Print Club, also known as Purikura (プリクラ Purikura) or Purinto Kurabu (プリント倶楽部 Purinto Kurabu), refers to a type of photo booth that produces specialized/stylized photo stickers. It is a popular collector’s hobby in Japan where collectors have their photos taken in photo booths, can choose to edit the photo’s image with stylized pictures or borders, and collect the specialized stickers in books/albums.
First appearing in 1995, the idea was suggested by Sasaki Miho of the arcade developer company, Atlus. Teaming with Sega, the specialized photo booths were developed to target female collectors and were popularized by boy bands such as SMAP. By 1996, 20,000 Purikura machines had been shipped across Japan, with some featuring specialized pictures that are only relevant to their location.
The hobby of print club collecting is similar to stamp collecting in which a collector would seek out limited-edition pictures and pictures commemorating events or other media like movies, videogames or pop stars and store them within albums.
Love Hina: Totsuzen no Engeji Happening Edit
Keitaro's Print Club book appears as the Gallery Mode for Love Hina: Totsuzen no Engeji Happening .
Love Hina: Smile AgainEdit
Keitaro's Print Club book appears as the Gallery Mode for Love Hina: Smile Again.
Negima! Magister Negi MagiEdit
- Main Article: Print Club
In Negima! Magister Negi Magi, while attempting to get to the Kansai Magic Association during the class trip to Kyoto, Negi Springfield and Asuna Kagurazaka are led into a videogame arcade by Haruna Saotome, Yue Ayase, Konoka Konoe and Nodoka Miyazaki where the girls discover a Print Club machine and take photos with Negi and each other to commemorate the trip.
- Mutsumi Otohime and Keitaro Urashima are both heavily into the hobby of Print Club collecting though the majority of their photos only feature themselves due to their solitary lives.
- Keitaro keeps two photo stickers in a special place in his album; these two were of himself alongside Naru Narusegawa. Keitaro would also eventually get a photo with each girl of the Hinata House.
- In HINATA 001. Welcome to Hinata House, Keitaro comes across a Print Club photo booth with an image of MAGI on its banner.