If you’re a big fan of Tadatoshi Fujimaki’s manga and anime series Kuroko’s Basketball, and happen to be searching for a smartphone case for your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S3 handset, then Premium Bandai may just have the perfect solution for you.
Over at Bandai’s official online shopping portal, Premium Bandai, there is a section called Smartphone Museum where you can visit to find various iPhone cases themed after anime and tokusatsu (special-effects TV shows, such as the Super Sentai series and Kamen Rider) series that Bandai owns the merchandising rights to.
The latest line of Smartphone Museum’s wares? A set of seven Kuroko’s Basketball “uniform” cases, whose design are based on that of the jersey uniforms that seven of the series’s most popular characters wear.
From the Seirin basketball team, the jersey uniforms of three characters – Tetsuya Kuroko, Taiga Kagami, and Teppei Kiyoshi – are featured. The remaining four designs are based on jerseys worn by three rival characters Ryouta Kise, Shintarou Midorima, and Daiki Aomine, and a dog. Kuroko’s pet dog, Tetsuya #2.
Each design is available in three form factors – iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5, and Samsung Galaxy S3 (certain carrier models only) – and sold for 2,100 yen per pop. Which is actually fairly cheap for character-themed smartphone cases; most of them are sold for around 3,000 yen in Japan.
The Kuroko’s Basketball cases are the only design available at Smartphone Museum if you’re a Samsung Galaxy S3 user.
If, however, you’re in the iPhone camp, then you’ll find on the Premium Bandai sub-section several other anime-themed designs worth looking into: Macross Frontier, Kamen Rider Wizard, Akibaranger, just to name a few.
All cases go for 2,100 yen in Japan regardless of design. As with anything you buy from Premium Bandai, you’ll need a Japanese residential address (or the one provided by your favourite proxy-shopping service) to make an order.
Do note, however, that there is a waiting period of about a month between the date you make an order, to whenever Premium Bandai actually gets to shipping out the goods.