Happy holidays to everyone. The usual five favorite figures of the year post will be coming soon, probably a couple of days later than usual since I haven’t even photographed three or four of the figures that will probably be on that list, and there might be a figure review post before that depending on whether I have any problems assembling and setting up my new computer (specs here if anyone is curious).
Holiday time means that it’s also winter Comiket time, and although Comiket is obviously a doujinshi convention first and foremost, a variety of goods typically are displayed there – posters, music albums, video games, and, notably, dakimakura covers. I started collecting dakimakura covers not too long after starting up this site (nearly six years ago now) and back then, they were highly niche items that were quite difficult to acquire. These days, they are still somewhat niche but they are also much easier to find. This pillowcase, for instance, was bought right off of Hobby Search, with none of the contortions typically needed to procure unusual hobby goods.
It feels like it’s been a while since a notable Ikki Tousen figure was released. That’s sort of an odd thing to think, as a common complaint from a few years back was that too many companies were making Ikki Tousen figures. However, most of those figures were of fan favorites Kanu Unchou and Ryomou Shimei; nominal lead girl Hakufu Sonsaku never got that many figures. I suppose that’s not that surprising; while she was one of the first characters to be introduced in the manga, she wasn’t really all that interesting, and she never seemed to achieve the sort of popularity that the other characters gained. That alone makes this figure peculiar; what makes it even more unusual is its styling. Ikki Tousen’s character designs don’t stray far from typical anime conventions, but this figure provides quite a different take on Hakufu, so much so that one might not have been able to identify this character at first glance, even if one were familiar with the series.
These days, it’s not difficult to find information regarding dakimakura covers. However, even with all the resources that are available online, sometimes it’s hard to find a full picture of a particular pillowcase. Such was the case with this one; I found an image of one side but didn’t know what was on the other side. As I’d seen a doujinshi depicting this character wearing this costume during a middle stage of pregnancy, I was hesitant to pick this one up since I didn’t want to drop ten thousand yen just to receive an unpleasant surprise, but then I was like screw it; I like Rie Kawai’s character design and I figured the reverse side wouldn’t be that bad. Plus she’s decked out in bondage stuff. I figured it’d still be worth it, even if I only liked one side.