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  1. 10 points
    I'm an ordinary person who has been surrounded by tons of amazing people for my entire life. Too talented and skilled that one would easily feel inferior to them. But I don't take it that way. I'd rather say I'm incredibly lucky that these kinds of people exist in real life, not someone cool on TV or in the book, but someone I know personally and very close to me. For example: My maternal aunt - She runs a long time established food business (an industry level) that has been around for many decades. Her net worth is approximately $100m if converted to USD. One of the celebs in this country. My neighbor - A big family who I have known since our grandpa's era that lives only 10 meters away from my house. They run a construction and land business for many decades. Their net worth is ~$30m. My best friend forever's younger brother - A YouTuber (game caster) who has been in the scene since 2012 when only few people knew about monetizing on YouTube. So he is one of the top YouTubers here. His net worth has just reached 100m THB (~$3.2m) recently. He is only 26. My high school junior - He is friends with the YouTuber above (26 years old). He has been through a lot in life. He is a developer who runs a software company at the international level. His income is ~$100k/mo. Lately, he and his team launched a cryptocurrency and listed it in Binance and several exchanges. Now it's in the top 60 with a $200m marketcap. (Not gonna mention the name as I'm not promoting it.) Any many more... too many to list all of them. Having these kinds of people around immensely inspires you to do something in life rather than sticking with lazy, passive, and unmotivated people who don't have any certain goals in life. What they have in common is they built up their wealth from scratch literally, not inherited. No supportive daddy and mommy. This is cool af honestly. There is a saying that the books you read and the friends you have can tell what you'll become in the future. Personally, I've been working on several web apps. Not a startup but a one-man team. I've come to the point where I'm not behind anyone in the field anymore (~30,000 hours of practice). I don't know everything, but from where I am, it's not difficult to learn anything new. My flagship project got tons of positive feedback in a world class developer community. So I'm kinda relieved that it's not gonna be a flop. Even if it is, I'd build something better instead of quitting. I'm totally inspired by the people around me.
  2. 7 points
    Yuan

    A forum nostalgic

    Hello! I'm Yuan, in my mid-twenties, an art school dropout trying to make it in this hard ass world :^) I used to be really into vk when I was in high school and up to around 5 years ago. I was on Livejournal (the good old dayssss), owned a ton of merch, and went to as many concerts as I could. I had a lot of fun, but a couple years ago, I did a big vk sale, mainly for the money, but also because there were a lot of bands I didn't listen to anymore, namely Alice Nine, and sold their entire discography, which I had diligently collected til then, and many many issues of Shoxx, Neo Genesis, Fool's Mate, etc. Sometimes I regret selling those magazines, especially considering how they've all stopped running... But thankfully I kept most things from my favorite bands! And one day I'll finally complete my collection from Plastic Tree, DEG and Gazette. What has changed since, is that I've lost interest in indie vk, because I just couldn't keep up, although every once in a while there will be a good band that pops up and that will spark my interest. My favorites are BUCK-TICK, Plastic Tree, MUCC, cali≠gari, the GazettE, DIR EN GREY, Deadman, Pierrot, LUNA-SEA, 9GOATS BLACK OUT, MIYAVI, the studs, D'espairsRay, 12012... I guess that covers at least a good general idea. I also listen to a lot of other J-music, and in general, more music than I can name. Other big favorites (from all horizons) include Nujabes, Flying Lotus, Gorillaz, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Thee Oh Sees, toe, Kikagaku Moyo, Shiina Ringo, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Charles Mingus... I'm a big music nerd in general, I've played the piano since I was 5, and listen to a lot of classical, traditional/folk (from all around the world), and experimental music (including noise). It's a big part of my life haha. I love exploring new sounds and expanding my tastes beyond my zones of comfort. I'm also quite invested in visual arts (illustration & animation) as my studies suggested, fashion, cinema, video games, etc. Basically my interests are very broad and I like passionate ramblings. Which is why I love forums! I haven't been on a forum in many years, and I do miss it a lot. I've been reading this one for a while now, and figured it's time to stop being a lurker haha! If curious, esp about my art and/or eventual OOTDs, my @ on most social media is yuanankh (for instance on Twitter and Instagram). I'd love to make new friends, especially since this pandemic has emphasized how important it is to not hesitate to be active online - which I knew already, as I made most of my long-term friends that way anyway.
  3. 7 points
    Nowhere Girl

    Dir en grey

    Production =/= mixing =/= mastering. Production is song creation, choosing instruments, recording them, crafting them to get the right atmosphere for the project. Mixing is the balance of the stems recorded for each song. Mastering is making sure all songs across an album are balanced the same, and getting the final 'sound' of the album with effects like EQ and compression. For example, The Insulated World is a pretty well-produced album (a little laziness in writing aside). The mix is okay, but it's absolutely destroyed by an atrocious master that makes everything sound far too compressed, creating a fatiguing listen.
  4. 5 points
    I was sure this will be the worst year ever, but my best friend is getting married, and i finally feel myself happy with the person I thought I had no chances with... isn't it a real happiness...
  5. 5 points
    GreatNorthernVK

    VK Fan Turnover rates

    Echoing what a couple of people have gotten at, the turnover of VK fans to K-pop is largely due to the accessibility of the fandom (or lack thereof, in VKs case). The main difference is... the Kpop industry actually wanted the west’s engagement. Even if it’s just “share the fuck out of our music videos, and spam pictures of us on Twitter”. The VK industry’s response to this was “How did you get those music videos!? How did you get those magazine scans!? Region lock everything!!” Eventually, western fans got tired of having to beg for crumbs, spend twice as much as Japanese fans for half the experience, and having any rare overseas lives still be more about flexing to their domestic fanbase than about catering to the foreign fanbase. The irony here is that the “boom” of VK in the west was precisely due to the same promotion methods that Kpop acts use today (though on a smaller scale, as most of the groundwork occurred prior to the popularity of social media). The management of the bands that came over, however, were largely oblivious as to why this happened. So they just assumed they could do exactly as they did in Japan, but half-assed, and their fanbase would continue to grow. This just built up hope that VK would eventually be more accessible, only for the momentum to die down once management realized that it wasn’t as simple as they thought. This discouraged many, and they lost interest after ~2010, even if they had been a fan long before 2007. Most of my friends fall into this category.
  6. 5 points
    It's funny how at the time of MYV doing the Kvki Boiz stuff, it seemed to have huge mixed reception in the foreign communities. People were shocked by him having like mc hypemen and a DJ. In hindsight, especially considering what he's done in the last decade, that period was so fucking inspired and unique ..
  7. 5 points
  8. 5 points
    Himeaimichu

    What makes vkei, vkei music?

    I was actually wondering this myself. There are a lot of cliche musical elements in 90's Visual Kei that I can easily point out, but don't know the music theory behind because I'm barely a musician. There are certain drum beats, chord progressions, scales, effects, vocal techniques, and more that have become cliche in Visual Kei. One notable example is what I call "THAT" Visual Kei chorus. It's not really one thing, but a combination of factors that come together. Mainly the drum beat and chord progession. Compare the chorus of these songs: These aren't the best examples, but they're the first that comes to my mind. From what I've seen, it seems to be a synthesis of influences from Luna Sea, G-Schmitt, BOOWY, Zi:Kill and whatnot, but I really don't know which artists made it "cool", per-se, probably Luna Sea. They don't all use the same chord progessions or drum beats, but they revolve around similar ones. Then there are the pinch harmonics. (This is where my super basic knowledge in playing guitar comes in). For those who don't know what pinch harmonics are, they're when you lightly touch the guitar string with your thumb joint while picking a note, in order to get a higher pitched sound. In Western Rock, these are referred to as "squealies" because they're often used to make high pitched squeals. In Visual Kei, however, they're used as ornaments to a riff that basically shift around the octaves of the notes. I would say this started as mainly a glam rock thing, as BOOWY implemented it occasionally in songs, such in the bridge of LIKE A CHILD (which has also influenced Vkei in other ways)
  9. 4 points
    Yuan

    VK Fan Turnover rates

    This is a such an interesting topic, and many of your perspectives bring to light things I definitely agree with! I guess I entered a frenzy and my message is pretty long, but here's my experience as someone who has kinda left the scene (but never really left, as I explain). First off, I got into vk when I was pretty young, in middle school. Metal and vk were the first genres of music I started being active in, as in, purchasing CDs, going to concerts, etc. Before that, it was all classical music (I started playing classical piano at 5 years old), and a bit of pop or rock here and there, and Gorillaz, because I always loved animation and well, all of their MVs were animated and I loved seeing them on TV. So when I got into vk, my musical horizons were quite narrow. I was basically a musical baby. I didn't know a lot of music, and my tastes were only starting to develop. As many have said in this thread, it's natural for tastes to change as you grow older, because you want to try new things, etc. It's also worth pointing that I was really into manga (and still am lol), and branched out like many into "wow, Japanese culture is pretty cool", so it's why I was so drawn to Japanese music in general at first. So at some point in high school, I wanted to broaden my horizons, and I did. I started listening to a lot of electronic music and jazz, and a wide spectrum of different genres. I was starting to figure out that I really loved music, no matter where it came from or what genre it was, and that I was fascinated with music history. But as that was happening, I also became more and more critical of vk, because I started to figure out that many younger bands I was following were pretty much doing the same gimmicks as older bands. I was also starting to learn about idol culture and how it worked. I must admit, idol culture really threw me off the more I learned about it, and it made me pretty much run away from the scene. I didn't feel so comfortable anymore in spending lots of money on merch now that I had a better understanding of the business model behind it. This post really summarizes how I viewed the shift that happened towards K-pop. To me, whether it was K-pop or vk, it was ultimately the same model, but with a different aesthetic. Despite this, I didn't stop listening to vk altogether, and I still loved older bands, who are still active to this day. So I couldn't part with artists like DEG, Plastic Tree, MUCC, BUCK-TICK, etc. I stopped following very actively, but I still listened to them, which is why I don't consider I moved on from vk, but rather just expanded my tastes. Which, in truth, was only natural considering vk and metal were pretty much "my introduction to any music that isn't classical". I have also since reconcilied with idol culture, as in, I am not really shocked by it anymore. I like to understand how it works, I'm thankful I have left my "the artists I follow are perfect" naive phase, and I can still be critical of many aspects of it (selling 10 versions of the same single is still bogus to me). But let's just say I've come to accept it for what it is lol. But what was the most interesting to me, is that most from my friend group from back in the day did not have the same evolution at all. I definitely do remember that what killed most people's fun was D'espairsRay's disbanding. Basically, everyone that hadn't already moved on from vk, moved on soon after that. I was also on an A9 fanforum at the time, and their releases were starting to slow down. So it all happened over time and organically. If I look at what those friends are listening to now, it's either: they don't really listen to much music anymore save for what they were listening to at the time (so 2000s vk and other artists), or they have moved on to K-pop. The only conclusion I can draw from that is the same that was drawn by many people here: you're either in this for the music, or it's just a fandom, and fandoms come and go. From my standpoint, and considering the very small number of small vk bands who caught my attention in the recent years, I can only wonder how the scene will evolve? I kinda have the feeling, like many I suppose, that the golden age of vk is over, much like glam rock is over with its boom. I hope I'm wrong and that we will see interesting developments in the years to come.
  10. 4 points
    Rediscovered an old gem - early Wakeshima Kanon. She was so good...
  11. 4 points
    Chell

    What are you listening to 2?

    Just listening to the quintessential vk song of the era of Yaoi Paddles today My tastes just keep getting worse and worse lmaooo
  12. 3 points
    Chell

    random thoughts thread

    Really, yay thanks! It's just silly topics (like the one with good engrish songs and the one about ghostwriting) but if it doesn't bother people then I guess I will.
  13. 3 points
    platy

    random thoughts thread

    Please do necro threads if you have smth to add. It would probably bring some life back to topics people didn't see originally or forgot about.
  14. 3 points
    When people at work find out where I'm going, they always ask "why I want to see Japan." I'm all like, oh the shrines, the nature, gonna see some gyaru girls, maybe check out the domesticated foxes...you know, shop for clothes and stuff. 🤘
  15. 3 points
  16. 3 points
    anakuro

    cali≠gari

    i was gonna put this in the last music related buy thread but i figured it might be better suited here running out of cali gari CDs to buy so it's mostly DVDs + 第5実験室 予告版 with that hidden track which was a nightmare for an idiot like me to rip but i already put it away so i didnt get a pic of it oh, and the dai2 demo tape came today. look at that cali gari money... I've got a few more things shipped and on the way and more waiting to be shipped (looking @ u surugaya) once I buy 2018 oyasuminasai 2017 shitasaki last dance 2012 夏の日 密室 ザ☆ベストイレブン 非金属の夜 20130927 SHIBUYA O-EAST I'll be calling it a day and say collection COMPLETE because not sure it's worth getting 残響、睡蓮と向日葵 for 1 extra track, 初恋中毒〜童貞一直線篇〜 only popped up once and it was bought instantly so i give up before i begin 俺は怒ってる does this even exist is it really what the heck 俺が咲く山~Ride On! BIG THUNDER MOUNTAIN~ impossible to get 新しい新曲デモバージョンCD-R「トゥナイトゥナイ ヤヤヤ」 it doesnt pop up often and i'm not that big on the two versions i have already. i think it's on surugaya but eh the 2 sonosheets especially since the aoe one is on the goodbye disc 2 if I can get 第1実験室 and 洗脳's demo tapes for not 20,000 per tape then i will consider grabbing them🤔 does this mean it is time to start my lifelong journey to complete the goatbed discography
  17. 3 points
    anakuro

    cali≠gari

    Ao + Aie commentary highlights **I wasnt paying as much attention Aie instantly understood how the commentary worked (with them commenting on youtube and us viewers listening to youtube and watching the e+ stream at the same time). comments were like "wow aie got it instantly when shuuji & kenjiro had no idea the whole time." Ao's response was basically "can you believe i'm the oldest" and they were basically saying he was shuuji and kenjiro's nurse/caretaker Aie, after understanding how the commentary works, "ah, so that's why that's stuck over the camera. otherwise they'd see us fully nude. " ao asked aie about the foam "idk what it is" ao asked aie about the saran wrap "well it's not saran wrap... but like... the bigger version... we had other plans for it but ditched it and well mako had some time on his hands so " ao asking about the mic and aie's just like "oh no the ones on the right and left dont do anything. just for decoration " ao asked if it was ok for him to actually reveal that and "yeah of course i mean if you LOOK with your EYES you can SEE that only the middle mic is hooked up!!" Aie and Ao talking about COMPLEX' be my baby at one point??? this song just follows me and turtels everywhere i guess Even though it was announced in advance when the commentary would be Shuuji apparently called Ao in the middle of it and it cut off the stream at one point lmao Ao continuing to call shuuji うちの石井 ("my ishii") and お石井 (o-ishii, adding o to the beginning of a name was something they did back in the day for ladies) mako flailing around ao: he must not have stiff shoulders at all if he did there's nO WAY he'd be able to do that aie: hmm yeah he must do a lot of stretching ao: shuuji does a lot of stretching too actually before lives he's just perpetually stretching A propaganda truck started driving around in the background and you just heard the ANGRY YELLING in the background lmao uber eats guy walked in by accident and ao's reaction was simply to ask staff "was he hot?" (I believe the consensus was yes) ao "the red lighting... it really... it eliminates your wrinkles... i recommend it..." after deadman finished ao was like "well i'm full on deadman already is there really more to watch??? really?? lmao" and during cali gari he kept going CAN WE FINISH YET? ao and aie talking about food (mostly boiled eggs) for the first song or two of cali gari lmao ao "I really dont want to do old songs anymore" aie " ME TOO" like aie deadman doesnt have any new songs what are you supposed to do cali gari's release is next month and they havent even started 2 of the songs aie and ao proceed to crack up over how this schedule is impossible ao telling more stories and tru facts that he probably shouldnt i honestly forgot what he had been talking about though so cant elaborate ao "if corona continues i need to get better at talking to myself for streams, huh" ao and aie get stopped by the police for questioning on like a weekly basis apparently. Aie "If i have my guitar they dont stop me but if i dont then ALWAYS" ao "what the heck it doesnt matter if i have my guitar or not!!" ao apparently has a VERY CLEAR vision of what oto sex 2020 will be the end
  18. 3 points
    I like to listen to music, try to draw or cry a lot, altough i hate crying infront of anyone so i usually try to be alone. The only person i really open all my heart to is my mom, but sometimes i am afraig to push too much on to her shoulders, so i keep things for myself. Also about talking to people, i am a person who is always afraid of annoying someone, or ending up being missunderstood. I am so sorry for you. I went trough 1 or 2 years of bullying, by girls that had been my best friends before. It was awful. i feel you. being angry and sad often goes hand in hand for me.
  19. 3 points
    ghost

    VK Fan Turnover rates

    People have talked in great depth about the musical and listening aspect of turning from VK so I'll speak from more of a collector's perspective. For me the 2 main parts of collecting VK music that made me lose interest in the scene in recent years is boredom and exclusivity. 1. It just got boring collecting CDs over the years. Bands always had very predictable releases, your typical type-a or type-b for singles and regular/limited editions for albums with either bonus tracks or a PV DVD or something. The bigger bands put out more luxurious deluxe editions but those are usually just a giant box filled with stuff I never really cared for (like photo books) and I don't want to spend close to $90 for something I feel just lukewarm about. The last CD packaging I really got excited about was the GazettE's Dim limited edition but that was 10 years ago. 2. The live limited/fan club limited releases got old really fast. The first few times was exciting because who doesn't want to own a super limited and rare CD. But bands just kept pumping these out and that's when I folded. Regular/limited edition releases are already $40-$60 apiece and to have to shell out $60-$80 for a live single that I have to use a service for just didn't make sense. Sure, exclusivity isn't limited to just the VK scene but by this point I wasn't really invested in the music to want to go the extra lengths to collect exclusive items. I understand there's a lot of decisions made related to catering to fans, using practices that are proven to work or financially makes sense, or trying to pack live performances that result in band's/label's decisions to release something a certain way, but it just isn't for me anymore.
  20. 3 points
    Title: 不幸せな結末 Release: 2020/09/09 TrackList: 1.不幸せな結末 2.疑似恋愛scream
  21. 3 points
    Visual Kei PVs are probably one of the reasons why I love VK so Goddamn much. I'm always wanting a triple, heaping helping of all the cheesy Kote VK PV cliches such as: Staring into the camera while flipping their hair Awkward attempts at dancing Breaking something that's made of glass Broken English White people being used as exotic props (Let's save the racial dynamic discussion for another thread onegai) A little bit 'o fan service My favorite songs playlist on Youtube is not just for my favorite songs but also serves as where I keep my favorite PVs too! Because a good PV elevates the song, I do believe. Here's a hilarious, old school classic that never fails to make me laugh! BY-SEXUAL are so underrated Missalina Rei hold a special place in my heart as a truly unique group that could do extremely silly and serious songs with ease. This PV always makes me feel better when I'm down! This has been my favorite song for almost 4 years now, and this PV, my favorite for just as long. Despite it looking completely random, the storyline does follow the lyrics... Mostly. The rich visuals, colors, and extravagant European aesthetics within it make for a unique experience, and it was one of the first PVs that got me really into VK and especially Malice Mizer I love me some Sandwich. I adore how lots of Angura Kei PVs are super low budget and just feature the guys messing around and having fun with each other. It's so down to earth and it's nice to see that music is a fun, artsy side project for these guys and not something they care about for the money. I especially love the dancing part of this PV! This PV and song got me into Guniw Tools. I checked them out due to curiosity and their strange and unique DIY/Arthaus vibes sucked me in. The music itself is amazing with its insane genre mashing, but that aside, I love the PVs. I can tell that they're directed by FULL because NOOKICKY and SHILFEE PVs have this same direction to them, especially with the whole "foreign location" aspect. This PV seems somewhat jumbled but it actually follows the lyrical theme of being a critical look at Christmas traditions. This Pura PV has a very special place in my heart. The first time I ever saw it was when I discovered that it was a hidden PV on the Premium Best disc, with its early 2000s DVD menu and 240p quality in all of its nostalgic glory. It was the first time I ever saw it, but it also felt like I simultaneously have grown up with it by my side. I also love the PV for just how nonchalantly it treats its weird imagery. Ryutaro shoving a battery into a literal tuna mackerel and listening to the "music" in it(???), all of the falling shoes which are foreshadowing for the members being barefoot at the end of the PV, the sky portal and flying fish at the end of the PV... I have so many questions yet they never get answers. However, I do believe that is the beauty of this piece of art. As always, Plastic Tree don't spell it out for you, you have to tackle the themes for yourself. I'm far from stupid but I'm still struggling to figure out what the Tuna Mackerel Walkman is supposed to symbolize. The sounds of nature? Hmm...
  22. 3 points
    Dr.悠介 (Yusuke) (ex-Dieu-->弾丸 NO LIMIT (Dangan NO LIMIT)) has joined BugLug at 2020/8/9.
  23. 3 points
    blacktooth

    Dir en grey

    This thread is a living internet museum really.
  24. 3 points
    Yuan

    Favorite PVs/MVs [Discussion]🎥

    I love PVs, it's so great to discover all the ones you guys picked! I just discovered Hysteric Panic and I'm very thankful for that, I love it haha! I absolutely adore all of WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA's PVs. It's hard to pick just one but I guess Ikkyu-san will do, as it was the first one I saw from her and it made me instantly fall in love with her universe: Much of the same can be said for MONDO GROSSO but I'll pick Labyrinth: ... and Charisma.com. But my favorite is moyamoyashite: I have a big soft spot for KIRINJI's Jikanga Nai: Anyway, as can be seen from all the ones I've mentioned, even though I do enjoy watching simple PVs just centered around the band playing, they usually don't make it to my favorites. It's interesting because it didn't use to be that way. There are many simple PVs from MUCC and Plastic Tree that I love, and they are simply that. But the nicest "it's just the band playing but in extremely cool lighting" PV I can name is THE NOVEMBERS' Bad Dream. What a great song, too. The ultimate PV to me will be, always and forever, MAXIMUM THE HORMONE's eponymous. It's just everything I love about them into one song and one music video hehehe It's actually been a while since I've watched visual kei PVs, I guess I gotta get back to it. Which is why most of what I listed is J-pop (aside from the past 2). But what would be this topic without someone mentioning the GazettE's Taion, right?
  25. 3 points
    Arkady

    Favorite PVs/MVs [Discussion]🎥

    I LOVE Lareine Fuyu Tokyo PV. I adore that budget vintage Paris vaudeville aesthetic, I wish they'd have used it more in their other PVs. It's the kind of extra I love. Also:
  26. 3 points
    ghost

    Dir en grey

    Kisou's sounds honestly never really bothered me. It sounds thin to me and sometimes sounds like it's playing through a plastic tube, but I've always thought that was a stylistic choice. At the very least it has personality and has a diverse sound palette. TIW sound has the character of a deep fried piece of mozzarella dipped in stone cold marinara. Every track sounds like it's a radio rip or something. I'd take a rain soaked copy of a La:Sadie's demo tape over TIW's sound any day.
  27. 3 points
    I'm the laugh emoji
  28. 3 points
    monkeybanana4

    Favorite PVs/MVs [Discussion]🎥

    I love these VK PVs/MVs for their bright, colorful and somewhat goofy aesthetics. DIV - Taste of Life SuG - Gr8 story Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Pon Pon Pon - This one isn't VK, but it's also got colorful, bright, and silly aesthetics. Not to mention it was everywhere at the time, so it's permanently stuck in my head. There's always something very aesthetically beautiful about Moran's PVs that I always admire. My favorite in particular is this one: Moran - 春の夜の、ひと雫 - It uses computer graphics (I believe?), so the scenery isn't shot in real life, but I think the artistry of it perfectly fits the heartfelt ballad. And my nostalgia enjoys the dark aesthetics and random black and white footage in the Reddish PV by Despairs Ray even though it's just them mainly playing in front of the camera. Vidoll - I my aimai - Couldn't find a better quality sadly, but the crazy and chaotic way it is shot is just my cup of tea for early to mid 2000s VK. Props to it being filmed in broad daylight in some random outside areas. Kagrra, - Kotodama - The effects (i.e. water ripples) and aesthetics help add to the overall dark themes contained within the lyrics.
  29. 3 points
  30. 3 points
    Nowhere Girl

    Dir en grey

    Actually, Arche is not as bad. It's loud but has a much cleaner sound. TIW feels like they threw overdrive over everything on top of whacking it all up to '11'.
  31. 3 points
    I FINALLY have internet back after having a massive wind storm blow it out FIVE DAMN DAYS AGO ...
  32. 3 points
    They didn’t fuck up Fukai because it was played straight for the most part. All they did was use the alternate lyrics from like 2004. Kiri to Mayu 2012 is my favorite remake because all the parts are there, just rearranged in a way that’s more interesting than usual. As for Clever Sleazoid, I find Kyo to be the only real problem this time around. A lot of his parts sound rushed/crammed in with no real regard for the change in phrasing in the switch to Japanese. The “witherwither” part sounds less goofy, but why is it where it is?
  33. 3 points
    umbrella Vo&Gt. 唯 (Yui) project solo "LOKI" has been formed and self remake album "独創" (Dokusou) will be released at 2021 spring [tentative tracklist] ユキノシロ 葬りの詩 二重影 虚空の部屋 逆さ指輪 シュラノミチ フォトグラフ レジスタンス 夢追い人 LoseR 真夜中衛星 荊 カナリア 遠い旅路
  34. 3 points
    If this one was as mild a disease as the swine flu appeared to be, I might agree. However, considering the relatively high infectiousness of this virus and the potential damage caused by having the disease, I'm not so sure the odds of getting away from this perfectly healthy without taking a vaccine are that great either. There are young, otherwise healthy people who got the virus months ago and recovered, but still can't fully function, because of the damage it caused. Narcolepsy is scary, but so is heart, lung and neurological damage.
  35. 2 points
    Very cute and entertaining song ! I think the "girl" who's making out with all the members is Menma, ex bassist of Tensai 🤔
  36. 2 points
    Dude meme posts lmao but seriously though, these points are actually true. Nothing screams “I’m gay” more than spinning Missa or Gauze for your bros. Even Vulgar is pretty cringe.
  37. 2 points
  38. 2 points
    ex-Sick² Dr.大志 (Hiroshi) has formed a new solo project "ろっしー (Rossy)" . his new full album "ろっしーanるーれっと (Rossy-an Roulette)" release [track list] 1.宇宙人も恐れるほど大胆に世界を変える (Uchuubito mo Osoreru Hodo Daitan ni Sekai wo Kaeru) 2.profitable 3.ぱにぱに (Panipani) 4.らぶろっしー (Love Rossy) 5.meaningless 6.うらはら (Urahara) 7.らぶトゥギャザー (Love Together) 8.等身大beautiful (Toushindai beautiful) 9.出会いのタイミング (Deai no TIMING) 10.らぶサンキュー (Love Thank You) 11.友達以下恋人以上 (Tomodachi Ika Koibito Ijou)
  39. 2 points
    KrumpingChihuahua

    VK Fan Turnover rates

    One thing coming to my mind, that especially made it easy to go to KPop instead VK, is the language barrier. I don't talk about the songs itself, but the musicans/singer/idol/whatever themselves. There are so many in VK who can't even talk the most simple english or understand it. Meanwhile Kpop groups start to all have a english speaker inside, or someone who is learning english. (I am talking now mainly about english because its aknowledged as international language) The thing about this is, that especially foreign fans will feel more near if their 'idol' sometimes posts on social media in a language they know. Or you write a fan letter and you know he will be able to read it. You guys understand what i am writing? I am not good at writing stuff like this down, i think. Dont forget the cut off MVs. But beside this also TV shows or anything like this is so hard to get by because stuff gets straight away deleted from youtube. All over Japanese Music Industry was somehow never friendly towards outside. (I do admit i am happy that they forbid cameras inside concerts, because i don't like those fancam stuff that is going on in KPop) Happy to hear, other people had this awful phase too. Apparently there are some kpop girls that started listening to vk too. But you can find that old fans or "hardcore" fans like to critise those girls a lot. It think entering the VK fandom is unfortunatly quite hard. There are not a lot who welcome you with open arms.
  40. 2 points
    Komorebi

    random thoughts thread

    Does anyone with an invisible condition have to spend a ridiculous amount of time convincing people they do have said condition and aren’t faking it? It’s exhausting.
  41. 2 points
    Tokage

    Dir en grey

    why does it feel like 90% of this 200+ page thread is just people jacking off about production lmao
  42. 2 points
    i don't really like current VK PVs anymore, they're more often than not really bland; however looking back at past 5 yeats, I keep coming back to those ones: lanuncurus serving budget for the last time in this scene (?) I like all femme fatale videos but their last one before hiatus/disband was the most bittersweet, and their looks were always on point I like how OTT and hysterical verxina acting is, other girlies could take a lesson or two this video isn't on utube and I can't make a decent rip but indie-indie era UFJ videos are something else I stan honorary nostalgia mentions:
  43. 2 points
    StriderSubzero

    Dir en grey

    This is generally true, but unless you're talking about specific instances of EQ and mixing decisions, it's hard to delineate between a production or mixing issue, so it's perfectly fine to just call it "production." For instance, you can say the guitars are muddy on TIW, but there's not really a way to specify that being an "error" in mixing specifically since we weren't in the room with the engineer. It might have resulted from the way they chose to record them
  44. 2 points
    it was just... so much...slime....
  45. 2 points
    Jigsaw9

    MUNIMUNI

    Looks like there will be some sort of collaboration between 101A, emmurée and MUNIMUNI called GHOST OF ROMANCE in September! There will be a collab CD too featuring covers of all three bands (and maybe some original songs too? not sure about that part).
  46. 2 points
    GuancheVK

    David 6 consecutive CDs release

    I understand you perfectly I hope that at least when I upload it you enjoy it
  47. 2 points
    Karma’s Hat

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) MEGATHREAD!

    Ten years ago when we had the pig flu epidemic they rolled out a vaccine that ended up triggering narcolepsy on kids who had a genetic predisposition for it. So with that in mind, the chances of me getting a vaccine that they're just dying to put out there in the market in order to keep capitalism functioning for fat rich people and and save a few old folks from dying, is, quite frankly, 0. Under no circumstance would I get it.
  48. 2 points
    Today on Missing VK Children Radio: Have you ever listened to Yousei Teikoku or Asriel? I think the VK influence in both is pretty obvious judging by some core arrangements into their music, and also the looks on some of the male members. I wonder why they don't seem to have ever wandered a bit into the VK circuit. Judging by their respective wide catalogs of songs done for anime shows and videogames, and their live performances packed with dudes, I think they preferably managed to hook up an otaku audience, just as any other regular anison project. Also, it's obvious thath the fact of them both having a female singer sets this marketing strategy perfectly.
  49. 2 points
    monkeybanana4

    VK Fan Turnover rates

    I've placed my thoughts under a spoiler tag because my fingers got keyboard happy. Anyways, a really great topic!
  50. 2 points
    cullucoo

    VK Fan Turnover rates

    I think one of the reasons VK might have such a high turn over rate is that a lot of people who listen to VK seems to listen to VK only. That's not an healthy way to approach an "hobby", and one is bound to get tired of it. It's also hard to follow bands for a long time since the lifespan of a vk band is shorter than average, so that might be turn off for people after a while. Also the way VK is "marketed" is closer to idol music than it is to """normal""" music, and just like how people stop following idols at some point, the same happens with VK. I dont consider the visual kei > kpop passage to be moving from one thing to another, but moving to a different version of the same thing.
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