It’s time to take a look at some upcoming figures that I’m contemplating ordering. The trend in pricy figures unfortunately seems here to stay, and there are a few figures (such as Max Factory’s Kongo) that I would buy if they were cheaper. I suppose that’s what the bargain bin is for, though. Let’s go ahead and examine the figures that I think are worth full price.
Alisa Ilinichina Amiella from God Eater 2
I liked Plum’s first figure of Alisa, so naturally I’m interested in their second figure, which uses her appearance from the second game in the God Eater series. She looks lovely, beaming a sunny smile while striking a pose in all her bra-less glory. It makes for a nice contrast with the earlier figure, which sported a slightly more dour expression. Her big-ass Gatling gun would seem to provide a strong temptation to jack up her price, but I’m glad that Plum has given her a reasonable price tag. I’m pretty sure I’ll pick up this figure.
Tomoka Minato from Ro-Kyu-Bu!! SS
I never did get into Ro-Kyu-Bu, which is a little odd, being a fan of both basketball and of cute anime girls in tight clothes. This figure of Tomoka is definitely very cute; it’s also rather sexy, which might be a bit disturbing given her obvious youth – but then, anyone who watches anime is probably used to this sort of thing by now. I like the little basketball charms hanging off of her hips, too. I’m pretty sure I’ll get this figure as well.
Yagyu Jubei from Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls
I was a little surprised to see this figure pop up for order, for a number of reasons. Alter has already made a ton of Samurai Girls figures, including a couple of Jubei, which would seem to make this figure a little redundant. GSC seems to generally prefer making “cute” figures rather than fanservice-y (read: slutty), and Samurai Girls definitely belongs to the latter classification. On that note, they don’t often make figures with removable clothing, either. I’m thinking about buying this figure, but I haven’t made up my mind; I’m probably going to need to see some more sample photos before making a determination.
Asagi Igawa from Taimanin Asagi
Eroge don’t get as many figures as they used to, which is really a shame. Fortunately, Milestone will be releasing this figure of Asagi Igawa, perhaps the most famous ero ninja in anime culture. To my knowledge, this is the second PVC figure of Asagi, following one released by Lilith themselves a long time ago. I missed out on that one but I don’t think I’ll pass up this one; Asagi looks great in her impossibly tight ninja outfit. Hopefully some of Lilith’s other characters get some figures, too.
Yume Kondo from the Native Creators Collection
Native is the best maker of ero figures in the business, and it doesn’t take much contemplation for me to decide that I am going to order this figure. Like all Native figures, she can be ordered directly from Native’s shop, assuming that they ship to your home country.
Asuka Langley Shikinami from Neon Genesis Evangelion
Once upon a time, these preorder outlook posts were packed with Alter figures; these days, it’s rare for me to have much interest in their products, which is a huge shame. However, Rei and Asuka from Evangelion are always good subjects for figures. I’m particularly pleased to see that she’s wearing her normal plugsuit here (albeit patched up with duct tape) rather than the test suit. I also really like her face; she has the thousand-yard stare of a girl who has gotten the crap beaten out of her by life, which is pretty much the case (along with the rest of Evangelion’s cast). It’s a different sort of look than we’ve seen in earlier figures, so despite owning a bunch of Asuka figures already, I think I’ll buy this one as well.
X-Eros Cover Girl
On the other hand, Alphamax has been rolling out a ton of great stuff. This figure looks particularly great; Kizuki Aruchu’s style is obvious, and being that he’s one of my favorite ero-artists, I’m very happy to see Alphamax adapt his work into PVC. All of Alphamax’s hentai figures have been great, and I’m sure this one will be no different. Ordering her is pretty much a given.
Alisa Ilinichina Amiella from God Eater
The second figure of Alisa on this list also comes from Alphamax. Curiously, both Alphamax and Plum will each have done two figures of Alisa by the end of this year, even though neither she nor God Eater are all that well known. When the character looks this good, though, there’s little cause for complaint. Previous figures of Alisa have emphasized both her action girl status as well as her unique fashion sense, but this one goes straight for unabashed sexiness. She looks great, and I guess that means I’ll be owning three out of the four figures that Plum and Alphamax will have released of her.
Saber Extra from Fate/extra
Here’s another figure I was surprised to see. While Fate/stay night is another popular series amongst figure companies, Kotobukiya has never shown much interest in it. When it comes to figures, Type-moon’s flagship franchise still remains most closely associated with Good Smile Company, and as it turns out, they will soon be peddling their own version of red Saber. That both Neros look quite alike is not surprising, though; Kotobukiya has a long history of making figures that closely resemble those made by others (their Haruka and Alter’s Haruka perhaps being the most obvious, and I often mix up their Strike Witches figure and Alter’s as well). That said, while GSC’s Saber isn’t yet painted, I think I might like Kotobukiya’s version better, if only because she’s smiling.
Psychic from 7th Dragon 2020
Katanako was a very nice figure of a cute girl in a school uniform. The Psychic from the same series looks to be a very nice figure of a cute girl in, well, a ho outfit. One doesn’t often see a character dressed like this, even in anime, where daring outfits tend to be the rule rather than the exception, but I definitely approve. I like Katanako a lot but I’m guessing I’ll like the Psychic even more.