Posted by: Jo | June 10, 2011


It’s finals time for me, so I might not be around much next week. Just in case, here’s an early GACKTIONARY translation for you :3

Friends are people you can share fun times with.
Comrades are people you can weather hardship with.

When you’re having fun, everybody gathers around you because of the fun. There’s no depth to it. People who simply want to share good times will gather together, and these people who like this fun atmosphere call each other friends.
Then when is your true worth really put to the test? It’s when you are suffering the most, and it has to do with how many comrades (ไปฒ้–“ nakama) are still sticking with you [at that point]. This is when these people around you move from the category of “friends” to true “comrades”.
What I always say is this. No matter how harsh the situation is and no matter how much you’re suffering or pained, you should consider that your good opportunity to separate “comrades” from “friends” has come. [That’s an opportunity for you to] realize who are still with you in those situations. When things are going well, you can’t tell who your true comrades are. But if people keep supporting you earnestly when you’re in a real slump or are truly suffering, these people have the potential of becoming your comrades for life, because these people are not there for selfish interest.
When you’re in the face of adversity, and when things are so hard to bear, you should be happy instead of sad, thinking “The moment to find out has come!” It’s a chance to find out whether someone is your comrade or friend. When you’re having a rough time and suffering…, you may see your situation as a huge drag. But it’s actually not. You can say to yourself, the time has finally come. The time to screen the people around me has finally come! Like, He’s gone, too! *LOL Like, Hey look, there he goes, too. *LOL
As you know from your experiences with cell phones, the registered numbers in them will keep increasing the longer you have your phones. But you usually don’t delete them, right? That’s because you don’t have the intention to. A cell phone can only hold 1,000 numbers, so why don’t you delete about 90% of the numbers while you’re having a tough time? If you want to have long-lasting and deep friendship, you need to know how to make the distinction.

*My Note: Just as a general FYI, the LOL indicates that GACKT was laughing in the text, not that the translator was laughing at this point n.n;

Translated by excused_early
Originally posted at the G Says Community LJ
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  1. when you’re on stage performing, everybody wants to be your friend, they all want to hang around you, which is why i left music partly, to just write..comrades are rare, very few who will be in the heat of the battle with you, acquaintances there are too many; friends, the few i have, i consider them comrades as well..but, my best comrades of all, are my sisters that i love so very much..they know when i am not on top of things, when it is dark and i feel alone… one is logical, the other is like a mother.. ๐Ÿ™‚ the one like the mother will know when it is rough, even before i phone or make presence, she will be sweet and offer me candy ( metaphorically), to make me feel good and supported, the other sister, the logical one will be more stern, she will say it like it is, no fooling around, good advice, to the point, but no candy.. ๐Ÿ™‚ what could i need more, what would i do without them?

  2. I guess I always used the two terms interchangeably. Unfortunately … or maybe fortunately?….. that means if they weren’t ‘comrade’ capable. then to me, then they weren’t ‘friend’ capable. Which makes for a rather short phone number list ^^;;

    The way he uses ‘friend’ here I use ‘acquaintance’.
    Definitely made me reflect on some things~

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