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What's an 'important thing' that SCANDAL felt via the movie Turning Red? - "Being yourself is the most wonderful thing"

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Turning Red, Disney & Pixar's latest work now out exclusively on Disney+, is an animated feature film about a girl who turns into a fluffy red panda. This time, Crank In!'s editorial department interviewed the members of all-girl band SCANDAL, who celebrated their 15th anniversary last year! The quartet said after watching it how great it was, and even enthusiastically talked about memories from their student days that sponaneously resonated with the charm of this film.

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You can't show your true self to your parents, but you are able to be yourself when you're with friends. This work depicts the turmoil and secrets hidden behind the transformation that occurs when Mei, the girl who worries about that aspect of herself, suddenly transforms into a red panda one day. Another highlight of this work is that its direction and presentation were inspired by Japanese anime and culture.






Pixar's works guide you to becoming a "cool adult"



――First, please tell us your honest opinion of the movie.


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HARUNA: I felt so encouraged by the message of how it's okay to be yourself. It's been important for me to preserve my identity after entering my thirties. I was impressed by the fact that this film snuggles up to my current life.

TOMOMI: It was awesome! I think this movie that fits very well in this era where the word "diversity" has started being used. Same goes for gender issues, nationality, and age. I think there are many people who are living while feeling that they're different from others, and this movie gives those people a supportive push forward. I know everyone has times when they think, "Is it strange that I'm feeling this way?" It's a work that resonates with you, and reminds you that being yourself is the most wonderful thing.


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RINA: It's a film that'll make you feel all warm and fuzzy after watching it. The story depicts all kinds of feelings from different viewpoints, and it doesn't leave anyone behind. There are symbolic scenes that depict characters setting free their true selves, and in one of them there's a live venue. It was exciting that it linked to my own feelings. I realized that concerts are an important place to release all of my feelings, after all.

MAMI: It was so moving that once I cried, I couldn't stop until the credits rolled. A friend of mine is already a mother and has children about the same age as Mei. That's why I was able to symphathize more with it⁠—or rather, if I didn't choose the band path, maybe I would have become a parent and raised my child by imposing my ideals like Mei's mother... That's what I imagined.

But, in reality, as someone who has been doing music⁠—something they love⁠—as a job since they were in middle/high school, I wondered what my mom thought of me doing that. I also have the perspective from the child's side. I think this is a work that can be seen from the viewpoint of women of a range of different ages.


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――Do you have any favorite past Pixar works?

HARUNA: I watch a lot of Pixar works, but I liked Inside Out so much that I bought it on Blu-ray. It's similar to Turning Red in the sense of introspection.

Since entering my thirties, I've especially been focusing on and asking myself how I could set free the me that I've come to terms with. So, I think that the worries and emotions that I have, have a lot in common with the themes of Pixar's works.


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TOMOMI: I love all of Pixar's works, but I especially like Luca! We all love adventure stories that transcend things that are forbidden. Even if you're told no, you may not understand until you transcend it, and the friendships and the true self you discover are what's most important. As you face your shortcomings and insecurities while making repeated mistakes, there eventually comes a time when you're able to love them.

All of the adults whom I think are cool are those who love themselves and properly do some "self-love." I'm a fan of and really like Pixar's works that are like guides on how to become that kind of cool adult.



"So many things resonated with us" - We're where we are today because we stayed true to ourselves



――Were there any parts of Turning Red that were similar to your youth?

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RINA: Like Mei and her friends, the four of us have been together since we were in middle/high school, so of course my band members came to mind. Right now we're the closest we've ever been and each other's best supporters. We make allowances for each other any number of times. When I was in my teens especially, there were so many things I was able to overcome and forgive myself for because I had good friends like them...thinking back on things now. (SCANDAL) is a precious place to me.

HARUNA: As I watched it, I recalled that, like Mei, I clashed a lot with my mom when I was younger. When I began pursuing music, I tried to start it off with my dream of debuting instead of going to school. My mom was initially opposed to it because it was expensive and I had go to to a studio far from home.

Sometimes I would be crying as we were quarreling because she didn't think my dream was a dream. But I think we're where we are today because I was able to stick with it and stay true to myself. There were so many things that resonated with me.


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MAMI: My mom was also complaining when I joined our training school. Being serious about music is not just about lessons that take time and money. You also don't know what'll happen in the future.

I started attending the school when I was in my first year of middle school, just like Mei, so I now very much understand how worried my mom felt, like, "Is it okay to let my kid do this?" But my mom was happy that my world expanded so much by interacting with people at the school and making friends. My mom also wanted to be a musician, so I was able to be a good daughter by making my musical dreams come true.


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――Are there any similarities in the relationship between the four of you in SCANDAL and the relationship that Mei has with her friends?

RINA: They may have different personalities but do have a shared language for many aspects, which is exactly the same as us (laughs). All four of us have different interests and personalities that aren't similar to each other. However, we can all pull together as one. Though we're different, it's very comfortable when we can act as one.


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HARUNA: Mei and her friends were kind to each other, even if they quarreled a bit. There was a scene where a friend picked up the mobile simulation game that Mei dropped and took care of it by raising her levels for her. That part was so emotional.

I really understand times when consideration outweighs any small fights you have. The four of us aren't always on good terms, and sometimes we clash and get into quarrels during production, but that definitely isn't something we hate happening because everyone knows each others' good points. I really sympathized with how the friends wouldn't abandon Mei.



A movie that teaches you important things such as loving yourself



――Now, please tell us a moment in your life when you felt you were glad that the four of you stuck together.

TOMOMI: Hm... Since it's the norm [for the four of us] to be together, it's difficult to say what I've been glad about (laughs). But firstly, we wouldn't have made it 15 years if the four of us weren't together. I think the job of making music is to fight against loneliness. There are no correct answers, and continuing to make music to the point where we're satisfied is much too lonely to think about. If I were to do it alone, I wouldn't last a day. It feels like we've made it this far while helping and complementing each other while all having different personalities.

MAMI: That's exactly the case with concerts. I think it would be impossible if we were each told to stand alone on a big stage. The people who come to see us also have all sorts of emotions, right? Sometimes we wonder if they might not be able to come to terms with it all... But when our quartet's circle overlaps to form a bigger circle, it becomes powerful enough to accept everything because of our repeated performances.



――Lastly, please tell us some of your highlights of the film once more.


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HARUNA: It shows you how to accept your insecurities and love yourself. This film teaches important things not only to teens, but also to people of our generation. You learn who you are by acknowledging the things about yourself that you dislike or that are still undeveloped. By doing so, you'll love yourself more as well as your friends and family. It'll make your life much easier. Look yourself and all your different sides right in the eye. I'd love for everyone to pay attention to that as you're watching the movie.

MAMI: I personally was surprised at how fan culture was depicted. I was so happy for Mei when she met her bias that I cried (laughs). I'm sure there are many people right now who are unable to meet their biases, but by knowing Mei, you'll feel cheered up! Please take note of Mei and her bias as you watch it.


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Let's take it easy - 2022-03-16 (RINA) - Wed Mar 16, 2022 11:04 am

Let's take it easy
Theme:RINA

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The band's in tip-top shape〜
The four of us got together today as well.
Good work, everyone!
We've reached the middle of the week〜




Our next concert is on Monday in Kobe.
Aah, I can't wait
I'm so happy when we get to see you guys
We'll show you a great performance〜!

On YouTube
I uploaded a video of my day off before our concerts☺
Watch it whenever you'd like〜






*English subs:
https://amara.org/en/videos/XlBfeM61NiZi/en/3967853/


I'm replying to comments at random☺


RINA

2022/3/16 19:56

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Posted in: Blog 2022  Topic: Let's take it easy - 2022-03-16 (RINA)  Replies: 0  Views: 407
The 60th upload from RINA to her YouTube channel:




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Dressing room - 2022-03-15 (RINA) - Tue Mar 15, 2022 7:05 am

Dressing room
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Intense kicks before rehearsals...

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It looks like they were reviewing their usual training




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A place where a calm atmosphere and a feeling of tension mix together

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I posted a video to YouTube
From the dressing room before the concert☺





*Subs coming soon


I'll be filming videos as if they were diaries〜!


RINA

2022/3/15 12:53

Spoiler:
Posted in: Blog 2022  Topic: Dressing room - 2022-03-15 (RINA)  Replies: 0  Views: 611
The 59th upload from RINA to her YouTube channel:




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【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Apollo』 - Episode 105


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Listen to the episode:
https://audee.jp/voice/show/41247

(*The program is currently unavailable on Spotify, for some reason)

•The episode starts with this. This takes up well over half the episode.

•They get back the instruments that they had previously played: HARU on the 7-string coconut kalimba, MAMI on the genggong, TOMO on the slide whistle, and RINA on the kashaka. The staff says something unintelligible in the background, and HARU asks if it means that they should look up some info about their respective instruments. The staff says yes. MAMI looks up "genggong playing." HARU looks up her instrument and says that the Tirakita site (the site that the instruments were bought from) came up in the results. TOMO says that when she looked up her instrument, a news article about the previous episode of them recording with these instruments came up in the search results (the same one that Megumi Kojima saw). They all laugh at this.

•RINA looks up hers and says that a drawback is that it's hard to play the kashaka with other instruments. Everyone laughs and TOMO says that it is true. TOMO then says that she's not getting any good results for her instrument (which is called a "bird whistle" in Japan - that's probably why). She wonders if it's different from a "bird call"; she looks into it more and says that it's more for when you want to call birds to you. HARU says that tuning her kalimba is important; once it's tuned, you're able to produce different tones. She plays it a bit and MAMI says that it sounds like what's often heard in songs to fall asleep to.

•They wonder what song from MIRROR they should play. TOMO suggests "Ai ni Naranakatta no sa." HARU laughs and says that that's probably hard to play, but they do try to play it. TOMO starts playing her whistle but makes it sound all sharp on the second note, probably because she started laughing. Everyone laughs as well. TOMO apologizes and asks to do it again. They get through the first three lines fine, but when they get to the "Furi shitete gomen ne (Sorry for pretending)" line, TOMO plays the "ne" part really high and makes it sound funny. She immediately make it sound sharp again after that due to her laughing again. They all laugh at that too. RINA and MAMI say it's like TOMO's making light of that line; it's like she's negating the "Sorry" that comes before it. They say that this is hilarious and a lot of fun. HARU says that they should do this when they don't really have anything to do for an episode.

•They then close out the episode. They say that this was fun to do before they go on tour. HARU says that could do this again when their staff finds more interesting instruments.





*As always, you can send in a message to the program here. I've made a guide as how to input your info and message for those who need assistance (click to enlarge):

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*A list of all episode summaries can be found here





#front-page #catchup
A movie that made the four of us cry
Theme:RINA

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We got to see
Turning Red,
The newest Disney ・ Pixar movie
That is streaming on Disney+
Before its release,
And did an interview about it.




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I felt a lot of different things
Like what real bonds are like once more;
That even if you have family, you're an individual before that;
The importance of choosing the life you want to live;
And how wonderful Japanese culture is.

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The four of us all cried in the viewing room haha
It's a very powerful movie
That we want adults to see.
We're very happy
To have been offered an interview
For this work.

First, please read the interview☺



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*Will translate soonish



RINA

2022/3/14 13:51

Spoiler:
Atsugi City Cultural Hall ・ Large Hall
Theme:RINA

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Our long-awaited world tour

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Has finally begun

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Seeing a full house for the first time in forever

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Made our emotions overflow




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Everyone who came out,
Thank you so much!

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I hope we get to see each other again any number of times

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Our world tour runs until September

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At any rate, our goal is for everyone to stay healthy
And safely hold this tour!

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Also,
We're heading out to deliver as much as our feelings as possible

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The next stop is
On 3/21 (Mon) at Kobe International House ・ Kokusai Hall

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Can't waitttt

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See you at the venues〜!



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RINA

2022/3/13 14:10

Spoiler:
SCANDAL's world tour kicks off! "We really are thinking, 'Make this moment last eternally'"
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SCANDAL's world tour, 「SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2022 "MIRROR"」, kicked off today, March 12th, at  Atsugi City Cultural Hall, Large Hall in Kanagawa Prefecture.

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SCANDAL, who celebrated their 15th anniversary last August, released their 10th album MIRROR in January. MIRROR was completed as each member deeply reflected on themselves and the band during the pandemic and searched for music that they ought to be expressing as who they are right now, and is a work that reflects the current mood of the quartet who are now all in their thirties and have grown more refined. In support of this work, SCANDAL will be holding their second world tour, continuing to perform in Japan until June, followed by a North America tour in July and a Europe tour in September.

This long-awaited performance was at full capacity, and the quartet's excitement was even more so. With a gorgeous stage set, various lighting effects, special outfits prepared for this tour, and a venue ready to receive SCANDAL's performance more effectively, the band put on a concert with a setlist packed with songs from MIRROR and other popular songs.

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As HARUNA asked the audience at the beginning, "Isn't this surprisingly intense?", SCANDAL enthusiastically filled the venue with an energetic performance. In addition to popular songs such as "Shunkan Sentimental" and "SCANDAL BABY," they also performed songs in which each of the four members took up lead vocals, and the stage continued to fully showcase the multifaced SCANDAL's charms.

"We feel the happiest when we get to see you guys," RINA said. She talked about the messages included in the album: "When we weren't able to play concerts, we spent time reflecting on music and then made this album. By being honest with yourself, the more open you can be. We also realized that it is important to live the way you want. That's why we want our fans to spend their days cherishing their own hearts that they only they can understand." MAMI and TOMOMI also entrusted themselves to the music and played happily while moving their bodies, embodying the thoughts put into the album as RINA talked about. The enthusiasm of the fans held their own against the quartet's feelings. TOMOMI said that she was surprised at how loud the applause was during the endgame, and just as she said, the audience gave SCANDAL thunderous applause after each song in an attempt to reach the quartet while being unable to vocalize.

HARUNA said, "Concerts are so much fun! We really are thinking, 'Make this moment last eternally'" while quoting lyrics to "eternal" and reflecting upon how precious it is to spend time with their fans. Lastly, the concert ended with a remark suitable for opening day of a tour: "We'll travel all over Japan with the power we've received from all of you, and then tour the world!"

The next performance of 「SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2022 "MIRROR"」 will be held at Kobe International House, Kokusai Hall in Hyogo Prefecture. The domestic leg will conclude with the Nakano Sunplaza performances in Tokyo on June 10th and 11th.





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SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2022 "MIRROR"
@ Atsugi City Cultural Hall, Large Hall

Performance #1




Setlist: (If you wish to discuss any part of the setlist, please put it under a spoiler)

Spoiler:






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HARUNA: 「We successfully started our album tour in Atsugi✨ The applause from everyone was filled with love - the atmosphere was so nice. So happy,, Thank you so much😌
#This is what SCANDAL's all about←」


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TOMOMI: 「Thank you to everyone who came to Atsugi!
I'm so happy we got to see everyone!
That was the best way to kick off a tour🥲❤🔥
Best regards until the end〜!!!!!!」


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SCANDAL: 「Thank you so much to everyone who came out to opening day of SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2022 "MIRROR" in Atsugi! It was such a great way to kick off the tour!

The next show is on 3/21 (Mon) at Kobe International House, Kokusai Hall

See you there!」


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MAMI: 「SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2022 “MIRROR”
Opening day in Atsugi🎈 Here are photos from then📸
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In Kobe
Tomorrow will be a day that no one's seen before🎈🌈
I'd love for you to come witness this tour somewhere👀



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Modeling the merchー!
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Sorry that this is late...!
Here are photos of us modeling the merch
For our world tour that starts today




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The song "Kanojo wa Wave" on the album
Was made into a t-shirt! Yay
There are two different illustrations and colors.

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The blue one features a girl
Who has their smartphone face down
And is enjoying some me time without a care in the world

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The white one features a girl
Freely doing what she wants:
Taking off her hair tie, drinking soda,
Wearing her favorite band's earrings.

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Illustrator an
Made these awesome illustrations
After listening to our songs a lot!
I'm so happy that they're so adorable!
This is definitely a must-buy☺

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And, MIRROR t-shirts

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There's something that's not a flower
But looks like a pink flower reflected in the mirror.
Check it out with your own eyes☺

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Towels that have a reflective design.
This tour
Has a setlist that'll make you sweat☺

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And, silicone bands!

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Putting the keychain on the tote bag
Is really cute

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The MIRROR t-shirt in white〜

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The bag's also stylish

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The gray band's also lovely

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The colors of both towels are so nice that you'll be unsure which to go with

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A clear bag
That is good for everyday use
As well as for live concerts in the coming seasons!

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It's even nicer in person☺

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There are other kinds of merch we made,
But here are what the wearable ones look like!
Check out the band's Instagram account for more info!

All right, wear the merch you like
And let's have fun on opening day!


RINA

2022/3/12 09:56

Spoiler:
Posted in: Blog 2022  Topic: Modeling the merchー! - 2022-03-12 (RINA)  Replies: 0  Views: 466

Good morning〜 - 2022-03-11 (RINA) - Fri Mar 11, 2022 2:23 am

Good morning〜
Theme:RINA

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The original drawstring tote
That DAISY came out with
Was so popular that preorders sold out right away...

But because a lot of people asked us
To offer it online as well,
We've prepared a few〜!




They won't be restocked,
So those interested,
Please pick one up right away^^



https://daisyproject.official.ec/items/59932571


A third of sales
Will be donated to groups that support child-rearing / women!

You can use this a lot this spring,
So by all means♡

Ah, also, I immediately uploaded a vlog
About this day I had a good experience with






English subs:
https://amara.org/en/videos/Nm9LYUfH7DrA/en/3964767/



I'm always cheering for whenever you start new lives☺

Today is the final day to make adjustments
On our world tour〜!
We'll do our best! See you^^


RINA

2022/3/11 10:28

Spoiler:
Posted in: Blog 2022  Topic: Good morning〜 - 2022-03-11 (RINA)  Replies: 0  Views: 270
The 58th upload from RINA to her YouTube channel:




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Finally - 2022-03-10 (RINA) - Thu Mar 10, 2022 10:56 am

Finally
Theme:RINA

I posted my first YouTube video in forever〜
Watch it at your leisureー!




English subs:
https://amara.org/en/videos/9835tsp5RX1I/en/3963366/





Now then, our world tour
Finally kicks off this weekendー!

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The merch, stage, outfits, and setlist
Are all completely to our taste!

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What's left is to entertain everyone
To the fullestー!!!

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First up is Atsugi.
Best regards!
 
There are still some performances that you can make in time☺



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RINA

2022/3/10 19:15

Spoiler:
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The 57th upload from RINA to her YouTube channel:




English subs:
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#front-page #tinychannelbyrina #mirror
#InternationalWomensDay2022
Theme:RINA

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Today, 3/8, is International Women's Day.
It's a day to give thanks and respect
To women who work hard every day,
And a day to give mimosa flowers and put your thoughts into words.




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For this day,
DAISY PROJECT and
Japanese confectionary store Takeno to Ohagi
Let us set us a special shop
For the ohagi and drawstring tote that we made in collaboration,
And we got to help out
By handing over the items to the customers.
It was excitingー!

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It made me very happy
To see the facial expressions of the customers brightening
The moment they saw the ohagi.
I had such a good experience〜

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Those who picked them up,
And those interested in it,
Thank you so much〜!


No matter how old you are, be the person you want to be.
May this world be one
Where you can freely choose how to live your life.


Please tell
The important people close to you
"Thank you, always."

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※Notice※

The funds collected in half a year
From 2021.6.1〜2021.12.31,
Totaled 414,353 yen (~$3,600 USD)
And were successfully donated on 2022.2.18☺

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DAISY's second donation
Is to children will be starting new lives this spring
And those who are working hard to raise their children on their own.

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It will be used for school bags, textbooks,
Home food expenses, etc.
I wish you a warm spring...!


RINA

2022/3/8 20:47

Spoiler:
Introducing them again! A little study session on folk instruments. And at the end, a performance with them!!

Episode #105 blog


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HARUNA: This week... Catch up's "handmade jingle" has reached an unexpected development... We'll be delving into this issue.

TOMOMI: What is it??

MAMI: An unexpected development??

RINA: Did something happen?

HARUNA: It's called...
"Jinguru - E, soo naru?
〜Guguru! Saguru! Sukyandaru!〜" (Jingle - Eh, Seriously? ~Googling! Searching! SCANDAL!~)

RINA: Things are getting more confusing...

HARUNA: When we did our special on TFM, we wanted to work hard again on making a jingle using folk instruments. And now "Eh, Seriously?" segment is back.

RINA: It's kind of nostalgic.

HARUNA: Why did we try making a jingle with folk instruments in the first place...
Well, our director Kawai got some folk instruments, saying, "These things exist," and it simply flowed to, "It'd be fun to make a jingle with these!" That really is the only reason. And so far, we've made two kinds of jingles.


→By the way, these are the two types:

2021.3.22 - #55
A jingle made with "boroboro mini" in celebration of the program's first anniversary

2021.1.31 - #100
A jingle made with four types of folk instruments in celebration of 100 episodes


HARUNA: For the first one we used "boroboro mini" instruments from Madagascar.
The instruments we used in the latest jingle are the kashaka from West Africa, a slide whistle from Bali, a 7-string coconut kalimba from Africa, and a genggong from Bali...

TOMOMI: I had the slide whistle.

RINA: Kashaka for me!

HARUNA: The 7-string coconut kalimba for me.

MAMI: The genggong for me.

HARUNA: The genggong was the trigger for the unexpected development.
The special episode where we made this jingle was written about in an online article...and we received a message about it. This is a message from Megumi Kojima from Japan Jew's Harp Association's PR office:

<Message excerpt>

Although the article lists it as a genggong from Bali, it looks like either a kubing from the Philippines or a whistle from people living in mountainous areas such as Vietnam or Laos. The genggong is very similar to the kubing but with a string attached to the end of it. If your Jew's harp is a genggong, I think it might be a rare Jew's harp without a string.



HARUNA: Maybe it's a rare type of genggong... If so, what kind of instrument is this... We contacted Tirakita, the store that director Kawai bought it from, and talked to Yamanaka.

<Message excerpt>

We can confirm that we also received a question about the genggong from Japan's Jew's Harp Association, and the instrument purchased was undoubtably a Bali genggong. We believe there is no doubt it was purchased from Bali. We didn't realize it was particularly rare, but if the Jew's Harp Association says it might be...



HARUNA: Based on that answer, we exchanged messages with Megumi Kojima again...and got this back.

<Message excerpt>

The genggong is certainly a traditional musical instrument owned by some ethnic groups in Bali, but it is also sold as a musical instrument souvenir of the traditional culture in Bali, which is also a tourist destination. Genggongs with strings were sold in the past, but recently it seems that a shape that's easy to play has appeared. It seems that this Jew's harp is sold as a souvenir of Bali, not as one that's part of an ethnic group. It certainly seems like it's correct to say that this is not a rare type of genggong.

It seems that this tendency is not limited to Bali, but also ethnic cultures that have attracted worldwide attention, and musical instruments and clothes owned by ethnic minorities have become popular as souvenirs. It may be useful in the form of conveying a part of the tradition of the people. Being produced as a souvenir may mean that it's a popular item. Because it is popular, it probably means improving and developing the product. While ethnic cultures are attracting attention, not limited to Jew's harps, it seems that there is a new cultural flow that's different from traditional forms.



RINA: I see; so that just means it's popular.

HARUNA: It means that genggongs for souvenir-use exist. So, there's no doubt that it is a Bali genggong, but the ethnic group it belongs to...it tends to fade as it becomes popular as a souvenir. It's becoming a common trend worldwide.

HARUNA: To think that jingle we did was the trigger to have it spread this far...

RINA: An unexpected development...

MAMI: All kinds of people really do listen to this program...is what it makes me think.

HARUNA: According to Megumi Kojima of Japan Jew's Harp Association's PR office. Apparently, MAMI's genggong playing was good; that means she's got a talent for it, doesn't it?

RINA: As expected.

MAMI: I don't know if I have talent for it...

HARUNA: "So now that we have a deeper understanding of folk instruments...let's play them again!" is what it says...

TOMOMI: Eh!?

RINA: We're doing it today too!?

HARUNA: Yeah, a new song!



【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Apollo』 - Episode 104


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•The episode starts with this.

•RINA reads the next message from a listener who had sent in a message that was read during episode 73. He says that nothing ever happened with that, but there's been some surprising things that's happened to him recently. He's been attending a driving school to get his license and happened to see his ex-girlfriend there as well. She broke up with him last February and they hadn't been in contact since then. They did see each other in passing several times but didn't talk. After the lessons, a mutual friend said they saw the ex and heard that they saw each other, and said that she was wondering if she should call him. That surprised him and wondered if he should be the one to call her. He asks SCANDAL if there's a fine line between staying friends with your ex, or not contacting them at all. He says that no matter if the breakup was good or bad, he doesn't think that you can go back to being friends. He also adds that they ended things because it would have been a long-distance relationship and thus was a 'happy ending.' MAMI says that they don't really need to call each other. Especially not if you're interested in being friends, TOMO adds.

•RINA says that she thinks that the band all are the types to not go back to being friends with an ex. MAMI says that it probably differs for every person in general, and that you might still stay in contact if you have shared interests. HARU says that you might be able to go back to being friends if you were friends in the first place. TOMO agrees that it really depends on what type of relationship you have. RINA says that she doesn't think she's the type to be able to go back to being friends because she might fall again for them. The others laugh hard at this.

•MAMI reads the next message from a listener who says that they had a miraculous encounter that day and wanted to send in a message about it. They've been wanting to improve their language skills recently and so have begun to study via an app that lets you talk with people around the world and are able to teach each other's native languages. When they were talking in English with a Brazilian person, it turned out that they were a SCANDAL fan who has been a fan since TEMPTATION BOX. The listener says that they didn't think they'd be talking about their favorite artist with someone overseas, and desperately tried in English to tell them that they like SCANDAL. The band is surprised that such an app exists. They mention that people try their best to study Japanese and write fan letters to the band in Japanese, which they think is impressive. TOMO says it makes them really happy that fans learn some Japanese to try and talk with the band during meet-and-greets.

•HARU reads the next message from a listener who says that they got a LINE message from a friend who saw the song title "Ai ni Naranakatta no sa" and felt like it stabbed them right in the heart. They both have had experiences like the song and were talking with each other about how they'd like to talk have a girls' talk with SCANDAL (RINA: "That's cute"). They were classmates in middle and high school, and they say the reason they became friends was because of SCANDAL. One day they heard "DOLL" on the music program M-STATION and was really shocked to see cute girls doing a cool performance. The next day at school, the friend was talking about how they saw SCANDAL on TV the previous night and the listener mentioned that they also did as well. They're both now in their late twenties, and the listener used "Kinenbi" during their recent wedding ceremony. TOMO says while laughing that she's grateful they found SCANDAL cute during their "DOLL" era, and the others all laugh at this as well. They joke at how lively they were back then since they were high schoolers at the time. MAMI says that she wants those people who saw SCANDAL's performances back then to forever be fans of theirs. They laugh and HARU says that they're grateful that people like the listener have grown up alongside SCANDAL's works. TOMO says that they'll give them a pick.

•TOMO reads the next message from a listener who is in their fifth year of medical school and feels lost. They originally wanted to work in disaster medicine and aspired to be an emergency physician, but the more they studied, the more they were worried that they wouldn't be able to make the right decisions and got scared. They ask SCANDAL, who has been able to fulfill many dreams in their long career, if they've been scared as they've approached their dreams. They say that they totally get that feeling. RINA says that their fears are different than other professions and can't really be compared to one like a doctor's where lives are on the line. TOMO says that they were scared before their first performance at Osaka-Jo Hall because they had always been working towards that dream and didn't know what they should do after it was fulfilled. They always had a fear that the band might come to an end after it. But after playing it, they found it to be so much fun that they turned it into a dream of wanting to do this so many times more and therefore were glad that they played it. Before that, though, they were really scared because they didn't know what would happen after. MAMI says that the opposite could have happened and that they had been satisfied after the performance, and that nothing else could make them happier after.

•TOMO says that it's not a bad thing to have a change in course while you're studying, and that it's good to be able to identify what's ideal for you and what isn't. You don't need to push yourself to fulfill your first dream because it's your first one. If you're able to, though, that's great; but it's also okay if you choose not to. HARU says that you don't have to feel inferior if you're scared, and that's something that probably everyone thinks. RINA thinks it's okay to be scared, and being able to work carefully and delicately means, in that sense, that you're likely suited for medical work. TOMO says that it's difficult for them to give advice since they're not really in the position to encourage someone who works in a field where lives are on the line. RINA says that they're really cheering for them, and that they should try things out as they wish. TOMO says that can always change the direction they're going. The band wishes the listener luck and that they're cheering for them.

•RINA reads the next message from a listener who got a girlfriend in mid January. She gave them chocolate and also a key case because they'll be getting keys to each others' places soon. The key case was a surprise and they didn't know what to say and so stuttered out things like, "Eh? Oh? Ah? What? Thanks." They ask the band how you should you express yourself when you're too happy. The band laughs and says the listener's cute and kind. RINA says to just simply say thanks. TOMO says that if it's an SO, you can just hug/kiss them. RINA congratulates the listener for getting a girlfriend and they all laugh.

•They then close out the episode. HARU says that the question posed by the aspiring doctor was hard to answer and felt like they couldn't say anything irresponsible. MAMI says that maybe they could have said something in a different way if they had medical knowledge, and that medical stuff is something that they can't really guess about. RINA says that she hopes that they get a hint as to what they should do. They say they're happy that the listener reached out to them for advice.

•HARU says that episodes 106 + 107 will be done in a pair format, and that pairs will be decided via amidakuji (ladder lottery). The pairs end up being HARU + MAMI, and TOMO + RINA. TOMO says that the Kansai pairs and Aichi pairs are together. H+M will do episode 106 and T+R will do episode 107. HARU says that you can send in messages for a specific pair if you want.





*As always, you can send in a message to the program here. I've made a guide as how to input your info and message for those who need assistance (click to enlarge):

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*A list of all episode summaries can be found here





#front-page #catchup
The cute message about the program's novelty "Apollo Pouch" item makes the band's hearts skip a beat!

Episode #104 blog


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HARUNA: Let's read some messages this week!

RINA: I can't wait!


Nacchan's Papa, 30 Years Old

Good evening, SCANDAL.

I have a daughter that's about to turn 5. Maybe it's because I infinitely repeat episodes of "Catch up" in the car, but she really likes the catchphrase "SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Apollo."

Recently, she's been saying "SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Apollo" everywhere, regardless of where she is--taking a bath, eating a meal, riding in the car lol

And it appears she's taken an interest in the words "We'll give you an Apollo Pouch" and has started to say, "Nacchan also wants an Apollo Pouch!" If you're able to, I would like to give one to my daughter. Thank you.



RINA: That's adorable.

MAMI: That's too cute.

Staff: The phrase "SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Apollo" is so unique that it gets stuck in your head...

HARUNA: Eh, my way of saying it is unique??

RINA: It does get stuck in your head.

HARUNA: But Nacchan sure is something. To think that she can remember such a long sentence.

RINA: That's impressive.

HARUNA: She says she wants a pouch...

RINA: Yeah, let's give her one.

HARUNA: Yeah, let's.

TOMOMI: We'll give you an Apollo Pouch.

MAMI: This will make Nacchan make her love her dad even more.


Eri

Good evening, SCANDAL! I'm an instructor at a driving school.

I listened to your album MIRROR. Right before it came out, I had broken up with my boyfriend that I had dated for 2 years, 5 months. I couldn't bring myself to do anything due to the shock of breaking up, but I then organized my feelings and finally listened to the album. "Ai ni Naranakatta no sa" really resonates with me right now. I'll turn over a new leaf knowing that our love wasn't meant to be, and now I'll look for a new love.

I haven't seen SCANDAL live yet, so I'd like to take some time off work to go to a concert. SCANDAL is emotional support to me. I'll always cheer you on.



MAMI: Thanks!

RINA: That song must hit heavy for her right now.

HARUNA: But she was able to turn over a new leaf.

MAMI: It must be hard to do so after dating someone for 2 years, 5 months. That's impressive.

TOMOMI: It is... She says she's an instructor at a driving school.

MAMI: Instructors are teachers, aren't they...

RINA: That's true...

HARUNA: One, two...

All: Hey! Teacher!

RINA: Hm? Aren't we doing this "Hey! Teacher!" thing in a new way?



SCANDAL talks about MIRROR, their most honest album to date
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SCANDAL released their 10th full-length album MIRROR on Jan. 26, 2022, their first album in two years. Containing the singles eternal, Ivory, and one more time, this work also includes songs composed by each member and with each on lead vocals. With alternative rock, gospel, club tunes, and pop songs that speak to you, you're able to learn about their individuality and roots via this challenging work that describes the new steps for the band that celebrated its 15th anniversary. What did they think of while writing, singing, and playing to create this album in these ever-changing times? We asked the four members about this work, a realistic reflection of SCANDAL's current situation.





――What did you discuss with each other when making the album?

RINA: For past albums, we always tried to face the times and make music true to us that we wanted to make at that time. We didn't decide on an album concept from the start this time either. We made songs one at a time and decided on the title MIRROR at the end. We made a title track—the first track on the album—containing that word, and it all came together.



――This time, each band member wrote songs and sang lead vocals. Was that decided on from the start?

HARUNA: We also didn't really decide that. The song "Ai no Shoutai" that TOMOMI made was originally written assuming that I would be singing it. It was the same for MAMI's song as well. We often decide things after starting pre-production, so from the start we didn't think of including songs composed by each of us. However, because a lot of things like production and live performances had to be postponed or canceled due to the pandemic, we had many opportunities to get to know ourselves more deeply by reflecting on both the band and ourselves. As a result, we had a collection of songs that are very personal to us. That's why we thought that it would be best if the person who wrote the song sang it, and included each of those songs.


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――I will be selecting a few songs to ask you about. How did you make the title track "MIRROR"?

MAMI: This song was made at the end of album production. We had 9 songs ready to go before this one was made. I personally thought that those 9 songs would be able to represent who we are right now, that they'd be fun to perform live, that they were rich in variety, and that they made up a good album. But some wanted a song that was more of a killer track, or rather one that had a proper band sound to it when performed, and one that could serve as the face of the album. I did think that that was true and so started writing a song. However, since I originally thought that 9 songs would be fine for an album, it was hard to come up with that kind of song. Keeping in mind the requests of our listeners, I had a hard time making this while struggling between a certain sense of responsibility and my current feelings. Everyone said that the album was complete with the creation of this song. I've been paying close attention to the rhythm, tempo, and sound when creating songs recently, so with that in mind I think I was able to create the best possible killer song that I was satisfied with.


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――As "MIRROR" symbolizes, the impression you get from it is quite different from your previous work Kiss from the darkness, and I felt that many songs are arranged with a relatively low tempo. Does that  also mean that you're making sure to convey your words clearly?

MAMI: In terms of the ease of listening to words, some people nowadays listen via not only CDs but also subscription services. That's why we're writing music while considering the impressions gleaned when listening via subscription services. Also, I think it's important to have music that we're able to perform for years to come. For example, we honestly don't know if we could continue to play intense songs live like we do right now, five or 10 years from now. I'm sure that a time will come when we'll feel like that. So, this is the result of being insanely conscious of rhythm, tempo, and sound as something that we can continue to play with confidence.


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――In the documentary of you recording "one more time" (“her” Diary 2021 on YouTube #09), what stuck out to me was TOMOMI saying that it felt like HARUNA from 10 years ago was singing the track. There's a line in "MIRROR" that goes "Kagami ni utsutta sugata" (My reflection in the mirror); did you feel that you, who have been around for 15 years, were reflected in the mirror?

RINA: Rather than reflecting our past selves, it was more like we were seeing our present selves and acknowledging exactly who we are. But I think the reason why we're making who we are right now is because of our paths in the past. First, we wanted to write lyrics that acknowledged everything we've done so far. When we were talking about the title, we had many discussions about wanting to create a work that incorporates the femininity, softness, and kindness that we feel, and soft words into the music. For me, that is something that I want to keep in mind when writing lyrics from here on out as well. As a result, the lyrics to "MIRROR" were finished in an abstract way and says exactly what we want to say. I felt that I was able to write what I wanted to write.



"It felt like things were foreshadowed, like, 'Ah, this is what we wanted to make'" (RINA)



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――The intro starts with a rewinding sound. How did you record that?

RINA: When listening to music on subscription services, we thought that instead of suddenly starting with a full-on band sound, it'd be better to have different possibilities and start with something like sound effects that makes you want to listen to the rest of it. We thought about it with our synthesist who has gone around on tour with us, and then added it later.

TOMOMI: It gives you the image of sound reflecting off a mirror.



――I see. The intro of the next song "eternal" also starts with sound effects. Did you think about a connection there?

RINA: Not at all (laughs). When it was all complete, we were like, "They kind of feel connected!"

HARUNA: I always felt that.

RINA: When it was completed, it felt like things were foreshadowed, like, "Ah, this is what we wanted to make."


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――In "Ai no Shoutai," there are also sound effects in the beginning along with the choir that can be heard during the chorus.

TOMOMI: We asked a choir to record it. I told the arranger Satori Shirashi my image of it, and we made it with the cooperation of all kinds of people. Satori added the effects in the beginning.



――I was surprised at how it shifted into gospel after the first verse.

TOMOMI: I wanted to try doing gospel because it's part of our roots—we took lessons in it when we attended our dance and vocal training school. When I hit my thirties, I often realized that I took joy in "unconditional love" or giving. Friends getting married, having kids, listening to LGBTQ youths' worries on the radio—I had a lot of thoughts about love. There are all sorts of issues like nationality, gender, and age, but I felt that in a big and simple way, "love" is something that everyone has. I wrote "Ai no Shoutai" because I wanted to put that into words.



――"Ivory"—which features lyrics, music, arrangement, and lead vocals by MAMI—is also a song with a hearty and warm message that makes you feel that kind of love.

MAMI: Our work stopped due to the pandemic, and we lived our lives in a regular way we had never done before. Being able to spend our days in the same way as our listeners was a fresh, first-time experience for me. I put the feelings that I felt when the pandemic hit and all of humanity had to start from zero, into a song. I'm actually singing about my feelings like a soliloquy, but when I had the others listen to it, it felt like it was a song meant for everyone.


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――RINA, did you make "Kanojo wa Wave" on a digital audio workstation?

RINA: I did, and I asked everyone to listen to it and copy their parts after it was done. I wrote this song with the intention of making it about a girl who lives freely like a wave. This was my first time using a DAW, but I'm glad I tried it because I enjoyed it.



――The lyrics "Kirameiteru kagami no you" (Glittering like a mirror) also appear in this song.

RINA: We hadn't decided on the title when I was writing these lyrics. However, when making this album, in our heads there was always this image of mirrors, glass, and lights, as well as something that's delicate, strong, and ephemeral. That's why there are a lot of expressions like this in the key points, and when we finally decided on the title MIRROR, we thought, "Ah, this is what I wanted to make!"

HARUNA: I think "Kanojo wa Wave" is a very RINA-like song. You can tell we like computer music and took influence from it, and you can feel the roots we had before starting the band. It's a song that shows the fun of a drummer writing lyrics + music and singing lead vocals. This perhaps might be a song that could have only been made by a drummer.



――HARUNA, the song "Yuugure, Tokeru" that you wrote is a surprising song that combines alternative rock and lyrics that express your feelings.

HARUNA: When I started making it by me singing to my own accompaniment, I couldn't really picture what the arrangement should be. That's why I think that there's a sense of incongruity where the singing and the arrangement are a bit separate from each other. On the contrary, it makes it sound interesting. I started writing it after I thought of the title "Yuugure, Tokeru." It's a strange title, and I used abstract words in order to put into words an intuition that feels nice but can't be explained well using words. In that way, I think it's surprising that something that makes sense to yourself can change your life, or can be the impetus to change someone else's life. I made this song because I wanted to acknowledge that I can believe in my intuition.



"We've made an album that could only have been done now. I'm happy that we were finally able to convey our present situation" (MAMI)



――"Ao no Naru Yoru no Sukima de" was first unveiled at your 15th-anniversary concert on Aug. 21, 2021. The reactions from the fans were also big. RINA, you wrote this song—can you tell us your thoughts on it?

RINA: This song is one that I want to talk about while considering what kind of words I should choose so that things are conveyed without any problems. When Maisa Tsuno of Akai Koen passed away, I felt an unspeakable sadness and felt like I lost something really big—she had been a fellow, respectable musician and good friend who was also in an all-girl band and had been playing music by our side. I wanted to write a song with Maisa in mind, so I decided to write a song without thinking about putting it in an album or even releasing it. When that happened, I talked with the other band members about all sorts of things, and there were many emotions that I couldn't put into words. When I shared this song with them, they told me, "Let's put this precious song on an album." I hope I can continue to perform it courteously.


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HARUNA: I hadn't heard that story at the time we recorded it, so I don't know if I was able to get it right. However, I've lost not only people but also emotions due to the pandemic. There were moments when I couldn't just be happy with music, moments when I felt a little constrained, and times when I became very withdrawn. When I heard RINA's story after recording the song, I felt like I couldn't say something like, "Ah, so that's what it was." After that we had our concert at Osaka-Jo Hall. So, emotion-wise, I was able to sing it differently at the concert than on the recording. I've never used SCANDAL to express myself like that before, so it became an important song for me as well.



――What kind of album did the completed MIRROR album turn out to be for you?

MAMI: It feels like we created a mysterious album. In the past we also would have songs that each of us has written and sang, and apart from the melodies, it's not as if we did something extremely different. But I think that the songs we made by reflecting on ourselves and the band are very much songs that we individually made under these circumstances. It made me think again of how we're a very mysterious, well-balanced group of people who can put together an album (laughs). This album's like a diary that looks back on every day for the past 1 1/2 years to 2 years. Whenever I listen back on it, scenes from those times come to mind clearly. We're older and have a career as a band. I think we've made an album that could only have been done now, circumstances included, and I'm happy that we were finally able to convey our present situation.

TOMOMI: Since this was made during the pandemic, we created it while paying close attention to what we want to express, say, and convey. The pandemic's still ongoing, and we don't know what'll happen in the future. However, we made this while thinking about all sorts of things, such as that we still want to play music. There's no clear answer yet, though. I'm not saying that that is the case, but there's no conclusion in this collection of songs. I think this album is a reflection of our current thoughts and mentality.


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RINA: We really were able to be the most honest we've ever been with this album. We understood that this is who we've been from the start and made that into music. That's why it seems like such an important album for us. Also, we're simply happy that we were able to make our 10th album after 15 years together with the same four people without ever stopping. We've come to be able to be praised for working hard. Right now is the most we've loved being a band, and the most fun we're having while making music.

HARUNA: For me, singing songs has become more fun, which has made me like this album even more. With our past works, if there were 10 songs, I would do 10 different ways of singing—or rather, I think I was confident in singing with a different personality for each song. This time, I think I was able to face all of the songs as one person named HARUNA. That's because I faced myself during the pandemic and fell in love with myself again. After finishing recording everything, I felt that I was able to sing those songs exactly as I am right now. I think this was a very fruitful album for me as a human being.

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Here are some questions from the international edition of the article that aren't included in the Japanese one:

――The band's tour promoting the album called SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2022 "MIRROR" will kick off in March in Japan. You'll then travel to North America in July, then on to Berlin, London, and Paris in September. This will be your first international tour since U.S. & Mexico Tour 2018 "Special Thanks" in September 2018. What are your thoughts on your first global tour in a while?

HARUNA: We're really looking forward to it! There are still some unknowns since we don't know what the situation will be like for live shows overseas after the pandemic, but we were gradually able to do shows in Japan in 2021. I thought, "Concerts are awesome," and felt really happy being on stage. I'm excited to be able to have that experience for six months again in 2022.



――When you came up with the set lists for your previous tours, did you consider the affinity with the local music culture and national character of the countries you visited?

MAMI: Yes, we did. For example, in Europe and other areas that are a bit cold, there are lots of fans of punk and hardcore. Listening to blistering tracks warms you up, so there's a physical reason for this. Based on such information that we get in advance, we decide things like, "Let's keep things a bit wild today."

Many people who come to see us when we perform outside of Japan first find out about us through our anime themes. But in Mexico, for example, people apparently often dig around for Japanese bands on YouTube, listen to them, then spread the word. So they have a different way of getting into our music compared to other countries.

TOMOMI: We've been making music for fifteen years, so the general taste in music for each region also changes over time. In the past, rock tracks with minor chords were popular in Asia, but now pop is popular, and it's interesting how things keep changing.



――Will you be going to some cities for the first time?

HARUNA: Berlin, Toronto, and Atlanta. We've been to New York, Anaheim, Dallas, London, and Paris before.



――In the cities you visit for the first time, what would you like people to watch for in your shows?

RINA: If we perform the way we always do in Japan, I'm pretty confident that our audience will feel something from it, so we'd like to enjoy people's reactions. We do find ourselves wondering why we have so many fans in other countries.

TOMOMI: We're surprised by how many people come to our live shows (outside of Japan).

HARUNA: And there's also a wide range of generations, so we'd like to know how everyone got into us and what they like about us.

MAMI: Some even carefully held on to their tickets for the tour we were supposed to do in 2020. They send us messages every day, signing off with "With love." We're looking forward to visiting them and giving love in return.

HARUNA: To our international fans… Please look forward to seeing us live!






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It's begun - 2022-02-28 (RINA) - Mon Feb 28, 2022 11:54 am

It's begun
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Day 1 of world tour rehearsals!
We're in the process of trial and error
While talking lots to our live team〜




It looks like we'll be using all kinds of new sounds...
At any rate, we're really excited!
We're feeling motivated〜☺

Those who learned about us
For the first time via "Love music" yesterday,
Or those who watched us for the first time in forever,
I really want you guys to see our current live performances

Fans of all ages
Are ready to welcome everyone.
We'd love for you guys to come out with peace of mind☺

Those still unsure, please come!
We'll give you a good welcome,
So don't worry all by your lonesome☺



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RINA

2022/2/28 20:45

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【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Apollo』 - Episode 103


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•The episode starts with this. HARU says that the guy definitely doesn't think that was he did was considered as cheating. MAMI says he probably thinks he was just having some fun. TOMO says that he probably thought, "I'm getting married so this is the last time I can do something like this." MAMI says that that'd be really condescending. They say that this guy must have felt 'confident' in a lot of different ways, and that it's a waste for the listener to feel lonely. They say that they know she'll definitely end up happier than the guy. RINA says that there are a lot of good people out there, and if she focuses on herself right now and just lives her life well, she's sure to meet someone even better. TOMO says that she feels sorry for the woman that's getting married to the guy. The others feel the same. RINA says that the guy is sure to fall into the pits of hell, which a staffer laughs at. She also says that he'll get some kind of divine punishment. MAMI agrees with this. HARU gives a warning and says that if people live honest lives, they'll be exposed on the radio like this. They laugh and MAMI says that's totally true. RINA says, "This is broadcast all over the world, after all!"

•TOMO reads the next message from a listener who is writing in for some love advice. He is 22 years old and fell in love with someone for the first time ever. The other party is someone they met on a dating app. They started communicating about a month ago and the listener expressed their feelings on the fourth date. The other party said that they already had a significant other and that the listener was just their 'playmate' to have fun with. They also said that since they like the listener as a person, they want to continue having fun together. The listener says that the other party seems to have a indifferent relationship with their SO; on the contrary, they call the listener every day. They meet up so often that he can't help but feel that they're just someone who's convenient for the other party. He says he's mad at himself for thinking he's happy and doesn't know what he should do or wants do, and asks the band for advice. The band all goes, "Ahhh." TOMO says that all of the listeners are having hard times with love. They say that even if the listener were to eventually start officially dating the other party, the same thing might happen to them and they'll get cheated on. They basically suggest to drop the other party and try looking for someone new.

•RINA reads the next message from a listener who has sent in a very long message about how MIRROR has resonated with them [I'll do my best to summarize it]. They say that they like "Prism" the most and really sympathized with the lyrics. They also felt that they were able to affirm the delicate and fragile parts that are weak like glass inside of them. They say they often solve worries/troubles on their own, and therefore are told by others that they're 'positive' or 'odd.' They've felt that their personality and way of living can be difficult for others to understand. Looking back on their life, they say they've often taken a position like a permanentally neutral country and do not ask others for help. That's the way of life they chose, and it's one that they love and are comfortable with. They also say that moments that they've felt lonely have grown after turning 20. And although MIRROR isn't an album that snuggles right up to you and encourages you, they say they think it's a work that cheers you on powerfully. They feel a reassurance as if it's helping each person get ready for tomorrow by gently illuminating each person's life like the sun at sunrise or sunset. They love SCANDAL's past and present music, but they always think that SCANDAL is coolest in the present. They'd like the band to be confident and stay healthy without being overwhelmed by the voices around them, and it would make them happy if they could continue playing music.

•The band comments on how lovely the message was. MAMI says that she totally gets the "permanentally neutral country" comment that the listener made. She's still like that now, but thinks there's nothing wrong with being like that. RINA says that she put exactly those feelings into "Prism" and is really happy that they were directly conveyed. The listener's mindset is very similar to theirs, and it's something they've reached after being around for 15 years. She thinks it's nice that there are fans who feel the same way. TOMO says that everyone tends to hide things such as when you're feeling down but act as though you're super positive--that's why she thinks that everyone's probably very tired. Like with friends, it can be very difficult to talk to friends about something deep when all you've ever had with each other is fun. But she thinks that it's okay to show the depths of your heart without being afraid. HARU says that after establishing "her," they started to want to properly express themselves as SCANDAL via music. She says it's very important to have the support of others; if you don't talk about yourself with others, you probably won't understand yourself. She says it might be good if the listener could break their shell a little more. TOMO agrees that there are a lot of things you can understand about yourself by talking to others. RINA says that you'll surprisingly find that a lot of people will support you and stand by your side. HARU agrees and says that being in SCANDAL really made her think that. TOMO says that they were told at a fortune-telling that it's not good to be spoiled by anyone. HARU says she thought it was 'correct' to only show a positive side, and that she was unconsciously thinking that she didn't want to bother others or have others worry. At times when she wanted to help others, she thought that she couldn't say anything unless she talked about herself first. That's why recently she's been trying to try about herself to others, even she's bad at it, because she thinks it's important.

•MAMI reads the next message from a listener who says that his alarm tone is "Platform Syndrome"--HARU's guitar in the intro is refreshing and is able to wake him up immediately. However, when he sometimes stays over at his girlfriend's place and sets his alarm, it's pretty loud and surprises her. The band laughs at this. He asks if there's another SCANDAL song they could suggest that he could use instead. TOMO goes, "Why not just use the standard alarm sound?" MAMI laughs and agrees. RINA says that you can tell from this message that the couple's pretty lovey-dovey. TOMO again says that they should just wake up to the sound of a standard alarm.

•They then close out the episode. They say that they really like this "Consult SCANDAL' segment and hope that it gives the listeners hints on what to do. They tell everyone to send in any kind of question that you may have. HARU talks about how their tour is starting soon and that the setlist will contain songs from MIRROR, of course, and will also be one where you can experience who SCANDAL has been so far during these past 15 years.





*As always, you can send in a message to the program here. I've made a guide as how to input your info and message for those who need assistance (click to enlarge):

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*A list of all episode summaries can be found here





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Tonight, - 2022-02-27 (RINA) - Sun Feb 27, 2022 7:43 am

Tonight,
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The weather's really nice in Tokyo and feels great〜
It's gotten a bit warmer, hasn't it? So happy




Today, our appearance on "Love music"
Is finally going to be aired☺
Please tune in to Fuji TV from 24:30〜 JST〜!

I think it might be aired late at night in Kansai on Tuesday?
(It's aired at different times depending on the area,
So please look it up〜!)

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After the taping,
The Love music team
Said to us with smiles on their faces,
"Please tell people overseas
That there's a really cool music program in Japan☺︎"
We certainly do want them
To see it somehow...haha

Our world tour starts next month!
Here's a link to get tickets for our domestic hall performances〜
Come out☺



https://eplus.jp/sf/word/0000031582


RINA


2022/2/27 13:36

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*Don't worry, RINA; this episode will be posted here on SH for overseas fans to see MAMI wink
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Special discussion - 2022-02-26 (RINA) - Sat Feb 26, 2022 11:58 pm

Special discussion
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I was invited to be
On Ground Y's YouTube channel,
And got to have a discussion
With stylist Shingo Tsuno〜!




I've always sympathized with the wish-like message
Included in Ground Y's clothes.
I think it's really nice
To be able to easily listen to stories from professionals
In videos like this^^
Getting to talk a lot about fashion
Was so much fun〜!
Please check it out☺





*Will do subs for this soon


This season's theme is
"Beyond Boundaries"

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Don't go about it the wrong way by fighting—
Join hands instead.
Wishing for a peaceful world
Where people can live peaceful lives
As a matter of course


RINA

2022/2/26 16:21

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