Visualist Dementia: Symptoms

If you’re a serious fan or follower of any type of media, from music to film to theater, then I’m sure you understand the level of masochism, devotion, and psychological confusion that aforementioned fans and followers deal with as a result of their fandom. As anyone who follows my blog knows by now, I prefer to refer to other followers of Visual Kei and Jrock, and be referred to, as “Visualists” rather than “fans”. For some reason the word “fan” has some negative connotations in my experience, and while I don’t refuse the word strictly, I work with it hesitantly.

In any case, whether you’re a fan, follower, devotee, acolyte, or Visualist, we all experience the same pain, and regardless of where you are, who you are, and how you express your appreciation for the (fill in the blank), we all share a common ground: appreciation. And pain, of course. With great devotion comes great capacity to suffer. At least, I hope you have a great capacity– otherwise I don’t envy you.

Now, it’s not that we just like something and can’t get enough of it because it makes us happy. But if you say it’s obsession then I’ll be offended- I don’t have some unhealthy mental affliction that needs to be rectified by luminous Vitamin B supplements. (Although I hear that a vitamin B [niacin] deficiency is characterized by ‘aggression, insomnia, weakness, mental confusion, and in serious cases may lead to dementia.’ Which means I should probably be taking it). It’s just…visualist dementia. I use the term ‘visualist dementia’ as an excuse for all of the erratic behavior caused by an acute devotion to Visual Kei. (Before you ask– yes, I have a highly advanced case.) The only Visualist that they’ve been able to ‘cure’ underwent severe correctional treatment involving brutal methods such as putting them into a padded room and playing Arashi at high volume for countless hours….something you and I can only fathom in our darkest nightmares… Particular symptoms of visualist dementia may or may not include: lack of sleep due to waiting for overseas tour announcements (however factual or fictional), lack of an ability to measure distance based on miles rather than love of a band, and strange lapses of musical hypocrisy.

Now, the misconception that many Visualists may or may not be under, is that Japanese record labels don’t know about visualist dementia. But in fact, they know. They know very well. And based on scientific research on the topic, they invented a form of psychological torture that is widely utilized to improve sales and overseas awareness of artists. This intense form of sadistic punishment….is called marketing. (Note: As of 2010 synonymous with Twitter).

It’s amazing how concentrated our dementia becomes the instant hopes for overseas activity becomes possible. I mean, how cruel is it for band PR to throw around the words “important announcement”? “Important announcement” in our language is synonymous with “overseas tour in our region”. I mean, come on, don’t they know that? (oh trust me, they do) And then they go and announce that it’s not a tour at all, just the release of  some single that we can already get direct from Japan, complete with pre-order bonuses. When that happens, we have no choice but to do our best not to drown kittens in a kiddie pool because no kidding we already got the single, with all of the pre-order bonuses, and don’t need the local version, because we’re saving for CONCERT TICKETS.

And then when they finally announce a tour in Location B, certain people cancel all of their plans with normal people using the excuse that “Sorry, I can’t make it to your event, because Band A will be releasing their tour announcement for my area, and I want to be there when they do so I can get tickets.” Your friends get angry and think you’re going insane, you stay up all night getting jazzed off NesCafe because you don’t want them to release the information at your 4AM which is their 5PM (next day) and have the tickets all sell out before you can get some.

I’ve been thinking about this because there’s been quite a lot of ticketing activity lately. Between MIYAVI, D’espairsRay, VAMPS, and then GACKT’s Europe tour (I know some of you hardcores from this side of the great blue are going), more than a few nerves have been frayed and fried over the past few months. I don’t know about you guys, but I sure got a psychological milking from D’espairs when they took like three months between the “US tour announcement to be released tomorrow!” and the actual promised announcement making an appearance. (For some reason I actually fell for that one.) In a way this is a perfect example of our rabid existence. We spend so much time whining about why won’t the bands ever come to us, and then they come to us and it’s like man, can our nerves even handle this? Can you handle this?


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What’s more of a Fan than a Geisha’s accessory?

..Anyone who listens to hardcore rockers The GazettE. Typically this may strike depression into the hearts of non-Japanese accessories tucked into the obi of Gazette fame. However, in response to the announcement of a 2010 fan-club-only tour, finally they’re giving us a bit of mercy-rule. How so, you ask? By opening their fan-club membership to overseas fans!

The information was posted on Christmas Day (merry Christmas from GazettE?), and what a stocking-stuffer this is, as well. Here is the official information concerning membership application (in Japanese, English, and German), as posted on MUSIC JAPAN+.  (+Not that the membership will help us much– all the tour dates are in Japan.)


HERESY PRESENTS
the GazettE STANDING LIVE TOUR 10
THE END OF STILLNESS

03.05 (fri) ZEPP FUKUOKA
03.07 (sun) SINKIBA STUDIO COAST
03.08 (mon) SINKIBA STUDIO COAST
03.10 (wed) ZEPP NAGOYA
03.11 (thu) ZEPP NAGOYA
03.15 (mon) CLUB CITTA’ KAWASAKI
03.17 (wed) ZEPP TOKYO
03.19 (fri) ZEPP SAPPORO
03.21 (sun) ZEPP SENDAI
03.25 (thu) YOKOHAMA BLITZ
03.26 (fri) YOKOHAMA BLITZ
03.30 (tue) ZEPP OSAKA
03.31 (wed) ZEPP OSAKA

※There will be no regular sale of tickets for this tour.
Fans who would like to purchase tickets, please refer to the
「HERESY」information send by postal service。

【Information】HERESY 03-5300-3158(Mo-Fr 12:00-18:00 (Japanese Standard Time))

【Ticket Reservation】

Fans wishing to purchase a ticket, please apply for membership until January 15th,2010 (Friday) (valid according to the postal stamp date). Thereafter, please see the [HERESY] direct mail information on pre-reserving tickets.

【Official Fan Club「HERESY」Membership Information】

People wishing to join the GazettE Official Fan Club, please send a return-envelope including an 80Yen stamp with your real name and address to the following address:

[Japanese]

〒168-0064東京都杉並区永福3-49-11
メゾンデュソレイ101
PS COMPANY内「HERESY入会案内希望」

[English]

〒168-0064 Tokyo, Suginami-ku,
Eifuku 3-49-11, Maison du Solei 101
PSCOMPANY [HERESY Membership Application]
Japan

You will receive an application form to fill out and return.
(Please note that overseas application is possible, yet delivery times may vary.)

official HP: http://gazette.pscompany.co.jp/gazette/

☆Check out what the GazettE have been up to in 2009!

HERESY PRESENTS
the GazettE STANDING LIVE TOUR 10
THE END OF STILLNESS

03.05 (Fr) ZEPP FUKUOKA
03.07 (So) SINKIBA STUDIO COAST
03.08 (Mo) SINKIBA STUDIO COAST
03.10 (Mi) ZEPP NAGOYA
03.11 (Do) ZEPP NAGOYA
03.15 (Mo) CLUB CITTA’ KAWASAKI
03.17 (Mi) ZEPP TOKYO
03.19 (Fr) ZEPP SAPPORO
03.21 (So) ZEPP SENDAI
03.25 (Do) YOKOHAMA BLITZ
03.26 (Fr) YOKOHAMA BLITZ
03.30 (Di) ZEPP OSAKA
03.31 (Mi) ZEPP OSAKA

※Die Tickets dieser Tour werden nicht in den regulären Verkauf gehen!
Fans, die Tickets zu dieser Tour erwerben möchten, beachten bitte die Informationen des「HERESY」News Letters mit der Post
HERESY 03-5300-3158(Mo-Fr 12:00-18:00 (Japanische Zeit))

【Ticket Reservierung】
Fans, die Tickets zu dieser Tour erwerben möchten, werden bitte bis zum 15. Januar 2010 (es gilt der Poststempel) im the Gazette Official Fan Club [HERESY] Mitglied. Danach sind die Informationen für die Reservierung dem brieflichen News Letter zu entnehmen.

【Official Fan Club「HERESY」Mitglieds Information】.
Leute mit dem Wunsch dem the Gazette Official Fan Club beizutreten schicken bitte einen frankierten Rückumschlag versehen mit einer 80Yen Briefmarke, dem eigenen Namen und Adresse an die folgende Anschrift:

[Japanish]
〒168-0064東京都杉並区永福3-49-11
メゾンデュソレイ101
PS COMPANY内「HERESY入会案内希望」

[Englisch]
〒168-0064 Tokyo, Suginami-ku,
Eifuku 3-49-11, Maison du Solei 101
PSCOMPANY [HERESY Membership Application]
Japan

Es wird dann ein Antragsformular zugeschickt, dass ausgefüllt an obige Adresse zu senden ist!
(Bitte beachtet, das seine Bewerbung für Übersee Fans möglich ist, jedoch können die Lieferzeiten abweichen!)

Offizielle Homepage: http://gazette.pscompany.co.jp/gazette/

☆Schaut mal nach, was the GazettE 2009 sonst so getrieben haben!!!

+ MUSIC JAPAN PLUS (source)+