Good Smile Company 10th Anniversary
Its been 10 years to the day since Aki Takanori set up his company Good Smile Company and to celebrate, they held a huge event in the middle of Akihabara. The day was split into two parts - one for business partners in the early afternoon and the other for fans and consumers.
I went along and stayed for the early afternoon session and for a wee bit in the late afternoon.
We is being greeted by some ladies and the chap who sends me all those Good Smile posters that you see in the office ^^
The ladies wearing the latest in balloon fashion.
Checking in at the reception.
The traditional congrats flowers with names of the various companies displayed along with them.
A ton of noms - which I didn't get to eat much of as I bumped into a load of comrades - half of them were my clients too ^^;
Good Smile had *all* the figures they've made on display. They also make the Max factory stuff too but only had the "Good Smile Company" branded ones out.
Will post all figure photos in a separate post.
Or maybe it was the 70th anniversary? ^^;
Doors just opened and folks are slowly starting to make their way in.
The Good Smile mascot - Gusuma Seijin.
I wish I had eaten more ToT
This is Max Watanabe - the boss of Max Factory. We've been working on a challenging project of late ^^;
The balloon girls are starting to increase in numbers.
Indotei curry - orange curry on rice with a dollop of coconut.
Time for Aki-san to greet the audience.
The Balloon girls on stage ready to...
...give Aki-san a bite of their soft...
Up n coming Nendoroid releases. Photos in a separate post later.
The boss of Banpresto makes a speech - he used to be Aki-sans boss.
Good Smile Company announces that they are opening a Shanghai office. They've also discovered a load of talented sculptors in Shanghai and will be working with them on a load of projects soon.
The Nendoroid Planet iPhone app will be available from the App Store at end of May - June. Will be a catalog of all the Nendoroids available and include some 3D models too. Shame Nendoroid Mirai didn't make it for the release of the app ^^;
Good Smile talking about hiring university graduates. I need to talk about how university students look for jobs in Japan - tis a very interesting process.
Good Smile participate in a load of racing shenanigans too and they had a live feed of what was going on at one of the tracks.
Nearing the end of the first session of the day. The top lady at Good Smile makes a speech.
Then all of a sudden, the rest of the Good Smile staff get on stage. Aki wonders whats going on.
Everybody attacks Aki and hurls him up in the air.
Time for Max to give a speech.
At the back of the hall are all the GSC figures throughout the years.
Gorgeous illustration by Huke - Gumako in BRS style.
And then in the late afternoon, the hall is cleared for the consumer and fan session.
Picked up some goodies on the way out.
Box O Good Smile Goodness.
Good Smile headphones.
Watching how Good Smile have evolved throughout the years is always stimulating and am honored to be able to work with such a coolsome company.
What is your fave Good Smile Company figure to date?