First of all the machine's name. Kao (顔) means 'face'. And feti (pronounced fechi) is a way of romanising フェチ which came from the English 'fetish'. So the name basically means "face fetish"... anyway...
The first thing we noticed when we went in was the little voice telling us to go outside and start there. I have seen older machines that have the coin slot outside but not for a while. So you start outside and also outside you choose your course. You have the choice of more natural colours in "Pure" or more vivid colours in "Glamorous".
Once you choose your course you are free to enter the booth and carry on.
Inside there are four big round lights, plus an extra one around the camera lens. You can also see the sign in the picture telling you to start outside the machine. As you've already set up you jump straight to choosing frames here.
Unfortunately (and I don't know why!) but I didn't take any pictures of the frames, sorry! If I get a chance I'll update this post in the future.From what I remember there were quite a few cute frame type ones, with space to write on around the edges.
My friend and I are the kind to copy the guide poses, and this machine had some nice ones.
Once you get to the graffiti screen you have to choose the layout before you begin decorating, and I chose the layout where I could select one picture for the big section at the bottom. Not sure if I like having to choose before I decorate, sometimes the best ones you only realise after you've decorated!
Now, not only does this machine have a different physical layout but the decorating screen has a different layout too. The decorating items are split into "simple" and "pastel" sections. Within those sections are pens, korokoro/stamps and 'various'. It's very annoying to have to go to two separate sections to check all the pens and everything else. Actually the various tab in itself is not descriptive enough. You are limited for time in decorating and I spent a good part of it looking for things!
Another thing that is different is that the items are grouped by style rather than type. It does make it easier to stick to one style when you are decorating, but confusing when you have to go through each style to see all the stamps, rolling stamps, and messages. Messages are filed under stamps/korokoro though on most other machines they are considered separate.
|Neon style stamps|
|Name set-up screen|
As this is the face fetish machine there is quite an emphasis on the make up section. This is the only machine I've seen with such a detailed make-up section. For example you have eight colours, ten sizes, nine shapes and rotating options...just for cheeks! You might notice the cosmetic brand Kate in the left corner. This machine has a collaboration with Kate cosmetics and the make up section is based on their products. They are also running a competition where if you upload your purikura you could win some make up products. It's only available in Japan but if anyone is interested I can email a link.
|Cheek make up|
|More make up and hair|
There's also a section for making a gif image for your blog or web profile. You can change the eye size and add a frame, or a message stamp. You also have to crop the image from your purikura, so the size is smaller.
|Blog specific stamps|
I said earlier that the guide poses were cute, this machine also has one touch graffiti that is related to the poses to make things easier (too easy, perhaps...). For example, the 'nyan' cat pose has an appropriate 'nyan nyan' stamp.
Mobile phone selection
Good points: cute frames and poses, easy to decorated with one touch and same style items, prints nicely, name labels, blog options
Bad points: hard to use if you are used to other machines, lots of make up stamps means fewer good stamps of other kinds, have to choose layout before decorating
And our pictures:
If you want to see a good solo version of the last picture take a look at this post from Yes! Purikura Oji.