Last time, we looked at some monstrously large breasts; today, we’ll flip it one hundred and eighty degrees and look at a far more modest rack. However, while the previous character exemplified purity, grace, and tact, Kuroko Shirai embodies … well, none of those things.
Kuroko Shirai is one of the main characters of Toaru Kagaku no Railgun, or A Certain Scientific Railgun. I haven’t watched much of this show or Toaru Majutsu no Index, the preceding series, which is a little odd for me. I’ve watched lots of other female-fronted action anime simply because they were female-fronted and on the surface, A Certain Scientific Railgun ought to be something that I like. I think the lack of sex appeal amongst the principal cast members has a lot to do with my reluctance to watch the series; Mikoto and Kuroko and the other characters are pretty cute but their visual appeal tends to be played down, at least from a casual viewpoint. (Then again, the shower groping scene in the first episode is very impressive. And from the other bits and pieces I’ve watched, I liked the relationship between Yomikawa and Tsuzuri. I think they could make a series starring those two; there have been many television shows and films built on the mismatched cop buddy theme.)
This figure, however, isn’t lacking in sex appeal … unless one is put off by Kuroko’s age, being that she’s supposed to be twelve or thirteen. Given her personality, though, this outfit does seem appropriate, even if she doesn’t quite fill it out.
Kuroko is the latest bunnygirl in FREEing’s long-running line of bunnysuit figures. Like all of the figures in the series, Kuroko is huge – she’s sculpted in 1/4 scale and stands about 35 centimeters tall at the top of her head, and around 39 centimeters tall overall. Also like most of the other bunnygirl figures, she’s pretty much ready for display right out of the box, though FREEing does throw in an extra face that we’ll look at in a bit.
I have to admit that I’m starting to like the bunnysuit look, despite my initial antipathy towards the theme. Much of that distaste was caused by the bunny ears, since I really do not like animal ears on anime characters. However, being that they are obviously artificial here, it’s not too difficult for me to get over them, and moreoever, I really like the high-leg leotard look. It looks great on Kuroko, who’s flaunting her twelve-year old body about as well as she can, given her lack of physical gifts.
Kuroko’s bunnysuit deviates a bit from the most iconic look in that she wears stockings rather than pantyhose. It’s a nice change and I prefer this look, as it focuses attention to the high-cut legs of her suit and the bare skin of her thighs. The stockings are made of a real fishnet material, which looks quite nice; the garter straps attaching them to her suit, however, are not, and so it looks a little odd in how they appear glued down on her skin (which they actually are, I suppose). I don’t think it’d a bad thing, since separated, free-floating straps would probably be prone to breaking, but it is conspicuous.
Her leotard is made of a glossy material reminisicent of vinyl or latex, which looks great; it’s seductive, sexy, and showy, which perfectly fits Kuroko’s libertine personality. She has the usual accessories: a pair of bunny ears, some wrist cuffs, a collar with a cute bow tie, some armbands, and high heels. The purple color of her tie and the ribbons on her hips tends to blend in with the black, but that’s not too big a problem, I think.
Speaking of her hips, Kuroko does have a very nice body shape for … well, a twelve-year old. Her hips are prominently curved, contrasting sharply against her total lack of breasts. Her waist is tapered, and she also has a nicely-shaped rear, which is a bit unexpected but quite nice to see.
On a technical note, my figure has some noticeable scratches on her left thigh. I’m not sure what caused them; I’ve seen these sorts of scratches on polystone statues but not on PVC figures.
And here is her rear, complete with bunny tail.
Kuroko’s pose is saucy and ostentatious, emphasizing her sex appeal, or at least her attempt at generating such. Her legs are wideset, knees bent with ass and (non-existent) chest thrust out. It looks vaguely ridiculous given her obvious youth and modest body build, but it still looks quite right.
She’s flashing a sly, knowing smile, conveying confidence and seemingly offering a bit more. Her broad grin and widely-spaced eyes are a little unusual and can be a little disconcerting if you stare at her face for a while. Nonetheless, she looks quite pretty.
And if you want something a little more in tune with her usual comportment, the figure comes with this extra face. An instruction sheet is provided, showing how to swap out her faces, but it’s pretty straightforward: just pull off her bangs and then detach her face. Personally, I don’t really dig this look that much but for anyone who likes this sort of predatory feline look, FREEing has you covered.
Most of FREEing’s bunnygirl figures aren’t too impressive when viewed in a photograph; they’re not that detailed, the body definition usually isn’t spectacular (the faces always seem peculiarly flat), and the poses tend to not be too ambitious. I like them anyway, however, and Kuroko is not an exception. She looks both cute and sexy, and I really like the outfit, even taking the ears into account. All the bare skin is quite attractive as well, and her personality comes through quite strongly. And of course, she’s big, which is one of the best things about the figure and is one of the main reasons pictures don’t quite do it justice; she towers over almost every other figure I’ve got aside from other 1/4 scale figures. With all her charms taken together, I’m happy to own Kuroko.