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.
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This is a name that’s been floating around recently –it’s about time we introduce them! Formed last May and kicking off activity full time in October, the Sherry are a new face to the scene!
Bass: 鬼姫 (Kiki)
Looking good, right? On February 13th, they released their first single nationwide, named “Dreamers.” It was released in two types, both containing three tracks, for ￥1500. Also, they released a preview for the title track on their YouTube.
“Dreamers” Type A – ￥1500
3. LOVE IS LIFE
“Dreamers” Type B -￥1500
3. Story. (Special Remix Version)
Spanning from the single, they’ve scheduled several live appearances over the next few months, and they’re already planning their first oneman this June! Several events have already taken place, so we’ll only list the upcoming shows.
03.08 Ikebukuro Edge // NovA Presents 『Caramel “POP”corn』- ￥3500 (￥4000 at door)
with: NovA, Resist, LucaRia, ALIVE, Plus Magic, Oddway, Limit!!
03.14 Ikebukuro Black Hole // Cure v-splash PRESENTS 『V-SPLITS Vol.1』- ￥3000 (￥3500 at door)
with: LANDZ, the Raid., RUSH, ROUGE, AMARANYX, Plus Magic
03.18 Takadanobaba AREA // SHOCK WAVE Apollo Vol.72 – ￥2800 (￥3300 day of)
with: ASTRID CLOWN, Zelktag e, NovA, グレヱテル (Gretel), とかげ (Tokage)
03.27 Ikebukuro Edge // THE GALLO Sponsored Event 『黒鶏帝都制圧作戦・乙』(Kurokei Teito Seiatsu Sakusen・Otsu) – ￥3000 (￥3500 at door)
with: THE GALLO, un, gaNesha, Capella, Signal, ムシケラトプス (Mushikera Tops), LucyMonoStone
04.01 Ikebukuro Black Hole // D’uAl 2-Month Consecutive Sponsorship 「AWAKE」- ￥3000 (￥3500 at door)
with: D’uAl, Sick2, REVIL, 激情と自由 (Gekijou to Jiyuu), Hresvelgr, 悲絶奴隷 (Hizzedorei)
04.05 Nagoya ell.FITS ALL // 『Boys eat Banana』- ￥3500 (￥4000 at door)
with: 花少年バディーズ (Hana Shounen Baddies)
04.06 Osaka RUIDO // 『Boys eat Banana』- ￥3500 (￥4000 at door)
with: 花少年バディーズ (Hana Shounen Baddies)
05.16 Ikebukuro Black Hole // the Sherry Sponsored Event
More to be announced
05.17 Osaka MUSE // GOEMON RECORDS Presents Cindy&Kate Disbandment Tour 「かしまつり-the FINAL-大阪編」(Kashimatsuri -the FINAL-Osaka hen) – ￥3500 (￥4000 at door)
with: Cindy&Kate, 花少年バディーズ (Hana Shounen Baddies), Dear Loving, FEST VAINQUEUR, GAKIDO, Blitz, GALEYD, カラット (Carat), the Raid., Paranoid≠circuS
05.19 NAGOYA HOLIDAY NEXT // GOEMON RECORDS Presents Cindy&Kate Disbandment Tour 「かしまつり-the FINAL-大阪編」(Kashimatsuri -the FINAL-Nagoya hen) – ￥3500 (￥4000 at door)
with: Cindy&Kate, FEST VAINQUEUR, GAKIDO, Blitz, GALEYD, カラット (Carat), the Raid.
05.23 Sendai MACANA // GOEMON RECORDS Presents Cindy&Kate Disbandment Tour 「かしまつり-the FINAL-大阪編」(Kashimatsuri -the FINAL-Sendai hen) – ￥3000 (￥3500 at door)
with: Cindy&Kate, 花少年バディーズ (Hana Shounen Baddies), Jin-Machine, FEST VAINQUEUR, GAKIDO, Blitz, GALEYD, カラット (Carat)
05.31 Ikebukuro EDGE // Avidit.&EDGE Sponsorship 『五月晴れ』 FINAL 衣替え 2Dayz (Satsukibare FINAL Koromogae 2Dayz) – ￥3000 (￥3500 at door)
with: Avidit., アンディメア (UN-DE-MEA), ViV, FUNNY, LiLiCaL
06.15 Ikebukuro Black Hole // 『Spread The Wings 2nd -Ride on the NEXTream-』- ￥3000 (￥3500 at door)
Wanna see a preview of their music? Check it out here!