Following the success of Bikkuriman Devil vs Angel, a whole world of sticker and snack bonus pack-in series emerged with varying levels of success. Fans often refer to these as “minor seal” (マイナーシール). There’s so many that I couldn’t even hope to comprehensively cover them all, but here’s a few worth noting that don’t already have their own section in Similar Stuff.
All of the ones listed here are from the same time period (late 80’s/early 90’s), when the craze when in its prime. Keep in mind, of course, that Shinra Bansho is itself a modern incarnation of such things.
Doki Doki Gakuen
(ドキドキ学園, Doki Doki School) Images via H@PPINESS & Colorful!
By Furuta. “Doki Doki” refers to the sound a beating heart makes. Started out as stickers of relatively normal cartoon characters with an outline over them, which is actually glow in the dark and reveals a ghost or demon. Then things just got weird.
(あっぱれ大将軍, Bravo General) Images via H@PPINESS & Moza
By Lotte. As demonstrated here – scroll down – there’s heat seals (Shogunate), revealing a different face when body heat is applied, and cold seals (Imperial Court), which makes symbols and such appear when exposed to cold temperatures, like in a freezer.
Moza Appare Section
Nazo no Jipang Densetsu
(謎のジパング伝説, Mystery of Jipang Legend) Images via H@PPINESS & Moza
Also saw a 25th anniversary release in 2009 and has seen a few (and I mean a few) special seals released in the years since then. Those releases use the English title of “The mystic Legend of ZIPANG”.
Moza Zipangu Section
Touzai Obake Gundan
(東西お化け軍団, East and West Ghost Corps) Image via Mandakake Sanchi no Seal
Came with Bikkuri Cup Ramen (not directly related to Bikkuriman) and Makai Taisen (Demon World Wars) snacks. For the former, these were double seals on top of the ramen cup. On a side note, the other ramen type introduced at the end of the second ad is Takahashi Meijin brand.
Commercial 1 / Commercial 2
Ginga Densetsu Batora no Seiken
(銀河伝説バトラーの聖剣, Galaxy Legend Holy Sword of Batora) Images via Bikkuri Master & Mandarake (also here)
By Fujiya. A series of wafers with stickers, and also chocolate treats with monochromatic figures, which had helmets and weapons that could be attached. The “Batora” probably means “Battler”.
Commercial / Bikkuri Master Batora Seal Pictures
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