When I first saw this figure at one of the many events she had been on display at I knew I wanted her and wished Good Smile Company would hurry up and release her. Eventually they did and for a heafty sum, but I jumped on her anyway, the decision had already been made days or weeks or months prior. Such a simple looking figure, such a high price tag, what gives?
For a series that’s been around as long as Da Capo has been and the popularity it apparently has, it’s rather surprising how few Nemu figures there are. Looking at MyFigureCollection.net’s database there’s only 6 and really only 4 of those are unique, the extra 2 are just variations. Of those I’d only take 2 of them, Good Smile Company’s and Chara-Ani’s. I like Chara-Ani’s because Nemu’s dressed casually and has a lab coat on like a doctor. But easily of the few figures Good Smile’s comes out on top and nearly twice as expensive as well. So lets break this down and see why she might be more expensive.
The other figures are all from the past, 2004 to 2007 when prices were considerably cheaper, but this alone doesn’t account for the ¥8,800 / $99 CAD price tag. How about her scale, is she larger than the others? Nope, she’s 1/8th scale and 20 cm tall so that couldn’t be it either. What else is there, well you can take Nemu’s clothes off in this version but that doesn’t always necessitate a higher price tag. Many figures are cast off and averagely priced so again, what did Good Smile Company include in this situation to request such a high price? Cards. Four cards to be exact. Four of the exact same card of Nemu looking angry. They’re apparently for a trading card game “Weiß Schwarz” and are premium rare cards, but well, it’s complete bullshit. Sure they may be valuable to someone but they’re not worth anything to a lot of people. Ignoring that, Nemu does look adorable when angry…
So we’ve answered the price question lets move on to this cast off clothing of Nemu’s. I remember before I started collecting I thought cast off figures were awesome and every figure should have their clothes removable. But when I received my very first anime figure with the full intention to start collecting this idea was thrown out the door as being a terrible and poor idea. Cast off figures always have ugly seams and Nemu does not differ in this respect. Good Smile tried their best to make her click together right but there are still gaps. I do admit though she does clip together where my first cast off figure does not and never will, but it’s still more difficult than I think it should be. What did surprise me however was how soft and pliable the material her blouse is made of feels. This softness made it very simple to get on and off and the fact that it’s entirely one piece was pretty impressive, except for the cuffs which are separate pieces. This brings me to my next point…
Is Nemu bulimic or anorexic? After taking off her clothes there’s nothing left of her. She’s got breasts, larger breasts than I think she should, but nothing else, barely a torso and the flattest rear I think I’ve seen on a figure. I think someone needs to eat a sammich or two, poor girl is withering away. Putting her clothes back on, she becomes very much more reasonable in appearance, looking much more healthy and attractive. I do not think I’ll ever remove Nemu’s clothes again unless I acquire a terrible new fetish for sick malnourished women.
Sticking with the sculpting and ignoring her malnourishment under the clothes, she does have a decent amount of detail in her blouse and skirt. While it’s nothing to write home about, it does help make up for the lack of dynamism in her posture. Nemu’s hair while short has plenty of strands of hair, detail and is actually layered, while obviously not real there is a surprising amount of sculpting in there, adding in the ribbons as well it’s fairly complex. The top of her head though is just as boring and smooth as any other figure but I suppose that’s to be expected.
Paint wise GSC’s done an excellent job for such a simple figure. Everything and I do mean everything is within the lines so to speak, none of the paint seems to have overflowed on to parts it should not have. The toning and shading seem spot on, her white top has blue mixed in adding considerable depth, and her skin tones are pleasant though admittedly flat. Most of the depth you might see in Nemu’s skin is likely a side effect of lighting rather than any work on GSC’s part, but it’s still pleasant all the same. Under Nemu’s clothes, her underwear is a very feminine pink colour with a slight bit of shading between pink and pink adding about as much depth as one really can to underwear I guess.
So, is Nemu worth ¥8,800 / $99 CAD? No, she’s not. Is she worth the $84 CAD I paid for her? eehh no still too expensive. If Good Smile Company could have offered the “rare” cards at no added cost or not at all and marketed the figure at say ¥6,800 I think it would have been much more reasonable, as with the usual 15-20% discounts offered she would have only cost me $62 CAD. There’s nothing special about GSC’s Nemu, she doesn’t deserve to be priced exactly the same as “World is Mine” Hatsune Miku who had a pretty interesting base to go along with her interesting character design. Overlooking her price she’s a simple but well done figure and I actually like her a lot, but she’s no WIM Miku. So if you see her in the bargin bin at a reasonable price, do by all means buy her if you like Nemu but I think I would avoid her otherwise.
Who designs these uniforms, the skirts are all so short, I’d like to shake your hand…
- When dressed her proportions are quite appealing
- Paint is well done
- Well sculpted and detailed
- Far too expensive!
- Nemu appears bulimic/anorexic when cast off, terrible and unappealing
- Pointless collectors cards that are all the same