The World Unknown to Matsuko aired April 6th.
Music that ended up evolving A LOT in the age of social media Special: "The World of Visual-kei bands"
(I'll be just doing the main points of the program)
They start with introducing Fujitani Chiaki (藤谷千明) who's been following v-kei world as a fan and a column writer for 25 years now ('a former Self Defense Force member who came to love over 100 bands in 25 years').
The slogan on the screen that accompanies this is 'The great pick up of ultimate bands starting from legends to evolving styles (kei)'.
Chiaki's life changed after she saw LUNA SEA's "ROSIER" in junior high. When she was 18 Kuroyume announced they're stopping activities and shocked she decided to enter Jieitai (but it was also because there were very few employment chances in her hometown).
A message Chiaki wants to convey the most in the program: "I'm fed up with realistic times, let's experience the extraordinary more".
Matsuko commented that she also thought that the entertainment in Japan is very plain/reserved, that's why she thought about visual kei, she brought up Sawada Kenji (ジュリー). They talked about using make up talking about Kpop as well, that v-kei is so different.
Next came teaser "tremendously popular in the 90s" - "the word 'Visual Kei' became established overseas" (as background here they showed dir's footage and some foreign fans wearing vkei style).
Chiaki: nowadays Japanese people have an image of Visual-kei as 'old', 'scary', 'behind the times' and they both talk about tylhe extraordinary being important.
Next part "after 22 years the time has come when Visual-kei is necessary!" They talk about the chronology board prepared by Chiaki, she also explained that the genre was born in 89 with X and the term visual came from X's PSYCHEDELIC VIOLENCE CRIME OF VISUAL SHOCK.
1994 faced restructuring and unemployment crisis, they showed LUNA SEA's TRUE BLUE and commented how popular it got. 'how did Visual-kei fare in such difficult times?'
Matsuko brought up SHAZNA - everyone was shocked then how cute the vocalist was.
Then they talked about 1999 and Nostradamus and end of century, Chiaki sees 1999 as a peak of visual-kei. They talked about GLAY's legendary show at Makuhari with 200,000 people (they also show their best album sales, about 4,870,000 (the top 3rd in Japan)) and how much media attention it got.
Another legendary show that was held that year was LUNA SEA's 10th anniversary with a stage that costed hundred millions of yen. That stage got destroyed just 3 days before the concert due to a typhoon but band decided to go on with plan and held the concert as planned.
(haha I can totally see Chiaki's sparkling when she talks about LUNA SEA😆)
"Totally necessary for these times! Introduction of the legendary bands immersed in the extraordinary":
🌙MALICE MIZER: 'immersed in extraordinary with super extravagant costumes! ultimate visuals with extreme beauty'
Matsuko commented that performance (from merveilles~終焉と 帰趨~l'espace) looks like Takarazuka. Chiaki said that for the sake of worldview they don't play instruments on stage and that Sho Kiryuuin from Golden Bomber was very influenced by them.
Matsuko said that fans of course want to see the artist perform, but also are happy to see them dance, that visual-kei is infinite.
Matsuko also compared Mana to Marie Antoinette.
🌹Chiaki then introduced Versailles as a band that still pursues such worldview. They are dressed as French aristocrats, are very popular abroad especially in France.
💀DIR EN GREY: 'extraordinary performance going to the very end'
Matsuko knows dir, Chiaki explained for the audience about their major debut with 3 singles produced by YOSHIKI, that they are popular overseas as well as in Japan. They express 'human pain' and 'the darkness of the heart', the peak of extraordinary. Chiaki talked about the situation with M Stage program when the tv got complains from parents after their kids cried seeing dir on tv, Mstage was on tv just before Crayon Shin-chan and many ended up seeing one of dir's songs (I love how someone burst out laughing in the studio here😂). Matsuko asked what kind of performance was it:
"The following footage contains material not suitable for all audiences"🤣🤣🤣
and of course it's 残-ZAN-
Chiaki: The shock received in your own living room...
Matsuko: certainly, suddenly seeing this kind of deathmetal
Matsuko: something that Tamori (Kazuyoshi Morita, tv celebrity/presenter/comedian) could suddenly introduce
the commentary: 'and even in recent performances' (they proceed to show dir's live footage from DSS in Nippon Budokan)
Chiaki comments that as dir's lyrics are about the pain and extraordinary, and how cathartic can be a very intense show, and she really loves how 'we love the extraordinary in order to deal with the ordinary life' (yes😭❤️)
Matsuko: ... really? But they have songs so deathmetal like. Ok, I guess I'll check them out.
Chiaki: I just heard from the staff that dir's vocalist, Kyo, is a fan of this program and is watching every week.
Matsuko: who's here connected with the band?? (asking the studio people)
Staff (from behind camera): when getting permission [to show dir's footage] I was told that.
Matsuko: so in a sense I'm deathmetal too. Ok, I think that's it.
Next the program moves on to "a mystery hot pot eaten in the dark of performance incorporating all trends and fashion"
Matsuko: is 'Yaminabe performance' a band's name? Ah, ok, no, we're changing the topic!
Chiaki explains that it's difficult to explain what visual-kei bands are like now because there are so many elements.
They show the Raid (manga style) and Kiryuu (Japanese horror) as examples of the 2nd generation of evolving visual style, and what elements entered visual-kei: rap, dance, underground idols, Japanese kimono, ???
Matsuko: is the bottom right visual-kei??
Chiaki: has common elements (くくり)
●they show NOCTURNAL BLOODLUST and talk about their image and Hiro, the vocalist. the ??? gets changed into 'muscles', they comment on change in the expectation that musicians are very skinny.
Matsuko comments she personally likes the look of the 'underground idols', like what are they actually doing there?
●They show 0.1gの誤算 performance and Chaki explained anything can happen there. They also showed their recent show where fans prerecorded their shouts and member calling on their phones to play them when loud response is not allowed due to covid.
●Alice9 represents 'dance' element.
●CHOKE represents 'rap'
●Mogamigawa Tsukasa for 'kimono', the drummer in THE MICRO HEAD 4N'S who's singing enka.
The 2nd half of the program introduced humanbeatbox topic (very cool to watch but no report from that part😅)
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