Back in November last year a friend of mine got into figure collecting and Dog Days' heroine Millhiore Firianno Biscotti was one of her first acquirees. Around the same time, Good Smile Company's Mikatan
published an article on her blog describing how this figure was
created from 3D sculpting. Regardless if you're not a fan of the endless shades of pink it's hard not to be impressed by the visual execution from GSC.
Just the other week I was asked to snap a few shots of her 1/8 scale of Millhiore once it arrived, a request I hesitantly agreed to. Happiness is certainly something I enjoy experiencing myself, however it's an emotion that's not that interesting to portray on a personal level. Evidently it may have looked arrogant giving her the cold shoulder, especially when she, to her dismay, recently found out the shocking truth about the character itself: "What the hell, this is not a cat figure". Apples and oranges.
With every new anime season comes a few filler shows; they're not that good nor are they outright bad, they're just there to fill the void inbetween the good series. For me, Dog Days was one of
those candidates. Sharing similarities with the ever so popular Zero no Tsukaima the show definitely had heart and a couple of likeable characters, Millhiore being one of them.
She may have been as reserved about her feelings as Louise from ZnT but otherwise a complete opposite in personality; very composed and without the need to throw random tantrums whenever the male protagonist was present.
Good Smile Company has taken the, not too surprisingly, generic road when it comes to the figure itself. Dashing out into the great wide open with her arms stretched out Millhiore looks as radiant and carefree as ever.
The dress itself is undoubtedly the most eye-catching thing about Millhiore. Layer upon layer, frilled and jagged, the cloth flows naturally around her bantam build. Hands and arms are protected by long majestic gloves that together with the dress cover up most of Millhiore's body, leaving much to imagination; which probably is a poor expression since the character is supposed to be 14 years old.
Being a part of the lupus species has its perks in protruding ears and a waggly tail to call your own. Since the Japanese companies are always so proper and well-mannered towards their viewers I was surprised to see a lack of Don't Try This At Home messages during Dog Days scenes when a male scratched behind the ear of a female to grab her attention.
It remains to be seen if my friend can match the smile on Millhiore's face but she seemed overjoyed about her purchase to say the least when we last spoke. Though the figure may not be a prized possession in my own collection she posed an interesting subject to shoot and one I'm thankful for getting the opportunity to portray.