Anime fans have this funny way of being able to fetishize almost anything. Eyeglasses, weapons, musical instruments, headphones – these are just a few things used to elevate the appeal of anime characters. Intrinsic aspects of the characters themselves also lend themselves well to infatuation – various anime fans may prefer different personality types, hairstyles, skin color … and of course, breast sizes. Characters span the gamut of bust sizes, from impossibly large to flat as a flyover state, and many people have strong opinions as to which they like best. Nymph is placed firmly at the smaller end of the scale. However, even though her endowment is humble, FREEing’s Nymph still makes a strong argument for that old maxim that bigger is better.
Nymph is one of the major characters of the manga and anime series Sora no Otoshimono, localized in the United States as Heaven’s Lost Property. She’s the second angeloid to be introduced, following main female character Ikaros. While Ikaros’s is a low-key, soft-spoken young woman, Nymph possesses a conventional tsundere temperament. She initially displays a haughty, abrasive disposition before falling in love with lead male Tomoki, as is inevitable in these sorts of shows. Being that I don’t really like the tsundere archetype, I did not like Nymph very much at first, but after her backstory was revealed, I became more sympathetic. She gets kicked around and roughed up quite a bit and those scenes are pretty hot, so I found myself liking her more and more as the story progressed.
I liked the first season of Sora no Otoshimono far more than Forte, the second season, and I liked the earlier episodes of Sora no Otoshimono better than the later ones. I thought that Ikaros’s interaction with Tomoki was more interesting than Nymph’s (though I might say that Mikako is the most interesting female character of all in the show). As strange as this comparison sounds, the show reminded me a bit of the old Calvin and Hobbes comic strip in the newspaper (older people might remember this strip; younger people might be wondering what a newspaper comic strip is). Tomoki is a bit like Calvin in being a scheming social misfit with only the most tenuous attachment to reality, and Ikaros was a bit like Hobbes in that she’s the levelheaded partner who nonetheless facilitates Tomoki’s schemes rather than deterring him. Most importantly, Tomoki and Ikaros have a unique relationship that serves as the focal point of the series’s plot. Nymph’s introduction moves the focus away from that, and that seemed to damage the flow of the narrative.
However, this is anime and capitalizing on commercial opportunities always takes precedence over the integrity of the storyline. More characters means more merchandising opportunities, and that explains why FREEing has made figures not just of Nymph, but also of Ikaros and third angeloid Astraea. The packaging says that this figure is derived from the movie Sora no Otoshimono: The Angeloid of Clockwork, where another angeloid character was introduced, and it’s curious that FREEing hasn’t shown off a figure of her. Then again, it’s also curious that we haven’t heard anything more of FREEing’s announced figures of Rana Linchen and Ganessa Roland from Freezing, even though they’ve exhibited preliminary designs for both.
Like all of FREEing’s bunnygirl figures, Nymph is sculpted in God’s scale: 1/4 scale, the scale more figures should be made in. That implies she’s rather large but that number doesn’t express just how large. She’s 41 centimeters tall from the bottom of her high heels to the tip of her bunny ears, or about 36 centimeters tall to the top of her head. As her height is listed as 139 centimeters, her listed scale size is actually conservative, a very rare occurrence amongst figures. In contrast, Gift’s recent figure of Nanoha Takamachi was also listed as 1/4 scale, and being that Gift has made a number of 1/4 scale figures, they should know what 1/4 scale looks like, right? Well …
Placed next to Nanoha, the size disparity between these two ostensibly 1/4 scale figures is obvious, even though both ought to be of similar stature. Despite the character’s petite physique, FREEing’s Nymph is humongous, almost comically so.
FREEing has made a ton of bunnygirl figures, most of which have featured real fishnet stockings. The two other FREEing figures in my collection Satellizer el Bridget and Amane Shiratori – did as well, but Nymph breaks with that tradition by going bare-thighed. She’s wearing some oddly-cut knee-high socks along with a high-cut strapless leotard, both of which are trimmed with a sort of poofy, furry-looking plastic. And of course, she’s got some bunny ears.
Her outfit and her ears are painted in a sort of lavender color, and I don’t know that I like it as much as I would have if her clothes were simply painted white. The drab purple color reminds me a bit of what sometimes happens when you mix white laundry with dark-colored clothing. I think that at the least, the furry trim should’ve been painted white.
Aside from its color, though, her outfit looks great. I think this high-cut leg style is a lot sexier than the low-rise style that is very common amongst swimsuit figures. One aspect that I didn’t notice in the prototype shots is her leotard’s tightness; Nymph’s navel is clearly visible and her nipples are protruding just enough to be noticeable. They look great and add an element of eroticism to the figure.
Continuing our study of her chest, Nymph is curiously more busty here than I remember her being. I seem to recall that she had a very modestly-sized chest in the anime, but here her breasts are quite visible, with noticeable cleavage. I wonder what flat-chest fans will make of that.
Also surprising is the size and shape of her rear. Nymph’s pose displays her backside most prominently, and so it is a good thing that her ass is quite attractive indeed. Her buttocks are large and well-defined, despite her compact, loli-style body build. Nymph’s rear didn’t seem to be one of her major fetish points in the series, so it’s nice to see that the sculptor spent some time making certain that her ass looks right.
Nymph’s wings are completely undetailed, though as I remember it, her wings are supposed to be wispy and filmy rather than feathery like Ikaros’s and Astraea’s, so perhaps that can be excused. Still, they aren’t what one would describe as one of the more beautiful aspects of the figure.
As befits her contemptuous personality, Nymph’s face is locked into a pout. You can read multiple things into her expression; maybe she’s showing embarrassment, or annoyance, or disdain, or maybe this is just her natural look. FREEing’s Sora no Otoshimono bunnygirl figures have done a pretty good job reflecting the respective characters’ personalities; Ikaros has a bit of a confused look while Astraea evinces ditzy exuberance, and Nymph’s expression looks pretty much like you would expect her to look.
All the angeloids wear collars with short chains, signifying their subservience to a master. If one finds this concept to be distasteful, or if one simply doesn’t like the way her collar looks, it can be taken off. Her head slides right off her neck, allowing her collar to be removed. I think she seems sort of naked without it. Well, she’s already pretty close to naked but the collar really ties her outfit together. Nymph’s pose and body shape have sort of a cylindrical look that her collar emphasizes, and without it her head starts looking too large for her shoulders.
One of the curious realities of figure collecting is that 1/8 and 1/7 scale figures are often far more detailed than 1/4 scale figures. That’s still the case with Nymph; there isn’t a lot to her design, admittedly, but even so, the paintwork still has sort of a flat look to it, particularly with her hair, which doesn’t feature much shading or depth. That’s not to say her sculpting and paint look bad, it’s just that her large size makes such things more apparent.
But even so, I like this figure quite a bit. Nymph looks quite sexy, with her nicely-sculpted chest and excellent-looking behind, and her small scowl is also appealing. Although I don’t necessarily have a big thing for lolis, I do like her body build, particularly her thighs, which look stout and muscular rather than skinny. Her outfit looks very nice as well, though its coloring isn’t as attractive as it could be. Overall, this isn’t a figure I would’ve bought had it been 1/8 scale or even 1/6 scale, but I think that size is an important quality in itself, and being 1/4 scale, I think Nymph looks great.
Here’s Nymph next to Momohime, my standard 1/8 scale comparison figure since everybody owns her. As you can see, Momohime barely reaches up to Nymph’s ass. One of Nymph’s eyes is nearly as large as Momohime’s entire face.