DID YOU KNOW?
In every booster pack and starter deck you purchase, you will receive a sticker featuring that series’ characters on it. These are actually points that you can use to exchange for campaign goods. Typically you will receive between 1-3 points per booster pack, and a guaranteed 6 points in each starter deck. Goods range from 20 points for a Specialized Deck Case featuring one of the characters from the series, 40 points for a Storage Box, to 60 points for a set of 60 card sleeves.
Official PreMemo goods
You can only use stickers from 1 series to exchange for goods from that series. For example, if you wanted to exchange for a Ore no Imouto Storage Box, all 40 points used must be from Ore no Imouto.
On that note, there is a far more attractive prize that you can exchange for, one that got me hooked onto the game and made me play ever since. For 300 painstakingly collected points, you can own a card Hand-Signed by the seiyuu of your favourite anime character.
What is a seiyuu? A seiyuu is literally a voice actor or actress. That’s right, there is an entire world of fandom dedicated to the people who voice our animes, and I am a huge follower of said fandom. Just like how people follow movie or television stars who act in multiple award-winning shows, I follow these largely unnoticed people who work hard to breathe life into their characters. They are largely ignored by anime fans because they do not show their face. However, due to an increasing level of support for them, there is a booming trend of idol-like seiyuus who are featured in magazines, blogs, events, photobooks and even newspapers.
And today, the star of this post is Satou Satomi, known affectionately by fans as Sugar.
The voice behind famous characters like Ritsu from K-On!, Wendy from Fairy Tail and Manami from Ore no Imouto, Sugar can switch effortlessly between an energetic, hyperactive character and a refined, caring sisterly type. For this wonderful ability, she was awarded the Best New Actress trophy at the 5th Seiyuu Awards \(^O^)/ Not only can she voice a character well, she can play the drums through training for K-On! live events. Talk about talent!
The reason why I’m posting about Sugar today is because of her latest blog post on PreMemo. In it, she speaks about Hand-Signing Ritsu cards from the latest K-On!! set released, and designing specific lines to put onto these cards. As with all Hand-Signed cards, she uses a black marker, leading to the unofficial ranking of Signeds in PreMemo; Silver (TD), Gold (Booster) and the ultimate level, Black (Hand) hahaha.
Here’s a rough translation of her post;
Wholeheartedly signing by hand!
Ricchan cards from Precious Memories.
Ricchan in a swimsuit looking so defenseless,
Just tugs at my heartstrings ♪♪
Picture of heartstrings been tugged and wholeheartedness ↓↓↓
I’ll definitely die from this (lol).
Other than signing on a Precious Memories card,
I also write Ricchan’s lines from the anime,
Discussing with everyone on Twitter ‘How is this?’ and proposing lines to be used,
And suddenly, I finished writing them~!
Lines like [Ibuonke], [I Am Buchou], [It’s meee!], *see note*
And a variety of others……(。_。)φ
To find out what I have actually written, just look at the actual thing
Look forward to it～♪ヽ(´▽｀)/
Please continue to get Precious Memories ★
For further details,
Please check out Precious Memories official website ｄ*＾O＾*ｂ
*Note* These are all Ritsu’s lines from K-On! 『いぶおんけ』 is a rearrangement of the keyholders the girls have that spell ‘KeionBu’ (Light Music Club), 『アイアムブチョー』 is literally so in mixed English and Japanese, and 『私だよん』 is said during an effort by Ritsu to get the others’ attention when they are helping Yui study (infamous barrel roll episode).
I’m actually rather surprised, I thought just like the TD and Booster Signeds, the Hand-Signeds follow a set format. Not too sure about the rest of the seiyuus, but I really appreciate Sugar’s effort to make every card unique, as you can see in the picture above. Makes me want to get a Hand-Signed too, I have over 600 K-On! points…
That’s it for now. I’ll post about the upcoming biggest stage of Precious Memories, PreMemo FESTA 2011 WINTER next, featuring even more seiyuus. Do keep a look out for it!
Till next time, Good Night, and Good Luck.
Please note that the Point Exchange Program is limited to Japanese addresses only.