Magical Maidens: Anime Fantasy Jigsaw Puzzles

Magical Maidens: Anime Fantasy Jigsaw Puzzles

Immerse yourself in the wonderfully whimsical worlds of renowned Japanese illustrator, Fuzichoco. Get swept away by a bounty of enchanting beauties as they come alive before your eyes. Three exotic, fantasy environments to choose from.
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This is our first Backerkit Crowdfunding Campaign. We've run several successful Kickstarter campaigns for our jigsaw puzzles, and we wanted to give this exciting new platform a go so we can work towards raising funds for future puzzle art projects. Scroll down to the "We Need a Miracle" section for a teaser.

If you're new to Playing Grounded, we're glad you're here! For several years now we've been producing some of the highest quality puzzles available. Our goal is to create puzzles that are fun and engaging, somewhat challenging and guaranteed to leave you with memorable moments.

In this campaign we are offering three of our newest releases, plus a few of our older, more popular selections which you will find in the 'Add-ons' section once you make your pledge. At this time, we are only able to ship to the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. Shipping will be calculated and charged after the campaign through the Pledge Manager. Please be sure to check the shipping chart in the "What Every Backer Needs to Know About Shipping" section below.

We expect to send surveys by mid-April and start fulfillment in the beginning of May, so you'll have your puzzles just in time for summer.  If you like what you see, please be sure to share!

Starting off the line-up of this year's offerings, we have Garden of Color. This provocative piece gets one thinking about spring with its gorgeous floral array of colorful blooms. Here we see a fair maiden meticulously tending to her garden in all its splendor.

Garden of Color is full of majestic wonder. When seeing it up close, you can truly appreciate the depth of the different amount of layering used to produce a three dimensional viewing experience. This exquisite work of art is a royal feast for the eyes.


Back by popular demand, the jewel in the crown and most sought after puzzle in our collection, Altar in the Forest, Second Edition. This puzzle set off a flurry of requests asking for a reprint. For those of you who have the First Edition you'll know why. At first, we shied away from the idea of a second printing of our puzzles.

Due to our limited budget and the high cost to produce puzzles of the quality that we're known for, we could only afford small batch runs of each title. But Altar in the Forest is one of those pieces that deserves a second look and a chance to be discovered by a whole new audience to piece together and enjoy. We hope that you will agree.


To cap off this trio of the bevy of beauties that we have in this campaign, we present Higan Bride, which could also be referred to as "Ghost Bride." Like many ancient traditions, the rich history of Japanese Shinto/Buddhist culture celebrates the changing of the seasons with festivals. Many of these festivals are held to honor the deceased and to recognize the place of departed souls. It is a central pillar in their belief and hopes of being joined together with their loved ones in the afterlife.

Higan is celebrated in Japan at both the spring and autumnal equinoxes, when the days and nights are of equal length. This time of seasonal transition is when the distance between the world of the living and the world of the dead is thought to be the shortest.

Here Fuzichoco has unleashed a true treasure of her talent as an artist with this surreal interpretation of a spirit wedding ceremony. We can only assume that this young bride-to-be has been reunited with her true love. Together they will begin their journey and eternal bond as they pursue their dreams in this captivating but mysterious afterworld.


  • 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles; exact dimensions: 27.52" x 19.57" (69.90 cm x 49.70 cm).
  • Puzzles are printed on authentic 2 mil blue Eska® board.
  • Sturdy puzzle boxes feature the entire image to use as a reference when building your puzzle; box dimensions: 14.63" x 10.63" x 2.13" (37.16 cm x 27 cm x 6.68 cm).
  • Each puzzle and box has a textured linen finish, featuring pristine imagery with bright, bold, and beautiful colors.
  • Manufactured with the highest quality materials.
  • Certificate of authenticity and 4"x 6" (10.16 cm x 15.24 cm) full-color postcard included with each puzzle (excludes add-on puzzles).

Postcards + Certificates of Authenticity

Each puzzle will come with a matching full-color 4"x6" postcard and certificate of authenticity*. Both will be printed on premium cardstock with UV coating. *Excludes Add-on puzzles.

Add one or more of these puzzles to your pledge with any of our featured selections (Garden of Color, Altar in Forest and Higan Bride).

A graduate of the Nippon Manga Academy of Fine Arts, Fuzichoco was born in Chiba Prefecture Japan and now resides in Tokyo. An inspiration to young artists and the thousands of fans of her work, she has possessed a lifelong passion for art and drawing. With her own unique style, Fuzichoco's art captivates the imagination by opening doors to vast, beautiful worlds full of life, color, and amazing architecture.


  • Shipping will be calculated and collected after the campaign through the Pledge Manager
  • We are only able to ship to locations in the US, Puerto Rico and Canada. Shipping charges will be added at the end of the campaign. For shipments to Canada, you are responsible for any duties and taxes due at the time of delivery. Please be well informed before confirming your pledge. All orders will be shipped out directly from our facility, where we will personally pack and ship each item. 

  • If you live outside the US and CA, we suggest you hire a package/parcel forwarding service. 

  • We are not responsible for lost or stolen packages. We will provide you with a tracking number at the time of shipping. If you would like to insure your package for a nominal fee, please contact us before making your pledge for more information. 


Yes, we do have a missing piece policy.
Rather than tell us in the comments, please send email us at [email protected] specifying the title of the puzzle and number of missing pieces. Please be sure to include the following information:
  • Attached photo or photos of the entire puzzle clearly showing where the piece(s) is missing;
  • Your mailing address
  • Did you purchase the puzzle for yourself or did you receive it as gift?

What do we look for when choosing art for our puzzles?

  • Art that is colorful, energetic, and alluring without being overly provocative or offensive in any way.
  • Family-friendly, so it can be enjoyed by practically anyone.
  • The ease and ability to transport you into the world of the artist’s imagination.
  • A well balanced image that provides a worthwhile challenge, but not to be exceedingly difficult. If it’s not an enjoyable experience, you’re probably not going to finish it.
  • From the high quality of our boxes, to the perfect fit of our pieces, we want your investment in our puzzles to leave you with an overall uplifting experience!

The high hurdles of financing

As we mentioned at the opening of this project, we are looking to achieve enough funding to acquire new art for our puzzles. The greatest challenge we face is not in getting the art, but financing the production of the puzzles themselves. There has been a significant increase in the cost of producing puzzles since our last run in 2020. 

This campaign is the first step to achieving this goal, and hopefully we’ll raise enough to see it through.

As a teaser, we’re thrilled to, once again, have the opportunity to work with Jun Okabe (artist behind World Tree, which is available in the add-on section) and his latest work in progress Moonlight [image below]. Okabe is also excited about having another of his works of art featured on one of our puzzles. With that said, we too hope that you will be looking forward this feature work coming to a Playing Grounded Puzzle near you!


We are Eric and Lara Andersen, owners of Playing Grounded, a somewhat trendy but thoroughly unique jigsaw puzzle company that offers a small but wonderful collection of artworks by tremendously talented artists geared toward teens, young adults, and the youthful minded. 

Thank you for your support!
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