Motoko Kusanagi Archive

  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-18-motoko-kusanagi/attachment/kotomotokoreviewheader" rel="attachment wp-att-79090"></a></p> <p>As a teen, I was pretty obsessed with cyberpunk. It started, of course, when I read <em>Neuromancer</em> and I quickly tore through the book genre. Gibson, Philip K Dick, Neal Asher… I read them all. And then I discovered a cyberpunk boom in anime! In the early 2000’s we got so many amazing cyberpunk-ish anime like <em>Heat Guy J</em>, <em>Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040</em>, and of course <em>Ghost in the Shell</em>.</p> <p><em>GiTS</em> seems to have stood the test of time better than the rest. It has several spinoffs/sequels/reimaginings, and we get merch from it to this day. Including <em>Ghost in the Shell: Arise</em>, which has given us some amazing figures of Motoko. Kotobukiya’s definitely has the most cyberpunk feel, so of course it was the one I was looking forward to the most! Let’s check her out.</p>

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s 1/8 Motoko Kusanagi

    As a teen, I was pretty obsessed with cyberpunk. It started, of course, when I read Neuromancer and I quickly tore through the book genre. Gibson, Philip K Dick, Neal Asher… I read them all. And then I discovered a cyberpunk boom in anime! In the early 2000’s we got so many amazing cyberpunk-ish anime like Heat Guy J, Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, and of course Ghost in the Shell.

    GiTS seems to have stood the test of time better than the rest. It has several spinoffs/sequels/reimaginings, and we get merch from it to this day. Including Ghost in the Shell: Arise, which has given us some amazing figures of Motoko. Kotobukiya’s definitely has the most cyberpunk feel, so of course it was the one I was looking forward to the most! Let’s check her out.

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/sdcc-2016-kotobukiyas-motoko-kusanagi-gallery/attachment/sdcc2016kotomotokoheader" rel="attachment wp-att-77626"></a></p> <p>The focus at Kotobukiya’s US event booths is, predictably, more on the comic and movie side of things. Lots of Bishoujos, lots of ArtFX and statues. But they always bring a few anime figures to the table, and one of my most anticipated ones from them was at SDCC: Motoko Kusanagi from <em>Ghost in the Shell ARISE</em>!</p> <p><em>GitS</em> is one of the first animes I can remember hearing about as a kid, so it’s pretty nostalgic for me (even though I never actually finished it, go figure). And while it’s a little weird to see Motoko out of her signature suit, I love her super pissed off face and sassy pose here. Plus the base is to die for!</p> <p><em>[Photos courtesy of our SDCC correspondent, Chris Hansbrough of <a href="http://www.ninetwilights.com/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://www.ninetwilights.com/', 'Nine Twilights']);" target="_blank">Nine Twilights</a>]</em></p>

    SDCC 2016: Kotobukiya’s Motoko Kusanagi Gallery

    The focus at Kotobukiya’s US event booths is, predictably, more on the comic and movie side of things. Lots of Bishoujos, lots of ArtFX and statues. But they always bring a few anime figures to the table, and one of my most anticipated ones from them was at SDCC: Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell ARISE!

    GitS is one of the first animes I can remember hearing about as a kid, so it’s pretty nostalgic for me (even though I never actually finished it, go figure). And while it’s a little weird to see Motoko out of her signature suit, I love her super pissed off face and sassy pose here. Plus the base is to die for!

    [Photos courtesy of our SDCC correspondent, Chris Hansbrough of Nine Twilights]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/kotobukiyas-motoko-kusanagi-is-painted/attachment/motokopaintedheader" rel="attachment wp-att-75310"></a></p> <p>Well, that was fast! We <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/winter-wonfest-2016-kotobukiya" target="_blank">just saw the sculpt</a> for Kotobukiya’s Motoko from Ghost in the Shell at Wonder Festival, and she’s already painted. I know Kotobukiya is fast, but usually not this fast. Then again, her <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/summer-wonfest-2015-kotobukiyas-motoko-kusanagi-arise-ver" target="_blank">initial announcement</a> was back in July, so all together it took about 7 months to see her all finished up.</p> <p>While I’m still not a huge fan of the outfit (I love her full suit!), I’m impressed with the final product. Her face looks great and very anime-accurate, the base is so elaborate and cool, and I like how the pose says both “yeah, I’m hot and I know it” and “don’t talk to me.” Pointing a gun at people will give you that kind of vibe for sure.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://toho.seesaa.net/archives/20160307-1.html" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://toho.seesaa.net/archives/20160307-1.html', 'Seesaa']);" target="_blank">Seesaa</a>]</p>

    Kotobukiya’s Motoko Kusanagi Is Painted

    Well, that was fast! We just saw the sculpt for Kotobukiya’s Motoko from Ghost in the Shell at Wonder Festival, and she’s already painted. I know Kotobukiya is fast, but usually not this fast. Then again, her initial announcement was back in July, so all together it took about 7 months to see her all finished up.

    While I’m still not a huge fan of the outfit (I love her full suit!), I’m impressed with the final product. Her face looks great and very anime-accurate, the base is so elaborate and cool, and I like how the pose says both “yeah, I’m hot and I know it” and “don’t talk to me.” Pointing a gun at people will give you that kind of vibe for sure.

    [via Seesaa]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2015-figma-motoko-kusanagi-gallery/attachment/nycc2015gscmotokogalleryheader" rel="attachment wp-att-71979"></a></p> <p>Recently we got a regular figma of Motoko Kusanagi from <em>Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex</em> released that <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2014-max-factorys-motoko-kusanagi-figma-gallery" target="_blank">we showed you waaaay back at Toy Fair over a year ago</a>, and then later that summer at WonFest <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/summer-wonfest-2014-max-factorys-motoko-kusanagi-figma-arise-ver" target="_blank">we got word that a second, Arise version was in the works</a>. Fast forward to this June and <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/preview-motoko-kusanagis-newest-figma" target="_blank">the sculpt was finally shown off</a> and now in October she’s painted, has gone up for order, and made a trip all the way to New York to bust some cyber terrorists abroad.</p> <p>As a huge fan of Ghost in the Shell in all of its forms, I’ve gotta say, I’m a bit of a bad fan: I’ve yet to watch Arise. I know, I know, it’s on my shortlist, but all of the negative hype surrounding it put me off for a while. That said, one thing I’ve always loved about Arise is Motoko Kusanagi’s younger design: it’s different and equally as badass as the original, but in a different, more modern way (which is funny because it’s supposed to take place in time before the Stand Alone Complex design, but oh well; fashion repeats itself over time so I’ll let it slide). Max Factory really managed to pull off her sleek style and bold, strong look in this figma and I love it. She’ll be able to be posed in all of the crazy action poses from the series and I personally can’t wait for her to come out!</p>

    NYCC 2015: figma Motoko Kusanagi Gallery

    Recently we got a regular figma of Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex released that we showed you waaaay back at Toy Fair over a year ago, and then later that summer at WonFest we got word that a second, Arise version was in the works. Fast forward to this June and the sculpt was finally shown off and now in October she’s painted, has gone up for order, and made a trip all the way to New York to bust some cyber terrorists abroad.

    As a huge fan of Ghost in the Shell in all of its forms, I’ve gotta say, I’m a bit of a bad fan: I’ve yet to watch Arise. I know, I know, it’s on my shortlist, but all of the negative hype surrounding it put me off for a while. That said, one thing I’ve always loved about Arise is Motoko Kusanagi’s younger design: it’s different and equally as badass as the original, but in a different, more modern way (which is funny because it’s supposed to take place in time before the Stand Alone Complex design, but oh well; fashion repeats itself over time so I’ll let it slide). Max Factory really managed to pull off her sleek style and bold, strong look in this figma and I love it. She’ll be able to be posed in all of the crazy action poses from the series and I personally can’t wait for her to come out!

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/summer-wonfest-2015-kotobukiyas-motoko-kusanagi-arise-ver/attachment/wf2015skotogitsariseheader" rel="attachment wp-att-70313"></a></p> <p>When covering WonFest, some things wind up falling through the cracks due to the sheer amount of announcements that there are and sadly, Kotobukiya’s announcement of a Motoko Kusanagi from <em>Ghost in the Shell: Arise Alternative Architecture</em> in their ArtFX J line was one of those. Personally, I’m a huge Ghost in the Shell fan, but admittedly even I haven’t bothered watching Arise yet due to all of the negative reviews I’ve seen. That said, I’m definitely glad to see more companies deciding to take on figures of the major, even though her Stand Alone Complex design is so much better. Hopefully we’ll at least get an action pose from Kotobukiya though!</p> <p>[via <a href="https://twitter.com/kotobukiyas/status/625130816931254272" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/kotobukiyas/status/625130816931254272', 'kotobukiyas’ Twitter']);" target="_blank">kotobukiyas’ Twitter</a>]</p>

    Summer WonFest 2015: Kotobukiya’s Motoko Kusanagi Arise Ver.

    When covering WonFest, some things wind up falling through the cracks due to the sheer amount of announcements that there are and sadly, Kotobukiya’s announcement of a Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell: Arise Alternative Architecture in their ArtFX J line was one of those. Personally, I’m a huge Ghost in the Shell fan, but admittedly even I haven’t bothered watching Arise yet due to all of the negative reviews I’ve seen. That said, I’m definitely glad to see more companies deciding to take on figures of the major, even though her Stand Alone Complex design is so much better. Hopefully we’ll at least get an action pose from Kotobukiya though!

    [via kotobukiyas’ Twitter]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/summer-wonfest-2015-figmas/attachment/wf2015sfigmasheader" rel="attachment wp-att-70195"></a></p> <p>Figmas: those tiny poseable things that Max Factory and a few other companies make a ton of every year. So without further adieu, here’s a super long list of em. We already told you about Shizuo and Izaya from <em>Durarara!!</em>, but we’ve also got word that FREEing will be doing Celty as well. Also from FREEing we’ve got Akira Yuki and Sarah Bryant from the original <em>Virtua Fighter</em>, Femto, Void, Ubik, Slan, and Conrad from <em>Berserk</em>, Magic Kaito from, well, <em>Magic Kaito</em>, the Vitruvian Man, and what appears to be some sort of cherub, but is way too tiny and also only an outline to be able to tell.</p> <p>Then from Wing we’ve got Masaru Nananakajima from<em> Sexy Commando Gaiden: Sugoi yo!! Masaru-san</em> that <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/wings-summer-wonder-festival-2015-teasers" target="_blank">we already saw in their previews</a>. From Phat! Company we’ve got Sherlock Holmes, Ninja Slayer, and Yamoto Koki who is also from <em>Ninja Slayer</em>. Finally, rounding out weird third parties making figmas we’ve got Tactical System Uniform Girl by Tomytec.</p> <p>Then from Max Factory we’ve got a whole slew of things: Angela Balzac, two versions of the Archetype, Benisuzume from <em>Knights of Sidonia</em>, Erica Hartmann, Mio Sakamoto, and Yoshika from <em>Strike Witches</em>, a Fubuki anime ver. and Prinz Eugen from <em>KanColle</em>, and Miho Nishizuma Uniform ver. from <em>Girls Und Panzer</em> to round out our selection of anthropomorphic military vehicle females. We’ve also got a Motoko Kusanagi from <em>Ghost in the Shell: Arise</em>, Shirou from <em>Fate Stay/Night: Unlimited Blade Works</em>, Yugi from <em>Yu-Gi-Oh!</em>, Yotaro from <em>Arpeggio of Blue Steel</em>, Mika and Rika Jougasaki from <em>iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls</em>, and Rin and Umi from <em>Love Live</em> to round out the anime selection.</p> <p>For video games we’ve got a Gurlukovich Soldier from <em>Metal Gear Solid</em>, Majima Goro from <em>Yakuza</em>, and the picture of the previously announced Samus from <em>Metroid: Other M</em>. Then in the movie world we’ve got the Hulk, Iron Man XLIII, and King Leonidas (I have no clue why). Other announcements that we can’t show as they were do not photograph: Tomoyo’s figma from <em>Cardcaptor Sakura</em> and the new Sakura figFIX. Phew!</p> <p>[via <a href="http://whl4u.jp/wh22/exhibit/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://whl4u.jp/wh22/exhibit/', 'Wonderful Hobby Life For You']);" target="_blank">Wonderful Hobby Life For You</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1147140621968516.1073742708.345232028826050&type=3" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1147140621968516.1073742708.345232028826050&type=3', 'AmiAmi']);" target="_blank">AmiAmi</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/hobbysearch/status/625119879675248641" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/hobbysearch/status/625119879675248641', 'Hobby Search']);" target="_blank">Hobby Search</a>, and <a href="http://hobby.dengeki.com/news/87476/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://hobby.dengeki.com/news/87476/', 'Dengeki Hobby']);" target="_blank">Dengeki Hobby</a>]</p>

    Summer WonFest 2015: figmas

    Figmas: those tiny poseable things that Max Factory and a few other companies make a ton of every year. So without further adieu, here’s a super long list of em. We already told you about Shizuo and Izaya from Durarara!!, but we’ve also got word that FREEing will be doing Celty as well. Also from FREEing we’ve got Akira Yuki and Sarah Bryant from the original Virtua Fighter, Femto, Void, Ubik, Slan, and Conrad from Berserk, Magic Kaito from, well, Magic Kaito, the Vitruvian Man, and what appears to be some sort of cherub, but is way too tiny and also only an outline to be able to tell.

    Then from Wing we’ve got Masaru Nananakajima from Sexy Commando Gaiden: Sugoi yo!! Masaru-san that we already saw in their previews. From Phat! Company we’ve got Sherlock Holmes, Ninja Slayer, and Yamoto Koki who is also from Ninja Slayer. Finally, rounding out weird third parties making figmas we’ve got Tactical System Uniform Girl by Tomytec.

    Then from Max Factory we’ve got a whole slew of things: Angela Balzac, two versions of the Archetype, Benisuzume from Knights of Sidonia, Erica Hartmann, Mio Sakamoto, and Yoshika from Strike Witches, a Fubuki anime ver. and Prinz Eugen from KanColle, and Miho Nishizuma Uniform ver. from Girls Und Panzer to round out our selection of anthropomorphic military vehicle females. We’ve also got a Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell: Arise, Shirou from Fate Stay/Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Yugi from Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yotaro from Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Mika and Rika Jougasaki from iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, and Rin and Umi from Love Live to round out the anime selection.

    For video games we’ve got a Gurlukovich Soldier from Metal Gear Solid, Majima Goro from Yakuza, and the picture of the previously announced Samus from Metroid: Other M. Then in the movie world we’ve got the Hulk, Iron Man XLIII, and King Leonidas (I have no clue why). Other announcements that we can’t show as they were do not photograph: Tomoyo’s figma from Cardcaptor Sakura and the new Sakura figFIX. Phew!

    [via Wonderful Hobby Life For You, AmiAmi, Hobby Search, and Dengeki Hobby]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/max-factorys-summer-wonder-festival-2015-teasers/attachment/mfwf15teasersheader" rel="attachment wp-att-69655"></a></p> <p>Time for Max Factory! They gave us a wealth of teasers this year, which is funny because they are usually the most strict with them. We get, like, 2 blurry photos. But not this year! They’re just giving it all away this time. Or, well, part of it.</p> <p>Tons of their scale figures have been updated: Hestia is painted, and Atago and the <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/max-factory-announces-an-amazing-new-miku-hatsune" target="_blank">Mebae Miku</a> are sculpted. The new figma of Motoko has also gotten a paint update–and it’s so good that she looks like a scaled figure at first glance. We also have two new announcements: a scale of Kirishima from <em>Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio</em>, and a figma of Frontier Setter from <em>Expelled from Paradise</em>. Plus that mysterious hand–who do you think it could be?</p> <p>[via the <a href="http://ameblo.jp/figma/entry-12054121033.html" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://ameblo.jp/figma/entry-12054121033.html', 'figma blog']);" target="_blank">figma blog</a>]</p>

    Max Factory’s Summer Wonder Festival 2015 Teasers

    Time for Max Factory! They gave us a wealth of teasers this year, which is funny because they are usually the most strict with them. We get, like, 2 blurry photos. But not this year! They’re just giving it all away this time. Or, well, part of it.

    Tons of their scale figures have been updated: Hestia is painted, and Atago and the Mebae Miku are sculpted. The new figma of Motoko has also gotten a paint update–and it’s so good that she looks like a scaled figure at first glance. We also have two new announcements: a scale of Kirishima from Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio, and a figma of Frontier Setter from Expelled from Paradise. Plus that mysterious hand–who do you think it could be?

    [via the figma blog]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/preview-motoko-kusanagis-newest-figma/attachment/figmamakotoheader" rel="attachment wp-att-68726"></a></p> <p>While Ghost in the Shell is definitely one of the older anime franchises, it’s seen a sudden surge in popularity due to the newest movie. We got <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2014-max-factorys-motoko-kusanagi-figma-gallery" target="_blank">one figma of Motoko Kusanagi</a>, and it was announced that there would be at least one more <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/summer-wonfest-2014-max-factorys-motoko-kusanagi-figma-arise-ver" target="_blank">based on her ARISE appearance</a>.</p> <p>They’ve taken their sweet time with it, almost a full year, but she is finally sculpted! And, well, it looks like the first only a little sleeker. Personally, I like her OG look more, but they did a great job rendering her. I wonder if we’ll get any more characters? Or a figma Tachikoma to go with her? I could totally get behind that.</p> <p>[via <a href="https://twitter.com/kokaku_m/status/611763357222178819" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/kokaku_m/status/611763357222178819', 'kokaku_m’s Twitter']);" target="_blank">kokaku_m’s Twitter</a>]</p>

    Preview Motoko Kusanagi’s Newest figma

    While Ghost in the Shell is definitely one of the older anime franchises, it’s seen a sudden surge in popularity due to the newest movie. We got one figma of Motoko Kusanagi, and it was announced that there would be at least one more based on her ARISE appearance.

    They’ve taken their sweet time with it, almost a full year, but she is finally sculpted! And, well, it looks like the first only a little sleeker. Personally, I like her OG look more, but they did a great job rendering her. I wonder if we’ll get any more characters? Or a figma Tachikoma to go with her? I could totally get behind that.

    [via kokaku_m’s Twitter]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/summer-wonfest-2014-union-creatives-motoko-kusanagi/attachment/swf14gitsheader" rel="attachment wp-att-59924"></a></p> <p>We recently found out that Union Creative was taking on Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell, and they even gave us <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/union-creative-teases-their-motoko-kusanagi" target="_blank">some teaser pictures</a>. But none were of her face, and that is of course the deciding factor… especially with a company as new and inexperienced as Union Creative. Motoko happens to be at both SDCC and WonFest but there were no decent face shots from SDCC, so I’ve been waiting patiently to show her off.</p> <p>Well, her time has come! And her face looks… surprisingly nice? I’m kind of shocked, it’s very pretty. Let’s see if the paint holds up.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://akibahobby-c2.sakura.ne.jp/image.php/20140727/s087.html" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://akibahobby-c2.sakura.ne.jp/image.php/20140727/s087.html', 'Akibahobby']);" target="_blank">Akibahobby</a>]</p>

    Summer WonFest 2014: Union Creative’s Motoko Kusanagi

    We recently found out that Union Creative was taking on Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell, and they even gave us some teaser pictures. But none were of her face, and that is of course the deciding factor… especially with a company as new and inexperienced as Union Creative. Motoko happens to be at both SDCC and WonFest but there were no decent face shots from SDCC, so I’ve been waiting patiently to show her off.

    Well, her time has come! And her face looks… surprisingly nice? I’m kind of shocked, it’s very pretty. Let’s see if the paint holds up.

    [via Akibahobby]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/summer-wonfest-2014-max-factorys-motoko-kusanagi-figma-arise-ver/attachment/wf2014smotokoarisefigmaheader" rel="attachment wp-att-59563"></a></p> <p>Well, this is a great time for me as a figure fan. Many of my favorite shows from the 90s and 00s are finally receiving the figure treatment they deserve and it’s amazing. Earlier in the year we showed you the <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2014-max-factorys-motoko-kusanagi-figma-gallery" target="_blank">Stand Alone Complex version figma of Motoko Kusanagi in depth</a> and now, we’re getting her new Arise version as well! I haven’t gotten around to watching Arise yet, but it’s on my very ridiculously long list of shows to sit down and see. That being said, I’m incredibly excited for this figma. It’s really cool to see her different, younger version, and while many don’t like it, I’ve been a fan for a while. Now when will Batou get some love?</p> <p>[via <a href="https://twitter.com/gsc_kahotan/status/493200868116672512" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/gsc_kahotan/status/493200868116672512', 'gsc_kahotan’s Twitter']);" target="_blank">gsc_kahotan’s Twitter</a>]</p>

    Summer WonFest 2014: Max Factory’s Motoko Kusanagi Figma Arise ver.

    Well, this is a great time for me as a figure fan. Many of my favorite shows from the 90s and 00s are finally receiving the figure treatment they deserve and it’s amazing. Earlier in the year we showed you the Stand Alone Complex version figma of Motoko Kusanagi in depth and now, we’re getting her new Arise version as well! I haven’t gotten around to watching Arise yet, but it’s on my very ridiculously long list of shows to sit down and see. That being said, I’m incredibly excited for this figma. It’s really cool to see her different, younger version, and while many don’t like it, I’ve been a fan for a while. Now when will Batou get some love?

    [via gsc_kahotan’s Twitter]

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