This is Emiri from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, the figure is by FREEing. In the anime series Emiri has a very minor role but Haruhi is set up so that there are very few characters in the series that have any presence at all, and Emiri is one of the few. She is part of a collection that FREEing is doing which has every female character in the series in a bunny outfit, so far (other then Emiri) I have Yuki, Tsuruya, and Kyon’s Sister. Go to the Review of Kyon’s Sister to see the original illustration these figures are based off, as well as prototype images of each figure.
I’m torn over how I feel about Emiri. I think she is a lovely high quality figure, but in comparison to the other bunnies she falls a short in a few ways. Tha MAIN issue I have with her is that her legs were two pieces that appear to have been put together, and just below the knee there is a line where the two pieces of the legs meet. I don’t like that at all, it’s quite noticeable and instantly brings down the whole figure. I also kind of dislike her face, because her eyebrows are that light green color her face looks large and plain because her eyebrows aren’t noticeable. But maybe that’s more of an issue that I have with the design of the character and FREEing is simply accurately representing her.
Some have complained that her pose looks awkward. But I like how awkward it is, it’s kind of cute how she has her knees pointing the way she does. I also really like that she is a sitting character, she really brings balance to the whole group when they’re all together. You have Yuki standing straight as the tallest, and then Tsuruya slightly bending over as the second tallest, and Emiri perched on her seat as the third tallest. I think this will look really great with all the shorter figures spread all around in front of these taller three.
I’m not sure I like that Yuki and Tsuruya have a base with a mirror while Emiri is on a white cylinder and the other (sitting) girls have none. But frankly I can’t criticize this too much because I can’t think of a better base situation. I love how Emiri’s hair looks in this figure.
Basically my verdict is that she is a great figure to complete your FREEing bunny collection. But if you can only buy one figure from the set choose another one. Personally If I could only choose one it’d be Ryoko, but she happens to be one of my favorite characters and her figure is very complimentary.
Please note: I was experimenting with my new camera when I took all these pictures so there is a bit less structure then I usually have. I also bought “full spectrum” bulbs yesterday and will start using them from now on, but my next figure postings will be from before I got the bulbs.