Music is a big part of my creative process, both during the inspiration phase when I’m letting my subconscious connect the dots in a new story as well as during the production phase where I let it energize my writing sessions. So I’m always on the lookout for fun new songs and artists.
Nyango Star is one of Japan’s most popular mascots, but you might know him best as a meme. He’s an apple that’s been inhabited by the spirit of a dead cat, and he absolutely shreds on the drums. Very cute but also very metal. Nyango Star is what’s known in Japan as a yuru-chara — which translates loosely to “chill mascot.” I think he is absolutely adorable and awesome.
Japanese yuru-chara can represent everything from police departments to restaurants to government initiatives. Nyango Star represents Kuroishi City — a farming community in Japan’s northern prefecture of Aomori — where the population is declining and aging. But Kuroishi’s mayor is hoping Nyango Star’s viral success will help the shrinking town maintain economic viability. Maybe I can take a trip when the world finds its feet again.
If you want to learn more about this awesome drummer / mascot, I recommend the Vice video as a great starting point: Nyango Star: The Heavy Metal Cat Mascot Saving A Japanese Farm (HBO)
And if you want to listen to him wailing away on some epic Dragonforce, check out this video from 2017 [Through the Fire and Flames]. So cute, but also very metal.