Fish Tank 58
Interview - Question & Answer with Imai Hisashi
Translation: Lola

You're right in the middle of the tour right now but how do you find it's going so far?
It's much more fun than I imagined it would be.

The smoke at the opening was incredible. Was that and the rest of the staging something that was requested?
That kind of image of 'dazzling' and 'enjoyment' is part of the theme and concept of [RAZZLE DAZZLE].

You've changed around the set list but how did that come about? Did all the members hold a meeting after a live to discuss it?
Of course.

Are the encores decided backstage after the main set? Or are they decided upon beforehand?
The former.

How do you decide which songs to perform for the encore?
By the mood.

Whose idea was it to have the "Happy HALLOWEEN" on stage after the show?
The staff and members.

The atmosphere from venue to venue and the mood of the audience from place to place differs from one another so was there any place that left an impression?
They were all enjoyable, the excited places, the energetic places, the loud places and even the places that were a little quiet.

How was performing in Toyama for the first time in 22 years?
It was fun. A place of much applause.

When you tried to perform the songs from [RAZZLE DAZZLE] live, did your impression of them change? For example did you think some songs didn't rouse people enough?
All the songs went in an amazing direction.

It's been a long time since you've played 'SANE' and with the set and the imagery it made it incredible and new. What was the reason behind performing 'SANE'?
Because I like the song.

After performing it, what's your impression of 'SANE' 2010?
I felt performing it this was more complete with the imagery we used.

I was astonished by the new version of 'Victims of Love' as well but when did you practice that? Did Imai-san give you the new arrangement during rehearsals?
I made the arrangement during rehearsal.

What was your first impression of the new 'Victims of Love'? And how did you find performing it?
It felt like, yes! That's how it should be!

What kind of style were you going for with this arrangement?
I thought tango would suit it really well.

With the sudden cold, is there anything you have to really be careful about physically while touring so as not to get sick?
Not hanging around near sick people. Or just staying away from them. I isolate myself.

There are pros and cons with your current hairstyle but, did you decide on this style yourself?
What are you talking about, 'Pros and cons'? *laughs*. Shut up. I mean, I didn't pick it out, someone decided it for me. Sucks.

Doesn't having this asymmetrical cut with long hair in front constantly get in your way?
Why are you asking that? Originally it was all long so it didn't get in the way.

Your costume has its issues as well but what's the theme of it? And how did you come up with it?
...*laughs*...should I kill you now or?

Where did you find your shoes this time? Did you look for them specifically to go with your costume?
Found them in the city.

Is your hair and Hide-san's asymmetrical costume meant to match?
Imai: split it? Hoshino: Yeah.

Is there anything you're working on in regards to the show at Budoukan?
Various things.

Would you please say a word for all those waiting for the Budoukan show and the standing tour?
Look forward to us bringing you another different version of [RAZZLE DAZZLE].