YouTuber Gus Kind, aka Perfume444, loves Japanese girl electropop group Perfume with a passion, and he’s proving it with a new Happy Birthday video he made especially for group member Kashiyuka, which is going viral today. But does Kind’s fandom cross the line into creepy territory? You be the judge.
Kind writes on his YouTube channel, “Perfume444 Channel is not about people seeing me…It’s all about me thanking perfume for all that they have done!!! I got into Perfume in early 2006. I was looking for Japan stuff on YouTube…The song Akihabalove was the first one I heard. I fell in love with that song and the girls.”
It’s hard to tell if Kind’s video for Kashiyuki is for real. I mean, it seems pretty obvious that he is trying to be funny, but the fact that he put so much time and effort into the clip is a little bit creepy. Not to mention the fact that he is staging a romantic dinner with a 22 year old when he is 55. But not to worry – on his YouTube channel Kind writes, “I watched the beehive cam on YouTube and watched them grow up. So my love for them is like a father daughter love. Not sex because they were so young at the time. Even now I still see them as big kids, NOT sex objects.” Good to know, Gus. Good to know.
His YouTube channel contains a huge number of wacky Perfume fan videos including ‘Dramatic Perfume’, an homage to the viral hit ‘Dramatic Look’, and a video called ‘I Really Really Really LOVE Perfume!!!!” in which he talks about how much he really, really, really loves these girls while standing in front of a projection of one of their music videos.
His videos have received a little bit of attention before today, but none have taken off as quickly as his birthday message for Kashiyuka. It’s been viewed just over 43,000 times in two days, which may not seem like a whole lot but just a couple of hours ago when I first saw the video it had only 30,000 so it seems to be bringing in the views. But are people watching because they are Perfume fans as well or because this guy just may be the creepiest fan to ever grace YouTube with his presence? My bet is on the latter. What do you think?