Friday, November 28, 2008
Hello, it's Anza (star)
Something unusual happened the other day. Hiro-san updated the Blog. Bout time! (laugh)
Nevertheless, Narumi hasn't shown his face here in a while. Please come out to play, OK?.....
Let me see.....to everyone who wrote a comment on my recent Blog, Thank you very much. Your words were truly encouraging through it all. Please remember me after this as life goes on.
There isn't another Live Show before the year is out, which worries me a bit.....I find that I gather up stress as I wait for the next concert.~ (laugh)
Next year, I'm going to be addicted to doing live shows!! As many as possible! So when the time comes, everyone can come out to meet me, don't you agree?
Did you know? The first Live Concert of 2009 is on January 16th.
Oh! Looks like today, Mar went down to get his Flu shot so he doesn't get sick this year.....Me?.....I didn't go.....(laugh)
So, we're putting our best efforts into working on the new song!!
I don't blame them for getting Flu shots. I got it last year and it was miserable. It knocked me off my feet for 3 days. I wrote the guys and told them about it, it seems that the took it to heart this year.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
current mood: sleepy
Already, it's Flu season and time to take steps to prevent catching the virus! That's to say, it's also an excuse to do some blood tests.....It's just that they stabbed me so many times that they dulled the needle!!! (?)
It was depressing.
On the other hand, does anyone else get sick after going to the hospital? Or, is it just me?? (laugh)
I came up with a melody for a new song and sent it to the other HPP members. We'll start work on the new song soon.
I live in an apartment building and I still find the next door neighbor a bit scary. (laugh) However....when you think about it.....my screaming music would be tough on them. (laugh)
Later, if I get the chance, I want to go to Disney Sea!!!
Yet, I dislike being in the crowds of people that would assuredly be there.....but, I want to go! I really want to go! I definitely want to go! Excellent idea!!
I wonder if I'll have the same lovely feeling if I wear my cute Minnie ears all over the place??
Do you think I should just act my age??
Awwww, who cares. (laugh)
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. This is my present to you.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
First off....the 21st was the date for the HPP One Man concert. To everyone who came to cheer us on, Thank you very much!!
There was a lot of things on my mind, there was so much in my head and in my heart that kept spinning. But, the One Man show had to go on. It felt like a desperate struggle, but thanks to the support given by all the people who came, I was up to it to finish the show safely. From my heart, many more thanks.
I had to leave the muscle pain behind while the next day was the beginning of the new stage that was going into full operation.
It started with interviews which were quite a chore. (laugh) There were many and they were much the same. The whole time they asked the same questions and I felt uneasy having to repeat the same answers over and over.
However, I was frantic at trying to communicate my message and I was thinking about my efforts. I wondered, "Am I getting through"? So, like a fool, I started speaking louder with a huge voice....then I became aware of what I was doing. (laugh)
Well, I don't know how to keep from talking strange, Why? That's what I've been told. (laugh) Yes!! (laugh) (?)
Tonight, the date has already changed. But, today was the cast introductions for "The Gift" Musical. And the beginning of running through the script. I was so humiliated because I wasn't there in time for the introductions....BooHoo.....though I did participate in the script reading practice.
This is my 3rd time to play "Ayami"(?) It's a miracle, don't you think? Or rather, it's been a while since I've seen all the faces, but yesterday's meeting already had a GIFT like feeling.
Now the young actors, Osamu Manabutsuchi! (played by Oda Manabu). Playing the father Jiro with 2 sons is the actor I call my older brother, Yuji-san! (Yuji Yoyu Bessho) And then, in the Rina part and new to the role, we have a winner! (actress Tomotsu Honda)
Starting soon, the new GIFT!
However, I don't think I'll be able to update the Blog everyday, although I'll be dying to take a glancing look at it. (laugh)
Tomorrow is also an early day.
Soon, I'm off to bed!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm not sure of Anza's character's name in this show and I couldn't remember it from last year, so I took my best guess.
Also, be sure to click on the GIFT musical link. Check out the photos from last year. Anza looks so cute in her Santa Helper suit.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Hello, it's Anza.
What should I write first....?
I'd like to tell everyone THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you all so much.
It's been a while to play here at Club Asia.
A lot of memories here.
Various thoughts in my heart surrounded me after coming to this place... It was a strange and mysterious sense.
There are 3 things we've never compromised.
1. Making our own style.
2. Making some space for audience that they can feel comfortable.
3. 100% real feelings.
These are what we have cherished since HPP started.
I know it's difficult, but this time I felt we made it just, just a bit.
At last, after 8 years....
To tell the truth, there was a song we could hardly decide to play.
I was sure I would break down...
Folie a Duex... I wondered if I could control myself for sure.
But it seemed like a destiny to sing this song on the 21st, at club Asia.
Personally speaking, my friend left for Heaven on the 20th at night...
It was past of 0:00 AM that I heard it... I didn't tell it to any members because they would worry so much.
I sang this song on the stage.
The same happened before. Why this happened at an One-Man Show...?
Tears didn't stop at all...
But "Folie a Duex" is just for this day, I think.
... Too heart killing though. I won't sing this song anymore.
After the show, I could talk a bit to people who waited for us.
All of you also fight against lots of pain in heart, don't you?
What can I do for you all...? I am not special and just helpless.
But... I am here for you all.
I can feel pain as you feel.
I open my mind and create songs with it. It's hard for us to breathe in this crazy world, isn't it?
I thank God for meeting all of you.
I, who used to be afraid of facing people, now thank kindness and love from everyone.
I am really glad to meet you all.
Folie a Duex tour has finished
But it seems PARALYSED BOX tour is going to start. (laugh)
Keep checking our homepage!
It was really hard to translate this entry.
Not because of translation itself, but what happened to her.
I didn't know this tragic news. I could see her tears during the show.
I was so surprised when they started playing "Folie a Duex" because this song is too emotional to play, i thought.
Her performace was really amazing, like bleeding in her heart.
She was so kind to talk to fans including me after the show. Her words and full of love did encourage me. In spite of her personal thing, she acted so strong.
I respect her so much. I also think HPP members are so adorable as well.
Matt, please fix some words and sentences to make this entry understandable.
This entry should be read by every Anza fan.
setlist(21st, Nov. 2008: club Asia)
02. Hang Veil
04. Free Fate
05. Life Is Not Fair
10. Light To Die
13. Endless Line
14. Folie A Deux
15. Cray Life
16. I will Stay
Beautiful as is, Yuya. I think you captured her emotion better than I could have. Thank-you very much!
Friday, November 21, 2008
I guess for those who want more info on who and what Vitamin-Q is, I can give at least a passable explanation from posts I've read on the V-Q Mixi page.
Vitamin-Q is a band put together by Kato Kazuhiko who is a well known composer and producer of Kabuki theater and film scores. He wanted to put together a concert band to play live shows and this is what lead to the band's foundation.
I know that Anza is a big fan of Kabuki Theater and has probably been familiar with Kato's work for a long time. Which would explain her interest in this project.
There's probably more that could be said, but I think that'll do for starters.
We now return to the rest of the post*
This first video is a Rockin' little number that sounds to me like a strange mix of "The Stray Cats" and the "B-52's".
This next song sounds like a 60's love ballad from someone like "The Ronettes" or a similar type girl group. Love Anza's hair in this one. Her singing is terrific on both songs.
Current mood: hot!
We're playing the One-Man Show. It's more like a trail of my physical strength. (laugh)
I'm hanging in there by gulping down energy drinks! (laugh)
Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at the live tomorrow!
The HPP members have all agreed, they're ready to cut loose and run wild!! (laugh)
Well, I'm off to bed!
It's a cow! (laughing)
That's just a joke, folks. Still....everyday there's something that keeps me busy and I'm only able to renew my Blog after a struggle.
At last it's Friday and time for the HPP One-Man Show. After careful rehearsal, set-up, and all the stuff that goes with it, I think we're ready.
Once the day gets here, my only desire is to sing. (laugh)
We'll be waiting at Shibuya and looking forward to seeing you there.
Ooh! It seems that the tickets for the Show have sold-out. Good news, don't you think? Thank you, everyone, for your support.
And then, the Vitamin-Q Album will be officially released on December 3rd. We've booked our first show at Shibuya AX on February 3rd.
Yes sir, I'll do my best.
I was looking up the tickets for the Vitamin-Q Show in Feb. It seem that they'll be going for $60.00 apiece. My first thought was, "Wow, I can do my best at $60 bucks a pop!".......Just kidding.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Now, finally, on Friday of this week is the HPP One-Man Show.The members are in the big final push at band practice. (laugh)
Thank you to all the people who sent in song requests through the email and the Blog. (heart)
Of course, we used it as a reference as we attempted to determine which songs to play!
Probably after we finish, unless I'm totally mistaken, I feel like I'll be ready to collapse. (laugh) Because all the work that went into preparing for this will wear me out! Yes!
This is the last live Show of 2008 so we feel that everyone should come out and enjoy themselves. (heart)
Also, Mar has already touched on the subject, because of all the new items and goods to go on sale, we may be checking in late on that date.
See you later.
There's some sad news in this Blog entry for American HPP fans. If this is the last show of 2008, that means there will not be a show at the Oni-Con in Houston this year. I guess I can stop holding my breath.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
current mood: enthralled
Yesterday was the Live Event at Shinkiba Studio Coast. In spite of it being a week day evening, there were really a lot of people at the Live House. Thanks for coming.
Ever since the Loud Park Festival, again, we were able to play with a foreign celebrity guitar band and I was so HAPPY. Yesterday, we were playing 4 spots away from MUCC-san, but we were thrilled to be with you.
After all, it's an important place to be, the live event lifted my aspirations to a higher level.
With the One-Man Show coming fast, what should I do?.... I'd like to elevate the level of my performance for the sake of the live music.
My dreams of the future are still getting bigger, but, it's no use if you don't do the things necessary to bring them about.....I feel like performing a lot more.
There are so many things I don't want to take for granted. Because the world is being transformed by frequent changes, I need to keep my feet firmly planted on the ground so I'm not caught up in it. Don't you think?!
I love the dreams and thoughts of people and I'd like to see them come true.....(?)
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at the Solo Show. (heart)
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Hey! In just a short amount of time, the weather turned cold.
Now is the best time to see the Autumn colors because they're so beautiful. I love to get out now. It's my favorite time as Fall turns into Winter. (heart)
I'm thinking that very soon I'll be saying hello to my snowy mountains-san. If that happens.....Happy times~!!!
That's to say I don't want to wait till 2009, however, I think it's impossible to over do it.....snowboarding. (?)
Now, this month on November 10th, there's the live event at Studio Coast in Shinkiba. Then on November 21st at Shibuya Club Asia, the Solo Show!! HPP members live for the chance to perform live.
After the DVD release, Thank you for all the messages with your thoughts about it. I really enjoyed it, and it lifted the spirits of all the members making us feel very happy.
Now, I'll put my best foot forward.
I still haven't gotten my DVD in the mail. I was hoping to get it this week. Guess it'll get here some time next week.
Friday, November 7, 2008
current mood: angry
Say, the fact is, it's a hard thing to write about society when you see a guy do something really bad. Well, it's even harder when the incident happens nearby....
Today, in the morning, I was abruptly woke up from a deep sleep when I heard a woman's voice shouting, "Someone stop that motorcycle"!!!!
At once, I jumped to my feet and ran to the exterior window to take a look outside. Indeed, there was a suspicious looking man running away at a recklessly high speed on a scooter.
The woman gave chase in high heels and was crying and shouting.....One of the neighbors came up and asked, "What's the matter?!!" The lady was running yelling, "My bag was taken!"
What the? !!!!!!!!!
It was difficult to watch when any attempt to help her was too slow....But, the woman was frantic and kept running....
It was vexing not to be able to do anything to arrest the guy. The anger I felt at being so helpless was difficult to restrain....
I really feel crappy!!
What do the police get paid for, well?!!
I have to continue living by myself on the same block that this incident occurred, so it seems.
It's really hard when some fool is running around thieving and the police can't catch him....
Really, I'm sorry to have to post this subject on my Blog.
Let me get this off my chest.....OK?
I wish there was something I could do for Anza. Life in the big city can be tough. It wouldn't hurt if everyone remembered to pray for her.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
The guy members of HPP are still playing hooky, Eh? (laugh)
Well, we're headed for the One Man concert Event on November 10th and each member is deep in introspection. We'll get in touch with our feelings no matter what.
The DVD is still going strong, thanks to everyone and the many additional orders. Truly, everybody, Thank you very much.
It feels like I have just a little while to enjoy myself, but I'll be happy to take what I can get. (?)
Then, I also really appreciate the fans who are picking up the remaining tickets to the Solo Show. I've heard there are only a few left.
I feel like crying....of course, it's good to be alive when you have such warm feelings.
Recently, I've become much stronger than I had been in the past. My dreams and hopes, my intentions and feelings also....I'm reaching out in a big way to make them grow stronger.
Hey! People are amusing, don't you think? That's to say they try to trick, sneer, and make fun of you, but....if I'm a bit shy and awkward, that isn't a problem at all.
Well then, I should go back to pushing the One Man show, right? (laugh)
Yet one more thing, if there's a song you want to hear, be sure to ask. (laugh)
Although, you should include a substitute song in case we can't do your first request....(laughing)
Monday, November 3, 2008
Here's a Slideshow I put together from HPP's Loud Park concert photos. Some are from the LP site and some are from Mar's Mixi page. The song is, "Life's a Bitch" by Merlyn.
I meant to do this a while back, but I didn't have the time. I'm on Vacation this week so here you go. Next, I'll try to get some screen caps from the Paralysed Box DVD, whenever it shows up in the mail.