First cute point is outside the machine while you are waiting. There's a screen playing a slideshow but if you touch the button you get Tsubasa TV where she explains some of the points of the machine.
Inside the machine looks pretty much the same as the first version, big solid lights cover the main wall with the camera and touch screen surrounded.
|Course detail on the outside|
As a Tsubasa fan I'm happy because the machine has pictures of Tsubasa and Umeshan everywhere, couldn't resist a couple of extra pics, because she's cute and he's hot (Even if she did have plastic surgery I bet their son will be good looking!)
|The screen that's waiting when you get to the graffiti section|
|Guide to the Machine and beware of thieves sign|
Here's a problem. The layout screen is before the decoration screen. Now if you were wanting to choose a big sticker (which I think you do from the top labels) you have to choose which picture you want to be big first. Sometimes you mess up the decoration or it just doesn't work out and then you'd be stuck with a larger version of the purikura. I think layout selection should most definitely come after decoration.
As before you have the name stamps, we each have nicknames that work in romaji when you type them in hiragana so that's ok now. You just have to have a think before you go! This time as well as the longer type name stamps there's squarer ones and vertical ones
There is a section with monthly themed stamps though they weren't anything really special. (Wow, I hadn't realised how long ago I took these pictures! Sorry!)
As for the stamps, I didn't take too many pictures but I think the messages are pretty cute. There's a few with specific fashion points which I like...
There's also a section based on Tsubasa's looks, which might work if you have a good pose and time to play with the settings, you have ten size options, you can rotate left and right, and 3D left and right. It's a nice touch on a Tsubasa produced machine but if you aren't bothered by her you won't be bothered with this section either.
There's a lot of nice pen choices and I like that above the sections they have examples of writing in the pens because sometimes you can't really tell just from the little loopies they usually show. I also copied some of the examples handwriting because it's cute!
There's also a kind of shortcut popup menu so you can see all the kinds of pens and jump to that section to choose your colours.
There's also a men's section with special stamps, roller stamps, messages and pens. It's designed to complement the men's course but it's accessible from the other courses as well.
I think this is a new feature but there's a one-touch graffiti option for if you have no inspiration or if you are running out of time. They are quite cute compared to some of the other machines, also you have more than one option!
And how did the pictures turn out? Well, not too great actually. I wasn't too keen on any so I chose the collage option. The colours just look pale, and not in a pastel way just washed out. The actual print out is the same and I was disappointed by it. It's a pretty good machine but the fact that the print out isn't so great might be the thing that makes me chose a different machine in the end.
Here's a bonus! We went back on a different day and decided to give the men's course a go! Unlike the regular courses (and other machines) there is no eye enlargement option on this machine. Because boys look like aliens in purikura! The frames and colours are much more 'masculine', greens and blues, stripes not dots etc. The detailed frames are more boyish too, army camo, music and game themed. (Disclaimer! I don't approve of gender stereotyping but society really isn't there yet!)
You also get Umeshan on the guide poses... don't get distracted!
I said before that the men's section of the decoration is available for all courses but it is meant to go with the men's course so the colours and themes match up...