The Japanese card company Sumitomo Mitsui Card Co. Ltd has announced an official collaboration between VISA and Hatsune Miku to create actual physical VISA credit cards and prepaid debit cards, and not just a digital e-money iD or music card like we’ve seen in the past. Although there will be a new design for those as well, along with the popular SONOCA music cards.
Applications for the card(s) will start at Magical Mirai 2015 in Tokyo at booth #18 in the exhibition area. Most of the cards feature exclusive artwork by iXima, the official illustrator of Hatsune Miku’s VOCALOID3 box art. The prepaid card features art from KEI, the official illustrator of Hatsune Miku’s VOCALOID2 software.
The cards have various benefits after application. The credit card offers a chance to win a special metallic version of the 1/4 scale Hatsune Miku V3 scale figure. Applicants of the credit card have to simply spend 70,000 Yen or more with it between September 15th and December 31st 2015 to enter a random drawing for one of 50 available figures.
The first 1,500 applicants will also receive the prepaid gift card preloaded with 500 Yen. The first 1,000 applicants will receive a SONOCA music card with a code preloaded to download a free sample of the song “Selfish Style feat. Hatsune Miku” by HachiojiP.
All of the above offers are only for residents of Japan, of course, but we’d enjoy seeing some official Western collabs in the future.