Ever the thorn in Koyomi Araragi's side, the yaoi loving and slightly sadistic Suruga Kanbaru is the third in the Bakemonogatari lineup from Good Smile Company. As with previous figures in the series, the company has gone all out on the bases making each and
everyone it's own little masterpiece.
Being a huge fan of the series, it's with great joy that I shoot these figures. Good Smile rarely disappoint and this is no exception.
Dull box, exciting contents. Even if the box isn't the object of display no one minds a good looking exterior.
Most of the Japanese manufacturers provide IKEA like manuals with tons of arrows and "You're on your own now son". Not saying this is complicated by any means but I do feel these can be greatly improved with little effort.
This is however one of the better manuals I've seen.
While I delve into the complex manual, Suruga takes a breather on the adjacent table.
The shape of base to come. Five growing stacks of greatly detailed books, a plant in a pot and Suruga's best friend on the court, a basketball. The grassy foundation is nicely grainy painted to give it a more rough feel.
The assembled base. What struck me the most, besides the great look and feel to it, is how heavy the book stacks were. A good self reminder is to handle the bookmarks sticking out of the stacks with extreme care.
Good Smile decided against the usual approach of attach-the-body-with-a-pin by giving the figure a flat rear end, literally speaking. It makes a perfect fit when placing her inside the base but it also allows you to place her anywhere in a sitting position.
All giddy inside, I sense the calm displayed in this piece when I spin the figure around. It's a fantastic piece of art making you want to peek into the future to see what boundaries will be broken in the anime scale community.
Curiosity soon finds me wondering just what the figure is focusing her eyes on. The truth will out.
Blank pages apparently. A slight deduction in admiration points for Good Smile.
The basketball texture, the book covers, the page texture and all the various colored bookmarks in many of the 60 something books is quite remarkable.
It's also quite scary seeing how fragile this figure and it's accessories are as well, making me rather hesitant to ever move it once placed inside a display cabinet.
The trademark shoes, greatly detailed.
While no expert on steamy male on male action, a quick read reveals that "Barazoku" (The rose tribe) was the first male gay magazine to be commercially publicised in Japan.
Once again, Good Smile Company have proven their extremely high standards in their craft resulting in the 1/8 scale of Suruga Kanbaru. The only minor complaint would be the missing text in the book that's kept in the right hand but that's grasping at straws.
Suffice to say, I couldn't be more pleased with it and it'll make an excellent addition to the collection.