Episode.0

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"Episode.0"
Single by Gackt
B-side "Paranoid Doll"
Released July 13, 2011
Format CD single, CD maxi single, DVD
Recorded 2011
Genre Hard rock
Length 4:36
Label HPQ
Writer(s) mathru, natsu
Producer(s) Gackt
Gackt singles chronology
"Ever (song)"
(2010)
"Episode.0"
(2011)
"Graffiti (Gackt song)"
(2011)

"Episode.0" is the thirty-ninth single released by Japanese solo artist Gackt. It was released on July 13, 2011 by HPQ. It became the thirty-ninth Gackt's consecutive single to reach top ten on Oricon's singles chart, a male soloist record for most top 10 charts singles.[1] The single debuted at number three on the Oricon chart, selling 28,643 copies in its first week,[2] and charted for six weeks.[3]

Summary[edit]

"Episode.0" and "Paranoid Doll" are the two Vocaloid songs that were previously picked by Gackt in a Nico Nico Douga fan video contest in 2009, with the prize being 10 million yen (US$120,000).[4] Gackt said he would cover those songs if the staff were committed to making it a reality, and so after two years the songs were officially recorded and released.[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video was an upscale version of the original vocaloid video produced by the winner of the Nico Nico Douga contest. It was entirely shot using a professional camera and the entire video is composed of thousands of pictures edited to make it seem like a moving image. Gackt himself said that shooting this video was a challenge because of the exact movements needed to achieve the desired effect. The video tells the story of a samurai who in the beginning was bloodthirsty and wanted nothing but fighting. Then as the video progresses it is revealed that he gets impaled by a katana and he starts dying. The lyrics reveal that towards the end of his life he feels remorse for what he has done and remembers a song that a little girl has sung. It reminds him that peace is greater than war and towards then end he dies. Before dying he says: "If I were able to take someone's burdens away as mine are taken now, Ah!" and dies. The whole video describes how peace is greater than war.

Track listings and formats[edit]

All songs written and composed by mathru(KanimisoP) and natsu(SCL Project), and arranged by Tatsuya Kurauchi(onetrap).

  • CD single (YICQ-10083)
  1. "Episode.0" - 4:36
  2. "Paranoid Doll" - 4:24
  3. "Episode.0 (instrumental)"
  4. "Paranoid Doll (instrumental)"
  • CD + DVD (YICQ-10082/B)
  1. "Episode.0" (Music Film)

Chart performance[edit]

Oricon sales charts[edit]

Release Provider(s) Chart Peak position Sales total
July 13, 2011 Oricon Weekly Singles 3 28,643
Monthly Singles 15 36,562

Billboard Japan[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Hot 100 6
Hot Singles Sales 3
Hot Top Airplay 88

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GACKT、男性ソロ1位の39作目TOP10 田原俊彦の記録を19年ぶり更新". oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Oricon. 2011-07-19. Retrieved December 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Oricon single week 07.11-07.17, 2011". oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  3. ^ "Episode.0 Oricon profile". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  4. ^ "がくっぽいどコンテスト" [Gackpoid Contest] (in Japanese). Niwango. Retrieved May 1, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Gackt Sings 2 Vocaloid Songs for July CD Single". Anime News Network. May 22, 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2011.