Maru is a generative art project consisting of 1,203 NFTs of varying rarity where each artwork comes with musical stems from a song written exclusively for the drop. Created for superfans of the cult indie band Gesu no Kiwami Otome, ownership grants exclusive access to giveaways, a live musical session and even the opportunity to take part in the creative process for a new music video with the band. Made in collaboration with the band, KLKTN Studio, and artist Central Park.
Gesu no Kiwami Otome
Formed in Tokyo in 2012, Gesu no Kiwami Otome (ゲスの極み乙女“Lowest Lowest Girl”), paved the way for progressive indie music in Japan, going beyond the bounds of J-pop to bring together musical influences from hip hop to jazz to classic rock. In the process they’ve created a sound uniquely their own, amassing critical praise and millions of devoted fans who love them as much for their musicianship as for their charisma.
THE ROUND THING
A cute round thing that can shapeshift into other round things. It gobbles up boomboxes, likes to party and absolutely - unequivocally - refuses to work. An animated character inspired by the art of Gesu No Kiwami Otome, Maru can use the power of its burps to fly. And fly it will. Rock and roll, baby!
Maru is born
Maru tries to see
Maru finaly sees
Maru gets mouthy
Maru gets an earful
Maru is like a teenager
Maru has fun on Tik Tok
Maru is kicked out
Wheels on the Bus Maru
Maru arrives in NYC
It's a zoo Maru
Maru is kicked out
Maru's visible waft
The Fans Demand Maru
Maru on the run!
Pre-mint: June 28th @ 6pm PST
Public mint: June 30th @ 6pm PST
Reveal event hosted in Twitter Space
July 7th 07:00 (PST)
Special guest: Enon Kawatani from Gesu no Kiwami Otome.
Merchandise raffle, featuring autographed items by Gesu no Kiwami Otome band members.
KLKTN Studio NFT Project Whitelists (Ody's World & Fist of Baseball)
Holders Live Session
Holders only online live listening party with Gesu no Kiwami Otome
Token holders have the option to participate in Gesu no Kiwami Otome’s creative process and contribute to a forthcoming Maru music video.
Gesu no Kiwami Otome
Gesu no Kiwami Otome consists of four members; frontman Enon Kawatani, a prolific songwriter known for his genius ability to freestyle; bassist Kacho Kyujitsu, known for his stint searching for a girlfriend on the hit reality tv show Terrace House (it didn’t work), Hona Ikoka, a beast of a drummer and potentially the object of Kacho Kyujitsu’s affection, and keyboardist Chan-Mari, the only one of the group with any common sense. As it happens, she also has perfect pitch. Together, this eclectic band has released 8 albums.
MMBP & Associates
KLKTN Studio Strategic Partners
MMBP & Associates is a creative consultancy that imbues brands with cultural capital. They believe that having an awareness of, and sensitivity to, societal shifts is crucial if innovation is to happen. They are reshaping worldviews by connecting local culture with a global audience. Based in London, MMBP & Associates collaborates with an international network of partners who value immersive, real-world analysis as the foundation for creative ventures.
20 years into a successful career in the fashion and design industry in New York and Milan, Central Park moved on. Literally. He moved. He painted planes in the American midwest. He worked with a Buddhist foundation in Tibet. He established himself amongst London’s best creatives. But if you hate to play by the rules, where to go from there if not towards a new world altogether? Now, under the alias Central Park, the artist explores the newfound freedom of a nascent ecosystem, creating culture for web3 spaces and communities.
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Kollektion is a digital experience label for media, music, and brands looking for breakthrough ways to collaborate within their industries and inspire their community in the Web3 space. Their NFTs enable new avenues of creative expression and interaction, strengthening the bonds amongst and between creators and their audiences.
Yes. Connect your wallet to enter our NFT-gated channels inside the Maru Discord (you must hold a Maru to enter). These channels will include details on upcoming community events, upcoming drops from KLTKN Studio and more.
Is there a guaranteed mint allowlist?
Yes. Join our allowlist giveaways on our socials until June 24th, 2022. All eligible winners will have a 24-hour window to mint starting at 6pm PT (10am JST) on June 28th.
What if some of the winners on the guaranteed mint allowlist don’t mint?
We’ll roll over any NFTs that are not minted from the allowlist sale into our public sale.
Is there a maximum mint per wallet?
Yes, two mints per wallet, per allowlist winner.
How are the 1,203 Maru's distributed?
Presale to allowlist winners: 740
Public sale: 360
KLKTN Studio wallet for future collaborations, marketing, and advisors: 103
How do I get access to the listening party?
Join our Discord and verify your Maru ownership to get exclusive access to the live streamed session from Gesu No Kiwami Otome's studio in Japan.