It feels like it’s been forever since I sat down and wrote a review of a figure I actually owned. Last week of course I wrote many single paragraphs about many different figures but this week it’s back to business. Going against the grain I will not be reviewing my Momohime just yet. I’m going back a couple of months, a couple of couple of months, well actually half a year back to January. My favourite character from the anime White Album. Damnit Tōya, what is wrong with you! *ahem*.
White Album, originally a visual novel published by Leaf in 1998 and later re-released by Aquaplus on the Playstation 3 in 2010, was also adapted as an anime in 2009. The series started January 3rd with the first half of the final 26 episodes and finished later that year in the Fall eventually ending on Christmas Day. The series was enjoyable and kept my interest all through out, I even found myself complaining amongst my friends about the protagonists decisions or indecisions. One of the biggest observations about the series was how it would have been a non-series had it taken place not in the 80s but today. The abundance of cellphones would have removed all the tension and drama, but I digress. Ogata Rina was by far the most likeable character as far as I was concerned, and so much more likeable than the protagonists girlfriend and main heroine, Morikawa Yuki, that I refused to buy her, leaving my set incomplete and Rina all alone.
Good Smile Company choosing to capitalize on the series previewed both Morikawa Yuki and Ogata Rina at Wonder Festival 2009 (Summer), right between the two seasons of White Album. A smart decision I feel, as my need for more White Album and my love for Rina’s character grew in anticipation of the last half, I was open to the idea of a figure of the characters. Releasing the 1/8th scale figure for pre-order at ¥6,190 / $73 CAD just after the anime returned, my anticipation was at it’s climax so I immediately jumped on Rina, and of course ignored the doormat Yuki. Now it was a waiting game, waiting until January 2010 when she’d be released.
Rina arrived February 11th, at a time when I was more interested in reviewing Alter’s Al Azif, Sega’s Maria and Wonder Festival 2010 (Winter) and went ignored and unopened. Now that Wonder Festival 2010 (Summer) has passed it feels a great opportunity to bring Rina down off the shelf and out of her box, finally. The first thing I notice about Rina is of course her ‘action pose’, or rather, her I’m about to fall over pose if Yuki’s not there to lean on (and vise versa for Yuki). In this, I should have bought Yuki if only to have something for Rina to lean on. Rina’s pose shows some energy as you might imagine her having during one of her performances, her hair flowing outwards and her skirt flowing upwards as she dances across the stage. The colour scheme of her clothes seem well matched, though the red highheels might be a bit much. Every colour in the rainbow goes well with white and black, and yellow and blue are complimentary colours making the blue and gold work. The best part of her clothes though, zettai ryouiki, but you knew that was coming.
Looking more closely at her clothes and into the paintwork Good Smile’s done, well it leaves something to be desired that’s for sure. Rina’s hair, thighhighs, shoes, skirt and top all for the most part seem quite satisfactorily done, but moving in closer to the gold edging well, it seems like the artist was in a hurry. Get some gold paint on there real quick and don’t let the QC guy take too long a look or he might notice my complete and utter fail of a paint job that’s been done. To be honest it’s really the only thing wrong with Rina, but it’s wrong in quite a severe manner. There are many sections of white where gold should be, and many sections of gold where white should be. There are brush marks in much of it and some of it is far too thin. It’s a real shame because everything else on Rina seems acceptably done.
Moving to the mold work Yokota Ken’s sculpted Rina with enough details to be happy with and enough wrinkles to appear like she’s wearing clothes. The corrugations in her skirt are pleasing and the folds between her breasts as well as under are delightful in what they hint towards. But what stands out most in terms of sculpting is Rina’s hair, the number layers and directions in her hair. Along with the well done shading I think it’s some of the better hair I’ve seen on a figure, which is interesting when contrasted with how poorly her paintwork is elsewhere. I do wonder what went on in that factory of Good Smiles. Rina’s sculpting though could have used some more attention to detail however, for example her thighhighs, despite the bend of her leg have no wrinkles or fold where one should expect some. It’s like they’re painted on to her legs.
The last problem with my Rina though is her base, I love that it’s a record that’s a great idea. But where’s the sticker I’m supposed to put on it? Good Smile Company’s forgotten mine! I see no such sticker in my box, or the packaging. Additionally why is it separate in the first place? it should be placed at the factory or printed on.
Rina was by far my favourite character from White Album and I’m quite happy to own a figure of her. Since GSC’s Rina is the only available there’s not much choice in the matter and overall from the usual distances she’s quite acceptable. But the problems noted above really drag her down, and it’s a real shame because she could have been the definitive Ogata Rina, but unfortunately she can’t be. Someone else is just going to have to release a better Rina, one preferably in her street clothes as they felt more intimate, where her stage clothes gives her a distant feel. Volks has released a Dollfie for Rina, with her original eye colour from the game (brown), unlike the Anime where her eyes were blue such as this figure. But most Dollfie’s seem to have the same face and tend not to look like their animated counterparts very much. The two so far I’ve felt got it most right in that regard is Tohsaka Rin and Saber, but I digress. Ogata Rina is a failed attempt at the perfect Rina, and I’ll always be a little disappointed with Good Smile’s attempt.
There needs to be more Rina artwork on the Internets…
- Nice action pose with hair to match
- That short skirt, and what it reveals
- Zettai ryouiki
- While her hair is well painted, the gold lining is not
- Lacking detail in her legs
- Missing sticker for base