This is Tsuruya by Max Factory, the character is from the anime/light novel The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. I currently seem to be collecting quite a few figures from this series. I think each Haruhi purchase will be my last and then some other figure company comes out with something else cute or unique from this series and I crumble. I have a willpower thats weaker then an Atelier-Sai figure on a hot day (ohohohoho what a clever figure joke I just made).
Title: Paradise Kiss
Japanese Title: Paradaisu Kisu
Author: Ai Yazawa
Licensed: Yes (Tokyopop)
Release Date: May 14, 2002
Paradise Kiss is about a struggling high school student named Hikari, she attends one of the most intellectual high schools in Japan. This leaves her with very little time to do anything but school work. One day she comes across a group of high school students who study fashion design, they have their own amateur clothing label known as “Paradise Kiss”. The group was looking for a model to wear their outfit in their school’s competition and they forcefully select Hikari. Hikari had never met such odd people before and as a result of their paths crossing not only will she experience her first love, but her time with them results in her discovery of her true self.
This figure is of Kyon’s Sister from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and is made by FREEing. This figure is part of FREEing’s 1/4 scale Haruhi Suzumiya Bunny Collection. The outfits (and some of the poses) from this collection seem to be inspired from the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya illustration pictured below. I happen to have this wall scroll hanging up in the bedroom, it was an impulse buy from the f.y.e. in the mall.
With the re-release of this game on the DS coming up this seemed like an appropriate review choice. Rhapsody was probably the 5th or 6th game I ever played to completion and was my first game by Nippon Ichi. It was a gift for my sister, who was 6 years my junior. I had finished my video games that I got for Christmas so I decided to permanently borrow this one to help pass the time. Forgive me if I’m rusty on the details because its been a while.
This figure is of Ruca and is by Max Factory. Ruca is from the game AR Tonelico 2 for the PS2 which is made by Gust and is currently released in Japan. This game will be released in the U.S. by NIS America in December 2008. I played the first AR Tonelico game all the way through and I actually loved it. I was really fond of Misha from the first game and am disappointed no figures were made for the first game. Based on what I’ve read on AR Tonelico 2 this character (Ruca) is sort of Misha’s replacement. There are a lot of similarities in their appearance and personality…although Ruca wears a harp on her head, and I wasn’t sure how keen I was on that aspect of the character design. The harp is growing on me though, before I thought it looked like a dumb hat.
Title: The Wallflower/Perfect Girl Evolution/Sunako of Many Forms/Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (Japanese)
Japanese Title: Yamatonadeshiko Shichihenge
Director/Author: Shinichi Watanabe/Tomoko Hayakawa
Licensed: Yes, originally ADV. But now Funimation.
Original Run (Japan) October 3, 2006 – March 27, 2007
U.S. Release Date: 2007-12-18
Episodes: 25 Episodes
The Wallflower is about Sunako Nakahara a high school student who shuns trying to be beautiful or feminine and enjoys such morbid hobbies as watching banned horror movies while hanging out with preserved body parts and creepy anatomical models. Why does Sunako act as she does? She was turned down and called ugly by her first love and she decided to stop caring about how she looks if the end result is that she will always be considered ugly. Sunako’s aunt is concerned for her niece and this lifestyle change. Her aunt is the owner of a beautiful mansion where four very handsome students are her tenants. She offers the guys free rent in her mansion if they can turn Sunako into a “perfect lady”. Thus the wacky and random challenge that this anime is based on begins.
So this haul is exactly what the title says. I bought these figures after realizing that Hobbyfan had a surplus of ridiculously reasonably priced figures. The most expensive figure I bought was only $15.99. At prices like that who could say no?