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Posts from 2016

Lilith's new look, second press, and more
Lilith's new look, second press, and more

Lilith has revealed their new look! Nice, isn't it?


They've also announced that they'll release a second press of their album in January. It lacks the privileges and making-of footage from the first press, but makes up for it by including video from the band's January 2016 oneman.






In other news, vocalist Kyouka (鏡華) has released a cover of Digimon themesong Butter-Fly, originally by Wada Kouji (和田 光司). Meanwhile, bassist Shura (修羅) released a cover of Gokurakujoudo (極楽浄土) by MARiA, who originally rose to popularity via niconico. The whole band is super talented, huh?









The tracklist of the digital version of Lilith's upcoming single has changed somewhat. Now, the title track is being listed as a “Web ver.,” which I assume means it's slightly shorter? However, they've also added two vocalless tracks to the release m/






Guitarist Lin (凛) has been featured on the FRACTAL AUDIO SYSTEMS artist page. He's in good company: MEJIBRAY, GLAY, SUGIZO, baroque, and A9 are also featured.




Finally, I want to mention that I've caught-up the discographies for Lilith and Affective Synergy, so please check those out. I've also found clips of their songs being used for the opening and ending (respectively) of anime Hitori no Shita: THE OUTCASAT (一人之下: THE OUTCAST):







Another lucky bag review

I received another set of UCP lucky bags today, and thought I'd give another review!




the package


the package


Previous lucky bags came in a large manila envelope with “UNDER CODE 福袋” sticker, but this one didn't. Maybe FJ tossed it? 🤷


However, each DVD was in its own white envelope with LIN logo sticker closing it. Previous bags had the DVDs in random mismatched fabric sleeves, sometimes two DVDs to one sleeve―it looked quite cheap, actually 👀 So, idk why the packaging quality suddenly increased, but I appreciate it!


And...




finally!


finally!


Finally! I got the second demo CD privilege that I requested. It's honestly really good 😭 Sacred Xanadu demo sounds like a video game version, a la D, and it's pretty cool. Doesn't become boring like the Chaotic Resistance demo did. And Eclipse has so much potential! It's a more “dancey” track―something a little different for LIN, but still fitting within their aesthetic.




Now, here are the DVDs I received, with some notes:


  • Dali feat. RIKU (LIN) - 2011.5.04 ESAKA MUSE RIKU performs these songs so cutely!
  • chariots - 2012.4.28 ESAKA MUSE
  • Mubou BAND 2012 - 2012.12.25 OSAKA MUSE Already bought it, for full price!
  • Megaromania - 2013.04.04 HOLIDAY NAGOYA
  • Syndrome - 2001.10.13 LIVE SQUARE Same as Lestat got. It's a pre-production version of a VHS!
  • NEGA - 2010.12.31 Umeda AM HALL Includes large session countdown footage. So nostalgic~
  • KISAKI PROJECT feat. SATSUKI - 2012.12.21 SHIBUYA REX Already bought it, for full price!
  • chariots - 2012.2.16 BEAT STATION
  • MIRAGE - 1998.10.09 Umeda HEAT BEAT -Same as Lestat shared. Has some comment footage―wonder if they planned a full VHS release back then?

So one lucky bag included 5 DVDs this time... I think that's a first! And they were all live DVDs, like I'd been wanting all along 😭 #blessed




So that's it! In several ways, this was the best set of lucky bags yet. Makes me want to purchase two more... But I won't. I promise!!


A few KISAKI and LIN updates
KISAKI mystery meeting, LIN talk session, LIN web appearance, and Shingen Kichi SPECIAL stream:


  • KISAKI has had a meeting for an unspecified project at YAMAHA MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT GROUP (ヤマハミュージックエンタテインメントグループ). Details are TBA... I wonder what it is!
  • LIN has announced that their mysterious 2016-03-19 event is a talk & handshake session (the band's first and last). The event will be held at Nipponbashi wktk THEATRE (日本橋wktkTHEATRE).
  • LIN will appear on nico nico channel FOOL'S MATE channel on 2016-02-17 from 20:00 through 21:00.


  • The YouTube version is a completely different recording from the DVD version, so please check it out even if you own the DVD. And by the way, these videos will only be up for a month, so watch them while you can!




Posts from 2015

Second part of LIN's appearance at FEST FES 2015


Another song from the performance, Sacred Xanadu, is already available for viewing on the mine YouTube channel (in collaboration with CYBER CIRCUS TV), and two other tracks will be featured on the upcoming FEST FES 2015 DVD. Here's the Sacred Xanadu performance:

I'm selling stuff: weloveucp.com members get early access
~*~POP MUSIC EMERGENCY~*~ I'm selling a bunch of duplicates and lame stuff from my VK collection. For the next 24 hours, weloveucp.com members get early access. Everything's cheap as fuck, so please buy something m(_ _)m

Member-exclusive sale has ended. Please see Monochrome-Heaven thread for general sale.

Namamail V price increase
Namamail V (生メールV)―the subscription service which allows fans to send and receive exclusive emails from LIN members (among others)―is increasing its monthly subscription fee from 300 yen to 500 yen, per band member subscription. The company's reasoning is that they need to make more profit to pay the artists fairly... pretty straightforward.

I've been subscribed to the KISAKI feed since the service debuted. He sends the occasional email with a behind-the-scenes picture, but weeks―or months―often go by without any update. There have been a couple of really cool photos over the years (such as an early look at LIN costumes), but I'd say the service isn't worth 500 yen, unless you consider that to be a disposable amount.
Site update: member profiles
Hey guyz, I updated the member profiles a bit (^^♪ For instance, you can view mine here.

Not that they really matter on a small site like this, but the profiles were bothering me, so I redid them ;) They should now be a bit more helpful and a bit less ugly.

In addition to cosmetic changes, I've given you the ability to choose a custom header image for your profile―just select which artist you'd like from the “header artist” dropdown on the edit account page. Otherwise, it'll be random. I've also added a spot for your tumblr username. (By the way, I'll probably improve the edit account page page sometime in the future, but for now: it works.)

On top of that, I've reformed the collection/library that appears on your page if you own any UCP releases. You can now check out some cute stats on the side of the page―stats such as how much money you've wasted, if you bought everything at suggested retail price 8D. And, most importantly, I've added a ~*rareness quotient*~, which is a pretty much arbitrary and useless attempt at estimating how many rarez you have. Don't take it seriously, but I think it's cute❤

Anyway, that's all for now.

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Lucifer's underground shares footage of first oneman
Lucifer's underground held their first oneman today, and they're sharing footage of it on YouTube! Although the live wasn't well-attended, their performance is fun to watch, and the songs are really good! Check out the first part of their oneman footage below:



http://weloveucp.com/lives/1/
Site update: search
Hey guys, just wanted to let you know that you can search WE LOVE UCP again―Google's search kept breaking, so I finally just made one myself. Here's an example search for NEGA... Hopefully this will be useful to someone 😜

By the way, you can do an exact search by wrapping it in quotes (e.g. "negai wo").
LIN on NICO Visu broadcast
LIN will appear on NICO NICO web show, NICO Visu (ニコびじゅ) on 2015-04-07 at 16:00 JST, along with Anli Pollicino. I'm pretty sure this program only includes talking, unfortunately. Still, if you'd like more info, check here.

ARLEQUIN overseas stream, Gab. cover, privilege DVDs
ARLEQUIN will hold a live stream Q&A session with overseas through XENON LA (just as LIN did) on 2015-02-07. The full press release is below.

The band is also the cover and special interview artist for free paper Gab. 73 (cover here)―this is great for overseas fans because Gab. is included in orders from CDJapan or Brand X (I can't remember which one, lol, but both are super easy for overseas fans to order from).

I also want to mention that those who purchase the A type of ARLEQUIN's upcoming single from Like an Edison will receive a 1 track live DVD recorded on 2015-01-18. (Online customers must specify which one they want.) The full list is:

  • Tokyo store: Alive
  • Harajuku store: Blind bud
  • Osaka store: KALEIDOSCOPE
  • Nagoya store: HIMA NI MAHI

Finally, here's a new preview of the band's upcoming DILEMMA PV:


Oneness full PV uploaded
Oneness has uploaded the full PV for their song Kotonoha Musubi (言の葉結び), from their upcoming single:


GOTCHAROCKA × ARLEQUIN special feature
GOTCHAROCKA (and ex-Phantasmagoria) guitarist JUN and ARLEQUIN (ex-Cu[be]) guitarist Nao (奈緒) are featured in a special dual interview to celebrate ViSULOG's 4th anniversary. It's pretty interesting to read those two ex-UNDER CODE bandmen talk to each other!

Posts from 2014

WITH SEXY and Vasalla countdown?!
WITH SEXY and Vasalla countdown?!

A mysterious countdown involving WITH SEXY and Vasalla has appeared at vasalla-withsexy.com!! It seems that something will be revealed on December 25th...

WITH SEXY and Vasalla are bands with deep ties to KISAKI and Matina. I'm super excited to see what they'll announce~
LIN live stream at XENON LA
LIN has announced that they will participate in a digital live stream Q&A session in American visual kei store XENON in LA!! The free event will be on 2014-12-13 (Saturday) from 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm. Full details below:

GOTCHAROCKA uploads unreleased song
GOTCHAROCKA has uploaded an unreleased song, Chase!!!, in promotion of their winter oneman tour of the same name. Check it out:


FOODED SEAL sample up
FOODED SEAL has uploaded a sample of their song Can't Happoubijin (Can't 八方美人):



ALVION and REALies NAO music
ALVION has uploaded their song, and REALies guitarist N∀O has uploaded his theme song. Check both out below:

  • New band ALVION, which features ex-GRIEVER ~ Synside ~ SUZAKU members, has uploaded their first song:


  • REALies created this song to celebrate guitarist N∀O's birthday! It's his “theme song”:




LIN members on Namamail V
LIN is now available on Namamail V, a service in which you pay 300 yen per month (per subscription) to receive realtime emails from your favorite musicians. Users can actually reply to these emails as well, although the musicians' email addresses are kept secret.

Some of you might remember that KISAKI actually did this last year as well―anyone who still has a subscription to his solo Namamail will be transferred over to the new one.

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By the way, here's KISAKI's horrible Namamail commercial from last year:

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FOODED SEAL working toward revival
FOODED SEAL new guitarist MaNa has opened his Twitter (@gt_arrow), and has mentioned that this is his first visual band! Luckily, he seems to be enjoying it so far.

At any rate, FOODED SEAL has completed fitting of their new costumes and will shoot photography for the costumes any day now. The new photos will be revealed on August 3rd, and the band will hold their sponsored event on August 18th.

Can't wait to see who the new members are!
the:Ø first photo and samples
the:Ø have revealed their first look and samples of their first songs!! All songs were composed by SAN... ...so why do they suck?!?! IMO they're surprisingly basic for such great musicians. But what do you think?


Tatoeba Konna Hanashi demo CD-R and PV preview
Tatoeba Konna Hanashi (たとえばこんなはなし) has mentioned that certain member(s) will appear in a live on 2014-06-11 at Ash OSAKA, at which a demo CD-R will be released (the full band will not be appearing). Full details on that TBA. In the mean time, the band has posted a short version of their MONOLEON (モノレオン) silent PV:



I assume the link to the full version is within the booklet of the Yougenkyou-WEST- THE CONQUEST OF NANIWA booklet. Did anyone buy the omnibus to confirm?
ARLEQUIN special revenge twoman
ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) will hold a special twoman with LIPHLICH, sponsored by Like an Edison. Part 1 of the special is a twoman live, while Part 2 is a talk & photo session, at which a limited ARLEQUIN × LIPHLICH poster will be sold. Those who purchase tickets in advance via mailorder will further receive an unspecified ARLEQUIN × LIPHLICH privilege DVD.

Like an Edison × ARLEQUIN × LIPHLICH Special Concept Live&Event -Resurrection&Revenge 2man Live-
2014-06-01 at Shinjuku (新宿) LOFT
LIPHLICH × ARLEQUIN (twoman)


By the way, GOEMON RECORDS has uploaded ARLEQUIN's Eclipse PV in full:

ex-CindyKate new band: AVANCHICK
ex-CindyKate (シンディケイト) guitarist Otake (おたけ) has announced his new band: AVANCHICK (アヴァンチック)!!

Besides Otake, the other members haven't been revealed yet. However, the band has announced that it will hold its first sponsored event on 2014-07-11, and that its full details will be announced on 2014-05-21. In the mean time: do you recognize the voice in the sample that they uploaded?



AVANCHICK first live sponsored event Nuovo Strada Reale
2014-07-11 at SHIBUYA-REX
AVANCHICK / LIN (凛 -THE END OF CORRUPTION WORLD-) (guest) / ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) / THE BLACK SWAN / REIGN / AvelCain / the Gallo / Nihilizm



AVANCHICK OHP official Twitter Otake Twitter
News roundup 4/6
The latest minor news from our UNDER CODE PRODUCTION family:

  • ARLEQUIN will hold their untitled twoman live versus D.I.D. on 2014-07-06 at SHIBUYA CHELSEA HOTEL.
  • ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) has announced details for their coupling tour with Grieva (グリーヴァ), Kuroari NO MuRE (黒蟻ノ群レ). THE BLACK SWAN, BIOSPHIA, Visper, Xepher, and Zombie (ぞんび) will join them on various dates:
    B BIOSPHIA / T THE BLACK SWAN / V Visper / X Xepher / Z Zombie
  • ISORA (イソラ) support musicians for their 2014-04-06 performance will be V. Ryo (亮), V. Daisuke (大介), and ex-SUZAKU D. Karen (火憐).
  • Lilith has unveiled their super cute new keychain/phone strap goods. Buy them here (with proxy service).
  • REALies will appear on the 51st volume of internet show VISUAL Kei Tsuushin ・ Kai (ヴィジュアル系通信・改) on 2014-04-15.
  • Shungokusatsu (瞬獄殺) lineup for 2014-04-07 is: V. Itsuki (樹) (ex-SUZAKU) / G. SAN (ex-NEGA) / B. RENA (ex-Vior gloire / D. ARU (アル) (ex-Vior gloire). It also seems that this will be the continual session band's last performance.
  • REALies has given full information for their coupling Kantou TOUR (関東TOUR) with Blitz:
    T the Raid. / M METEOROID / V VOW / O Oneness / R RoNo☆Cro
  • Check out this picture of ex-Vior gloire vocalist shall (currently in remembrance) petting his parents' dog's belly, which he says “feels like a boneless ham”:

    Also, his new limited-activity band remembrance held their first live, and they played a mixture of GRiST and Vior gloire songs.
  • Tatoeba Konna Hanashi (たとえばこんなはなし) will release a 3-track demo CD-R to those who spend 5,000 yen on goods at their 2014-04-12 show. They also made their first single, COMING SOON, available for mail-order as of 2014-04-01.
[April Fool] LIN members have been fired
KISAKI has fired the new members of LIN (SUI / MIZALY / CERO / YUSHI) due to their “incompetence and conspiring against him”. He has revealed the new new lineup of LIN:

【LIN new new (3rd) lineup】
V. LARA (ex-Cu[be])
G. KANATA (ex-Pashya)
G. IO (ex-Pashya)
B. KISAKI
D. HINA (ex-hurts)

9:01 am edit: KISAKI has fired the new new members of LIN (LARA / KANATA / IO / HINA), including himself (KISAKI), due to them not appearing at today's emergency meeting in Nagoya. Membership has transferred to “backup members” chosen by PLUG RECORDS WEST, and new new new lineup of LIN has been decided:

【LIN new new new (4th) lineup】
V. RIN (凛) (ex-CleA virgin)
G. rin (ex-MISARUKA)
G. RIN (凛) (ex-D'sko)
B. LiN (ex-UNiTE)
D. RIN (凛) (ex-jewelry)
K. TAKESHI (ex-VAGERKE)

Please check LIN OHP for further developments:
LIN member firing announcement

THE BLACK SWAN officially starts
THE BLACK SWAN, new band of ex-NEGA vocalist 儿-JIN-, has officially started!!! Check out THE BLACK SWAN's first official photo (above) and [awesome] samples of their songs Jishin Boukansha (自深傍観者) and ISOLATION:



Although THE BLACK SWAN has officially started, the band's full lineup still hasn't been revealed. From his hand tattoo, I'm pretty sure that's RENA (ex-Vior gloire) on the far left, but I can't confirm any of the other members (aside from assuming they're the same as the TBS session lineup).

At any rate, THE BLACK SWAN has announced their first tour, and more information should be revealed before their first live on 2014-06-06.

THE BLACK SWAN FIRST TOUR 2014 NEEDLESS × NEEDLESS
2014-06-06 at Ikebukuro (池袋) EDGE
2014-06-20 at Shinjuku (新宿) RUIDO K4
2014-06-27 at Takadanobaba (高田馬場) AREA
2014-07-11 at Shibuya (渋谷) REX
2014-07-17 at Shinjuku (新宿) RUIDO K4
2014-08-04 at Sendai (仙台) MACANA
2014-08-06 at Niigata (新潟) RIVERST
2014-08-07 at Kanazawa (金沢) vanvanV4
2014-08-10 at Nagoya (名古屋) MUSIC FARM
2014-08-18 at Fukuoka (福岡) DRUM SON
2014-08-20 at Hiroshima NAMIKI JUNCTION (広島ナミキジャンクション)
2014-08-21 at Okayama (岡山) CRAZY 2nd ROOM
2014-08-24 at Osaka (大阪) VARON
2014-08-30 at Meguro Rockmaykan (目黒鹿鳴館)

NEEDLESS × NEEDLESS TOUR FINAL
2014-09-XX at somewhere in Tokyo


News roundup 3/29
Latest minor news, featuring FOODED SEAL, ARLEQUIN, Lilith, Pami。, and Tatoeba Konna Hanashi:
  • Bad luck bandFOODED SEAL continues: support guitarist Rei (零) (LiLiCAL) is in the hospital and they have lost contact with other support guitarist Kiria (希燐亜) (LiLiCAL) since 2014-03-28. They will continue to perform with their three official members.
  • GOEMON RECORDS has uploaded the 4th volume of GoeTELE! (ごえテレ!). This one features footage from the special ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) live:

  • ex-Syndrome~zechs vocalist Pami。 (ぱみ。) has announced his solo (which he is now calling a “visual anime project”) lives. He will also release his first digital single, Atashi ga Shindara Moenai GOMI no Hi dashite ne。 (私が死んだら燃えないゴミの日にだしてね。), on 2014-04-14. (By the way, I guess that title is a reference to the movie Nihonsei Shounen (日本製少年).)
    • 2014-04-28 at Takasaki (高崎) club FLEEZE
    • 2014-05-03 at Mito (水戸) LIGHT HOUSE
    • 2014-05-22 at SHIBUYA REX

    You can follow his OHP for future updates.
  • Guitarist of Lilith, 凛-Lin-, will appear in a photoshoot in the 2014-03-25 edition of Chinese magazine COOL. It can be purchased here with Japanese shopping service after its release.
  • Tatoeba Konna Hanashi (たとえばこんあはなし) has uploaded this video of them waiting for band Xenon (mirrored on my account before they delete it):

GoeTELE! #2 up
The second volume of the GOEMON RECORDS video channel, GoeTELE! (ごえテレ!), is up! This edition features behind-the-scenes footage from the event where REALies guitarist Ritsu (律) and ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) guitarist Nao (奈緒) faced off in a karaoke battle. (The next volume should feature the actual karaoke battle.) Check it out below:

GoeTELE! #2: 2014☆Goemon Shinnenkai ~Atsumare! Goemon GYAA!!~ part.1


【GoeTELE! schedule】
  • 2014-03-16: ARLEcan CM (アルル缶 CM)
  • 2014-03-17: 2014☆Goemon Shinnenkai ~Atsumare! Goemon GYAA!!~ (2014☆ごえもん新年会~集まれ!ごえもんギャっ!!~) part.1
  • 2014-03-22: 2014☆Goemon Shinnenkai ~Atsumare! Goemon GYAA!!~ (2014☆ごえもん新年会~集まれ!ごえもんギャっ!!~) part.2
  • 2014-03-29: Jikkendai×MARMOT (実験台×モルモット) Inspection (検証編)
  • 2014-04-05: Jikkendai×MARMOT (実験台×モルモット) Execution (実行編)


GOEMON RECORDS channel start


GoeTELE! #1: ARLEQUIN “ARLE-can project” CM


【GoeTELE! schedule】
  • 2014-03-17: 2014☆Goemon Shinnenkai ~Atsumare! Goemon GYAA!!~ (2014☆ごえもん新年会~集まれ!ごえもんギャっ!!~) part.1
  • 2014-03-22: 2014☆Goemon Shinnenkai ~Atsumare! Goemon GYAA!!~ (2014☆ごえもん新年会~集まれ!ごえもんギャっ!!~) part.2
  • 2014-03-29: Jikkendai×MARMOT (実験台×モルモット) Inspection (検証編)
  • 2014-04-05: Jikkendai×MARMOT (実験台×モルモット) Execution (実行編)


Roundup 2/16
Here's the latest mini-news roundup, featuring 12012, 2 Gatsu 22 Nichi, ARLEQUIN (アルルカン), chariots, E'm ~grief~, Megaromania, Oneness, REALies, and SIVA members.

  • After over 11 years of activity, 12012 will indefinitely pause activities after their 2014-12-12 event/oneman (details TBA). Their reason given is essentially “lack of direction”, but the members' full comments are available (in Japanese) here.
  • Oneness will hold a free oneman, KANSHA SAKURETSU (カンシャサクレツ), on 2014-04-06 at HOLIDAY NEXT NAGOYA to celebrate the #4 indies ORICON ranking of their latest single. The title strip from any type of the single (including the 2nd press) is required to receive a ticket.


  • 2 Gatsu 22 Nichi (2がつ22にち、せかいはぼくらをしる。) has given another obscured view of their upcoming official photography.
  • REALies latest single, SETSUNA CANDLE (セツナキャンドル), has ranked #5 on the ORICON indies chart.
  • More information about RIKU's chariots-requiem: according to his blog post, it seems to be an ongoing session band, as he has not yet put together a new official band. Their 2014-04-15 live is called King of 『M』 Order, and guest players are 【V. RIKU / G. KAZ / G. Takeru (猛) (SAVAGE) / B. Jin (迅) / D. MIKAGE】.
  • As far as I can tell, Lilith's upcoming 3rd “EP” might be a single with the songs Galassia and Legacy. They will also hold a oneman in April. Details should be released soon.
  • ex-Megaromania drummer 邑詩-yushi- was supposed to appear at VAMPIRE ROSE's 2014-02-16 oneman at Kanazawa (金沢) van van V4. However, the live was cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date (TBA), due to support members' inability to travel because of bad winter storms.
  • ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) international street team has translated the band's interview with ViSULOG. The translation is available in three parts (so far): part 1, part 2, part 3.
  • The lineup of ex-SIVA vocalist KAIRI (カイリ) session band Bakeneko (化け猫) has been revealed: 【V. KAIRI / G. ShinyA (ex-Signal) / G. Keisuke (圭介) (ex-gaNesha) / Dr. Majyu (摩珠) (ex-E'm ~grief~)】.
  • The lineup of Raychel BAND (れいちぇるバンド) on 2014-03-08 has been finalized: 【V. 樹-Itsuki- (SUZAKU) / G. Ao (碧) (ex-paradeis) / G. KAEDE (カヱデ) (ex-MEKAKUSI (メカクシ)) / B. Ray (ex-NEGA) / D. REIYA (ex-LIN)】
  • The full lineup at ex-SUZAKU (朱) new band ISORA (イソラ) formation event on 2014-03-29 has been announced: Delia and REIRA SESSION (レイラセッション) will perform in addition to the previously-mentioned bands.
shall to start activity?
ex-Vior gloire vocalist/genius shall has mentioned that he will start up some sort of band activity on 2014-04-06 at Nishikujo (西九条) BRAND NEW. He says that he wanted something with a “name” (imo more formal than a session band), but something slow, with a live only every month or two. So it sounds to me like he'll be starting a continuous session band... but it can't hurt to hope for more, right?!

By the way, shall started his reminiscence of visual kei influences influential to him. Check it out here.
REALies and ARLEQUIN live updates 1/29
GOEMON RECORDS has announced its sponsored event and special lives to celebrate the birthdays of ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) drummer Tamon (堕門) and REALies vocalist Rayka and bassist 明イ-akino-:

GOEMON RECORDS presents Tamon birthday eventTamon FAMILIA (堕門ファミリア) 2014-03-05 at Ikebukuro (池袋) CYBER
ARLEQUIN / Ms.LIAR / SAVAGE / SHEDIA / XIBALBA / MELVEL (メルヴェル)


GOEMON RECORDS presents Rayka birthday event「Rayka Seitanmatsuri」 ~NANIWA Tomo ARE ・ Konnen mo Semeru de Shikashii!~ (「Rayka生誕祭」 ~ナニワ友アレ・今年も攻めるでしかしっ!~) 2014-04-28 at Ash OSAKA
REALies / ARLEQUIN (アルルカン) (friendship appearance) / Oneness / DECIDE / Xepher / 2nd Dyz / Crimson Shiva / Xenon


GOEMON RECORDS presents Akino birthday onemanJigoku! Gekimetsu! DIET LIVE! (地獄!撃滅!ダイエットLIVE!) 2014-06-29 at Ikebukuro (池袋) EDGE
GIAN RECITAL: Ha (ジャイアンリサイタル:破) (opening act) 【V. Akino (REALies) / G. Otake (ex-CindyKate) / G. Ritsu (REALies) / B. Syohei (ARLEQUIN) / D. Kazna (REALies)】 / REALies (oneman)
※ This will be a “hellish diet live” oneman featuring 10 songs with no SE or MC in-between. The band recommends that participants drink HEALTHYA green tea to stay energetic and wear sneakers and t-shirts to avoid injury or damage to clothing.


GOEMON RECORDS presentsGOEMON the FOOL (ゴエモン the フール) 2014-04-01 at Shinjuku (新宿) RUIDO K4
REALies / ARLEQUIN / CARAT (カラット) / REIGN / LOUD GRAPE / THE GALLO / the Raid. / 超時空アンドロイド-PIECE-


By the way, both REALies and ARLEQUIN planned broadcasts over TwitCasting, featuring member comments on upcoming activities. ARLEQUIN broadcast ARLE-RIUM CHINEMA vol.1 on 2014-01-25, and REALies will broadcast SETSUNA CANDLE Hatsubai Chokuzen! TwitCasting Shoshinsha Nikaime no Chousen?! (セツナキャンドル発売直前!ツイキャス初心者二回目の挑戦?!) on 2014-02-03.
NEGA vocalist announces new band
NEGA vocalist announces new band

儿-JIN-, ex-vocalist of NEGA, has announced his long-awaited new band: THE BLACK SWAN!!! The mysterious project has been formed by JIN as his “own” band—but the members, musical sound, visuals, and world view are all shrouded in mystery... Check below for [a clumsy translation of] JIN's official comment:

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THE BLACK SWAN OHP
JIN (THE BLACK SWAN) official Twitter
NEGA blogs deleted
All NEGA official blogs have finally been deleted. ex-guitarist SAN has opened his new blog, Under the SAN, above the.... No other members have opened blogs (that I'm aware of), but ex-bassist&leader Ray can be followed on Twitter @ex_nega_ray, and ex-drummer Yu (優) occasionally tweets at @nega_yuofficial.
Megaromania new blogs
ex-Megaromania members have updated their blogs:

【V. 翠-Sui-】
OLD fragmentary creation (ameblo.jp/megaromania-sui)
NEW Sui information blog (ameblo.jp/sui-info)

【G. 美沙麗-Misery-】
OLD Tenshinranman FAIRYYNU☆ (天真爛漫フェアリィーヌ☆) (ameblo.jp/undercode-misery)
NEW Tenshinranman MiseryyNU☆ (天真爛漫みざりぃーヌ☆) (ameblo.jp/misery-officialblog)

【G. 蜘影-Chikage-】
OLD Tsubaki NO Hitomi NI, KoiSHITERU (椿ノ瞳ニ、恋シテル) (ameblo.jp/undercode-chikage)
NEW (none)

【B. 氷牙-Hyoga-】
OLD Shirogane NO Zettaireido Gaookami Hyoga (白銀ノ絶対零度 牙狼氷牙) (ameblo.jp/undercode-hyoga)
NEW Hyoga (Kari) (氷牙(仮)) (ameblo.jp/hyoga-gaogau-gaugauga)

【D. 邑詩-Yushi-】
OLD IDENTITY CRISIS (ameblo.jp/undercode-yu-shi)
NEW Yushi Nikki (邑詩日記) (ameblo.jp/yu-shi-2nd)

Posts from 2013

GLARD photo and PV
GLARD photo and PV

GLARD (ex-VAGERKE new band) has revealed their new official photography, above. They've also released a live PV of their song Ray of hope as a Christmas present! What do you think?


MonoLog sample
MonoLog sample

MonoLog, the new band of ex-Synside guitarist kikyo, has posted a sample of their song No name.-1812-. Check it out below—what do you think?



MonoLog official website
Updates on Ray activities
Updates on the activities of Ray (ex-NEGA):
  • Ray will appear in the radio show VISUAL Tamashii (ビジュアル魂) on 2013-12-19. The show will also feature Otake (おたけ) (ex-CindyKate) and members of DECIDE and PLACEBO (プラセボ) [the two bands which Ray now produces].
  • Ray started his own online radio show called Raychel to Yukai na Nakamatachi (れいちぇると愉快な仲間たち), which aired its first episode last night and featured PLACEBO. By the way, it is produced by KSP, who also produces the REALies/GOEMON RECORDS net radio show.
  • In collaboration with the radio show, two lucky people will win special presents: a signed copy of NEGA's VANITAS, or a signed copy of PLACEBO's (produced by Ray) new CD.
  • PLACEBO will soon change to a formal band.
FOODED SEAL releases and Christmas present
FOODED SEAL (フーデッドシール) has announced three Christmas presents for fans:
  1. At their December 24 live, FOODED SEAL will perform the new song Mafuyu no POCKET (真冬のポケット) for the first time.
  2. On December 25 (Christmas), the band will reveal their first look via their official website.
  3. At the same time, they will reveal information of their sponsored events.

FOODED SEAL has also announced that kaoL, who had to pause activities due to his injury, will probably return to the stage at the band's January 18 live.

Finally, the band announced their first two releases! Both are live-limited and cost 1,500 yen for 2 new songs. But hopefully we'll get a chance to hear them anyway?

FOODED SEAL
切なくて
Setsunakute
2014-01-18 500 yen maxi-single CD

  1. ロリズラ RORIDULA
  2. Bungee SETUNASA

FOODED SEAL
愛しくて
Itoshikute
2014-01-22 500 yen maxi-single CD-R

  1. 真冬のポケット Mafuyu no POCKET
  2. 君がいる未来 Kimi ga Iru Mirai

Some minor REALies updates
Some minor REALies updates

Some minor REALies updates for you:
  • At their Like an Edison instore events (on 2/22, 2/23, and 3/1) for their upcoming single SETSUNA CANDLE (セツナキャンドル), REALies will perform acoustic mini-lives.
  • The 2013-12-26 edition of Rayka (REALies) × YU-I (ユーイ) (ex-CindyKate / GOEMON RECORDS) web show, -My Trip Goemon Theater- (-My Trip 五右衛門 Theater-), will feature Ritsu (律) (REALies)
  • Lyrics site hiphopVOMIT has added several lyrics from REALies. Check 'em.
Ray makes mini important announcement
Ray makes mini important announcement

ex-NEGA bassist/leader Ray appeared on the NICONICO internet radio show DANGAN・THE・DAN (ダンガン・ザ・ダン) to make a [mini] important announcement: he is now acting as producer for visual band PLACEBO (プラセボ)! This marks Ray's 2nd producing gig―he has been producing the band DECIDE since earlier this year.

PLACEBO is a two-piece indie visual kei band featuring V. rima and G. hina that formed in July of this year. On December 18th, they'll release their first mini-album, JAPANESE GOTHIC MARCHEN (ジャパニーズゴシックメルヘン). Photos of the band and samples from the mini-album are below:

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PLACEBO's first mini-album is available on CDJapan! Be sure to support them, and Ray in his future producing efforts!
Sui live updates and Chikage on Twitter
Some ex-Megaromania member updates:
  • ex-Ⅶ-Sense guitarist KAZ will perform with ex-Megaromania vocalist 翠-Sui-'s birthday fan meeting on 2014-01-24, in a special acoustic collaboration unit.
  • KAZ has also been added (as a special appearance) to the lineup of musicians that will participate in Sui's birthday premium live on 2014-01-23.
  • ex-Megaromania guitarist 蜘影-Chikage- has opened his official Twitter account: @chikage_japan
Sui on Twitter
ex-Megaromania vocalist 翠-Sui- has an official Twitter account! → this way
ARLEQUIN sample


ARLEQUIN (ex-CindyKate and Cu[be] new band) posted a the entirety of their song blind bud to YouTube on the 9th. Listen to it, and find a download link, below.

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Posts from 2012

★KISAKI OFFICIAL BLOG has Renewal&Move★


KISAKI has moved his new OFFICIAL BLOG
>> http://ameblo.jp/kisaki-official

And this photo is he makeup for interview 「ROCK AND READ」 magazine in tokyo
then it's sale in December,2012

Credit : KISAKI OFFICIAL BLOG

ps. my english not strong sorry ( ^ ^; )
KISAKI official Facebook


Yesterday KISAKI made an official Facebook page:
Follow KISAKI on Facebook
[Archived] Announcement
Lately I've been forgetting to cross-post entries to this community when I post them at the main site. I just wanted to apologize for that and let you know that I'll try to be better about it.

That being said, I highly recommend you follow the main site (weloveucp.com) because it will be preferentially updated, and is planned to eventually replace this community altogether.

Admittedly, weloveucp.com is still in a beta state, but I'm improving it little by little every day. Even in its incomplete state, the extra functionality offered by running my own site rather than relying on LiveJournal is unbeatable. So, although I'll try to cross-post here more regularly (and am currently trying to figure out some way to do it automatically), you will still get timelier and more complete information by following the main site (either by checking it regularly, following its RSS feed, or following its twitter).

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Ways to follow WE LOVE UNDER CODE:
WE LOVE UNDER CODE (weloveucp.com)
RSS feed
twitter (@we_love_ucp)

FUTURISM・BOYZ power push


FUTURISM・BOYZ has been featured in the FOOL'S MATE × VISUNAVI power push series. What does that mean for us? Samples of their upcoming single!! And a very special video of a day in the life of the F・BOYZ.

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What do you think about the samples? If you liked them, don't forget to buy the new single, Jibunbyou, which will be released on April 18th. It's available at CDJapan now!

FUTURISM・BOYZ
自分病
Jibunbyou
2012-04-18 1,680 yen maxi-single CD

  1. 自分病 Jibunbyou
  2. 風速54.0 Fuusoku 54.0
  3. What's up?

[Archived] KISAKI Twitter
An important new song disappeared from my PC. If there is no backup data it will be lost...
La'Mule official website


La'Mule (ex-Soleil, ex-parent label of Matina, band) opened their official web site today. It features a really nice profile page with great photos and each member's comments about disbanding (maybe someone can translate?), so I recommend checking that out. (It also features a particularly bad discography page, which doesn't come close to listing all their releases, and for some reason features biography entries, which are also woefully incomplete.) It also has a link to their newly opened blog.

⇒ La'Mule official website
⇒ La'Mule official blog
⇒ La'Mule disbanding comments
[Archived] Fanbook update
Ok, I originally set a due date of February 8th for fan book information, but I forgot about it and it seems that you guys did too. So,

To participate in the fan book, please email (weloveucp@gmail.com) the following information by next week:
- Name (or nickname)
- Age / gender (if you want)
- Country
- Message to UNDER CODE (scan of handwritten message on paper preferred)
- Picture of you (or your UCP collection or your dog or a drawing, just something)


Please email a scan or picture of any fan art / fan work that you wish to appear in the book, ASAP. Within the next week or two is preferred.

Please also send additional information within the next week, if possible. You may send a ① birthday message to KISAKI, ② list of current UCP bands which you are a fan of, ③ message to your favorite member, ④ handwritten “WE LOVE UNDER CODE” or picture of WE LOVE UNDER CODE logo, etc.

I previously mentioned a “message to each UNDER CODE member” section—since we are on a time crunch and participation is iffy at the moment, I've decided to just let you write to your favorite member(s).

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Even if you don't have a fan art ready, please go ahead and email the basic information so that I know how many people are participating.

[Archived] Update: 9th anniversary fan book due dates
Ok, I didn't receive any more suggestions, so I'm going to call this the final plan.

There are six sections total: ① fan list ② fan works ③ happy birthday ④ band pages ⑤ band members pages ⑥ we love under code page. Only the first section is mandatory; the rest are optional.

All materials for inclusion in the book are to be emailed to me at weloveucp@gmail.com.

For some sections, I prefer hand written materials to make them feel more personal (ex. message to UNDER CODE). Such materials should be written on plain white paper and emailed to me. I can then clean them up in Photoshop.

If you don't have access to a scanner, you may physical mail me your materials. In that case, please contact me via email to get my home address, and please send your materials out ASAP—preferably within the next week or two—to ensure that I receive them in time.

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To join the fan book, you must participate in the fan list section. Please email me your name, your age, your country, a picture of yourself (or a picture of your dog, your little finger, whatever you are comfortable with), and a short message about UNDER CODE's 9th anniversary. The anniversary message should handwritten on plain white paper and scanned. If you don't have access to a scanner, email me and we'll sort it out.

② If you want your fan works included in the book, please email a scan of your work (where applicable). If your fan work is, for example, a song cover on YouTube, send me a link to the video and a screenshot. If your fan work is a fan site, send me a link and a screenshot. And so on.

③ The third section will feature birthday messages to KISAKI. If you'd like to participate, please email me your message. Handwritten is preferred, but plain text is ok. ※ I'm hoping to get a nice fan art of KISAKI to be central on that page—if you can provide that, let me know!

④ The fourth section features each band's name and a short list of fans underneath it. Bands included are LIN, NEGA, Megaromania, Dali, FUTURISM・BOYZ, CindyKate, REALies, SUZAKU, Cu[be], and Vior gloire. If you'd like to participate in this section, email me your name and which bands you would like to be listed under (all is OK).

⑤ This section features a short message to each band member at UNDER CODE. Each community member will be paired with a band man and asked to write a message for that member. If you're interested in this section, please just say so in your email—based on response, I'll decide whether to include this section, and, if so, will pair everyone up.

⑥ This section simply features “WE LOVE UNDER CODE”. If you'd like to participate, please simply send a scan of the words “WE LOVE UNDER CODE” handwritten on plain white paper. Alternatively, you can send a picture of a “WE LOVE UNDER CODE” sign, sticker, tshirt, etc.

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Due dates

Please email your basic info for section ① (name, age, country, image, anniversary message) by February 8th. The earlier the better. (If you're waiting for a tshirt/poster to arrive before taking your picture, you can send that at a later date.)

Please try to email your fan works and material for other sections by February 15th.

If you are unable to scan materials and need to send them in the mail, please try to do so by February 1st to ensure that they reach me in time.

I hope to get the book put together and shipped off by February 22nd.

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Ok, it's a shitty rushed post, lo siento! But hopefully it makes enough sense. For any confusion that I inevitably cause, please feel free to ask questions here or email me (weloveucp@gmail.com)
Kansai Seiatsu poster contest
You may remember that I announced a free poster contest to support the Kansai Seiatsu 2011~2012 live stream. Well, as you can see, I kind of forgot about choosing a winner! I received proof of purchase from the following people:
Charline - 1
TakatoriRireiji - 2
xMayaku - 3
Katie - 4
Shira - 5
RikusJRockAngel - 6
Mateusz - 7
LadyRev - 8
NaN - 9

I've assigned a number to each person, as you can see above. I'll now use a random number generator to pick a number 1 through 9. And the result is... 5! Which means that Shira is the winner!
9th anniversary fan book
Ok, I didn't receive any more suggestions, so I'm going to call this the final plan.

There are six sections total: ① fan list ② fan works ③ happy birthday ④ band pages ⑤ band members pages ⑥ we love under code page. Only the first section is mandatory; the rest are optional.

All materials for inclusion in the book are to be emailed to me at weloveucp@gmail.com.

For some sections, I prefer hand written materials to make them feel more personal (ex. message to UNDER CODE). Such materials should be written on plain white paper and emailed to me. I can then clean them up in Photoshop.

If you don't have access to a scanner, you may physical mail me your materials. In that case, please contact me via email to get my home address, and please send your materials out ASAP—preferably within the next week or two—to ensure that I receive them in time.

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To join the fan book, you must participate in the fan list section. Please email me your name, your age, your country, a picture of yourself (or a picture of your dog, your little finger, whatever you are comfortable with), and a short message about UNDER CODE's 9th anniversary. The anniversary message should handwritten on plain white paper and scanned. If you don't have access to a scanner, email me and we'll sort it out.

② If you want your fan works included in the book, please email a scan of your work (where applicable). If your fan work is, for example, a song cover on YouTube, send me a link to the video and a screenshot. If your fan work is a fan site, send me a link and a screenshot. And so on.

③ The third section will feature birthday messages to KISAKI. If you'd like to participate, please email me your message. Handwritten is preferred, but plain text is ok. ※ I'm hoping to get a nice fan art of KISAKI to be central on that page—if you can provide that, let me know!

④ The fourth section features each band's name and a short list of fans underneath it. Bands included are LIN, NEGA, Megaromania, Dali, FUTURISM・BOYZ, CindyKate, REALies, SUZAKU, Cu[be], and Vior gloire. If you'd like to participate in this section, email me your name and which bands you would like to be listed under (all is OK).

⑤ This section features a short message to each band member at UNDER CODE. Each community member will be paired with a band man and asked to write a message for that member. If you're interested in this section, please just say so in your email—based on response, I'll decide whether to include this section, and, if so, will pair everyone up.

⑥ This section simply features “WE LOVE UNDER CODE”. If you'd like to participate, please simply send a scan of the words “WE LOVE UNDER CODE” handwritten on plain white paper. Alternatively, you can send a picture of a “WE LOVE UNDER CODE” sign, sticker, tshirt, etc.

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Due dates

Please email your basic info for section ① (name, age, country, image, anniversary message) by February 8th. The earlier the better. (If you're waiting for a tshirt/poster to arrive before taking your picture, you can send that at a later date.)

Please try to email your fan works and material for other sections by February 15th.

If you are unable to scan materials and need to send them in the mail, please try to do so by February 1st to ensure that they reach me in time.

I hope to get the book put together and shipped off by February 22nd.

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Ok, it's a shitty rushed post, lo siento! But hopefully it makes enough sense. For any confusion that I inevitably cause, please feel free to ask questions here or email me (weloveucp@gmail.com)
9th anniversary fan project?
Hey guys,

Recently I've been thinking about doing some sort of fan project for UNDER CODE's 9th anniversary and KISAKI's birthday, which are coming up in March. I'd want to deliver something to UNDER CODE to show some fan support. So quick poll, would you potentially be interested?



My tentative idea is to do a little book. I have several ideas: fanart, cosplay photos, photos of us with UCP shirts or posters, photos of us holding WE LOVE UNDER CODE signs, photos of our UNDER CODE CDs, list of names/countries and a short message, band pages (ex. “we are negativists” with list of names), links to song covers, ...

I've never done anything like this, so I'd like your input. Do you have any ideas for content? If you've done a project like this before, any suggestions to make it run smoothly? Would anyone be willing to translate messages? If we do a book, any idea if we should mail it or try to have someone deliver it in person?

Any thoughts would be much appreciated, thanks.

Posts from 2011

RIOT GALE of NINE YEARS
UNDER CODE PRODUCTION has announced some special events to celebrate its 9th anniversary! The event series is called RIOT GALE of NINE YEARS.

UNDER CODE PRODUCTION 9th ANNIVERSARY
RIOT GALE of NINE YEARS ~NEGA VS SCAPEGOAT~
2012-03-01 at 新宿 (Shinjuku) Wild Side Tokyo
朱 (SUZAKU) (opening guest), Jackman (opening guest), NEGA, SCAPEGOAT

RIOT GALE of NINE YEARS
2012-03-02 at 新宿 (Shinjuku) Wild Side Tokyo
Megaromania, FUTURISM・BOYZ, Dali, REALies, シンディケイト (CindyKate), THE GALLO, ELM

2012-03-03 at 名古屋 (Nagoya) CLUB UPSET
Dali, シンディケイト (CindyKate), REALies, Vior gloire, One★Star, DecoLa Hopping, Jackman, ISK;M, JACK+MW

2012-03-04 at 名古屋 (Nagoya) CLUB UPSET
NEGA, Megaromania, FUTURISM・BOYZ, N@H, Cu[be], 朱 (SUZAKU), Lustknot., The3rdBirthday

2012-03-06 at 大阪 (Osaka) LIVE HOUSE D'
Dali, FUTURISM・BOYZ, シンディケイト (CindyKate), REALies, Jackman

2012-03-07 at 大阪 (Osaka) LIVE HOUSE D'
NEGA, Megaromania


UNDER CODE PRODUCTION 9th ANNIVERSARY 番外編 (Bangaihen)地下線ボーカリストシャッフル祭!? VOL:3 (Chikasen VOCALIST SHUFFLE Matsuri!? VOL:3) 2012-03-11 at 池袋 (Ikebukuro) RUIDO-K3
  • 凛 -the end of corruption world- (LIN) feat. ユーイ (YUUI of CindyKate)
  • NEGA feat. RIKU (LIN)
  • Megaromania feat. 苓 (Ren of Dali)
  • FUTURISM・BOYZ feat. 翠-Sui- (Megaromania)
  • Dali feat. CO- (FUTURISM・BOYZ)
  • シンディケイト (CindyKate) feat. Rayka (REALies)
  • REALies feat. 儿-JIN- (NEGA)
  • (large session)
[Archived] Kansai Seiatsu
The Kansai Seiatsu stream has gone live, although it's just playing background music right now. The actual live footage should start in... 6 minutes! So log in now!

http://www.enticke.info/mvpage/muse111231

I was wrong when I said there's a chatbox—to chat about the stream, please use your twitter account, with hashtag #関西制圧 at the end of every tweet.
Kansai Seiatsu update
We did it! The last of the 50 tickets sold at the last minute, so the live stream of Kansai Seiatsu 2011~2012 will not be cancelled!

And on that note, pre-sales are closed, but general sales have just opened. General sales will last for about 20 hours, are limited to 50 tickets, and each ticket costs 1,700 yen (a bit more than the pre-sale price). This is the absolute last chance to see the Kansai Seiatsu live stream! So, if you're interested, please check out the updated guide:


[Archived] How to use Enticket

1. check this site http://www.enticket.net/

2. 1st is your ticket ID ( チケット ID) what you got in PDF file. 2nd is your email address

3. log in (ログイン) on 31th


Merry Christmas
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[Archived] Since it's Christmas,
I thought it'd only be right to post this here.



It's Jui singing Last Christmas~

[Archived] Merry Christmas... ( ゚д゚)
I thought I'd just post this, since KISAKI's tweeted it some mins ago, and it's cute and hilarious at the same time.

*<|艸・ω・*|...。oо○☆Merry X'mas☆○оo。...|*・ω・艸|>* by KISAKI Santa Claus

(original tweet here)

So merry Christmas everyone! \:D/
[Archived] Kansai Seiatsu live stream
There are 9 tickets left and only about 6 hours! If those 9 tickets aren't sold, the Kansai Seiatsu live stream will be cancelled! So if you were at all considering purchasing a ticket, now is the time!!

Buy a ticket (English guide)
[Archived] ☆ ~ HAPPY CHRISTMAS ~ ☆
here in Japan is already 24th. So i wish you happy christmas with this.



[Archived] Kansai Seiatsu live stream
As you may have known, I announced a contest here for a free ticket to watch the Kansai Seiatsu live stream. The winner has been chosen by random number generator: Seraphim.

There are 29 tickets left, and they must all be purchased by December 24th or the live stream will be cancelled. Remember, the PayPal transfer is pending until the stream is confirmed, so if you buy a ticket and the stream is cancelled, you won't lose any money. Furthermore, anyone who buys a ticket is eligible to receive a free, full-sized poster of KISAKI, LIN, Megaromania, NEGA, REALies, or UNDER CODE.

So there's nothing to lose—if you are at all able to, please consider buying a ticket. If you're not hard on money, you can even buy one even if you can't attend and give it away as a free ticket.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I'm sure will never happen again! (And I'm sure there will be a recording of the event for you all to watch after... but only if it sells 29 tickets!) If you need help buying a ticket, please see this page.


Purchase a ticket


Kansai Seiatsu free ticket
The winner of the free Kansai Seiatsu stream ticket is Seraphim!

(To choose the winner, I assigned each person a number, 1~7, in the order of their comment on the post. Then I used a random number picker which chose 6.)

Hopefully some of you will buy your own ticket still. By the way, the PayPal transfer is pending until the stream is confirmed or cancelled. So if you purchase a ticket but the stream is cancelled, you won't lose any money. Also remember that, if you purchase at ticket and email me proof, you have a chance to win a free, full-sized poster of Megaromania, LIN, NEGA, REALies, or UNDER CODE.


Purchase a ticket



[Archived] Secret Santa reminder
Reminder: don't forget about your Secret Santa presents!

If you're signed up to send a physical gift, please try to have it out by December 20th. If you're signed up to send a digital gift, you can email it to me at weloveucp @ gmail.com any time through Christmas, and I'll make sure it reaches its proper destination (please include your username).

If you log in to the Secret Santa page at weloveucp.com, you'll have access to your recipient's list of favorite bands and their address for shipping.

If you want to ask your recipient a question, you can do so anonymously, also through the Secret Santa page at weloveucp.com. Just click the envelope beside your recipient's username. You'll be taken to the message page with your recipient's name already selected. Don't worry—as long as the “anonymous” checkbox is checked, it should be safe to send a message without giving away your identity.

Official Secret Santa page

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Please report any problems you might be having, and I'll fix them ASAP. Merry Christmas you guys!

Kansai Seiatsu double contest!
As you know, UNDER CODE and EnTicket will do a live stream of Kansai Seiatsu 2011~2012. However, they will only stream the live if 37 more tickets are purchased! If that quota is not met, the stream will be cancelled...


Purchase a ticket


I want to do my best to support the event, so I've decided that WE LOVE UNDER CODE will hold a double contest campaign in hopes of increasing interest! Please check it out!


Free ticket campaign


WE LOVE UNDER CODE supports EnTicket × UNDER CODE For one lucky winner, I will purchase a ticket to the Kansai Seiatsu 2011~2012 stream and give it to them! This is a $20 USD value and gives access to 10 hours of live, uncut footage!

To qualify for this contest, you must register at weloveucp.com and comment on this post (please indicate you are joining the contest). One lucky winner will be chosen to receive the free ticket!


Free poster campaign


WE LOVE UNDER CODE supports EnTicket × UNDER CODE For one lucky winner, I will give a free UNDER CODE poster of their choice! This is a value of at least $20 USD. Post choices are LIN, Megaromania, NEGA, REALies, or WE LOVE UCP (which includes all bands). Previews of all eligible posters are below:


To qualify for this contest, you must purchase at least one virtual ticket to the Kansai Seiatsu 2011~2012 stream. To prove your purchase, screenshot the confirmation email from PayPal and share the link here or email it to me at weloveucp @ gmail.com.


Both contests are open to anyone from around the world. The free ticket prize will be fulfilled immediately, but the poster will take longer to fulfill due to production and shipping times.

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Well, I hope this excites some interest! Even if you are not participating in the contests or can't buy a ticket to watch the live, please help us spread the word about this event! And even if you won't be around on New Year's day, but are financially sound, you might consider purchasing a ticket for someone else who can't afford it.

If the remaining tickets don't sell, the live stream will be cancelled, and that would be a super disappointing way to fail... Please help spread the word any way you can☆

Purchase a ticket
More information (English)
More information (Español)
Kansai Seiatsu live internet stream
UNDER CODE's massive New Year countdown live event, 関西制圧2011~2012 (Kansai Seiatsu 2011~2012), will be streamed live for the whole world to see! This is only thanks to everyone who joined me in asking for it—our voices were heard!

The live will be streamed through internet event service EnTicket—the same company who streamed LIN's oneman live. Although it is a Japanese company, they are welcoming to overseas customers.

To watch the live, you'll need to purchase a virtual ticket (essentially, a password to access the stream when it goes live). The price of the Kansai Seiatsu 2011~2012 virtual ticket is currently unknown; however, EnTicket usually charges anywhere between 500 yen to 1,000 yen. But don't be surprised if the virtual ticket costs even more than 1,000 yen this time, as the live event is super long—about 10 hours!!

Because the business agreement is between UNDER CODE and EnTicket, non-UNDER CODE bands will not be shown (the camera will cut to black or show other footage). This means we'll miss out on PaRADEiS, Xenon, Vallquar, BALLAD, and 2ndDyz. However, we will still see all of the session bands.

Virtual tickets are set to go on sale in about 3 hours. I'll update then.

EDIT : The tickets will cost 1500 yen

More information and guide to buy tickets here
Tickets available here
Multiple-language-version entries
Instead of going to bed at a reasonable hour, I decided to quickly tackle multiple language blog posts! So now, when you change your language via the box at the top of the page, blog posts will display in your desired language (when a translation is available).

As of now, all posts will initially be in English; when they are edited, additional boxes will be available for the other languages. At some point I'll make it so the original post can be in the other language, but... not now!

So! If you'd like to translate entries into other languages, just let me know and I'll make you an admin here, so that you'll have the permissions to do so. I really hope someone's interested, because my dream is that this site will be used by people of many languages, even though it was started by a guy who speaks only English☆
[Archived] New site (β ver.) for WE LOVE UNDER CODE
Hey guys!

Last week I posted a poll asking which domain I should buy for the new version of WE LOVE UNDER CODE. The results, although close, were clear... weloveucp.com now belongs to us!

weloveucp.com

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I'd also like to tell you guys that the β version of the site is now live. This means that, although there are still tons of functions to add, features to refine, and errors to fix, the site should be stable enough for you guys to take a look. The blog and membership functions are what I'm focusing on initially. As of now, I'd say that they're about 60% complete—enough that I'll begin simultaneously posting entries there as I post them here.

And as such, I'm hoping that the brave among you will go ahead and register at the new site, and begin reading and commenting there. This LiveJournal community isn't going anywhere soon, but it will eventually be replaced by the new site, so it would be great to move some of the activity over there.

Register at weloveucp.com (you can also sign in with twitter)
[Edit: oh, by the way, if you registered for Secret Santa, your already have an account!]
Edit your profile at weloveucp.com
Direct link to weloveucp.com blog
Post an entry at the weloveucp.com blog

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Well, as I said, it's still in the very early β stages (better than the α that some of you saw though!). I'll make some sort of big official post when it's farther along—and then, hopefully, it can replace this LiveJournal and make the UNDER CODE fan community even closer (and bigger!) than it is now.

Welcome to WE LOVE UNDER CODE
The site is still under super-heavy construction, but welcome! As of now, I would say that about 70% of the essential blog functions are functional—enough to start populating the site with entries, but not enough to abandon LiveJournal quite yet.

My hope/tentative plan is to complete the essential functions of the site, then refine them/the layout/etc., and then add the non-essential functions. The most important component of the site is the blog, which will, at some point, replace the LiveJournal version, but I also intend for this to act as a fansite later on. When that goal is reached, you should be able to find profiles/biographies/etc. of all UNDER CODE (and related) bands, as well as a super accurate discography.

But, for now, I'll concentrate on the blog. Let's see how it goes—wish me luck!
[Archived] Secret Santa recipients assigned
For those of you participating in Secret Santa second season, Santa/recipient pairings have been assigned! You now have a little over a month to prepare and send your gifts. You can view information about your recipient via the link below. After signing in at the top of the page, your recipient's information should be available in the sidebar.

⇒ View your recipient information

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The site is still in super α mode, so there will be errors! But please let me know if you encounter any problems signing in or viewing your recipient's information.

[Archived] Poll: WE LOVE UNDER CODE domain
Looking for input from you guys! If I were to buy a domain for WE LOVE UNDER CODE, what should it be? Please select your favorite URL below, and feel free to suggest something else!



[Archived] VIRTUAL SUPPRESSION starting now!
VIRTUAL SUPPRESSION is starting! It's set to run for two hours. Hope to see you there! (And don't forget to register so you can chat!)

⇒ http://www.ustream.tv/channel/virtual-suppression
[Archived] Community event reminders
Just wanted to remind you guys of these events/catch any stragglers that hadn't seen them yet!





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I just remembered that I hadn't posted yet about the VIRTUAL SUPPRESSION prizes, so I'll do that tomorrow, I suppose. Sorry for you guys that have seen these posts a million times! It will all stop after this weekend! (Mostly.)

Also, please send me your prayers/wishes/spells, because I'm terrified my connection will go down or I'll accidentally play porn in the middle of VIRTUAL SUPPRESSION |D

[Archived] Reminder: Secret Santa second season
Hey guys, just wanted to remind you of this year's Secret Santa event. Registration closes on November 20th, and recipients will be decided on the same day. From then, you'll have about a month to get a present together to send to your recipient.


Register for Secret Santa 2011!


To join, just click the link above and register via the red form on the right. (Creating a username and password might seem like a hassle now, but it will make things much easier in the future!) After registering, you will be able to log in via the form at the top of the page, which will give you access to information about your present recipient.

What is Secret Santa 2011?Secret Santa is an event where each person gives a Christmas gift to someone else. The twist is that the “Santa” (the person who is giving the gift) is completely anonymous! Everyone is assigned both a Secret Santa and a recipient. The Santa will give you a gift, and you will give a gift to your recipient. That way, everyone involved gets a gift, but no one knows where their gift came from.
We did this last year, and it was really fun and successful. It's a really nice way to connect with other UNDER CODE fans around the world and make someone's Christmas a little brighter. Plus, you never know—you might get something really awesome!

If you have more questions, please see the FAQ at the main website.

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Some important deadlines:
  • 2011-11-20: Registration will close. No more participants will be accepted.
  • 2011-11-20: Santa-recipient pairs will be randomly decided; yours will be announced via the “my recipient” page.
  • 2011-12-20: Physical gifts must be shipped out by this date to ensure arrival by Christmas. Digital gifts must be emailed to me (weloveucp@gmail.com); I will distribute them to your respective recipients on December 25th.
Further updates will be announced via the main website, so please check it periodically. (I'll also update at this community, at the community twitter, and via email in some cases.)


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Again, registrations close November 20th, so join now if you were planning to! Also, if you need to change your information (switch present type, add address information, etc.), just log in at the Secret Santa site and click the “edit your information” link in the sidebar.

If you have questions or are having trouble with the site, comment here or email me at weloveucp @ gmail.com.

[Archived] Event: VIRTUAL SUPPRESSION
I'm happy to announce that the WE LOVE UNDER CODE sponsored virtual live has officially been decided!! VIRTUAL SUPPRESSION will be held on November 19th (Saturday), streaming online worldwide through USTREAM.


As a “virtual live,” the stream will not be showing actual live footage, but rather rare and forgotten [prerecorded] live clips of representative UNDER CODE bands. The footage will be streamed live through USTREAM for one time only, and will not be made available for download afterward—this will be your only chance to see several of the performances!

The event starts at 12:00 PM EST (New York)—that's 9:00 AM in Los Angeles, 5:00 PM in Dublin, 6:00 PM in Berlin, Madrid, and Paris, and 1:00 AM in Singapore (see this site for more times). The live is split into two volumes—Retrospect Chronicle and Prospect Chronicle—and is expected to run a total of about two hours.

WE LOVE UNDER CODE presents virtual live VIRTUAL SUPPRESSION
2011-11-19 at USTREAM
12012, Anjyu', Arc, CindyKate, CODOMO A, Cu[be], Dali, hurts, KALEN, LIN, Mar'derayla, Megaromania, NEGA, Phantasmagoria, REALies, SUZAKU, VIDOLL, Vior gloire


ustream.tv/channel/virtual-suppression


If you're at all curious, please check it out! The videos will be good, and there will be a chatbox so we can all talk while watching. Furthermore, those who attend will be eligible to receive some special prizes!—but details about that will be announced at a later date.

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If you're planning to watch the stream, please let me know, just so I have an idea of how many people might show up. (And feel free to ask any questions that you might have!)

[Archived] Event: Virtual streaming live
Hello! I'd like to tell you guys about a new community event I'm planning.

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Since most of us can't see UNDER CODE lives in person, I thought: why not put on our own? So!, sometime in November, I'd like to hold a “virtual live” on USTREAM (or a similar site), just for this community. We could all “meet up” at the site, watch the live together, and chat.

Being a “virtual live,” there won't be anything super recent, but I have tons of rare live clips of UNDER CODE bands, so everyone would surely see something new. And this would be a full length “live” too—at least one to two hours of rare clips from different bands.

My tentative plan is to do this in November—most likely a weekend or some other day that I could guarantee my time. I would like to schedule it so that the most people can attend, so a specific date/time will be decided after I have your feedback.

One last thing to add: to make the event even more fun, my hope is to have some sort of prize(s).
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Because this is a large undertaking and I know not everyone is interested in watching video streams, I'll only move forward with my plans if there's a certain amount of interest. If I can get, say, 10 people that are definitely interested, I'll move forward and announce more details in the future.

If you are interested, please say so, but also please tell me, in general, what days and times might work for you. Please include either a country or time zone, as “5am” does not mean the same thing around the world! (ex. Friday~Sunday, 1am–5am, United States EST) This will help me schedule the event so many people can show up.

[Archived] Secret Santa 2011
Hello guys! If you were here last year, you'll remember that we held a community Secret Santa project; it was so successful that we've decided to do it again!!

Register for Secret Santa 2011!


To join, just click the link above and register via the red form on the right. (Creating a username and password might seem like a hassle now, but it will make things much easier in the future!) After registering, you will be able to log in via the form at the top of the page, which will give you access to information about your present recipient.

What is Secret Santa 2011?Secret Santa is an event where each person gives a Christmas gift to someone else. The twist is that the “Santa” (the person who is giving the gift) is completely anonymous! Everyone is assigned both a Secret Santa and a recipient. The Santa will give you a gift, and you will give a gift to your recipient. That way, everyone involved gets a gift, but no one knows where their gift came from.
We did this last year, and it was really fun and successful. It's a really nice way to connect with other UNDER CODE fans around the world and make someone's Christmas a little brighter. Plus, you never know—you might get something really awesome!

If you have more questions, please see the FAQ at the main website.

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Some important deadlines:
  • 2011-11-20: Registration will close. No more participants will be accepted.
  • 2011-11-20: Santa-recipient pairs will be randomly decided; yours will be announced via the “my recipient” page.
  • 2011-12-20: Physical gifts must be shipped out by this date to ensure arrival by Christmas. Digital gifts must be emailed to me (weloveucp@gmail.com); I will distribute them to your respective recipients on December 25th.
Further updates will be announced via the main website, so please check it periodically. (I'll also update at this community, at the community twitter, and via email in some cases.)


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Last year's Secret Santa event was really fun, and I hope that this year will be even better! (Especially because we have more time—almost three months!) If you didn't join last year, or are new to the community this year, please join—you won't regret it!

Also, please let me know if you encounter any problems while registering. You can leave a comment here or email me at yamachi@gmail.com. Thanks!

[Archived] Survey: how would you like WE LOVE UCP to expand?
Hello guys!

I'd like to gauge your interest on a few things. If you have a moment, please fill out the survey below, or share your thoughts in the comments section—I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!



[Archived] WE LOVE UNDER CODE poster
Hey guys! I recently designed a WE LOVE UNDER CODE poster for myself, but I thought that some of you might like one too. So, take a look, and if you're interested, you can contact me to buy one!


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Poster details
  • Poster image features: large WE LOVE UNDER CODE PRODUCTION logo

    large picture of KISAKI with text “president & total producer”

    large photos + official logos of Lin, NEGA, Megaromania, Dali, CindyKate, Cu[be], SUZAKU, REALies, Vior gloire, and FUTURISM・BOYZ (in that order)
  • Professionally printed on high quality semi-gloss poster paper.
  • Standard size: 18 inches wide by 24 inches tall.
  • Image designed in native resolution; no upscaling defects.
  • The poster costs $13 USD + shipping. I live in the USA but can ship anywhere in the world.
  • PayPal is preferred. Concealed cash, etc., is fine, but I'll have to wait until I receive the payment to ship, and can't be responsible for lost/stolen payment.
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Just for further proof that this thing exists and actually looks nice, here's a picture of mine: on my wall, beside DVD for size reference. (By the way, I had mine printed before FUTURISM・BOYZ joined, so it's slightly different.)

Well, I think that's it! If you'd like to buy a poster, please comment on this post, or contact me via LJ message or email (yamachi@gmail.com).

[Archived] WE♥UCP new t-shirts available
It seems that some of you were interested in the KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA special edition t-shirt. Since that was meant to be unique for the winner of the contest, I don't plan to sell that exact shirt, but I've spent the past few days coming up with a brand new version!

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The new t-shirt (which I'm calling “Summer Variant Jihad” for the lulz) is similar to the other shirts I've designed this year, but with some key remixes of sorts. The front of the shirt features the familiar heart shape with the logos of all currently-active UNDER CODE PRODUCTION bands on top. Unique to this new version is a stylized 神 (Kami/God/KISAKI) logo underneath the band logos.

The reverse of the t-shirt features the standard WE LOVE UNDER CODE PRODUCTION logo, a list of all current and past bands signed with/produced by the label, and the text “we love ucp summer 2011.” Over top of those is the familiar UCP butterfly design, paired with a new lily design (representing KISAKI).

Summer Variant Jihad





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Since one or two of you have asked about the old shirt that I was selling last year, it's still available. The old shirt features the WE LOVE UNDER CODE PRODUCTION logo over a red heart. The back of the old shirt features the same red heart, but with a butterfly design in the middle and the names of the then-active UNDER CODE bands surrounding the edge. Pictures of the old t-shirt can be seen here.

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Shirts cost $18 USD + shipping.
  • The new t-shirt is available in red, blue, and bright green. Black, baby blue, and navy shirts are also possible, but those will require an extra fee as the print colors will have to be changed. (The “old shirt” is available only in black.) If you'd like to see a mockup of the shirt in one of the alternate colors, just ask~
  • Shirts are available in sizes S, M, L, XL, and XXL. These are US sizes, but I can provide you with a size chart if needed. There should be no price difference between the various sizes.
  • I prefer PayPal, but I'm open to any method you might need—just keep in mind that I won't accept responsibility for any problems with the payment (lost/stolen/etc.).
  • Just to make it clear, these are not official goods in any way. I designed these t-shirts and am selling them at no profit (the cost is for production and material alone). I don't support counterfeits in any way—so please don't sue me KISAKI :D
OrderIf you'd like to order, please email me at yamachi@gmail.com. When you email, I'll need the following information: your name, PayPal email address, shipping address, and desired color and size. I'll send you a PayPal invoice and then order your shirt as soon as it's paid!

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I hope that you all like the new design—I really put a lot of work into it! The band logo portion probably took the longest time, since I had to recreate them all by hand (to make high res vector versions). But what I'm really proud of is the 神 and lily designs! Hopefully they look like what I meant them too, hahaha.

Well, that's it! Let me know what you think :D

[Archived] Winner!! KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA

— necrae —

The winner of KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA is !! Congratulations!!





Throughout the contest, the top players were consistently getting the same scores, so I was a little worried! However, thanks to the bonus point opportunities and the α questions (which offered multiple points), one winner was clearly defined. But that doesn't mean the race wasn't close! Here are the top three scores:
① 43 points —
② 41 points — ,
③ 40 points —


To make life simple, I've uploaded the rest of the scores as a spreadsheet at Google Docs. It should be already sorted by number of points, but you can also organize it by username to easily find your score.
⇒ full list of scores




I have to say, this contest was much more successful than I anticipated: over 60 people participated in total, with an average of around 25 each day, and a total score of over 700 points. And more importantly than the numbers, the feedback that you guys gave about the contest was really great. Thanks to the nice reception from you guys, I'll definitely be doing more contests/events in the future—I even have some ideas for new prizes already! (And if you have ideas for contests/events, send them my way!)

To keep this post short, answers to the four VOL:α questions will be posted via the community's twitter (@we_love_ucp). The list of prizes that will get can be seen here. And finally, you can view all past posts about this contest by exploring this tag.

So, I'll just wrap everything up by saying this: thank you so much to everyone who participated in and supported this contest; thanks to the 20 or so of you who played every day; thanks to for coming up with the idea in the first place; and, finally, congratulations to the KING, !!

[Archived] Contest: KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA VOL:α
Last time there was a set of four questions. The first was what is KISAKI's real name? This was pretty straightforward and all of you got it right: Tadashi “KISAKI” Matsuura.

The next question was how many CDs has UNDER CODE released? I was looking for ~300 (as in, the label will soon reach product number UCCD-300). However, someone wasn't sure if I meant multiple types, distributed releases, etc.—I didn't, but since it was ambiguous I gave points for both ~300 and ~450.

The third question was which date could be considered Phantasmagoria Day? August 31st was the right answer—that's the day that the band sealed and disbanded, and the day that memorial events are held on. January 11th is a day that Dali usually holds oneman lives, March 10th is KISAKI's birthday, and September 28th is my birthday.

The last question, which is probably the most interesting to me, was aside from KISAKI, who produces CindyKate?. The correct answer was KASE TATSUYA, some relatively unknown guy that has helped CindyKate extensively, even before UCP. He works as a separate producer for them, helping them arrange songs, providing choral backing and support instruments, and recording and mastering most of their stuff. It's pretty remarkable how much is credited to him in booklets!

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Now, this is your last chance for points! I've added four extra questions. They're not multiple choice, and there may be more than one answer, so take care in how you answer them.



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And since this is the final post before I announce a winner, I'll let you all see your scores. Current standings are below, and I'll go back through previous posts and make scores on those visible as well. Scores so far:
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2
1
14
1
1
2
12
13
1
3
2
2
1
5
1
24
11
37
30
16
1
4
11
30
1
31
6
30
5
23
38
1
34
13
1
1
2
11
5
1
23
4
5
5
17
17
37
8
1
1
20
19
21
5
2
1
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24
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32
4


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The answers to these extra questions will be posted at the community's twitter, rather than here. If there is a tie for highest number of points, I'll contact those people directly and give them a tiebreaker challenge. The next post I make will be one declaring the winner!

[Archived] Contest: KING of TRIVIA VOL:27~30

Questions 27~30 [Q27] What is KISAKI's real name?
answer A. Kogoroshii “KISAKI” Matsuura
answer B. Tadashi “KISAKI” Matsuura
answer C. Tamashii Kisaki
answer D. Kisaki Ahenkutsu

[Q28] How many CDs has UNDER CODE released?
answer A. ~150
answer B. ~200
answer C. ~300
answer D. ~450

[Q29] Which date would could be called “Phantasmagoria Day”?
answer A. January 11th
answer B. September 28th
answer C. March 10th
answer D. August 31st

[Q30] Aside from KISAKI, who produces CindyKate?
answer A. KASE TATSUYA
answer B. KISAKI
answer C. DYNAMITE TOMMY
answer D. AZUMI



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VOL:26's question was about “KISAKI with Matina family.”

“KISAKI with Matina family” was the name of a special project that was assembled to pay tribute to Madeth gray'll guitarist 歪 (Hizumi), who died in 1998 while driving to hide's funeral. The project consisted of Madeth gray'll and MIRAGE members covering a new arrangement (done by KISAKI) of a song that Hizumi had written in his first band, vie éternele.

The song was called NECROPOLIS and, as far as I know, it remained unreleased for years. Finally, in 2007 it was released: KISAKI PROJECT was disbanding and releasing a memorial album and DVD at the time, and as a special gift, anyone who bought both items from UNDER CODE's official web shop would receive a recording of NECROPOLIS.

To touch on the other answers quickly: there's never been a KISAKI and Matina history book with CD. However, KISAKI has a [really nice] history book called BEYOND THE KINGDOM that features a DVD, and Matina released a best album (Matina 1997~2002) that came with a really interesting history pamphlet. Matina has held a few one day revivals in the past few years, and a CD was distributed at one of them. The CD was an omnibus featuring remastered versions of Matina songs, plus one song from Marvelous Maiden, randomly.

Here are the scores so far:
2
1
12
1
1
2
12
13
1
3
2
2
1
5
1
21
8
33
26
13
1
4
10
27
1
28
6
26
2
20
35
1
30
12
1
1
1
11
5
1
20
4
5
5
14
16
33
8
1
1
16
15
17
5
2
1
1
21
1
29
4
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For some reason I was thinking “oh, VOL:27 will be the last one, I better draw it out.” Then I realized that I can't do math—27 days doesn't equal 1 month in any way. Well, at any rate, I've decided to post four questions at once, and I've reached VOL:30. There might be another special question or two, but the contest will definitely be over very soon.

So, do your best on today's questions!

[Archived] Contest: KING of TRIVIA VOL:26

Question 26 What was “KISAKI with Matina family?”
answer A. KISAKI and Matina history book with CD
answer B. Distributed CD at Matina revival live in 2009
answer C. Project in memorial of Madeth gray'll member
answer D. Special band at 2007 Matina revival



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Ok, first of all, yesterday's question was framed really badly, apologies. I was rushing to finish it so that I could make it to class in time (as I am again today ;D), and so I settled with that awkward mess! Anyway, yesterday's question was what phrase best describes G.O.L? The answer that I was looking for was “KISAKI with Gori.” And now I'll explain with a story:

Gori was an employee at Band @id (a vk production company, notable for creating many UNDER CODE PVs) and a friend of KISAKI. Throughout 2008, Gori had been begging KISAKI (who was retired at this time) to do a project together. It seems that KISAKI finally conditionally agreed, offering this challenge: “work every day for four months and I'll do the project with you.”

Gori chronicled those four months in a blog called “KISAKI PROJECT feat. Gori,” and, finally, he accomplished his goal on December 1st of 2008. So, the KISAKI × Gori project was announced: the two would collaborate under the name of G.O.L, releasing a song on the The End of Missing omnibus.

...Wellll, Mr. Gori got himself into a bit of a scandal—presumably financial, but no one knows—and was promptly fired from Bands @id, and—as seems to be the Japanese way—shunned by all of his friends~ The G.O.L song was cancelled and Gori and G.O.L were never heard of again. (By the way, the omnibus was still released, just without the G.O.L song. But as is the UNDER CODE way, it still kept its 3,150 yen price tag, even though it featured no new songs ;D)

Here are the scores so far:
2
1
12
1
1
2
12
13
1
3
2
2
1
5
1
21
8
32
26
13
1
4
10
27
1
28
6
25
2
20
34
1
29
12
1
1
1
11
5
1
20
4
5
5
14
15
32
8
1
1
16
15
17
5
2
1
1
20
1
29
4
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You guys really surprised me yesterday (in a good way!). I offered a bonus point for sharing the title of the latest UCP release that you purchased, and it seems that almost all of you buy releases when you can! That's really great to see :D

Second, I didn't expect anyone to do it, but I offered another bonus point for saying “WE LOVE UNDER CODE PRODUCTION” somewhere outside the community... And many of you did it! Facebook, tumblr, twitter, Ameblo—you guys covered all the bases! But here's my favorite ~UCP body modification~ (sort of). Seriously made me laugh to see you guys putting yourselves out there, thank you :D

So yeah, bonus have been assigned (gave an extra to for doing my favorite WE♥UCP shout out). For today... for one bonus point share the name of a candy, native to your country, that you really like. For another bonus point share an idea of something cool that you think I should do around/for/to the community.

[Archived] Contest: KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA VOL:25

Question 25 What phrase best describes G.O.L?
answer A. KISAKI and Matina family
answer B. KISAKI with Gori
answer C. KISAKI SLAVES
answer D. KISAKI tribute to Kneuklid Romance



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Yesterday's question was which non-visual band did UNDER CODE produce? The correct answer was COLOREAL ZPT; a little-known non-visual band that's been chugging away since 2002. UNDER CODE produced their very first CD, 突き抜けてく (Tsukinuketeku), back in 2003. Strangely, unlike cious pi cious (another non-visual artist produced by UCP), COLOREAL ZPT has never been mentioned by the label. In fact, you'd never know that the CD came from our beloved label at all if it weren't for the UNDER CODE PRODUCTION logo on the back!

(This begs the question are there other UNDER CODE releases floating around that we don't know about?! Well, to calm your nerves, I've contacted UNDER CODE about this before, and they said that COLOREAL was the only non-visual band that UCP ever produced.)

A close second choice would be Bye²regret. I picked them because they were related to cious pi cious and were featured on a KISAKI PROJECT omnibus. Still, they were never produced by UNDER CODE (that I'm aware of). As for RONDE and SPIRAL MIND, those were pretty much just random.

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Yesterday, I gave a point to everyone who shared how they discovered UNDER CODE. The stories are really interesting, check them out!

As for today, I'll give one bonus point for sharing the title of the last UNDER CODE CD that you purchased. I'll give another bonus point for using the phrase “WE LOVE UNDER CODE PRODUCTION” somewhere outside the community >D

[Archived] Contest: KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA VOL:24

Question 24 Which non-visual band did UNDER CODE produce?
answer A. RONDE
answer B. SPIRAL MIND
answer C. Bye²regret
answer D. COLOREAL ZPT



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Yesterday's question was which band filmed a PV at LOCKHEART CASTLE? The correct answer was Megaromania, who filmed their AURORA -destinies of world- PV there. LOCKHEART CASTLE has a website; see if you can recognize the locations that the band filmed at!

Unfortunately, I can't say much else about this bit of trivia, because I don't know much about UNDER CODE's other PV locations! However, if you pay close attention, you'll notice (within UCP and vk in general) that many bands reuse the same locations of PVs and photoshoots. I guess there are only so many cool European room and scary abandoned building locations that can be found in Japan |D

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Everyone who recommended a song in yesterday's post got a bonus point. I'll give another bonus point to anyone who answers this question: how were you introduced to UNDER CODE/what was your first UNDER CODE band?

[Archived] KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA VOL:23 & -3rd WEEK-

Question 23 Which UNDER CODE band filmed a PV at LOCKHEART CASTLE?
answer A. NEGA
answer B. 凛 -the end of corruption world- (Lin)
answer C. Megaromania
answer D. SIVA



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Yesterday's question was who is UNDER CODE's long-term graphic designer? Well, if you have a UCP release lying around, just check the booklet—chances are that it was designed by AKI OKAMURA. Although not the only designer used by UCP, AKI is by far the most prolific. And not just UCP—even many old Matina releases are credited to AKI OKAMURA. Strangely, I've never found any information about AKI or his/her company KSI... So, mysterious Mr./Ms. AKI, thanks for your hard work!

The other options were all real designers: NAO OGAWA, of FLAT SPIDER DESIGN, is responsible for CindyKate's most-recent single; Aire'F is responsible for both of Cu[be]'s singles (and maybe their awesome logo?); and lastly, MAYUMI SAKAI, of mayolabo is responsible for a handful of recent works (Arc's memorial releases, SUZAKU's logo, etc.).

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-KING of 3rd WEEK-



-RUNNERS UP-
2.   3.   4.   5.


This time, five people were tied, each having scored 11 points over the past week's questions. So to decide who would win the weekly king title, I decided to hold a tiebreaker. was the first eligible person to answer the tiebreaker question correctly, so she's officially the king of 3rd week! Congrats :D


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Bonus point recap: , , , , , , , and all get one bonus point for wish me luck on my final exam, hahaha~ gets an additional two points for submitting two questions. And finally, gets an additional point for being the first to answer the tiebreaker from last time, even though it wasn't meant for her! By the way, please let me know if you suspect I've forgotten to give you a bonus point!

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Well, we're officially in the last week of questions huh? Since there's not much time left, I'll try to give some sort of bonus opportunity each day. Today's bonus opportunity: recommend a song (by an UNDER CODE artist) that you feel is unappreciated/little known, and I'll give you an extra point!

After this week, the overall king will be crowned!

[Archived] Contest: KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA VOL:22

Question 22 What is the name of UNDER CODE's long-term graphic designer?
answer A. AKI OKAMURA
answer B. NAO OGAWA
answer C. Aire'F
answer D. MAYUMI SAKAI



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Yesterday's question was which UNDER CODE band has not had a Cure cover feature? The correct answer was Megaromania. I know! Even though it seems like KISAKI is trying to position them as a big band at UNDER CODE, they've managed to never have a Cure cover. Let's cross our fingers and hope that they can achieve it this year!

シンディケイト (CindyKate) was on the back cover of Cure Vol.89, 平成維新 (HEISEI ISHIN) was on the back of Vol.73, and chariots had three cover features—back cover of Vol.56, front cover of Vol.64, and back cover of Vol.68. chariots.

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I was going to announce this week's king, but it seems that five of you tied for the same score! One of you, , was already king once, so it's between the other four of you. So, , , , and , I'm issuing this tiebreaker challenge to you. The first one to answer correctly will be this week's king:

The cover art for this release features some images that are commonly used by UNDER CODE's graphic designer. In fact, those images have appeared in the artwork for at least two other UNDER CODE releases. Name the releases (artist and title) that have featured the same images in their artwork.

[Archived] KING of TRIVIA prizes
Since I never got around to it before, here's a quick post about the prizes for the trivia contest.

Each weekly winner will receive:
  1. a rip of any item from my personal collection
  2. a set of stickers (WE LOVE UCP sticker and logo sticker of favorite active band) mailed to their home
I haven't finalized prizes for the overall winner, but they will at least receive:
  1. a rip of any item from my collection
  2. a set of color stickers mailed to their home (WE LOVE UCP sticker and logo sticker of favorite active band)
  3. special edition WE LOVE UCP t-shirt, in color of their choice, mailed to their home
And here's a picture of the shirt:


On the front, the shirt features the logos of every currently-active band, and on the back, features the WE LOVE UNDER CODE PRODUCTION logo in a special summer variant. The shirt is shown here in blue, but can also be made in red, bright green, or baby blue. As a special edition, it won't feature the “under-code.livejournal.com” text at the bottom, and we can even change the print color, although we'll have to discuss that.

(By the way, if the shirt is liked, I can make it available for purchase to those who don't win the trivia contest.)


So hopefully that encourages you guys :D ...and hopefully doesn't discourage any of you?!

[Archived] Contest: KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA VOL:21

Question 21 Which UNDER CODE band has not had a cover feature in the magazine Cure?
answer A. シンディケイト (CindyKate)
answer B. 平成維新 (HEISEI ISHIN)
answer C. Megaromania
answer D. chariots



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Last time I asked which Matina band was involved in a car crash? The correct answer was Eze:quL. On July 24th, 2000, Eze:quL was involved in a car crash that left guitarist 泰 (Shin), drummer 美景 (Mikage), and bassist Rame in the hospital. But they all turned out fine! And here's a picture of Rame with his nurses, just for kicks :D

As for the other answers, MIRAGE and AZALEA weren't involved in car crashes (that I know of), and Phantasmagoria wasn't a Matina band. (The other famous Matina crash involved Madeth gray'll, in which guitarist 歪 (Hizumi) lost his life)

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In VOL:18, I asked which company hadn't partnered with UNDER CODE. I'd said that the correct answer was ESP, but two people pointed out that Phantasmagoria's early flyers had the ESP logo on them. Although I don't think ESP ever did any custom works with UNDER CODE (correct me if I'm wrong), I decided that it's too ambiguous, so I went back and gave everyone two points (since that question was worth double) if they chose something other than ESP.

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Final exam this Friday D:! Wish me luck please! For every gram of luck I receive, I'll give you a point ;D

[Archived] Contest: KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA VOL:20

Question 20 Which Matina band was involved in a car crash?
answer A. MIRAGE
answer B. Eze:quL
answer C. Phantasmagoria
answer D. AZALEA



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Last time I posted three questions. The first question was which label was founded by an UNDER CODE musician? The correct answer was Livqueur Records—it was founded by ex-カレン (KALEN) bassist Takaya. ELE-MUSIC was the next best answer, but it was founded by a Matina musician, ex-DAS:VASSER. All four labels are really cool (and mostly based in Kansai), so check them out!

The second question was which company has UCP never partnered with? The answer was ESP, which is a guitar company that has partnerships with several major bands. Bands @id has produced several PVs for UNDER CODE and released the first 凛 -the end of corruption world- (Lin) single. INDIVISUAL set up the stream of Phantasmagoria's 2010 last live, and also produced the KISAKI memorial program, MONOLOGUE. Finally, ViSULOG is a blog company that UNDER CODE collaborated with for its 8th anniversary.

The last question was which band has been with UCP for the longest time? And the answer is Dali! They've been with UNDER CODE since the very end of 2005. The next-oldest is NEGA, who joined in 2006. Megaromania joined a couple of years later, and 凛 -the end of corruption world- (Lin) joined last year.

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[Archived] Contest: KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA VOL:17~19

Questions 17~19 [Q17] Which label was founded by an UNDER CODE musician?
answer A. ELE-MUSIC
answer B. Planet CHILD Music
answer C. Double River Record
answer D. Livqueur Records

[Q18] Which company has UNDER CODE not partnered with?
answer A. Bands@id
answer B. INDIVISUAL
answer C. ESP
answer D. ViSULOG

[Q19] Which active band has been with UCP for the longest time?
answer A. Dali
answer B. 凛 -the end of corruption world- (Lin)
answer C. NEGA
answer D. Megaromania



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VOL:16's question was who is a roadie for Lin? The correct answer was Kei of Armeria! He has been listed as a roadie for Lin for almost the entire time they've been active. He sent KISAKI one of Armeria's demos once, and KISAKI review it in his blog—with a big “well...” So maybe they won't be joining UNDER CODE any time soon |D

None of the other guys have been roadies for UNDER CODE bands—that I'm aware of. About half of you chose Toya of Cu[be], so maybe you know something that I don't?!

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Apologies! I moved to a new house yesterday, and that plus summer classes took up all my time. So, to make up for not posting a question yesterday or this morning, I've decided to put up three at once today. And~ these questions will be for double points!

[Archived] Contest: KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA VOL:16

Question 16 Which of the following has been a roadie for 凛 -the end of corruption world- (Lin)?
answer A. Kijin (Ru:natic)
answer B. Shigi (Vellga)
answer C. Toya (Cu[be])
answer D. Kei (Armeria)



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Yesterday's question was which of MIRAGE's releases was distributed by a major label? The correct answer was Arcadia, which was released through SOL'FINSTERRE and east west japan.

SOL'FINSTERRE was a sort of proto-label—founded by Free-Will's DYNAMITE TOMMY—that bridged indie and major labels. Many visual kei bands (Soleil and Matina bands, Deshabillz, DIR EN GREY) utilized the label to release CDs through major channels while remaining as indie bands. In this case, MIRAGE used SOL'FINSTERRE to release their CD through east west japan, a division of WARNER MUSIC JAPAN.

・・・Air and DEATH AND REBIRTH were indie releases; both were released through Soleil Matina, and ・・・Air was distributed through Free-Will. “・・・if ~reflect yourselves~” is a Syndrome release.

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By the way, yesterday I gave a point to anyone who had 0, and gets a bonus point for submitting today's question!

Ahhhh, moving day tomorrow! So nervousss.

[Archived] Contest: KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA VOL:15 & -2nd WEEK-

Question 15 Which of MIRAGE's releases was distributed by a major label?
answer A. Arcadia
answer B. ・・・Air
answer C. “・・・if ~reflect yourselves~”
answer D. DEATH AND REBIRTH



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Yesterday's question was what is the correct name of the record label we follow? And the answer is, of course, UNDER CODE PRODUCTION—uppercase, three words, spaces between, singular, etc. Someone wanted an easy one, so there you go~ (/it's one of my pet peeves to see people talk about “Under Cord Entertainments”)

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-WEEK 2 KING-



-RUNNERS UP-
2.   3.   4.


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The person to gain the most points this week was , so congrats!! I'll contact you soon about your prizes :D

Crazily, there were five runner-ups this time, all with the same amount of points earned during the week: , , , , and . I decided to officially recognize the three that weren't featured last week, but congrats to all five of them.

Looks like the competition is getting tough!

[Archived] Contest: KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA VOL:14

Question 14 What is the label's official name?
answer A. Undercode Productions
answer B. UNDER CORD
answer C. Under Code Records
answer D. UNDER CODE PRODUCTION



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Yesterday had two questions; the first was how many volumes were planned for ARTISTIC in BLACK? The correct answer was 12 volumes.

ARTISTIC in BLACK was a monthly photobook series featuring KISAKI and one other visual kei artist. Twelve volumes were announced, but KISAKI's tax scandal broke in the middle of the year, and the publisher refused to release the remaining volumes! The publisher also cancelled several other UCP photobooks that had been announced: solo books from Phantasmagoria and VIDOLL members, as well as a book featuring CODOMO A and ROAD AWAKE bands.

The worst part? All the photography for all of the books had already been done, and UNDER CODE had already paid for it all—but the publishing company had the photos and wouldn't release them to UNDER CODE, so the label couldn't even print the photobooks with another company!

The second question was of these, which was the earliest name for KISAKI's blog? The answer was 地下線神言基地 (Chikasen Shingenkichi). Back when KISAKI used “EPISODE:X” titles for his blogs, that was EPISODE:Ⅰ. EPISODE:Ⅱ was “REAL CREATOR,” and EPISODE:Ⅲ was “Vanish of existence.” “basement melody” was never the name of his blog, but he did use that name for his first photobook way back in the Matina days.

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You get a really easy one this time~ ...Well, it better be really easy!

By the way, , , , , , , , and got a bonus point for using a WE LOVE UNDER CODE PRODUCTION badge :D

[Archived] Contest: KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA VOL:12&13

Questions 12&13 How many volumes were planned for the ARTISTIC in BLACK series?
answer A. 5 volumes
answer B. 7 volumes
answer C. 12 volumes
answer D. 24 volumes

Of the following, which was the earliest name for KISAKI's blog?
answer A. Vanish of existence
answer B. basement melody
answer C. 地下線神言基地 (Chikasen Shingenkichi)
answer D. REAL CREATOR



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Thursday's question was which was not a sublabel?. The non-sublabel was UNDER GROUND MUSIC; that was actually the name of UNDER CODE's short-lived MP3 market. Although the service was really cool (exclusive singles, rare Matina releases, live recordings!), it was quietly abandoned by the label within a year. (Interestingly, its website is still up and presumably operational because the label OHP uses various scripts that are hosted there.)

ROAD AWAKE was a hard core/heavy metal sublabel that was created in 2006, primarily to host VAGERKE. The sublabel was initially well-supported—producing several VAGERKE releases and signing a second band, harvest—but was all but officially abandoned within a few years. Although the sublabel never officially closed its doors, VAGERKE disbanded in December of 2010, leaving ROAD AWAKE as good as dead.

HAUNTED HOUSE RECORDS was a sublabel created for the sole purpose of publishing the FLESH FOR FLANKENSTEIN best album. Although it is officially a sublabel, it's more of a name than an entity; it was never officially announced, no artist was ever signed to it, and it doesn't even have a logo!

Finally, WORLD TEMPTATION ENTERTAINMENT. Back in 2008, several releases were announced as Japan-limited editions, with regular editions to be released worldwide at a later date. Well, surprise surprise, UNDER CODE never mentioned it again, and no international editions were ever produced. From copies of the releases, we can see that they were from a sublabel called WORLD TEMPTATION ENTERTAINMENT—presumably what would have been UNDER CODE's international branch, if whatever unknown circumstances hadn't killed the idea. (If you have any information, let me know!)

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I gave you two questions this time, since I wasn't able to post anything this morning. I was busy studying for a physics test... which I pretty much bombed, noooo! So, bonus point for anyone who will whisper the correct formulas to me during the next test.

Alternatively, you can get a bonus point for today by linking me to a profile where you've used a WE LOVE UNDER CODE PRODUCTION badge!

[Archived] Contest: KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA VOL:11

Question 11 Which of these was not a sublabel associated with UNDER CODE?
answer A. ROAD AWAKE
answer B. WORLD TEMPTATION ENTERTAINMENT
answer C. HAUNTED HOUSE RECORDS
answer D. UNDER GROUND MUSIC



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Yesterday's question was of the following, which was the first to join Matina? The answer I was looking for was the little-known band Vie éternele. They released their first demotape, 「persona」, through Matina way back in June of 1997, when the label was still in its prototype stages.

The next best answer was Madeth gray'll, who had joined Matina by the time it officially launched in November of 1997—but more on that in a future question. From the list of possible answers, the next bands to join Matina were LAYBIAL and Syndrome, in that order.

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[Archived] Contest: KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA VOL:10

Question 10 Of these bands, which was the first to join Matina?
answer A. Vie éternele
answer B. Syndrome
answer C. LAYBIAL
answer D. Madeth gray'll



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Yesterday's question was what was the original title of Megaromania's Transparent Shine? Surprisingly, the answer is... Hallucination! It seems that the song Transparent Shine was originally called Hallucination, so, for a very short time, the release was announced with that title. In fact, you can still find early flyers that list that name!

Most of you picked Cardinal Sin, which was a pretty good guess, since that song is one of the B sides on Transparent Shine. Others picked deep sky—a Syndrome song, but not a bad choice since Megaromania ripped their name from a Syndrome single! As for Eternity... well, I just made that one up!

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[Archived] Contest: KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA VOL:9

Question 9 What was the original title of Megaromania's Transparent Shine release?
answer A. Cardinal Sin
answer B. Eternity
answer C. deep sky
answer D. Hallucination



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Last volume's question was what band was KISAKI a roadie for?. As most of you know, the correct answer was SCARE CROW. He was a roadie for them from around 1992, and they're still one of his favorite bands. Their stuff seems to be quite rare now, so grab it if you ever spot it!

Ruby and 廃人黒薔薇族 (Haijin Kurobarazoku) were bands that KISAKI was a part of, rather than a roadie for. He acted as a support member for Ruby, which is how he met Shinya (DIR EN GREY), and then he participated in the 廃人黒薔薇族 (Haijin Kurobarazoku) session band, which is how he met Kyo (DIR EN GREY). This is, of course, how La:Sadie's began to form, and the rest is history. Zi∻Kill might have made sense timeframe-wise, bu I just pulled that one out of nowhere~

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[Archived] Contest: KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA VOL:8

Question 8 What band was KISAKI a roadie for?
answer A. Zi∻Kill
answer B. 廃人黒薔薇族 (Haijin Kurobarazoku)
answer C. SCARE CROW
answer D. Ruby



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Last volume's question was excluding omnibuses, which of these bands had the fewest releases?. Well, the correct answer was シュガーフォークフル (SUGAR FORKFUL). In their time with UNDER CODE, they released a measly two mini-albums, and that's it! (If you thought they had 3 releases because the UNDER CODE OHP lists a live DVD... that's actually a カレン (KALEN) DVD!)

Runner up was ゾディア (ZODIA), with only three singles. Anjyu' released two singles, a best album, and a distributed CD. And finally, brodiaea had three singles, a mini-album, a best album, and two distributed CDs. (Interestingly, the OHP's biography lists a second mini-album for brodiaea, but it doesn't exist. I wonder if it was planned but never released?)

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[Archived] KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA -1st WEEK-
As promised, I've gotten around to tallying the results from the 1st week of KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA. It was pretty close, but there was a clear 1st week king. The 1st week king is... !

got the top spot with a score of 9 points—an almost perfect trivia answer score coupled with several bonus points (for retweeting, writing a review, and submitting a question). The runners up this week were and , both with a score of 8 points, indicating very good trivia scores and willingness to work for bonus points. Let's give them all a pat on the back :D!



-WEEK 1 KING-



-RUNNERS UP-
2.   3.



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Many of the scores are pretty close! It was lucky that only two people had a score of 8 points, but next week could be a completely different story! So I suppose I'll have to think of harder questions and offer more bonus points. We'll see~

As promised, I'll tweet about the 1st week king and runners up shortly, and then add them to the community userinfo and sidebar tomorrow. (I'll also contact about the weekly prize~) Also tomorrow, questions will start back up with VOL:8!

[Archived] Contest: KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA -Delay-
Just wanted to let you guys know: I'll be busy with my summer class all day tomorrow (Thursday), so crowning of the first weekly winner will be delayed until Friday. VOL:8 trivia question will most likely be delayed until Friday as well.

The contest as a whole will keep running, so no worries—I just wanted to keep you updated. If my schedule is always this busy, I may have to take a break every Thursday, but I'll let you know!

[Archived] Contest: KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA VOL:7

Question 7 Excluding omnibuses, which of these bands had the fewest releases?
answer A. Anjyu'
answer B. ゾディア (ZODIA)
answer C. brodiaea
answer D. シュガーフォークフル (SUGAR FORKFUL)



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Yesterday's question was what was the name of KISAKI's previous record label?. The correct answer, which all of you got right, was Matina. Ok, so we all know our label history, that's good!

Soleil, although incorrect, was not far off from the truth. KISAKI got his start at Soleil and, in fact, Matina began as a sublabel there! But Soleil as a whole was owned by KAIKI, bassist of WITH SEXY (weird that so many bassists have labels now, huh?). Now KAIKI owns beast beat, a tiiiny label in Shikoku.

L∞p・Ash RECORDS is owned by Michiru, and is famous for being the home of AN CAFE and, most recently, -OZ- and NEU. The label got its start in the Matina days, and, since Michiru and KISAKI are longtime friends, the two labels collaborated frequently (CROSS GATE series). Art La'fiesta was formed earlier, also by Michiru, and was basically the prototype version of L∞p・Ash. It's notable for... nothing really, except being host to KAGEROU for a very short time.

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I'm taking physics over the summer to get it out of the way, and man, a semester in four weeks, ahh~ Anyone else taking classes right now? Take a picture of your studious notes and I'll give you a bonus point |D

got a bonus point for coming up with today's question! (And you can too!)

[Archived] Contest: KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA VOL:6

Question 6 What was the name of KISAKI's previous record label?
answer A. Soleil
answer B. Matina
answer C. Art La'fiesta
answer D. L∞p・Ash RECORDS



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Yesterday's question was which of the following bands never released a CD through UNDER CODE?. The answer was Bergerac: although they appeared at many UNDER CODE events and were featured on the Decadence 2007 HUMAN VICIOUS omnibus, they never released a CD through UNDER CODE.

Mist of Rouge, in collaboration with their own label, released their last CD through UNDER CODE in 2003. cious pi cious, a female soft-rock act (similar to KISAKI PROJECT), released their first CD through UNDER CODE in 2004. And lastly, punk band ANTI-KRANKE released two CDs through the label in 2004. It's important to note that none of those acts were signed to UNDER CODE, but, rather, were helped out with publishing because they were friends with KISAKI. I wish he was still so generous about publishing CDs for cool acts like that~

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[Archived] Contest: KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA VOL:5

Question 5 Which of the following bands never released a CD through UNDER CODE?
answer A. Mist of Rouge
answer B. cious pi cious
answer C. ANTI-KRANKE
answer D. Bergerac



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Yesterday's question was which anniversary did UNDER CODE recently celebrate?. The answer: UNDER CODE just celebrate its 8th anniversary! It's been around longer than Matina was, and hopefully has been more successful too. Let's hope for many many more years of UNDER CODE PRODUCTION~

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My summer classes start today :( Boooo.

[Archived] Contest: KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA VOL:4

Question 4 Which anniversary did UNDER CODE recently celebrate?
answer A. 8th anniversary
answer B. 3rd anniversary
answer C. 1st anniversary
answer D. 5th anniversary



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Yesterday's question was who founded UNDER CODE PRODUCTION?. The answer is, of course, KISAKI. He founded UNDER CODE PRODUCTION shortly after his first label, Matina, closed its doors.

DYNAMITE TOMMY was the founder of Free-Will, which is a very famous label that has touched almost every other visual kei label. In the case of UCP, Free-Will distributes many of its CDs! As for RAME, he has been with UCP from the very beginning, but as an artist only. And Ren... well, if you picked him, I still gave you a point because he's awesome \:D/

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I'm about to make a post about 朱 (Suzaku)—anyone who reviews their first song on that post will get an additional point! The following people got bonus points for tweeting about the contest: , , , and .

[Archived] Contest: KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA VOL:3

Question 3 Who founded UNDER CODE PRODUCTION?
answer A. RAME (VIDOLL)
answer B. Ren (Dali)
answer C. DYNAMITE TOMMY (COLOR)
answer D. KISAKI (Lin)



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Yesterday's question was which was the first UNDER CODE PRODUCTION group to disband?. The correct answer was Mar'derayla—they disbanded in August of 2004. If you've never listened to them before, I highly recommend it. Their music really stands the test of time!

HISKAREA was pretty close, but they disbanded two months later, in October of 2004. (Many suspect KISAKI of forcing both groups to disband so that he could form Phantasmagoria~) As for Syndrome, they technically disbanded earlier (November, 2002), but UNDER CODE didn't exist yet! Anjyu' disbanded in May of 2008.

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Bonus: I'll give an extra point to anyone to retweets one of my tweets about KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA! You'll have to do it the old way (“RT @we_love_ucp”) so I'll know it's on purpose. (And include your LJ username if it's not visible!)

[Archived] Contest: KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA VOL:2
KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA VOL:2
Question 2 Which was the first UNDER CODE PRODUCTION group to disband?
answer A. Anjyu'
answer B. Mar'derayla
answer C. Syndrome
answer D. HISKAREA



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Yesterday's question was what was UNDER CODE's very first release?. If you chose VIDOLL - if... LEVOTOMIN (Y LV25 25) 475 mg, you got it right! VIDOLL's if singles were UNDER CODE's first official releases—they hold the distinction of having product numbers UCCD-001 and UCCD-002.

If you chose VIDOLL - FACE ↓ MAYURA, good try! The FACE mini-albums were VIDOLL's first releases, but they were actually released through Matina. It's pretty weird to think about the boys being around back then, huh? RAME had been with Matina for a long time (with the band Eze:quL), and even produced some events and releases for the label!

Mist of Rouge wasn't officially signed to UNDER CODE, but had been to Matina, so KISAKI helped publish their last single in April of 2003. Phantasmagoria's first maxi-single, on the other hand, was released late in 2004—certainly an important release, but UNDER CODE had been around for almost two years already!

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The response so far has been great, so thank you! Thanks to everyone who participated in the first round—I hope you'll all continue until the very end. If you missed the first round, don't worry; there will be plenty of chances to get points, so go ahead and play!

Should have some more things to announce regarding the contest soon~

[Archived] Contest: KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA VOL:1
Hello everyone! and I have come up with a little contest, which I hope will be really fun. As you may have guessed from the title, it's a trivia contest, and this is how it works:

KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA Each day, I'll present one trivia question in the form of a survey, which will be based on the label, its bands, or this community. Each person to answer the question will receive 1 point. Additional points can be earned in other ways (community participation -related), and will be announced later.

At the end of every week, the three community members with the highest scores will be announced here and on twitter (@we_love_ucp), and will be listed in 's sidebar and userinfo. Those members will also receive a small prize.

The contest will end after 4 weeks. The member with the highest number of total points will be crowned winner and, again, announced here and on twitter, and recognized on the sidebar and userinfo of this community. The overall winner will also receive a bigger present, details TBA.



The contest starts now! And here is today's question:

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KING of UNDER CODE TRIVIA VOL:1
What was UNDER CODE's very first release?
answer A. VIDOLL - FACE ↓ MAYURA
answer B. Phantasmagoria - Moonlight Revival
answer C. VIDOLL - if... LEVOTOMIN (Y LV25 25) 475mg
answer D. Mist of Rouge - The fog has cleared up


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P.S., you can find most, if not all of these answers with 30 seconds of google-fu, but that's not really the point. It's much more fun if you just answer with the knowledge you already have! So please be genuine!

So what do you think? Does this seem like a fun idea? Send any questions or comments my way! And by the way, I only have 17 trivia questions prepared, so if you have an idea for one, please send me a private message!

[Archived] WE LOVE UNDER CODE raffle
Welcome to the WE LOVE UNDER CODE PRODUCTION raffle, sponsored by and !

Proceeds from this raffle will be used to buy paid account time for the community, so please support it if you can! It's a great opportunity to get an awesome prize for very little money.

The raffle lasts from today until April 8th. Here's how it works: you buy a ticket ($3 regular or $6 premium) → we randomly select winners → winners are sent an awesome prize, free of charge. Simple as that! (Please see the detailed rules before entering.)


Prizes



Premium prize #1

flyer set
12012 DVD
KISAKI PROJECT CD
VIDOLL CD
happy new year postcard

Premium prize #2

chariots live distributed CD
chariots signed photoset
Phantasmagoria “kami” armband
Phantasmagoria stickers/postcards

Regular prize #1

chariots CD
Phantasmagoria sticker set
KISAKI photograph

Regular prize #2

CODOMO A distributed DVD
photograph postcard set

Regular prize #3

Cure signed by RAME
VIDOLL 2004 calendar
flyer pack A

Regular prize #4

VIDOLL poster set
VIDOLL 2005 calendar
flyer pack B

Bonus prize

is offering this SIVA cheki as a bonus prize. It will go to the biggest SIVA fan who buys a raffle ticket.




Rules and details


  1. Two ticket types are available: regular tickets ($3) and premium tickets ($6). Regular tickets are eligible for regular prizes, while premium tickets are eligible for premium prizes. Please note that each person is allowed only one ticket, just to keep it fair.
  2. Please include your LiveJournal username when buying a ticket. We need this so we can give you a ticket number and contact you for your address. We will maintain a list (on this post) of usernames and their ticket number.
  3. Tickets will be sold until April 8th. Tickets will be sold until April 8th, and winners will be selected and announced on Saturday, April 9th. Winners will be selected by random number generator or similar method. Winners will be announced either in a post or video stream of some sort (TBA).
  4. Everyone will be asked for their home addresses. Prizes will be mailed on or after April 11th, free of charge. Any losing participants will be mailed a secret consolation prize, also free of charge.

Buy a raffle ticket


Tickets will be sold until April 8th.



Current entrants


01P
02P
03P
04P
05R
06R
07R
08R
09R
10R




So that's it! What do you guys think? I hope you'll participate! (And if you have any questions, feel free to comment on this post or contact me directly.)

Also, a big thanks to ! She and I both contributed prizes, but she was the one who made this raffle happen. So if you like this contest, please give her a pat on the back :D


2011-03-29 edit: We were forced by PayPal to suspend the raffle. You can read details of that here. We've subsequently decided to give away prizes for free, and to hold a donation drive toward buying the community paid account time. Please see this post for details.

[Archived] Off topic: recruiting staff?!
I've been mulling this over lately, and I think it's time to put out some feelers:
Would any of you be interested in becoming staff for this community? If so, read on ↓

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People have asked in the past to become moderators here, but I never really saw the need. However, now that LiveJournal has introduced the owner-level status (yay me!), I have the ability to make people maintainers, without the worry that they'll usurp me in a fit of rage. So thanks to that, I've been seriously considering asking for some help around here. What kind? Well~

First of all, the kind of help I don't need: I don't need help posting news; everyone is allowed to post news here. So if you'd like to do that, please go ahead, no maintainer status needed :D! I also don't need moderators per se; everyone here is pretty cool, and any arguments that crop up can usually be cooled down.

Now, the help that I do need! I need help maintaining the community. This might include things like updating the userinfo when a band leaves the label, or adding tags to a post that lacks them. It might include updating the link directory or the shopping guide. It may include asking UNDER CODE -related communities to affiliate, or cutting deleted journals from the member list. So on and so forth.

I also need help bettering the community. One of the main reasons I'd like a staff member is to have someone to consistently exchange ideas with. For example, I like doing contests and fun things with the community, but I'm shit at coming up with ideas for them. It would also be nice to hear ideas on entirely new features; maybe you think the community needs a UCP birthday calendar, or maybe we should do review posts, etc..

I'm not looking for someone to do all of these things alone. I will still be performing all of these duties, day in and day out, because I genuinely enjoy them. However, I recognize that, trying to do all of these things alone, I can't produce the best quality work. So I'm hoping that someone who also enjoys these sorts of things will be willing to do them with me.

Things I would expect of a staff member: that you actually like UNDER CODE PRODUCTION, that you actually enjoy this community, and that you be active as both staff and a regular member (which shouldn't be a problem if you actually enjoy it). Things you would get as a staff member: a mention in the userinfo, and a post about you, but that's about it! It's not about perks, it's about being an important part of a community that you love.

TL;DR version: I don't need moderators; I do need maintainers, and people with ideas. I'll be just as active, but you would help me fill in the gaps. Only those who like UCP, like this community, and would be active need apply.


P.S., I'm also considering allowing staff member(s) to share the @we_love_ucp twitter account. I'm not so sure on that one, but maybe someone would be really interested in doing that. We'll see!

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If you're seriously interested, just comment! We'll talk, see if it feels right, and I'll decide.

And I hope to God that someone is interested, or this will be a major foreveralone.gif post BD ~cool dude~

[Archived] Raffle prize teaser~
 If you saw  's post HERE we have been discussing a raffle to raise fund to extend the paid subscription of the comm!
It was reccomended I post the items that will be given away in this raffle up to gage interest, as it's most likely the raffle won't go ahead if we don't get enough interest ><

I have alot of items up for grabs here some of them quite rare ^__^!



Copy of Cure with a Vidoll feature (This is signed by Rame ^__^!!)


Chariots Pumpkin head cover and signed Photoset

Phantasmagoria "Kami" armband replica

Signed Kari (Siva) Cheki


Vidoll Calenders (2004 and 2005!)


These items are the main prizes, but there are also several posters, flyers and postcards also included ^_^!
[Archived] Off topic: raffle contest?
To help me extend this community's paid subscription, the lovely had proposed that we hold a community raffle. She's already lined up a bunch of really cool UNDER CODE goods as potential prizes, and I'd be adding some as well.

However, before we make anything official, we need to gage your interest! So, how many of you would be interested in and able to participate in such a raffle? (It would involve buying a cheap ticket via PayPal, tickets randomly being selected to win certain prizes.) We need to know how many entrants there could potentially be so that we can decide how to group the prizes/whether to hold the raffle at all. So please be honest with any comments or suggestions; everything is helpful :D

Oh, also, if you'd like to participate and actually contribute items to the raffle, let one of us know!

What do you think?

[Archived] KISAKI quiz results
In yesterday's post about the ViSULOG special project, I gave you all a chance to take the hellishly difficult special KISAKI quiz and win a special perfect completion present photo. Well, the results are in, and one thing is clear...

YOU'RE ALL CHEATERS! You didn't think KISAKI would see you checking VKDB?!

You all did really well, most of you only missing one question. So I decided to share the photo with all of you! At any rate, four of you really did get it completely right on the first try; so round of applause to these devoted KISAKI SLAVES!

The original KISAKI quiz

Congratulations! 神 will let you live this time!!


[Archived] UCP × ViSULOG 8th anniversary special project
UNDER CODE has partnered with new visual kei centric blog site ViSULOG for a special web project to celebrate the label's 8th anniversary!

  1. The first part of this project was a free raffle, in which tickets to UNDER CODE's 8th anniversary live tour DYNAMITE EXPLOSION could be won, just by answering a few questions. ...Unfortunately, I didn't get around to making this post in time, so that free raffle has since ended |D
  2. Second, UNDER CODE has a special ViSULOG account, which will be used realtime backstage reports and photographs during the DYNAMITE EXPLOSION shows. For now, though, KISAKI has been using it to show rare personal photos from UNDER CODE's history. The blog is located here; be sure to check it around the 6th, 8th, and 10th of this month.
  3. Third, KANATA has his own special ViSULOG, where he'll be posting whatever he wants (that so far being about his travels). He'll also supposedly be taking questions from fans and giving out advice. His special contents blog is here.
  4. Fourth and finally, there's a special questionnaire which KISAKI filled out, and a special KISAKI quiz which you can take. Anyone who gets all questions right on the quiz gets a special present: an original cellphone background! You can view the original questionnaire here and the original quiz here, but they're in Japanese. I'll include English version of the quiz below, and an English version of the questionnaire tomorrow!
Special KISAKI quiz:
I'll check the answers periodically, and I'll send the special picture to anyone who gets them all right. Good luck >D You all win! Check this post

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There seem to be new features every time I check, so you might want to check the UNDER CODE × ViSULOG main page here. So anyway, what do you think? I'm particularly excited for that backstage blog; hopefully they use it!

Posts from 2010

[Archived] MySpace
I don't remember seeing any official announcement about this here or on the OHP (if yes, I'm blind), but I thought that I should post about it because I personally wasn't aware of this until recently (and I follow UCP quite closely. Anyway...). Also, it might be an "old news" for some persons.

It's quite simple. Both KISAKI and UNDER CODE have an official MySpace!

KISAKI Official MySpace
UNDER CODE Official MySpace

I find both pages are pretty and well designed!

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