Bishoujo photo
Sure knows how to swing
Kotobukiya has unveiled Shunya's artwork for a Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Gwen (aka the Spider-Woman of Earth-65). Gwen is depicted in a pretty neat -- albeit a little confusing -- action pose where she seems to be readying to we...

Bishoujo Lady Deadpool photo
Bishoujo Lady Deadpool

Check out Kotobukiya's Bishoujo Lady Deadpool, because why not

Coming out in February; what timing!
Aug 20
// Brian Szabelski
Kotobukiya's latest Facebook preview for its Marvel Bishoujo line centers around the (Other) Merc with the Mouth, Lady Deadpool. For those of you unfamiliar with Lady Deathpool, she's the alternate Earth version of Deadpool (...
Bishoujo Tali photo
Hilariously un-Shunya
Artist Shunya Yamashita's trademarks are his cute feminine faces and voluptuous bodies. So if we have someone who's hooded, robed, and masked, it makes me wonder... why put the Bishoujo label on her at all? Indeed, Kotobukiya...

SDCC 2015: Koto Bishoujo photo
SDCC 2015: Koto Bishoujo

[Update] SDCC 2015: Kotobukiya's Bishoujo sketches reveal Metal Gear Bishoujo line, more

Here's your ladies from Koto
Jul 08
// Andres Cerrato
[Update 9:00 AM EST] Added overnight are Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Gwen and DC Bishoujo Harley Quinn version 2! Stay tuned for more updates as the weekend goes on! Comic-Con is here, which means Kotobukiya is bringing out the bi...

SDCC photo
She's red hot!
Well, it was only a matter of time: Kotobukiya has announced plans to sell an exclusive Marvel Bishoujo Red She-Hulk at SDCC. Unlike her mainstream counterpart, she will be limited to 1,500 pieces and -- if you can't attend t...

Teen Titans photo
May cast a spell on you
Kotobukiya has released photos and additional details for its upcoming DC Comics Bishoujo Raven, whose art was previously seen at Winter WonFes. Kotobukiya has done a great job in translating the original artwork into figure ...

X-Men photo

Kotobukiya teases Emma Frost statue

Likely to get warm reception
Jun 08
// Scarecroodle
Kotobukiya has posted a teaser image for what appears to be an Emma Frost wearing a take on her more current outfit. [[UPDATE: It's mostly an ArtFX+ statue.]] Comic fans will recall that Emma Frost joined the X-Men around the...
DC Bishoujo photo
Apparently didn't die in the coal mine
Kotobukiya showed off the long-overdue DC Bishoujo Black Canary during its WonderCon Anaheim 2015 panel. The artwork for Black Canary was first revealed over two years during Toy Fair 2013. A Kotobukiya rep has once again con...

Bishoujo Sakura photo
Bishoujo Sakura

Get ready to go a few rounds with Bishoujo Sakura

Coming in August
Mar 10
// Tianxiao Ma
If you've been itching to expand your Street Fighter Bishoujo collection, you should be happy to know that Sakura has gone up for pre-order. I'm not really sold on her face, but the rest of the sculpt looks solid. For some re...
Bishoujo Sakura photo
Spunky Street Fighter stalwart fully unveiled
It's only been a few days since she was teased, but now Bishoujo Sakura has been revealed in all her sailor-suited glory. And you know what? I think she looks pretty darn great. Sure, there's the contentious face which is com...

Street Fighter photo
One small jumping punch for womankind
Kotobukiya recently posted a teaser for its upcoming Street Fighter Bishoujo Sakura. As mentioned in our Winter WonFes coverage, the figure was on display at Kotobukiya's booth but no photos were allowed. Sakura's illustratio...

Bishoujo photo
But when will a Red She-Hulk variant be announced?
While Kotobukiya's Bishoujo Raven and Lady Deadpool may have just been illustrations on cards, our intrepid reporter in Japan managed to capture some additional photos of the upcoming Bishoujos on display. These photos includ...

Bishoujo photo
Will Kotobukiya give us an awesome Bishoujo Raven?
You don't have to wait for Toy Fair to have all of your biggest Bishoujo questions answered. Kotobukiya has unveiled the full artworks for its Raven and Lady Deadpool at Winter WonFes (Mass Effect 3's Tali appeared as a silho...

Bishoujo Lady Deadpool photo
Bishoujo Lady Deadpool

From left field, it's Marvel Bishoujo Lady Deadpool

This is a thing
Feb 04
// Andres Cerrato
Well, this is something I didn't expect whatsoever. Kotobukiya has had its weird concepts for its popular Bishoujo line. Sure, there's the oddball, at least to me, of Freddy and Jason, not to mention the MiB Agent. The latest...
Avengers photo
Expect an injured wallet in the near future
Kotobukiya has posted a teaser for its upcoming Marvel Bishoujo Wasp along with caption, "We need a name! It should be something colorful and dramatic, like... the Avengers!" True believers (and Kotobukiya fans) will recall t...

Bishoujo Anna Williams photo
I'm not quite sure what she's doing in that pose
What was teased in July has now become a real thing: here's Kotobukiya's Tekken Bishoujo Anna Williams! The translation from illustration to figure went pretty well. While Anna's pose looks a bit silly from some angles, at le...

NYCC 2014 Kotobukiya photo
NYCC 2014 Kotobukiya

NYCC 2014: Kotobukiya up close

I'm liking all the new Bishoujo figures
Oct 14
// Tianxiao Ma
You probably got the gist of the Kotobukiya booth offerings by now, but why settle for the gist? Andres was able to get up close to the figures for some super-size shots. I thought I knew what we'd be seeing, but was pleasant...
NYCC 2014: Kotobukiya photo
NYCC 2014: Kotobukiya

NYCC 2014: Kotobukiya

The perfect accompaniment to Kotobukiya's panel
Oct 11
// Natalie Kipper
After reading all about Kotobukiya's future products in Tian's overview of their panel at this year's New York Comic-Con, I am sure you are chomping at the bit to feast your optical nerves on the company's booth from the...
NYCC 2014 Kotobukiya photo
NYCC 2014 Kotobukiya

NYCC 2014: Kotobukiya drops some bombs at their panel

Mass Effect Bishoujo Tali, among others
Oct 10
// Tianxiao Ma
Andres is on the ground at NYCC (having the time of his life, I'm sure) and was able to get a part of the sweet action at Kotobukiya's panel. Usually at US events, Kotobukiya's emphasis is more on properties that western coll...
Bishoujo Juri photo
Bishoujo Juri

Bishoujo Juri is up for pre-order now

Go at her, bro
Sep 02
// Tianxiao Ma
Juri fans, the time is here! Kotobukiya's Street Fighter Bishoujo gal is up for pre-orders after a few trips around the preview gallery circuit. I don't think that's the correct metaphor for this character but I don't care! I...
Street Fighter photo
The Juri is in and the verdict is... it's okay
Kotobukiya has posted a preview gallery for its upcoming Street Fighter Bishoujo Juri. The psychotic taekwondo expert is depicted in a battle-ready stance. Juri is one of those characters whom I really wanted to like in Super...

Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's Street Fighter Bishoujo Cammy

Aug 11 // Tianxiao Ma
Figure Name: Street Fighter Bishoujo CammyFigure Maker: KotobukiyaRetail Price: US$64.99Available at: Koto US  Street Fighter IV brought back the Delta Red version of Cammy (just when I had gotten used to her silly Killer Bee outfit), and that's the version used for this figure. The box art shows a Cammy who - though passed through the Bishoujo filter - looks a bit more mature and battle-ready compared to other Bishoujo designs. Still, the sculpt takes it to another level. There are two approaches you can take while depicting Cammy, and this figure shows us a bit of both. There's the sexy, borderline exploitative look that the original illustration goes with (that leotard doesn't do much for modesty). And then there's the Linda Hamilton-esque badass look, which is what the sculpt shows. With a hard light, you can accentuate the extraordinary detail in her musculature. Indeed, this is no cliche dainty anime girl. Look at how cut Cammy is! It's easy to believe a woman with this physique can pound a guy like Vega into dust. You can see the sheer tension in Cammy's muscles and limbs as she delivers power to her strike. However I think the effect is overdone when it comes to her legs. There's a little too much rippling mass, whereas the anatomical details on her back and shoulders is more believable. Her abs are another example of the sculptor's personal touch when translating the art. These details are absent from Shunya Yamashita's illustration, but lend a lot of character to the figure. The build quality is good as usual. The paint job is very clean and overall the finish looks great. You can see a little contrast between the matte finish of the body and the metallic look of Cammy's gauntlets. It's hard not to let Cammy's butt be a focal point. The clenched look makes sense when you take the rest of the figure into account, but it's not my personal cup of tea. However, as I sit with the figure on display above my monitor, it does look nice from below. As for the face, Kotobukiya did a good job. It's not as round as in most depictions of Cammy, but this one does look more British to me. The only thing that really bothered me about the figure was the base. Like with some of the newer Bishoujos, this one uses slots instead of pegs to attach to the feet. It's fine at holding the figure upright, but falls out very easily if you pick the figure up. I guess it's only annoying when you need to move it, but I had to deal with it a few times during this shoot. If you've ever been bothered by the fact that even action hero females tend to be waifs, then Bishoujo Cammy is for you. This lady has put in some reps at the gym, and has a physique that can stand up to the absurdly burly male bodies in the Street Fighter universe. [Thanks to Kotobukiya for the review sample!]
Bishoujo Cammy review photo
HCB+P all day
Kotobukiya's Bishoujo lineup seems to be growing by the day. The latest Street Fighter gal to hit the, uh, streets is Cammy. Although she isn't out in the US, she is currently available to import from Japanese retailers. When...

Bishoujo photo
Indoor fireworks
Kotobukiya didn't have much in the way of Marvel Bishoujos on display at WonFes, but at least we had an even closer look at Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee... and her oddly pink cheeks and copious pink eyeliner. While there's a lot t...

Wonder Festival photo
Wonder Festival

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Koto Bishoujo Street Fighter/Tekken

More beautiful fighting ladies
Jul 26
// Vanessa Cubillo
Kotobukiya's Bishoujo figures are always a highlight at every event they're at. From the Street Fighter line, Chun-Li is in her same figure pose, but this time she's wearing her pink outfit instead of blue. We also see a figu...
Bishoujo photo
More mature than a Batgirl?
Kotobukiya has released a preview gallery for its upcoming DC Bishoujo Batwoman (last seen at SDCC and in Kotobukiya's catalog). The figure comes with both a masked and unmasked head. While I like the look of the unmasked hea...

Kotobukiya photo

SDCC 2014: Kotobukiya - Bishoujos

One of the loveliest corners of the floor
Jul 25
// Pedro Cortes
You didn't think that I'd leave out the Bishoujos, did you? Of course not, what would a Kotobukiya booth tour be without the popular line of ladies interpreted by Shunya Yamashita? It wouldn't be complete, that's what. And let me tell you, Kotobukiya really outdid themselves this year at San Diego Comic Con. Hit the jump to see the photos we got on the show floor as well as my impressions.
Kotobukiya photo
Let the excitement commence
Many of Kotobukiya's recently teased items -- including the DC Bishoujo Zatanna, Marvel Bishoujo Wasp, and Street Fighter Bishoujo Sakura -- have been fully unveiled in a new catalog. Also shown was the recently teased Tekken Bishoujo Anna Williams, the She-Hulk we're still waiting for, the newly unveiled Fine Arts Carnage, and so much more. See some of the pages in the gallery.

Tekken photo
The fight continues
Kotobukia has posted a teaser image for what appears to be a Tekken Bishoujo of Anna Williams along with the caption, "Try showing me a good time." Anna's teaser joins teasers for a Marvel Bishoujo Wasp, DC Bishoujo Zatanna, and Street Fighter Bishoujo Sakura in a very teaser-filled month. Full image in gallery.

DC Bishoujo Zatanna photo
DC Bishoujo Zatanna

Kotobukiya conjures up more Bishoujo, teases Zatanna

It's magic how bad these puns are
Jul 17
// Andres Cerrato
Kotobukiya is going to have quite the show for us at San Diego Comic Con. We've already seen the teasers for Street Fighter Bishoujo Sakura. Then there was one for Marvel Bishoujo Wasp. DC hasn't been forgotten as the la...
Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee photo
Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee

Painted Bishoujo Jubilee is here for pre-orders

December will be a blast
Jul 15
// Andres Cerrato
[Update] Pre-orders are now available and listed below! She'll be out in late December for ¥7,200. Wasn't it just yesterday that we finally got to see the prototype sculpt for Jubilee? Oh yes, it was. In what was just a d...
X-Men photo
Fans may experience feelings of jubilation
Kotobukiya has unveiled the full prototype for its upcoming Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee. The sculpting (which still subject to great) looks surprisingly great and I find that I absolutely love the design... which is why I'm not l...

SF Bishoujo Sakura photo
SF Bishoujo Sakura

Next challenger for Kotobukiya Bishoujo is Street Fighter's Sakura

Short skirts. Short skirts everywhere
Jul 13
// Andres Cerrato
Perhaps you're watching a stream of EVO right now and you're in the mood for some more fighting. While we've seen the release Bishoujo Chun Li and are awaiting Cammy and Juri, how about one more fighter to add to the mix? Kot...
X-Men photo
Pink-eye to be added later
Kotobukiya has previewed an unpainted (but partially penciled in for detail's sake) headsculpt prototype of its upcoming Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee. The company plans to reveal parts of her sculpt as a week-long event. Will Jubi...

Bishoujo photo
Now she's fancy
For SDCC, it looks like Kotobukiya is releasing exclusives of what they know people will want; Bishoujo figures! While nothing can be cooler than the Psylocke exclusive, here we have an exclusive version of Bishoujo Spider-W...

Bishoujo Nina photo
Breaking hearts, breaking spines
I've had a bad feeling about Bishoujo Nina Williams ever since we saw some brief prototype shots at WonderCon earlier this year. Now Kotobukiya have unveiled a gallery of the finish article and oh my god what is even going on...

Bishoujo photo
It's all in the colors
How much did you love Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo Psylocke? I mean, as a Psylocke fan, I loved it! There’s never enough figures of her. That’s why it’s so awesome to find out that Kotobukiya will be releasi...

Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Woman

Jun 18 // Tianxiao Ma
Figure Name: Marvel Bishoujo Spider-WomanFigure Maker: KotobukiyaRetail Price: US$64.99Available at: Koto US  The first few Marvel Bishoujo figures piqued my interest, but I didn't really start buying them until around the time the Tekken Bishoujo gals started coming out. Now I'm a full-fledged Bishoujo fan, and Spider-Woman was one I've been looking forward to in particular. The figure is around 1/7-scale, but the package is small due to the crouched pose. This is the Jessica Drew incarnation of Spider-Woman. She certainly makes an impression thanks to the high-gloss finish and brilliant colors. The paint job works especially well for this figure as superhero outfits tend to look shiny in comic books. Jessica's outfit has a classic look with bold colors and a black trim. However Kotobukiya did miss some black trim on the bottom portion of her mask. It's present in the artwork and helps give some definition to her masked face - I would have liked to see it on the figure too. One other thing that bugs me is the webbing on her underarms. It's a character design issue, not a problem with the figure itself. I think it looks dumb and there is art of Jessica without the webbing. And for the record, I also think it looked dumb on the old style Spider-Man outfit. I wonder what she's actually doing in that pose. Throwing up gang signs? Here we arrive at the reason why I immediately took to this figure: her butt! I'm not going to be mature about it. Kotobukiya did a great job sculpting this figure. With any Shunya Yamashita design, I keep an eye out for two things: the face and the butt. Spider-Woman's masked face is fine, even without that black trim. There's an alternate, unmasked face which is just lovely. Not all the Bishoujo figures get the Shunya face 100% right, but this one gets my stamp of approval. The process of swapping faces will be very familiar if you've ever dealt with figmas and Nendoroids. You just pull off the head, remove the hair fringe, and pop off the face plate. You can store the unused face in a compartment under the base - very convenient! Kotobukiya went with a translucent PVC for Jessica's hair. I've seen mixed reactions to this practice. Though she's supposed to have black hair, it actually fades to gray because the paint is especially light at the tips. In terms of the sculpt, it's excellent. I love the definition and wispiness of it. In fact this is a remarkably clean sculpt. Bishoujos of old would have some mold lines here and there, but Spider-Woman is virtually free of them. You can spot a few if you look really hard, but they integrate well into her costume. Similarly, the paint job is very clean - it holds up well to Kotobukiya's more expensive figures. The thick gloss coat also makes it feel durable. Spider-Woman is a Bishoujo figure I've had my eyes on for a while, and it didn't disappoint. She sports a classic, old-timey look that meshes well with Shunya Yamashita's style - though keep in mind I'm a guy who can't get enough of the Shunya face. And of course, I just have to mention that red gloss finish one more time. Whether it's Asuka, Harley Quinn, or Spider-Woman - you can never go wrong with a shiny red outfit! [Thanks to Kotobukiya for this review sample!]
Bishoujo Spider-Woman photo
Give me that glossy paint, all day long
Kotobukiya must have hit a winning formula with their Bishoujo figures because they're cranking them out like nobody's business. Well they're cranking them out like it's their own business, because it is - ah you know what I'...

Bishoujo photo

Kotobukiya teases upcoming Bishoujos with pixellated images

More than 8-bits
Jun 09
// Scarecroodle
[ UPDATE: Kotobukiya has clarified that these images actually pertain an upcoming exhibition of Shunya Yamashita’s artwork at the Kotobukiya Akihabara-Kan in Japan this Fall. As such, I'm not sure why they were blurred ...
Horror Bishoujo Freddy photo
Amiami's preview inspired me
One preview gallery clearly isn't enough for us to wrap our heads around Kotobukiya's upcoming Bishoujo Freddy figure, so Amiami has provided their own. A lot of people reacted negatively (or with confusion) to this supposed ...

Bishoujo photo
Killing people is obviously good exercise
Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo horror series has to be the weirdest thing I’ve seen from this company. I had no idea how they would pull off making Freddy and Jason as beautiful women, and after I saw the preview, I had n...

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