Majikoi, short for Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!! was initially an adult visual novel back in 2009 before inking itself and later visualized in an anime adaptation which consisted of twelve episodes. Hobby Japan, aided by Kotobukiya for manufacturing, decided to put up a character from the series in the highly shy and katana-wielding Mayuzumi Yukie.
There’s plenty of great artwork surrounding this character, official and otherwise, though I haven’t seen any that depicts Kotobukiya’s 1/8 figure. The company’s choice fell on an rather interesting pose with Mayuzumi holding her sheathed katana in a less than practical way when fending off looming threats.
The figure features a semi-castoff option that takes it to a lingerie level and no further. With the school uniform jacket only changing its appearance in the front, one can easily swap the two half-parts.
Also worth mentioning is the character’s often frank sidekick, Matsukaze. Because of Mayuzumi’s timid nature she often resorts to ventriquilism by letting her horse-shaped phone strap voice her true feelings.
On the upside, this is the best scaled figure of Mayuzimi Yukie to date. Unfortunately, it’s also the only one available making it easier to point out any visual flaws. To mention a few, there are clearly visible vertical lines along her legs and hands that shouldn’t be there if quality control was up to par. With a castoff option there’s also quite a few gaps in her attire, again easily spotted by the human eye. To top things off there’s a transparent deformity on her left chin, hopefully isolated to my copy.
Despite its shortcomings it’s still a decent figure, though nowhere near the quality offered by Alter, Max Factory or Good Smile Company. For fans of the series or Mayuzumi Yukie in particular I’d still recommend a purchase even though my first impression of Kotobukiya was underwhelming to say the least.