From the moment Kanbaru made her entrance in Bakemonogatari I knew I’d enjoy her character. Running to catch up with Araragi we see only her legs for the first couple of times she’s on screen, however the viewer is treated to a pleasant surprise once she catches up with him. Kanbaru jumps over Araragi and Hachikuchi and upon landing we’re greated with this as our view. Wonderful thighgap and the outline of her bum. So some how this figure seemed very fitting of her.
Kanbaru fits perfectly into the Lesbian Jock trope enjoying Basketball and admiring her attractive upperclassmen. However in addition to this she’s also a self admitted fujoshi and lolicon bringing the topics up with Araragi as well as trying to drag his mind into the gutter along with hers. Describing herself she says to him “My waist is just narrow enough, and my body is nice and tight overall.” while holding her breasts. She follows that up with “I’ll be the bottom to your top anytime, anywhere.” Then to confuse him she jumps to “Boys Love” and then back to herself she directs his attention to her spats and asks whether he thinks she’s wearing panties underneath. Of course she never answers directly, instead saying she’s both a sports girl and an exhibitionist. It’s this sort of teasing that makes me enjoy Kanbaru.
While I have Good Smile Company’s Kanbaru on order as well I feel Kotobukiya’s represents her character a lot more accurately and does so far more simply. The figure has the both sides of Kanbaru that she claims to be, there’s the sports girl side with the basketballs and action pose as well as the exhibitionist side where she’s showing herself off to all those around providing them with a clear view of what they’re likely to want. While we get no definitive answer about her panties we can speculate based on the tightness of those spats that she’s either wearing a thong or none at all. Though I suspect a thong, I see a substantial lack of cameltoe in the sculpt which I truly find disappointing. I don’t ask for much, just the subtlest of crevices would have been enough.
Kanbaru comes with but one accessory and it’s a bit of a spoiler if you haven’t seen Bakemonogatari, but if you haven’t seen it by now I suspect you wont care about the spoiler anyway. Also, for shame, go watch the series! The one accessory Kanbaru ships with is the monkey arm that’s hidden under those bandages on her left arm. I found this accessory in no way attractive and greatly prefer the bandages over the furried limb. Because of this, I chose to ignore it all together and did not take any pictures of it for this review, you can however just Google search and find many examples of it.
The quality of this figure is about on par with your average 1/8th scale Kotobukiya figure, middle of the road, not much to complain about but not stellar either. Visible seem lines up her legs as well as obvious join points between her bare legs and spats. Her hair is pretty bland but mostly fitting for the artwork she’s based off of, oddly though it looks like she has an anus at the top of her head. There appears to be textures throughout the figure affecting the paint in various ways, some places end up with a bit of a shine while others the matte finish they’re supposed to be. The worst of the paint issues however is on the basketball she’s holding on her bum, there’s a lovely wet mark. Perhaps Kanbaru sat on this basketball during a dirty conversation with Araragi and got a little excited. Unfortunately it’s more likely a failure on Kotobukiya’s part. Damn, I liked the idea of Kanbaru getting wet on a basketball, maybe I’ll stick with that anyway.
Kanbaru retailed for ¥6,800 / $80 CAD however I picked her up for $68 CAD at release and she’s been seen for as low as ¥4,800 / $57 CAD, a much more reasonable price for what you get. The difference between the JPY and CAD needs to stop and reverse a little, that or the CAD needs to pick up some value. At anyrate, as previously mentioned she’s 1/8th scale which makes her somewhere around 15 cm tall netting her a rather small box for a figure of this scale. She’s nice and compact without being Taiga sized.
All in all I’m pretty content with Nakamura Hirotoshi’s work on Kanbaru, she’s not the most attractive girl I own but she has many nice attributes that allow her to carry her own. I suspect the biggest complaint about her might be a running theme with Bakemonogatari figures, the school uniform is terrible. Wish they’d chosen some more attractive colours, purple, pink, red and yellow just don’t do it for me. It some how feels like the sort of uniform you’d see at a fast food restaurant rather than a high school.
Kanbaru, I’ll be the bottom to your top anytime, anywhere.
- Dat ass
- Captures her character quite well
- No obvious flaws
- Terrible uniform
- Bit expensive for the price paid
- Lacking in shading and paint details