In anime, certain physical attributes are frequently associated with particular character archetypes. Female American characters are often blonde, blue-eyed and buxom; quiet or smart characters often wear eyeglasses (or in Rei Ayanami’s case, have an attachment to spectacles). Another common juxtaposition involves the loli tsundere personality type. Being a loli implies certain physical qualities, of course: it necessitates short stature and an undeveloped chest, for a certainty, but many such characters also wear twintails, to the point that if I see any loli-looking character with twintails, I usually assume that she is a tsundere type. (Though I would have been better served had I made that presumption while watching Date-A-Live’s first episode, whose cheerful, frisky little sister character swiftly turned into a repugnant, poisonous little bitch.)
Sora no Otoshimono’s Nymph checks all those marks, but this particular figure breaks from orthodoxy in an unusual manner: loli characters are generally not known for the magnitude of their backsides but this figure gives Nymph a sizeable ass. It’s an unusual decision, one that doesn’t really respect the usual forms, but regardless, it looks great.
Nymph is, of course, one of the main characters of the harem comedy Sora no Otoshimono, localized in the US as Heaven’s Lost Property. She is, as mentioned, a tsundere-type character, which means she’s a shrill, tedious bitch at the start of the show but becomes much more bearable as the series progresses. Moreover, she gets kicked around and mutilated as well, which I thought was pretty cute, and thus she earns a good deal more empathy from me than I would otherwise care to tender. Despite being the second angeloid to be introduced, she appears to be the show’s most popular subject amongst figure makers, with Ikaros and Astraea trailing behind and Sohara and Mikako being completely ignored, which is a shame since they are endearing characters in their own right.
In fact, this is not just the first, but the second figure of Nymph from Plum, a company that still doesn’t have an extensive record to analyze. I did buy their first Nymph figure and if I were the sort of person to draw conclusions from a sample size of one, I’d have forsworn buying any of their future products. (On the plus side, it was a fun figure to photograph.) However, their figure of God Eater Burst’s Alisa was pretty nice, and the promo photos for this newer Nymph figure seemed pretty good, apart from an unsavory green cast to the pictures that made her look seasick. More to the point, she looked like she had a great-looking ass, and I have to admit that’s really all it takes to get me to buy a figure. I’m shallow. I’m male. I’m redundant.
Just glancing at those promo photos, one might not expect this figure to be particularly large, since most figures of this type are made in 1/8 scale. Oddly, and happily, Plum elected to make this figure 1/6 scale, and it’s rather larger than I thought it would be. She’s 22.5 centimeters tall from the tip of her left toe to the top of her head, and she’s 28 centimeters tall overall, from the base to the fingertips of her right hand. The diameter of her splayed-out twintails measures about 24 centimeters in width – a bit more than the height of an average 1/8 scale figure.
This figure is termed the swimsuit version, with obvious justification. While I think that the school swimsuit is one of the most boring and unflattering swimsuit styles around, it is one of the most commonly-fetishized articles of clothing in anime culture, which I would guess stems from the fact that the typical wearers are very young, being universally of school age.
But as mentioned, Nymph sports a twist on the traditional design in that the seat is cut extremely high. Indeed, it rides quite deeply up the cleft of her ass, revealing most of her rear. Though perhaps not all that tasteful, it is done very well and looks really great. Special emphasis is placed on the curvature of each buttock, which is deserving of praise as not many figure sculptors give the backside the attention it deserves.
Aside from those naughty parts, Nymph’s sunny smile is also quite appealing, particularly paired with her frolicking pose – and with the way she’s pulling her swimsuit strap away from her body, giving us a little peek at the swell of her breasts. There’s not much there but it still looks very cute.
Nymph’s wings are nicely modeled, molded out of some translucent plastic material.
If, for some reason, you don’t like her collar, it can be removed. Her neck looks a bit spindly without it, and I don’t think Nymph is Nymph without her collar, so of course I prefer to leave it on her. I think it’s one of the coolest aspects of her character design.
One of the odder aspects of the figure is the way she mounts to her base. She’s leaping upwards, or perhaps about to land, which means she’s in midair. A lot of figure companies use long pylons or struts to keep a figure suspended in such a pose, and this figure does follow that course, but it’s implemented in an unusual way: her foot is sort of hollowed out and the metal pylon goes directly into her leg. It’s kind of ugly when you look directly at it, being that the bottom of her foot is missing, but it’s not really obstrusive or conspicuous during normal viewing. However, once you know it’s there, it’s difficult not to notice it.
A less obvious thing is that her feet look sort of small, at least to me. They’re not so small as to be obviously bothersome, but I thought it was noticeable. Her feet in the source artwork look larger than they do here.
But besides that, the proportions of the figure are very nice. The most obvious difference between this figure and Plum’s earlier Nymph is that this one’s head is appropriately sized, while the other figure’s head was monstrously large. She has a petite body build, as is expected, but her legs also have a bit of curvature, particularly on her thighs.
It’s a little odd that the three Nymph figures I own – this one, Plum’s earlier one, and FREEing’s bunny suit version – all prominently feature her ass, being that it never seemed to be a major element of her appearance in the anime. I’m not complaining, though; I rather like this trend and hope to see it continue. This figure is a vast, vast improvement over Plum’s first Nymph, which I’ve since boxed back up and put away in storage. Nymph’s beaming, friendly smile, her lively pose, and of course, her fine ass all contribute greatly to this figure’s charm. It takes a good bit of creativity and imagination to make a school swimsuit figure look really interesting, and Plum has pulled it off with aplomb.