anime Archive

  • Ah, MegaHobby Expo, Wonder Festival’s little brother. Years ago the two rivaled each other in scale, but as time has passed MegaHobby has gotten smaller and smaller. Fewer companies, fewer figures. But there are always a few gems to be found! We’ll start the coverage with Alter, one of my favorite companies (though as you may know, they have recently fallen out of the “affordable” bracket and into the “look longingly from a distance” bracket for me). They had quite a few cuties out on display, including many updates to their Wonder Festival sculpts. Jeanne d’Arc definitely stole the show for me! The only brand-new reveal was Arie Nadja from Madou Monogatari who is so adorably retro it hurts. [via moeyo]

    MegaHobby Expo Fall 2017: Alter

    Ah, MegaHobby Expo, Wonder Festival’s little brother. Years ago the two rivaled each other in scale, but as time has passed MegaHobby has gotten smaller and smaller. Fewer companies, fewer figures. But there are always a few gems to be found! We’ll start the coverage with Alter, one of my favorite companies (though as you may know, they have recently fallen out of the “affordable” bracket and into the “look longingly from a distance” bracket for me). They had quite a few cuties out on display, including many updates to their Wonder Festival sculpts. Jeanne d’Arc definitely stole the show for me! The only brand-new reveal was Arie Nadja from Madou Monogatari who is so adorably retro it hurts. [via moeyo]

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  • Sonico is an odd character. While she does indeed have an anime of her own and (I guess) a personality of her own, so much of her official and fanart involves her cosplaying. So Sonico-as-other-characters figures (especially fairytale girls) seem to be just as popular as Sonico-as-herself figures. Like, for example, Racing Sonico Miku! This time around it’s Hestia from Danmachi, who had like 6 months in the spotlight. Remember when everyone was pumping out Hestia? That died down pretty quick. But she’s posed to make a comeback… or at least her outfit is. Though Sonico has a little trouble fitting into it, it seems. We don’t know who is manufacturing her yet, but I hope it turns out as nice as the art! [via t_santa]

    Hestia Sonico Is Bestia

    Sonico is an odd character. While she does indeed have an anime of her own and (I guess) a personality of her own, so much of her official and fanart involves her cosplaying. So Sonico-as-other-characters figures (especially fairytale girls) seem to be just as popular as Sonico-as-herself figures. Like, for example, Racing Sonico Miku! This time around it’s Hestia from Danmachi, who had like 6 months in the spotlight. Remember when everyone was pumping out Hestia? That died down pretty quick. But she’s posed to make a comeback… or at least her outfit is. Though Sonico has a little trouble fitting into it, it seems. We don’t know who is manufacturing her yet, but I hope it turns out as nice as the art! [via t_santa]

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  • Welcome to Fantasia Festival 2017, aka “it’s a lot of Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata figures” 2017. The star of the show is definitely Max Factory’s ridiculously dynamic Eriri Spencer Sawamura. And the detail level! Her manga pages are even fully illustrated (and, um, a little NSFW). We also have Good Smile’s “Hot Limit” version of Eriri, and FREEing’s 1/4 bunny scale of her. It’s kind of the Eriri Festival, huh? We also had some chibis from Phat! Company, along with two art announcements from Kadokawa of (you guessed it) Eriri and Utaha Kasumigaoka. [via figsoku]

    Fantasia Festival 2017

    Welcome to Fantasia Festival 2017, aka “it’s a lot of Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata figures” 2017. The star of the show is definitely Max Factory’s ridiculously dynamic Eriri Spencer Sawamura. And the detail level! Her manga pages are even fully illustrated (and, um, a little NSFW). We also have Good Smile’s “Hot Limit” version of Eriri, and FREEing’s 1/4 bunny scale of her. It’s kind of the Eriri Festival, huh? We also had some chibis from Phat! Company, along with two art announcements from Kadokawa of (you guessed it) Eriri and Utaha Kasumigaoka. [via figsoku]

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  • Nendoroid Sucy just went up for pre-order (AmiAmi, HLJ, HS, BIJ) so now seems like the perfect time to take a closer look at her! I must admit, every time I see her name I think it’s a typo and she’s actually Suzy. But no, this is Sucy. Like her parents couldn’t decide between Lucy and Suzy so they just combined them! But that’s neither here nor there. Something that’s much clearer in person than in her stock photos is the hair color gradient: it’s really subtle but beautifully executed. She’s such a lovely pastel baby. Actually, with that sad face and witch outfit, Sucy is pretty much pure pastel goth. One of my favorite niche fashion styles!

    NYCC 2017: Good Smile Company’s Sucy Nendoroid Gallery

    Nendoroid Sucy just went up for pre-order (AmiAmi, HLJ, HS, BIJ) so now seems like the perfect time to take a closer look at her! I must admit, every time I see her name I think it’s a typo and she’s actually Suzy. But no, this is Sucy. Like her parents couldn’t decide between Lucy and Suzy so they just combined them! But that’s neither here nor there. Something that’s much clearer in person than in her stock photos is the hair color gradient: it’s really subtle but beautifully executed. She’s such a lovely pastel baby. Actually, with that sad face and witch outfit, Sucy is pretty much pure pastel goth. One of my favorite niche fashion styles!

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  • While Kotobukiya tends to focus on more US-friendly comic/game/movie toys at comic conventions stateside, they never fully forget their anime & manga fans! This year they had quite a few beautiful sculpts, including the American debut of the gorgeous sculpt for Jabami Yumeko from Kakegurui. Just look at that hair! Also on display were the Fullmetal Alchemist boys, Joker from Persona 5 (who was just released and is in the mail on his way to me~), Victor from Yuri on Ice, and the new beach Lancer (who is definitely not Caster, totally different characters in the logic of Fate/world).

    NYCC 2017: Kotobukiya’s Anime Figures

    While Kotobukiya tends to focus on more US-friendly comic/game/movie toys at comic conventions stateside, they never fully forget their anime & manga fans! This year they had quite a few beautiful sculpts, including the American debut of the gorgeous sculpt for Jabami Yumeko from Kakegurui. Just look at that hair! Also on display were the Fullmetal Alchemist boys, Joker from Persona 5 (who was just released and is in the mail on his way to me~), Victor from Yuri on Ice, and the new beach Lancer (who is definitely not Caster, totally different characters in the logic of Fate/world).

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  • I remember the dark times when Good Smile Company didn’t come to US events. Thankfully those days are over, because their booth is usually the toy highlight of any convention! And they really brought it for NYCC this year with not one but two separate booth displays. They had a lot of brand-new goodies, like the Anniversary Miku (look at that hair!!), figma Genji, and the sculpt for the Breath of the Wild Guardian Nendoroid. It’s always nice to be able to see figures in person, it’s quite a different experience–for example, I wasn’t really sold on Marie Rose’s colors at all when the promotional shots came out, but I was totally won over when I finally got to see her. She might be coming to my pre-order list!

    NYCC 2017: Good Smile Company’s Booth Overview

    I remember the dark times when Good Smile Company didn’t come to US events. Thankfully those days are over, because their booth is usually the toy highlight of any convention! And they really brought it for NYCC this year with not one but two separate booth displays. They had a lot of brand-new goodies, like the Anniversary Miku (look at that hair!!), figma Genji, and the sculpt for the Breath of the Wild Guardian Nendoroid. It’s always nice to be able to see figures in person, it’s quite a different experience–for example, I wasn’t really sold on Marie Rose’s colors at all when the promotional shots came out, but I was totally won over when I finally got to see her. She might be coming to my pre-order list!

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  • When I first saw the images for this figure pop up on my Twitter feed, I would never have guessed that it was a prize. I assumed that it was some surprise new Wing version of her, or maybe Orca. But no, this is a prize figure from FuRyu! Given that they’re branching out into scales, maybe I shouldn’t be surprised at how great she looks. I love when we get more casual Sonico, especially in her OG cat hoodie outfit. While this is newer art and as such features her new-and-improved bust (remember when it wasn’t so crazy?), I’m still smitten. And it’s cheap as heck! You can get both colorways at AmiAmi for an absolute steal. [via t_santa]

    FuRyu’s New Sonico Is Surprisingly Pretty

    When I first saw the images for this figure pop up on my Twitter feed, I would never have guessed that it was a prize. I assumed that it was some surprise new Wing version of her, or maybe Orca. But no, this is a prize figure from FuRyu! Given that they’re branching out into scales, maybe I shouldn’t be surprised at how great she looks. I love when we get more casual Sonico, especially in her OG cat hoodie outfit. While this is newer art and as such features her new-and-improved bust (remember when it wasn’t so crazy?), I’m still smitten. And it’s cheap as heck! You can get both colorways at AmiAmi for an absolute steal. [via t_santa]

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  • Asuna had a shining moment a few years ago as a figure It Girl. Everyone had figures of her, and while her popularity has definitely fallen off, we still get the occasional take on Asuna. This time around it’s Alter, who showed off their sculpt of her at Wonder Festival. As you’d expect from Alter, she looks lovely. But perhaps not as detailed as some of their newer offerings? Maybe she just needs a paint of coat, but right now I feel like something is lacking. The pose is nice, I love her hair sculpt, and the face is really on-model, but nothing about this really wows me. Kotobukiya’s version is still my favorite of her. [via Dengeki]

    Preview Alter’s New SAO Asuna

    Asuna had a shining moment a few years ago as a figure It Girl. Everyone had figures of her, and while her popularity has definitely fallen off, we still get the occasional take on Asuna. This time around it’s Alter, who showed off their sculpt of her at Wonder Festival. As you’d expect from Alter, she looks lovely. But perhaps not as detailed as some of their newer offerings? Maybe she just needs a paint of coat, but right now I feel like something is lacking. The pose is nice, I love her hair sculpt, and the face is really on-model, but nothing about this really wows me. Kotobukiya’s version is still my favorite of her. [via Dengeki]

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  • Ah, Aniplex. Maker of prices that make my heart sing and my wallet cry. I will admit that I only own a scant few of their pieces because 1) insane pricetags and 2) exclusives. It’s a bad combo! But once again, I am impressed with their new lineup and want them all. We have 4 announcements today! First off, we are getting more Fate/Apocrypha figures: Mordred and Astolfo. Their amazing Ishtar is also painted! They will also be re-visiting Madoka… or Magical Record Mahou Shoujo Madoka ☆ Magica Gaiden, which is not at all a long and annoying name or anything. They will be doing Madoka (of course) and Iroha Tamaki. Can’t wait to see them all sculpted! [via Aniplex]

    Aniplex Announces A Slew Of New Figures

    Ah, Aniplex. Maker of prices that make my heart sing and my wallet cry. I will admit that I only own a scant few of their pieces because 1) insane pricetags and 2) exclusives. It’s a bad combo! But once again, I am impressed with their new lineup and want them all. We have 4 announcements today! First off, we are getting more Fate/Apocrypha figures: Mordred and Astolfo. Their amazing Ishtar is also painted! They will also be re-visiting Madoka… or Magical Record Mahou Shoujo Madoka ☆ Magica Gaiden, which is not at all a long and annoying name or anything. They will be doing Madoka (of course) and Iroha Tamaki. Can’t wait to see them all sculpted! [via Aniplex]

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  • For one brief, shining moment Umaru-chan was all the rage in the figure world. Nendoroid, trading figures, and merchandise out the wazoo. She was the It Girl for roughly 4 months, and now we see absolutely nothing from the show. But a second season is starting soon, which means it’s time for this short-lived hype train to get back on the tracks. Good Smile Company showed off an unpainted Nendoroid of Nana Ebina the other day, and she looks so cute! She has had a whopping 1 figure before this, and it was a little trading one, so this is a great day to be a Nana fan. [via Kahotan & mfc]

    More Himouto! Umaru-chan Nendoroids Are In The Works

    For one brief, shining moment Umaru-chan was all the rage in the figure world. Nendoroid, trading figures, and merchandise out the wazoo. She was the It Girl for roughly 4 months, and now we see absolutely nothing from the show. But a second season is starting soon, which means it’s time for this short-lived hype train to get back on the tracks. Good Smile Company showed off an unpainted Nendoroid of Nana Ebina the other day, and she looks so cute! She has had a whopping 1 figure before this, and it was a little trading one, so this is a great day to be a Nana fan. [via Kahotan & mfc]

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