Good Smile Company

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GOOD SMILE COMPANY, INC.
Native name 株式会社グッドスマイルカンパニー
Type Kabushiki Gaisha
Industry Hobby Goods, Figures
Founded 1st May 2001
Founder(s) Aki Takanori
Headquarters 17F Tokyo Skytree East Tower, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, 131-0045
Products Nendoroid, figma, Scale Figures, Goods
Website www.goodsmile.info

Good Smile Company (グッドスマイルカンパニー?) (also known as 'GSC' or just 'Good Smile') is a Japanese manufacturer of hobby products such as the Nendoroid and figma product lines, as well as scale figures. In addition to production and manufacturing, its business includes design, marketing and distribution. Its products are usually based on anime, manga or games that are currently popular in Japan, although the company has also produced products based on other media properties such as the voice synthesizer software Vocaloid and the Touhou Project game series.

Outline[edit]

Good Smile Company was established by Aki Takanori in 2001 as an event management and talent company. Thereafter it began working with Max Factory on hobby related products which soon become the main focus of the company. Good Smile Company is now primarily involved in the planning, production, manufacturing and sales of figures and toys, but also markets accessories and other goods.

Good Smile Company also acts as a distributor and for a number of other hobby related companies including Max Factory, FREEing and Phat! Company. The company has a particularly long relationship with Max Factory, and often shares booths and display space with them at events such as Wonder Festival. As of June 2012, Good Smile Company moved from Matsudo, Chiba to the Tokyo Skytree's East Tower, which has become the joint headquarters for them and Max Factory.

'Kahotan's Blog' is a popular blog which introduces both Good Smile Company and related products to the public through the eyes of one of the female staff members. The blog is available in both English and Japanese.

Corporate History[edit]

A summarized history of the company can be found below.[1]

  • May 2001 - Good Smile Company established in Matsudo, Chiba.
  • January 2002 - Planning of toys, OEM production begins
  • September 2004 - First Good Smile Company branded figure is released.
  • April 2005 - Distribution of hobby related products begins
  • February 2006 - Start of the Nendoroid series.
  • January 2008 - Start of the figma series.
  • 2010
    • March - Work begins on the Black Rock Shooter series.
    • August - The Good Smile Cafe is opened.
  • 2012

Primary Products[edit]

Good Smile Company sells a variety of products with a focus on PVC character Figurines. Most products are based on anime, manga or video game characters that are popular within Japan. Popular series included in their product line-up include Hatsune Miku , characters from the Touhou Project game series, Black Rock Shooter products, Puella Magi Madoka Magica products as well as characters from Nintendo games. They are most well-known for:

  • The Nendoroid figure series.
  • The articulated figma figure series (with planning and development by Max Factory).
  • Scale Figures

Related Anime Productions[edit]

Good Smile Company has been involved in the following productions as a member of the production committee.[2]

Additionally, they were involved in the production and distribution of the Black Rock Shooter film (2010).

Motor Sports[edit]

In 2008, Good Smile Company became the primary sponsor of Studie GLAD Racing, a team which took part in the GT300 race division of the SUPER GT racing series in a car featuring illustrations of Hatsune Miku. In 2010, a new subsidiary company called Good Smile Racing (GSR) was established which became the new racing team owner. Good Smile Racing also produces model cars and related goods to support the racing team with sponsors.[1] The team took first place and the title of champion in Japan's 2011 Super GT GT300 class series race.[3]

Anime Production Business[edit]

In recent years, the company played a large part in bringing together four smaller animation companies (Sanzigen, Trigger, Ordet and LIDEN FILMS) and pooling their talent together as a new holding company named ULTRA SUPER PICTURES. This business is a part of the animation production industry, but focuses not only on the production and development of high quality animation projects, but also the licensing of works, general management and training of new staff in order to create content aimed at a worldwide audience.[4]

Associated Companies[edit]

  • Max Factory
  • Phat! Company
  • Good Smile Racing
  • Good Smile Logistics & Solutions
  • native
  • Gift
  • MAGES.
  • MEM
  • Good Smile Shanghai
  • HiTUBE
  • Ultra Super Pictures

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "会社案内" (in Japanese). Good Smile Company. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Anime News Network: Good Smile Company". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  3. ^ "Good Smile Racing wins Japan's Super GT GT300 class championship". Tomopop. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  4. ^ "ULTRA SUPER PICTURES Company Overview". 2013-06-05.