Anime Figures – Made in Japan

To have an anime figure factory in Japan itself is indeed very rare.

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As you might have already known, most anime figures are made in China. Newbies often misunderstood that ‘Made in China’ means fake. That is not correct. In fact most of the original ones are made in China mainly because it is cheaper for the Japanese company to own a factory and production line there. If you’re not sure on how to tell the difference between original and fake anime figures, you might need this guide.

This was a footage featued on Japanese morning TV show, Gacchiri Monday on 26 June 2016 in which the TV crew visited Good Smile Company’s Japan-based factory , which opened in late 2014.

So now let’s take a look from this carefully documented piece of footage recorded off the TV.

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This is a place somewhere in the city of Kurayoshi, located in the central part of Tottori Prefecture, Japan.

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And somewhere beside the rice field…

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stood a big factory

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and that is the Good Smile Company’s Japan-based factory

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it opened in December 2014

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surprisingly, not many people in Japan knows what Good Smile Company does…maybe it’s only well-known among the figure collectors but not to the general public…

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and so the tour into the factory begins…

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there are lots of workers in here, all are Japanese and there are tons of blue plastic containers…

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upon a closer look it contains parts of Nendoroid figures

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and so for the first time, people who are not familiar with anime and figurines got to know that this is a anime-figurine production factory

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besides the modling and designing process, almost each and every piece of the Nendoroids are hand-made

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This is Tori Shuhei, the man who coordinates the factory. He explained that up till now, the production of all anime figures are made in China and so this Japan-based factory by Good Smile Company is the first of it’s kind in many years…

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it is said that the production process are mostly done in South East Asia regions and also mainly in China…

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and the main idea of this factory is to produce a real Made in Japan high-quality product in its own home country…

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and so comes the question; what does high-quality anime figure production means?

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for example, in the case of producing this Isuzu Hana-chan figure from the GIRS und Panzer series…there are many things involved…

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for instance when making the parts for her socks…

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this one…

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there are two colours involved in these small little pieces of the socks…

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a dark blue and black is used

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the before and after the gradient is added can be very hard to tell for the untrained eyes…even the TV crew members couldn’t see much difference…

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next comes the gradation process…done by hand as well…

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which is to make the toning of the hair in different shades, lighter and darker parts…

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it’s definitely not easy…

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on average, an anime figure like this one can have more than 100 colours painted on it…

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after that there is another process known as polishing…

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even the TV crew didn’t know about stuff like this…

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the figurine parts that are molded have these parting lines…

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the polishing process is done to smoothen the layer and to even it out, to make it less obvious…

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this is a tricky process because too much polishing can changed the form of the figurine parts…each and every parts have to be polished carefully…

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this is indeed a very detailed process of making an anime figure…like this Nendoroid Isuzu Hana-chan…

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the next process is…

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quality control, deciding which parts are good to go and which parts are not…

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for example…this piece here…

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there’s a block dot here…

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a very small dot on the face, so it’s a no…

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for the sake of the anime fans, these tiny details involved in making anime figures has become an important part of the process…

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this anime figures done through high-quality craftsmanship is indeed very popular…

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so what’s the reason for setting up a factory here in Tottori Prefecture?

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well Tottori Prefecture can be said as the manga kingdom…

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a strong presence of manga characters can be felt here…

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for example even the airports are decorated in manga style…

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besides that, many people here are experienced with factory workplace as well…

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so Tottori Prefecture is just the right place to produce anime figures…

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locally produced anime figures rocks…

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Japanese anime figures have superb qualities…

You can lean more about the history of Nendoroids here.

 

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