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Good Smile Company Lends Support to Kumamoto With Figure Sales

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Good Smile Company is lending its support to the earthquake affected Kumamoto Prefecture by donating the proceeds from two figure sales to aid relief efforts through Cheerful Japan.

Good Smile Company, in collaboration with Crypton Future Media, DMM.com, and Nitroplus is releasing Hatsune Miku: Cheerful version and Nendoroid Mikazuki Munechika: Cheerful version.

The Hatsune Miku: Cheerful version is a 1/8-scale figure of the popular Nendoroid in a cheerleader outfit leaping over a giant speaker. The figure was previously created for the charity in 2011 based on the bun150's winning illustration for pixiv's 2011 "Cheerful JAPAN! feat. Miku Hatsune Cheerful Illustration Contest."

The figure comes with a B3-size poster. Pre-orders opened on Monday and will last until May 25. Each order costs 10,800 yen (US$97) and the transaction will be processed at time of ordering instead of shipping to better help relief efforts. For each figure sale, Crypton Future Media will donate 2,000 yen (US$18). Hatsune Miku will ship in December.

The Munechika: Cheerful version Nendoroid shows the Tōken Ranbu character smiling. He comes with a sign that reads "Cheerful Japan," two small fans, and his sword. The figure also comes with badges of Nendoroid Doudanuki Masakuni, Nendoroid Hotarumaru, Nendoroid Heshikiri Hasebe and Nendoroid Petite Kasen Kanesada.

Pre-orders opened on Monday and will last until May 25. Each order costs 4,200 yen (US$38) and the transaction will be processed at time of ordering instead of shipping to better help relief efforts. For each figure sale, Good Smile Company, Nitroplus and DMM.com will donate 1,000 yen (US$9). Munechika will ship in August.

Companies like Level-5 (Inazuma Eleven, Professor Layton, Yōkai Watch) and Cygames, as well as Japanese rock and visual kei star YOSHIKI have donated millions of yen to help the area after earthquakes hit on April 14 and 16. Other celebrities, including those associated with One Piece and Attack on Titan's Hajime Isayama, have offered their support and solidarity.


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