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“Hee-ho!!”


Hello everyone! Kahotan here! Sorry for the icy start, but wouldn’t it be nice if we could all keep a Jack Frost at home to keep things cool during the Summer?

But today’s review isn’t actually Jack Frost, but in fact another Nendoroid from the same universe! The long awaited bunny-hoodie Nendoroid…!!

Nendoroid Hibiki Kuze!!   +゚。*(*´∀`*)*。゚+

From the anime series ‘DEVIL SURVIVOR 2 THE ANIMATION’ comes a Nendoroid of the main character, Hibiki Kuze! He comes with two expressions including a confident ‘summoner’ expression as well as the gentle smile he always showed when talking with Daichi or Io.

He comes with various optional parts including his cellphone, his primary demon Byakko and even summoning effect parts, which altogether allow you to pose him in the demon summoning scene from the series! Alternate head parts allowing you to display him wearing the hood on his trademark bunny-ear hoodie are also included, giving you even more options to choose from!

He’s so cute!!

I haven’t seen such an adorable male Nendoroid in ages! He’s easily just as cute as most female Nendoroids! Here is how he looks from the back!

Kuze-kun is known to be a rather serious character in the series…
But that doesn’t mean we can’t have his cute side too!

That’s exactly what Oda-P said while we were planning this figure… and the head planner for this project was none other than… myself! σ(。・д・。)

*Kahotan: Planner Mode Engage*

(・∀・) “In the series, Byakko is a rather fierce demon… but the Nendoroid form is cute and easy to display by Kuze’s side!”

(・∀・) “I decided that GSLS’s Fujii-san is the closest person to Kuze Hibiki in our offices, so let’s see what he thinks about Byakko! ☆”


Look at his hairstyle! Don’t you agree he has the same hairstyle as Kuze-kun?! Not to mention that by some amazing coincidence he’s also wearing a striped white and black shirt to match up with Byakko!

(`・ω・) “Ooh! The tail and neck can move! He also looks soft and fluffy!”
(・∀・) “Yep! Byakko can take slightly varying poses for different situations!”

Here he is standing atop my old blue cellphone! Big, fluffy-looking feet and all!

(・∀・) “Kuze-kun also comes with a very detailed phone of his own!”

You can even make out the ‘Nicaea’ logo on the screen!

(・∀・) “And my personal favorite… the bunny-ear hoodie!”

The ears are even articulated! Here I’ve posed the left ear slightly more apart!

(・∀・) “Characters with hoods should definitely be displayed with the hood up!”

I was also in charge of the planning of two other Nendoroids with hoods! Nendoroid Rin and Nendoroid Ren! The hoods connect onto the front hair part, so you can still easily swap out expressions too!

(・∀・) “Here we have his more serious ‘summoner’ expression!

I was constantly in contact with ‘Index’, the publisher of DEVIL SURVIVOR2, while planning and developing this Nendoroid, and through lots of discussions and adjustments we were able to create a really great product! It’s such a great feeling to see the product I’ve been working on finally be officially announced and be ready for order!

It’s a figure filled with not only GSC’s love for the character, but also our love for the publisher:

Nendoroid Hibiki Kuze!


He’ll be up for preorder from the 8th August!!

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Onto the next part of the blog… I managed to sneak into the figma Anniversary Night last Friday, so let’s take a look at what was going on!

The event was held in Shinjuku LOFT PLUS/ONE which is right in the middle of Kabukicho! I got completely lost on my way there and only just managed to reach the venue at the start of the show! Shinjuku is such a confusing labyrinth! (´・ω・`)

From the outside it looked like a somewhat shady place, but on the inside there was nothing but festivities! Let me show you some photos of the event…in no particular order!

First a look at some of the heroines that began is the figma legend!!

T-These were the original figma joints?!


According to Kaneko Nitohei, the compatibility of K-ON! characters and the figma series was much better than everyone expected!


There were even some nostalgic stories of figma Camp!


There were even instances in the early figma years where all the staff got together to rework things!


The figma series has continued to expand with big names such as Nintendo’s series and the IDOLM@STER series! ☆



A figma MAX Watanabe based on the poses of figma Yuuki Nagato! (Apparently used as a New Year’s greeting card at the time!)


The sekirara series includes a number of kitties, which was apparently MAX Watanabe’s idea!!


Apparently making the helmet cost about the same as a complete figma! ∑(゚Д゚)


The discussions continued on, even touching on the Dragon Knight series!


Talking about the disaster of WonHobby 9! Apparently the police were involved…?


A talk with Asai-san about BRS, the series that created a new connection between anime and figures!


Sorry about the poor pictures! I’m no good with pictures in the dark it seems…

I hope that the photos gave you even a small idea of the fun that went on at the event! It was very interesting to hear of the past memories of Max Factory’s products and well as how they are going to continue to advance in the near future!

Even with a certain popular anime airing at the same time, we managed to get many viewers on NicoNico Douga as well! A big thank you to both those who came to the event as well as all those who watched the broadcast!

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/Kahotan’s Inner Voice\

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( ・∀・) . 。0○(Ooh! There’s still another male Nendoroid coming this week?!
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Planning Team / Kahotan (Blog Update #5!)
Twitter ID: gsc_kahotan

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