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GSC Kizumonogatari photo
GSC Kizumonogatari

Good Smile Company's Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade is up for pre-order

Hope you're good with names
May 20
// Tianxiao Ma
The lovely vampire from the Monogatari series is back to her original form in this 1/8-scale figure from Good Smile Company! You might know her better as Shinobu Oshino, though her original name was Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion He...
Alter Shinobu Oshino photo
Check the preview on Alter's blog
The Monogatari series went from quirky Shaft show to a powerhouse franchise, and Alter's cashing in with a Shinobu figure! I love Shinobu not just for her moe attributes, but also because she's secretly a badass. However the ...

Kotobukiya Shinobu Oshino photo
Just keep saying "Panaino!" to yourself
The Monogatari series' Shinobu is many things, but I think "adorable loli" would be her chief descriptor. Although she isn't really played for her moe attributes, Nisemonogatari does highlight her love of donuts. Kotobukiya c...

Nendoroid Shinobu Oshino photo
She had me at the smiling face
Since the initial reveal of Nendoroid Shinobu in magazine scans, she has gone on to get a coat of paint and a few option parts. Kahotan's blog has now revealed a third expression piece as well as a new accessory: her sword Ko...

Nendoroid Shinobu Oshino photo
Nendoroid Shinobu Oshino

Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014: A little donut-loving Nendoroid vampire

Sadly she does not live in my shadow
Apr 08
// Tianxiao Ma
Nendoroid Shinobu has been on my radar for a while, and looks to be a winner. Her more animated, post-Bakemonogatari form is perfect for Nendo-fication (disregarding a certain uncomfortable bathing scene). The version at Miyazawa Model Expo is still unpainted, but she still has that melts-your-heart cuteness. This is one Kahotan preview I'm really looking forward to! [via Hobby Search's Twitter]
Nendoroid Shinobu photo
Nendoroid Shinobu

Sink your teeth into these Nendoroid Shinobu scans

Hats off to Good Smile Company
Mar 02
// Martin Siggers
She popped up briefly at Wonder Festival, but these scans give us our first close look at the next entry in the ever growing Monogatari line of Nendoroids. This time it'll be the loli (looking) vampire Shinobu Oshino who...
Koto Senjougahara photo
Koto Senjougahara

Grab your coat and Kotobukiya's winter Senjougahara too

Warm your heart this winter
Feb 20
// Martin Siggers
We saw her just a few weeks ago at WonFes, but it's already time for you to get your pre-orders in for Kotobukiya's wonderful take on Hitagi Senjougahara from the evergreen Monogatari franchise. Shops started advertising...
AnimeJapan 2014 photo
AnimeJapan 2014

It'll be crossover-palooza at AnimeJapan 2014

Three major cross promotions to see a number of goods sold at the new Japanese event
Jan 22
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
If you love seeing two entirely different anime series mashed together then have we got news for you! Apparently in honor of the merging of Tokyo International Anime Fair and Anime Contents Expo, the newly named AnimeJapan 20...
GSC Shinobu photo
GSC Shinobu

Pre-orders are up for Good Smile's Shinobu re-release

However, it's Good Smile Online Store exclusive
Jan 21
// Martin Siggers
As we talked about yesterday, the fact that Good Smile Company is re-releasing their lovely Shinobu Oshino from the Monogatari series is fantastic news for collectors, since it allows fans to get their hands on a figure ...
GSC Shinobu photo
Monogatari heroine returns for a second serving
It's been more than two years since we originally had a chance to pre-order Good Smile Company's rather adorable take on the Monogatari series's resident vampire loli, Shinobu Oshino. As with all things Monogatari s...

Kotobukiya Senjougahara photo
Kotobukiya's 1/8-scale Hitagi Senjougahara, due later this month
If you woke up today wanting an enormous gallery of Kotobukiya's upcoming Hitagi Senjougahara figure, then you're in for a treat! If not, I offer my sincere apologies. The figure is due for release later this month, so Akiba ...

Monogatari photo

Nendoroid Nadeko not looking so cute-eko

Give the girl a shade of paint already!
Jan 12
// Scarecroodle
Some prototype photos of Nendoroid Nadeko Sengoku (Bakemonogatari) have surfaced. I was pretty hyped when I first saw the prototype in magazine scans a few weeks ago, but now I'm not as taken by it. Find out why after the jump.
Monogatari photo

Nadeko goes Nendo-ko in latest scans

Snake expectations
Dec 26
// Scarecroodle
Back when concept art for a Nendoroid Suruga and an unpainted Mayoi were shown at WonFes, only one thought ran though my mind: where the heck is my Nadeko?! Apparently Nadeko has been hiding in these magazine scans, which sho...
GSC Delays photo
GSC Delays

Good Smile unleashes a torrent of further delays

There'll be some space under the tree at Christmas
Dec 16
// Martin Siggers
We should have known it was too good to be true. When Good Smile Company announced a very slim roster of delays just a few days ago, it looked like the company was on track for a remarkably punctual December. Turns out not so...
Kotobukiya Shinobu Oshino photo
Kotobukiya Shinobu Oshino

Kotobukiya's Shinobu emerges from Araragi's shadow

Shinobu's 1/8-scale figure goes up for pre-order
Nov 19
// Tianxiao Ma
[Update: added more pre-order links] This figure either slipped under my radar or I just forgot about it. Both sound like plausible explanations for why I didn't even know Kotobukiya was making a Shinobu figure. Now that I se...

Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Karen Araragi

Oct 30 // Emily Smalara
Figure Name: Karen AraragiFigure Maker: Good Smile CompanyPrice: ¥10,114Available at: HobbyLink Japan  As you might expect from images of the figure, the box is pretty enormous thanks to that sizable base of hers. Good Smile's Monogatari girls are known to come with pretty flashy bases, and with Karen being no exception hers takes up most of the package. You can get a good look inside thanks to the front being dominated by its window, so there shouldn't be any mystery as to the finished product. A lot of people are confused by the base, thanks to the fact a lot of the designs come from the disc covers that we probably won't see any time in the near future in the West. In particular, Karen's Dio-esque steam roller comes from the artwork of Karen Bee: Part I, faithfully recreated on one side of the box. I really do love seeing the artwork that led to a specific figure, so while it may be just a box I can appreciate the design. Thankfully the base ends up being about as big as you'd expect, and it provides a great contrast with Karen's size. There are pegs to rest her right foot against, and in my case they slotted in very nicely for once. You can even carry the figure by Karen if you're moving it and I saw no danger of doing so pulling her off the base. The bright yellow of the two pieces really jump out as well. It isn't really a color seen all that often, and with it dominating both the steam roller and Karen's outfit it ends up very striking and cohesive. The base itself turned out pretty well, a rather sturdy piece with a nice amount of details. The translucent lights in place are nice, and the two at the base can spin downwards for some reason. I like the slight weathering effect on the roller itself, given it certainly wouldn't appear nice and smooth. Overall it's got just the right amount of detail to be suitable without overshadowing Karen herself. The only surprising part was how light it felt! In hindsight it should have been expected, but the entire base is definitely hollow and nowhere near as bulky as it seems! Speaking of Karen though, let's take a look at the real star here. As I said, I'm no stranger to Monogatari figures, and Karen is certainly worthy of being displayed along the rest. Admittedly she isn't my favorite character--nor even my favorite of the Fire Sisters--but with a series as great as this that isn't entirely saying much. Karen is a great hot-blooded character and GSC pulled off her confident attitude perfectly. As you can see, her jacket comes as a separate part, and while I will probably keep her displayed wearing it it's a nice option that shows her off a little more. I really dig her outfit overall, of course, and I'd be a bit remiss if I didn't mention how the slightly dynamic pose makes her loose top billow up slightly. The perv in me might just be appreciating a little tease of skin here and there, but that's not all! Getting a closer look lets you see the slight detail of her stomach as well as the curve of her back from behind, and you can see GSC didn't skimp on the anatomical details just because she's (almost) fully covered in a baggy top that doesn't show much of her figure off. It's a nice, very awesome touch and really shows their dedication to the sculpt. That being said, I still appreciate her clothing itself. It's really oversized and chunky, especially her jacket, and I'd almost like to see an option for her to be wearing the top more naturally instead of just slinging it over her shoulders. It definitely suits her though--as it should, being a canon outfit in the series--since she isn't the most feminine of characters, and the looseness is certainly easy for her to move around in. With such loose clothing comes a lot of folds in the fabric, and as far as I can see GSC has nailed those little details as well. I'm no artist or fashion designer to spot how fabric drapes perfectly, but it certainly seems to do so in all the right places! Her jacket in particular is really well done with how bunched up it is instead of being a simple flat piece of plastic. Sure enough, there aren't any details out of place anywhere. GSC would certainly be questioned for missing the egg design that Karen shares with her sister, and fortunately it's right in place on her zipper. You'll find the same clip in her hair as well, not only being true to source but also rounding out the overwhelming yellow of her outfit with a subtle bit of color in her otherwise dark hair. As for the hair itself, there's not much to complain about. It's fitting Karen's usual ponytailed style, though I do wish it was made up of a bit more strands than simply one large piece. It's still slightly detailed to add a bit of texture and volume, thankfully, so it's certainly just a minor complaint. In the end, Karen ended up a fine addition to the constantly increasing Monogatari family. Her fiery no-nonsense attitude comes out perfectly in her confident, folded-arm pose, and her unique base is certainly something that stands out on the shelf. GSC's team is in fine form as usual as far as coloring and sculpting goes, and any series fan certainly owes it to themselves to pick her up. Now I just can't wait for the upcoming Tsukihi! [Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing us with this sample!]
Review: GSC Karen Araragi photo
Insert Dio Brando reference here
Nisio Isin's Monogatari series has been in a pretty odd place of somehow being both a massive hit as well as a somewhat niche franchise. Despite the anime with no end in sight and a hugely positive critical reception for book...

Nendoroid Mayoi photo
Help her keep an eye out for Ararararararagi
Kahotan snuck out some shots last month but now we've finally got a proper full-on preview of the next little lady in the Bakemonogatari line of Nendoroids, the adorable grade-schooler Mayoi Hachikuji. Compared to s...


Fire yourself up for a closer look at Tsukihi!

Good Smile Company - 1/8 Scale
Sep 18
// Emily Smalara
Awhile back, pre-orders popped up for the latest Monogatari girl from Good Smile, Fire Sister Tsukihi. It's been some months, but if you're still not hooked--and why wouldn't you be--then grab a look at a wonderful gallery fr...
Preview Hachikuji photo
Sneaky sneaky sneaky
Recently, on September 6th Kahotan blogged about a lot of seemingly random stuff such as how GSC is decorating for Halloween already and details about the 2013 International Manga fair.  What drinks and figures will GSC ...

Senjougahara photo

Kotobukiya's Senjougahara tempts you into pre-orders

What a waste of good drink
Aug 29
// Martin Siggers
We saw a rather lovely preview of her just a few days ago, and now Kotobukiya's take on Hitagi Senjougahara from Nisemonogatari is up for pre-orders everywhere. She clocks in at a not-inconsiderable ¥9,000,...
Karen Araragi photo
No angle left uncovered
One of the notable things about Mikatan was how very...attached she became to the figures she covered. Today Kahotan took to the blog to preview Good Smile's take on Nisemonogatari's Karen Araragi (out today) and proved she's...

Senjougahara photo
I'm sure those handcuffs are perfectly innocent
We saw a quick teaser shot the other day, but now Kotobukiya have graced us with a full preview gallery of their take on the Monogatari series's leading lady, Hitagi Senjougahara. Having not seen Nisemonogatari, from whi...

Kotobukiya Senjougahara photo
Kotobukiya Senjougahara

Kotobukiya's new Senjougahara wants to hurl sweet abuse

So... thirsty...
Aug 23
// Tianxiao Ma
Anime figures these days... I don't understand most of them because I don't watch as much anime as I'd like. It makes me feel like an old timer when I do see a character I recognize. There are few characters as beloved to me ...
Wonder Festival photo
Wonder Festival

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Kotobukiya Part 1

Monogatari, Muv-Luv and more!
Jul 29
// Martin Siggers
Kotobukiya are a company in fine fettle and that was reflected in their booth, with a vast array of figures spread out across a variety of different ranges, franchises and styles.  The biggest news out of the booth was p...
WonFes Kotobukiya photo
WonFes Kotobukiya

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Kotobukiya Muv-Luv and more

Muv-Luv and a couple of Monogatari figures
Jul 27
// Tianxiao Ma
Kotobukiya news is trickling in and I've spotted a few figures to get excited about. First up is a colored version of Kasumi Yashiro from Muv-Luv Alternative. It's a bunny outfit figure done by 4-Leaves, but may be a bit racy...
Pink or Green? photo
Get pink everywhere, green from GSC Online Store
As promised in yesterday's post we've got more pictures of Good Smile Company's Tsukihi Araragi here for you, along with a full set of pre-order links. This second preview gallery from Mikatan focuses in on some of the f...

Nisemonogatari photo
Two separate variations available from tomorrow
It's been a while since we saw Good Smile's take on Nisemonogatari heroine Tsukihi Araragi at Winter WonFes. But finally she's popped up again in the form of a comprehensive Mikatan preview, complete with gorgeous c...


See Banpresto's latest figures from the 31st Prize Fair

Fate/Zero, K-ON!, IDOLM@STER, and many others hit the show!
Feb 22
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Just when you thought all of the figure shows were over for February another one sneaks in with a bunch of new things to see. Dengeki Hobby has posted their coverage of the Japan Amusement Expo 2013 31st Prize Expo showi...

Pre-order GSC's Karen Araragi from Nisenbakemonogatari

She wants to flatten your wallet.
Jan 16
// Jon Wills
Just a few days ago we got to preview Karen Araragi by Good Smile Company. I liked the photos that Mikatan took so much that I included them in this story as well. I love her and her road roller, they are very cool!...
A girl and a road roller! Cool!
While I tried to watch Nisenmonogatari on Crunchyroll I decided that it was not really my kind of show. Maybe it was because I had not watched the original, or because I expected it do something different ...

figma Araragi Tsukihi previewed

Dec 07 // Brian Szabelski

Popping up on Max Factory's figma blog today is a preview of the upcoming figma Araragi Tsukihi from Nisemonogatari. Just as a reminder of what you get with her, Tsukihi comes with an alternate longer hair style, extra feet s...


Eva, Kamen Rider, and more Bandai at Dengeki Festival

Tiger & Bunny, Kamen Rider, Evangelion, and others also coming later from Bandai.
Oct 22
// Jonathan Tubbs
We've already seen quite a bit from Bandai at the Dengeki 20th Anniversary Festival with series like Durarara!, Senran Kagura, and Strike Witches getting figures. With the number of properties Bandai produces for, of course t...

C3 x Chara Hobby 2012: Collectage

Aug 27
// Kristina Pino
Collectage are collections of premium chibi candy toys made by Bandai (here's the link to their main page). So far, the figures they're showing off are from Nisemonogatari and Tiger & Bunny, as well as a teaser for upcomi...

Try something new with Ques Q's Hitagi and Mayoi

Jul 18
// Chang Su
Bakemonogatari is popular. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past two years, chances are you've noticed the steady onslaught of figures from this light-novel-turned-anime series. Between the scaled figures...

A look at tonight's pre-order highlights

Jun 26
// Kristina Pino
I can't guarantee I'll be doing this kind of thing regularly, but I felt like doing one of these round-up kind of thingies tonight. A few pre-orders went up this evening that fall into the "awesome" and "anticipated" arenas, ...

A while back, we got a peek at figma Karen Araragi from Bakemonogatari, except just as an unpainted prototype. Now, as Emerje pointed out in a C-Blog he wrote, we're getting to see how she looks colored, and she's as yellow a...


Ichiban Kuji shows off its Nisemonogatari wares

May 18
// Tianxiao Ma
If you're into cute girls, Nisemonogatari has you covered. While I haven't seen any larger scale figures for the show, Ichiban Kuji does have several collectible items coming up. You can check out the usual assortment of priz...

Reserve or Regret? Import round up for April 4, 2012

Apr 05
// Jonathan Tubbs
Like trading figures and other figure odds and ends? That is what you have to look forward to in today's Reserve or Regret. There are normal figures, too, but the majority of what you will find are figures of the trading vari...

Banpresto and Ichiban Kuji in this month's magazine scans

Feb 23
// Kristina Pino
Check out the gallery for this month's magazine scan offerings in all the moe (and not so moe) you can handle: Madoka Magica, K-On!! (for March), Bakemonogatari/Nisemonogatari (for April/May), Angel Beats! (for June), OreImo ...

Prize Fair 2012 Summer: Banpresto

Feb 18
// Jonathan Tubbs
Seems like the events just keep coming. Just a few days ago, GA Graphic posted a look at the prize figures from Banpresto that would be on display at the AOU Amusement Expo 2012 event being held in Japan on February 18, 2012....

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