Thursday, January 21, 2016

Figma Kuroneko Part 1

Gothic lolita with cat ears

First cutie of 2016! ^^

Figma Kuroneko
Production company: Max Factory
Release date: July 2011
Price: 3,048 Yen (exclusive of tax).
Merchandise link

Released by Max Factory in July 2011, this is the Figma action figure of Kuroneko, a character from "Ore no Imoto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai" (俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない). ^^ I mentioned in my review on Nendoroid Kirino Kousaka in March 2014 that Kuroneko and Manami Tamura are my favorite characters from that anime series even though Kirino is the main character. While both have weird hobbies - Kirino with her eroge game and Kuroneko with her gothic lolita dressing, I find the latter a much more likable character. ^^

Besides being cool and cute at the same time, I think I also like Kuroneko for being the rival of Kirino, which goes to show how much I dislike the little sister. ^^; Some of the funniest scenes that I find in the anime are the jabs between the two characters at one another, often with Kuroneko making condescending remarks about Kirino's anime taste and provoking the latter to react in great fury. Both of them are anime fans per se, but they don't share each other's liking and go to great length to show their disapproval of each other in that aspect.

Much like most fans of everything out there today I think. ^^;

An introduction of Kuroneko. ^^
Video clip is from Youtube. Follow this link to the website if you can't see anything.

Interestingly, Kuroneko is voiced by seiyuu Kana Hanazawa (花澤香菜), who also voiced Black Rock Shooter in her titular anime series. Besides their color scheme, the cool appearance and often expressionless look are shared by both characters, so they seem to fit a somewhat similar character mold. I never watched "Black Rock Shooter" but I have no problem imagining Kuroneko's voice coming out of her mouth. ^^

Product label

The merchandising seal of ASCII Media Works, the publishing company that produces the entire Oreimo franchise.

Except for her set of option hand units and Figma stand, the content of this Figma figure can be seen easily through the front window.

Typical Figma design on all sides of the box.

Introduction of the figure on the back of the box.

Content list.

The logo of "Ore no Imoto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai".

Comparison of Figma Kuroneko's box to that of another release from the Figma series: the first Saber that came out in April 2008.

Box open.

Instructions (in Japanese text ^^;) on how to remove the hair and swap out the face part can be seen on one of the box flaps.

Front view of the tray.

Tray content without the top cover.

Closer look at the content.

Rear view of the tray.

Closer look at the details.

The instruction sheet included shows the simple configuration to swap Kuroneko from her normal body to the Shift:body option part.

The sticker set meant for the Dojinshi.

The backdrop design certainly matches the figure's color scheme. ^^

The cover skin cutout section intended for di:stage display base.

Besides the large sheet of plastic wrapper separating the figure from the plastic tray, there's one inserted between Kuroneko's back and her hair as well to prevent the different parts' colors from sticking to one another perhaps.

Straight out of box display of Kuroneko and her chair. ^^

A look at Figma Kuroneko's accessories and option parts in the next posting. ^^

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