18.5.18

Luna Sea Ticket

This is last-minute, but one of our readers has an extra Luna Sea ticket to sell, and has asked for our help in selling it.

The ticket is for the show on  Wednesday, May 23rd at Mori no Hall 21 in Matsudo, Chiba (easily reachable from Tokyo). Doors open at 5:30 PM and the show starts at 6:30 PM. The cost of the ticket is 9800 yen plus fees. If you're interested, email us asap. Whoever emails us first gets the ticket.

And no, we haven't forgotten the Six/Nine analysis article - we just want to take the time to make it a good one. Thank you all for your support, and stay tuned.

1.5.18

Cat cat cat cat cat's Climax

Hey, kids! What with the perfume of spring hanging redolent in the air, the flowers blooming, and everybody out of work for Golden Week, it's not exactly a work-hard moment here in Tokyo, but Buck-Tickistan keeps disgorging its cartoon cats on us, and we've been remiss in informing y'all of the facts - sorry about that! It's nice to take a break from email and live a little, but seeing that our main job and purpose in life is feverish blogging about Buck-Tick despite the fact that we've never received any credit or great fortune from our efforts, we know that we have a duty to y'all to keep you hip to the down-low. And boy, is it down low.

Buck-Tick have released a great number of special goods items over the years - everything from wine to perfume to music boxes that play Jupiter - but even among those, this one is particularly special. Released as a limited edition tour goods item, and produced by hand in a quantity of 500 only with love and a sterling pedigree of traditional craftsmanship by an ancient Japanese lucky cat factory in Aichi Prefecture with a century of lucky cats and tacky deluxe character goods to its name, this lucky cat, reportedly modeled on Mr. Sakurai's own beloved lover and pet cat Kurumi, retailed for 16,200 Japanese yen, and each one came with its own serial number. However, you can't buy them anymore, because a few short hours after going on sale, they sold out.

Of course they sold out. Who wouldn't want a lucky cat produced by Mr. Sakurai! Lucky cats are cute, and Mr. Sakurai is even cuter! That lucky cat factory is the bestest lucky cat factory in Japan! It produces lucky cats from a great tangle of chugging brass gears, making sexy steampunk noises while doing it! What could possibly go wrong?

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This, kids. This is what could go wrong.


It is with great but mostly-fastidiously-concealed chagrin and distaste that we present to you the Sakurai Sphinx Sexmonster Fucky Lucky Cat, here to confirm all the Edo Japan negative stereotypes about cats, and haunt your Mumatic nightmares forevermore.

Yes, we know. Questions abound! Why, if this cat is based on Kurumi, does it have stripes and not spots? Why is this cat so fat, considering that Mr. Sakurai is a hunk of superhero muscle and Kurumi is a lithe and lissome minx? Why, if this cat is based on Kurumi, does it have Sakurai's terrifyingly human face in place of an ultra-kawaii feline muzzle? Why, if this cat is based on Kurumi, does it not only have a scarf sexually draped over its head, but also a strategically-placed mask positioned to hide its arousal? Also, why the fuck does that mask face look so much like Genet from Auto-Mod? That's so 2005, jeez!


Also, most importantly, how did dear Mr. Sakurai react when he first laid eyes on this design? No, wait - let us take a guess. He reacted like this:


Caption: "I LUV TROLLING FANGIRLS AND GETTING AWAY WITH IT. MOAR PLS. NOW TIME TO BUY SOME LACY WOMEN'S UNDERWEAR I'LL PRETEND I THINK THEY CAN'T SEE. BREAK, INTERNET! I PRITHEE, BREAK!"

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Congratulations, Mr. Sakurai. We're very pleased you've joined with us in the noble ranks of trolls, fighting the good fight and provoking reactions out of easy targets just because they're so damn easy. After fifty you have nothing to lose. Don't hold back! Let it all out!

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But if you think Mr. Sakurai is trying too hard here, we encourage you to cut him some slack. After all, he just finished a stint as an NPC in Crystal of Reunion, the game for which "Salome" (probably entirely inappropriately) was the theme song. In fact, there was a whole Buck-Tick tie-in for this game... just check out these B-T avatars! Sakurai looks like he had one of those terrifying jawbone-shaving procedures the K-pop kids are all getting these days! Lucky this is art and not a photograph!


As part of this tie-in, players could also equip their characters with a virtual "Stained with Blood" Maimai guitar, and a virtual "Tollhohawk Towering Through Heaven" with which you could break down walls!

But as for "Demon King" Sakurai, all he wanted was...



Photos shamelessly stolen from someone's Tumblr, we don't know whose. Sorry, Tumblr-er.

For those of you who wonder why Mr. Sakurai appears to be missing a few fingers... we don't know, but maybe one of the cats he petted wasn't quite so friendly as she looked. Then again, if we were a cat and someone named us Patty, we might have a fairly big chip on our shoulders, too. Kids, if you're going to name your cat Patty, at least name her Patti after Patti Smith. Or Peppermint Patty or something. Patty alone is simply not enough.

Also, wow, check it out! Crystal of Reunion is available in English! Turns out if you sell things to overseas customers, you can make more money. Amazing! How about that! Then again, I suppose Buck-Tick's management may be figuring that out, seeing as they ever-so-slyly uploaded a bunch of B-T songs to Spotify without making an announcement of any kind. Really, now! Itunes and now Spotify! I seem to recall Someone Who Isn't Me posting a public suggestion to that effect a few months ago! It's almost like they're reading this blog, isn't it? Hey, Buck-Tick's management: if you're reading this blog, why doncha send us a "thanks for the feedback," instead of lurking around like some forum lurker from the Geocities era, eh?

Also, to the Russians who criticized us at the time: does that Spotify in your mouth taste good? If you're not sure, why don't you forcefully stick your finger into Mr. Sakurai's mouth at a show and find out what he thinks? It may be sexual assault, but it also might induce him to give birth to a second horrifying monster for us all to enjoy. All's well that ends well, right?

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Anyhow, if all this madness weren't enough for you, it turns out that Buck-Tick will be releasing Climax Together 3rd and Buck-Tick: The Climax to DVD and BluRay after all. The release will be a two-disc set, with the first disc containing Buck-Tick: The Climax, and the second containing the live footage of Climax Together 3rd. The BluRay will cost 12960 yen, while the DVD will cost 11880 yen. Fans who reserve either item before May 20th will receive a bonus photobook. If you'd like our help ordering this item, just shoot us an email. For the full track list, visit Buck-Tick's web site here.

Also, folks, we hope you appreciated how somehow, Climax Together was the anti-climax of this post.

And if you'd like Imai's leopard print hoodie, again, email us. We're off for Golden Week from May 3rd to May 6th, but we will be back and bad and ready to take your orders on May 7th, so don't hesitate.

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13.4.18

More Shirts! More Shirts!

On the heels of the runaway success of our first t-shirt sale, it came to our attention that a longtime Japanese fan was parting with her very extensive Buck-Tick t-shirt collection, so we picked up a few more shirts for y'all! All of these are size small and slightly worn, though all are in great condition. If you love the print but the t-shirt size is too small for you - remember, t-shirt modification is easy. Size doesn't have to be destiny. Also, there are still some photobooks and DVDs available from our last sale, so make sure you scroll to the bottom of the post to check them out. As always, sales are on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you want to purchase any of these items, please email us at themadaristocrat at gmail right away. If you don't have the money yet but will soon, we'll be happy to put the item on hold for you for up to a month. All of these t-shirts are rare, limited edition items - once they're gone, they're gone. Don't expect more to turn up. Get them while the getting is good!

SOLD
Razzle Dazzle Fragile T-Shirt

This t-shirt was sold as tour goods during the Utakata no Razzle Dazzle tour as a collaboration between Buck-Tick and psychedelic artist Uno Aquirax (who also designed the Razzle Dazzle album cover). This is one of Buck-Tick's newer style t-shirts, made of extra-soft, extra-stretchy black cotton. Will fit a variety of body types. May have been worn once or twice, but appears good as new. What may appear to be fading in the photos is actually just shadows. Sorry about that.
3500 yen.


Front

Print detail

Tag detail

Back

Back detail

Measurements:
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 17 cm
Shoulder Width: 40 cm
Shoulder to Bottom Hem: 60 cm

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Gradelic Fish Tanker's Only 2006 T-Shirt

For those of you who love occult designs, don't miss this shirt! Featuring Hebrew writing, a rose, and some sexy ladies, this one is definitely Rozen Kreuzer enough for No. 0. We've never seen it for sale before, so feel free to assume that this is the only one left in the world. The material is heavy-duty black cotton, and it's a little faded around the neckline, but nothing noticeable. There's not a lot of stretch in this one and the body is quite tight. Recommended for petite customers.

3500 yen.


Front

Front detail

Neck detail (note slight fading)

Back

Back detail

Measurements:
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 17 cm
Shoulder Width: 38 cm
Shoulder to Bottom Hem: 60 cm

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At the Night Side 2012 Fish Tanker's Only Cat Shirt

This ultra-soft, ultra-thin pale grey cotton t-shirt features a smiling cat face sure to make any cat lover smile. This t-shirt was only available at a single concert - the typhoon-drenched Fish Tankers Only night of the At the Night Side 2012 concert pair Buck-Tick held outdoors at the Hibiya Yagai Ongakudo as part of their 25th anniversary celebrations. Most likely never washed, never worn. This one is stretchy enough to fit a variety of body types. 3500 yen.



Front

Neck detail

Back

Back detail (note how the show took place on 6.9!)

Measurements:
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 18 cm
Shoulder Width: 40 cm
Shoulder to Bottom Hem: 59 cm

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Mona Lisa Overdrive Album Shirt

Fun fact: Buck-Tick released a different t-shirt for each track on Mona Lisa Overdrive. However, this shirt is not the Nakayubi shirt - it's the bonus shirt for the entire album! For those of you who'd love to stick your middle finger up at everybody, all day long, this is your chance! This shirt is made of heavy-duty black cotton, and it has probably never been worn - the color is still darker than darkness. Note the bonus sleeve detail. 
3500 yen.


Front

Front detail

Sleeve detail

Back

Measurements:
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 17 cm
Shoulder Width: 38 cm
Shoulder to Bottom Hem: 60 cm

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Memento Mori Rebirth T-Shirt

Wow, look at this fractal-happy gothic beauty! Printed for the Memento Mori standing tour in 2009, this shirt features a skull, a falling raven, a butterfly, a sexy girl, and lots and lots of fancy patterns! The material is extra-soft, ultra-stretchy black cotton, and if it's been worn, it was only once or twice - no fading. There is a print on the right sleeve, but the back is plain black (no print). Stretchy enough to fit a variety of body types. 4000 yen.


Front

Front details

Arm detail

Measurements:
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 17 cm
Shoulder Width: 40 cm
Shoulder to Bottom Hem: 57 cm

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SOLD20th Anniversary On Parade Festival T-shirt

This shirt from Buck-Tick's 20th anniversary Parade festival features a pair of identical reflected angels and some very cool lettering. It's a size small, but the body is a bit wider than some of the other shirts in this selection, so if you're a busty gal, this one is a better bet for you. Heavy duty black cotton, less stretchy than the shirts made of thinner material. Very lightly worn. Slightly faded around the collar, but nothing particularly noticeable. 
3500 yen.


Front

Front detail

Neck detail (note cool label and slight fading)
 Back

Back detail

Measurements:
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 17 cm
Shoulder Width: 40 cm
Shoulder to Bottom Hem: 56 cm

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SOLD
Tenshi no Revolver Tote Bag

This tote bag is made of highly durable nylon and has a flat bottom to accommodate a large amount of heavy cargo. You could easily use it to carry around textbooks, groceries, wine bottles, etc. It has never been used and is in mint condition, and is now completely unavailable, as it was only sold at the goods booth on the Tenshi no Revolver Tour and sold out from the Buck-Tick web shop years ago. The dimensions are 30 by 35 centimeters. 2000 yen. Leopard print rug not included.



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WORDS by Buck-Tick

This very thick, hardcover book published by the music magazine Ongaku to Hito contains a digest of all the interviews and photoshoots Buck-Tick did for the magazine between 1987 and 2002.  In addition to 64 pages of full color photos, it contains and extensive interview section with additional photographs and some very interesting interviews chronicling the band's history and recording process tour by tour. Interviews include not only the five Buck-Tick members, but also chats with Schaft (Imai and Maki Fujii), Schwein (Imai, Sakurai, Raymond Watts), and crosstalk between Imai and Hide of X Japan, and Sakurai and Issay of Der Zibet. Recommended for any fan, but especially if you are learning Japanese, this book is a great way to practice. The textured pages made it hard to photograph but the photos look very crisp in person. Perfect condition. Out of print. 
6000 yen.

Thumbnail of front cover


Buck-Tick in the Turkish Desert (Shapeless era)


Darker Than Darkness


Aku no Hana


Backstage during the Mona Lisa Overdrive tour (hang in there, Acchan-chan!)


Oh oh I'm in rest room!


Imai in the meat locker


Imai Hisashi and Sakurai Atsushi as Daniel Ash and Young Lord Voldemort


Homo-eros with the guest vocalist and a MIDI guitar on the Somewhere Nowhere Tour!


Omg you can see all his moles!


Just two men, making takoyaki on the beach at night...



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Ai no Wakusei Explosion Live DVD

This is the live DVD of Sakurai Atsushi's solo concert at NHK Hall in 2004.  Reportedly, this concert was what inspired Imai to create the concept for the 13kai wa Gekkou album, though as the stage sets are minimal, I feel sure that Imai must have been inspired by Sakurai's performance itself. Sakurai is joined onstage by an all-star backup band, including Fujii Maki (formerly of Soft Ballet) on synth, Jake Cloudchair (formerly of Guniw Tools, currently of The Mortal fame) on guitar, Miyo Ken (also of The Mortal fame) on guitar, and guest appearances by Satou Taiji (Theater Brook) and Cube Juice. In addition to his own solo works, Sakurai performs covers of David Bowie's "Space Oddity," Sawada Kenji's "Love -Dakishimetai," and Yuming's "Amaoto wa Chopin no Shirabe."  The DVD contains the full concert, plus a live music video for "Wakusei -Rebirth," and a bonus image gallery. It comes in a smoke grey hard plastic case.  This is the original pressing of this video and the only available version of this concert on DVD, as the Ai no Wakusei Collector's Box that was released in September contains Blu-Ray only...and it's only going to get rarer as the time passes, so if you want it, the time is now. Very rare and out of print. Region 2. A must have for any collector and true treasure for any fan of Mr. Sakurai, including non-fangirl fans - it's a great show and a beautiful video.
6000 yen.

Front Cover


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Track List

X-Lover
Wonderful World
Yellow Pig
I Hate You All
Hallelujah!
Yokan
Fantasy
Smell
Mächen
Shingatsu
Taiji
Neko
Explosion
Wakusei
Amaon Wa Chopin No Shirabe -I Like Chopin- (Yuming cover)
Love (Dakishimetai) (Sawada Kenji cover)
Sacrifice
Space Oddity (David Bowie cover)

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Rock and Read #42

Volume 42 of Rock and Read magazine, with a 32-page cover feature on Sakurai Atsushi, including a long interview and 13 pages of full-color photos. Also includes a bonus postcard. Other artists featured include Inoran of Luna Sea, Gara of Merry, Asagi of D, Akihide of Breakerz, Bansaku of Baroque, and others. This was one of the best selling issues of Rock and Read magazine and is very difficult to find for sale compared to the other issues. Perfect condition, out of print. 
1700 yen.

Front Cover


Back cover


Bonus postcard.




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Ikonokrusm Photobook Set

Released in 2002 to commemorate Buck-Tick's 15th anniversary, this deluxe photobook set contains two volumes of arty photographs of the band.  The green volume contains mostly posed shots of the band members backstage and wandering around in front of a big brooding clanking oil refinery of the type Imai thinks is so sexy (fun fact: Cayce actually knows the guy who built this oil refinery!)  The red volume contains live photography and backstage candids from the Warp Days Tour.  The two photobooks are housed in a big shiny black slipcase.  Aside from missing the obi strip, the set is in perfect condition.  Rare and out of print.
6000 yen.

Photobooks and Slipcase



Big oily machines!



Standing "at attention."






Smoking at the bus stop, as one does.



Zipping back up after a sexy beast moment #sexybeasthide


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Romance Single First Press

First-press copy of the Romance single includes the single mixes of songs "Romance" and "Diabolo," which differ from the album mixes. It also comes with a special cover illustration and a bonus DVD with a live video of "Love Me" from the Day in Question 2004. Includes obi. Perfect condition. Rare and out of print. 
1800 yen.


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Parade 2007 Live DVD First Press

This is the DVD of Buck-Tick's 20th Anniversary Parade Festival, which was held in Minato Mirai in Yokohama in September of 2007. The main DVD includes footage of one song by each band who appeared at the festival, and in many cases, the bands are performing covers of Buck-Tick songs. It also includes footage of the guest appearances by the Buck-Tick members, including Sakurai's famous pink t-shirt drunken makeout with Kiyoharu, and Imai's beer-yellow drunken fanboy fest with Endo Michirou. In between songs, there are interviews with the Buck-Tick members and the various other bands, in which all parties are wasted drunk and giggling uproariously. The second half of the main DVD includes Buck-Tick's entire performance, featuring Mr. Sakurai in the Anime Armor Leopard Babushka Costume of Doom. The first press edition (which this is) also includes a bonus DVD containing "Rest Rooms," a behind-the-scenes documentary of the Parade Tour, including the Great Ripped Pants incident, and many other funny happenings. This item is long out of print, very difficult to come by and not to be missed! Great condition.
10,000 yen

Screencaps:

Imai with Asaki of Guniw Tools/Age of Punk

Tsuchiya Masami, guitar wizard! (Fun fact: Tsuchiya Masami later gave the coat he's wearing here to Issay. Issay still wears it on stage sometimes.)

Imai's sure having a great time!

Sakurai eats cake.


Hide's birthday cake looks just like him!


Imai shows off his legs with his punk idol, Endo Michiro.

Imai chugs some beer.

Toll autographs a banana.

Sakurai autographs the Hurry Up Mode vinyl for Hirosuke of Balzac.


Buck-Tick members with Luna Sea's J.



Ripped pants, oh my!

Aaaand... a successful costume change into jeans.







Hisashi of GLAY pays tribute to Hisashi of Buck-Tick!

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SOLD
Kurutta Taiyou Album, First Press
Used, great condition. Comes in a special package with translucent picture cards you can layer over each other. 2500 yen







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One Life One Death Album, First Press
Used, perfect condition. Comes with cardboard slipcase and bonus photobook. 2500 yen.







Koroshi no Shirabe -This is NOT Greatest Hits-
Used, great condition. 1500 yen.