Schizo-feline brainiac Tsubasa Hanekawa is the fourth representative of the Bakemonogatari girls coming from Good Smile Company. Expectations may not have been as high as with previous ladies but I do like the more intimidated look on Hanekawa’s face contrast the original, slightly more surprised expression. Having been rejected by main character Koyomi Araragi already, it would be cruel to turn her down a second time.
The optional cat ears attire and glasses are included (while the cats are not) for additional customization. These particular parts were skipped for this review as I wanted a slightly younger, more innocent looking Tsubasa.
Two drilled holes in the school bench and two more just below the figure’s kneecaps along with two small pins keep Hanekawa firmly in place. Both the bench and chair are nicely crafted and leave a solid impression. They also left an impression on the backdrop, slightly damaging the top layer.
Tsubasa Hanekawa pales somewhat in comparison to the previously released Nadeko Sengoku (reviewed by tentaclearmada.com) and Suruga Kanbaru. It may very well be the original source that’s lacking that extra something that gave the wow factor observing Suruga and Nadeko. That said however, what Tsubasa does have is a great facial expression alongside greatly detailed hair and clothes. Her extras do look great but the entire scene feels a bit empty, something that could’ve been fixed with a fitting base. The roaming school equipment does give you the freedom to place them wherever you see fit, a small consolation in this case.