I always like receiving FREEing’s bunnygirl figures. Sure, none of them are exemplars of precision craftsmanship and they are invariably a colossal pain in the ass to photograph, being that all of my backdrops are constructed for smaller figures, but their titanic size commands attention. Their outfits – generally a leotard and fishnet pantyhose ensemble – are also attractive, and even the bunny ears are kinda growing on me. This particular figure features its own unique cachet in that it’s one of only a couple figures – that I am familiar with, anyway – of Eucliwood Hellscythe, the quiet necromancer from Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka?, or Is This a Zombie? The other one is some midget Beach Queens figure so it doesn’t count. Arguably this one shouldn’t count either, being that neither her sunny disposition nor her outfit really fit her, but it’s not like Eu has many more figures to pick from, and so beggars can hardly be choosers.
The show – based off of a light novel, of course – stars Ayumu Aikawa, the male protagonist, high school student, and titutar zombie. He is killed by a serial murderer, and is then resurrected by Eucliwood, who moves into his home. Granted great strength and a robust constitution in undeath, he resolves to confront his assailant and put an end to the killing spree. Along the way, he meets several female companions who also move into his home, and his pursuit of justice and the management of his now-crowded household comprise much of the plot of the show’s first few episodes.
In other words, it’s a fairly conventional high school anime, though the comedy is rather darker than most shows of its type. It also uses a spastic storytelling method, transitioning from scene to scene with little explanation. On one hand, it’s rather jarring – though I’m sure that was the intention – but on the other hand, it’s a helluva lot better than the drawn-out talking-head plot exposition used by way too many shows.
Eucliwood is an unusual character in that she generally does not speak, at least not with her own voice. Instead, she communicates by writing on a notepad, and the only vocalizations she makes are hums and sighs. Being that the other two main female characters are a loudmouthed female tsundere type and a vulgar female tsundere type, her tactiturn nature and placid mien both do a lot to enhance her appeal.
This figure is, of course, manufactured by FREEing. She’s sculpted in an impressive 1/4 scale – God’s scale – and stands about 38 centimeters in height at the top of her head, and around 43 centimeters tall in overall height. She comes with no additional accessories and is basically ready for display right out of the box.
The anime portrays Eucliwood as the very picture of imperturbable serenity; here, she is instead flashing an agreeable smile, quite different from what we are used to. One could suppose that this version of Eu is her as seen in Ayumu’s overactive imagination (in which he fantasizes Eucliwood as being his eager and enthusiastic younger sister). Less justifiable is the lack of rosy blush on her cheeks; the promo pictures of the prototype showed her sporting flushed pink cheeks, which gives her expression an added dimension. Unfortunately, that blush is gone here. Too bad. That said, her friendly look is still pleasant to look at.
Eu’s twintails are splayed out in a rather improbable manner, each sweeping out like a shallow sine wave. Most of FREEing’s earlier 1/4 scale figures lack detailing and definition in the hair, and Eucliwood holds to that standard; her twintails are pretty solid-looking.
Eucliwood’s stance is fairly casual, standing straight up with toes slightly pointed inwards. The one unusual thing about her pose is the way her hands are positioned. I’m not sure if she’s just letting her arms hang down or if she’s trying to make some kind of heart-hands gesture over her crotch or if she’s trying to call attention to her crotch, but their placement adds a hilariously-inadvertent sense of lewdness to this figure. On one hand, it looks like she’s framing a target right over her genitals, as we’ve already seen up at the top. On the other hand, it also looks like she’s making some kind of crass gesture, as if she were trying to support some sort of large, imaginary appendage held out in front of her. All in all, I think her pose looks great.
Her outfit is a fairly typical bunnygirl costume, being made up of a strapless leotard, pantyhose, high-heels, and bunny ears. Eucliwood adds her own touch in wearing an armor-plated visor, but she lacks her breastplate and her gauntlets. I do like this outfit a lot, and FREEing’s done a good job of it (as they should have, given the amount of practice they’ve had). Her leotard has an attractive glossy finish, giving it the look of vinyl, and her pantyhose are nicely snug on her legs. The costume accentuates her physique, which is a bit exaggerated from how she appears in the anime; while she still has the same modest rack and slender body build, she also has prominent hips and rather lengthy legs, giving her a more glamorous appearance than what one might be expecting.
She also has a nice rear, which is emphasized by the arch of her back.
And of course, aside from those other points, Eucliwood also has her size. Compared to 1/8 scale figures, she is huge. Here she is standing behind Naoe Kanetsugu, who is a fairly small character but her kneeling pose makes it easy to place her right next to Eu.
Generally speaking, with FREEing’s bunnygirl figures, you pretty much know what you’re going to get. The figures often don’t feature impressive detailing, the hair is usually sculpted as solid clumps, and the skin tone is typically a bit drab. Nonetheless, I admit to liking these figures a lot, mainly because of their size. When looking at my figures, it’s hard not to look at these ones first, just because they’re so big. The sexy outfits are also a big plus. I like this figure a lot, especially since there aren’t many figures of Eu to choose from. It would’ve been nice if they’d kept those pink cheeks, though.