As everybody knows Amiami is now accepting orders from international customers. I order most of my stuff from Hobby Search and HLJ, and seeing as how Amiami’s prices are quite a bit lower than either of those two stores, I was curious as to how good they are. I planned to order MegaHouse’s Aldra since she was on sale, but seeing as how they had one Kotonoha figure left, I tossed her in the shopping cart as well.
The process of ordering something from Amiami is a bit convoluted. First you add stuff to your cart and check out as usual. About a day later, you’ll get an e-mail from Amiami listing your order’s total amount including shipping. Then you go to Paypal’s website and send off the money, and when Amiami confirms payment, they ship your stuff. All in all though, I’m pretty happy with Amiami; my figures got here fast and their prices are very good.
Now let’s look at Kotonoha. She comes to us from the well-known H-game and subsequent anime School Days. I’ve not played the game nor watched much of the anime, but Wikipedia tells me that she is a quiet, bookish girl who is the recipient of the affections of one Makoto Ito, a classmate of hers. While I don’t know much about School Days itself, I do know that just about nobody on the planet has ever expressed sympathy for Makoto. Apparently he suffers from pronounced commitment issues and thus engages in relationships with multiple girls simultaneously. He’s one of the aspects of School Days that gives it its notoriety.
School Days is also known for its endings – 21 of them, according to Wikipedia (the final arbiter for all things trivia and trivial). In particular, its bad endings have achieved fame for their gruesomeness.
The original H-game contains a great deal of animation for a visual novel, and so it is perhaps not surprising that it received the anime treatment. I am told that the anime is rather dull and that Makoto is again profoundly infuriating. (Actually, I’ve heard that all the characters suck.) Like the game, it explores Makoto’s relationships with Kotonoha and Sekai Saionji, Kotonoha’s romantic rival.
While the core of the anime may be boring and conventional, the ending is anything but. School Days transcended simple fame to internet meme status during the broadcast of the final episode – or rather, the substitute for the final show, with the broadcasting station’s famous footage of a nice boat.
The final scenes of the School Days anime are glorious, and if the rest of the series was as bold and uncompromising, it probably would have been much more popular. Maybe. Heh. Anyway, everybody has probably seen the ending but if not, here it is, in all its uncensored awesomeness. Flip on closed captioning to get English subs.
This figure is manufactured by Kotobukiya in 1/8 scale, although she’s on the low end of that size. I guess Kotonoha isn’t supposed to be all that tall, though. She comes directly attached to her base and I’m not sure if you can pry her off. She seems to be leaning a bit forward and to her left; I’m not sure if she’s supposed to be posed that way or if she’s becoming warped. She’s not too heavy so I’m guessing it’s the former.
She comes with a cell phone accessory which slides into her hands as well as a couple of tendrils of hair which plug into the sides of her head. Her skirt is also removable.
Her panties are pretty boring though. They’re kinda a beige or flesh tone color, or maybe salmon. Salmon-colored panties?
At any rate, I’m an adherent of the less-is-more principle when it comes to a lady’s undergarments, and since Kotonoha’s drawers are decidedly conservative, I’ll let her keep her dignity.
Right after this shot.
Kotonoha also comes with an extra face and her famous bag. Thoughtfully, Kotobukiya provides an instruction sheet for swapping her face; just remove her bangs, yank the face off, and put on the new one. Face … off. Face … off.
I should mention that she doesn’t come with the knife. Sorry if I’ve misled anyone.
We know what’s in the blue bag but … ohmigod, she killed Mikuru! That bastard! And wait … does that head belong to …
“Miss, you’ve got something that belongs to me.”
“Err … I’m sorry, Mr. President!”
“I’m taking this with me.”
“Of course, Mr. President! Anything for you!”
The sculpt is pretty good. I mean, it’s a girl standing up, I guess it’d be kinda hard for Kotobukiya to mess that up. The paint is nice, too; I like how her clothes are a charcoal color rather than straight black, and they’ve done a pretty good of capturing 0verflow’s characteristic facial design. The base is a boring asymmetric piece of white plastic which is a bit larger than it needs to be, but it’s still small relative to most of the other figure bases I have.
It’s hard to say much about this figure; it’s a bit small and it’s not super special or anything. Kotonoha is very cute though and Kotobukiya’s done a pretty good job rendering her in plastic, not to mention capturing her murderous side. It’s a nice figure, one that I like a lot, although I admit that it’s not very exciting. I’ll also admit that I have no plans to ever watch School Days; I want to remember Kotonoha only as she was at the end of the series, sailing off into her happy new life.
I thought this picture looked nice so I’m going to link it here. I don’t recall Kotonoha being quite this racked but I like the new look regardless. I guess her job as a race queen required some augmentation. (Picture is shamelessly stolen from Hobby Search.)