OK, so this is more of a lighthearted post highlighting some of the guys having fun on social media than an actual report. It all started with this selfie Reita posted on his Instagram after the Paris live:
Translation: Thank you very much! 👍🏻🇫🇷 The heat was killing me!!!!! Today was hot as always!! It was very nice! See you soon, I promise! 😘
— REITA, BASSIST OF THE GAZETTE VIA INSTAGRAM (@REITA_THE_GAZETTE_) JUNE 14, 2019
It was followed a few days later by a post from Aoi after the show in Munich on his own Instagram:
Translation: Thank you everyone for coming to Munich!🇩🇪 I'll definitely see you again 😘 #reita #for some reason it made me laugh #he usually has such a serious look on his face in photos
— AOI, RHYTHM GUITARIST OF THE GAZETTE VIA INSTAGRAM (@AOI_THEGAZETTE) JUNE 18, 2019
Reita even responded:
Translation: Huh? Did you get permission [to do that]? 😊
Then, after the Moscow show, Kai also posted one. From his tags, it looks like they’re now doing this as an ongoing joke:
Translation: Hmmm 🤔 This is freakin' weird 💦😨😨😨😨 [I'm the] third person 👻 #REITA 😛 #AOI 😛 #Three people 😛 #Who's [gonna be] the fourth? 😛
— KAI, DRUMMER / BAND LEADER OF THE GAZETTE VIA INSTAGRAM (@GAZETTE_KAI_) JUNE 21, 2019
Aoi and Reita were both tagged (Kai tagged Aoi as his hand and Reita as his tongue) and responded back and forth with the band leader:
Translation: Aoi: Ohhh~ 🙌 *slowly closes phone* 🙌 Kai: You already saw it.........😱😱😱
Translation: (IDK why but Reita only wrote in English throughout the entire thing LOL) Reita: KAIsan~Pretty cool !! 😎 Kai: You're an idiot. 🖕
Translation: Reita: What about?? 😊 (*pretending he doesn't know why Kai tagged him) Kai: Huh? The finger? You know? Your finger?
Tons of people started commenting, dubbing it “The Reita Challenge” (and using the hashtag #reitachallenge to post their own versions).
Ruki also responded (though he has yet to post a selfie of himself doing it):
Translation: Ruki: Is this a curse? Kai: Wooooooo~~ woooooooo~~ 🚨 Apprehend the suspect 💢
*Kai made a SIREN NOISE. I’m dying.
Three of the five members have now posted infamous tongue-touching selfies. With only Uruha and Ruki left, Kai’s tags pretty much complete the challenge by asking who is going to be next. I’ll update if Uruha or Ruki decide to participate in the #reitachallenge!