I’ve been writing this post off and on for a week, and it seems like at least one new figure that I’m interested in has gone up for preorder each day that I’ve meant to post it. Enough is enough; I think I’ve forgotten to include a number of figures I’m interested in but those I’ve overlooked will get included in next month’s post. For now, here’s what I’m thinking about ordering:
Chu-ka na Neko from Planet of the Cats
Cat and Chair makes a return, though this time it seems that the eponymous Cat is chained to her chair, and her pose is significantly more showy. I’m never been a fan of anime catgirls but I do like the themes presented by this figure, and as the first Cat and Chair figure was pretty neat, I think I’ll be picking this figure up, too.
Choun Shiryu from Ikkitousen
I’m not much of a fan of bunny ears eithers, but I like the rest of her costume, which offers a nice spin on the typical bunnysuit look. I guess I’m also not a huge fan of the character, though that’s more because she showed up in the Western adaptation of the manga just before Tokyopop ceased publishing, so I’m not nearly as familiar with her as with the main characters (though given the liberties that Tokyopop took with the translation, I guess I’m probably not as familiar with any of the characters as I think I am). I was thinking that I’d pass on this figure but Orca Toys has done good work in the past and the sculptor created Alter’s Yagyu Gisen and Sen Tokugawa, which were both excellent figures, so I believe I will change my mind.
Saber from Fate/stay night
It’s a little odd that, to my knowledge, no major manufacturer has made a serious version of Saber in this pose (if I remember right, Griffon did a chibi-fied version a long time ago). It’s also a little odd that this figure is coming from Kotobukiya, a company that is not typically associated with the Fate/stay night property, but they’ve been doing good stuff as of late so this figure is not at all unwelcome. I do like it a lot and I’m thinking about picking it up, as I don’t actually have that many figures of Saber’s normal look, but I have some reservations about the plainness of her face. I think they were trying to make her look stern and stoic, but she looks rather bored to me.
Yukino Yukinoshita from Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru Zoku
This is sort of a plain-looking figure, but I think its ordinariness has a lot of appeal, especially when combined with her pensive look and the zettai ryouiki (I don’t like using Japanese phrases but there’s no easy English equivalent). I also particularly like her sneakers; there aren’t enough anime girls who wear sneakers.
Matabei Gotou from Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Bride
Alter’s second figure of Matabei looks rather like the first, suggesting that they understand what her most valuable asset is. It’s nice that this version isn’t exclusive, unlike many figures based on Hobby Japan properties. As I liked the first figure (and most Samurai Girl figures, generally), picking up the second Matabei is not a difficult decision.
Heroine X from Fate/stay night
Here’s yet another candidate for my weird Saber collection. This figure puts Saber in hot pants and a baseball cap; it’s an odd ensemble for someone as dignified as her but that’s what makes it look so neat. I’m definitely getting this figure, and maybe I’ll get around to doing Weird Saber Week when she comes out.
Rinna Mayfield from Shining Resonance
It’s been a banner year for Tony Taka figures and the love shown to him by figure makers shows no signs of abating. Rinna looks like another great adaptation of his artwork, skirting the boundary of tastefulness without quite trampling over it. It’s a good-looking figure that manages to embody cute and sexy in equal measure. The price is reasonable as well.
Maya Kamiwazumi from Fault!!
Here’s a Tony Taka figure that does indeed step across the bounds of decency – well, perhaps not for those whose sensibilites have been re-adjusted by exposure to this sort of thing, but a visual portrayal of a naked high school girl would get you arrested almost anywhere else. It’s Alphamax’s second figure of Maya and I like this one a great deal more than the first. I’m not really sure how to explain her pose when she’s nude but I’ll think more on that when she arrives.
Rise Kujikawa from Persona 4
Rise was my favorite character from Persona 4 and when I first played it, I was highly disappointed to find out that she was just the support character rather than an active combatant. I guess quite a few people share my sentiments as even though she’s just a secondary character, she’s gotten more figures that just about any other Persona character not named Aegis. There were a couple of Rise figures that I liked, but I never bought them; I think I’ll pick this one up as it looks quite good, albeit way more colorful than I remember her being.
Paladin from Bikini Warriors
Being a big fan of the whole bikini armor in fantasy series trope, it’s an easy decision to buy this figure. The fact that the paladin is essentially a ho in the anime series only makes it easier. God I love anime.
Mikage Kuroki from Maid-san to Boin Damashii
By my count this is the second 1/4 scale figure that FREEing has adapted from Toshihide Sano’s work, the first being Amane Shiratori. Mikage looks very nice, though her breasts are rather larger than I like. I’ll get over it, though.
Sasara Kusugawa from To Heart 2 Dungeon Travelers
Here’s another bikini armor figure and man does Sasara look good. I’ve been waiting for an attractive figure of her in her Golden Axe outfit and this one definitely fits the bill. The price is a bit spendy but hopefully the exchange rate will continue to improve by the time she hits stores.
Mammon from the 7 Deadly Sins
I missed out on the ice cream Asmodeus preorder, so I guess I’ll have to find her in the aftermarket when she gets released. Meanwhile, I think I’m going to order Mammon; she’s also more stoutly built than I typically like but even though she has a very robust physique, I think she’s way more attractive than, say, that sack of suet named Pochaco. Does Nitroplus have compromising photos of the executives of every figure manufacturer in the industry or something?