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  1. saiko

    I'm surprised nobody mentioned the hillarious pinned comment the band put in the section of the video: "Let's think about the "ESSENCE"". I want to take Retsu seriously, but they guy puts it challenging. I don't know if it's his awkward use of English, his insistence on the matter in every place of his social media, or both.
  2. saiko

    Well, our passion for Dimlim made us go off-topic but... Despite being a complex matter to approach, and also the fact that there isn't analysis available on the matter (at least in English), VK actually is a genre. There being a lot of variation and diversification both sonically and visually between bands of the scene doesn't necessarily conclude into VK bands don't having a LOT of things in common to make them part of a whole 'scene', in many levels (sound and visuals, but also other aspects related to production of the artists, their promotion, fans' rituals, etc., VK culture per se). 'Genre', 'movement', 'scene', call it the way you like. 'VK', as other things, exists by virtue of patterns of key elements that repeat all over their products no matter their differences between; in the end, that is what make their producers, bands themselves, us the fans, people inside and outside the scene, pick the term 'visual kei' to describe some music projects, and not 'glam rock', 'goth', 'punk' or 'metal' instead, in the way of deciding what music to listen according to our tastes.
  3. saiko

    I'm FUCKING digging this. Excellent mix of poppy J-rock and today's metal progressive sounds, while at the same time keeps delivering Dimlim's trademark sound. Bonus points for Sho's look! The VK vibe's still there untouched!
  4. saiko

    A friend of mine (who apparently had some connections with people involved into the teams that brought Kamijo to Latin America in his lastest tour) told him that Kamijo invited two guys of the crowd to drink wine and perhaps have sex, after the show. But who knows. Btw, Kamijo always seemed pretty non-straight to me. His approach to the androgynous aesthetics differ a lot from what your typical bandoman does with them, imho. Do you have any other info?
  5. saiko

    Talking about another interest of mine, while looking up for old VK dedicated web sites, I've found a translation done for an interview with SOFT BALLET. Here's a quotation that put me into deep-thinking, in which Ken Morioka (their keyboardist/guitarist and, I suppose, their leader), when asked about his thoughts over his flamboyant looks and stage performances, talks about his interest in gender-trascending aesthetics in spite of him "not being gay". When I saw the stage I thought of how you were the weirdest one Ken. Is that because you were thinking of that visual aspect? Ken: Ah, well...(laughs). A large part of that comes from where I'm a narcissist and I'm all like "Lookie, lookie! Look at Meee!". And then there's the part of me that really loves and adores appearing to move in a state that's transcended gender, so I suppose that's where I'm coming from.... Meaning? Ken: It's that I've gotten a lot of influence from various people, but I've been like this from a long time ago. I really wanted to become a woman, and I never really thought to deny that feeling. It doesn't mean I'm gay though. There's a sense that I was building up and developing my own preferences. (If you don't know who Ken Morioka or SOFT BALLET is, next I'll leave a video of them performing live:) This quotation made me revive an old interest of mine on how gender or sexual orientation identities circulate particularly within the people of the VK scene. Till today, there's enough been written about that topic, but taking Japanese society as a whole or some of their products (as anime/manga) as the unit of analysis, but I've never came across something related to VK although I've defintely did a specific search. What always triggered me is that, if we keep in mind the obvious fact that VK aesthetics rely essentially over challenging gender/sexual orientation performances, then it can't not come weird or suspicious that 99% of band members since VK was born --that 1% goes for Kaya and Ao Sakurai- don't actually talk about the matter, while at the same time they are always straight-supposed within the logic of selling out as idols for their gya. And the few times they do so they have the urgence of make clear that they are actually "not gay" -and then in the commentary section fans support this statements by remebering the doubting fans that said bandoman actually has a kid "so he is definitely not gay!!!". Actually, I've read very, very few comments of Japanese fans supposing/acknowledging the LGBTness of their favorite bandoman and nontheless supporting them as artists, but maybe that's because I have a hard time looking up into Japanese web sites and translating. (Also, perhaps many bandoman actually talked enough about the fact in a serious way, but I still don't have the chance to read them since only 5% of the interviews made up being translated). Of course, I've been aware since the beggining of my stay in the weeb fandom that Japan, while not having serious persecussion issues towards LGBT people -at least in their last 50 years of history-, definitely don't finish to get politically open about it, and that's why society decided to treat the matter in a don't-ask-don't-tell fashion. I'm also aware that this fact takes place in a more general tendency of Japanese people to obssesively keep their lives and relationships actually very private, too. But I can't not ask myself if it isn't at least a bit fool of someone, fan or not, to assume that naturally that every bandoman is "not-gay", in a scene where artistic creativity emerges from fantasies of "men" transforming into "women", or even into un-gendered beautiful creatures, even involving into sex with/as them? (On a personal note, although I don't actually know their reasons behind, I always liked @nekkichi and other users attempt here to call every bandoman by "her"). What are your thoughts on this topics?
  6. Today I've found what seems to be two old web sites made by Western people that include information about J-rock/pop and/or VK, written by the owners.






    I decided to post this information via a status because I couldn't find the thread made by some user for the historical archive project. Could someone share the link for it here? 


    Btw, may the users interested in this matter report themselves here? Maybe we could meet to finally put our hands into some researching work. Although we all are grown-asses with their own full-dedication lives, I don't think it should take us much hardship. I mean, it shouldn't take more work than looking up for X site (perhaps we should figure out which search engine is the best; Google is not the best alliate for looking up for old web sites) and then simply save the sites' texts (downloading them as a *.pdf file is actually pretty easy, effective and tidy to archive, he).








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    2. chemicalpictures


      @crucifiction biggest databases around would be grass thread, vkdb and that other one focused on live dates I completely forgot the name, but vk.gy is BY FAR the easiest to navigate/most organized out there. It just lacks the manpower to feed the data


      this is actually something we should incentivize as a community. I'll definitely try to help at least filling the pages of my faves

    3. crucifiction


      grass thread is no longer around (and most stuff from it has already been added to vk.gy, from what I recall), vkdb lacks quite a lot of info and is a bit of a mess imho :P


      Imho, no other db is even close to vk.gy when it comes to the amount and quality of information, where - on top of general info, you can find HQ cover arts, flyers and such. Visunavi used to have a similar type of content but in much lower res.

    4. R/O


      Here’s the link: 

      Thank you for pointing this out!

  7. saiko

    I'm liking it more than the regular djenty -Polyphiac Dimlim stuff, so I'm definitely on board does this. Also, love Sho's tribute to 2001's 'Macabre' Kyo.
  8. saiko

    This is my fantasy for sure.
  9. saiko

    This video along with Fender's clip of J trying a model from their new Ultra series... ...makes me wonder why the Western music industry's big fishes' visibility of J-rockers (and thus their legitimacy over them as rock musicians) is happening today, with a VK scene deader than ever, both in Japan and abroad, and not in 2007. Is 2020 going to be a revitalizing year for VK despite all our -accurately justified- apocalyptic thoughts?
  10. saiko

    Dear Monochromians: Can we just accept the fact that 'Gauze' is the most perfect gem Dir and VK as a whole scene gave us all, so much that nothing of it will be ever able to overcome such a miracle of art? Xoxo. Edit: wtf is 'psychobilly'. Are we discovering Dir's actual '~kei'?
  11. saiko

    I've just ended up a whole listen of a list with all the Moran PVs. Pleasant stuff, many sweet sounds picked my ear at moments, but definitely it is not something that goes beyond good generic stuff: good compositions, good musicians, but nothing far good from your average formulaic jazzy J-rock. Maybe my appreciation above came because, in the will of having a compressed listening/watching of a whole career in a matter of hours, I've ended up digging their A-sides only, let's say, their commercial-oriented stuff. So I'll try the B-sides you recommend here, to challenge the opinion I've made up till this point. In the other hand, this song from Hitomi's recent project caught strongly my attention from the first second, for sure: The synth and chorus work is REALLY beautiful. Reminds my of some 90s J-pop songs, like the one that made the opening of the Serial Experiments Lain series. Btw, Does anybody know why is there so little material from Umiyuri uploaded to the web? Edit: I've digging into Moran a bit more, and I've discovered actually beautiful and amazing songs! This is actually really complex for a pop-oriented A-side. And this is all about the musicianship composition wise I was looking for! Now I'm really looking forward more stuff from this talented guys!
  12. saiko

    Why didn't I see this earlier. Moran still can't get into my radar (God knows I tried). Maybe I'll give them a chance soon! Thank you so much for this pieces of historianship!
  13. saiko

    Well, it seems that they've actually acknowledged the hype they've stirred upon their stans with the celebration of the 25th anniversary event. So I seriously hope for the upcoming event that they at least play more Malice Mizer songs instead of N.P.N.G lol
  14. saiko

    Since Mako got active again I hope this means some kind of return to activities for Yuki or Malice Mizer altogether as well, even if they consists in more anniversary lives.
  15. Not wowed, but kept me entertained for 4:13 minutes.
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