I had hoped to space out this post a little more after the last one, but figure makers have rolled out a ton of new stuff since then. This post already took way too long to write, so let’s go ahead and look at some stuff I’m thinking about buying.
Dark Elf from Lineage II
For several years, Orchid Seed has been showing off promo artwork of a Lineage II dark elf figure. Max Factory has beaten them to the punch, even using the same artwork as the inspiration for their figure (though Orchid Seed actually used two pictures and would presumably prefer to use the line art now instead). I played Lineage II for about a month, pretty much only because I loved the way the dark elf females looked, so I’m really excited for this figure. If I had my way, I’d have picked the doom plate armor (I think that’s what it’s called; I never got past level 16 and never got any cool stuff) or even the newbie armor (the older version, not the NCsoft-nerfed version). But this is good, too. I’m getting the version with the blue skin, but there’s one also one with dark brown skin.
Estellise Sidos Heurassein from Tales of Vesperia
Tales of Vesperia was the first game from the Tales series that I played, and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I thought it’d be a silly and cartoony sort of game so I was surprised by how much I liked the characters – even the males, who I usually ignore in RPGs. Inexplicably, Alter still hasn’t announced any plans to make a figure of Judith, unquestionably the coolest and best character from the game. Hopefully they won’t exclude her but in the meantime, they are peddling a figure of the game’s lead girl. I might pick this one up, though I’m leaning against it right now.
Inia Sestina from Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse
I already have Yui, of course, and I think Cryska is supposed to ship this month. That makes picking up Inia a straightforward decision. I just need to decide where to buy her.
Kazuno from Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere
Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere is replete with attractive female characters, which ought to make it a fertile source for figure companies to plunder. Thus it’s a bit mystifying that Alter has picked one of the less sexy characters (though that is admittedly a matter of taste and perspective) for their first figure from the series. Kazuno had a really cool scene in the show, and I liked her (though she got very little screentime overall), but I don’t have a big thing for normal maid costumes, and if I were to get this figure, it’d be more because I liked the show rather than because I like the way that this figure looks. I’m not sure that’s a good enough rationale to drop the amount of money Kazuno is going for.
Marie Mamiya from Starless
This is the figure that I am perhaps most conflicted on here. I like the character design, and she has one of the prettiest faces I’ve seen on an anime figure. However, she also has the small head and large body combination that caused me to pass on several other figures. It’s less apparent here than on some other figures, but I still notice it, and I have the feeling that if I were to get this figure, it’d bother the hell out of me. Right now, I think I’m inclined to wait and see if it hits the bargain bin or gets a big discount on Mandarake.
Mikan Yuuki from To Love-Ru
Mikan is, like the girls from the Nanoha series, a character I’m familiar with mostly through various erotic doujinshi. I haven’t watched or read much of To Love-Ru, which is a little odd since I have the sense I’m squarely in its target audience, but from what I know of Mikan, I think she’d be one of my favorite characters. And well, she’s pretty cute in those aforementioned doujinshi. That’s perhaps not a great reason to pick up a figure – I don’t expect that most people would agree with that line of thinking – but for me, it more than suffices. After all, if I didn’t feel empathy for characters in porno comics, I wouldn’t have as many Fate Testarossa figures as I do. Also, it’s pretty obvious that her clothes are removable and that’s a big plus in my view (why they don’t provide any castoff photos, I don’t know; I would think that their main aim is to sell figures rather than assume an air of coyness).
(Speaking of that erotic doujinshi, it’s pretty cool stuff. I’m not quite sure what it’s about – it seems to have something to do with a space alien who enslaves Mikan – but I enjoyed it anyway. On a similar note, I was playing this H-game a few days back in which the main heroine gets drugged and raped a bunch and supposedly dies, which made me feel really sad for a while. By my understanding of the term, this means that being a sex slave is moe.)
Miu Takanashi from Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father!
This is one of those figures that, if it were 1/8 scale, I’d acknowledge that it’s pretty cute and then moved on. However, this figure is 1/4 scale – God’s scale – which automatically warrants closer consideration. It is indeed pretty cute, and while I don’t think it’s anything special, its size means I’m thinking really, really hard about picking it up.
Incidentally, Miu is apparently supposed to be ten years old. I feel like that ought to make me feel worse than it actually does.
Nyarlathotep from Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
I watched the first episode of Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, wondering what the Cthulhu connection was. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much of one, from what I could tell; rather, the show appeared to be a standard high school romance comedy. Maybe I’ll give it another try sometime later. This figure though, has my interest, for obvious reasons. It’s very cute and I’m pretty sure I’ll pick it up.
Akane Isshiki from Vividred Operation
I haven’t watched much of Vividred Operation, apart from one of the later episodes which features a hilarious scene involving the dietary requirements of a bird, and though its main hook – an excessive emphasis on the buttocks of the principal cast – is very appealing, I’m not really sure that’s enough to get me interested. Fortunately, I don’t need to know anything about the show to be interested in the figures. I don’t really know if I’m going to get this figure, though. Something about the face looks a little off to me; somehow, the Figma looks cuter. Then again, I do dig the shorts (enough that I bought this wallscroll). Maybe that will be enough to sway my decision.
Meiya Mitsurugi from Muv-Luv Alternative
After chucking out a number of figures of the Total Eclipse characters, Kotobukiya is going back to the original source and bringing us this figure of Meiya Mitsurugi, the lead girl of Muv-Luv Alternative. It’s a good-looking figure, though I wish she were standing up instead of curled up in an odd floating fetal position. I guess figure makers just don’t want to allow the girls of Muv-Luv to stand up. I also wish that she were wearing the see-through suit rather than the black suit, but it’s not surprising that they stayed away from that. At any rate, seeing how as I haven’t skipped any of Kotobukiya’s Muv-Luv figures yet, I suppose I’m not going to start doing so now.
Sheryl Nome from Macross Frontier
This is one of the more epic – and, consequently, expensive – figures from Max Factory. A lot of people were taken aback by the price tag and I have to admit, I was, too. However, I was more surprised by the scathing reception that this figure is getting. I checked her score on Hobby Search and it’s pretty bad. Thinking that maybe that was just because a bunch of gaijin couldn’t understand her charms, I checked her Japanese page and nope, her score there is even worse. In fact, her score is worse than gangsta lean Saber’s. (Note to self: review gangsta lean Saber already.) Her face appears to be her most contentious aspect. I think she’s pretty. Plus, she’s got shiny clothes, cute hair, a thong, hooker heels, and full-body bondage, what more could you want? Regardless of the controversy, this is probably my most anticipated figure on this list.
Keiji Maeda from Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls
The newest Samurai Girls figure from Alter is of the recently-introduced Keiji Maeda, who shows up in the middle of the show’s second season. I’m a little surprised that D’artagnan is apparently missing, seeing as how she’s been left out of the television show and there is no sign that she’ll get a figure of her own, but I guess I can’t complain too much because Keiji looks really nice. Unsurprisingly, she’s a Hobby Japan exclusive, which means needing to go through a proxy service or shopping at a store that sells limited-edition goods. I went with Hobbyfan; we’ll see if they come through for me.
Kuroyukihime from Accel World
This is another character that I know mostly from ero-doujinshi. It’s a good-looking figure, though I’m already ordering Max Factory’s figure and it’s pretty much impossible to top that one. I’m pretty much only interested in this one because the Good Smile Company preview says that the skirt is removable, and it looks like you might be able to see her ass. That’s pretty much the main reason. I’ll wait and see if some sample reviews show us that.
Momo Velia Deviluke from To-Love Ru
Oh my. I don’t know anything about this character at all (unlike Mikan, I’ve not seen this character in any doujinshi) but I do know what I like and I like this very, very, very much. Max Factory is having one helluva year; it’s kinda like someone over there was like, “Hey man, let’s make some sexy figures to go with all those Figmas.”
Rikka Himegami from T2 Art Girls
It’s a little surprising that Alphamax is making this figure rather than continuing on with the characters from Fault!!, but as Tony Taka’s ero artwork is always good (except when he screws up the hands and feet), it’s not an unwelcome decision at all. Rikka has a thematically similar look to their earlier figures: sultry pose, long legs, and a relatively realistically-proportioned torso. She effects a different look, though; I think it’s her eyes, she’s got sort of a dead, expressionless look in her eyes that’s a bit disconcerting. That’s not a bad thing at all, though; indeed, it could be considered appealing. Anyway, it’s a pretty easy call to pick this one up.
Ran Misugi from the Native Creator’s Collection
This … actually is a Native figure, despite appearances to the contrary. The style and theme of this figure is obviously of a different sort than Native’s other figures, which were certainly explicit but still generally maintained a level of dignity. Well, maybe; dignity is, perhaps, in the eye of the beholder. I am going to guess that this figure is not going to go over too well within the figure collecting company. Me, I think it looks cool as hell. I used the picture of the ahegao face for comedic value but she does come with a normal face, which is the one I’ll be displaying her with, and apparently the lettering is removable. Also apparently, one of the phrases written on her legs reads “niku benki ♥,” or “meat toilet.” The “toilet woman” phenomenon has a long and illustrious tradition in ero manga and anime, and I’m happy to see that it’s getting represented as a figure, too. Definitely looking forward to this one. Also, it appears that unlike earlier Native figures, this one is open to direct order by international customers, whichis a welcome change.
Super Sonico from Nitroplus
I think it’s safe to call Super Sonico this year’s It Girl. I’m not quite sure how she came to be so popular amongst figure makers … but then, Ignis and Samurai Shodown’s Iroha were It Girls of previous years and I can’t explain why they were so popular, either. So here’s Sonico in a bikini, standing rather stiffly in a decidedly unexciting pose. Nonetheless, this figure still looks really cool, thanks in large part to her generous proportions. To top it off, this figure is 1/5 scale, which is not as good as 1/4 but is better than 1/6. I’m still on the fence on this one – Sonico is suffering from Tamaki syndrome, where even if I like a figure, the fact that I have so many of that character automatically starts it at a disadvantage – but I’m leaning more towards ordering it, particularly if December doesn’t have a lot of releases. (Historically, that has not been true.)
Alleyne from Queen’s Blade
Orchid Seed hasn’t really been into the Queen’s Blade thing – off the top of my head, I think this is their first one – but Alleyne looks fantastic. She reminds me a bit of the Jun Tsukasa-inspired Risty, except in a much larger size, being 1/6 scale rather than 1/8. This one was an easy call, too.