This cover design is based on Shigesato Itoi's 1994 Super Nintendo game, MOTHER 2 (EarthBound in North America). It’s made from a silver faux leather that sparkles in the light, giving it a futuristic look. One of the iconic characters from the series, a Starman, is blocking your path on the front.
Floating on the back you’ll find a Li’l UFO and a Cute Li’l UFO. The ribbon on the Cute Li’l UFO provides the only color on the cover.
Open the cover and you’ll see a variety of metal characters hiding all over the place. The ticket pocket contains the MOTHER 2 logo and the tottering image of the Clumsy Robot. Below that pocket hides a Marauder Octobot.
On the left side of the interior, the Phase Distorter has been placed inside a curved “Smile pocket.” The Phase Distorter is a space- and time-traveling device created through the combined scientific genius of Dr. Andonuts, Apple Kid, and Mr. Saturn.
If you open the card pocket, you’ll find the Atomic Power Robot lurking inside. This is an especially memorable enemy who refills the HP of fellow enemies and explodes to deal massive last-minute damage after it’s defeated.
The two bookmarks attached to the cover have silver charms to complete its flashy look.
As a free bonus, this cover includes a protractor, based on the item carried around from the start by one of MOTHER 2’s protagonists, Jeff. The numbers are written in a pixelated font, and flying above Jeff in the middle of the protractor is none other than Bubble Monkey!
Keep this tucked in the pages of your Hobonichi Techo and you’ll be able to fairly easily figure out the angles of various things. And yes, it’s an item you can use multiple times.
Do you want to know more about the planner inside?
Starting from this year, you are able to choose your favorite language for the 2023 planner included in this set. It comes in Japanese (called Hobonichi Techo Original) or English (called Hobonichi Techo Planner) languages and you also find an image to see the differences.
Its daily pages offer plenty of space to fill despite the book’s compact A6 size. The graph paper offers an open layout for you to neatly lay out writings, clippings, and drawings. The daily quotes also provide users with interesting reading material.
The thin, light paper, called Tomoe River paper, is strong, resistant to bleeding, and allows ink to dispense smoothly across the paper, an ideal choice for a planner. A special stitch-binding allows the planner to lay completely flat without having to hold it down.
The daily planner starts from January 2023 and ends in December 2023.