To make up for last weeks ultra not safe for work posts I’ve decided to err on the side of caution this week and do something about as work safe as I can manage. With that in mind I chose Kirisame Marisa from the Touhou Project as realized by Kotobukiya. With her granny panties she’s gotta be work safe right?
I have to admit something, before ordering Kirisame Marisa I really didn’t know what the Touhou Project was. I had an idea but it turns out it was only half right. I had always thought that Touhou was a fighting game along the lines of Street Fighter, the sort of game I could only ever button mash, but still potentially win using über cheap moves. It turns out this isn’t what Touhou is, or rather what it originally was. Originally Touhou was what Wikipedia seems to call a “Bullet Hell Shooter” game, where often the screen is almost complete filled with enemy fire. A sub-genre of this seems to be call “cute ’em ups” a genre name I think applies here quite well.
Upon learning this I have to say I was pretty shocked, I wondered to myself; how on earth could a game like that spawn so many cute girls as well as the huge following of obsessed fans? If someone has the answer please, by all means enlighten me because so far I’m at a complete loss.
Moving on, Kotobukiya has decided to join the other 84 Touhou figures that have been produced so far, 23 of which are from Griffon Enterprises, and design their own Kirisame Marisa. Kotobukiya decided to have Outo Misono design them a 1/8th scale exclusive figure with a little gimmick, a light up star. Marisa retailed for around ¥7,500 / $89 CAD and was released last year in December. I ordered mine through AmiAmi so mine shipped with what I believe is a phone card, a sticker for the base which I’m not sure how to apply, and a balloon of the object Marisa seems to be holding (Picture). Had I ordered through Hobby Stock, I would have received a card holder and a strap.
Straight off, I’ve got a problem with this figure, one that I find quite annoying given what I expected. Why doesn’t that star light up? Well let me tell you why. The first reason that star doesn’t light up is because this $90 item doesn’t come with batteries. Ok I can take that, sure, batteries could potentially leak or something, or be dead upon arrival. The next reason that star doesn’t light up is because it doesn’t light up. I put 2 rechargeable batteries in and flipped the little switch on the bottom of her base to find, next to nothing. The little light inside lit up a bit, but I was sitting in the dark and you could hardly tell it was on. I was expecting almost night light brightness based on Kotobukiya’s promo shots. Now perhaps this could be due to my use of rechargeable batteries, they only provide a combined 2.4v when two normal AAs would provide 3.0v, perhaps being short 0.6v was enough to make it so dim. But until I find a set of normal AAs and prove myself otherwise, this is utter fail for Kotobukiya so far as I’m concerned. Don’t even add such a feature unless you can actually put a light in it.
Ignoring the fact this figure is supposed to light up she’s actually quite well done. As can be seen, her hat comes off and thanks to the magic of magnets there’s no pegs or holes in her head that need to be hidden, in fact the magnet is quite strong! Her base is somewhat plain without the AmiAmi sticker placed, and since I can’t seem to find a way to actually add it I’ve left it off for now. Marisa’s star also moves and rotates, you can angle the star up and down slightly, and rotate it considerably. Some nice touches, though I would have preferred being able to angle the star further down than I seem to be able to. One issue with the base though has to do with Marisa’s weight, it’s not that she’s fat, oh no don’t worry about that Marisa you look lovely. But the star has issues supporting her at certain degrees of it’s rotation causing her to lean over more than you intended.
As expected with Kotobukiya the paintwork is. Yes, it just is. It’s never outstanding but in my experience never abysmal either. Marisa here has some nice colours in her hair, some sparkles and even some strawberry blonde at the tips which I find to be quite cute. Her broom also has some nice shading and even an Asian touch I think there. Western witches tend not to ride bamboo brooms, neat little touch I never really considered until having her in my hands. However beyond that her paintwork just is, her skin is skin but no depth, her dress is a dress, but no depth. However given all the ruffles in her dress light manges to make up for some of this. I do wish they’d put a bit more effort into her skin, while a pleasantly pale colour it’s just lacking something to make her look alive.
Despite the overall cleanliness of this post I have to admit to something else. I ordered this figure before many pictures were out, and I found myself drawn to what might lay under her dress, while I already ‘knew’ I wanted confirmation. I suspect that added a certain mystique to the figure that drew me in to ordering. Not long after, pictures were released that answered my intrigue but that didn’t stop my order. This did however draw my attention to her legs and how they were placed. Almost as if they’re semi-chaotically keeping her in balance as she streaks across the sky. Adorable.
Overall I’ve got some mixed feelings about this figure. I feel it’s a well done figure, the pose is cute and seems well sculpted and decently painted. But the gimmickry fails too hard and really takes away from the figure. I can and likely will have to ignore the gimmicks but I do wish they’d have turned out, she would have been much more unique a figure than she is. I do feel that I need to get a Hakurei Reimu figure to go with her now though, she might get lonely without a friend.
I never thought granny panties were cute until Touhou…
- Nice use of magnets for Marisa’s hat, leaves her pretty head nice and pretty
- Adjustable base, Marisa rotates backand forth
- No issues with paintwork
- Cute well sculpted pose
- Lighting gimmick doesn’t work, nor does it come with batteries
- Due to the gimmick not working well, Marisa’s quite expensive for what’s received