I have recently moved to Japan and currently live in the middle of nowhere, but I am considering driving to Kanazawa for the pre-release. So I wanted to know if anyone has any experiance at Japanese pre-releases and had some questions.
-Are the cards all in Japanese? (This is a duh question, but Im asking anyway)
-What time do they normally start?
Also if anyone on this forum happens to be going to Kanazawa for alara send me a PM or post here. Maybe we can meet up for it. Or you can just post experiences at Japanese pre-releases if you have any. Hopefully there are some english speaking magic players in Japan!
Thanks for the fast answer and info. I actually live in Toyama pref, so the 3 and a half hour trek to Tokyo is sadly out of my league. But the info you gave will help. I will prolly end up leaving early on Sunday to see what I can find.
Edit- Had to change my location, forgot to do that since I left.
If you can't find schedules on the Wizards site, check here: http://mtg.takaratomy.co.jp/
They should list times and exact locations, if you can read even a little Japanese. Nothing except the release date up as of this posting, though.
Things have generally started at around 10, and English cards are available, but the better strategy is to learn to speak Japanese It costs the same to enter a prerelease even though English cards are cheaper usually, and Japanese cards are more valuable.
Almost as important is the fact that people can generally speak enough Magic English to get by, attack, end, draw, so on, but you may need help recognizing new cards and so on. I would recommend going over the spoiler several times, especially peeping the art when that is available, maybe even print it out and take it if you can, usually you can recognize by mana cost and rarity what card it is.
From Guildpact through Eventide there have only been English promos here for everyone, but mtg.com claimed that Ajani was going to be available in Japanese.
Thanks the info. Between memorization and what I know in Japanese I could prolly get by ok with Japanese cards. Thats good to know that alot of magic lingo is in english, thought I would have to learn it all over again. I actually hope the cards will be in Japanese for fun factor and learning to an extent. My group of friends back in the states loved Japanese cards but only one other then myself could actually read the cards. This lead to some annoying games where people were playing cards they didnt remember correct and couldnt read the Japanese. Im mostly worried about missing some stuff on the card, cause I tend to do that in english too if I dont read carefully.
I did finally get an email back from a store whom I sent some questions. So it looks like next Saturday sometime before 11 I will be near Kanazawa enjoying my first foreign Pre-Release. Itll be a fun hour drive for me too, so knowing me Ill get lost along the way.