CDs or no CDs? That is the question.

Aoi is mai wai—favorite idol!

We‘re reaching/reached our donation goal and I’m happy folks are donating for the upcoming event this July. Once we get the 60 bucks, we’ll start buying them books as soon as they’re available and while I’m at it, I may get this and this. Now what are these? If you haven’t played the mobile game Aikatsu! Photo on Stage!! (Photokatsu), these books, titled the Aikatsu! Photo on Stage!! Illustration Collection, contain all of the current cards featured in the game. If you don’t want to play the game, then you can just get these instead. And yeah, we’ll scan them once we have them.

With all that said though… I’m in a bind here.

As you may have already know, we’re currently the main providers of Aikatsu! music rips. We didn’t provide every CD but this is one of the things that we’re proud of. I could provide every rip of OG Aikatsu! if I’m given the chance, and that chance is coming in the form of Aikatsu! Complete CD-Box. This collection contains all of the songs, soundtrack(?) of OG Aikatsu!, and from what I’ve read, it also contains alternate versions of songs like Eien no Tomoshibi Akari version, or maybe prism spiral with more pronounced clapping sounds. A part of me wants to get this collection, rip them to FLAC and share them, but the problem is the collection costs around 300+ USD. Yeouch!

EDIT: Price went up to almost 400 USD. Amazon.co.jp link here.

Sure, apart from the alternate versions of songs, you can get the rest of the songs by downloading any of those batch torrents, but I want to go a step further by providing high resolution scans of the covers and other stuff like booklets and a lyrics book, if ever. But ultimately the reason I want to have this collection because I want to be the number 1 when it comes to Aikatsu! music sharing. It’ll be a major accomplishment for me as a provider.

If you were in my shoes, what would you do? Use the current donations to buy the art books and doujins, so you’ll see more translations? Or use the current donations to buy this massive music collection, rip them and share them to the fans?

— SHiN @ Lazy Lily Fansubs