Thursday, June 24, 2010

Thursday Thirteen ~ All About Gackt

Just when I began to think I’m done going to the cinema, I stumbled upon something unique. “Bunraku” is, get this, a hybrid animation/live action, film noir/martial arts production boasting an international cast. It stars such folks as Demi Moore, Josh Hartnett, and a personal favorite of mine, Japanese musican Gackt Camui. In honor of my anticipation, I’ve decided to list some of the many reasons I adore this gifted artist.

1. He reputedly speaks five languages. That means he’s multi-talented, sexy, and smart.

2. Since the loss of good friend Kami (a fellow musician with Malice Mizer) in 1999, Gackt allegedly continues to visit the late drummer’s mother. It could be a false rumor. Still, I like to imagine him both sentimental and respectful.

3. Cost notwithstanding, the man demands a high degree of quality out of every project he touches. Videos and live performance DVDs are a sensual treat.

4. Speaking of treats, “Vanilla” is a fabulous single. An exhilarating horn section makes this a personal favorite and the racy, whimsical lyrics don’t hurt. I always perk up when it comes on my playlist.

5. His vocals are not only easy on the ears but the words are consistently clear. As a result, he’s actually reinforcing my language lessons!

6. Acting genuinely playful in interviews and on television programs, Gackt’s good humor is substantiated by one report that he ran an invitation-only restaurant for a time. The article said he prepared family recipes for his guests at a string of secret locations. Whatever did it take to get invited?

7. Gackt looks gorgeous in every incarnation. Shallow, I know, but I’ve never seen anyone pull off such a variety of costumes and personas: goth, vampire, gangster, blond, brunette, Samurai, cyborg soldier. It’s all good.

8. Merveilles – I can’t get enough of listening to the album and watching Malice Mizer’s live, epic performance.

9. During a segment of Merveilles, Gackt wears a heavy-looking brocade costume complete with feather-collared cape and outrageously high-heeled, platform boots. During a soaring piano piece he gives a flawless performance in that outfit while sitting with his legs crossed. It’s priceless footage.

10. Some sources claim he’s bisexual and, while it’s none of my business, this wicked imagination does run wild. Some photographs I’ve seen only perpetuate the claim.

11. He never does anything halfway. Even friendly martial arts demonstrations I’ve seen are amazing. Gackt once said that everyone on his staff is trained for sparring and I believe it.

12. Gackt penned a particularly haunting single, “December Love Song”, after being moved by the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. The mournful Japanese lyrics manage to sound more beautiful than sad to me, but I have several versions. Hearing the devastating lyrics sung in English for the first time, I nearly cried.

13. I’ll leave you with the image of this stunningly packaged CD.

Japanese title: 12月 の Love Song

Copyright issues left me uncomfortable downloading music or images of the artist, for which I’m sorry. However, the barest search will provide you with a plethora of samples if my list piques your interest.


  1. As usual, your descriptions of unknown matters give them life and pique my interest. Thanks to your other information on Gackt, not all of this is new, but much is. Thanks for my morning stimulation. (I can say that on this blog.)

  2. Thanks for turning me on to Gackt. I had to search a pic and I must say, not hard on the eyes at all.
    Happy T13!

  3. Gackt often visits Kami's family, they have given him Kami's record collection and attended Kami's former high school with Gackt in 2009 to donate Kami's drum kit.

    Gackt was married to a Korean woman in his 20's and divorced - due he said, to the demands of his career - he has stated while he can love a man, he has no physical interest in men.

    Gackt has a black belt in tae kwon do, you can get up to date information on Gackt by going to

  4. Interesting stuff. When I have some time, I'll have to listen to the music.

  5. Gackt is someone I heard OF but never heard. I should make an effort and check out the music.

  6. I've never heard of him. Sounds interesting!


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  7. I've never heard of him either but you sound very passionate about him.

  8. I've never heard of him until now. Thanks for sharing your passion - I'll look him up.

  9. Can honestly say I have never heard of this artist. Have a great weekend, Darla!

  10. Nothing like having to have martial arts training to be allowed into the studio.

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  12. Never heard of Gackt, but I will be checking him out after this. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Interesting guy, you've got me curious now.

    Happy TT.

  14. I haven't heard of Gackt, but me and my good friend google are going to be making searches tonight.

  15. But his name is Gackt. ?


    Yes, I'm so shallow. Thank you for sharing these, I'll have to check it out!

    Happy TT!


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