Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
December 9th Gackt will release his newest single "The end of Silence", which I believe is said to be the end song for the Wii game "Samurai Warriors 3"
I believe there will be 5 songs if I am translating this correctly (probably 2 or 3 songs plus their instrumentals.)
The Limited Edition DEARS release will have DVD video clips.
visit http://cdjapan.co.jp/ to pre-order this single.
Gacktionary - a book commemorating the 10th anniversary of Gackt's solo debut.
Features many "Gacktisms" (Gackt sayings and phrases) as well as rare pictures of Gackt.
a must buy to add to your J-rock/Gackt collection.
Pre-order until December 19th, 2009.
Kamen Rider the movie : 1-21-2010
Stay the Decade alive : 1-01-2010
End of Silence : 12-09-2009
Re:Born : 12-02-2009
Visual Live Tour : 1-27-2010
I'm deciding on Re:Born still. It's a bit pricy right now considering all I've already pre-ordered. LOL)
Thursday, November 5, 2009
It is official... Gackt has admitted his true age.
He will be 37 next year. This shocking announcement comes as he prepares for his new role... Kyoshiro.
This shocking announcement is not so shocking for fans who have suspected this for a while. (his age was speculated after a special in-show movie during his 6th day / 7th night concert)
Further news on his new role... it appears from my recent translations that Kyoshiro is not a movie... it is actually a stage production based on the various Kyoshiro shows I mentioned in the previous blog.
No word on if a DVD of the live show will follow
Monday, November 2, 2009
Ok, my translation on this is really bad... But it seems Gackt is appearing in a new role... Nemuri Kyoshiro.
It was a show in the 50's with a remake in the 60's, and a re-remake in the late 90's, about a half Japanese Ronin. There was also a manga version that appeared in a weekly magazine from 2001 to 2003.
Gackt, it seems, will appear in the role of Kyoshiro.
I've never seen Nemuri Kyoshiro, but rumor is he is a sleepy-eyed masterless warrior who is red-headed and is a womanizer.
From what I've found online, Kyoshiro's Japanese mother was raped by a foriegn father during a "black mass" (Which seems to be a cult ritual that parody's a catholic mass), which is how he was conceived.
It seems Kyoshiro is an anti-hero. He meets many women along his journey. Some who fall in love with him, others who plot to kill him. In a review of the 1963 Nemuri Kyoshiro... the reviewer states:
certainly his sexuality & his violence are closely linked. He (Kyoshiro) humiliates & possibly rapes the Lord of Kaga's favorite concubine. It is typical of him to abuse women he perceives as too proud or villainous. This is certainly a flaw in his character because frequently the only "weapon" these women have is their sexuality. Kyoshiuro uses his own sexuality to destroy women with the same heartlessness he expresses when killing a swordsman with his sword.
His attitudes against women whom he has judged harshly are in episode after episode contrasted to his attitudes toward women he perceives as downtrodden or in some manner noble of heart. In The Chinese Jade he is very kind to Chisa, for example, who like himself was an orphan.
He has a distain for Christianity and the society in which he lives... and longs for one thing only... the perfect death. His most deadly attack is the Engetsu-sappo (The full moon attack)
Best quote from Kyoshiro: "I am just someone angry at mankind, even though I am myself a man"
More information coming as soon as I find it. (At this time I can not find any news about this role on his official Myspace blog or official website.)
Sunday, September 20, 2009
A body that is believed to be Usui Yoshito, (Maga-ka of Crayon Shin-Chan) was found at the foot of a cliff near the Gunma prefectur where it was believed Yoshito was headed.
Also sad to report, Voice actor Kamiya Akira who voiced big roles in anime's like City Hunter, Kinnikuman (muscle man) and Hokuto no Ken (fist star of the north), passed away at the age of 63.
They will both be deeply missed by Anime lovers around the world.
Friday, September 18, 2009
There has not been much in way of Gackt news since he took a break to film and promote the Kamen Rider movie he is starring in...
but there is news in other parts of Japan. Popular Manga-ka, Yoshito Usui, has been missing since one week ago today (friday) according to Japanese police. His publisher and family have not been able to contact Yoshito since Friday when he left for the mountains in Gunma prefecture. Concern arose when he failed to return that same evening, as he had planned.
Yoshito Usui is best known as the creator of the popular 5 year old foul mouth brat - Crayon Shin-Chan. A dramatic film entitled: Ballad Namonaki Koi no Uta was successfully released around Japan, and is based on a 2002 Shin-Chan Film, Crayon Shin-chan: Arashi wo Yobu Appare! Sengoku Daikassen. It also includes a character whose name is Shinichi (a play on Shinnosuke)
Monday, August 17, 2009
to commemorate his decade long solo career, Gackt has officially changed his name, so that his new name would be as big as this special moment.
Gackt's name has changed from Gackt... to GACKT (all upper cased.)
yes it's pretty random... but that's our Gackt... Sorry, I mean that's our GACKT.
Speaking of GACKT, here's his new music video... "Next Decade"
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Though Jasmine You had taken time off in order to rest because
of poor physical condition, we received a report that early in the
morning on August 9th, he died.
Because of the extreme abruptness of this news,
the members and staff are all dumbfounded and trying hard
to accept this it. As soon as his family has been notified and
updated as to the details and we receive their permission,
we will further report to all of the fans. Moreover, with the
current announcement, in regards to activity, please allow us to postpone it.
RIP Jasmine You
Monday, August 10, 2009
First we had Bujingai
Then we had "G" in FFVII: Dirge of Cerberus.
He reprised his "G" character (now called Genesis) in FFVII: Crisis Core
Gackt did a few Pachinko games... Gladiator and Bounty Killer.
Now it is confirmed that Gackt will be providing the end
theme music for Samurai Warrior 3, and will also be taking
part in an advertising campaign.
Expect to see promotional ads starring Gackt in October...
Samurai Warrior 3 will premiere in Japan this November.
It is for the Wii game systems.
A Typhoon that killed 44 dead in Taiwan and China, and left countless others missing, is headed towards Japan which could spell trouble for our Japanese friends.
On Tuesday, Japan was hit by a large earthquake, however no injuries or major damage was reported. Shortly after, they were hit by a major typhoon in a seperate line of storms outside of this stormline heading to Japan.
according to bloomberg, there are at least 13 currently dead and others missing due to this seperate storm.
From the Wall Street Journal -
The Japan Meteorological Agency says a magnitude 6.9 earthquake shook Tokyo and surrounding areas on Sunday.
The quake swayed houses and rattled furniture in the city at 7:56 p.m. No damage or injuries were immediately reported by national television networks.
The epicenter of the quake was off the coast of Japan, near the volcanic Izu Islands, the Meteorological Agency said. The center was at a depth of 340 kilometers and there was no danger of a tsunami, the agency said.
On the Japanese scale of measuring earthquakes, Central Tokyo recorded magnitude four, while other cities in the greater Kanto region and northern Japan scaled at either three or four, the agency said. The Japanese scale measures intensity from a range of one to seven.
Around 20% of the world's most powerful earthquakes strike Japan.
—Daisuke Wakabayashi and Miho Inada contributed to this article.
Fast Fact about Japan -
there is a tremor about every 5 minutes in the depths of Japan... and there are around 2000 earthquakes every year felt by the Japanese populus.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
for those of you who are new to the friends list and may not know... I just wrote a book, and several months ago it was picked up by an agent.
unfortunately, do to the ever worsening economy... publishers are not anxious to take on first time authors.
however, my agent found a publisher whose interested in my book and is in the process of reviewing it for publication! which may be good news!
It's not a done deal yet. Right now they're interested, but they're trying to decide if it is worth the risk in this economy.
So I'm trying to put together a list of names of those who would be interested in reading the book so we can go to the publisher and say... "Look! here's a list of people who are already waiting for this book to be published so they can read it... so you can see this book is worth the risk."
it's a pet/animal genre book. The content I'll keep a surprise until it is published but I will say this...
The reason I write about this here, is because Gackt is mentioned several times. In fact, there is a chapter dedicated to Gackt's (and our) beloved Belle Constantine Chappy.
if you can do me a favor... to help get this book off the ground... send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (don't reply here) with your name and the state and/or country you live.
Please use your real name... or at minimum your real first name and last initial, or first initial and last name. (in otherwords, no screen names.)
If you have pet lover friends or friends who are fans of Gackt who may also be interested, forward this message to them and have them email me too.
the subject of the email should be "Pet book" so it doesn't get lost in my spam mail box.
thanks in advance for your help in getting this book published!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GACKT AND YOSHI!!!
July 4th Gackt turns ??? and my Yoshi *officially turns 3.
(*we celebrate her birthday with Dojo in January, but she was born the 4th of July)
News on the Gackt.com site.
do you know the flash page on the Japanese site with the castle door that says "Dears - Enter" and it leads you to two guards. Click on one of them and it asks for the dears password?
Well now all of the Gackt.com sites have it. The English, Chinese and Korean sites too. If you click the castle door on the other sites it says 404- page not found... but this is a new change so perhaps that means they're working on it.
now, I'm not going to say for sure because I don't know... but the whole "castle" idea was mostly for Dears members only... Now the English page has it... and the international dears questionaire has been removed.
could this mean the international fan club is a go? fingers crossed.
Happy birthday gackt and to my Princess Yoshi Yuu
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Gackt to star in a Japanese movie called Kamen Rider, playing a character called "Riderman".
here's a behind the scenes look.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
This info comes from the Bunraku Blog. thanks to Karadin for allowing me to post it.
1. the new picture above, is of Gackt as Yoshi with an extra/stuntman (girl). don't panic girls, she's a happily married woman. lol
2. It seems Bunraku is now not coming out until 2010.
3. Being interviewed for his new release, Josh talks about costars Gackt (Bunraku) and Kimura Takuya. (I Come With The Rain)
"Are these two (Gackt and Kimura) really musicians? From seeing these two
work together, I thought they had great (acting) talent. I think it's interesting
in how they worked hard together and were diligent in their work. Also, if
they are examples of other Japanese actors then I think I really want to work
with others more and more!"
thanks again Karadin!
Friday, June 5, 2009
anyhoo. Here's the basic story with screencaps (Gackt scenes only... Please keep in mind this is a spoiler blog.)
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Gackt's episode has aired... if you want to see it, check out youtube. (Unfortunately I'm out of town till Tuesday so I don't have time to go through it right now. I'll update when I get back to town.)
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Mr. Brain episode 1 has finally premiered.
I have not yet found a translated version... but for those who enjoy Japanese film in it's raw form... here's Mr. Brain.
watch before it is removed for copyright infringement. (The last video had it's sound removed for this issue... so you'll be watching video with no sound. lol)
if you are not interested in the show and just want Gackt... the preview for his episode is at the bottom.
Episode 1 Part 1
Episode 1 Part 2
What is a Gackt doll you say? *GASP*! you don't know???
well, here are a few examples of "Gackt" dolls.
cool aren't they? the dolls belong to friends on a Asian Ball Jointed Doll club site called Dream Of Angel.
well, here are the dolls I just got in. Now the Gackt doll looks pretty much like Gackt if you compare the face to the pictures of Gackt (especially the nose and mouth in the first two pics below.)
unfortunately, the second doll, (Gackt as Kenshin from Fuurin Kazan) is identical to the first one... but the wig is a bit big, and the skin is washed out by the camera flash, so it looks a bit different on film. In person without the big wig he looks better. (I have a new wig on order.)
(that's Gackt with my other doll, Byakuya)
Thursday, May 21, 2009
(Check out 0:46 lol!)
this video is awesome. lol. Gackt looks way too scary!!
on a side note...
THEY'RE FINALLY ON THEIR WAY!! My Gackt doll and Gackt as Kenshin doll will be here in about 3 more days!! I'm so excited! I'll post pics as soon as I get them, provided they get here before I go out of town again!
Friday, May 15, 2009
according to "The Daily Yomiuri", when it comes to "Mr. Brain"
Singer-songwriter Gackt and kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo both will make their first commercial network TV drama appearances in the series.
In Episode 1, Ichikawa plays a detective dealing with underworld cases and rumored to be on the take. In Episode 2, Gackt appears as a death row inmate.
Mr. Brain's synopsis:
Ryusuke Tsukumo (Kimura) was once a club host but after suffering a brain injury, he recovered and pursued a career in psychology. He's now an unconventional police psychologist who thinks far outside the box when it comes to crime and his own fashion sense. Haruka Ayase is his assistant at the National Research Institute of Police Science, where he works in a crime lab with experts on DNA, profiling, surveillance cameras, computers, poisons and other highly technical specialties. His costars also include a mouse in a maze and Teruyuki Kagawa and Hiro Mizushima as the detectives who continually seek his help.
For those who've ever seen the USA series "Monk" starring Tony Shalhoub... it sounds almost along those lines. ^_^
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Cover art for one of Gackt's new singles has been released.
I'm not sure if I translated the news article on the release right or not...
but if i did... then... dude looks like a lady. LOL
Word is... these are covers for the fanclub only releases of the singles.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Gackt will appear in episode 2... rumor is he will play a criminal. (Judging by the crazed look on his face in the second vid at 0:42... I think that rumor is as good as confirmed. LOLOL
Friday, May 1, 2009
Thanks to Ryuichi-chan for the news
Mr. Brain - TBS drama starting May 23rd.
Gackt will be a part of the second story starting May 30th
more details as soon as it comes... (Sorry I've been so absent... I've been really busy with the new house and all.)
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I'm currently on vacation and have been since before my last post... So I'm only getting bits and peices of news. I'll be coming home tomorrow... So hopefully I'll get back to all of your emails soon. please be patient...
PS... I just bought a house! WOO! I'm a homeowner now! Well... will be after construction is finished in May.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
In celebration of Gackt's upcoming 10th anniversary in the music industry...
Gackt will be releasing 4 new singles consecutively
Gackt "HEVUN goblin" songs
1. HEVUN goblin
2. My Father's Day
Gackt“Faraway ～星に願いを～”収録曲 Gackt "Faraway ~ Wish Upon a Star" songs
1. Faraway ～星に願いを～
2. Oblivious ～顔のない天使～
Gackt“Lost Angels”収録曲 Gackt "Lost Angels" songs
1. Lost Angels
2. No Reason
Gackt“Flower”収録曲 Gackt "Flower" songs
2. In Flames
According to sources... it appears they will start being released in June. More updates on this when I am able to figure it all out.
In other related news:
Gackt is currently showing his support for the efforts to bring the 2016 summer olympics to Tokyo. He did a press conference recently... and there is a rumor that if all goes through, he'd be a featured performer during opening ceremonies.
Gackt was also forced to cancel his upcoming May Korean concert. due to the hard economic times in asia, many sponsers are pulling out of concerts due to financial hardships. Gackt has said the cancellation is only temporary. Refunds and reschedules will be discussed in the near future.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
On Gackt's blog and official site, it has been announced that DEARs is FINALLY seriously looking into the international fan club.
This comes on the heals of Gordie Entertainment deleting fan videos, causing an uproar amongst international fans who can only access Gackt through videos on sites like Youtube and Veoh.
I will proudly take SOME credit. lol. after all, I worked hard and 2 petitions, an email campaign, promoting the petitions all over the net, and with videos on Youtube and Veoh.
You can also thank yourselves for helping promote the cause and for signing the petition.
Don't forget the petition at http://thepetitionsite.com/1/igffa we're keeping it going till this actually happens.
So go to Gackt's official site and check out the news and updates section of the English page.
take the international fan questionaire. They're looking for fan opinions as they decide if this is the route to go.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
thanks to the Bunraku blog for this gem.
*Update on petition: 120 signatures... 880 left to go.*
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
we are nearing 100 signatures!
We have 87... we need 13 more to reach 100
We need 913 to reach our 1000 goal.
If you haven't signed the new petition, get to signing.
If you haven't signed the old petition, get to signing.
If you have friends who are fans of Gackt, get them to sign
If you are friends who are not necessarily fans of Gackt, but
like J-rock and would like for other J-artists to remember there
are international fans... Get them to sign!
Sign Sign Sign!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
1. Thanks to those who've already signed, please pay attention
2. When signing, real names are prefered, however... because
I understand not feeling comfortable... you may use either
initians, or nicknames. You are also welcome to click the box
that says "Don't display my name."
3. Please sign only once. don't abuse the ability to sign using nicknames
we want to be taken seriously.
4. Addreses are not important to the petition. They are not visible to
anyone, not even to myself... and all we are doing is collecting
names to show Gackt he has an international fan base.
So if you are still not comfortable using your address... just
make up a street address or P.O. Box, and make sure the
zip you uses matches the city you are entering, and it will
accept it. (My friend used E22205 Move Over Ave. in Detroit
Michigan and it accepted it.)
again, addresses are not shown, and they're not even important to
the movement, so while I encourage using real names, you do NOT
have to use a real address.
5. show of hands... who thinks we should move the petition one more time
to a site that doesn't require addresses to sign? or should we leave it
where it is?
Saturday, February 7, 2009
株式会社GORDIE ENTERTAINMENT is shutting down Gackt videos on Youtube claiming copyright infringement.
So far, 3 of my videos including a cover I did for Tsuki no Uta have been removed with a cease and desist warning that states if copyright infringment continues, my account will be shut down. One of the tribute videos I made for my father with Tsuki no Uta was also removed. Which has pissed me off to no end. I had another tribute to my dad using "IZ"'s hawaiian version of "Over the Rainbow/wonderful world". they removed the audio but at least allowed the video to stay up. the tribute with the gackt song was completely removed.
I've noticed TV interviews, videos and tribute videos using Gackt music are slowly being shut down by Gordie Entertainment.
That means, if you are not Japanese, it's going to get even harder to get Gackt videos. Most live performances have already been shut down, some of the Jesus and Ghost videos are also MIA.
It seems to have been slowly starting in the last few days.
who is Gordie Entertainment? According to the website they are: Management of Famous Artists, we work with a variety of content productions.
So it it seems they want to shut down any video sharing of Gackt's music, or appearances, (Even though it's not being shared for a profit nor at a profit loss to them.)
More and More it seems the Japanese management of Gackt wants to screw his international fans.
Right now there are still a lot of videos available... however, it's slowly looking as if they are having them removed one by one. It seems they're targeting the older videos... (Some of the videos I posted have been there for 2 years.)
Newly posted videos, and Gackt tribute videos that don't actually use Gackt's music, seem to be safe for now. It seems to be a slow removal at this time. We'll have to wait and see what happens.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I think it's cute.
if it's going to fast for you it basically says at Gackt's parts... "Gackt gets from post", "Gackt returns to post", "gackt forgets to return", "No Late charges"