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ALICE IN CASTLE -星の王子と月の城- Pamphlet 2018.08.25
English Translation by Jea/Confused Universe
Source Posts: Confused Universe / Tumblr




DOES NOT CONSIST IN GAZING AT EACH OTHER,
BUT IN LOOKING TOGETHER IN THE SAME DIRECTION

WHEN YOU GIVE YOURSELF,
YOU RECEIVE MORE THAN YOU GIVE.

IT IS ONLY WITH THE HEART THAT ONE CAN SEE RIGHTLY;
WHAT IS ESSENTIAL IS INVISIBLE TO THE EYE.



For you reading this pamphlet right after buying it,
And for you reading it after having seen the live,
And for you picking it up after years have passed in order to reminisce,
What "ALICE IN CASTLE" is...
May or may not be answered here.
Always, the answer is vague,
And always the clear reality is something cruel.

However, if there's one thing that can be said,
It's that through the journey of the Moon, and the journey of Mars,
The band A9 has reaffirmed something important,
And in order to gift that precious thing to you,
We invited you to our castle.

Going beyond the format of a 'band',
A9 is polishing their weapons in order to convey something
To you, our comrades, who walk together with us.
We do not know what will happen next.
There might not be a tomorrow.

August 25th, 2018.
Come on, the new dawn of A9 is starting.


Everything in uppercase was already written in English, and as graphicabyss on Tumblr pointed out, they're actually quotes from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It's unusual, to begin with, to have a message like this in a pamphlet, and we know by now that for ALICE IN CASTLE they incorporated theatre into the live... But was that really the end of the story?
They have recently announced the sale date for the new pair of Best Of albums (all songs have been re-arranged and re-recorded), along with the name of each album, and their classy new look. They're going to be doing a big summer tour in support of the albums, with the tour final being on the 10th of August 2019 (Info on OHP).

But for now, get excited about that set of albums!
They've confirmed that they will be available on itunes, Apple Music, and their Spotify page, so if you can't pick up the physical copy in an online retailer like CD Japan, Tower Records, Amazon, or HMV, please support them through one of the digital/streaming options above!


(View the fullsize version HERE)

The albums go on Sale: 2019-4-24

A9 15TH ANNIVERSARY BEST ALBUM "kachou no shirabe" (花鳥ノ調)
M1. TIME MACHINE (タイムマシン)
M2. hana itchi monme (華一匁)
M3. GRADATION (グラデーション)
M4. H.A.N.A.B.I.
M5. gin no tsuki kuroi hoshi (銀の月 黒い星※F+IX=YOU version)
M6. mugen no hana (無限の花)
M7. heisei juushichinen shichigatsu nanoka (平成十七年七月七日)
M8. Corona (光環)
M9. VELVET (ヴェルヴェット)
M10. FANTASY

A9 15TH ANNIVERSARY BEST ALBUM "fuugetsu no uta" (風月ノ詩)
M1. NUMBER SIX.
M2. -Dice-
M3. kousai (虹彩)
M4. RAINBOWS
M5. CROSS GAME
M6. the beautiful name
M7. Waterfall
M8. Le Grand Bleu
M9. GEMINI-0-eternal
M10. GEMINI-I-the void
M11. GEMINI-II-the luv


What we know so far...
- Saga has been in charge of all the re-arrangements
- Mugen no hana, kousai, and the GEMINI suite all have orchestral backing
- Saga will be joining Show in singing the choruses for every song
- Originally they were gunning to remake the NUMBER SIX. MV, but as of yet, there is no word on whether there will be a new MV accompanying either album.
- Show has started a new project on his VIP salon, of writing short stories to go with his lyrics (then narrating them himself!), and so far he has done one for TIME MACHINE... he has recently said he's working on the next story -- join his VIP salon to read/listen!

Let the 15th Anniversary celebration begin!

ALICE IN CASTLE: Live DVD/Blu-Ray Trailer

After the difficult news we received earlier, have a look at the (long!) trailer for the new live DVD/Blu-Ray, which looks and sounds exactly as impressive as it was to see live.

This is a must-see, coming out December 26th!



The DVD version contains the concert footage in full, while the Blu-Ray version contains the same footage, along with a full commentary on the live by the members, and an audio CD of a selection of certain songs, much like the 13th anniversary live Blu-Ray. Here is the extent of the information:

■On Sale 2018-12-26
□DVD - ¥6458 / NINE-0021 (full concert footage)
□Blu-ray - ¥8618 / NINE-0022 (full concert footage, audio CD, band audio commentary)

TRACKLIST
01 UNDEAD PARTY
02 Adam
03 F+IX=YOU
04 CASTLE OF THE NINE
05 UNREAL
06 RAINBOWS
07 FIVE JOKER
08 zouka no daishou
09 Drum Solo
10 HAIKARA naru RONDO
11 mugen no hana
12 ASYLUM
13 Re:Born
14 the Arc
15 yami ni chiru sakura
16 MEMENTO
17 CASTLE OF THE NINE
18 the beautiful name
19 H.A.N.A.B.I.
20 G3
21 SHINING
22 NUMBER SIX.

...wait, what?! They played CASTLE OF THE NINE twice?
Yes. Yes they did. Sorta. Wait and see, my friends... :p

It is already available for preorder on CDJapan (or whatever other site you might use to buy your A9 goodness overseas), so go reserve your copy! No one parties like A9!
Hello Everyone,
First off, please do not panic reading that subject line -- Tora is okay! What follows is a rough translation of the news release that was just issued today by the band on their OHP and through Twitter/Line/Email.

You can read the original news release [ HERE ].



Important News Regarding the Artist Tora (A9) Affiliated with our Company


Thank you for always supporting A9.

At this time, we have an important notice for you all concerning the health of the artist Tora (A9), who is affiliated with our company.

Due to the reemergence of a chest pain which he had been feeling before, Tora went to the hospital himself for a checkup and was diagnosed with a minor heart attack. He successfully underwent an operation the same day, and is currently recuperating from the operation without any issues.

To that end, the long-awaited VIP SALON Tora updates of the A9 PREMIUM VIP SALON, along with the all-member show DICE NINE November updates will be put on hold to allow for Tora's physical recovery. Provided that he can once again return to being filmed/photographed, please kindly wait for these updates to resume on or after this December.

In addition, please rest assured that at present the events and lives as currently scheduled should go ahead as planned, due to the favourable progression of Tora's recovery.

Once again, this announcement is sudden, but in addition to our deepest apologies for worrying and troubling all NUMBER SIX.es who regularly support A9 with this news, we would like to request, from the heart, that from here on, you continue to give both Tora and A9 your support and favour.

November 22, 2018.

NEXT DECADE Corporation
A9 Members, All Staff



Please send him your well-wishes via Twitter, by replying to the Official A9 Tweet, or by sending him (@tora9amano) an @ message directly!
In case anyone wasn't aware, Show, Hiroto, and Saga (hereafter known as the 'A9 Beauty Squad') are set to make their second appearance on the DHC Extreme Beauty program, which--as far as I am aware--will be broadcast online. It's on the 24th of September, at 13:00, Japan Time.

EDIT: It was actually streamed on Youtube as well (which I'll know for next time), so I'm embedding the video right here. Enjoy the shenanigans!





So tune in, if you're able, and witness part two of the A9 Beauty Squad wowing the hosts with their general beauty knowledge and personal beauty routines!

As an amusing aside, Nao replied to the tweet about the upcoming broadcast to say:

Someday N-A-O would like to appear on this program too😃
These 3 have a higher aesthetic sense than I do though👌
When N-A-O doesn't have any face soap, he uses dish soap to wash his face instead🤣🐥✌️
Does that mean... My face is a dish?!!




...he--he was joking, right?
Right?? 🤣


P.S. If you haven't watched the original program, you can find it [ here ] on FAIX.

Translation : SHOXX 2004.08 vol 138

Oh boy, I've been dying to post this one! This was their very first interview in a publication as a band... just before they'd added the dot to the end of their band name! The guys haven't lost their sense of humour over the course of 14 years, that's for damn sure. :p


SHOXX 2004.08 vol 138 - "alicenine"

A ‘Customer Is King’ Mentality

With these guys being mentioned in “SHOKKUN’s quick gossip” corner in last month’s issue of SHOXX, you didn’t let them go unnoticed. Good eyes!!
That being said, despite the fact that they only just formed in April 2004, alicenine is a band we anticipate having a flood of questions for, and this is their first appearance in our magazine.
Just like the band’s name, the members’ individual personalities carry a lot of impact.
And this summer they’ll release that longed-for 1st CD.
alicenine is a band you won’t be able to look away from.



Nao-san, you were central to the formation of the band, weren’t you?

Nao: Saga-kun and I spoke about forming a band together because we shared the same attitude and viewpoint. When we were searching for other band members afterwards, we met Show-kun and Tora-kun. Then Nao, the elder old man, went to the mountain to gather firewood, and when he did, Hiroto emerged from within a shining stalk of bamboo. Like a blessing from heaven.

That last part is a questionable development, but… (laugh)

[ READ THE REST OF THE INTERVIEW + NOTES HERE ]

A fly-by update for you...

Hello everyone! I'm back from my trip and can confirm that the live (which included a play!) was spectacular, fabulous, A+ all around... and I won't be bothering to write up a report because they'll be releasing the glorious performance on Blu-ray/DVD for everyone to enjoy later this year (no other details yet). At the end of the year they'll be playing a mini-tour focusing on their heavier/sexier songs (with visuals to match), as well as doing a Christmas live accompanied by an orchestra(!!!)! They'll also be releasing a 2-disc "best of" album of member-selected songs, all of which are going to be re-arranged and re-recorded (track-list below)! Which is not to mention the downright mysterious 15th Anniversary countdown currently on their homepage...

Disc 1
M1. TIME MACHINE
M2. hana ichi monme
M3. GRADATION
M4. H.A.N.A.B.I.
M5. gin no tsuki kuroi hoshi (Single”F+IX=YOU” version)
M6. mugen no hana
M7. heisei juushichinen shichigatsu nanoka
M8. Corona
M9. VELVET
M10. FANTASY

Disc 2
M1. NUMBER SIX.
M2. -Dice-
M3. kousai
M4. RAINBOWS
M5. CROSS GAME
M6. the beautiful name
M7. Waterfall
M8. Le Grand Bleu
M9. GEMINI-0-eternal
M10. GEMINI-I-the void
M11. GEMINI-II-the luv

Year 15 is looking most excellent already.

via GIPHY

Alright, alright, on top of my seriously-lazy news update in the previous post, have some vintage translations and enjoy a bit of nostalgia. I couldn't believe these had never been translated before, but I couldn't find them anywhere, so, uh... here you go!

I just realized all of these images are different sizes. WOW THAT'S ANNOYING. But it would be even more of an annoyance to fix them, so bear with me, friends! lmao



[ Click Here ] for Show's 50 Item Q&A!



[ Click Here ] for Hiroto's 50 Item Q&A!



[ Click Here ] for Tora's 50 Item Q&A!



[ Click Here ] for Saga's 50 Item Q&A!



[ Click Here ] for Nao's 50 Item Q&A!

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