New preorder post but no Fates are listed within … what is this world coming to? Though this post is lessened by the lack of Fate, there are still a lot of great figures that are up for preorder, so let’s get to it.
Amane Shiratori from Anata no Shiranai Kangofu
Many attractive figures made their debut at Wonder Festival a few months ago. The one that excited me the most was FREEing’s Amane Shiratori. I have Questioners’s old version and I liked the anime adaptation of her h-game, and so I was happy to see that another figure was being made of her. The really thrilling aspect of her figure is that she’s being made in 1/4 scale, which is fantastic. I’m happy to see FREEing making ero figures in 1/4 scale, particularly since I’m still annoyed that Daiki Kougyou wussed out on providing a castoff option for their Cobra Kai-sculpted Saber figure.
Mizuki Tachibana from Gravion
This is a figure from a series I know nothing about, which is going to be a common theme in this post. A few things stand out here: her large size, as she’s listed as 1/4.5 scale, her attractive and abbreviated outfit, and her price tag, which is rather high, even taking her size into account. I’m not certain I’m going to order this figure; I’m thinking I may hope it hits the bargain bin, since it doesn’t have the look of a figure that will be in high demand.
Incidentally, I always see the Gravion DVDs at Best Buy and I always think about picking them up just because of the cover art. I still have the Godannar DVDs to go through, though.
Tamaki Kousaka from To Heart 2
At the start of the year, Tamaki looked like an It-Girl of 2011, but as we near 2012, her prominence has tapered off. Not that she hasn’t gotten a ton of figures – she certainly has, but very few of them are memorable in any way. I don’t think this particular Tamaki will get a more favorable reception but it caught my eye and I like it a lot – except for her chin, which looks like it could pop open a beer can. I haven’t bought any Griffon figures in a while and I’m not certain if I’m going to pick this one up, but they’ve done a nice job with some of their To Heart 2 figures, particularly the school swimsuit ones like Sasara.
Miku Hatsune from Vocaloid
I wrote earlier about how this figure appeals to me, even though I didn’t care much for it at first. I’m definitely getting it now. I need to start designing the photo prop (dubbed the Machine of Joy by Fabienne, which is a great name). I’ve seen a lot of discussion about the base that comes with the more expensive version but I wasn’t ever really interested in it; it’s way too big and neglects the sort of possibilities provided by her facial expression.
Naoe Kanetsugu from Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls
I stopped watching the anime before Naoe showed up so I don’t know much about her, though I vaguely recall hearing that she appeared in a tentacle-themed episode. Tentacles or no, that’s still not enough to get me to give that show another chance. I like the character designs though, and I’m glad that Naoe isn’t an exclusive. It’s a great-looking figure, one that I’m looking quite forward to.
Aegis from Persona 3
Some people are tired of Aegis figures but I am not one of them. Right after I beat Persona 3, I went looking for a Persona 3 figure and the only PVC figure was Alter’s old one, and that one still gets an exorbitant markup for a used copy. This figure looks fantastic, though I have to admit, I wasn’t too fond of its face at first; her very pale skin and red lips kinda reminded me of a circus clown. Close up, though, she looks fine.
Sasara Kusugawa from To Heart 2 Dungeon Travelers
Tamaki may hoard the bulk of the love, but To Heart 2’s Sasara has gotten her share of figures, and this one – from the spinoff PSP RPG – looks spectacular. Her clothing is both elegant and sexy but she also looks great in castoff mode. I’m really looking forward to this figure. Moeyo has pictures of her sans clothing. Personally, I’d like to see a figure of her in what appears to be her default class outfit; maybe Kotobukiya or someone will make it happen.
“Cat and Chair” from Planet of the Cats
I have no idea if the name and source of this figure are correct, since Hobby Search often uses machine translation for their product descriptions and Amiami is not carrying this product on their international site. And though I don’t like animal ears nor am I huge fan of the manufacturer, and though I’d like to see a better picture of her face, I think I’m going to order this figure. I like the major theme depicted here, which is to say, a cute girl chilling out on a chair. With a cat. That’s all there is to it.
Erio Touwa from Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
I enjoyed the anime adaptation of Denpa Onna, at least up until around the fourth episode when I decided that there wasn’t going to be any plot development, just weird females interacting with the male lead, and stopped watching it. I don’t mind six episodes of weirdness in lieu of a story, a la FLCL, but I don’t think I want to watch a full season of it. Even FLCL starts to drag a bit around its midpoint. Erio is really cute, though, and so is this figure. I’m thinking of ordering it, but I’m still not sure how to evaluate Alphamax’s proficiency with PVC figures and I’m nearly certain that someone like Good Smile Company or Alter will make a better figure.
Incidentally, Boku no Tomodachi ga Sukunai’s second episode is a huge improvement from the somewhat somnambulant first episode. I’m really enjoying this show now.
Merry Nightmare from Yumekui Merry
Here’s a figure of a character I know nothing about from a series I know nothing about. The only anime named Yume Kui I’ve watched is a recently-concluded two-episode OVA. I don’t recommend clicking that link if you’re on a public computer, by the way. This is a really cute figure and knowing nothing about a character hasn’t ever stopped me from buying merchandise before, but I’d probably want to know a bit more about this series before ordering this one.
Astraea from Sora no Otoshimono
Figures of Sora no Otoshimono characters have been slow to trickle out – we’ve heard nothing about Grands’s Nymph in months – so this figure of Astraea is a welcome sight. It appears to be very nicely done, capturing Astraea’s confident and rather ditzy personality. I like it a lot, and I hope the prototype is an accurate representation of the final product.
Shinobu Oshino from Bakemonogatari
Bakemonogatari is one of those series that I probably ought to watch and everyone is going to tell me to watch it and yet I’m pretty sure I’m never going to watch it. Shinobu really is a cute character, though, and despite my unfamiliarity with the show or its source material, I might not be able to resist this charming figure.
Super Sonico from Nitroplus
1/6 scale, lewd pose that just begs to be taken advantage of … I’ll let the president explain this one:
Horizon Ariadust from Kyoukai Senjou No Horizon
April is the month of exclusives, and this one is – unusually – from Wave and depicts a character from – unusually – a series that has just kicked off. Also unusually, this figure is 1/8 scale rather than the 1/10 scale Wave likes to use for way too many of their products. There’s no reason this figure ought to be an exclusive, but at least it’s not too expensive. I can’t help but think somebody else is going to make a better figure of this character, but I’m leaning towards ordering it anyway, as it looks reasonably nice and I really like the character design.
Noel Vermillion from BlazBlue
Another exclusive, as all Queen’s Gate figures are, Noel comes from the well-regarded fighting game BlazBlue. Fighting games don’t seem to get many figures so I have some doubts that anybody else will make a Noel figure – FREEing might, I suppose, but knowing how their Rachel and Makoto figures look, I think I’d rather they not. That makes this figure more attractive, although it looks pretty good on its own. Curiously, the pose strongly calls to mind Alter’s old Teana Lanster figure. This figure may also provide an answer to the long-pondered mystery of whether Noel wears panties or not. I’ve actually seen this debate brought up on several message boards but nobody knows the answer.
Yagyu Jubei from Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls
And yet another exclusive, this figure is a recolor of a figure Alter released last year, which was also an exclusive. I’m not a big fan of paizuri porn but I can’t deny there is something very attractive about Jubei sliding her sword along her chest. Actually, I think her face and hair are the best parts of this figure. I’m pretty sure I’m ordering all three exclusive figures that I listed here, even though it’s a bit annoying to have to pay up front. There’s a very nice review of the original version of this figure at Figyura.