2/08 Holiday Osaka
Being situated in Nagoya and all, this live was the first time I'd been to Holiday Umeda (I was vacationing in Osaka at the time and saw Pashya was having a live there, so I decided to go) and I must say... this place is nice. It's very wide and spacious and excellently laid out, not at all like Holiday Nagoya where everyone is cramped up into a tiny room with the goods booths taking up half the available space and the drink bar outside... though maybe it just seemed bigger than back "home" because nobody was there!! There were seriously only like 20 people, only a quarter of which would get up for any band at any given time (but over half of them were really crappy and not even vk so >_> I don't blame them). After the first two bands (very cutesy happy bands which I enjoyed well enough - Anjyu' and Himeyuri) I decided to bounce up front and ask which band was playing next - and lo and behold it's Pashya!
Which, I guess I looked really excited when they said that because they immediately invited me into saizen (front row), right in front of Io. x_x I politely declined on the grounds that I can't remember furi for the life of me, but they insisted since no one else was going up and that big blank spot in the middle was looking pretty sad. So there I was, up front, right smack in the middle, while they were filming.
Needless to say I don't remember much of this live as I was too busy trying not to make a fool of myself. :D They played Wagamama to Sayonara, Io's new song, and else something I don't remember, but it was a rush song of sorts. Io seemed particularly ADD that day, probably because he had a camera on him, and spent most of his MC pacing around in circles while talking about Hijiri (or in his words, Hikkun). This time he wanted to let us all know that he told the cameraman to focus only on Hikkun because last time they filmed they didn't focus on him at all. Hijiri responded by pointedly staring at the floor, and then my buddies and I laughed for hours the end.
Anyway overall it was a pretty average set for these guys - I don't think they have quite the energy in Osaka that they usually have in Nagoya, saizen doesn't seem to be nearly as into it, and on top of that they barely even had two rows of fans. And then the girl manning the goods booth never showed up so my friend couldn't buy any photosets. o_O That said I wouldn't mind seeing another Osaka live just for the location. It's so nice!!
2/19 Holiday Nagoya
Hooray back home in Nagoya! Here they were playing with Gift, Lupo Label, MADARA, and some other guys I don't remember because they probably weren't very good. The place was packed as Holiday Nagoya usually is, so I made my way up front right away to ask when Pashya was playing - last! Hooray! (Pashya is always best when they play last.)
As per usual, after the second-to-last band played (Lupo Label) everyone pretty much deserted the livehouse, which is fine by me because that means I can just slip into the second row with no questions asked - there was even space in saizen for awhile but it was too far away from Io to suit me so I didn't bother asking. Again, two rows of fans... why don't these boys get more attention than they do?? I'll never figure it out. Anyway we wait around for while until the boys finally come out, and they immediately launch into my favorite song... Yakusoku! IT IS TIME TO JUMP LIKE CRAZIES AND SPIN IN CIRCLES. And we did, and it was good. I felt much more at home with saizen actually into the performance, and I think the boys did too. They have so much energy in Nagoya that I didn't really see in their lives in Osaka and Tokyo.
Io's ADD-riddled MC this time was again talking about Hikkun while walking back and forth (this is routine). This time he actually managed to pass the mic onto him and poor Hijiri sniffled and mumbled something about how he had a terrible cold but he would do his best, before going back to staring at the floor and looking embarassed as fangirls showered him in 'aww' and 'ganbare.' Well, the cold didn't seem to slow him down any because they played a pretty excellent set. Again Io's new song for which I am finally getting the hang of the furi (it's some really retarded slingshot kind of thing you do with your arms... I'm pretty sure Io thought it up himself) and something I didn't recognize (I can't decide if it's new or if it's from their first CD, which I rarely listen to) - whatever it was, that last song was nuts!! I've never seen Pashya fans do gyakudai before - and for those who don't know or have never seen it, it's pretty much impossible to describe, but it's when the girls in saizen hang themselves over the railing while the girls behind them throw themselves into their vulnerable bodies, backwards. It's pretty common for the more 'hardcore' bands, but doing it for Pashya really surprised me! I guess Io's dream of being in a real rock band is finally coming true, lol.
Finally the insanity ended and the boys walked off... but wait, there's more! The girls are yelling for an encore! It seemed for a moment their efforts would be in vain, but finally Io and the rest walked out again. The poor guys looked so devastatingly tired (Io could hardly breathe), but despite that they launched into Niji, one of their most energetic songs. And it was entirely worth it. A big pat on the back to all the members of Pashya.
In conclusion, I caught Akito's pick.
Also, the Undercode Production omnibus CD [Decadence2007~HUMAN VICIOUS~] was released 2/14. I haven't bought it yet. Pashya will also purportedly be on an omnibus DVD titled Bands Shock DVD Vol.4 [~日本制圧完全版~], to be released 3/14.