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An in-depth look at 6 designer headphones with illustrations, headphone discussion with 9 different Namco sound engineers, and more.
An in-depth look at 6 designer headphones with illustrations, headphone discussion with 9 different Namco sound engineers, and more.
513 backers pledged $25,400 to help bring this project to life.

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A softcover book with 52 pages, Moe Headphones Design Guidebook 2013 consists of an in-depth look at 6 designer headphones with illustrations complementing them and reviews done by illustrator Lunatic Joker. Sekai Project will be localizing this to English so anime fans and audiophiles outside of Japan can experience this unique book. The money raised will go towards covering translation, printing, and shipping costs. The printing is done in Japan and the quality will be identical to the Japanese version.

※ 日本語でのリターン説明は下に書いてます。

Who/what is Lunatic Joker?

Lunatic Joker is a circle (group) name for Tsukigami Luna (pen name). A sampling of his art can be found on his portfolio.

Tsukigami Luna's current professional work, "Ultimate Etude" and "4LDK!" is serialized in "Manga Time Kirara Carino."

Tsukigami Luna also has done illustration work in Shueisha Super Dash Bunko, "Kuzubako ni Houkiboshi" and "Ou-dition!" series, in ASCII Media Works Dengeki Bunko "Omae nanzo ni musume wa yaren", and in Gakken Megami Bunko, "Zako Kamisama".

Lunatic Joker has attended Comic Market, Comitia, and Comic1 selling his illustrations. He is a big iDOLM@STER fan and has done many fan illustrations of the idols.

Update 3 contains a message from Lunatic Joker to the backers.

What is doujin?

Quite simply it could be described as self-published work from an individual or circle (group).

Who/what is Sekai Project?

Sekai Project is a new startup focused on getting greater exposure to Japanese creative works by offering translation and marketing assistance to the creators. Our first successful endeavor was a recent campaign on Steam Greenlight for the indie game "Narcissu", a simple visual novel by stage-nana that made it up to 2nd place on the rankings and was greenlit in just under a month.

Cover

Images depicted are not representative of the final product. The final product will be localized into English and layouts may be changed to accommodate this.
Images depicted are not representative of the final product. The final product will be localized into English and layouts may be changed to accommodate this.

 Contents

The first part of the book covers the headphones listed below:

Images depicted are not representative of the final product. The final product will be localized into English and layouts may be changed to accommodate this.
Images depicted are not representative of the final product. The final product will be localized into English and layouts may be changed to accommodate this.
Images depicted are not representative of the final product. The final product will be localized into English and layouts may be changed to accommodate this.
Images depicted are not representative of the final product. The final product will be localized into English and layouts may be changed to accommodate this.
Images depicted are not representative of the final product. The final product will be localized into English and layouts may be changed to accommodate this.
Images depicted are not representative of the final product. The final product will be localized into English and layouts may be changed to accommodate this.
Images depicted are not representative of the final product. The final product will be localized into English and layouts may be changed to accommodate this.
Images depicted are not representative of the final product. The final product will be localized into English and layouts may be changed to accommodate this.
Images depicted are not representative of the final product. The final product will be localized into English and layouts may be changed to accommodate this.
Images depicted are not representative of the final product. The final product will be localized into English and layouts may be changed to accommodate this.
Images depicted are not representative of the final product. The final product will be localized into English and layouts may be changed to accommodate this.
Images depicted are not representative of the final product. The final product will be localized into English and layouts may be changed to accommodate this.
Images depicted are not representative of the final product. The final product will be localized into English and layouts may be changed to accommodate this.
Images depicted are not representative of the final product. The final product will be localized into English and layouts may be changed to accommodate this.

The second part of the book is a headphone round-table discussion with 9 different Namco sound engineers:

  • Linda-AI-CUE - Taiko no Tatsujin and THE iDOLM@STER
  • Go Shiina - Tales of Legendia, Mr Driller, and God Eater
  • Rio Hamamoto - Tekken series
  • Keiki Kobayashi - Ace Combat series
  • Yuuji Masubuchi - Taiko no Tatsujin
  • Tomomitsu Kaneko - Ace Combat series and Tekken series
  • Ryo Watanabe - Ridge Racer series, Age Combat series, and THE iDOLM@STER
  • Taku Inoue - Katamari Damacy, Ridge Racer series, and Tekken series
  • Akitaka Tohyama - Tekken series, Katamari Damacy, and Ridge Racer series (No longer with Namco, currently freelancer)
Images depicted are not representative of the final product. The final product will be localized into English and layouts may be changed to accommodate this.
Images depicted are not representative of the final product. The final product will be localized into English and layouts may be changed to accommodate this.

Also included is an interview with HIDEYUKI Daichi SUZUKI who is an arranger for Hello! Project and an interview with the editor of Tokyo Headphone Magazine.

Stretch Goals:

  • $15,000 - An omake book from Comic Market 84 will be added to the $20 tier and up.
  • $20,000 - Add an additional 2-6 pages to 2013 Moe Headphones Design. This will be added to the $20 tier and up.

What is a "shikishi"?

A shikishi is simply a paper laminated to a hard board backing, typically of a size of  9-1/2" x 10-3/4". Shikishi may also be referred to as autograph boards. They are used for drawings or autographs in Japan.

No digital copy?

We're waiting on Lunatic Joker's response if there will be digital tiers.

What are you doing with my money?

All the money gathered on this project will go towards printing the book and postcards, shipping it, and paying the creator. The $5000 goal is the minimum for us to cover all the above costs. At the present time we at Sekai Project will be doing this as a labor of love; little to no money will end up in our own pockets.

Why are you printing in Japan?

This is our first crowdfunding project, and to minimize risk we decided to use the same printer that Lunatic Joker trusted with the original book. We are based in the US and we decided that it is logistically and economically better to ship from Japan to our US office before distributing to our backers.

Why is shipping so expensive?

This is our first crowdfunding attempt, and we want to make sure that overseas shipping is covered. Also, recently USPS (U.S. Postal Service) increased their shipping rates for overseas.

リターンについて

$1を支援すると: 

  • 月神先生からの感謝イラストとメッセージ(メールで送ります)

$5を支援すると:

  • 月神先生からの感謝イラストとメッセージ(メールで送ります)
  • 萌えるヘッドホン読本2013のポストカードセット(イラストは本の中のキャラ)

$20を支援すると:

  • 月神先生からの感謝イラストとメッセージ(メールで送ります)
  • 萌えるヘッドホン読本2013のポストカードセット(イラストは本の中のキャラ)
  • 萌えるヘッドホン読本2013(英語版)

$40を支援すると:

  • 月神先生からの感謝イラストとメッセージ(メールで送ります)
  • 萌えるヘッドホン読本2013のポストカードセット(イラストは本の中のキャラ)
  • 萌えるヘッドホン読本2013(英語版)
  • 複製サイン入りイラスト色紙、全6種類からランダムの1枚(イラストは本の中のキャラ)

$180を支援すると:

  • 月神先生からの感謝イラストとメッセージ(メールで送ります)
  • 萌えるヘッドホン読本2013のポストカードセット(イラストは本の中のキャラ)
  • 萌えるヘッドホン読本2013(英語版)
  • 複製サイン入りイラスト色紙、全6種類セット(イラストは本の中のキャラ)

$500を支援すると(限定4個):

  • 月神先生からの感謝イラストとメッセージ(メールで送ります)
  • 萌えるヘッドホン読本2013のポストカードセット(イラストは本の中のキャラ)
  • 萌えるヘッドホン読本2013(英語版)
  • 複製サイン入りイラスト色紙、全6種類セット(イラストは本の中のキャラ)
  • 月神先生サイン入り描き下ろし色紙(イラストの制限は月神先生にお任せします)

Risks and challenges

The current indie scene in Japan is growing domestically, but people outside the country have very little to no knowledge about it. There are a lot of hidden gems like Lunatic Joker waiting to be discovered. If this project becomes successful we hope more creators will take on the opportunity to share their works with a wider international audience.

This is our first crowdfunding project, and our first time managing cost and logistics. The main challenge is to remain within the projected budget. We are lowering the risk of quality issues by using the same printer in Japan that Lunatic Joker used in the original book and having them oversee the process, but shipping the finished product overseas may incur unforeseen delays.

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    If you just want to show your support, this is the one to pick. Even a measly dollar will help this project a long way. As a way of saying thanks we will send you a digital wallpaper specifically commissioned for this project.

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    For this tier you will receive a set of postcards featuring the girls from the book. The postcards will be mailed out at the same time as the books. A digital wallpaper will also be included. For our international backers outside of the US: For the $5, $20 and $40 tiers an additional shipping charge will be added when you add your pledge. This is in order to guarantee the postcards arrive to you in pristine condition.

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    By pledging $20 or more you will receive a physical copy of the book. Printed in Japan and quality controlled by Lunatic Joker, the book will be the same quality that you find on Japanese bookshelves, but translated into English. Postcards and the digital wallpaper will also be included. For our international backers outside of the US: For the $5, $20 and $40 tiers an additional shipping charge will be added when you add your pledge. This is in order to guarantee the book and postcards arrive to you in pristine condition.

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    In addition to the book, postcards, and digital wallpaper, we will also include one of six illustrations printed on a Japanese laminated art board, known as a shikishi. The illustrations will be ones taken from the book. The art boards will be chosen at random. For our international backers outside of the US: For the $5, $20 and $40 tiers an additional shipping charge will be added when you add your pledge. This is in order to guarantee the book, postcards, and shikishi arrive to you in pristine condition.

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    By pledging $70 or more you will receive a physical copy of the book. Printed in Japan and quality controlled by Lunatic Joker, the book will be the same quality that you find on Japanese bookshelves, but translated into English. Postcards and the digital wallpaper will also be included. You will also get a tapestry that will be printed in Japan. For our international backers outside of the US: For the $5, $20 and $40 tiers an additional shipping charge will be added when you add your pledge. This is in order to guarantee the book and postcards arrive to you in pristine condition.

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    In addition to the book, postcards, and digital wallpaper, we will also include one of six illustrations printed on a Japanese laminated art board, known as a shikishi. The illustrations will be ones taken from the book. The art boards will be chosen at random. You will also get a tapestry that will be printed in Japan. For our international backers outside of the US: For the $5, $20 and $40 tiers an additional shipping charge will be added when you add your pledge. This is in order to guarantee the book, postcards, and shikishi arrive to you in pristine condition.

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    Don’t like random chances? With this tier you get all six shikishi in addition to the book, postcards, and digital wallpaper. Don’t worry about international shipping, we’ll pay for it.

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    Don’t like random chances? With this tier you get all six shikishi in addition to the book, postcards, and digital wallpaper. You will also get a tapestry that will be printed in Japan. Don’t worry about international shipping, we’ll pay for it.

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    For the ultimate contributor, you have our eternal gratitude. You will receive a hand sketched, single character illustration on shikishi by Tsukigami Luna. On top of that, you will get everything mentioned above, the postcards, book, digital wallpaper, and the six shikishis from the previous tier.. Please note that the illustration will be at the discretion of Tsukigami Luna. Don’t worry about international shipping, we’ll pay for it.

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Funding period

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