1/8th Scale Suruga Kanbaru & A Special Senjougahara Review!

Up on the GSC site tomorrow!


The third figure in the 1/8th Scale Bakemonogatari series:

Suruga Kanbaru!

Kanbaru is the third to join this set of figures, and she is just as incredible as both the previous two figures in the series. Yesterday I went over the actual figure of Kanbaru, which you can read about here:

1/8th Scale Suruga Kanbaru

But today we’ll be taking a look at this part:


The base!

The piles of books that surround Kanbaru are made to look identical to how they did on the DVD jacket!

These books actually caused a lot of trouble for the sculptors…

   / ̄ ̄\
  / . _ノ ヽ、_\  ← GSC Sculptor
 | o゚⌒  ⌒゚o |  
 |   (_人_) |   ” Aww… time to start mask painting those books again…”
 |   `i  i´  |  
 |   . `⌒   }   
  ヽ       } 
   ヽ     ノ 
  /      ヽ 

They really did moan about it quite a lot… it must have been quite a nuisance to work with. ^^;

If you’re not sure what mask painting is, you can take a look at this article:
1/8th Scale Senjougahara (Part 3) – Stationary Painting

But simply put, it’s a method of separating the parts that need red painting from the parts that need white painting.



Close-up on the books!

You can even see all the bookmarks are there!

Also, it might be hard to tell from this photo but…
Both the white pages and red covers use gradient painting!

It’s almost a waste to have so much detail on the base of a figure!


Here’s the base from a different angle!

You can really see she is surrounded by books!

I wonder how these are going to be made… I’m pretty sure the production team is going to have just as much trouble as the sculptors…

     / ̄ ̄\
   / _ノ  ヽ、_\  ← Gakkun from the Production Team
  | (≡)  (≡) |  
  |   (_人_) |     ”I’m sure we’ll figure something out!”
  |   `i  i´  | 
  |   . `⌒   } 
   ヽ       } 
    ヽ     ノ 
   /      ヽ 

We’ll just have to leave it to them!



Here is the base by itself!

At the moment the base and Kanbaru don’t actually connect in anyway, you simply place her onto the base! (That might change during production, however.)

That means you can do things like this as well:


Kanbaru can sit on the edge of the desk!

You could seat her on all sorts of things~

The elbow floating in the air looks a little strange, but you could easily put some real BL books there instead, or ever have her supported by another figure!


The Valhalla Combo!

This particular set of figures isn’t really designed to all be displayed together, but they still look good when displayed next to each other!

Unfortunately Nadeko is on a trip in China at the moment so I couldn’t display her with them this time… maybe next time!


The third figure in the 1/8th Scale Bakemonogatari series:

Suruga Kanbaru!

       /      \
      /  ─    ─ \ 
    /    (●)  (●)  \
    |       (_人_)    |  ________
     \     |r┬-|   ,/   | |           |
    ノ     `ー’´  \    | |           |
  /´                  | |           |
|    l                 | |           |
 ヽ    -一ー_~、⌒)^),-、  | |________|
  ヽ ____,ノγ⌒ヽ)ニニ- ̄   | |  |

She’ll be on the GSC site from tomorrow!

Check out our partner shops if you have any questions regarding ordering yours. (Japanese only)

But that’s not all for today!


Let’s go back to the first figure in the series:

Hitagi Senjougahara!

We got a review from a certain someone to celebrate the figure’s release!

Hello to everyone!
Today I’ll be showing some of my favorite photos of the figure and commenting along with them, but first a little history about myself: In the past I used to build models from Gundam, sketch pictures of Crusher Joe and build 1/35th scale models from TAMIYA for contests.
but ever since I got introduced to the world of figures at Wonder Festival, I’ve changed compeltely into more of a collector than a builder. I absolutely love collecting figures now. To see one of my very own illustrations make the change into a figure is an absolute honor for me. Thank you so much.

It’s Bakemonogatari’s character designer and animation director…

Akio Watanabe!

Oooh! This is amazing!! I can’t believe it!!

Let’s get going with his very own figure review!


First up I tried to match the figure up to the composition of this poster. Unfortunately the lighting in my studio isn’t very good, so the pictures didn’t come out great, but the real thing looked a lot better. There is nothing more to say about the stationary other than it looks absolutely incredible.


It’s amazing that I can see new angles of my illustration that were never even there in my 2D version!


All these pieces of stationary must have taken ages to make! They look great!


It even looks great with a close-up. The slightly opened mouth and cold glare are both captured so nicely!


The hands look so soft, and even the nails are painted so meticulously.
It really is a stunning figure in my opinion. When you actually see it for yourself and get to handle it, you’ll be amazed way more than just by looking at the photos!!

By the way… if there are ever any older figures I can’t get my hands on, I’m counting on you guys to get them for me! I might be very involved in the anime world, but I’m very jealous of figure sculptors now!

– Akio Watanabe

Thank you for taking the time to send this!!

As a big fan, so it makes me really glad to read this!
It makes me glad that I keep running this blog!

The 1/8 Scale Senjougahara
– Even praised by Watanabe-san!

Check out our partner shops if you have any questions regarding ordering yours. (Japanese only)

That’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!!  (・∀・)ノ゛

* Please note that this blog’s contents is originally written for a Japanese audience and is then translated for our foreign customers. All pre-order and release dates are the Japanese dates. Also note that not all products can be sold in certain areas



1/8th Scale Hitagi Senjougahara (Part 4)

Is everyone enjoying their new figure?


Good Smile Company’s 1/8th Scale:

Hitagi Senjougahara!

The finale of the Senjougahara blogs is here.

It’s quite the challenge to show everyone the production side of the figure world, but I was really amazed by how it was all done while I was in China, so I want to try and convey that amazement to all my readers.  You can find the previous parts of the Senjougahara blogs here:

  1/8th Scale Hitagi Senjougahara (Part 1)
 1/8th Scale Hitagi Senjougahara (Part 2)
   1/8th Scale Hitagi Senjougahara (Part 3)


Lat time I went through how the stationary was painted.

For the part in the picture above, the scissors, pen and ruler would all me made as a single part and then painted by using various masks.

Today we’ll look at how the painted pieces are put together!


In this photo, the eraser and the tips of the ruler are being glued together.   

This is done one-by-one!

The little pink container in front of her hands here is filled with a special bonding agent, and the little sacks on her fingers are to prevent the glue from sticking to her skin!


The biggest part – the scissors.

As you can see these are actually first made in two different halves.

Then, once again…


They are glued together, one-by-one!

The toothpicks there are actually tools used for the gluing – the sculptors here at Good Smile actually use the little toothpicks as well!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… the factory workers in China really are craftsman!!


Gluing the outer and inner parts of the stapler!

The stapler has a large area in which the outer and inner parts can be glued together, so by creating them in two seperate pieces and then gluing them together a more accurate rendition of a stapler can easily be made.


The scissors, craft knife have all been glued together!

There isn’t much place to glue the smaller parts like the craft knife and pen, so gluing them is very difficult –  if you use too little glue they’ll come apart, but if you use too much the glue will end up visable.

There is no way I’d ever be able to do this…!!


Pens are being glued on here…

Take a look at the bottom right to see a complete part… how can it be so tiny!?
I don’t even think I could hold a pen that small…


By the way, let me pose a question to you now…
How do they always come out at the same angle?

It’s done by using these little tools:


Bases that adjust the angles!

As the gluing is done the parts are placed on these bases to make sure the angles are correct.

Every single Senjougahara figure has every single part finely tuned like this! It’s incredible!


Finally a little dusting!

Particularly clear parts like the ruler show dust very easily, so at the end of the process all the parts are dusted off with this fluffy little tool.
Careful work down to the very end!

     / ̄ ̄\
   / .ー  ー \   ← Production Team’s Gakkun
  |  (●) (●) |  
  |   (_人_) |    ”This kind of thorough work
  |   `i  i´  |    is done for all scale figures.”
  |   . `⌒   }
   ヽ       } 
    ヽ     ノ 
   /      ヽ 

You can appreciate the price of scale figures seeing how much work needs to put into them. I’m definitely keeping better care of my figures ever since my China trip!


Good Smile Company’s 1/8th Scale:

Hitagi Senjougahara!

   / ̄ ̄\
 /   ⌒ ⌒\
 |    ( ●)(●)               ____
. |   ⌒(__人__)          /      \   “Senjougahara, please!”
  |     |r┬-|           /─    ─    \ 
.  |     `ー’´}  \     / (●) (●)     \
.  ヽ        }     \    |   (__人__)     | 
   ヽ     ノ       \   \   ` ⌒´     _/
   /    く. \      \  ノ           \
   |     \  \    (⌒二              |
    |    |ヽ、二⌒)、      \         |  |

She’s on sale at all of our partner shops!
Check out our partner shops for ordering details or questions. (Japanese only)

But today I’ll be looking at some other new products!

figmas of Hitagi Senjougahara and Koyomi Araragi!

They look so good displayed with one and other!
Ararararagi-san doesn’t get nearly as many figures as Senjougahara, so this is for all those Araragi fans!

I want more figures of male characters… please sell, Araragi!!


figma Hitagi Senjougahara!

She comes with three different expressions, as well as a ton of stationary just like the scale figure… she also comes with exchangeable hair parts to put her hair up in a pony tail! You can create all kinds of scenes from the anime… and even more if you grab Araragi as well.


Araragi also comes with three expressions, separate fringe parts, his bag and effect parts! I really love the two different fringe parts – the one covers up his eye and the other one shows it.

Plus you need to see the back of his neck!

You can see the teeth marks from Shinobu-san… It’s perfect!


Recreate the first episode!

Everyone remembers the scene where Senjougahara fell from the stairs!

figma Hitagi Senjougahara and Koyomi Araragi

    /      \
  /  ─     ─ \
/     (●)  (●)  \
|       (__人__)  |    ________
\      |r┬-|   ,/   | |           |
 ノ     `ー’´  \    | |           |
/´                | |           |
|    l               | |           |
ヽ    -一ー_~、⌒)^),-、| |________|
ヽ ____,ノγ⌒ヽ)ニニ- ̄   | |  |

Are now up for preorder!

Check out our partner shops for ordering details or questions. (Japanese only)


Extra News!

1/8th Scale Suruga Kanbaru coming soon!

It looks like yet another incredible figure…
It’ll be on the blog sometime soon as well, so look forward to it!


Random Extra!

This here is one of the foods I ate while in China, it’s called “Ankake Fried Rice”, it came out on the a baking dish which I thought was interesting. ^^;

Chinese food has a very fine taste to it which I actually really enjoyed!

I also have a photo of some of the giant clam that I ate… but it looked a little gross so I decided to lave it off the blog…. though it actually was very tasty. 😛

That’s all for today!

I hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ゛

* Please note that this blog’s contents is originally written for a Japanese audience and is then translated for our foreign customers. All pre-order and release dates are the Japanese dates. Also note that not all products can be sold in certain areas


1/8th Scale Hitagi Senjougahara (Part 3)

She is on sale as of today!


Hitagi Senjougahara!

If you head down to the stores right now you should find her lined up for you to buy… if you’re in Japan of course!

Check out our partner shops for more details on getting hold of her. If you’re not in Japan take a look at your favorite  online store as well!

Today I’ll be continuing with the third part in my Senjougahara Special!

“What?! There’s still more?!”… and if you’re thinking that… then yes, there is still much more! ^^;

1/8th Scale Hitagi Senjougahara (Part 2)

1/8th Scale Hitagi Senjougahara (Part 1)

While I was on my trip to China back in December, I managed to get a look at some of the painting of this figure. It really was incredible to watch it in action…

Today I’ll be showing you some of that incredible action!

By the way….

If you haven’t read the previous articles on my factory tour some of the lingo might be lost on you, so take a look if you have the time:

Mikatan’s Factory Field Trip! – Part 1
Mikatan’s Factory Field Trip! – Part 2
Mikatan’s Factory Field Trip! – Part 3


Some more photos from the December factory trip!
All these pieces are freshly molded parts that have been painted white.

They are in fact Senjougahara’s torso!

If you take a look here….


This is the painted product!

     / ̄ ̄\
   / .ー  ー \   ← Production Team’s Gakkun
  |  (●) (●) |  
  |   (_人_) |  ”The various colors on Senjougahara made her quite
  |   `i  i´  |   difficult to work with. The violet kept coming out too dark.
  |   . `⌒   }   I think the eventual product looks great though!”
   ヽ       } 
    ヽ     ノ 
   /      ヽ 

There is actually a ton of drama involved in the painting of the torso as well, but if I were to get into that it would take me about a month to get through… so I’m just going to hold myself back for now…

As you can see, even the inside red bit of the uniform is carefully painted!


Let’s move onto today’s main event!

The famous stationary parts!

For size comparison, the left corner shows the size of the ruler, scissors and pen in comparison to Senjougahara’s thigh.

As you can see, each of the pieces are made separately!

The reason they are made from clear plastic is because the ruler is going to stay that way anyway!

But this is where the painting starts!!


1) First the parts are painted with a green air brush.


(2) This completes the base painting of the pen!


(3) Then the handle of the scissors is painted…


(4) Just the tip of the scissors are then painted.

    /:::::::: ( ○)三(○)\    “Eh?!
   |:::::::::::(__人__)::::|     But doesn’t that take ages then?!”
     \:::::::::   |r┬-| ,/
    ノ::::::::::::  `ー’´ \


The blade of the scissors crosses over with the pen, so a mask is used to make sure the painting is separated completely.

This was one of the people in charge of painting the scissors’ tips. who paints the tips of the scissors.


(5) The base of the scissors are then painted.

The part of the scissors’ blade above the pen is painted with an airbrush. The mask above is used to paint both sides at the same time, it takes just a few seconds!


(6) The finer details are fixed by hand painting!

The masks sometimes have a little leak that causes the painting to come out a little bit wrong, so here is where they fix all the little errors that might come from that.

She holds two paint brushes at once!!

That’s what you call a true craftsman!


7) Work Complete!

This tiny little part actually uses an incredible 4 masks alone!

It’s hard enough to get one of these to come out so nicely… but they are able to make thousands all with the same good quality!


The complete parts are stored away in this container.

The container is actually made specially just to hold these specific parts! It is made both to store the parts safely, and to make them easy to count at the end of the day.


The outer part of the stapler! (The plastic part)
In a previous article I mentioned that some of the color was lost, and that’s because the two parts of the stapler (the outer and inner parts) are painted seperately!

The inside of the staplers are painted, and yet you’ll never see that painting – but it’s still a much more efficient way of painting them.


The inner part of the stapler! (The metal part)
The two parts are stuck together with a glue, but I’ll be getting into more detail about that in a future article.


Remember how tiny these staplers are! I believe these are the staplers that are used right by Senjougahara’s skirt!

It looks like they are each held together using two clips while they are painted. Isn’t it beautiful!!?


Here we have some craft knives!

It’s quite amazing to see how many of them there are here…! Even from this photo you can see the gradient painting  if you look carefully.


Good Smile Company’s 1/8th Scale

Hitagi Senjougahara!

   / ̄ ̄\
 /   ⌒ ⌒\
 |    ( ●)(●)              ____
. |   ⌒(__人__)            /      \   “Senjougahara, please!”
  |     |r┬-|            /─    ─    \ 
.  |     `ー’´}  \      / (●) (●)     \
.  ヽ        }     \    |   (__人__)    | 
   ヽ     ノ       \   \   ` ⌒´     _/
   /    く. \      \  ノ           \
   |     \  \    (⌒二              |
    |    |ヽ、二⌒)、      \         |  |

Visit one of our partner shops and grab her today!

Check out our partner shops for ordering details or questions. (Japanese only)

Tomorrow we’ll have the finale of this blog series!

Plus I’ll be introducing some other Bakemonogatari figures!!

That’s all for today!
Hope to see you all again tomorrow!! (・∀・)ノ

*Please note that this blog’s contents is originally written for a Japanese audience and is then translated for our foreign customers. All pre-order and release dates are the Japanese dates. Also note that not all products can be sold in certain areas.