Act, Addict, Actors: Into The Amazing World of A3!



Mobile games featuring a cast full of pretty boys is nothing new nowadays, with idol games and unit rhythm games being abound for the past few years. This year, there’s a new game that features such a cast–but this time, it will be about actors as Act! Addict! Actors!, usually shortened as A3!, was released on January 27.

A3! is a Japanese card-collecting mobile game by Liber for iOS and Android devices. It is a teen actor training game where you play the role of a newbie director, and it is your goal to help the Mankai Company bring their theater back into full bloom. Featuring full voice acting and definitely full of pretty boys, watch as the Spring, Summer, Winter and Autumn groups bloom to their fullest potential!

Having exceeded 500,000 pre-registrants since October 2016, a pre-registration gift of 250 dias and 5 premium medals will be given at the start of the game. You’ll also get another 150 dias upon rolling your first gacha during the tutorial. Increasing your affection and bond with the cards also allows you to unlock additional stories.

As of January 30, three days after its first release, A3! has already exceeded 800,000 downloads, with 300,000 downloads alone on the day of its release. Moreover, the number of users is steadily increasing and it is a lot larger compared to the number of pre-registrants.

The pre-registration gift will only be given until the end of February, so you better start downloading the game now!

Story

 “Director, please help us bloom!”

Those were the words that a group of aspiring young actors have said to you on your new job, which was made known to you through a letter.

There were no customers, there was only one person left in the troupe and the business was buried in debts–such were the things that have greeted you upon arriving at Mankai Company as its new director.  And as the director, you are tasked with the job of rebuilding the troupe back into its former glory.

Can you manage to meet their expectations? Learn more as you collect more cards!


Points of the Game

There are three main points on why you should download A3!:

Point 1: Be fascinated as you watch the boys bloom to their fullest potential! Fully-voiced main story!

By participating in various games and earning cards, you can help the troupe improve their skill level. Featuring the voices of popular voice actors such as Kakihara Tetsuya, Eguchi Takuya and Okiayu Ryoutarou, you can be assured that each character will have the perfect voice.


Point 2: Build your group and level up!

Choose a theater company of your liking and earn points! Since this is also an actor-raising game, you need to level up in order to unlock several stories.

Point 3: Play mini games and win prizes!

There are several mini games that will be unlocked upon levelling up. Pay attention to the mini conversation as well since it changes depending on the combination of selected theater members in the game.

Characters

There are 20 main characters in the game, split into five troupes: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Each troupe has five boys in it.

The following are the boys in their respective groups:

Spring

  • Sakuyu Sakuma (CV: Sakai Koudai)
  • Masumi Usui (CV: Shirai Yuusuke)
  • Citron (CV: Igarashi Masashi)
  • Itaru Chigasaki (CV: Asanuma Shintarou)
  • Tsuzuru Minagi (CV: Nishiyama Koutarou)

Summer

  • Tenma Sumeragi  (CV: Eguchi Takuya)
  • Yuki Rurikawa (CV: Toki Shunichi) 
  • Kazunari Miyoshi (CV: Ozawa Ren)   
  • Muku Sakisaka (CV: Yamaya Yoshitaka)     
  • Misumi Ikaruga (CV: Hirose Daisuke)


Autumn

  • Banri Settsu (CV: Sawashiro Chiharu)      
  • Taichi Nanao (CV: Hama Kento)
  • Omi Fushimi (CV: Kumagai Kentarou)       
  • Juza Hyodo (CV: Takeuchi Shunsuke)     
  • Sakyo Furuichi (CV: Hose Yuuichi)

Winter

  • Tsumugi Tsukioba (CV: Tamaru Atsushi)  
  • Homare Arisugawa (CV: Toyonaga Toshiyuki)   
  • Tasuku Takato (CV: Satou Takuya)
  • Azuma Yukishiro (CV: Kakihara Tetsuya) 
  • Hisoka Mikage (CV: Terashima Junta)


Popularity Within The English-speaking Fandom

Just like most Japanese mobile games of the same genre, A3! is a niche hit outside Japan. In fact, fansites such as the A-Three Tumblr Blog have opened on the day of the game’s release, offering various guides and translations which can surely help players who cannot read Japanese.

Moreover, thanks to the sub-Reddit that was created a few days after its launch, several fans have created a step-by-step rough game guide for the entirety of the game–so if you’re planning to play it despite having zero knowledge of Japanese, then you’ll have something to use as a reference.


Sources:
Animate Times
4gamer.net
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