2011 may be the year of Tamaki and Miku Hatsune, but here at Tentacle Armada, we are busy celebrating the greatness of the beautiful fighting girl. Four of the seven figure reviews posted here since the start of the year have featured swordsgirls and today we have the fifth. Another Tamaki figure is probably next up but for now, we shall continue showing our love for big-eyed anime girls in tiny bikinis with big swords. It’s a classic combination that can’t be beat.
Based on an illustration by Shunya Yamashita, Emaretta-chan is manufactured by Yamato. She’s sculpted in 1/6 scale and stands about 23 centimeters tall. The figure is packaged with a sword, an animal skull of some sort, and an oval-shaped base.
Unlike REFLECT’s renditions of Yamashita’s artwork, Emaretta stays quite faithful to the source art. The figure shows a bit more skin, especially in the underboob area, but it retains Yamashita’s trademark wide eyes, narrow waist, and round hips and breasts.
This version is supposedly the limited edition version of the figure. Yamato also sold one that portrayed Emaretta as a redhead with blue-gray clothing. I like this color scheme better; I’m a big fan of purple hair and the combination of black, violet, and silver looks fantastic together.
My favorite part of this figure is Emaretta-chan’s outfit. This cheerful swordsgirl wears that most exalted article of battle gear, a pair of war panties. Practical? Probably not but she looks great in them. The rest of her outfit is equally abbreviated and features lots of silver straps and glossy highlights.
Accentuated by her thong, Emaretta has a great backside, though her cape needs to be removed to properly appreciate it. The castoff procedure is quite simple; just pull her head off and slide the cape off her shoulders. Her collar is also removable, but it’s an integral part of her neck so it shouldn’t be taken off of her.
Just as impractical-looking as her battle dress is her sword. It is nicely detailed with a finish that suggests dull, weathered metal. It does have the annoying property of falling out of her grip very easily but on the plus side, you don’t need to damn near break her fingers off to get it in her grasp.
The base effects a reflective surface which looks nice but is also quite incongruous with the animal skull and tusks sprouting from it. Maybe simulated dirt or rocks would make more sense, but either way, it still looks fine on the shelf.
Overall, I’d categorize the technical quality as being good but not outstanding. The glossy elements of her clothing are attractive although her skin lacks obvious shading. Similarly, I don’t have any major problems with her sculpt and I would guess most quibbles with her would center more on stylistic than technical issues. She’s got that big-eyed Yamashita look, which makes her gaze appear very intense. Maybe too intense. Similarly, while I like the pronounced swell of her hips, her lower torso does seem overly broad for her upper body.
I waffled for a long time before picking up Emaretta-chan. Initially I had considered buying the original version, but when I saw this black armor version instead, I decided I liked it better. However, I didn’t feel like going through a proxy to get this figure so it seemed unlikely I would ever acquire her. However, she then showed up at domestic retailers, but there were always other figures that were a higher priority for me, so I kept passing on her. Finally, I picked her up on sale at HLJ before last Christmas. I’m glad I did; she looks great, with her big sword, bikini armor, and purple hair. I’m a big fan of Yamashita’s artwork and Emaretta-chan is a great addition to my collection.