Yozora, a kindred spirit in her bookishness (though not so much in her lousy attitude), as interpreted by the folks at Kotobukiya, has been on my wish list for a while simply because of the fact that it looks like she's about to murder someone for interrupting her while reading. It's just too perfect.
Though I wasn't one way or another about this figure when I looked at her in promo pictures, she might very well be my favorite so far, right behind Griffon's version. I mean, the book-slinging is a big factor, but there's also a certain charm to figures that are simple in design, yet well-produced and delicate-looking while being perfectly in character with the subject.
See my full thoughts below.
Figure Name: Yozora Mikazuki (1/8-scale) Figure Maker: Kotobukiya Retail: ¥6,800 (US$69.99) Original release: October, 2012 Available at:HobbyLink Japan | Koto US
Yozora's box is pretty small! Since she's seated and doesn't have any complicated extras, wings, crazy octopus appendages, or anything else that takes up space, things are relatively compact here. In all other respects, this is your standard Kotobukiya box with a nice window to view the goods before taking home.
Once you free her from the tray, Yozora is pretty much ready to go. All you need to do is wedge her book into her hand and set her down wherever you like. She comes with a rectangular base that has the anime series name on it, if you really need that extra touch (image in gallery), but I found she looks great pretty much anywhere you could balance her.
Looking at her from the front, she's got her full uniform on. The details here are nice and clean, with only minor bleeding with the pale lines on the jacket. These goofs aren't really noticeable on the shelf though, partially because she looks way tiny despite her 1/8-scale. She's not a big girl, and of course, she's all bent up in a seated position. Generally, I think she looks best posed a bit sideways since her face is turned.
From the side we've got her sleeved arms and her skirt lightly resting on the ground. Yozora looks like she's been disturbed mid-read and is about to get up to berate someone. Her skirt has the right molding and movement to it to look like it's really hanging. I also like the shading and the plaid detail. I always liked the uniforms in this anime - it's kind of rare to see green and yellow (or just any departure from the usual navy blue), so this is a welcome change of pace for uniformed designs.
Here's a look at what it looks like when you disassemble Yozora. Alternatively, I'm sure some folks may display her put-together but without her skirt, but I'm not really planning on it. Either way, there's no need when I could get a great view of the panties whenever I like with her skirt on.
I tried to make this picture look extra glow-y and creepy, just to put a spin on our usual panty shot, but alas. I couldn't punch the effect up any further than this without completely ruining the shot altogether.
Her socks and shoes have the level of detail I'd expect. Nothing extraordinary, but everything is nice and smooth - all I ask for. Her loafers look pretty comfortable, actually...
Yozora is sporting her shorter hair at this point, so we don't have to worry about long hair going all over the place with this figure. I like the overall effect of the sculpt, particularly from the top. It looks more animated and liquid, and frames Yozora's face nicely.
If I had to name one complaint about this figure, and really, a lot of figures these days are guilty of this, it's this kind of thing right above - where there's one bit of hair that looks like it was just glued on at the last minute. I wonder why that happens? Because the rest of the strand looks like it's united with the rest.
But anyway, that's kind of a minor complaint. Let's take a look at Yozora's face and wrap this thing up.
Yozora has this awesome annoyed look on her face. She doesn't look all sly or mischievous like when she's bullying someone, or embarrassed like when she's called out. She looks straight-up mad, like she's about to smack someone. And of course, it's probably because whoever interrupted her did so while she was ogling Kodaka in some book.
I like the little touch here with detailing what Yozora is looking at. She's usually looking at literature, so I was a little surprised to see this. But it just made me burst out laughing, and that's an appropriate reaction to Haganai in general since it deals in parody and commentary.
Though I quite like this figure, I'm going to put her in the same sort of category as the Yozora (short hair ver.) Beach Queens figure as one that you'd buy as a fan of the character rather than for design. She isn't stunning or striking, but she's a well-made figure that shows off her character nicely and is put together with lovely details. She's pretty small, so she'll make a nice accent to any figure shelf, or in my case, a book shelf since she's holding a book in her hand. I plan on having her there as a sort of warning to anyone who thinks it's OK to interrupt me while reading.
Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing Tomopop with this review sample! Check out the gallery for more shots which didn't make it into the main body of my review, and be sure to leave your comments in the section below.