First, a housekeeping note; I’ve enabled SSL on this website, in accordance with Google’s dictate that websites should now encrypt communications between host and client. I think this occurred without problems but if anyone notices any errors, I’d appreciate it if you’d drop me a line. Also, Wonder Festival was this past weekend and I don’t really do an impressions post, but occasionally people are curious as to what I thought about it, so I figured I’d post my feelings here in a stream-of-consciousness fashion: there sure were a lot of porno figures there. I really hope these STP figures aren’t too expensive since there’s a lot that I would like to own. A lot of these figures are emphasizing the ass of their respective characters, which is a nice change from the usual practice. Not that 2B figure from Flare, though; I guess it would have been too much to hope that REFLECT would’ve given her a little more definition back there. There’s not as much Kantai Collection stuff there as I thought there would be. Wasn’t the Kantai Collection anime supposed to get a second season? Oh no, I kinda want to buy another Ban! hermaphrodite figure, and I just sold off my first one. It’s an injustice to humanity that Cross Ange never got any figures. I was hoping someone would show off a new tentacle rape figure but I suppose not. No bestiality figures here either, which is a little disappointing; that felt like the next logical step given the sorts of figures we’ve gotten in recent times. There was at least that one figure of the girl with the torpedo inserted in her body; that was neat. I’m going to need to make more money.
Anyway, let’s look at some of the figures I’m thinking about preordering. I left a few off that I haven’t quite composed my thoughts on, like the Lechery figure in wrestling boots and the A+ figure of the blonde maid; I figure I’m behind on these posts so I’ll just save writing about them for next time.
Anzu Yamasaki from Gantz:O
The counterpart to their earlier-released Reika Shimohira figure, Anzu will come in two different versions, one clad neck-to-tie in a black bodysuit and this version, which features a highly abbreviated version of her usual costume. Obviously, that’s the one I am going to buy. She looks as lewd as Reika, though her broad grin is a little bit off-putting. I’m sure she will look great in real life, though. This sexier version isn’t available at Hobby Search or Amiami for some reason, but a bunch of other stores are carrying her, such as BigBadToyStore and other places.
Bionic Joshi Kousei from ARMS NOTE
This is a figure I really want to buy, but man, that price! 17,900 yen for a 1/7 scale figure is ludicrous. I remember when people were bitching ten years ago about how gangsta lean Saber was 25,000 yen, and that was a super-sized 1/4 scale figure. I’m still probably going to wind up getting this, though. I find it darkly amusing that if an American toy company were to release a figure of a cartoonish adolescent high schooler equipped with tactical accessories and an AR-15, everyone would be pillorying the manufacturer.
Annabel from Tony’s Heroine Collection
Also the counterpart to their earlier-released version of Annabel, this figure has her sitting down with a naughty expression. Kotobukiya’s Tony-designed fairy figures are amongst my favorite figures, and while the pose is admittedly a little awkward and I hope her backside has a little more curvature than the previous figure, I’m sure this second figure of Annabel will be a fantastic addition to my collection.
Mayuri Maliani from the Art of Matsuryuu
I thought this figure would be as well, though I’m having second thoughts now. Most problematic is that this figure is only 1/8 scale despite being 14,000 yen plus shipping charges, which is a hefty price for such a small figure. 1/6 scale – like most of the figures that Native sells on their website – would have made this a much easier decision. The manufacturer – Progress – also made a curious decision to not really get that explicit with their Hotaru Minazuki figure, which is disappointing. And finally, there’s just no shortage of extremely high-quality hentai figures, whereas my figure budget is certainly facing a shortfall at this moment, given my future purchasing aspirations. It’s pretty likely that this figure is going to get squeezed out of my ordering plans, even though I really liked the source art.
Marie Rose from Dead or Alive 5
And here’s another figure that I’m not sure about ordering about, though for more indistinct reasons. Basically I resent how Tomonobu Itagaki got kicked off of Team Ninja, how Tecmo altered the character designs to be more realistic, and then introduced a bunch of moe trope-inspired characters, including Marie Rose (the cocky and petulant loli), Honoka (the Super Sonico clone), Luna (the quiet, white-haired eccentric with a peculiar speech tic), and Tamaki (a rehash of Kaede Takagaki from The Idolmaster). These additions are all the more inexplicable given their decision to move away from anime-centric character designs.
So in my mind, there’s a lot of baggage against this character, but I generally like Marie Rose’s character design, and I’m a fan of FREEing’s bunny girl figures in general. I think I might buy this figure, depending on what other bunnygirl figures are coming out in the future, despite my misgivings.
Rei Tsukushi from the BINDing Creator’s Opinion
Native and BINDing have sold a few 1/4 scale figures but I have yet to order any of them (much to my regret regarding Mikoto Kisaragi, the dark-skinned girl designed by Homare). I think Rei will be the first that I order, as I really like her sculpt. I usually don’t like anime girls with short hair as much, but I think I can make an exception here. I’m not sure that I will order Yoko Akagi though, her counterpart in a red bunnysuit; I don’t think I like her facial expression as much.
Satsuki Amamiya from Comic A-Un
It’s a cute half-naked anime girl consuming semen. Obviously ordered. Next!
Natsumi from Saitom Original Charger
Here’s a Native figure that I have no problem with ordering; I’m sure she’s going to look great. I think black or white lingerie might have worked better with the school uniform, but the red stockings and gold bikini still look fine. (I’m not actually sure what that series name is supposed to mean, but that’s what the product page says.)
Sakuya from Blade Arcus from Shining EX
Sakuya/Maxima has gotten a number of figures, some which I like and some of which I don’t care as much for. I definitely like this figure though, which presents her as a sexy teacher, though I think she looks more like an office lady. Regardless, this kind of presentation is very attractive, even though some part of me mourns for what the Shining series of games used to be.
Stephanie Dola from No Game No Life
Usually I like to know something about a character before I get interested in a figure but in this case, I have to admit I know next to nothing about No Game No Life. I’ve thought about watching it, as it seems to have a good reputation and the psychedelic color palette is unique if nothing else. Maybe buying this figure of Stephanie will be the catalyst to get me to watch it, as it’s a very nice-looking figure. I’m guessing this depiction over-sexualizes her actual appearance, but I don’t really see the problem with that.
Saber Alter from Fate
I recall that the figure of the Fate Zero Saber on a motorcycle was quite popular, though I don’t recall seeing a lot of love for it after it got released. Maybe I just wasn’t looking. Certainly I haven’t reviewed it myself yet. This figure does look pretty nice, though I’m not much of a motorcycle enthusiast. I might pick this up, just because the production quality appears to be very high, but I have the feeling I’m less enamored of it than most Fate fans.