[REVIEW] NEWS Arena Tour 2018 EPCOTIA – DVD/ Blu-Ray


From the world of “NEVERLAND” in 2017, in 2018 NEWS takes you on a journey into outer space onboard the EPCOTIA Liner – flight 009; NEWS hosting as the 4 flight attendants. A tour based around their album released in March 2018, NEWS once again immerses you into the theme of the album, which has been a “thing” for them since their 2015 album “WHITE”.

In this review, I will be discussing 2 categories – Theme and DVD contents – to give an overall rundown of the DVD itself and if its worth it to buy.

Theme – Outer Space??

Let’s begin with Theme! To be honest, I was skeptical of this space theme from the minute I saw the names of the songs on the album that were basically all a bunch of space themed words thrown together like “BLACKHOLE” and “UFO”. Nothing could top NEVERLAND (tour and album) for me… it was the perfect theming for a group like NEWS who is bright and has bouncy songs with some rock thrown in from time to time, so EPCOTIA had a lot to live up to… and I think NEWS was feeling the pressure too.  Before going into the tour itself in April, I liked about only 50% of the songs but after seeing the tour in Hiroshima I was hooked on about 90% of them for the performance.

You can tell NEWS made an extensive effort to separate NEVERLAND from EPCOTIA as themes, and to not make it a continuation (despite NEWS doing theming for N-E-W-S for the next few years) . NEVERLAND had a more steam punk feel to it with the costumes and had a more typical stage setup for NEWS, while EPCOTIA was a center stage and more “futuristic” with monochrome theming and costumes, lots of strobe light affects and a center stage where they really pushed the limits with what they could do with it. (Bungee jumping around the stage in the middle of the concert, hanging from the celling during the opening and having a huge model space shuttle on the stage? Now THAT’S entertainment!) I felt they had a higher budget this year as compared to previous years, as it was their 15th anniversary and probably after the success of the NEVERLAND theming the year previously.

Also, on a side note, the tickets were adorable with “Boarding Pass” written on the back of them with the EPCOTIA logo on it … the theming was on point the entire time from beginning to end. I think with NEVERLAND they pushed the limits for theming where they had fallen short with QUARTETTO the year previous and then with EPCOTIA, they really took what they learned with NEVERLAND and ran with it full speed ahead.

CONTENTS – less than previous DVD’s?

Credit to Johnnys Entertainment Inc.

The contents of the DVD are very straight forward this time around, containing only the final day of the tour in Saitama Arena in May 2018 plus “EPCOTIA MULTI ANGLES LIVE”, which special to just the limited edition of the DVD. The only difference between the Regular Edition and the Limited Edition is this “Multi Angles live” for both the Blu-ray and DVD versions. Click HERE for all the information on what the DVD contains (Japanese Only).

This time the DVD didn’t have as many extras as in the past… more than likely because NEWS had 3 “tours” in 2018 (EPCOTIA Arena Tour,  15th Anniversary Live STRAWBERRY, and EPCOTIA – encore- Dome Tour)  and I predict that because of this, they are wanting to release the arena tour but for a lower price point so that they can release the other concerts later on in 2019. (A double sided DVD between Strawberry and EPCOTIA – encore-? You heard it being called here first, folks!)

I thought the Multi Angles live was a smart move on Johnny’s part to keep the budget low: Take footage of a handful of songs that they already had recorded at the concert and release it at different angles. Essentially, they have cameras pointed at each of the members during the concert at all times and they compiled that footage of 4 of the popular songs, LIVE,  BLACKHOLE, Erotica, and U R not alone for each member’s angle. Not just that, but you don’t have to choose just 1 member for the entire time, you can choose different members for different parts of the song, letting you control the editing of the song and how you want to see it. I thought you could only choose 1 member for the entire song, but I was happily surprised you can choose the angle at each point in the song. Very interactive, as there are so many combinations you can make between the 4 members’ parts.

“Happy Ending”

Overall, Outer Space wasn’t a theme that I was extremely excited about but the execution and how they kept to theming the entire time was extremely impressive. NEVERLAND is close to my heart and for me, unfortunately, EPCOTIA did not surpass that. The content of the DVD was less than previous years, but hopefully there will be some releases of the other 2018 concerts later in 2019 to make up for it. (My wallet is READY!) 

If you can get your hands on the Limited Edition of this DVD, I think it is worth it for the multi-angles lives, but the Regular Edition doesn’t have much to offer besides the actual concert.

 With that being said though,  I can’t wait to see what they have in store for the VR themed “WORLDISTA” for 2019!

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Translation – Mina February 2015 , Masuda Takahisa – “Massu Styling” Volume 5

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This Month’s theme is: “Adult-Like” Coat.

Massu’s popular “My clothing style” column. This time, the main item is a lovely trench coat. A well arranged style will be shown!

Going along with the theme, this time I played around with this DIOR HOMME trench coat. A trench coat with black shorts is a definite style for me. For girls, I think wearing a trench coat with a check-patterned skirt is cute. Ah, but pairing it with neutral colored pants is also cute! Because the coat is an A-line silhouette, I think having a tight bottom-half is also good.

I wanted to go with a “basketball” feel so I pared it with a T-shirt, sweatpants-shorts, and a headband. I used to be apart of the Basketball club, so I have lots of headbands from that time. But using them in coordinating outfits was recent. I thought about using a red cap with this outfit, but in the end because I wanted it as a “basketball mix”, I used the headband instead. That, and the feeling of the basketball pants. I like the baggy style, and I have lots of them! In public I have a sporty style, and because I see it around a lot is probably also why I wanted to go with a basketball style this time. When talking about “sporty style”, there are lots of people that wear caps or knit caps in a loose style, it’s awesome! I also like going with this style.

 

*Disclaimer* I am still actively learning Japanese and this translation is not perfect. This translation is as direct of a translation as I can make it and I took some liberties as a native English speaker to make it flow better in English, as some things don’t translate well into English from Japanese.

Translation: Ray October, 2013 – Earth Music&Ecology x Ray x NEWS Dress Collaboration Part 1- Koyama and Tegoshi Cross Talk

Tegoshi and Koyama Special Talk:

They both declare that they like dresses, but they have different tastes! Starting from their tastes in dresses, we asked them about their “ideal woman image”.

 

Let’s start from “buying a cute dress”:

Tegoshi: I love the style of girls wearing dresses!

Koyama: All men like it don’t they! Individually what do you like? Will it be similar? Let’s say it together at the same time!

(at the same time)

Tegoshi: Plain

Koyama: Flower Pattern. Oh! Totally different!

Tegoshi: Personally, even though there is a lot of Rock-like style, I like a softer feeling. A pink dress with the girls hair twisted back is my ideal.

Koyama: Patterned fabrics are really difficult, but in winter and fall for a cool, composed feeling, flower print is easy to challenge isn’t it? If I went to pick up my girlfriend and she appeared in a flower print dress I would be really excited! I would totally get that she showed up being fashionable.

Tegoshi: I also want her to wear a dress on a date too! My ideal is meeting after class is over at school and if she was wearing a pink dress that would be the best!

Koyama: Because Tegoshi has a rock taste in clothes, it’s probably better for balance for the girl to wear a plain style right? If she skillfully pairs a belt and accessories with it, it’s fantastic.

Tegoshi: A bit high-waisted, it hits at the waistline nicely and has a good balance.

Koyama: Would you go shopping together [with the girl]?

Tegoshi: If it was a girl that I liked, I would. I also like just hanging out together. But, if we went around to lots of stores and in the end she says that she wants to go back to the first store, I couldn’t do that! LOL

Koyama: Just like our Masuda right! LOL What about items to pair with the dress? With a flower print dress, pairing a plain cardigan or a leather jacket is cute isn’t it?

Tegoshi: In the fall and winter, something like bare legs with short boots is cute isn’t it? Your legs show with a dress, so to wear the dress you should to adjust it to your own body type and can refine yourself, right?

Koyama: Because guys will definitely notice girls wearing a dress! You shouldn’t be embarrassed when you get noticed because knowing that guys notice you wearing dress will make you prettier!

Tegoshi: As expected, appearance really is important. That love can begin from fashion really is true! If a girl wears clothes that she loves, I would want to talk to her and know more about her inner side as well.

Koyama: Also, when a girl wears a one piece, her character seems more feminine than normal.

Tegoshi: Wearing a feminine dress is a special right as a woman that should be used to your advantage. I want you to use it to your advantage and your self-confidence to increase. If we had more girls doing that, guys will have to work harder to be more fashionable too! In order to get love, why don’t you first try starting with buying a cute dress?

Koyama: Those who haven’t tried wearing a print dress yet, I would love for you to try to this fall. If you are aiming for an older guy, I want you to be able to catch him with a fashionable print dress. If it were me, I would be totally caught! LOL

 

*Disclaimer* I am still actively learning Japanese and this translation is not perfect. This translation is as direct of a translation as I can make it and I took some liberties as a native English speaker to make it flow better in English, as some things don’t translate well into English from Japanese.

Translation – Mina December 2014, Masuda Takahisa – “Massu Styling” Volume 3

We’re back with the third volume of Massu’s popular personal clothing series! This month’s theme is knits, giving us an image change from Massu.

 

Even though it’s only the third volume, I was given a knit theme. Impatiently, I was like “ah, I don’t have any knit items!” But all in all, I had some unexpectedly! LOL First of all, I brought a bunch of different kinds of knits. In three different ways I styled the same hat and pants combination. Which one do you guys like the most?

The knits are from these brands, from the top of the page down: Maison Martin Margiela, Sasquatchfabrix., and LABRAT.

The Margiela Knit is a shape that I normally don’t choose, but in the store I fell in love with it at first sight. Out of all the clothes that I have it’s the most “Honor’s student”-like. After seeing the picture taken of this on me, I thought I want to wear knit a lot more! For a date, this knit would be good. Yea.

When you first see the striped knit you might think it’s kinda gaudy looking, but I really like the shape of the turtleneck and dolman sleeve combination.

I think that the detail on Paisley knits is interesting. I would wear it casually when I go to meet with a friend.

To me, knit items aren’t as much as a daily item as sweat is, but wearing it all now like this was nice! Makes me want to wear knit more now. Also, the hat that I am wearing now I wore a long time ago on Music Station! It has a seasonal restriction, but every year I wear it tons. I wonder if anyone noticed??

 

*Disclaimer* I am still actively learning Japanese and this translation is not perfect. This translation is as direct of a translation as I can make it and I took some liberties as a native English speaker to make it flow better in English, as some things don’t translate well into English from Japanese.

Translation – Mina October 2014, Masuda Takahisa – “Massu Styling” Volume 1

This month’s theme is….. “Simple Monotone”

This is the first part of this series, and I have been put in charge of what I will wear! (LOL). A lot of people probably have an image of me wearing clothes that are kind of all over the place1, but I actually also like simple-like clothing, like the outfit with the hat on the left… but simple like items with simple like shape to them don’t match. What’s best is an item that is simple, but the size is big or it has something that reflects that person’s personality, right? Wearing a knit vest is difficult, so I paired it with the sweatshirt material shirt. But saying that, the knit vest has a rough texture and the arms are short sleeved, so I decided to buy it at first glance. Pairing it with RAF SIMONS pants was also nice I thought. The long sleeve t-shirt that is a different color and paring it with the short sleeve vest I think goes well together. On a day where you wear sweat material on the top and bottom, I like to wear something like leather boots with it, pairing it together one nice item; the hat that I am wearing now is also like that! It has the feeling of an outfit you would want to wear to go shopping around in, rather than an outfit that you would stroll around your neighborhood in.

On the right page is the check set-up2. I like that even though it is one item together, it isn’t boring. Layering the non-sleeve parka over it is normal for me. On a casual day when going out to eat a meal or something, I wear something like this a lot.

If girls wore monotone, a simple T-shirt with a scoop neck neckline is infatuating! (LOL) Pairing it with black skinny pants is ideal. Wearing monotone together on a date is perfectly okay. Wearing flower print together is kind of embarrassing though… (LOL)

So, next time I will also come prepared with lots of clothes as well!

 

 

*Translators Notes:

1. He means that people have the image of him wearing lots of patterns and colors together in one outfit, thus “all over the place clothing”

2. A set-up is an outfit that the top and the bottom are the same material and print and it is popular clothing for men and women here recently in Japan.

 

*Disclaimer* I am still actively learning Japanese and this translation is not perfect. This translation is as direct of a translation as I can make it and I took some liberties as a native english speaker to make it flow better in English, as some things don’t translate well into English from Japanese.