Uzuki Shimamura: Crystal Night Party Ver.: A Talk With the Expression Painter

Hello everyone, Kahotan here! (@gsc_kahotan)

I can’t get over at the cold temperature this morning after such a warm weekend! Where did the nice weather go?!

Anyway, today I’m going to be speaking to the person responsible for Uzuki Shimamura: Crystal Night Party Ver.‘s adorable expression – Ranran! 

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Ranran: “I wanted to preserve that sparkling, clear smile from episode 24 of the anime series as best possible!!”

(・∀・) “You’ve mentioned the word ‘sparkling’ a lot when talking about this figure. It must be very important!
“This is actually only the third scale figure expression I have ever worked on, and by far the one that has had the most revisions. I really tried again and again until I felt I had captured the sparkling smile as best I could!”

△ One of the Ranran’s previous expressions, Honda Mio: New Generation Ver.

“I’ve long been a fan of the Cinderella Girls game, and when I think of Uzuki’s expression the first one that comes to mind is the one illustrated by Annin Doufu – so my basis of the expression was originally on those illustrations. For example the top part of the black of the eyes would meet up with the eyelashes without white in-between, similar to her art style.”

(・∀・) “I see, I see. But that slowly changed?”

“Yep. When I first had the expression checked by the publisher I was provided with a much more lively-faced set of reference illustrations, which is when the figure got changed to have the energetic smile that helps put a smile on everyone’s face that you can see now. That’s not to say that my first expression wasn’t energetic, but this was just on a whole new level! Plus, based on the reference illustrations, the gap between the black of the eye and the eyelashes has a bit of white added in!”

(・∀・) “Ah-hah! You can see a little bit of a white gap on the photos for the figure now!”

“Adding in that white gap actually made the eyes look wider open, adding to the energetic look and smile! Her smile isn’t just cute, its actually quite inspiring to look at as well!”

(・∀・) “The smile is really amazing. Not only is it really cute, but just looking at it makes me feel all happy inside!”

“Including both the prototype and painted prototype I must have redrawn the expression around 4-5 times in total now. Probably the most I’ve ever done for a figure. I’ve really become quite attached to the expression now!”

(・∀・) “The pose of the figure was also an original pose made here in the GSC offices, correct?”

“That’s right! We came up with the idea for the pose here and then the planner and sculptor talked directly with the director to get it perfect. It was my first experience with such a project, but it was actually really interesting trying to come up with a good pose that fans would enjoy. We wanted to ensure they would look great alone, and absolutely amazing with all three displayed together!

(・∀・) “Is painting a scale figure’s expression very different from a Nendoroid expression?”

“The fact that the expression isn’t ‘chibi’ means that even the slightest change in angle or highlights can make a rather huge impression. Making tiny changes made me so nervous! By the way, there is another male figure on the way that I painted the expression on as well – I hope everyone will like him!

(・∀・) “I can’t wait to see it myself!”

Ranran’s Desk ★

Figures and clear files to keep the mind at ease while at work!

△ The 4th anniversary files and IM@S  figures are apparently great for morale!

Filled with the love from the expression illustrator…

Uzuki Shimamura: Crystal Night Party Ver.!

⇒ Product Details: http://www.goodsmile.info/en/product/5573/

Orders from the GOODSMILE ONLINE SHOP will also include this special staircase stage base as a bonus!! ♪

△ The steps have slightly different thickness to change the colors ever so slightly! ♪

* The same bonus is scheduled to be included with Crystal Party Versions of both Shibuya Rin and Mio Honda.

Plus, I also got a comment from Uzuki Shimamura’s voice actress, Ayaka Ohashi!

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Hi everyone, this is Ayaka Ohashi, the voice actress for Uzuki Shimamura!
I can’t tell you how excited I am for this Uzuki Shimamura: Crystal Party Ver.!!!

I had the pleasure of seeing the figure for myself… the creases on the gloves, the flow of the outfit, her adorable smile, cute posing, fluffy hair and impressive skirt all come together in lovely detail to create such an amazing figure. You can really feel the love for Uzuki that has been poured into this figure!!

I currently have the Nendoroid, figma and other scale figures of Uzuki on display in my house, but I can’t wait to add this one to my collection!! On that note, I’m so happy that there are so many different figures of Uzuki to choose from!! She is really loved by the fans, which makes me feel happy as well!! Thanks everyone!!

Rin and Mio are also currently in development, so those who want to display the New Generation girls together have a whole set to look forward to! I can’t wait for the release!

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Thank you very much for the comment, Ayaka Ohashi-san!!

Orders from the GOODSMILE ONLINE SHOP are open until the 11th May 2016 at 21:00! Make sure you don’t miss out her!!  (・∀・)

Uzuki Shimamura: Crystal Night Party Ver. (GSC Online)

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The Nendoroid Co-de DIVA Module Poll is ongoing! (・∀・)

Pick your favorite designs and we will make use of the results to decide which modules we are going to add next to the Nendoroid Co-de series! More details available on the voting site below!

 ⇒ http://event.goodsmile.info/nendoro10thanniv/en/diva-code/

Be sure to get your votes in! You can vote for six modules once every day!!

Also don’t forget that Nendoroid Co-de: Hatsune Miku – Ha2ne Miku Co-de and Nendoroid Co-de: Hatsune Miku – Breathe with You Co-de  are currently up for preorder! ♥︎

Product Page: http://www.goodsmile.info/en/product/5553/

Product Page: http://www.goodsmile.info/en/product/5584/

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♥︎ Today’s Date ♥︎

Flowers and dango. 
– Gakiake

What is ‘Today’s Date’?

Today’s date is a photo corner featuring figure photos sent in by fans with the theme ‘The Perfect Date’. See the bottom of this post for details on how to take part: Kahotan Post Office


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( ・∀・) .。oO(Next time…)
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