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Figure Sculptor Takeshi Miyagawa (T's System) at Connichi 2015Figure Sculptor Takeshi Miyagawa (T's System) at Connichi 2015

MaakieMaakie2 år sedanDiary
A few months ago, I was invited my by friends of Fake Is Sad BLOG #23516 / fakeissad.com/ to come and visit the convention Connichi in Germany! I'm from the Netherlands, and out-of-country conventions can be really hard and expensive to visit, so this was an offer I couldn't refuse!

I had a great time at Connichi and it was very fun to compare it to the conventions in the Netherlands I normally visit. Something also special, and I didn't know that until I saw the convention booklet, was that Miyagawa Takeshi ENCYCLOPEDIA #8199 , a figure sculptor from T's System ENCYCLOPEDIA #7731 would be there! He was there for the full 3 days with a small exposition with stand and on saturday and sunday he would give a live figure-sculpting event. The figure-enthousiast I am (and owning multiple figures sculpted by him), of course I had to visit!

Exposition and stand

On the first floor there was a stand with multiple tables and display cases. During the convention I visited it quite some times, but was never lucky enough to find mr. Miyagawa himself there. I'm not sure if there was something with the rules that he wasn't going to be there at all (I know from some conventions they keep their VIP's "hidden" unless there are special signings or events). His wife and multiple German garage kit builders (that were live building) were at the stand at all times.

Everywhere you could find these flyers:

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And his wife was the most enthousiastic in handing them out! It's a recent project of his, where he designed the mascots and made a garage kit for the Maebashi prefecture. Seriously accepting this flyer from a Japanese person was nerve-wrecking. Take it with 2 hands, make a slight bow did I do this well, I don't want to be rude!. I sort of hope she appreciated it instead of most people just grabbing it with one hand and walking away from the stand after that.

Anyway, let's get to the good stuff of his stand! The figures that were on display! All of them were sculpted and handpainted by Miyagawa Takeshi himself. I took pictures of the most interesting shelves.

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At the front there is a recent Saber Bride ITEM #204843 The sign mentioned it was handpainted and resin, but I couldn't find any information about a Garage Kit existing from this sculpt? Unless this is the original first version from this figure, which would be super nice. In the back you can see 2 figures from Shuffle! ITEM #23123 and ITEM #23124 .

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Here is a battle damaged Saber ITEM #117187 , I think the way he painted the blood is really nice. In the back you can see a bit of this Rei ITEM #242218 (also here I think it's the original version of this figure or maybe there is a Garage Kit where I can't find more information about).

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And here is the beautiful laying down Chii/Freya figure that I think almost every collector can appreciate ITEM #13723 At the top there are two figures from Onegai Twins ITEM #19179 and ITEM #19178 .

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At his stand was a work in progress of a Garage Kit from the Maebashi mascots ITEM #372489 , I think Miyagawa Takeshi was painting it himself. There were also multiple unpainted ones from this kit lying on his table, but unfortunately they were not for sale. I would have loved to pick one up as a souvenir.

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Another work in progress was this sculpt of a garage kit for Prinz Eugen from Kantai Collection ITEM #396783 ! Considering this character is from my number 1 artist Humikane/Fumikane Shimada ENCYCLOPEDIA #21456 , you could probably imagine my excitement considering the events mr. Miyagawa was going to give were live sculpting! Fingers crossed for him to work on this one!

The events

On saturday I went to his first event. It started too late and there were some technical difficulties with setting up his workbench and the camera connected to the big screen. When they were finally ready to start mr. Miyagawa let us know that because of lack of time he would give a lecture and wouldn't live sculpt. He said he hoped that the day after he could really do a live sculpting event.

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Notice me senpai.

The presentation was an re-used one from an Italian convention. Telling shortly about his career, but was mainly focussed on what figures are and basic information about them. It reminded me quite a lot of the "Figure Collecting Lecture" I give myself over here in the Netherlands.

To be completely honest, the presentation was quite messy for me to follow. The slides were in Italian, mr. Miyagawa was talking in Japanese, the translator was German and me as a Dutch person (that only speaks Dutch and English) I tried to understand as much words as I could here and there from either of the languages. Mr. Miyagawa spoke slow, so I could understand better than I expected what he was talking about and tried to focus the most on him.

The translator at the event had a very funny personality, but it was quite obvious that she had no clue about figures and wasn't really sure what she was translating. She also asked the audience multiple times what certain things meant or used wrong terms. Now I of course didn't expect someone not in the figure hobby to know as much about figure as someone that visits this website regularly, but I was a bit disappointed here. Also I think this translator was a bit...shy? Takeshi Miyagawa would sometimes start huge stories about details on figures (such as how he knows his fans take great importance in the chest size of their characters) and she would get an extremely red head and say "okay, I'm not going to translate that! . Which of course, caused more of a funny situation, but is a bit of a let-down if you consider there were probably quite some people in the room not understanding Japanese that much and were completely missing out on this.

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Looking at the "chest measurements" slide of the presentation.

After the presentation, there was a chance to ask questions and even though I had a few in mind, the con staff told me their English wasn't good enough to understand me and translate them well for him. The following German questions that came from the room were pretty generic newbie-figure questions (What is a bootleg? / What are figure scales? / How big is a trading figure?)...man, how I wished someone asked something that was really related to him or his works!

The next day I went to the event room again, hoping that he would now work on a Garage Kit. Unfortunately the workbench and camera equipment wasn't even in the room when I entered and the same slideshow presentation was set up. I was doubting if I should stay and hope for the question-round to be a good one or just leave. I ended up going for the last option.

Finish

I know from Takeshi Miyagawa that he has good connections with a lot of European conventions. Even with that in mind I thought it was very nice to finally have the chance to see a figure sculptor that is really active in the industry! I do have to say that I'm quite disappointed that he couldn't do the events he was booked for, I must imagine that was quite a let-down also for himself and the convention staff. Something more in general about the convention is that I was surprised at the lack of English. I didn't expect events to be in English, but I was surprised at how much people didn't understand English at all if I tried to ask something or start a conversation. It was really hard to communicate with both staff/volunteers and visitors, which made me and my husband mainly stick to eachother, other Fake Is Sad members and the other Dutch people at the con. While I was hoping a bit to meet nice people outside of my country!

Thank you for reading this blog and I hope you enjoyed! My next blog will be a diary/collection update and after that I hope to post my review from the recently released Baccano! Blu Ray collectors edition!

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DocMonkey (2 år sedan) #9090144Yes I'm one of the gk builders :)
He painted the Coroton - Tonko-chan and a Chii/Freya on the outside but it was a bit hidden as we needed a roof and had also issues that the airbrush fumes wouldn't be sucked in by the air conditioning...
It was quite suboptimal both for the artist(s) and the visitors. Plus the shitty weather :/
It really surprises me that no one wanted to speak English to you. Maybe they didn't have the heart to do or something like that.
You can buy his kits via bidding agents from yahoo auctions (as he is one of the most popular gk/ figure sculptors there are always plenty of his gks on auction)


Ahh! I was looking at the Tonko-chan a lot at his stand as it was a Work In Progress. I had no idea he was actually painting it sometimes outside. :( Was there any sign or announcement that he would paint? (It could be I completely missed it because of the language barrier.) Yeah, because of the bad weather I was barely outside except for a bit on the first day.

I have no clue! Maybe you know this better, but are Germans in general a bit more shy in talking English? Or is it that Connichi isn't focussed much on an international audience? For example, our biggest con does almost all of the main events in English and you can ask the person giving the lecture to switch to English if needed (if an event will be Dutch-only it is also announced). In the con-booklet of Connichi there were only a few events announced in English from what I saw. And on top of that those few events were given by Dutch people that give the exact same ones over here, lol. So nothing worth to visit for me. I did end up visiting a few more big events, such as the "Bring & Auction" and try to follow as much about the event as I could. :P

Oh yeah I own multiple of his kits and buy kits from Yahoo! and Surugu-Ya regularly. :) It's just that I was hoping he had some for sale with him at the stand as I prefer buying from artists directly instead of resellers.
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Maakie (2 år sedan) #9082385Hello!
Thanks for clearing some things up. Because of the language barrier, most of the stuff put in here were own experiences or things told to me by staff or other visitors.
Considering you know a lot about garage kits, I assume you were one of the people from the German Garage Kit builders group I saw working at a few places?
Seeing mr. Miyagawa paint was also something I would have thought of as very interesting, I had no clue about that, he was also painting outside at some points? (Or he only said he was interested in painting outside?)
I also had no clue about not all figures being handpainted by him (I was told by staff all of them were his own + handpainted by him). I'll edit that in the blog.
Yeah, there were also staff members with an "English" button on their shirt to which I could ask questions while at the con. :) But I was very surprised realising a lot of people (visitors included) didn't understand any basic English (this was only my 2nd time in Germany, but I thought a lot of Germans were pretty good with speaking English).
I would love to see him again at another convention, hopefully with a painting panel/showing then! And even better would be if he had some items for sale, but I know that can be very hard with the licensing.


Yes I'm one of the gk builders :)
He painted the Coroton - Tonko-chan and a Chii/Freya on the outside but it was a bit hidden as we needed a roof and had also issues that the airbrush fumes wouldn't be sucked in by the air conditioning...
It was quite suboptimal both for the artist(s) and the visitors. Plus the shitty weather :/

It really surprises me that no one wanted to speak English to you. Maybe they didn't have the heart to do or something like that.

You can buy his kits via bidding agents from yahoo auctions (as he is one of the most popular gk/ figure sculptors there are always plenty of his gks on auction)
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DocMonkey (2 år sedan) #8955788Hi,
sorry to hear that you were a bit disappointed :/
There were some communication issues between the con and Miyagawa-san about live sculpting, live painting etc.. He painted a garage kit but it couldn't be done on the stand because of worries about spray paint and the air conditioning. So he could only work on the outside :(
He wanted to show painting instead of sculpting because you only see very little progress while sculpting and that could be a bit boring for visitors.
The translator actually has knowledge about garage kits ...^^
The figures in the display cases were mostly painted by other people (e.g. the two from shuffle by myself). Miyagawa-san can not transport so many painted figures by plane (also every hand painted figure form him is a absolute masterpiece and has a very (!) high value). He brought the battle damaged Saber and Rei.
The Saber bride is a pvc figure. (but of course there is a hand painted master by Miyagawa-san somewhere in japan)
Maybe we should have clarified that a bit more.
Sorry that apparently nobody could answer your questions but there were really some people at the booth that can speak English (at least a little bit ;) ).
Maybe there is a chance again to meet Miyagawa-san somewhere in Europe because he loves to travel to conventions and Europe especially.


Hello!

Thanks for clearing some things up. Because of the language barrier, most of the stuff put in here were own experiences or things told to me by staff or other visitors.

Considering you know a lot about garage kits, I assume you were one of the people from the German Garage Kit builders group I saw working at a few places?

Seeing mr. Miyagawa paint was also something I would have thought of as very interesting, I had no clue about that, he was also painting outside at some points? (Or he only said he was interested in painting outside?)

I also had no clue about not all figures being handpainted by him (I was told by staff all of them were his own + handpainted by him). I'll edit that in the blog.

Yeah, there were also staff members with an "English" button on their shirt to which I could ask questions while at the con. :) But I was very surprised realising a lot of people (visitors included) didn't understand any basic English (this was only my 2nd time in Germany, but I thought a lot of Germans were pretty good with speaking English).

I would love to see him again at another convention, hopefully with a painting panel/showing then! And even better would be if he had some items for sale, but I know that can be very hard with the licensing.
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Hi,

sorry to hear that you were a bit disappointed :/
There were some communication issues between the con and Miyagawa-san about live sculpting, live painting etc.. He painted a garage kit but it couldn't be done on the stand because of worries about spray paint and the air conditioning. So he could only work on the outside :(

He wanted to show painting instead of sculpting because you only see very little progress while sculpting and that could be a bit boring for visitors.

The translator actually has knowledge about garage kits ...^^

The figures in the display cases were mostly painted by other people (e.g. the two from shuffle by myself). Miyagawa-san can not transport so many painted figures by plane (also every hand painted figure form him is a absolute masterpiece and has a very (!) high value). He brought the battle damaged Saber and Rei.
The Saber bride is a pvc figure. (but of course there is a hand painted master by Miyagawa-san somewhere in japan)
Maybe we should have clarified that a bit more.

Sorry that apparently nobody could answer your questions but there were really some people at the booth that can speak English (at least a little bit ;) ).

Maybe there is a chance again to meet Miyagawa-san somewhere in Europe because he loves to travel to conventions and Europe especially.
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VioFitz (2 år sedan) #8818222Sounds like a big experience to me but, that language barrier was a pain indeed & what kind of a translator is that? That was a events of showing how they do the sculpting work, she should be ready for this kind of thing! Next time, they should atleast hire someone more reliable & more well known to figure to translate.

Well, this con was completely volunteer-run, so my guess is that the translator was also a volunteer and that they couldn't find a volunteer translator that was also known with figures?

The language barrier was indeed a pain and a problem I foresee if I end up wanting to visit more cons in Germany. :(
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Sounds like a big experience to me but, that language barrier was a pain indeed & what kind of a translator is that? That was a events of showing how they do the sculpting work, she should be ready for this kind of thing! Next time, they should atleast hire someone more reliable & more well known to figure to translate.
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TeaKat (2 år sedan) #6567060This was a very enjoyable read :) Thanks for sharing your story.
It felt like I was there too!


Thank you! Glad you enjoyed! :)
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This was a very enjoyable read :) Thanks for sharing your story.

It felt like I was there too!
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secretly-otaku (2 år sedan) #6542788What a shame that Miyagawa couldn't show his art in the best way. It seems like every anime convention has this kind of difficulties to have everything set on time and working properly, eh? xP Gotta say I have a bunch of T System's GKs listed so it would have been great to see some sculpting. Maybe you could try to bring him to a dutch convention!

Oh yeah, tell me about it, lol! I've been to many conventions, but I've never seen one where all/most of the events go really smooth. :P I think the best ones I've seen were commercial ones in the USA. :P

I'm still really disappointed we got an old lecture from him. Of course I appreciated it and I'm glad he had some sort of back-up, but man! I wanted to see live figure sculpting!!!

Oh no no no. I tried once to plan an international guest and it's a crazy amount of work and supervision. You won't see mee burn my hands on something like that. xD But kudos to every con and/or planner that manages to do an international guest (most of the time including language barrier) right!
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What a shame that Miyagawa couldn't show his art in the best way. It seems like every anime convention has this kind of difficulties to have everything set on time and working properly, eh? xP Gotta say I have a bunch of T System's GKs listed so it would have been great to see some sculpting. Maybe you could try to bring him to a dutch convention!
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