[Shou] Yes. I'm pretty stubborn.
[RUKI] I think that's good. It's bad if you're not stubborn. That's why we're being bad recently. Ah, no, no. Lately, every time I open my mouth, all I say is “Kids these days!” (lol).
[Shou] Ah, me too! Truthfully, there are lots of things I think about!
[RUKI] We can have this kind of talk no matter how many times, right. Ah, about that? It's fine with me to keep talking about this, but is it okay for Shou-kun and his image (lol)?
[Shou] Ahahaha. It's fine!
[RUKI] I absolutely think that, to some age limit, one experiences ((living in)) a vertically structured society. You, this is not some shyness level! Something like that. It's because I'm awkward...... not that kind of level! Or that.
[Shou] Yes. Yes. I totally understand that. Please properly introduce yourself! That's what I think.
[RUKI] That's right. Even if you're shy, you should introduce yourself! Like that, or, please keep going more stoically! Wait, Shou-kun, say something about this.
―― Ah, you're running away (lol).
[RUKI] No no, it's just that I'm the one doing all the talking (lol).
[Shou] In all sincerity, I think that all the effort that he's been steadily piling up isn't enough, this kid.
[RUKI] Ahahaha. There it is! This is turning into old men's discussion (lol). Go on go on!?
[Shou] Why does it seem like we keep looking for an interesting excuse to keep this going on.
[RUKI] Doesn't it? It does it does. There's that sort of thing. I'm talking about the yutori generation, but we are approaching the weekend ((of our lives)) where we will soon need to rest, while this generation has just began. As I thought, it's useless to put the blame on the yutori generation. It's neo-yutori generation.
[Shou] Neo-yutori! That's it! In our era, our goal is to be on good terms and shake everyone's hands, right! I don't see that sort of thing now.
[RUKI] None none none. There's nothing like that, huh. I know how that feels~ (sympathy). In our time, we kept going in a blaze, right. Because, despite being on good terms, we're still rivals. We struggled to shine even more. It's no good if this sort of thing doesn't exist. It's becoming stagnant, I think. If we don't face any crisis, then we'll never grow. I should say, Shou-kun, you're thinking about this sort of matter with that gentle face! Scary!
[Shou] Ahahaha. This is normal, you know.
[RUKI] But, in the olden days, even when members of the band gathered, we'd write 「My Professional Ideas」, right (lol).
[Shou] Ahahaha. Yeah, we wrote those kind of things. Something like「Professional Idea ・Girls＝X」 (lol).
[RUKI] Right, right (lol). You'd have to have a hungry soul like that. Once you become major, you'll be known a whole lot more and whatever, but when you step foot in the company, you can't think of whether or not you're going to be able to sell. Because, I think, no matter what happens, you must be able to struggle for yourself. Even though we're in this company, if we didn't do our best, we wouldn't be able to pull out our strength.
[Shou] In our case, since we came in after the GazettE-san, of course they've become some sort of PS COMPANY's brand. Under that condition, of course we respect them. But on the contrary, since we entered PS COMPANY, even though we weren't experts, we didn't want people to think we couldn't sell anything. So for that reason, we practiced frantically.
[RUKI] That's it, that's it! That's exactly what I meant with hungry soul. Yep. That's what I think. But honestly, I think Alice Nine is awesome. In order to grow up, we stick to the music that we thought was good. I want to persist relentlessly in that way. Even to this day, we won't easily nod our heads and agree with something we don't actually approve. We're a bothersome band, I think, but otherwise it's not us.
[Shou] That's right.
[RUKI] Surely, we're serious, huh (lol).
[Shou] Really serious (lol).
―― You two, perhaps being that unsociable is also something in common between you.
[RUKI] I'm unsociable.
[Shou] Ah, me too.
[RUKI] If it was someone who is not interesting in my opinion, I won't be able to talk deeply with them.
[Shou] I totally understand that as well.
[RUKI] Right. It's different with hanging out with a calculative person, I will want to know about the person whom I think is interesting, but if this person can't arouse my interest much further then I don't think I can talk to them either.
―― What kind of a person can arouse your interest?
[RUKI] I did the ((CD)) jacket designing and direction among various other things, so someone who does those things in a band will attract me. In terms of a band, if a person is not interested in ((CD)) jacket, then I won't be interested in them much further. It's important that our sensitivities match.
―― Within that meaning, there was a time when Shou-kun worked in a tailor's shop once, and for that reason you're now responsible for the design of the whole Alice Nine's visual appearance, right.
[Shou] That's right. I'm responsible for those things, but really, I think RUKI-san is awesome in that matter. About RUKI-san, inside of my head I think, “It'll be great if I can do something like this,” while sorting out my plans, but before it's done I quickly feel a sense of defeat. I always feel such frustration, like, “Uwa~, I lost!”. Really, his presence always attracts attention. Ruki-san, that is.
―― What do you think the fans see in you two?
[Shou] He's a weird guy, isn't he?
[RUKI] That's not it!
―― Not as a prince?
[RUKI] Right. I think so, yes. Just like a prince, right.
―― RUKI-kun is definitely not a prince, though.
[RUKI] Ahahaha. I'm not a prince, am I. I think Saga-san is somehow out of the question (lol), but Shou-kun is perfectly a prince.
[Shou] From the times of my childhood, I'm weak whenever I am considered cool.
[RUKI] It can't be helped, you are cool.
[Shou] No, no. I'm not cool. It's awful to be considered cool, when, if I could, I'd destroy myself.
[RUKI] That's right, that sort of feeling. I think of it when I'm watching a LIVE. But since you're cool, it's fine if you stick to that cool character thoroughly to the end.
[Shou] Naw. That's impossible to do!
[RUKI] Are you a shy guy?
[Shou] I am.
[RUKI] So cute (lol).
―― 30 minutes is ending gradually. It's our time limit, but...
[Shou] Ah, is it okay if I say one thing! There's one thing that I wanted RUKI-san to hear.
[RUKI] Please please (lol).
[Shou] Where does RUKI-san get all the sources for his image? I'd like to know where he stretches his antennas. I'll be able to go to heaven if only he'll tell me that one thing.
[RUKI] Go to heaven you say (lol)! Don't go to heaven yet (lol)! Naw, where do I stretch my antennas, I wonder? I don't specifically stretch my antennas anywhere, really. Even in music I hardly listen to band sounds. In my case, since music and design go side by side, I don't stretch my antennas in either place separately...... But then I like the real story behind that (lol). It's because I love to gossip (lol). By gossiping, I get to know lots of information (lol). I'm not sociable, but to gain knowledge from gossiping is something I like.
[Shou] I think, in RUKI-san's lyrics, he is able to thoroughly express human nature. If a person doesn't have a purely clean heart, will he be able to see something corrupt as not corrupt. That's why, I think that RUKI-san is a man with a clean heart from the lyrics he wrote. In my case there are many clean lyrics, so, conversely, I end up thinking where it might get rough.
[RUKI] I see.
[Shou] That's why, RUKI-san is a great guy!
[RUKI] Ahahahaha. What the hell, all of a sudden (lol). But thanks for the compliment (lol).
[Shou] I still want to talk to you. Please come along with me for some relaxing drinks!
[RUKI] Right. Relaxing now. I should say, really, Alice Nine, do your best! We ((the GazettE)) will do our best as well. Of course we're doing our best for the company that has been supporting us.
[Shou] Yep. We'll do our best! Thank you so much for today!
[RUKI] Likewise. Once we're going out for some drinks, you should talk less stiffly (lol).
[Shou] I'll try to (lol).
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