Hoshii Miki, Kisaragi Chihaya and Shijou Takane Yukata ver.

Yukata 765 Pro Hey peeps! Hows are the cooling days treating you?

I decided to have one last reminder of summer with a nice look at my favorite 765 Pro trio. FREEing provided the perfect set of figures for me with their Chihaya, Miki and Takane from the nice classic The IDOLM@STER.

Nothing like pretty idols in yukatas to remind you of summer.

765 Pro Yukata

I'm not one to usually buy complete sets of scaled figures. Price is definitely the major factor for my decision not to. This is followed by the characters themselves, very rarely do I feel attachment to all the characters in a set that I find it I would like to get them all. The last reason is the typically large gaps between releases.

It was quite unexpected for me when all three those fell to the wayside... mostly anyways.

The average price that I paid for each of the girls was around 7500 yen. Still pricey indeed but definitely a far cry from the typical 10,000 + yen prices that are becoming increasingly common.

If you ask who are my top three favorite girls from 765 Pro you are looking at them right now.

Amazingly enough all three were released in about a month, I find that nothing short of miraculous when it comes to figure releases period.

Essentially, the stars just aligned for me when it came for these beautiful set of figures.

Yukata Miki

Let's start off with Miki, I talked a bit about her last time when I showed off my super nice prize figure of her. To recap, Miki is the best idol, the idol of idols!

This rendition of Miki is just so super nice to look at, I just can't but help feeling re-energized when I do so. This definitely Miki when she is on her "on" mode.

Yukata Miki

I am just so in love with her nice dynamic pose, I can just picture her calling  out to her "Honey" as she excitedly runs off.

Out of the three girls Miki is definitely the one with the most energy and excitement.

Yukata Miki

The yukata shows off her a different shade than her typical signature color but looks really well. The accents of yellow from her obi, bag and geta go well with her overall theme.

Yukata Miki

The flower patterns on her bring that nice girlish charm as does the flower adorning her hair giving a nice contrast.

Yukata Miki

I'm quite pleased as a Miki fan with this rendition of her. My only complaint is that her base is a tad too small, as Miki is leaning forward her center of gravity causes her to topple easily. In fact while taking photos she went face first to my desk a few times, I'm super glad nothing really happened to her.

Other than that, I'm happy I added my second Miki figure to my collection.

Yukata Chihaya

On the other end of the spectrum on several fronts we have the stoic Chihaya. Oh boy, don't you all love Chihaya?

I just love her depiction as the best singer in universe, this is one of those rare occasions where I just find the casting perfect. I mean , have you guys heard Isami Amai singing Arcadia? It's just sooooo darn good.

Yukata Chihaya

I also like her sense of humor, I always found the contrast of her fairly serious persona and when she breaks up laughing over the silliest of things. Like that one time with the box and Haruka.

My favorite thing about her is how she is damaged goods thanks having "murdered" her little brother. All the delicious drama that resulted from that, the amazing recovery together with the rest of the 765 Pro girls, if there was one overarching storyline to pursue in the anime that was the best pick!

Yukata Chihaya

Chihaya's slim profile definitely works well with a yukata, the line of her body is very lovely to look at.

Yukata Chihaya

The pattern with the fish and the ripples are just nothing short of beautiful. The splashes of red with the flowers and ribbon just compliment her colors.

Yukata Chihaya

Her ponytail has a nice swaying motion and showcases the sexiest part in a woman, the beautiful delicate nape. That is one of the reasons ponytails increase a girl's cuteness after all!

Yukata Chihaya

While serious, broken on the inside Chihaya is nice and all, seeing this depiction having fun is pretty nice too.

Yukata Takane

However, the idol that looks best in a yukata is without a doubt is Takane. You can tell she comes from the Old Capital, the elegance of her posture, the way she carries herself just sets her apart.

Yukata Takane

While her image is definitely one of elegance I always found it very amusing with how eccentric she can be at times. I can't help but find it charming when she expresses joys at the simplest of things or her love of food. I suppose when you are from the moon even small things are a new experience.

Yukata Takane

The darker color scheme of her yukata really highlights her more mature charm when compared to the other girls. The flowers once again accentuate the yukata with the moon as a nice focal point. A shame FREEing ended up changing the design slightly and removing the clouds covering part of the moon.

Yukata Takane

Her flowing long wavy hair looks very alluring, I'm glad FREEing did not end up putting some horrible seam lines along the hair.

Yukata Takane

The umbrella looks fairly nice but I think it missed the paper texture and sadly looks like just a piece of plastic. A bit of a shame, could have really been a nice plus on the figure.

Yukata Takane

I can forgive that though, just looking at Takane's demure smile makes me all ready to fall in love whenever I set my eyes on her.

 

A few years back I saw a couple of their works, they were a bit rough here and there but fast forward to today and I got almost no complaints. My first experience was pretty good,  for my second first hand experience with FREEing I'm not disappointed by their work. Over all I think the three girls look excellent!

I would have been happy with just any one of them but that I would get the chance to get such a nice set like this with all my three favorites makes me nothing short ecstatic.

Banpresto Hoshii Miki - THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE Beyond the Brilliant Future!

Miki Afuuu~

How are you guys doing? I've been going to bed late all week so I'm super sleepy lately. Quite fitting for the lovely, typically sleeping beauty, Hoshii Miki from the ever popular The IDOLM@STER franchise.

Why don't we spend a bit of time on Banpresto's Miki prize figure based on the movie THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE Beyond the Brilliant Future!

Miki

Last time I showed you the ever tsun tsun Maki from Love Live! whom I claimed was best girl. I have to admit I lied, Miki is best girl when it comes to idols. Although thinking about it, Maki is definitely best school idol for me together with a certain "super idol".

Interestingly enough, my feelings are completely reflected when looking back at a certain ranking when thinking about idols.

Miki

I should probably go give those rankings another shot. I now have better subsequent familiarity with the Cinderella girls following the airing of the anime and my second watching of Love Live! has endeared me more with the characters.

Still, I'm pretty sure Miki will remain as my number one idol!

Miki

If I actually sit down and think about for a bit, I'm not entirely sure why that is. Perhaps it is her relaxing, carefree nature? May be the appeal of her extreme contrast of her usual behavior compared to when she get's serious? Could be her looks, I always had a thing for pretty green eyes!

Could be that I just really like how nice it sounds whenever she says "Honey". :D

Miki

I actually have been wanting a Miki scaled figure for a really long time now, in particular I wanted one with her wearing one of her stage outfits. Sure there is the older MegaHouse versions and such but I feel those reflect Miki more in her looks from the original games. I tend to prefer the slightly different look from the anime and the subsequent Im@s games.

Recently there was the rendition from Phat but I felt her pose ended up hiding her body a bit too much.

Miki

Luckily for me there is this version by Banpresto which checks all the boxes for what I wanted. Although, I do feel a bit conflicting when I think of the movie, I do not have kind words for the movie original characters and the lack of focus on the 765 Pro girls.

This is actually the first prize figure I have ever bought, I am quite surprised at how well it looks at a glance. Not bad at all for the relatively low price that I paid for her.

At least that is until you take a closer look.

Miki

Miki

If we look around Miki's self proclaimed best assets the some of the painting starts to look a bit rough. This is especially noticeable with things such as the buttons in her clothes and the belt on her skirt.

Miki

Looking around scuffs are visible here and there showing a bit of paint transfer well and some of the seam lines could be handled a bit better in my opinion.

Miki

I could also totally do without the rather thick base this figure has. Is there even any reason why something like that thick is needed? Still better than a certain cheesecake.

Miki

Am I unhappy with the end product? No not really, quite on the contrary I'm quite happy. I always wanted a nice Miki figure in one of her stage outfits and this prize figure fits the bill. Plus, it didn't break the bank!

That said though, I wouldn't be opposed to a more modern rendition of Miki by any of the usual suspects in the figure world in all the good fluffy and glittery idol image similar to those old MegaHouse figures.

Miki

In the end, I'm super happy to have added this lovely Miki to my collection. She sits in my desk, and after about a month I haven't gotten tired of looking at her.

Now that I have taken a closer look at prize figures, I can set my expectations and think about how much I would like to pay for them.

Miki

By the way I should mention that on September 30th was my blog's 6th anniversary. That's six years more than I expected to be still be blogging...

Anyways!

I think it's time to sign off and go take a nap, until next time peeps!