There are two things I know about Tamaki Kousaka. One, I really like a certain To Heart 2 illustration from 2004. Two, there are about one gazillion different figures made in her honor, all of them mediocre if we exclude the Max Factory version (reviewed on Tentacle Armada).

This 1/6 scale is available in three different versions; a white, black and pink bikini outfit. To capture the innocence of the character I went with the white option.

Daiki Kougyou was also a new experience and the initial impression was a mixed bag after seeing their figures this year. Some pretty good, some just utterly bad.

Tamaki Kousaka by Daiki Kougyou

A brown circle shaped base is topped with a sand covered layer to hint of Tamaki’s whereabouts. That small brown portion of the piece does take away some of the overall feel so it was hidden ever so smoothly.

Tamaki Kousaka by Daiki Kougyou
Tamaki Kousaka by Daiki Kougyou
Tamaki Kousaka by Daiki Kougyou

One thing that was quite annoying was how the manufacturer changed the figure’s position from the sample shots. In the retail version the figure stands much closer to the beach shower, which also leans quite heavily. To top that off, the holes where you attach her feet also don’t lign up properly.
Remember when you bought that IKEA table and the drilled holes were all over of place? Same deal here. One has to slightly bend her right foot in order to fit her properly, sloppy production sadly.

When all parts are in place though, including that leaning shower of Pisa, the figure starts to shine.

Tamaki Kousaka by Daiki Kougyou

With the visual style of 2004 and production standards of 2011 this is possibly my favourite Tamaki Kousaka to date. The art dated a few years back really helps accentuate the character’s personality which Daiki Kougyou brought out nicely in their creation.

Tamaki also sports quite the rarity when it comes to bikini bottoms. The front being a v-front micro side tie usually leads to a thong but instead we’re greeted with a regular tanga piece covering her bottom. Not the best paint job here but not the worst either.

Tamaki Kousaka by Daiki Kougyou
Tamaki Kousaka by Daiki Kougyou
Tamaki Kousaka by Daiki Kougyou

Lingering. Curves in all the right places. About to burst. All quality traits of a shower hose.

Tamaki Kousaka by Daiki Kougyou
Tamaki Kousaka by Daiki Kougyou
Tamaki Kousaka by Daiki Kougyou

Fully optional comes a delicate piece of plastic acting as pouring water from the hose, calming those who’d throw a tantrum at the sight of a bare nipple.

Tamaki Kousaka by Daiki Kougyou
Tamaki Kousaka by Daiki Kougyou

I hesitated grabbing this figure earlier this month but seeing it up close makes me glad I reconsidered. It does have its flaws but overall it’s certainly a decent figure from Daiki Kougyou. One can only hope they improve on quality control for future offerings.

Tamaki Kousaka by Daiki Kougyou
Tamaki Kousaka by Daiki Kougyou
Tamaki Kousaka by Daiki Kougyou

6 Responses

  1. Miette-chan

    There sure are many Tamaki figures, so far I like the Max Factory one quite a bit, would have liked it more with a smaller bust size.

    It’s quite interesting now that you mention how the art style reflects and older different look than modern designs. Even more so since designs tend to be updated for a modern release.

    The figure is nice, nice curvy hour glass figure and the cast off approach is quite unique.

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    • Nightmare

      Whenever a character comes along that could’ve starred as a prop in the movie “Up” many companies jump the bandwagon. Unfortunately that usually means a lot of poorly done figures as well. People will still buy them of course so that bandwagon will keep on rolling through the ages.

      The art style of this Tamaki sure takes one back a few years and I find it most befitting those characters who have been blessed in certain areas of the body.

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  2. wieselhead

    thx for the review, somehow I would have liked to get her,
    but I wanted to read an opinon of her first, the white/pink version is the best imo

    The design of this figure is quite nice and adds some diversification to the for some reason ultra popular Tamaki character. The face expression is cute and the curves are fantastic, such a pretty butt ^^

    I hope I can find her for a good price at a local shop, the international shipping might be too much

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    • Nightmare

      White may have been the only option for me but I agree that pink gives it a slightly more exotic feel. Females in black swimwear tend to exude something of a more bold nature.

      I believe most characters with a body like Tamaki’s will gain a huge crowd of fans hence the flood of figures. The figure is sexy with little to no effort, something I appreciate in a character.

      If I recall correctly you mentioned that you were looking for a desk partner and this figure would fit that need very well I think. I keep Satellizer on the desk myself but that’s mainly because she’s too big to fit anywhere else. Large scales make excellent desk adornments though.

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  3. Tier

    Daiki Kougyu is sort of an odd manufacturer. I think they do a lot of garage kit-to-PVC adaptations from various sculptors, so sometimes you get some absolutely breathtaking figures and then you get some figures that just make you wonder why they picked them to manufacture. When they’re on point, though, they can hang right up there with the best makers.

    That’s too bad about the quality control. As you mention, it does call to mind one of my friend’s IKEA furniture; he kitted out his home with quite a bit of IKEA stuff, and I remember his big eight-foot tall bookcase looked like it was about to lean over and collapse. I’m not quite sure how much of that was due to construction error rather than shoddy design, but I imagine a bit of both factored into its precarious positioning.

    This is a lovely figure, and I probably ought to take mine out of its box already. I don’t have many great ideas for photographing her, though, and the funny thing is, I think that’s caused by her base. I like to envision sets that I like to shoot figures in but building a beach on my desk is well beyond my capabilities. An interesting base can add a very appealing touch to a figure but it can also cause a lot of headache when it comes to photographing it.

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    • Nightmare

      Daiki surely impressed me with Kousaka and it looks like they have a few really good figures, Tsuneko and Sasara come to mind.

      Maybe I’m just as naive as the good folks going to IKEA every day but when I buy a puzzle I expect the pieces to fit, it’s too bad small mistakes can lead to great frustration.

      Well if someone’s up for the challenge in arranging a private beach on one’s desk I’d put my money on you. Though, I’m sure she’d work out nicely in most setups if you cleverly omit the base or just crop it as you see fit.

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