Houki Shinonono from Infinite Stratos (Bunny Version)

Houki Shinonono from Infinite Stratos

It’s time to look at another bunnygirl figure, and this time we’ll be examining Houki Shinonono, the querulous martinet and love interest from Infinite Stratos. FREEing appears to have an affinity for the characters from this series, as they’ve made not just one, but two quarter-scale figures of each of the principal female characters in the show, and why not? Certainly it doesn’t seem like anyone else is interested.

Houki Shinonono figure

As the first girl to be introduced, Houki is nominally the lead love interest of Infinite Stratos. You wouldn’t know that if you watched the anime, however; as I recall, any presence she has is quickly quashed by Charlotte and Laura, who become the most memorable characters of the show. Not that that is a particularly notable feat given the utterly mediocre nature of the show; Infinite Stratos exemplifies the most banal characteristics of the light novel-derived harem genre. The male protagonist, while a nice guy, is foremost a milquetoast. The female characters embody the conventional tropes, with the usual gamut of temperaments, childhood backgrounds, and breast sizes being represented. The fanservice is evident but not particularly remarkable. All in all, it’s an exceedingly average show, and I am surprised and appalled in equal measure that I managed to watch its entire first season (and the first episode of the second season as well, which finally convinced me not to proceed further).

Houki Shinonono figure

That said, the series does have some decent character designs and while the female pilot suits aren’t particularly scanty, they’re still fairly attractive. Curiously, I don’t think any major manufacturer has made a figure of any of the IS characters in their combat uniforms, which is unfortunate. That brings us to this figure, where the character depicted is wearing a leotard, albeit not of the mecha-driving variety.

Houki Shinonono figure

This figure is manufactured by FREEing. Sculpted in 1/4 scale, Houki is an impressive 44 centimeters in overall height. Unusually for one of FREEing’s bunnygirls, she requires a little bit of assembly, some of which is rather unconventional, as we shall see.

Houki Shinonono figure

As I mentioned in my review of Yami (and as I’ll probably do in every future review I do of the figures in this line), FREEing’s bunnygirls show a remarkable level of consistency in terms of design and the actual sculpt. All the usual particulars are evidenced here: the fairly matte skin tones, the nondescript hair sculpting, the bunnysuit with the real fishnet pantyhose.

Houki Shinonono figure

The faces of these figures are not particularly detailed, either. In this case, Houki’s mouth is caught in an “O” shape, as if she were syllabicating her last name.

Houki Shinonono figure

What one might not expect is that Houki has a really nice ass. Her ponytail helpfully splits in two to permit examination of her backside.

Houki Shinonono figure

Her buttocks display prominent curvature, which is a nice touch; quite a few figures don’t emphasize this area, which is a shame. However, FREEing’s bunnygirls typically have pleasing rears, which is a noteworthy aspect of the product line.

Houki Shinonono figure

It’s not always obvious given that many of the bunnygirls are kneeling or recumbent, but they generally have very long legs. Such is the case with Houki, whose legs seem particularly long.

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The side view does show a rather peculiar sculpting issue, though, in that her high heels look very messed up. I’m not sure it’s actually possible to stand upright with heels like that.

Houki Shinonono figure

The upright design of the figure allows an obvious thigh gap to be viewed, for those who care about that sort of thing.

Houki Shinonono figure

And it also allows an unimpeded view of her breasts. Houki has a rather large rack, though from what I remember of the anime, it didn’t seem quite so substantial there. Here, her chest is rather sizeable.

Equally obvious is that she’s wearing a red leotard, decorated with some cute ribbons along her hips. Red seems to be her assigned color, even though I recall that she wore a white leotard in the anime.

Houki Shinonono figure

One very odd aspect of this figure is that she’s meant to be holding this bottle of champagne. However, its doesn’t actually come with the label; it’s a pair of decals that you have to peel from its backing and affix to the bottle yourself. I’m not sure why they did it this way; my guess would be for legal reasons but that’s entirely speculative on my part (I do know that in the US, a sixteen-year old cartoon character holding an alcoholic beverage would probably incite complaints from somebody). It’s a little bit of a hassle since there aren’t any markings on the bottle to guide the placement of the label.

One other minor bit of required assembly are the bracelets around her left wrist; her left hand is actually detachable to allow the bracelet to be slipped on.

Houki Shinonono figure

I like this figure a lot, and I will say once again that I’m quite a fan of FREEing’s bunnygirl series, despite their idiosyncrasies, which I mostly forgive. Houki has a lovely sculpt, and though her facial expression might not be the most exciting, the agreeable rendering of her breasts and ass largely mitigates that circumstance. This admittedly shallow rationale coupled with this figure’s fantastically large size are reasons enough for me to be very happy with the way Houki turned out.

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8 Responses to Houki Shinonono from Infinite Stratos (Bunny Version)

  1. Jegan2020 says:

    Wish freeing at least release a Chifuyu Orimura bunny version. The only girl I like from Infinite Stratos. By the way nice figure you got there.

    • Tier says:

      Yeah, she was a great character, at least relative to the rest of the cast. It’d be nice if they threw her in too, but I guess she wasn’t ever a romantic interest (I guess IS actually did skip one harem trope, then).

  2. TomTheCat says:

    Her legs may be a bit long, but with those fishnet stockings, they’re oh so irresistible *_*

    • Tier says:

      They did a nice job of that. Sometimes these figures look kinda like their heads don’t match with the rest of their bodies, but I don’t mind that all that much.

  3. wieselhead says:

    Cute ;D

    When I see these bunny girls from FREEing I get a little that these gorgeous butts are covered by clothes, they should be nude sometimes XD You probably know that bootylicious Himejima Akeno bunny girl ♥♥♥. Considering the size of Houki’s butt and hips she should not have such a thigh gap. We want more thighs! (((o(*゚▽゚*)o)))

    • Tier says:

      They should! What I would give if a quality manufacturer would make a series of 1/4 scale ero-figures. That might be all that I could afford to collect.

      Thicker thighs would be pretty nice too XD Eleonora was decent in that respect, but she seems to have been an exception to the usual style.

  4. Tsunami3k says:

    Again, after your excellent review and photo shoot, I picked this little lady up only to realize that I apparently recall little enough about the franchise for it to dawn on me after I got her that she would be the second quarter-scale Freeing figure of her that I have. Definitely not a bad thing as I like both. I still have to snag that primo Golden Darkness figure though.

    • Tier says:

      Ha, I think I’ve had something like that happen to me a few times. It doesn’t help that I’ve neglected keeping my MFC profile up to date. Personally, I’m really digging the way Mikan and Yui are looking; if I wanted more To Love-Ru bunnygirls, I think those two would be at the top of my list (and they probably are).

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