Bah. I definitely had intended to post more stuff on this site but life has a habit of getting in the way, so I don’t apologize or even feel too badly about the dearth of content. That’s not to say that the infrequent posting schedule hasn’t had a detrimental effect on my life; being that I have a policy of not displaying figures until I’ve reviewed them, I have stacks and stacks of unopened Hobby Search boxes containing figures from the last couple of years. They’re taking up a lot of space and I want to see the figures that I’ve bought, so more posts will be coming soon.
A lack of posting on a personal website sometimes indicates a downturn in the site owner’s life, but I have to say that life is going pretty decently, aside from the results of the recent election in the United States (though I’m slowly getting over that). I got a new job earlier this year that pays quite a bit more than my previous one, and more importantly gets me away from my former employer’s management, which had driven me insane for the better part of two years (the reduction in posts the last couple of years was due in large part to stress and fatigue from that job). I got a new car last month – it’s literally nothing special but I like it a lot. I recently found out that sports photography is a lot harder than it looks. I’m burning out on World of Warcraft again – despite the recent release of its latest expansion – and that can only be a positive thing in my life. My fantasy football team has strung together seven straight victories after starting the season 0-5 (and losing my first round draft pick to a knee blowout). Life is pretty good, but life is better with new figures, so let’s take a look at some of the ones I’m considering picking up.
The first figure from Lilithsoft’s well-known demon rape game Taimanin Yukikaze is not the eponymous, flat-chested heroine but her busty sidekick Rinko Akiyama. She’s stroking a stripper pole, posed in the sort of suggestive stance the series is known for. The promo pictures are kinda awful, but the character design is strong. I don’t really expect this figure to turn out great but I’m inclined to pick it up anyway.
Tsubasa Kazanari from Senki Zesshou Symphogear
Here’s a figure where I like the character design but don’t know much about her. I watched the first couple of episodes of Symphogear but didn’t stick with it, mainly because I didn’t like Hibiki Tachibana’s character design all that much. But that’s obviously not a problem with this figure. What is repellant is its exorbitant price tag, unremarkable size, and my complete unfamiliarity with the manufacturer. The tricky thing about figures like this is that it’s hard to tell whether they’ll sell out before release or end up in the bargain bin. At any rate, I don’t think she looks terrible.
Reika Shimohira from Gantz
Now this is another figure where I like the character design, don’t know much about her, but I do have some familiarity with the manufacturer due to their figure of the Major, which I did like. This is a relatively large figure at 1/6 scale, is reasonably priced for that size, and that ass really cannot be denied. Preordering Reika really was not a hard decision to make.
Astraea from T2 Art Girls
I was happy to see that SkyTube was planning on adapting this figure; I expected that we’d basically get a lewd version of Annabel without the wings. However, the finished sculpt doesn’t look quite right to me, which is rather strange and completely unexpected since the sculptor’s done a ton of Tony figures; I own about eight of his sculpts myself. The nude version of this figure looks particularly odd, which is unfortunate since the castoff capability is one of its main draws. I’m still thinking of ordering this figure but if I do, I’m prepared to be disappointed, which is not something I’ve thought of a SkyTube figure before.
Heroine X from Fate/grand order
Here is yet another Saber figure and though they’ve been done to death, this one still manages to look very unique. I do have Alter’s version of Heroine X, but Kotobukiya’s figure puts her in sort of a futuristic bodysuit, and that’s what appeals most to me. I wonder if her shorts are removable, as they kinda look like they should be. Another nice thing is that this figure is 1/7 scale, so hopefully she’ll fit in with Good Smile Company’s lineup of 1/7 scale Fate/stay night figures.
The US Kotobukiya site is selling a special edition of this figure which includes a second face.
Kotori Takigawa from Nanairo Reincarnation
This is another figure where the ass sells the figure. Doubtless I’ll have more to say about the figure whenever I review it, but I’ll just mention that being curious about the source material, I looked up the game graphics for Nanairo Reincarnation and uhh, there is a lot more blood, gore, and decapitation than I thought there would be.
Ayaka Futaba from Issho ni Shiyo
Strangely, SkyTube didn’t provide any pictures of this figure fully nude, but it seems apparent that her clothing can be removed, as their fit on her body is absolutely awful. I’m not sure why they didn’t provide such, as they’ve never been that shy about doing so in the past. Regardless, I’ll probably order this figure, as I like Saitom’s character designs and I very much like SkyTube’s past work.
Utaha Kasumigaoka from Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata
The illustration that this figure is based off of had Utaha in a bikini, but FREEing is dressing her in a bunnysuit instead. I think I’d prefer the swimsuit but this is alright, too. The price isn’t too bad, she looks cute, and while I detest the anime that she comes from, I like her character design and I’m glad that she’s standing up here, rather than kneeling or lying down like so many of FREEing’s 1/4 scale figures; it’s a lot easier to find space for these figures when they don’t take up that much shelf surface space.
F-ism Girl from F-ism
I was surprised to see that this character was receiving a figure adaptation; Murakami Suigun’s work isn’t exactly mainstream and bondage isn’t all that common a theme amongst figures. Nonetheless I was very happy to see this figure, and I’m particularly pleased that it’s being sculpted in 1/6 scale. Technically, there’s really nothing stopping anyone from taking a nude figure (and there are a ton to choose from) and just tying it up shibari-style with some cord, but it’s nice to see a manufacturer unafraid of providing this sort of content from the start.
Iowa from Kantai Collection
I’m not much of a Figma collector, particularly not of ones that are this expensive, but Iowa triggers my proud sense of patriotism in so many ways. Her design is completely over the top and I love it, enough so that I’ve even given some thought to ordering the Nenderoid despite my general revulsion for those deformed gremlins. I’m awaiting the scale-size figure (of which I will be happy to buy the more expensive, full-armament version) but until that shows up, this little Figma will do nicely.
Saber Bride from Fate/EXTRA CCC
This is a somewhat different take on Saber Extra; most of her figures give her a more arrogant look in keeping with her personality but her, she looks sweet and shy. It’s a good look for her, though her eyes seem to be more yellow here than they ought to be, but I haven’t played Fate/EXTRA CCC, being that it never made it to the United States, at least as far as I know. Again, she’s sort of expensive for a 1/8 scale product but the attractive pose and character design do a good job arguing for this figure.
Camilla from Fire Emblem if
I’ll likely never be able to play Fire Emblem, being that I have no real desire to buy Nintendo consoles, so buying this figure would be the best way for me to express my appreciation for Fire Emblem’s character designs. I have to imagine that her armor style provoked some ire from the Tumblr crowd, and if so that only makes this figure more appealing to me. Again, I have no idea who the manufacturer is but the promo photos look promising.