Gackt (aka Gakuto, aka Camui Gackt, aka Gackt M.S. Camui) is an extremely well-known and much-admired Japanese
pop/rock star. He claims to have been born on July 4, 1540; however, slightly more reliable sources indicate his birthdate is probably closer to July 4, 1973.
He was first a member (vocalist) of the band Cains:Feel. However, his popularity
because apparent only after he became the lead vocal for the band Malice Mizer
. He joined the band in late (October
) of 1995. They enjoyed a successful career together until 1998, when the Gackt departed from the band. ((The other members are as follows: Mana
(guitar and vocals), Kozi
(guitar and vocals), Tetsu
(drums). )) There are several different
reasons given as to why Gackt left the group, including that the rest of the band asked that he leave, despite his wishes to stay with them.
After leaving Malice Mizer
, Gackt embarked upon a very successful solo career. He has written stories, starred in movies (most notably the film <i>Moonchild</i>, in which he acted alongside Hyde
fame.), designed clothing
, done work on a video game (Bujingai
), and opening a restaurant. He also defeated Matsumoto of the group Downtown
in a game of pool on the pop culture show "Hey Hey Hey!" and became the King
Once, Gackt claimed 'Banana Fish' to be one of his favorite mangas.