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  1. I translated a bit from a talk between Die, Gara and Boo here: https://www.monochrome-heaven.com/topic/115-merry-fka-メリー/?do=findComment&comment=606026 Gara mentions about the hardcore drinking sessions DEG does and he had to go along with it, whilst Die mutters that it's Kaoru who forces shots on people. What I didn't translate was a large section in the video where Die and Gara talked about some of the senpai/ kouhai bullshit they have had to put up with. I haven't watched that vid for a while now so don't quote me on this. But I seem to recall Die saying that him and Kaoru were expecting to clean Yoshiki's toilet upon arriving at his LA home was told (by someone from Luna Sea or X Japan, can't remember) that it's alright and they should drink some Dom Perignon and chill. Die told it as a positive senpai story If bandomen can be so awful to each other, I wouldn't be surprised at the horrors gyas have to put up with. When especially the conventional way for Japanese people to get to know each other, or just to have fun, means copious amount of alcohol
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    It seems that like many here, I was also very attracted to Ryutarou's hairstyle. Most of the cuts he's had over the years just seem easy to wear with or without any styling. I went to the hairdressers with a few photos of Ryutarou's layered bob but the hairdresser gave me a mullet with random chunks of hair missing! I never attempted the haircut ever again.
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    It would be pretty sweet if they would do a MUCC style year of re-releases for their 20th anniversary
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    Thanks Zeus for the constructive review as always. I have been listening to Diru on and off since Macabre but nothing of theirs have really grabbed me as much as the last two singles. I love the latest experimentations and there are parts on both Utafumi and Ningen that are just sublime for me. I can't wait for the next album and see what else they are going to come up with. I'm also digging this version of Ash way more than any of the others but the live version of Utafumi sounds rather flat to me. All in all, it feels like an odds'n'ends collection of songs rather than a fully thought out package.
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    I don't follow DEG that closely so I've never noticed until recently that Die has a really cute accent that's all soft and rounded sounding. Is it a local Mie accent? It's such a shame that he doesn't speak naturally like that on any of their "formal" occasions
  6. I think on top of everything that has been mentioned already, the visual scene is considered just a little scene within Japan's music industry. Sure, bands like X Japan, Luna Sea and DEG have paved the way for others to explore the non-Asian market and reach new fans. But vk bands are still seen as too obscure, weird and subversive to be pushed even within Japan when "alternative rock bands" usually mean mediocrity like Orange Range or Bump of Chicken, with Laruku being like waay out there. I am pretty sure that the government's Cool Japan" strategy of formally exporting Japan's pop culture does not include vk music because of this perception. Then there is also a certain amount of prejudice and xenophobia within Japan that says gaijin fans simply won't get their music. So even if bands themselves want to promote their stuff overseas, their parent labels might not be willing to invest in the trouble.
  7. *Ahem* Yes, I remember all the sparkly banners for displaying your allegiance. I also remember a number of bands had chatrooms on their HP where, if you join at around late evening JST, you often ended up chatting with the bandomen themselves.
  8. How many times have I heard that Tanuki is dead over the years? Glad that it's back and we can read about shit noodle bandomen forever. Long live Tanuki!
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    *sighs* No Europe dates
  10. I don't know why so many of you youngsters are trashing their look. I see nothing wrong with their latest look/ outfits. It must be a generational gap thing. I'm a middle aged MUCC grandma who is similar in age and music taste to the MUCC boys. They are a few years older than me and have been good guides to my own fashion choices in the past. And just like Yukke and Miya, I expect to be dressed in black (as I do now) but with loads of colourful warning tapes over my jacket and have heavy black bags under my eyes in a few years time to show off how rebellious and relevant I still am in my 40s. This is how all middle aged people should dress
  11. I love that they always are trying new things, even if it is with their old songs. BUT! What on earth have they done?! Almost all of them sound terrible! Kimi ga saku yama just makes me want to cry
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    Seeing@Lestat's signature reminded me to finally sit down and watch all 110 episodes of Legends of Galactic Heroes. It took me about a month... but worth it
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    If only Merry is supporting I’d go to every show...
  14. I used Tenso to transfer a bunch of my Japanese shopping to me in the UK a month ago. Two out of three parcels got held by customs and I was charged heftily for them. I appealed against their decision and received this letter after about 3 weeks: I don’t think it works every time but in case anyone wants to try and challenge HMRC/ Border Force’s decision, what I did was try to proof that the parcels contained “personal belongings”, which are not liable for customs under HMRC’s regulations. The proforma invoices/ custom invoices and the waybills Tenso attached to my parcels state that they are “personal effects” and I also highlighted the fact that the sender and receiver names are the same (even though one of them has Tenso.com as the sender). I sent all originals of custom declaration forms, proforma invoices, custom charge letters, charge labels and the Form BOR286 for each parcel to Border Force. If you have a photocopy of your flight ticket, that’d be even better. But I don’t in this case as I ordered everything online but I am lucky that they have reversed the charges.
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    I spent the last few days searching through all my stuff trying to find some old CDs and DVDs only to realise I must’ve thrown them out at my husband’s urging. And also just realised that some of them are really rare 😢