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The famous manga by Sonoda Ken'ichi comes to life in this action-packed Anime mini-series, available for the first time in stunning HD!
The famous manga by Sonoda Ken'ichi comes to life in this action-packed Anime mini-series, available for the first time in stunning HD!
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December Update

Posted by Robert J Woodhead (Creator)
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Happy Non-denominational Gift-getting Season to you all!

We're overdue for a project progress update (sorry about that!), and there's a fair amount to report!

Blu-Ray Authoring

All materials have been assembled and authoring is underway. We expect to get a first test disc in early January. A few elements, such as the backer's list, are placeholders that will get updated just before replication, and of course we'll be obsessively proofreading right up until the last moment, but for all intents and purposes the hard work has been done. As is usual on these projects, we expect to go through a couple of rounds of test discs.

New Materials

All new artwork has been received, with one exception -- the new original manga. As most of you know, Mr. Sonoda is being stretched thin these days; he has to juggle working on this project, manage his family candy store, and work on his new Bean Bandit project. This means we're having to wait a bit longer than we expected for the manga.

We've discussed this internally and come up with what we think is an interesting way to minimize project schedule risk due to these circumstances. Originally, we were planning to include the new dojinshi and the manga in the small “amaray sized” artbook that fits into the box set. However, we realized that if we print the dojinshi + manga as a separate B5-sized book, we can finalize and proof the artbooks and the packaging now (since the box depends on the size of the artbook). Then as soon as we get the manga art, we can finish the dojinshi+manga booklet much more quickly.

This is a little more expensive for printing and also shipping (larger boxes), but we think it is a prudent thing to do, and it adds value to the release. And as a side effect, we'll be able to offer extra copies of the booklet as an additional goodie!

This cunning plan is not yet set in stone, so if you have comments and suggestions, please let us know!

Currently the small artbook contains 180 pages, and the 8.5x11" large artbook variant has 54. If you want to take a sneak peek at the contents of the small artbook, you can see it here...

“Our lady Natasha, she  really amused me with her entire body. I really got a kick out of her, and adore how she is able to surprise her victims with absolutely perfect timing.” -- UEDA Hajime
“Our lady Natasha, she really amused me with her entire body. I really got a kick out of her, and adore how she is able to surprise her victims with absolutely perfect timing.” -- UEDA Hajime

Goodie Goodness

The design of all the goodies are pretty much locked, and we are in the process of getting production samples made for approval. We expect that to be done early in January, at which point we'll run the backer surveys. We've waited on this because as part of the survey you'll be able to make your goodie selections (if you've chosen goodies as part of your reward).

Here's what we've come up with.

Stuck On You

First up isn't actually a goodie, it's the sticker sheet that will be included with every Blu-ray.

The stickers will be printed on a transparent backing suitable for use on phones and laptops. To give you an idea of the scale, Rally will be about 4" tall.

Silver Medals

The coin/keychain will be 1.75" in diameter and the two sides look like this:

The base color will be antique silver, and the figures will be sculpted 3D embossing.

Patchwork Girls

We've already produced a set of test patches; everyone who worked on the project will get a pair of these. The final production patches will be identical except that we'll tweak the text color so eagle-eyed fans can tell them apart.

A Dynamite Pin

The pin design hasn't changed since we first showed it in an earlier update.

Rubber Goods

One big change we've made is with the rubber straps. We showed the first design in an earlier update, but after getting a sample made, we realized that we needed to revise the design to fit the constraints of the manufacturing process; in particular, the details were too small. Based on guidance from Mr. Sonoda, Sasha reworked things extensively to make them more "deformed".

The Rally strap will be ~70mm high (a little less than 3"). One thing that is a bit misleading about these mockups is that in the final figures, Rally's dark hair should contrast with the dark grey background much more that you might expect because of the 2-layer nature of the straps. And if we don't like the results, we can always adjust the color of the dark background base layer until we find something that works.

Well, that's all for this report. As always, we look forward to your comments and suggestions.

-- Robert & Natsumi

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    1. Robert J Woodhead 5-time creator on

      @Manuel: Yes, you'll be able to add on extra goodies using the website. You can actually do it now at www.animeigo.com/gsc for the goodies that have been confirmed. I haven't added the straps yet because I want to get samples first.

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      Manuel Moran on

      Will there still be a way to add on some of these goodies if we didn't back a tier with them? because you and your tempting ways has made me want them all xD

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      John Deemer
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      I think having the dojinshi/manga separate from the box is a reasonable plan.

    4. Robert J Woodhead 5-time creator on

      Sonoda-ya candy is only available in japan. Here is a place you can apparently order it:

      https://store.shopping.yahoo.co.jp/sonodaya/

    5. Robert J Woodhead 5-time creator on

      @Zenmetsu: I will ask.

      @Justin: We get the address when we do the survey via Kickstarter. You get a chance to tweak your address then, plus you'll get at least two confirmation emails from us that you can double-check before we ship. Changing things is as simple as emailing us.

      @Jordan: Backers of this project are of such high moral quality that they would never lord it over other fans; instead, they go out of their wait to elevate other fans to their level. :)

      @SolHerald: Yes. Here's a photo that shows the idea: a dojinshi plus a box set containing the BD and the artbook - https://www.dropbox.com/s/y3su5amqmbgjnwk/Dojin-BDSet.jpg…

      @Kyle: Getting one done in the "heart" style was too expensive and just getting one of the standard "pineapple" toys printed wasn't really special.

      @Cmercur: The problem with the t-shirt is they are expensive both to make and to ship, so we didn't think we could provide good value with them. We may do something with one of the online make-to-order t-shirt places if we have time.

    6. Cmercur on

      What about the T-shirt? I don't see it here.

    7. Robert Rollins on

      Super excited for this! And I don't even own a blu-ray player, lol.

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      Kyle on

      Did the grenade shaped stress toy get cut?

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      Mark Ruf on

      The patches look so good.

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      SolHerald on

      So, for clarification, the idea is that the dojinshi and manga will be included separately, but it won't go into the boxset?

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      Jordan Ray Little on

      I have a question. When I get the blu-ray, do I get to lord it over people?

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      Justin on

      Do you already have shipping addresses or do you gather those before delivery? I moved recently, and can't figure out how to change my ship to address on Kickstarter...

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      Steven Ng on

      Making the art book bigger is a great move.

    14. Sonny Bone (Phantom Green Studios) on

      That patch is amazing! Good work, can't wait!

    15. Zenmetsu Saseru on

      On the note of Sonoda-sensei's family business, is it possible to order candy from there?

    16. MoDaD on

      Looking forward to it!

    17. Kevin Jackson on

      Awesome! Can't wait!