「楓」~if trans~ (1997)

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「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 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-UnknownDespaira Lost- ~裁きの血舞台~, includes the PV for UnknownDespaira 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.

Tracklist
1. Ash
2. 惨劇の夜
3.
4. GARDEN

Trivia

  • 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.

Versions

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Dir En Grey
DiscographyPromotional Versions
Albums
GAUZE (1999) PoemsMACABRE (2000) Poems鬼葬 (2002)VULGAR (2003)Withering to death. (2005)THE MARROW OF A BONE (2007) Liner NotesUROBOROS (2008) PoemsDUM SPIRO SPERO (2011) PoemsUROBOROS [Remastered & Expanded] (2012)ARCHE (2014)VESTIGE OF SCRATCHES (2018)The Insulated World (2018)
EPs
MISSA (1997)six Ugly (2002)THE UNRAVELING (2013)
Singles and Others
業 / 蒼い月 (1997)1997.6.14 目黒鹿鳴館 (1997)1997.6.27 COWBOY WORLD (1997)「楓」~if trans~ (1997)JEALOUS (1998)-I'll- (1998)脈 (2000)【KR】cube (2000)太陽の碧 (2000)ain't afraid to die (2001)embryo (2001)かすみ (2003)朔-saku- (2004)GLASS SKIN (2008)激しさと、この胸の中で絡み付いた灼熱の闇 (2009)LOTUS (2011)DIFFERENT SENSE (2011) (2011)輪郭 (2012)SUSTAIN THE UNTRUTH (2014)人間を被る (2018)The World of Mercy (2019)落ちた事のある空 (2020)朧 (2021)
Covers and Features
Covers: 親愛なるDEATHMASKINSANITYワルシャワの幻想EASY MAKE,EASY MARKNATIONAL MEDIA BOYS
List of all covered songs on setlist.fm
Features: 葬送絶彩 feat. 京Witch Huntアンプサイ
Other Songs
INWARD SCREAMSE新曲2藍紫色刹那