEAR No.106258 Author: HYDE 2010-01-01 00:30:00


Happy New Year


Best wishes for this year


... I was sleeping


It passed away


the year


It passed away


Ahhh


Year comes, Year goes 

Did I miss it?

Did I miss it?

It can't be

The whole Japan is cheating on me?

Cheating me?
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It's not cheating, ne....




Ah~


All of you


I'm not much good at anything,
but please be kind to me this year, too!


Lights out! No.106270 Author: HYDE 2010-01-01 00:33:27


Even though it's a little late
I think I'm gonna eat some soba
See you
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Thursday, 24 December 2009

メリクリ~『クリスマスにはトリのもも肉を食いたいのじゃ! 』

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This is from HYDE's mobile service. It was nicely sent to me today. And, since I do believe happiness must be shared...

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EDITED

Ho, Ho, Ho! Merry Christmas!
I'm Santa.

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Oh, I think you don't believe it...

It's dirty!

Ohhh, it’s dirty!

That heart is dirty!

The heart of the one who believes is ground down by the wave of the big city, just like ground glass

It becomes completely unable to see what is in the other side!

It is afraid of being hurt and it probably can’t believe in people because it wants to protect itself

What is inside there?

What is in the other side then?

Is there happiness there?

The happiness one gets with such heart of ground glass is not real happiness!

It's like listening to music in an MP3, it's like driving in simulators in training institutes,

It's the same as doing things wearing gloves!!

A certain philosopher called Thomas Fuller said

"It's better having a female bird tomorrow than having one egg today" ka-boom!!

Ho Ho Ho Ho

You probably already know...

I'm not talking about that story of which came first the chicken or the egg!

I wanna eat the flesh of the thighs of the bird in Christmas!!

And then make the heart puuuure puuuuurely, (**<--- Pay attention to the sound of it “pyuu”**)

If you stroke it, it seems really rewarded

... hnnn, I see

You really gave me a good smiling face now

So, it was probably good

Those who believe in Santa are saved.

Ho Ho Ho Ho!

Hou~ Ho Ho Ho!

I told you to shut up!

I am Haido!

Ho Ho Ho Ho

Are you struggling to be a good girl?

Well, this year is almost in the end, but with this head mixed up, unable to do nothing,

but

Can I go?

Can I finish it?

Next year there will be L' , however, VAMPS will be in full throttle, absolutely, it will be the YEAR limit! (**VAMPS zenkai, zettai, genkai YEAR**)

As a first chapter, I should tell you to keep together during the year (*)

It continues next year!


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(*) だいいっしょうゆうべき一年を見届けてくれ

(**For me it sounds like: make sure to Keep closely together during the evening year!!** )

↑↑ It seems I haven't been a good girl during the year, all my mind (just it?) is corrupted by YOU!!!

てめえ!!
ふざけんな~!!!
そんなこと言うな!!

↑↑ Oh, I wanted to say those words. It’s men’s way of talking. Since I read a huge quantity of BL mangas this year. The guys talk like that in them. This way of talking keeps on my mind.
And haido uses some similar construction. I am think dirty things. Real dirty things.

ハニー、行くよ~
また言っちゃう
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イかせてくれて、 どうもありがとう

More dirty things...



A Happy Merry Christmas for you all~~~~~~*
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Monday, 21 December 2009

『 みんな気持よさそうに寝ていた姿が印象的』~ Hurry Xmas part 2

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From magazine Pati Pati's January issue.


Many thanks to dear Nephentes59 for the scans.


** Some parts I could not read because of the resolution of the scans. I am sorry... Hope you enjoy anyway ^___^**


Translated by The Lady of Flowers







VAMPS- Looking back over the year 2009- Q&A


Q01: Think back upon the year 2009, please. What's the first thing that comes to your mind?


HYDE: Shanghai's crabs
K.A.Z: The days we were recording until dawn. The live we did on board in Hawaii while feeling the night wind blowing on us


Q02: What turned you on the most in 2009?

HYDE: OOO
K.A.Z: It was the production of the album~!


Q03: Your first album "VAMPS" was released in June. Now that you completed the "VAMPS LIVE 2009", what are your impressions towards this album?


HYDE: It's a nice album and I thought the next work would probably be difficult, but I could see the way to do the next album by doing the tour.


K.A.Z: Though it's the first, I am happy for getting to do the tour with an album that I was totally involved with. And it was also very good that it turned into an album that appealed the fans.


Q04: What is the image of the members that impressed you the most in 2009?


HYDE: (** can't read**)
K.A.Z: By the time of the America Tour, it was quite impressive the image of everybody sleeping looking pleased, while we were crossing the desert by bus,


Q05: What was the album that you listened a lot in 2009?


HYDE:"VAMPS"
K.A.Z:"VAMPS"


Q06: What was the thing that you ate a lot in 2009?


HYDE: Squid
K.A.Z: Soba


Q07: What was the thing you drank a lot in 2009?


HYDE: White wine
K.A.Z: Black tea and herb tea.


Q08: Was there anything that you experienced for the first time in 2009?


HYDE: Performing in the deck of a battleship
K.A.Z: Going to Hawaii


Q09: Can you say what kind of year was 2009 for VAMPS?


HYDE: "Rising". I woke up.
K.A.Z: The year was quite busy , but I was very satisfied. It was VAMPS’ birthday of 1 year, ne.


Q10- Tell us your predictions, concerning VAMPS, for 2010, please.

HYDE:"Receiving". I'll sublimate.
K.A.Z: It's possible that I'll become more of a bold guy ..... In various territories.
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Sunday, 13 December 2009

祝福されたように♪

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This should have been posted one week ago!!!




 The Sunday Sports video is very nice, too. Snow looks like milk, ne. And the scenes of the athletes match the song quite a lot. I felt moved somehow T__T Is such a long way one journeys to achieve a dream, ne. The way is long but the happiness of the very moment of having it in hand must be glorious~*




“BLESS” is really beautiful and it’s surely very nice seeing all Laruku together after so long, ne. Oh, so wonderful.

I was not at home by the time of MUSIC JAPAN, so I had to record it. Where I was, I couldn’t help myself of being concerned if my recording at home was OK or not. So, when I got back and finally got to watch it, I really felt relieved and extremely happy. It’s L’Arc~en~Ciel!!!!!




By the way, that recording scenes were marvelous, ne. It is surely not only this person here who felt this recording a little dangerous. “Dangerous” in the very nasty way, I mean. Was I? As if!! Of course not!! ^__^v I know you, girls ^^



I loved seeing hyde adjusting the distance of his lips from the microphone.... Is it what makes the voice sound like oscillating? I love it. 


It is also quite erotic, ne. Don’t divert, Viiii!!!

Coming to think of it (<---I am talking about music), although it’s an old thought of mine, I do think it’s an immense prerogative when you are not a native speaker of the language of a song. I mean, as for songs in Japanese, though I may know what the singer is saying, I still can obliterate completely the meaning of the words and stay just with the sounds of the tune and the melody of the singer’s voice. This way, there’s only the instrumental, the melody of it; hyde’s voice and its melody. Everything is purely music. The world of the sounds.

Of course, an experienced ear will be able to recognize and appreciate the sounds, even the melody of the vocals, without being disturbed by the meaning of the words.

Moreover, doesn’t it look like we have more accurate ears to foreign music than to music in our language? It may be scientific proved, ne. Being incapable of apprehending the lyrics, intellectualizing them, your senses are amplified to the other aspects of the composition, those things you can apprehend without any language knowledge.

So, since hyde is an exceptional singer and poet, of course you’ll lose part of his pieces of art if you don’t pay attention to his lyrics. However, since he’s a wonderful singer as well, I think it’s impossible someone being apathetic to his singing. So, you’ll have a very nice experience both ways, I believe

What lead me to that? Well, I don’t have much practical knowledge about music. But I do appreciate music, so when I hear, read musicians talking about the process of making music and so on, I try to pay attention just to the sound to understand what they’re talking about. Then, I notice that it’s easier doing that obliterating the lyrics. And its quite easier doing it when the song is a foreign song.

When the new album of Placebo was released, I felt its greatness. “Battle for the Sun” is a wonderful work in my opinion. So, I tried to compare it to “VAMPS”, another good work. I remembered some interviews of hyde and K.A.Z talking about their music has no differences from western (Amerian, UK) music, so I tried to compare both sounds having that in mind. And it was amazing. There’s no difference indeed. The quality and elaboration of the sounds are quite similar. So, ever since I’ve been paying more attention to what is in the “background” of the tunes. It’s always a rich experience. The singing voice and its melody becomes clearer when I try doing that.

It’s like closing our eyes to feel the wind.

Why do we close our eyes to do that?

Isn’t that to keep the concentration just in the sensations of feeling the wind? Isn’t it easier getting that doing this?

It’s said that blind people amplifies their other remaining senses to compensate their blindness.

Maybe it’s the same.

Some time ago I let a friend listen to EVANESCENT and he liked it. He said it sounded like Cranberries and Muse.

So, he showed me an alternative Brazilian tune and the first comment I made was about the lyrics. Only after sometime concentrating, I was able to comment about the music itself.

What is the point I want to make? I think just natural Japanese bands having so many overseas fans. Overseas fans may not know Japanese but they can apprehend the music in a more accurate level faster. Not knowing what the singer’s voice is saying, makes it easier to recognize its beauty, variations and the melody it makes as much as the quality of the sounds in the tune.

In painting or any visual art, it's also the same. In order to appreciate the textures and colors and lines, sometimes you have to put aside the iconography,the figures, the level of reality of the figures and so on. Because it may divert you from other aspects of the painting. However, no work of art will be fully enjoyed if you don't pay attention to all its parts, ne.  The complexion of a work relies in the complexion of its parts.

I want to enjoy music deeply more and more~★


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Wednesday, 9 December 2009

『俺の初恋はスタローンです』~ Hurry Xmas part 1

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Otonafami 2009.08


Pages 68 & 69.
Thanks to My Seventh Ciel for the wonderful scans~~~*


Translated by The Lady of Flowers



¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨ What kind of thing were you addicted to when you two were kids?

K.A.Z: "Cutie Honey". Isn't that a little embarrassing for a child? When she did her transformation (**cutie flash**), I didn't know where to look and wondered if that was something I was allowed to watch or not (laughs) “Oh, she’s about to transform, so should I go to the toilet or, maybe, should I try to look away...”. The best feature in TV series such as "Kamen Rider" or "Ultraman" is the combat in the end, right? But, Honey is different. The best moment is the transformation scene! She's a bit different if compared to Mine Fujiko from "Lupin III", Honey had much appeal and I liked her. We could be friends.

HYDE: As for me, well, it was "Zombi/Dawn of the Dead" (George Andrew Romero directed version). Later, the thing I couldn't forget was probably "RAMBO". I had a blast the first time I watched it. "This one here is a man's movie!”,I thought. To start with, there are no girls. And, they camp on the mountains, don't they? By that time, should I call that "camping"? Well, I loved camping without the camping equipments. So, because of that, it had a strong impression on me when Rambo ended up doing anything using only his knife. That survival knife was something that all of my friends and I carried with us (laughs) It has a case in the handle. We used to put there things such as medicines, fish hook, thread, adhesive bandage and wander around the mountains of the neighborhood. My first love was Sylvester Stallone (laughs)

¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨ Did you go to the movie theater to watch it?

HYDE: Yes. Even now in my life, "RAMBO" is the movie I've seen the most in the theater. I passed by the theater many times, but I was not in the movie age rating, because I was a brat, so I couldn't even just enter there, watch it 1 time and leave. However, I ended up being allowed to watch "Evil Under the Sun” that was being exhibited at the same time.

(** I think he entered the movie theater allowed to watch “Evil…”, but there he went to watch Rambo ^^**)



¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨ "Cutie Honey" and "RAMBO" are quite the opposite.

K.A.Z: I also built a secret base to play (laughs). I covered the site of a house in construction with veneer. In my home town, there was nothing but mountains and I always went to swim in the lake.

HYDE: As for me, or I was drawing with everybody or I went to the mountain and build a fire. Getting down the mountain, there was a river crossing the valley. I made coffee with this water and it was delicious. However, when I followed the upper stream of this river, the color of the river was getting more and more dangerous and, while I was thinking that it was strange, the filthy water from the drainage of a golf club was flowing down. “I drank coffee made with that water and it was delicious”, I though.......


¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨ You had stomach trouble, didn’t you!?

HYDE: For some reason I don’t know, I was totally OK!


¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨ Nowadays, what are you into?

K.A.Z: What am I into? Aroma? I really love citric smells. And, smells in which I can feel Summer. Though it's not an aroma, I love Coppertone's smell so much. This is possibly a scent fetish.

HYDE: Ah, I have scent fetish! I love the scent of the beings I love.


¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨ Of the beings you love.........?

HYDE: For example, such as from a pet dog, from a person, I love the scent from the beings I love.

¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨ Ahhhhh, I got it! Even if it stinks?

HYDE: Yes, yes, it's OK if it stinks, so I'd say: "It's stinking~ it's stinking~"

K.A.Z: You're such a pervert, just it.


The first album has been released, but tells us about the tunes we can feel the chemical reaction of you two.

K.A.Z: Possibly you can see that in all of the tunes. Whichever I point, it will still be something I couldn't have done on my own. We put into the tunes the components that would affect the senses and omit what is unnecessary, so we have something characteristic of VAMPS created.

HYDE: It feels like talking through music.


¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨ Do you have any phrase on your mind about the part done by your partner?


HYDE: Such as “no way that’s impossible”?

¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨ A positive one, please (laughs)

HYDE: “’SWEET DREAMS’ is really a famous tune. I just knew it would happen, the lyrics are great!”

¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨ But, those lyrics are HYDE's.........

K.A.Z:” I want to perform "SEX BLOOD ROCK N' ROLL" in a live soon. This tune is driven by urge’. (laughs) “The guitar is very good”!

¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨¨ It turned out into mutual self-applause. (laughs) How do you feel about the tour?

HYDE: We'll assort various types. For example, I think the live set of the beginning of the live house tour differs completely from one day to another. The structure is totally different, so I really think just looking at that set is something worth seeing. I think what happened in the lives so far is already on people’s memory for their whole life, even if they see it just once. As well as for the people who never attended. Then, when the live house tour finishes, we'll go to America and I wish to make it also an all standing just like an arena live, though we'll have an Arena Tour in Japan this time. If I speak in extreme terms, an all standing that you see in a big arena. I think there are a lot of people that haven't seen it yet, so just feeling such festival atmosphere is really fun, isn't it? Of course, I think our performance on the stage will not be the usual as well. The attendants and I keep in mind this is a show, this way, it's not just coming to watch it. We think you’re able to taste the feeling of entering in another dimension.


KAZ's First Love 
Entertainment

Anime "Cutie Honey"

It's a heroin anime from the original work by Nagai Gou, broadcasted from 1973 to 1974. The protagonist, Kisaragi Honey, fights against the crime organization Panther Claw. Honey appeared half-naked in the innumerous apparitions of her transformation scenes and caught all the boys' hearts.


HYDE's First Love 
Entertainment

Movie "RAMBO"

It was released to the theaters in 1982. It's an action movie, starred by Sylvester Stallone, playing the main role. It depicts the struggles and the unending suffering of John Rambo, a returning soldier from the Vietnam War. Its original title is "FIRST BLOOD".
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Thursday, 3 December 2009

♪ Everything is for today~♪

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BLESS

Words & music : hyde
Arranged by L'Arc-en-Ciel, Hajime Okano and Daisaku Kume



Translated by The Lady of Flowers

Your dream is coming up to you now,

From delicate hands, heading to the distant horizon,
It has been running up to you since long before.
The beginning is a small pace

Advancing step by step,
If you turn around, you’ll see a long path of footprints
Even though it may look tangled, it goes straight ahead
You have come a long way
Everything is for today


Your dream is coming up to you now; it is glittering in front of your eyes
The snow that is like falling petals blessed you 

You glanced the glorious season goes by
Breathing white,
though sometimes you also strayed


The scenery is tensed up in profound silence
The palpitations are violently resounding
And the overflowing thoughts welcome the occasion
Everything is for today


The chimes reverberate to the skies, announcing the moment
Blessed be you who will spread your wings and fly away

You'll kick the vast land and embark in those feelings
Your heart is just one in which happiness, as well as grief are all packed together
  

Your dream is coming up to you now; it is glittering in front of your eyes
The snow that is like falling petals blessed you

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Tuesday, 1 December 2009

「祝福する」~★

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I am very happy. Wonderful news to bless the end of the year. I am looking forward  to this new tune already (^___^).


From MySpace:


NEW SINGLE “BLESS” Release Confirmed!

NEW SINGLE “BLESS” Release Confirmed!

Also Confirmed as “NHK Vancouver 2010 Broadcast Theme Song”!

2010.01.27 Release


【Limited Version】CD+DVD “BLESS” Music Clip Included

Limited Jacket KSCL-1550~1551 ¥1,575(tax incl.) 
Regular Version】KSCL-1552 ¥1,223(tax incl.)



From the CD Japan site:


"Single release from L'Arc-en-Ciel featuring theme to NHK Vancouver Olympic 2010 and P'UNK-EN-CIEL plus orchestra version of "BLESS." Limited edition includes DVD with music clip (subject to change)".


Articles:


From Natalie

"A comment about the reason why NHK chose Laruku:" They're artists who are supported widely, beyond gender and age; they also had the strongest point, being able to transmit the sport's excitement and fascination through their unique expressive power".

It seems the long-awaited tune will heat up immensely this year's fierce fight. This"BLESS" is scheduled to be broadcasted 12.06.2009 in NHK's "Sunday Sports" as well as in "MUSIC JAPAN", so let's check it out!"


MUSIC JAPAN??? This week??? Kyaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! However, there's nothing about it in the MUSIC JAPAN's homepage


I'll check it out anyway!

NHK's 「Sunday Sports」 2009.12.6 (Sun) 22:35~23:24
NHK's「MUSIC JAPAN」2009.12.6 (Sun) 23:40~ 24: 09


↑↑↑ Clarifying ^^

From here  

"It was decided the theme song for the broadcasting of the Vancouver's Olympic Games in NHK.


The artist chosen was L' Arc~en~Ciel. 

The tune's title is "BLESS" and music and lyrics were made by hyde. It is a yell of blessings to all the players that will appear on the scene of the Winter Olympic Games.

The recording of this tune was done a few days ago and the 4 members of L'Arc gathered together after so long. Some scenes of this recording will be presented this week in MUSIC JAPAN. And we'll be able to listen a little bit of the tune.

The 4 members of L'Arc are expected again in Music Japan in the beginning of the year to perform "BLESS", so, please, look forward".



From here

"A very important day is like a tip of an iceberg.
Enduring years of hard preparation,
being supported by lots of people
and finally reaching "that very day"...


It's "BLESS" because I want to congratulate such people".

Question to hyde san who made the composition and lyrics.

*What is the thought present in the title and in the message of the lyrics?

"I think the moment of being in the Olympics is something very important and very precious to the athletes. However, "that very day" is like the tip of an iceberg, after years of hard preparation, finally being supported by a huge number of people; I wanted to give shape to that deep emotion of finally reaching that moment.

The title "BLESS" means "shukufuku suru" (** blessing, praising, congratulating**), but I made this tune, putting into it the desire of congratulating the athletes that walked a long journey and all the people who kept staring at them".

*In the process of composing and writing the lyrics, what was the thing you were most careful about?

"In "BLESS", the atmosphere of the song is hard to be transmitted just by following the melody; I think I made a delicate tune. Just because of that, it was difficult to know how to express the delicate nuance present in the lyrics. Throughout the tune, I want you to feel this same feeling that blesses all the athletes that step into that moment that takes place just once in 4 years".

A brief preview!!!!!




~*~*★★゜゜歌詞゜゜★★*~*~

BLESS
Words & music : hyde
Arranged by L'Arc-en-Ciel, Hajime Okano and Daisaku Kume

君へと夢は今

遠い地平線へ向かい優しい腕から
ずっと駆けて来たんだね
最初は小さい歩幅で

一つ一つ歩を進め
振り向けば長い足跡
歪んでても真直ぐ
You have come a long way
Everything is for today

君へと夢は今 目の前で煌めいてる
花弁の舞降るような雪が祝福した

花々しい季節も横目に過ぎ去り
ため息白くついて
迷ったりもしたけど

しんと張りつめた風景
鼓動は高鳴りを覚え
あふれる想いはこの瞬間を迎える
Everything is for today

空へと鐘の音が 時を告げ鳴り響くよ
翼ひろげ飛び立ってゆく君に祝福あれ

想いを乗せ君は今 大地を蹴る
心ひとつ喜びも悲しみも全部詰め込んで

君へと夢は今 目の前で煌めいてる
花弁の舞降るような雪が祝福した




By the way, tetsu----> tetsuya. 
TETSU---> TETSUYA

But てっちゃん is still OK, ne ^^

And ハニー is still hyde& HYDE ^___^. Don't change your name, ハイドさん, please. I do love it as it is. 

Oh, a marvelous way to begin the Xmas season \(^_____^)/ 

 




ああ、すごく嬉しいな~ (*^____^*)
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Saturday, 28 November 2009

Happy Birthday to you~♪

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Today is Ken's birthday~~~*




Kenちゃん、 

お誕生日おめでとうございます!!!

これからも幸せでありますように!!

今日も一日楽しんで下さい (^ω^)/~★

宜しくお願いします

 ★・゜*. Be always veeeery happy・゜*.★

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Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Happy Birthday to you~♪

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Yukki's Birthday\(^―^)/~☆



 ユッキー、 
 ・゜*.★  お誕生日おめでとうございます ・゜*.★
 
       素敵に素晴らしい一年でありますように~~* 
 
        宜しくお願いします♪
 
 
.・゜*.★ Be always veeeery happy★.・゜*.
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Saturday, 21 November 2009

「楽」と「毒」

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Translated by The Lady of Flowers.

Original article can be read here
Photos by Tanaka Kazuko



HYDE X Kiyoharu, a SESSION together after 15 years!!!




10.29 (Thu) ~ 31 (Sat), during 3 days, the band VAMPS held their "HELLWEEN LIVE 2009" at Shinagawa STELLAR BALL, in Tokyo.


The last day's (10.31) guests were Kiyoharu and BREAKERZ. At this day, another typical Halloween day, it was possible to spot in the surroundings of the venue, before the live started, a big crowd of the attendants dressed in their costumes such as nurses, little red riding hoods and so on.



I think the event called Halloween is a day in which coexists that very luridness from the resurrection of the souls of the dead people and the amusement of a bustling party. However, the prominent point of this day surely carried the aspect of "amusement" in it.

The leader of BREAKERZ made its appearance on stage dressed in a costume that was a mixture of "Oohashi Nozomi and Fujioka Fujimaki"!! When the vocalist DAIGO made its appearance dressed in a red jumper skirt, astonished voices came from the guest seating as if saying "No way, he looks like a very young little girl!!"

However, such commotion lasted just a brief moment, turning into voices that welcomed a surprising performance. In his red garments, DAIGO and everybody sang the song "Gake no Ue no Ponyo". However, from the second song on, he made a complete change, showing us the traditional BREAKERZ tunes filled with vigor.

While he was saying "I know that dressed like this, no matter what I sing, it won't fit my appearence!", and his "Wish~~" was running freely. They enthusiasticlly performed their hit singles "SUMMER PARTY", "BAMBINO~Bambino~"  and some others.

As for Kiyoharu, he appeared on the stage revealing the "poisonous luridness" point of what is called a Halloween. The green kimono he was wearing, in the style of a Japanese courtesan,  and those times we could have a glimpse of his bare shoulders were certainly "voluptuous". Showing sexiness, unexpected on someone who celebrated his 41 years birthday the day before, we could hear voices in total ecstasy coming from the guest seating . He sang enthusiastically the songs "TATOO" and "TATTOO" by Nakamori Akina and "SANDY" by SADS, fascinating the entire audience. Later on, as a matter of course, HYDE was obliged to say “He is the one who knows better the idea of this event". The very image of him dressed up, pretending he was a prostitute was rather impressive.

VAMPS also appeared on stage dressed in costumes. When the vocalist HYDE, dressed like Boy George, and the guitarist K.A.Z, dressed like Yatterman, appeared showing  us their costumes, the enthusiasm of the audience went to its climax!! When HYDE raised his hand, shouting "Happy Halloween!", the audience responded in that cheering bursting voice of always.




When the live was accelerated during "MIDNIGHT CELEBRATION", "DOLLY", the audience became more and more heated up. During "LOVE ADDICT", it was even possible to see a playful scene of HYDE kissing K.A.Z. It is said that this is the last live of VAMPS this year, but, smiling, HYDE said to us "In Halloween, people dress up eccentrically and it's very fun. It seems like I am seeing a walking dream. Let's do it in a bigger place next year", showing those 2 aspects, "amusement" and "luridness", to the audience.

The end was the materialization of a special session from the dreams, having VAMPS x Kiyoharu X BREAKERZ. DEAD END's "Decoy" and The Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" were performed. It had been 15 years since HYDE and Kiyoharu last performed together. In this long yearned reunion, when Kiyoharu said "Even when I am 50 years, it will be really great if I could sing together with you", "Love ends up growing up during the long time we don't meet each other" was HYDE's reply, pregnant with meaning. The venue was wrapped up by the clamor of laughters.

The Session was splendid with famous covers and the artists in costumes. Appropriate to decorate a Halloween night, we had a night that seemed like a dream. The attendants burned into their minds that stage, full of an exceptional elaborated work that couldn't be seen in common lives. Each one of the attendants reached the roads to their homes still displaying on their faces that expression of pure ecstasy.





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Sunday, 8 November 2009

~~ FROM HELL~~ 3rd day- Karma Chameleon~♪

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HELLWEEN LIVE 2009 (at STELLAR BALL~2009.10.31)

*There were red and orange lights hanging on the ceiling. And in the lights, pictures of ghosts and witches were flying about. The place looked like a haunted house.
*At the appointed time, the lights went out and BITE could be heard. The shadow announcer appeared and, as the song of Ponyo (** an anime by Miyazaki sensei**) could be heard, BREAKERZ made their appearance on the stage.


* DAIGO = "Oohashi Nozomi", a little girl that sings the song of Punyo, "Gake no ue no ponyo"

* The other members were wearing suits.



DAIGO as Nozomi chan. From here

* He sang all the song of Punyo in a girly voice.
* In a voice of a young girl:

DAIGO:"Oohashi Daigo. 31 years-old. My favorite subject in school is physical education. My favorite drink is shochu diluted with green tea" (**<--alcoholic drink!! hahaha**)

Audience: (roar of laughter) "Kawaii~~~~!!"

* Coming back to his normal voice:

DAIGO:" Which means that is rather impossible for a 31 years old person to be a 10 years old girl, neeee. But the truth is that I would love to dress as (the girls of the band) Perfume. But I tried practicing the dance... And I can't dance, really ... They're professionals, ne. So I abandoned the idea and, after much thought, I became Ponyoooooo !!"

* The reporter says he looked very happy and frolicsome as a kid all the time.

DAIGO:"hyde san and Kiyoharu san are really people that I admire and respect since my times of school... It's really awesome being able to be here right now for the 2nd year in a row... I'm very happy. Thank youuuuu!!"

DAIGO:"You know what? Our first performance at Music Station was scheduled to the 6th!! This is all thanks to youuuu. My dream was getting down those stairs~~* Please, do watch it, even if you haven't bought the CD. Because, though everybody will get down the stairs normally, I will turn to the camera and do my "Wish pose"^^"

DAIGO:" These gloves were a present from Haido san for my birthday... Should I place the talk about the new song here?"

Audience: "Love Fighter" (** His new song. People said it immediately)

* He taught the choreography to the audience.

DAIGO:"Ohhh, you learned it fast!! It took a lot for me, though (laughs)"

DAIGO:" An awesome Halloween wish!!"

Audience:"WISH!!" (** This gesture here**)

Interval

*During the interval, one of the staff, dressed as Michael Jackson performed the Moon walking etc...

* Kiyoharu san Costume A courtesan in kimono (** A very beautiful one, I have to say~~~**)
*When he entered the stage dressed as a woman, the audience got crazy and very excited:

Audience: "Beautifuuuuul, seeeexy...."

Kyoharu: "Good evening! It's possible there are also people here who don't know me. I am Kiyoharu".

* And then he began to present the members' costumes.

Kiyoharu:" Errr, well, just in case, I am a courtesan. The bass player and the heavy metal (?) guitarist are an evil governor of the Edo period and Dracula. At the drums we have a pirate"

Kiyoharu:" I am totally crazy about this hair. (Laughs)... The truth is that I wanted it to be as white as a Chinese cabbage, but there was not a good one, so I became this prostitute"

* Everybody in the venue seemed seduced by Kyoharu san.

Kiyoharu:"Yes, yes. Yesterday, I turned 41 years-old safely....."

* People began to chat and, at some point, the kimono he was wearing slipped over and his shoulder could be seen!! (**<--It reminds HYDE's bride of last year *___***) (** Somehow, I feel close to the Japanese girls. They care the minor details ^__^**)

* I didn't mind whoever it was, girls and boys were all the same:

Audience: " Kyaaaaaaaaa" (** the girls**)

Audience: " Uohhhhhh" (**the boys**)

Audience: " I’ll hold you ~~!!" (** the boys**).

(**This expression is also an euphemist for "I’ll lay you down"** )

Audience: " Hold me~~~~!!" * The passionate sighs were all flying about~~~~

Kiyoharu: " What !? The VAMPS fans like such things?? (laughs)" (<-- Haaaai, Kiyoharu san!! (*___*)/ )

Kiyoharu: "This time, I received an email from hyde kun asking if I was free in the Halloween. And when I send the reply saying it was okay, he immediately replied saying I had to wear a costume.... Though I was a little nervous, I am glad I came. Actually, it's very funny. Thank you very much"

Kiyoharu: " Yes, yes, here I also have a cigarette holder, but I had to prove it was nothing dangerous or something (laughs), so I lighted it. Look, this is tobacco".

Something like
this.

* He lights it and smokes.
(** He must look very charming, ne. **)

* The audience screams just because of that~~~

(** “Just because of that?” For the Gods sake, it’s a man dressed beautifully as a courtesan, smoking on a cigarette holder!! **)

* The reporter says that we'd try to imagine a courtesan like those seen in a movie. It's for some reason erotic the way he breathes in the smoke

Kiyoharu: “ (laughs) I guess this is what we call a death voice, isn't it? I don't feel I am at my live, so I am fresh"

* There were lots of covers, such as the famous song from "20th Century Boys" and "CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU" (**<-- I'd like to listen to that ^__^**)
* And he also sang Nakamori Akina's "TATOO".
*Before performing of that last one, he smoked once again and just that was extremely sexy...
* In the middle of this song, though, he made a mistake.

Kiyoharu: " Ohhhh, That's because I had no time. I'm sorry!! What we'll do?? I'm sorry, I had no time to practice it. Let's do it again since the beginning!" (**<-- I understand him!!**)

* And they immediately began to play again. The other song was of his, "SUNDAY".
* The reporter says that Kiyoharu san looked rather sexy, showing off his tongue. She wonder that maybe the venue was entirely knocked out by his voluptuousness .


~VAMPS~

Costumes:

HYDE: Boy George (*___*)



K.A.Z: YATTERMAN Model 1 from Yatterman (** Yattaaman**)




Ju-ken: The fish man that appears in the manga "Kaibutsu-kun"

Something maybe like this

JIN : Haydn



Arly (ARIMATSU): Totoro ~~~



* Today, HYDE looked very happy from the beginning until the end. More than his usual sexy conversation, he looked like a child somehow. And, from the beginning to the end, he talked as a woman (laughs)

1- MIDNIGHT CELEBRATION
2- DOLLY

HYDE:" Happy Halloweeeeen!! Yeeeees, I am Boy George~~~~"

* There were people who didn't know Boy George and were asking who he was (**How come!!**)

HYDE:" People who don't know him, do a research, pleeeease. Ke.n.sa.ku (** "Reasearch. Emphatizing the word like girls do. Girly haido is so cute **) .

HYDE: “ Nowadays Boy George is a little... However, that's my.... that's my youth. Actually, there're lots of people here, aren't there? People to whom this epoch was their youth~~~"

* He made a gesture as if playing the keyboard. The reporter said he was extremely cute~~*

HYDE:" Today, I could say that the female costume is a gay costume. For the first time, however, I tried using false eyelashes... It's in fashion nowadays, ne. It's great... Now they are very long .... I asked them to make me look veeery pretty (laughs)"

(** Kyaaaa, even gay HYDE looks attractive, I am quite sure of that. I am in Heaven~~~* I'll play the passionate seme, honey (^__^)/ . Or the uke?? We can make role reversal!!!! Kyaaaaaaaaa hahahahahaha BL jokes. I am sorry. Sorry **)

HYDE: "JIN chan seems to be Haydn, ne. He looks a little like Koizumi san (Former Prime Minister), ne? But maybe thinking he looks almost the same during the 3 days is because of my insufficient study of History~~~Maybe? (Laughs)"

HYDE: " Ju-ken is a fish man. Awesome!! His feet are also awesome... Show us"

* His feet and legs were of a fish.

HYDE: "This one has parts with effects. When he steps firmly, it emits a sound.... Really cool"

HYDE: "Arly was a stuffed toy during the 3 days. Since the costume was finished some time ago, it is the first time you’re playing the drums wearing this, right? Are you OK~~?"

* Arly nods affirmatively and plays the drums.

HYDE:"It looks hot... He is also wearing a down jacket under the costume!!" Audience: "But it looks so hot~~"

HYDE: "It looks really hot. .. Ganbatte ne"

* Smiling, he turned to K.A.Z.

HYDE: “K.A.Z kun is Model 1!! There's also a pose, right? How was it?"

*HYDE looked at K.A.Z, but he smiled back and didn't do, so HYDE began to do it!!!

HYDE: "This way? Yatterman!!!!"

*He tried raising his hand.

HYDE:"What?? My leg? Raising it? This way?"

* While in that pose, he shot:

HYDE: "... What are you going to make me do~ (laughs)" (** hahaha 色っぽい!!**)

* The reporter says that his smiles are very cute and that he was such a cute lamb at this day.

3- GOTTA KICK START NOW
4- DEEP RED
5- IT'S SAD
6- TROUBLE

* During the prelude of DEEP RED, languishingly sexy:

HYDE: "Deflower meeee~~~" (** Kyaaaaaaaaaa ぴゅー★ Yes! Yes! Come on!!!***)

and TROUBLE...

(** I am into TROUBLE right now just because of the live reports, maybe. I began to listen to it more often and I like it now. It's quite good. Really good. It sounds like night club music!!! And the Oh, Oh ~~~~ is rather sexy, ne ^___^ I didn't notice TROUBLE before. Shame on me !**)

* The reporter says HYDE san is splendid while singing this one.

* His eyes are really pretty today
(** I wanna see it, haido. Photos. Photos for everybody~~~**)
* Following the rhythm, he was shaking softly with both hands on his head
(**色っぽいじゃん!!**)
* HYDE was doing a lot of staring-out game with the audience. The reporter says that he came various times to the side she was, but nothing, until one time that he came and their eyes finally met (**^____^**)
* She said they ended up doing the staring-out game!!!!
(** I'm jealous. I want to look into his eyes, too. While he’s gasping and moaning... Singing TROUBLE, I mean. Or not!!!! hahahaha**)
* She said she was so close that she could see perfectly his false eyelashes!!!

HYDE: "Stardust kun, ne... BREAKERZ were really awesome... And I didn't ask for that much from them (laughs). Before, in the backstage, I went to salute him and said:' Well, so you'll let to come first', but..."

HYDE:"... he said: 'whaaaat?... by whooooom? (laughs)" (HYDE said it in a cute slowly way) (** The pun is clear, ne**)

* He was really into laughing at this one ^__^

HYDE:" I wondered to myself if he was performing the Ponyo song in playback, but... He ended up singing it naturally, nee (laughs)"

* The audience began to make a chorus saying that HYDE could sing it, too.

HYDE:" Errr... Ponyo, ponyo ? .....tattatarattan... Hn?? fufufufufun..."

HYDE:"... I'm sorry. The truth is that I don't know it well..."

Audience: "Ehhhhhhhhhh!!!!"

HYDE: “(laughing) I read it in the picture book and I haven't listened to the song very much~~"

(** I think he's referring to the anime picture book... hyde san is so busy that he has no time to watch animes?? Then, he reads picture books. kawaii~**)

HYDE:" But my relationship with Kiyoharu kun is about 15 years-old, It's been a while I don't meet him, since JACK.... I called him two times. The first time, I may say it was about 5 years ago, I wanted to give Kiyoharu kun's phone number to a senpai ..."

Audience: "To whoooooom????"

HYDE:"Hn? Ahh, Paul san. Because of that, I thought if I could give his phone number and I called him.... Then, it was in the answer machine mode, so I just said it was

HYDE and asked him to call me back and hung up. However, he didn't call me back after this...."

* He said that as if being a little sad about not having a reply (´_`)

HYDE:".... So, then I called him again for something else... Ah! It was by the time of Kuroyume rejoining. I called him planning to say to him my congratulations. So, I called and said again:' This is HYDE '. The answer was 'Ah!!??' (as if quite angry)..."

* The audience made a moment of total silence listening to that.

HYDE: "’.............What??........ Does he hate me???’ , I thought..."

* The reporter says that his way of speaking was extremely cute and that he sounded as if in real anguish.

HYDE: “Then, I was told by the person in line that there were a lot of people calling recently. So the person was really angry about that. It seemed that he changed the number and people were calling to the previous owner. So he got angry by 'Hello, is this Kiyoharu kun? I'm HYDE' (laughs)"

* Then he begins to speak about Kiyoharu's costume.

HYDE: "Kiyoharu kun understands pretty well the plan of this live, ne. Somehow, he understands it better than me (laughs)"

Audience: “HYDE san is also very pretty~~~~~!!!”

HYDE: “Ah, ookiniiiiii” (** “Thank you”**)

(** Why?? Because he chose dressing in female clothes?? If it's that, don't be naïve, haido. Most of us love seeing you beautiful guys in female clothes, occasionally. So we can express our masculine desires as well ^__^ You are cute & sexy no matter what you're dressed like. It's just your nature~~ Boy George, Pete Burns and Tony James… Even dressed as Pope!!! Jesus Christ!!! Oh, there were a lot, thinking carefully, ne hahahaha Don't make me commit a sin, honey!! HYDE san's girly speaking must be indecently cute, too. ***)

* Here, he gives a furtive look to Arly.

* He really seemed feeling hot in his costumes.

(** Oh, poor Arimatsu san. That'd be terribly hot his Totoro costume... Good to look but terrible to wear, ne.

HYDE: "What's the time now? About 9 o'clock, right? In 3 hours from now, it'll become 1 year that I stopped smoking"

Audience:"Ohhhhhh!! (clapping hands) (** YES!!! Congratulations!!!**)

HYDE:" While I was also called a coward by JIN chan (laughs) because I was smoking those cigars…" (** laughs. I remember that!!! Smoking cigars is quite the same as smoking cigarettes, ne. That was cheating**)

HYDE:" But I knew the effects of the cigarettes when I stopped smoking…” Audience: “Like what?” “For example?” “ Enjoying eating?”

HYDE: “What? Ah, somehow, my lungs regularly suddenly began to hurt, neee and so on…" (** Ohhhh, so bad **)

HYDE:" However, to compensate the lack of the tobacco, I ended up increasing the quantity of alcohol, ne~~"

Audience: "That's no good!"

HYDE:" Yes, I am really sorry, mom (laughs)"

(** Yes, Hyde. That's no good, really. Even though you become extremely sexy while drunk. Even though I even get jealous of people who are around you while you're so cute in high spirits. Even though you look so languishingly attractive and a temptation to indecent minds like my own... Save these moments for OUR privacy, honey~~* kyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, (*x*) what am I saying!! I am out of control!! HYDE san raised a monster here. A monster that was raised during the entire year!!! hahahaha**)


07- LOVE ADDICT
08- HIDEAWAY

HYDE: "In Halloween, everybody wears costumes... It’s so fun. It’s as if I was in the Alice’s Wonderland, ne. It's something really like a walking dream. I loooooove such thing! Besides, I also love very much you all who get along with me". (** Tsukiatte kureru minna mo daisuki desu**) (** I love you, too**)

HYDE: "Somehow, the staff also ended up being motivated to dress costumes! I was like 'What do you want to be?' (laughs)"

* It seemed he was really having a lot of fun today and he was all smiles.

HYDE: " But this is the end for VAMPS activities, ne"

Audience: "What??"

HYDE: "Ah, THIS YEAR, I mean!"

*Sadist haido!!!

Audience: "What about JACK~~!?"

HYDE: "Ahhh, that is not confirmed yet"

HYDE: “ 'It looks fun I wonder if we’ll have it next year…’ ….. I want to do the next in a much bigger place!... It seems it was hard for you to get the tickets, ne. I am sorry. As much as possible, I really want to have a great time with all of you!”

HYDE: " Because I think next year will be much more… much more awesome
^ ^Next year we'll tour a lot, so start saving your money from now!"

(** A world tour!!! I am wishing to meet you next year, darling~~* 生で見られるのを、感じられるのも楽しみです!! ええ?? 感じられるってどんな意味かな。。。 笑 **)

HYDE: “Are you already ready to come?? Let it all out!! You’ll come? Who is the craziest person here??”

*Following this is that song~~*

HYDE: “I’ll end up eating you because you are the craziest person!! Come!! Let’s HUNTING!!”

(** Yes, honey!!! Eat me up. Devour me!!! There are absolutely no barriers for you!!! (*xx*) kyaaaaaa **)

09- HUNTING
10- SEX BLOOD ROCK N’ ROLL

* HI! Ho~~*
* K.A.Z turning round his guitar is very cool
* The reporter said she was impressed and satisfied by K.A.Z’s performance on stage. That she could understand perfectly the KAZists excitement~
* ENCORE * Each member entered the stage holding a candle.
* DAIGO changed his costume into a black suit. Kiyoharu was still dressed as a courtesan, but he changed his kimono into a red one. (** Sexy**)
* During the first song of the session, HYDE and Kiyoharu sat on the middle, side by side, singing.
* HYDE looked very happy.
* DAIGO had a triangle and he was using it very intensely, beating it very hard
* It seemed he could listen nothing

Kiyoharu: "The triangle was great!!"

DAIGO: "You were watching me ^^!!"

* So, he shook it a little. It was great!

HAIDO: "Kiyoharu san, though it's one day late..."

HYDE & Audience: "HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ~♪"

* All the presents sang the birthday song!

* Actually, it was written in the door in the entrance that there was a birthday planning. That was HYDE san’s present for Kiyoharu san!!!
* Then, the cake came Kiyoharu: "There was nothing of all this in the rehearsal! (laughs)"
* He blew the candles

Audience: "Make a wish!!"

HAIDO: " Is there something like that? Until now, it never worked (laughs)" (** I keep on wishing, though...**)

HYDE:" It's been a while we did a session, so I ended up being nervous. The time we're apart makes our love grows, ne (laughs) Today, let's drink together!"

* He said that and they hugged each other~~~*
(** so cute. That our love grows while we're apart, too!! I wanna hug you~~~**)
* Then the second song, 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
* DAIGO→HYDE→Kiyoharu sang respectively, in alternance
* HYDE was singing while the candle light was lifted up, when it was down, he stopped singing
* When HYDE put down the candle light, the performance also stopped
* Because of that, he lifted up and down the candle light
* He was playing

Kiyoharu: "That's funny!"

* This light was passed to Kiyoharu
* This time was Kiyoharu who began to play
*They came back to throw the sweets that were inside a pumpkin tote bag
* At the end, even the pumpkin tote bag was thrown to the audience~~

~~~~ The end~~~~


皆様、 お疲れ様でした!!! ヘルウインは最高でしたよ~~♪

Oh, that was a nice report, ne. Thanks to KuReHa san and acoco san @ Mixi!! Kureha san has a wonderful memory. Thank you~~* I wish we all can attend the Halloween live next year. ^____^ It really looks fun.

And that night seemed long, ne ^____^




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