Okay, lets change topic from anime to something a little different. For example. anime figurines! Not a totally different thing but please, bear with me for a while. Today I’d like to show you one of the latest addition to my steadily growing collection of little cute PVC girls. It is the main heroine of popular light novel and anime series “Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai” (“I don’t have many friends”) – Mikazuki Yozora. By pure coincidence second season of said anime is broadcasting right now in winter season and due to good sales numbers of the first season, AIC spend a little bit more money this time, so all the girls are ends up super cute. Original art for novels was done by Buriki, who, by my opinion, excels at drawing characters that are really cute and exceptionally sexy at the same time.
But, lets go back to figure in question and find out how well Wave did its rendition of our antisocial bully, who is desperate to become closer to her childhood friend.
As you probably already know, Japanese people and English language often don’t cooperate well with each other. Numerous mistakes appears here and there, but Wave choose to fight it by limiting English words to essential minimum.
We know that hiragana は usually pronounce as “ha”, but when same hiragana used in sentence as a topic marker, it should be read as “wa”. Japanese insist on translating it as “ha” there. Well, I don’t happen to have English as my native language either to complain, but I hope they will change it someday.
Also, Yozora family name translated to English as “Mikaduki” which also bugs me a little because characters in anime themselves don’t pronounce it that way. How they manage to translate づ (zu/dzu) as “du” is beyond my understanding.
Lets take protective plastic enclosure out of the box and look closer at our figure.
Usually Yozora described as a girl with small chest who is very insecure about it, but anime and figure rendition prove otherwise. If you compare her to Sena, then she is clearly at disadvantage, though.
From this side her face looks pretty close to what we usually see in anime.
There never could be too many ties on a girl swimsuit.
There is actually another Yozora figure in Wave line-up. It’s long hair version which looks pretty much identically, except hair length and color of swimsuit (it’s red, as we saw in anime).
This short hair version was made by Wave in 2012 and its first run was ready for shipping in November the same year.
It’s official price was 3.990 Yen at the time of first production run, but I got it from Hobby Search for only 3.230 Yen (plus 680 Yen for basic SAL shipping) which I consider pretty cheap. It still in stock, so apparently she is not overly popular.
Final impression: while it’s not on par with figures from Good Smile Company or Alter in terms of complexity and overall quality, it’s still very lovely figure for reasonable amount of money. Wave is known for kinda odd face expressions on some of their figurines, but it’s not the case with this one.
All pictures was taken with my trusty Nikon D50 with outstanding AF Nikkor 35-135mm f:3.5-4.5 Macro Zoom lens.