Now that I’m back in the game I thought I should get a review out the door as soon as possible. However, instead of doing something new I decided to go back to April 21st, 2010. What happened on that date? Well, Toronto had 13 hours 43 minutes of daylight as well as a waxing crescent moon that night. But more importantly I wrote a review for Hatsune Miku “World is Mine” and then never published it. It was 1400 words and had no pictures because I couldn’t produce a set that I liked. And to be honest, I still haven’t managed to produce one I’m 100% in favour of. So what will follow today is a mix of pictures I’ve taken of Hatsune Miku “World is Mine” and an edited version of the original review.
“World is Mine” Hatsune Miku is based off an illustration by well known artist redjuice, one of the many artists that produce artwork for Supercell. Working along side Ryo and Black Rock Shooter creator Huke, among others. The original illustration was created for the song of the same name and well, to be honest isn’t that great an illustration. While it provides us with a glimpse of Miku in a fashion we hadn’t seen yet, it wasn’t the most attractive Miku illustration available and her face seemed rather small compared to her head. This has always caused me to think of Heikki Kovalainen, a Formula 1 driver who’s face has always seemed a bit too small. Anyway, the song itself is pretty catchy and was even performed at Miku’s live concert. Speaking of which, she has an upcoming concert March 9th, 2011.
With that bit of mediocrity in mind, Ishinaga Sakurako must be a genius at his craft. He took what I would consider a very average picture and sculpted one of my favourite figures in my collection. He took none of the bad aspects of the illustration and used all of the good, even improving upon them, gone are her strange head-to-face proportions. The impression I get from both the illustration and the figure are not of a playful young girl but rather a precocious one. Though with the figure’s proper facial proportions I’d call her a young woman instead. Regardless, in both cases I feel she’s trying to seduce me. Trying and succeeding, well at least the figure variant anyway. “World is Mine” Heikki Kovalainen not so much.
Some other changes to note about Sakurako’s Miku, the positioning of her legs differs from the original artwork. If you look at the original artwork you’ll see Miku’s left foot is closer to her bum and her legs look to be angled more steeply. I suspect the change was made for two reasons, it probably would have looked more awkward in three dimensions, but I think more importantly from a sales point of view, it would have made some… angles much more difficult to view. One thing I don’t understand with the changes however is the gloss finish on Miku’s thighhighs. It doesn’t look like they’re gloss in the illustration yet the choice was made to produce her this way. I would have thought a more satin-like finish would have worked best, providing the diffusely reflected light in the illustration without the shine of gloss.
Good Smile Company made an interesting display choice with this Miku, releasing her in a format that actually lets you hang her on a wall as if she were a painting, or stand her on a table as if a picture frame. They’ve accomplished this by using magnets within Miku and the base that hold her in place even when completely upside down. However I’m disappointed with their choice of materials used, as too often is the case I feel mislead by the promotional pictures provided. There was never any indication that they would use real wood, but it certainly looked like they were going to and I certainly thought they were going to. So when she arrived and I realized the border surrounding her was actually made out of plastic I felt like I’d been gypped when in fact, I hadn’t. The plastic fake-wood frame is more or less acceptably done so long as you’re looking straight on, however if you glimpse the sides at all the wood effect is ruined as they’re just plain brown flat plastic.
One of the neat side-effects of using a frame to surround Miku is the illusion it creates. One gets the sense that she’s lying upon a bed and the outer frame allows you to imagine what you have is complete. You don’t have to imagine a beach or action sequence, just a bed with a girl on it all of which is provided for you. We’ll of course ignore the fact that her base is actually too small for it to be her bed, even angled as she is she’d barely fit. Continuing to ignore that point, it’s a nice illusion GSC has created and it’s a scene I’d love to come home to. But if that’s too much to ask, it’s even just nice to imagine Miku lounging in such a fashion after a hard day of singing and dancing, relaxing in her seductive casual attire.
In terms of fit and finish, my Miku’s pretty respectable especially given the complaints posed by others. Sure there’s some paint issues on her, some weird black paint in some of the crevices in her hair but all in all she’s quite good. That’s not however where the complaints lie of course, no they were mostly about her base. The base is speckled with many paint spots that shouldn’t be there, however it really doesn’t detract much, originally it was annoying but not so much anymore. I’d say the bigger issue is how poorly the flower petals are painted, sort of blobbed rather than done properly. But again, I don’t really focus on the base, I focus on Miku and I’ve noticed paint off the base has rubbed off on her elbow. It looks similar to dried blood, as if she’d scraped her elbow and never clean off the blood. It’s a bit strange though given that elbow sits on a black square, but perhaps I’ve slid her across the paint.
“World is Mine” Miku is among the few figures in my collection with a unique base and has continued to stand the test of time against her peers. I’ve received many figures since she arrived, many of them very well executed and pleasant figures, but never the less Miku continues to rank very high in my collection. One of the best aspects of this figure, beyond it’s execution, is how it’s one of the few to represent Miku in a different light. So many other Miku figures display her in the same clothes in similar poses or actions, they get a little boring. It’s amazing how Miku’s popularity has continued to grow especially given the fact she’s essentially just a voice set and a piece of software. Good Smile Company’s got two more Miku’s being released and is re-re-re-releasing their original Miku figure, Max Factory has three Miku figures at various stages of release and development and Miku’s even garnered the attention of the world wide media as the future of music, comparing her to the Gorillaz as well as Idoru from the book of the same name by William Gibson. I can only hope that sometime in the near future they release her in android form at a price point I’m able to afford.
Shouldn’t I be wishing for an android Horo? No, I suppose wishing for an android harvest goddess is a bit silly.
- Succeeded in seducing me
- Nice view
- Creative picture frame-like base
- Diverges from her usual clothing and appearance
- Glossy thighhighs
- Faux wood on the base
- Sloppy painting in places