Cuteness isn’t something that I usually account for when I’m deciding which figures to buy. I much prefer sexy to cute, and many of the tropes associated with young, loli-type cuteness in anime – short stature, pigtails, an undeveloped rack – don’t really do much for me. Nonetheless, when MegaHouse announced that they were putting out a figure of Sora, I was captivated by the publicity shots, and I decided right away to put in a preorder.
Sora Kasugano comes from the h-game Yosuganosora. I have not played the game but from what I gather, the player assumes the role of Haruka Kasugano, Sora’s twin brother. Following a tragic accident which claims the lives of their parents, they move away and, depending on the player’s actions, find comfort in each other’s arms. And bed – after successfully wooing and winning her heart, Haruka becomes familiar with Sora in ways that most siblings aren’t, and Sora does things to her brother that most siblings don’t.
Overall, Sora is depicted as taciturn, sullen, introverted, and willful; in other words, you’ve probably seen her personality in a half dozen or more other characters in anime and video games.
True to form, Sora is also presented as physically frail, and this trait carries through to her character design, which includes all the usual hallmarks of the classic tsundere loli.
MegaHouse’s rendition of Sora puts her in a rather revealing bikini, which seemingly contrasts with her personality, as the bandeau top and low-rise bottom leave little to the imagination. Then again, Sora evidently does not care much about what other people think of her, so perhaps it’s not all that unfitting.
Sculpted in 1/8 scale, Sora is just a bit under 18.5 centimeters tall. While many of MegaHouse’s figures feature complicated clothing removal schemes that require a degree in mechanical engineering to comprehend, Sora comes with only two accessories and her clothes cannot be taken off. Her base is a round plastic disc with the game’s logo on the front.
Her two accessories are a towel and a little bunny rabbit toy. The towel wraps around behind her and sort of cups over her fists. While I don’t like it from behind since it obscures her backside, from the front, it gives her something to hide behind, accentuating her insecurity. Without it, her pose is a bit awkward; it looks like she’s ready to start throwing punches but doesn’t quite know what a fighting stance looks like.
Her emotional frailty is also emphasized by her bunny rabbit. With its button eyes and and little neck ribbon, it is clearly a child’s toy, yet one senses that she still needs it.
The artwork from the game gives her child-like proportions, with a nearly undefined waist and modest hip curvature, but the figure deviates from the source. In 3D form, Sora is wasp-waisted with wide hips for her body build, and they are subtly thrust to her left by the tilt of her body. There’s a hint of muscular definition around her sternum, and her legs are a bit thicker than what is typical for this sort of character design.
Her backside is also a bit thicker. A lot thicker, actually. Her rump is quite glorious, extending a good way up her back, with her bikini bottom pinching into her flesh, straining to hold her in. It looks rather uncomfortable but her pain is our gain. You don’t normally see this sort of rump on a character like this; I’ll admit that, upon close inspection, the cleft of her buttocks looks strangely oversized, but I’ll also admit that I like big butts and cannot lie, so that doesn’t particularly bother me.
One of the most attractive aspects of this figure is the muted, monochromatic paint scheme. Simple and basic, it adds a touch of distinctive elegance to a character who otherwise evinces the tired traits of her archetype. The only noticeable color is just a hint of blush on her cheeks.
Cherubic and innocent-looking, Sora is in reality neither of those things, but MegaHouse’s figure is still delightful. I think that the liberties that the sculptor took with the original design only add to the character’s appeal, and even though this sort of thing isn’t usually my bag, in the end I’m quite happy with this figure.
The next review up is probably also going to feature a flat-chested character. Ninety-something reviews here with only three flat-chested figures prior to this one, and now two in a row? What is this world coming to? The snowpocalypse blanketing this region must be addling my brains.