Kawai Ameri (河合 アメリ) comes from the visual novel and anime series Tayutama: Kiss on my Deity (タユタマ -Kiss on my Deity-). The light novel fared quite well achieving the rank of 6th most sold game in 2008 on Getchu.com. The anime however seems to have been all but forgotten. I watched the anime, it existed, I know that much. I however watched because of a certain character with a tail, Mito Mashiro (泉戸 ましろ). While Mashiro has a figure by Volks, it was no where near as… revealing… as Ameri and also only available via Volks’ Online store, meaning a middleman would be required, screw that. Anyway, Ameri is the childhood friend of the young protagonist Mito Yuuri and from what I recall of the anime, was fairly jealous towards Mashiro’s presence in Yuuri’s life. Beyond that it doesn’t matter as the series was bleh.
Ameri arrived at my door nearly 10 days ago in what seemed like an averagely sized shipping container, upon opening said container I was greated with well, a very small box. What would have been empty space in the shipping container was filled with packing material, surely they could have saved me some money as well as space aboard the plane by using a smaller box? The container Ameri’s tiny box arrived in was 30x23x20 cm (13.8 L), her tiny box itself measured only 11x11x16cm (1.9L), only 13.8% of the volume of the larger box. I suppose this is more a complaint of standardization more than anything but it still feels wasteful and really what I’m trying to get at is, well Ameri is small. Orchid has given her just the right size box but as always has their claimed scale just a little bit off, that is of course unless Ameri is only ~147 cm tall (4’10”). Their claim is that she’s 1/8th scale but well ok I guess she’s close enough but I still can’t get over how small she is, measuring only 11.5 cm (4.5″) tall.
I’ve been trying to think of a nice way to say this next part, really, but well Orchid Seed’s screwed up the sculpt. Ameri’s face is all wrong, her shirt’s spread too much, her head’s not tilted enough, her gun is pointing nearly 90° straight up, her heart tipped tail-like thing is in the wrong place and her body tilts too much. I know all this because this figure is based upon an illustration by Moekibara Fumitake (萌木原ふみたけ). This isn’t however to say the sculpt is bad it’s just wrong, though I would argue her face is bad. The rest of her is acceptable, the original illustration has no indication that the other heart tipped tail-like object is penetrating her yet the sculpt has this feature, additionally Minheru has sculpted Ameri’s breasts smaller and much more pleasant. A bit of a trade off between matching the original and improving and I can accept this but damnit Minheru what did you do to her face?
Ameri’s got a very similar paint job to the other Orchid Seed figures I own that is to say she has a faded appearance. Her hair doesn’t seem as powerfully purple as the original illustration, nor do her eyes have the proper depth of reds and purple as the illustration, it almost feels like she’s lacking contrast, something I almost kept adjusting for in post. She’s painted with solid colours with pretty much no depth whatsoever save for around her nipples through the shirt as well as on them physically and the tips of her hair. In sticking with such a simple solid colours paint scheme they’ve managed to remove pretty much any paint fault that could be present she’s nearly perfect in this regard, save for perhaps the blue edging on her shirt which varies in thickness too much.
The biggest problems with Ameri though has much to do with Minheru or Orchid’s choices when sculpting. I’m not talking about screwing up the overall sculpt like I mentioned above, but other things, like how Ameri’s panties go around her legs. They don’t look right at all, they just disappear and re-appear on the other side. I can see why this was done, but I’m sure someone could have come up with something better, the edges seem too solid to imagine them passing behind her knees like they should. Another example of this problem is behind Ameri’s right arm, her shirt just stops, it doesn’t look like it goes behind her arm, it looks like it stops at her arm. There’s another problem with that right arm, instead of appearing like a straight arm like in the illustration, Ameri’s arm appears to have no affect on the shirt or skin underneath that it’s pressing against. It just wraps around her in a very unnatural manner, bending over the entire arm instead of at any one joint and in fact looking rather flat around the elbow area. The way these 3 things are executed ruins much of the illusion this figure should otherwise have had and is really unfortunate.
Ameri’s pleasant to look at, she’s very revealing, her breasts are nice, I really do love all the exposed skin. Adding in the tail-like almost penetration was a nice pervy touch but I can’t get over how much Orchid did wrong with Ameri. She only cost me $52 CAD so I don’t feel like she was a terrible waste but I don’t think I’d buy her again at that price.
Mmm… tail (almost) penetration…
- Playful and revealing pose
- She’s doing more with those ‘tail’ ends than you might think
- Pale paint scheme, no where near as vibrant as the image it’s based on
- Ameri’s face is sculpted poorly
- Her panties are poorly sculpted as well, too thick and just disappear behind her knees