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Good Smile Company News Roundup!

Friday!!

I can’t believe it’s already Friday! I hope everyone had a good week!

      ____
   / \  /\  キリッ
. / (ー)  (ー)\
/  ⌒(__人__)⌒ \  ”Going to sleep without setting an alarm… bliss!”
|      |r┬-|    |
\     `ー’´   /
ノ            \
/´               ヽ
|    l              \
ヽ    -一””””~~``’ー–、   -一”””’ー-、.
ヽ ____(⌒)(⌒)⌒) )  (⌒_(⌒)⌒)⌒))

Today I’ll be making a couple of Good Smile related announcements.
Let’s get started!

– Announcement 1 –

A Good Smile Cafe x Hibichika Radio collaboration menu has started at the Matsudo Good Smile Cafe!

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Normally whenever I take a photo of the front like this, I always catch someone in front as well, but today there was nobody… ・゚・(ノД`)・゚・。

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Hibiki and Chikagi look absolutely adorable!
This is the collaboration menu!!

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/     \
/   ⌒   ⌒\    ”Ooh! Looks delicious!
/    (●)   (●) \   I’ll have all of them!”
|      (__人__) |
\      `ー’´´ /
.      /⌒~” ̄, ̄ ̄〆⌒,ニつ
|  ,___゙___、rヾイソ⊃
|            `l ̄

Based on the ideas sent in by customers, this is the menu the GSC Cafe and TYPE-MOON came up with in the end!

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“A Man’s Romance!”

This menu item was thought up by Tawashi! The rice is made to look like Neko Ark!
This was previously seen at the Carnival Phantasm Cafe, but this time is tofu in place of the veggies, and it’s twice as spicy!

It was a little too hot for me just by itself, but mixing in some salad or egg really made it perfect!

For those who don’t think it’s spicy enough, you also get a little bottle of spice to add however much you like! If you’re feeling courageous, try some!

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“Gáe Bolg!

This one was thought up by Nekosakura, JIN and takemiho1314!
This is Lancer’s weapon made as a hot-dog covered in a salsa sauce! With pickles, lettuce and onion slices, it also makes for quite a healthy meal!

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“Petite Ahnenerbe!” (Desert)

A menu thought up by Kimagure Gokku!
Syrup-covered anko with fruit that makes use of Hibiki and Chikagi’s image colors! Hibiki is orange, so there are oranges, while Chikagi is red which is anko! Plus the ice cream and blueberry on top!

You can only grab this at the Good Smile Cafe!
Don’t miss out, come along and try it! There is also a light-up Excalibur on display!

– Good Smile Cafe –
http://www.goodsmilecafe.jp/

– Hibichika Radio –
http://www.animate.tv/radio/hibichika


– Announcement 2 –

The Nendoroid Gumako Comi-Po! results are out!!

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A big thank you who entered!

There were so many options to choose from – Good Smile had to pick a ‘Good Smile Prize’ and a ‘Mikatan Prize’… it was really hard to pick! (I ended up reading most of them multiple times to help decide…) It’s so nice to see how much Gumako is loved! I hope we’ll have another similar competition in the future – keep an eye open!

– The Comi-po Manga Contest Site –
http://www.comipo.com/gsc/


– Announcement 3 –

GSC is looking for a Graphics Designer!!

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The job involves making packages, catalogs, pamphlets, adverts and various other printed goods! Here is one quick comment from the Design Team’s Boss:

The three most important things for this job are ability, passion and resolve! We want a reliable comrade to join our team!

The design team’s boss was once my boss as well! He’s a bit strict sometimes, but has a very kind heart! I really respect him and the work he has done! I was really glad when he said to me : “You did really well this year” at the end of last year. ^^

The application period is from 18th November to the 15th December 2011!
You need to have some working experience to apply, and need to speak Japanese!

– En-Japan Employment Information –
ここにアドレス


– Announcement 4 –

Gumako Cheerful Ver. is up for order!

goodsmile company Mikatan's Blog English Version

A GSC x Alter Figure!!
A lot of people messaged me on twitter mentioning that it is great we are working with other figure companies! Thanks guys! And thanks Alter!

Sculpted by Tsumezuka-san, this lovely Gumako is ready to cheer everyone of with her pompons!  She also has some replaceable arms, some tentacles that can bend and a smiling face! Loads of extras for a scale figure!

This is a charity product that costs 6,000JPY, and for each sale made GSC will donate 2000JPY to help relief efforts in Japan.

 

[Purchases Within Japan]
This product can be ordered from the following stores:
Please see their respective home pages for more information.
・GOODSMILE ONLINE SHOP: http://cheerful-japan.ecq.sc/
・GOODSMILE ONLINE SHOP Mobile: http://cheerful-japan.ecq.sc/

■ Orders can be made until 28th November 2011 at 20:00.
■ Delivery within Japan is free of charge.
■ Delivery will be in April 2012.
■ Five figures per person will be available.
■ Payment will be via bank transfer or credit card. Cash-on-delivery will not be an option.
■ Products will be made to order. Please order within the dates specified above.
■ If you have any questions please email shop@goodsmile.jp. Japanese only.


[Overseas Sales]

・GOODSMILE ONLINE SHOP: http://cheerful-japan-global.ecq.sc

■ Orders can be made between 11th November 2011 at 11:00 (JST) until the 28th November 2011 at 20:00. (JST)
■ Five figures per person will be available.
■ Figures will be made to order.
■ Figures will be sent in April 2012.
■ Payment must be done via credit card.
■ Your credit card will be charged on order, and not when the product is sent. This is due to the donation taking place before products are delivered.
■ Shipping will be charged at 2000JPY to all countries.
■ You may be charged additional fees such as import tax and customs duties when buying from overseas. Please be aware of this before ordering.
■ Payment will be in Japanese Yen.
■ Please mail shop.overseas@goodsmile.jp if you have any questions. English only please.

Orders can be made at the GSC Online shop from 11/11 at 11AM until 11/28 at 8PM!(JST)

– Gumako Sales Page –
http://cheerful-japan.ecq.sc/


That brings the announcements to an end! I hope at least some of them were interesting to you!! There were hardly any figure photos in this article, so I’ll end with this dog model on my desk! 😛

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It’s a cast figure, not PVC, and is actually one of threeA’s products! That confident upward look is great! And look once again at Kyubey’s front paw! I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – that paw is incredible!! xD

Anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again next week!! Enjoy the weekend! (・∀・)ノ゛

(C)GOOD SMILE COMPANY

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Nendoroid Nymph

Yesterday, you might have seen these two lying in the spoils of war…

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Today we’ll be taking a look at Nymph!

Ikaros was already released a couple of months ago, but in a few days Nymph will be released too, and you should be able to find her in stores – so lets take a closer look at her!

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From Sora no Otoshimono:
Nendoroid Nymph!

Nymph is the Electronic Warfare Angeloid, Type Beta, who came down to Earth in an attempt to bring Ikaros back!

As I said back with the prototype… that outfit is so sexy!
The slits at the sides of the one-piece are really something! 😛

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This is how the packaging looks!

When taking out the broken wings in the upper section, be careful they don’t pop out and go missing!

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This is how she looks from the back!
The clear wings look so beautiful!!

They are made so that the edges have a slightly darker blue look to them – a small touch that makes such a big difference.

The stand is the normal push-in type of stand, but it also comes with an extra extender piece to attach that makes sure that the wings and stand don’t get in the way of each other. It’s all detailed in the instructions included in the box, so just take a look there when putting it together!

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You can pose her flying though the air!

A quick note now that we’re moving into the colder Winter months…
If you can’t get the wings on, just heat them or the figure up a little and it’ll become much easier to attach them!
Just warm them with your hands, or quickly put them underneath a kotatsu to warm them up and it becomes much easier to work with!
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Upset face and a bent right arm!

Nymph is of course the kind of character that shows this kind of expression very often 0 and while she does look upset, it’s also so cute to see her like this – I just want to poke those cheeks! 😛 

In my opinion, the final version actually gives a softer feeling to this expression when compared to the prototype version, but I think the softer look actually looks even cuter! Great job production team!

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Sitting down with an upward glance!

Her bottom actually kind of floats a little, so it’s not quite sitting – she is balancing on her twin tails! 😛

As you can see, the cape can be removed!!
This allows even more of her skin showing, so it seems to suit the expression well! Just looking at this picture makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside… but I promise it’s even better with the real thing!

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Her chibi face and a packet of chips!

Fans of the show will know just how much Nymph loves snacking on things, so of course she has to come with something to snack on, along with hands to hold it!
And my best thing about her – this expression!!
Ikaros also had a similar expression – isn’t it just adorable! It suits the Nendoroid size so nicely!

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Switching expressions with Gumako!

Both of them have blue eyes, so it actually works very well to exchange the expressions! (It would work with Snow Miku as well!!) The eyebrows do give it away a little, but those who are willing to make some changes can easily create all new expressions either way.  I must say that I really like the laid back pose that Gumako is in here! xD

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Displayed with Ikaros!

These two just have to be displayed together!

The pastel coloring and the contrast of the blue and pink really look great together! Well, they are after all from the same series 😛

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From Sora no Otoshimono f:
Nendoroid Nymph!
 

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

She’ll be in stores from the 24th!
Be sure to check with out partner shops if you have any order or sales queries!
 
 
Anyway, thats all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ゛
 
 
 
(C) 2010 水無月すう/角川書店/新大陸発見部フォルテ

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Nendoroid Haruka Morishima

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     /      \ 
    /    \  /\
  /     ( ○) 三 (○)\   
  |     /// (__人__)//|   ”I’ve taken a hostage!!”
  \      ` ヽ_ノ  / 
    ヽ    , __ , イ
    /       |_”____
   |   l..   /l´ BOX `l
   ヽ  丶-.,/  |_______|
   /`ー、_ノ /      /

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Today’s spoils of war!

Just by wandering about the offices I managed to grab all these figures! But perhaps more importantly is this new prototype!

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From Amagami SS:
Nendoroid Haruka Morishima!

A second anime season is on the way of Amagami SS, and from the series comes a Nendoroid of the beautiful girl who attracts the gazes of all the guys at the school -Haruka Morishima!

Sorry for the long wait!! ((((゚Д゚)))
I got so many mails with ASCII art asking “Where is the Haruka Morishima review~?”, so I’m glad I can finally show it to everyone!

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This is how she looks from the back!

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      /::::─三三─\
    /:::::: ( ○)三(○)\  ”Those twisty curls are lovely!”
    |:::::::::(__人__):::|
     \::::::   |r┬-|   /
    ノ::::::::  `ー’´  \

Her trademark long, black curly hair has been beautifully shrunk down to Nendoroid size.  Even though she is a Nendoroid she is so very detailed! I hope the production team can get the final version looking just as lovely!

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Lets move into the optional parts!

An outstretched arm (Right) and bent arm (Left) !

If you use the pointing index finger, you can recreate the scene from the popular key visual! Just cross the legs a little, and take a photo from slighly above!

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An adorable embarrassed expression!

I can almost hear her cute voice coming out just by looking at this!

She also comes with a left outstretched arm for this pose!
She even comes with extra hand parts with  interlocking fingers!

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A school bag and hand to hold it!

You can’t have a school character without her school bag! You can also put the hand on the outstretched arm to make her hold it in front of her instead!

But more importantly, she is brushing through her hair with her pinky in the air!! (*゚∀゚)=3
It’s so very classy, and looks great as a Nendoroid!! It’s amazing how sexy she manages to come out, even as a Nendoroid!

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“Behind the knees, please!”

This is from the famous scene where she asks the main character to kiss her behind the knees!! It’s great to see scenes like this in Nendoroid format! When I first saw this scene in the series I was somewhat shocked, but at the same time I was applauding and cheering in my mind. You could tell just how hard the main character was trying to please!!

She also comes with a troubled face!!
She really does look quite troubled, doesn’t she – all for you to enjoy!!! 😛

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From Amagami SS:
Nendoroid Haruka Morishima!

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

She’ll be on the GSC website tomorrow!
For preorder and sales info, be sure to check with out partner shops!
 
 
Anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow! (・∀・)ノ゛
 
 
 
(C)ENTERBRAIN, INC./アマガミSS製作委員会

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Muramasa Sansei

Hmm… that is the black bag that the advertising team always use when carrying around figures for photos!
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Which means there is probably a figure inside!

         ____
       /       \
      / \   /  \    ”Ah-hah!
    /   ⌒    ⌒   \    Now to head back to my desk!”
    |/// (__人__)  /// |
     \   ` ⌒´     /   
     /       __|_______   
    |   l..   /l  Prototype   l
    ヽ  丶-.,/  |_________|
    /`ー、_ノ /      /

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So today we’ll be taking a look at this lovely figure!

Max Factory’s…、
Muramasa Sansei
from Full Metal Daemon: Muramasa!

Full Metal Daemon: Muramasa was Nitroplus’ 10th year anniversary project comes this 1/7th scale figure of Muramasa Sansei, the human form of the Tsurugi that the main character, Kageaki Minato makes a contract with!

The first brown-skinned figure in a very long time!!
The contrast with her white knee-socks is great!!

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This is how she looks from the back!
A lovely 1/7th scale – it’s nice and big!

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      /::::::─三三─\
    /:::::::: ( ○)三(○)\  ”I think… I can see something!” 
    |:::::::::::(__人__)::|
     \:::::::   |r┬-|   ,/
    ノ:::::::::  `ー’´  \

Liar! You can’t see anything!

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That embarrassed expression is so cute!!

This embarrassed expression in the maid outfit is straight from the game! The original illustration by Namaniku ATK has been converted to figure form perfectly!

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The details on the apron and lacing!!

The illustration didn’t even feature these parts, but they’re still an absolute wonder to look at on the figure form! The little wrinkles even on the lacing makes it look just like the real thing!

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A high-table, cup and sugar bowl are included!

As you can see, they are just as beautifully detailed as the figure itself! That table looks so classy!! The lovely antique designs are also of course all identical to the onces that featured in the game!

These little extras are also all free to move around as you please – they are not attached to the base. You can even place the cup on the silver tray she is carrying!

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      /::::::─三三─\
    /:::::::: ( ○)三(○)\  ”No… I’m sure I can see something under there!” 
    |:::::::::::(__人__)::|
     \:::::::   |r┬-|   ,/
    ノ:::::::::  `ー’´  \ 


Nope! You can’t see anything from this angle!

The original illustration had the exact same kind of feeling – you just couldn’t see anything. It’s amazing how well that translated to the figure when you look at it from a similar angle to the illustration.

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Max Factory’s…
Muramasa Sansei
from Full Metal Daemon: Muramasa!

         ____
       /      \ 
      /   ─    ─ \  ”Cute girls always look good in maid outfits!”
    /     (●)  (●) \
    |       (__人__)  | ________
     \      |r┬-|   ,/ | |           |
    ノ      `ー’´  \  | |           |
  /´                 | |           |
 |    l                | |           |
 ヽ    -一ー_~、⌒)^),-、  | |________|
  ヽ ____,ノγ⌒ヽ)ニニ- ̄   | |  |

She is on the GSC website as of today!
Be sure to check with our partner shops for preorder and sales information!
 
 
But that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ゛
 
 
 
(C)2009-2012 Nitroplus

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Nendoroid Sanada Yukimura

The head for this particular project, and a big fan of Yukimura himself – Oonoshi!
He’s doing his best to protect something there…

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                   _ _     .’  , .. ∧_∧
          ∧  _ - ― = ̄  ̄`:, .∴ ’     (    )
         , -” ̄    __――=’, ・,‘ r⌒>  _/ /
        /   -―  ̄ ̄   ̄”‘” .   ’ | y’⌒  ⌒i
       /   ノ                 |  /  ノ |
      /  , イ )                 , ー’  /´ヾ_ノ
      /   _, \               / ,  ノ
      |  / \  `、            / / /
      j  /  ヽ  |           / / ,’
    / ノ   {  |          /  /|  |
   / /     | (_         !、_/ /   〉
  `、_〉      ー‐‐`            |_/

Gimme that figure!!
* Just an image, we get along just fine. 😛

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Today we’ll be playing with this lovely figure!

Phat! Company’s…
Nendoroid Sanada Yukimura!

He is the second Nendoroid from the popular Sengoku Basara series, following on from the previous Nendoroid Date Masamune! We heard all the fans voices, and we’re glad to finally bring more Sengoku Basara Nendoroids!

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This is how he looks from the back!

The mark of the Sanada family – the 6 golden coins are clearly visible from the back with absolutely gorgeous painting! Even the headband is fitted with ball-joints allowing for some wonderfully dynamic poses!

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Yukimura’s beloved spears!

You can’t have a Sengoku Basara figure without his weapons!! He also comes with a bent right leg for a more battle-like pose!

He comes two headbands, one straight one, and one fluttering one!
Recreate the most epic of battle scenes from the series all on your desk or in your display case!!

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Joining parts to connect the two spears!

Combining the two spears to recreate a whole different weapon for Yukimura to fight with!! He also comes with a bent arm to recreate this pose here with his weapon resting on his shoulder!

Oonoshi came to me quite exited mentioning that this was the first Nendoroid with a visible collarbone! 😛 It’s a bit hard to see it behind his six-coin necklace, but it really is there!!

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Oyakata-sama!!

First up is his inspired expression!

This is the expression he always gives when showing his respect and affection for Takeda Shingen!! It really keeps that dog-like loyalty feeling, but at the same time, that’s just what makes Yukimura so awesome! 😛

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“Must… try… harder!!”

He really looks like he is angry with himself here… those who know the series will know he can get upset with himself quite easily, but to think you’d be able to get that feeling in Nendoroid form!!

His next expression is this regretful face!
Those clenched teeth really get the feeling across!!!

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Facing off against Masamune!!

You can of course display them together for great scenes like this!!

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     /     \
   /  _ノ  ヽ、_ \   ”I wanna…
  /  o゚⌒   ⌒゚o  \   but I can’t find Masamune anywhere…”
  |     (__人__)  |
  \     ` ⌒´     /
  ノ            \

Don’t worry! I’m fairly sure Phat! Company has heard your pleas!!

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Nendoroid Masamune Date is going on resale!!

The same day Yukimura is released, you’ll be able to grab Masamune with him!! Don’t miss out on your chance this time around! You can’t possibly just display one of the two… who will he fight?! 😛

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Phat Company’s…
Nendoroid Sanada Yukimura!

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

He’ll be on the GSC site from tomorrow!!
Be sure to contact our partner shops if you have any sales or preorders questions.
 

 
Anyways, thats all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ゛
 
 
(C) CAPCOM CO., LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Good Smile’s 10th Year Commemoration Post!

Is moving on to part 2!

         ____
       /      \ 
      /   ─    ─  \   ”May 1st was the birthday, so
    /   (=・=)  (=・=)\  just half a year left till 11 years!”
    |       (__人__)  |  
     \      ` ⌒´   /
     ノ            \

So today I’ll continue asking asking the staff,
“What memory sticks in your mind the most?”

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Nobu, from the production team
 
(゚∀゚) Fun Times!

・ Knowing that lots of people know about our products.
When out with someone my wife met at work, I was asked what I do for a living. I replied “I make figures for the company that makes Nendoroids”, and got the reply, “I collect Nendoroids!”. It was great.

(゚д゚) Difficult Times

・ Working out the layout of the production team’s space…
There are so many random things!

・ Getting those outside the company to understand Nendoroid specs
Even now this is tough!

GSC releases loads of figures every month, and Nobu-san here calculates the schedule for all that, as well as directing the sculptors that are not part of GSC. We’d also never have had Nendoroids if it wasn’t for him – and now that we’ve seen over 200 of them, I really think we can say with pride that they have grown into a much loved series!

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Hiro, from the production team

(゚∀゚) Fun Times!
(゚д゚) Difficult Times

I’ve worked at various places, but now I’m very content here at Good Smile Company. I’m on the production team, but also been involved in some sculpting, such as the Black Rock Shooter figures.

Whilst I do work on sculpting and painting, I also work on the planning and production teams, making changes here and there. I believe that having everyone work together towards our products really is what brings out the best in them.

But that said, hard times come along all the time. Everyday working into work is kind of like waling into a danger-zone – you never know what is going to come.

I kind of combined by fun time and difficult times into a single sentence…

Yeah… the good and bad things are kind of all mixed together! 😛 The BRS project really was a company-wide project….

Back then I even did an interview with huke-san at a cafe in Akihabara. That was the very first time I met him….

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Suzuki, from management

(゚∀゚) Fun Times!

・ The fimga cycle campaign, or the di:stage jamboree, or the country-wide tour, or the BRS X’mas campaign, or…
I really can’t say which was my best, but needless to say I’ve had loads of fun being able to go all over the place! I love being able to meet our customers from all over Japan!

(゚д゚) Difficult Times

・ WonHobby News Watch Reporter
It was a tough time, but to be fair it was also a lot of fun as well! I kind of feel that you kind of forced that role onto me. I’m glad we didn’t have NicoDouga back then, otherwise people would still be able to see that…

5 years ago before we had Nico Douga, GSC used to have a half-yearly program! Suzuki-san and I used to be the reporters for the show, running about all over the place – sorry Suzuki-san! You really don’t want to see that old footage… for more reasons than one. ^^;
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Tsukki, from the production team

(゚∀゚) Fun Times!

・ Nendoroid BRS’s Development
It was a very important product to the company, and I really enjoyed putting everything I could into it. The brand new stand, weapons – it was a challenge, but we put everything into it and it came out great in the end. It was also the first product I was in charge of, so it’s definitely a very important memory to me!

(゚д゚) Difficult Times

・ China Business Trip
Once in China I ate some fresh vegetables at a 4-star hotel in China, and spent most of the business trip in a toilet thereafter… I swore to never eat raw fresh vegetables again. 😛

Another time I ordered lemonade in Taiwan. It was here I realized that there were a lot of differences between Taiwan and China. I swore I’d never put ice in lemonade again.

Another person who has a memory regarding BRS! BRS was the first Nendoroid to use the Nendoroid stand we use today!

I know the production team gos to China a lot – take care of yourselves while there!! I have to say that when I went to China I had no problems – the food was delicious! 😛

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Seki-sama, from General Affairs

(゚∀゚) Fun Times!

・ During the Yuzuko Peppermint project, when we entered a real recording studio and took part!
I always wondered what it was like in the studios where things like Drama CDs were recorded, so it was a lot of fun for me! Although, listening to my own voice recorded there was also quite a painful experience…. orz.

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(゚д゚) Difficult Times

・ Working on the papercraft Gedächtnis

Making one without color, and another without. Every evening was filled with nothing put cutting and pasting paper all over. Once it was done though, the result was great – so in the end it also turned into a fun thing

That brings back memories! I remember a whole team of girls working night after night in the old office’s meeting room – cutting and pasting things all night long! (Of course, Akiyama-san who had asked them to work on it had also left all sorts of tasty goodies to keep them all going as well :P) I also remember the dubbing at the studio!! It was a great experience as well… although I also can’t stand hearing my own voice… xD

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Web Team – Saitou (Mikatan)

(゚∀゚) Fun Times!

・ Having lots of people read my blog!
This blog originally started as a project that was only supposed to last half a year, but there were so many voices saying, “I love reading your blog” and “I saw your photos so I grabbed the figure”. It made me really happy! To be honest, the constant daily deadline is sometimes tough, but just by hearing that everyone is enjoying the blog – I’m happy to continue it!

・ Everyone Works Hard!

In the toughest of times, even when a prototype breaks or something goes badly – everyone will always be there to reassure you that everything is alright. That anything can be done! It’s great to work with people like that!

・ Taking the Vocaloid Nendo Petites to Akihabara
Wanting to show as many people as possible we took the prototypes through to Akiba. So many people came through to take a look even though it was a weekday.

(゚д゚) Difficult Times

・ The figma #100 incident!
figma #100 was supposed to be announced at WonFes, and I accidentally put it up on the blog a day before WonFes. I know everyone was willing to forgive me, but I just stood in the office bursting into tears when I realized what I had done! 😦

It wasn’t even a GSC product, but a Max Factory product, so I felt even worse about it… Max Factory just laughed it off and forgave me, but it’ll still leave a scar in my mind forever more…

・ WonHobby Live Broadcast 2!
During the last part, while broadcasting, I ended up crying here as well. I’m glad this wasn’t on Nico Douga yet at that time. 😛 I actually don’t really remember it all that well, but I do know that these are the only two times I’ve actually started crying while at work. 😛


Thanks for all the memories everyone!!
That brings the 2nd memory corner to an end!
We’ll see about a part three next time I can’t get any figures to take a look at!
 
 
 
That’s all for this week!
I hope to see you all again on Monday – have a great weekend!! (・∀・)ノ゛

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     / ⌒  ⌒\
    /  (○)  (○) \    “Ah! It’s Yabuki-san from ALTER!! 
  /  ///(__人__)// \    Long time no see!!”
  |      `Y⌒y’´   |  
   \      ゛ー ′   ,/   
    /     ー‐   ィ

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Hmm? That prototype looks familiar…?

Isn’t that the prototype Tsumezuka-san brought out at WonFes!? Why is it at my desk?! Now I just have to play with her!! 😛

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ALTER’s:
Gumako: Cheerful Ver.!

The latest addition to the Cheerful JAPAN! charity product is this lovely figure of Good Smile Company’s mascot character, Gumako! The original Nendoroid proportions have all been upsized to a lovely scale figure by her sculptor, Hiroyuki Tsumezuka.

A quick summary about the Cheerful JAPAN! project.

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Cheerful JAPAN!

http://www.cheerfuljapan.com/

The damage that has occurred during the March 11 quake in the Touhoku region is astounding, and in order to get over the destruction caused there is a lot that needs to be done, and lots of support that needs to be given. Good Smile Company has formed a support group named ‘Cheerful Japan’ which will strive to support the relief efforts for as long as possible. For at least 1 year we be releasing charity products among other efforts to raise donation money for the cause. To everyone who supports the Cheerful Japan movement – thank you, and know that your money is going where it is needed!

For each sale made, Good Smile Company will donate 1000JPY! 

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This is how she looks from the back!

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 / ) ) )/  \  /\  
 {   ⊂) (●)  (●) \    “Ooh! As expected from Tsumezuka-san!
 |   / ///(__人__)// \    Lovely loli proportions!”
 !   !    `Y⌒y’´    |
 |   l      ゙ー ′   ,/
 |   ヽ   ー‐    ィ
 |           /  |

The adorable little shoulders and soft looking thighs… looks perfect to me!!

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Ready to cheer with yellow pompons!

A bright, cheerful yellow to cheer everyone along!! The yellow and orange really contrast nicely with her pure white outfit!
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The shiny outfit is so adorable!!

Nendoroid Gumako didn’t have the glossy treatment that the 1/8th scale figure will have – it really gives her a kind of futuristic atmosphere!

I think my best part about her is that hip-line though!!
The way the sculpting gives the material a kind of sticky look is incredible!!

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Beautiful eyes and a “ω” Mouth!!

Using that cute mouth is unfair play! It’s too cute!! Could there be anyone who doesn’t think that is cute?! I highly doubt it!

It might be hard to tell due to the lighting in the photo, but they eyes also have a lovely glossy finish!

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Replaceable parts to remove the pompons!

If you just want a standard Gumako without the pompons, you can just do a quick switch at any time!

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She also comes with a smiling expression!!
Even the helmet turns into a laughing face!

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       /      \
      /  ─    ─ \   ”Is this really a charity product..?
    /    ( ○) 三 (○)\    It seems to have so many extras!”
    |       (__人__)  | ________
     \      ` ⌒´   / | |          |
    ノ           \ | |           |
  /´                 | |           |
 |    l                | |           |
 ヽ    -一ー_~、⌒)^),-、  | |________|
  ヽ ____,ノγ⌒ヽ)ニニ- ̄   | |  |

But that’s still not all!!
She also comes with separate udon tentacles that can bend!

A-ALTER are incredible as always!! Bendable udon tentacles! I would never have imagined that could happen on a scale figure!!!

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Displayed with Nendoroid Gumako!!
She is holding the pompons from Nendoroid Rin and Len!

     / ̄ ̄\
   /  ー  ー \  ← ALTER’s Yabuki-san
   |  (●)  (●) |  
   |   (__人__)|   ”I got a comment from the sculptor, Tsumezuka!”
   |   `i  i´  | 
   |   . `⌒   }      
   ヽ       } 
    ヽ     ノ 
   /      ヽ 

Ooh goodie! Thank you so much!!

What the?! Where am I?! It smells so good…. it must be Mikatan Blog!!

Hello everyone, my name is Hiroyuki Tsumezuka and I’m the sculptor behind GSC’s 1/8th scale mascot character, Gumako!

I’m so glad that I was able to be involved in sculpting a figure that is related to Good Smile, my #1 figure making company! (AL*ER must be about #3…). But seriously, I didn’t think we’d get the chance to see a mascot character of one company be sculpted by another company…

But because you let us, I was able to have great fun sculpting everything from the tentacles down to the pattern on her panties. Whenever she has been displayed at events in the past, I could really feel the love for GSC overflowing from the Gumako prototype… or that might have just been the udon tentacle helmet and her lovely body that everyone loved? ^^;

I’m hoping to see much more of Gumako in the future! I’ll be rooting for her whenever I can! By the way, does the “helmet” refer to the hat she wears as a whole, with the tentacles? There are still so many mysterious behind Gumako!

Anyway, I’ll be off now – sorry for the intrusion, Mikatan!


Tsumezuka-san!!

Tentacles and panties patterns… you sound like such a pervert!
But that’s why we love you!!

And now for some quick Gumako news!!
The Gumako account on twitter (@gsc_guma) that gives GSC news has just reached 10000 followers!

In commemoration, a look at Gumako’s secrets! Everyone who grabbed Nendoroid Gumako, check the back of the included stickers! (Sorry, it’s only in Japanese!)

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#10:
Might have similar looking friends.

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       /      \
      /  ⌒    ⌒\   ”Oh? you don’t mean…??”
    /     (○)   (○) \
    |       (__人__)  | ________
     \      ` ⌒´   ,/ | |          |
    ノ           \ | |           |
  /´                 | |           |
 |    l                | |           |
 ヽ    -一ー_~、⌒)^),-、  | |________|
  ヽ ____,ノγ⌒ヽ)ニニ- ̄   | |  |

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“We’re all actually very close!
We’ll all be doing whatever we can to help out wherever possible!”
– Gumaka

The Gumaguma V! (Five)
They look so adorable altogether!!

I think my best is the purple one, Gumahana!! She’s going to be clumsy, I can tell already! I hope we’ll see more of the Gumaguma V sometime soon!

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ALTER’s:
Gumako: Cheerful Ver.!

■ She will cost 6000JPY. Shipping is free in Japan/2000JPY overseas.
■ For each sale made, GSC will donate 1000JPY to help relief efforts.

Please note the following if you’re interested in ordering:

[Purchases Within Japan]
This product can be ordered from the following stores:
Please see their respective home pages for more information.

・GOODSMILE ONLINE SHOP: http://cheerful-japan.ecq.sc/
・GOODSMILE ONLINE SHOP Mobile: http://cheerful-japan.ecq.sc/

■ Orders can be made until 28th November 2011 at 20:00.
■ Delivery within Japan is free of charge.
■ Delivery will be in April 2012.
■ Five figures per person will be available.
■ Payment will be via bank transfer or credit card. Cash-on-delivery will not be an option.
■ Products will be made to order. Please order within the dates specified above.
■ If you have any questions please email shop@goodsmile.jp. Japanese only.


[Overseas Sales]

・GOODSMILE ONLINE SHOP: http://cheerful-japan-global.ecq.sc

■ Orders can be made between 11th November 2011 at 11:00 (JST) until the 28th November 2011 at 20:00. (JST)
■ Five figures per person will be available.
■ Figures will be made to order.
■ Figures will be sent in April 2012.
■ Payment must be done via credit card.
■ Your credit card will be charged on order, and not when the product is sent. This is due to the donation taking place before products are delivered.
■ Shipping will be charged at 2000JPY to all countries.
■ You may be charged additional fees such as import tax and customs duties when buying from overseas. Please be aware of this before ordering.
■ Payment will be in Japanese Yen.
■ Please mail shop.overseas@goodsmile.jp if you have any questions. English only please.

Orders will be taken at the GSC Online shop from 11/11/11 at 11:00 and continue until the 28th at 20:00

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       /      \ 
      /   ─    ─\  ”They’ll be made to order,
    /     (●)   (●) \   be sure to order her if you want one!”
    |       (__人__)  | ________
     \      |r┬-|   ,/ | |           |
    ノ      `ー’´  \  | |           |
  /´                 | |           |
 |    l                | |           |
 ヽ    -一ー_~、⌒)^),-、  | |________|
  ヽ ____,ノγ⌒ヽ)ニニ- ̄   | |  |

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

(C)GOOD SMILE COMPANY

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