Each pack includes one chocolate wafer, one card in plastic wrapping, and a backing board with some series information printed on it. It’s common for collectors to simply leave the card in the wrapping, as it’s transparent and the seam only goes down the back of the card.
The back features some character information, including a power ranking, as well as other varying tidbits, like plot points or world factoids. All this info can be pieced together to get a fuller idea of the worlds of Shinra Bansho, and the narrative arcs of each release.
Certain rare cards after a point include a serial number and a QR code that can be used on ShinraBansho.com to play a game to level up characters, although these were later moved to the backing board instead.
As is the case with most any collector/trading card series, there are common to rare cards, including variants with holographics or gold and silver trimmings. Various types of effects have come and gone with each installment, such as symbols imposed on the image or rainbow holographics replacing the standard art.
Since the start, each new set has been released under a particular story saga banner, usually in volumes, with each consisting of about 24 to 32 card variants on average.
Dates of all Shinra Bansho chapters, with links to card scan images for every volume.
Our very own review of what comes in every Shinra Bansho card pack box, complete with unnecessary size comparisons.