Archive for February, 2011

I’ll be doing a live broadcast from tonight at 19:00
(This is Japanese time… but it’ll be about 2 hours after this blog is upped.)

Infiltrate Max Factory: An Ad-lib Live Broadcast!

Tune in from 19:00 ~ 20:30 (JST) :

You can add comments to the video from twitter – just add “
#gsc_nico” to the end of your tweet!

Today’s broadcast will be from Max Factory!


Here’s a little line-up of the show:
– Workshop Tour by Ozawa Aesop!
            → You can see exactly what goes on during the sculpting process!

– Products from ‘The Big O’ by Ozawa Aesop!
            → A quick look and explanation of products from “The Big O” for people like me who know nothing about them!
– Other Upcoming Products?
           →  Who knows what or who else might turn up? (Wishful thinking :P)


There is absolutely no script!

The theme is nothing but whatever comes to mind during the broadcast! ^^;
If you’ve got nothing planned feel free to join us for some fun!
That ends today’s mini-blog – I hope you’ll tune in later on!
(If you’re not sure how to sign up on the Japanese NicoNico Douga site, just ask Google-sensei for some help!)

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Nendoroid Kirino Kousaka

It’s been awhile since a figure review!


I spy with my little eye… a figure sample on Koyamada-chan’s desk!

      /  \    /\  
    /  し (●)   (●) \    “I’m just borrowing it!
    | ∪  (__人__)  J |    I’ll give it back in a sec!”
     \  u   `⌒´   / 
    ノ           \

I always have to tell myself that otherwise I feel bad…

But anyway, today we’ll be taking a look at:


Nendoroid Kirino Kousaka!

She’s shipping out from GSC on the 25th February!

Kirino is the cute little sister from the popular novel that was adapted into an anime series “Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai” or “There’s no way My Little Sister can be This Cute!”.


This is how the packaging looks!

It looks a lot like the Touhou Nendoroid packs – there are a ton of extra arm parts for a variety of poses… along with a couple of extra expressions as well!


This is how she looks from the back!

Her little tufts of hair sticking out my her ears are adorable! It makes her look so cute! The stand is the typical ‘sitting on’ type of stand, which lets her stand up nice and securely.


The famous pose from the novel cover!

This is definitely the most notable pose for Kiririn!

She even has the angry expression from the cover!

If you combine this expression with the crossed arms and then angle the legs slightly you can recreate the pose from the cover almost perfectly!


You won’t find Kirino without her cellphone!

Here she is using her smiling face and a bent right arm!

The phone looks exactly like the one from the anime! You simply insert it between her fingers to let her hold it!


She can even go into moe mode!

A moe expression as well as hands to touch her cheeks!

This expression has definitely been the most popular from everyone ever since she was announced! When I see her like this I can’t help but picture a huge pink heart behind her …^^;


Kiririn’s favorite otaku goods!

She comes with both a DVD case from “Hoshikuzu Witch Meruru” as well as paper-bag from a doujinshi event!

    /:::::::: ( ○)三(○)\    “Eh?
    |:::::::::::(__人__):::|    But what’s that in the middle?”
     \:::::::::  |r┬-|   /
    ノ:::::::::::: `ー’´ \  

She even comes with a Black Rock Shooter Blu-ray case! ^^;

These parts come as stickers at first – you need to stick them on yourself!


She can even hold them!  ヾ(゚д゚)ノ゛

She comes with hands to hold both the DVD case and the bag! Coupled with that expression it’s almost like she’s saying “You can’t have them! They’re mine!” 😛

At some point I told the rest of the GSC staff that I thought Kiririn is probably one of the most realistic little sister characters ever… but…

     / ̄ ̄\
   / \   ,_\   ← Staff with a real little sister
   | <○>  <○> |  
   |  (__人__)|     ”Wha? A real little sister would never be this nice!
   |   `i  i´  |      … she wouldn’t listen to a word I said!
   |   . `⌒   }      
   ヽ       } 
    ヽ     ノ 
   /      ヽ 

Is what I was told… I guess a real Kiririn sister is impossible…? 😦


Moe face on Snow Miku!

Snow Miku 2011 isn’t compatible with that many other Nendo expressions, but this one managed to fit! I’m fairly certain that this is one face that will suit a ton of Nendoroids, so be sure to try it out on your favorites!


Kirino tries on HMO Miku’s sunglasses!

This version of Kiririn is Station Yamada’s #1 recommendation. That cheeky look is only multiplied by those glasses… it’s strangely suiting!


Nendoroid #142:
Nendoroid Kousaka Kirino

   / ̄ ̄\
 /   ⌒ ⌒\ 
 |    ( ●)(●)                ___
. |   ⌒(_人_)            /      \    ”Kiririn please!”
  |     |r┬-|           /─    ─    \ 
. |     `ー’} \       / (●) (●)      \
.  ヽ        }    \    |   (__人__)      | 
   ヽ     ノ       \   \   ` ⌒´     _/
   /    く. \      \  ノ           \
  |     \  \    (⌒二               |
    |    |ヽ、二⌒)、      \         |  |

She should be in stores from the 26th!

For ordering details or questions please check our partner shops.
That’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!  (・∀・)ノ゛

* Please note that this blog’s contents is originally written for a Japanese audience and is then translated for our foreign customers. All pre-order and release dates are the Japanese dates. Also note that not all products can be sold in certain areas

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The New Blog Title!

The 11th of January marked this blogs three and a half year anniversary!

       /      \
      /  ─    ─ \ 
    /    (●)  (●)  \
    |     (__人__)   | ________
     \      |r┬-|   ,/ | |           |
    ノ      `ー’´  \  | |           |
  /´                 | |           |
 |    l                | |           |
 ヽ    -一ー_~、⌒)^),-、 | |_________|
  ヽ ____,ノγ⌒ヽ)ニニ- ̄   | |  |

I know I say this all the time… but I can’t believe it’s been going for so long… thank you to everyone involved with the blog as well as to everyone who reads it!

Really! Thank you so much!!

I hope you’ll continue to read and enjoy the blog, and I’ll do my best to keep a flow of interesting topics up!


I’ve finally come to a decision for the 4th winner of the blog title competition! Thanks to everyone who sent in an entry!

There were 752 entries this time!

Thank you for every single entry! It was great fun reading through them all!

The title for the next half year will be…

Move Forward 10 Blocks from Matsudo Station
Submitted by: Anonymous

It has been decided!! ━━(゚∀゚)━━!!!!

The decision was due to the fact that it reminded me of the game Sugoroku! But the author of this title didn’t give me a nickname!! Please mail it through to me to have your name placed on the top of the blog!

It was really hard to decide between them all though… I also had to consider how well it would fit into the top logo. ^^;


My top 15 entries will each receive a present!

Kana | Stretococcus mutans| Botamochi | Anonymous #1 | Anonymous #2 | Rin | Reiki | Mike | Yuukari| Neko no Keboko | suginamin | Momonokehime | Otomu | Pekkamaki | Fuufun no Doradora

Please reply to the mail I send you with your details so I can send your presents through to you!

And once again…
Thank you to everyone who entered!


            / ⌒`”⌒`ヽ、   
           /,, / ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄\ 
          /,//::         \  
         ;/⌒'”:::..            |⌒ヽ   
       /  /、:::::…           /ヽ_ \ 
     __( ⌒ー-ィ⌒ヽ、   /⌒`ー’⌒  )  

I hope I’ll be running this competition again in half a year’s time!


The winner of the Judge’s special prize of the 5th WonFes Photo Contest!

The winner of the ‘Aki Prize’ which was put on hold during the Live Broadcast was announced on the WonHobby site yesterday!

Title:  Zenkyuufu
Name: Nyonta

Apologies that it took so long to announce! The other prizes can be seen at the following link:

Thanks to everyone who entered this competition as well!

That’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow! (・∀・)ノ゛

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    /:::::::: ( ○)三(○)\    “Eh?! It’s already dark!”
     \:::::::::   |r┬-|   ,/
    ノ::::::::::::  `ー’´  \ 

11th February, 19:00: Sapporo.

The GSC Staff decided to head to the Snow Festival on the long weekend!

Some of the staff arrived the day before, but the group I was with didn’t have much time to look around… so it was a bit of a rushed trip. ^^;

But still, we quickly dropped our luggage off at the hotel and rushed off to the festival.

This was found along a main street!

Giant dinosaur ice sculptures!!!

The lighting beneath the ice created a really stunning effect! It was beautiful!


Cute bears!

This sculpture was made the the folks at Nivea!

     / ̄ ̄\
   / .ー  ー \   ← Otakana
   |  (●) (●) |
   |  (__人__)|     ”I made s reservation at a restuarant…
   |   `i  i´  |       we should head there soon.”
   |   . `⌒   }
   ヽ       }
    ヽ     ノ
   /      ヽ 

Whaaat?! We haven’t looked around at all yet!


So we ended off the first day with a nice meal!

A little later we also had some drinks with some people from other companies… but it was only after on the way home that I noticed they were quite important people… ^^;

February 12th, 10:00: Sapporo.


Here is this year’s Miku snow sculpture!

Rin and Len are with her too!

The poses were actually taken from the Nendo Petite Vocaloid series!

We also had a live broadcast from the event!

Most of the staff were busy elsewhere so it ended up as me doing the broadcast all alone… but thanks to everyone who watched and commented on the live!

You can see her scarf, earmuffs and gloves!  Σ(゚∀゚ )

The same clothes that the new Nendoroid Snow Miku got this time around! It’s perfect! If you look inside the sleeves you can even see where the gloves end… it’s truly a work of art!


A leek…!

       / ̄ ̄ ̄\
     / ─    ─  \
    /  <○>  <○>  \.
    |   (__人__) し |
    \    `Y⌒y’  /
    /  し   ゙ー ′    \


Let’s take a look at the other sculptures!

There were no set out areas for specific sculptures or anything so you just got to wander around and enjoy the nice variety of different sculptures.


There were huge snow sculptures too!

I don’t think the photo does it justice… this sculpture really was big!


Another big snow sculpture!

This one I got a nice close-up shot!

The details on the wings are incredible when you look up close…


Can you believe this is made from snow!?

I was just thinking that the GSC sculptors should try making some snow sculptures! But I suppose figures are a completely different story when compared with snow?


Nendoroid Snow Miku enjoying herself!

She wanted to stay and play more but unfortunately we just didn’t have the time. 😛


‘Susuki Ice Festival’!

About 10 minutes walk from the Snow Festival grounds is a the ice festival where there are a load of ice sculptures to enjoy! I heard there was an Ice Miku on this side so I had to come look for myself!


The snow sculptures were incredible, but the details on the ice sculptures were even more unbelievable!

The sun was glinting off them giving them a nice sparkly appearance!


Snow Miku…. ice version!

On the right you can see a bunch of the 2010 Nendoroid Snow Mikus… frozen in an ice wall!! How did they get inside there!?


Then we rushed off to Norbesa!

This is where Crypton was hosting a variety of Miku-based events! GSC was helping out as well!


Good Smile Cafe Portable Edition!

The cafe was selling nice warm drinks like coffee, tea and herbal tea to warm everyone up! A quick thanks to all the people I met while at the cafe – I’m sorry that I couldn’t stay and chat longer!


“Snow Miku Cream Daifuku!”

Everyone who ordered a drink got a free Snow Miku Cream Daifuku!

I also grabbed one… it was so soft and delicious!


A nice place for a rest!

Of course there were some figures on display as well!


Miku Hatsune: Lat-type ver.!

She traveled a long way very quickly to make it here from Sapporo!

She’ll be up on the GSC website soon!!


A Snow Miku Paper Toy!

     / ⌒  ⌒\
    /  (○)  (○) \     “Oooh! She’s cute!!”
  /  ///(__人__)// \
  |       `Y⌒y’´     |
   \      ゛ー ′    ,/
    /      ー‐    ィ


You could also make the original Miku!

In fact, you could make any Miku you wanted using the pens and crayons provided! There were a load of original Mikus displayed as well!


SEGA’s Snow Miku!

Snow Miku would dance along to the songs that were playing! (I saw her dancing to ‘Stargazer’!) This is the Arcade version of Snow Miku – as you can she she also has all the warm clothes that the Snow Miku Nendoroid is wearing!


Finishing up!

I really didn’t have a lot of time… but I did get to meet some people I wouldn’t normally get the chance to! I was really glad to get the chance to speak to Ryuusei-san responsible for ‘Shiteyanyo’.

February 13th, 08:00: Sapporo Station.


Time to go home!

We only really had one full day to look around! 😦
But on that one day I manged to have a live broadcast, take photos, speak with loads of customers and help out at the GSC cafe… it was a great visit! Lots of people were hoping for a longer live broadcast… I’ll try to make sure it works out better next time!

On a side note… Aki only got back to the hotel at 5am… so we ended up leaving a bit late… ^^;
We still made it in time for the plane though!
But anyway… that’s all for today.
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!  (・∀・)ノ゛

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WonFes Products are now available online!


       / ̄ ̄\
     /ノ( _ノ  \
       | ⌒(( ●)(●)         “I didn’t go to WonFes!”
    .|   (__人__) /⌒l
     |     ` ⌒´ノ |`”’|
    / ⌒ヽ     }  |  |         __________て
   /  へ  \   }__/ /           | | ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄| | |(
 / / |      ノ   ノ          | | \      / | | |’, ・
( _ ノ    |      \´       _   | |   \ ノ(  /   | | | ,  ’
       |       \_,, -‐ ””   ̄ ゙̄”―—└’´ ̄`ヽ   | | | て
       .|                        __ ノ _| | | (
       ヽ           _,, -‐ ”” ̄|_ ̄_o o o___|_|r'”

Then this is for you! You can still grab the limited edition WonFes figures!
(Please note shipping is only within Japan)

Let’s take a quick look at what’s available:

■ figma Mato Kuroi: School Uniform ver.


A figma of the main character from the Black Rock Shooter anime – Kuroi Mato.

I love the little peek you get of her stomach!

She comes with a normal face, smiling face and a planning face. She also comes with a couple of extra parts including her school bag, a basket ball and her cellphone.

She will be delivered to you in late June!

■ Nendoroid Kurisu Makise:
White Coat Ver.


A Nendoroid of the adorable Kurisu from the sci-fi adventure game ‘Steins;Gate”!

She comes with the ‘ヽ(*゚д゚)ノ’ Face!!

That face… it’s just too cute… I can’t get enough of it…

She also comes with an embarrassed smile as well as a winking face! You can find my full review over here: Nendoroid Kurisu Makise: White Coat Ver.

She will also be delivered in late June!

■ Nendoroid Petite: Mato & Yomi Set


Nendoroid Petites of both Mato Kuroi and Tomi Takanashi from the Black Rock Shooter anime!

The set also comes with a diorama stand!

They might be Nendo Petites but the quality on these two is still stunning! You can also exchange the expressions between them~

You can find my full review over here: Nendoroid Petite: Mato & Yomi Set

They’ll also be delivered in late June!

■ Nendoroid Snow Miku:

Snow Playtime Edition

Snow Miku is back more posable than ever before, to commemorate the snow sculpture of Miku at the 62nd Sapporo Winter Festival!

You can make your own Ice Miku with the included ice-tray!

She also comes with earmuffs, a scarf and gloves to keep her warm, and even a little Hachune snowman!

My reviews:

Nendoroid Snow Miku: Snow Playtime Edition
Experimenting with Nendoroid Snow Miku’s Ice-tray!

Delivery will be in late June!

        /     \
     /   ⌒  ⌒ \     “I want one… how can I get it?”
   /     (●)  (●) \
    |   、” ゙)(__人__)” .)|  ___________
   \      。` ⌒゚:j´ ,/j゙~~| | |             |
__/          \  |__| | |             |
| | /   ,              \n||  | |             |
| | /   /         r.  ( こ) | |             |
| | | ⌒ ーnnn        |\ (⊆ソ .|_|__________|
 ̄ \__、(“二) ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄l二二l二二  _|_|__|_

Head over to the web sales page to find out more… but make sure you get your order in before it’s too late!

[ WEB Sales Page ]

If you see one you want now is your time to grab it…



They will be available until the end of the 13th February!

Don’t miss out!
Remember that we don’t ship out of Japan yet! Sorry!

That’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow! (・∀・)ノ゛
(C)huke/B★RS Project
(C)2009-2010 5pb. Inc./Nitroplus
(C)Crypton Future Media, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Now that WonFes has finished, it’s time to search the GSC offices…


There are bound to to treasures abound!

       /     \
      /   \ ,, /\      “I choose you!!”
    /    (●)  (●)  \
   |      (__人__) |
      \      ` ⌒ ´  ,/  
.      /⌒~” ̄, ̄ ̄〆⌒,ニつ  
      |  ,___゙___、rヾイソ⊃

There are boxes and goods from WonFes all over the offices at the moment… it’s an incredible mess… I get the feeling we’re going to get into trouble if it’s not cleaned up soon. 😛


But anyway, today we’ll be playing with this cutie:

Nendoroid Erika Sendou!

Erika is from the popular romance adventure game that was recently adapted into an anime, ‘Fortune Arterial’, she is the vice-president of the student council at the school the story is set in.

This product is only going to be sold at Sofmap!

The only other product that has ever been limited to Sofmap was Nendoroid Feena… who was also a character from a game made by AUGUST!!


This is how she looks from the back!

She even looks elegant from the back! Her long golden locks look as beautiful as ever even in Nendoroid form!


Let’s take a look at what expressions she comes with…

First is a winking face!

This gives Eririn a very bouncy, happy look!

This pose also uses the bent right and left arm parts!

This let’s you create poses with her hands on her hips (left hand) or up toward her mouth (right hand). This particular pose makes her look like she is trying to hide something…


Next up is her vampire face!

It’s not much of a secret… Erika is in fact a vampire and this face proves it!

She is also using a bent left arm and an upward facing hand!

This creates quite a different feeling to the previous use of the bent arm…

By the way, you can also use this hand to recreate the famous scene where Erika has her hand outstretched in front of her!


The all important final pose!

A chair, sitting parts, a cup & saucer with hands to hold them!

   /      \
  /   ─    ─\     “Ooh! That’s a lot of stuff!”
/     (●)  (●) \ 
|       (__人__) |  
/     ∩ノ ⊃  /  ∩ノ ⊃
(  \ / _ノ    \/ _ノ 
.\ “  /  . \ “  /

Eririn just had to have a pose where she is drinking tea, so we made sure even the Nendoroid had the parts to do so!

As was mentioned on the live broadcast the other night… it was quite a lot of work to get the legs crossed like that. ^^;

But now we have delicious thighs to enjoy! Good job!


Nendoroid Erika Sendou!

       /      \
      /  ─    ─ \ 
    /    (●)  (●)  \
    |     (__人__)  |  ________
     \      |r┬-|   ,/ | |           |
    ノ      `ー’´  \  | |           |
  /´                 | |           |
 |    l                | |           |
 ヽ    -一ー_~、⌒)^),-、  | |________|
  ヽ ____,ノγ⌒ヽ)ニニ- ̄   | |  |

She is on the GSC site as of today!

For ordering information head over to the Sofmap website below, or any Sofmap store throughout Japan.


Let’s take a look at one more bonus product today!

Anime Style was a popular magazine featuring articles that delved deep into the work of anime studios and anime creators.

It’s coming back as a new monthly publication!!

The images above are pictures of issue 1 and 2 of the old Anime Style magazine, which came to an end in 2000! That’s more than 10 years ago!

        /     \      ”Um… is GSC related to this at all?”
     /   ⌒  ⌒ \  
   /     (●)  (●) \
    |   、” ゙)(__人__)”)|    ___________
   \      。` ⌒゚:j´ ,/j゙~~| | |             |
__/          \  |__| | |             |
| | /   ,              \n||  | |             |
| | /   /         r.  ( こ) | |             |
| | | ⌒ ーnnn        |\ (⊆ソ .|_|__________|
 ̄ \__、(“二) ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄l二二l二二  _|_|__|_

It is indeed!


Each issue will come with a Nendo Petite relating to the main feature!

The first issue will be a feature on “Toradora”, including never revealed secrets about the show and never before seen discussions with the main staff, as well as a number of original images!

Plus you’ll get this adorable Nendo Petite of Taiga Aisaka wearing the uniform that she wore in the last episode!

And the magazine will cost just 1500JPY! (before tax)  \YaY!/



        /      \
       / ─    ─  \     ”Everyone looks good in sailor uniforms!!”
     /   (≡)  (≡)  \  
    |    (__人__)   |
      \   `Y⌒y’    /ヽ
      (ヽ、  ゛ー ′  / ̄)|
       | ``ー――‐”|  ヽ、.|
       ゝ ノ      ヽ  ノ |
  ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄

‘Monthly Anime Style’ Issue 1!

For ordering details head over to amazon.co.jp, anime, Gamers or TSUTAYA stores – the magazine will only be sold at these stores, so don’t expect to find it in a normal newsagent or bookstore!
That’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again next week!  (・∀・)ノ゛

* Please note that this blog’s contents is originally written for a Japanese audience and is then translated for our foreign customers. All pre-order and release dates are the Japanese dates. Also note that not all products can be sold in certain areas


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I’ve just got back to the GSC offices… and let me say:

Thanks for a great WonFes!

To everyone who came by and visited the booth and everyone who has been watching NicoNico… thank you for all your support!

I hope that you all had fun at this year’s first WonFes, and I hope to see you again at the next WonFes later this year!

But it’s not completely over yet!


Live Wonder Hobby: Night Show

It’s starting from 22:30!


There will be a load of lovely guests and the show will go on till morning!

I think we’re in for a very interesting night!

Here is the schedule:



I know it’s in Japanese… but here is a breakdown of the events:

22.30 – 22.40 : Opening Introductions
22.40 – 23:00 : Steins;Gate Corner
23.00 – 23.10 : Live Wonder Hobby Notices
23.10 – 23.40 : Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt Corner
23.40 – 23:50 : Live Wonder Hobby Notices
23:50 – 00:15 : BRS THE STAGE Official Site Countdown
00:15 – 00:35 : Live Wonder Hobby Notices
00:35 – 01:05 : Bishoujo Game Music Acoustic Live
01:05 – 01:15 : Live Wonder Hobby Notices
01:15 – 01:45 : Tomokazu Seki and MAX Watanabe Talk Show
01:45 – 01:55 : Live Wonder Hobby Notices
01:55 – 02:25 : Photo Contest Winner Announcement
02:25 – 02:35 : Live Wonder Hobby Notices
02:35 – ??:?? : figma no.100 & Nendoroid 5th Year Anniversary Notices
[All times are JST]

You can watch from the following address, but you will need a NicoNico Douga Account:


If you’re not sure how to sign up for a NicoNico Douga account, just ask Google-sensei. 🙂

We’ll do our best to give you an fun and interesting show, so do consider tuning in!  I hope you’ll all be able to stay up late enough to watch all the way to the end. ^^

            / ⌒`”⌒`ヽ、   
           /,, / ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄\ 
          /,//::         \ 
         ;/⌒'”:::..            |⌒ヽ
       /  /、:::::…           /ヽ_ \
     __( ⌒ー-ィ⌒ヽ、   /⌒`ー’⌒  ) 

I hope you’ll be watching later!! (・∀・)ノ

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