I frequently check the Online Store forum of Kawaii 15, hoping to find a new source of material. When I saw a claim that Minisuka.tv had in fact opened their arms to us foreigners I was sceptical, at best (as these sort of companies seem to have closed ranks on us for some time now):
The added claim of Imouto.tv being open also raised my skepticism levels. I was quite happy with the claim though, as the poster was Australian! I decided the only option was to test it myself and report the outcome, which just so happened to be that it had opened to none Japanese IP addresses and Credit Cards (they use a service called zeroweb.co.jp which seems to be the standard for these sites. Girlz High uses it, but rejects non-Japanese cards :/) and that it’s totally worth it!
The image sets are spectacular, the images themselves being not too large as to make getting them impossible on slow connections yet big enough to show all the splendour and joy these girls show.
Along with the image sets you will also find videos in the form of sub-10 minute clips collected from the shooting of the image sets. The video quality is OK, nothing HD which is a disappointment.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDfsxbIZL4c]
They also sometimes have Video Diary clips, which seem to be sub-15 minutes deals where the girls are the center of the cameras attention, outside of shooting image sets:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5r3oHy9qyCw]
You get access to a small collection of ever changing wallpapers featuring your favourite Junior Idols (well, those that model for Minisuka.tv anyway). They come in two sizes: 1280 x 800 and 1280 x 1024.
You don’t have access to the older sets, only the newly produced and released ones (unless they decide to do a “Revival” release which involves opening a set that is “old” for a certain amount of time), that is until you earn enough points.
To get points you need to log into the site every day which nets you a single point. Every month you subscribe you also get 200 points when they bill you (alternatively if you sign up with one of the other billing periods you get more points).
To sign up head over to Minisuka.tv and click the big pink “Join” button up the top (I would also recommend using Google Chrome to do this as it has built-in translation ;D). You pretty much just need to follow your nose as it’s not overly difficult.
The membership rates are as follows:
- Every 30 days \ ¥2,000
- Every 60 days \¥ 3,800
- Every 90 days \ ¥5,400