This post has boobs. And nakedness. And other stuff. Turn back now before the lily-white purity of your everlasting soul is forever tainted. By the breastageses.
Tamaki Kousaka is one of the superstars of the anime world, and like Kanu Uncho and Rei Ayanami, is a popular source of inspiration for figure manufacturers. Curiously, I don’t own any of them prior to this one, and I waffled on this figure for a long time. A combination of unknown manufacturer, unfamiliarity with the To Heart franchise, and an astronomical price tag almost deterred me, but her size – an impressive 1/6 scale – and the awesome publicity pictures militated against my concerns and now she’s here.
As her name indicates, she comes dressed in black underwear. There’s also a version where she is attired in white, but I like black better.
However, her clothing is almost meant to be cast off. Her brassiere sort of lies on top of her chest and the straps don’t actually attach to her; they just sort of slide under her arms. You can see how the questionable fit of her bra exposes underboob here.
How does her hair stay up like that? An internal structural frame? Profligate use of hairspray?
The advertising copy doesn’t hesitate to note that her clothes come off. So let’s take them off. Oh, the shame.
Wait, what’s that?
Oh my. Well, you know Tamaki is still in control of the situation.
Or is she?
What’s that supposed to be for?
Oh, right. Tamaki’s sculpt is superb, as is clearly evident.
Who could the mysterious john who has Tamaki at his beck and call be?
Oh my God, it’s the president of the United States! What will Michelle say, Mr. President?!
Her stockings are made of a fishnet cloth material, which is a nice touch. Her other undergarments are of flimsy plastic, however. They’re translucent which is pretty sexy, but the straps seem a bit fragile.
I really like the way that Kaitendoh did her face; from some angles she looks seductive and naughty, and from other viewpoints she appears merely serene.
One thing about her that isn’t readily apparent in the photos is that she comes apart rather easily. Her head and legs detach from her torso to facilitate the removal of her underwear. However, Kaitendoh did a pretty good job of masking where the plastic pieces detach.
This figure is marketed as being built out of “candy resin,” which is purported to be stronger than ordinary figure plastic. I’m not sure about that, as I’m not about to go dropping Tamaki on the floor to test out this assertion, but the material does look different. I don’t think my pictures convey the difference very well, but it’s apparent on the pictures for Manaka on Hobby Search. Speaking of which, this is the first figure I bought from Hobby Search, after using Hobby Link Japan for most of my import needs. They shipped fast and Tamaki got from Tokyo to Dulles within a couple of days, so I’ve definitely got no complaints about them.
I’d be remiss in my duties as a figure reviewer if I didn’t note that despite her cast-off nature, Tamaki is not particularly detailed as far as anatomy goes. At the risk of sounding crude, she just has a barely-discernible slit between her legs. God, that sounds awful. Then again, given the nature of this review, I suppose crude terminology isn’t all that inappropriate.
This is a fantastic figure, one which both Tamaki fans and perverts in general will absolutely adore. She’s very pricy, but if you have the means, I highly recommend picking her up.