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Should I Go Watch J-Rock Mega-Group L’Arc-en-Ciel Perform?

Tom's been invited to a live satellite broadcast of their performance in Japan's National Stadium. Tell him if he should go!

J-Rock is a territory in Japan’s pop landscape that’s still largely unexplored for me (outside of anime intro and outro’s, natch). Ever since my old freelancer, AEL, put forth his list of eight worthwhile J-bands, I’ve been intrigued to explore this area a little further, though. As such, the timing of this invite from Live Viewing Japan to see a theatrical satellite broadcast L’Arc en Ciel’s upcoming concert is rather serendipitous.

I haven’t run into these dudes before, but they’re apparently quite huge over the Pacific, with all the great sales marks you’d hope would adorn a 20-year-long career. More to the point, they look like real-life anime characters in the publicity photo provided above, and that’s more than enough to get me intrigued. I'm hoping to see some furious auras of rock glowing at this.

They’ll be playing at Japan’s National Stadium on March 22, and that performance is going to be beamed down by satellite to theaters in pretty much every major American city that day. I love me some rock - - wherever it cometh from - - and I love me some unusual experiences, but I wanted to run this by you lunatics before I go ahead and behold the glam & guitars.

Have any of you been listening to L’Arc en Ciel? Do you dig ‘em? Would you jump at this if you got an invite? Should I? What J-Rock acts are the most deserving of this attention?

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Donwunon March 10, 2014 at 1:29 p.m.

Another otaku like experience under your belt....heck why not....should be interesting to witness in person

I'll probably check something like this out when i make it to Japan someday

Kino88on March 10, 2014 at 1:41 p.m.
I love J POP!, I'd go in a heart beat!!, DANCE'IN A GO! GO! BABY!,
jj_jacksonon March 10, 2014 at 2:41 p.m.

GOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

NickyCharismaon March 10, 2014 at 4:29 p.m.

Best case scenario: You discover a new great rock band that you're really into.

Worst case scenario: You have a hilarious story to write up on your website.

From what I see it's a win/win.

takashichea moderator is online on March 10, 2014 at 11:20 p.m.

Sounds awesome, you should go!

sickVisionz moderator on March 11, 2014 at 6:13 a.m.

Sounds boring as hell to me. If it was a real live concert where the band is in front of you then that would be cool and I'd say go. This ain't that though.

Kuma_From_Argentinaon March 12, 2014 at 8:43 p.m.

There are only two words that serve as the reason to go

DRIVER'S HIGH

Bigheart711on March 15, 2014 at 4:46 p.m.
Tom, you lucky, lucky...
Tom, you lucky, lucky...

Seriously, just go there. You might as well film it too.

EDIT: Well, don't film everything though, 'cause YouTube's copyright system is completely out of whack.

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