They're "resetting" things to lead the world to one that's pure white.
On January 21, 2009 a mystery band called Anomie got underway. Their website has been indispensable for following their activities, with the band writing messages under the titles of "GIFT" and "To the one and only you". And what will happen at the end of the final countdown as the clock has nearly finished ticking away......?
--Anomie appeared on the scene suddenly, like a comment, but I'd like to find out everything about you today, like where you've come from and where you plan to go.
Snow:All right. Today's your first and last chance to do so.
--First of all, please tell us about your connection to Matenrou Opera. On January 21 Matenrou Opera began their "anomie Project" and Anomie was born on the same day and also bears the same name as that project. What kind of connection do you have to that band?
Snow:Our existence was born from Matenrou Opera.
--......What exactly does that mean?
Snow:Matenrou Opera's Anomie Project got it's start from the idea of wanting to somehow free the band's listeners from the discontent they have with society and troubles they encounter in their daily lives. That band's powerful feelings have become a reality with the existence of us, Anomie. That's why we were born here at the same time that the Anomie Project got underway.
--So the spirit of the Anomie Project has taken on a shape and personality in your appearance. Then is it right to say that your activities so fare have had some connection to the project?
R.H:If you put it in words, we are "darkness" and Matenrou Opera is "light", so we approach the same project from different stances.
--I see. As the style with which you pursue your activities is quite elusive, the chances we get to see you live are precious.
Snow:Yes. There are times when we make announcements that are not very announcement-like, and at our lives the members don't always stand in the same places on stage, so everything we do is without rules.
--Your history and profile are still a mystery, but do you have no plans to reveal that information?
Snow:No, because we don't think it's necessary to do so.
--The sole clue we have to follow your movements is your website which, since it's opening has shown a meter counting down to something. What is that about?
Saw:It's counting the seconds until the moment on July 23 when Matenrou Opera's Anomie Project will come to a close. At the same time, it shows how many seconds Anomie has left to remain in this world. We'll exist here only until July 22.
--What happens on July 22?
Snow:A total eclipse of the sun will occur on that day. The sun, which is a symbol of human "life" will become hidden on that day and the entire world will return to the darkness of the time before it existed, and then or role in the Anomie Project will reach its climax.
--On your website it's written, "when the moon conceals the sun/We will become sand on the moon/This world will return to pure white"......but what is your role in the project?
Snow:Our ultimate role in the project is to "reset". In our world now, many kinds of negative emotions are whirling about in which I think anyone who's living can feel. Jealousy, anxiety, fear...We came here in order to reset that completely.
--A message you previously revealed said, "We'll guide you to a world of pure white," but is the meaning of "resetting" included in this?
Snow:It is. Things that weigh heavily on people's shoulders and keep them from being able to move......it's our duty to clear away all of that and create a world in which anyone can live purely, truly as they please to live.
--Do your trademark white costumes also represent the "pure white world"?
Snow:Yes. This is the color of Anomie, as there are no rules and no order to the way we live.
R.H:We were entrusted by Matenrou Opera with carrying out our role of fully resetting things and making the world awash in pure white. The role of leading people to this world will be taken over by Matenrou Opera on the 23rd.
--At their live on the 23rd this Anomie Project will come to a close. So after you fulfill your duty on the 22nd, what will happen to you?
Snow:We'll return to the core of Matenrou Opera.
K:Our figures won't be able to be seen anymore, but we're just returning to the place we came from originally.
--You'll disappear?...I think there are many fans out there who still want to see you.
Haru:We only do what we were went here to do.
Snow:After that Matenrou Opera will do for us what we had been doing. Also, by returning to Matenrou Opera, they will absorb everything we've done.
--Oh, I see. We're fast approaching the "reset" day......I expect that it will be a world no one has yet experienced, but what kind of scene will we see on that day?
Snow:I think that it won't appear as something visible to the eye. But if you're in search of an image, it's exactly like the cover of the "ANOMIE" album.
--The cover art shows a fantasy-like scene with a white moon and five butterflies. When you remove the disk from the case, you see a dark sky with an almost primeval representation of the Earth.
Snow:That's the image of the world right after Anomie has reset it. Everything man made has been annihilated and things have returned to a completely free and natural state. Then the image on the jacket shows the five members of Matenrou Opera as butterflies who will guide people to a new world. The cover of the booklet shows us a world that is bearing new things.
--I see. The black sleeve shows the full moon of the jacket as a crescent moon, but did you have any specific intention in picturing this?
Saw:Please take that as a metaphor for us returning once again to Matenrou Opera.
--Anomie's band logo seems to be a design with crescent moons joined together...
Saw:On July 23, you should be able to see Matenrou Opera's backdrop change to one with a full moon on it. Like a partial moon becoming full, at that time the Anomie Project will have taken on it's complete shape.
Snow:At that time Matenrou Opera will have our strength inside of them after we've returned, so you could say that it will be a "New Matenrou Opera". I think that they'll be able to guide everyone and put on a fantastic live.
Haru:All that we've experienced will fuse with what Matenrou Opera has experiences so far so that their existence can become even bigger and stronger. I think that the bonds to the listeners will become even deeper and stronger than they have been. So, while we are here only for a short time, we plan to fully carry out our duty.
--Well then, as you said earlier, this will really be everyone's first and last chance to hear from you.
Snow:Yes. But everything we want to express is contained in the music on "ANOMIE".
--Aside from these songs on Matenrou Opera's album, haven't you distributed a free CD under the name Anomie?
Snow:We have. Since the Anomie Project began, Matenrou Opera and us have always been together, so our intentions also go intow what's been produced in that time. Even with "Hiai to melancholy", which was also created as part of the Anomie Project, their existance was still small, but as all of our and their thoughts and feelings go into "ANOMIE", it turned out like this.
K:We are able to convey our intentions this way and Matenrou Opera's emotions are also strongly a part of it.
--I think tha there are a lot of listeners who felt like they were give na pat on the back or as if they had been saved by your words, "you should do things in the way you want."
Snow:Yes. Severing the rules and fetter of our present world, I hope that people will experience the "freedom" that is at the root of Anomie Project.
--As a way to wrap up this first and final interview, please give a message to all of your listeners.
K:These will become our last words, but only july 23, please become intoxicated by the sounds of Annzi of Matenrou Opera's guitar. Thank you for everything.
Saw:Our activities only lasted half a year, but it's been a very fulfilling six months. From now on I wan to stay with everyone through Matenrou Opera.
Haru:We've crashed lives and really done things in the way we wanted, but even though we're disappearing, we're really just returning to where we came from. That's why after this I think that Matenrou Opera's words will be spoken on our behalf. Thank you for these six months.
R.H:We won't be able to meet everyone anymore, but we appear briefly in a clip on "ANOMIE", so please watch this footage and remember us.
Snow:To all the people for whom simply living is painful, the people who embrace worries in their lives, and those who wrestle with their own weaknesses and inadequacies... Anomie has been for these people. On July 22, we'll create a world in which you don't have to feel such pain. Then on July 23, Matenrou Opera will do things as they like and I think they'll guide all of you who have turned pure white. Please come to see the result of that. I think that your spirits will definitely be lifted and a joyful life will begin for you. ------This has been the final words from the poet snow.
"To the one and only you
Neither order nor rules
There is nothing to blind you
I'll lead you to a world of pure white"
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