With the winter Wonder Festival convention less than a week away, now seems a good time to take a look at some figures I’m thinking of ordering. It’s a bit of a sparse list, though, and it’s hard to believe that most of the figure catalog for the first half of 2012 has already been filled in. I guess everyone – figure makers included – is just waiting for that one Saber motorbike figure.
Purple Heart from Hyperdimension Neptunia
Proving what a dork I am, I bought the limited edition of Hyperdimension Neptunia even though I heard it wasn’t a great game and even though I don’t own a Playstation 3 – and have no plans to buy one any time soon. And I’m probably going to order the limited edition version of Neptunia Mk2 despite knowing that the first game’s play mechanics were woefully bad. What can I say, I’m a sucker for these sorts of games. I bought and played through Fate/extra and even enjoyed it even though its exploration system was brain-numbing and its battle mechanics were laughably inferior. I liked the characters in that game and I like the character designs in Neptunia, which is why I’m going to order this figure, even though I don’t know if I’ll ever actually play the games.
Being a 360 owner, a figure of Green Heart would be pretty cool, too.
Naruko Anjou from Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai
Anybody who has read this website for a while will not be surprised to learn that my initial interest in AnoHana stemmed entirely from the nickname of one of the characters. Having learned that one of the girls in the show was named “Anaru,” I watched through the first couple of episodes and was surprised to learn that instead of the stereotypical school comedy that I expected, it was a weepy, intensely emotional melodrama centered on broken relationships. The show is an unrepentant tearjerker and some elements of the plot are rather contrived, but it made a very strong impression on me and I liked it a lot. A couple of manufacturers have showed off figures of Anaru – Wave has a nice-looking Beach Queens version also up for sale – but I’m kinda waiting for one depicting her in her black shorts. Still, this one is very cute, and Kotobukiya’s figures are sometimes available fairly cheaply through US retailers, so I’ll be keeping an eye for this one on BBTS and Entertainment Earth.
I’m not sure whether the best part of the series was the ending theme, which was perfectly chosen, or the torrent of somewhat sexualized Naruko fan art that accompanied the show’s run.
Celty Sturluson from Durarara!!
Now here’s a tough figure to decide on. Usually, I’m looking at two things when I order a figure – whether I like the character, or whether I like how the character looks. The latter factor places heavy emphasis on the character’s face, which is generally the most important aspect of my assessment. However, Celty confounds this process because not only do I have no familiarity with DRRR!!, she doesn’t have a face. Or a head, even. But man, Alter’s done an incredible job sculpting her bikesuit, and that might be enough to swing my opinion. Aniplex appears to have the show available on Youtube so I might check it out during a slow day at work and see what it’s about.
Samus Aran from Metroid
Confession time: I’ve been playing video games for most of my life. The 8-bit NES was, unsurprisingly, one of my favorite consoles. I loved The Wizard and one of the happiest days in my life was when my aunt from Hawaii gave me Super Mario Bros. 3 (I was living in Seoul then and the selection of video games at the PX was pretty bad). I had about forty NES games, which was a good-sized collection given that I was only eleven or twelve at the time. But I’ve never played Metroid – any of them. My love for Nintendo games died the day I played Phantasy Star II and Sonic the Hedgehog on my cousin’s Genesis, and apart from a Gameboy Advance, I haven’t owned a Nintendo console in around twenty years. Nonetheless I’m going to order Samus because she looks great. I know almost nothing about the games, don’t really care to ever play them, but Samus looks great.
I really wish she was 1/6 scale, though, because I’ve got this 1/6 scale Master Chief doll and she’d look great standing next to him as his concubine.
Imari Kurumi from Bible Black
Daiki Kougyou follows up their Kaori Saeki figure with this one of series star Imari Kurumi. I was surprised that they are making another Bible Black figure since nobody seems to have bought Saeki (I did, incidentally, and might get around to reviewing her sometime this year). I was even more surprised that this figure is kinda lewd. I’m very happy that they did, though, since Imari is looking great. She’s got a fetching costume, a shy expression (swappable with one that looks more strained, kinda reminiscent of one of Millie Jackson’s album covers), a classic pose, and some really cute shoes – pretty much everything you’d want in a figure. She’s also got an optional accessory, visible at the end of the Moeyo sample review. I’m really looking forward to this figure, which should be no surprise.
Has any anime heroine ever had a better sodomy scene than Imari in Bible Black’s fourth episode? I guess Mikage Onohara’s scenes in Kyuuketsuki were pretty good. I wonder if they’ll be making a second volume; pretty much all of Valkyria’s stuff is excellent.
Blah blah blah, TIDAL WAVE!
Rita Mordio from Tales of Vesperia
I picked up Tales of Vesperia for the 360 a while back, not expecting much from it. To my surprise, I loved it – the story was engaging, the battle system was entertaining, and the characters were very likeable, which was perhaps the most unusual thing since I expect to hate the protagonist of every Japanese RPG I play. Yuri was a great character with a great sense of humor, but I still ejected him from my main party when I got Judith, who was by far my favorite character. Rita’s more cute than sexy, and I don’t actually remember her character all that much, but I might get this figure, particularly if it’ll help get Alter to make a figure of Judith. Hopefully they will, but I’ve got a bad feeling since they’ve already declared their intention to make a figure of Milla Maxwell, and they might just move on to Tales of Xillia once Rita is done.
Incidentally, Rita’s American voice actress also voiced Yukari in Persona 3, and they sound so much alike that sometimes I get the mannerisms and personalities of those two characters mixed up.
Charlotte Dunois from Infinite Stratos
Infinite Stratos has some really cute characters and it seems like it ought to be getting a lot of figures, but thus far all we’ve seen is an uninspired Charlotte figure from Alter and some swimsuit figures. AlphaMax is bringing out another one in that second category, and this one looks pretty nice if not particularly exciting. Charlotte looks very attractive, with her blush and small frown. I might get this one, particularly if no other makers show signs of bringing out some scale-size figures of the characters in their IS suits. Bandai’s figure of Cecilia doesn’t count.
Unknown Shipping Month
Horizon Ariadust from Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere
Figures from last fall’s anime season are trickling out, but not many have been announced of the characters from Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere, which is a shame since I liked it a lot and look forward to its continuation later this year. It has an expansive cast of cute girls as well as the best school uniforms of any anime series ever made. Thus far, only a couple figures have been announced, Wave’s figure of Horizon Ariadust and this one by Volks of Horizon, or more properly, P-01s. Curiously, both are Japan-only exclusives, which is a bit annoying. Hopefully we’ll see more figures of the show’s characters soon; Wave has a Beach Queens version of Tomo Asama that looks promising, even though it’s going to be in the unfortunate 1/10 scale used by all the figures in that line. Anyway, I’ve ordered this figure and if you want it, Tokyo Hunter is taking orders for it. It doesn’t seem to have a release date; Volks is taking orders for it at Wonder Festival, I guess, but they aren’t saying when it’s actually going to ship.
Besides Tomo, I’m hoping Kimi Aoi gets some figures; like Tomo, she is hugely busty and is also a follower of the god of erotic dance, which is really cool. She’s getting a dakimakura cover, which looks great. Her feet are kinda wonky-looking, though; I mentioned in my Sena post that it’s sort of rare to see really well-rendered feet and Kimi’s feet look sort of mutated.