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A new table to replace the table tennis table!

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“Next week is the end of March?! No way!”… is exactly what I thought this morning. Next month is April, when all the new graduates come to join Good Smile Company! The huge new offices we moved to are starting to feel smaller now… πŸ˜›

But until the newcomers arrive, their space is used for meetings and storing prototypes!

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The prototypes I found on the table were these!

Character Charm Collection Puchimasu!

Koami, Komami, Chibiki and Takanya!

From ‘Puchimasu!’ a spin-off IDOLM@STER manga currently being serialized in Dengeki Maou comes a third set of cute miniature idols creatures to join the Character Charm series!

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The first set was Makochii, Haruka-san and Yayo!

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The second set was Chichan, Miurasan and Io!

These I did the quick review of at the Akiba Good Smile Tetsujin Cafe!

More and more of the characters are releasing now, and they really just look cuter and cuter the more you have together!

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They are charms, but they’re still quite big!

They are a part of the series called the ‘Character Charm Collection’, and the final products have a hook included with them that lets you connect it to your cellphone, bag or anything else you want to add some cuteness to!

The Puchimasu charms are a little bit bigger than previous charms in the Character Charm Collection! They are still a great size to carry around with you though!

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This is how they look from the back!

Koami and Komami’s hair is tied up so nicely at the back! Chibiki and Takanya have such big hair they can use it to balance themselves! Of course you can always just display them like this on your desk instead of using them as charms – I think that’s what I would do! It’s great to have the choice though!
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Riding on a plushie panda!

Each character is about 3cm tall! As I said before, they are aΒ  little bit bigger than the standard charm size. But the faces are so lively and colorful, I’m glad they’re this size as it really allows for that little extra detail!!

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Character Charm Collection Puchimasu!

Koami, Komami, Chibiki and Takanya!
 
They were put up on the GSC website today!Β 

If you have any preorder or sales queries, be sure to contact our partner shops!

But that’s all for today!
Tomorrow is the Tokyo International Anime Fair! I’ll be doing a live broadcast!!
 
 
(C)ηͺͺε²‘δΏŠδΉ‹ (C)NBGI

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Nendoroid Yukiko Amagi

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Welcome back! It’s been awhile since the last blog!

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Today we’ll be taking a look at this lovely Nendoroid!

From the anime series of Persona 4:

Nendoroid Yukiko Amagi!

Yukiko is the successor of her family’s inn, Amagiya. She is smart, elegant and very well behaved which makes her the attention of all boys at her school. The Nendoroid really captures her character very nicely, comes with a load of optional parts and allows you to pose her in all sorts of ways from the series!

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A lovely smiling face!

Nendoroid Yukiko comes with a multitude of extra arms parts!! In this photo you can see the bent right arm and a left arm placed behind her back.

Her thighs are fitted with Nendoroid joints, allowing for a cute pose like this one… I’m sure many will have already noticed, but this is in fact…
A pose from one of the game’s key visuals! (`ο½₯Ο‰ο½₯Β΄)γ‚ž

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Next up is a laughing face!

She really looks like she just burst into laughter! The arm part on her stomach, and another placed at her mouth really bring the pose together beautifully! She looks so happy I can’t help but smile myself!

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Glasses and a folding fan!

Parts that just have to be included with a Persona 4 figure, – as they allow you to pose her summoning her Persona!

The photo above uses the gruff expression, but you can use a different expression for a completely different feel!

This pose uses two more arm parts! A special right hand to hold the fan, and a left arm posed ready for combat! All the arm parts also separate at the hands, so you can place the hand for holding the fan on any other arm parts as well!

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The disguise glasses from episode 4!

Yay! I knew these would be included!!

The other day on a live broadcast, I promised I’d try the glasses on another Nendoroid character, so here we go! πŸ˜›

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They fit perfectly!
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Just think of all the wonderful possibilities with these glasses! It’s so fun to try them out on other Nendoroids!!

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Also, Nendoroid Yune releases on the 22nd March!!

The print on the kimono and the umbrella are absolutely stunning! I played around with her earlier today and was really impressed!

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Yukiko tries on the kimono!

This lets you really pose her as the successor to her family’s Japanese inn! It’s a bit more colorful than her normal kimono, but still suits her so well!!

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From the anime series of Persona 4:

Nendoroid Yukiko Amagi

She’ll be on the GSC website on the 21st March!

If you have any queries regarding sales or preorders, be sure to contact our partner shops!
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But that’s all for today!
Tomorrow is a public holiday, so I’ll see you all on Wednesday! (γƒ»βˆ€γƒ»)γƒŽγ‚›
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Zeki-sama’s Desk!

You can see a load of KAITO figures all over this desk. πŸ˜›
How many can you count in this photo…?

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Hmmm…??

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Cheerful JAPAN! Part 6:

Nendoroid KAITO : Cheerful Ver.!

The sixth month of the Cheerful JAPAN! project brings Nendoroid KAITO back in a special Cheerful version!

He is scheduled to ship next week!

Those who ordered him will be able to enjoy his company shortly! I’ll be doing a normal figure review just as always for this lovely cheerful Nendoroid!

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This is how the packaging looks!

He comes with everything the standard Nendoroid KAITO came with, along with extra items such as a new body, pompons and folding fans! The new body has KAITO looking very neat and tidy, and even features in the recently released 3DS game,Β  Miku Hatsune and Future Stars Project mirai! If you’re a KAITO fan, be sure to give the game a try as well!

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The included pompons!

Simply remove the white gloved hands and replace them with these pompons for this cheerful pose! All the pompons from the other Nendoroids in the series can also be used in the same way, so if you want him to hold a different colored pompon, the option is there!

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The ‘hero’ face and folding fans!

I love this proud looking expression so much! πŸ˜› The fans have the Good Smile smiley face mark on the one side, and the Japanese flag on the other side! Just look how determined KAITO is to get the message across to everyone!

The scarf from the original body can also be worn with the new body, as you can see here. I’m sure it will work other characters as well, but just be careful not to lose the scarf, as it’s loose!

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The standard body is also included!

Here we have KAITO holding his favorite ice cream while skipping along with a glowing smile on his face! It’s been 2 years since he last went on resale, and you can really see the quality of production has improved with new technology. The pearl coat looks absolutely beautiful!

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Behind the inner cardboard is a papercraft headband!

The ‘inner cardboard’ is that mat behind the inside of the package. Just pull it out and you’ll find a postcard and a papercraft headband! The headbands come in red and white!

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Ohana tries on KAITO’s new clothes!

Nendoroid Ohana Matsumae also releases next week!

The uniform might be designed for a guy, but it still looks super cute on a girl!!

A bit unrelated, but that bird included with Ohana really has an amazing presence…. just like in the show! The mouth isn’t made of separate parts, how did they manage to paint inside there with such detail?!

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Bonus Picture!

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Cheerful JAPAN! Part 6:

Nendoroid KAITO : Cheerful Ver.!

He’ll be shipped out from next week!! (`ο½₯Ο‰ο½₯Β΄)γ‚ž

Those who ordered can expect a delivery within the next few weeks! The exact details will be put up on the Good Smile website shortly!


 
And lastly, a quick notice:

As it was announced on the GSC website, we will be temporarily closed from the 14th March to the 16th March for staff training. We hope this will not cause any problems for our customers.

The next blog update will be on the 19th March. (Monday). This isn’t because of the staff training per se, but in fact because I need to catch up on lots of work…. I apologise to everyone who enjoys reading the blog! I promise the work I’ll be doing will make up for the lack of blog updates!!
 

But thats all for today,
I hope to see you all next week!
 
 
(C) Crypton Future Media, Inc.
(C)θŠ±γ„γ‚ζ—…ι€¨η΅„εˆ

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Project mirai cafe & Miku Live Party 2012

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γ€€|γ€€γ€€ / ///(__δΊΊ__οΌ‰/// οΌΌγ€€ γ€€ but today is gonna be different!”
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γ€€|γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€  〆ヽ/

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The Akiba Good Smile Tetsujin Cafe!

It was the morning of a weekday, but there were still so many customers!

And the reason I’m visiting today is because…

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The Project mirai cafe has started!

Sega’s 3DS game, Miku Hatsune and Future Stars Project mirai was released on the 8th of March, and so the GSC Testujin Cafe is working in collaboration to bring a cafe themed around it!

The Project mirai game is a music game where Miku and the others dance around and sing for you, it’s incredibly cute! I was also involved here and there with it’s production, and had great fun with it! I hope everyone will try it if they can!

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The stage at the back!

There is a giant panel featuring Nendoroid Miku-sab, as well as a monitor playing one of the movies found in the game. Of course the cafe is filled with Miku’s beautiful voice for you to listen to while you’re eating!

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I was placed at a Rin & Len seat!

Ooh! Very cute indeed! Depending on the seat you are placed at, you’ll be greeted by different characters! Unfortunately you won’t be able to pick for yourself though… you have to just look forward to finding out which character you will be seated with. πŸ˜›

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A brand new original menu!

To start off with, the menu features dishes based around Miku and Luka! However the menu is planned to change every so often, so keep checking the GSC Cafe website to see what’s coming up!

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    /   βŒ’οΌˆ__δΊΊ__οΌ‰βŒ’ οΌΌγ€€γ€€”Bring me one of everything!”
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γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γƒŽγ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€ γ€€οΌΌ

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Miku & Luka drinks!

The Miku drink is a lemon soda with blue curacao and vanilla ice cream. The Luka drink is a strawberry au lait with vanilla ice cream!

The Miku drink has a much fresher taste to me, while Luka is much sweeter! They were both delicious, but I think girls will love the Luka drink the most!

Each drink also comes with a free coaster!

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Leek Fried Rice! (With Leek Soup!)

As expected of the Miku dish! A ton of leek! Let me try some…

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     / βŒ’γ€€γ€€βŒ’οΌΌ γ€€γ€€γ€€ “It’s delicious!
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γ€€ γ€€ /γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€  ー‐ γ€€ γ€€γ‚£

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Miku with her fried rice!

It’s been awhile since I’ve taken photos that haven’t been for a product review.

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MikuLuka Leek Tuna Plate!

When it comes to Luka, you just have to include tuna! Let’s try this one with a little bit of wasabi…

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γ€€γ€€γ€€ οΌγ€€οΌˆβ‰‘οΌ‰γ€€ οΌˆβ‰‘οΌ‰ οΌΌγ€€γ€€ There is such a lot of tuna as well!
  / γ€€ ///(__δΊΊ__οΌ‰/// οΌΌγ€€γ€€The chopped up nori on the side is great as well.
γ€€ |γ€€γ€€ γ€€ γ€€ `YβŒ’y’Β΄γ€€γ€€γ€€ γ€€|γ€€γ€€and really blends the tastes together perfectly!”
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γ€€ γ€€ /γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€ ー‐ γ€€ γ€€γ‚£

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Luka with her tuna!

It really is so much fun to take pictures together with the figures! Plus they become an important memory to remember at a later time!

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The Project mirai concept art!

These are all the actual materials from Sega, that the cafe is borrowing! Thanks Sega!! There are all sorts of illustrations of costumes and the like that were used in the Project mirai game.

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“Aku no Musume” and “Aku no Meshitsukai”!

Rin & Len have such detailed costumes! You can even see the little textures on their outfits! I’m pretty sure these would be a mission to make Nendoroid Petites out of… πŸ˜›

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“Mousou Sketch” and “Kimi no Taion”!

The designs really had the lovely Nendoroid feeling about them even at the design stage. From this point, the illustrations would be changed into 3D models by Sega, they really all came out spectacularly…

Gakkun from the manufacturing team and I would then look at all the 3D images, and say things like “It’s really cute… can’t you make it cuter though”. We went through every costume just like that until they were all up to the cute standards of Nendoroids.

I remember commenting on the “Mousou Sketch” and “Kimi no Taion” models as well – I really loved them, so I went particularly strict on them to make sure they were as perfect as possible! Thanks for all you hard work, Sega!!

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“Sakasama Rainbow”!

Even the little accessories are all carefully detailed on the designs!! All these details went into the Project mirai models!

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There are even storyboards!

This is from the opening theme, ‘Yumeyume’! I really want to compare the storyboard to the final video sometime…

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This is where Miku opens the door!

I really loved the opening, so I’ve watched it a number of times. It’s amazing to look at the storyboard and then see what the final product looks like. The opening is running on the monitors at the cafe, so those who haven’t seen it can take a look right at the cafe!

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KAITO!!

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The original work for “Happy Synthesizer”!

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Original illustrations!!

This is by Ryuuichi Makino from the animation production company, AIC! These rare illustrations can only be found at the GSC Cafe! (well, at the moment :P)

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There are also figures on display!

A variety of Vocaloid figures from GSC and Max Factory are all on display for customers to enjoy! Photos are welcome!

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The secret back room!

Station Yamada and Akiyama were up all night preparing things the day before the launch! They were then waiting here in the back room to make sure everything ran smoothly on the opening day. They look really highly strung in this photo for some reason…

Thanks for all the hard work guys!

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Ren-kyun at the entrance!

I had to rudely ask for a photo for the blog! πŸ˜› Apparently the staff cosplay was only for one day… they should have kept it going much longer!

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Adorable shop cards!

These are all free to take home! They are sitting at the front desk, so just grab on your way out!

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3900 Yen! ((((οΎŸΠ”οΎŸ))))

All that for just 39000 yen!!! It’s a miracle! I can live on with Miku by my side!

Now it’s time to move on to Suidoubashi!!

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The Tokyo Dome City Hall!

Today (8th March), the Miku Live Party 2012 was being held right here!
GSC also had a booth up on display!

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This was the sales corner!

We had quite a lot on sale, but there were so many visitors that almost everything was sold out by the end of the evening! Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth!

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The latest prototypes on display!

A couple of figures including Tony’s Luka Megurine and Miku Hatsune: Cheerful Ver. were on display with lots of people taking photos! Luka in particular seemed very popular – and with good reason!

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The Live Starts!

Miku-san was right there in front of our eyes!! Look at all the green glow sticks as well!

The box we were in was smaller than the previous event, but it was a booth with seats, so it was actually easier to see than before! Everyone was so exited, which really added to the atmosphere!

Here are a few pictures from the live! (`ο½₯Ο‰ο½₯Β΄)γ‚ž

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Overall, it was very similar to last year’s Miku-Pa, but the location and set were very different which gave a nice new atmosphere to the event! It was great to have attended!
 
 
Anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again soon! (γƒ»βˆ€γƒ»)γƒŽγ‚›
 
 
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Nendoroid Kokoro Akechi

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   / .γƒΌγ€€γ€€γƒΌ οΌΌ  ← Miura from the Production Team
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“Just give me 30 minutes!!”

Is a conversation I have with the production team, or manufacturing team fairly often… luckily everyone is always super friendly and says I can use it quickly first… I’m quite glad for that, because if they said ‘Be quick, dammit!’ I’d probably end up with very blurry pictures. πŸ˜›

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Today we’ll be taking a look at this Nendoroid:

Nendoroid Kokoro Akechi!

She is the super genius that attends Harvard university, and is a part of the mystery investigation team, ‘Genius 4’ (also known as G4).

She will be included with the PSP game,
‘Tantei Opera Milky Holmes 2’! (ο½₯βˆ€ο½₯)οΎ‰

Those who are watching the anime series will have seen the Bushiroad commercial that features the Kokoro Nendoroid!

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Above you could see her smiling face, but she also has:

An upset face and golden mask!

Even when she is upset, she is still super cute! Plus her weapon, the golden mask, is also included! The mask looks incredibly realistic too… I was rather impressed. The bent arms can be rotated at the shoulders to pose her with her hands on her hips!

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A snapped face and folded arms!

Oooh! What a wonderful choice of expression! This really shows off Kokoro’s real personality! πŸ˜› I also somehow have this strange urge to put my finger in her mouth…

She is so cute that you just can’t help but tease her – it only makes her cuter… and she was already so cute to begin with!

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A Segway and patrol light!

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This extra that may make you wonder if it’s not rather from the anime…

This allows you to recreate the scene in the first season’s opening theme!

She also comes with hands to hold onto the handlebars! I wonder if other characters could ride the Segway as well…?

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Elly decides to give it a go!

If you just move Kokoro’s hand parts onto Elly, she can ride on it just fine! Plus as you can see, the expressions are fully exchangeable! (Assuming there are no changes in production…)

The snapped expression has no eye color, so it’s very easy to stick onto other characters without looking too strange! Plus it’s just so cute!

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“Don’t call me Kokoro-chan!”

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Nendoroid Kokoro Akechi!

Included with the PSP game,
‘Tantei Opera Milky Holmes 2’! (ο½₯βˆ€ο½₯)οΎ‰

If you have any preorder queries, be sure to get in touch with out partner shops!
 
But that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again soon!! (γƒ»βˆ€γƒ»)γƒŽγ‚›
 
 
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The Cheerful JAPAN! project has been going for a year!

As of the 11th March, it will have been a full year since the earthquake and tsunami. I hope that over this year those affected by the disaster have managed to get back on with their lives. My heart goes out to all of you. I believe there is still a huge amount of work to be done in the areas that were hit, but there is more and more progress each day.

Good Smile Company has been working together with other companies for the past year to run a charity project to donate money to help relief efforts, and we thank everyone who has purchased any goods that were a part of the project – know that you’re helped in the restoration of Japan!

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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!

This is the last Cheerful Product! Let’s take a look!

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Cheerful JAPAN! Part 11:

Miku Hatsune : Cheerful Ver.!

The final product to join the Cheerful JAPAN! charity project is a 1/8th scale figure based on the winning illustration from the Cheerful JAPAN! feat. Miku Hatsune Cheerful Illustration Contest. The illustration was titled ‘Cheer Up!!’, and was illustrated by bun150. She is wearing a cheerful cheerleader’s outfit, and has a huge smile across her face to help spread the cheer all over the world!

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This was bun150’s illustration!

She’s so adorable!! The illustration really fills you with energy just by looking at it! That twisted body and long flowing hair are also absolutely stunning!

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Let’s take a look at her front!

γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€οΌΏοΌΏ_οΌΏ
γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€οΌšοΌγ€€γ€€ γ€€ γ€€οΌΌοΌš
γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€ οΌšοΌγ€€..:::─::::─ \: γ€€γ€€γ€€”What a magnificent design…”
γ€€γ€€γ€€οΌšοΌγ€€ ..::<●>::<●>γ€€οΌΌοΌš
γ€€γ€€γ€€οΌš|γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€οΌˆ__δΊΊ__οΌ‰γ€€γ€€|:
γ€€γ€€γ€€οΌšοΌΌ γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€ο½€ βŒ’Β΄γ€€γ€€ _οΌοΌšγ€€γ€€γ€€
γ€€γ€€γ€€οΌš γƒŽγ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€ οΌΌ :

You can’t see the front side of her on the illustration, but on the figure you can see the design is complete, and you can look from any angle you like! The first time I saw her from this angle I could hardly contain my excitement… I just love the way she is designed!

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A close up around her her stomach!

The cheerleader’s outfit has a very high waist line, giving you tons of skin to enjoy! Plus even though she is wearing a skirt, you can make out the outline of her body through it perfectly!

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This is how she looks from the back!

This is really a figure that you can enjoy from absolutely any angle. Plus the giant speaker seen in bun150’s illustration is used as a base for her!

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My favorite shot!

γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€ γ€€γ€€γ€€οΌΏοΌΏοΌΏ_
        /   γ€€ γ€€οΌΌ
γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€  / \  /  οΌΌ γ€€γ€€”Those who read the blog often will
     / γ€€οΌˆβ—οΌ‰ γ€€οΌˆβ—οΌ‰γ€€ γ€€οΌΌγ€€γ€€ probably know just why I like it so much!”
γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€|γ€€ γ€€γ€€οΌˆ__δΊΊ__οΌ‰γ€€ γ€€γ€€|
γ€€ γ€€γ€€γ€€ οΌΌγ€€γ€€γ€€` βŒ’ Β΄’γ€€   /ヽ
γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€οΌˆγƒ½γ€γ€€ γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€/οΏ£οΌ‰|
γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€ |γ€€ο½€`ー――‐”|  ヽ、.|
γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€ γ‚γ€€γƒŽγ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€  ヽ  γƒŽγ€€|
γ€€οΏ£οΏ£οΏ£οΏ£οΏ£οΏ£οΏ£οΏ£οΏ£οΏ£οΏ£οΏ£οΏ£οΏ£οΏ£οΏ£

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Such a lovely smile!

She has a nice young look about her, and the big ribbon in her hair suits her so nicely!! Plus even zoomed in as close as this, you still get a really dynamic feeling from the way she is posed!

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Twin-tails and pompons!

That subtitle almost sounds like the name of a song. πŸ˜› A look from above gives us a good indication of just how incredibly the hair has been sculpted! (I was really scared it would snap if I touched it, so I got Hiro-san to help me out…)

I’m absolutely certain this is going to be a nightmare for the manufacturing team though – there will be so many tiny parts to work with! πŸ˜›

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She even makes use of clear plastic!

As you can see on the original illustration, Miku has see-through parts to her outfit – all of which have been added using clear plastic on the figure, including the soles of her shoes! I think it’s a really cute idea for a design.

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Plus, tomorrow the 9th March…

Is the release date for ‘Quarterly pixiv vol.8’!

As a bonus included with the magazine, a Nendoroid Petite of Miku’s Cheerful ver. is included! The detail on the little Nendoroid is so incredible it’s hard to believe that it’s actually just a Nendoroid – don’t miss out on her if you’re a fan! The magazine also includes Crypton’s wat-san and some inside info about Project mirai!

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Both displayed together!

It is so adorable to display the big and the small versions together! Plus the Nendoroid version can stand without the need for her stand – the twin-tails can hold her up perfectly!

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Cheerful JAPAN! Part 11:

Miku Hatsune : Cheerful Ver.!

β–  She will cost 10000JPY. Delivery in Japan is free.
β–  For each sale made, Good Smile Company will donate 2000JPY to aid relief efforts in Japan.

Please take note of the following if you want to order:

[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:γ€€http://cheerful-japan.ecq.sc/

β–  Orders can be placed between 9th March 2012 (Fri) from 11:00 until 28th March 2012 (Wed) at 20:00.
β–  Delivery within Japan is free of charge.
β–  Delivery will be in August 2012.
β–  Five figures per person will be available.
β–  Payment will be via bank transfer or credit card. Cash-on-delivery will not be an option.
β–  Products will be made to order. Please order within the dates specified above.
β–  If you have any questions please email shop@goodsmile.jp. Japanese only.


[Overseas Sales]

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

β–  Orders can be placed between 9th March 2012 (Fri) from 11:00 until 28th March 2012 (Wed) at 20:00.
β–  Five figures per person will be available.
β–  Figures will be made to order.
β–  Figures will start being sent out from August 2012. (Delivery time varies depending on location)
β–  Payment must be done via credit card or Paypal. Please see http://cheerful-japan-global.ecq.sc/help for more information.
β–  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.
β–  Shipping will be charged at 2000JPY to all countries.
β–  You may be charged additional fees such as import tax and customs duties when buying from overseas. Please be aware of this before ordering.
β–  Payment will be in Japanese Yen.
β–  Please mail shop.overseas@goodsmile.jp if you have any questions. English only please.

Orders will be taken at the GSC Online shop from 9th March at 11:00 and continue until the 28th at 20:00.
http://cheerful-japan.ecq.sc/


And now for some notices!

The Nintendo 3DS game…

Miku Hatsune and Future Stars Project mirai goes on sale today!

Nendoroid versions of Miku and friends will all dance and sing for you! Good Smile has been very involved with the production, and SEGA have been very helpful with so many things! I’m confident to say the game is a load of fun!! It’s filled with lots of love from Vocaloid fans, so if you’re a fan you are bound to enjoy it!

And from today, the Akiba GSC-Tetsu Cafe…

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Is a Project mirai cafe!

What kind of cafe is it going to be? Akiyama-san has been wandering around there, so I decided to ask him!

γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€ / ̄ ̄\
   / .γƒΌγ€€γ€€γƒΌ οΌΌ ← Akiyama
γ€€γ€€γ€€|γ€€γ€€οΌˆβ—οΌ‰γ€€οΌˆβ—οΌ‰ |γ€€γ€€
γ€€γ€€γ€€|γ€€γ€€ (__δΊΊ__οΌ‰|γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€”It’s a cafe that’ll bring a smile to your face!
γ€€γ€€γ€€|γ€€γ€€γ€€ο½€i γ€€iΒ΄γ€€ |γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€ Plus the menu is super cute!
γ€€γ€€γ€€|γ€€γ€€γ€€. `βŒ’ γ€€ }γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€There are even limited edition goods!”
   ヽ       }γ€€
γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γƒ½γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γƒŽγ€€
   /      ヽ 

Oooh, sounds great!

Lemme see some pictures!

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This is the drinks menu!

Drinks based on Miku and Luka’s image colors! They have ice-cream in them, perfect for the upcoming warm months! Plus a coaster is included with each drink you order!

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Next is the food menu!

These are also based around Miku and Luka! They look absolutely delicious… each food order also comes with a paper place-mat that you can take home!

γ€€γ€€γ€€    / ̄ ̄ ̄\
     / ─  γ€€ ─ γ€€οΌΌγ€€γ€€γ€€”I wanna try it…
γ€€γ€€γ€€ /  <●> γ€€<●>γ€€γ€€ οΌΌ.γ€€γ€€ Maybe I should head there now…”
γ€€γ€€γ€€ |γ€€γ€€γ€€οΌˆ__δΊΊ__) し  |γ€€γ€€
γ€€γ€€γ€€ οΌΌγ€€γ€€γ€€ ο½€ βŒ’Β΄γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€οΌγ€€
γ€€γ€€γ€€ /  し γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€ γ€€ γ€€ οΌΌ

So… by the time you’re reading this, I’ll probably be in the cafe trying some of the food! πŸ˜› I’ll have a review up on Friday! (`ο½₯Ο‰ο½₯Β΄)γ‚ž


Another notice!
The Black Rock Shooter anime airing on noitaminA…

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Now has a special page to itself!

The anime is getting more and more exiting with every episode!
From today and for the next month, we’ll be passing on some special info about the series!

Comments from those involved, never before seen images and other things that should be interesting for fans of the series… be sure to check it out!

BRS Page: (Japanese)
http://www.goodsmile.info/post/ja/3314/


 
But anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow! (γƒ»βˆ€γƒ»)γƒŽγ‚›
 
 
(C) bun150 / Crypton Future Media, Inc.

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GSC’s President’s Room!

(Which has tatami mat flooring!)

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I’ve been waiting for this to get back for ages!

Last weekend, Meiru (aka Moja) took this prototype to an event in Shanghai, and I’ve been really worried that it wouldn’t make it back safely! But it’s back safely in one piece!

γ€€ γ€€γ€€γ€€ γ€€γ€€ γ€€οΌΏοΌΏοΌΏ_
γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€ / \  /\  キリッ
.     /  οΌˆβ—οΌ‰ γ€€οΌˆβ—οΌ‰ οΌΌγ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€”I better open up the box just to make sure it’s safe!
    /  βŒ’οΌˆ__δΊΊ__οΌ‰βŒ’ οΌΌγ€€γ€€γ€€ It’s not like I wanna see it or anything!”
γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€|γ€€γ€€ γ€€γ€€γ€€|r┬-|γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€|γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€
γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€ οΌΌγ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€ `γƒΌ’Β΄γ€€γ€€ /
γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γƒŽγ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€ γ€€οΌΌ

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Max Factory’s:

1/7th Scale Luka Megurine: Tony ver.!

The second Vocaloid figure based on an illustration by the famous Tony! The wonderful transparent effect and coloring from Tony’s illustration have all been faithfully rendered in figure form for fans to enjoy! Not to mention the sexy pose she is taking!
 
What an incredible figure!!

Just by looking at this one photo, I’m sure you can see the amount of detail that has gone into this figure! The sculptor for her is the same sculptor behind Tony’s Miku – Chieri! I’m always complementing Chieri’s work and I’ll do it once again – this sculpting work is absolutely stunning!!

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This is how she looks from the back!

She is 1/7th scale so she takes up quite an impressive amount of space – the dynamic look of the skirt is also incredible. The way it is sculpted really makes it look just like real cloth!!

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Absolutely incredible!!

I get the feeling I’m repeating myself from a previous blog, but once again Chieri’s sculpting really brings out the sensual side of figures. The way her body is sculpted makes me think that if I touched it would feel just like real skin.

That open stomach just shows off her body even more!
(I really love the way you can see the direction her pelvis is turning… )

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A beautiful, radiant smile!

Tony’s illustrations always have eyes that draw the viewer in, and I think that same feeling has been transferred to the figure here perfectly! It’s such an adorable expression combined with that super sexy pose… she is like a little devil trying to lure in her prey!

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Time for a lower angle!

There are no words to describe this beauty! The line from her armpits, along her waist and down to her thighs is simply stunning!

γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€ γ€€γ€€γ€€οΌΏοΌΏοΌΏ_
       /   γ€€ γ€€οΌΌ
γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€  /   ─  γ€€ ─ \   ”Yeah, yeah… what a naughty mind you have!”
    / γ€€ (=・=οΌ‰ γ€€οΌˆ=・=οΌ‰ οΌΌ
γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€|γ€€ γ€€γ€€ γ€€ (__δΊΊ__οΌ‰γ€€ γ€€ |
γ€€ γ€€γ€€ οΌΌγ€€γ€€ γ€€γ€€ ο½€ βŒ’Β΄γ€€  /
γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γƒŽγ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€γ€€ γ€€γ€€ γ€€οΌΌ

I won’t lie, that may be true… but that doesn’t change the fact that the sculpting is incredible!

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Displayed with Nendoroid Luka!

This should give you a good feeling for the size of the scale figure. Those who are considering ordering her but want to get a good feeling for the size, I hope this helps!

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Her hair makes use of clear plastic!

To be honest, I’m usually not a fan of scale figures that make use of clear plastic for the hair… (Just my personal tastes). But this Luka figure has really pulled it off perfectly – the uneven feeling I normally get from clear hair doesn’t strike me at all on this figure. In fact, I think the clear parts really adds some life to the figure!

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My personal favorite shot!

A profile photo. Her eyes are hidden by her hair, giving the picture a kind of mysterious charm. You get to imagine the expression on her face for yourself! πŸ˜›

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Look at the details on the fingers!!

I don’t know if you can tell from the photo… but they are really super sexy! Not to mention beautiful! It’s simply incredible to look at them…

I’d say it’s like a real hand shrunk down to figure size, but that’s not quite it… it’s more like the perfect mid-point between 2D and 3D!

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Max Factory’s:

1/7th Scale Luka Megurine : Tony ver.

She will be up on the GSC site on the 8th March!
 
If you have any preorder or sales inquiries, be sure to contact our partner shops.
 
Anyway, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!!Β  (γƒ»βˆ€γƒ»)γƒŽγ‚›
 
 
(C)γ€€Crypton Future Media, Inc.

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