SES Kashiwagi Chizuru

    Licca-chan Asuka Ver.

    Odalisque Style Dress Set

    SD Oscar François de Jarjayes Colonel de la Garde Royale Ver.

    SD André Grandier Gardes Françaises Ver.

    DDS Sailor Mars

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I'll make separate reviews on these dolls later, now I'm simply euphoric.

obon

Obon (お盆) is the Festival of Souls! It's a family reunion day when people honour their ancestors. But it's not too solemn, you can enjoy parades, music and fireworks and watch the traditional Bon Odori dance!

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This Utena is the fourth in Active Styling Figure series by Kotobukiya. It was released in 1997 during the first run of Revolutionary Girl Utena in Japan.

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 There is also a plastic tube version, but I suppose the boxed variant was released first. The rose symbol is everywhere!

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 The side image demonstrates the '"Active Joint System" - we'll see how it works. As you can read on the box, the body is ABS, while the head is soft vinyl.

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 There is an instruction inside how to deal with the sword and the rose. As for the rose, which has a sticker on its reverse side, I've already attached it to Utena's jacket, so I can't show you the process.

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 The sword is unpainted and made of very soft and flexible plastic.

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 Here she is. In my opinion, it's a pretty good rendition of the character. Also, its good that her hair is molded: other Utena dolls have rooted hair and it looks rather unconvincing. 

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 A closeup. Well, maybe the nose could have been bigger, but otherwise Utena is absolutely recognisable.

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 Her clothes are well-mde, especially for a 20cm doll. The chain is fake but it looks like real metal. The pockets are sloppy, though, and I don't like the way they made the epaulettes: they are strips of faux leather and don't have the necessary volume. But I honestly like this double skirt!

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 The shoes are molded together with the laces. They are so soft that I couldn't take them off.

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 So, this is the joint system. It looks fragile and sounds squeaky.

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 The body has metal screws on the back. As I said before, plastic hair is nice, but it limits the poseability to some extent and makes it hard to undress the doll.

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 The joints are actually ball joints, or rather pintles with tiny balls on tops; they are supposed to give unrivalled poseability, but in fact they are too loose, so the body parts just hang most of the time.

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 Which is a pity, because the potential is very good. Still she's totally unable to stand.

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 Out of her four hands, there's only one with Utena's famous ring. It's just a drop of paint, you won't see the rose on it.

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 Utena next to another ASF, Kanzaki Akari. It turns out that Utena's sleeves prevent her from bending her elbows.

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 One more comparison, this time with a vinyl prepainted figure (also made in 1997). Of course, the figure has more correct proportions, but the doll's face and hair are much better.

I can't say I'm really satisfied with this Utena, but she was among my very first anime dolls. I love the series so much that I'm really happy this doll exists!

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tanabata

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Tanabata (七夕), or Star Festival, is when the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi meet in the sky!

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Featuring: HQCD 2005 2005-toshi Gentei-hin Ojamajo Doremi series.