The big news coming out of last week’s Angelo show at Nippon Budokan is that Kirito lifted his self-imposed seal on PIERROT songs, which he superficially swore off during his Orchestral solo show before playing an impassioned “Answer” only two years ago. According to Polochon and Haru the songs played were “Birthday” and “Creature”.
Kirito spun this performance as a “tribute to an important part of his past,” and seeing as how both songs were written by him it’s acceptable that he pull them out for his big show. Still, something about this doesn’t sit well with me. It echoes back to an earlier conversation I was having with Polochon about how Angelo’s popularity in Japan is mostly a residual of PIERROT’s. Angelo performing PIERROT’s songs is to me a sign that Kirito tacitly accepts that his new band is firmly in the shadow of his old one. Sure, he was throwing the PIERROT fans a bone, but something about the act itself, seems below him.
Then again, perhaps he did it for the very reason that it was so unprecedented a move. Perhaps his bones were thrown in defiance or as a challenge.