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Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Nendoroid Kirino Kousaka

1:00 PM on 04.04.2011 // Tomopop Staff

Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai (or My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute) was certainly the hot show of the fall season, spawning figures of all types just months after the finale aired. And as controversial as the uber-tsun heroine was, I found myself loving Kirino right down to the end. Sure, she was an utter bitch for a few episodes, and perhaps they could have balanced out her sweetness a bit better, but she was so utterly different from most anime heroines. And I am sure many of us can identify with her "hiding figures in my closet" mentality!

Being the Nendoroid addict that I am, I was unable to resit Kiririn in her chibified form ... though honestly, I have not been able to resist any of the OreImo figures! There were complaints that this was just another schoolgirl Nendoroid, but Kirino is simply brimming with personality and definitely stands out among the horde of girls in pleated skirts. Hit the jump to check her out in action!

Figure Name: Kirino Kousaka Nendoroid
Figure Maker: Good Smile Company
Retail/List Price: ¥3,500
Available at: ToysLogic

Kirino has a standard Nendoroid box, with a mildly interesting pattern. I tend to find Nendoroid boxes ungodly boring, because they tend to be on the plain side. Every once in a while you get a cool-looking one, but sadly, today is not one of those days.

Kirino comes with a ton of extra parts, including a DVD, Blu-Ray, convention bag, cellphone, three faces and lots of extra arms. She also come with stickers for the blank parts, so you can pick what she will be watching! The stickers peel off pretty easily, so if you feel like changing them after you put them on, it won't be overly difficult.

Kirino comes out of the box with her standard face on, which is mildly happy and a wee bit out of character. It's cute and well done, but the other faces are definitely better suited for her personality!

Her hair is probably, at least in technical terms, the best-done part of the figure. The color is dead-on, and it's shaded quite well.

From the back, you can see that she comes with the old-style base. my first reaction to seeing this was "AWWW YEAH!" As I have said before, I hate the new bases for many reasons, so it was awesome to see that a Nendoroid I was so excited for came with a base that doesn't make me want to kill things.

Man, that happy face IS cute. It would be very nice with other Nendoroids, though if you feel like displaying Kiririn in one of her rare happy (but not overjoyed) moods, it will do the trick.

Kirino comes with her school uniform, which she actually isn't in that often in the show! The paint is nice here, not perfect but on something this small, it's pretty hard to get perfection!

Kirino also comes with her cellphone, which slides into one of the alternate hands. Maybe she's about to text Kuroneko to start up yet another epic anime argument?

Here is Kirino's angry face! It's so perfect for her character, and she comes with those adorable crossed arms. The arms are easy to interchange. In fact, all of Kirino's parts are easy to switch in and out, and not a single piece fell off while shooting her, which must be a first for our Nendoroids!

Kirino is disappointed with the Black Rock Shooter Bluray!

And this is my favorite face for Kirino, her "kyaaaaa!" face! She also comes with arm parts especially for this face, which adds to the adorableness. Looking at this, I can just imagine her staring at an eroge in a store window with this look on her face.

Oh Kirino, you sure love that Meruru! I find it hilarious that she comes with Se.Kirara stickers for the bag, since Max Factory made all those Se.Kirara figmas.

Kiririn, you are such a perv!

Kirino comes face-to-face with her tinier self!

Kirino, stop trying to steal DVDs from ... yourself!

Now, it's time for cosplay with Kirino!

Though in terms of style she may be rather plain, Kirino stands out because of her awesome faces and personality. She's ridiculously fun to play around with, and the goofy poses are pretty much endless. She's one of my all-time favorite Nendoroids, and Stephen and I have a ton (76 to be precise, not including duplicates) so we definitely speak from experience! I think part of it is an attachment to her character, but part of it is also how much fun she is to pose and play with. She sold out lighting-fast at the Japanese retailers, so if you want this feisty Nendoroid be sure to pick one up fast!

Thanks as always to Stephen Donaldson for taking these pictures. Kiririn was a total blast to shoot, and we actually had to stop ourselves because we had far too many ideas for pictures and setups. I swear, we could do a 30-picture gallery of just her cosplaying!

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