Two weeks left in the month and I have little indication that my June preorders are actually going to ship in June, so it’s back to the backlog again. This time we’ll look at Meiya Mitsurugi, a character I know nothing about from Muv-Luv Alternative, a series I know nothing about. Wikipedia – the indisputably definitive source of information for all things in this galaxy – tells me that Muv-Luv is linked to the better-known game and anime Kimi ga Nozomu Eien. How one takes a series from a standard contemporary Japanese school-based love comedy to a science fiction drama starring young girls in impossibly tight combat suits battling against alien hordes is beyond me.
This particular version of Meiya is in 1/8 scale from Good Smile Company, and that leads to my biggest complaint about this figure: it’s really small. It’s certainly the smallest 1/8 scale figure I own, and here she is next to Liu Meifeng, whom everyone has:
Other than that, though, Good Smile Company did a pretty good job with Meiya. The idiosyncrasies of the character design have been replicated very well, including the sharply angled eyes, the very strange bangs, and the ribbon-like tresses of her hair.
Good Smile Company has released a couple more figures from Muv-Luv, but I’ve held off on buying them due to their short stature. I guess I might pick them up if I can get them cheaply locally, but a standard 1/8 scale figure is about as small a size as I like.
I do own one other Meiya figure, which is colossally larger than Good Smile Company’s version, and also features the transparent piloting suit, which I like better than this black suit. I mean, black latex is pretty cool, but something about a transparent combat uniform elevates the character design from very cool to transcendant awesomeness.
This figure seems to have sort of come and gone without much of a ripple, but I like it a lot, small size and all. Muv-Luv Alternative has some of the coolest character designs around, and I hope that figure makers take another look at it and its spinoff series (particularly Total Eclipse) for future sources of inspiration.