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The AEUG at Japan Expo: Gundam Extreme VS tournament

Along with the 15th anniversary of Japan Expo and the celebration of Gundam’s 35th year of existence, the AEUG will reach its fifth anniversary this summer! On this occasion, meet the Association for the Expansion of the Gundam Universe from July 2 to 6 at the Parc des Expositions de Paris-Nord Villepinte.

GBFFirst information about our activities: our usual Gundam Extreme Versus (PS3) tournament will be devoted to Gundam Build Fighters. Anyone can take part in it after registration at the AEUG’s booth.

However, the brave GunPla Builders who bring a model kit of the unit they play in game will get their stats boosted! The other will have to perform some forfeit in order to compete!

Reminder: you can watch Gundam Build Fighters for free on GundamInfo’s official YouTube channel here (HD, ENG subs).

The AEUG at Geekopolis

The AEUG is taking part in the 2nd edition of Geekopolis, from May 17 to 18 at Paris Expo – Porte de Versailles. You can find us on the booth 28 in Little Tokyo ward, next to Avalon ward. Our schedule for this event:

  • Free GunPla workshop (limited to 30 kits for the whole week-end) on the AEUG’s booth.
  • GunPla painting and kitbashing demo on the AEUG’s booth.
  • A panel for the 35th anniversary of Gundam, on saturday 11:30 AM in room R’Lyeh.
  • A dubbing session, on sunday 2 PM in room Jabba.

Please drop by our booth!

Report of Japan Expo 2013

kawamori_thThis year’s Japan Expo has been a chance for the AEUG to share its passion and make new encounters. We would to thank all the people who came to see us on our booth!

We are glad that JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure gathered around our “JoJo wall” (pictures on our Facebook page), that Gundam fans were here for our twisted quizzes, that the Gundam Extreme Versus contest was still attractive and that our old mecha anime karaoke content so many hardcore fans.

We would like to thank mister akihiro Hino and Shoji Kawamori, the latter being now a honorary member of the AEUG!

We are also proud that a Japanese news website, iNSIDE, has written an article about us. Below you can find the translation of the entire article.

Once again, thank you everyody, and see you soon!

[JAPAN EXPO 2013] What’s up with Gundam fans in France? Report from the AEUG’s booth

iNSIDE– 2013/07/07 8 PM

We already know that Sunrise’s robot anime franchise “Mobile Suit Gundam” enjoys a lot of fans around the world, but here is the French “Association for the expansion of the Gundam universe” (“Association pour l’essor de l’univers Gundam” in French), or AEUG, named after the rebels in “Mobile Suit Z Gundam” and “Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ”.

The AEUG carries out a lot of activities in order to promote the Gundam franchise in French-speaking countries: they take part in events, hold workshops and even talk with Japanese companies to make them release unpublished anime and manga in France. Their website (http://www.aeug.fr/) is also partly available in Japanese and English.

During this year’s Japan Expo, along with its main attraction – an exhibition of Gundam model kits – , the AEUG offered Gundam-themed quizzes, dubbing sessions, karaoke, Gunpla building workshops and a video game contest to the public.

It has to be said that the quality of their Gundam model kits is very high! Regarding techniques such as erasing seam lines, engraving panel lines, adding details, weathering, etc., they can compete with Japanese hobbyists!

The people from the AEUG show enthousiasm for Gunpla, all the more so as despite model kits and Japanese goodies shops exist in France, the shipping costs and shop’s share increase the price significantly.

The AEUG uses Japanese model kit books to learn new tricks, the books being of course written in Japanese. However, they manage to deal with it by studying this language and refering to the pictures. There were even children taking part in their Gunpla workshops.

The video games of the contest were in Japanese too, but despite the language barrier, people from the AEUG play like it’s nothing and do not encounter any problem with the user interface. It seems that when you like something, you can become really good at it.

All these activities prove the fantastic enthousiasm of the AEUG for Gundam. Even though a very few Japanese newsfeeds are oriented towards the West, they resolved to learn Japanese and enforce their own actions, which is a great effort to recognize.

The AEUG at Japan Expo

locationThe AEUG is taking part in the 14th edition of Japan Expo, from July 4 to 7 at the Parc des expositions de Paris-Nord Villepinte. You can find us on the booth AS09, right behind the inner garden.

You can find our whole schedule (available in French only) for this event, filled with video games (Gundam Extreme VS ans JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure HD ver.), karaoke, dubbing sessions, Gunpla building workshops… and some surprises!

To be aware of all the happenings of the AEUG, follow us on Twitter.

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Report of the Cartoonist

The 20th anniversary edition of the Cartoonist fair has been like an adventure for us, members of the AEUG. Despite the location of our booth, that was very difficult to find for the visitors, we have made encounters that will remain in our memory for very long. This report of the Cartoonist fair by the AEUG is mostly made of thanks, that may sometimes be my very personal expression.

I would like to thank Shinji Araki, who spent two days talking simply and humbly with all the people who admire the work of his late father, thus proving how important the legacy of Shingo Araki is to us all.

I would like to thank Nobuyoshi Habara, one if not the most receptive guest of this Cartoonist fair, who has been kind enough to drop by our booth, to draw a sketch in front of us and to promise to talk his children about the AEUG, since they are Gundam fans.

I would like to thank Tomokazu Seki, always eager to answer to the fans’ call and, even though he could not visit the booth of the AEUG, granted me with a trivial yet wonderful gift.

I would like to thank Yasuyuki Muto (and Harumo Sanazaki, whom I met at the same time), as he took part in the Gunpla Cartoonist contest, but also has been very kind and receptive all event long.

I would like to thank Eric Legrand, as likeable as always and delightfully spontaneous during the talk show I have been honored to lead.

I would like to thank Tohru Furya, the brightest star we met during this event, who breathed his energy into this Cartoonist fair, into the talk show with Eric Legrand and into the final concert, and I would like to thank him for honoring us with his presence during the awarding ceremony of the Gunpla Cartoonist.

I would like to thank Akira Kushida, Hironobu Kageyama and Nob for their everlasting smile and the burning energy they spread on this unforgettable concert. I would also like to express my gratitude to Pierre Giner, the man who made possible this whole event.

I would like to thank our supporters and friends, with whom we always reunite with delight in the events we take part in.

Finally, I would like to thank the members of the AEUG, who got together from before the event until the final concert, in which they were the trigger that set up the fire that made both audience and singers burn altogether.

Remise 1er prix

Tohru Furuya awarding the first place trophy of the Gunpla Cartoonist contest

Remise 2e prix

Yasuyuki Muto awarding the second place trophy of the Gunpla Cartoonist contest

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The signs of (left to right) Tohru Furuya, Nobuyoshi Habara and Yasuyuki Muto. Mr Furuya quotes Amuro: “And nothing can make me happier…” That is how we felt.

Ultimately, only the good moments will remain. And the expectation of living again such an incredible event, that has made possible thanks to the immense generosity of its organizers.

The President of the AEUG