Oct 302015
 

Kirino Kousaka logoOk ok ok, what I actually wanted to do was to post something about technology again after last time, which was a bit massively out-of-context for this weblog, but truth is: I just don’t really have anything. :( And as my Anime craze is getting worse and worse (only by terms of money spent at least, or so I hope), let’s let this here post stand before you as a warning and as a testament to how things can go terribly, terribly wrong real fast! Once you enter the slippery slope you’re pretty much done for, if you’re not particularly strong-willed. And sane. And if you don’t stick to the [rules].

Ok, so there are a lot of series I really like, K-On! being one of them, which is why [I got the Alter figures] of the whole gang in the first place.

Another one that really burned itself into my mind was [Oreimo]. I originally started watching this because it had a theme that was new for me, as it was about a girl named Kirino Kousaka who happened to secretly be a closet Otaku, while instrumentalizing her brother to acquire partially barely legal Anime and visual novel material for her. Or giving her “life advice”. Basically, she’s living two lives in parallel: A normal, or rather high-class one even in public, and a very nerdy one in private. Plus, Oreimo promised to have a lot of typical slice-of-life humor any maybe some very mild harem notes thrown into the mix.

Or so.

Seriously, I did not KNOW when I started watching this. And that’s how I slipped into what’s actually a Siscon Anime for the first time, or to explain properly to those still pure of heart: Into an Anime about a romantic relationship between siblings. Now whether you like or hate that kind of “forbidden love” thing, Oreimo does it more through subliminal tension between the characters than wide-open. Unless the very end, which 99% of viewers disliked anyway (I shall not comment on this). There is also NO erotic content in this title whatsoever. No [Ecchi] or anything worse than that.

Still, I found the whole theme quite… shall we call it “fascinating”.

If only I would’ve never been shown that figure, it might have actually missed it and everything would still be fine! But nooo, It just had to happen, and when I saw it, I immediately knew I had to have it, no matter what. It was Kirino after all, and it was completely insane as well. Let’s give you a little teaser, and as always, click to enlarge:

Kirino Kousaka Teaser

That old öS 10.- coin is roughly 25.5mm or in other words barely over an inch wide… Getting an idea about the issue at hand already?

Ah yes, my apologies for the stamps by the way. I don’t usually stamp pictures I post here, because the license is clear anyway. But I forgot this time, and I’m too lazy to process the originals again, so sorry for that.

Ok, now let me explain something here quickly: You can be figure faggot. That’s weird, ok. People will probably look at you strangely, especially if you own a little bit too many of them. But you can still be a figfag within reason.

Within reason!

There are several types of figures. The classic and most common one is probably the 1/8 scale figure. Those stand around 15cm or 6″ tall in most cases, so they’re rather small and…  uhm, easy to hide I guess. :roll: Depending on quality and accessoires, they might set you back something in between 40-110€ when new. Then, far more rarely you’d find 1/7 scale figures. Those can stand 20-25cm or around 8″-10″ tall and are much more expensive, sums in between 150-200€ can be expected, sometimes more. Those are still relatively normal however.

Well, and then there is…  stuff. Things you just don’t buy. Ever. Because people will simply lose all respect they may have had for you if you do. Things like the 1/2.5 scale Kirino Kousaka. 1/2.5. Bah, let’s just get this over with, so much for guilty pleasures:

Uhm. Yeah. I guess that whoever might’ve still been reading this weblog will have ran away pretty much now. ;) When I first unpacked her, and (already shivering) stuck her onto that pretty nice wooden baseplate to see her stand on my table in all glory… I mean…  It’s… Seriously… Let’s just say, in that moment I truly grasped what it means to have just gone too far with all of this. Like really too far! I did burst into laughter though, after maybe a minute of disbelief, shock and silence. ;)

To say it in numbers: Kirino Kousaka stands about 66cm tall without and roughly 68cm with the baseplate, that’s about 26.8″. Also, the model weighs a hefty 6 kilograms, so you need to be careful when lifting her as a whole. Also, those 6 kilograms of PVC do dispense a lot of nasty smell/gas as well, not sure how healthy that can be. So please don’t lick her, she’s probably toxic, ok? :roll:

In any case, she was made by [Griffon Enterprises], which was one thing I was really worried about, because I had zero experience with the company, and they have a seriously bad reputation amongst fans for two main reasons; First, their quality fluctuates massively, depending on what sculptor/group of theirs is doing which figure. And on top of that they’re well known for showing off beautifully perfect prototypes only to deliver complete shit as an – overpriced, mind you – end product. Ah, and actually, there’s a third, because sometimes they also mess up the painting or scratch the figure somewhere after production, maybe during the packaging process.

Also, Griffon does out-of-canon figures (can you say it like that in English?), and this is one of them. I don’t usually like it when they take regular characters and put them into swimsuits for no good reason for instance. Here it’s diverting in a different way, as they’ve added a tail and cat ears. Now somehow I still totally love this Kirino of theirs to no end, I just can’t help it… But they could’ve made the ears and maybe the tail removable, that would’ve been nice. In any case, it was sculpted by some guys called “TEAM GENESIS”, and they’re supposed to be pretty much amongst the best Griffon has to offer, and it shows:

They did mess up the paint though, so it is not perfect! If you look at the string coming off, you can see it’s pretty much pink in color, and it runs very close alongside her left leg. While some parts like the tail were covered in individual protective plastic bags, the string was not. It seems the figure was packaged or handled in a rushed fashion, and some of that pink paint got onto her leg, giving her pink spots all over. She also has some slight blackish marks here and there on the legs.

Now if you get a figure with deficiencies like those, you can fix them by yourself in some cases, other than what most people seem to believe! As you can see, there are no marks left on those pictures above, right? All you need is a soft sponge and some water, then rub the affected areas very carefully. You really need to use a soft one, otherwise you will scratch the PVC, which has already been softened by plasticizers. And don’t overdo it, or the leg color itself might start coming off. Work slowly and carefully, and it’s gonna look perfect, just like you can see up there. The whole thing’s worth some minus points, but at least it’s fixable.

Ok, time for some action:

Kirino Kousaka and Ritsu Tainaka

Go Ritsu!!!1

I just had to snap that picture. ;) For an 1/8 model, Ritsu Tainaka is actually pretty large because of here extensive baseplate which needs to hold not only her, but also her signature drum kit. It’s probably one of the wider 1/8 sets out there. And still, she can almost play right in between Kirino’s lower legs. ;)

Now where do you put a figure this excessive? It’s not like you can fit one this large into any regular display case. Luckily, my cabinet can just barely hold her when removing one of the glass floors. I was a bit worried about that because the specifications talk about 70cm rather than 68cm, but in the end, she fits in quite well:

Kirino Kousaka in the cabinet

Her display spot

Oh and… ah yes… There is one more detail I’d really rather not talk about, but since it’s funny as well… There are actually two versions of this breathtakingly large figure of Kirino Kousaka. After about a year of delays with the official final release being tomorrow actually, the normal one (I mean, heh, “normal”, nothing’s normal here anymore!!) was supposed to come out first, and after that the… uhm… “Soft Bust” version. Yeah, it really means what it sounds like, sigh…

In any case, and let me make this perfectly clear here, I DID NOT order the Soft Bust version! :roll: Instead I ordered the normal one at [SolarisJapan], partly because I feared Griffon would mess something up terribly with that soft material. Also because it’d look really, really bad to do something like that! ;)

They failed to deliver the normal one though, as it seems the number of units was just too small and all were gone through preorders already. They were able to offer me the Soft Bust version for the same price as a replacement however, and even waived the higher delivery fees resulting from the manufacturer misdeclaring the units’ true weight (Good work deceiving people there, Griffon, haven’t heard that one before).

SolarisJapan is a nice shop by the way, they even have English and German speaking support staff, those guys really hired native speakers for that! So, after sleeping over it for one night I decided to accept their offer before I miss out on her entirely and have to buy for completely insane prices on the aftermarket. I mean, this figure costs around 350-400€ new without custom fees or shipping costs, and that ain’t cheap, but not expensive either, considering what you’re getting. The aftermarket is already asking 700-800€ for the regular one right now, profiting out of the low volume. Well, whatever.

I am still not exactly sure what the hell they did to the plastic, but it seems like they poured in a ton of plasticizer to make her boobs soft. What actually happened is that her entire upper torso and shoulders are a bit soft to the touch, much more so than the rest of the figure, which feels normal for PVC treated with plasticizer. Also, that part of the material attracts dust and dirt more easily, and cleaning it is not as straightforward, as compressed air doesn’t work there. You really have to wipe. :roll: I just hope it won’t change color or shape (yeah, shape ;) ) over time.

In any case, since I do now own the Soft Bust version after all, I guess there’s simply no way I can get around this, eh? So there you have it: ;)

Kirino Kousaka Soft Bust

Words can’t possibly express how wrong this is… But I’ll admit, I did giggle quite a lot. ;)

Talk about losing whatever rest was left of my self-control. As the man who tricked me into this whole thing said it after seeing the pictures (freely translated into English):

“Less well-educated people might presume here, that some things may have went a little bit out of control.”
A terrible Person, who hasn’t even posted his new figures on his own blog after luring me into this whole Anime hell, way to go MacFly!!1 :roll:

CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 The Kirino Kousaka 1/2.5 Scale Superfigure, or how things just got out of control at some point… by The GAT at XIN.at is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

  5 Responses to “The Kirino Kousaka 1/2.5 Scale Superfigure, or how things just got out of control at some point…”

  1. I have to say I do not share your enthousiasm for anime one bit. (Well except for Unteralterbach of course)

    Have you seen a recent model N railway locomotive? That’s 1:160 scale, and the printing on the side is so incredibly small. I have to squint my eyes, but it’s printed so darned sharp! It isn’t just a mess of letters and/or bits of paint.

    There are also a few 1:450 scale model trains, but with those things it’s amazing they can drive at all!

    • Hey Sjaak,

      Of course you wouldn’t. ;) In any case, while I still think Kirino’s awesome, that’s more because the model impresses due to extreme size. The details are reasonable, but nothing close to exceptional. Also, most Anime figures can’t be detailed by design. If all you have is large single-color surfaces, what are you gonna do with that?

      Alter tends to have some nice details though, see these three pictures from my K-On! set (1/8 scale, so much smaller):

      Yuis guitar     Yuis guitar     Mugis keyboard
      f.l.t.r.: Yui Hirasawas and Azusa Nakanos guitars, plus Tsumugi Kotobukis detailed keyboard (click to enlarge)

      Here (on the keyboard) you’ll get detail that is too high for the naked eye to properly see/read. At least I can’t do it and my eyes are supposedly ok. Of course, the larger part of the figures is still “simple”, because that’s just how the characters look like.

      As for your question: No, I haven’t seen any N scale locomotives, at least not in person. I know a few Germans who are crazy about scale railway models, but I was simply never interested in that at all. You’ll catch my eye with colonial era sailing ships (nothing like a spanish war galleon!) or WW2 vessels and airplanes (I still wanna see the remaining Type XXI U-Boot in Germany by the way…), but that’s about it.

      In any case, please just ignore my Anime/figure-related posts! ;)

      • I was just referring to N scale because of the crazy sharpness of the lettering these days. How big are those letters on that keyboard? With 1/8 scale the entire keyboard is still 12 cm wide?

        1/450 is apparently called T-gauge: http://www.tgauge.com/product/293/2/ice-3-4-car-set-with-locos
        205 mm length for just four wagons.

        Don’t get me started on that XXI U-boot!!! I have to see that one before I die. There is also a VII-C somewhere in Germany, but that one is not in the water.
        (BTW, a friend also wants to make a trip in Belgium to all ‘nutteloze werken’, useless bridges, tunnels, etc..)
        There are also submarines from the first world war. Even the pictures on the internet are a bit scary.
        I also believe there’s a lot of WW2-era planes to be seen in the states. The only surviving Horten H.IX is rusting away there somewhere.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horten_Ho_229
        That plane was also in the ‘secret weapons of the luftwaffe’ game from lucasarts. It’s very, very dated now, and not very realistic (jet engine was always working), but it was the best plane in the game.
        Also, the campaign simulation was great. The Jerrys only had a few ball-bearing plants.

        I’ve also come across a similar campaign mode in a game about the harrier jump jet. That game was great, but I wasn’t very good at it. It was just so different from all other games.

        • Hey,

          I just measured the keyboard of Tsumugi, and at its widest spot its about 15.2cm wide. I don’t have a detailed picture of the whole thing though. I just inspected it again however, to reassure myself of its quality. And yeah, it’s quite over-the-top. To go into even more detail would mean to go even farther beyond the capabilities of the human eye. So, things you could only see with a magnifying glass anyway. ;)

          There is one difference though; Those locomotives have more detail per cm² usually, while most parts of that keyboard are just plain black. That might create the impression of less detail. The parts that do have letters/numbers on them are really well-done however, especially the display, which is completely unreadable by the naked human eye (just too small, too detailed at too low a scale).

          Ah, and I’ve seen the U.S.S. Bowfin from the inside in Hawaii (and the dream of my youth, an Iowa class battleship as well, the Mighty Mo!), but that was the only submarine so far, a US Balao class boat. The XXI is a must somewhere in the future! Just seeing that thing on photos (given the time in which it was built) still gives me the chills!

          About that Ho 229 plane, yeah, that’s one of the things I’d consider a part of “Hitlers superweapons”. The V2, the XXI, blah blah, you know. Maybe we should make Red Bull buy that rusty piece of junk and have them make it fly again. Now wouldn’t that raise some eyebrows… but it’d probably be too expensive to pull off such a stunt, even though they did restore some WW2 planes already. ;)

          Eeh, actually, why are we talking about this while commenting a post about a highly embarrassing Kirino Kousaka superfigure? ;)

  2. what?? i regret nothing and i will take no responsibility whatsoever! you are a grown man, perfectly capable of making a fool of yourself without my help! :)
    but damn br0, i can already feel the pressure to catch up with this.. this.. concoction of devils temptation. be damned, you!

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