The K-ON! 5th Anniversary Campaign is still going strong as the anime campaign has collaborated with Japanese credit card company Mitsubishi UFJ NICOS to produced two special themed credit cards based on Kakifly’s popular K-ON! series.
The cards are part of Mitsubishi’s Viaso brand and utilises the MasterCard service to handle transactions, which can be used in over 430 online stores in Japan. The two cards themselves released earlier in the week and the company aims to have over 5,000 customers use the new K-ON! Viaso cards. As a member benefit, new members will receive a special illustration post card that commemorates the 5th anniversary. You can change the card design by ordering a re-issue, which will cost ¥1,000 (~ $10.00 USD).
The first card, seen above, features the Ho-kago Tea Time club members themselves: Mugi, Azusa, Yui, Mio and Ritsu. The second card, below, features the instruments that the members play in the same order: Mugi’s keyboard, Azusa’s guitar, Yui’s guitar, Mio’s bass guitar and Ritsu’s drum set.
K-ON! is a 4koma manga written and illustrated by Kakifly. The manga began in serialization in Houbunsha’s Manga Time Kirara magazine in 2007, and ended in 2012. A total of 6 volumes have released for the series and over 2.5 million copies have been sold. The series received an anime adaptation in 2009 by Kyoto Animation (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Free!) as well as a sequel series in 2010, and a film in 2012. The series also received many OVAs and specials since the anime’s release and two video games have released based on the series, including an Arcade Card Game. The series was also well known for its music, where over 3 million CDs have been sold. In addition a series of Live Concerts featuring the main voice actresses were also held. The entire franchise has grossed over 15 billion yen (~ $150 Million USD) as of 2011.
Here is a synopsis of the series from MAL:
Hirasawa Yui, a young, carefree girl entering high school, has her imagination instantly captured when she sees a poster advertising the “Light Music Club.” Being the carefree girl that she is, she quickly signs up. However, Yui has a problem, she is unable to play an instrument.
When Yui goes to the clubroom to explain, she’s greeted by the other members: Ritsu, Mio, and Tsumugi. Although disheartened at Yui’s lack of musical know-how, they still try to convince her to stay to prevent the club’s disbandment. After playing Yui a short piece which re-ignites her imagination, they succeed in keeping their new member and guitarist.
Along with the tasks of school and homework, Yui begins to learn the guitar with the help of the other band members, experiencing many mishaps along the way. However, with the school festival drawing near and Yui getting stuck with her practice, will the Light Music Club be ready in time for their debut?
The K-ON! Viaso cards are currently available to order in Japan by joining Mitsubishi UFJ NICOS here: http://www.cr.mufg.jp/
The main event of the K-ON! 5th Anniversary Campaign is over, but you can still purchase various K-ON! items, such as ties, t-shirts, teacups and teapots, here: http://animaru.jp/shop/e/e30001/
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