Already wrote about it on twitter, see above tweets, but this is awesome so I should make a blog post about it too.
Remember how in May 2017 , KING OF PRISM -PRIDE the HERO- (Kinpri 2) had a few pre release screenings? The first one was on May 17th, with a stage greeting with Director Hishida, Terashima, Takeuchi and Niconico personality Iwai Yuuki. I wrote about it here. After that there were a few other pre screenings until the actual movie release on June 10th. And then, someone ill-intended made a bot account with Kinpri 2 spoilers in its name and summary and would follow/favorite Pretty Rhythm fans to spoil them. So some of the fans made an app to block those accounts. There’s 2 fans I follow who both had the same idea at the same time and each made an app, Sakuramochi san and Chupacabra san.
You’ve probably heard about this: since the start of 2018, there’s been bot accounts on Twitter spamming gore/mutilated bodies/SM and such kind of gruesome photos to popular tweets related to franchises like Azur Lane, Kancolle, Granblue, Fate, etc. It’s been going on for like 2 weeks and Twitter hasn’t done anything to stop it afaik.
Most fandoms have started to take measures against it, using the hashtag
#グロ画像テロ事件 ,making lists of the bot accounts, and even specifically making Twitter accounts to counter it, like @Guro_police. Warning: don’t try your luck and check the blocked accounts’ pages, some have gruesome photos even on their header.
Everything changed when a few days ago, Chupacabra san reworked his old app that was used to block the Kinpri2 spoilers accounts, to block the guro accounts. His app went viral and tons of people are using it, and the problem seems to have been contained for now.
Some tweets talking about it went viral too. “The guro block appli, it was originaly used to block Kinpri spoilers. It’s like war technology being used for peace”
It’s awesome because some big news site even reported about it and interviewed Chupacabra san. He asked them if possible to mention the whole story and how it was initially for Kinpri spoilers, and they did, so it made some publicity to Kinpri 2 and the Pretty Series fandom too. (Pretty Series=Pretty Rhythm, Kinpri, PriPara). I’m really proud of the Japanese fandom and especially the older fans aka Pretty Rhythm yakuzas. This case reminded me of tons of cool things they did in the past. All the fan events, all the promotion, all the effort they provided to make KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm (Kinpri1) popular. One thing I remember writing about was when a few days after Kinpri 1, released and some theaters were empty, they’d make maps and itineraries to go there and post it on twitter. Like, “Theater xxx is only 40 minutes from station xxx, if you don’t live too far you should go!!”. And stuff like that. I’ve been kinda busy these past weeks and I still haven’t got time to finish the “Pretty Rhythm&PriPara&Kinpri history” post I’m making to summarize and explain the franchise and how KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm became hugely popular. And seeing stuff like that really motivates me to finish it to show all the things the fans did. It’s really awesome.