Video Music Awards Japan

Hey, Blog-Tickers. We're sorry to have kept you waiting so long for a post, but it's been a long, hot summer, and strangely, not much has been happening in Buck-Tickistan... but this week, we just got a few updates, so here we are.

First of all, to those of you who wanted to order the "sacosh" (a.k.a miniature shoulder bag) designed by Hoshino Hidehiko... YOU CAN'T! (*blows raspberry*). Hide's nutso fangirls already ordered all of them literally the minute they went on sale earlier this week, and they're all gone. And frankly, this was a fail on the management's part not only because they're losing the opportunity for more sales, but also because they didn't even post a picture of the damn thing on the web shop until it actually went on sale, and who the fuck is going to spend 6800 yen on a bag when they don't even know what it looks like? Oh wait... apparently they did post a picture on the official site, but the email which Fish Tank sent out advertising this item the day before it went on sale didn't contain a link to that picture. Gods, but I'm sick of having to check every single separate Buck-Tick website just to get basic information.

Anyway, it looks like this, kids. To us, it looks like the sort of thing you could wear to work at a Japanese office (read: the worst place on earth) and not get side-eyed (read: have the fuck passive-aggressively judged out of you), which means it's so passive-aggressively unoffensive (read: boring) that you should be ashamed of ever wearing it anywhere, including to the office (sorry, Hide). Pale grey suede, really? This looks like the sort of thing the ghost of Steve Jobs would masturbate over. But even if you like it, you can't have it, because it's all sold out :P Enjoy this hot steamy fuck you from Hoshino Hidehiko! Don't worry, it will never be judged out of you.

UPDATE: They're getting the sacosh back in stock. It will once again be on sale from 8PM on September 7th, Japan Time. Good luck, kids.


But on to our main announcement, which is that Buck-Tick have been awarded a sort of Lifetime Achievement Award as part of MTV's annual Video Music Awards Japan award ceremony. The award to Buck-Tick celebrates them as being "a band who have exerted great influence over Japanese music today." That is to say, Buck-Tick are a band with Wow Much Cool Very Fanboys in the Japanese rock scene. For our part, we have seen countless j-rockers practically wet their pants fanboying over Buck-Tick at industry parties, so we can verify that this is true. Buck-Tickistan forever!

Not only that, but Buck-Tick will be appearing in person to accept their trophy and give a live performance at the Video Music Awards Japan live event, which will be held at Shinkiba Studio Coast in Tokyo on September 27th. Those of you who will be in Tokyo during that time can visit this website and watch any of the winning music videos to access a link to a page where you can fill out an application form in hopes of winning a ticket to actually attend the event and see Buck-Tick perform live in the sweaty flesh. You can only enter once per email address, and you need to have a valid Japanese address, since if you win, they'll mail the ticket directly to your house. Entries are open until September 17th.

As to who else will be performing, Buck-Tick will be appearing alongside Kick The Can Crew, Mondo Grosso, Wanima, and rabid killer teen idol blob Momoiro Clover Z, so if you were disappointed that you missed out on Nogizaka 46 opening for Buck-Tick at the Kishidan Expo in 2013, now's your big chance to see socially awkward middle-aged male otaku mouthbreathers get the living shit beaten out of them by fat middle-aged fangirls with glowing red eyes, fangs, claws, and huuuuuuuge crushes on Acchan-chan-chan-sama-sama. It's better than pro wrestling!


Last but not least, reservations are still open for Buck-Tick's forthcoming Fish Tanker's Only 2017 live DVD, scheduled for release on December 20th. We were personally in attendance at this concert and we can attest that the thing Mr. Sakurai did with that water bottle during "Future Song" is something he's never tried in public before, and he only did it that once for the DVD, so this DVD is definitely worth buying just for that. Oh, sorry, it's not just a DVD, it also comes as a BluRay. Anyhoo, as usual, there's a first press edition which costs twice as much as the regular version and includes two live CDs, a fancy slipcase, and a photobook for you to jill your lady pearls over all the livelong night.

The cost is as follows:

Limited Edition BluRay - 12480 yen (including tax and shipping)
Limited Edition DVD - 114000 yen (including tax and shipping)
Regular Edition BluRay - 7080 (including tax and shipping)
Regular Edition DVD - 6000 (including tax and shipping)

Reservations are open until October 6th. If you're not a Fish Tank member but you want to buy this DVD, please contact us immediately, and we will help you on a first-come, first-served basis. If you're interested in this item, we strongly encourage you to buy it now, as Fish Tank only DVDs usually cost at least 17000 yen when resold as used items, and in practice they often cost much more.


That's it for now. We'll be back with more news as it becomes available.



  1. I can't believe this is the bag that Hoshino designed, and I can't believe it's already sold out.
    Hope someone could record the live presentation on the VMAJ.
    I was expecting some news of The Parade, at least how the goods would look like. Cayce do you know if there's any possibility that you can buy some goods from The Parade?

    Best regards,

    1. Of course, I can purchase some goods from the Parade, so long as they don't sell out first.

    2. Ok, thank you ;) I will write you an email when the news about the goods appear.

  2. It has been superb quiet. I thought September would hit us with a mountain of info, and pictures, and interviews, and so on so on... (I understand they might be working on the new single/album but my fangirl heart needs more).
    And I definitely need more than that Hide's bag (so boring :c It could had been sexy 'cos it's #sexybeasthide ).

    On the other hand, I feel super proud and happy since I read about the MTV's prize! Our "viejos" deserve it, they have been working really hard during these 30 years to give us good music.
    December can come sooner so we can all see FTO'17 and everything that's Acchan-chan's glory!!!! (now I will be thinking about all the things he could have done to that water bottle).

    Hope to get more news as THE PARADE approaches~~

  3. Dear Cayce,
    I love your services and your humor and your always delightful articles, but...
    is the total of the Limited Edition DVD really 114000 yen?
    I bet containing the water bottle incident made the DVD think of itself exclusive enough to play hard to get. On the other side, the Blu-Ray didn't think of itself highly enough and kept the regular limited price...

    1. Fish Tank releases are always that much. If you don't care about the live CDs, just get the regular edition, since it has the videos of all the songs.

  4. Knock a zero off, and then it's the right price. Still expensive but I'm getting the DVD limited edition rather than the Bluray- to save money (at least that's what I tell myself :) )

  5. Sent an email, it's themadaristocrat@gmail.com right?


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