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Randall Flagg on: November 25, 2007, 08:25:29 PM

Pretty much just what the (brief) subject asks. Is there an official Puffy fanclub?

Andrew on: November 25, 2007, 08:32:33 PM

Nope no official fanclub. The closest thing would be to be on their MySpace "friends list" and on their email mailing list.

Here is their MySpace page. If you have a MySpace account just send em an invite.

Here is their Official Site. Go to the "Mail Service" page at the bottom to join their English emailing list.

Randall Flagg on: November 25, 2007, 09:39:09 PM

Well, darn.

I'm actually already a friend on their myspace page (I'm also a friend of yours).

When I tried to register for the mailing list, I got HuhHuhHuh (It failed in the register). I love babelfish.

Appreciate the info, though.

Edit: For some reason, it's not registering the Japanese characters above.

Anthony on: November 26, 2007, 03:31:10 AM

Too bad this isn't 1997, or we could be like all the cool kids and make our own Web Ring! It'd be "da bomb"!

A North American fan club might not be a bad idea if it could get off the ground.

Andrew on: November 26, 2007, 06:52:55 AM


Yeah Ifve been contemplating both of those things for some time: Some kind of combination gPuffy Fan Clubh and gPuffy Webh and gPuffy Fan Listingh using all of our fansites and blogs to promote. Ifll probably do something like that in the next month or so. Anyone want to volunteer to help?

But I suppose this forum almost functions like one already. Most people are coming here through one of our fansites or blogs, so theyfre already getting the latest Puffy news updates beyond the official sites. If they post much everyone should be familiar with Anthony, Jeff and myself and see our signature links. And on the forum they can get answers to any Puffy questions they have (at least the ones with a known answer) which puts us a step above their official sites.

Hey if only we had a T-shirt wefd be set, and maybe a monthly email update.

Puffy AmiYumi Web Club
The online community of Puffy fans

Puffy AmiYumi World Forum
Peace.Pop.Puffy -- Amiyumidas -- Puffy AmiYumi World

I'll give it some more thought. Ideas anyone?

Anthony on: November 26, 2007, 07:31:25 AM

Well, the "web ring" thing wasn't really serious -- I know I certainly haven't seen too many web rings in the past 10 years or so...mostly because they didn't serve much of a purpose. Nothing that this forum or a links page couldn't handle equally well. Like you said, most people that visit here are probably at least vaguely aware of the rest of the Puffy fan sites out there (and the latest Puffy news). Maybe someone could whip up a little "affiliate" banner. That might be good enough.

T-shirts might be a cool idea, but I imagine that could get fairly expensive pretty quickly, especially if you want a halfway decent job done.

What would be really cool is if we could get validation from Puffy or their management. For example, I know the guy who runs Shonen Knife's U.S. fan club/site is pretty close to the band -- he even gets thanked in the credits of their albums! That would be awesome.

Jeff on: November 26, 2007, 08:10:40 AM

Quote from: Anthony on November 26, 2007, 07:31:25 AM
What would be really cool is if we could get validation from Puffy or their management. For example, I know the guy who runs Shonen Knife's U.S. fan club/site is pretty close to the band -- he even gets thanked in the credits of their albums! That would be awesome.

Yeah, I've wondered why they don't do that already. They've been pretty open lately, and they've been promoting themselves pretty heavily in English on the net over the past year or so and inviting feedback both through their official site and their MySpace page, so you'd think they could at least acknowledge the fan sites. As I've said before, I am almost positive they do actually know about them, they just don't say anything publicly.

I suppose they might think it could open up a can of worms that they're not interested in dealing with, because they have no direct control over their message on such sites and they might not want to legitimize or be seen as endorsing everything that the fan sites do. But other bands (including well-known ones) actually work directly with their larger fan sites, so it still seems strange in this day and age to not even acknowledge their existence.

Puffy Love on: November 26, 2007, 03:40:34 PM

Yeah, I've wondered about the degree of awareness of their fansites Puffy has. Chances are there is someone on their team (perhaps whoever manages their myspace page) who spends a certain amount of time scouring the web for feedback.

I kinda like the idea that there are VARIOUS Puffy fansites, the best of which is this site, Jeff's site and the Peace.Pop.Puffy site. It gives whoever on the Puffy team that tracks them more work to do!! Tongue

Heck, I kinda wonder if they're even aware that there are some people who are fanatics about them here in the US!

Jeff on: November 26, 2007, 05:09:22 PM

That's the other thing, is there are still a HUGE number of fan sites dedicated to them in Japan, and more than just the three you mentioned here, so maybe they also don't want to be seen playing favorites. Thing is, most of their fan sites are obviously dormant and have been for years, but they still exist and technically aren't "abandoned" so it could still be seen as a sleight if they were ignored while other, more active but less well-established sites were showered with attention by the band.

Who knows... it seems like a resource that they could figure out a way to use somehow, though. Then again, they're getting plenty of promotion from their remaining active fan sites as it is, so maybe they feel like they don't need to do anything.

I am on their publicity agency's mailing list, at least, and I didn't ask to be put on it - I just started getting email blasts from them one day. So there's that. But they never answer my emails when I try to actually ask them anything, so it's strictly one-way communication. (They're pretty incompetent too; they almost always send stuff and then send an immediate follow-up saying "don't release that info yet! it wasn't ready to go out!")

Anthony on: November 27, 2007, 04:00:48 PM

What might be an avenue worth exploring is maybe the English-language sites and the Japanese sites working together somehow. For example, I believe TofuUnion posts on the "SUMIARU Puffy" page and very often links to our English sites (feel free to correct me if I'm wrong); working together like that (cross-promotion, whatever) might be a good idea to expand the overall Puffy fansite network/online fandom.

Jeff on: November 27, 2007, 06:57:38 PM

He does post there, although the link to my site, at least, was posted by somebody else. Not sure about the link to yours. I don't think that site's a "blog", actually (I originally wrote on my blog that it was, then changed my post later), it's a real BBS in the strict sense of the term. A lot of different people post there, one of which is TofuUnion.

I don't always pay attention to who posts what there, but a couple of them have been annoying me a bit lately... they repost stuff I've posted and then don't give attributions. I can tell because they're using photos that I have specifically asked and gotten permission to use, or been offered permission to use (by English speakers) right after they were taken on the condition of giving credit and a link, and they're just pulling them off my site and stripping the credits and links. FINALLY they gave me a link a couple days ago, but I think that was from someone who really legitimately had just stumbled across my site that day, not from one of the posters who's been re-posting my stuff.

Oh, and it also kinda annoys me that they don't actually *link*, they just put url's in text. But that's not a big deal.

Right before that, I had basically decided what the hell, if they're gonna steal my stuff and not give credit, I'm gonna steal theirs. But it would definitely be better to work together, with all of us crediting each other and checking on stuff like photo permissions and whatnot (yes, I believe in fair use, but I at least want to ask permission if I know how to contact somebody and give credits and links out of politeness if nothing else). I really like that site, they're just not always as scrupulous as I try to be.

edit: looks like TofuUnion posted the link to your site, but somebody else posted the link to mine. (He goes by a username there that auto-translates as "Burning uncle", which is kind of funny.)

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