I guess it’s no shame to admit that I’m a typical shallow, hormone-driven male. When I assess a figure for purchase, I first judge it on whether I like the character but since I’m not familiar with most of the characters that are turned into figures, I mainly judge on looks. In this particular figure’s case, “looks” means panties. I know nothing about the character or where she comes from, but I know that she’s flashing her panties with a smile, and that’s enough to meet the requirements for my collection.
Sasami Sasasegawa comes from the visual novel Little Busters! It was developed by Key, the same company behind the well-known games Clannad, Kanon, Air, and such. Wikipedia tells me that the game seems to be a typical VN where the player tries to hook up with one of several girls. However, it also tosses in fighting game elmeents. And baseball. I’m not really sure how that works. I’m much more familiar with the other Little Busters, one of the main songs of the spastic Gainax anime FLCL. Performed by Japanese rock band The Pillows, it gets played during the “Fuck yeah!” moments of the anime, like when Canti transforms into a giant cannon or when Haruko brains something with her Rickenbacker. Why Key took that name and turned it into a dating sim, I can’t imagine.
Presumably Sasami is not a very big girl, because this figure is pretty small, almost certainly the smallest Alter figure I own. Sasami is around 11 centimeters tall, though her head is about the same size as most of Alter’s other 1/8 figures so she’s still in scale. She comes with an oval base striped in a blue and white pattern reminiscent of the classic anime striped panties pattern, though Sasami’s drawers are black, not striped.
Speaking of her drawers, they’re black and lacy but a bit more conservative than I had anticipated and I find that a little disappointing. I figure that a girl showing her goodies like this ought to be wearing some scandalous underpants, but nope, Sasami’s just wearing some black briefs. We don’t get to see any toe either, which I guess isn’t too surprising, since Alter usually isn’t so lowbrow.
Sasami’s got some animal ear-shaped hair ribbons and is holding up her hand in a traditional cute catgirl gesture, which should drive me nuts since I hate that sort of thing, but it’s not too blatant hair so I’ll make an exception. I’d definitely have passed on this figure if they were real cat ears or if she had a tail or something, however.
Her blouse and neck ribbon look quite plastic but the paint application is pretty clean, and the shading in the creases of her shirt gives a nice impression of depth. Maybe you can justify that by assuming her shirt is made out of rayon or something. On the plus side, she’s got a lot of nice details which other manufacturers (*cough*Orchid Seed*cough*) might skimp on. Her right hand features fingernails even though they’ll be hidden by her base or whatever surface she’s sitting on, her blouse has buttons even though they’re pretty hard to notice, and her legs aren’t melded together even though her right leg is pressed up into her left.
She’s got a very cute face, with sloped eyes and a small, mysterious smile. One thing that looks kinda odd is her eyebrows; they’re very high up on her head. If you alternate looking at her eyebrows and her eyes for a while, they start looking weird.
I bought her mainly because I figured she’d be flashing her underpants and by that rationale, I guess Sasami isn’t entirely what I was hoping for. Okay, admittedly, that’s a really dumb reason to have bought her, but the other thing is, I didn’t really get any great ideas for taking her picture when I saw her first photos. With many of the figures I preorder, I’ll start thinking how I want to photograph them right away, but with Sasami, I never really got any inspiration. Part of that is my lack of familiarity with the character and part of that is due to her being a typical smiling schoolgirl. I think that if I don’t get any photographic ideas when I see a figure, and if the figure isn’t showing any tit, I ought to think twice about ordering it.
All that said, though, she’s a pretty cute figure. It’s not the figure I’d hold up as an exemplar of Alter’s status as the preeminent figure maker, but quality-wise, it’s still very nice, without any major problems. I don’t think she’s quite as interesting as the other figures Alter is making, such as test suit Asuka or Buddy or Dizzy, but I’m certain that Little Busters! fans or people who enjoyed Key’s other games will like her very much. Me, I like her, but I’d like her a helluva lot more if she were wearing a thong or something.
If you want to see pictures with much more even lighting, check out foo-bar-baz’s review. Funny story while I was photographing Sasami: I noticed that my camera’s shutter sounded sort of strange, and I wasn’t sure why. I hoped that the shutter wasn’t going bad, since I’ve had my camera for only half a year, but I got through most of the shoot without any problems. Then I look at the LCD and I notice the shutter speed is set to 1/15 sec rather than the 1/250 I almost always use. I must’ve been cruising along in autopilot mode not to have noticed that. If you see any motion blur in my pictures, that’s the reason why.
Here’s Saya Tokido, another girl from Little Busters! I never did review her, did I?
What sort of panties does Saya wear?
All hail the queen!