MaNa

As a child, Mana was introduced to classical music by his parents who were both music teachers. He started to play piano, listening almost only to classical music especially his favorite Johann Sebastian Bach.

Mana then went on making his own music during high school and his first band was a punk group called “Girl’e” (active from 1989-1990). He was called Serena in that band and he played the guitar.  He then played bass for Mantenrou meaning ‘skyscraper’ (1990-1992).

After leaving Mantenrou in April 1992, he founded another group called Malice Mizer with another guitarist, Kozi. Mana was the lead guitarist, chief songwriter, choreographer and overall artist director.

Mana rarely speaks in public. He had often whispered into the ear of a band member or confidante, who then relates his words back to the interviewer. Sometimes he uses yes/no cards or express himself using mime.

There was an occasion when he was sitting on the floor and when he was asked what he was doing and why he was sitting that way, he replied

“It’s cute”

In 1999, Mana created his own clothing label, Moi-même-Moitié, which features two lines of designs named “Elegant Gothic Lolita” and “Elegant Gothic Aristocrat”.

moi meme moitie

Opened a shop in October 1999 in Aoyama Tokyo. He also has another one now in Nagoya.

Elegant Gothic Lolita, EGL or Gothic Lolita for short, involves a teen or young adult who dresses in amazingly elaborate Gothic looking baby-doll costumes. Below are a few examples of the EGL clothing lines Mana has created:

EGL Mana Moi-même-Moitié,
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EGL Mana Moi-même-Moitié,
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EGL Mana, Moi-même-Moitié,
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EGL Mana Moi-même-Moitié,
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EGL Mana Moi-même-Moitié,
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EGL Mana Moi-même-Moitié,
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EGL Mana Moi-même-Moitié,
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EGL Mana Moi-même-Moitié,
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EGL Mana Moi-même-Moitié,
http://moi-meme-moitie.shop-pro.jp/

EGL Mana Moi-même-Moitié,
http://moi-meme-moitie.shop-pro.jp/

There’s Elegant Gothic Aristocrat. The imitates the mature decadence of the late Neogothicera, which emphasis on simplicity and elegance. It consists black and white, dark colors and natural tones with delicate detailing such as ruffles or lace trimmings, and completed with black, clunky boots and heavy makeup. Here are some examples below: (more…)