Abuse of make-up – Visual kei
Yesterday I randomly googled around, until I stumbled upon some disturbing images of androgen “beings” in flashy black and red goth suits and long sharp hair, known as Visual kei followers…. scared the hell out of me. After a little more snooping around, a few more details popped up – Visual key “adherents” can also do a little punk crossover, groaning and moaning in the microphone, while being incredibly disgusting. They are classified as pretty boy rock bands, singing all kinds of corny love songs and anime covers or something like that. In short, without anime these abominations would not exist. Visual kei = bad anime.
Look it realistically – these “bands” have no musical value or artistic sense, since they put their focus on dressing and appearance but with “below zero” musical talent. They for a time lost their footing in Asia, but as soon as anime spread in Europe and USA, their popularity unfortunately has risen. Visual kei bands that even mimic them. They should represent some kind of rebellious attitude, but in fact they are just nonsense.
They all claim that they spend most of their time dressing up and hair styling instead of actual rehearsal of musical pieces. The emphasis according to their words is the shocking visual appearance and flamboyant visuals in general that resemble a miserable misfit of Gothic aesthetics and Victorian glamour. Visual kei “artists” are eliminating the gender distinction, which some people endowed with common sense find disturbing, but then again, all subcultures in Japan are weird to us “Westerners” that research the actual culture and history, not some Friday night “retardation”. Most of Visual kei bands draw musical styles from the metal genres, but like all interests of the Japanese youth, they continue to change their music, but the groaning, strong bass and distorted vocals are always present.
The true question is what the appearance of these “Visual kei bands” tells us about the identity crisis of Japan today – the known symbol of a hard-working Japanese men and women is replaced by a bunch of spoiled genderless monsters. I am not trying to be traditional, only normal. The economy of Japan is on a brink of destruction, the resource crisis is also present and the social structure is experiencing major surges and shocks. Looking at the youth that should replace the aged and tired working men and women, I am not filled with positive vibe – hikikomoris, anime and figure maniacs, as well as Harajuku abominations are overwhelming the normal part of the Japanese youth that aspires to successful careers and jobs. There are too many weird trends taking place in modern Tokyo, Kyoto and elsewhere in Japan to make me believe in the positive future, with Visual kei being one of them.
This is not an angry review, but a realistic one. Cultural influences that keep coming from “modern” Japan are disturbing and not all too good, but they are always, in the end, embraced. Whether good or bad, it’s up to you to decide, but I know that I would grab my shotgun. Some young people battle for their future, against war and hunger, while these abominations keep wasting money and their free time. Some subcultures have certain meaning and value attached to them, but this “Visual kei” has none in my opinion.
People, if you want Visual kei images, google it.