Sometimes I kind of wish more discussion went on about G’s work.
Yeah I think you’ll find that a lot of the people in the fandom capable of having sensible discussions gave the fuck up a long time ago (at least in obvious places like public tags and communities).
Dispar is apparently Spanish or Latin for “disparate/separate/different”. I assume the title is alluding to the contrasts between male/female and human/non-human.
I think the talking in Birdcage is intended to be one of Sho’s lines from Moon Child in Chinese. (The song itself is definitely Sho’s POV though, and the spoken part is not Japanese). The Japanese fans seem to think it translates roughly as “You abandoned us. You abandoned your friends and your family to follow the path through life that was easiest for you, that’s all,” and is from the scene where Sho confronts Son after visiting Yi-che in the hospital.
The talking in Fragrance is definitely in Japanese but deliberately too quiet to pick out more than a handful of words, and therefore not really translatable.
Most of Gackt’s work focuses on his views of life and human nature, which is rather too long a topic to get into here. In any case his motives usually relate to these things:
-Japan as a country regaining economic strength and preserving Japanese culture and identity even as demographics in Japan change
-Encouraging understanding between Asian countries and a shared Asian identity (there is a lot of bad history there particularly around WWII)
-Getting men and women to behave in certain ways that he believes are desirable for their gender and are necessary for societal stability
-Adults being good role models for children and inspiring them to follow their dreams so they can create the future
A lot of western fans are ignorant of the history and cultural background of #1-3 and in fact prefer to pretend he doesn’t really mean #3, he’s just joking or stating his own romantic preferences. This makes it difficult to discuss these things.
So that’s Gackt for you. Hope that helped somewhat.
[revised translation of the second half of this]
- Aren’t you being a little hard on yourself?
"But isn’t everything like that? Say my girlfriend cheated on me. I’d definitely get angry, in real life. But then there’s me not being able to be serious. In the end, if I was appealing, she should have been looking only at me. I was deficient in something, or there was something I lacked… In the end, I was the one who failed to notice that lack."
- But both sides of a couple have an implicit promise that they can trust the other. Even if they break that, you still blame yourself?
"But what is that promise regarding? For example, I think the concept of "going out" or "not going out" is strange. Because you’re going out with someone, you each become the other’s possession? That’s not right, is it? Because people have will of their own, they can’t become a possession. But most people create a delusion, and as soon as they decide they’re going out they start to think of their partner like a possession. Then, when they do something, it’s like "Why are you like that? Even though I do all this for you." Even if we assume that in the world there is an act called "going out", it’s still only whether I like my partner or not. Then, if my partner likes me too, and that situation continues for a long time, that’s the greatest happiness. But because what’s important is my own feelings, I don’t want to make a promise like taking possession of my partner."
-Those societal promises, so to speak…Like morals and common sense, there are quite a few of them, right? It seems like there’s a lot things that Gackt doesn’t accept as set in stone…?
"There are, a lot. If we talked about that, I’d start speaking terrorism (laughs). But isn’t it weird. Biker gangs are no good, but above the rooftops are low flying fighter jets. We can stop one, but not the other. In the name of the country. It’s bullshit. We’re taught that shoplifting is terrible. But politicians and bureaucrats do corrupt things in the shadows. Certainly, neither of them is a good thing. But the ones on top saying that it’s bad are doing the same thing. It’s inconsistent bullshit. Laws might be a framework decided by people in order to live easily, but, for example, there are people not satisfied with school rules. Although they were originally created for the sake of the students, the teachers use them as a shield to restrict students, right? But that’s not only the fault of the teachers. They don’t understand that with the word freedom, responsibility comes as a pair. Because there are a lot of teachers who can’t teach the meaning of that. So it just becomes that we obey the rules for no reason, and people are opposed to asking why. It’s difficult."
- Then what’s the biggest promise you’ve made to yourself in your life?
"Not to lie to myself. I will absolutely keep that."
- You’ve never broken it?
"No, not even once. It’s a heavy promise, but I think if I broke it, I would destroy myself."