MAY 22th, Let’s make a PAINFULLY VIOLENT statement for Guso Drop!!!

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For anybody who’s reading this, I have no doubt that just like me, you love this music, but, also like me, I suspect that participating in the fandom is a big reward as well. At times, I think that the fun of fan interaction and participation rivals the very subject matter that bonds all this together. A lot of us western idol fans inhabit remote islands where the nearby population of fellow like-minded neighbors is close to zero. The internet thankfully provides us with the soup-cans and strings that allow us to share and spread what we love most and keep us connected.

There’s a lot of great stuff that comes out of this, from entertaining blogs to fan-groups to podcasts, and wacky projects where we get to celebrate all this. This is largely what spawned the impetus to concoct a series of fan-community campaigns directed at the artists we love. The primary point of the projects, as I’ve said before, is to make a directed statement to idol groups, management, labels, and agencies that there is an amazing and largely untapped resource of fans outside of Japan who are able to organize and rally support. The second purpose is to bring fans scattered across the sea together and have a bunch of fun.

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In the same spirit, Kerrie, the net’s greatest Weaboo Witch, has a running feature via Homicidols that adds a whole new reason to look forward to Friday, and most recently she knocked it out of the park with a project based around the sunniest girl in a punk-idol group you could ever come to adore, and it was a smash hit. Yura of Guso Drop LOVED it. She loved it so much that #YuraSmile is now part of her personal hashtag arsenal. And it was, as fate would have it, a fantastic coincidence that Guso Drop was already slated to be the latest object of affection for a new fan awareness project

Guso Drop have a new release that drops on May 17th, their album titled “Painfully Violent”. You’ve likely seen the already infamous MV, and no doubt, you’ve seen the clever scheme that the group is utilizing for the CD cover.

Actually, I should say plural covers….

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The idea this time was inspired by this image of the members splattering red paint across 1000 individual sleeves using their hands and feet. I love the level of personalization that’s coming from this. Every fan gets a unique cover, and you get the fun of wondering which member of the group walked across your sleeve! Is that a Rei handprint, an Anna footprint, did Waka make this wild splatter? It’s a pretty brilliant idea!

So we were thinking, let’s return the favor to the girls. We can each make our own completely 100% unique statement of dedication and share it online. It’s simple, grab some red paint and make a sign to display online. You can also use ketchup, food coloring, ink, or anything else red. (I don’t encourage you to use your actual blood, though. Be careful, please.) Use a paintbrush, or even your hands and feet to make a nice, messy, “Painfully Violent” sign and show the world that Guso Drop is your favorite hardcore idol group.

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If you wish, take a selfie with you and your sign, or perhaps even also show off your copy of the new album if you’ve received it. It’s a wide open project. Post your artwork on twitter and any other social media with the hashtag #PainfullyViolent …. That’s it! It’s a simple gesture, and the best part is, we already know from past experience that the members of the group are going to love it. I know quite well that the level of fandom that Guso Drop inspires is intensive, so I think this could be our biggest project yet.

So again gang, this will happen on Monday, May 22nd, all day long and anytime afterwards as well. An expressive and #PainfullyViolent statement to Guso Drop. And just like the group, and just like you, each statement will be unique, but yet unified. Now get to work!!!

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To Celebrate Necroma, Let’s Become Deathless…

One thing that I enjoy about idol groups is their motivating sense of continual self-improvement. You watch a unit make their debut, a bit rough around the edges, not quite together, certainly rather amateurish, and witness through their hard work and commitment, their transformation into a next-level talent to be reckoned with. Necronomidol is such a group for me. They’re a textbook example of watching an idol group grow as a unit and evolve their sound and talents. They were always unique and interesting, but now they’re really displaying the chops of an ace group. Over the years they’ve evolved from a mysterious curiosity into one of my favorite groups.

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Now here they are, with some familiar faces graduated, and new members onboard, about to release their latest album, “Deathless” on February 22nd. I know I’m not alone in being quite excited for the new release, especially in light of what a treasure their ep “From Chaos Born”, turned out to be. It’s not exaggeration to say it was easily one of the best things that came out in 2016, and at the rate this group is raising the bar, I’ve little doubt that the new album is going to deliver the goods once again.

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With this in mind, once again, in the tradition of the New Idol Army Movement and Passcode initiative, The Maniac and myself are now turning our eyes towards Necroma for our latest fan outreach scheme.

And it involves make-up.

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The inspiration for this came from a single photo of Risaki sporting some corpse-paint make-up that recalled the late singer “Dead” from the legendary Norwegian black metal band Mayhem. I was looking at this photo, along with some recent live videos, and when considering the new album is called “Deathless”, I had this mad vision of Necronomidol fans everywhere taking to social media and showing their love for the darkest idols of all by posting photos of themselves in corpse-paint, especially as twitter profile pics!

So here’s my pitch: On February 24th (Friday), post an image of yourself enshrouded in your necro-best. I was picking the Friday after the release to give fans time to get their looks together and get some photos they like.  Now hold on, I know there’s a bunch of you that are hardcore fans, but don’t really want to go that far out. Okay fine, if you don’t want to go all-in painting yourself, slap a spider on your face like Sari at least. Or give yourself “digital make-up” with photoshop if you wish. You don’t have to necessarily go all King Diamond here, but ultimately, you should do your best to please the dark idol overlords so you don’t risk eternal damnation of your soul. The Necroma girls will appreciate it and hey, this is your soul we’re talking here…

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To help demonstrate my sincerity, I spent part of the day doing some field study to see how doable this is. Basically, all you need is white and black make-up. (But you can totally use red, or dark green, or something else if it looks evil to you.) It’s not October but you can hit up a party store, craft shop, theatrical shop, or even a Walmart type place. You only need the really cheap stuff that washes off easily. I just slapped the white on and used a q-tip to get to the more sensitive parts of my face, as well as shaping the black areas a little bit. It really doesn’t need to look “professional”, just diabolical. I would however, recommend you wear a shirt you don’t really mind getting make-up smeared on though, so don’t pull out your favorite Babymetal and BiS shirts for this one. And if you look around online, you’ll find more than a few photo references and tutorials if you’re feeling adventurous in you efforts.

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Have fun and play around with it, and then get some photos taken! Just be careful not to scare the children at the park. (Neither me or the Maniac will accept responsibility for any arrests due to this project.) Then, on February 24th., post your pics (especially profile photos!) and use the tag #Deathless4Necroma . That’s it!!!!

Think of how awesome it’ll be to see the reactions of the girls as fans beyond Japan show their love and willingness to sacrifice for Necronomidol! We won’t be merely playing dead, we’ll be playing “deathless”!!!!