Mmmm sprinkled donut… *drools* erm.. Inaba Yui by Good Smile Company, cute, surprises but not perfect. Those would be the 3 words I’d use to describe this figure.
Reiterating from my “On Order” post for Yui, she’s from the eroge Flyable Heart, illustrated by Noizi Ito (いとうのいぢ) and produced by UNiONSHIFT. I still have not played the game and even after receiving the figure I do not have any desire to do so. What I can tell you about the game however is that Inaba Yui is in it and she claims that donuts are the only thing of a large size that can be eaten anywhere. Sure. For more useful information, hit up Wikipedia’s Flyable Heart entry or if you’re just looking for some cute pictures there’s always danbooru and oreno.imouto, but remember NSFW.
Good Smile Company’s Yui is sculpted by Kaiya Hajime after an illustration by Noizi Ito. This illustration has been used in various mediums such as artbooks and wallscrolls, but if I had my way I think I would have preferred this variation of her as a catgirl. Regardless, the image was a good choice for a figure, it’s dynamic and cute and contains all the allure needed. But you know that all is not perfect, it never is, especially with Good Smile at the helm. Don’t get me wrong, I own more of their products I think than any other manufacturer, but they’re always so close to having done everything just right but fall short everytime.
Now that I’ve got you wondering what’s wrong with Yui I’ll clear the air and say nothing, there’s nothing wrong with her. She’s great, paint application seems excellent, there’s even shading on her panties, I don’t see any molding defects, her hair is well shaded perhaps with a paint bubble here and there, and her skin tones are pleasant. So what’s my problem then? Look at these colours, then look back at mine. See a difference? because I sure as hell do. Next up, check out the original donut, now see what we got. Her tail, what we got. Even the angle of her head has changed as well as the donuts angle. Her hair is chunky with large seams, those little flowers barely have the green seen in the promoshots. The only change I like on Yui is her breasts, and that’s only a change between the artwork and the figure, not prototype and production. Her breasts have become larger on the figure than they were portrayed in the illustration and it really adds to her figure, filling it out a bit and making her much cuter overall. (See I’m not against breasts! Just large ones!)
So many problems, didn’t I just say she was fine? Even with the list of problems above she’s still a well produced figure and I like her a lot. Had I never seen the promoshots I would have been perfectly content with her, but instead I’m only mostly content. There’s this feeling that she could have been better, she was supposed to be better, but they failed in accomplishing that feat.
Having got that all out of the way, I’ll just comment on some of the left over bits that I like. I love her uniform design it’s adorable, though could use some slightly higher thighhighs to bring her up on the zettai ryouiki scale. Oddly, I love her hands, it’s not something I usually comment on but they’re rather cute. They lack sculpting detail like fingernails but their positioning and slenderness is rather attractive. I also like that she’s the first figure I feel needs to be below eye level, one need look down towards her, not up her skirt. Which is great because I’m running out of eye level space on my shelves.
Sometimes I wish I could wear clothes like this… and look good I mean… I know I could wear them but ew.
- Donuts are so very Canadian
- They even shaded her panties
- Paint does not match the promoshots at all
- Thighhighs not high enough
- The tail isn’t hers