Kotobukiya - Takagaki Kaede

Kotobukiya - Takagaki Kaede

Howdy folks! Is the new year treating you well so far? The first few days have been fairly uneventful for me. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come for a nice calm year!

I suppose starting the year with a nice mellow idol is a perfect match for these easy going days. I just so happen to have the perfect idol for such an occasion! Hailing from the ever so popular iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls comes the charming Takagaki Kaede - Hajimari no Basho version from the good folks at Kotobukiya.

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Kotobukiya Oshino Shinobu - Mmmm... donuts!

Kotobukiya Shinobu Hey peeps!

How have you guys been since last time? Hopefully you guys have been having lots of fun.

Not too long ago I got to have some fun of my own with the super cute and adorable Kotobukiya Oshino Shinobu from the ever popular Monogatari franchise from good ol' Shaft.

Kotobukiya Shinobu

I have been a long time Shaft fan. When I started to become heavily invested in watching anime during my early college days I became attached to the weird quirky adaptations they made. Shows like Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei and Hidamari Sketch with their bold visual styles and disjointed storytelling really had a completely different vibe than their contemporaries.

Whenever there was a new season I would look to see what Shaft was up to, what interesting show would I add to my watch list.

Kotobukiya Shinobu

That's how I ended up watching things like Denpa Onna to Seishun OtokoMaria+Holic and several others. However, there was one show that was suspiciously absent for many years. One that I went out of my way to avoid, even when people were clamoring how awesome it was, how suddenly it took care of Shaft's money problems, how it was the greatest thing since sliced bread... again!

This good folks was me with a nice good case of hype aversion for certain show called Bakemonogatari.

Kotobukiya Shinobu

I always tend to be weary when the Western anime fandom explodes with whatever shows. I have found out time and time again I like anime shows for very different reasons than the Western fandom.

Heck one time someone called one of my most enjoyable shows to watch "garbage that no one right in the head would watch". Sometimes it seems like my tastes are mutually exclusive when it comes to anime with the Western fandom.

Kotobukiya Shinobu

It takes me some effort to get over that and actually sit down to watch these shows. I eventually watched it, popularity aside this was a show by Shaft. I enjoyed it, it's one the few shows I genuinely I wish I was fluent in Japanese so I could understand all the word play.

I suppose it did work out better for me in the end though, by the time I watched the show it was out on nice looking blu rays and this included all the extra episodes that were not broadcasted during its run.

Heck by the time I watched it the sequel Nisemonogatari was also out in super pretty blu rays too.

Kotobukiya Shinobu

With that said, when Bakemonogatari was at the height of its popularity, when everyone was crazy with all the merchandise I had no interest at all as I had never watched it.

When all the pretty figures were being released by Good Smile Company, Alter, Kotobukiya, etc I looked at them and thought they were nice and enjoyed the photos of them people would take.

The only figure that really caught my eye was GSC's Shinobu but it wasn't really until I saw a certain photo by Fab that I really started to crave that figure. Alas prices on that were silly so I never really thought to actually buy it. Good thing GSC re-released their Shinobu eh?

Kotobukiya Shinobu

After watching Nisemonogatari I ended falling in love with Shinobu, talking and having a personality really helps! I never really understood why she was so popular when she just sat quietly in a corner in Bakemonogatari.

After her depiction in Nisemonogatari I wanted a Shinobu figure badly, really, really badly. There was GSC's high profile rendition but that depicts Shinobu as she was in Bakemonogatari not the Shinobu I wanted. For a long time no one really did a Shinobu I wanted, I almost settled for a prize figure as the best I had to choose from.

Kotobukiya Shinobu

This is when the oft maligned Kotobukiya comes out of nowhere for me to the rescue. I never really subscribed to the hate camp for Koto but it had been ages since a figure from them interested me so I hadn't really paid much attention to them in a while.

Koto suddenly doing not only a Shinobu but just the perfect image of her that I wanted in figure form really struck me. After I saw the prototype at a Wonfes I just needed to know when could I order this figure and when would I get it.

Now then, how well did Koto do in bringing me my dream Shinobu figure to life?

Kotobukiya Shinobu

Shinobu has a super happy smile on her face, why wouldn't she when she is holding one of her beloved donuts in hand. The figure looks the part she has her perma blush, her lovely vampire fangs in full prominence and her beautiful large golden eyes. If you like the cute childish Shinobu this expression is for you.

Kotobukiya Shinobu

However, if the haughty older Shinobu that loves to tease Araragi is more up your alley then Koto has you covered as well. I love how her fang pokes out of her shrewd smile this combined with her narrow eyes makes me think she is saying she won't be sharing her beloved donuts.

As you have seen Shinobu comes with two interchangeable expressions. They work just like they do on figmas and nendos, you take out the front hair piece and swap them out as desired.

Kotobukiya Shinobu

Apart from the two interchangeable expressions Shinobu comes with a few other accessories.  One of them is the donut she holds in her right hand, the donut is simply wedged into place. I gotta say I was surprised at how it is a lot more secure than photos make it seem, in all of my moving and bumping the figure around it did not fall out of her hand even once.

As far as looks go, I guess it does look like a donut? When looked from a normal viewing distance and not under a macro lens it looks pretty well.

Kotobukiya Shinobu

On the other hand, I can't say the same for the box of donuts. While it does look the part and gives the texture of an actual cardboard box it is no where as secure as the donut in Shinobu's right hand. With almost every little bump the box would fall out of her left hand. Eventually I got so annoyed at it I just didn't bother and left out as I was taking pictures.

Even without the box, Shinobu's left hand looks fine and can be displayed without if it becomes too much of an annoyance.

Kotobukiya Shinobu

As you probably noticed throughout these pictures Shinobu also comes with a nice straw hat with cute pink ribbon on it as seen in the show. The hat uses the power of magnetism once more, just like Koto's older Marisa figure, to keep the hat secured on her head.

Kotobukiya Shinobu

One of the things I really liked about the figure was the base featuring a certain young chap, I like the nod to how Shinobu lives in Araragi's shadow. Although the more I look at it, the more I keep imagining Araragi just peeking under Shinobu's skirt.

In case you are wondering, this figure has Shinobu wearing panties and not just a band aid.

Kotobukiya Shinobu

Another thing I loved about this figure is how Shinobu's pose puts emphasis on her cute little loli behind and her nice slim legs. Not bad for only being in body that appears to be eight years old.

Which reminds, most of Shinobu's figures are of her as she appears in her lovely loli for. If you ask me I would really love one of her as a teenager as she appeared in the final episode of Nisemonogatari.

Kotobukiya Shinobu

I always loved Shinobu's sundress, I really dig the nice sexy back it shows off. Although I suppose with the open back and short skirt this dress would be a bit daring for an adult woman.

May be not, it sure hasn't really stopped cosplayers from doing so at all.

Kotobukiya Shinobu

My biggest complaint about this figure would be a couple of seam lines, or I suppose they are more aptly called gaps. One is the one you get from the separation between Shinobu's front bangs and the rest of hair in order to accommodate the face swapping. While I feel it is inevitable that there would be a gap I think Koto could have done a bit better to make it less noticeable.

The other thankfully enough is covered by Shinobu's hair and it's situated at her right shoulder where it attaches to the arm. I think Koto just slacked off on this one and were counting on the hair to conceal it. I suppose if that was their aim it worked out as it is not very noticeable.

Kotobukiya Shinobu

Kotobukiya Shinobu

I wish her hair had a bit more shading, it looks fine I guess with natural shading from lighting but I would really liked a bit more. Perhaps if it did it would not look so much like bananas. I guess this is just Koto following the visual style of the show, GSC's own rendition also has a flat color for Shinobu's hair.

Aside from that the rest of the figure is painted well. Her dress looks very nice with touches of shading to give it some depth along with the folds. The small details like the ribbons in the dress or the underskirt are also done well with no paint going over the border.

Kotobukiya Shinobu

Over all I think Kotobukiya has done a splendid job with this figure. Sure it has some mishaps here and there but they are barely noticeable when you look at the whole package.

The figure looks like Shinobu, has all the elements that are associated with her and even has a variant if you want different expressions.

Kotobukiya Shinobu

I like this Shinobu, I will go as far as to say that I like it more that GSC's version. I do admit this has a lot to do with Koto's version depicting my preferred image of Shinobu and I do find the GSC version the more interesting figure over all.

At some point Alter should be showing off their figure, I suppose the ball is now in the court to see how their rendition matches up.

That's all from me for now, a bit long winded but it has been a while after all. Until next time peeps... ka, ka!

An Ordinary Magician - Kotobukiya's Kirisame Marisa Nemu Matsukura ver.

Because you can't have Reimu without Marisa we shall take a look at the accompanying figure to the Reimu from last time.

Koto's take on the ordinary magician, Kirisame Marisa!

For the ones who do not know Marisa is the co-protagonist of the Touhou games together with Reimu being the one character to rival her in number of appearances in the games proper.

Much like all other playable characters Marisa first appeared as a boss and duked it out with Reimu in Story of Eastern Wonderland the second Touhou game back in the PC-98 series of games.

http://youtu.be/4ssmxWJftyo

While exilehero went for Marisa's boss theme from Fairy Wars I'm a bigger fan of the one from the 8th Touhou game Imperishable Night since it sounds more fun and lighthearted.

That's closer to image of this kleptomaniac protagonist that I have. A fun loving, hard working magician who steals girls' precious things.

Then again given who the idiot fighting Marisa in Fairy Wars was, the more darker, sinister, last boss sounding Magus Night makes more sense.

Speaking of which, fighting Marisa is quite fun as it involves either a lot of pretty pastel colored stars flying about and flashy giant beams being shot at you. Rather unique come to think of it.

"Atashi no deban da ze!"

Much like Reimu before this figure is also based on the works of the same author, Nemu Matsukura, the illustrator of the Touhou manga Eastern and Little Nature Deity.

That pretty much means these two figures are a set.

Marisa comes with two accessories if you want to call them as such.

The first is her trademark broom, which is quite big actually, that she uses to fly around in the games. It slides in and out of her hands, you do need apply a little bit of force to do so.

An essential part for a magician or so she says.

You can also take of her hat, unlike the Griffon figure who uses nothing but gravity or the figma this one does not have a peg.

It uses the power of magnetism to stay securely attached to her head.

Without her hat I think Marisa has an identity crisis, makes me go who is this person?!

exilehero also said that without it she looks more like a maid than a magician, something that I have to agree with.

The details are not too bad, plus upon closer inspection I could not find anything bad with the figure in terms of painting, sculpting and so forth.

Speaking of close inspections, unlike Reimu, Marisa is wearing bloomers like any good Touhou girl should.

Quite skimpy bloomers...

Which reminds me, Marisa has nice slim legs, very pretty.

Such a shame her skirt obscures most of them unless you look at the right angle.

One thing that I liked quite a bit was Marisa's expression.

Big expressive eyes, her mouth and slight wink given a different angle convey different moods to me.

From the right it feels like her usual confident self, from front  a more neutral look and from left more inquisitive or doubtful.

Hmm... I wonder if I am the only one that feels that way.

As you can probably tell from the larger than usual amount of pictures I really, really liked this figure. It's just so Marisa like to me, so expressive and dynamic.

Reimu might be my favorite girl but Marisa got the better figure from Kotobukiya.

Much like Reimu if you are a fan of Marisa or Touhou this figure is for you. Even you already own Griffon's or Koto's previous rendition I think this one is worth buying.

Hmm... being doing a lot of Touhou lately in the blog, with exilehero's Griffon Marisa, my Koto Reimu and now Koto Marisa. Well, I hope you like it because we are totally doing more Touhou figure reviews in the upcoming months. :)

Also this is the real post for this week, last one was the April Fool's joke. Everyone should know better than to trust the internet on April 1st. Nobody fell for it anyways, right?

The Shrine Maiden of Paradise Take Two - Hakurei Reimu Nemu Matsukura ver.

Alright!

Today we get to take a look at a figure of my favorite Touhou girl once more, Kotobukiya's Hakurei Reimu!

Just to make sure, everyone knows what Touhou is right?

No, it's not some anime with cute girls in overly frilly and eccentric outfits.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBORR69wUYM&fmt=22#t=3m59s

Why of course it is a bullet curtain, "danmaku" , styled shoot 'em up developed by good old Zun the one member Team Shangai Alice. Zun does the interesting feat of taking care of the programming, design, music and art of the every mainline game.

Not only is Reimu my faovrite girl but her battle theme from the eighth game, Imperishable Night, is my favorite Touhou song which you can listen to in the video above.

On a related note, I dislike fighting Reimu in Impereshable Night, I find her spell cards rather annoying. I have a hard time being able to hit her even more so when she is cheating zipping about the screen. Much rather fight Marisa while flashy her spells cards are not too bad.

This figure is named after Nemu Matsukura who was the illustrator for the Touhou manga, Eastern and Little Nature Deity. According the Touhou wiki she stopped working as the illustrator due to health reasons, the manga did continue under a different illustrator and a name change.

This figure reflecting her style is a reminder of one of my favorite things about Touhou. Whether it is ZUN himself, the legions of fans creating their own material, or simply the people who enjoy the games we all give the Touhou characters our own take.

This figure by Kotobukiya is actually based on a kit that looks essentially the same. Glad Koto went and made it a regular PVC release since I just don't deal with garage kits and stuff like that.

I'm quite fond of the expression this Reimu has as it changes my perception of the figure. From some angles it simply looks like a smile, on another that smile is more akin to a smirk add to that the talismans in her hand and it makes me think she is ready for battle.

Lose yourselves in the gap of my boundary ordinary magician!

From head to toe I'm quite pleased with this figure, there are no glaring issues with the actual quality of the figure.

Although, exilehero did say Reimu's legs look kinda lanky but I think they look just fine. If there is one major flaw this figure has is that Reimu is wearing panties instead of bloomers, what is this blasphemy in my Touhou?

If you look really closely you can find some rough edges such as Reimu's finger nails, the talismans or her bow. Although it is the kind of thing that seems really noticeable only when you are looking through a macro lens and is really nearly invisible when looked at with the human eye.

In closing, I like Reimu, I like this figure and I think Kotobukiya did a nice job with it.

If you want more Touhou you can look at my past review of Gift's Hakurei Reimu or exilehero's review of Griffon's Kirisame Marisa.

Also dont forget about following Twitter, subscribing to the RSS feed and many more photos of this figure on flickr.

Until next time!

Pre-order list: the "dammit dollar, why are you so weak" edition!!!

So this time, me and exilehero are doing a pre-order list together. The pre-order list from last time, which was all my stuff.

February

To start off is a figure both exilehero and myself have sought after for some time now.

Annelotte from Queen's Blade Rebellion. I know nothing about the OVA's or about Annelotte herself but all those pictures on MFC sure have skewed my idea of her.

One disappointing thing though, I had imagined her voiced by Yukana sounding just like Tessa does. Alas she is voiced by Aya Endo who couldn't be further from that high pitched cutsy voice... oh well... Aya Endo is still nice though.

 

I pretty much wanted her because of the pictures in MFC and after seening the OVA I wanted her even more, the Elf instructor included. She has such exploitable expressions, 3 really nice faces to tease her with. I also like that she's a girl knight, I think I like that sort of thing. You don't see many girls with functional armor out there. Not that she keeps it on for long, being Queen's Blade and all.

This figure makes me quite happy, Makoto is another one of my grail figures.

Been wanting her for ages but I never saw it for sale anywhere at all. A helpful soul on figure.fm directed me to a personal sale on ebay, after checking everything out and for a reasonable price no less, I bought Makoto.

Time to look forward to the likely emotional breakdown I will have reliving Kanon when I get to do a photo shoot for this figure.

 

I really don't get why you got this one at all. I just can't understand having not watched Kanon so I can't relate to the emotional response. Being relativity new to figures I see this one as kinda plain in comparison to today's. But hell whatever makes you happy. Though now that I see her from the backside in this picture she does have a rather nice fan-service-y skirt. I just don't understand grail figures.

This is a pair of figures I have been eyeing for over a year.

When they where first released last year I did not see much interest in them, only a few pictures on flickr. I can probably make a guess why people disliked them though.

Still I find them to be charming, after all they remind me of one big reason I like Touhou, everyone has their personal take on the characters. These two figures are the sculptor's take on Reimu and Marisa. I'm getting both since you can't have Reimu without Marisa and vice versa.

 

I don't really like this Reimu that much, but I like Marisa. Reimu looks kinda scrawny from the photo's I've seen, and her face doesn't look very Reimuish to me. Marisa fits the skinnier look a little better to me. She has more defined legs form what I've seen. But more Touhou stuff is always good. I'm still surprised you just went and ordered both.

 

 

 

March

Ah Mami, the ever so popular puella magi that got a bit ahead of herself.

I still plan on collecting all five girls, already got Madoka and Homura and next up is Mami.

Such a shame she got delayed from January until March though.

 

 

 

They included the angsty face even though it was just like 5 seconds or something from the anime. Poor Mami will never live it down. I like how all the Madoka girls come with a bunch of weapons. And it's a good thing it got delayed, now my March shipping costs are shared evenly, yay!

Are you all ready for a squidding invasion  ~ de geso!

Ika Musume is a type of character that makes me so happy the figma line exists. While a scaled figure of her would be nice it would not be able to give me as much fulfillment as this figma will. To be able to relieve all those memorable antics of Ika Musume's invasions would be impossible. Quite frankly, it's because she is a figma that she can live up to the potential of her character.

 

I'm also getting her. I really liked the Ika Musume anime, it's such an emotional rollercoaster, and because of it I can think of a lot of photos I want to take of her. I'm a little woried that her tentacles will get bent out of shape though.

I know very little of Sengoku Rance, one thing is that it contains interpretations of historical figures. Two the protagonist will rape any girl in sight, including a genderbend version of himself. Three it contains really cute looking girls. I remember the bigger scaled version of Kenshin that FREEing did a while back, always caught my attention but since I knew nothing about the character I never bought it. The figma is a nice interpretation, really love that cute blushing face. Good thing exilhero is buying one.

 

 

Erm, well Rance doesn't actually rape himself as a girl, that's just a Bad End, but the other two are correct. Anyway I did play Sengoku Rance and I got way more than I expected. In the end I was actually playing because it was fun rather than for, you know, ecchi stuff. Kenshin is one of the cuter girls in the game so I natually wanted to have her. That FREEing Kenshin was the first figure I actually considered buying, but I thought it was ridiculously priced at the time. I hope they make more Figmas of this series, maybe Senhime or Sill, hell Rance would be nice for funny comics.

Next up is that idiotic puella magi.

While I still dislike Sayaka a bit, I also still think she is the better looking of the puella magi in terms of her design. I look forward to her addition to my collection of puella magi figmas.

Plus that "unlimited blade works" she has going on with her cutlasses is pretty neat.

 

 

 

Ehh I don't know why you hate her so much, she was an idiot and all but I don't see it justifying so much hate. And I also don't get why you like how she looks, her design looks kinda plain to me. I still wonder what those triggers on her swords are for.

Alter's Persona 3 figures are some of my more sought after past releases, but god, those second hand market prices.

Luckily enough for me Alter came to the rescue with the release this awesome looking version of Aigis. This version is even more detailed looking than Alter's past efforts with Aigis, a perfect recreation of the illustration that this figure is based on.

Although it was annoying Aigis was delayed not once but twice, she was supposed to be released in January. I guess my lucky break of figures releasing on time is over now that 2012 has started.

This is my first scaled Aigis, only got the two figmas thank you very much.

 

Don't you already have enough Aigis figures already? I rember you had like 4 or something. Well she does look pretty nice I'll give you that. I really like how detailed she is and how striking her blue eyes are. I always thought that her robot hooves looked kinda gross though.

I have no idea who this girl is other than she comes from a visual novel from Nitro+.

I do remember debating whether I wanted to buy her. I like maids, I like the pose, I love her pouting expression, a nice tanned girl is nice once in a while too.

In the end though, I didn't have to worry whether to buy or not.

 

 

Because I decided to get it. I also don't know much about her, but when I first saw her it was love at first sight. I mean delicious tsundere brown elf girl in a maid outfit! How can I NOT have it? I was on the fence with her for a bit though. Her face reminded me of this one doujinshi where bad things happen to enslaved brown elf girls. Which reminds me of this other H anime where brown elf girls get abused some more. They just can't catch a break. But I researched a bit and found out a little more about her and now I see the face as embaressed rather than sad.

 

 

April

See this bodacious looking sexy woman?

She is one of the few things that genuinely scared me when I played a game. God this woman, I will never forget her introduction into the battlefield.

Anyways, I don't really like this figure, I think the body looks too elongated. I'm quite happy with Alter's other Selvaria which I should really take out of her box one day and snap some pictures of her.

 

Man, the only comment you make of the figure and it's a negative one. I think she looks fine really. The designs from Valkyria Chronicles are kinda like this. I think the figure follows the original drawings rather than the game's design. Raita's drawings tend to be a little exagerated in expression (and breast size), which makes them appealing to me. I was indecisive on whether to get her for a while because her boobs look a little too big and because that shower head is is just stupid. I took a good look at her face though, and I remembered why I like Selvaria so much in the first place. Anyway I can't wait to see her when she arrives later in the year.

I arrived too late to the figure collecting business by the time I got into Zero no Tsukaima so I missed out on all the cute Louise figures.

Luckily enough for me, Alter decided to re-release probably the one Louise figure I sough the most. Actually lately I been getting some nice re-releases from figure manufactures.

Anyways, I find this Louise really cute, just look at that expression. I find it quite an interesting figure as it does not depict Louise in her familiar school uniform or that well known maid outfit she wears.

 

I really like Louise. She's probably my favorite Kugimiya Rie tsundere. Violent temper aside, when she's dere she's really DERE, it just melts my heart each time she's embarassed by whatever Saito is trying to do to her. And because I like Louise so much it was hard to pass on this figure but in the end I did. I can't seem to find a Louise figure that I absolutely love.

Here we go, the last of the puella magi.

I don't know what to say, Kyouko is probably the girl I like the least. I don't hate her, I just don't like her either. I think I ended up finding her boring or something.

Well, whatever, I look forward to get her to reenact some delicious yuri with her and Sayaka. Oh man, when I get her it's gonna be so cool to finally have all five girls together, gonna make me feel quite satisfied for sure.

 

Kyouko is probably my favorite Madoka girl. I like her kinda rough personality, her long red hair tied up in a pony tail, and her character design. Not that many people like her for some reason. As much as I liker her I'm not really getting her. I can't do much with just one Madoka girl, and Miette is getting her so I'll get to see her anyway.

 

 

 

May

Much like last year the figure I look forward to the most is a rendition of Yukari. Reimu might be my favorite Touhou girl but Yukari is the one who gets the nicer figures. She comes with some nice options to display her.

Although I'm quite weary of this figure. It has a quite higher price than a similar figure her size normally goes for, plus she is by QuesQ a manufacturer that I have yet to see up close. Reviews of their figures have turned out fine so I have high hopes for their work.

 

First thing I said when when I saw her was "Ok I'm buying this", then I saw the price, and said, "Ok I'm buying this", then Miette said he was getting it too and I said, "order two". I might have been joking but she looks really damn detailed. The more I see of her the more I want her. I really really like how she looks in the photos so far so I have high hopes for her. The price tag doesn't looks so unreasonable now. Did I mention I like Yukari?

One day, I was noticing a severe lack of swim suit figures in my collection. I only have two of them. I also noticed that I was being a bad Nanoha fan and skipping on her figure releases. Finally I noticed my ratio of loli Nanoha to adult Nanoha was not equal.

Then Alter came to the rescue, not only do I get an adult sexy Nanoha to balance things out, she is also wearing a swim suit. No wonder Alter is my favorite manufacturer.

This figure is based on a poster featuring Nanoha, Fate and Vivio leaning against a wall. The inclusion of a chunk of that wall makes me hope Alter will release a Fate and Vivio to match this Nanoha.

 

 

This one looks really nice. Ever since I got summer dress Fate I've become somewhat of a Fate fan, so the first thing I thought when I saw Nanoha was, "Is there a Fate like this?". Sadly not (yet). I've been meaning to get another Fate figure but I can't quite pick one I like. I kinda wanted to get the enormous 1/4th swimsuit Fate but I'd rather wait and see if they make one to acompany this Nanoha... which was supposed to be the main focus of my comment here. Oh well.

To make sure we do not have a lack of swimsuit clad girls during the summer exilehero is buying this Cecilia. Cecilia is my favorite IS girl, I think she is a fun gal, she is also voiced by Yukana.

I been curious about the Beach Queens line for a while, never got interested in any of the figures to actually buy one. The one exception was Biri Biri but alas, I missed out on that release and re-release. Only one thing I dislike already is their size, 1/10 makes them kinda tiny.

 

I've been wanting a Cecillia figure for a while and this one was the one I liked the most from what I've seen. Miette's been telling me about swimsuit figures in the summer for a while so she takes care of a couple things at a time. Hmm I didn't even realize she was 1/10th scale. I love her drill hair!

This figure I find quite charming. I'm sure only Touhou fans, by that I mean actual fans who play the games, will enjoy this figure.

ZUN, creator of Touhou has a rather unique art style. This figure is based on his art rather than some artistic interpretation of it. In fact this is pretty much the menu screen for the twelfth Touhou game, Undefined Fantastic Object.

The figure itself is really cheap, more along a prize figure, it's also from a manufacturer that I never hear of before. Still as a Touhou fan I can't pass this up, it's just too amusing.

 

This one is just silly.

 

 

 

 

 

June

Alright, raise your hand if you didn't see this coming?

After Robocop I suppose the figma line is branching more besides cute girls and Kamen Riders.

There is also apparently a Link figma now so I wonder what other Nintendo characters will come out. Some people were being idiots on 4chan one time because this Samus is based on her Other M incarnation. I liked the game, a nice Metroid game, a nice action game, a nice gamey game.

My biggest complain is that Samus was not voiced by Jenifer Hale like she was in the Prime games.

I mean, just imagine, Samus sounding as cool as FemShep!

 

Oh don't remind me of the Prime fanboys, oh the humanity! Anyway I'm also getting her. I'm kinda glad that recently I've been seeing more video game characters getting figures. I already have a million ideas for Samus. It's easy for me to come up with stories for game characters it seems.

Here is Rita from Tales of Vesperia the game I bought an Xbox 360 for. For some reason I really, really liked the party characters a lot in Tales of Vesperia. That single handedly made Vesperia my favorite Tales game.

I did find it odd that Alter went and release a figure of Yuri, the protagonist, and Flynn, his friend and rival, before any of the girls.

Now here we are and Alter is releasing Rita, here I hope Alter does the other girls too. Give me Judy, Judy! Man I love that woman!

 

I've yet to play Vesperia. I was gonna play it and then literaly that day the PS3 version with extra content was anounced. So I decided to wait for the PS3 version to get localized to play it... AND I'M STILL WAITING! haha.. I'll play it some day.. *sigh*, on the 360. Oh yeah, only Miette is getting this one.

 

 

 

Another Ques Q figure, this time of the the titular Neptune in her goddess form as Purple Heart from Hyperdimension Neptuna.

My one disappointment from this figure is the lack of the armor that goes along with this form in the game.

That game was sure a mixed bag. A game where you play as the anthropomorphization of the current console war and their fight against piracy. If you are a person who has been gaming for years and watching anime for years the reference fest that is this game is a rather amusing experience.

Too bad playing the game itself was a pain in the ass.

 

I think she looks very nice. For some reason I really like her face and hair and eyes and body and suit. Though I've never really played Neptunia, so that really keeps me from buying it.