Phantom Breaker’s Purchase Incentives Are Decidedly Unsafe For Work

By Ishaan . April 21, 2011 . 1:50pm

5pb have locked down on a release date for Phantom Breaker, and we all know what that means. That’s right — it’s buyer incentive bonuses time! Grab your nose plugs and let’s take a look at the different retail goodies designed by Suzuhira Hiro, character designer for Phantom Breaker.


On the left is the bonus for Gamers, while on the right is Animate. Both phone cards.


Left: AmiAmi; Right: Imagine. Both library cards.


Here, we come to phone cards again: Sofmap (left) and Messe Sano (right).


And finally, we have a phone card for Media Land and gift point card for Rakuten.


Phantom Breaker is scheduled for release on June 2nd. In case you missed it, you can catch up with the latest trailer from yesterday.

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  • FireCouch

    What the hell are phone cards?

    • Guest

      who cares. The real question is why isn’t this on PSN or PS3?

      • Ryos

        It’s either to capture the 30,000 Xbox 360 fans in Japan or maybe they’re planning to release it here (with the same premium goods)? :P

    • You can use them in public phones in Japan as an alternative to coins.

      • Do they have expiration dates?

        • I have no idea (paging denpanosekai and/or Tokyo Guy!) but I don’t think so. There are probably prepaid cards you can buy, but these retailer bonus-type cards don’t come with money on them.

          Edit: …Or at least, that was what I thought! It seems weird how they don’t actually say how much these cards are worth, though…

          • Aoshi00

            I know about the phone cards, I use them in the US too to make long distance calls and such.. but what about library/bookstore cards? Could we rent or buy manga w/ those in Jpn from libraries and bookstores? I’m surprised no one in Jpn has shed any light on that yet.. I’m wondering how TokyoGuy is doing in Tokyo now..

        • SeventhEvening

          No, they don’t. At least, as long as the current system is in place they won’t expire. They have a number on the side (for example, 60 min) and when you make a phone call the phone punches a small hole in the card near one of the numbers to show how many minutes remain as the phone call ends. When you use the card again, the machine looks for those holes and starts the countdown from that mark until all the minutes are used.

          • PrinceHeir

            awesome :D

            and yeah phone cards are still being used today, im pretty sure my country still uses one, not only it’s more convenient to carry around, you don’t have to grab coins and count them

    • CleruTesh

      How can phone cards be such a foreign concept? While they may function slighty differently, phone cards exist here in the states as well, last I checked.
      I am actually more curious about the “library card”, as all I’ve seen are proprietarily issued by the library.

      • Zero_Destiny

        Library Cards are issued by the library themselves and all you have to do is provide ID and an address to obtain one. You pay for the libraries with your tax dollars so it’s not really like an exclusive club anyone can get a library card so long as they have proof of ID and address. Though if I remember correctly you do have to pay like $5 for one. Just to cover the cost of the card itself though. It’s not a service your paying for that’s covered by your taxes.

        You may use all the facilities the libraries have to offer without a library card though. The only purpose the card servers is to cheek out books. It’s almost more like a system the library uses to keep track of their lent out books. That way if you never return the books they can just charge you.

        Though this is different for private libraries such as a High School library or a University Library. It varies on regulations and rules of the institution but very rarely in fact I want to say almost 100% but I can’t be entirely sure do these kinds of institutions allow people who aren’t members (aka students) to use them. I pretty sure most public schools (k-12) won’t even let others into the library who aren’t already in the staff or are students. With colleges I think you can visit other colleges and take out books so long as you have an College ID from your college as proof. I personally have never done this before. It is much easier to run a World CAT search that will display all the books in libraries near you including other college libraries and get the book sent to your college on loan. This I have done quite a bit.

        Over all (I’ve ranted here didn’t I?) Library Cards are just issued by the libraries themselves and pretty much done so that people won’t steal their books. It works to a varying degree of success if you ask me. Last time I got a card (which is like 2001 0r 2002 lol) all they really wanted was some ID and where I lived so they would have a place to send the bill if I stole a book. I don’t think they ask for stuff like credit card or bank account numbers though (at least not when I had one and really I’d doubt if they would, seems to kind of step over the bounds of what a library can do) so if out just ignore the bill you’re usually fine. BUT if you don’t pay your bill you can never rent out a book from said library again. So there is a consequence because your card will become un-valid and you won’t be able to get a new one. Not unless you pay your bill.

        • CleruTesh

          I understand that much, what I do not understand is how a private company can issue a card for a state institution. Will Japanese libraries transfer your information to the card electronically, perhaps?

          • Zero_Destiny

            Private Company? I was pretty sure the libraries issue the card themselves? They may use a machine bought from a private company but that’s no big deal really. Last time I got one they made it right there in the library only took like 5 maybe 6 or so minutes. No middle man there. About Japan I have no idea what they do there. Only know about US libraries.

          • Joanna

            I think the question on everyone’s mind is, if Japanese libraries are state run (i.e. public and not private), what are these preorder bonus library cards? And if they are for your state run libraries, how does that work? The only way I could see it working is if you had to take these library cards and have them registered by the library under your name and for your use. But I can’t see anyone doing that with those kinds of cards. Too embarrassing! xD

        • Joanna

          For the university/collage libraries, you can go and read the books themselves, but you can’t check them out unless you are a student. My university’s student card was multifunctional and it was used as a library card for the university as well as a print credit card where you could put money on your ID to use to print/photocopy on campus. It was pretty cool. I do know that one library, the biggest one, had access restricted and you could only get up on the top floors if you were a student because there was a slider by the elevator and someone there to make sure everyone was a student. I don’t know why that particular library was restricted…since others with the same books were not. Maybe there were other books there that were special and used by students in higher levels of post secondary (Masters and Ph.D students, maybe specific fields)?

      • Aoshi00

        Yeah, phone cards’s usage is obvious that they have prepaid minutes

        I’ve been wondering forever what the heck do these library (or bookstore?) cards do? Do they have values to let people rent things from the library or buy things from bookstores like Kinokuniya or Asahiya.. no one here has shed any light on that yet..

        • Zero_Destiny

          Library cards just give you the ability to rent out a book/movie/CD/whatever (or more than one item no real limit is set in stone) from a library. It’s done so you can’t steal the items. The cards don’t have any pre-paid value to them. The library is a service covered by your tax dollars. All you need to do is pay for the card itself. I’ve explain it in depth below. Unless your talking about in terms of JPN then I got no clue. lol Only know how US library cards work.

          • Aoshi00

            Yea, but you’re talking about a regular library card in the traditional sense, where you go to a library front desk, you fill out your name and address and they issue one to you.. I’m sure pretty much everyone knows what a regular library card does, we’ve all used them in our whole lives..

            But here they keep giving you new ones as pre-order bonuses (like each prepaid phone card has values like prepaid train passes), and they’re not issued by public libraries in your township or city, these are custom made cards given by the retail stores.. so what do you do w/ each new one that comes w/ a new game. W/ phone cards they actually let you make phone calls w/o paying, like I use long distance phone cards.. but I don’t understand the value of these library or bookstore cards.. people already have their regular library cards already, and these from stores like AmiAmi don’t have your personal info on it. That’s why I’m speculating if these have values that let you rent stuffs from the library, like I used to rent DVD movies or games from my local libraries.. or if they have like a couple hundred yen value so you could buy a manga in a Jpn bookstore or something?

            Again.. I know what a regular library card does though.. I think everyone does, but these ones given out by retail stores I don’t think they’re the same right? They don’t even have your personal info on it.. if they have no monetary value, I don’t see what these cards let you do at all..

          • Zero_Destiny

            “I’m sure pretty much everyone knows what a regular library card does, we’ve all used them in our whole lives..”
            lol Explaining something like that is just like me. XD lol Yeah I don’t get it some times and do stuff like that. lol Got no idea how those would work ether. Your guess is as good as mine.

          • Aoshi00

            lol… that’s why I’ve been having this burning question ever since I’ve known the existence of these “tosho-card”.. just what the heck does it let you do? I thought someone from Japan might have used one and could shed some light on it.. It’s hard to imagine they serve the same purpose as the ones that issued by our local libraries.. I men these ones given out by Sofmap or AmiAmi are not issued form the government right? Or if this is just a card that’s filled w/ an image and does nothing at all.. that’s what I would like to know.. because these cards cost like 1000 yen.. not that I could use them or anything since I’m not in Jpn.. but I’m just curious..

        • I have a real answer for you now, Aoshi!!

 <—Here you go.

          • Aoshi00

            Thanks man! I knew it! Actually I did come across this answer before.. I just wasn’t sure if these are the same “tosho card” given out by gamestores.. I kept bringing it up because I figure someone who lives in Jpn could confirm it..

            So they let you buy books in bookstores eh… wonder if they work w/ Kinokuniya or Asahiya in the US at all? If you could use them to buy manga or books then it’s worth it.. otherwise I’m not spending 1000 yen (over $10) more for just a card no matter how good it looks..

            I just looked up on Jpn Wiki.. guess they started out as “tickets” before becoming cards.. seems like Amazon Jpn take these cards too.. but it’s way too expensive to order things from outside of Jpn, can’t even pay for the minimum 2000 yen shipping..


            So I guess these cards cost 1000 yen they give you 1000 yen value to buy books… If I could use them in Jpn bookstores in the US I wouldn’t mind getting them.. but now I always skip them.. importing a game is expensive as it is..

          • ryebot

            Thank you! I’m working in Japan right now and received one as a gift. Haven’t been sure what to do with it until now.

          • Joanna

            I should have scrolled down before replying! D:

            But thanks, I’ve been curious myself. Still, it’s kind of weird that these are called library cards and not book cards. Eh, but that’s just me being picky. :P

  • Those are probably the best samples(the “watermark”) I’ve seen yet. Not on the whole pic like most others!

    That said, my cards of choice: Gamers, Animate, Imagine, Sofmap and Messe Sano!!! :3

  • RagnaXBL

    OK sum1 had to ask but why do all the phone cards in japan have perverted anime pics on them?

    • SeventhEvening

      They don’t. Only the ones given as preorder bonuses do. All the phone cards I’ve ever owned have had subway maps or pictures of flowers on them.

      • WonderSteve

        You have such a pure heart :P

      • dusk

        And that is exactly why all preorder bonuses phone cards have perverted anime pics on them.

  • Man, maybe I’m weird, but these aren’t nearly as titillating/risqué as they used to be. I guess if you’ve seen one almost nude but not quite phone card, you’ve seen them all.

  • PrinceHeir

    hot hot hot :)

    i love all this phone cards :P

  • CleruTesh

    Since the reply chain has gotten to long, I thought I’d start a fresh one. Does anyone know what function the AmiAmi and Imagine “library cards” serve?

    • Bookstore credit. They pretty much work the same way as their payphone cards.

      • CleruTesh

        Makes sense. Thank you.

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  • Looks delicious :)_

  • I thought the woman with the red headband was going to be a Rambo-like character.

  • can i play the japan import version on PAL 360?

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