March 1st is high school graduation day all around Japan. It is already a somewhat emotional day for Japanese students, but a surprise celebrity guest to the ceremony pushed the excitement of the day over the top. Click for the photo of Gackt at the ceremony and a video of him performing a special song!
Singer/actor/general celebrity GACKT has unveiled a line of "women friendly" Chateau GACKT sake. Their definition of female friendly is 12% alcahol versus an average of 15-17% for other labels. The 2013 vintage comes in three varieties - blood colored tinted "Vampire," melon scented "Lei-Crescent" and flavor enhancing "Gen-Sake Dolce." See the premiere after the jump.
Possibly united by their shared love of capitalization, GACKT and manga creators CLAMP have teamed up on original live stage project MOON SAGA Yoshitsune Hiden. Teased starting last fall, the production, which presents the visual-kei star as legendary 12th century warrior Minamoto no Yoshitsune, opens in Tokyo this weekend. Check out a commercial preview after the jump.
Norio Wakamoto (Bison, Castlevania's Dracula,Cowboy Bebop's Vicious, Gintama's Matsudaira Katakuriko) was the perfect anime/game voice for notorious warlord Oda Nobunaga, but GACKT seems like he could be just as inspired casting for the live action incarnation. See him in the role, along with his Sengoku Basara: Moonlight Party end theme, "Hakuro," after the jump.
Sengoku Basara is coming to Japanese TV this summer in the live-action Sengoku Basara: Moonlight Party. Infamous visual-kei star/actor GACKT will play the role of infamous near-national unifying warlord "Devil King" Oda Nobunaga. More after the jump.
Japanese production company T.O Entertainmenthas posted a new promo for Dragon Age - Dawn of the Seeker, the EA, BioWare, and FUNimation fantasy RPG based project from Vexille director Fumihiko Sori and studio Oxybot. The preview hightlights Japanese voice talent, and features plenty of action. Check it out after the jump.
EA, BioWare, and FUNimation are working with Vexille director Fumihiko Sori and studio Oxybot to produce an animated feature based on Bioware's Dragon Age games. To convince further, Japanese production company T.O Entertainment has posted a look at why a Dragon Age anime makes sense. Check it out after the jump.
Manga creation team CLAMP and visual-kei star GACKT's original live stage project MOON SAGA Yoshitsune Hiden will be presenting a live-streamed introduction on USTREAM on December 5 at 12:00pm. More after the jump.
The Japanese version trailer of the martial arts action film BUNRAKU, featuring J-rock star GACKT, was posted on YouTube this week. This movie is GACKT's Hollywood debut as actor. Of course the JP trailer and poster more focus on him than the US counterparts. The movie is slated for release in Japanese theaters on January 14, 2012. Check the differences after the jump.
Bunraku—the Japanese puppet theater inspired Western/Eastern starring GACKT and Josh Hartnett—was nothing if not distinctive. With such an unusual project, you can typically expect an unusual opening credit sequence, and this one didn't fail to deliver. Thanks to the segment's director, Guilherme Marcondes, you can now see the opening online. Check it out after the jump.
If the news that GACKT would be following his guest role on the anime adaptation of Sket Dance with a new theme song wasn't exciting enough, news comes along that the visual-kei star will be the lead in a stage play from manga stars CLAMP. More after the jump.
Temperamental J-rock musician GACKT is a samurai and actor Josh Hartnett is a gunslinger in the traditional puppet theatre inspired Bunraku. It's been travelling the film festival circuit, with anime event screenings at Otakon and AM2. And now, a home video release is planned. Details, and the new one sheet poster after the jump.