Illustrated seals mail order shop Itaindou will be accepting orders from 24th April 2015, 1700h (+9GMT) onwards for the limited edition “IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS Original Official Seals”. Itaindou will be accepting orders for these seals up until 23rd April 2016, if stocks last until then.
For those unfamiliar with the IDOLM@STER series, IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS is a free-to-play simulation game, hosted on the Mobage social network platform, which spawned various entertainment media, including an anime series that began airing this year in January.
According to Itaindou’s website, the shop will also be accepting orders for “order-made” seals that accommodate custom wordings. For this occasion, the idols of 346 Pro talent agency will ‘make their appearance’ in the form of 18.0mm diameter circular seals that go for 3580 Yen each, and 21.0mm sided square seals that are priced at 3980 Yen each (these prices exclude taxes).
According to Famitsu.com, any of these seals that have your real name engraved can actually be used for your bank transactions in Japan (though there are admittedly some occasions where it cannot be used). As such, the site claims that these custom made seals, unlike the other character goods, boast high practical value.
The 15 character line-up of seal designs are as follows: Shimamura Izuki, Shibuya Rin, Honda Mio, Akagi Miria, Anastasia, Ogata Chieri, Kanzaki Ranko, Jougasaki Rika, Tada Riina, Niita Minami, Futaba Anzu, Maekawa Miku, Mimura Kanako, Moroboshi Kirari, Jougasaki Mika. Each of these designs are, in circular seal forms (3580 Yen ea excluding tax), and in square seal forms (3980 Yen ea excluding tax).
Itaindou is also throwing in an “Ita-In Original Seal Case” as a present for those who buy one circular and square seal each. On top of all of this, the shop is also selling seal affixing leather mats that follow the IDOLM@STER motif in three designs that will be available to choose from. Each are priced at 1980 Yen each (excluding tax).
For more information about these goods for those who might want to order these stamps, visit Itaindou’s website for these limited edition seals.
* Translation footnote: for those who wish to know Ita-In or Ita-stamps mean, the word ‘Ita-In’ basically contains two Japanese Kanji 痛 (pronounced ‘ita’ – which means pain) and 印 (pronounced ‘in’ – which means seal or stamp). The reason why they are referring to these illustrated stamps as ‘Painful Seals’ is because of the notion that these stamps are embarrassing and therefore painful to look at… Another word that probably fathered this neologism is the ‘Ita-sha’ (痛車) which refers to cars that bear designs of two-dimensional characters…
Images Courtesy of Itaindou.com