I’d planned on wrapping up my reviews of Alter’s Ikki Tousen figures by doing a writeup of Kanu Unchou, but then I got Seira in the mail and I figured that the world doesn’t really need another Kanu review right now. Accordingly, I decided I’d photograph Seira first, being that I’m still trying to think of a way to shoot Kanu without making it look utterly boring.
Seira Orgel is from the visual novel and anime Chaos;HEAd, although she’s technically not a character from those properties but is instead a character from Blood Tunes, an anime within the anime and game. I’m not personally familiar with any of these things and I don’t recall ever hearing much about them. I took a look at Danbooru for Chaos;HEAd hentai on the basis that the quantity of pornography derived from a particular franchise is a reasonable indicator of its stature in the anime zeitgeist but there wasn’t much there at all. It seems that this show just came and went without it having made much of an impression on the masses.
The visual novel was developed by Nitroplus and 5pb., a familiar name among fans of scrolling shmups. 5pb. later ported the PC game to the Xbox 360 as Chaos;HEAd Noah and a look at their game lineup indicates that they are primarily a 360 publisher, as far as home consoles go. That seems quite strange, akin to placing an NFL expansion franchise in Brazil or opening up a pulled pork barbecue joint in Pakistan. I’ve been thinking about possibly looking into maybe picking up a Japanese 360 later on to play Strike Witches and maybe THE iDOL@MASTER: Live for You! so I might try out their stuff.
Seira is manufactured by Orchid Seed in a nominal 1/7 scale, although she’s unsurprisingly smaller than billed and is closer to 1/8 scale. She’s about fifteen centimeters tall not including her impressive hot pink bludgeon. She comes with a base, but like all kneeling figures she does not need it to stay upright. She also comes with a couple of pieces of hair.
Her outfit has certain vague thematic similarities to the sort of sailor outfit that you often see in anime and manga, but one of the most distinctive aspects of her clothing is its mix of colors, with pearly white, navy blue, bright lime green, and golden accents mixing with her pink hair to effect a very striking appearance. Also striking is her massive club, which conveys stark brutality by its golden spikes and sheer size along with playful femininity in equal measure in its hot pink color and cute red bowtie.
Not knowing anything about the character, it’s not easy to ascertain her personality from this figure. Her face expresses worry or perhaps surprise and her look is a bit incongruous with the huge club that she’s holding; when you’re carrying around the biggest nail-bat of reeducation known to mankind, what do you have to worry about?
Up close – and I mean up close with a magnifying glass – she looks a bit rough, in terms of quality. In particular, there are some black flecks in her paint, including one right on her cheek. Her paintwork isn’t all that clean and there are some small and curious ridges and bubbles in the edges of her clothing.
Like most Orchid Seed figures, parts of her clothing can be removed. In Seira’s case, it’s her hat, tube top, and underpants. Her top slides off under her necktie without much difficulty, and she separates at the waist to facilitate removing or replacing her panties, which simply wrap around her hips without anything holding them up on her body. She still has some gold pasties and some sort of star-shaped maebari to uphold her dignity and keep her plausibly work-safe.
She comes with a large piece of hair but I’m not quite sure how to attach it. It appears to somehow fit to the left side of her head but I didn’t feel like bothering.
Removing Seira’s hat reveals one problem with this figure: there’s a big hole in her head. This hole can be filled with a smaller sprig of hair that’s included in the box and visible to the right here. However, the ahoge is rather flimsy and doesn’t fit all that securely, and I’m about 95% certain that I’m going to lose it at some point. Personally, I wouldn’t have minded if they had dispensed with the ahoge completely so that her scalp could have been left intact and whole but as it is, if you misplace her hat, she’s going to have a prominent hole in her head, and if you misplace the ahoge, you’ll have to keep her hat on her head, and if you lose both, you’re screwed.
I’ve got no quibbles with how she looks sans top, though.
And I can’t say I have many quibbles with the way she looks overall, either. She’s a bit lacking as far as quality control goes but that’s not particularly surprising and she’s a bit smaller than I was hoping but that’s not particularly surprising either. She’s a unique figure and she looks nice. She’s not the most epic figure around but she ain’t bad and I’m pretty happy with her.
I was sad to hear that Carl Macek passed away a few days ago. Macek was probably most famous for Robotech, which wasn’t the first anime I’d seen (I’d watched Tranzor Z and Battle of the Planets before that) but it’s still one of my favorite shows and was the strongest influence in my becoming an anime fan. Then I learned that Guru – the MC of the well-known rap group Gang Starr – died of cancer a couple of days ago. I think I’ll watch my Robotech DVDs and listen to Jazzmatazz this week in remembrance.