Thanks, Hendrik, for the intro. And hey, y’all. Greetings from Virginia. More importantly, welcome to Kyary Pamyu Pamyu week. I’m David Brennan, and I’ll be your guide, your portal, your conduit to whatever Pamyu Pamyu wisdoms we can muster over the course of five days.
To begin, a confession: Kyary’s only been on my radar for about six months. I am not, on the 1-10 scale of fandom, a big fan. I’d rank myself a 4 or 4.5, maybe a 5 on days when I’m feeling extra peppy. Now wait a second all you Pamyu Pamyu lovers, don’t hate me yet. Consider me a fan in training. Consider my relationship to Kyary like the skeptical one in an arranged marriage: I may not be head-over-heels, but I’m learning to love.
True Kyary fans are legion and determined. They translate like fiends, they make CGI versions of Kyary’s clothes, they go on grape-picking outings with Kyary herself. Take the above Bingo game, put together by technologicalboy after reading Pitchfork’s “laughably moronic review” (his words) of Kyary’s album Nanda Collection. A feisty response, though one that leaves anyone trying to write about Kyary feeling a bit bleak. (Is it possible to write about her and not mention any of those things?) Sigh. Looks like this week I’ll be taking on the role of moron.
So to embrace the hopelessness of my task, I thoughts we’d go ahead and play. Bad Kyary Review Bingo, that is. technologicalboy could have done a little better job putting his game card together by labeling the columns, per traditional Bingo, but we will be using K-Y-A-R-Y in place B-I-N-G-O. Just to be clear I’ll spell it out for you: K will be column 1, Y(1) will be column 2, A will be column 3, etc. The rows hold the simple numeric designations 1-5. Whatever. You know how to play Bingo.
Don’t forget that the middle square, “the Japanese Lady Gaga,” is a free space. Cover it now! Or don’t. Ok. Let’s play some BKR Bingo.
(btw, If during the course of the week you have enthusiasms or rantings you just can’t contain, feel free to get in touch with me via my tumblr or direct through email: davdjohn at gmail.com.)