Archive for March 23rd, 2012

Tokyo International Anime Fair 2012

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All the staff at GSC were confusing everyone else as to where the event was supposed to be… 😛


The famous Tokyo Big Sight!

Of course the event wasn’t really at the Makuhari Messe, but at the Tokyo Big Sight! Even though I got on the wrong train, I still arrived with a good half hour to spare!!


The Good Smile booth!!

For those wondering what exactly is going on here, this weekend (March 22nd ~ March 25th) is the Tokyo International Anime Fair! The 22nd and 23rd are business only days, but the actual weekend of the 24th and 25th are public days. For those who are not certain what the Tokyo International Anime Fair is, here is a quick reference from Wikipedia!

The Tokyo International Anime Fair also known as Tokyo International Animation Fair (TAF; in Japanese: 東京国際アニメフェア) is one of the largest anime trade fairs in the world, held annually in Japan. The first event was held in 2002 as “Tokyo International Anime Fair 21”. The event is held at Tokyo Big Sight, a convention and exhibition center in Tokyo Bay, in late March. Usually, the first one or two days of the fair are weekdays and the entrance is open only to industry members and the press; the last two days are scheduled on the weekend and the fair is open to the public.

As a side note, Good Smile will also be at the Anime Contents Expo on the 31st March/1st April!
There will be a report on that one a little later, so watch out for it!


Free goodies at the entrance!

A Tony Miku flier, along with a 2012 Racing Miku postcard and other goodies all for free! Be sure to grab it if you stop by the event!


Right, let’s move counter clockwise from the booth entrance!

First up is the BRS Corner!

The giant illustration of Insane-chan really stands out! Plus, as I mentioned yesterday, Gold Saw-san’s underboob is not to be missed! 😛


This particular figure was very popular!

Oooh, what’s this? It looks like a figure with a whole diorama behind it! Let’s take a closer look…



Doesn’t she look incredible!? The background really brings across the BRS atmosphere wonderfully! I do agree that it’s often quite awkward to find space for dioramas like these, but they do certainly look impressive.


Let’s take a look around the booth…


Loads of BRS figures lined up!

Four glass cases all filled with Black Rock Shooter figures!! Each and every figure has such a unique history and feeling to it… looking at them all together makes an amazing scene!


Next to the BRS Corner, there are other new figures on display!

First up Luka Megurine : Tony ver.!

Just look at the beautiful body and stunning clear plastic parts used for her carefully sculpted hair! You can preorder her now!


Racing Miku 2011 ver.!

This is the first appearance of this figure on the blog! Kawapon was in charge of the coloring for this figure and he mentioned that the hair color was very difficult to get right. Preorders for this one will be up soon, and I’ll be taking a closer look at the prototype a little later!!


Inori Yuzuriha from Guilty Crown!

Along with BRS, yesterday was also the final episode of the Guilty Crown series! (I was at the GSC Tetsujin Cafe, so I missed it! I can’t wait to watch it!)

As you can see, the 1/8th scale figure is displayed together with the Nendroid. She will also be up for preorder shortly!


Let’s move along to…

The cute Madoka corner!

This corner is pretty much on the opposite side of the booth’s entrance. A Puella Magi Madoka Magica corner also filled with figures! The monitor above the figures was playing various commercials!


The famous key visual in figure form!

It really works beautifully if you make use of different heights to display the figures on! Plus as I’ve mentioned before, Kyouko is on her way to complete the set.

She isn’t quite ready yet, but she will be ready soon! Look forward to her!


Finally, the Cheerful Corner!

This section had all the Cheerful JAPAN!  products on display, from the first Miku figure and all 12 months of figures released thereafter. The total amount of donation money has reached over two hundred million yen.

I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – thanks to everyone who purchased the charity products. I’m sure the donated money has helped those in the disaster areas!


Miku Hatsune : Cheerful Ver.!

The very last Cheerful JAPAN! product is this lovely Miku in a very energetic pose! The costume also appears in the 3DS game, Miku Hatsune and Future Stars Project mirai!

You can only order this figure until the 28th March at 20:00 (JST), so don’t miss out!



Bonus! The back stage looked like this! 😛

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this quick coverage of the Tokyo International Anime Fair! I only introduced GSC’s booth in this article, but there were many other figure makers with wonderful booths for those to enjoy if they visit this weekend!

Starting tomorrow the event is open to the public!

Those who are interested can head to the official site for more information!
But that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again next week! (・∀・)ノ゛

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Tokyo! Nagoya! Osaka!

(Photo from Osaka!)


The Max Factory staff have been touring around Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka to show off the popular Luka Megurine Tony ver. Prototype!

Loads of people came to take a look, and the Max Factory staff looked delighted by the numbers! A big thank you to everyone who went down to take a look!

But Luka was not the only figure on display! Can you see the figure with an arrow pointing to it?


figma Black Rock Shooter :


She is a figma from the anime series ‘Black Rock Shooter’ – a figma of Mato’s mysterious existence in the alternate world – Black Rock Shooter.

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Tonight is the final episode of the BRS anime!
It is on Fuji TV’s Noitamina block, starting at 00:50!!

Those who haven’t seen the first episodes can still catch them on Nico Nico Douga at any time! Kagari-chan’s personality is just to die for!!



This is how she looks from the back!

The most notable difference is the hood that she is wearing, however her clothes and weapons have also had a design overhaul, in order for the production team to have an even harder time customer’s to enjoy her more than ever before!

The coat she is wearing is fitted with joints to make some incredibly dynamic poses!


Her sword, the Black Blade!

She is holding it in her left hand in this photo, but she can hold it in her right hand as well! BRS-chan is well known for being posed in epic poses like this, so I had to try it out with the figma! Even in such an amazing pose, you still can hardly see the joints at all!


The Rock Cannon!

As soon as the final product is released I’ll have to pose her fighting around macarons! (But I’ll eat them all up afterwards!) The Rock Cannon is so huge that it’s almost hard to believe it’s designed for a figma…

She has two expressions – a focused expression, and a standard expression (seen above)

Plus she has extra head parts that allow you to pose her without the hood and with her twin-tailed hair instead!


The Rock Cannon can open up!

This recreates the way it worked in the series! It’s wonderful to see it on the figma as well!

Plus, you can’t have BRS-chan without the blue flame!
She has a replaceable fringe part that lets you pose her with the blue flame over her eye!


The Tokyo International Anime Fair started today, and Good Smile has their very own booth at the event!

This picture is from setting up yesterday. ^^


Mmm… delicious posters!
Those who want to enjoy Golden Saw’s lovely underboob nice and close can come by the event and take a close look! 😛 There is a special Black Rock Shooter anime corner where all the new figures from the series are on display.

■ Event Name: Tokyo International Anime Fair 2012
■ Date: 2012/03/22 (Thurs) ~ 2012/03/25 (Sun)

■ Bushiness Day: 03/22 (Thurs) ~ 03/23 (Fri) 10:00 ~ 17:00
■ Public Day: 03/24 (Sat) ~ 03/25 (Sun) 10:00 ~ 18:00
■ Place: Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo International Exhibition Center Hall 1,2,3.


※ The 22nd and 23rd are for business related guests only.
※ No Good Smile Company limited edition products are on sale at the event.

There will also be a lot of comments from people related to the series that you won’t be able to see anywhere else!
They’re a very interesting read!

BRS Special Page (Japanese)


figma Black Rock Shooter :


She was put up on the GSC website today!  (`・ω・´)ゞ
If you have any preorder or sales queries, be sure to contact our customer shops!
And don’t forget! Tonight is the last episode of BRS!
Fuji TV’s Noitamina block, starting at 00:50!!
That’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ゛
(C)BRS on TV

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