It turns out there’s a division of labor between who comes up with the words and who writes them on the papers.

The bar for strangeness is set pretty high in the world of Japan’s capsule toys. After all, right now you can find machines selling such oddities as figures of gorillas wearing randoseru backpacks or Shiba dogs with their heads bursting out of ukiyo-e woodblock artwork.

But even by gacha toy standards, manufacturer Capsule Corporation’s Imoto Kara no Tegami line is pretty out there, since the name translates to “Letters from Little Sister,” and each capsule includes a letter filled with deep sibling devotion to and/or frightening possessiveness of Big Brother, like in the letter than says “Who was that girl I saw you with? Onii-chan KILL Onii-chan…What did the two of you do together? I won’t forgive you.”

The letters come on pieces of paper folded up and nestled inside the capsules, and while some are printed with a hand-written font, others actually are written by hand.

But who’s actually putting pen to paper? That was the question put to Capsule Corporation CEO Hideaki Eto by magazine Nikkan Spa, and at the risk of shattering the illusion, he revealed that the letters are not, in fact, written by teenage girls. “They’re generally written by women in their 20s, 30s, or 40s” Eto explained. Most of the time, it’s one or two women writing the expressive, brightly colored characters, but when things get busy, they bring in five or six part-timers to help with the extra workload.

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