Karen Araragi’s volatile nature allows her to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee albeit this unsung hero has a tendency to get stung herself more often than not. Briefly spotted in the anime adaptation of Bakemonogatari, it’s not until the second part of the series titled Nisemonogatari that Karen gets the spotlights aimed towards her.
Having the main protagonist Koyomi as an older brother, Karen alongside little sister Tsukihi enforce discipline to keep his laziness in check through a variety of hilarity.
Good Smile Company have once again gone the extra mile with their *monogatari figures by pouring a substantial amount of PVC material into the base. In Karen’s case the base is made up of a partial asphalt roller making for an impressive display behind the figure itself. The sculpt is, just like with previous releases from the series, based on the Blu-Ray cover accompanying a specific character’s chapter.
Karen latches onto her bulky friend with the help of two pegs placed on the roller’s front plate firmly securing the right foot in place. Quality wise both subjects excel in sculpt and paint job leaving little to agitation. My only remark would be the removable jacket, it comes off Karen a bit too easily if not careful.
Despite being roughly half the size of the real thing the base is on the large side of things with non-functional lights and two at them bottom that swivel 360 degrees.