「楓」～if trans…～ (1997)
「楓」～if trans…～ ("Kaede"~if trans…~) is Dir En Grey's first VHS.
The Crystal Video Box version was sold in two versions: Via mail-order on December 15, 1997, limited to 8,000 copies and via in-store sale on January 15, 1998, limited to 2,000 copies.
Along with the four-track VHS, both versions came with a 30 pages-long crystal photobook, a message CD that you can listen to here, an A2 poster and two clear stickers. The photobook has different photos depending on the version, the mail-order version additionally came with a clear postcard as a bonus. The "VHS specifications" are also said to be a little different, although it's not entirely clear what this means. However, it appears that the music videos are slightly different depending on the version. The normal version, which only included the VHS, was released on July 8, 1998.
Two promotional VHS were also released. The first one, 「楓」～if trans…～ TOUR 1998 Mechanism For Leave-the scene of the tragedy-, was released from February 21, 1998, the start of the tour with the same name, to the last day of the SHOCK WAVE'98 vol.1 ～春の嵐～ tour on April 5, 1998, and includes a PV for 業 with live shots in-between. It was only available for those who pre-ordered a ticket for either tour. You can watch the VHS here.
The second promotional version, called 「楓」～if trans…～ Mechanism For Leave-Unknown…Despair…a Lost- ～裁きの血舞台～, includes the PV for Unknown…Despair…a Lost and was released on May 5, 1998, during an event with the same name. Unlike the first promotional version, this one came with a cover and the song's lyrics on the back. You can watch it here.
- In an interview, Dir En Grey said that they personally folded and packed the boxes. If this includes the regular version as well is unclear. Shinya also said that he cut his finger in the process and blood got on some of the boxes.
- In his book 読弦 弐 (Dokugen Ni), Kaoru revealed that GARDEN was re-recorded for this VHS.