Hello everyone!! Kahotan here! (@gsc_kahotan)
Today is the very last blog of 2016!! (∩・∀・)∩
As with the previous few years, today I’m going to have a talk with the Good Smile Company CEO: Takanori Aki! The topics will all be related with things that GSC was involved with over the year!
Just a fair warning – the interview is a bit long!
– THEME #1 –
How was 2016 For You?
It really does fit perfectly! The move was right before WonFes as well which made it all the more stressful… but now that it is done and dusted it just makes so much sense for a figure maker to be right in the heart of anime and game culture! Plus there are so many more places to choose to eat at now, which I’m very happy about!
▲ GSC’s ‘We Moved’ Business Card (Designed by Aki!)
The inside of the offices have also changed a lot and we get some rather interesting things going on sometimes!
The 6th floor was rather empty when we first arrived here but at some point there was a tent put up right in the offices, and then some fancy lighting got put in… Now we have shelves filled with figures for guests to look at! We also got all new desks and chairs for the area!
— カホタン＠グッスマのすみっこ (@gsc_kahotan) May 12, 2016
▲ Back when the mysterious tent appeared in the offices.
▲ This is how the 6th floor looks at present! (The tent is no more…)
This year was also the Nendoroid 10th anniversary which included the Nendoroid Live Concert!
The event feels like it took place ages ago! Why exactly did we decide to have a live concert for the 10th Anniversary?
I remember listening to ‘Star!!’ at the concert and crying!! It was a really touching event!! But that wasn’t the only anniversary to celebrate this year!
It was also the 15th anniversary of Good Smile Company itself!
One of the many projects we organized for the 15th Anniversary was Sakura Kinomoto: Stars Bless You! When we first had the prototype on display at animate Akiba Culture Zone we received a warm response from both Japan and out overseas and it really become such a wonderful memory for me!!! (´□｀｡)
▲ You can read my blog review of the figure here!
We also hosted the Good Smile Company 15th Anniversary Exhibition in August!
▲ You can also go on a virtual walk around the exhibit here!
In other words it wasn’t just the history of GSC’s figures, but also a place to remember all the people that have worked on the figures that also have a special place in the company’s history!
The 15th anniversary year was also filled with many new challenges! One of which was the hand puppet series that aired in summer this year – Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers!
▲ Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers Vol 1-4 on sale now!
I still remember how thrilling it was to watch the completed first episode!!
I agree! It also allowed for so many unique experiences working together with the PILI team in Taiwan! Thanks to the fans who supported the series there is also a second season on the way, and I am already looking forward to working on it!
▲ The Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers Puppet Photo Book!
The next challenge GSC took on was our jump into the world of gaming with the smartphone game ‘Grand Summoners’!
There are a couple of Good Smile Lab blogs about the game, so be sure to take a look if you want to know more! They are only in Japanese though!
How about when Japan’s Yoshihide Muroya takes first place at the Japan leg of the Red Bull Air Race!
— Red Bull Air Race (@Redbullairrace) 2016年10月20日
– THEME #2 –
What are your thoughts on the figure market of 2016?
How much does that change things for a figure manufacturer like GSC?
I also get a very strong feel for the overseas market growth when we rerelease older items! (｀・ω・´)ゞ
Often the prices of these rereleased items need to climb up a little bit to match with the current times – but we try to keep the prices as close to the original as possible so that more fans can enjoy the figures for a fair price!
– THEME 3 –
What do you see for 2017?
▲ Fairy Racing Miku
Not to mention it’s also Miku’s 10th anniversary! ★
Hmm… is something in the works already? ヽ(ﾟ∀ﾟヽ 三 ﾉﾟ∀ﾟ)ﾉ
Another big thing for 2017 is the Little Witch Academia TV anime starting in January!!
The Little Witch Academia 2 was made through crowdfunding a few years back, but we also have another project that GSC is involved in that was recently funded through crowdfunding! The Hint Radio!
Sales for the radio have been announced for Spring next year, so look forward to it!! (｡･ω･)ﾉﾞ
I will also be striving to bring out the charm of all sorts of things on this blog and Twitter!!
That beings us to the end of the interview!!
I hope you all had a good 2016!!
Thank you for all your support this year, and I hope you’ll continue to read the blog in 2017!!
See you all next year!!! ♪
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