I’ve been meaning to do this for awhile, but considering that I got a lot of messages asking in the last two weeks, I think that’s enough of a sign for me to stop procrastinating and write this post.
In Japan, generally, you can’t just go up to a ticket window and buy tickets to an event (unless there are tickets left over and when it comes to seiyuu events, that’s rather rare) so, how does one go about getting a ticket to these events?
1. Become a member of ticket website companies like e+(http://eplus.jp/sys/main.jsp) and pia (http://t.pia.jp/). You will need a Japanese address when you apply so you either have to be living in Japan or you have a nice friend who will let you use their address.
2. It does help to be a fan club member of certain seiyuu, artist, groups you like because they usually get first notice for events and concerts, but you will still have to go through either e+ or pia to apply for the tickets.
3. Once you know about events happening you either have to go to the official webpage to know when the applications start for the raffles so you can apply. There are usually one or two advanced raffles for events.
4. Sometimes if it’s a concert, you can buy the artist’s CD or DVD and it will come with a secret code that you can use to enter your name for the draw to get a ticket - again either through e+ or pia -
- ONCE YOU KNOW THE DATES YOU APPLY. YOU GET YOUR FRIENDS WITH e+ ACCOUNTS TO APPLY. YOU MAKE MULTIPLE e+ ACCOUNTS TO APPLY. The more times you enter the more chances you have on getting chosen. (but if it’s FAN CLUB you can’t do any of this, you can only enter once with your FAN CLUB number XD)
5. After you’ve applied for the tickets, you wait until the results. They will send you an e-mail telling you whether you got chosen or not. If you got chosen you have to pay for the tickets as fast as you can through the convenience store (if you paid via credit card, this isn’t a problem). If you didn’t get chosen refer to #6
6. General Sales. It’s the day when the tickets are up for grabs, for anyone (again with an e+ or pia membership) Usually they go on sale at 10am on Saturday. You have to be in front of your computer and logged into your account 15 minutes before because it is IMPOSSIBLE.
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to get through if you try at exactly 10. It is frustrating I’ve never ever gotten tickets through general sales - I’ve been SO CLOSE I COULD TASTE IT but nope - and thinking about it makes me want to flip tables.
7. If you tried the advanced raffles and failed, if you tried the 2nd advanced raffles and failed, if you tried the general sales and failed you have three other choices (I’m sure there are more but these are the ones that are coming to mind right now)
You become a member of mixi and join the seiyuu communities and read the boards there to see if anyone has extra tickets and if you find someone with a ticket you want you mail them a really polite and formal message in Japanese telling them how much you would like to go to .
You follow the Ticket no Ojisan on twitter and your twitter feed will then be FLOODED with tweets of people looking for tickets or looking to sell their tickets to someone. If you find someone with a ticket you’re looking for, you send them a nice polite message appealing to them how much you want to go to the event.
You become a premium member of Yahoo! Auction so that you can auction your life savings away in order to get a ticket. Okay that’s an exaggeration but be prepared to pay 2x ~ 10x more than the actual ticket price - how much you pay depends on how desperate you are (been there. done that orz)
Also you can’t choose your seats and you’ll only know the seat number when you go and pick up your ticket.
*** If you get chosen through the raffle process CONGRATULATIONS! Once you’ve paid for the tickets, you don’t get it right away actually they usually have a separate date for it and they’ll send you an e-mail telling you when you can go to the convenience store to pick up your ticket and the number you need in order to pick up the ticket - you will either show it to the clerk (only at 7/11) or use a machine (Family Mart, Lawson) (there is usually a 105yen service charge for 1 ticket you pick up)
If someone decides to grace you with their generosity and they sell you their ticket for the actual selling price, you MUST be responsible, and carry through your promise and pay them as soon as possible. You must always be open to communication through e-mail, and you must always always be polite and thankful. I know it sounds exaggerated but this is how I feel whenever someone is kind enough to sell me their ticket. It’s like the world is made of rainbows and butterflies and the person giving me their ticket is the one who put all those rainbows and butterflies there. Be respectful to them. But at the same time you should also be careful. Make sure you have their contact information before you send any money to them.
!!! Handshake events, Meet and Greet events!!! The cream of the crop events where only a few people attend and you get up close with your favorite seiyuu. THESE are not up for sale. You either buy the CD or DVD and you get a raffle slip. One raffle slip per each purchase. You send it in before the deadline and if you get chosen you get a postcard in your MAILBOX telling you that you have been chosen and that the postcard is also your ticket. YOU DO NOT LOSE THAT POSTCARD, that one piece of paper becomes something holy to you and is literally your golden ticket. DO NOT LOSE THAT POSTCARD. And you need identification when you go so you can show the people at the door that you are who the postcard says you are.
I think that covers it (^_^)
Hope this helps!