Λucifer ENERGY magazine 1st issue

Just something cool I found in one of Aucifer’s mixi communities. These are scans of the first ever magazine (fanzine?) for the official Aucifer fan club ENERGY, published back in February 2000. A translation just isn’t going to happen with my current level of Japanese and the quality of these scans, but to give you a small idea of what’s here… it has pics and reports of various happenings in late 1999, such as the filming of the C no Binetsu PV, their appearances on PopJam and Music Station, a LIMIT CONTROL talk event, their first live tour and — most importantly — a glimpse into the necessities Makoto needs to have in his room. Perfume? Geez…

Atsuro blog translation 2010/08/05

The Minori Chihara SUMMER CAMP 2 rehearsals are nearing their end!

This week at last, the 7th and 8th are drawing near~.
It’s the first time I’m visiting the Kawaguchiko Stellar Theater~.
Seems like you can see Mt. Fuji from there☆
I’m worried about the weather. Especially since it’s so close to the mountain…
We can play through all the songs perfectly now!
That’s a bit of a relief…

I think I’ll thoroughly enjoy this two-day festival♪

A story from a while back when we went to Okinawa to film a PV.
As we were searching for a Seven Bank which is where I always withdraw money, we found that there are no 7-Elevens in Okinawa!
Did you know that?
There were just loads of Lawsons and Famimas.
Be careful about that, everyone!

You can view Minori Chihara’s PV for “Freedom Dreamer” on YouTube, so definitely check it out.
I’m the second guy. (Note: that’s real helpful, Atsuro!)
It placed 9th on the Oricon chart. Congratulations~!
That’s pretty awesome as it it didn’t even have a tie-in with anything☆
I was let to take part in the guitar recordings, too, so be sure to listen to the CD as well!

With that, I’m off to rehearsal today, too♪

Here’s said PV featuring Atsuro. He’s the second guy. *chuckle* I assume he’ll also play in any and all TV performances of the song. For now, you can see him in the Music Japan 2010/08/01 episode.

While we’re on the subject of second guys, Yuki can be seen in the PV for Acid Black Cherry‘s upcoming single Re:birth. Here’s the CM:

By the way, there’s reason to believe that Yuki’s other band Rayflower is coming out with their yet-unnamed debut album on September 15th. All their stuff I’ve heard sounds pretty rockin’ so I personally can’t wait! Rayflower just came out with their second single two days ago and while there’s no PV to be found on YouTube yet, there are audio samples of both tracks on the single. The ever-present delicious boys’ love imagery they’re stuck on top of ought to come as a welcome bonus.

PS. Less than 20 days until the first reunion concert!

More on the Thai concert

As previously talked about, it seems that the Aucifer reunion tour will culminate with their second ever live performance outside Japan, at the Indoor Stadium Huamark in Bangkok, Thailand on September 25th. If you live in Japan (and are rich!), you can also get yourself a pretty cool three-day deal that involves flights to Thailand and back, hotel accommodations, a fan meeting with the band and of course a ticket to their concert there. If you’re interested, you’ll need to check out this (or the Google translation.)

In the mean time, it looks like they held some kind of a press event for the upcoming concert in Thailand. Here’s some pictures from said event. I’m assuming the guy is the organizer.

More pictures here. They also had this video from Makoto to show at the event:

(Greetings in Thai)
Long time, no see.
I, Makoto, and the five of us in Aucifer came out to Thailand and did a concert a full eight years ago.
It’s been eight years already… everyone’s respectively become an old geezer and gotten nice and fat.
Now the five of us have gotten together again and we’re going to play at the Impact Hall where we played last time, too. (
Note: does he really say that, or are my ears just failing me today? Impact Hall is not where they’re playing this time. Dammit, Makoto, stop mumbling you sexy man!)
After a long time we’re going to put up an exciting show again, so definitely come check us out!
It’s been ten years already (
Note: since the formation), and the last time was eight years ago…
Back then we were all young guys. We’re definitely more grown up now.
Yeah, we’ve become old geezers… “old geezer”… (laughs) I’ll have to ask someone how you say that in Thai.
I’m looking forward to presenting you with a pleasantly fatter Aucifer!
So, until we’re doing our show in Thailand on September 25th, do look forward to it!
This was Makoto.
(Goodbyes in Thai)

Λucifer’s second live in Bangkok announced

Good news to those who live in South East Asia (including me :D), Λucifer are going to perform a live show in Bangkok for the second time in their career. Remember the first and the last time they performed outside Japan? Seems like they are reviving the old memories back!!

The live will be held on September 25th at the Indoor Stadium Huamark. A Thai-language site for the concert can be found at lucifer10thliveinbkk.com.

Santa blog translation 2010/06/27

Arena SPECIAL on sale

So the Arena SPECIAL is now in stores~
I procured myself a copy. (lol)
We’re on the back cover, but there’s a lot of us on the inside, too.

As we’re moving closer to the limited time revival and getting pumped up for the reunion, I’m feeling really thankful. I’m seriously very grateful to the people in the editorial department.

Though I’m anxious to hear the fans’ thoughts on it, I’m very satisfied with how it turned out.
To Tanaka who took such great pictures of us~ much thanks! (lol)

On an unrelated note, a while ago Yuki opened a blog, too. You can find it here.

And with that, this blog is going on a little bit of a summer holiday — unless GN-0015 feels like posting something. *eyes GN-0015* I’ll be back in late July with the newest news, translations and, with any luck, reviews. Until then, take care!

Towa blog translation 2010/06/26


Though I previously wrote on this blog it’d be on 06/27, the Arena37 SPECIAL went on sale today.
Sorry ’bout that.
Those of you who have old magazines featuring us, please try comparing the pictures and see if you can avoid laughing (lol)~

As a bonus since Towa’s entry is so short, here are the fan comments to this so far. Do you think I should start translating some of these, too? I think it’s always interesting to see what the Japanese fans think as well. Let me know if you care for them.

Commented by Sea at 2010-06-26 22:36
I bought Arena!
I got excited trying to find it in the bookstore.
I’ll be looking forward to the live, too.
Commented by さに~ at 2010-06-26 23:25

I bought it as well ☆
I can only attend the Osaka performance but I’m looking forward to the live, too!
Commented by まあゆ at 2010-06-27 00:42

So it was the “SPECIAL” version. At first I was impatiently browsing the normal edition of the magazine going “It’s not here? It’s not here???” (lol)
In any case, for some reason it made me laugh that your names aren’t written as “Taguchi” or “Toru”, but as “TOWA” and “SANTA”… Oh well, it’s only natural here, right?
I think I’ll later carefully compare this with the old magazines and such.
The hairstylist who’s always worked with you, she seems to be quite well known, right?
The limited 10th anniversary commemoration live really feels almost like a class reunion, doesn’t it? I’m firmly looking forward to anything you might have planned for us. (Note: last sentence is a very free translation! Let me get away with it just this once. 😉)
Commented by かきちゃん at 2010-06-27 02:19

I did try doing a comparison but there was nothing that made me laugh (lol)
Though I’ve had the privilege of seeing you all live individually, this is the first time I’ll be seeing the five of you live as a group, so I’ll be really looking forward to it!
Commented by 真綾 at 2010-06-27 17:48
I live in a rural area so we’ll be getting it here in around a week…
I want to see it soon!
I’m seriously looking forward to it!!!

Lesson learned: Japanese people love looking forward to things.

Santa blog translation 2010/06/05

(Note: sorry for the lateness. I somehow managed to miss this on my RSS reader!)


ARENA37°C, the magazine that took good care of us during the Λucifer era.
Today they interviewed the five of us in light of our reunion.
Supervisor Fujimori, photographer Tanaka and interviewer Yamamoto!!!
It was good seeing everyone in full force again (lol)
Everyone was still the same ^^
They got great pictures of us, so look forward to it!!!

It looks like this issue of ARENA37°C SPECIAL is going on sale on 6/27 (note: 6/26 actually)

↓ Here’s Yamamoto ^^

After the interview was over and the five of us were loitering around,
we found this store!!

It kinda looks like the Λucifer logo! (lol)

(Note: it does! Look here )

Atsuro blog translation 2010/06/19

Magazine publication information!

The August vol. 71 issue of Arena 37°C SPECIAL featuring Λucifer will go on sale 6/26!!!!!
It’ll have more pages than originally planned!!!!!
It’s an article full of gratitude about a band seven years after their break-up♪
When YUKI saw the group photos, he was caught off guard and shouted:
It’s Λucifer!” (lol)
It’s a strange nostalgic sort of feeling.
Please do get a copy of it!

After we were done with shooting, the five of us went to have ramen together for the first time in seven years.
By chance, the restaurant we went into had lots of autographs of famous people on the walls.
I found Shokotan‘s there, too! (note: Atsuro plays/has played guitar in her backing band)
Even TWO BEAT? (note: old manzai comedy duo from the 70’s) How many years has it been?

Even the cheapest ramen was around ¥1,000!!! Too expensive!!!
Braised shark fin ramen was ¥2,600!!!
I took this photo on my iPhone right away.
Everyone’s hungrily slurping down their ramen and wholeheartedly agreeing it’s delicious.
As is usual with this band when eating ramen, everyone was completely silent (lol)
Incidentally, the restaurant is in Yuurakuchou, close to the Kokusai Forum where we played our final live.

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