The members of rock band L’Arc~en~Ciel are still celebrating their 20th anniversary, and their latest project is a 24-hour broadcast on video website Nico Nico Douga. Titled “Nico Nico L’Arc Station,” the show will feature their songs, music videos, and concert footage, plus a one-hour live segment with all of the members appearing.
The program will begin at 8:00pm JST on June 27. It will include 123 songs, ranging from their indie days to their latest, “GOOD LUCK MY WAY.” They will also air music videos for 44 songs, including the first-ever broadcast of the “Fullmetal Alchemist” version of the “GOOD LUCK MY WAY” music video. Footage from their “TOUR 2008~L’7 Trans ASIA via PARIS~” will also be shown.
For the final hour, starting at 7:00pm on June 28, all of the L’Arc~en~Ciel members will appear live to talk about “GOOD LUCK MY WAY” and their 20 years together. In addition, there will be a special segment in which L’Arc will communicate directly with their fans, using the “Nico Nico Denwa” (telephone) feature.
At some point during the program, there will also be a “L’Arc~en~Ciel Quiz” with a special present up for grabs.
At the upcoming Japan Expo in Paris (June 30-July 3), the Nico Nico Douga booth will replay the L’Arc~en~Ciel broadcast, though details are currently unknown.
The live broadcast will be available on both the Japan version and the international versions of Nico Nico Douga. The broadcast page can be found here (Japanese) and here (English).
A couple weeks ago, musician Nishikawa Takanori (T.M.Revolution) began planning for a charity event at Zepp Tokyo on March 30, but due to circumstances such as the earthquake damage and the scheduled blackouts in the Kanto region, he decided not to hold the event. Instead, he is organizing a live program on the video websites Nico Nico Douga and GyaO!, scheduled to air on April 2.
Titled “Hisaichi ni Yell wo Okurou! Imakoso Tachiagare Nippon! STAND UP! JAPAN,” the program will feature Nishikawa as the main host. Many other artists and celebrities are planning to participate, including SHOGO (175R), Tsuchiya Reo (RAG FAIR), Micro (HOME MADE Kazoku), Ono Mayumi, Tahara Soichiro, Shibata Hidetsugu (Untouchable), Tokito Ami, Muto Keiji, Urahama Alisa, KABA-chan, Shiraishi Miho, Matsuda Miyuki, Yamazaki Yuta, and more.
The program will be broadcast live for a total of 9 hours, lasting from 3:00pm until midnight. Events will include a charity auction and acoustic performances. The money raised will be donated to the earthquake relief efforts through a newly established charity project called STAND UP! JAPAN Chuo Kyodo Bokinkai.