A small part of the N.E.S. Tour finale live of today, where Kuina sings for the crowd.

My heart of 7 1/2 hours

Subaru’s blog entry
2015-06-12, 16:48

Thank you for the hard work. It ended without huge incidents.
Our 200th oneman. Our all song-challenge.

The first time we talked about this was after our Hiroshima-live during the N.E.S.-tour. It was something that we decided in effect in the beginning. (笑)

When the day came closer… it meant work work work and trying to remember everything.
Having this day in mind, we, Kuina as well as the members and staff, used up all our strength and nerves for it.
It made me realize again how important these 6 years are for me.

The performance started around 2pm.

And before we’ve even realized it, 7 ½ hours were over.
This was Royz’ longest live in history.

It seemed like also for the eventer and live house staff was this the first time they’ve seen a live like this (笑)

Maybe it was at the end of the 3rd section…
My voice started to reach its limit.
But singing like this… things like that happen.

But I’ve made it to sing without giving up until the end of the end. My heart as well didn’t fail me. I could sing with a nice feeling.

I was moved by a feeling of gratitude.
I haven’t had any doubts or was feeling any shame.
I just wanted to do with this feeling of gratitude what my body is able to do.
Thank you for singing together with me.

Doing this in Oita was also an important thing for us.
If we were doing this in Tokyo or Osaka we could do it in a bigger live house because many people would be able to come.
But Oita was sold out.

Before holding this live we were asked so many times: “Why in Oita?” The feeling of you wanting to come made me really happy and the distance was so huge. But… it was because of that.

But… knowing about your feelings [and still doing it in Oita] is mean, isn’t it?
Our 200th live. It happened to be in Oita.

We did it there and went all the way because there are people who are waiting for us.
That’s why we’re on 47 prefercture tour right now.

Oita is a good place! Did you all eat Toriten!?
I’ve had it the day before as well for dinner and also the catering in the live house brought us Toriten, so everything had this feeling of this city.

It would be great if you all came to like Oita! ヾ(@⌒ー⌒@)ノ
We’ve received many messages from the Oita-fans as well as from fans who came from other parts of Japan and from all over the world, saying “It was fun! I’ve made really good memories!“

These words make me happy in the bottom of my heart.

Even though it was exhausting, there were also many who enjoyed it.

Just… to complete 67 songs…
It wasn’t about reviving the past. It was the reason for us, who left the past behind, to not give up. 

The Royz how it is now with these four members is the best.
This is not about denying our past.

Just… this year we’ve felt horrible pain… for us there exists probably no pain that will be huger than that. We don’t deny this year.

You don’t have to be afraid anymore that we will give up.
I’m even going so far as to think that I’m fine with giving my life for you.

200th oneman, all song challenge.
First time in Oita.

Thank you. Thank you. Really. Thank you. It was so much fun!
Thank you for this amazing memorable day (((o(*゚▽゚*)o)))

[pics of flowers]

I’ve made it to finish this live without any accidents. This really gave me a lot of self-courage.

You’ve listened to what I had to say from backstage before the live started.
We’ve grown. Everyone of us has grown during this tour.

I want to convey all my gratitude towards the fans, staff, eventer, live house staff and everyone else who has worked together to give this daring live.

Thank you so much.

The challenge led to self-confidence.
Self-confidence leads to our battlefield. Our stage.
Hoping eagerly for something to come true, this day made us a bit stronger.

About 7 ½ hours, all 67 songs. Thank you so much!

5.New AGE
9.Reve Story
12.Autocracy ~ワルツとナイフ~
3.Cherry tree
6.witch in the HELL
7.Sweet baby
8.utopia MC
11.Aerial cord
12.Tear drop
18.Flash back  
20.Starry HEAVEN
7.PARADOX ~ピアスとルージュ~
9.Love Me?
6.twilight memory
14.Supernova 67.THE BEGINNING

It’s not easy to say “Let’s do this again soon!” while being so exhausted (笑) Especially during the 4th part my head felt dizzy and started to hurt. I don’t know why!

Just… I think you’ve done really well! When I had some time to watch during the 3rd part… the faces of those of you who were so tired were really funny! (笑)

It was a live full of manly and girly strength!
Well, as of now you’ll be able to give even more during normal onemans, won’t you? 笑

It was fun. Being with you was fun.

That’s why… one day… let’s do this again!!

We’ve completed our Kyushu-lives! There are really a lot of things we have gained in Kyushu. With these things in mind I want to visit the whole country.

And, everyone from Kyushu, we’re waiting for you on 9/22 at Zepp Tokyo!

Thank you for reading (((o(*゚▽゚*)o)))


Yesterday, horror lost one of its Mount Rushmore figures. Wes Craven was a rare breed: he worked almost exclusively in the genre, directing multiple titles of massive import. His films were laced with a certain wit that was uniquely his and a devout reverence for horror itself, never ashamed to be what they were while still finding ways to expand the boundaries of what scary movies could be. This week, I feel compelled to mourn the master by examining his magnum opus: A Nightmare On Elm Street.

Seminal Elm Street antagonist Freddy Krueger – or Fred, as he’s known in the series’ first entry – is a legitimate pop culture icon, and unquestionably Craven’s biggest of many contributions to our fandom. The Dream Master’s reign as king of the movie monsters may be over but his legacy will endure forever. Freddy’s creative kills and even more creative one-liners propelled horror into the mainstream in the ‘80s in ways the genre had never been before; Freddy actor Robert Englund’s charred face was used to sell everything from board games to rap albums to bubble gum to a 900 hotline and just about anything else you can imagine in between. But it was Freddy’s first appearance – in one of only two Nightmare films directed by Craven – that casts the longest shadow.

Considerably darker in tone than its more tongue-in-cheek sequels, the original A Nightmare On Elm Street is actually a pretty scary film. It’s an amalgam of the horror and exploitation films Craven cut his teeth on and the results are disturbing and wholly unique. When you strip the character of Freddy Krueger down to barebones he’s absolutely eerie: a murdered murderer, physically dead but spiritually eternal, invading the dreams of the innocent to prey upon them while they sleep. This is Fred Krueger as we see him initially. It’s not the skateboarding, N.E.S. playing, pizza baking pop culture phenom Freddy - this is a monster: a cruel, murderous phantom who terrorizes his victims with a clawed glove he refers to as “God” before cutting them to ribbons with sinister glee. Pretty ghastly, right? The character, inspired by a mysterious man Craven once saw smiling up at him from below the second story window of his childhood bedroom, is brought to life here in frightening fashion by Englund’s nuanced mannerisms and measured speech to create a villain who could’ve remained terrifying for years to come… if he hadn’t been so damned cool.

But there’s more to the film to love than Freddy, of course, and that’s what really makes Elm Street a one of a kind slasher film. The other characters don’t exist merely to inflate the body count – the protagonists are vibrant and likable, with personalities and character quirks that make you root for them. They’re still tropes but they’re not just there to get it on and then get picked off in typical slasher fashion. Heather Langenkamp’s Nancy is among the very best survivor girls in horror history, in fact; she’s a strong, independent, scrappy heroine who starts off utterly unremarkable but rises up to fight through insurmountable odds, becoming a formidable foe for Freddy by the movie’s climax. And costar Johnny Depp is, well, Johnny Depp – one of the finest actors who ever lived, every bit as charming and talented in his acting debut as he is in the rest of his work… even if he’s a little rough around the edges here. The supporting cast is great too, with everyone having a purpose and a moment to shine.

The cast is amazing, but Elm Street’s unsung hero is its plot and pacing, expertly guided by Craven with the type of certainty that only the greats have. It ebbs and flows, focused more on story than shock factor, foregoing jump scares for a gradual onset of tension punctuated by an unsettling (and very synthy!) score. When the scares come they’re intense and inventive – who can forget the scene with Freddy hobbling slowly through that alley way, his arms stretching gradually into enormous, snake-like tendrils that hang from his lopsided frame as he edges closer and closer to Amanda Wyss’ girl-next-door Tina, ready to destroy her, her grasp on reality shattering further with every forward lurch? Or the infamous “bed” scene… which, for the record, is even more gruesome in its original, uncut form. How about the bloody body bag scene? And those are just a few! Elm Street is a film with more iconic imagery than most entire film series could ever dream of having, and when you separate it from the (awesome, but very different) sequels that came in its wake it stands proudly as one of the best horror films you’ll ever see.

I’m sure you’ve all watched Elm Street a million times. Today it’s time to watch it again, in honor of a fallen icon. Rest in peace, Mr. Craven.