I own a lot of perverted figures and I’ve staked out a niche in the figure reviewing community as someone who likes perverted figures, but this figure might be the most perverted one I own. I wasn’t sure if I was depraved enough to buy this figure, and judging by the dearth of reviews, I suppose not too many other people were, either. With time running out in Amiami’s half-price shipping promotion, I finally caved in and tossed her in the shopping basket. Of course, Amiami extended the discount for an entire month the next day. That’s the way life goes, I guess.
Tomomi Aizawa is a character from the visual novel Welcome to Pia Carrot. She first shows up in the second game in the series and becomes a major character in the third game. She also appears in the anime movie Welcome to Pia Carrot!! Sayaka no Koi Monogatari.
Like To Heart, Fate/stay night, and a bunch of other games, Pia Carrot is less noted for its original eroge roots and more for its cute characters. The Pia Carrot franchise seems to not have had the longevity of those other titles, however, with little new media having been released in the past five years or so. Cute characters never fade away, though, and now Wave has brought her back in plastic format with not one but two figures.
Tomomi comes in 1/5 scale, although her sitting posture makes her fairly compact. She has a clear disc-scaped base printed with the Pia Carrot 3 logo, but she obviously doesn’t need it to sit upright.
My favorite aspect of this figure is her exuberence, arms enthusiastically stretched out, face locked in an expression of joyful, possibly drug-induced rapture. She’s definitely a girl who wants something – another hit, maybe. Contrasting with her youthful elation is the slight spread of her legs and the detailing thereby revealed, adding a bit of an edge to this figure. Just a bit. Yep.
I also have no problem admitting that I like girls in tight athletic wear. That’s one of the primary reasons I picked up Kyou a few months back and it’s another reason I picked up Tomomi. Her gym suit is very nicely rendered: her shirt is form-fitting but still baggy enough to be believable, and her shorts look quite real despite being plastic, wrinkles on its sides suggesting looseness while the front is pulled up tightly. She also wears athletic shoes, which I like very much; I wish more anime schoolgirls would wear gym shoes rather than the ubiquitous, boring loafers you see so often.
Tomomi isn’t a very colorful figure but I think the color scheme works very well, the striking violet hue of her eyes and her hot pink shorts effectively complementing the subdued, natural tones of her brown hair and white shirt and socks and shoes.
There are some peculiar paint anomalies, though. She’s got a dark smudge on the tip of each of her fingers, and I’m not sure why that is. There’s also some noticeable darkening of her skin around the tops of her socks. Speaking of her socks, I’d also have liked it if they were sculpted so that the elastic band pinched her skin in a bit.
Tomomi is perhaps a bit younger in appearance than most of the figures that I buy, but regardless, I think that this is still a pretty cool figure. I’ve got the feeling that I’ll be able to find her in the bargain bin in a few months and that I probably could have saved myself a few bucks by waiting, but I don’t regret buying her at all. She’s got a great balance of cuteness and perversity, and for a character like this, I can’t ask for much more.
Wave has another version of this figure that features navy blue shorts and longer hair. I think that figure uses her character design from Pia Carrot 2. I don’t like that version quite as much; I’m sure she has the same face as this Tomomi, but for some reason, her eyes look even more crack-addled.
Sometimes, if you just add a prop or two to a figure, you can change the whole tenor of a picture:
TRY GETTING A RESERVATION AT DORSIA NOW, YOU … ahem.
Oh the detailing. How old is this character supposed to be again?
She balances better than you’d expect in this pose.
You know, Tomomi is 1/5 scale, but her small stature makes her comparable in size to a more adult 1/6 scale figure … like my Barack Obama doll. Hmm …
Ehh, nah, it was just a passing thought.