Big thanks to tetsu8no8niji full credits go to her/him.
Here are 7 real life lessons we learned from L’Arc~en~Ciel.
1. YOU CAN SUCCEED AT LIFE EVEN IF YOU GO AGAINST YOUR PARENTS’ WISHES AND LEAVE COLLEGE FOR SOME BAND.
As proven by: ken
OK, we all know the story about how ken became L’Arc’s guitarist. He apparently was just a thesis away from graduating (he was even already scouting for jobs) when tetsu called him up at 4 in the morning to ask him to pretty please be their guitarist with cherry on top since their guitarist left their asses hanging. ken probably said, ‘screw you!’ to his studies and teleported from Nagoya to Osaka to be in tetsu’s then guitarist-less band. His parents’ understandably weren’t thrilled with ken’s plans — or lack thereof. They probably asked him to get his butt back in Nagoya. They probably threatened to write him off the family tree when ken refused. And they probably didn’t speak to him FOR YEARS afterwards.
Look at ken now. So successful. He’s rich; he’s famous; he’s probably getting some almost every night.
And do you think he’d be at that level of success if he didn’t go against his parents’ wishes? OF COURSE NOT.
And it’s not like your parents won’t ever talk to you again. You see, ken is on good terms with his family now. He spends holidays there and even greets his mom on national TV.
2. YOU DON’T NEED A COLLEGE DEGREE TO GET FILTHY, STINKING RICH.
As proven by: tetsu
(I’m not sure if ken ever got his college degree. I heard hyde apparently graduated from an art college and yukihiro even has a teaching license, so tetsu’s our role model here.)
When tetsu graduated from high school, he said, “Fuck college, I’ve had enough!”. OK, maybe he didn’t actually curse, but he really did had had enough. He moved out of his parents’ house, got a job and started hunting for prospective band members.
You might think that tetsu has a marketing or business degree, what with his l33t marketing and, uh, business-ing skills. But he doesn’t. And look at him now. He has designer clothes, probably owns part of L’Arc’s souls and can buy an expensive kitchen designed for men.
3. DRUGS ARE BAD.
As proven by: sakura (duh)
Drugs have always been linked to rock and roll. Rockers on crack (literally) are the norm in most cultures, but apparently, not in Japan. We all know the story. sakura got busted for drugs –> L’Arc merch pulled from shelves –> L’Arc popularity down/even under house arrest! omg –> sakura quits/gets kicked from the band
See? JUST SAY NO.
4. SOMETIMES, WE HAVE TO ACCEPT THAT WE SUCK AT SOMETHING.
As proven by: (time and again) hyde
hyde wanted to be an artist, as in, he wanted to draw, paint, sculpt (probably) etc. but, according to his words, “there was just this line that I couldn’t cross.” Probably because he’s colorblind? So he decided to be a musician, instead. He became the guitarist of his band. When their vocalist quit, they couldn’t find a replacement and the other band members probably said, “hyde, we can easily find a guitarist. There are tons out there who are better than you so just step away from the guitar with your hands up!” or something. So hyde grudgingly became the vocalist. And then tetsu discovered him and realized, “DAMN! Imagine how much money I’d be earning if he signed up for my band!”
hyde still occasionally plays guitar. But he’s humble enough to accept that ken and KAZ are better guitarists than he is. It still doesn’t stop him from rocking out, though.
I’m not saying hyde sucks. I’m just saying that if he didn’t let go of his original plans, tetsu wouldn’t have proposed to him to join his band and we wouldn’t have someone to gush over.
5. WHEN YOU FALL DOWN, THE ONLY THING YOU CAN DO IS STAND UP…AND LAUGH YOUR ASS OFF.
As proven by: ken
I think we all know the video where ken was running as if hyde was on his heels (figuratively speaking) while playing Blurry Eyes on his guitar and then he trips oh-so-ungracefully and falls on his ass. He even needed to be helped up by a technician. Poor ken.
The rest of L’Arc didn’t stop playing for ken’s benefit. Oh no. They continued as if nothing happened and ken stood up, laughed and continued playing as well.
…What, were you expecting a long-ass (what’s with me and asses today???) essay about the sakura incident in 1997 where L’Arc was down and then they met yukihiro and they stood up and sang about rainbows and stuff? No. We already discussed that in number 3.
6. WHEN A ‘GIRL’ IS SPORTING A FIVE O’CLOCK SHADOW, CHANCES ARE, ‘SHE’ IS NOT THE REAL THING.
As proven by: yukihiro
Back in the days when yukihiro was still in his old band, sakura was clean, ken looked flaming gay and tetsu and hyde dressed in their grandma’s clothes, L’Arc visited yukihiro backstage to meet their “great senpai”. hyde was probably wearing his princess dresses with his hair long and all and when yukihiro saw him, he thought, “OMGOMG A beautiful lady is coming to see me, OMG.”
Well, we can deduct two things from here. one: yuki is a sweetie and looks at a girl’s face first before her racks; and two: hyde REALLY, TRULY looked like a girl back then.
Anyway, as the “beautiful girl” got closer, yukihiro noticed ‘she’ had facial hair and immediately came to the conclusion that hyde is a man, which probably prevented him from hitting on hyde and saving them both from humiliation.
7. YOUR FRIENDS ARE CONSTANTLY PLOTTING BEHIND YOUR BACK.
As proven by: L’Arc~en~Ciel
Remember when tetsu and the other set-up hyde and megumi on national TV? How about the time when hyde managed to make the whole of Tokyo Dome greet yuki and ken a happy birthday without the two noticing something amiss?
YES. The saying “keep your enemies close but your friends closer” is true for these guys. Seriously. You never know when they’ll strike. So keep your eyes open.
Credits to: tetsu8no8niji