There’s a certain theme going on here; a certain singular joyfulness, if you will.
Yozora Mikazuki from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
The anime adaptation of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai seems to be very popular, and so it’s not surprising that its characters have gotten a lot of figures. And by “its characters,” I really mean Yozora and Sena; Rika, Kobato, Yukimura, and the bratty nun have mostly been ignored, which is unfortunate. Other than the bratty nun, I mean, although a figure of her sexy sister would be nice. Griffon is making a figure of Yozora in another alternate costume, this one looking sort of dominatrix-inspired, which normally greatly appeals to my sensibilities. I don’t think I’m digging the spikes on her outfit, though, and the figure’s small size (19 centimeters, which I’m sure includes the optional horns) is symptomatic of why I avoid Griffon figures.
Masazumi Honda from Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere
In contrast, figures of the Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere characters have only trickled out. Flat-chested, hard-working Masazumi will be getting her first figure courtesy of Chara-ani, a company that I’m not too familiar with. They’ve picked a good pose to base their figure off of, though (for anyone unfamiliar with the show, this scene involves Masazumi getting de-pantsed in front of her classmates and the Pope). However, I can’t say that the pictures look all that encouraging, and its listed 17 centimeter height isn’t that enticing, either. I think I’ll just wait for Kotobukiya or somebody to do a better figure of her.
Celia Cumani Aintree from Walkure Romanze
Curiously, this character currently has two figures up for preorder despite being from a relatively unfamiliar visual novel (though given that it was made by the same company that made Princess Lover!, and given that that series got not just a TV anime, but a hentai OVA series as well, perhaps we’ll be seeing more of Walkure Romanze in the future). Her other figure – made by Daiki Kougyou – is a far more impressive figure by almost every standard. However, this figure – made by Kaitendoh – doesn’t have its counterpart’s peculiarly-small head, which was sufficient to get me to pass over the other figure. That said, this figure has its own problems, including a somewhat awkward pose. That said, it still looks nice and maybe I’ll pick it up – though I think it’s more likely I’ll wait for a post-release discount if I decide I want it.
Irma from Queen’s Blade
FREUDE, SCHÃ–NER GÃ–TTERFUNKEN
TOCHTER AUS ELYSIUM,
WIR BETRETEN FEUERTRUNKEN,
HIMMLISCHE, DEIN HEILIGTUM!
DEINE ZAUBER BINDEN WIEDER
WAS DIE MODE STRENG GETEILT;
ALLE MENSCHEN WERDEN BRÃœDER,
WO DEIN SANFTER FLÃœGEL WEILT.
Maya Kamiwazumi from Fault!! A New Rival
Alphamax is skipping over Mio Sugiyama and Rika Hayama, instead choosing to make a figure of new girl Maya Kamiwazumi. She takes a central role in the recently-released Fault!! anime, which continues on from the previous three-episode series. I enjoyed the show, though the sex scenes were a little tame and Reiko’s characterization took a hit; I guess they felt they needed to weaken her to make Maya look more assertive. Though to be fair, I did like how Maya didn’t hesitate to grasp the situation in her own hands. And her voice actress did a nice job, too. Anyway, Alphamax’s figure looks pretty good and I’m definitely looking forward to it. I also like how their promo shots pretty much do nothing to hide its explicitness. I wish more figure companies would follow suit; coyness can be clever but it ain’t gonna help sell figures.
Kuroyukihime from Accel World
I started watching the first episode of Accel World, and it made a poor enough impression on me that I dropped the series after about fifteen minutes. I really doubt that it develops into anything special or worthwhile; as far as I know, Accel World is a fairly run-of-the-mill show with a somewhat mysterious lead female character and a particularly unattractive lead male character (made even less likeable since the same voice actor who did the lead male character in Guilty Crown also voices Accel World’s lead character). However, like the superficially-similar Sword Art Online (which I have not watched), it does have a highly redeeming aspect in that it has spawned a great deal of solid, appealing pornographic doujinshi, and that’s enough to at least get me interested in the lead character, which is who we see here. Originally, it looked like this figure was going to be a rather unique piece featuring Kuroyukihime being covered up by her virtual reality persona. It was a very distinctive and bold figure, unlike almost anything Max Factory has ever made before. Then they revealed that they would give her legs and somehow, this figure seems rather less special – and a helluva lot more perverse. However, while this figure loses something in terms of artistry, it gains a customer, since I don’t normally care for busts and did not intend to buy it before I learned that she’ll be coming with legs. I have to admit that I feel a little uncomfortable looking at it, but I’ll get over it, and her pose opens up all kinds of photographic possibilities. As for the Black Lotus part, I don’t really care for it and I’ll be keeping it in the box.
Speaking of erotic doujinshi, I think someone should make a figure based on this picture. Maybe Kotobukiya could do it; I mean, they already have licenses to make figures of Accel World and Marvel characters, so there shouldn’t be any problem there.
Mu-12 from BlazBlue
I was sort of thinking that Alter would make a figure of Mu-12 – they’ve often made figures of relatively less-known characters; they made a figure of Dizzy, who is basically Mu-12’s spiritual forebar; and her design is well in keeping with Alter’s affinity for visually-complex figures, particularly those that are airborne. However, Alter seems content to roll out figures of dudes and Nanoha characters, so it’s left up to FREEing to do the deed. I can’t honestly say that this fills me with confidence, since while I’ve been pretty pleased with a number of FREEing’s figures, I’ve also skipped a number of their figures because they look really bad. Mu-12, at least, looks pretty good in her promo shots, though it’s not too easy to see her face, and her spine looks like it might be snapped in half. But these are minor things in the larger scheme, and the reality is that we’re getting a Mu-12 figure, and I’m glad for that, as she was one of four characters that I really hoped would get figures (the others being Irma, listed above, Subaru from Beat Blades Haruka, and Itsuki Kannagi from Sora Kake Girl; I’m not really expecting the last two characters to ever get figures but hey, a 50% wish fulfillment rate isn’t that bad).
Yuki from Maid Bride
Maid Bride has spawned at least three different figures from three different manufacturers; Orchid Seed’s Yuki is the latest to be unveiled. Like Daiki Kougyou’s Tsuneko, she comes from one of the short side stories rather than the core comic (whose main character has gotten figures by both Daiki Kougyou and BEAT). Her story is sort of an expression of self-indulgence; Yuki is a shut-in who sits in her darkened room playing porn games all day. It’s not exactly the most realistic of scenarios, but it makes for a fun read and the art is as good as expected (the artist, Kizuki Aruchu, is probably best known for drawing a highly popular series of Monster Hunter doujinshi under the circle name Udon-ya). It goes without saying that I’ve ordered Yuki and I’m looking forward to her, but I really hope Orchid Seed doesn’t play around with the scale size again; many of their figures come out a lot smaller than I expect them to be and I immensely dislike it when that happens.
Gamer Girl from Native’s Creator’s Collection
Kizuki Aruchu’s artwork gets not one, but two figures in this entry. While I like Yuki, and I think she looks pretty good, it’s unfair to compare her to anything that Native produces. I haven’t actually ordered this figure yet, but that’s only because I need to find a new favorite proxy service for buying Native figures while Tokyo Hunter gets reorganized.