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Mayoi Hachikuji by Good Smile Company

Mayoi Hachikuji by Good Smile Company

Project details

The youngest of the bunch, Mayoi Hachikuji is the fifth Bakemonogatari scale to escape Good Smile’s factory and penultimate to Shinobu Oshino who rounds up the initial full cast of figures. The original illustration of this figure may lead thoughts to imminent incarceration but in reality it’s much more harmless than what meets the eye. Having bumped into male lead Koyomi Araragi, the clumsy yet energetic Mayoi looks up in a rather surprised and embarrassed state.
To gain a mental upper hand Mayoi quickly addresses her senior as “Arararagi”, something that vexes the male protagonist. Despite name harassment and the occasional verbal abuse he agrees to help her find her way home as she is inevitably lost.

It took a good while before Good Smile unveiled the actual base for this scale and while it’s true to the original concept with the exception of recoloring it feels they could’ve skipped it completely. The upside of using it surely is Koyomi’s cast shadow despite it barely being noticeable.

The figure is leaning on a giant backpack, a pink birdlike creation holding what appears to be vital luggage for everyday trips around the city. It was somewhat tricky to attach this accessory to the figure as the loops are as stiff as the figure is without her supporting bag in place. Additional accessories include a folded map and a tiny teddy bear that goes in the backpack’s side pocket.

SCALE

1/8

ART DIRECTION

Fear

PHOTOGRAPHY SETUP

Flash, graduated backdrop

Mayoi Hachikuji by Good Smile Company
Mayoi Hachikuji by Good Smile Company
Mayoi Hachikuji by Good Smile Company
Mayoi Hachikuji by Good Smile Company
Mayoi Hachikuji by Good Smile Company
Mayoi Hachikuji by Good Smile Company
Mayoi Hachikuji by Good Smile Company
Mayoi Hachikuji by Good Smile Company
Mayoi Hachikuji by Good Smile Company
Mayoi Hachikuji by Good Smile Company
Mayoi Hachikuji by Good Smile Company
Mayoi Hachikuji by Good Smile Company
Mayoi Hachikuji by Good Smile Company
Mayoi Hachikuji by Good Smile Company

Comments

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    wieselhead
    November 7, 2011

    Quite the loli figure :p

    I liked her character a lot in the anime and have a figure and a figma of her ^^
    This figure of GSC looks very well made with all the details and the pose.
    The expression of her mouth appears a bit emotionless though.

    Seductive lolis aren’t really my thing, I guess I’d rather like the ones which are just cute and innocent =).

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        wieselhead
        November 8, 2011

        I don’t think that this figure of Mayoi is lewd and I wouldn’t blame anyone who’ve ordered her. It is just a matter of personal taste.

        Haha I know that part would backfire at me XD
        Kotone had quite the loli appearance and was castoffable on top of that, maybe I just feel uncomfortable with elementary loli’s.

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    Miette-chan
    November 7, 2011

    I like it, I think this or the Shinobu figure might be my favorite of the line. I like the pose, it really fits my impression of the character.

    I like the little details such as her eyes looking upwards and the different bits such as the map and shoe.

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    BioToxic
    November 11, 2011

    There’s a lot of bulk in that backpack, it takes quite a bit of attention away from Mayoi. At least it’s littered with little details from all angles to keep it for looking dull. GSC have been doing a fantastic job with these Bakemonogatari scale figures and Mayoi is no exception. Too bad I’m not a huge fan of the series to want any of them :(.

    The base is quite interesting, it’s a good idea anyway. Maybe the execution isn’t all that great but it certainly helps recreate the scene this figure is based on. In a way it inhibits what you can do with the figure – Araragis’ shadow will always be there – but since it’s optional you can always use any base. It’s like you’re getting a figure and scene rather than just a figure where you create the scene/context. GSC have been shifting towards these kinds of figures it seems – not that it’s a bad thing mind you.

    Aww poor Mr mini teddy. At least he can now travel the world in his red-shoe-mobile.

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