It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, and since Wonder Festival is just around the corner, now is a good time to look at some upcoming figures, before the inevitable deluge of Vocaloid, Sonico, and Fate/stay night figures hits us.
ER Doctor Mika from the Daydream Collection
Continuing the professional women theme of the Daydream series, the next figure in the line is a rather underdressed physician by the name of Mika. Nurse Miyuu was the first figure in the series and I purchased her, despite some misgivings. Happily, she turned out great. However, this figure is made by Lechery rather than Kaitendoh, which is reason enough to give pause, as I have zero familiarity with their work. More substantively, the sculpt of her waist and shoulders seem misproportioned. On the other hand, she has a pretty face, a nice ass, and Miyuu turned out pretty well. I’m going to think about this one further.
Izumi Shizuno from se.kirara
After months of teasing, Max Factory is finally putting out scale figures of the girls from se.kirara. The second one will be Izumi, noted in her product description as having “the most perfect body on campus.” That’s a debatable point, given the anime community’s myriad conflicting preferences regarding body shape. A more definite characteristic is the peculiarity of Izumi’s sartorial sense, which leads her to show off the lower part of her brassiere. It looks sort of weird but it also looks great. I’ve liked Izumi ever since I saw Fabienne’s review of the Figma, and I’ve been looking forward to this figure for some time.
Katanako from 7th Dragon 2020
It’s great to see of a figure of a character I’ve never heard of. Indeed, I’m not familiar at all with the series that this samurai girl comes from. That confines my assessment to her looks and her presence and she scores highly on both. She reminds me a bit of Mishiro Akatsuki, the old Shuraki girl (you know, I used to like those pictures). She’s got some interesting proportions – notably, her neck is very slender – but swords and schoolgirls are always a solid combination, and so I think Katanako – Swordgirl or Sword Child, I suppose – is going to go on my order list.
Suzumi from the Yasumi-chan Series
I’ve never paid much attention to Kurushima’s products, but this review of one of their figures over at Neath Grim makes me think that perhaps I should. This figure makes me think so as well; when it went up for preorder, I looked through the pictures as I usually do with most large-sized figures and didn’t think it was special at all. Then I saw the castoff’ed pictures and was like, “Oh.” Suzumi is very, very, cute, and I really do want this figure. However, there is a telling lack of detail on the sculpting, particularly in how the backs of her legs look nearly flat. I might change my mind but I think I am going to pass on this one, even though an insistent, clamorous voice in my head is telling me to stop being a pussy and just do it.
Pink Goat Daughter from Keumaya
I own a few Keumaya figures already, but I never got the Pink Goat Daughter. It was one of the first figures of theirs that I saw and it was one that I really wanted, but their retail allotments had long been spoken for and I didn’t want to have to resort to eBay or Yahoo Japan. Happily, collectors interested in the figures can now easily pick them up – the ones sculpted by Vispo, anyway. Unhappily, they’re made by BEAT. I don’t like to rigidly stratify manufacturers into quality tiers but BEAT is a company whose products I shy away from. The previews look fine but I have the feeling that they’re using the original model kit rather than the PVC version. I think I’ll wait for BEAT’s first Keumaya figures to hit the market before I make a decision.
Lisa Silverman from Persona 2
Everything old is new again – the big movies of this summer are rebooted Batman and Spider-Man films, the last Halo game was a remake of the first game (I can still scarcely believe it’s already been ten years), Momohime’s coming back, and rather than make Persona 5 on a current-generation platform, Atlus seems content with remaking Personas 2, 3, and 4 on portable consoles. I’ve not played Persona 2 yet – heck, I bought a PSP solely to play Persona 3 Portable and I’ve barely touched it – but I like how Lisa looks. It’s a very simple figure but the black and white color scheme is striking. What I like best, however, are her pale blue eyes – she looks kinda like an Other-reanimated wight from A Song of Ice and Fire (note: it’s amusing how you can tell who has read the books by whether they refer to the whole series as “Game of Thrones”). I think I might get this figure. I might also get MegaHouse’s Yukiko, too, if she’s still in stock, since I think they’d look good together.
Shiki Ryogi from Kara no Kyokai
One of the rarer and more valuable Good Smile Company figures, Shiki is getting a re-release too. I’ll straight-up say that I don’t know jack about Kara no Kyokai, though if I do review this figure I have no doubt that, as always happens with Type-Moon properties, more than one person will be along to tell me more than I ever wanted to know about its story. Curiously, I don’t remember this figure’s first release at all; I’ve always thought that it looks nice but it made no deeper impression on me. Nevertheless, it is absurdly cheap for a figure, and I do think that she is very pretty, and I think I will order it.
Sister Misa from the Native Creator’s Collection
Native’s newest figure will be Sister Misa, one of the main characters of Raita’s doujinshi series Mahou Shoujo. Typical of Raita’s style, she’s got some odd proportions that are not going to appeal to everyone. Like the 7th Dragon samurai, she’s got a really long and skinny neck, and that bothers me a bit. The rest of her looks great, though. Native has never let me down and I’ve already paid for this figure.
Madoka Kaname from Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
As one of the few people who hasn’t watched the Madoka anime yet, I’m less enthusiastic about this figure than most. I tell myself that I ought to watch it someday, but I have a pretty good idea of how it goes already and I really do not like the oblate, melon-headed character designs. I’ve ignored all of the Madoka figures for that reason, but this one seems to not have that issue. It looks nice but it’s really expensive, and unless I watch the show and decide I really like the character, I am pretty sure I’m going to pass on this one.
I’ll admit that despite my unfamiliarity with the source material, I’d buy Madoka if she had bigger tits. Or were flashing some buttcheek or something.
Yagyu Gisen from Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls
I own a number of figures from Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls, and in my reviews of them I made no secret of my antipathy for the anime. Wondering if my initial reaction was too brash, I watched through it not long ago and wouldn’t you know, it wasn’t that bad. The characters were still unoriginal and poorly plotted but it was a funny show with some genuine heart. I’d even go as far as to say that I liked it, up until the last couple of episodes, which were so monumentally bad that I’ve purged them from my brain (would that I could say the same of Guilty Crown). That brings us to this figure of Yagyu Gisen, a character that I generally liked but thought ought to have been developed differently. She looks fine and she’s from Alter, so it’s not too surprising that I’ve ordered her.
Tomo Asama from Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere
Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere figures are finally trickling out – up to this point we haven’t gotten much more than some Beach Queens stuff and a couple of Japan-exclusive Horizons. Tomo is my favorite character in the show and I am thus quite pleased that she’s getting this figure, which shows off the show’s impossibly tight outfits in a magnificent manner. I guess I wouldn’t have minded if she were standing in more of a fighting stance, but beggars can hardly be choosers. If this figure makes its December release date, it might be my favorite figure this year. Note that that opinion is subject to change if I ever take that bikey Saber figure out of its box.