Hey, Look, It’s Official Live Footage from Kamen Joshi’s Big SSA Show!

It doesn’t need a lot of introduction — in late November, after months of building on the success of “Genkidane,” the Alice Project booked a big ol’ show at Saitama Super Arena for Kamen Joshi, and … it was pretty big!

I’m really happy that the narration was in English. But why was it in English?

Cool that now that “Follow Me” video has some context.

It’s tempting to compare this to what Babymetal did at SSA last year, or even BiS’s farewell at Yokohama Arena, but let’s just line up apples with apples here: Babymetal is a project of one of the largest talent agencies in Japan and seem to have a very liberal budget; BiS was saying goodbye forever, had Avex Trax behind them and definitely weren’t going down quietly; so to be disappointed that a kinda-indie that’s supporting a huge lineup and its own theater and on and on doesn’t have a tremendously elaborate set and ridiculous visual production is kind of sour grapes.

Take it for what it is: A supergroup that’s kind of the apotheosis of underground-idol-culture-meets-rock-music did a really big performance at a really big venue, and that’s a very good thing for this kind of music going forward.


5 thoughts on “Hey, Look, It’s Official Live Footage from Kamen Joshi’s Big SSA Show!

  1. The Bluray/DVD of this show is being released April 20th 2016.Unfortunately that clip doesn’t do it justice, not faulting you Homicidol, that’s what they put out, More recent clips show a bit more, including tons of smoke, lasers and huge flame towers for the visual aspect. The most unique aspect was that all audience members received large LED bracelets that changed colors, controlled by the staff backstage, in essence, eliminating the traditional light sticks. Imagine the effect that was created as they manipulated the color changes, creating a wave across the crowd. I’m sure that absorbed a good percentage of their budget. Psyched to see the full show.

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