We looked at the querulous Yui Takamura earlier in the year and the petulant Cryska Barchenowa a few weeks ago; today we’ll look at Inia Sestina, the younger-looking, more affable member of the Scarlet duo.
But first, a bit of editorializing on the currently-airing Total Eclipse anime. I had high hopes that the show would be good, but I expected it to be bad, as the majority of anime spans the gamut between bad and mediocre. Unfortunately, after an inconsistent but promising start, the show has become quite bad indeed. The first couple of episodes featured compelling drama and violence, but ensuing shows have been hampered by torpid pacing and silly characterization. The series is also handicapped by a simplistic portrayal of nationalistic identities, reminiscent of a bad Tom Clancy novel. Thus far, it’s the sort of show I might enjoy if I were eleven years old – indeed, it’s the sort of story I’d try to write myself at that age. I’m still watching it, though, if only because Yui and the Stalinist girls look good in their tight suits. Hopefully things will get better whenever they introduce Chinese girl Cui Yifei and she drapes herself over Yuuya.
And back to Inia. This figure is made by Kotobukiya in 1/7 scale and sits about 11 centimeters tall. Like the two other figures in this series, Inia is based off of artwork by since-departed Age artist Miyata Sou. Unlike Yui, she doesn’t come with any special accessories, and unlike Cryska, her head does not seem to come off – not that there’s any reason for it to. Her sole special addition is a soft aqua blue cushion that serves as a base.
Also unlike her Kotobukiya counterparts, Inia doesn’t represent any particular theme; Yui has the refined Japanese lady look and Cryska is rocking the commie Santa bikini, but Inia is wearing a straightforward school swimsuit. It does emphasize her youthful appearance relative to her two compatriots, which seems appropriate as she often assumes the role of the figurative little sister. One wouldn’t guess such by looking at her breast size here, though; like many of the Muv-Luv Alternative girls, Inia is substantially racked, the way that her breasts are squeezed only serving to further highlight their size and shape.
Inia is one of the more inscrutable characters of the Total Eclipse cast, and her expression matches her depiction. Her look is friendly but faraway, with no discernible emotion. Her visage is enigmatic and seraphic, a marked contrast from Yui’s look of surprise and Cryska’s apparent puzzlement.
Eschewing the helmet hair featured on a number of figures, Inia’s hair majestically blooms outward, sort of like an onion.
I don’t normally have a big fetish for school swimsuits, per se, but I make an exception for when they are paired with thigh-high socks. I really like this combination, and Inia looks great in it. Also notable is that Inia’s suit features an unusual metallic sheen. The pearl-like white color of her suit looks particularly attractive paired with Inia’s lilac hair and eyes.
Also unlike some makers, Kotobukiya gives us some cameltoe. Pity you can’t see it under normal circumstances.
Inia conveys an impression of placidity, but there is still some dynamism to be found here, particularly in the movement of her hair, which swirls and curls seemingly of its own accord. The effect adds to her almost otherworldly aura. There is, of course, also some implied movement in the way that her breasts are straining against her suit, which conform to their shape most impressively.
Back when Kotobukiya showed off Yui, Cryska, and Inia, I lamented that nobody was making figures of the Total Eclipse girls in their piloting suits. That sentiment has abated as of late, partially since Kotobukiya has since shown off a figure of Yui in her sexy tight suit but mostly because the figures have been uniformly excellent. Inia was the one I was least excited about but now that she’s here, I think that that was an unfair assessment, and I’d now say that I like her as much as I like Cryska. Inia is a fine-looking figure of a character from a show whose only redeeming aspect is its character designs.