Readers, by now you all must be familiar with Japan’s legion of painfully adorable characters whose sole purpose is to be painfully adorable. Hello Kitty and the Sanrio set, Mamegoma (or the slightly unsettling Mameshiba), Rilakkuma, and all their happy little anthropomorphized, neotenous animal friends. But do you know about Mukku and his buddy Gachapin?
Mukku is a skittish red yeti who hangs out with a green dinosaur (who looks more like a perpetually half-baked frog with a severe overbite) named Gachapin. In Japan, Gachapin is the more ubiquitous character; although the two often are seen together, you’re far more likely to find, for example, a Gachapin kigurumi over a Mukku kigurumi at the local Donki. Gachapin is even more well-known in the West because of his starring role in a music video by The Killers, and in VK, many band members openly espouse their love of the bucktoothed reptile (while others are affectionately likened to him by fans). Mukku is definitely the Robin of this dynamic duo.
But Mukku does have one thing over Gachapin: his very own FaceMukku page!
Oh, and also, some band named themselves after him. But, I mean, whatever. They’re not exactly “huge in Japan”…
(Don’t worry if you were already clued in to that bit of trivia – that’s not the Random Fact today!)
A couple of weeks ago (October 20th, to be precise!), Mukku joined MUCC on stage at VAMPS’s HALLOWEEN PARTY 2013 performance in Kobe, giving fans a real treat! As if the star-studded lineup of VAMPS, MUCC, DAIGO, and Acid Black Halloween (a mashup of HALLOWEEN JUNKY ORCHESTRA, featuring Kanon Wakeshima and kyo from D’ERLANGER, among others, with yasu of Acid Black Cherry) wasn’t enough to rouse up the crowd… When it was MUCC’s turn to hit the stage, the band, dressed up as slightly macabre clowns, were joined by an uncostumed Mukku. (Come on, Mukku! Where’s your Halloween spirit? Just because you’re a monster to begin doesn’t mean you get a free pass!)
Gachapin was conspicuously absent – at least, according to photos. Maybe he stepped back to let his sidekick bask in the limelight for once, or maybe he was the one taking the pictures, but Mukku didn’t seem the least bit out of place on stage, even without his other half.
This must have been a dream come true for MUCC, who are clearly big enough fans of the scarlet Sasquatch as to name their band after him. But who do you think was more starstruck – Mukku or MUCC?
Any fans attend this show? Can you confirm whether they performed “Tabechauzo” or is that more Gachapin’s thing? Ernie wants to know!
Source: Gachapin Blog