Nama Mail is an internet service that has been gaining some considerable ground in the visual kei world lately. Created by entertainment company Index, it sounds as though the service has actually been around for a little while catering to Japanese idol fans, but added visual kei artists to the lineup on April 19th. The site offers its service for 27 bands, meaning more than 100 bandmen.
So what is it?
Nikkansports reported, the day after the visual kei branch opened:
A fee-based membership service where mail is delivered in real-time from the very cell phones of the artists themselves. (Monthly fee of 315 yen per bandman.) With the artists’ own desired timing, “Nama Mail,” with attached photos, or “Nama Voice,” with attached audio messages will be delivered to registered fans. Since fans can reply to the messages they receive in real-time, they can convey their own feelings directly to the artists.
Participating visual kei artists are:
HERO, Avidit, Kiryu, Royz, FEST VAINQUEUR, KISAKI, DuelJewel, Black Gene For the Next Scene, A, CELL, MEJIBRAY, Griever, Carat, THE RHEDORIC, Gakido, Hana Shonen Baddies, the Sherry, LOST ASH, Panorama Kyokou Xenon, BIOSPHIA, cocklobin, Misaruka, AMARANYX, JokArt au Legal, Lycaon, One Star, and Tokyo Quartet.
That’s quite a list! Some of the artists included in the service have filmed short ads, like Lycaon’s below, that have been uploaded to the site’s official YouTube channel.
Unfortunately, even after checking out the service’s (brief) FAQ, we can’t seem to find any information as to whether it’s possible for fans outside of Japan to sign up for the service. If any readers have tried signing up, or want to sign up, let us know if you’ve been successful!
In any case, what do you think? Would you sign up for this? Is the price reasonable? We’re curious to hear your opinions.
Tags: A, AMARANYX, Avidit., Baddies, BIOSPHIA, Black Gene For the Next Scene, Carat, CELL, cocklobin, DuelJewel, FEST VAINQUEUR, Gakido, Grieva, HERO, JokArt au Legal, Kiryu, Kisaki, LOST ASH, Lycaon, MEJIBRAY, Misaruka, One★Star, Panorama Kyokou Xenon, ROYZ, THE RHEDORIC, the Sherry, Tokyo Quartet