Appear at Wonder Festival and Help Japan Earthquake Relief

By Nopy

It has been nearly 11 months since the Tohoku earthquake that shook Japan and damaged the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, but recovery efforts are still ongoing and relief organizations are still seeking donations. Doing their part to help, figure manufacturers Max Factory and Good Smile Company have released a series of “Cheerful Japan” figures, in which a portion of the profits is donated to relief efforts. This line-up of figures include Vocaloid and anime characters dressed up in cheerleader uniforms and are sold directly by the manufacturers. While the “Cheerful Japan” figures have been very successful, out-selling most of the companies’ other products, Max Factory and Good Smile Company seem to be continuing to find ways to raise awareness and promote themselves at the same time.

With the 2012 Winter Wonder Festival coming up this month, the companies have launched a Miku Art Project to be displayed at the event. Miku Hatsune is clearly one of the most popular characters among figure collectors, so Max Factory and Good Smile Company are calling on individuals to submit pictures of their Miku or other Vocaloid figures in order to create a huge mosaic. For each submission, 100 yen will be donated to relief/recovery organizations that are continuing to clean up after the earthquake. You can submit a picture with yourself in it as long as it also contains a Vocaloid figure from either Max Factory or Good Smile Company, and what figure fanatic wouldn’t want their picture shown at the Wonder Festival?

Up to 10,000 submissions will be accepted for the mosaic, and it should be complete by February 12, the first day of the Wonder Festival. Limiting submissions to pictures of their own products may be a bit self-serving, but they are not making any money off of the submissions and they’re donating to a good cause. Anyone who already owns a Max Factory or Good Smile Company Vocaloid figure would only need to take a few minutes to take a picture and upload it to the “Wonderful Hobby Life for You” website. All images will be resized to 200×200 pixels and the final mosaic will be on Mika-tan’s blog for those who can’t make it to the Wonder Festival.

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Nopy is an engineer and a rabid fan of anime. He also enjoys collecting anime figures, reading manga, and viewing artwork from anime/manga artists. Nopy began blogging about anime in 2008 and joined the Forever Geek team in 2009. Besides anime and manga, he also enjoys the occasional video game and catching the latest internet memes.

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