ホロ ～ Horo
Posted by meronpan on May 27, 2009
A bit tardy with this review, suman!
Good ‘ol horo ^^ There’ve been a few releases based on the light novel art but Good Smile Company’s was the first that captured her anime rendition to my liking.
Fell in love with her tail and way of speaking – went and bought all the light novels yet I haven’t even finished the first one yet orz.
Kind of tiny at 1/8 (20cm tall)
I prefer her ears but I couldn’t quite get them perfectly flush with her head ;_;
Display options include the cast off skirt, vest, alternate tail and hat.
I had a heck of a time getting the dang red thing + metal ring attached… ended up snapping the end that connects to her ;_;
It didn’t snap all the way and put a little blue tac in the hole to help it stay in place… Didn’t want to glue it because you have to attach it to a different piece when you swap her skirt in/out.
Don’t think her other tail fits when her skirt is on.
The big bow thing detaches so that you can affix it to her skirtless mode part.
Keeping her legs warm
I still don’t quite get the metal ring accessory thing… guess it could make for a good makeshift weapon? ^^;
Got a lot better results with a white bg this time. Reduced the height of one of my lights and placed it underneath the bg. Still not perfect, but working with what I have I think it turned out ok.
Ah yes, in regards to horo’s face… put together a collage that hopefully points out why I have issues with it…
Perhaps it’s that her face is a little too round? At first I thought it was her eyes, but on second thought they seem fine… or maybe also that her nose isn’t very well defined? In the end it wasn’t enough to bother me though.
Back in my Airi review, sonic noticed some chromatic aberration in my shots… I started to notice it too in horo’s hair in some of my shots this time. Not sure if there’s anything I can do about it in terms of camera settings (messed with all sorts stuff to no end)… perhaps I’ll have to look again at the lighting and some post processing options.
Overall I’m pretty happy how these shots came out though. Definitely an improvement over previous attempts (even if her hat/hands kind of bleed into the bg ^^;;).
Still like black bg results too thou ^^;
Wish she didn’t have the swappable parts so her ears were better attached to her head. Oh yes, almost forgot. You can take her vest off too – forgot to get some shots off ^^;
At any rate, with another season of horo goodness coming up, I think I’m prepared now ^^
Looks like Volks has a figure coming out though I’m not sure I like that one better.
Update: now with more Flying Pussyfoot! Click for Blowfish’s outdoor review.
For comparison to the light novel rendition, check out optic’s review of kotobukiya’s release.
Yet another update: I need to stay on top of my blog reading… hit up 3D Complex for even more pics (GSC)!