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11:00 PM on 05.08.2014

Gift's Houki Shinonono does not look thrilled for summer

Looks like Infinite Stratos' Houki isn't enjoying her moment in the sun, judging by the expression on this figure. This is the imaginatively-labeled Houki Shinonono Swimsuit Ver. by Gift. Kahotan's preview gravitates on Houki...

Tianxiao Ma




Gift's swimsuit Sena is a bounty of booty photo
Gift's swimsuit Sena is a bounty of booty
by Tianxiao Ma

Although this figure appeals to me, I feel like I shouldn't champion it too much. It's the kind of figure that gives otaku their creepy reputation. Hey, I'm not about judging people based on their tastes (within reason) but that's the way it is.

Disclaimer over, now to the goods: this is a 1/4-scale figure by Gift of Haganai's Sena in a swimsuit. I'd say "voluptuous" is a very good descriptor, as you can see in this Kahotan preview (she knows her audience, by the way). This isn't the most original of figures. I don't even mean in the sense that it's a swimsuit figure; there are actually other figures of Sena wearing basically the same outfit.

What sets Gift's figure apart is that it's enormous. 1/4-scale usually puts me off but this sculpt is pretty decent (trashy pose aside). Her signature butterfly and the moe fang complete the look. The MSRP is a surprisingly reasonable ¥14,040 - though you should expect a large EMS fee - and she'll be out in June, right in time to hit the beaches. Just kidding, don't let anyone see you with this in public.

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5:00 PM on 01.26.2014

GSC launches new distributor Ultra Tokyo Connection in LA

In an attempt to bombard North America with all things otaku, Good Smile Company has launched new distribution company Ultra Tokyo Connection in Los Angeles, California. The service is being produced through a partnership wit...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Kahotan previews Gift's Arthur photo
Kahotan previews Gift's Arthur
by Scarecroodle

Kahotan has released a preview gallery for Gift's upcoming Arthur (currently available for pre-order).

While I'm not at all familiar with the source material (a visual novel called Eiyuu*Senki), I've loved the design since first setting eyes on it. Granted, there's not a ton going on with the outfit but it all just seems to work somehow and, odd as it may sound, I think a lot of just comes down to the crown. The crown looks so out of place within the context of the rest of the outfit that it immediately grabs your attention and turns what may have been merely an okay design (and a good-looking figure) into something truly eye-catching. I suppose it goes to show how one design element can utterly transform a character.

Gift's Arthur looks great. The sculpting and paintwork are both competent while the pose is charming. She was originally slated to release in October but apparently has been pushed to November. Arthur is still widely available for pre-order if you didn't get a chance before.

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Tomopop Review: Nendoroid Haruka Minami by Gift photo
Tomopop Review: Nendoroid Haruka Minami by Gift
by Tianxiao Ma

I asked to review Haruka and Kana because many of our editors had expressed a growing apathy for Nendoroids in the past. It's understandable; in fact this is just the type of release that you look at and think "there's another bland Nendoroid school girl." I wanted to challenge myself and see if I could do anything interesting with this type of Nendoroid.

As with Kana, this release is from Gift. Aside from the packaging, it's pretty much indistinguishable from a regular Good Smile Company product. By now you all probably have an idea of what the figure's build quality will be like. But how much fun is it to play with? Read on for my thoughts and photos!

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Tomopop Review: Nendoroid Kana Minami by Gift photo
Tomopop Review: Nendoroid Kana Minami by Gift
by Tianxiao Ma

Hot on the heels of Lucky Star's massive popularity, Minami-ke emerged as another slice-of-life comedy anime revolving around a heavily female-oriented cast. Although their formats were similar, Minami-ke went a little more low-key with its humor, eschewing otaku-friendly gags for more situational comedy. And hey, whatever it did must have worked, because three more TV seasons and three OVAs followed.

Good Smile Company, back in the early days of Nendoroids, released a single Minami-ke Nendo - Chiaki - but didn't follow up with the other two sisters for quite a long time. Now, more than three and a half years after Chiaki's release, Gift has rounded out the Minami-ke Nendoroids with Kana and Haruka.

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Participate in a Rhyme battle with DMMd's Ren photo
Participate in a Rhyme battle with DMMd's Ren
by Yami Casas

Oh Gift, you certainly know how to make me squeal in delight. Recently, @Giftkanegon posted a few pictures via twitter featuring the next bishounen to appear in their DRAMAtical Murder plushie series. The set of pictures playfully teased Aoba's AllMate, Ren, in his human form dressed in Rhyme battle garb. Gift, of course, purposely snapped the pictures without revealing Ren's face; however, you can already see some nice painted details along his headdress and the blue poncho/black cape attire. It also appears that you can display Ren with or without his headdress.

Gift has yet to announce when Ren will be available for pre-order, but sadly, I have a sneaking suspicion that he will be an event exclusive or Gift online exclusive, just as the other boys. Hopefully, it'll be the latter of the two, and obtaining Ren will be a matter of contacting a proxy. Otherwise, Ren will end up in my ever-growing 'holy grail' list.

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7:00 PM on 08.12.2013

Hayate joins the Nanoha girls at the beach

If you've been collecting anime figures over the past year or so, chances are you've seen one of the Nanoha girls in a swimsuit. It's an unavoidable fact of life. Most of the figures out there currently are of Nanoha herself ...

Tianxiao Ma

3:50 AM on 07.29.2013

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Gift

Gift's display featured a summer theme, showing several girls enjoying a beach outing in their swimsuits. They had an unpainted Houki Shinonono from Infinite Stratos, who doesn't look terribly pleased to be there. The three g...

Tianxiao Ma

8:00 PM on 06.28.2013

Take command and pre-order Eiyuu*Senki's "King" Arthur

Japan's penchant for gender-bending history is at it again with the moe-filled visual novel Eiyuu*Senki, featuring all sorts of prettied up historical figures. Perhaps trying to play off the popularity of Fate/Stay Night's Sa...

Emily Smalara

9:00 AM on 06.12.2013

Gift's Tiger Parka Sonico is painted

Gift's cute new Sonico figure, sporting a tiger parka and lugging a guitar case, has been revealed with paint splashed on by t_santa on TwitPic.  We've only got two images for now, but she's looking rad. She's also looki...

Kristina Pino



2:30 PM on 05.05.2013

Treasure Festa in Ariake 9: Gift chooses its Saber Bride

To my disappointment, Gift has held on to making more plushes than PVC. When they do get to making a PVC, it's usually a Saber. I'm not in anyway a fan of Fate, but I love this marriage of the two entities. It's fitting then ...

Andres Cerrato