Umr from WIXOSS

Umr from WIXOSS

Happy International Women’s Day! These days, the anime industry is the light novel and mobile/web/card game adaptation industry, and thus it shouldn’t be a surprise that the character that this figure portrays comes from one of those categories. This unfortunate reality is a major reason why I don’t watch much anime at all anymore, but at least they typically have attractive characters. Such is the case here with Umr, this unusually-named little girl with a most peculiar sartorial sensibility. We’ll observe this auspicious day by taking a look at this most dignified and well-dressed little girl.

Umr figure

Umr comes from the card battle game WIXOSS, which received an anime adaptation called selector infected WIXOSS a few years ago. I didn’t even know such a show existed before looking it up, but the title’s idiosyncratic capitalization and banal composition of three unrelated words thrown together already biases me against it. At any rate, I know nothing about the card game, the anime series, or Umr herself, so I’m not going to bother writing a character biography.

Umr figure

This figure is manufactured by Amakuni in 1/7 scale. The figure and base are around 32 or 33 centimeters tall, but Umr is pretty small; in terms of stature she’s smaller than most 1/8 scale figures, even those with a similarly petite physique. Assembly could not be simpler; Umr is already grafted to the massive key that comprises the backdrop, and so all that needs to be done is to attach that piece to the base. Some sort of trading game card with the source illustration was included with the figure; it looks nice and I’m sure people who play the WIXOSS game will enjoy having that.

Umr figure

Umr effects a youthful, cherubic look with her round face and placid expression. Her blue eyes provide a striking splash of vibrance amid an otherwise muted color scheme. Her look is inscrutable, her parted lips suggesting that she is about to speak or has noticed something of interest, but what might say or what she’s seen is left to the viewer’s imagination.

Umr figure

There are a couple of growths sprouting horizontally from her head; I’m not sure if they are horns, ears, or something else. As usual I’m not a big fan of such things on anime characters but being that they’re not obviously animal ears and they blend in reasonably well with her blonde hair, I can disregard them.

Umr figure

Umr’s is wearing an interesting and rather racy outfit. Her only real article of clothing is a tattered scarf. Otherwise, she’s wrapped up in a series of black leather straps that don’t do much more than cover up what needs to be concealed. It’s something of a bondage-style outfit but Umr doesn’t seem to be too bothered about it.

Umr figure

The straps curve around her buttocks like a thong, which is a nice touch. Generally, the sculpting and painting of her straps looks pretty good; it’s not perfect but considering the complexity and randomness of how they’re applied, I’m not going to be too critical of any technical issues in this regard.

Umr figure

One odd aspect is that her bangs are very nicely done, but the rest of the top of her head is flat and featureless, like a bowling bowl, or perhaps a peanut butter-colored Whopper candy.

Umr figure

Umr is leaning against a very elaborate backdrop. It’s actually a gigantic key, tip planted into the ground like a sword.

Umr figure

The key motif continues with these parts, which are made to appear as if they are floating.

Umr figure

The key is very ornate and does a fine job of accentuating the enigmatic look of this figure. That said, the key is very clearly made of plastic, which detracts a bit from the overall impression of the product.

Umr figure

The base is a little weak as well. The rock looks quite nice, with several rusted eyelets surrounding the central key, but the remainder of the base is nondescript gray plastic. It does the job of keeping the figure stable but the look is wholly incongruous with the ornamentation of the rest of the figure.

Umr figure

Personally though, I’m not too bothered by either of those things; this is still an excellent figure. I like Umr’s serene expression and her ethereal pose. And of course, I am quite fond of her outfit, which leaves her all but naked. Really the only thing I would have preferred to be different is the figure’s size, as it is quite small (to accommodate the large base and backdrop, I presume). But then, I prefer every figure to be larger. Amakuni did a fine job with Umr and I’m glad they made this figure, as I would have had no idea that this character even existed had they not.

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7 Responses to Umr from WIXOSS

  1. Aya says:

    Don’t seems to be something fit with woman day 😛
    Without know the origins or who the hell is she, we all definitely know why you bought Her XD. they doing good with the rock base why not make it larger instead put a black plate underneath?. I just wonder one thing those keys are they plastics or metal ? seems fragile if using plastics for such decorations.

    • Tier says:

      My motivations are likely quite transparent! Her costume is definitely great. I would’ve been okay with larger breasts but one can’t have everything, I suppose. The keys are plastic; everything about this figure and the base are plastic, though it can look convincing from a normal viewing distance.

  2. Nefae says:

    It look’s sensitive, and easy to break.

  3. wieselhead says:

    I watched all the WIXOSS anime adations and if I learned something from it, it would be that girls can be incedibly scary and cruel, you won’t believe it. WIXOSS is also full of ambiguity remarks and weird stuff, definetely not lighthearted at all.

    Umr wasn’t part of the anime, but she looks similar to the other card characters design in terms of facial expression. But it seems she is one of the more evil cards.

    The figures design is quite impressive, there is so much going on with all the straps, complex base and her nice butt 😀 What I also like about her is the sand blonde haircolor and the expressive blue eyes. She is a great collector item as a whole.

    …if she has an older sister ^^? A curvy one would also look super sexy with those straps.

    • Tier says:

      I didn’t even remember that there was an anime version. That is pretty neat, though. It reminds me a bit that I was planning on watching Vivid Strike, since I heard that the girls there get beaten up and beat each other up pretty good. I’d really love to see a magical girl anime where the magical girls rip into each other and get all messed up mentally and physically (I’d be kinda surprised if such a show didn’t already exist, actually).

      An older version of her would be awesome XD I don’t mind this figure but her younger age doesn’t hugely appeal to me. I’d really prefer a figure that looks slightly more mature, like late teens at least.

      • wieselhead says:

        Yeah WIXOSS is nevertheless entertaining, the 3rd adaption was not really as good as previous ones, though.

        In my eyes Vivid Strike is a gem, it is indeed very violent, but that spinoff had a touching story and was interesting all the time.

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