I try to watch as many anime simulcasts as I can in a season. Some seasons I can watch a lot, but during the summer seasons I tend to fall behind and only watch half of what I might watch in the winter. I had almost passed over this season's Oda Nobuna no Yabou (Oda Nobuna's Ambition) in favor of some of the other offerings. I mean, another show re-imagining the greatest warriors of the Sengoku Period as women, do I really need that? But the show was getting some good praise from people who aren't necessarily into the whole moe scene so I figured I'd watch a couple episodes last week and see what all the buzz was about. Next thing I know I'm 11 in and waiting for the final episode (which aired yesterday)! Let's just say I'm really anxious for a second season to be announced.
There hasn't been a lot of support on the figure front for the series, maybe they've been as cautious about the series as I initially was, but it looks like DreamBox is stepping up and ready to deliver. They've got a nice selection of figures on the way in two different styles.
Starting off they've announced two figures in 1/8th scale: The protagonist Oda Nobuna and strategist and onmyoji Takenaka Hanbe. Nobuna is shown in her trademark 'casual' wear as opposed to her battle gear, a prized western style rifle and gourd swung over each shoulder. At this stage in production it's very easy to see the impressive amount of textures and details sculpted into the figure. It's a great likeness, I can only hope the paint does the sculpt justice. Hanbe on the other hand looks adorable posed holding up a paper tag used to summon one of her many shikigami. The pose is a perfect match for her demure nature. Nobuna will be out in December while Hanbe is due for January 2013 for ¥6,800 each. Kinda wish Hanbe was a little cheaper since she should be quite a bit smaller than Nobuna all around.
DreamBox is also going all out super deformed with a set of three figures. Nobuna makes her return in the same outfit, but now looking extra cute with her hand resting on a sword at her side. She's followed by one of the youngest members of the Oda clan and master spear user Maeda Inuchiyo. Her signature tiger bandanna makes this figure all the more appealing. Last up is loyal general Shibata Katsuie. She's decked out in full body armor which has been nicely sculpted here, but I'm not entirely sure what facial expression they're going for here. The mouth seems oddly shaped, but I think the paint will save it. The set should be out in January 2013 for ¥6,800.
It's a good start to what I hope becomes an ongoing series of figures, the show really deserves it in my eyes.
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