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Santa came a day early!

First, came this...

When I went to the GACKT x KIMONO exhibit a couple of months ago, I was told that they would send another cloth through the post and it finally came today.



YFCz x KIMONO. Gorgeous, huh? Again, GACKT's kanji signature...

And then...



22 diaries (plus postcard each) and 3 x Platinum Box XII.

More photos from inside - spoilers! Haven't watched the Platinum Box yet though! )
I know what I'm watching this evening XD

Have a great Christmas everyone!
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This band is too pretty...



Only four pages. Each scan links to the full size, so you can just right click, save as.

Or, download them - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=PNTMH3BQ (15MB)

Do whatever you like with them. No credit is necessary. Just don't claim them as your own.

That photo of JON, GACKT and TAKUMI kills me asugfhdsgfsiudfgsjdgh. It is now my desktop wallpaper, haha.
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Prepare to spend the first week of January in front of the TV guys...

1/01 18:00 - 20:54 - テレビ朝日 (TV Asahi) - 芸能人格付けチェック2012お正月スペシャル
1/03 18:00 - 21:00 - フジテレビ (Fuji TV) - vs.嵐
1/07 23:30 - 24:00 - TBS - チューボーですよ

This is according to many Japanese blogs and Twitters. I presume they're getting these out of TV listing magazines or digital listings... will look tomorrow!

But that's the Oshogatsu Special GACKT did in 2009 and 2010 (where he won both years with a 100% record while wearing funny face masks and looking rather dapper in a suit), vs. Arashi (confirmed, and he has a 100% failure record XD) and Saturday Night Chubaw, the cooking show (where he mutilated a chicken and cooked while singing Setsugekka).

Now, can has TV performance of ALL MY LOVE please?
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I've been tweeting up a storm today with these, and it all got a little out of order, so here it all is in a sensible order.

These are the first week sales of GACKT's singles (plus YFC) since 2006 (the sales figures only go back to late 2005 - REDEMPTION is the first song of GACKT's to be included)

2006/01/25 - REDEMPTION – 76,826
2007/02/07 - 野に咲く花のように – 40,578
2007/06/02 - RETURNER~闇の終焉~ - 43,275
2008/12/03 - JESUS – 18,145
2009/01/28 - GHOST – 16.969
2009/03/25 - Journey Through the Decade – 51,666
2009/06/10 - 小悪魔ヘヴン – 16,338
2009/06/17 - Faraway~星の願いを~ – 12,901
2009/06/24 - LOST ANGELS – 14,548
2009/07/01 - FLOWER – 14,595
2009/08/11 - The Next Decade – 37,033
2009/12/09 - 雪月花~the end of silence~ - 24,742
2010/01/01 - Stay the Ride Alive – 29,421
2010/07/28 - EVER – 32,795
2011/07/13 - Episode.0 – 28,643
2011/09/14 - THE END OF THE DAY – 17,612
2011/11/30 - Graffiti – 15,953

Source - Oricon Weekly charts

So, over the last couple of years his best selling singles have been the Kamen Rider ones :-/

There was a big dip between the singles he released before his lengthy BUNRAKU shooting break, and the singles he released when he came back with RE:BORN.

EVER and Episode.0 bucked the trend and had better sales, but THE END OF THE DAY and Graffiti are back to summer 2009 levels.

Although, it must be pointed out that the four summer 2009 releases were the ones with the special DEARS covers and the gift if you purchased all four from the fanclub. I highly doubt fanclub sales are included here, so the figures for the singles from RETURNER~闇の終焉~ through to 雪月花~the end of silence~ will be higher.

Interesting?

I can see why GACKT has said that he doesn't care about sales or chart positions. It'd drive you crazy to try and figure these out.
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GACKT was the guest on All Night Nippon tonight, on the show hosted by Kiryuuin Shou from Golden Bomber, aka, GACKT's biggest fanboy.

Download link - http://www.mediafire.com/?xd9aotavdi1996w (37 minutes long)

GACKT's other radio appearance today on bayfm is here - http://pyroyale.livejournal.com/195919.html

Do whatever you want with the downloads. Too tired to care XD
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GACKT was a guest on ON8, a show on the radio station bayfm.

I recorded (most of) it...

GACKT messages -
Part 1 - http://www.mediafire.com/?0pdp1uewx9pmfst
Part 2 - http://www.mediafire.com/?h87xr3c5a6kx9s6

Part 1, is mainly about Graffiti and the solo GACKT. I missed the first minute or two.

Part 2, is about YFC. While he's talking, ALL MY LOVE is being played in the background (from about 7:30 onwards. And listen to what he's talking about at 5:30...)

I was eating while this show was on, and after the second message I went to the kitchen. I came back, and they were actually playing ALL MY LOVE. I heard the last few moments of it and completely missed recording it *sad*

They followed it with YOU ARE THE REASON though XD

Part 3 - http://www.mediafire.com/?hkwqd3tgo9t3z4o

The first couple of seconds are missing from YOU ARE THE REASON (no acapella start on record, of course) but otherwise it's the full song that was played.
pyroyale: (Gackt - stealing my monies)
Yesterday, the Camui Gakuen phone game went live in Japan. Seito Kaicho finally updated his blog in order to publicise it (poor thing, his foreign studies must be keeping him very busy) and invited everyone to enrol in the “sexy” campus of Camui Gakuen.



Is it sexy?

Let’s see...

(Lots of photos ahead - click them for the large versions!)

Camui Gakuen, yokoso! )
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I went to the GACKT x KIMONO Exhibit today. I had nothing planned and it was free, so I thought why not?

You have to book in advance and they send you this great little invitation through. They only allow about ten people to attend in each time slot because the venue isn't that big, and the staff like to be very attentive to you!

The map on the back of the invitation sucked, but I was lucky enough to come across two DEARS, a mother and her daughter, also trying to find the venue. When they failed and had to ask someone, I felt much better about my own failure!

I knew we had the right place when we saw this in the lobby of the building (and the sign outside with the name of the building on was a big hint too XD)



(Click photos for full versions!)

More info and awesome free gifts! )
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**SALES CLOSED**

The YFC Official Goods store has now opened, and I'll be doing a group order for the goods.

The store only ships within Japan, but I'm willing to buy the goods and ship them to anywhere in the world.

http://netst.jp/yfc2011/

Information (yes, they have the vibrating phone straps!) )
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Today was the Final of the Japanese tour at Makuhari Messe. This will be the show broadcast on WOWOW in January, so spoilers ahead.

Today, the venue was genuinely full. Still a lot of room in the standing areas, but that was probably due to building codes and fire restrictions and other boring things.

There were no new songs, and nothing was really changed from the recent shows. Unlike yesterday, they seemed to work the stage a lot better today, and there were less instances of guitarists frantically running around to be in the right place at the right time! The larger stage really gives them all the chance to shine though and I hope they all get their little taste of glory when it's screened.

The sound set up was even better today. I was finally able to hear LAST KISS properly, as usually the vocals are just swamped by the guitars. It's grown on me a lot more now that I've heard it! U:zo's bass seemed louder than normal too. Shinya has added a lot of drum fills, and gets a mini solo after EVER, so they'll be plenty of him on the broadcast too!

Vocally, both GACKT and JON were on fine form. Their harmonies were crisp and loud, and they sounded great. GACKT has cut a lot more lose vocally in these last two shows, as if he knows he doesn't need to protect himself for the weeks ahead anymore. After JESUS he just screams out loud, and his vocal for that song is a lot more forceful and rougher than usual.

So... shall we talk fanservice now?

It wasn't toned down at all.

Lots of nuzzling after NINE SPIRAL.

After Mousou Girl, GACKT was stood on the bottom step of the platform, thrusting at the audience and teasing them while JON stood behind, watching with an appreciative look on his face. JON came to stand beside GACKT, grabbed his hips, turned him around, bent him over slightly and that's when the thrusting and ass slapping started. GACKT straightened up, but then voluntarily starting bending right over again.

After the ass slapping/drum beat finished, GACKT stood up and leaned against JON, who then wrapped an arm across his upper chest. GACKT turned around and licked JON's arm (I think he started at JON's armpit, actually) and then JON licked him back, although it was too bad of an angle for me to see where.

This whole sequence is going to become a million gifs, isn't it???

The crotch grabbing was present in VANILLA as normal. When they all lined up on stage, GACKT faced the wrong way so he was facing u:zo, put his hand on the bassists shoulder and started grinding down slightly as he bounced from side to side.

The stripper hip thrusting was a little tamer than normal after VANILLA, but not by much. GACKT was bouncing around everywhere, JON was throwing a hissy fit whenever the crowd cheered for GACKT, GACKT smacked his ass.... Really fun sequence!

GACKT and JON headed into the crowd again for 又、ここに会いましょ. GACKT had a lot of trouble, again. People were grabbing at his shorts and pulling them down as far as they could, (un)luckily his belt saved his blushes though. He walked down the little inlet into the crowd and was almost yanked off his feet at one point, he had to stop singing for a few seconds so that he could right himself. He had trouble getting out as well, but he didn't seem to care as he voluntarily jumped actually into the crowd, back first and was just smiling so broadly.

GACKT's MC at the end was cute, but long. I imagine WOWOW will cut that.

After the show, it was u:zo's turn to entertain the crowd. He was about to run off the stage when he remembered something he'd forgotten. He stood on the vocalists platform, and dropped his shorts to reveal tight red underwear - a fundoshi. He unravelled the flap and it said 終子 (end) on one side and I couldn't catch the kanji on the other side.

On the way out, they were collecting for SHOW YOUR HEART again, but the table was manned by several dancers and a couple of Nemuri actors. Kazuya was particularly enthusiastic about this as he was literally jumping onto the table and yelling at people to donate money. It was effective!

I wanted to pick up a Fade album I didn't have, as I saw it on the DVD/CD table yesterday, but they'd sold out *sad*

So, in the words of JON, that's GAME OVER. It's been such a great few months YFC, thanks for all of the fun times and can't wait to see the broadcast.

オッス!!!!!
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Tonight was the first of two days in Makuhari Messe for YFC. Tomorrow will be recorded for WOWOW, but tonight was just for fun.

Tonight was also one of the additional lives that were only announced a couple of months ago. Like most of these other new dates, it didn’t sell too well. Most of the stands were covered as the seats weren’t sold, and the standing areas had lots of space. Shame, because people missed a great show.

Tomorrow, is sold out though.

The sound in Makuhari was really good. The vocals were loud and strong and both GACKT and JON sounded great. LAST KISS is still muddled and hard to hear the vocals, but the other songs were all loud and clearer than normal. That’s a good sign for the recording tomorrow!

Makurhai Messe is an arena. It’s a small arena, probably just under half the size of Saitama Super Arena (the venue for the RRII Final), but it’s the largest venue YFC have headlined and had by far the largest stage. For the first few songs, SPEED MASTER especially, it seemed that the guitarists were struggling with the extra space! There were four little sections at the front of the stage made by the lights, and it was so that a guitarist (and bass player!) could take each section and cover the stage. It seemed that there were a few occasions where guitarists had to run at full speed to be at the right place at the right time! It was the band who covered the stage more so than GACKT and JON, leading to a more balanced full band experience.

I think that of all the guitarists, it was actually YOU who took advantage of this the most. He seemed to be everywhere and was pretty wild. After the group jump at the end of EVER, he was even on his knees, leaning back and playing guitar like a proper wild rockstar XD

The jets of air during SPEED MASTER are more timed and in sync with the music, and are also present during Episode.0. Instead of all shooting at once, they shoot individually or in pairs and it looks really well presented. We heard Episode.0 being sound checked twice before the show started, and I guess it was due to checking out the timings of these.

Now onto the fanservice…

No biting or licking this time. There were a lot of instances of GACKT grabbing JON’s crotch. He always does during VANILLA, but he lingered this time. When JON was singing a later part of VANILLA, he had his own hand on his crotch, GACKT walked behind him to go past, but instead stopped, reached between JON’s legs (from behind) and grabbed him too. During the audience participation part after VANILLA finished, JON was trying to work his half of the crowd by thrusting in GACKT’s direction, so GACKT tapped him between the legs with his microphone.

Poor JON. He really got abused (more later).

After VANILLA, they got into their usual position of JON thrusting into GACKT from behind. JON had his left hand (closest to the audience) on GACKT’s hip, and was fake slapping GACKT’s ass with his right to the beat of Shinya’s drum. As he was doing all of this, GACKT started leaning more and more forward… until he was bent right over and had to balance himself by putting his hand on the platform floor.

I never, ever expected to see GACKT being “fucked” from behind, doggy style by another man.

I never, ever expected to type that sentence either :-/

The hip thrusting and stripper moves from GACKT and JON get crazier and crazier every show. And funnier. I don't know if the intention is still sexy, or sexy and funny, but it's hilarious. Especially GACKT. For a musician who is a pretty good drummer, he has no natural rhythm at all, does he?

The front row was miles away from the stage, and it meant that neither GACKT nor JON managed to make the crowd with their ties, although they managed it with their shirts. YOU made a big show of throwing a pick to the crowd, he faked it out a few times, he wound up his throwing arm…. and then completely missed too. There were big gaps between the blocks as well, and two bottles (u:zo and GACKT) both fell into this gap and had to be rescued by staff. GACKT just laughed when he saw it fall there and the disappointment in the crowd’s faces.

For 又、ここに会いましょ, both GACKT and JON jumped down from the stage and climbed the barricades. They were pretty much standing ON the barricades, with several staff members behind them, both supporting them and stopping them from being dragged in. They were successful at keeping JON out, but GACKT seemed to disappear at one point. I was on JON’s half, not too far away, but in the wrong block to touch him. As he was stood on the barricade, I could see one hand, with a red sleeve, constantly petting and stroking his crotch. He didn’t even seem to notice! He was looking through the crowd and saw me again, smiled and then sang a line at me. ILU JON.

There were two little inlets into the main block in front of the crowd, so GACKT and JON were able to go right inside. There were little platforms too, so they could still be seen over the crowd. They finished the song there.

GACKT was very bouncy throughout the show, and seemed far stronger at the end than I’ve seen at any of the YFC lives. He wasn’t staggering after JESUS and he didn’t need help to get off the platform or anything. It was good to see. As I said earlier, he sounded great too, as did JON.

JON did have the “punk” Mohican hairstyle he showed in the blog yesterday. GACKT is, as he said in his blog yesterday, back to being blonde. His hair was slightly spikier too. The scratch on GACKT’s arm looks really nasty, his tattoo still looks great. It really is a brown colour, not black, and it suits his skin tone very well.

All in all, good show!

The Final is tomorrow. I can't believe it's all over (maybe XD)... I've been going to YFC lives since July and I'm not ready for them to finish yet!!!
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Came home today to a really pretty envelope...



That logo in the bottom right corner looks familiar... reminds me of a samurai...

Nemuri mail? )

Twitter

Nov. 3rd, 2011 12:57 pm
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I kinda bitched about this on Twitter earlier (and many, many times before) but I don't think 140 characters is enough to explain myself.

I think it's a real shame that Twitter has replaced so much of fandom. Some news happens and dozens of people post about it to Twitter, dozens more discuss it, and then that's it. Everyone thinks "discussion over". It's creating a two tier fandom. The tier who are on Twitter when it happens, and the tier that aren't. And that "aren't" tier isn't just people who don't have a Twitter, but it's people who do have a Twitter but aren't on at that time because they're working, or at school or even asleep.

By the time those people get online a few hours later, the news and discussion is finished and they miss out through no fault of their own unless they're willing to trawl back through hundreds of tweets in the hope of finding something interesting.

But if the news is posted to the communities, it's there as a permanent record for all to see. Everyone can see the news, everyone can see the comments and everyone can join in.

Now, I know that I post a lot of things via the OGYD Twitter and don't put them into the communities, but it's never actual news. It's U:ZO and his chipped nail polish, or YOU and TAKUMI camera whoring again. If people miss that all they miss is some pretty, no actual news. But stuff like a PV preview? Everyone should be able to see that easily, and not have to hunt through their Twitter timeline.

I don't know. There seems to be a small (and I mean, small) sub-section of the fandom who are eager to make a name for themselves by getting the news first and keeping it to themselves. I can't help but feel that this is tied into that, at least a little.

So, in short, fandom is for everyone.

(And this isn't just me saying "post everything to [livejournal.com profile] ohgacktyoudidnt" as I think [livejournal.com profile] dears suffers far more from this than OGYD does.)

Now, I'm going to get some milk because tea will turn me back into my usual oasis of calm. In fact, I'm blaming this on the lack of tea. Me English. Me no function without tea.
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Here are the YFC scans from FOOL'S MATE 2012.12, released 10/29.

It's mainly photos from the Swimsuit Live on 9/25 in Shinkiba.



Scans and download links )
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I went to the V-ROCK festival today. I had to get up stupidly early to get to Saitama before the doors opened at 9:30am, but YFC (and especially JON XD) made it worth the early rise.



More photos at the V-ROCK site

Set list and info )

Tickets!

Oct. 18th, 2011 11:32 pm
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I squeed about this on Twitter, but never posted on here because it all happened when I was away in Osaka.

fade are touring Japan in December and doing three shows. I applied for tickets to two shows, Tokyo and Osaka, and got them both.

I paid for the tickets while I was in Osaka, and they were given to me then.

For Shibuya, I have ticket number 34.

For Osaka, I have ticket number 11

ELEVEN.

Gaahhhhhhhhh.

That means I will be the eleventh person to enter the venue. It's going to put me front row. OHAI JON!!!!! *waves*

I also applied for MOON SAGA tickets via DEARS.

I desperately wanted an SS ticket and had no idea what the demand was going to be like, so I applied for SS tickets to eight of the Tokyo shows.

I got seven of them! I was good though, and only actually bought two of them.

I'll be at the very first show and one towards the end of the Tokyo run.

The first show is a matinee, 13:00 start performance, so you can expect an English language review of MOON SAGA well before the day is out XD Now, I need to hardcore study Japanese so I can understand it properly. I get the impression that the basic story of this will not be as straight forward as the basic story of Nemuri Kyoshiro was :-/

I hope it's as pretty....

pyroyale: (Gackt - eyes)
For several hours this afternoon, a few of us on Twitter were spamming and discussing some TV performances of GACKT's (okay, it was mainly me spamming, but I didn't see any complaints!) and a couple of videos posted were from GACKT's appearance on Yume Ongakukan, on 2005.02.24.

[livejournal.com profile] mind_cell asked for downloads, so I thought I may as well share with everyone.

All three are stunning performances, especially 君に逢いたくて.

12月のLove Song, 君に逢いたくて (acoustic) and Love Letter )
pyroyale: (GACKT - JAAAAAACKT)
This was one of the additional lives that were added a couple of months ago. The public ticket sales only happened two to three weeks ago, and it unfortunately reflected on the ticket sales. For the first night of the tour in the same venue, there were 2,400 A tickets sold (the standing section has both A tickets and B tickets. A tickets make up the vast, vast majority of the floor) but tonight, there were only 1,500.

If you had a crappy B ticket, like me, this was a very good thing as it meant that you were able to get far closer than should have been possible. I was able to get on the second barrier, so right behind the pit. That should not have been possible at all!

Yes, there was biting )
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**SALES CLOSED**



I'll be taking orders for the 2012 GACKT Diary. Full details of the gorgeousness can be found here - http://netst.jp/gackt_d2012/

That store only ships within Japan, but I'm willing to buy the diaries and ship them to anywhere in the world.

Price, payment and other details )

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