南極さくら ~ Nankyoku Sakura!
Posted by meronpan on May 13, 2009
Presenting the main character of ペンギン娘 (Penguin Girl), 南極さくら (nankyoku sakura)!
As returning readers are probably aware, my first shoot with the new umbrella lamps. Very happy with both the lights and the figure ^^
Yet another manga turned anime (with the slightly augmented title,ペンギン娘♥はぁと (penguin musume haato (penguin girl heart))), kinda unique in that the broadcast of this series happened on niconico douga. Not sure if the official vids are still there but here’s ep 1 part 1 on youtube:
I’ve only watched the first 5 episodes or so… and don’t really remember this outfit but you learn pretty quick that this is totally inline with sakura’s character ^^
An energetic cosplay loving otaku, love how Alter has portrayed her. Though let’s get the low point out of the way real quick…
I dunno about you, but I was pretty disappointed when I saw the big lump of hair. Guess I shoulda known what to expect from the preview shots, but still… It just feels like it’s missing a lot.
Anyhow, back to the good stuff.
Her outfit is well executed, love all the fine details.
Love all the ribbons.
mmm and the tail~ ^^
The bells were a nice touch.
Base isn’t bad. They actually did something kinda different with the heart shape and penguin.
Noticed that her maid outfit is actually pretty short.
her chikubi are… ^^;; ノーブラ？！ (no bra?!)
Love her face. Wonderfully faithful to the character, love how they did her bangs ^^
Tiny little spec on her hand.
Only got around to one shot with a reflector ^^;
Think I need to explore that further… here’s the same shot with umbrella lamps on either side…
Saber comes to assert her maid dominance.
Saber’s larger scale yet even more finely detailed outfit keeps her at the top of my maid figure ranking ^^
GSC made a sakura release too. Also very nice looking – goth-loli yukata woulda normally swayed me but Alter’s attention to detail and energy of the pose won in the end. Maybe I’ll pick up the other version if they have a sale or something ^^; (as in, wholy crap, did you see the hlj sale? don’t think i saw sakura, but as blowfish mentioned, insaaaaane deals and not just on no name figures. lots of things are not on sale any more like alter’s signum, but teana and louise are still available for < 5000 yen, alpha omega lala for ~4000 yen, etc!!!)
This release left me craving more penguin musume figures but alas, don’t think I’ve seen any besides sakura… Anyhow, a great figure. I recommend watching a few episodes of the anime (web broadcast, so the episodes are short too!) if you haven’t already then buying her immediately :P Well, it’s definitely a service heavy series so I guess I wouldn’t forcefully push that on everyone ^^;
Any other reviews out there yet? Saw that eltboy got her recently, but that was about it…
Update: stop by Nopy’s blog for a review of both this and GSC’s version!
Update 3: Stop by Exelica Meteor for James’ GSC version review!
Update 4: Blowfish has some review pics for ya too~