For the past few weeks, it seems like there’s been nothing up for preorder but re-releases and recolors and figures from series that already have a ton of figures like Strike Witches, Bakemonogatari, and K-On! Some of the recolors are attractive, except I already have the originals, or I’ve got them on preorder. But there have been a few interesting figures that have gone up for order in the last few days, so now is as good a time as any to take a look at them.
Aegis from Persona 3
I was on the verge of putting in an order for Bandai’s Aegis, but I’ve changed my mind. I’m not a big action figure guy – though I’ve recently bought a few Figmas and another actsta – and with Alter set to unveil their 1/6 scale Aegis any day now, I don’t think I need to buy this one. It looks pretty good though; I like it a lot better than the Figma, which I own and have placed at the bottom of an unceremonious pile of action figures on one of my shelves.
Satellizer el Bridgette from Freezing
Here is a figure that requires a bit of background discussion. On one hand, Satellizer satisfies many of my requirements for a good anime figure – big size, big tits, and panties. On the other hand … it’s FREEing and Freezing. I’m not too impressed by FREEing’s work and I’m much less fond of Freezing, which unites two of the least likeable protagonists in recent memory. Satellizer is about as assertive as Mikuru and as emotive as Robocop, but lacks the cute heterochromia of the former and the awesome built-in thigh holster of the latter. Much of her character development occurs when she unexpectedly bumbles into people who are talking about her behind her back or when she is unconscious, which demonstrates how one-dimensional she is. But at least she’s got great tits; there is nothing at all redeeming about male lead Kazuya Aoi. If Freezing were a more prominent property, he’d be a strong candidate to wrest away the Emiya Shirou Award for Most Annoying Male Character from Emiya Shirou. He is overpowered for no discernible reason other than that the plot demands that he be overpowered, and he shuttles around campus, imposing his sanctimonious sense of morality on a school whose existence is predicated on students chopping each other to ribbons. His baffling lack of common sense – evinced early when he trespasses into Satellizer’s room and begins to read her diary uninvited – is utterly appalling. There is nothing remotely sympathetic about him. By the end of the first episode, you hope that maybe he’ll stop being such a simpleminded asshole; by the end of the second, you are fervently, feverishly praying that he is actually Jewish and that Hitler will show up by episode 5. Unfortunately, nothing so propitious occurs, and anybody who can gut out this show will have to bear with his brainless blundering and insipid, banal sermonizing. In spite of all this, I’m giving the show another chance, and I can scarcely believe I’m doing so. Perhaps the only reason I can stomach it is that I am genuinely curious as to whether Freezing is the dumbest show I’ve ever seen.
Which brings us back to this figure. So, on one hand, it’s from a manufacturer I don’t care much for and it’s from a show that I really don’t like much. On the other hand … big size, big tits, and panties. I’m pretending that the Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls anime doesn’t exist, and I think I can do the same with the Freezing anime as well.
Miku Hatsune Append from Vocaloid
Here is another figure that needs a bit of background discussion. I’ve said before that I’m not a big fan of Miku Hatsune. I don’t particularly like her songs and I don’t think her basic character design is all that interesting. I do own one Miku figure, mostly because I had a photo idea which didn’t work out at all, and if anybody wants to buy it off of me, I’m quite willing to let it go for cheap. However, I like the Append design quite a bit more than her standard appearance. Her costume is very attractive, particularly the one-fingered gloves, the footless tights, and the sliver of her bodysuit that she is studiously contemplating. I also like the starkness of her color scheme, particularly the muted hue of her hair, which contrasts sharply to the Daiki Gel green of Max Factory’s other figures. And of course, there’s the big plus that a lot of people who like Miku don’t like this figure. The flipside of that is they seem to not like this figure because of her face, and I gotta admit that they have a point. Her face looks … well, outside the norm of an anime figure’s face. I call Max Factory’s earlier 1/7 scale figure “E.T. Miku” but with her wide-spaced eyes and exotic features, I think that moniker better fits Miku Append. At any rate, I think I can overlook her distinctive appearance as well as my apathy for both the character and the cultural phenomenon surrounding her. Plus she looks like she’ll be fun to take pictures of. I don’t have any ideas for her right now, but a figure like this works for a lot of things I’d like to try.
Ingrid Bernstein from Freezing
This, of course, is another figure from Freezing, and everything I wrote about Satella applies to her. Especially the tits and panties part. Her tits look sort of strange though, standing stiff and bulbous as they are. You sorta expect them to sag off to her sides. Ingrid must come from a wealthy background, being able to afford that sort of surgery at such a young age.
Disregarding the baggage of being from such an awful anime (I don’t know whether the manga is any good or not), Satella and Ingrid are intrinsically pretty nice, and I suppose I’m interested in seeing whether FREEing continues their line. I hope the next one isn’t lying down, though; I don’t really have enough surface space for a bunch of 1/4 scale figures spread out like patients etherized upon a table. If they do, I wonder if Lana will be next; I kinda like her. Sure, she’s an irrepressible mountain-dwelling homewrecker with a peculiar speech mannerism, but I like how she identifies her goals and takes decisive action towards those ends. She’s a refreshing contrast to Satella, who just mopes a lot, and Kazuya, who is just a whiny douche. And she wears a fundoshi! Or the Nepalese equivalent, anyway. These things are important.
Sora Kasugano from Yosuga no Sora
I really liked MegaHouse’s Sora and I was looking forward to watching Yosuga no Sora. That enthusiasm lasted for about thirty seconds, when I found that Sora was a distasteful, unpleasant little turd. I ignored the show up until its final episodes, when I heard that Sora’s temperament improved somewhat, and she even copulates with her brother. Now I don’t care much for incest – it’s really not my thing – but that was still a pretty cool thing to see in a televised show. So now I’m thinking about picking up Sora, just because she performs fellatio. I mean, how many figures are there of characters who have canonically performed fellatio? Well, let’s see … in my collection, such a list includes Rin Tohsaka, Saber, Eleanor Mercer, Tamaki Kousaka, Isoroku Yamamoto, Ameri Kawai, Kotonoha Katsura, Narika, Metatron, Haruka, Nora Stuart, Rika Shiraki, Kaori Saeki, and a few more. Hmm … maybe it’s not such a special thing after all. Okay, how many fellate their sibling? That’s easy – Sora. What a nasty, nasty girl.
You know, I’m really having to rationalize buying a lot of the figures I’m thinking about getting. I wonder if that’s a sign I shouldn’t be buying these figures. However, Sora is pretty cute, and I can think of a couple of ways I’d like to photograph this figure. Aside from a figure’s inherent qualities, that’s a pretty important factor when I consider which ones to buy.
Alice from Queen’s Gate
This is an exclusive of some sort, which necessitates going through a proxy. I missed the first version of this figure, which had light green hair, and didn’t actually pay much attention to it. However, I’ve come to appreciate the figure more in recent times and I really like the bold black-and-red color scheme of this one. I’m pretty sure I’m going to order this one.
Saber Extra from Fate/extra
I’m less sure I’m going to order this one, though the chances are tilted towards the more likely side of the scale. I like Saber’s basic design and I’ve said that I’d like to see a good figure of Saber in her blue dress without the additional armor plating. Saber Extra’s design one-ups that by opening up the back and putting a transparent window in the front, giving everybody a wonderful view of her panties. I mean, you have to love Japanese anime culture; someone over there was like, “How can we make this new character distinctive, but still as classy, elegant, and strong as the other Sabers?” and somebody answered, “Let’s let everyone see what underwear she’s wearing.” Actually, when I first saw Saber Extra’s design, I wasn’t bothered so much by the crotch window as by the red color of her dress. I’m not sure why; maybe it’s because it overpowers the crotch window. Anyway, the figure looks nice, it’s 1/6 scale and seems like a decent match for Clayz’s old Saber figure, which is inexplicably getting a reissue. Unfortunately, I don’t really like Clayz’s figures much. So I dunno. I’m thinking the best course of action is to wait a bit and see if someone else offers a better figure. If not, though, I don’t think I’ll regret preordering this Saber; my misgivings are more that I hope somebody else does one better rather than not liking this sculpt.
Fate Testarossa from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS
This post wouldn’t be complete without a Fate figure. Good Smile Company is reissuing this figure, which came out a couple of years back. It’s 1/4 scale, which is fantastic, it’s a swimsuit figure, which is less fantastic. Yeah, she’s showing about as much skin as the lingerie-clad Freezing girls, but the way I see it, swimsuits are meant to be seen – they can be cute or sporty or sexy, whereas underwear is generally meant to be functional or erotic. It’s a subtle distinction but it makes a big difference in how I view these figures.
I passed on this version of Fate the first time around because I wasn’t too fond of her face. It looked sort of flattened, and it reminded me of some of those anime-styled cosplay masks you sometimes see people wear (there’s a term for that but it escapes my memory). So, I dunno again. I don’t mind buying another 1/4 scale Fate figure but then again, I did not have any regrets not picking up this figure on its first release, and I don’t think I’d have any regrets passing on it again.