Here comes the AEUG’s Gunpla workshop… to “The Bar at the End of the Universe”!

logo_dernierbarFor the first time in Paris, you can enjoy GunPla (Gundam plactic models), build your own model and customize it to unlimited extents!

  • For starters, just pick up one of our beginner-friendly models (“First Grade” models, 5 to 10€).
  • Then, you can use our nippers, files, Gundam Markers (paint markers) for free to build and customize your model. The members of the AEUG will be there to assist you if needed.

If you are not into building simple GunPla, just drop by to (drink and) talk about model kits in general! Because the AEUG’s GunPla workshop is a chance to share some good tips, your last works, etc. Moreover, we like to talk about the whole universes surronding our favorites kits, wether they come from manga, anime, etc.

Save the date: November 16 (Sat), 2PM to 5PMn at “Le Dernier Bar avant la Fin du Monde” (“The Bar at the End of the Universe”), 19 avenue Victoria, 75001 Paris.

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countries: they take part in events, hold workshops and even talk with Japanese companies to make them release unpublished anime and manga in France.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 in the Gundam ACE magazine!

201302000389After Mr Tohru Furuya – the voice of Amuro Ray in Gundam and Seiya in Saint Seiya – payed us a visit at the Cartoonist festival (April 20-21 in Nice), we are glad to share with you the report he wrote about his journey in France, published in the monthly Gundam ACE (August issue).

We would like to thank Mr Furuya again for his kindness.

Here are some extracts of the report:

April 20 (Sat)

I was supposed to start this day’s signing session at 11, together with Seiya’s French voice actor, Eric Legrand, anime singers and others guests. But since the signing session before us got late, we were finally scheduled to noon and therefore I had the chance to record an interview with the TV channel “Nolife” right at the entrance of the festival, where cosplayers were gathering.

Eric was as popular as all the other Japanese guests. Like me, he played Yamcha in Dragonball… And even Vegeta! I was very surprised of this, but Eric has been very friendly and expressed his thanks with great respect.

April 21 (Sun)

At noon, I recorded an interview with the Net radio “Nihon no oto”. They knew a lot about my career and we discussed the details of my participation in “Casshern Sins”, the coming-soon anime version of “Gundam The Origin” and even wether the facts reported in “Gundam Sousei” manga were true or not. In the end, it was a very very interesting moment.

At 2 PM, together with Eric, we started the panel in the main theater. There I yelled Seiya’s attack “Pegasus ryuusei ken” in French (“Les météores de Pégase”) and so did Eric in Japanese! His cheerfulness has made this panel a very pleasant time. As we discussed, I have been very surprised of how Japanese and French ways of dubbing are different – the French can record six episodes a day! And they don’t play with a booklet in their hand but read the dialogue as it slides under the screen right at the time it is supposed to be said, like subtitles. As a result, Eric said that he was a little jealous of the slower Japanese pace of recording and of our booklets.

After I had took part in the following panel, with “Saint Seiya The Lost Canvas” author Shiori Teshirogi, I went to act as the main judge in the Gundam model kit contest held by the AEUG, the organization of the French Gundam fans. There I awarded a golden Gundam trophy and a Perfect Grade RX-78 model to the winner. The president of the AEUG also gave me some wine as a souvenir from France.

[Caption of the winning entrant’s picture] The winning entry of the Gunpla contest, Char’s Z’Gok – A very tough choice since all the entrant models were top notch.

La première association dédiée à l'univers Gundam, à la SF et à l'animation japonaise en France