Want to spend 2010 with Gackt?

Gackt / Gackt

Well now is your chance! Every year GACKT releases a wall-calendar for your viewing and organizational pleasure. The GACKT 2010 calendar will be available for purchase on November 7th 2009 (11/7/09), for 2,381 Yen (US$ 25.57). These calendars are considered Collectible goods, and should be snatched up the minute you get a chance. ^o^

Now, I don’t know about anyone else, but I have a feeling that the whole point of a HOD3812

wall-calendar is so that every time you have to check all the birthdays and dentist appointments and other exciting things you have to do in your life, you are uplifted, or soothed, or excited by a thematic image buoyed above that bleak grid of dates, the passing months of lack of productivity or excess flying by in a merciless countdown of weeks. That’s why this calendar (see image to R) just would never work for me. If I had it my way, calendars wouldn’t even come with the date-grid section on them.

That is how one discovers the Japanese wall-calendar. Or at least the Gackt calendar. Never having owned a different themed calendar of a similar variety, I can only vouch for the state of being of the Gackt calendar. Without further ado, then…

First of all, the major perk is that there is no date grid. Ahah, just kidding. The major upside is that it’s less a calendar and more a poster set with some subtle numbering on the bottom. The total image size is 27 1/2″ (71 cm) tall, with a 1/2″ metal binding at the top, and 20″ (50 cm) wide (you’ll have to cut the images off to change the months, unfortunately. Use an Exacto knife or cutting tool and cut carefully along the metal strip to preserve the poster.) The paper isn’t glossy, but each sheet is pretty heavy-duty card-stock-type paper.

The calendar is 7 full pages; a ‘title’ page, and then 6 images, each with a 2-month bar of dates at the bottom:

Img from 2008 calendar

Img from 2008 calendar

As you can see, the photographs are beautiful, artistic, and excellent quality. The 2009 calendar photographs were taken by Nomura Seiichi, who also did an incredible spread in Square Enix’s N/S EYES ON magazine, spring 2009 issue, as well as the FU RIN KA ZAN Gackt photobook Ryu no Kenshin (English title: Dragon Incarnate).

With images like that, you barely see the dates– and look at it this way, if anyone notices you still have the January page hanging on your wall…they got too close to it to begin with.