I’m not really big on collecting full sets of characters just for the sake of doing so. Oh sure, every now and then I see a set of figures that I like, but most of the time, I don’t feel much compulsion to get all the figures in a series if they aren’t each individually appealing. I’ve got three of Alter’s Ikkitousen figures but I’m missing Chouun, I’m missing one of Volks’s Super Robot Girls (uhh, the one with the horn sprouting from her forehead, I forget her name), and I’m missing Rei and Misato out of Kotobukiya’s 1/6 scale Eva girl lineup. I’ve had two of the three Muv-Luv figures that Good Smile Company produced for a while now, and as lolis aren’t really my thing, I wasn’t planning on buying Kasumi. However, BBTS had her on sale for thirty bucks and as I was planning on getting something else there, I decided to toss her in my cart. For thirty bones, I don’t mind getting a figure if she’s wearing a tight, shiny bodysuit. By the way, you’ll be seeing that something else that I bought in my next figure review, I think.
Kasumi Yashiro is a character in the sci-fi h-game Muv-Luv Alternative. I’ve yet to play the game, though I think Amaterasu Translations intends to do a translation patch so perhaps I’ll get the chance to do so in the future. Taking a glance through the game’s CGs, she seems to often be seen in the company of Sumika, whose name is curiously an anagram of this blue-haired girl, or in a special room on the 19th floor of an underground military base which houses a brain in a cylinder. Most odd. It also seems that Kasumi Yashiro may not be her actual name. Mysterious!
Like Meiya and Sumika, Kasumi is on the short side of 1/8 scale at a bit over 18 centimeters tall. Good Smile Company seems to have aimed at keeping her at a certain height rather than keeping her in scale with the two other girls, because she looks peculiarly large next to Sumika and especially Meiya. As the token loli, Kasumi is supposed to be shorter than most of the game’s cast so her head here is enormous. She probably should’ve been a centimeter or two shorter but as I don’t have the girls clustered together on the shelf, her size mismatch doesn’t bother me all that much.
To add to her loli-ness, she’s got this stuffed rabbit. At least, I think it’s a rabbit. There’s a peg that sprouts from the palm of her left head that’s meant to keep the rabbit secured, but it’s kind of a pain to get it to fit properly.
Kasumi’s uniform is a bit more conservative than the other Muv-Luv girls’, but it’s still skintight and looks pretty cool. Not that she really has much in the way of womanly characteristics, though. Of the young-looking Muv-Luv characters, I think Inia is still my favorite.
Kasumi’s face is fairly close to her character in the game, though her eyes look more typical of the usual anime style than Meiya’s unique design. She also has big angular hair, similar to Meiya’s.
She has the same base as Meiya and Sumika, though hers is colored powder blue. It also has a peg sprouting from its side, and I’m not sure what it’s for; there doesn’t seem to be a socket in the other two characters’ bases for it to lock into. Perhaps there was something in the box that I missed.
She reminds me a bit of Sora Kasugano, even though they were made by different manufacturers. They’re around the same size and both carry around stuffed bunnies, though Kasumi’s is far cooler and cuter. Sora’s got a much nicer butt, though. Sexier hips, too. And solid abs. You know, I’ve had Sora up on the high shelf for a while, and I’ve almost forgotten what a good figure it is. Though I’m kinda expecting her TV show to suck … I mean, it’s gonna be about a frail girl who wants to sex up her brother. That’d be weird as hell in any other medium but in anime, that sounds like a recipe for suck. I hope it turns out good, though, since Sora is really cute.
Technical qualities are pretty good; I don’t see any sculpting problems, and the paint application looks nice. Color-wise, she’s got a pretty simple design, so there’s not a lot to talk about there; her hair’s got some nice shading and her uniform has an attractive latex-like gloss to it. It looks good but the overall effect is pretty subdued, pretty low-key, and perched on a shelf, she doesn’t catch my eye like Sumika does.
I wouldn’t have bought this figure at full price, or if I weren’t a fan of the Muv-Luv character designs, or if she were wearing a long black dress rather than a latex combat suit, but since none of these things are true, I don’t mind owning her. She’s not entirely my type – I tend to not dig the young loli thing much – and while I’m not much of a completionist, I’ll admit that the three GSC Muv-Luv girls together do look right when they’re together. So since she was cheap, I’m pretty happy to have her. Hopefully somebody will continue making Muv-Luv figures – preferably Yui, Criska, and Inia from Total Eclipse – but I’m not holding my breath.
Incidentally, looking at my pictures of Meiya and Sumika kinda make me cringe. I would really like to re-do my old pictures but I have my hands full generating new posts without going back and revising old content.
This picture is by Bou and comes from the game’s CG sequences and is borrowed from Danbooru. I thought it looked pretty nice so I’m putting it here.
I’ll include this picture from my recent doujinshi post since it has Kasumi giving Criska a hug. I’m pretty sure Kasumi doesn’t show up in Total Eclipse but I can’t deny she looks good here.