Baka to Test to Shokanju was real hit or miss for me. In fact, I never actually finished the first season! That said, I did like many of the character designs, particularly Mizuki Himeji. Maybe it was because she somehow managed to play off both intelligence and adorableness really well, or maybe it was because I'm a sucker for cute characters. Probably both. That said, getting her figure was low priority for me, as I had about a billion other things to buy when she was released. When I finally had the chance to afford her, I had to choose between this figure or Penguin Parade's.
With some help from Kristina on Twitter I was able to decide.Figure Name:
Mizuki HimejiFigure Maker:
For the sake of not losing myself during this review I'm just going to refer to Mizuki by her last name. That's how most of the characters referred to her anyway. Himeji arrives in a large pink box. This is the first time I've seen a box with 5 viewing windows, but I guess it's nice if you just want to display her from her box. Of course, I'm not like that.
Unboxed and ready to go, Himeji gives off a big smile. She's 1/8 scale and stands a little less than 8 inches tall. If the box's colors were not apparent, Himeji here is designed to be all varieties of cute. On a scale of 1 to 10 she's easily a Fluttershy.*
Err, 10. Let's move on.
Let's get the bad out of the way first. Her hair's part on the top of her head seems to be slightly off. It's definitely not a deal breaker, because in all honestly, how often are you going to look at one of your figures directly from above?
Design wise, the biggest difference between this and the other Himeji was her uniform. Personally I prefer the jacket of the winter uniform compared to the blouse of the spring uniform. I think the dark contrasts nicely with Himeji's hair.
Speaking of her hair, while it first comes off as a giant pink blob, if you get it under some decent light the shadows really take an effect on it. This was the part I was worried about the most, but once she's on display it all tends to work itself out.
I really like her pose. It's just cute all over. The way she brushes her hair off her face, her other hand behind her back, the way her feet are delicately placed. I love it.
I really have nothing to say here. I just enjoy the photo.
Himeji's signature rabbit decoration is accounted for. Once again, cute.
The face is really well done. Himeji's facial proportions are all accurate, and her eyes have a certain depth to them.
The paint on her uniform is nice and clean with no flaws. The buttons and trim stand out without and smearing. The folds on her jacket are also well done. The skirt is what you'd expect from a good PVC skirt these days.
Himeji's legs are well sculpted. The skin tone is lovely and her legs don't look too thin.
Thankfully Himeji arrives screwed on to her base. I really see no reason for it be be any other way. Her right heel is gently off the base, suggesting some kind of thing in my head that causes me to react with thoughts of "cute."
According to most reports on body language, holding one hand behind your back implies that you are hiding something. I can't imagine what Himeji would be hiding.
While Himeji generally evokes cuteness, from this angle she seems a little more mischievous. I can imagine her engaged in some sort of giggle that mixes cute and evil.
I seriously can't get enough of her facial expression.
Also included is Himeji's summoned being. Which is basically a chibi version of herself with armor and a sword.
The details are all here, right down to the "F" on her belt buckle.
Overall, Himeji is a great addition to anyone's collection. Not just fans of the show either, those who are simply looking to add a little more cute to their collection without resorting to a My Little Pony can't go wrong with this figure.
What's this? A challenger appears!
Begin Battle!*Geez, I wonder what Scott's been watching lately.**That last image took way longer than I ever imagined it would to put together.