Librorum Prohibitorum Index (禁書目録) from A Certain Magical Index (とある魔術の禁書目録（インデックス）) by Good Smile Company. I don’t like this character very much. I’m not into nuns, and she’s a very annoying character and is easily over shadowed by Misaka Mikoto (御坂 美琴). Never the less I bought this figure.
One might ask why I would purchase a figure of a character I dislike, and in fact frequently have asked. Every time I mention Index I’m asked, “Aka, I thought you hated Index?” and I do, but the answer is simple. The figure looked good, and with that reasoning I purchased her. Since I based my purchase on the figure instead of the character or the combination of the two, I don’t feel it necessary to compare the two in any depth. So, does the figure look like Index? Yes.
Masato Abe is the sculptor, he’s also sculpted Kotobukiya’s Plug Cryostat, Nagi and the adorable Nekomiya Nono, a decent portfolio. He’s sculpted her in the standard 1/8th scale and the figure measures around 19 cm tall. Her MSRP was an acceptable ¥7,800 / $86 CDN however through AmiAmi I paid $65 plus shipping for a total of $75 thanks to their half off shipping deal. Index comes with two sets of hands, one set is praying and the other set holds Sphinx (her cat).
Despite being dressed like the Pope, a fairly unattractive old man I’m sure you’ll agree, Index appears rather cute and inspite of her bulky clothing her petit frame is apparent. One can even see her individual legs through her robes as she floats in the air. Speaking of which, what’s with that? Why is she floating? Ignoring that question, her pose has a magical semblance to it which I’m sure was the intent, similarly the circumscribed pentagram on her base. It would be neat to float around defying gravity like Index appears to be doing, I suspect I would use such a skill for more nefarious tasks however.
Index has gobs of sculpt detail for a 1/8th scale figure. I know there are better but I’m still impressed with Abe’s work with her clothes. While the positioning of her clothes is unrealistic, the folds and the way it flows seems very much realistic, assuming unrealism. Her robes appear thick and heavy with long flowing rolls lifting and folding in the rising wind that I assume must be present. Adding to that, in all of the gold edging there’s mold work as if it were embroidered. The best aspect of this figure though is Index’s hair, it has this double layered effect which adds all kinds of depth when viewed from many angles. However her hair also has the biggest flaw of the figure, but we’ll get to that in a bit.
Good Smile has done a fairly competent job painting Index as far as shading and colours goes. Her skin tone is uniform and pleasant, what little of it we see. Her eyes are located about where they should be. The’s plenty of shading in her robes adding nice effect The gold edge work looks thick as it should, though does suffer from the appearance of having been applied with a brush. Also in the bordering are a bunch of small little crosses.
Index isn’t perfect though, she has a series of paint faults throughout and a rather large scrape on her head, I’ll give you the run down. On her robes there’s no less than 12 gold marks visible, most of which are small, but some range as much as 6.5 mm in length. I can understand QC missing some of the smaller faults or they even falling within their quality guidelines, but the 6.5 mm gold line is extremely noticeable as is the two 3.5 mm marks. To bring it more into perspective however, most of these marks are on the back of her robes and aren’t visible from the front, the 6.5mm mark is just under a fold on her left side and not visible so long as you’re looking downwards at her. That’s not where it ends though, getting back to her hair, there’s only one flaw here but it’s worse than the gold marks. While it ‘only’ measures in at 5.5 mm in length it’s far wider than any of the gold lines at 1.6 mm across. Again thankfully this mark is also towards her back and not visible, even less so since I’ll likely always have her head covered. But none the less it should have been caught for sure by QC, Good Smile continues to fall with regards to overall quality.
All in all I’m quite happy with Index, she’s an adorable little thing and manages to bring a little (fake) religion to my otherwise agnostic abode, well I do have my pagan Horo deities I suppose. Some things I wish GSC had done with this figure however is produce a more interesting base. They’ve managed to do it with more and more figures, I’m curious why they couldn’t with this one. Perhaps the floating nature of Index’s pose limited the requirements but I still would have been interested to see them try.
Index, you have a much more interesting character design than Misaka, but she still kicks your ass. Sorry.
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- Good value at the price paid
- Good shading
- Great sculpting, good folds and flowing clothing. Multi-layered hair is also a nice touch
- Large scrape on her head
- Many, far too many gold marks on her robes where there should not be any