Nov. 18th, 2014

ariad: (kirito & aiji)
I tried to post this in a PIERROT fan community, but they're all in such states of disrepair.

[profile] pierrot_support has been deleted. [profile] private_enemies' posts are moderated, but the maintainer has deleted and purged their account, and LiveJournal won't transfer ownership unless there's harassment or other evidence of need for a maintainer. [personal profile] cycloid's posts are also moderated. No idea if the mod is still checking their email for that account or if they even get new posts emailed to them.

Anyway, this is what has been happening with PIERROT lately.

On April 12 of this year, eight years after PIERROT announced that they were disbanding, they announced that they would be holding two reunion lives. These reunion lives took place at Saitama Super Arena on October 24 and 25. They were aired nationally by WOWOW, but there's no official online stream. No news of a DVD release yet, either. (Which is not to say nobody unofficially recorded it and put it online.)

jacintoo on Tumblr has been translating ANGELO material, including interviews about the PIERROT reunion lives and a couple of Kirito's MCs.

Vif Music has a series of interviews with visual kei musicians about PIERROT's impact. I don't know if any of them have been translated, but they're things like, "What is your first memory of PIERROT?", "How did you react to their breakup?", "What PIERROT song would your band cover?", etc. They're pretty long and in-depth. (I read a few, with some difficulty. I haven't the confidence to translate.)

PIERROT now has an official YouTube channel, as well as an official Twitter. The Twitter is pretty unexciting, but the YouTube channel has most of PIERROT's PVs in stunning 720p, which is great for those of us who have only ever seen them as shitty 240p mpgs.

Sweet child records reissued PIERROT'S HELLO Complete Singles & PV Collection in honor of the reunion. It comes with a small photo book of old PIERROT photos. Nothing an ardent fan hasn't seen before, but it's nice. The collection includes the non-band version of "Yuuyami Suicide". A friend and I purchased it from CDJapan for about $50 each.

PIERROT also has a lot of official swag at their online shop, but I think you need a Japanese mailing address.

I would really like an active PIERROT LJ community again because although the fandom is active on Tumblr, LiveJournal and sites that use LiveJournal codebases have the best archival system. I would make one, but I'd be surprised if it reached 10 members.

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