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『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt』 - Season 2, Episode 50

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•The episode starts with this.

•MAMI says that, although she didn't see this during the marathon since she wasn't able to look at her phone, TOMO was watching her running status during the Osaka Marathon the whole time and sent over screenshots of videos taken before the marathon that were posted to YouTube. They laugh and TOMO says she did keep sending her messages since before the marathon started and also watched the moment MAMI finished the race. MAMI says they had a system where people could track runners via GPS and had videos of the runners passing certain points of the marathon. She mentions that their radio program director Kawai had run in the Tokyo Marathon and was really fast + faster than MAMI, and was 2 hours faster than her at 4 hours, 9 minutes. She also had gone to cheer her on. HARU says that everyone's so impressive. TOMO says that that includes Kawai, MAMI, and the listener Pii-chan. MAMI says also includes TOMO and they laugh. TOMO says good work to herself for working on her abs. MAMI says the last time she ran the Osaka Marathon was 7 years ago with HARU. Her time then was about 6 hours. This time she walked a lot, so it took her about 6.5 hours. HARU says that it was raining, too. MAMI says it was also cold. The previous marathon took place in November so the temperature was different. She kept thinking that she'd be able to run it, but 7 years had passed, after all. TOMO says that the video at the 25 km mark showed MAMI walking, but at the 35 km mark she was running. RINA says that she made a comeback. TOMO says that watching MAMI working hard had made her cry. MAMI says she ran as hard as she could and her knees still hurt even now, but it was a great experience. Ono asks her if she regularly runs and MAMI replies that she doesn't. HARU asks Kawai, and she seems to say she doesn't and had done training for it. MAMI asks if she's run since the Tokyo Marathon, which Kawai seems to say no to. HARU and TOMO say that that's impressive that she seems to like to run.

•TOMO reads the next message from a listener who says their mom is a solid person who everyone can rely on, but sometimes she can be a little out of character. She's recently started taking care of some houseplants and sends the listener photos of them via LINE. One day when they went to her house, they saw some cacti and thought were cute all clustered together. They held it in their hands and it seemed as if it was growing. The band laughs and is kind of confused by this. The listener says that when they told their mother this, she laughed and said she had been watering it for a long time. The band says that's cute. RINA says that her mom had been taking care of a small cactus that she and her siblings had given to her as a birthday present in the kitchen, but over the years it grew into a very tall cactus. HARU says that small cacti like golf ball cacti look like golf balls at first but will look different as they grow. MAMI says that HARU seems to have a knack for raising things and mentions the turtle her family had. HARU laughs and says that the turtle did live for a long time for over 30 years.

•MAMI reads the next message from a listener who says that their queen in their black cat Coco. She can be selfish and cleverly takes over a warm bed that another cat was sleeping on when the other cat moves, but when another cat tries to get on the bed or sofa where she's sleeping, she'll cat-punch it. And even though she sleeps on top of the listener, when they try to pet her she runs away. Although she's selfish, she'll sometimes bare her belly and let the listener pet her. When they go to the vet, she buries her face in their armpit, shivering and with her butt sticking out. She's a 15-year-old grandma queen with a very cute side to her. The band says that's adorable. RINA says that cats are tsundere types, after all. HARU says that she's extremely cat-like. MAMI laughs and says that hiding her face but not her butt is very cute. TOMO says that's nice that it sounds like they have many cats. MAMI says she wishes Coco lives a long life.

•RINA reads the next message from a listener who talks about Season 2, Episode 49 and says that as she listened to the person who sent in the message of not liking herself, she thought of how she also doesn't like herself. She's a childcare worker who doesn't think she's doing her job well, and she ends up thinking the kids aren't cute, or that she's useless and not needed, or that they're better off without her. But she hopes that she can gradually learn to love herself with the band's words in mind. She knows it'll take time, but she'll do her best and thanks them. RINA says that she got a lot of feedback on that episode, such as messages on Instagram. She was reminded again that everyone is dealing with similar feelings on a daily basis. As she said in that episode, she thinks it's really important to be kind to yourself as well. HARU says when they get messages like this, people can realize that they're not alone in their thinking. RINA says we should all accept each other.

•HARU reads the next message from a listener who has been struggling with this for the last 14 years: When they went to karaoke with someone they used to date, the listener was so tone-deaf when singing that the person asked them, "Are you chanting?" After that, the listener found it difficult to sing in front of people, and can only sing in front of people they're close to (who would not hate them even if they know they're tone-deaf). They ask the band if they could give them some advice about how they can learn to sing in public. RINA is surprised there are people (like their SO) who would say something like that. TOMO says that it's likely never the case that someone wouldn't like someone else because they're tone-deaf. RINA says no, but it hurts a lot and makes you afraid to sing. HARU says that she thinks the person who said that to the listener is nonsense. TOMO says that it's possible it could have been meant as a joke if they were very close to each other. HARU says that the listener was hurt by it, though.

•HARU also tells a story of how in middle school there was a girl the same age as her that wanted to be a singer but wasn't very good at first. However, she loved karaoke so much that she went almost every day for fun, or even by herself. By going there every day, she got really good at singing. TOMO says that's a good story. HARU says that maybe the listener could do the same by going to karaoke by themselves. MAMI says that if you're aware of yourself, you can become better. RINA says that she knows how scary it can be to have that happen even once. She's not a very good singer herself and is a little scared of singing, which she thinks comes from being a little traumatized from her school and audition days. She doesn't know how to solve that, which is why she doesn't sing at all outside of work. She doesn't even go to karaoke for fun; she only sings when the band needs her to. She thinks the only way to get rid of those feelings a little at a time, though it is really hard to do. HARU suggests that the listener decides on one song to sing and commit themselves to getting good at singing it, so when they go to karaoke with someone, it'll be nice to be able to sing that song well. MAMI says they can ask their friends to help them practice or go to karaoke with those who can sing well. HARU says that to be realistic, they could record themselves singing and then analyze it. They agree that the listener should try going to karaoke to practice alone at least once.

•TOMO starts reading the next message and reads the line "New segment about people with godlike powers." She pauses, laughs, and asks what that's about. Ono begins to mention gods and HARU and MAMI seem to remember. MAMI says that they had asked in a previous episode that they asked people with "godlike powers" to send in messages. TOMO goes, "So we named that segment 'People with godlike powers.'" There's a pause before Ono laughs and says they didn't. TOMO continues to read the message. The listener says that they've been baking for a long time, and even though they usually keep their bread completely cold, it starts to warm up when they touch it. It feels like they're turning bright red and their blood is flowing through them. They say they also know a hairdresser who sometimes gets their strength sucked out of them when they touch a client's hair, and can tell a person's state of mind and body just by touching their hair. They ask the band if they've gained any divine power during their 17 years of being a band, such as being able to hear sounds that people usually cannot, or being able to understand what birds are saying. TOMO laughs and asks what's up with this person. HARU says that maybe they're someone with godlike powers. RINA says that maybe the sound thing could be related to an occupational hazard. Ono asks if they know what birds are saying. They laugh and MAMI + TOMO say they don't. They ponder and then say that they don't really have any 'powers.' TOMO asks Ono if a lot of people have sent in messages for this new supposed segment. Ono says a lot of people have. TOMO says that as they listen to stories of people with godlike powers, the moment may come when the band also realizes the powers hidden within them.

*As always, you can send in a message to the program here.

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11th Album - 「LUMINOUS」 - Fri Mar 15, 2024 9:04 am

"Watashi-tachi" will be aired for the first time tomorrow March 16 on FM802's "SATURDAY AMUSIC ISLANDS -MORNING EDITION-" during the 8 am block.

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MAMI completes the Osaka Marathon! A listener who was motivated by this decides to try something?

Season 2, Episode 50 blog

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HARUNA: This time...we'll just be reading messages. We have less than 10 days until the release of our new album LUMINOUS...

RINA: It's almost here.

HARUNA: Let's read some "Quminous" messages!


MAMI-chan! Good job running the Osaka Marathon.

All: Good jobー

MAMI: Thank you!

I'm glad you were able to complete the race without any injuries! I wasn't able to be there to cheer you on, but I was moved by tracking your run online that I couldn't stand still and decided right then and there that I wanted to try something, too! The week after the full marathon, I decided to take on the challenge of riding around Lake Hamana on my bicycle!

What MAMI-chan did is a billion times more difficult, though I don't mean to compare one challenge to another. Ever since I became a SCANDAL fan, I've always looked up to you four who always remember stay positive and take on challenges, and that has been my guiding principle in life ever since I became a fan of SCANDAL.

I've been on a diet lately so I've been trying to avoid sweets, but on this particular day, I had my favorite chocolate banana as a reward!! It was delicious!

Not only this time, but whenever I've been troubled or had a hard time in my life, you've always shown me the future and shined a light on me.

I have not been able to give anything back, but I will continue to support you in your life, even if it's only in a small way!

All: Thank you!

TOMOMI: I wonder how long it takes to go around Lake Hamana. Doesn't that sound impressive?

HARUNA: Even if they say it's "just" biking...

TOMOMI: It must be tough.

RINA: I wonder how many hours it takes.

HARUNA: I wonder.

RINA: There's also Lake Biwa, right?

HARUNA: There is.

TOMOMI: Lake Biwa is huge.

RINA: Is there an event where you cycle around Lake Biwa... I don't know.

Staff: It says that one trip around Lake Hamana is 71 km/44 miles.

All: 71 kilometers!? Lake Hamana!?

TOMOMI: That's tough!


RINA: I wonder how long it takes to bike it?

MAMI: Isn't that really difficult? Didn't their legs get swollen? Were they okay?

Staff: The estimated time required is 4 hours and 44 minutes.

RINA: Ehー? That's tough.

HARUNA: They're doing something totally amazing.

TOMOMI: Good job!

RINA: Good workー

MAMI: Good work!

TOMOMI: But they were inspired by MAMI-chan.

HARUNA: Yeah, they did it the following week.

MAMI: That's amazing.

TOMOMI: It is.

MAMI: I think it's amazing that they were able to decide to do something now and take action.

HARUNA: It really is amazing.

TOMOMI: Oh, I did sit-ups too! After seeing MAMI-chan running the full marathon.

MAMI: Eh, did you work hard on your sit-ups?

HARUNA: You were definitely influenced.

TOMOMI: I was, and I was moved!

【Radio Rip】Fanfare - Thu Mar 14, 2024 2:21 am

【Radio Rip】Fanfare

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【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt』 - Season 2, Episode 49

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•The episode starts with this.

•TOMO reads the next message from a listener who is 40 and has been playing darts as a hobby for 16 years, and will be participating in the qualifying round of the soft darts world tournament. The preliminary round is an online match where you compete against competitors and professional players from all over the country, and after winning the first round and the second round, the final round is a tournament to decide who will be the finalist to participate in the main event. In the main tournament, you compete in a tournament against top-ranked men's pro players, women's pro players, and winners of overseas tournaments. If you win and become number one in the world, you will receive a prize of 10 million yen ($68,000 USD). Their dream is to participate as an amateur in this tournament, which is attended by professional players that they've admired for many years, and to become number one in the world. The band says that's impressive and also wonder what soft darts are. RINA guesses that the tips are soft. They say they don't really know much about the darts world, but they have played darts before at places like bars and backstage at festivals. They laugh and say they've never met anyone who was good at it, though it's likely most people they've seen had been tipsy while playing. They say they're cheering the listener on and hope they can be the best in the world.

•MAMI reads the next message from a listener who says there's something they're too embarrassed to tell anyone: they can't ride a bicycle, partially because they're not too athletic and also because they gave up practicing when they were little. They actually bought a bike two years ago and tried to practice at the park at night but gave up. They tell people they're really close to, but they just say that it's okay. The listener also thinks it's okay because they have a driver's license, but they get a strange feeling when they see kids or adults riding bikes around town. They ask the band what they would think if someone their age told them they can't ride a bike. They also ask them for a pouch for their birthday so that they can put their car keys in it. The band laughs and says they'll give it to them. MAMI says that they can eventually put a bike (lock) key in there. HARU says the band could practice with them, with the listener having asked about practicing riding a bike. They laugh and RINA says that the listener would be under a lot of pressure with the four of them watching. HARU says that it might be better to do the same thing people usually did when they were little where your parents took off your training wheels and they would hold you in the back. RINA says that they already have a sense of fear regarding riding a bike and think that they can't do it, so it's best to get rid of that mindset first. HARU says that it must be hard to practice alone in the park as an adult if you think someone might be watching you. TOMO says that it might be a good idea to try out an e-bike, which is easier to ride, to get a feel for it, and then try riding a regular bike. MAMI says that she doesn't think riding a bike has anything to do with athleticism. HARU says that you just have to get a feel for doing it.

•RINA asks if any of them have ridden a bike recently. HARU says no. MAMI says no as well, but the last time she rented a bike, she was able to ride it like normal. RINA says that she thinks it's important to not feel like you're not good at it, but even if they're not able to do it in the end, it's fine to just drive their car, and geting a license is many times more impressive. MAMI says that it's not the same feeling as driving, though. Even if you haven't driven for a month, you'll still be able to drive. TOMO says that she thinks riding a bike is similar to walking since you don't think about how to walk. Once you learn how to ride a bike, you don't think about how to do it afterwards. You don't remember the first time you walked as a baby, but you probably practiced hard enough to finally be able to walk. That's why you shouldn't give up on practicing. MAMI says that maybe they could first practice on a stationary bike like those found at the gym. RINA says that it isn't dangerous, after all. HARU wonders if they would be able to get a sense of balance like that. RINA says while laughing that there's this horse-like thing you can experience. The others aren't sure what she means until HARU asks if she's talking about the 'rodeo' ones (I think they're talking about mechanical bulls). They laugh at this but don't think that would help. MAMI says that unless they first step on a bike pedal, they won't be able to move forward. And if they don't move forward, they won't be able to balance. TOMO says that if you're scared, you won't be able to pedal at first. MAMI says that this is a pretty lively convo, which makes the others laugh. HARU says that they want the listener to do their best and be able to ride a bike. TOMO says the first step is the scariest, which they all agree with. They ask the listener to let them know if they make any progress.

•There's then a pause before they go, "What?" and MAMI seems to read this from their script: "Although you've never spoken about it, what is something you can't do?" HARU says that she can't whistle. RINA says that she doesn't think she can either. MAMI says that she can whistle but not change the pitch. RINA says that she thought a high percentage of people who can sing well can also whistle well. HARU says that she can't. RINA says that she thought she could do it well. MAMI says that TOMO can whistle. HARU says that she doesn't know how to whistle. She then seems to try whistling but all that's heard is what sounds like a quiet breeze. They laugh and HARU says it's just the wind. RINA asks if she's trying to cool something down. TOMO says it sounds like the window's open a bit. MAMI says that she herself was able to whistle better in elementary school. TOMO seems to try and a whistling sound does come out a bit. She says she used to be able to whistle melodies but it's not possible for her anymore. Another attempt at whistling is heard, and seems to be coming from MAMI. They laugh at this. RINA says that whistling's difficult to do. MAMI tries whistling again and RINA says she's doing it. MAMI says that she can only whistle this note, though.

•HARU asks if there's anything else they can't do. MAMI says she's really bad at ball games like baseball and softball, and can only really catch a ball about as big as her head. RINA says that's really surprising. MAMI says that she can't catch them and don't know where they'll fall. She'd always get hit in the face and get a bloody nose. HARU says that she's probably been traumatized by that and she's convinced that she won't be able to catch it. MAMI says she probably can't see it the moment she'd be able to catch it because it blocks her vision. When she looks at it, it hits her in the face. HARU says that maybe she's seeing the ball right to the end, but perhaps not. MAMI says that she doesn't know the distance between the racket and ball when playing tennis, for example. RINA says that it's more like you're using the racket as an extension of your hand. MAMI asks if it's like she's trying to touch it with her hand. RINA says yes, and that it's all about feel.

•TOMO says that she's rather unsure of her sense of distance. She bumps into people and doesn't notice when she drops things. Her iPhone flies off so often that she wonders sometimes if it's even still working. She doesn't know why this is and says there's something wrong with her hands, and that her senses are dull. HARU says that she kind of gets that, though. RINA says that she's amazing when it comes to the playing the bass, though. TOMO goes, "Am I even playing the bass?" They all laugh hard. HARU says she's a prodigy. MAMI says that she seems to be okay when she drives and doesn't come close to bumping into anything. TOMO says that she does when she rides a bike, though. MAMI says something about once having to hold her hand while walking to keep her going straight (it's hard to understand since they're all kind of talking and laughing at the same time). TOMO says that there are lines on the ground when driving, so if there could always be lines on the ground when she's walking, then she could probably walk straight without having to depend on others. RINA laughs at how narrow the lines would be. HARU says that she'd probably be okay if she walked in bike/pedestrian lanes. TOMO thinks so as well. RINA says that there are tons of things they can't do, and jokes that it really feels like they're in a band and barely getting by with what they are able to do. MAMI says she doesn't know if they're doing a good job or not. RINA goes, "What do you think, guys?", directing this to the fans. They all laugh. HARU says that they're probably good at being SCANDAL, which they laugh and agree with. TOMO says that what SCANDAL can do and what the band members can do are two different things. They all agree.

•RINA reads the next message from a listener who is encouraged by the messages that SCANDAL puts out every year on March 8, International Women's Day. She feels that SCANDAL is always there for each and every one of their fans, regardless of gender or age. When she hears that they're proud to be women and in an all-girl band, and then sees their message on IWD, it pushes her to take better care of herself. She says she don't like who she is. She's not pretty, slim, confident in herself, or knowledgeable--she has so many negative aspects about herself that she can't even begin to list them all. Even so, every time she gets a message from SCANDAL, she's reminded that it's okay to accept herself more and she feels relieved that she is who she is. March 8 is also her birthday. RINA pauses, laughs, and says this is getting kind of heavy. The listener says that every year she takes the liberty of thinking that SCANDAL's IWD message is a birthday message to her. She's also come to love mimosas. RINA's voices starts wavering and says that she's starting to cry. The listener says it'll take her a long time to love herself, but thanks to SCANDAL, she's sure she'll love herself a little bit more every time her birthday comes around. She thanks them for all of their love.

•The band thanks the listener. RINA says she really doesn't want the listener to say that they don't like herself, and that she thinks she's a really good girl. When they send out a slightly sensitive message like their IWD ones, they find themselves thinking about how difficult it is to choose the right words and how to send them out. She says she's so glad they kept going without stopping. The listener is from the same generation as the band and right now is likely a point in time when her life will change a lot and has to deal with a lot of conflicts, so being able to to be kind to yourself is really cool and important. Since the listener has this kind of heart that can write something like this for the band, RINA wants her to direct that love towards herself as well. Although she's never met her and doesn't know what she looks like or what her body shape is, she thinks she's really cute and cool no matter what. Of course there's beauty in delicate things, and there are some clothes that can worn because you have the right physique for it, bit there's nothing cooler and more beautiful than living a life where you love every minute of it. She's really happy that their message and music resonate with her mentality, and that RINA's the one that should be thanking her. She says she's really adorable.

•MAMI says that she doesn't think there's any difference between who's pretty, who's cool, or who's not. It may seem like everyone's looking at you, but they probably aren't. People don't look at others as much as you think they do. That's why MAMI's been thinking a lot lately that it's all about self-satisfaction. It's okay to wear what you think is cute, or put on makeup that you think is cute. She used to be overweight, which is why she understands how the listener feels. RINA asks if it has to do with wanting to lose weight. MAMI says that it was more that she had to lose weight and was always told to lose weight. RINA says that was what the 'right' thing to do was when they first debuted, and the world back then wasn't one where people could talk about lookism like is done now. It was like the thinner you were, the more successful you were. HARU and RINA agree that that was how things were. MAMI had always thought of herself as overweight, so when promo photos were taken, they would make her appear thinner. But since she was pretty rebellious, she would say things like she was going to lose weight but never did. The others laugh and RINA says that's nice. MAMI was concerned about that back then but wasn't so concerned that she thought her life would be over if she didn't lose weight. Now, we're living in an era where there's a lot more diversity, and that all body types are good. RINA says that that's been true for thousands of years, but it's only recently that everyone's starting to finally realize that.

•TOMO says that being cute or cool is all a matter of taste and is up to each person, so it's best to stick to your own preferences and be who you want to be. MAMI says that Kuromi (a Sanrio character) always says to be the person you want to be. They laugh at this. TOMO says that that's what Kuromi does enjoy saying the most. MAMI says that Kuromi is cute because that mentality makes her cute. RINA says that instead of thinking of yourself in terms of negatives that make you feel bad about yourself, change your way of thinking so that you can enjoy the process of becoming more like what you want to be. But if you find something you surprisingly like about yourself, leave it as it is. She wants you to make yourself the kind of person you want to be so that you can become more beautiful as you get older. HARU says that she thinks it's normal to compare yourself to someone else--she does that as well. It's something that happens every day, so it's not a bad thing at all. It's totally normal to feel bad about yourself, so just try to choose what you like as much as possible. If you accumulate a lot of happiness, even in trivial things like "I'm glad I ate this today" or "I'm glad I bought these clothes," she thinks you'll feel fulfilled.

•MAMI says that there's sure to be a lot of people who aren't able to send this kind of message, no matter how much they love themselves or think they're cute, so taking that first step like the listener is something special. TOMO says that what the listener thinks isn't something exceptional; it's something that everyone thinks but doesn't say. So don't think you're unhappy because you don't like yourself, because everyone's the same. She thinks it'd be good for her to try something that'll make her like herself. RINA says because the band's job is one where they're able to send messages like this, that they want to break this kind of binding spell, even if just a little bit, that people have on them. MAMI says that she thinks there are a lot of people who can relate to this message, so they're really grateful that the listener sent this in. RINA says that she really hopes that SCANDAL's music will give people confidence. She hopes that when people hear their words and music, it'll be like a switch that helps to ease peoples' hearts and minds.

•They then close out the episode. HARU says they read quite a lot of deep content today. RINA laughs says that there were so many kinds of messages, and that she wasn't expecting to go from talking about bikes to crying.

*As always, you can send in a message to the program here.

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11th Album - 「LUMINOUS」 - Wed Mar 13, 2024 9:35 am

"Fanfare" will be aired for the first time tomorrow March 14 on J-WAVE's "STEP ONE" radio program during the 11 am block.

Also, a teaser video for "Fanfare" was posted to SCANDAL's YouTube channel:

And if you pre-save LUMINOUS on Spotify or Apple Music, you can download this wallpaper.
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RINA's "Watashi-tachi" Lyrics Essay - Mon Mar 11, 2024 8:00 pm


#2 - RINA's "Watashi-tachi" Lyrics Essay

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It's the middle ground of nurturing feelings knowing that they will not bear fruit.

On March 20, 2024, SCANDAL will release their new album LUMINOUS! This is their 11th album in total and their first in two years since their previous album MIRROR, and contains 11 songs including singles "Highlight no Naka de Bokura Zutto" and "Line of sight" released last year; as well as "Anata e," co-written with Rhythmic Toy World; and "Plum," co-written with EOW.

Four lyrics essays by SCANDAL will be posted! This is the second one, written by RINA about the song "Watashi-tachi" (私たち; Us). When looking back on unreleased lyrics, she realized again that she liked the protagonist in this one. This song can only be delivered now that she's more mature than back then. Please enjoy this essay along with the lyrics.

Fruitful love and unfruitful love.
What is the borderline between the two?
Even if I try to vaguely recall various memories, I can't find an answer.

I looked back at unreleased lyrics I had written over the years and found them interesting.
I found myself thinking, "I didn't realize I was thinking this," or "I remember I wrote about this," and felt that nothing had changed.

Among those, there was one that I still liked the worldview and stance of.
The girl in those lyrics wore her favorite blouse; had people she held dear; and while regretting and making amends, she made herself shine.

I'll always love a girl who lives her life like that. She doesn't have to fall in love to make someone happy. That's why, as I hope that everyone will be rewarded in life, my heart tightens as I see the strength and fragility there.

When I wrote these lyrics, I thought it was missing an ending, an answer, or something to lead the listener.
And yet, when I reread them now, for some reason it feels as if they were completed a long time ago.
Perhaps it's because, now that I'm a fully grown adult, I've come to feel that feelings and situations in the middle, which are ambiguous and not black & white, are one form and one answer.
In fact, it seems like there are very few things that can be neatly divided.

I decided to add my own reasons for this. Perhaps because I spent my childhood in a town without the sea, going out to see the sea has become a very special and favorite time for me. When I look at the sun and the waves, I am enchanted by the two different glimmers that complement each other. I also realized that they'd never intersect while each of them shine brightly.

In any case, I often write songs with an emphasis on freshness, but I think there are songs like this that can finished by combining a piece from several years ago with current feelings.
I'm happy I was able to sublimate them properly.

It's the middle ground of nurturing feelings knowing that they will not bear fruit. I'm glad I could write a song about such a sad and lovely feeling.


【Translated Summary】"Yoru SCA ~Live streaming just before the release of LUMINOUS~" #2

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•They start off the stream by congratulating MAMI on finishing the recent Osaka Marathon. MAMI thanks them and says she didn't think they'd start off the stream with this. RINA asks how it was. MAMI mentions how there was site where people could track runners and leave comments, which many people did and left messages of support for her. She couldn't see them while running but did after, and she was really moved by them and thanks everyone who did so. HARU says that the weather was really bad in Osaka that day (it was raining the entire time). She also brings up how both she and MAMI ran that marathon several years ago, but that was when it was held in November instead and so she figures that the weather was completely different than how it was then. MAMI says that the temperature was something like 2°C/36°F starting from a day or two prior, but it did go up a bit and she felt like it was kind of warmer during the marathon. She says it was a good experience. HARU asks how her legs are, and how she's feeling. MAMI says that she didn't have muscle pain but her knees did hurt; it was difficult to climb stairs after. HARU says that a lot of people are also saying good work in the comments. MAMI thanks them. HARU says some are saying that her stamina's amazing. MAMI says that she mostly walked, though, and walked all the way towards the end. She also ran together with a staffer from their team. They look at the comments a bit more again and HARU says there are some asking if this is pre-recorded. She says it's actually live and they're reading comments as they're posted in real time.

•They then start discussing LUMINOUS. HARU says that in the previous stream they gave an overview of the album, and this time they'll be talking about a benefit included in the album that was recently announced. This infographic is then shown on screen that explains that a paper with a serial number will be included inside of the album, which you will be able to enter within a 6-day time span (March 19-25) online. It is a lottery system where there will be a total of 80 winners: 50 winners will be invited to a meet-and-greet with SCANDAL in Tokyo on April 29, and 30 winners will receive an autographed LUMINOUS B2 poster. Also, there is a 'prize' for everyone who applies, which is a SCANDAL message video. RINA says that they just recorded it the other day. HARU says that they recorded a pretty long one. RINA says that they were told to talk for around 30 seconds but ended up talking for around 3 minutes instead. HARU says that each of them talked a lot. RINA says that they were overflowing with things they wanted to say.

•Next, they mention how the trailer for the album was released the previous day and start playing it in the background. RINA says that it feels great and makes them feel relieved when an album is completed, but it always feels like it's truly complete when everyone gets to listen to it and people tell the band what they think. She says that there are a lot of songs that were challenging  sound-wise, such as with "LOOP" and "Gunjou pleats." HARU says that it seems like "LOOP" is catching on with a lot of people so far. RINA says that they were able to play to their hearts' content and to their fullest with this being an album-only song. She thinks it's a song that they'll be able to play around with it live, so she's looking forward to everyone getting to listen to the entire song. HARU says that "LOOP" and "Gunjou pleats" are completely different from each other in many ways, which is why having such a wide range on the same album is one of the things you can enjoy about SCANDAL. RINA says, "As usual," and laughs. HARU says that there are probably some people who are hearing the clip of Gunjou right now and understanding the vibe of it, and RINA says that when listening to the full version of it, you'll get the impression that it has some tricky parts to it, and she feels that people will think it's really interesting.

•HARU then brings up the 10th track, which is "1:47." She says that the way to read it is "Ichi-Yon-Nana" (One-Four-Seven). RINA says that it's okay for her to say the reason why she chose that title. HARU says it was 1:47 when she finished typing the lyrics into her phone during the demo stage of this song, which is why it ended up being named as such. RINA says that sometimes you have tentative titles in mind when you write lyrics, but when you don't, only the time will be displayed and you decide to just go with it. MAMI says that this happened once before for her as well, and the time then was 2:56. She says that's late, which HARU laughs and agrees with. TOMO says that they're all night owls. RINA says that she'd like to be the type that can write lyrics in the morning. HARU says that it's pretty difficult to write in the morning; after all, even if you write lyrics at night, there are often times when you look at them in the morning and it just doesn't feel right. RINA says that there aren't any songs she's written at 8 am, which makes HARU chuckle. MAMI says that maybe it'd count if you happened to stay up all night without sleeping.

•They ask TOMO if there are any other questions people have been asking. TOMO looks at them for a few seconds and reads one that asks, "When do you actually sleep?" The band laughs. TOMO says that there are times when they don't sleep at all. RINA says that when they're doing song production is when their usual lives really get disrupted, and there are times when they wonder what other country's time zone they're currently living in. MAMI says that they didn't really sleep when they were working on "Fanfare." TOMO says that she seriously only slept for around 6 hours in a week. They laugh and HARU says was really worried. TOMO says she really did die, and that she's just glad she's alive now somehow. RINA says there are times when songs can be written right away, and that there's a big difference between them. HARU says that they're more careful when they write about themselves. They have so many thoughts that it takes a long time to organize them, and she's sure the same was true for "Fanfare." TOMO says that it was written as she thought about the band after setting a Guinness World Record. It gave her the opportunity to think about the future and the four of them, and it really felt like were giving themselves a hug. TOMO demonstrates this by partially hugging herself but accidentally touches the mic clipped to her top. She wonders if it's okay and speaks into the mic. HARU asks her if she's doing ASMR. They laugh at this. TOMO says she's glad she managed to write it all down, and that it was very meaningful for her to be able to capture these feelings in the form of a song at this time.

•HARU then mentions "Plum" and "Anata e," and that the latter song has MAMI singing on it, as heard in the trailer. She says that these songs were made in collaboration with EOW and Rhythmic Toy World, which made things feel a bit fresh again. MAMI says that they're simply fans of the bands and like their individualities, which is very they're very satisfied with these songs that have so much of that essence infused into them. RINA says that they had come to the recordings as well. TOMO says that it was a good learning experience for them since the bands came up with ideas that they never would have on their own. It was also a lot of fun and felt fresh to include songs that weren't composed by SCANDAL for the first time in a long time. RINA says they're really good songs. HARU agrees and says they're still proper SCANDAL songs, too. MAMI says while laughing that this started with her just wanting to sing a Rhythmic Toy World song. HARU says that it really suits them. MAMI says that she's always thought they had some similarities with SCANDAL, which is why she was happy getting to work with them. She's sure that the people who listen to their music would also really like RTW's music as well. Their concerts are also fun. She'd like to see that connection grow, and asks fans to check out both bands.

•HARU says that she had seen a comment in the chat saying that you pronounce EOW as "Ay-Oh." RINA says that they've known one of them since their dance school days. TOMO says that that's Laco, the vocalist of EOW. She's been friends with her since Laco was in the 5th grade (10 years old) and TOMO was in 7th grade (12 years old). They're basically family to each other--they're so close that their families get together and go to karaoke on New Year's Day. For 20 years, they had been talking about wanting to work together someday after growing up, so being able to work together at this time in the form of writing a song together has truly been a treasured time. HARU says that they and Laco went to Caless together, and it really feels like this song was written by people from the same school. TOMO says it's because they have the same roots. While recording, she felt that the songs they learned during lessons at the school were ingrained into them. HARU says it felt really nostalgic. TOMO says that Laco is currently in New York for auditions open to everyone. HARU is surprised that she went there for that with no live performances planned. TOMO says she'd like for people to take a look at Laco's Instagram (@laco_eow) for a diary of her trip, which had made her cry at how hard she's working. MAMI says that there are videos of her listening to real gospel music, which is part of their roots, live. She says that when you see something like that, the way you listen to it changes. She thinks it's really wonderful and can't stop looking at her IG; she even posted a lot of comments on her IG lives, which makes the others laugh. TOMO says Laco went to amateur night auditions at the Apollo Theater, which happened to be during when she was there, and lined up from morning to participate in it. Just singing at the Apollo Theater was a huge dream of theirs at the school. As Laco was singing and about to sing the bridge, they told her that was enough. She wrote on IG about how frustrating it was for her, and just reading it brought tears to TOMO's eyes. She says that Laco really is working hard, and says that she hopes people will listen to EOW and also check out Laco's IG. She also adds, "Look forward to 'Plum'!" They laugh and HARU says they can't wait for everyone to hear the entire album.

•RINA says that it's because they've all been able to continue as musicians and people involved in music that they were able to make this happen. There are so many things they've learned since their school days, and that's why it's an indescribable feeling to know that they've been able to make this happen. She says it turned out to be a really great album. She adds that it's been a long time since they've made music with the help of other people than the four of them. For several years now, they've been putting a lot of emphasis on doing their part as a group of four, so she thinks they made the right decision to value the things they cultivated during that period. From here on she wants to play more freely and enjoy making and performing music. The way they created LUMINOUS is a step towards that, and it's an album that really unravels them through the melody and lyrics. HARU says that they've reached a point where there are no restrictions other than the fact that they're performing as SCANDAL. RINA says that they truly feel like they can do anything they want. HARU says that this album will be the start of their year, so they hope that their fans will understand how the four of them feel and look forward to seeing what they'll do this year.

•HARU looks at the comments and says there's a comment saying that they'll follow SCANDAL wherever they go. The band says thanks. They also see and read some comments that say which performances of the tour they'll be going to. They read one from someone saying they can only go to 4 performances. The band says that's impressive, though, and most people usually only go to one. RINA says they're really looking forward to the tour and wonder how it'll go. TOMO says there are a lot of challenges sound-wise, so they're not sure how everything will sound in these smaller venues. On this tour in particular they'll be playing at really small venues (the smallest only has a 200-person capacity!), so there will be different ways of expressing what they can do in those small venues and what they can do at Zepp ones (larger venues they'll also be playing at on this tour, with capacities of about 1,800). That's why, even though it's the same tour, it might look different. HARU says it'll be a two-month long tour with changes in capacity as well as changes in the way they play the songs. It might be totally different at the end of the tour as opposed to the start of it.

•They also say how the merch for this tour is really cute and useful. TOMO reads a comment that says a jellyfish pouch could be likely. She says there isn't one. The band laughs hard. MAMI says that that sounds like a good idea, though. They look at the comments again and MAMI reads one that says they'd like a jellyfish umbrella. TOMO says there isn't one in their lineup, MAMI says that sounds good, and HARU says that there actually are jellyfish umbrellas that exist (like this). HARU says that people seem to want some kind of jellyfish merch. TOMO says that jellyfish are cute, which the others agree with. MAMI reads a comment that says they want a jellyfish keychain, and another that says a jellyfish plush. TOMO says they should have asked the fans about merch ideas. She looks at the comments and asks why people want jellyfish umbrellas so much--some are saying things like they want a parasol or a big umbrella. MAMI says that it's probably for the upcoming seasons (like the rainy season). HARU says they should make some umbrellas again one day. RINA wonders if they haven't made any umbrellas recently (they last did 5 years ago for Fuzzy Summer Mood). TOMO says that it's been a while, and that maybe it was 10 years ago (lol).

•MAMI then says that there's some 'important news' to read next and points it out on their sheets in front of them. The others laugh. HARU reads that will be posting comments from artists whom they had listen to the album, with the first artist being Yamamoto Hikaru (supporting bassist for YOASOBI). RINA says it makes her really happy she wrote so much in her comment. HARU says that they appeared at the same event last year and was originally part of a SCANDAL cover band called hikahoric (who won volume 5 of SCANDAL's Cover Band/Vocalist Contest in 2014). They had covered "Hi-Hi-Hi," which no other band in the contest had chosen to play before. HARU says that they'll continue to release these comments over the next few days. They also don't know what these comments say and who they're from as they were kept secret from the band and collected by their staff. RINA says they'll be enjoying it together with the fans. TOMO then says that Hikaru actually left a comment in the chat. They tell her thanks for watching the stream and for her comment. MAMI says that the comment's been pinned, which makes them all laugh.

•They say it's about time to wrap up this stream. RINA says that the release date is coming up soon and they're looking forward to everyone's thoughts about it and hope to welcome the release together. HARU says to look forward to the things that will be posted leading up to the release. The next stream will be on March 19 and will start at a different time of 11:30 pm JST. RINA says it'll be a true "Yoru SCA" (SCANDAL at night). TOMO says that it'll officially be the album's release day (March 20) right after the stream ends. HARU says that they'll countdown together with everyone. TOMO reminds her that there might be some people who will have already listened to it (since the album officially hits stores early on March 19, AKA 'flying get day').

•They read the comments a bit and RINA asks what people are saying. TOMO says that people really are waiting for more band scores. RINA says that they'll discuss it. TOMO then says it's screenshot time. They wonder what to do this time and ask the chat to tell them what to do. RINA adds while laughing to ask them to do something they can actually do. HARU reads some that say to do a jellyfish pose. The others ask what that is and TOMO puts her left first on top of her right hand and flexes her fingers downward. Watching this, HARU asks her what she's doing. RINA laughs and seems to get it, copying her pose. HARU and MAMI also follow suit. They wonder if it's okay. HARU reads comments in the chat that say that's not cute. They all laugh. MAMI reads a comment that asks them what the heck they're doing. She also says that there are comments saying to do heart hands or peace signs, so they do those. They end the stream by saying they'll see everyone on the last stream on March 19.

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#1 - MAMI's "Gunjou pleats" Lyrics Essay

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The theme song for my fantasy brand.

On March 20, 2024, SCANDAL will release their new album LUMINOUS! This is their 11th album in total and their first in two years since their previous album MIRROR. It will contain 11 songs including singles "Highlight no Naka de Bokura Zutto" and "Line of sight" released last year; as well as "Anata e," co-written with Rhythmic Toy World; and "Plum," co-written with EOW.

Four lyrics essays by SCANDAL will be posted! This is the first one, written by MAMI about the song "Gunjou pleats" (群青pleats; Ultramarine pleats). How did this song come into being, and what important thing did she realize when she fell into a songwriting slump...? Please enjoy this essay along with the lyrics.

A part of this song was written in 2019.

I love clothing, and if I ever started a clothing brand,
Would be a good name for it. Although I have no plans to start one, there was a time when I was just thinking of a brand name.

The song "Gunjou pleats" was originally written to be the theme song for this fantasy brand of mine.

Pleated skirts are cute yet mature, and they look completely different depending on the fineness of the pleats. If you're not careful they can lose their shape. I also love the delicate nature of them. I feel like the way pleats move reflects your mood that day, which I really like...haha

During the few years when the norm was no longer the norm, I couldn't write songs and wondered how I was going to keep my mental health in check,
But when I found this song written in 2019, I was reminded of the importance of the simple, uplifting moments of everyday life.

It made me realize that I was just like the lyrics of the song, and how amazing it is to get excited just by wearing something you like.

You have to take charge of your own mood.

To the me five years ago, thank you!

Now we can go out to many places, wear what we like, listen to what we like, eat what we like, do many things we like, and feel good about ourselves.

I too will breeze through the city in a pleated skirt. Feeling good about myself.


【Radio Rip】Gunjou pleats + Lyrics - Thu Mar 07, 2024 7:34 am

【Radio Rip】Gunjou pleats + Lyrics

The lyrics were released early on Uta-Net along with a lyrics essay, which can be found here.

Gunjou pleats ~ 群青pleats; Ultramarine pleats
Lyrics & Music: MAMI ~ Arrangement: Keita Kawaguchi

Itsuka dareka ga nanigenaku itta kotoba ga
Ima futo ukande
Tojikometeta hazu no kanjou ga koborete shimaisou
Konna watashi ja nakattara
Nante nankai omotta darou soshite nankai-me no ima darou
Mou sonna koto kangaenakute ii no tte
Ashita no watashi ga itteru

Mainichi no kurikaeshi no naka de iya na koto attatte
Nantokashite kita shi
Watashi wa sekai ni nante kaerarenai
Souyatte ikite kitan dakara

Kaisei no aozora ni odoraseta
Gunjou no puriitsu kyou wa
Itsumo yori sukoshi dake kakeashi de
Machi wo kaze kitte arukou
Taiyou wo mikata ni kao wo agete
Kinou no watashi yori massugu na
Kokoro de irareru you kono choushi de ikou

Itsumanika jibun no ruuru de kimetsuketa
Sukikirai ni tsumazuku
Arainagasenai kodowari shimi ya shiwa
Kore, mou haotterannaiwa

Me wo tojireba ukandeita hibi datte
Subete omoidasenai tooi kioku ni naru no
Hitsuyou ka hitsuyou ja nai ka kurai
Wakerareru reisei na kimochi de

Manten no hoshizora ni nabiiteiru
Gunjou no puriitsu yoru wa
Wake mo naku namida ga afuretemo
Sotto shite oitara ii no
Sonna toki mo tanjun na hitokoto de
Egao ni nareru kurai shinpuru na
Watashi ni umarete yokatta tte omou yo

Togattari yuraidari netsu wo obitari
Memagurushii kedo itooshii
Sono haato wo taisetsu ni shite

Kaisei no aozora ni odoraseta
Gunjou no puriitsu kyou wa
Itsumo yori sukoshi dake kakeashi de
Machi wo kaze kitte arukou
Taiyou wo mikata ni kao wo agete
Kinou no watashi yori massugu na
Kokoro de irareru you kono choushi de ikou


English Translation

Something that someone casually said one day
Came to mind
And the emotions that were supposed to be bottled up are about to spill out
How many times have I wished I wasn't like this
And how many times has it happened now?
I'll tell myself tomorrow
That I don't have to think about it anymore

Even if something bad happens as each day repeats
I'll manage to handle it
I can't change the world
That's how I've lived my life

Pleats of ultramarine
Danced in the clear blue sky
I'll breeze through the city
A little more briskly than usual today
With the sun on my side, I'll look up
I hope I can be more honest
Than I was yesterday, and keep going

Before I know it, I trip over
My own rules of likes and dislikes
Obsessions, stains, and wrinkles that can't be washed away
I can't wear these any longer

When I close my eyes, I can't remember
All the days that floated by - They become distant memories
With a calm mind that separates
The necessary from the unnecessary

Pleats of ultramarine
Fluttering in a star-filled sky
At night, when tears come for no reason at all
It's okay to let them go
Even during those times
I'm glad I was born simple enough
To be able to smile with just a simple word

Sharp, wavering, rousing
Dizzying but dear
Cherish that heart

Pleats of ultramarine
Danced in the clear blue sky
Let's breeze through the city
A little more briskly than usual today
With the sun on my side, I'll look up
I hope I can be more honest
Than I was yesterday, and keep going

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11th Album - 「LUMINOUS」 - Wed Mar 06, 2024 10:06 am

"Gunjou pleats" will be aired for the first time tomorrow March 7 on TOKYO FM's "THE TRAD" radio program, which will air from 3 pm JST.

Also, SCANDAL will be holding 1-day manager events at Tower Records across Japan on March 21 + 24.

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March 21:
-HARU @ Tower Records Fukuoka Parco (Fukuoka)
-MAMI @ Tower Records Nagoya (Nagoya)
-TOMO @ Tower Records Sendai Parco (Sendai)
-RINA @ Tower Records Abeno Hoop (Osaka)

March 24:
-All 4 members @ Tower Records Shibuya

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11th Album - 「LUMINOUS」 - Tue Mar 05, 2024 7:31 am

Yoru SCA #2 will be live streamed today from 9 pm JST (about 4 1/2 hours from the time of this post).

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11th Album - 「LUMINOUS」 - Mon Mar 04, 2024 4:46 pm

LUMINOUS trailer:

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A friend who has something that you don't have... Introducing "outrageous queen stories"!

Season 2, Episode 49 blog

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HARUNA: This time...we'll just be reading messages.
In celebration of our new album LUMINOUS on March 20, we have started a segment called "Queens of LUMINOUS," or "Quminous" for short. We've been receiving many "outrageous queen stories" about people you know.

Aoi (*26 years old)

For me, my friend Shi-chan is a Quminous. We connected because we'e fans of the same actress. We liked the same idols from the time we were in the upper grades of elementary school until we graduated from high school, and we became fans of SCANDAL around the same time. We have been going to SCANDAL concerts and events in Kansai together for about 6 years now.

We have a lot of similarities in our family structures and positions at home, so we are very comfortable together, but the thing I like most about her is that she is somewhat nonchalant. I tend to think deeply about many things, like whether I should do ___ in this case, but when I ask her for advice, she responds surprisingingly light-hearted about it, like, "Isn't that okay?"; she makes me laugh with her unique use of words; she goes "I dunno" (知らんけど; shinran kedo), which is very Kansai-like of her... I don't know why, but when she told me, "Well, just do your best" after listening to my problems, it felt more comforting than any other "Do your best" I'd ever been told. I always think that she has something that I don't have.

RINA: That's wonderful.

TOMOMI: They're a good friend. I don't think there are many people who have the same favorite thing for so long. I think it's rare.

RINA: It is very rare.

HARUNA: Yeah, they've been friends since elementary school.

RINA: I guess their interests really do match.

HARUNA: They're in their late 20s now. That's amazing.

RINA: It's a great thing to have someone by your side who understands you so well at a time in your life when you are going through a lot of changes. It's wonderful.

HARUNA: But I think Shi-chan is also helped a lot by Aoi, who is different from her.

RINA: You can tell that they support each other.

HARUNA: This kind of "Quminous" is great, isn't it?

RINA: It's really good.

(A staffer asks, "Do people in Kansai use 'Shiran kedo' a lot?")

RINA: I say it unconsciously, but it's not something you should pick up on, so I don't think it's appropriate.

HARUNA: But don't you say it a lot?

RINA: I do!?

HARUNA: I think you do.

RINA: That's so embarrassing!

HARUNA: I think you say it right away.

RINA: Really!? I'll be a little more aware of it...

【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt』 - Season 2, Episode 48

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•The episode starts with this.

•TOMO then guesses beef (*bzzt). MAMI guesses jalapeno (*bzzt). HARU guesses chocolate (*bzzt). RINA guesses wheat flour (*bzzt). MAMI guesses cactus (*bzzt). TOMO says they had eaten tacos for every meal when they were there and asks what were in them. RINA then guesses chicken (*bzzt). TOMO guesses pork (*bzzt), and then breaks down what the taco consisted of, starting with a corn tortilla. MAMI says there were some tacos with chocolate on them, and then guesses cabbage (*bzzt). HARU guesses onions (*bzzt). MAMI guesses tomatoes (*bzzt). She laughs and says, "You've gotta be kidding me!" TOMO guesses cheese (*bzzt). Ono says that they kind of were close earlier. TOMO then guesses chili peppers, which is correct. The others go, "Ahh." TOMO asks if that includes jalapenos, which Ono says that it seems to. The band says that "chile" being chili peppers does make sense. TOMO says she really wants to eat some tacos. HARU says she does, too. MAMI says she really want to eat jalapenos (lol). RINA says that Mexican dishes really suit Japanese palettes. MAMI says that what you usually think of when you hear tacos is the American version of them with ground beef in them (like Taco Bell tacos), but in Mexico they put the tortilla first, then the ingredients, and you can eat it with a fork and knife (lol idk about that). Ono then says that this question actually came from Meiji's site. RINA kind of repeats what MAMI says about tacos = American style tacos. HARU says that tacos sold at chain restaurants are usually American style. TOMO says that they didn't see any tacos with ground meat in them in Mexico. They also mention how they were given a lot of tequila and gave a lot of them to their staff, which they happily accepted.

•HARU reads the next message from a listener whose message was previously read, who is a Japanese person married to a Brazilian and had been planning to go to Brazil. They say that they went during the New Year's holidays and mention things like how they asked a local relative to find the churrasco place that SCANDAL had gone to. The quiz question is then read: "In Brazil, breakfast is called 'café da manhã,' but what does it mean when translated literally?" RINA guesses "ohayou no hitokuchi" (good morning sip/bite) (*bzzt), which HARU laughs at. TOMO guesses "coffee and sugar," in English (*bzzt). MAMI says that since "cafe" is in the name, it probably has something to do with coffee. HARU guesses "coffee and muffins" (*bzzt). TOMO guesses "coffee and milk" (*bzzt). RINA guesses "pancakes and black tea" (*bzzt). TOMO guesses "pao de queijo" (Brazilian cheese bread) (*bzzt). MAMI guesses "coffee and bread" (*bzzt). TOMO guesses "coffee and wheat" (*bzzt). Ono says that the "cafe" = "coffee" part is correct. TOMO guesses "sunny-side up eggs" (*bzzt). RINA guesses "sausage" (*bzzt), then "potatoes" (*bzzt). Ono then says that it's "___ coffee." MAMI guesses "morning coffee," which is correct. She goes, "That's correct?? Yay!" Ono says that this question also came from Meiji's site. They all laugh and say that everything can be found on their site. HARU reads a little more info that came from the site and mentions that fruit juice is also an indispensible part of breakfast. They all recall that the fruit juice they had there was really good. TOMO says it was so good that she thought she was going to die.

•HARU reads more info, which mentions pao de queijo, and says that it contains mandioca flour, which makes it very springy. MAMI goes, "What does 'mandioca' mean?" and asks it like a quiz question. TOMO guesses glutinous rice (*bzzt), which makes the others laugh. RINA guesses "flour that makes food springy" (*bzzt). TOMO guesses rice flour (*bzzt). Ono says that the word is actually defined on Meiji's site, which surprises them. HARU says that she happened to see the answer and info, and says that it was once a staple food of indigenous peoples. TOMO guesses taro (*bzzt). MAMI also seems to know the correct answer and says that she's close. TOMO then guesses satoimo (which is also taro, though lol) (*bzzt). TOMO then just says potato, and MAMI says that it is a potato. HARU says that it's something they've likely heard more about in recent years. TOMO goes, "What?" MAMI laughs and says that doesn't help. RINA guesses Japanese mountain yam (*bzzt), which makes everyone laugh (HARU: "What a refined answer"). RINA says that she thought that'd be the right answer. HARU says that it's used in something that's popular these days. TOMO and RINA are still confused by this. TOMO then guesses "maritozzi" (I think lol? which are Italian cream buns). There's a pause before the others laugh and say that that has been a popular item recently. MAMI laughs and says that's not a potato.

•HARU clarifies that it's something potato related that's used in something that's popular. TOMO says that she can't think of anything. HARU starts saying that it was probably more popular a little while ago, before TOMO suddenly goes, "Tapioca!" HARU goes, "Tapioca, what?" TOMO asks what tapioca is, anyway, and if it is a potato. HARU says that it's the potato used to make tapioca. RINA asks if it's a white potato, which HARU says it is. TOMO says that she thought tapioca was made from gelatin, and then wonders if gelatin comes from a potato (lol it's derived from animals). TOMO then guesses "konjac potato" (*bzzt). RINA asks if it's "___ potato." HARU says that it is. TOMO again guesses satoimo (taro) (*bzzt). HARU says that it's not really talked about in Japan. Ono says that they've likely heard about it before, though. TOMO and RINA try thinking of what tapioca is made of. TOMO says that she's surprised tapioca comes from a potato. Then, she goes "Ca-?" Ono says that it does start with "ca." They then just start saying words that start with that, like "cabinet." TOMO guesses "casket" (*bzzt). RINA laughs at this. MAMI says that it's "ca" plus the name of a fish (spoiler: she's referring to "saba" (サバ), which is mackerel). TOMO says "cagyo" ("gyo" means "fish") (*bzzt), which they laugh hard at. MAMI starts to explain something else when TOMO suddenly answers "cassava," which is correct. She goes, "I've never heard of it, though!", which they all laugh at. RINA says that she's never said it outloud before, and when she said it, that was the first time her mouth ever moved that way. They laugh. MAMI says that it resembles taro but is a different kind of potato.

•HARU reads the next message from a listener from the Philippines who mentions things like how they and their friends won first place in a digital art production contest at their school, which was scary at first since it was their first time collaborating with local friends. They had little experience collaborating before, which had been with online friends in far away countries. They say to also wish them luck as they're working on a piece to give to someone for Valentine's. The band says that's awesome they got first place. RINA wonders if designs created by AI were used. They also say that it's great how we live in an era where you can make art with people you've never met before, and wonder what kind of art they're making for Valentine's. Ono says that Meiji doesn't have a page about the Philippines on their site, so this is a question he made up especially for them. HARU starts reading it: "'Everyone loves Jollibee, but...' Wait, what does this say? 'Men'..." MAMI goes, "'Men'?" Ono takes a look at it and says that it says "menu." The others laugh and RINA says she was wondering what that 'men' was all about. HARU reads the question again: "Everyone loves Jollibee, but what is the local food 'palabok' on the menu?" HARU says that TOMO did go to Jollibee. RINA asks if she ordered it. TOMO says that she didn't. MAMI guesses sweet banana (*bzzt). RINA says that that does seem probable. TOMO says that the mango peach pie was delicious (*bzzt). RINA guesses fried chicken (*bzzt). TOMO guesses sweet meat sauce (*bzzt). MAMI guesses meatball (*bzzt). There's a slight pause before they ask if they're close. Ono says no. They laugh and say that he was making a face that seemed to indicate they were close.

•Ono says that this is a difficult one and that it's not a dessert food. TOMO guesses a hot sandwich (*bzzt). MAMI guesses salad (*bzzt). Ono tries to explain stuff to them and mentions that it's close to a Chinese dish. TOMO guesses bun (*bzzt). HARU guesses manju (*bzzt). MAMI guesses glass noodles (*bzzt). TOMO guesses yakisoba (*bzzt), then pad thai (*bzzt). RINA says beef. There's a pause before they all get excited and start clapping. Ono says that that's not an incorrect answer, and that it's "___ beef." TOMO guesses eggs and beef (*bzzt). HARU guesses tofu (*bzzt). RINA guesses chicken (*bzzt). TOMO guesses seafood (*bzzt), then onions (*bzzt). MAMI guesses garlic chives (*bzzt), and then vegetables. There's no buzzer sound played, which makes the band confused. MAMI then guesses ground beef (*bzzt). TOMO guesses cassava (*bzzt). MAMI laughs and RINA says that's definitely the right answer. Ono says that it describes the shape/size of the beef. TOMO guesses finely cut beef (*bzzt). HARU guesses soup (*bzzt). TOMO guesses ankake (basically refers to food covered in a thick starchy sauce), which is correct. Ono seems to show them photos of the dish. They say it looks good and would like to try it.

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The first "I see - The Catch up" in forever! What is "chile," an essential ingredient in Mexican cooking?

Season 2, Episode 48 blog

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HARUNA: This time we're doing... "I see - The Catch up"!

TOMOMI: We love this segment!

HARUNA: It's been a while.

TOMOMI: It's been a really long while, hasn't it?

HARUNA: Not since last summer.

RINA: That much time has passed, huh.

HARUNA: Last summer, too, it had been a while since we'd done "I see - The Catch up."

TOMOMI: Once every 2 cours.
(*1 cour equals 3 months)

RINA: That's right.

HARUNA: It seems like we've been doing it quite a bit, but at any rate, it's been a while.

RINA: Once is a lot.

HARUNA: "I see - The Catch up" is a quiz about world news and countries! Based on messages from overseas listeners, the staff comes up with quizzes related to the countries of the people sending n messages and ask the members questions. So far...we have delivered quizzes based on messages from Estonia, Malaysia, Argentina, Italy, Russia, USA, Australia, Philippines, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, and Hong Kong.

RINA: The number's growingー

HARUNA: We get to know a lot more about the world. Which countries will they be from this time? First, we'll read the messages.


Hi, im Tony from Mexico

This is my first time to send you a message and I am using a translator so I am sure there are many things wrong, but I was very happy to hear that SCANDAL has a new album and a new tour this year. I hope they will have a concert in my country, I want to go too, in 2015 and 2018 you already had concerts there, but at that time I was not yet a fan of yours, I was hoping MIRROR would have a date here, though that did not happen, hope to see more scandals this year and next!

(*Note: I translated this message to English through another translating service to retain the machine-translated feel)

All: Thank you very much!

TOMOMI: We'd like to go to Mexico tooー.

MAMI: We doー.

TOMOMI: I wonder what made them like us after 2018.

HARUNA: I wonder.

TOMOMI: There might have been some trigger related to Japan, like TV or magazines. If it's overseas...

RINA: YouTube? When we went to Mexico for the first time, we heard that many people came after watching our music videos on YouTube.

TOMOMI: I wonder if that's still true today. We don't update YouTube at all...only music videos.

HARUNA: There's no content that can be easily watched. (lol unfortunately, you guys are too naive)

TOMOMI: It'd be nice if there was more.

HARUNA: That's true.

RINA: If you hit upon a video and watch one, there are quite a few music videos to watch.

MAMI: There are quite a few.

TOMOMI: On the contrary, there are only music videos.

HARUNA: We made a few documentaries during the MIRROR era, so perhaps they watched them.

TOMOMI: We'd love to go back to Mexico.

Staff: SCANDAL fans overseas enjoy this program, too. That's why they send in messages.

HARUNA: That's true; if people want to know more about us, they could eventually end up here.

TOMOMI: But since we only talk in'd be difficult [for them to understand] even if they ended up here.

RINA: We're very grateful.

TOMOMI: Thank you very much.

HARUNA: Now then, let's start "I see - The Catch up" with a question about Mexico.

The essential ingredients for Mexican cuisine are corn, beans,
And "chile." Now then, what is "chile"?

TOMOMI: Chile??

MAMI: Chire!? Wait, wait, wait...avocado!

【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt』 - Season 2, Episode 47

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•The episode starts with this.

•TOMO reads the next message from a listener who says they're sending in a topic for Smental: When eating oden, which ingredient do you start from? Ono says to try and do it. HARU says that she has hers decided. RINA says that there's one that she usually starts with. MAMI says that she has two in mind. TOMO says that hers depends on her mood that day. MAMI then wonders what some of the official names are for the ingredients. RINA and HARU both say that theirs are very standard ones. Ono says they should try and match their answers. RINA says that the one she's thinking of is one she'd imagine about 90% of people would order when eating oden. They say they think they'll match up and all answer "Daikon" at the same time. HARU says that she hasn't eaten oden much this year. MAMI says she's hasn't eaten it. TOMO says that she's eaten it around 3 times. RINA says she's eaten it as well.

•MAMI reads the next message from a listener who says that they really sympathized with the recent story the band told about absorbing luck and say that they have similar experiences where something bad always happens to someone who treats her loved ones badly. An example would be mysterious leaks in the roof above the three people who treat her husband badly, and all those people sat in the different locations. Also, good luck always seems to happen to her loved ones. She's always had this kind of luck but wants to get rid of it since it scares her. She's also scared that she's the only one like that. HARU says that her mom is the same way, and lists an example of people working with her quitting right away. TOMO says that they're on a higher level than SCANDAL. The band just absorbs luck, but it's like these people are punishing bad guys. MAMI says that HARU's mom isn't the same as the listener. HARU says that her mom will wish things like "I wish they'd leave" and they usually do. TOMO says that the listener in particular is kind of close to being a god. MAMI says that maybe they were in a past life. They then talk about how it's the opposite for them with liking stores that seem to inevitably close down. RINA says that maybe they're pouring out a lot of twisted love, which they laugh at. They ask people who have these "godlike powers" to send in messages.

•RINA reads the next message from a listener who says that they spoke some power words in early 2024. They were worried about the environment of the place they'd been working at since the end of last year, and even after the start of the new year, they found themselves being consumed with work and exhausted by it. They came down with the flu at the start of the year, yet the owner gave them a tough schedule. The listener asked if they cared about their employees at all, and owner said they've never been told that before. The next day they talked and made peace, but the listener did eventually quit. RINA says that all built up and exploded when those words were said. TOMO says it takes courage to say something like that, and it's great when that courage improves things for others.

•Before HARU reads the next message, she goes, "What was 'Shunkan Plain,' again?" None of them remember what it is. TOMO says that they probably don't have this segment anymore. HARU then reads the message from a listener who sent in a message to the recent "Catch up" live broadcast for a "song you want a loved one to hear," which he dedicated to a follower of theirs, though the message + song weren't chosen to be aired. A few days later when they were feeling down, they were so happy to hear from their follower and told her about the message + song they sent in to express their gratitude for the follower. She said that she had actually done the same, and their messages ended up being almost the same. Although they live in different places and have never met in real life, they met on social media because of SCANDAL and are very important to one another. The listener was so happy that they couldn't put into words when they found out they both had written the same kind of thing. They say it's their dream to meet the follower at a concert one day. The band says that's lovely. HARU apologizes for not reading their message. They say they have several concerts this year, including their upcoming tour, so they'd love for them to come out and finally meet.

•TOMO reads the next message from a listener who lives in Kagoshima Prefecture and ask if they remember the call-and-response regarding a local commercial they did when SCANDAL went there on the 47-prefecture tour. They're referring to this commercial for a vocational school where one person asks, "Shourai, nani ni naru no? (What will you be in the future?)" and the other answers, "Koumuin (civil servant)." They say that the school hasn't showed the commercial for a few years now, but it's so ingrained into the bodies of people from Kagoshima that they'll definitely answer back if they were asked during another MC. They also give a tip to stretch out the "no" at the end. MAMI says, "We didn't absorb the luck out of the commercial, right?", which makes them all laugh. TOMO says that's possible. They laugh at how they were even given a tip to say it properly. TOMO says that they'd do this kind of local commercial call-and-response thing during their 47-prefecture tour, which made the crowds excited.

•MAMI reads the next message from a listener who saw TOMO's post from when she went to the Philippine and had Jollibee. They say also went to the Philippines and had Jollibee for the first time. TOMO says that Jollibee was great. HARU asks what she ate. TOMO says she got the kids meal because she wanted the toy of Jollibee that came with it. She says it came with some bright yellow 'clay' (was actually Play-Doh) but didn't understand the directions on how to do it (you put a piece of Play-Doh into the food mold on the figure's back, press it down, and put the Play-Doh on the figure's tray it's holding), so she asked fans via social media for help.

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Will be aired
At 2:05 am JST tonight✓

The members of Shingeki
Came to talk to us
At an event last year,
And this month they invited us to be on their program☺
So happy. Thanks!

Right after the taping
TiNA-chan invited me to go eat,
And we met up about 2 days? later♡ So proactive! haha
I'm very happy she's interested and fond of me
So cute ദി ᷇ᵕ ᷆ )

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The MC was Yoshi of [comedy duo] COWCOW!

It was a great time we created together
Looking back on stories of the past 17 years,
And talking about things unique to female groups✓

It looks like you can watch it free on this app,
So please check it out〜!

\ Look forward to ittttt!/
(*A Japan VPN is needed to view it)

It's still cold outside,
So please take care of yourselves♡


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【Translated Summary】"Yoru SCA ~Live streaming just before the release of LUMINOUS~" #1

•As the stream starts, the band explains that they are doing a total of 3 livestreams every other week to celebrate the release of their upcoming album LUMINOUS.

•HARU reads a comment that asked them if they ate. RINA says yes, and that they ate Yoshinoya. HARU says that they ate while deciding on the setlist for their upcoming LUMINOUS tour. TOMO says that it's such a good setlist that she doesn't know if they can pull off playing it (since it's so intense), and that it'll be a little different from what they usually do.

•They first show an infographic with the different album covers + tracklist on it. RINA starts talking about the Blu-ray+Merch Edition and holds it up to show it off. She mentions how the included long-sleeve shirt should fit men as well as women on the shorter side, and that the band chose which fabric and style the shirt should have. Next, they show what the set of 4-frame photo strips look like. RINA says that although she's not a part of the culture that collects this type of photo (referring to how these strips are usually associated with K-Pop groups), the other band members told her about them and she definitely thinks that physically having something like these gives you a different kind of enjoyment in addition to listening to the music. HARU says that it's not just the songs or music that are enjoyable, but also the things that accompany them such as the glittery cover of the edition and the photo strips. TOMO says while looking at the strips that they're on the bigger side. RINA asks how you would display them. TOMO says it's difficult to say. MAMI says you could put them in a photo strip holder. HARU says it'd be nice there are some that fit big strips like these. MAMI says you could also cut them up. RINA says to do whatever you'd like. HARU says that they're a little too big to put inside of a phone case. TOMO holds one up against the back of her phone, and it's about an inch longer. RINA says that you could probably do it if you have a phone that's on the bigger side.

•TOMO then wonders if they should show the other editions next. HARU looks down at the outline sheet in front of her while RINA says while looking past the camera [at the staff], "'Fanfare'?" TOMO starts to say that they've only introduced one edition so far, but HARU interrupts and says they actually had jumped way ahead. They all look at their sheets and start laughing. After the infographic was shown, they were supposed to talk about the new song "Fanfare" next instead of introducing the editions.

•They then talk about "Fanfare." HARU says that info related to the song has been released recently, such as how it will be the ending song for the anime "HIGHSPEED Étoile" that will start airing in April. HARU asks if they've already talked about the song and directs it more towards TOMO, presumably because she wrote the lyrics. TOMO goes, "About what?" RINA and HARU specify if they've talked about the production of the song and look towards the staff when they ask. The band all laughs and says that it's probably okay for them to talk about it. TOMO says that they don't have to keep how they wrote the song a secret. RINA says that they want to talk about it. TOMO says that around spring of last year is when they received this offer to write a song for the anime. The lead character is an independent and strong woman, which is a prominent topic in the series. Since it overlaps with what they value as a band, they wrote a song that revolves around the story of the race while also overlapping with their own story. TOMO says that they never really thought about how in what way they would continue their activities after getting their Guinness World Record last year, and it was the first time they really looked at themselves seriously. That's why she wrote the song while thinking of the band, and while crying and her autonomic nervous system being in turmoil. They all laugh at this. HARU says that it was tough. TOMO agrees and says that it had been a long time since she had written lyrics to a song like this. She also says that she's been writing everyday kind of songs recently, so it had been a while since she had written some for a tie-in song. Although she did struggle a bit, she hopes she was able to leave a message that represents their determination for the future.

•RINA mentions how the album is titled LUMINOUS and that the word "luminous" has the connotation of something emitting light on its own. The album is filled with songs that open the door to something brighter, and "Fanfare" is the song that leads the way--it's a song that's the key to the next bright world. RINA says she really likes the lyrics and melody, and that she feels they've put a lot of emotion into the song, making it very heartfelt. When they were shooting the music video for it, she was able to play with a big smile on her face and not worry about anything. She says it's probably been a while since she's been able to express herself like this and it makes her feel all cheerful. It made her think that this is how the four of them are going to continue onwards again, which is why she can't wait for everyone to hear it. HARU says that this is why "Fanfare" is one of the first songs. TOMO says that it's a very fast-paced song. RINA says that MAMI arranged it. MAMI says that they were told what the production staff wanted the song to be like: a fast-paced song that would be great live and be set at a higher BPM. She says the band also wanted to make it a very cheerful, bright song that was made complete by the sounds of the four of them, and she thinks they did a great job at doing so. HARU then mentions that she talked a little bit about the song when shooting a video for their fan club, which was taken when they were filming the MV. She says they used a drone to film for the first time, so there will be angles that you've never seen in their videos before.

•Next, they show the other editions of the CD. RINA picks up the Magazine Edition (Limited Edition B), but she incorrectly calls it the Regular Edition instead and says that it's the one with the biggest jellyfish on it. MAMI says the jellyfish are cute and that they asked for shiny jellyfish to be made. RINA says that they were made from scratch with CG. RINA then correctly picks up the Blu-Ray Edition (Limited Edition A) with "her" Diary on it. TOMO says it's pretty lengthy at about an hour long. RINA says that they had their year in 2023 filmed closely, and watching it back made her remember how their year started out, which she had forgotten about, and although it had been a very difficult year, she felt that they made progress, even if it was just a little bit at a time. She then asks the staff to show on screen the infographic with the covers and content of the limited editions. TOMO then notices that the edition RINA had claimed to be the Regular Edition wasn't actually it, and MAMI hands her the one that is actually it (the cover with 4 jellyfish on it) while laughing. RINA turns over the CDs to see which edition is which and then holds up the Magazine Edition again, saying, "Even though I said differently earlier, this is Limited Edition B! Got it?" TOMO holds up the Blu-ray Edition and asks which one it is. HARU says it's LE A. There's a pause before TOMO goes, "Wait a minute... I don't get it." The infographic is shown on screen again as they try and figure out which cover equals which edition. The stream cuts back to the band with HARU holding the Regular Edition and saying that it has 4 jellyfish on it.

•They then talk about the Magazine Edition and how there are 100 question and 100 answer sections in it, with the questions coming from MANIA members. RINA says the questions were really interesting. MAMI says there were some deep questions, which they laugh at. TOMO doesn't seem to remember and goes, "They were deep?" RINA says there were also subjects that they've never talked about before. Each member got different questions, which is why RINA says she's excited to read what they were. They also mention that there are a lot of specially shot photos included in the magazine.

•The next thing they talk about are the bonuses that come with the album when either ordered early and/or ordered from specific stores. The infographic is shown on screen first, and they joke and laugh that they won't mess up anymore. HARU says that they have a few of them on hand, though not all of them. They first show the clear file, which came with each Limited Edition pre-ordered until February 12. Next, they show the shoelaces that come with orders from Rakuten Books. They they're really cute and have the band logo printed on them in white. After that, they show the clear photo cards that only MANIA members can get. RINA puts all 4 of them on the back of a white sheet of paper to try and show them to the camera but can't hold all of them down at the same time, so MAMI says to show them one by one. They say you can put these in a holder and bring it with you when you go out. The other bonuses that are available but they don't have on hand are the regular photo cards available at different stores plus the phone lanyard from 7Net Shopping. HARU says that the band personally chose the designs and colors for the shoelaces and lanyard. RINA says there isn't a single thing that the band puts out that the band members are not involved in. HARU says that they even chose which photos would be used for the bonuses. RINA says, "We do everything ourselves, so please rest assured." She and HARU laugh.

•HARU says that this stream was focused on them introducing the physical attributes and such related to the album. RINA says she's so glad everything's finally complete. HARU says that they finished recording in December and took the following month off, but even during that time they were confirming a lot of details related to the album, such as choosing which photos to use for the bonuses, and that it all finally took shape and is now a month away from release. They say to please look forward to it.

•They then take a look at some of the comments people are leaving in the live chat. TOMO reads a comment that says they had pre-ordered the album at SCANDAL's BEST Xmas concert. The band says that they'll get the clear file with their order, then. The staff then reminds the band that there was also a sticker bonus that day, where purchasers received a sticker with printed handwritten messages from the band on them. The band says that they put a lot of thought into making these bonuses because they wanted to make it as fun as possible and wanted there to be a lot of things that people could get their hands on, but they do want people to feel free to choose what they'd like/want. TOMO then lists various countries that she's seen viewers mention in comments. HARU says that that's usually the case when doing a YouTube Live. RINA says that there must be some countries where the time difference must be big.

•Another comment asks them to release band scores again. TOMO says that maybe they could release a band score for one song as a bonus with a release. The mention of doing just "one song" seems to make the others laugh. TOMO then says that maybe they could do it for a future release if there's chance to. MAMI says that maybe they could do something like a band score PDF that could be downloaded via a QR code. They also mention maybe doing book versions of band scores again. TOMO wonders when the last one they released was, and thinks that it was YELLOW. The others seem to think that as well. RINA wonders if they released one for HONEY. The others think they didn't. They at least know for sure that they haven't released a score since establishing "her." RINA says that she can't remember something like that so far back. TOMO doesn't think that they did. RINA asks if they've ever seen it before. TOMO says she hasn't. HARU looks at the comments in the chat and says that the fans are saying they did release one for HONEY (yes, they did lol). The band is surprised by this and wonder if they have this score in their office. TOMO laughs and says that all of the comments say that it does exist. HARU says that the fans would know about these things better than them, after all, which the others agree with and thank the fans for.

•They ask the fans if there's anything else they want to know. HARU reads a comment that asks when they'll be announcing the overseas dates for the LUMINOUS tour. They purposely answer vaguely and say that they'll probably be released before long, and then laugh. HARU reads another comment that asks if they're doing any release events for the album. There's a pause before TOMO again answers vaguely and says it'd be nice if there are. They all laugh at this. They say while laughing that it would be better if they did have some. Another comment asks if there will be a vinyl edition of the album. They say that they'd like to, and that it would be nice to do so. MAMI says that releasing one with these covers would be cute. TOMO then reads a comment says that to "please make a pizza." They laugh at this. HARU looks at comments and goes, "Ah, merch?" The others are confused and TOMO goes, "Pizza merch?" HARU laughs and says that the comment said something like, "The merch [for the upcoming tour] hasn't been released/decided yet?" The others are still confused, and HARU apologizes and says that that has nothing to do with the pizza comment. They laugh and RINA says that she thought HARU was being awfully positive about making pizza merch. They say that they have decided on the merch and that it's really cute. HARU reads a comment that asked them to do a nationwide tour of Japan and says that they are in fact doing that with this tour.

•TOMO reads a comment asking about a live recording/DVD/Blu-ray. RINA says that they do put them out from time to time, though they don't particularly like being recorded. They laugh at this. MAMI says that they'll probably release some clips here and there on their YouTube channel. TOMO does say to come out to this tour because they won't be recording and releasing it on Blu-ray/DVD. Another comment TOMO reads says to do "screenshot time." She says they should do it to close out the stream. They decide to hold up the CDs and pose with them. HARU is confused as to which way is the right way to hold it and they realize that the obi (the strip of paper on the left side of the CD) is facing the wrong way. RINA laughs and says to put her hand over that part so that people won't notice (HARU still ends up holding the CD upside down, though lol).

•They close out the stream by saying that the next stream will be in two weeks on March 5th at the same time of 9 pm JST. HARU wonders what they could possibly talk about next time. RINA says that there are still lots of things to talk about, and HARU and TOMO wonder what they could be. MAMI say that they could talk about the songs on the album. TOMO says that they could also talk about things not related to the album, as well as read comments/answer questions from viewers. They then start saying goodnight and waving to the camera, and then pause for a second and look over to the staff to see if it's okay. They say the staff says it's okay and continue saying goodbye and waving.

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An article with an interview
By French music media site
Is now up in French/English✓

While looking back
On photos from our in concert in Paris in 2022,

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It was painful to remember
How I felt on the edge during that period haha

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I feel like I'm standing there
With lots of support every day

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I am overflowing with gratitude to everyone

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But all of these feelings
Have become an important part of the story!

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The team that wrote this article
Came from Paris
To our Sekai Ichi event last year as well✓

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I'm glad they're so enthuastic!

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I realized again
That I want to continue to tell our overseas fans
About the four of us in real time☺

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I can't wait to see you guys at a concert〜!


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About February - 2024-02-21 (RINA) - Wed Feb 21, 2024 7:54 pm

About February

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The newly started
Yoru SCA!
It was fun doing a livestream for the first time in forever〜!

Talking about the album itself,
The production of a certain song, etc...
We chatted away✓

Thank you to everyone who came to watch it!

An archive of it is up,
So if you missed it, take a look at it whenever you'd like✓

On 3/5 from 21:00〜 JST
Is the second Yoru SCA stream! Look forward to it!

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February goes by so quickly.
It's a part of the year that feels especially fleeting every year,
But this year it was filled
With so many different happenings.
I even went back to Kansai for a moment‎~

Let's clear the rest of the days
One by one carefully〜✓
It looks like there will be new announcements soon...!


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What did someone really want to tell HARUNA with their first-ever message?

Season 2, Episode 47 blog

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HARUNA: This time...we're just going to introduce messages. Let's get right to it.


I became a fan of SCANDAL when I was in middle school, and although I was away from the band for a while in high school due to studies and club activities, I am now a nursing student and am hooked on SCANDAL again. In that vein, I belatedly listened to all past episodes of "Catch up," and I really wanted to tell HARUNA something, so I'm sending in a message to a radio program for the first time in my life.

During Smental (game where all 4 members of SCANDAL try to give the same answer to a subject), HARUNA has given answers such as mochi and tofu, but what I imagine while listening and what HARUNA gives as an answer are always the same.

The other members would say, "Why would you answer that? That's so funny!", I was pleased to see that my thought process was exactly the same as HARUNA's, but at the same time felt down and thought I was a weirdo, so I had mixed feelings about it (haha).

I got the impression that HARUNA feels down every time Smental is played, but she has like-minded comrades, so don't be discouraged! That's all I wanted to say.

On a personal note, the national nursing exam is coming up in a week, so I'm feeling anxious every day no matter how much I study. But I will get through it by listening to SCANDAL songs every day!

HARUNA: Thank you!

TOMOMI: Good luck! National exams sure are nerve-racking.

RINA: But their message is so cute.

TOMOMI: HARU has a comrade.

HARUNA: Yeah, I do. But there are a few others as well.

MAMI: Hmm?

HARUNA: I get DMs from quite a few people who say, "I also thought of tofu!"

MAMI: Before that, HARU, you felt down!?

TOMOMI: You felt down?

HARUNA: Well...

RINA: You did?

HARUNA: It doesn't make me feel down that my answers are different than your guys' answers. I'm surprised that you're so surprised. I'm more surprised than disheartened.

All: Ah!

MAMI: I see. But it's not something to be disheartened about.

RINA: There's no right answer.

TOMOMI: It's just a game.

What we want to tell you

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More details about the bonuses that come with the album
Have been revealed♡

Here's the cover of the her magazine,
Now in its fourth volume✓
There are so many newly shot photos
Taken in all sorts of outfits and makeup looks

We introduce all of the songs,
And there are solo pages with 100 questions and 100 answers...!
We asked for questions
From our fan club members,
And they were so interesting! haha
There were a lot of things we talked about for the first time!
Thank you to everyone who sent in a question✓

Here's the edition
That comes with this magazine♡

We also released the teaser for the her diary,
Which closely follows our activities of the past year

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Our close cinematographer
Chie Okazawa-chan,
Who has been with us since our debut!
Each time I think of how this is the kind of the content
That could only be captured by this team,
And honest words that we couldn't talk about.

Getting our Guinness World Record
Was a big subject last year, after all,
And that's what the teaser focuses on,
But the main story is completely different.
That was my impression.
It's filled with things
That we want to tell you guys about,
So I'd love for you to watch it✓

Can't believe there's already
1 month left until it hits stores!



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11th Album - 「LUMINOUS」 - Sun Feb 18, 2024 6:58 pm

The cover + content for "her" Magazine Vol.4 and teaser for 「SCANDAL DOCUMENTARY “her” Diary 2023 SPECIAL EDITION」 have been released, and 3 livestreams to commemorate the release of the album have been announced!

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The cover and content of “her” Magazine Vol.4” included with the Magazine Edition (Limited Edition B) of LUMINOUS have been released!

The latest issue of the long-awaited magazine, which gained popularity as inclusions in the single Masterpiece/Mabataki; and the albums Kiss from the darkness and MIRROR, features a total of 64 pages that include newly shot photos of the band that can only be seen here, an interview about all of the album songs, 100 questions and 100 answers by each member, and more!

The teaser video for “SCANDAL DOCUMENTARY “her” Diary 2023 SPECIAL EDITION” included in the Blu-ray included with the Blu-ray Edition (Limited Edition A) of the album LUMINOUS has been released!

It will be a 60-minute video that closely follows SCANDAL in 2023, when they celebrated their 17th anniversary and became the "best in the world."

YouTube Lives will be held for the release of new album LUMINOUS!

YouTube Lives titled "Yoru SCA" (Night SCANDAL) will be streamed on SCANDAL's official YouTube channel!

A total of 3 streams every other Tuesday from 9:00 pm JST starting on Tuesday, February 20th, titled "Yoru SCA ~Live streaming just before the release of LUMINOUS~."

The 4 band members will be appearing to talk about info and behind-the-scenes stories about their new album LUMINOUS, so don't miss it!

"Yoru SCA ~Live streaming just before the release of LUMINOUS~" #1

Date and time: February 20 (Tuesday) 21:00~ JST


"Yoru SCA ~Live streaming just before the release of LUMINOUS~" #2

Date and time: March 5 (Tuesday) Time TBD

"Yoru SCA ~Live streaming just before the release of LUMINOUS~" #3

Date and time: March 19 (Tuesday) Time TBD

*The streams will be archived.
*Schedule is subject to change.

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