One of horror/mystery manga Another’s protagonists is Mei Misaki. Whether you read the manga or watched the anime I’m guessing that if one were to recall one character from the series, it’d be the aforementioned Misaki.
The figure, a 1/8 scale, shows Misaki caressing the hair strings of her beloved kin who’s residing in a stalwart coffin. Dolls do play a big part in Another and the symbolism shown in this creation is what drew me to it.
Upon assembling the figure one quickly came to the realization that something was off in Griffon’s production as it was near impossible to attach the coffin while Misaki herself slid right in. It’s easy to assume that one of the holes in the coffin is off by a small margin when trying to attach it to the base but the real issue is in the base itself; being hollow makes it bend and the third peg is unable to attach properly. One solution is to ease leverage by using a cup, put it upside down and then place the base upon it before lining up the coffin.
With the coffin in place, all was well with the world. Until the doll wouldn’t really stay put in her residence and kept falling out. There are small markings where her feet and heels should go and you could try pushing her feet until they line up but a quicker solution would probably be to use a lighter adhesive on her back to ensure she’s properly kept in place.
Misaki does come with an optional extra head but seeing how parts disagreed with each other I decided not to try my luck a third time; it’s basically identical to the standard one except it doesn’t have the eyepatch.
Despite its production shortcomings, which in all honesty are rather bad, Griffon’s product is one I’m quite fond of. There are more color oddities than what you’d get from bigger companies but these are only picked up through a lens. The overall impression was still a positive one.