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"Catch up" award ceremony! What's their next award after getting a Guinness World Record?

Season 2, Episode 68 blog


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HARUNA: So, this time...
(*suddenly becomes serious)
We'll be holding an "award ceremony."

All: Hm?

TOMOMI: An award ceremony??

HARUNA: SCANDAL "Catch up" award ceremony!!

TOMOMI: What? ...what is it??

RINA: It feels grand...

MAMI: Well, for now, thank you.

HARUNA: In order to make this program a bigger hit...
We tried all sorts of ways to get more people to listen to it!
And then, we discovered something amazing...

TOMOMI: Oh...

HARUNA: SCANDAL "Catch up" is a program that is being streamed on AuDee and is the service's longest-running program!

All: Ehー!! (& bursts out laughing)

TOMOMI: Really?? That's amazing.

RINA: Everything's like that for us.

HARUNA: It really is.

MAMI: Rightー

HARUNA: We're pros at doing the same thing for a long time, after all.

MAMI: Really.

RINA: Thank you for supporting us.

TOMOMI: Does that mean it's the longest of all AuDee programs?

HARUNA: Yes, that's right.

MAMI: Eh? I don't get it! Why? Really?!

HARUNA: SCANDAL "Catch up" started on March 9th, 2020, on JFN PARK before AuDee, and is still streaming to great acclaim, and before we knew it, it had become the longest-running program.

TOMOMI: I'm grateful... We didn't even realize it.

HARUNA: ...by the way, the next program after ours is "Hollywood Zakoshisyoh no Gyakushuu Zakoshi no Choge Choge,"which started on March 27th, 2020.

TOMOMI: They're only a few days apart.

HARUNA: We've come this far thanks to everyone's love. It's been four years and four months now. This will be our fifth year. I think we were able to make this far together with everyone.

TOMOMI: Before we even knew it.

(Staff: You should be more impressed...)

TOMOMI: We weren't really aware of it...

MAMI: That's right...

TOMOMI: I don't know how to react to being congratulated all of a sudden...

(Staff: It's an amazing thing!!)

MAMI: I think so.

TOMOMI: That's true.

HARUNA: I've thought this ever since we got a Guinness World Record (for all-girl bands), but I honestly don't think that it's an amazing thing that we've just continued to be a band... It is an impressive thing, though.

RINA: We're grateful.

HARUNA: Thank you so much.

TOMOMI: Thank you very much.

HARUNA: That's why we want more people to listen to our music.

TOMOMI: We want people to listen!

HARUNA: And what else happened in March 2020? Well, on March 24th it was announced that the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games would be postponed for about a year due to the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19. That's the period of time it was. This program was born when the whole world was in a state of crisis due to the pandemic. The first broadcast on March 9th was when we were still recording in the studio.

MAMI: That's right.

HARUNA: We couldn't do that starting from the next episode, right?

RINA: Yeah.

TOMOMI: But thankfully we were able to start at the right time.

RINA: That's right.

TOMOMI: Soon after the broadcast started we couldn't play concerts, and it was a time when we lost the chance to connect with our fans, so it was a huge relief for us to be able to get their feedback through this program.

RINA: It really was.



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A commemorable day where I used ETC, which I had been really nervous about( ◜ᴗ◝ )
I thought I didn't need to get a driver's license until before the pandemic, but I suddenly wanted one and went to get it right away.
I then realized that I could go anywhere at any odd hour if I wanted to. I love being able to feel that way haha
I wonder where I'll go next〜〜〜






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『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt』 - Season 2, Episode 67


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•The episode starts with this.

•TOMO reads the next message from a listener who says they were at the Osaka concert where TOMO had brought up "Catch up" and that it didn't seem like many people listened to it. This listener says they were one of those people and apologizes, but afterwards they went back and listened to all past episodes. TOMO laughs and says she forgives them. RINA says that once you start listening, you get hooked. HARU says that she's seen some fans posting short summaries of episodes on Twitter (do my summaries count as part of that? lol). RINA says that's awesome, and that's more like a staffer's job. Ohno says that the listeneres are kind of like staff. HARU says they do help make the program, after all. MAMI wonders if it's okay to have them work for them and laughs.

•MAMI reads the next message from a listener who attended the Osaka concert as well and says that the lyric "We'll long for it, cry for it" in "Watashi-tachi" resonates with them so much. They have a habit of crying when their emotions run high and cry every time they're angry or happy, or even when they're at a concert/event. When they go home and tell their husband what they thought about a concert, they also feel like crying. They wonder if there are any people like them who cry when their emotions run high. The band says that they get it; that feeling like that is totally fine; and that the more passionate you are about something, the more your emotions run high. MAMI wonders if they'll cry when they hear their message being read. They laugh and say that it's okay if the listener does. RINA says that she wishes she could understand those kinds of feelings since she's much too level-headed. However, she does say that when talking about SCANDAL, she can get so heated to the point where she cries or forgets to breathe. They laugh and say that RINA and the listener should talk to each other and even appear on the program together.

•RINA reads the next message from a listener from Japan who went to the Taipei, Shanghai, and South Korea concerts. Although the tour's over, they're still traveling and are about to do a round-the-world trip in four months. They're not worried since SCANDAL's music is their good-luck charm and they always give them the courage to move forward. RINA says that this listener is someone's who's been a fan for a long time and they know that they've been working hard overseas. HARU says they go overseas more than the band does, and that they work so hard at their job. MAMI says that when they get letters and hear where they've been and what they've been up to, it gives the band courage. Although they always say that they get their strength from the band, the band gets that kind of strength from the listener as well.

•HARU reads the next message from a listener who is from Taiwan and went to the concert in Taipei. They say things like the band's story about porridge was funny. TOMO says that they talked about when she, HARU, and their photographer wanted to go to this restaurant that their PA had recommended to them but gave up when they saw it had the longest line they'd ever seen and probably wouldn't make it back in time for the concert. They then asked their photographer's friend, who is a tourism ambassador in Taiwan, for a recommendation and they walked about an hour to get to this new place. However, when they got there, they found out that the place only accepted cash and none of them had any. They looked around the area and finally got some cash, but the shop had already closed when they got back since these kinds of porridge places only open from around 5-11 am. They ended up eating porridge from a nearby food stall that was only about 200 yen but really good. Ohno asks if the band was able to communicate with the audience in Chinese. HARU says they didn't have to since they had an interpreter; it was at the Guangzhou concert that they didn't have one and no one understood the Chinese the band was trying to speak (they mentioned this in the previous episode).

•They then close out the episode. HARU says they seem to be making a dent in reading messages about the LUMINOUS tour, but it would probably take about a year to get through them all. MAMI laughs and says it'll last until their next tour.






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Reading impressions about the "LUMINOUS" tour! There was a wafer incident at the Sapporo show?

Season 2, Episode 67 blog


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HARUNA: This time, we'll just be reading messages... There's a ton of them, after all.

RINA: Too many!


RUKA

I'd like to tell you about an incident and coincidence that happened to me during the LUMINOUS tour. It happened in Sapporo, day 2. It all started with the Sanrio wafers that TOMO was handing out at the end of the show.



TOMOMI: Yeah, sorry about that...

HARUNA: You already know what happened!?

TOMOMI: Yeah, I do...

During the final send off, my friends and I were around the third row in the middle with our phones in one hand and making hand hearts with the other to get some fan service. While the members were giving fan service to everyone, TOMO started handing out wafers. The second wafer she threw flew toward my direction. Just when I thought it was coming towards me in slow motion, the next thing I knew it had hit me square in the face. The wafer flew backwards after hitting my face. My friend managed to get it and I enjoyed eating the wafer.

I didn't intend to make a sound when it hit me, but when I watched back the video I had taken and the videos my friends had taken, I realized that I had made a fairly loud, old-man-like noise, like "Ah! Ouchhh!"

That night, my friends and I had a great time talking about the wafer incident. However, the only thing we regretted is that we were not able to capture on video the moment it hit me directly in the face.

The day after we talked, we headed from Sapporo to Hakodate, as we were planning to go to the Hakodate show as well, and as we were strolling around Hakodate, a stranger suddenly said to me, "Excuse me, are you Wafer-san?" It turned out that this person was the person behind me at the Sapporo concert. I thought that it might be them, so I asked to see the video from the previous day, and they showed us footage of me being hit directly in the face. The person who called out to me was very kind, and I was able to get the video. I met them again at the Hakodate concert venue, took photos with them, and added to my memories. And I was able to finish my Hokkaido tour with no regrets.

Two consecutive days of incidents and coincidences overlapped, and although it was full of surprises, it was a great memory in a way.

I've been hit directly in the face by a ball before, but it was the first time in my life that a wafer hit me right in the face. Thank you for the first experience and the most fun memories.



TOMOMI: Sorry about that...

HARUNA: I witnessed what happened!

RINA: I did too. It surprised me.

TOMOMI: I didn't notice that at all...

HARUNA: You were throwing wafers and looking at a different fan.

TOMOMI: Yeah.

HARUNA: It was funny! Ah, maybe they'd feel bad if I said it was funny...

RINA: I'm glad RUKA took it like that. But we apologize.

MAMI: It wouldn't be odd if they had been like, "Hey!!"

RINA: Really. Let's all be careful.

TOMOMI: All I can say is sorry...

HARUNA: But it was a coincidence that someone who was behind them at the concert talked to them the next day...

RINA: Things like that happen, huh...

HARUNA: That's amazing.

RINA: That's niceー. An interesting connection.

HARUNA: Yeah.

TOMOMI: I didn't mean to throw them that hard...

HARUNA: I don't think it was particularly hard.

TOMOMI: But it seems like it had hurt, so maybe I did throw it hard...

RINA: They got a direct hit on the forehead. It was so shocking. It was like a scene from anime; a direct hit.



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Can't believe it's already July! So fastー, and it's so hotー
Lately, I've been reminded that what may seem like a repetitive daily life to me may be a series of fresh new worlds for someone else.
At any rate, build on what you can!
Best regards this month toooo

Any plans you're looking forward to this summer( ◜ᴗ◝ )?






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『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt』 - Season 2, Episode 66


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•The episode starts with this.

•Audio recorded after the concert in Guangzhou is then played. They say that it had also been 6 years since they were last there, and that about half of the crowd this time were first-timers. HARU asks the others how playing here for the first time a while was. RINA says that that the atmosphere felt really fresh the moment they hit the stage. It seemed like there were many shy people there with many of the concentrating on taking videos, and the band was trying to figure out how to get the crowd excited. She also mentions that they took a slightly different approach than usual, like when TOMO went down to the crowd and played, and that it was really good. TOMO says that there are things they can do overseas that they can't do in Japan. HARU says that the crowd was great during "Shunkan Sentimental" and all sang along. TOMO says that one of the encore songs they did was "HARUKAZE," and they got the impression that many fans there got to know the band because of that song, which made them glad that they chose to play it. MAMI says that as soon as they saw someone dressed as Ichigo from Bleach when they entered the venue, they decided that "HARUKAZE" was the song they would play for the encore. RINA says that they originally were going to play a different song but decided to change it. They say they're glad they did so and that everyone seemed happy.

•The audio cuts back to the band in the studio. HARU says the reactions in Guangzhou this time were a little different from the last time they were there. RINA says that the vibe was different, which kind of surprised her. She says she tried to choose her words very carefully when speaking and felt a kind of nervousness she'd never felt before. She wondered how they could make people enjoy the show. HARU says that performing overseas is totally different from Japan, with photos/videos being allowed and such, and it's interesting to see the gap between the two. She also says that the audience the previous time was more enthuasiastic. RINA says that they had sung along to basically every song, but this time there were many people concentrating on recording and wanting to listen to the songs at their own leisure. HARU says that it felt like the pandemic had an effect on the crowd; it really did feel like a post-pandemic concert. RINA says that the staff also said that. TOMO says that COVID restrictions did last a long time in China, after all, and it had likely been a long time since many people went to such a crowded place without masks. HARU says that it felt like people didn't want to shout as loudly as they used to at concerts anymore. It's a kind of change you wouldn't be able to know about unless you go there. RINA says that China was really strict with regulations. TOMO says that visa restrictions were also very strict and now you need a visa to enter China, even for tourism. She says that she just renewed her passport last year, and the corner of the IC chip page was slightly bent. She thought it wouldn't be a problem and that she should be allowed to go through, but they told me that I had to get a new one, so she had to go and get another one. It arrived barely just in time, and it was so close that she jokes the band would have been bassist-less for the tour. RINA says that would have been a problem.

•They say that they're glad they got to go to Guangzhou, and that it was their second time there. TOMO says that it's a very sparkly, beautiful city. The first time they went there, they went to hang out by the river, and the kids were playing with lots of flying toys that were glowing. It gave off the impression that it was such a peaceful and happy time. It was just as beautiful when they went there this time. It was also quite urban, completely different from Shanghai. HARU says that she didn't understand the Chinese food they ate there this time, since she says she thought it was easier to eat than before. RINA says that she totally gets that and thought the same thing, and that it's getting better. Ohno asks them how it was last time. RINA says that the spices were stronger. HARU again says that it was really easy to eat this time. TOMO says that the places they ate at were upscale places, which HARU says that might have something to do with it. TOMO says that the staff chose all these restaurants to eat at where everyone eats together at a big round table in a big private room, which is part of the reason why she thinks she gained weight and laughs. Ohno asks how they think the food is different in the high-class places. TOMO says the dishes are the same, but the ingredients used are different, such as the oil.

•Next, they talk about Shanghai. HARU says that they apologize, but they forgot to record some audio after the concert. RINA says that they were rushing around while in Shanghai. HARU says that it was their first time there, which RINA says is surprising. She also mentions that that was the first time they had equipment trouble on this tour, where they had to redo "Fanfare" because of guitar troubles. MAMI says that the sound didn't come out as it should. RINA says that it was a lot of fun, though, and added some nice spice. HARU says they didn't have any interpreters at the shows in China, so they really tried to communicate in Japanese and speak in easy-to-understand Japanese as much as possible. However, it's hard to convey nuances and one would have to be a native speaker of Japanese to get that nuance across. Even so, their expressions made it seem like they understood what they were saying. She says she was really happy to see that they were trying to understand them and the album. RINA says that the band tried to speak in Chinese but found it quite difficult because of the subtle nuances and how the slightest changes in sound can mean different things. Once they started speaking, there were fans that said it was okay to speak in Japanese, which is why decided to go with it. HARU mentions that she said a few words in Chinese before they played "Sisters," the final song of the set, and was taught the simplest way to say it as possible, but she could tell from the atmosphere that nothing was being conveyed. She rephrased it in Japanese and they seemed to understand it better. MAMI says that after this tour was done, she realized that these people who go to see Japanese artists live probably watch anime/read manga and/or study Japanese, so there'll probably be times when they'll realize, "Oh, I've heard this before" and will be happy that it was said. RINA agrees and says that when when you go to concerts put on by foreign artists, there is also the pleasure of hearing them speak in their native language.

•Ohno asks them if they are able to use something in Guangzhou. RINA asks if he means cell phones. He seems to actually be asking about payment, since TOMO says that you can only use Alipay and not credit cards. Even convenience stores don't accept them. While in Japan, you have to install the app and link your phone to your credit card before you can purchase anything. RINA says that it was a pain to do at the airport and barely made it on to the plane, since they would only accept Alipay for equipment/additional baggage fees. The staff registered them and then took the payment, but everyone needed to pay in turns. MAMI says that in order to prevent fraud, your card will be frozen if the same payment is made several times, so they couldn't continue to make payments with Alipay. TOMO says they boarded the flight just before take off, well past the boarding time. RINA says that would rough. HARU says that they did a lot of running. Ohno asks them if that was when they went to Shanghai. They say yes. MAMI says that when they went from Shanghai to Seoul, the Shanghai badminton team was on the same flight and were an hour late. TOMO wonders if it was due to an Alipay situation. MAMI says there were quite a few events plane-wise when it came to flying in China.

•Lastly, they play audio recorded in Seoul. HARU asks the others what they thought of the Asia tour. TOMO says that the four performances went by in a flash. They hadn't been to South Korea in a long time and this was also their first solo concert here. It really felt like they had been waiting a long time for them. MAMI says that she was really moved by how SCANDAL's music is such a part of the fans' lives here even though they're so far apart from each other. RINA says that SK really had that finale feel to it, and that they were moved by all of the cheering the moment they hit the stage. She was happy to see the audience's reactions and that they seemed to know all of the songs played. The Asia tour as a whole made her realize how important it is for the band to have this cycle of going overseas, getting new inspiration, and applying it to their activities in Japan. She also felt that all of their abilities to communicate at overseas concerts were even stronger than before, and that this Asia tour was more rewarding in terms of language as well as performance. It gave them a huge sense of accomplishment. HARU says that it felt like they were finally having their second go since they weren't able to play there for their KFTD world tour. MAMI mentions a Korean fan who sent her a message saying that they had been waiting ever since then to see them, and that they were able to make it today. HARU says that it had been 10 years since they were last in SK. TOMO mentions that the fans surprised them today with each audience member holding a fan and a slogan. RINA says that lyrics from "Koisuru Universe" were on there and laughs that she's glad they did perform it today. HARU says that the LUMINOUS tour is now completely over, that the band all did a great job, that they'll work hard for the next one, and thanks everyone who came out to the tour. TOMO says thanks in both Chinese and Korean.

•The audio cuts back to the band in the studio. They say that they felt very fulfilled. HARU mentions that this was their second time playing in SK and their first solo concert. TOMO says that they were invited to a festival 10 years ago. RINA says that after that festival, the local staff told them that there were very few all-girl bands in SK, and even those that are around only stay together for 2-3 years. That's why they were really happy that SCANDAL came from Japan. She says that that deeply moved the band. HARU says they're glad they were able to go to SK on this tour. RINA says she's glad the last concert of the tour was in SK. HARU says that, to be honest, they weren't sure if they'd be able to hold a concert there due to the problem they had with their previous SK promoter and the KFTD concert being canceled. RINA says that the pandemic has made it difficult for promoters to stay in business, with some going bankrupt. HARU says that it had caused trouble for the fans and they thought it'd be difficult to schedule a concert there this time as well, but a friend of hers introduced them to a production company there who helped them hold it. She says they were very lucky, and they're also glad that they were able to make it the finale of the tour.

•HARU also says she tried her best to speak Korean during the concert. RINA says that that was great. HARU says that she started learning a little bit of Korean at the beginning of the year and had her teacher help with the MC. She felt really accomplished and glad that she was able to communicated with the audience in Korean. RINA says that she thinks the audience was really happy about that. They no longer saw them as four people who came from Japan and couldn't speak Korean, so she thinks a lot more was communicated. Because of that, there was a nice kind of mood that was created. TOMO says that everything was conveyed. RINA says that the power of love also factored in--if you have a strong interest in the country's artists and culture, you'll be able to improve your studies. She also says that doesn't want to be misunderstood if she says it's been a while, but she felt that the band and the four band members have a lot of potential, and that was something she was really happy about with this concert in SK. She's also really grateful to be able to get used to this kind of feeling again. HARU says she thinks that happens a lot at overseas concerts. Of course this also applies for concerts in Japan, but she feels that there's a kind of power that comes out every time they tour overseas; it's like they can really feel their potential.

•TOMO talks about how a staffer from Live Nation, who helped them plan the tour, named Kitabayashi toured with them but kept a certain distance from them the whole time, even during after-parties. If the band tried to close the distance, he'd lengthen it again. But after the tour ended in Seoul, he was really excited and mentioned that he'd love to do this again, perhaps even some time later this year. He kept telling them at every after-party before the Seoul one that he'd go all out after Seoul. HARU says that they didn't understand why at first, but he did say that he had a lot of work to do before then and finally got them done before Seoul. RINA says that he set himself free. MAMI says that she'd love to hang out with him again in Japan and just go grab a bite to eat or something. RINA says that they'd love to exchange many words with these kinds of staffers, such as things that they don't have to say but would be nice to hear, like "SCANDAL's great." HARU says that when they last toured in Asia 6 years ago, they were all still in their 20s. This time it felt like they were all communicating more directly with the local staffers, and that they were all working together.

•Ohno mentions that the band stayed in SK after the tour ended. RINA stayed for one extra night and hung out with her sister and husband who had come to SK for her sister's birthday trip and attended the concert, which happened to fall on her exact birthday. HARU says that she, TOMO, and MAMI stayed for two extra nights. TOMO says that they ate a lot. MAMI says that they also spent a lot of money on beauty treatments. RINA asked what they did. MAMI and HARU say that they did skin management and went to a beauty clinic to take care of their skin. TOMO says they also met up with a friend from Caless who is currently living in Seoul. This was their first time seeing them in 20 years. HARU says they attended the Yokohama branch of the school. RINA asks if she knows them. TOMO says she does, and that they used to stay in the same apartment/dorm by the school. RINA says that this was surprisingly the first time they spent time like this after a tour, and that they had a lot of freedom on this tour. They say they worked hard and that it was a fun tour.






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The Asia leg of the "LUMINOUS" is done! Talking candidly about what they felt in Asia, the troubles they encountered, and more...

Season 2, Episode 66 blog


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HARUNA: This time, we'll be doing "SCANDAL's Journey to Asia"!
We recently toured Asia, and our LUMINOUS tour ended there as well! We went to Taipei, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Seoul. Now that we have safely returned home and a few days have passed, we'd like to give a report on what happened at each place.
Taiwan, performance #1 of the Asia tour, was really exciting.

TOMOMI: It had been 6 years since we were last there??

RINA: Yeah.

HARUNA: That's right.

TOMOMI: Even though it'd been 6 years...

RINA: It was amazing!

MAMI: Thanks!

HARUNA: There were many people who had been waiting for 6 years, and the other half were people who had come to like us in the past 6 years, so I'm glad we kept going.

RINA: They know every song! We dared to do this Asia tour exactly like how we did it in Japan, and I'm glad we did that. In the past we thought about doing more tie-in songs overseas, but I'm glad that we're able to present our current selves in the same way we do in Japan.

HARUNA: They said we hope we come back.

TOMOMI: We do want to go.

MAMI: Let's work hard again.

HARUNA: Let's eat hot potー

TOMOMI: Let's eatー. I'm starving.

HARUNA: It had been...6 years since we played in Taipei.

TOMOMI: Yeah. We haven't been since the pandemic started.

HARUNA: We ourselves have changed a lot in the past 6 years.

RINA: So true. It was a time when the band's mood, or rather sense of energy, changed dramatically, and along with that, our musical style changed little by little. So I realized once again how amazing it is that people continue to listen to us through all that, and support us to the point of coming to our concerts.

HARUNA: I felt that our MC in Japanese was more understandable than when we were on our previous Asia tour.

RINA: They understood us.

HARUNA: I was happy to see that they had a deeper understanding of Japan.

TOMOMI: There were many people who came to see us for the first time, and I was so moved to see how many new people had come in the past six years.

HARUNA: I wonder how found out about us...

RINA: Really...

HARUNA: I wonder when they did so...

RINA: It's a mystery now.



【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt』 - Season 2, Episode 65


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•The episode starts with this.

•RINA reads the next message from a listener who attended the Osaka, Nara, and Tokyo dates. There was one thing in particular that left a deep impression on them during this tour, which is why they're sending this message. At the Nara concert when RINA was talking about the students-only talk event that she'd be speaking at the following month, she said she was worried about whether there would be student fans or not. The listener wants to tell SCANDAL that they've been a fan since elementary school and this year graduated from college. They wish they had raised their hand when RINA asked the crowd if there were students there, and now want to let the band know that there are fans are students + are sure that there are many students like them. TOMO says that there were only about 2 people who had raised their hands at that concert, which the band all laughs at. HARU says that it was also probably because the venue was small and couldn't accomodate more than about 500 people. RINA says that it's a happy and wonderful thing that there are also fans who grew up together with them. There was a time when they only had students as fans, but now that they're in their 30s, many of their fans are now in their late 20s and early 30s. That's why she wondered if it was okay for her to speak at a students-only event. She wonders if maybe 3 people will come to event and laughs. MAMI says she's being modest. TOMO says it makes her happy to know that there are so many people who have been listening to them since they were students and are now all grown up. She thanks them for staying with them, and also thanks those who stopped being a fan at one point but then came back around. She says she thinks that's what it means to be around for a long time.

•MAMI reads the next message from a listener who attended the finale in Tokyo and ended up talking with an American fan who happened to be next to them, but when the MCs started, they asked the listener to translate for them. The listener says they were left feeling frustrated, thinking that if they had been able to speak English better, the American would have been able to enjoy the concert more. They say they'll do their best to learn more English before the next concert they attend so that those who are not good at Japanese can also enjoy the show. The band is kind of surprised by this and laughs. TOMO says they don't want the listener to feel a sense of responsibility. HARU says that even if you are bilingual and can speak Japanese, interpreting is difficult. That's what the band thinks when they go overseas. MAMI says that there are so many nuances in Japanese. HARU says that there are a lot of overseas fans that go to their concerts in Japan, but this is the first time they're getting a message like this. MAMI says there's nothing wrong with learning English, but don't feel a responsibility to translate for others. They say that the listener is a very kind and considerate person. TOMO wonders if the American thanked the listener. RINA says that she definitely wishes that they did, especially if they pushed for them to translate what the band said. HARU says that if this happens again, it's okay to just say no and to enjoy the concert first and foremost. RINA says that maybe they could talk about it after the concert instead of during it. MAMI says that the American should learn Japanese instead. HARU laughs and says that of course the band is going to speak Japanese at concerts performed in Japan. (lol guys, if you go to a SCANDAL concert in Japan, don't be like whoever this American is and put a Japanese fan on the spot that you don't even know, to translate for you; it's pretty rude!)

•HARU reads the next message from a listener who saw them in Okayama and mentions how they talked about bats during the MC (the band talked about bats in episodes 51 and 57). TOMO says that she actually saw a bat around her place in Tokyo, which surprises the others since they previously talked about how they'd never seen bats in the Tokyo area before. She says that it was just one flying around, and although it was hard to tell what it was, the way it was flying was how a bat flies.

•TOMO reads the next message from a listener who is a landscaper and heard SCANDAL on the radio recently and thought of how they haven't listened to them at all recently, and so decided to go to the Tokyo concert by themselves. They also mention that they're received offers since then and feel that going to the concert gave them luck. The band says they're happy to hear that their luck improved and to keep the rumor going that going to SCANDAL concerts will improve your luck. HARU says that they're pretty lucky and are okay with giving a little out.

•RINA reads the next message from a listener who attended both Fukuoka concerts. They had been a SCANDAL fan in middle school but hadn't been one recently. The reason why they decided to attend this time was because they turned 27 years old this year and started playing the bass. They were looking at their playlist on their phone for a song to play, and thought they'd like to learn "Kagen no Tsuki," which they've loved for a long time. Then they happened to see an ad on Instagram about SCANDAL's tour and bought tickets right away. TOMO is surprised about the ads and she and MAMI both say they've never seen one before. RINA says that it's done for every tour. MAMI says that they should run ads for "Catch up" on IG too. HARU says that hearing stories like the listener's really makes it set in that they've been around as a band for a long time. They say that it's hard to keep up with things for 15+ years, especially when life happens and your circumstances change. RINA says that hearing these stories makes it all feel very rewarding. TOMO wonders if they can play "Kagen no Tsuki" now and says that they're rooting for them.

•HARU reads the next message from a listener who attended the Kanazawa concert, which was their first solo SCANDAL concert since COVID and the birth of their son. They have memories of dancing with their brother and 1-year-old son during "one more time" when they saw SCANDAL at a festival last year. They lost their son last November, and SCANDAL supported them through a very hard time. They had been working hard and looking forward to the LUMINOUS tour. When "one more time" was played, they cried so hard despite it being such a cheerful song. When they watched the Tokyo concert that was broadcasted live, they were sad that they couldn't hear TOMO sing "Ai no Shoutai" at the Kanazawa concert but realized that TOMO had a throat problem that day and had to change the setlist. The band says they did a great job getting through this tough year, and that they're glad they came out to the tour. HARU says that they had decided to include "one more time" that day, on the day of the concer, due to TOMO's cold. She's glad that they were able to perform such a memorable song for the listener on that day. TOMO apologizes that they weren't able to do "Ai no Shoutai" then. HARU + RINA say that that's the nature of touring and you never know what'll happen. TOMO says that she couldn't stop coughing for about a month and then discovered that she had a broken rib. They all laugh and MAMI says it was a surprise. TOMO says that it had been hurting for a while but she didn't think it was broken, and that that was her first broken bone in her life. RINA says she did well to make it to the tour finale. HARU says that everyone did a great job and that it was a great tour.






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SCANDAL @ LuckyFes’24 - Sun Jul 14, 2024 5:22 am

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Setlist:


  1. Shunkan Sentimental
  2. Saishuuheiki, Kimi
  3. Highlight no Naka de Bokura Zutto
  4. Awanai Tsumori no, Genki de ne
  5. Take Me Out
  6. LOVE SURVIVE







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SCANDAL: 「【 Thank you!!! 】

2024.07.13
"Lucky Fes'24"
at Hitachi Seaside Park

1. Shunkan Sentimental
2. Saishuuheiki, Kimi
3. Highlight no Naka de Bokura Zutto
4. Awanai Tsumori no, Genki de ne
5. Take Me Out
6. LOVE SURVIVE」



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TOMOMI: 「Lucky Fes, thanks so much!
It was such a wonderful festival🔥
Everyone who saw us in the heat, please take care of yourselves and enjoy the rest of the festival🫶」



Show from Kishidan: I saw SCANDAL-chan for the first time in forever, and they were 200 million times brighter than when I first met and had thought, "What? What are these insanely cute creatures?" I was so shocked. They didn't eat mermaids--they became them. What's more, they performed so well on stage that I thought, "The world doesn't need Kishidan anymore!" But we'll hang in there just a little bit longer.

TOMOMI: For us, Kishidan will forever be our seniors two grades above us😫🫶
You guys are eternally cool😫🫶
The mermaids here are Kishidan😫🫶



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HARUNA: 「LuckyFes'24 was so much fun〜!!! I'm so happy it was our first time being invited, and that we met so many people☺ Such a great festival〜🍈 Thanks so much for coming to see us in the heat!!」



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RINA: 「Today was LuckyFes'24! I'm so happy that so many people were able to see us perform live today. The forecast of rain turned into sunny weather, the scorching heat settled down for a bit, and it was like everything was on our side. I'm happy that the four of us were able to play to our hearts' content today, too. I love this time. We still have a lot of live performances planned for the second half of the year, so we hope to see you again somewhere. Make sure you get plenty of rest. Thank you very much!」



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Introducing impressions from the "LUMINOUS" tour in Japan! SCANDAL eats dango during an MC??

Season 2, Episode 65 blog


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HARUNA: This time we'll be doing "LUMINOUS FURIKAERIMASU! MAIL YOMIMASU!" (Looking Back On LUMINOUS! Reading Messages!)

RINA: Finally...

HARUNA: Yes, finally.

RINA: We're finally doing it, during this episode.

HARUNA: That's right. The tour has finally come to an end, and we received an enormous amount of messages from you guys...

RINA: So awesome...

TOMOMI: Thank you very much.

HARUNA: Well then, let's get started!


Risu (25, Kumamoto)

This was my first time seeing SCANDAL live. I discovered SCANDAL one year ago when I happened to listen to "Catch up."

During the concert, TOMOMI suddenly ate some dango. I was so surprised that she suddenly ate dango during a live performance.



TOMOMI: WANIMA gave those to us.

HARUNA: Thank you very much.

TOMOMI: They were delicious.

HARUNA: It was their first SCANDAL concert, so I guess they were shocked that we would eat dango on stage....

TOMOMI: It's not like we usually eat them. It was just by chance.

MAMI: In Kumamoto, we had "ikkinari dango," but in Okayama, it was "kibidango."

HARUNA: There are so many dango.

RINA: At any rate, we surprised them.

TOMOMI: Sorry about that...

HARUNA: And they came to the concert because of "Catch up."

MAMI: Wow! That makes me happy!

RINA: I hope they'll send us another message.

HARUNA: Last time we were just talking about how can we get more people to listen to "Catch up."

RINA: There are people like that.

TOMOMI: At any rate, it makes us happy...

HARUNA: I hope they'll come to our concert again.

TOMOMI: Thank you very much!


Haruki (21, Hiroshima)

I was able to make some discoveries because of how close I was to the drums. Before the show started, I noticed that there was no second snare in the drum set, and I was all upset, thinking, "Does that mean we're not getting the classic 'A.M.D.K.J.'?!" (lol)

During the concert, I was able to see RINA using a ring mute on the snare during "LOVE ME DO," and her facial expressions constantly changing with each song and lyric, all of which were burned into my memory.

Personally, I really liked the layout of this tour, and I hope you'll use this stage layout again!



MAMI: Are they a drummer?

RINA: They know a lot. It's amazing that they know what a ring mute is. Depending on the song, I might suppress the sound of the snare a little, but sometimes the setting can give away the song.

TOMOMI: That's true. But everyone is paying close attention. Like with our effects pedals, sometimes we post pictures on social media when we do rehearsals and people are like, "This isn't here, so this song won't be played." I guess they know.

RINA: No, that's amazing.

MAMI: With videos, even though it only shows for a second, you can tell what effects pedals and equipment are used.

HARUNA: They can even tell what the knobs are set to.

RINA: It's impressiveー.

TOMOMI: There are people who set up the same thing and say that they tried playing it... "Otaku" (geeks) are amazing.

RINA: People are curious about the equipment. Sometimes the next song is revealed when MAMI switches guitars.

MAMI: I practice so much before going on stage...

TOMOMI: They know.

MAMI: Sometimes that's how they find out.

RINA: We appreciate them watching us so closely.



【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt』 - Season 2, Episode 64


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•The episode starts with playback of fans whom their program director Kawai recorded during the tour. She firsts interviews a fan who discovered SCANDAL from Fullmetal Alchemist/"Shunkan Sentimental." He says that LUMINOUS is a great album that incorporates both the present SCANDAL and the past SCANDAL, so he was expecting a lot from the live performance, which was just as good as the album. The next person discovered SCANDAL when she saw SCANDAL performing "Awanai Tsumori no Genki de ne" on MUSIC STATION and also thought they were cute. She says that she brought her friend along for the first time, and that the LUMINOUS tour was more sparkly and fun than a tour of theirs has ever been before. Kawai asks the friend how she got into SCANDAL; she says she was invited to see them live by a friend and fell in love. She says that this show + the one in Nagoya was so much fun that it makes her glad she's alive right now and laughs. The next person discovered SCANDAL when she saw them perform "Scandal Nanka Buttobase" on TV and says that she cried when they performed "ShunSen" at the concert today. The next person discovered SCANDAL when a college friend introduced them to him 10 years ago. He says that all the songs LUMINOUS resonated with him and that the concert today was wonderful.

•The next person discovered SCANDAL via a friend who liked them, had them listen to songs, and he ended up liking "Departure." He says that even though they didn't play many fast-paced songs this time, they still hit him in the feels hard. The next person discovered SCANDAL from ShunSen and then really liked "Koe," and after seeing videos of them and seeing they all have different personalities but have a sense of unity to them, it felt really mysterious yet comforting to him. He became a fan right around when the pandemic started and couldn't see them live until vocalizing at concerts was allowed again, and ever since seeing them, there's always been a different kind of color to each of their tours, including this one. The next person discovered SCANDAL via their friend who was a fan and always played their songs when they were together. Today's concert was his first one ever and he had been looking forward to hearing "Anata e" live, a song he really likes, and it was unbelievably intense.

•It then cuts back to the band recording the episode in the studio. They thank the fans, say that made them happy, and thank their staff for recording all of this. RINA says she's really happy to hear the fans' thoughts as they're still pumped up after the concert, that hearing each person's voice really makes them feel that the band is reaching everyone, and that it gives the band strength. MAMI says that everyone was so well-spoken and that she probably wouldn't have been able to be as well-spoken as they were in the same kind of situation. RINA laughs at how everyone had their pseudonyms ready to go (ex. one lady said hers was "I want to be the freckle on MAMI's chin").

•Then this happens.

•HARU then asks RINA what she thought of the tour. RINA says that one of the themes they had when they made the the album and giving it the title LUMINOUS was the hope that the four of them would go one step further into the bright world together. She thinks that from the production stage onwards, the four of them always had a feeling in their hearts that they would all feel a little brighter by the end of this journey. It was a really tough tour schedule and had to juggle that while also living their private lives during those two months. That's why there were many days and many feelings for the audience, the band members, and the staff. But at the end of the tour, she thinks that they were able to finish it with the brightest mood, and she felt happy that they had become such a great band again. She always thinks this when a tour ends, but she was happy that this was a tour that was necessary for them. The reason why they continue to be a band is that there are people who are listening to them.
She thinks it was a really important, tough, and great tour.

•HARU asks what MAMI thought. MAMI says that like TOMO, she also ate too much. The others laugh at this. She also says that her birthday also happened during the tour and she was surprised with a cake on stage in Hakodate, three days (it was actually 2 lol) before her actual birthday. It made her feel nostalgic since they haven't done that kind of thing recently. She also mentions that she used her brain a lot and really concentrated hard during the tour for MIRROR, their previous album, but this time she was able to concentrate even more on every single song. Another thing she mentions is the band's arrangement on stage where they were all in a single line, which felt fresh. She felt like she was able to really concentrate on performing as the lead guitarist and was glad that she was able to perform experiencing these new feelings. HARU mentions that the cake was ordered by Naoya who is part of their promoter team. RINA says that MAMI was also given a present. MAMI says that she was given PJs and is currently using them.

•HARU then talks about her thoughts and says that it had been a long time since they had done a tour with so many dates. She really felt again that SCANDAL is her life. She had gotten a cold at the start of the tour and got over it by the first half. But as mentioned during some MCs, it really takes a toll on your mental health to perform live when you're not in the best physical condition. It was her first time going into rehearsals without being able to sing at all. Although she was nervous about it, she was able to get through those first few shows with the confidence she'd built up over the years and the reassurance of her band mates and the staff. She was feeling anxious but was still able to approach it with a very positive attitude, thinking she would do her best to do what she could now. This tour made her realize how great she is right now, and she really feels that she could not have done it without having the experience that she does. Even if things like that happen in the future, she'll be able to get through them in her own way. This tour made her think that no matter what happens, she'll be okay.

•TOMO then talks about how they were shocked to hear during the tour that not many people seem to listen to "Catch up," which they all laugh at. RINA wonders where they talked about it. The staff seems to say Kobe, and MAMI thinks it was Okayama  (lol not sure if they did mention this more than once, but at least at either the Yokohama or Osaka show, both of which I attended, they had talked about this). TOMO says that they spend a lot of time recording these episodes, and that there are a lot of things that they only talk about here. MAMI says that maybe they should make it easier for people to get previews and such for the episodes from their official LINE account. HARU says that maybe they could officially release a few clips. TOMO says that maybe they could do that via the voice memo feature on LINE. RINA laughs and says that it might be scary for fans to just suddenly receive a voice memo, which HARU agrees with. MAMI mentions the previews posted to social media that they do for their fan club-only series "Wednesday SCANDAL." RINA says that the problem is that if you don't do something new every time, you don't know if people will watch it nowadays. TOMO says that a lot of people listen to SCANDAL's CDs and attend their concerts, but other than those areas, they're kind of lacking in the rest. HARU says that their main thing is music and concerts, but if people get to know the four of them, they can enjoy the program more. They say they'll think about it and have a strategy meeting.






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The 97th upload from RINA to her YouTube channel:




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Yoo-hoo! Long time no see, everyone!
As of today, I'll be posting videos again at my own pace~⟡.·

Today, I slept a lot without setting an alarm for the first time in forever
My mind and body both feel refreshed〜〜〜

While editing this video and reflecting on myself objectively, I realized that I really want to try new things and feel brand new( ◜ᴗ◝ )
I'll try different things when they come to mind

It seems like the rainy days will be continuing, but let's make ourselves feel fulfilled by doing the things we love⛧  ̖́-‬






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The "LUMINOUS" tour in Japan has concluded! What is the event that TOMOMI will never forget?

Season 2, Episode 64 blog


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HARUNA: This time we will be bringing you "LUMINOUS FURIKAERIMASU" (Looking Back On LUMINOUS)! We're finally able to do a tour review. This tour started in April and ended at the end of May... During these 2 months, we received a lot of feedback about the concerts, but we decided to wait until the tour was over before we talk about it, so we have a lot of feedback messages! We will look back and talk about it, with some of our impressions as well.

TOMOMI: It seems that many people came to this tour because a friend told them about it, which was surprising.

RINA: Maybe that kind of thing has been increasing recently.

TOMOMI: We're grateful to those "friends"...

HARUNA: Many of them said it was their first time attending a concert.

TOMOMI: I think there were a lot of people who said via DMs they were first timers, and I think that's because of the people who tell them about us. I guess it depends on how they discovered us. We're not a band that appears on TV or anything, so it is difficult for people to discover us by chance.

HARUNA: That's true.

TOMOMI: I'm so glad you looked for us and found us. Thank you!

RINA: Every year, the importance of each tour grows, for better or worse. We feel like we can't afford to fail even once, and we take each tour very seriously. So, it's really important to feel like our message is reaching people. It is very important for us to continue.

HARUNA: It is important.

TOMOMI: At any rate, this two-month tour was a lot of fun!

MAMI: It was fun!

RINA: It was a very rewarding tour.

TOMOMI: There were many regions that we hadn't been to since our 47-prefecture tour. They were also sold out, which was not the norm for us. Also, we ate a lot.

RINA: It was deliciousー

HARUNA: We talked about that during the tour finale MC.

TOMOMI: We ate too much at each place.

HARUNA: That's the best part of touring.

TOMOMI: One more thing I can't forget during the tour...

HARUNA: Yeah.

TOMOMI: At the Kanazawa concert, when we talked about the earthquake in Noto, there was a person in the audience who said in a cheerful voice, "My house was swept away." It must have been really hard for them, but I was happy that they chose to come to the concert. I thought about it for a long time afterwards, thinking that I didn't say much at the time. After all, people come with all sorts of different thoughts in their minds, and we toured venues of all sizes, but there are as many different lives as there are people who came. I think that our music or just one word we said during MC might be able to brighten up something in someone's day, even if just for a moment, so it was a day that made me realize once again that we need to cherish every word we say. I was happy that they came, and their cheerful words really touched my heart, so I want to say thank you for everything even though you're going through a difficult time.



【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt』 - Season 2, Episode 63


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•The episode starts with this.

•Hirai "Pharaoh" Hikaru joins them and asks them what they should do for this episode. MAMI says that she hears that he's the #1 person for fortune-telling in the entertainment industry and #2 when it comes to Sanrio (just a heads up that they talk A LOT about Sanrio lol). He says that he doesn't know if he's the best in the industry, but maybe among comedians. MAMI says that he also seems to go to seasonal shows at Puroland and says she goes to go them too. TOMO wonders if they've ever met each other there. MAMI and Hirai don't think so. Hirai says that she'd probably recognize him right away if she did see him there since he usually stands out, being tall and also typically wearing something like a cowboy hat. MAMI asks if he takes photos with the characters like that. He says that it's kind of troublesome and breaks the immersive feel. TOMO says that she likes the characters PETAPETAMINILIAN and pokkyokuten, and that she shares the same birthday as Marron Cream. Hirai says that he was born in the same year (1984) as MINNA NO TABO and Zashikibuta.

•MAMI also talks about how she's gotten a handful of friends to get annual passes to Puroland and is like an ambassador for it. Hirai says that maybe they could play a concert there one day. TOMO and MAMI say they'd love to. MAMI says that it's usually idols who you see at events at Puroland. TOMO asks where they could go about trying to actually play there. Hirai says that he has some connections with people in the company and thinks he could connect the band with them, and that he thinks that a band of their level could totally play there if they wanted to. TOMO says that makes her happy and MAMI says again that she'd love to play there.

•Hirai asks MAMI what her top Sanrio character is. MAMI says that the reason she got into Sanrio was because of Badtz-Maru, but if you follow the concept of Sanrio, you end up liking all the characters. Hirai says that's totally true. MAMI mentions the Sanrio Character Ranking contest and that she has a hard time trying to decide which characters to vote for. Hirai says he totally gets that, and that his favorite character is Kuromi and therefore the character he votes the most for. But like what MAMI said, Sanrio is like a concept, and when you like a character, you want to support pretty much every other character. TOMO says that Hello Kitty is celebrating her 50th anniversary this year, which makes you want to rank high in the contest.

•After talking a little more about Sanrio, they seem to be pushed by the staff to stop all of the Sanrio talk (TOMO: "Even though we'd love to talk about it forever") and say that they should be getting to fortune-telling now. Hirai asks them if there's anything in particular they'd like for him to divine. TOMO says that she wants him to see what kind of people they are (what their personality is like) like he did for HARU and RINA. TOMO chooses a card and she and MAMI are surprised at how sparkly it is. Hirai says that although it seems like a rare card was pulled, all of the cards are sparkly like this one. They laugh and TOMO says she understands. The card that she pulls is the Six of Wands. Hirai says that a Wand card was also pulled during the last episode (Eight of Wands & King of Wands, both by RINA). He reiterates that a wand is something that supports you, so it symbolizes things such as experience, evidence, and passion. 6 is the midpoint of the Wand cards, so which means it's still in its developmental stage, and at the same time, it's a symbol of your own personal development. At the same time, you're very serious and uncompromising about the things you're passionate about. You're not satisfied with the status quo, and are always looking for new opportunities and thinking ahead. On the other hand, you tend to have a narrow perspective. You're the type of person who is very serious about what you're passionate about, but you can't do the same thing at the same time and tend to be a bit foolish about other things. Since you're always looking forward to the next step, you're likely a very conscious person. TOMO says that makes her happy to hear and thanks him.

•TOMO also mention that she's actually been in bad health since last year and has a broken rib, laughing while saying it. She wonders if he could tell her what her health will be like in the future. MAMI says it'll be for her luck regarding health. Hirai asks if it hurts when she laughs. TOMO says it hurts a lot. Hirai says that in that case, he won't say anything funny, which makes them both laugh hard. MAMI says that she wants him to say something funny. Hirai then asks TOMO to pick a card. TOMO says that she really wants to get a good card. MAMI and Hirai say that it'd be bad if one of the 'bad' cards is chosen. The card she chooses is the Queen of Pentacles. MAMI points out that the King of Pentacles was pulled last time. Hirai says that a pentacle is something that is worth its weight in gold, so it has a nuance of a tangible material thing, such as money. The queen is a very fulfilling being, so it seems that the various elements that you have now are already wonderful. In terms of health, things are going in the right direction. Don't think about trying to make it better and let things heal naturally. It's important to go at your own pace and not push yourself. Since it's a really good card, he thinks things will go in a good direction. TOMO says that she's looking forward to it.

•Next, they divine for MAMI and look at her nature first. MAMI thinks they'll probably pull a 'devil' card soon. TOMO asks if that kind of card is bad. Hirai says that when those cards appear, he does find it hard to comment about them. TOMO says that she wants one to be pulled and laughs. MAMI asks if those cards are sparkly as well. Hirai says they are. MAMI then pulls a card, which turns out to be The Lovers. Hirai says that if you apply it to human nature, it means that you place great importance on relationships and emotional connections. You're also the type of person that is more likely to be trusted. However, you sometimes go too far and your love can be taken as a bit heavy. TOMO agrees and that it's like that for her being a Sanrio otaku. She can love something so much she'll end up hating it, such as with strawberries: she really loves them but will start hating them after eating a lot of them. TOMO says that her love is heavy. MAMI says that if she thinks someone might have opened up to her for even a moment, she'll go for it, but if it turns out that they weren't, she'll get a bit flustered. Hirai thinks that it's important to value that intuitive aspect. MAMI says that she'll do things in moderation.

•Hirai asks MAMI what she wants to be divined next. MAMI isn't sure and wonders what would be good. Hirai says that he gets all kinds of people asking for all kinds of things, with an example being wanting to know the fortune of their favorite person/thing. TOMO says that they are into characters right now (Sanrio). MAMI says that she would be interested in knowing Badtz-Maru's fortune, and TOMO says that that's because they aren't sure yet if he'll make into the top 10 in the Sanrio Character Rankings. MAMI says that she'd be interested in knowing about Badtz-Maru, but Hirai suggests that since she has the chance, it's probably better to learn something about herself instead. She agrees and asks if he could simply see if her future will be bright overall. Hirai says he'll look at her overall luck within a year. The card MAMI draws is The Tower. When she draws it, Hirai goes, "Ahh, okay." MAMI goes, "What?? What??" TOMO says she's scared and asks if this is a scary card. Hirai says that this card, which features a toppled over tower held up by 3 people, means that your sense of values and way of thinking that you have cultivated up to now will be shattered by an event. TOMO asks if that means that it'll be a shocking one. Hirai says yes, and so it may be a time when you'll encounter a big event and go through a period of confusion. TOMO asks if that doesn't mean that you'll be shocked in a good way. Hirai says that this card does have a more negative element to it. MAMI says that this is the first time any of them have gotten a negative card. Hirai says that it seems like your pride is being crushed a little, but in the long run it will lead to growth, though it might be easy for them to feel a little depressed temporarily. The 3 people carrying the tower together also represents the existence of friends, teamwork, etc. Basically, there are people nearby who will support you even in that kind of situation. TOMO says her own name to indicate she's one of those people, which MAMI thanks her for. MAMI says this card is so sparkly and shiny yet a bad card. Hirai says that now that she knows all this, she'll be more prepared for what's to come and will accept it a little calmly. MAMI says that she understands, and that this what her year will be like. TOMO says that there's still a lot more beyond that and that the future is bright.

•As they close out the segment, TOMO says that it was a lot of fun and that there's still a lot of things she'd like to hear about. MAMI says that she hopes to see Hirai at Puroland sometime. Hirai says to call out to him if she sees him, and that she'll probably recognize him right away. He also mentions that he's in a band with other comedians and will try his best to be able to perhaps perform with SCANDAL one day. MAMI says that she'd love for them to do a joint-band performance at Puroland. TOMO says that would be awesome. Hirai wonders if they could do that, but also jokes that he wouldn't want to bring too many of his bandmates to the park because they're immoral. MAMI says that it is a sacred place, after all.

•They then close out the episode. TOMO reads a message from a listener who basically says that SCANDAL was their most listened to artist on Apple Music with 863 minutes played, and also started listening to past episodes of "Catch up" and finally caught up recently. TOMO wonders how many songs 863 minutes would equal. She says that one song likely equals 4 minutes, and 863 divided by 4 = 21.7 hours. They say thanks for listening to them a lot.






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

I've updated the guide as how to input your info and message for those who need assistance (click to enlarge):

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*A list of all episode summaries from #1-160 can be found here

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SCANDAL @ FLOW THE FESTIVAL 2024 - Mon Jul 01, 2024 2:02 am

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SCANDAL @ FLOW THE FESTIVAL 2024





Setlist:


  1. HARUKAZE
  2. Shoujo S
  3. Gunjou pleats
  4. Plum
  5. Fanfare
  6. Take Me Out
  7. Image
  8. Shunkan Sentimental







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SCANDAL: 「【Thank you】
2024.06.30
"FLOW THE FESTIVAL 2024"
at Pia Arena MM」



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TOMOMI: 「FLOW THE FESTIVAL 2024, thanks so much!
We hadn't seen FLOW since Brazil last year, and it had been about 10 years since we last did a joint-band event in Japan with them😫🔥
They've always been such cool, kind older brothers!
I hope we get to see them again somewhere in the world soon🫶」



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HARUNA: 「FLOW THE FESTIVAL 24🔥 It was such an awesome, warm, kind, passionate festival! Can't believe it had been about 10 years since the last time FLOW invited us to play an event in Japan?! I'm glad we stuck around,,🥹 The view from the stage was so beautiful〜 Thanks so much!」



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MAMI: 「FLOW THE FESTIVAL 2024 @ Pia Arena MM
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Thank you so much
To everyone who watched SCANDAL's set❤🔥
And FLOW, thank you so much for inviting us🥹✨
We got to take part in the after-party for a bit, and we could see how FLOW as a band is so loved and trusted by musical artists,,,😭 It was such an honor to have been invited to this important festival🔥
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※This is my specialty, time-delayed post🙂↕
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Tomorrow is LuckyFes 2024 🌱
Don't forget to take precautions against heat stroke! And the weather looks unstable, so please watch your step!🥹✨



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RINA: 「FLOW THE FESTIVAL 2024 at Pia Arena MM. A wonderful festival that only FLOW could create. It had been 11 years since we last performed together in Japan. I'm so happy! The audience response was great from the beginning to the end. There are so many unconditionally exciting anisongs, and I was reminded once again how great they are. It was funー! Thank you very much︎⟡.·」



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【Translated Summary】
SCANDAL DOCUMENTARY "her" Diary 2023 SPECIAL EDITION


From LUMINOUS Blu-ray Edition


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March 2023 - Photo Shooting


•The video starts off with SCANDAL shooting promo photos for their Line of sight single. RINA says she's really happy that they'll be able to update their main artist promo photo since they had been using the same one for about a year now. Because that photo had been a rather simple one, they thought it would be nice to change things up and take some fresh photos with sharp colors with a bit of a punkish feel but are not overly strong, and would leave a good impression. Footage is then shown of four staff members getting into the platform installed in the shooting space and taking test photos. RINA says while laughing that they always take such cool test photos.

•The band is shown taking their promo photos as RINA talks about how their promo photos are a way to convey what new mode SCANDAL is in, and how it's also a way to give a visual impression as to what their new song will be like. It shows everyone what their next step is, so it always feels new and exciting for the band. As the band looks through the photos they've taken, MAMI laughs and says that TOMO's legs look super long in them. HARU says that they're pretty much always entangled or are in weird positions when they take photos and so she's rather used to it, but because this was their first time shooting promos in a while, she was made aware of it once again. RINA says that it's hard to do that when they're in a cramped space, like now, since it's hard on the knees, and that their cores are getting stronger.

•As footage of the band shooting more photos is shown, RINA talks about how they tell their stylist and photographer about the concept and nuances of what they want to achieve, and they all try to come up with new ideas as they go along. It's gotten difficult since they've done this so many times that they're running out of ideas, but new ideas do eventually come out of their discussions each time. It's a lot of work but also a lot of fun and interesting to make something new. The rest is then up to the band. It's less about it being some amazing staging and more about the expressive power of the four of them. She's really happy their team trusts them in that way.








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March 2023 - Music Video Shooting


•Behind-the-scenes footage of the "Line of sight" MV is shown, first with the band eating fruits. MAMI bites into a strawberry and, after a few seconds, says it tastes good, though doesn't sound very enthusiastic about it. The other members laugh in the background. MAMI laughs too and says, "They're just normal strawberries, aren't they?" HARU explains that MAMI doesn't really like strawberries that much to begin with. MAMI says she needs fruit to be as sweet as melons, or as sweet as jam. TOMO goes, "Because jam has sugar in it!" while HARU laughs in the background. MAMI goes, "But strawberries look like they're sweet!" She starts opening a package of what looks to be white strawberries, and HARU says that MAMI is sure to prefer those. TOMO says that those are probably on the sour side, though. MAMI says that with it having this kind of appearance, she'd rather it be a vegetable. TOMO says it's fine to think of it in that way, which makes MAMI laugh. MAMI tries a white strawberry and makes a surprised face. TOMO asks if it's good. MAMI excitedly nods and TOMO says she thought so. MAMI claps and says it's delicious.

•RINA is shown walking as she says that it's been a while since they've shot a music video in this kind of place (an abandoned factory). She says she's looking forward to making something cool. She arrives where her drum set is set up and says it looks really cool, including the plastic tarp with writing all over it that her drums are on top of. As she sits at her drums, she says she wants to go all out with her performance. After she shoots her scene, she says that the kanji character she chose to represent 2023 for her is "答 (answer; reply)," which means to respond to expectations, so she wants to show everyone the side of SCANDAL they want to see. She thinks this year will be a good one to do that, and says that she's looking forward to it.

•MAMI shoots next while RINA watches. As MAMI finishes, RINA says that she looked really cool. MAMI laughs and says it's probably because of the people filming it. They're then shown walking past a big pile of rubble outside. RINA says, "How did they even find this kind of place to shoot at?" They both laugh. MAMI says that maybe they found it after seeing it in a movie. RINA says that maybe it was in a fight scene. They laugh and MAMI says that could be the case.

•It's now nighttime. HARU and TOMO are seen walking onto set while RINA says that it looks really awesome. HARU is then shown in front of the outdoor performance set and says it's really cool and has a junkyard-feel to it. MAMI is shown standing to the side and says that it's well into the night, and that she predicts it's going to be a cool video. RINA says that this is a great shooting location, although it's freezing. She says that since they've already shot a lot of cool music videos in the past, they were wondering how they could make a new kind of perfomance-only one. But when they communicated to the director what kind of nuances they wanted to have, they felt that would be able to do it. She says they want to live up to everyone's expectations.

•They're then shown shooting performance scenes at the outdoor set. After, a cameraman with a complicated and heavy-looking rig is shown removing their camera. TOMO says that they have the hardest job, and that they're really amazing. RINA says that that cameraman's strength is on full display. TOMO and HARU are shown watching the playback as TOMO dances along to the breakdown part of the song. RINA and HARU are then shown, and RINA says that this is the SCANDAL that everyone wants to see. HARU says that only SCANDAL can do something like this. RINA agrees and says that it seems possible that others could, but they can't—you can try it and you'll understand why. They both laugh at this.








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SCANDAL TOUR 2023 「unlimited UTOPIA」

April 7, 2023 - Zepp Nagoya


•SCANDAL is shown in the dressing room of the venue. TOMO says that it's day 1 of their tour. MAMI claps and cheers. HARU is shown looking at the papers on the wall. Their videographer Chie asks her what she's looking at. HARU says she's looking at the catering menu that has stuff that can only be found in Nagoya. Chie laughs while saying that she thought HARU was thinking about the performance while looking at the setlist above the menu. HARU laughs and clarifies that she was looking at the paper below it.

•The band is shown at the venue's entrance where the merch tables and fan club booth are. MAMI tries out the lottery for fan club members where you stick your hand inside a large plastic ball with papers being blown around and grab one slip. She keeps her hand at the top of the ball and manages to collect a bunch of slips. TOMO says, "You're only allowed to get one!" They're all then shown with a slip in each of their hands and open them at the same time, revealing that they all got participation prizes. HARU says while smiling that she wanted to win the meet-and-greet prize. As they walk back to the dressing room, MAMI claps her hands and says she's very satisfied, and that it's all so much fun.

•Back in the dressing room, the band watches the lighting team on the monitors try out the lighting that will be going on when the performance starts. They say it looks really cool. MAMI laughs and says that the band should actually be the ones clapping for this.

•Next, they're shown doing rehearsals on stage and soundchecking "A.M.D.K.J." After, HARU asks which songs will have lasers. A staffer answers that a bunch of them do. HARU laughs and says that it might be pretty harsh for her liking. They ask if she means the laser that will be hitting right in front of her, which she says yes to. The laser sequence in question is then demonstrated, and a laser does seem to hit the mic in front of her. The next frame cuts to the lasers projecting behind her instead, which she says is better. After rehearsals are done and HARU puts down her guitar, she says that the lasers were kind of harsh.

•The band is then shown back in the dressing room and in their stage outfits. The monitors are now displaying the crowd gathered in front of the stage. RINA wonders if everyone will vocalize right away when the show starts (since this tour is their first one since the pandemic began that is allowing the audience to vocalize; i.e. sing and shout). Their photographer Jon asks if they haven't allowed vocalizing at the performances yet. HARU says these will be their first solo concerts that it will be allowed.

•Their producer Eisuke comes in to get them when it's time for the concert to start. RINA says that was really fast. As they walk through the hallways, RINA says that she can't wait to play "SCANDAL BABY" (the last song they'll play, but is also the song that the audience always vocalizes the most to), which the others laugh at. After they do their pre-show chant with their staff, the band waits in the wings to go on stage. TOMO says that the crowd is actually pretty quiet right now, despite vocalizing being okay to do. RINA says that it did used to be louder in the past. The crowd can then be heard cheering right before the band goes on. MAMI says she wants to hear them cheer even louder.

•Clips from the MC are then shown:

RINA: For the past three years, we've been unable to do a lot of things, and we've felt like almost giving up a number of times. We've said it in many interviews that we really thought we couldn't do this anymore, like last year. But performing in front of everyone today made me realize how glad I am that we didn't give up.

HARU: Isn't it amazing that we can feel that way over and over again when playing or listening to our music?

R: It is!

H: So even though we feel a sense of accomplishment from touring and writing songs, it's like this never-ending feeling of dissatisfaction continues. It's not that we're not satisfied, but rather, we want to be even more amazing and even happier. I really felt that way again today.

TOMO: We want to call out to you guys over and over again!









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SCANDAL TOUR 2023 「unlimited UTOPIA」

April 8, 2023 - Zepp Osaka Bayside


•HARU is shown lying on the couch backstage. She says she's exhausted physically and emotionally [from the Osaka concert the day before]; it's been a while since she's felt this drained. She sits up and says her head doesn't feel clear at all. RINA is then shown as Chie asks her if she still feels nervous on day 2 of a tour. She says that she totally still does.

•Clips of the band performing "Line of sight" at the concert are shown. Next, footage from an MC is shown of them talking and laughing about how long it's been since the crowd could answer back with their voices and not just with clapping. HARU says it feels like it's been forever since they all shouted "Young corn" together during "STANDARD."








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SCANDAL TOUR 2023 「unlimited UTOPIA」

April 14, 2023 - KT Zepp Yokohama


•Footage of HARU talking during an MC is shown:

Hearing everyone's voices like this make me feel like you've all been waiting for this moment. Just as the "unlimited UTOPIA" title suggests, we want this tour to be one where there are no limits on how much everyone can have fun, so I hope everyone can enjoy themselves freely by shouting and throwing their hands up in the air as they please. Please spend today however you'd like!









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SCANDAL TOUR 2023 「unlimited UTOPIA」

April 15, 2023 - SENDAI GIGS


•The band is shown at the venue and doing things like writing messages for the venue on notepads and looking + laughing at caricatures of them that were posted on a wall.








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SCANDAL TOUR 2023 「unlimited UTOPIA」

April 19, 2023 - Zepp Sapporo


•Footage of HARU talking during an MC is shown:

We're playing a lot of different songs today, and we really don't want you to think about anything or worry about anything after this concert ends. We just want you to enjoy the songs, shout out loud, and express your feelings with all your might. Sound doable?









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SCANDAL TOUR 2023 「unlimited UTOPIA」

April 29, 2023 - Zepp Fukuoka


•Footage of HARU talking during an MC is shown:

You guys are super pumped! Again, welcome to the "unlimited UTOPIA" tour! The setlist is really focused on vocalization, which is why it's a different setlist for each performance!



•The band is shown taking group photos after the concert. MAMI says that it feels all slimy and hot where they are (likely since it was raining on that day and was humid inside the venue). HARU says she feels really warm. RINA says it's hot while fanning herself with her hands.








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May 4, 2023 - Zepp DiverCity Tokyo


•The band has just arrived at the dressing room of the venue. RINA says that this is the finale of the tour. It then cuts to HARU eating and saying that it's getting even hotter. RINA says that, simply put, their concerts right now are really good. They had a chance to talk with some staffers for the first time in a while at an after-party in Fukuoka, and they told them that although their MC in Fukuoka was a little short, it was really passionate. It was really interesting to hear the staff's thoughts and impressions because they've been watching the band for so long. She was really happy to hear that the staff has fun while doing their jobs.

•The band is then shown soundchecking songs such as the intro of "Tonight." After, a staffer asks them if they want to go over the beginning of "Tonight" again. MAMI says that's okay, and that she just forgot to turn up the volume. It then cuts to Kota, one of their roadies, asking if they're okay with "Tonight" being the second song of the encore. HARU asks if it's odd to do. Kota says that he feels like there will be a happy vibe today, which RINA agrees with, but he doesn't seem convinced that "Tonight" should be played. RINA asks him if he thinks that the mood will dip downwards. He says that the opening music leading into the song (an opening that is only played live and is not on the recorded song) is what he's unsure about. RINA says that the band was also unsure if they wanted to include it or not, and maybe they could just start it like how the recorded song starts off. He says that they could, but he doesn't know if that would be best. RINA says that they can try it once. HARU says that they are doing a lot of special things on this tour, after all. Another staffer says that they could play one more song, which makes their videographer laugh. RINA asks what they should do. Kota suggests that it ought to be "Image," and thinks that they should end the tour on a happy note. MAMI asks if they should and laughs, saying that the encore will last 20 minutes now. RINA says that the point is to connect everything in the end. MAMI says yes, and that utopia was right here. RINA says, "Yes, a perfect world."

•Back on stage, HARU talks into the mic and addresses their staff, saying that they safely made it to the finale. Kota hits the cymbals on RINA's drum kit, which makes MAMI laugh and say that surprised her. HARU continues speaking and says that although it was a pretty short tour with only 7 performances, it's been really great and that they want to make tonight the best night ever.

•The band is then shown back in the dressing room in their stage outfits. HARU says that it doesn't feel like it's the finale of a tour and wonders why. RINA says that they should just have the finale next year instead, which makes HARU laugh.

•Eisuke comes to the dressing room to bring them to the stage. They do their usual huddle with their staff and are then shown heading out on stage.

•A portion of an MC is shown, with HARU laughing and saying that they're having so much fun that they're going dumb. The crowd laughs and claps. She says that they're having so much fun that they're liking making noises that they've never made before, and that MAMI was being particularly loud while singing "STANDARD." MAMI says that she always does her best to sing in her natural voice when harmonizing during other songs, which is why during "STANDARD" she wants her voice to be explosive. It then cuts to HARU saying that she felt that, in addition to welcoming everyone back to their concerts, they're also welcoming back everyone's voices. This tour has really given them so much happiness such as that, and she thanks everyone for coming out.








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July 2023 - São Paulo, Brazil


•The band and their staff are walking outside while it's very sunny out. MAMI says while laughing that she doesn't know if it's cold or hot right now. Eisuke says it's warm when the sun is out, and that no one expected it to be this cold in Brazil. HARU says that they were mistaken.

•After arriving at the anime convention they will be appearing at, they walk through a spacious, rather empty space in the backstage area. Eisuke says it's been a while since they've experienced this. RINA agrees and says that it feels nostalgic.

•Footage of them at their panel, M&G, and press junket is then shown. Backstage, they read a fan letter that says they've been a fan since "Shoujo S" was a Bleach opening song when they were 9 years old. The band is all seemingly surprised at that. As they walk to another location, RINA says to HARU that the fans' reactions were very attuned, and reacted like, "Whoa!" to anything. HARU says that they listened carefully and understood. RINA says that now that the band is finally here in Brazil, they want to talk to everyone properly.

•Before they hit the stage for their concert, the band does their group huddle where HARU says it's their first time in Brazil, and to have fun and do their best. Clips of the band performing "Saishuuheiki, Kimi" and "A.M.D.K.J." are then shown. After the concert, the band hugs some staffers and says thanks.








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SCANDAL 17th ANNIVERSARY 「Sekai Ichi」

August 21, 2023 - Namba Hatch


•RINA is shown walking through the train station. She says the day's finally here and that she can't imagine how it'll feel. HARU says that it still feels like just a normal morning. RINA says that they have some footage of their first live performance at Namba Hatch and will be showing it on stage as they perform the same song ("Time Machine ni Onegai" cover by SADISTIC MIKA BAND). She laugh about how it's some pretty amazing footage, and that it surprised her how young they all looked. It then cuts to TOMO saying that 17 years is a pretty big milestone, and despite it being such an important day she's not sure if they're really conveying that with how they're acting all calm right now—it kind of feels more like they're about to hold their annual year-end concert instead (BEST Xmas) and wonders if that's okay to feel that way. HARU says she thinks it's fine.

•They arrive at the venue and notice a whiteboard containing pictures of different places around the world, with the text saying "Best in the world" on top. TOMO asks what it is, and a staffer explains that it's several places that are the top ones of its kind in the world. An example is Tiananmen Square being the largest public square in the world. The band and staff say that that's awesome. Chie asks them to list something that they've learned from the board. TOMO says the fact about Mt. Everest and MAMI says the one about the desert (most likely the Sahara Desert). RINA says the fact about how the world's currently oldest person is (was, technically) 127 years old.

•The band arrives at the dressing room where balloons celebrating their anniversary adorn the wall. Chie says that it feels like a festival in here. TOMO and HARU say it's all thanks to everyone and say thanks. They're then shown eating at a table. HARU says that she didn't think they'd be together this long, including Chie sticking with them for so long. TOMO asks Chie if she thought they wouldn't last that long. She laughs and says that's a scary thing to be asked, and that she never thought that. TOMO asks if that's true. Chie says that wondered what kind of phenomenon this was, and that them actually setting the record for longest-running female rock band was something they all joked about at first. TOMO says that they had been joking about it since their 10th anniversary that they really might get it, and now it's become a reality.

•HARU is then shown on stage during rehearsals and says that anything goes when it comes to their anniversary. Chie asks her what they did last year. HARU says that they held the Mystery Tour last year, and that anything really does go—they just want to celebrate the day itself.

•The band is then shown in their stage outfits heading to the stage. In the elevator, HARU says that it's really quiet. TOMO says that everyone seems nervous. A staffer says the audience is as well. HARU says that you never know what might happen. TOMO wonders if there's a possibility that they might not get the record. Next, they're shown being closer to the stage. MAMI says that this is a new phenomenon. RINA says that it's like the first time they played in Taiwan and laughs. MAMI laughs and says that she totally gets that.

•The band and staff huddle together as HARU says, "Today marks the 17th anniversary of our formation, and today is the only day we can achieve this world record, so let's imprint this day into our heads and hearts. Let's all make it a great night!"

•The opening video plays while footage of the band and the audience are shown in a split screen view. After it's done playing, the concert's master of ceremonies, Satoko Nii, opens the event and calls SCANDAL to the stage. They talk about things like how they only knew to count in with "5, 6, 7, 8" since that's how it's done for dancing. Satoko says, "Who would have thought that people who didn't want to do it would be like this 17 years later?" and asks what they think of how SCANDAL presently is. TOMO goes, "We're doing pretty good, aren't we?"

•Footage is then shown of each member speaking:

HARU: I was totally relaxed until this morning, but now I'm really nervous. I'm really proud of myself as a member of SCANDAL and as an individual that I was able to set a world record with what I've been doing and what I've continued to do. I'm just glad to be a member of SCANDAL, and I'm glad that I've done so many things as a member of the band. I'm glad to be a member of SCANDAL! Thank you so much!


TOMO: I'm so happy. Until a little while ago, we really just felt like we were about to perform BEST Xmas. I think we've probably made everyone here feel lonely before, without us knowing... I don't know what to do—I think I might cry a little! I think we've made everyone feel a little embarrassed before, but today we've become the best band in the world, and you've become the best fans in the world!


RINA: ...oh no, I can't speak.

Audience: Happy birthday!

HARU: That's right—happy birthday!

MAMI: What an amazing day.

R: I turned 32! We've been active for a long time, but we've never really done anything obvious, like performing on the biggest stage at a festival. I'm exaggerating a bit. But of course a lot of good things have happened. But the first number one we achieved was the four of us living our lives together, and the fact that we've become number one in the world is something that is uniquely our own. We are very happy and proud that we became number one, not because we beat anyone else, but because of the time we've spent together as a band. I don't know what normal is for us, but I think we're a band with a special story and special personalities. Thank you for loving and recognizing what makes us different from everyone else. Thank you so much for letting us stand on stage as SCANDAL for such a long time. We really love you guys. You're important to us. Thank you very much!


MAMI: It didn't quite hit me until we received the award, and I think this is the best number one we've gotten with everyone. Although I'm a member of SCANDAL, I feel like I've been watching SCANDAL up close with the same feelings as the fans who support SCANDAL... Ah...

RINA: It's hard to speak, right?

Audience: Hang in there!

R: Take your time.

A: Do your best!

M: Hang on a sec...

TOMO: We'll wait.

M: (speaking with a towel held up to her face) I can talk like this, right? (laughs)

R: Take deep breaths.

M: I'm okay... Ah, I might not be able to speak.

R: I totally get that.

HARU: Your feelings are being conveyed.

T: They are.

M: What should I do? I really might not be able to speak.

T: Then let's talk later.

R: I can't wait to play something loud already!

H: Well, let's do that right now. Is that okay?

Satoko: Of course! Let's get to the music!



•After donning their instruments, HARU speaks to the crowd:

Today only comes around once for us and for you guys. So on this auspicious day, let's think that today is all we have, and let us hear the best voices in the world!



•After the event ends, the band is shown leaving the stage and getting into the elevator to go back to the dressing room.

Staff: The atmosphere was amazing!

TOMO: My heart was beating so fast!

RINA: We didn't think we would cry.

T: We had no intention of doing that at all.

R: We got all choked up! It was surprising.









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October 2023 - Meeting


•The band is having a meeting at their office to decide the title of their new album.

T: It'd be nice to give it a title that's the opposite of MIRROR.

M: Lyrics-wise, it's like we're singing these songs for ourselves. They're quite pure songs.

R: They're about us.

M: They're forward-facing.

R: We're all facing the same direction.

H: Yeah.

R: It feels like we've broken free from the past 3-4 years and were able to write about them and about the future.

M: I want to put an end to these feelings with this [album].

R: I get it.

Staff: Any hints?

M: When I was writing "Highlight no Naka de Bokura Zutto," I knew I didn't want to sing about these kinds of topics anymore. It's like we've already said it all. So I'd like us to proceed with a happy sort of feeling.

R: It's like a luminance came from trying to escape. It's kind of like we're advancing, like moving forward or going to the next stage.

S: Something like "horizon" (laughs).

R: "New Horizon" (laughs). Even though this is our 11th album, it feels like it's our first one.

M: I feel like we've overcome the parts of us that we were unconsciously trying to cover up.

T: It feels like we were taken into the mirror world of MIRROR and suddenly came back out, and the world beyond that is pure and sunny.

R: Yeah.

S: Like a reflection. Or maybe not that. Not sure.

R: Like we advanced to the world ahead of that.

T: It felt that the place we arrived at was quite bright.

M: I feel like we've only just opened the door to that.

R: I wouldn't say that things have gotten easier. The same issues are still there.

M: "Bright," or "Luminous." Like you're radiating light.

R: It's giving Sailor Moon (laughs).

M: That's true.

R: The light feels like a physical thing. It's strong. Should we go with "LUMINOUS"?

M: I think it sounds cool.

T: Let's go with it.









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December 2023 - Photo Shooting


•The band is shooting promo photos for LUMINOUS on a rooftop.

RINA: We wanted a bright and soft image for this album. When we decided on the title of LUMINOUS, we included the meaning of "to emit light from oneself" in it. "Clarity" as well. Somehow the theme of light has stuck with us since launching [our imprint label] "her." We decided on LUMINOUS because we thought it'd be nice to have that sense of continuity. Since deciding on this title, it feels more and more like a good fit with each passing day.


MAMI: Because this is an album that pretty much sums up all the different feelings we've had over the past few years, we named it LUMINOUS with the meaning of ​​seeing more light and coming out of the darkness, so it feels a bit like we're emitting light.


HARU: [Our stylist] Kyohei made these outfits.

Staff: They're pretty sheer (laughs).

H: (laughs) They are. They're so sheer that we're not sure if they'll show up as such in the photos, but we'll make sure it looks good.


TOMO: If you were you visualize the album title LUMINOUS, it would look like this. When I look at our past works, there was a time when we were really sparkling. I don't want us to go back to how we were then, but now that we're in our 30s, we want to emit a new kind of sparkle on our own.



•After TOMO is done shooting her solo photos, the photographer asks her if she'd like to take a look at them, which she says yes to. HARU is then shown shooting her solo photos as the photographer shows her some on the camera screen. She goes, "Oh, wow!" The photographer says he tried to make them look sparkly. After she's done, HARU says things are looking good and they'll go through the many photos and pick the good ones.

•HARU then talks more about the album and production:

After our anniversary event, we had our "Kanshasai" tour. Up until then, we were pretty much thinking about the concerts and events we would be doing. After our debut anniversary in October, we had about five events that we performed at, so we were in that mode until around November. From the latter half of November, we suddenly switched back to production mode. It was a pretty hectic schedule, completing about three songs in that month. But we were able to finish recording them before the end of the year. I think it was good that we were able to capture our mood for this year and current feelings in one work. It was tough to head into 2024 with a new mindset, but I'm glad we persevered.









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September 2023 - Recording


•The band is shown recording "LOOP" in the studio. It then cuts to HARU and then RINA talking more about the album during the LUMINOUS promo shoot:

HARU: We directed the songs we made for the album. Not just the artwork, but the songs and lyrics were recorded using our own judgement. Vocals, too. Although we worked with arrangers when recording instruments, we just believed in what we thought was good.


RINA: Everything really did come from us, the band members. I think the only biggest changes have been our inner changes.



•The video cuts back to a clip of them recording "LOOP" with HARU recording vocals. After that, the band is again shown talking about the album during the promo shoot:

RINA: When we were writing the songs for this album, I thought we had created some really pure songs. I even brought up the word "pure" when we were discussing the title of the album, so that word and feeling was always in my head during the production period. I feel like we're returning to our most natural state.


TOMO: It wasn't intentional at all, but I think that we had been thinking a lot about what we would be like after we had achieved our world record, and how we could live happily as a band in the future. There are several songs on the album that were written with a similar theme, and I think that's our kind of resolve for the future.


MAMI: The album includes songs that were written during the pandemic, and as I said before, it's an album that really captures the dark side of us over the past few years. That's why I've decided that that mood will end with this album. I wanted this album to be about heading towards the light, which is why my feelings are also moving towards the light.


RINA: I really feel like it expresses us, and the songs are about the four of us as we presently are. I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing, but I'm sure that we've come to a point in time where we need to see things through. I feel like this is an album where we've done everything we needed to do, in order to feel like we're moving on to the next thing. The path that the four of us chose is sure to be shining at the end of it. Or rather, I think because we're shining so brightly, we feel that, wherever we go, it will be the right answer. I think it all came together when we came up with this title.


HARU: We gave the album this title with the hope that we can shine even more with the strength that we radiate from ourselves. The songs on the album feel like a collection of songs that really show us believing in our own strength.



•The promo shoot wraps up. TOMO says that she's glad it was really warm today, and that it felt like summer weather. RINA says the shoot went really well. The way the photos were taken this time was interesting, so it was fun to see how it was done. She thinks the photos will turn out really well. Before she heads back downstairs, she says that she wants next year (2024) to be a bright one.







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Continuing from the previous episode, Hirai "Pharaoh" Hikaru of the comedy duo "Baka yo Anata wa" will read the band's fortunes!

Season 2, Episode 63 blog


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TOMOMI: This is SCANDAL's bassist TOMOMI...

MAMI: And guitarist MAMI.

TOMOMI: This is a special episode in our two-part series with our guest. This time, we have TOMOMI and MAMI. Last time, HARU & RINA had their fortunes told.

MAMI: And the band as a whole. They drew good cards.

TOMOMI: As a band, things are going in a good direction.

MAMI: Yeah.

TOMOMI: Money...

Both: They said we'll get some!!

MAMI: I'm grateful!

TOMOMI: Same.

MAMI: It's motivating.

TOMOMI: Yeah, it is. Also, in addition to getting personal fortune-telling done, you also want to talk about Sanrio.

MAMI: That's right.

TOMOMI: So we have the "#1 Sanrio lover in the entertainment world" and the "#1 Sanrio lover in the band world" here.

MAMI: No, no, no.

TOMOMI: At worst, we don't need fortune telling. We could just talk about Sanrio.

MAMI: That's right. There really hasn't been anyone I can talk to about Sanrio, so I'm looking forward to it!

TOMOMI: Oh, we forgot to announce the title... This time we're bringing you "Scandalous..." Ah!

MAMI: ...why!?

TOMOMI: In our 18th year, I got the name of our band wrong... It's the one that people often mistake the word for.

MAMI: Yeah, we do get mistaken for that.

TOMOMI: Let's try that one more time...

MAMI: If you would...

TOMOMI: "SCANDAL URANAIMASU"!
...I apologize for messing up.

MAMI: When someone calls us "Scandalous," we're always like, "No, it's SCANDAL!"

TOMOMI: Yeah that's what we always say. And when someone says "Taiyou Scandal," we're like, "Ah, it's 'Taiyou Scandalous.'"

MAMI: Continuing from last time, Hirai "Pharaoh" Hikaru of the comedy duo "Baka yo Anata wa" will be doing "Egyptian fortune-telling" for all of the band members.

TOMOMI: The previous episode was so good...

MAMI: That's right!

TOMOMI: I'm kind of nervous. Like, what if things get bad?

MAMI: There are some bad cards in there, or rather, some cards that are not good luck-wise... We might draw the "Devil" card...

TOMOMI: I kind of want to see that card...

MAMI: That's true.

TOMOMI: I don't want to because it'll affect our fortune, but...I want to see it!

MAMI: I want to see it.

TOMOMI: We do feel that way.

MAMI: We're interested.

TOMOMI: I'm nervous, but let's have him take a look.



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『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt』 - Season 2, Episode 62


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•The episode starts with this.

•Hirai "Pharaoh" Hikaru then joins. HARU asks him how he, a comedian, got into doing fortune-telling. Hirai says that he hasn't been doing it for very long; he started during the pandemic when everyone was spending more time at home and thought that he should grow his repetoire. He says he has a comedian friend who also does tarot readings and is a bit of a clumsy type of person who can't speak very well, but for some reason they can speak well when they're telling fortunes, or perhaps they have some mysterious ability. Hirai thought that since his friend could do it, then he himself could do it too and thought he'd give it a try. Since he likes Egyptian history, he found some Egyptian tarot cards and started doing fortune-telling. HARU asks what kind of fortune-telling Egyptian tarot cards are. He says that the cards have the same meanings as regular tarot cards, but the cards can be interpreted in different ways due to the designs being based on ancient Egyptian ones and mythological gods + real-life kings appearing on the cards. HARU and RINA say they're looking forward to it.

•HARU asks RINA if she's ever tried tarot reading. RINA says she doesn't remember ever trying it. HARU says she doesn't think she's had it properly done before. Hirai asks them if they've ever had any kind of fortune-telling done. RINA says that she's done a palm reading before. HARU says that the entire band has had fortune-telling done for fan club videos, and do it once every 2 years or so.

•Hirai then brings out the cards and HARU says that they're really beautiful. Hirai says that there are 78 cards with each having their own meaning. The reading then begins. HARU says she's going to first ask about divining for the entire band, which is what she's most interested in. Hirai says that tarot cards are not meant to be viewed over a long period of time, so you can expect to see the results within the next year at most. He wonders if good luck is in store for SCANDAL. He says he usually asks his audience to draw a card and asks them to each draw one, which they do. The first card he talks about is the King of Pentacles, and says that it's a very good card relating to fortune. Pentacles are equivalent to gold coins, so it literally means that they'll be blessed with money, material fulfillment, and other things. HARU says that that sounds good. Hirai says that it is, and that because it is a king card, it'll also be a time when they're likely to make a lot of money. RINA is surprised and asks if that's within the next year. He says yes. HARU goes, "Really?" He says that they'll be very blessed in terms of work success. On the other hand, a drawback of it is that it's a card that goes too far in that direction, so it's a little weak in terms or emotions and such. So if they get too caught up in the success of their job, they might neglect relationships with others. He thinks they should be careful about that, and also that it's better to not rush ahead too much. HARU says that he's saying that they shouldn't just think about success and such. He says yes, but he also thinks it's easy to go in the right direction with the work that they're doing, so they should be find if they're careful about it.

•RINA says this is interesting and that this is the first time money has been talked about when divining for the band itself. HARU agrees and says that hasn't happened before. They both say that they can't imagine the "lucky with money" thing happening since they've never really focused on making money for the sake of making money. HARU says that she doesn't know if that's good or bad. Hirai says that he thinks it's a good stance to take and is a result of them things happening naturally. HARU says that maybe they should be grateful for that and asks if this will happen within a year. Hirai says within a year at most. RINA wonders what they're going to do that'll earn them that much money and says while laughing that maybe they'll play a lot of concerts, though that's something normal for them anyway. She says that they've always played concerts all the time and have also kept up the same release schedule from when they were still kids. Hirai says that's amazing. HARU says that there are a lot of upcoming things that they can't talk about yet, but she will say that there are a lot of things that have already been decided on. Hirai says that things will work out. RINA says that she's glad to hear that.

•HARU then asks if it's okay to do individual readings, which Hirai says yes to and that she can ask him about anything like work, love, health, or whatever is on her mind. HARU wonders what would be interesting. RINA says that she's interested in work and love. Hirai says that he can also see what kind of person HARU fundamentally is, such as her nature. HARU says that sounds interesting and asks him to do that. She chooses the first card she sees, which turns out to be Ace of Swords. HARU and RINA point out how there's a bird on the card and that the card is really pretty. Hirai says that the sword is a symbol of intelligence and reason in tarot cards; it means intelligence and logical thinking. The bird on the card is Horus, the god of falcons in Egyptian mythology. HARU says it looks really cool. Hirai says that he's a very famous god in mythology. He also says that the number 1 has a strong nuance of a new first step in everything, so that card itself has the meaning that you are taking a new and positive first step with a clear sense of your goals for the future. In terms of human nature, it means that you are very ambitious, stoic, and the type that values ​​logic over intuition. You act after thinking things through and have a clear vision for the future. Since Horus is also a heroic god, he is very suited to take the lead in moving things forward, which is a very good thing, and someone who is always aiming higher. HARU says that sounds really cool. RINA says that's really good and sounds accurate to a main vocalist, which both HARU and Hirai agree with. RINA asks HARU if she feels like she is a main vocalist. HARU says she's actually been thinking that she's not really suited to be one because of her personality. However, after listening to what Hirai said, she feels pretty confident that that's not totally the case. Hirai says that that's totally fine. RINA says it's pretty surprising that HARU thinks that it's logical. HARU says she's also surprised. RINA says that if she had to guess, she'd say she's more of an intuitive person, and she sometimes thinks she's the type of person who has the courage to jump in without a set vision. Hirai says it's true that Horus may have that kind of recklessness since he's a young god, so he has the tendency to jump in with the momentum that only a young person can have.

•Next, HARU asks for Hirai to divine about love. Hirai says that he'll divine what her luck with love will be like within the next year. The card HARU chooses is the King of Cups. HARU says that a lot of king cards are popping up for them. Hirai says that a cup is equivalent to the heart in playing cards. It is a symbol of emotional connections and bonds. Also, the king is a very strong presence and has the meaning of being able to give kindness to someone else, so it's a good fortune. HARU agrees that it does look like a good card. Hirai says that on the other hand, there is also an element of prioritizing others over yourself, so you tend to neglect yourself a little and get tired easily.
It's a good time to be in love, but it might be a bit one-sided. They all laugh at this. He says that if you give love to someone, you might not get something in return right away. You'll need to take a long-term view of that. But it's something that will become more ingrained in you in the long run, so this stance is definitely not a bad thing. He again says that basically it's a good card. HARU says that's good, and that they've drawn some pretty good cards. Hirai does remind them that there are some bad cards in the deck somewhere. HARU says that she's glad that a lot of positive things have been said so far. Hirai says that he's basically trying to guide them in a positive direction, which HARU says is wonderful.

•They then divine for RINA. RINA isn't sure if she wants him to divine about her personally or for work. Hirai says that he can look at both at once. RINA says that she's also interested in hearing about love, which HARU and Hirai laugh at. Hirai says that he'll take a look at the essence of RINA and she chooses a card, which turns out to be The World. In terms of simple fortune telling, it is the strongest card in all the cards. It depicts the Egyptian diagram of the creation of the world. At the top is the god of the sky, at the bottom is the god of the earth, and in the middle is the god of the air. The ones at the top and bottom were originally too close and stuck together, but the god of the air said to cut it out and pulled them up, creating the world. HARU says this card has a great meaning to it. Hirai says this card shows that you have created the space or system you desire and are creating wonderful moments within it. If you apply it to your personality, you are a relatively stable thinker and a bit scared of trying new things. If anything, you want to solidify your current environment and want to feel at ease in it. But because of that, you're very kind to your community, friends, and the people you have in your life. You're a little conservative, but not in a bad way, and value your own worldview very much. RINA says that this is surprising to hear but does sound true. HARU says that she kind of gets it and that she thinks RINA has a desire to move forward while preserving that sense of security and stability. Hirai says that she probably doesn't take too many gambles, which both of them agree with.

•Hirai asks if RINA wants to hear about work next. RINA asks if it's okay to do three divinations in total and laughs. Hirai laughs and says that's totally fine and that he'll do one for work next. The card RINA chooses is the Eight of Wands. The wand is something that supports you, so it symbolizes experience, evidence, and passion. It's a card that says that as you gain experience starting from 1, at the stage 8 you will attract the opportunity to take the next step. There's nothing wrong with what you're doing now, which is being done with passion. By continuing to work hard at it, you can take the next step, so you should keep working hard at what you're doing. It's a card that says that continuity is important. RINA says she's happy and glad to hear that.

•Hirai asks RINA what the third one she wants is, and RINA says love. The card she chooses the King of Wands. HARU says that another wand has come up. Hirai brings up how, as he mentioned earlier, wands are symbols of things that support you, such as experience, passion, etc. The king of wands is a symbol of something you have worked hard for and have achieved, and at the same time, this card is about taking action, being proactive, and so on. The more proactive you are, the more likely you are to get good results. It's a good time in terms of love, and you can make things better depending on yourself. It's also a card of passion, so it's better to take action first rather than thinking too much about it. He thinks it would be more effective if you follow your intuition and passion. RINA says that's important.

•Hirai says that it's great that the two of them have gotten so many good cards. HARU asks if tarot decks do have a lot of king cards in them. Hirai says that they basically have the same composition of playing cards, so there's 1 to 10 of each of the cards, wands, pentacles, cups, and swords, as well as queens and kings. HARU says that there aren't many king cards, then, but they got 3 of them. Hirai says that there are some cards like The Devil in there. HARU says that she would have liked to have seen a card like that come up, and that it would have been interesting/funny if they were told that the next year wouldn't be that good. Hirai laughs and says that their year does in fact look like a good one. HARU says that that makes her feel a little relieved. RINA says that she's looking forward to the future. Hirai talks about how he's been doing this for a few years now, and that tarot cards aren't as complicated as you think. Oddly enough, the same card can be interpreted a little differently depending on the diviner, so it's all down to your own intuition and inspiration. It's all about how you think in that moment. He says that he's always loved Egypt and is a bit knowledgeable about it, so he tries to combine it with his tarot readings. He also talks about the Ancient Egypt Museum in Shibuya that's only open on weekends, and that he often borrows a space there to do tarot readings. HARU and RINA are surprised and say that's great, and that they invite their fans to go to him and get their reading done.

•They then close out the episode by reading a message from a listener who talks about how the comedian duo Lalatune uploaded a video about how to write business emails, and when they were trying to come up with a fake company name, the name they came up with was "Rooftop, Inc." (which is the managing office that SCANDAL is part of). After doing so, the duo's manager tells them that there's already an entertainment company called ROOFTOP. RINA says that she sometimes watches their videos but hasn't seen this video yet. She also mentions how their CEO worked very hard on the about page on the site.






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Are HARUNA and RINA complete opposites...? Having their fortunes read by Hirai "Pharaoh" Hikaru from the comedy duo "Baka yo Anata wa"!

Season 2, Episode 62 blog


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HARUNA: This is HARUNA, vocalist of SCANDAL and...

RINA: Drummer RINA.

HARUNA: Oh, it's the two of us this time.

RINA: It's been a while.

HARUNA: Yeah, it's been a while. We've never had this duo before. Probably.

RINA: We haven't?

HARUNA: Yeah, no, right? (*to the staff)

RINA: I see...

(*Staff: Nope)

RINA: Ehー, this is surprisingly a first.

HARUNA: We've recorded in pairs before, but this is the first time you and I are paired up.

RINA: I see. I didn't realize this is the first time.

HARUNA: So, I, HARUNA, and RINA will be bringing you this episode, and we'll be welcoming a guest in two parts to explain why we're doing this in pairs.

RINA: This is a special episode, huh...

HARUNA: Yes, it is special.

RINA: This might be the first time we've had a guest since Announcer Matsumoto was on...

HARUNA: Maybe so.

RINA: We did a "baseball batting order with vegetables."

HARUNA: We did something we didn't understand...

RINA: Yes, it was a bit of a joke episode. It was a lot of fun, though.

HARUNA: That was fun, wasn't it? When did we do that...?

RINA: It was quite a while ago. (Staff note: September 18, 2023)

HARUNA: When it comes to guests on our show, it's always Announcer Matsumoto.

RINA: That's right.

HARUNA: And so, here is what we will be bringing to you this time!
SCANDAL URANAIMASU (SCANDAL Fortune-Telling)

RINA: Fortune-telling...

HARUNA: Yes, fortune-telling.

RINA: Our guest this time will be Hirai "Pharaoh" Hikaru from the comedy duo "Baka yo Anata wa," and all of the SCANDAL members will be getting "Egyptian fortune-telling" done. I've never heard of "Egyptian fortune-telling" before...

HARUNA: I've never heard of it.

RINA: I'm curious.

HARUNA: You know, what is the relationship between SCANDAL and fortune-telling?...

RINA: We've done it here and there for fan club projects and so on. As for my private life, well...

HARUNA: Have you been to any?

RINA: I went to get my palm read with my sister, but that was years ago.

HARUNA: My voice training teacher likes tarot.

RINA: You did mention that.

HARUNA: I studied tarot on my own and had it read before. But I don't think I've ever had a proper reading like this time.

RINA: But aren't comedians these days just amazing?

HARUNA: They are amazing.

RINA: They can do everything way too well.

HARUNA: They do all kinds of things, including Hirai "Pharaoh" Hikaru. But that's not all.

RINA: He's also knowledgeable about Sanrio, and had lots of interesting conversations about it.

HARUNA: I saw his Instagram and there was so much about Sanrio on it. I think TOMO and MAMI will be really excited about this.

RINA: I agree.

HARUNA: That's for the next episode.

RINA: [Baka yo Anata wa] also formed a band.

HARUNA: We'll have Hirai "Pharaoh" Hikaru read our fortunes for the second half of 2024.



【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt』 - Season 2, Episode 61


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•The episode starts with this. TOMO says that she doesn't think of the band as being something that's "routine" and thinks of it as "stability." Things like releasing an album once every 2 years, having an event on their anniversary, and playing a Christmas concert all account for this feeling of stability. She does think that sometimes things get routine, not in their activities, but in song production. There are times when they feel stuck, or that they've expressed themselves in the same way before, or that they're saying the same thing just in different words. RINA says that it really depends on your mentality and how you perceive what is routine. The song "LOOP" was written with that in mind. She says she feels very lucky and grateful to have a job where she can express her frustrations and anxieties. Ohno seems to say something about what the band thinks about being perceived as stable by outsiders. TOMO replies that they don't mind that at all, but this job is really not a stable one. They're lucky that they're able to do the same kind of activities at the same time every year, but it's not a stable job--it's not a stable profession. RINA says that they're the type of band that people often say seem stable. TOMO says that if that's the way people look at them, then she's grateful for that.

•The next topic is "Good value for money vs. bad value for money." The band is kind of confused; TOMO says that those two are completely different from each other. Ohno says something that's a little hard to hear, but the gist of it seems to be how they would divide the two. HARU and RINA agree that it probably differs depending on the person. HARU says that she doesn't think it's a bad thing to have poor cost performance when it comes to music production. MAMI laughs and says that it is generally poor, though. RINA says that it is a really bad cost performance in general. It can take years along with stamina and energy to make a 3-minute song, but they're people who enjoy and love expressing themselves, which is why they're doing this as a job. They can do it because they feel that their energy and time spent on it is extremely rich during their production periods. However, people in completely different professions or who work in more numerical fields might wonder what the heck they're doing. TOMO says that this same concept could apply to touring. It's said in their industry that playing at Zepp venues (1,000-ish-capacity venues around Japan) is very cost-effective, and you'll be stable if you keep doing Zepp tours. But after a while, you have a desire to go to places you haven't been yet, and sometimes they want to choose to play small venues even if the cost performance isn't that good. It's also an important part of their band activities--it means going to different areas, performing in different places, gaining experience, going to meet people you want to meet, going to countries you want to go to, even if it's not always cost-effective to do so. That's the kind of job they have.

•MAMI says that you can't really say where the fine line is between good value vs. bad value, but tries to give an example: If you were able to eat really good yakiniku for 1,000 yen ($6 USD), then that would be good value for money. However, if another restaurant sells that same meat for 10,000 yen ($63 USD), then that wouldn't be kind of a bad value for money. So rather than the fine line between good and bad value or the average between them, it's a question of what each person thinks is good or bad. TOMO mentions how when they talked with Vaundy at the after-party they had after the joint-band show they did with him, he said that he wrote the song "Tokimeki" in just two hours. She says that writing a song that was such a big hit in Japan in such a short amount of time was very cost-effective, which they laugh at. She then talks about how it took her a long time to write the lyrics to "Fanfare"--she couldn't sleep and she was physically exhausted. She pauses and then goes, "It's not a song that a lot of people know about at this point, honestly [unlike Vaundy's]" (RINA: "Not yet"), and that just their fans that are listening to it. That's why she wants to improve their cost-effectiveness. They all laugh. TOMO says that their job is to start from something that is not cost-effective and make it better. RINA says that it's really about what you think is cost-effective and what makes you feel fulfilled. SCANDAL's music has struck a deep chord in the hearts of their current fans, so they feel very fulfilled because of that. She says it's a really interesting and difficult topic. TOMO says that if you talk about cost performance, you're only talking about the cost. But when it comes to the emotional aspect of whether or not their music is reaching their audience, it's a completely different story.

•MAMI says there's no good or bad when it comes down to it. RINA says that that's why she thinks their managing office and record label are very cost-effective in and of themselves, but the band, who expresses themselves, do it with their hearts, so she's sure they're causing their office+label a lot of trouble because their kind of job can't be done without having heart. HARU says that even when they're set to record a full day in the studio, they can be done in about two hours if they rehearse enough ahead of time; that's not cost-effective at all. RINA says that there are also some times when they need two more extra hours--you don't know how things will go until you're doing them. TOMO mentions how it took a combined 60 hours to go to Brazil and back, all to do a concert that lasted less than two hours, which was 100% not cost- nor time-effective. But since there were people who cried and were happy that they came, that made it worth it. RINA says that stuff like that adds to your level of fulfillment. MAMI says that it's not really a question of whether something is a good value or bad value. TOMO says that they wouldn't trade it for anything.

•Kawai says that they've been getting a lot of messages about this next topic recently, though it's likely they've discussed something similar before. HARU says that she thinks they talked about something different in the past, and that the next topic is friendship vs. affection. RINA and HARU says that it's hard to say what the fine line is. TOMO says that there are friends who have affection for each other, too, and also thinks that there is friendship in lovers. Friendship is like wanting to experience something together or to have adventures together. Love is like wanting to do something for the person, or give something to the person. TOMO says that she thinks they do both exist at the same time. You can have the same kind of friendship and affection for the people you love, whether they're friends, lovers, or family. She says that she has that kind of friendship with her parents. RINA says that's a good relationship. MAMI says that she can't say for sure, but she thinks affection is a maternal kind of thing. RINA says that she thinks giving is a big part of it, and it can be unconditional. MAMI says that friendship is more about having fun together. It's more like when you're a child and playing together or experiencing someting together. RINA says that defining friendship is a difficult thing to do. They seem to agree that friendship is about having fun/experiencing things together.

•RINA asks HARU what she thinks. HARU says that it's also hard for her to say. But if they're going to say that friendship and affection are based on friends, then to put it simply, opposite-sex friendship is friendship, but same-sex friendship may be both. She says she doesn't feel that much affection for opposite-sex friends. If asked if she has affection for those friends, she might answer that she doesn't. TOMO says that thoughts on friendship vs. affection really does depend on each person.

•The last topic has to do with Japanese words/slang that are often used recently and can't really be translated into English, so I will not be doing so.

•As this episode was released 2 days after the Japan LUMINOUS tour finale, audio recorded right after finishing the concert is then played. They say they really worked hard. HARU mentions that the concert was live broadcasted, which made them a little more nervous than usual. RINA says it's because they're not good at having concerts filmed, which makes HARU laugh. HARU says that they tried to play the concert as usual without being as nervous as possible, but they were already feeling nervous when they were doing rehearsals. RINA says they're glad they had all kinds of people watch their live show, though. HARU says that the crowd was amazing from the start, and then asks the other members what they thought of it. RINA says she feels like they really went all out and was really glad they were able to put on this kind of concert. She also says that she thought her band mates were really wonderful. HARU thanks her. TOMO says that she feels that their album was conveyed to everyone in a good way, and that they couldn't have done their best without the program messages they received from listeners throughout the tour. She says she's really glad went all out. MAMI says she was so focused today that she had never been so focused in her 34 years of life. She goes, "No smile!", referring to how she didn't smile at all during the entire concert, which makes them all laugh. She says she didn't look forward and just looked at her guitar. She tells the others to praise her and they do, clapping and saying she worked hard. HARU says she was reminded that they really do have great fans. As she said during the MC today, she thinks it's tough to keep up with the band since what they do is different every time. She really thought that it's because the fans love them so much that they're able to keep up with the band and says thank you. Although she's said to see the tour end, they have a lot of event appearances and Karaoke Night coming up, so they'll have chances to see the fans again soon and are looking forward to it.






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SCANDAL TOUR 2024 "LUMINOUS" @ musinsa garage, Seoul - Tour Finale





Setlist:

  1. Gunjou pleats
  2. Koisuru Universe
  3. LOVE ME DO
  4. Watashi-tachi
  5. 1:47
  6. Ai no Shoutai
  7. Plum
  8. LOOP
  9. Take Me Out
  10. Fuzzy
  11. Anata e
  12. Fanfare
  13. Line of sight
  14. Shunkan Sentimental
  15. LOVE SURVIVE
  16. Highlight no Naka de Bokura Zutto

    Encore:
  17. Shoujo S
  18. one more time
  19. Sisters






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SCANDAL: 「The finale of SCANDAL's Asia tour in Seoul.
The fans we met in Seoul after 10 years were so beautiful!
We will definitely come back again.

And this concludes all performances of the LUMINOUS tour.
It was such a great trip!
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to any of the 23 performances!」



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TOMOMI: 「Thank you to everyone who came to our Seoul concert❤🔥

This was actually our first solo concert here🥺🫶

We'd love to see you guys again🌈



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HARUNA: 「Thanks, Seoul💕 It was great to have the finale of our Asia tour in South Korea, and everyone was so excited! I'd love to come back soon🫶
And thanks so much for the LUMINOUS tour that ran for about 3 months!!」



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RINA: 「Seoul, performance #23 of our tour. The finale was so awesomeee. The crowd was so energetic that I was so moved the moment we stepped on stage. I almost cried. We had only been to Korea 10 years ago for a festival, and our planned solo concert was cancelled due to the pandemic, so this was our first solo concert that finally came to fruition. It was a day that made us feel like there were more possibilities to come. Thank you for loving our music. A perfect ending. This marks the end of the LUMINOUS tour! I had so much fun today. See you again soon!」



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SCANDAL TOUR 2024 "LUMINOUS" @ Bandai Namco Dream Hall, Shanghai





Setlist:

  1. Gunjou pleats
  2. Koisuru Universe
  3. LOVE ME DO
  4. Watashi-tachi
  5. 1:47
  6. Ai no Shoutai
  7. Plum
  8. LOOP
  9. Take Me Out
  10. Fuzzy
  11. Anata e
  12. Fanfare
  13. Line of sight
  14. Shunkan Sentimental
  15. LOVE SURVIVE
  16. Highlight no Naka de Bokura Zutto

    Encore:
  17. Saishuuheiki, Kimi
  18. Sisters






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SCANDAL: 「Performance #3 of our Asia tour is done.
We felt the warmth of our friends in Shanghai whom we met for the first time. Thank you!
We'll definitely see you again!」



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TOMOMI: 「Thank you for coming to Shanghai🏮

This was our first concert in Shanghai, and it was a wonderful night🌙

Thank you for waiting so long🥲💘



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HARUNA: 「Thanks, Shanghai😍 This was our first concert in Shanghai - thanks for waiting for us all this time! It was awesome thanks to you guys! Best regards from here on out🫶」



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MAMI: 「SCANDAL TOUR 2024 "LUMINOUS" in Shanghai
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Shanghai✨🔥
Thanks for your continued support.✨❣
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Last up is South Korea✈!」


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RINA: 「Shanghai, performance #22 of our tour. The atmosphere was so lively that I couldn't believe it was our first time there. I was so happy. It really made me realize how many people listen to our songs. When we're overseas, we have a meet-and-greet with VIP ticket holders after the concert, and there was someone who said, "I've been waiting for more than 10 years!" and were glad they finally got to see us. It was a night filled with gratitude for those who have been following us to this day.

My body in the last photo is really condensed」



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SCANDAL TOUR 2024 "LUMINOUS" @ Tai Space Livehouse, Guangzhou





Setlist:

  1. Gunjou pleats
  2. Koisuru Universe
  3. LOVE ME DO
  4. Watashi-tachi
  5. 1:47
  6. Ai no Shoutai
  7. Plum
  8. LOOP
  9. Take Me Out
  10. Fuzzy
  11. Anata e
  12. Fanfare
  13. Line of sight
  14. Shunkan Sentimental
  15. LOVE SURVIVE
  16. Highlight no Naka de Bokura Zutto

    Encore:
  17. HARUKAZE
  18. Sisters






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SCANDAL: 「Performance #2 of our Asia tour was held in Guangzhou!
This was our first time Guangzhou in six years.
Thank you for coming to our concert!」



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TOMOMI: 「Thank you for coming to Guangzhou🫶

Some people watched the concert with tears in their eyes, which made us very happy🥹💘

Tomorrow we'll be playing in Shanghai✈



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HARUNA: 「Thanks, Guangzhou💕 It had also been 6 years since our last time in Guangzhou, and it made me happy that so many people came to see us for the first time this time〜!! Let's see each other again〜!」



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MAMI: 「SCANDAL TOUR 2024 "LUMINOUS" in Guangzhou
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Thanks, Guangzhou✨
It was fun🔥♥
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Next is Shanghai🦀



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RINA: 「Guangzhou, performance #21 of our tour. I was surprised at how many people came to see us for the first time. I'm so grateful that they made time on a weekday evening to come and see us, and waited for us for so long. I want to be able to surprise and entertain everyone even more. I used up all my energy on this day as well. I'm so happy that I can still be this frantic and serious with my band members and team. Thanks for the great time」



What does SCANDAL, a band that has been together for a long time, think is the fine line between "stability" and "routine"?

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HARUNA: This time...we'll be doing "Catch up - Kyoukai-sen Kyoukai" (Fine Line Association) for the first time in forever! It has been quite a while.

RINA: It has.

HARUNA: Now let's select the "agenda" cards. Oh, Kawai-chan (*director) has prepared them.

→Drawing a card.

HARUNA: "Routine" and "stability."
(*Kawai: "I was wondering what you guys, who have been working this job for a long time, think about this")

RINA: I see...I think many working people may feel this.

HARUNA: Doing the same thing over and over can easily lead to a tedious routine.

TOMOMI: A "routine" is a state of being stuck in place. It's not about new ideas, but about repeating the same thing over and over again. Nothing more or less. "Stability" isn't about the mental aspect...it may have a mental aspect to it, but it's about being able to continue doing what you need to do and what you want to do.

RINA: I feel that "stability" gives you more freedom. It feels like you can be free within the foundation of "stability." "Routine" feels rigid.

MAMI: I wonder. "Routine" gives the impression of continuing to do what you've been given, while "stability" gives the impression of continuing to do what you want to do.

RINA: Like whether you're passive about it or not.

MAMI: Yeah. I feel like continuing to do what you want to do is not "routine" but "stability." But even when you're in a "routine," if you can find your own fulfillment in the work you're given, I think that will turn into "stability."

RINA: I think it has a lot to do with how you approach it.

HARUNA: "Routine" feels more negative.

RINA: That's true.

TOMOMI: It's about whether it's boring or not.

RINA: It's the degree of excitement. You want to change the way you perceive things, and the heart you have when you face them. When you feel like you're in a routine and you're tired of repeating the same thing over and over, try to come up with new ideas. If you look at it from a broader perspective, we've really been doing the same thing since we were kids. Just writing songs and performing live. Within that, we're expressing new feelings. I think it's all about your own state of mind.

MAMI: When I'm writing songs, I always feel like I'm playing octaves for guitar solos and such. I wonder if I can do something different, but I can't, so I just send them to everyone, thinking, "Oh well..." or "Pfft."



【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt』 - Season 2, Episode 60


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•The episode starts with this.

•TOMO reads the next message from a listener who attended the Nagoya and Osaka performances of the LUMINOUS tour. She says that she had a big fight with her boyfriend 5 days before Nagoya and even talked about breaking up. She thought that she wouldn't be able to go to the concert if things didn't work out. Their ticket numbers were in the double digits, which can be quite rare, so she thought about what she should do. Then the bf contacted her and said he wanted to go with her, so they ended up making up and going to the concert together. She says that they were able to make up thanks to SCANDAL. The band says that's cute and that they're glad. HARU laughs and says that ticket numbers saved them. TOMO says that it happened at the right timing.

•RINA reads the next message from a listener who also attended the Nagoya concert. They say they actually were betrayed so badly by someone they trusted that it'll probably take them several years to recover from it. They felt helpless and honestly couldn't even think about SCANDAL and wasn't sure if they wanted to go to the concert. However, their ticket number was in the single digits. The band starts laughing at this. The listener says they thought it was a reward from the heavens and decided to go. While there in the front row, the lyrics for some of the songs really hit hard and made them cry. RINA says that this listener is apparently a teacher (All: "Hey! Teacher"). TOMO says that ticket numbers do have the power to change lives. HARU says it does seem like that's true. No matter how dark your life is and unsure you are, it does make you want to go to that concert. RINA says that she's surprisingly the type of person who would get a little intimidated if her ticket is in the single digits. She's a little too shy to be far up front and prefers to watch from a distance. But this made her realize again that there are many people who do feel saved by being in the front row, so close that they can almost reach the stage. TOMO says that she hopes that they always help someone out with their concerts. RINA says a really interesting thing about music is that it resonates differently depending on your circumstances. HARU says that lyrics are amazing things. RINA says that they can sound completely different, and it's also the same as when they're performing the songs. HARU agrees that it really depends on the moment.

•MAMI reads the next message from a listener who, while waiting at a traffic light on their motorcycle, was hit by a car late at night the day before Golden Week started (April 26) and was rushed to the emergency room. They had made lots of plans for GW but had to cancel them due to suffering from whiplash and other nerve pain and instead concentrate on treatment and rehab. They had resigned to not being able to go to the Yokohama concert (May 6), but they told themselves that their body would be fine after rehab and that today's concert was only for today, and that they should go rather than regret not going. They were third row in front of TOMO and participated in the concert until the end. The band is surprised and wondered if they were able to stand there until the end. The listener says that they were so sore that they couldn't even lift their arms, but they have no regrets. They're also looking forward to the tour finale in Tokyo (May 25). The band laughs and wonders if they'll be okay. MAMI says that them being in the third row means that they also had a good ticket number. They laugh and say they're glad. HARU says that this is another case of being motivated to go because of a good ticket number. TOMO says she wishes they could give good numbers to everyone. HARU says that it's also interesting when your luck isn't as good, and it makes you want to go to another concert and hope you get a better number. RINA says she think she also got a DM from this listener who had written to ask if the staff could arrange a special set for them to watch the concert in a more relaxed manner. However, even if the band members get messages like this, they themselves cannot take action on it. They can tell the staff, but they can't reply directly to the person. That's why she really wishes people like this person would go through official channels instead, and that they should be more careful in regards to DMs because they are not staff's accounts. TOMO wonders if the listener's condition worsened by going to the concert. MAMI laughs and thinks it's the opposite. HARU says that the listener hopefully improves more by the tour finale and to not overdo it.

•HARU reads the next message from a listener who is a little older than HARU and says they recently resigned from the company they had worked for since they graduated college (14 years), and that SCANDAL's songs like "Image" and "Sisters" have given them a lot of support. The band says it's impressive that they worked there for 14 years. HARU says that continuing to do something is a lot of work. RINA says it's very encouraging to have someone a little older than them listen to their music.

•TOMO reads the next message from a listener who only got hooked on SCANDAL about 2-3 months ago. They did know about songs like "Shunkan Sentimental" and "Shoujo S" before, and by chance they decided to listen to other SCANDAL songs. They also started watching music videos and listening to "Catch up." The band says thanks and that it makes them happy to hear that.






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