Chara-Ani

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Go for a summer dip with Kuroneko


Chara-Ani 1/8 Scale
Apr 26
// Emily Smalara
It's no secret that I like girls, and I like swimsuits, but even I get tired of producers churning out the same old, same old. That includes the school swimsuit look. I'm even of the mind that one pieces are seriously underra...
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Whipping up a storm
The continuing lack of figures from Yotsuba&! is a crime that Chara-Ani only partially managed to remedy a few months ago when they put up their rather lovely version of Fuuka Ayase. Now though they've gone and annou...

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This Ikkitousen harem does Pandora System right


Chara-Ani - 1/10 Scale
Nov 30
// Emily Smalara
Recently we've been treated to another creepy usage of the poseable Pandora System, in the form of Ro-Kyu-Bu's Hinata. Chara-Ani appears to have come to their senses though, preparing to let loose a blind boxed set of charact...

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Go casual fridays with this Ruiko pre-order


Chara-Ani 1/8 Scale
Nov 30
// Emily Smalara
A pretty girl in little more than a button-down top is one of life's simple pleasures, and that's just what we're getting from Chara-Ani. Blasphemy it may be, I've never been a huge Index fan despite having partaken of a fair...
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This Hinata pre-order is a slam dunk for creepers


Chara-Ani 1/10 Scale
Nov 28
// Emily Smalara
The latest in Chara-Ani's switchable Pandora System figures is here, with loliriffic sports anime Ro-Kyu-Bu's Hinata Hakamada shown off. Given that I'm not a total lolicon I've not partaken in so much as a trailer for this ra...
Chara-Ani Fuuka photo
Chara-Ani Fuuka

Chara-Ani surprises us with an adorable Fuuka Ayase


Pre-orders are open...right now!
Nov 28
// Martin Siggers
One of the figure industry's greatest crimes is that there's not more figures based on the cast of Yotsuba&!. Kiyohiko Azuma's adorable manga about the life of a five year old girl is universally beloved among people...
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Get your hands on this pretty kitsune Kunou


Chara-Ani 1/8 Scale
Oct 26
// Emily Smalara
What, a High School DxD figure that isn't Rias? Much as I love my redheads, this new release from Chara-Ani may even beat her out. There's few things more enticing than a pretty foxgirl, and Kunou definitely fits all the crit...
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Pick up a poseable loli with Ro-Kyu-Bu's Tomoka


Chara-Ani 1/10 Scale
Sep 27
// Emily Smalara
Longtime--heck, even short time--readers should know I've seldom got any issue with figures on the loli side of things. Even I tend to have some limits though, and the latest test of them is coming from Chara-Ani's Tomoka, ha...
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Pre-order this Asuka for some handy storage space


Chara-Ani 1/8 Scale
Sep 26
// Emily Smalara
Leave it to Senran Kagura to revolutionize the PVC world when it comes to sculpting the perfect(ly oversized) boobs. Chara-Ani is releasing a new Asuka this December, and as an odd Christmas present you'll be getting a figure...
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Pick up Shioriko Shinokawa and get a reading buddy!


Chara-Ani 1/8 Scale
Aug 28
// Emily Smalara
Wordily titled Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou must be doing quite well for itself, as hot on the heels of this Spring's bust collection, Chara-Ani is bringing out a proper full-sized figure of bookstore owner Shioriko. I was...
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Say yes to getting the latest lounging Asuna


Chara-Ani 1/8 Scale
Aug 27
// Emily Smalara
We've seen the lovely Asuna in many confident poses, which shouldn't be a surprise given her independent and capable attitude in the first season of Sword Art Online. We've also seen a few of her sudden new "damsel in distres...
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Grab the latest Kuroneko caught off guard!


Chara-Ani 1/8 Scale
Jul 27
// Emily Smalara
Sculptors seem to be getting the hang of making Kuroneko's ever-present frilly dresses actually look, dare I say, flattering. Chara-Ani is bringing us yet another gothic kitty, this time in the act of getting herself properly...
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Kuroyukihime bares all in a new pre-order


Chara-Ani 1/10 Scale
Jul 26
// Emily Smalara
Accel World's "Madame Butterfly" Kuroyukihime has been the subject of more than a few rather naughty figures, and it looks like the streak isn't stopping anytime soon thanks to the capable hands of Chara-Ani's sculptors. Cast...
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Bend over backwards to grab a new Kuroyukihime


Chara-Ani 1/10 Scale
Jun 26
// Emily Smalara
Despite the end of the Accel World anime, the allure of the mysterious Kuroyukihime continues to hold fans in its grasp. We've already seen quite a few lovely figures, and now Chara-Ani is stepping up with their own take on t...
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Chara-Ani Mikoto Misaka

Skirts off and pre-orders on for new Mikoto Misaka figure


Don't get caught with your pants down, she's up for order now!
Jun 25
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Chara-ani is back again with a second figure from the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S anime series, this time featuring title character Mikoto Misaka in a rather compromised position. The first figure was a rather unabashed ve...
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Take aim with this summery new Kirino


Chara-Ani 1/8 Scale
May 24
// Emily Smalara
With such an inseparable pair, it's no surprise that where there is Shironeko, Kirino is close behind. Pretty much every company releases the two as a pair, and Chara-Ani is no different, pairing the breezy Shironeko with a K...
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Lighten up with an adorable Shironeko pre-order


Chara-Ani 1/8 Scale
May 23
// Emily Smalara
As beloved as Kuroneko is, many people have been long awaiting the appearance of Shironeko in this season's Oreimo sequel. Just in time, Chara-Ani's jumping on the figure bandwagon, showing off one of the cutest renditions of...
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Chara-Ani 1/8 Scale
If the usual innocent Asuna of Sword Art Online fame isn't enough for you, perhaps you may be looking for a different version. A version, say, calling to mind the infamously naughty "Chapter 16.5", a chapter that author Reki ...

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Chara-Ani's Masazumi Honda is on the horizon


Status of pants unknown
Mar 14
// Tianxiao Ma
You know what can be a fun game? Making up a story to explain the poses some of these figures wind up in. Why did Masazumi's pants fall down? Why is she covering her chest with her arms? I don't know but it might be fun to sp...
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Miyazawa Model Exhibition: Cospa, Banpresto and the rest


PLUM, Kaitendoh, Ken Elephant/Kaiyodo and Chara Ani also featured
Nov 09
// Brian Szabelski
As the cap on our Miyazawa Model Exhibition coverage, there's a few more companies whose wares we've rounded up into one big post. The Ken Elephant booth was chock full of Kaiyodo's Revoltech figures, including the prototype ...
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Choose your party with these Etrian Odyssey III figures


Chara-Ani's Toy'sworks Collection Niitengo Premium series goes dungeon crawling.
Nov 05
// Jonathan Tubbs
I really do not like it when a game gives me several party members or classes to choose from (I'm looking at you Suikoden series!) but when you ask me to choose my party for my figure collection, you're just asking for too mu...
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[NSFW] Take a swing at Chara-Ani's new Kudryavka


Oct 31
// Emily Smalara
Despite having a few scenes here and there, Key visual novels tend to be pretty tame compared to many other titles in the genre, even having separate All-Ages versions. Despite this, Little Busters' Kudryavka has, for some re...
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Build your own ball team with Little Busters blind boxes


Oct 31
// Emily Smalara
With the advent of the anime series, companies continue to rush and get as much "new" Little Busters merchandise out as possible, even if it means quickly reproducing some older products. In this case, Chara-Ani is re-releasi...
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The Accel World and Sword Art Online goodies keep coming out of Aki no Saiten with some fantastic pieces that will suit all your cosplay needs! Whether you're ready for the VR experience or want a little augmented reality thr...

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[NSFW] Pre-order Chara-Ani's racy new Konomi


Aug 18
// Emily Smalara
If you've been reading this site for any length of time, you probably are well aware I'm one of the bigger apologists when it comes to blatantly NSFW figures around--especially when there's an element of classiness to the des...
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Refresh your summer with Resort Boin's Nao


Jul 14
// Emily Smalara
For those of you that may be familiar with the oh-so-classy Boin series from the mid-2000s, here's a bit of a blast from the not-so-distant past. Chara-Ani is bringing fans one of the OVA's leads in the form of Nao Iihara, re...
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Chara-Ani has all sorts of Haruhi-chan goodness coming up


Jul 12
// Tianxiao Ma
If you're a Haruhi fan, you'll surely appreciate these adorable trading figures from Chara-Ani. They're taken from the often-bizarre world of the Haruhi-chan and Nyoron! Churuya-san animated shorts, featuring such things as N...
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[NSFW] Don't be afraid of pre-ordering this Fear figure


Jun 13
// Emily Smalara
Recent series C3 may have been a bit hit or miss, but the main heroine Fear was right up my alley as a character. From her personality to that bright blue hair I love so very much, she had me hooked. Chara-Ani knows how I fee...
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Reserve or Regret? Import round up for May 2, 2012


May 03
// Jonathan Tubbs
Another light day here for Reserve or Regret with today's offerings though it is mostly occupied by female figures if any of you were disappointed by yesterday's pre-orders. Those who have been wanting a figure of female lead...
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Curl up with the most adorable Erio yet


Feb 22
// Emily Smalara
My love for Erio is no secret by now, and I'd probably be hard pressed to find one I didn't like. That said, this one from Chara-Ani might be the best yet, showing Erio off at her cutest. She's cuddled up with her usual futon...
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It was summertime at Chara-Ani's Hobby Maker Exhibition booth, with plenty of girls in their swimsuits: Oreimo's Kirino and Kuroneko (1/8-scale), Maken-Ki!'s Amaya Haruko and Himegami Kodoka; and Iihara Nao from eroge novel R...

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Does your heart race for Chara-Ani's Race Queen Kanu?


Dec 26
// Jonathan Tubbs
Wait. An Ikkitousen figure that we can post!? That's... unusual and rare. And even more odd? It's a modest figure! From Ikkitousen Xtreme Xecutor comes the 1/8 scale Race Queen Kanu by Chara-Ani and she's looking rather nice....

Tomopop Review: Toy'sworks Niitengo Key Memorial set

Dec 17 // Jonathan Tubbs
Figure Name: Toy'sworks Collection Niitengo Key MemorialFigure Maker: Chara-AniRetail Value: ¥7,776 (Box of 12 pieces)Available at: HobbyLink Japan As a trading figure collection, the box that converts into a retail display comes designed with a full view of all the various characters included. Just a reminder that this is the Niitengo series of figures, that word is splashed all over the box in the background, and just like the retail box, each individual box shares the similar style with the photos of the figures displayed. Most of the figures are divided into three parts: The head, the body, and the base. The head has a long stem that inserts into the top of the body which can be tight on some and loose on others. Expect yourself to have to be using some force on some of these figures.  Because of this required force, I was a bit scared that I would break one of the figures. I came close to it on one of them as one of the figure's heads detached from the stem revealing the ball joint it was on. On the same figure, because of this removal force, I detached the torso from the waist, revealing that you can in fact have them all displayed in just their underwear... but why would you want to? They're trading figures. Plus it's nothing you haven't seen before. Once you have the head attached, the feet from the body will then attach to the base. Each figure's base has two holes that the pegs on the feet connect to. Not to cause any confusion, each peg on the feet and each hole are different sizes so that you insert the character correctly to the base. Unfortunately one of the figures came with a incomplete peg on one of their feet. It looks like it may have just been from the way the mold was cut. It didn't cause any issues with the figure as the other foot peg was able to attach rather snugly into the base. Speaking of quality, how are each of the figures? First and foremost we have to remember these are trading figures. Not your top of the line PVC figures, though that can be debated based on some companies. Before we get into that though, let's take a look at each figure included in the set and gush over how cute they are because, well, they are. Ayu Tsukimiya - Kanon Nayuki Minase - Kanon Nagisa Furukawa - Clannad Kyou Fujibayashi - Clannad Misuzu Kamio - Air Minagi Tohno - Air Two things will be quite evident on these figures. The first are the lines from where the arms connect to the body. There's no smooth transition here where you would have a thin seam. Nope. You will see a full gap, or in the case of Misuzu, an arm that doesn't quite go in all the way. I can't say if this is just the set I received or if the attached appendages will vary by box. The other thing is the paint job. It's a mix bag with these figures. In some areas, it's nice and sharp. In others, as demonstrated above, it's very patchy and rough. The molds are nicely sculpted, still sharing some of the faults you would see from their PVC cousins. Well, not quite. The edges are rounder on these figures but I think that fits with the super deformed appearance. Again, the paint job is good and bad. The hair on each figure have a soft gradient starting from their base color on top and fading into a darker tone toward the end of their hair. There are also additional shades from where the hair parts and layers. The eyes on these figures are as sharp as any PVC figures you'll find on the market, along with their eyebrows and blush marks on some. The smiles are simple with no real detail but, again, it fits the style of figure that this is.  The school uniforms have very detailed lines with some have the schools emblem sharply painted onto their uniform. Though the nicely done emblem is countered by the uneven paint job on other parts of the figure. You also won't find beautiful folds and edges on these figures, but for what has been done, it looks nice. Here is one more look at the trouble with the paint job on these figures. This is rather surprising on the huge chunk of hair, but maybe I'm just unlucky and received a bad batch. Again, the figures are nice and all, cute, but still suffer the issues of figures of their size when it comes to construction and paint application. If anything, it's almost something you would expect from trading figures. At least until nano technology takes over and provides more details than we can imagine... well, so I dream. Would I recommend Chara-Ani's Toy'sworks Collection Niitengo series? If you're a casual collector who likes cute, small figures, then definitely. Especially if you're looking for characters from titles that don't normally get any love, or just want figures that are normally available, but in bite size so you can save on shelf space. Now if you're the hardcore collector who wants quality over quantity, then you probably already know that this is not for you. Again, these are trading figures. Once again, a big thank you to HobbyLink Japan for their support and for giving me the opportunity to review figure series and types that have not been touched yet on Tomopop for you, the community.
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If you are ever looking for something on the cheap, has a cast of characters you want that you'll probably not see anywhere else, and like them to be cute, you can always rely on trading figures to give you what you want. The...

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Chara-Ani's Astarotte wonders if you'll pre-order her


Nov 14
// Emily Smalara
A couple months ago, we brought word of Wave's foray into lovely loli Beach Queens with a rather--I thought--attractive version of Lotte no Omocha's Astarotte. Understandably, some may have been a bit put off by the exposure ...
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Durarara!! gets chibi-fied again with Chara-Ani's new set


Nov 07
// Jonathan Tubbs
The amazing title Durarara!! is not the most popular title in the figure world what with very few characters getting a standard scaled figure. It's really just been the attractive (and adorable) Celty and soon the short tempt...

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