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Good Smile Company’s 10th Anniversary

May 1st was Good Smile’s Birthday!

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The company has passed its 10th year!

This is all thanks to everyone who has supported us through the years! Thank you so much to everyone!

Today I’ll take a look at how the event looked yesterday – I know a lot of you might have already seen a lot of it from the live NicoNico showings, but there should be some extra ‘behind the scenes’ bits for you as well!  (`・ω・´)ゞ

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30th April – Preparation Day!

We were using the 2nd floor of the Akihabara Bellesalle building! The Good Smile Mark shining on the wall was so cute!!

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Let’s head inside the exhibition area!

Ooh, looks like everyone is hard at work setting things up! I’ll try not to get in the way with my pictures…

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This is how the stage looked!

It was on the right from the entrance. The rehearsal was due to start at any minute.

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This is the figure display area!

This was on the left from the entrance, and featured all the Good Smile Company figures released in the past 10 years! As most of you know we were missing some of the figures, but luckily we managed to get hold of all of them after I asked on my blog – thanks to everyone who was willing to lend a figure to help out!

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The staff gets together to unbox figures!

This was all done the day before the event of course, but it was still quite a mission to get all the figures displayed! 10 years of figures is a lot! :P

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So many figures that bring back memories!!

Each of the girls has a little memory behind them, and as soon as I see the figure I think of that time…

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Backstage!

TWO TOP and Miura New Room – the two companies we normally get help for WonFes and other events were here to help us out with stage preperations. A big thanks for them for smiling and keeping everyone going through the day – it’s great to work with such a wonderful team!

Thank you for a perfect day!

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Then… May 1st! The day has come!

Everyone came in cosplay… I mean… formal attire for the event!

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Reception was handled by these wonderful ladies!

The reception and dressing was all handled by Good Smile and dicokick – not the event staff!

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We relieved 76 bunches of lovely flowers!

Thank you to all who sent us these wonderful flowers! They really brightened up the corridor down to the entrance, plus they smelt magnificent!

If you look to the ceiling you’ll also see a balloon with the Good Smile logo!

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The figures of the past!

When you see them all lined up like this it really is incredible…
From a few days before the event I was asking staff members which figures were most memorable to them… a lot answered the ‘Shuraki’ series!

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Boards telling Good Smile’s history!

Aki-san was skilled at measuring out fishing bait! ^^;

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Good Smile Macarons!

We also provided some as a gift to everyone who joined us at the event!

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Macaron Tower

It’s so tall! So very tall!! There were also GSC Mascots all over the place, it was so cute!

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There were also some new products on display!
First up… Nendoroid Ikaros!

She’s so sexy for a Nendoroid! Wonderful!
She also comes with three expressions – the one you see here and two others… I can’t wait to play with her!!

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Plus… Nendoroid Gumako!!

This will be the first in a series of charity products under the name ‘Cheerful Japan’!
The Good Smile Mascot in the front is also included! More details will be available later this month!

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It’s almost time to start!

Everything is ready for the guests!

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A giant GSC Mascot to greet everyone!

The ‘GOODSMILE COMPANY’ written here is made from cake! Adorable!

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Gifts!

Everyone who came along to the event got a bag of goodies – which included the macarons I showed earlier, as well as a set of Good Smile branded goodies including a towel, headphones and a penlight!

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Good Smile’s Representative – Takanori Aki!

The staff were shouting ‘Mafia! Mafia!” here. ^^;

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All finished!

One last photo of all the staff! (・∀・)ノ

Everyone who came along, and everyone who watched the live broadcast on NicoNico – thank you for joining us for Good Smile’s 10th Birthday! I hope you all enjoyed yourselves!

GSC has reached the 10 year mark, but it’s far from over. We’ve got this far thanks to all of you, and I’m certain that we’re going to go much further with all of you by our side! I hope you’ll stay with us for many more years to come!1

I also got the chance to meet the English translator for the Good Smile Site and the blog at the event!

The Good Smile Web team all love having him work with us, and although we didn’t get to chat for long, I’m glad I saw you!
Here are a few words from the translator himself regarding the event…

First and foremost – congratulations Good Smile Company on 10 years!

I’ve been a figure fan for many years, and looking at all the Good Smile figures lined up just shows that you guys really are the very best – they really are the cutest, most detailed and enjoyable figures out there – and I can’t wait to see what is coming up for us fans next.

The event itself was also a load of fun – I finally got to meet some of the Good Smile staff, the food was absolutely delicious and the stage events were great! (Although I felt quite bad that I was almost the only one there not wearing a suit…)

Thank you for inviting me, and I hope to be able to work alongside Good Smile Company for many more years to come!
これからもどうぞよろしくお願いいたします!

Thank you very much! I hope you’ll come and visit the Good Smile offices before you go home!

Anyway, that’s all for today!
The blog will be going on a little Golden Week break until Friday – so I’ll see you again then!

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