Hello everyone, Kahotan here! (@gsc_kahotan)

The lovely autumn weather continues making it the perfect time to go out! I’m normally very much an indoor person, but I have the strangest urge to go out and pick grapes when it weather like this comes along…

Today the GSC Event page was updated with new information regarding Machi Asobi, so today’s blog will be focusing on information about the event! (`・ω・´)

Machi Asobi vol.11
Date: 2013/09/28 (Sat) – 14th October (Mon
*Good Smile Company will only have a booth from the 12th to the 14th October.
Location: Machiasobi Grounds, Tokushima City, Tokushima.
GSC Booth: Poppo Shopping Street 1F Special Area ‘Good Smile Collection 2013 Autumn @ Tokushima’, Parasol Shop.
Map Link: http://www.machiasobi.com/access/index.html
Machi Asobi Site: http://www.machiasobi.com/
GSC Event Information Page: Machi Asobi

GSC will have figures on display and product on sale at the event! (`・ω・´)

The booth name is Good Smile Collection 2013 Autumn @ Tokushima!

The booth will have the latest figures on display and various anime-related goods on sale! There will even be some goods from some of the new October anime series! I’ll give more details as soon as I can get hold of them! (。・ω・)ノ゙

On the 13th and 14th October, Nendoroid Petite: Mikudayo will be on sale!

(*The miniature cardboard boxes are not included with Mikudayo!)
Date: 13th October 10:00 – 18:00 & 14th October 10:00 – 15:00
Location: Shinmachi Boardwalk Parasol Shop ‘Good Smile Company’ Booth
Product: Nendoroid Petite Mikudayo (Max 1 per person)

Nendoroid Petite Mikudayo is an event-only product, and will not be in regular stores or sold online! But note that stock at the event is limited, so come by early if you want to make sure to get one!

If you want more updates regarding the event and product information be sure to follow both Gumako (@GSC_GUMA) and the GSC Sales team Twitter (@gsc_sales)! They will let you know when stock runs out of certain products!

Plus the popular yellow creature with a second season anime on the way, wooser-sama will also be visiting Tokushima!!

The photo above is wooser at this year’s AniSummer 2013! One of his first appearances was in fact last year’s Machi Asobi, so there is no way he would miss out on this year! He will be wandering all around the event and those lucky enough to meet him will be able to receive the ‘Trading Card No.003’! The design of the card is a secret for now!!

If you want updates on where wooser will be then keep your eye on the wooser Twitter account! (@PR_wooser) (σ・∀・)σ

Also a little bit of information from my side – I’m going to be attending the Girl’s-Only Secret Industry Talk Show!! ((((;゚Д゚))))

You can find more information here: http://www.machiasobi.com/events/talk_zyoshi.htm

The event description calls it the ‘Only place where girls can find sanctuary at Machi Asobi’… I don’t really know if I qualify to be there, but I’ll do my best! But there are of course all sorts of other things going on at the event as well!

Including some ‘Arpeggio of Blue Steel’ events!

Summary (via Wikipedia)

Due to global warming and rising sea levels of the early 21st century, humanity lost much of the Earth’s landmass. At the same time, fleets of powerful sentient ships of unknown origin armed with advanced technology and weapons, known collectively as the “Fleet of Fog”, mysteriously appeared and easily vanquished the world’s naval forces. The Fleet of Fog impose a worldwide naval and aerial blockade, and thus preventing humanity from traveling across the seas.

In the year 2039, 17 years after the blockade, Gunzou Chihaya is a former student of the Japanese National Marine Academy and Captain of his crew, the Blue Steel fleet. The Blue Steel are infamous for possessing the only Fog submarine to have defected to the human side, the I-401 along its avatar Iona. Gunzou and his crew are hired by a faction of the Japanese government to deliver plans of a powerful weapon that may allow mankind to fight back against the Fleet of Fog to the United States, the only country that did not suffer from the blockade, thus capable of mass-producing it. However, the Blue Steel fleet faces obstacles not only from the Fleet of Fog and their human allies, but from other factions of the government with their own agenda, while gaining allies from both sides to increase their chances against such overwhelming odds.

Arpeggio of Blue Steel -Ars Nova-
Broadcast Start: 8th October 2013 at 2:55AM on MBS
Other Channels: TOKYO MX, BS, NTV, AT-X, niconico
Official Site: http://www.aokihagane.com/index.php

Machi Asobi will be featuring a special broadcast of the first three episodes on the 12th October, which will also feature a talk show with the director, Seiji Kishi and voice actor for Iona, Mai Fuchigami! There will also be a talk battle(?) between Seiji Kishi and the producer of the series, Sanjigen’s Hiroaki Matsuura! ヽ(*・ω・)人(・ω・*)ノ

Details can be found here: http://www.machiasobi.com/events/arupedio.html

The screening will take place at the ufotable CINEMA, so you’ll be able to enjoy a lovely big screen and amazing sound! It’s quite a rare chance to see a TV anime series in a cinema, so be sure to join in if you’re at the event!

I actually had the opportunity to join a screening the other day! It was also up till episode three and it was really amazing!!


The story is enthralling and the music really suits my tastes perfecting! The main theme really gets me excited!! Not to mention the epic music in the naval battle scenes!! ((◎д◎))


The OP theme is by Nano feat. MY FIRST STORY and is called ‘SAVIOR OF SONG’, also a very lovely song! It really suits the series and makes me feel like I should get out on a boat myself sometime! The ED theme was also beautiful – ‘Trident’ sung by the voice actors of the series, Mai Fuchigami, Manami Numakura and Hibiku Yamamura!


I strongly recommend this series as one to watch this season! The (almost) full 3DCG animation from the same team that brought everyone 009 RE:CYBORG has really done some impressive work once again! The movement of the I-401 and battle scenes are simply amazing to watch!


I can’t say too much as I don’t want to spoil anything.. and I know I’ve been prattling on for ages now…. but it really was great fun to watch!!

After the screening there was a talk show with the main character Gunzou Chihaya’s voice actor, Kazuyuki Okitsu, as well as Iona’s voice actor Mai Fuchigami and Haruna’s voice actor, Hibiku Yamamura! ♪

Here’s a few pictures from the talk show! ☆

The MC was none other than Takeshi Washizaki-san! There were some interesting talks about the dubbing recording for the series!

Some on-the-spot practice from the cast, and afterwards there was even a rock-paper-scissors contest to win a signed folding fan! (σ・∀・)σ

At the end Okitsu-san said ‘Arpeggio of Blue Steel -Ars Nova- I-401…‘, and the audience all shouted ‘Ready for Departure‘!

Everyone was nicely in time making for a great ending to a lovely event! I even got three picture postcards for taking part! (*´Д`)=з

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Yay! Kongou-sama!! (∩´∀`)∩´∀`)∩´∀`)∩´∀`)∩´∀`)∩━!!

Apparently the postcards were random, but I was super happy to see Kongou-sama was in my set!! (ΦωΦ)フフフ…!

Arpeggio of Blue Steel -Ars Nova-

The series starts airing on the 7th October!!

But also don’t forget that tonight…

Is the start of KILL la KILL in the Kantou region!
Those in the Kansai region probably already got to see it yesterday!

Broadcast Start: 4th October 2:05AM [MBS], 4th October 2:25AM [TBS]
Other Channels: CBC, BS-TBS
Official Page: http://www.kill-la-kill.jp/

I’m sure many of you have already seen it, but if you haven’t then be sure to take a look! You can see a preview in the meantime at the official site!

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/Kahotan’s Inner Voice\

 (`・ω・´)   .。0(“This weekend is dedicated to watching the new season animes!” )
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I hope to see you all again next week!

Planning Team / Kahotan
Twitter ID: gsc_kahotan