Her Highness Yui has led Yousei Teikoku for a long time now and by a very large stroke of luck, we were graciously granted an audience with the Supreme Dictator of the Fairy Empire to interview her. She has been working with her band, Yousei Teikoku or Das Feenreich (Fairy Empire), to not only help more people believe in fairies, but to also increase the citizens and reach of Yousei Teikoku.
You may know Yousei Teikoku from popular thriller Mirai Nikki (Future Diary) where they performed the OP Kuusou Mythology, as well as an ED for the series filament. They have also has their songs used for anime such as DISORDER for Big Order, Kyuusei Argyros for Tokyo ESP, Gekkou no Chigiri for Kurokami, and Baptize for Seikon no Qwaser. Today she informs us humans of her history, her band, their upcoming new single flamma idola, and the future plans for Yousei Teikoku.
Once I reached 320 years of age, I stopped counting. *laughs*
I was born into the Fairy Empire. I was not born a dictator. My father was the emperor of Yousei Teikoku. He was terribly weak-hearted and was merely toying around with the empire. At the time when I descended to the human realm, my father was still the emperor. I came here looking for humans who believed in fairies. Essentially, I was searching for those who have pure hearts. Using the power of music, my plan was to increase the number of humans who believed in fairies. By doing so, our fairy powers grow in strength.
I formed a new stronghold here in the human realm and from there, I banished my father into exile. Then I succeeded him as the Supreme Dictator of the Fairy Empire. For those wanting to know more, the full story appears in my DVD titled Tokusai Koushiki Shikiten 920 Putsch.
My end goal is to travel around more and increase the number of believers to make Fairy Empire prosper. The further that I increase my dominion, one by one, parts of the Fairy Empire are revived. This is not just for Japan, but I desire to place the entire world under my dominion. That is why I am going to Otakon in America.
I like that humans have many hobbies. It’s amazing how their sense of inquiry leads them to different forms of amusement. My allies and I went along to a bowling competition recently and I was surprised that humans could like such a thing! It’s fascinating that humans have so many interests beyond simply living.
When I descended to the human realm, the first person I met was Captain Tachibana. That is his official title. It is not necessarily that with the title, the work that they do is different, but their contributions for Yousei Teikoku are different. These contributions are how the titles are decided.
In order to increase the number of people who believe in fairies and to see how much the members are contributing, we look at the enthusiasm of the fans. However, fans of one member may switch to another. This could be due to the members’ laziness, and as such, their rank goes down.
It is difficult to measure exactly who is a fan of whom. Sometimes I think it might be faster and easier to know if we just sold tin badges with members faces on them and see which one sold the most! *laughs* Another way we could do it is to have the audience scream out who they like the most. But it is hard to measure it in that way. *laughs* We would need to bring a sound level meter and measure the volume in decibels!
When it comes to making music though, the titles of the individuals of Yousei Teikoku do not directly influence who writes what. It is not as if I say, “because you are the Capitan, write me three songs now!” or anything like that. We all start on the same level when it comes to producing music.
But in reality, we don’t do anything! We don’t even summon anything! We just say “let’s go”. It’s not even like “give me blood!” or anything like that. Each of the members themselves could be summoning something from deep within like motivation, but we never do something all together as a routine before going on stage. There could be someone signing a blood pact in secret thought. *Laughs*
On my previous album SHADOW CORPS[e], I covered a song from the series. Maybe you know it? Tainai Tokei Toshi Orerry.
To be honest, my domestic tour has not started yet, but as soon as it finishes, I am going to start preparing to go abroad. However, I have performed abroad before, so I have that experience. Even though anisongs are becoming somewhat popular worldwide, I sing in Japanese. In order to communicate better with the fans, I have to use non-verbal communication. So what I will think about is how to pump up the audience and whip them into a frenzy.
Whether the audience is Japanese or not, at a show, pure passion in that place exists universally. I have not thought about “what am I specifically going to do because it is America?”.
If I could give the international fans some tips to help them be ready to get pumped up and enjoy the experience more, of course I would say, start listening to our music ahead so that you can recognize songs. Some good places to start are with our most recent album SHADOW CORPS[e], our singles Shito Kakusei, filament, DISORDER and of course, our new single flamma idola
when it is released. Not only that, but you will also be able to know when to react when the songs are being played live. It is not as if we approach this as I am pretending to be a dictator on stage dictating how to act with a bunch of set dance moves and you have to have glow sticks. Your job is to gather and you can leave the rest to us.
According to your website , in order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band, you are going to release a commemorative single. Can you please tell us more about it?
For the most part, the music that we have been making recently has a very metal feel to it. This time though with this single, we went back to our roots and revisited gothic elements. If I think about our most recent album, it was very much about the “empire” and it was as if we featured parts of the empire directly in our album quite heavily. This time for flamma idola, it is more about fantasy and the fairy aspect of us rather than the empire aspect.
Will we, mere mortals, be listening to a new album anytime soon?!
That is something I myself do not know about yet. I wonder~.
We will be releasing the PV for the single on Youtube and our videos will not be region locked. The benefit for this is that our fans all over the world can see us no matter where they are!
My new single flamma idola (flaming phantom), will be released officially today, May 31st!
You can find our music on iTunes here
And for those who want a physical copy, you can find our music on CD Japan here.
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