I’ll be blunt, I bought Himari for her bum, there’s no more reason than that. Viewing the promoshots I was enamored by the shape of it and how the combination of her catlike pose, looking back at you as you admired and her seeming willingness to show it off, well I couldn’t help myself. How did she fare beyond her derrière, was my impulse to buy based on the gluteous maximus a sound decision?
Himari comes from the series named after her, Omamori Himari (おまもりひまり). Himari’s role in the story is to act as the bodyguard of Amakawa Yuto, she is what’s known as an “omamori” similar to a good luck charm but can be used to ward off evil spirits. She’s introduced into the story when the omamori Yuto is wearing loses it’s protective value on his 16th birthday. She suddenly appears to protect him in it’s absence and as you might have guess is a catgirl, or more specifically a cat spirit samurai girl. Unfortunately for Yuto, he’s severely allergic to cats so this doesn’t bode well for him. Hilarity and perviness ensues, generic anime becomes generic. I tried to watch some of this series but just couldn’t get into it, it did have some moments I guess and Himari’s a fun character but it felt pretty damn generic. I’m not sure how the manga and light novels compare but what I saw of the anime was meh, maybe someone can weigh in on that. The only thing that might push me to watch it that I know of so far is the same voice actress who voiced Horo (ホロ), voices Himari, Koshimizu Ami (小清水 亜美).
Not being a very popular property it’s not surprising that Chara-Ani are the only ones who’ve produced a figure of Himari so far. Not being one of the more popular manufacturers either, the quality of Himari was suspect from day one. I do however have to credit Chara-Ani for something, I think they represented Himari entirely fairly in their promoshots. They didn’t take a picture of a gussied up version to make her seem more appealing, nor did they attempt any trickery with lighting. What I saw in the promo shots is exactly what I feel I’ve received. I’m not trying to say other manufacturers do this (*coughtheydocough*) just thought it was nice to see. Chara-Ani however has opted to use a bit of gimmickry to entice buyers into making the purchase. While there’s nothing too special about her sculpt and 1/8th scale, or her ¥6,890 / $77 CAD price tag, Himari does have stretchy panties. Yes, rubber panties you can adjust and take off and do whatever you like with. First run figures also come with a 2nd set of panties, or fundoshi rather.
The quality of Himari’s paint is pretty average as is the finish. There’s some decent blending in her blouse and hair but fairly average in execution. The finish of the paint is lack luster in appearance creating sort of an older faded look right from the start. It’s not that the colour of the paint looks faded, just that it’s finish looks faded, like how if you clean and wax a dirty car it looks new again, Himari looks like she needs a wax. Er.. that’s not what I mean, she’s bald down there already, she must have already waxed. Er… you know what I mean!
Chara-Ani’s sculpt of Himari is well executed, her sexy pose doing well to distract me from it’s otherwise fairly simple form. There are wrinkles where there should be wrinkles and folds where there should be folds, but some of it seems to come off as being thicker than it should be. Himari’s hair also could have used a bit more attention, while there’s nothing wrong with it per se, it doesn’t look as crisp as sculpts from other companies and this make it seem more bland and chunky than it could have otherwise been. The best part of Himari’s sculpt however is a bit of a dichotomy, on one hand it’s rather simple to execute a smooth round rump but presenting that fundament in an enticing and seductive arrangement takes good execution on the part of the sculptor. In this case the sculptor has done a good job adapting an entirely work safe piece of artwork into a sexy catgirl presenting herself for the taking. While I’m not entirely sure this is the artwork she could in some way be based off of, there is a certain resemblance between the two.
Having provided all the arguments I can think of for and against Chara-Ani’s Himari I’m forced to come to a conclusion to my opening question. Was Himari worth it, was purchasing a figure entirely for one aspect a worthwhile endeavour, a creditable investment of my hard earned cash, and a valuable use of my time? The cold hard truth of the matter is a resounding no, at $71 CAD paid it’s just too much money for a 1/8th scale catgirl booty. So like last weeks review with Nemu, cute girls have a strong grasp on my wallet, but, and there is a but, Himari is a cute girl and I do enjoy her butt so while she’s definitely too expensive I am satisfied with her, even if she has enormous breasts that I find very much unappealing. Wait, I hadn’t mentioned that already? That’s amazing, I must be getting over my fear of being smothered to death between two large fleshy orbs of Gainax bounce.
Gainax bounce, isn’t that a fabric softener?
Gratuitous Ass Shot
Obligatory perverted Drossel
- Exemplary derrière
- Stretchy panties
- Competently sculpted
- Incredibly average paint job
- Himari cost too much for the quality received
- Her breasts are quite large for my liking