Otaku Busted for “Criminally Cute” IdolMaster Credit Card


Americans confronted with an unfamiliar IdolMaster credit card apparently found it so cute they could not believe it genuine and instead arrested the owner for fraud, causing some consternation amongst Japanese Aimasu fans.

The IdolMaster credit card was issued by the Mitsui Sumitomo Bank (which, like most Japanese banks, is relatively exacting in who it grants the privilege of bilking to), and is one of the many anime-themed cards available in Japan.

When its Japanese owner attempted to use it overseas in the US however, its cute girls apparently proved too much for American staff, who did not believe it a genuine card and reported the incident to police, who promptly arrested the owner for suspected credit card fraud.

Mitsui Sumitomo reportedly intervened and subsequently apologised to the man for getting him arrested, promising compensation for ignominy.

As might be expected the incident attracted much attention in Japan:

“So cute it’s criminal.”

“Arresting him over this, it couldn’t be helped!”

“The yanks really are about as stupid and ignorant as they come, aren’t they?”

“Watching cartoons at that age!”

“So creepy they arrested him, I suppose that is fitting.”

“Idiots, nobody would pick such a creepy illustration for a fake card!”

“What kind of man goes abroad with his IdolMaster credit card…”

“I didn’t think anyone would dare use these in a shop.”

“You’d think they’d have checked with the card company before calling the cops on him?”

“As suspicious as it might be it is hard to believe they’d arrest him.”

“What kind of police would even arrest you for this without checking first that the card was OK?”

“Pretty bad – what’ll happen to all these novelty cards after news of this gets around? No more character cards?”

“He can probably sue someone hard, this being America.”

“It could be worse…”


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    Comment by Anonymous
    03:17 11/12/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    ok... was the guy that called the cops retarded?

    Nearly EVERY bank in America allows you to order your credit card with a custom printed face. And there are a number of websites dedicated to creating custom credit cards, all of which existed before the banking industry got into it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:34 11/12/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    The guy was arrested on identity mixup unrelated to how the card looks. The bank was to flag a card issued to someone else who was an identity theft victim, but it instead it went onto his account. So yes, they should apologize, as the whole thing is their fault.

    As usual, Sancom quality news = incomplete rumors picked up on 2ch.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:01 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Inaginary plus +

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:38 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not that I don't believe you, but as always, source please.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:22 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yellow journalism at its finest, if you can even call this journalism.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:43 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Isn't this just a blog?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:28 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Isn't this just a blog?

    That doesn't mean it's not journalism. Although to be fair, yellow journalism really isn't.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:30 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Maybe it was a woman who felt the card was misogynistic? Or perhaps one of those crazies still seeking retribution for Pearl Harbor? Or maybe someone upset that Japan beat their team in sports?

    There're lots of possible and stupid motives.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:53 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or maybe it's the fact that it looks like a toy?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:32 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or maybe you could stop using that m-word like it's cool to think you know how to use big words now?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:56 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    9:32 - isn't that kind of point of having words the describe specific things....to you know...use them...chill out

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:39 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nah, there's not any sport that Japanese has beat us in that anyone cares about. No one in the States that doesn't either work in sports media or speak exclusively Spanish gives a shit about soccer (apparently our team is pretty good now, anyway), and that World Baseball thing is just a glorified All-Star Game...

    Maybe someone in the porn industry is upset that Japan is unbeaten in bukkake... Did this happen in California?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:10 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You have to remember that US cops are criminally stupid because they reject applicants who score too high on the entry exams.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:16 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    apparently the yank never thought to call visa and verify if the card was legit? wow... brilliant.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:39 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The yank never called because it never happened. This is bullshit no matter how you slice it. Any retailer would have seen enough credit cards to know they have all sorts of weird shit on them. And a cop would have no legal grounds to arrest someone for a credit card that was not reported stolen. It is simply not possible for not one but 2 people to think that was a fake card.

    Its a poor attempt at trolling.

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    Comment by Tex_Arcana
    14:14 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The gist of your argument seems to be "An idiot couldn't have ended up behind a cash register, because reasons."

    I wish that were true.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:22 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    They probably got a bonus and promotion for saving the world from economic terrorism.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:13 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yah they even have ones with Nascar drivers faces on them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:15 15/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    13:42 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Americans prefer men to put other men faces on their card so that they can look at them often like lovers. I really don't know son... turns out the Americans are trying to turn each other gay. I am a grown man damn it, and i am interested in women (well, even it is 2D only). Why do I have to look at another hairy middle age man's face on my damn card. What am I suppose to do with this?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:00 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    There goes my idea of a Hentai themed Mastercard.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    15:51 11/12/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    If I win the lottery, and my credit is as good as it is now, I will order a no-limits small business card and order it with a picture of tits. I will then see what happens. Probably keep it bikini'd just because I do know indecency can trigger arrest, but whatever.

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    Comment by Satonaka
    16:19 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Trails in the Sky?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:29 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wouldn't that then be a GoshujinsamaCard?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:39 11/12/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    those staff members are so stupid! there's custom credit cards of course! how would they not know that?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:39 12/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sometimes it's a privilege just to have a card, let alone be able to customize it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:35 12/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    congrats on being a gullible idiot

    Comment by Anonymous

    they did know that, everybody knows that, this story is just bullshit

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:11 11/12/2013 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    “The yanks really are about as stupid and ignorant as they come, aren’t they?”

    This, coming from a jap? WTF, boy. WTF. Being a bitch has its limits.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:24 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    There are stupid and ignorant people everywhere, but they tend to amass most in places where people believe they are the best.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:27 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    So that explains those soft rapeable kids in japan :)

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    Comment by Noodlestein
    07:33 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    While I could care less about your "jap" comment, this still applies to the quote.

    There's also a thing where different stores have different policies for handling things, maybe that store's policy is when encountering credit card fraud.
    Saying the entire country is stupid when it comes down to one employee or even one companies policy seems a bit much.

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    Comment by Lago
    07:46 11/12/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Here's my otaku credit card, from apple federal credit union!

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    Comment by Satonaka
    16:21 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    inb4 obligatory "did the bank make u sign a contract to get this card" statement XD

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    Comment by Denshousha
    00:18 11/12/2013 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I wish there was a better source for this than some guy's Twitter. It sounds like something purposely made up to scare/troll otaku. But I wouldn't be surprised if this was true. LAPD is notoriously corrupt and stupid.

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    Comment by Kamui
    01:05 11/12/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Indeed it seems like something written to scare/troll otaku, if the clerk jumped from thinking it might be a fake card to calling the police and directly to an arrest. It seems like they didn't even go thru the normal procedure of checking a photo ID and matching the name on card, sliding the card and wait for the transaction to be authorized, or as last resort call the bank or visa/MC if it's declined or suspicion that it's fake...

    And it's already been mentioned that various banks all around the world offer cards with your custom image.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:00 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The original source is here


    "china.org.cn" is the fomal news website of Chinese Communist Party. The source is Chinese Gov.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Eh, I don't think LAPD are that stupid.

    I bet you this happened in Florida. All sorts of stupid crap happen in that state, so it wouldn't be a surprise if it happened there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:19 11/12/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I have a custom debit card with Shinobu-chan (Bakemonogatari) on it. :3
    The bank I'm using offers custom debit/credit card that you can design the card anyway you want (with some restriction like can't use nude pic, words, trademark) after you finish with your photo you can just login and submit the photo on their website to issue the card and wait about 1 week for the card, cost me just $15 for the card.

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    Comment by Dia
    02:29 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I tried to get this picture on my Visa Electron but my bank declined due to copyright (Finland)


    Comment by Anonymous
    03:08 11/12/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Damn, that´s an horrible drawing, you should be thankfull it was rejected.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:04 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No offense Dia, I have to agree with Anon here too.

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    Comment by Dia
    23:42 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Megas Kanon wasn't out on BluRay when I took that. I figured the card was so small that it wouldn't matter.

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    Comment by jindo ko
    04:28 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    That was just an old (?) anime. Heck, the anime is not even 15 years old.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:57 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    that pic is stupid funny.... i would put it on my card too

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    Comment by Megas
    06:53 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hell, Dia rip the pic off the blu-ray plz. I know it's the newer style but it looks a trillion times better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:29 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You people are idiots. If it's not the newest and best art style it's bad? KEY animation style is perfectly fine for anyone who is over the age of 14 and appreciates diverse art forms.
    Here is proof that half of this site is under age and doesn't belong here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:04 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    What? and I just thought about ordering custome card (Finland, nordea. Which bank you are using)

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    Comment by Dia
    23:42 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It was POP

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:19 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would like to see how it looks like.Can you make a pic?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:13 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    My bank offered something similar but I didn't think it's worth it...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:22 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The idea is nice, I would pay 15$ to design my own credit card. Well, it's just a little misunderstanding and thing can be arranged between both parties, this's no longer my business.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:26 11/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Isn't Shinobu under copyright? Didn't you technically commit fraud by claiming otherwise?

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