The reviews continue! Today I’ll be looking at figma Tsukihi Araragi by Max Factory.
Like the Araragis before her, Tsukihi comes from the “Monogatari” series. Although she makes brief appearances in Bakemonogatari, Tsukihi along with her sister Karen, is given a more prominent role in Nisemonogatari. When together, the Araragi sisters are known as the “Fire Sisters”–a title well deserved by the fierce pair. Although she may appear gentle, Tsukihi is described by her brother as “hysterical” and is known for her fits.
The fact that all of my scaled figures are wearing kimonos should make it obvious why I purchased Tsukihi. But aside from her appearances, I do prefer Tsukihi over her sister Karen. She was also necessary to complete the Araragi figma family!
Moving along, let’s go ahead and look at the figure.
As with Karen’s, the graphics on Tsukihi’s box duplicate her special anime opening “Platinum Disco”. This box is another favorite of mine. I love the brown and blue contrasts.
The sleeves were sculpted to look as if they are fluttering in the wind which adds a dynamic touch to an otherwise static outfit. The only issue with this is that in some poses, Tsukihi’s sleeves appear to be defying gravity.
Tsukihi’s soft PVC yukata was implemented well, but as with a real yukata, leg movement is noticeably limited. I don’t see this as much of a loss though. Tsukihi isn’t much of a dynamic character.
Thanks to my affinity for sideways glances, I adore the smiling face. It has a simple charm, and I know I’ll be using it a lot in photos. The upset face is a close second, but I’m having difficulty finding anything to like about the third face. Something about the eyes, eyebrows, and mouth(in other words, the whole face) just isn’t working for me.
To compliment her faces, Tsukihi has a wide selection of interchangeable hands.
Top row: fists, open hands, and cupped hands
Bottom row: Hands for holding one of her accessories, special hands to link with Karen, and hands to hold whatever you can think of.
In addition to the standard accessories, Tsukihi also possesses various character specific accessories.
She also has an awl.
I actually was not sure what an awl was, and had to look it up. The simplest definition of an awl is a long pointed spike(thanks Wikipedia!). It’s used for making holes in things like wood, but Tsukihi uses it to threaten people.
Now that we’ve seen Tsukihi and everything she comes with, let’s take her out for a photo shoot!
The weather is fickle as ever, but on this particular day, it was warm enough for some outdoor pictures! Of course whether or not there’s anything to photograph is another story…
*Update* This was the only photo really salvageable from my original shoot, but thanks to her outfit, Tsukihi has had many photo opportunities since. This includes an Autumn camping trip and spring photo fun!
Tsukihi may not have exceptional accessories or pose ability, but her cuteness and diverse selection of faces bring a simple charm that can be appreciated regardless. I’d say she’s one of those figmas that doesn’t need to be part of a set, and can even be loved by those who aren’t familiar with the character. I’d recommend her for new collectors(as long as you’re careful not to separate her yukata flap), fans of Nisemonogatari, or anyone who just wants a nice figma. A solid figma release.