Today we’ll take a look at another figure by FREEing. That’s three figures in a row; their overall level of quality might be equivocal but no one can cast aspersions on their profligacy. This character is Konoe Tsuruma and she is the lead heroine of yet another incest anime. She’s all wrapped up and showing everything off, so let’s oblige her and take a look.
Konoe comes from an anime titled Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!, or Nakaimo – My Sister is Among Them! In truth, I know next to nothing about this show; indeed, I’d never even heard of it before I saw this figure. Thus I’ve never watched any of it and even if I were aware of it, I would have probably still skipped it because I take a dim view of any anime with the word “imouto” in its title. That said, reading a little bit about it, it doesn’t sound completely terrible, and I was surprised to see that the animation director of Sogna’s well-known Viper series of games also served as a chief animation director on this show (if you have not heard of this series, Google for “Viper RSR” and prepare to be enlightened). On the other hand, I’m guessing that this show is full of scenes where the male lead accidentally gropes a girl’s breasts, trips and lands face-first in some girl’s crotch, or gets molested by some girl only to have another girl walk in and screech about what a pervert he is. (On the other other hand, I recently tried to watch the first episode of Magical Warfare and after struggling through that, maybe crotch faceplants aren’t such a bad thing.)
As said, this figure is made by FREEing. It’s listed as 1/8 scale but it’s quite small; I’d guess that if she were standing up, she wouldn’t be much larger than a Beach Queens figure. Not that I’ve ever seen a Beach Queens figure in person or anything. She’s a bit under 10 centimeters tall and she basically comes ready for display right out of the box. A little white plastic base is provided with a transparent strut that she can recline on; she doesn’t need it, strictly speaking, but it keeps her stable as her feet are normally supposed to be off the ground.
Konoe sports a placid, doe-like expression; normally this sort of look might denote sadness, but Konoe looks more inquisitive than melancholy. It’s a very cute expression that conveys a strong sense of innocent friendliness. It’s quite a bit different from the expression she wore in the original drawing from which the figures in this lineup draw inspiration; there, Konoe looks completely blank.
There is, of course, nothing innocent about her outfit, which reveals almost everything. The naked ribbon is a longtime staple of anime-style art, but there haven’t been many figures which have featured this look. Now, though, aside from Konoe and her fellow castmates, there’s also an upcoming figure of some Railgun girl that highlights this ensemble. It’s not quite an embarrassment of riches, but it’s nice to see more figures incorporate this type of costume.
In illustration, the ribbon is usually applied artlessly but here, there’s an obvious symmetry in how it is wrapped around Konoe. Indeed, it looks less like an improvised costume and more like something that was purpose-made; it’s hard to tell if the ribbon is even a single contiguous strip.
Despite that, her outfit still looks great. It’s a very revealing outfit, of course, and that makes for a lovely contrast with her evident equanimity. Konoe has a rather slender body which makes her look younger than she’s supposed to be, but she still does justice to this costume’s showiness.
Which is to say, she has a nice rack.
And a nice rear. Her outfit looks less like a ribbon and more like lingerie on her hips, where it forms a thong that runs between her legs.
You’ll never be able to see it under normal viewing conditions, though, since her hair blooms outwards in a rather improbable manner. I do not think hair actually falls like this.
There’s not really a whole lot more to this figure than her expression and her ribbon. While I would have liked her to be larger, I’m still pleased with this figure. She’s quite cute, and I like how she evokes a sense of eroticism without really looking too lewd, at least in terms of the mood she conveys. Her casual pose nicely complements her nonchalant attitude as well. She’s an appealing figure that I enjoy looking at, and that’s really the main criterion that I care about.