It seems like this has been a quiet month for figure releases. I think Saber Lily was the only newly-released figure I bought; I guess I also got Nana but she’s a couple months old. Black Rock Shooter and transvestite Yoko have been kicked to next month, and I don’t doubt that November’s releases are going to play the slippity slide game as well. Orchid Seed’s Seena has already been pushed back to December, and does anybody really think Alter’s Mio is going to be on time?
So anyway, without much new stuff to cover, let’s look at some older figures. Actually, Kyou isn’t that old; she was released back in August, and I’ve had her for a couple of months now. I’ve just been pretty lazy about taking pictures of her.
Kyou is from the game and anime Clannad. I’ll be honest, I’m not a big fan of Key’s franchises. A number of them – like Air and Kanon – include repellant character designs with overly large eyes, tiny mouths, and freakishly large chins. I don’t know much about the plots of each of their titles, but I’m guessing they are standard high school dramas. Not really my thing. Most of my familiarity with Clannad comes from various fan-made comics of, uhh, questionable morality.
That said, I did watch the first episode of the Clannad After Story anime and I liked it. The characters don’t look like aliens and are appealing enough. The baseball game was pretty fun to watch, too.
So with that in mind I went ahead and bought this Kyou figure. I’ll admit that a major motivation for this purchase was the basketball; I like athletic girls. I also like her mischievous look; it gives her a confident, independent air, which is a very welcome change from the garden-grade subservient, low self-esteem girls that are all too common in anime. Oh yeah, and I like the shorts. They’re real short, which is a big plus.
Kyou is my first figure from Wave, who seem to be a bit of a fringe manufacturer. They put out a ton of 1/10 scale stuff, which doesn’t appeal to me at all. They say that Kyou is 1/7 scale; however, she measures about 20 centimeters tall, and the box says that the character is 160 centimeters tall. I flunked freshman math but fortunately I have a calculator here and it tells me that these measurements actually correspond to 1/8 scale.
The pose is pretty simple, but I like it a lot. It’s kinda sexy how she’s got one leg crossed over the other with her hand on her hip. The sculpt is also pretty good, with realistic wrinkles and creases on her clothes. Her backside could be a bit larger, I guess. The basketball seems to be about regulation size for the girls’ game and her shoes even have tread on the bottom, both of which are nice touches. The paint is alright, albeit a bit flat. She’s got a pretty simple color scheme here which doesn’t really stand out much. Her base is a plain white circle which has a pretty small footprint, which I approve of.
I hesitated a bit before buying this figure not only because I’m not a big fan of the progenitor franchise but also because I don’t know much about Wave, but I do like this figure a lot. It’s nothing that’s going to raise excitement levels or eyebrows, but it’s a nicely-done figure of a cute girl in a gym outfit. Nothing hugely special, but still pretty appealing.
I guess maybe it’s time to re-shoot some figures that I’ve previously reviewed, or to work through the old figure backlog. I wonder which I ought to do next?