Sasasegawa Sasami, I knew you had black panties when I ordered you (thank you reflections!) but I am disappoint. Your black panties are plain and boring and your crotch rather wide!
Well that felt liberating! Getting much of my concerns out of the way right in the opening line. That’s not the end of them though, no of course not but that is how superficial all of them are so rest easy she’s produced by Alter after all.
Sasasegawa Sasami’s (笹瀬川 佐々美) specifications are as follows, 1/8th scale, 11 cm tall, sculpted by both Aketagawa Noboru (明田川 昇) and Morikawa Hiromitsu (森川 裕光), released 13/10/2010, MSRP ¥6,800 and comes from a series titled Little Busters! (リトルバスターズ!) by Key. Having Sasami in my collection seems rather fitting in hindsight as she’s apparently Natsume Rin’s rival, liking dogs rather than Rin’s love of cats, but if I had to pick sides I’d choose Rin’s. Her pose for one is far more exciting, but additionally she doesn’t suffer from wide crotch.
I guess I should come out and say it since I didn’t say it in my ‘on order’ post… I bought her because of her pose and what it would make easily viewable. And technically on this front, I’m not disappointed, it is very accessible and easily seen. However as mentioned twice now, soon to be thrice, she suffers from a phenomenon known as ‘wide crotch’, that is, the expanse between her thighs is greater than the optimal distance thus detracting from the appeal of her thigh gap. Think of it like a bell curve, there’s a zone at which thigh gap is attractive(y), a certain range of distances(x), but as you travel too far in either direction along the x-axis the value for y drops. Now, these values are subjective but in my personal bell curve of thigh gap attractiveness Sasami unfortunately falls near the outer edges of what’s acceptable. This doesn’t mean that Sasami’s thigh gap is unattractive, no she’s not hit a negative number on my cartesian plane, but she is too close to 0 for me to be enticed. A tragedy if there ever was one. She’s not however the first girl this has befallen upon, Hatsune Miku in Project Diva has this phenomenon as well, a very unfortunate mistake by SEGA.
Moving further in towards that large expanse we can focus in on the next item, her boring black pantsu. Now, it has always been my understanding that only naughty girls wear black panties and to wear them underneath your school uniform is well, I don’t have to tell you. Being that naughty girls wear them I always felt they would be of an exciting variety, and yes looking at artwork from the series they are in some ways. But what Alter has given me falls short. Where there should be skin showing through in some sort of mesh, there’s just some light brown it really doesn’t have the same effect. There is also some rather hard lines outlining her labia majora in a rather awkward manner and no lines to outline her buttocks. That seems like rather selective undergarments if you ask me.
Zooming out and moving further down her body lets arrive at her feet. They’re stumpy. Perhaps that’s Key’s fault and actually suspect it is, but it doesn’t change this fact. I would prefer her shoes to be longer and thus the feet contained within to be of a better proportion. Looking at her in these stumpy shoes it makes me feel she spent all her money on fancy black panties and couldn’t afford bigger shoes. So her poor toes are being crushed and mangled in some sort of Chinese foot binding ritual just to fit into her tiny shoes, kawaisou na onnanoko.
But this is an Alter figure you say, they’re usually so good, why have you devoted 600 words to talking smack? Because if I didn’t, what else would I talk about? technically, she’s quite good I haven’t a complaint here, nor much to say. I suppose her skirt lacks depth (and length) as does her hair. But overall sculpt is solid, paint is solid, and I’m rather fond of her eyes, I like their shape and colour. The positioning of her legs is rather cute as well. She has lots of purple hair. Lots of it. So much I think it makes up the majority of her weight. Alter’s done their usual work, perhaps a little light on detail but above average to good on all accounts.
One thing that often bugs me about a figure, though I appreciate that they don’t do it most of the time, is realism. Sasami is sitting, yet her butt is completely round as if she weren’t. In such a position she should have a flat ass, squished by her weight into the surface on which she’s sitting. This would be greatly unnattractive but highly realistic. How many figures have this sort of realism? Seena Kanon has the appearance of having it by fitting her base with ass groves, but surely there’s a figure with a realistically squished bottom. Anyone?
Lastly, I find her faux cat ears cute, especially considering she likes dogs.
I always thought Kudryavka Noumi was the dog lover…
- Great eyes
- Cute pose, nice view
- Stubby feet
- Frills of her pantsu are not visible when sitting, which she always is…
- Suffers from wide crotch
- Lacks shading