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Gacktが卒業式にサプライズライブをする理由が熱い
毎年頭に放送される「芸能人格付け」などバラエティ番組でも大活躍のGackt。 ある種叶姉妹などと近いようなポジションのキャラ として捉えられてしまっていそうな彼であるが、 彼の本職は言うまでもなく歌手 であり、今も精力的に活動している。 そんなGacktがアーティストとして行っている活動の一つに卒業式にサプライズ出演してライブを行う、というものがある。このサプライズライブを行う契機、そして今も尚この活動を続けている理由がかなり熱いので是非紹介させて頂きたい。 ”楽曲を制作するきっかけは2005年、当時GacktがDJとしてラジオ番組を担当していた際、兵庫県立舞子高等学校に在籍していたリスナーの少年が「自分の在籍する学科が定員割れの危機に瀕しているため応援して欲しい」との相談を受けたことによる。その際Gackt自身が番組内で「学科の意義や魅力を自らの手でアピールする活動を興してみてはどうか」と提案した上で、「定員割れを防ぐことが出来た場合、卒業式へ歌を書き下ろして贈る」との旨を発言した。 その後、学科の志望人数が定員を上回ったため、約束を果たす形で楽曲の制作を開始。2006年2月28日に同校へ来校、卒業式にサプライズゲストとして飛び入り参加し、ミニライブとして書き下ろされた同曲を卒業生・在校生の前で初披露した。なお、楽曲が出来上がった時期は来校の2日前であったという。この模様は日刊スポーツ他各種メディアでも報じられ、日本テレビ系音楽番組『誰も知らない泣ける歌』(2009年1月13日放送)等のテレビ番組でも取り上げられた。 後に、その少年は、Gacktのスタッフとして働いている。” Wikipediaより引用 これだけでなかなかに感動的なエピソードであるが、このサプライズ活動を今も続けているGackt。 ”サプライズライブを行う意義について、「ぼくのエゴ」と言って笑うが、「ステージに立つ人間は少なからず影響力を持っていて、でも、残念ながらその影響力は一生は続かない。少なくとも影響力まだあるうちに、こういうことやらなきゃいけないんじゃないかたなと。それからずっと続けている」と説明。 ライブ費用は全部自腹で行っているという。” http://www.daily.co.jp/newsflash/gossip/2016/03/08/0008871955.shtml?pg=2 より引用 熱い男だ、、、、!!!! この冒頭の一言も最高にキザではあるが、高校生のときにここまでストレートな言葉をアーティストから頂けるという経験はかなり貴重であるように思える。 Gackt自身色々な噂も流れているし勘違いもされやすいキャラクターではあるが、こうした愚直な活動を今でも続けているということを是非多くの人に知ってもらいたいものである。
Why Don't Idol Groups Work In America?
In Japan and Korea, idols are a huge deal. The fandoms surrounding idols and idol groups are massive, with a ton of merch, lingo, events, etc surrounding the entertainers. So why isn't that happening in America? The UK tried it out with One Direction and we have a few girl groups like Fifth Harmony and Little Mix, but for the most part the classic pop group ensemble faded away in the early 2000s. Here are a few reasons why it might not work: I'm not saying either opinion is correct - just stating how the general public views celebrities in America vs Korea/Japan. I'm not an expert on either so please share your opinions as well! 1. The Concept of Being An Idol Sure, celebrities in the US know that they are role models, but do they really take this as their job?! In Japan and Korea, a single slip up can mean public humiliation (such as when an AKB48 member had a boyfriend - she had to shave her head as an apology) while in America celebrities insist on their personal rights to do whatever they want. In their opinion, just because you're a celebrity doesn't mean you aren't allowed a personal life. They should be able to be in the lime light but also have a lot of personal life that shouldn't be judged by the public, In Japan/Korea, every aspect of an entertainers life is analyzed and people know that is just part of the job. You must be a model citizen at all times and any bad behaviour (whether its on or off camera) is bad for your company, your career, and your fans. 2. Company Loyalty In America, we know the big companies like Warner, Sony, etc, but we rarely pay attention to what label each artist is on. And even if they're on the same label they don't really work together so its hard for fans to be loyal to one company. The closest I think we can get to that is waaay back with Motown Records or more recently the bands that came out on Fueled By Ramen. Smaller hip hop labels still keep this group style too! We could actually see the connection the artists had on those labels and could support the label as well as the artists. Now in Korea, we all know that companies are a big deal. YG Family, JYP, Cube, SM, etc. They do things together like concerts, Christmas songs, etc. We are able to anticipate the company's new project or collaboration. It's easier for the fans to get hyped over multiple groups at once. 3. Pre-Packaged In America, bands are usually put together by the band members. Whether they start in a garage or they put up flyers to find members, it is the band that forms first, then the label that signs them. In Korea and Japan however, we have a TON of trainees all hoping to be perfectly placed in a group. Think of the show Produce! Perfect example of prepackaging :) One Direction is an example of that happening where the boys were somewhat put together by a label, but musical and personality differences got in the way :/ 4. Training Idols train a LOT. Sure, in America entertainers practice, train, get vocal lessons, learn new instruments, get prepped for interviews etc but they are not forced to practice for 12 hours a day. Living in dorms without cell phones or internet, being forced to learn languages, dances, public speaking, etc - its totally normal in the idol world. Because of this, idols should be pretty prepared for anything. I'm not so sure American entertainers would be up for this style of training. Can you think of other reasons why the "idol" style of the music industry doesn't work in America?
[Fall 2012] Akumu-chan
Wow Gackt is in a drama! Must check it out! Trailer: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDQ4MjE5MjUy.html?firsttime=0 – Start: October 13th – – Air Time: 21:00 – – Directors: Sakuma Noriyoshi, Inomata Ryuichi, and Sugawara Shintaro – – Script: Omori Sumio – – Original: ‘Yume Chigai’ by Onda Riku – – Cast: Kitagawa Keiko, GACKT, Yuuka, Kimura Manatsu, Okada Keisuke, and Kohinata Fumiyo – # A black-hearted teacher and a young girl with foreseeing dreams save the world! Mutoi Ayami (Kitagawa) looks like a sincere and splendid primary school teacher on the outside, but she’s actually a black-hearted woman who doesn’t believe in love or other deep bonds. One day, her class gets a mysterious new transfer student named Koto Yuiko (Kimura) who greets her new classmates with a shocking remark – “Someone in this school is soon going to kill a person.” Around the same time some anonymous blogger has been exposing the real character of Ayami and now everyone thinks that this blogger is no other than Yuiko. Ayami herself thinks so too and decides to make a home visitation at Yuiko’s place and there she finds out that Yuiko actually has the ability to dream about the future and that her grandfather Koto Mannosuke (Kohinata) has invented a technology to project her dreams onto a monitor. Mutoi Ayami has a special way of dreaming as well, because she is able to control them to her liking. In those so-called “lucid dreams”, you are dreaming while knowing that you are dreaming. GACKT is playing a respected professor of neurology named Shiki Takashi who helps out Yuiko’s grandfather. He wants to go public with his research, but her grandfather is absolutely against it, which causes him to gradually lose his temper. He looks like the ‘ideal prince’ who Ayami regularly meets in her lucid dreams. Other characters include the horror- and cult-loving school nurse Hirajima Kotoha (Yuuka) and the hot-blooded and always bright school teacher Mugiyama Yuichi (Okada). ‘Akumu-chan’ is a mix of science-fiction, comedy, mystery, and suspense. Ayami is struggling to save the world from all those nightmares Yuiko is dreaming about, although she could think of plenty more enjoyable ways to spend her time. One of the highlights of this series will be the visualization of all those weird and lucid dreams.