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The trees and flowers are blooming, the grass is a vibrant green, beautiful blue skies. Perfect time to spend some time outdoors with the No. 1 Idol in the Universe with the aptly themed Yazawa Nico Picnic Girl version from Good Smile Company.
Are you guys ready?
Nico-Nico-Ni! Nico-Nico-Ni your heart! Yazawa Nico will put a smile on your face!
Uwaahh.... no matter how many times I read or hear that phrase I still find it kinda gross. It's okay if you are gross every now and then Nico, I still like you!
Nico's grossness aside, it's been some time since I gotten a Love Live scaled figure. I've been trying to hold back a bit and painfully skipped on Alter's Eli and their upcoming Nozomi, doubly hard after having a first hand experience on how nice Alter Love Live figures are with their very lovely Maki. Maki was so nice in fact that she singlehandedly got me back into taking photos and a writing posts again.
After Maki I was looking forward to seeing the other girls. I was quite pleased with Eli and that figure showing all her nice charms. Nozomi in her stage outfit just looks dazzling. I was a looking forward to Nico only to be tad disappointed, while I think the figure itself is amazing I not a big fan of her Christmas looking outfit.
Quite luckily for my wallet I was able to pass on up on Alter's renditions. However, then came Good Smile Company prancing along with their energetic rendition of Nico, I couldn't say no this time and thus I bled more money for the sake of idols.
Nico came at a great time to cheer me up though. After all, only a month ago u's split up after the conclusion of the Last Live. An event I sadly couldn't attend even though I had a lottery ticket from the movie. Heck, who am I kidding knowing my luck with Japanese lotteries I wouldn't have won anyways.
Alas, I will need to wait for the eventual blu rays of the event to enjoy it.
The thought that I won't be able enjoy the antics of u's both in anime and real life saddens me bit. It all feels a bit foreign for me, the idea that u's would disband with the different actresses moving on. While I understand that they probably don't want to be known only for their work with the Love Live franchise why not do both?
When I compare them to Idolm@ster which has been going strong for more than a decade now all the different members of the various groups seems to be doing fine with their individual works coming together for new Im@s media and live performances.
I probably shouldn't mind too much, after all I'm sure they will probably make cameos on Love Live! Sunshine!! whenever that airs. Plus they gotta do a reunion tour at some point right? Surely they won't pass up on a collaboration show with Aquors either!
Until such things occur I will continue my enjoyment through the world of figures such as this very lovely Nico. Good Smile Company sure has delivered on that front with their very much bouncy and bubbly version.
Nico lives up to her namesake and delivers a shining, vibrant smile. I like smiling girls and this is definitely one of my favorites just a bit under someone who tries her best all the time. Although this makes me cynically think it's just Nico doing her usual doubled faced antics...
It's ok, that's one of her charming points!
Nico's slim petite charm get's shown up quite nicely with her legs! I mean she is nowhere near Eli's shapely long legs but not bad at all in my opinion. Good Smile Company really did pull some magic to make Nico's legs look so long and pretty.
However, that doesn't compare to how delicious her tushie looks. Just the way Nico is pushing out her hips makes is very alluring doesn't it?
Although this Picnic Girl version is a simple figure Good Smile Company did not skimp on the craftsmanship. Details such as Nico's sunglasses are well done, the glossy texture allows them to reflect the surroundings definitely giving it that realistic look and feel.
Although even that doesn't compare to Nico's tummy that looks as flat and smooth as her chest. Once again looking at such a charming navel makes me wanna play with it just like in that one show with a stony cat.
My favorite aspect of the figure is her pose. Just by looking at the figure I hear Nico's voice in my head and hear her well known catch phrase and feel my heart warm up... and then kinda feel grossed out like usual.
The amount of energy captured in this pose is just amazing. The flow of the twintails and the individual strands, the way her jacket and blouse flutter in the wind all done with exquisite attention to detail adding to that illusion of movement.
I'm really liking the work Good Smile Company has done with Nico, I have no complains about the figure itself. The sculpting, the paint work, the likeness, everything just perfect.
The one very slight negative comment I have would be her base that has Nico's name written on it. It comes in a font color lacking any contrast against the background and makes it nearly impossible to see properly much less photograph it.
I sure hope to see the other girls get this treatment as well, after all Nico was not the only girl fans would love to go on a picnic with. More figures to show everyone's favorite idol and more of her Nico-nii~ Nico Nico Smile would also be very welcomed by me!
In fact, I already got the Birthday version on order and can't wait to receive it. Alas, if only I was made of money I would have ordered the whole set along with Nico! While this release has horrible timing for me I also got my eyes on Freeing's version, surely the typical delays can make things work out right?
I might be sad about the girls parting but it sure looks like figures are gonna fill that void.
I hope these photos have sent a Nico Nico Smile to everyone's hearts as they sure have done with me while I took them.
Until next time, Nico Nico Nii~
As for me? I have been spending some quality time with a lovely school idol, Alter's Nishikino Maki Swimsuit Ver.
These past few weeks I have been all into Love Love! Last week I received the blu ray's released by NISA and I ended up rewatching the whole first season again. Then... I rewatched the first seven episodes again looking to get a friend to become a fan... and succeeded, yay!
He is an Umi guy apparently!!!
I originally watched the first season along with the second season last summer. Although, I always felt a bit guilty and wanted to rewatch the series at some point. When I first watched them I had them playing on my second monitor while I grinded away in Final Fantasy 14, I wasn't giving the show my full attention per se.
At the very least the show did make grinding for my second set of Atmas a lot more bearable...
When originally watching Love Live! I always had this nagging feeling, something about the characters really bothered me. It wasn't until much later after noticing how finely crafted their archetypes seemed to be, how they were made to appeal to the audience, that I finally understood what was bothering me. I was thinking too much about it.
I was focusing too much on thinking about why this show was so popular and their characters so loved to spawn the rather large following in a fairly short amount of time. I was looking too closely at the components rather than enjoying the show as a whole.
That is probably why this second time around I found it much more enjoyable.
I ended liking all the girls unlike on my first watch, heck I'm going for a complete figma set now! The songs seemed a lot nicer than before and I ended getting the albums. I'm almost willing to go watch the movie on its premier next week on a work night.
Although I might skip it since I would end up going alone, I don't like going to watch a movie alone.
Since lately I have been into Love Live! I found this the perfect chance to motivate myself to take some figure photos. After all, I had the perfect pick at hand with the recent Maki from the good ol' folks from Alter.
It's been a while since I sat down to do a proper indoor photo shoot, the last one was around late January. I think of this photo shoot as a warm up of sorts. Something to get back into the groove, to refamiliarize myself with using indoor lighting and try to get into building up a simple set up.
Overall, I'm mostly happy with the photos I took. I'm thinking may be I should have gone a little less bright, go with something a bit more moody. Well, there is always the next swimsuit figure, there sure are a lot of those around.
It's been a long time since I gotten an Alter figure, the last one was the always delicious loli Nanoha swimsuit ver. and Alter does not disappoint, Maki definitely turned out pretty much perfect.
Alter did a perfect job with the swimsuit, I love all the frills and ribbons, gives Maki that fluffy and sparkly idol feel. Plus it shows off her body quite nicely. :D
I mean, just look that delicious bellybutton, I think swimsuit figures make me have a belly button fetish. ;P
Even more so at those nice long legs that go on forever and ever!
I'm always amazed at the small details figure manufactures manage to include in their figures. Things like the painted toe nails or Maki's necklace always blow me away. They might not look all that small in photos but in person they are tiny!
My favorite part though, is Maki's smile! Maki being quite tsun tsun in the show doesn't really smile naturally all that much. I always loved seeing the scenes where she would crack a smile. I hope I get to see a sparkly smiling Maki in the movie when I get to watch it.
Super happy with this rendition of Maki from Alter. I have skipped on Kotori and passed on Nico in favor of Good Smile Company's. I do look forward to see what the rest of the Alter girls will look like.
One last thing, Maki is best girl and if you claim another member is best girl you are obviously wrong. Unless it's Nico, I like her even if she is trash. ;D
By the way, made a Facebook page since all the cool kids are doing it.