If you want a figure of Nanoha Takamachi wearing a bikini, your cup runneth over as there are no fewer than four such figures that have been recently released or are currently up for order. If you dig big breasts, Alphamax has you covered. If you prefer a winning smile paired with a flattened butt, there’s Alter’s version, which is going to be re-released just a few months after its debut. If you’re partial to the loli incarnation of the White Devil Magician Girl, there’s a couple to pick from: a Ques Q figure of questionable provenance and this one here. There’s a little something for everyone. Unless you don’t like Nanoha, anyway.
This version of Nanoha is manufactured by Gift, a company that has carved out two niches in the figure marketplace. Uniquely-styled figures of the Fate/stay night characters comprise one such niche, and the other is simply composed of big figures, usually wearing swimsuits. Nanoha obviously falls into the latter category; besides being squeezed into the requisite bikini, she’s nominally sculpted in 1/4 scale. However, being that she’s only about 28 centimeters tall to the top of her head (including her offset from the base, which is about a centimeter in height), that claim’s veracity is dubious, even after taking her loli body build into account.
That said, she’s still a pretty big figure; certainly bigger than most loli-type Nanoha figures. I was rather disappointed with the diminutiveness of Good Smile Company’s actsta Nanoha, and the other loli Nanoha I own – Alter’s school uniform version – isn’t very large either, despite being 1/7 scale. The size of this figure was one of the main reasons I got it, and though I wouldn’t have minded if she were even larger, I’m not too displeased by her dimensions.
Nor am I displeased by the way that she looks. Nanoha is typically presented as a cheerful and gregarious child – versus Fate, who often seems pensive and solemn – and Gift’s figure keeps troth with the white devil’s customarily sunny temperament. She has big expressive eyes and a big happy smile plastered on her face. Her expression perfectly conveys Nanoha’s friendly disposition as well as a sense of childlike innocence and enthusiasm.
Nanoha’s styling is fairly typical of a loli-type character – which is to say, she has a rather oversized head and eyes. Her stubby nose and puffy cheeks also emphasize her youthfulness. Her eyes are set rather far back into her head, which looks a bit strange when viewed from the side.
Despite being fairly large, Nanoha’s sculpt is not particularly intricate. For example, her hair is completely smooth, looking sort of like a big candy apple or something. Or maybe an insect carapace. Also, kneepit lovers won’t find much here to satisfy their fetish.
The seams where her head connects to her neck seem more prominent on this figure than on any other figure I can remember. Maybe it’s because Nanoha’s hair is tied up. One would not normally see them if the figure were displayed facing the viewer, of course, but still, those seams are the sort of thing one cannot help noticing after one first glimpses them.
Nanoha is wearing a rather racy swimsuit given her age. In particular, her bikini struggles to cover her up as it molds itself to her buttocks. While the top of her head might be lacking detail, her rear wants for nothing in that respect, and it’s clear that the sculptor lavished particular attention on this area. That effort is admirable. Fate is typically noted for the transcendent nature of her backside but loli or not, Nanoha makes a pretty good case for the sublimity of her own ass.
Fortunately or unfortunately, the front part of her swimsuit is not too detailed, at least in terms of lewdness. Maybe it’d be crass to think that she should be showing some cameltoe. I don’t think that such thoughts are crass but I guess they could be.
It’s interesting – and perhaps commendable – how Nanoha seems to get more or less erotic depending on the angle that you view her. From the front, she simply looks like a sweet and playful little girl. From the rear, the brevity of her bikini becomes her most conspicuous aspect. And from the side, the strong arch of her back and the rearwards thrust of her buttocks accentuate her sexuality, which would be disturbing except Nanoha is an anime character and anyone with any familiarity with anime has probably already come to terms with the sexualization of minors in this medium. Plus, Nanoha originally comes from a porn game so it is not like her depiction here is not in keeping with the series’ traditions.
Nanoha gets one accessory, a personalized pink inner tube. It looks quite realistic, so much so that one thinks one needs to be careful not to pop it when one grasps it. Of course, it is actually made of rigid transparent plastic.
I quite like this figure of Nanoha. Lolis are not typically my thing (though I don’t necessarily dislike them), but Nanoha has several things going for her, chief amongst them her spectacular (nine-year old) ass. Her obvious effervescence is also enjoyable to behold, and I also like the large size of this figure. Not that any figure makers read this website but if Gift – or anyone else – wanted to make some 1/4 scale figures of Fate and Nanoha in their barrier jackets, they’d have one customer right here.