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Chara-Ani's new Shana duo tests cuteness limits


Sep 29
// Emily Smalara
It seems I spoke too soon. While we've already seen Shana figures that stretch tolerance for believability, I think this new pair from Chara-Ani might take the cake. As usual, she'll be available in both redheaded and brunett...

Tomopop Review: Chara-Ani Niitengo Ore no Imouto Collection

Sep 19 // Kristina Pino
Figure Name: Toys Works Ore no Imouto 2.5" CollectionFigure Maker: Chara-AniRetail Cost: ¥7,776 (entire box of 12)Available at: AmiAmi | Hobby Search | Play-Asia I didn't focus on the box too much. It's mostly yellows, oranges and greens along with a few pictures of the figures around it. This is a picture of the top of the box and you could check out the rest in the gallery. The only other thing I'd mention is the inner flaps of the box had some cut-outs which just had pictures of the figures again, so I didn't end up photographing them (forgot about them altogether). I may use them as book marks or something, though ... Once you open up the big box, you get a bunch of little boxes, par to the course. Inside the little boxes, not only is each figure wrapped piece for piece, each set of bags was then wrapped over in bubble-wrap. It took a little longer to open everything, but I can appreciate the extra attention to keeping all the figures safe and not-broken. Here are all the standing figures lined up without the alternate versions. Ayase comes with an alternate face, and I was confused to see that I had not one but three Meruru figures. As it turns out, two of them were Witch Meruru and one of them is Kanako dressed up as Meruru, the difference being the eyes, hair and expression. The other "filler" trading figure I got was Saori, which I am not too upset about, considering she needs much more figure love than she's received. One thing I like about this set opposed to the petit Nendoroids is instead of having a stand plugged into their backs, their feet have pegs. It's a good and a bad thing, because I actually had one break due to inconsistent hole sizes for the corresponding pegs, but overall, I like the effect and had little issues with anything. The pegs are long enough that balancing isn't a problem, so it's just a matter of being careful when putting the figures together and attaching them to the base. I'll start up with Meruru since I mentioned there were two different ones! To the left is Witch Meruru proper, and to the right is what I assume to be Kanako dressed up as Meruru (and looking a bit grumpy, too!). [Update: Thanks to Kyrie, we've identified this as Kirino, which is a bit more fitting than Kanako!] They both feature different hair styles and expressions, although the pigtails, clothing and wands are the same. For the full turn-around, you can check out the gallery. With one exception, which I'll show below, the paint and molding were just fine on these two. they came out very clean, and one of the arms is poseable so you could make it look like she's holding onto the wand better (if you have more patience than I do for arms popping off). Here's a close up of Kanako Kirino. She's got some odd blue line streaked on her left (your right) eye, there, which you may or may not be able to see too well depending on the image resizing here. I have no idea what that line is all about, and I'm going to assume it's a goof since it's not on the other eye. I love the expression as well as the inclusion of the "moe fang," though. The wand is a bit easier to see in this image as well, which has little beads inside and some simple, yet pretty molding on the wings and all that. It's attached at the base to her right hand, and the left hand is poseable to lift it to hold the wand or keep it low like I did. As you can tell, this is also one of the figures I had an issue with the peg on the base. I didn't dare force it any deeper into the base lest it twists off. Next up is Saori! You've got the full turn-around here, since she's pretty straight forward. She's giving ya a "hang loose" or "way cool" or whatever you interpret it as hand signal over there, carrying her back pack with otaku stuff and wearing her usual goofy glasses. I didn't really take issue with her figure either, although some of the lines were just a little sloppy (nothing you'd notice when she's displayed). The pigtails (like Meruru's) are separate pieces you pop in and pose how you like. Well, if it isn't the little show-stopper herself, Kirino! She came with the maid version as well as a really ... I don't know if that's frustrated or "hungry" for some piece of merchandise, but it's a funny expression all the same. There's a picture in the gallery that the faces show a little more close-up, and you could see the eye details on school-clothes Kirino (they've got the swirly thing going on), as well as possibly a few little smudges on maid Kirino's face. I left them on for the pictures, but they came off with an eraser. Looking at them from the side though, there's one little splotch on Kirino's hair to the right. It looks like they share the hair mold though, and you could even sort of catch a glimpse of panties under the school skirt. The lines on her socks were a little bit sloppy too, but those are pretty minor in comparison. Maid Kirino has a little bit of smudging in her hair, where it looks like it was meeting some black paint on her dress. The pieces came separate, so I am not sure why there would be some black dusting there. Kuroneko, why do you look like you're dancing? My goodness, you are so adorable. Her pose and expression here kill me with cute, but this is another "sloppy line" victim, from her headband to the ruffles of her dress. With her, it's not really noticeable when she's on display, but it's still disappointing. Finally, here's Ayase. She's the last in the bit of standing figures, and she's got upset expressions all around. I'm sure she's directing something at Kyousuke on the left there, and Kirino on the right. Both of them are the same, and this figure actually really scared me because her legs were too far apart to fit in the peg holes as they were. I ended up squeezing them until they fit in, but heard a scary crack when they came together. I didn't see any breakage, but I'm not going to tamper with these any more, you know, just kind of leave them on the base and displayed in peace. One of them has a little splotch at her tie, but overall the paint was good on both. You can check out the full turn-around at the gallery. These are the two sitting figures that came with the set. You've got Kuroneko sitting on Comet-kun and Kirino sitting on a star. I absolutely love these, and barring a small defect in Kirino's hair, they are practically flawless. They're definitely my favorite, and I love it when figure makers break away from standard poses or bases. These just rest on top. Here are the star and plush with the butt dents! You can also see a star on Comet-kun which would normally be covered by Kuroneko's legs. This is where that hair defect I mentioned was. It's more with the mold than the paint, and not truly noticeable since you'd probably be posing her facing out, not to the side like this. Kirino's left arm (sticking out awkwardly here) is poseable, so you could have her kind of bending down looking at something on the ground in front of her or below her, but I posed her a little more upright for the review. Kuroneko is just cute and well-done all around. Overall, I'm really happy with the set. There are a few defects here and there, but I wouldn't really think them as deal-breakers except for my scare with Ayase's base. Whether they're worth the price is definitely relative though, depending on how you value petit sets and if you expect something of higher quality. I personally felt the price was a little high, but I don't regret purchasing these. If any of you end up getting the set, I hope they come relatively goof-free!
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I've gone through several different "phases" with this petit collection. When I first saw it, it was just plain excitement. I loved the idea of a cute little collection of Ore no Imouto figures, and didn't hesitate too long t...

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Prepare for more Shana with this upcoming figure


Sep 19
// Emily Smalara
Shana fans rejoice! Not only will we be seeing a re-release of a rather attractive (if uncharacteristic) version of the tsundere little lead, but Chara-Ani is going to be showing us an all new Shana, just in time for the seri...
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Toys Works Collection 2.5 Key Memorial brings three times the cuteness


Jun 07
// Tyler Jones
CharaAni has been on a roll with these adorable trading figures. I haven't bought a lot of them myself, but I greatly enjoy seeing new batches of their Toys Works Collection figures at regular intervals. Available now is a se...

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Chara-Ani makes tiny adorable To Heart 2 trading figures


Jun 06
// Tyler Jones
To Heart 2 figures have made a big splash recently and now Chara-Ani is micro-sizing their whole line into adorable little trading figures! Tamaki, Harumi, Manaka, and others appear in both schoolgirl outfits and Manake de Ik...
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Chara-Ani's Kyubey pillow now available


May 13
// Tyler Jones
Is Kyubey the kind of character you want to hug, or crush under your mighty weight? Either way, you'll be good to go with this cushion from Chara-Ani. Eagle-eyed readers will likely notice that we posted a different Kyubey pi...
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Get yuri-ized with Yuri Seijin Naoko-San


May 04
// Tyler Jones
I had never heard of the 2005 manga Yuri Seijin Naoko-San (Lesbian Citizen Naoko), but the above Chara-Ani figure has me completely sold on the concept. Turns out that Naoko-san (left) is an alien from the yuri star with plan...
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Toys Works Collection 2.5 OreImo trading figures now available


May 03
// Tyler Jones
Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga nai is an anime full of cute characters. Now Chara-Ani is bringing them to extra-cute trading figure form with their latest Toys Works release. This time around you have better than no...
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Chara-Ani gives you more trading figures from To Aru Majutsu no Index


Mar 15
// Jonathan Tubbs
At the 2011 Winter Hobby Maker Exhibition back in February, Chara-Ani revealed the next set of trading figures for their Toy's works Collection featuring the cast of To Aru Majutsu no Index II. This set is a follow up to the ...
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Kirino gets a re-release from CharaAni, now up for pre-order


Feb 17
// Kristina Pino
Originally released before the animated series aired, this beautiful PVC figure of Kirino didn't have the benefit of anyone knowing who she was besides those who read the light OreImo light novels. Now that we've had time to ...
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2011 Winter Hobby Maker Exhibition: Chara-Ani (Toy's Works)


Feb 09
// Jonathan Tubbs
Chara-Ani has been quiet recently with its figure releases with the most recent being their maid version of Choun Shiryuu from Ikkitousen Xtreme Xecutor. So what is Chara-Ani up to now? They have a few new things up their sle...
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Chara-Ani gives us a naughty new Choun Shiryu maid from Ikkitousen Xtreme Xecutor


Jan 24
// Colette Bennett
Heyyyy, look at that. A new figure of Choun Shiryu from Ikkitousen Xtreme Xecutor! Wow! I have totally never seen one of these before! In a maid costume, no less! Hey, I wonder if some part of that costume comes off. I wonder...
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Toys Works Collection 2.5 Little Busters! Ecstasy trading figures now up for pre-order


Jan 24
// Tyler Jones
I'm not much of an eroge player, so I'm none too familiar with Little Busters!, but these new collectible figures from Chara-ani made me wish I were. They're adorable!The set depicts four of the charactes from the game, thoug...
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Chara-Ani announces Kore wa Zombie Desu ka Haruna and Yuu magazine exclusives


Dec 31
// Tyler Jones
Chara-Ani continues it's solid Toy'sworks 2.5 series with two exclusive figures from Kore wa Zombie Desu ka (Is it a Zombie)? It was originally a light novel series about a young guy who gets killed in a string of serial murd...
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The 27th Miyazawa Model Exhibition: Yamato, Griffon, and Chara-Ani


Nov 10
// Jonathan Tubbs
The never ending supply of manufacturers continues from the 27th Miyazawa Model Exhibition. Griffon Enterprises, Yamato, and Chara-Ani have quite a few figures that may be tantalizing to the Tomopop community.Griffon has the ...
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Highschool of the Dead's Shizuka is seDEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERP!


Oct 26
// Pedro Cortes
Way to fail Chara-Ani.You had a pretty good showing with your Saeko figure, delicious black thong and all. However, you really missed the mark with your two Shizuka statues. Now I understand that she's pretty useless, despite...
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Chari-Ani's re-releases of High School of the Dead figures are ... well ....


Sep 21
// Colette Bennett
...really not very good.Chari-Ani's three figures of Busajima Saeko, Miyamoto Rei and Takagi Saya just kind of have this "sort of okay" feeling to them, but really, I can't say I would ...
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Chari-Ani's Taneshima Popura plush from Working!!


Sep 07
// Colette Bennett
I hoped I would like Working!!, the slice of life anime from A1 pictures which aired earlier this year. Unfortunately, I found myself kind of bored by it, although I'm not a huge slice of life fan, so that may have had much m...
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Chara-Ani feels you need more adorable Suzumiya Haruhi trading figures


Aug 23
// Jonathan Tubbs
Specifically, Chara-Ani feels you need figures from the very cute manga turned web series The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan. Nothing like taking the Haruhi universe and putting it on crack. Yuki being a fan of eroge? Yea...
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NSFW: Chari-Ani wants you to peel the panties off this Little Busters! figure


May 28
// Colette Bennett
Japanese men must have a deep longing to see women prostrated on the ground with their asses aimed towards heaven. That would be the only explanation for half the figures that we've been seeing lately, and I have to admit I f...
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More Mizuki and Nii-ten-go of Baka to Test to Shokanjuu to consider purchasing


May 28
// Jonathan Tubbs
A couple of weeks ago, Penguin Parade showed off their 1/8 scale Himeji Mizuki with Nii-ten-go of summon school testing anime Baka to Test to Shokanjuu. Now Chara-Ani wants that piece of the pie with their own 1/8 s...
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The round cast of Ladies vs. Butlers never looked this squishy


May 28
// Jonathan Tubbs
Chara-ani has opened preorders their super deformed Toy Works line of figures featuring the curvaeous cast of Ladies vs. Butlers. The set of figures will include Selnia Iori Flameheart, Saikyou Tomomi, Daichi Kaoru, Shikikaga...
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CUTEEEE: Chari-Ani's Toy's works Collection K-ON! figures


Apr 05
// Colette Bennett
I know we have seen these K-ON! figures from Chari-Ani in several of the galleries we have posted at hobby events previously. Now, it looks like you can finally get your mitts on em! Hobby Search opened preorders for them (by...
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Chari-Ani's Kuniko from Shangri-La captures my heart


Apr 05
// Colette Bennett
I remember seeing this figure at some hobby event we did coverage of and simply drooling all over my own face. I'm already a huge fan of Eiichi Ikegami's original light novel Shangri-La, not to mention anything that Range Mur...
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Chara-Ani releasing a unique figure from light novel series Asura Cryin'


Mar 08
// Jonathan Tubbs
It's wonderful to know that your childhood friend will always be there for you. Granted they are a ghost but that's the power of friendship! That's also part of the plot of light novel turned anime Asura Cryin'. Chara-ani wil...
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Chara Ani's Kirino Kousaka PVC is simply perfect


Feb 03
// Colette Bennett
Every once in a while, a very simple schoolgirl figure will really appeal to me. The last one was Haruna Sairenji from Shueisha, a figure company I had never heard of at the time, but there was something so streamlined and lo...
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NSFW: Omamori Himari's heroine certainly doesn't need pants


Feb 03
// Colette Bennett
I believe that when a figure's name includes the words "Carefree Pants", you ought to already know you're in for a good time. Hailing from Matra Milan's manga Omamori Himari, Himari is a cat spirit samurai girl who ...
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Chara-Ani's squishy Suzumiya Haruhi and Nagato Yuki plushes


Oct 07
// Jonathan Tubbs
Plushes are not really my cup of tea but I don't mind looking at them when they're super cute, such as Chara-Ani's The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi plushes of Haruhi and Yuki. Seeing the photos of these come in on my news fe...
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Chara-Ani's Toy Works Collection Super Robot Wars OG


Jun 03
// Eva Duenas
While I haven't played a single Super Robot Wars game, though I've always wanted to, I know many people who have and love it. I have no idea who these girls are but I have to say that these chibi-fied characters of them are e...
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Solid Works Collection DX ARIA winter version re-release


Mar 26
// Eva Duenas
There is something I have to admit to you all. I have a horrible, and I mean, horrible weakness for cute things. I don't know if that was obvious when I tend to post a lot of cute things. It's something I'm not always open ab...
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Shana and CharaAni bring you hot figure on figure action


Feb 02
// Emily Smalara
When I first saw Beat's Cat Ear version figure featuring everyone's favorite tsundere lead from Shakugan no Shana, I thought there couldn't be a Shana figure I'd be more drawn to. Well, CharaAni has proven me wrong. Ohh, how ...
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High School of the Dead figures are coming, which means the zombies are soon to follow


Nov 05
// DickMcVengeance
High School of the Dead is one of those series that many of us over at Japanator just love. I mean, it's a combination of zombies, tits, pantie shots, and American horror film references. Plus, it has high schoolers wielding ...

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