figma Suruga Kanbaru

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I was told I had to start off with that today…

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What figure could Batayan be holding with such great care?!

         ___
       /     \
      /   \ , , /\    ”I know who that is! It’s Kanbaru!”
    /     (●)  (●) \
     |       (__人__) |    
      \      ` ⌒ ´  ,/   
.      /⌒~” ̄, ̄ ̄〆⌒,ニつ  
      |  ,___゙___、rヾイソ⊃

I really, really wanted to play with this figma, so I quietly took her back to my own desk and decided to do my own review!

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The 4th Bakemonogatari figma!

figma Suruga Kanbaru!
One of the many heroines from the popular anime ‘Bakemonogatari’!

It’s incredible! Absolutely stunning!
It’s so detailed for a figma-size figure! The coloring team over at Max Factory really are incredible at their work!

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This is how she looks from the back!

All of her characteristic features are all nicely visable – from her spats down to the bandage on her arm.  Plus take a look at the coloring detail on her shoes – it’s amazing!

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She shoots, she scores!

She comes with an optional basket ball!
You can make good use of the figma stand here to create an epic mid-game pose with the basket ball! I haven’t played with a figma in so long – it’s so much fun!

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Her first extra expression – closed eyes!

It might be hard to tell from the photo, but even her eyelashes are perfectly Kanbaru – they look exactly like the series!

By the way!
The background is from the 1/8th scale Kanbaru figure!

I just quickly grabbed a sample from the production team which is probably still going through some changes, but even so you can see how nicely it works with other figures including figmas!

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A surprised face and monkey paw!

This face is perfect for when she is talking with Ararararagi – be sure to display the two of them together sometimes! The monkey paw is replaceable in place of her bandaged arm!

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The Rainy Devil!

This is the reason I just had to do a review of this figma!

This is just incredible, Max Factory!!

To have included this classic option in with the figma! It’s just perfect for fans of the series – you can even recreate the awesome fight scene between her and Arararagi!

She comes with a Rainy Devil face and a yellow raincoat!
Plus she also has a different monkey paw – this one is a closed paw while the previous was an open paw! Just one thing to note though, is that the raincoat might still undergo some changes before release.

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“Will you still stay then…?”

Ah… I finally got to do it! I really loved this scene and I just had to put it up! xD
I really, really loved this part in the anime – I’ve watched it so many times, and just thinking about it while typing this up brings a tear to my eye!

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the 4th Bakemonogatari figma!

figma Suruga Kanbaru!

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

She is up for pre-order right now!

For preorder and sales information, please take a look at our partner shops.
 
 
Anyways, that’s all for today!
I hope to see you all again tomorrow!  (・∀・)ノ゛
 
 
 
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* 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 Suruga Kanbaru & A Special Senjougahara Review!

Up on the GSC site tomorrow!

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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:

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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.

 

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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!

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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!

 

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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:

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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

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

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

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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

(C)西尾維新/講談社・アニプレックス・シャフト

ヴァルハラコンビ

1/8 Scale Suruga Kanbaru

Today we’ll start off with a quiz!

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Who do you think this is…?

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   /      \
  /  ─    ─\    ”Ehrm… her name is in the title…”
/    (●)  (●) \
|       (__人__)| ))
/     ∩ノ ⊃   /
(  \ / _ノ |  |

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It’s the 3rd figure in the 1/8th scale Bakemonogatari series:

Suruga Kanbaru!

Following on from the figures of Senjougahara and Nadeko from the same series.

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The pose is based on the jacket cover of the 3rd BD/DVD of the series, which you can see in the back here.

Of all the different stories in Bakemonogatari I enjoyed the ‘Suruga Monkey’ story the most. Whilst I love Senjougahara’s personality, Kanbaru’s story really brought tears to my eyes… plus the battle scenes were also really impressive. If you haven’t seen it you should definitely try to find the time!

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This is how she looks from the back!

         ____
      /::::::─三三─\
    /:::::::: ( ○)三(○)\   
        |::::::::::::(__人__):|
     \:::::::::|r┬-|  ,/
   ノ::::::::::::  `ー’´ \

That base is huge!!

The Bakemonogatari figure series is becoming very will known for it’s very detailed extras and bases. They’re just getting better and better with every release…

The production quality on this one really makes me want to shed a tear…. ^^;

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She looks so entranced by her book…

She has been sculpted with a downward gaze… definitely not something easy to sculpt, but it looks great!

But just what is she reading…?

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Barazoku!

Kanbaru really loves her BL titles…!

Those who have seen the anime will remember the famous scene where Kanbaru is with Ararararagi-san in the sea of red books.

Even the posing and details of how she holds her book is incredible… those long fingers have a kind of erotic feeling to them.

By the way… for those of you who don’t know what BL is… good for you! 😛

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Another extra that just has to come with any figure of Kanbaru…

A basketball!

If you compare the ball to the one on the original DVD jacket, you’ll notice even the logo is placed in the exact same place… it has a stunningly realistic design!

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Her beautiful long legs!

Those calves… just look at those sexy calves!!  You can also see that even her basket ball shoes’ soles are finely detailed!

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Summer clothes!

Those little gaps where you hope to see something really add something extra to the figure! (even if you can’t actually seen anything)

On that note… it’s amazing how much you can actually see in between the gaps between buttons on blouses. Watch out for that girls!

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The best shot!(in my opinion)

            ____
        /_ノ ‘ ヽ_\
    / (≡)   (≡)\   “Her pose is so regal… I want it!!”
/:::⌒(_人_)⌒::: \
|     |r┬-|     |
\      `ー’´     /
ノ            \

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The 3rd 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 will be on the GSC site from the 20th!

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

Tomorrow I’ll take a look at the base in more detail!

   / ̄ ̄\
  / .ー ー \  ← Otanaka from the Planning Department
|  (●) (●) |
|   (_人_) |    “We actually got a comment from Akio Watanabe –
|   `i  i´  |     the character designer and animation director
|   . `⌒   }    of the series when we showed him the Senjougahara figure!
ヽ       }
    ヽ     ノ
/      ヽ

What?! Really?!

But 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

(C)西尾維新/講談社・アニプレックス・シャフト