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Review: Oshino Shinobu (KOTO)Review: Oshino Shinobu (KOTO)

galabluegalablue4 måneder sidenReview
Happy Monday everyone! (。-ω-)ノ

I was requested by user (and friend) victorviper to do a review of ITEM#166882, Koto's Oshino Shinobu. They told me that they kept seeing the figure pop up on Amiami and were tempted to get her, so I thought I'd try to help them decide.

I was honored when victorviper asked me to write a review of a figure I own. (シ_ _)シThey do amazing reviews (actually are some of the first I read on MFC) -- so if you don't read his reviews, you should go read them! I always enjoy them and I know you will to.

Anyway, on to the review ٩(^ᴗ^)۶

BACKSTORY

So I needed some more anime to watch but I didn't know where to start. So, I decided to browse Crunchyroll's online figure selection to see what figures jumped out at me and would maybe help me decide what show I should watch. I believe I saw ITEM#806180 in their shop and thought, "wow, she's cute!". I didn't know anything about the Monogatari franchise and boy, was I in for a wild ride!

In the grand scheme of things, Shinobu ranks pretty low in my rankings of the girls in the show View spoilerHide spoilerI have her ranked 13/14, so don't hate me! Her character just gets in the way of some of my best girls.... Surprisingly enough, she was the very first Monogatari figure I purchased, and she is definitely one of the favorite figures I own.

I purchased her directly from Kotous and she arrived in a matter of days and has been on my shelf ever since. She is the 01/28/2019 re-release.

BOX

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The front of the box includes a very nice large window. I absolutely love the color scheme of this box, and I find that the detailing is very nice on the sides and back. Unfortunately, there's no source material art (unless you count Araragi in silhouette to be "art" haha). More pictures of the box under the spoiler.

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I have to point out that my favorite part of the box happens to be the inside of it. How strange is that? I absolutely love the cardboard artwork inside of the box and had considered, at one point, displaying Shinobu inside of her box -- or taking out the artwork and cutting it out and displaying it behind her. For now, she just sits on my shelf. Find some details of what I'm talking about in the spoiler below.

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Inside the box are also the instructions on how to attach Shinobu's accessories and extra face plate.

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FIGURE

So, normally I would next talk about the figure's base, but the figure is attached to the base by a screw and is not detachable. View spoilerHide spoilerhttps://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2019/10/21/2318558.jpeg
It makes for lousy pics of the base, BUT that being said, this base is one of my absolute favorite bases I own, and you'll see why in a second.

But, before we get into that, let's take a look at Shinobu's extra face plate and her donut box.

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Shinobu has two face plates, a sweet happy one and what I can best describe as "hehe". I don't really prefer this face plate, so back into the blister it goes!

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Shinobu also comes with a box of donuts, because we all know this girl needs them STAT. I think the box is very well designed and the color scheme goes perfect with her. I found the box difficult to attach to the figure at first and found it falling off every time I would reposition her, but I've found a trick and now it stays put.

And now, for the beautiful Shinobu in all of her glory.

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This is my preferred angle of displaying her. I find that when her base is front on, you don't get the full effect of her cute wide eyed look, excited that she's about to take the first bite of her donut!

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This base is one of the favorite bases I own. I find that the design is really wonderful and I actually love that she's screwed into the base. It makes her feel like she's really built to last. I also just love the texture of the base. It's almost matte and it's smudge resistant. Also, who can pass up some lore inside of a base?!

I always display Shinobu with her hat, and you'll see why below. I like her hat for a couple of reasons. One, the hat is magnetic, which allows it to be taken on and off easily.

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You can find the magnet inside of the hat. This magnetic hat allows for easy placement and allows you to move it around.

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The hat hides Shinobu's hair seam, which is a necessary evil as you change face plates. If I didn't have a hat on her at all times, I might be bothered by her hair seam and place her on a top shelf so I wouldn't have to look at it, but since she has a hat it's all good.

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The rest of Shinobu's hair is blonde, obviously. I have heard a lot of people complain that blonde hair doesn't get enough variation, but maybe I've just been lucky with the blondies I've chosen. Koto has done a good job coloring Shinobu's hair, as you can see a lot of variation in the coloring from all angles.

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Her straw hat is sculpted beautifully. I love how it feels like it's flopping in the wind as Shinobu runs down the street after she's bought her donuts, excited for her first bite. If I was her, I would be choosing the old fashioned donut. Those are my favorite.

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I also have to point out how I love that all of her ribbons on her clothes and her dress are flowing the same way. This really gives you a dynamic, summer wind swept vibe.

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Look how cute Shinobu's expression is with this face plate. I absolutely love how they made sure to include her little teeth when she's smiling. You can definitely make out that she has fangs and is cute but deadly!

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Shinobu's back has a beautiful defined center to it, but not really any shoulder blades I could peek. However, you really have to get in there to look at it. I like the back definition as it makes sense with her posing. Also note how the hair looks well shaded, even from this angle.

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I like the definition in Shinobu's dress as she's slightly turning. This outfit is faithful to Nisemonogatari and is straight from the anime. White can be difficult to shade well, but I have no complaints here.

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The back of her dress is also beautiful, I love how the white apron begins to separate from the pink skirt as it's really being swept away by the wind. It helps give a stagnant figure a dynamic pose, even though she's not in action mode.

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Nothing to see her ankle wise! (lol)

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Shoe wise, however, I think they did a pretty good job. I removed the small plastic piece that you can slide under her heel to give her more stability. I like her toe sculpt (never thought I would say that...)

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Her fingers leave a lot to be desired, in my opinion. They are decently sculpted, but the fingernails have no real definition. I do like that the bracelet moves.

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It's not very apparent in these pictures, but I really like how her calves are sculpted.

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Especially the one on the right, I like how they took specific details to make her knees look well sculpted and her calves look like she's in movement. She just looks so slender and dainty that you wouldn't know she could kill you at any moment.

Everyone can thank my parents who kindly pointed out to me when I first got her that she's wearing underwear (lol). View spoilerHide spoilerhttps://static.myfigurecollection.net/upload/pictures/2019/10/21/2318588.jpeg

COMPARISONS

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First up is next to Shinobu is ITEM#97172, GSC's Sakura Kyouko. I don't have these two on the same shelf (they're diagonal from each other currently), but Sakura was the first pairing I thought of. Both girls have dynamic windswept poses, cute little fangs, and an item of food in their hand. They're also both slightly bent over in their posing.

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I could imagine these two sitting down in the park and sharing their donuts and taikyakis.

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Next up I decided to pull ITEM#78404, GSC's Kaname Madoka. Why did I decide to pick these two to go together? Well, for some reason, I thought about Kyuube and Araragi. Somehow, the four of these characters all have similar relationships in my own mind (familiars, being tied together, making deals, etc). Other than that, they both have super cute expressions and lots of bows.

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Lastly is ITEM#91359, Koto's Urameshi Yuuske. At first glance these two have nothing in common besides both being 1/8 and being from Koto ... but oh boy, are you wrong!

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They both have magnets in their heads x) Unfortunately, Puu and Shinobu are opposites so Puu refused to sit on her head, but Yuuske had no quarrels about wearing Shinobu's hat!

FINAL THOUGHTS

I really love my Shinobu figure, and I'm glad that I chose this one out of all the figures out there. I love her summer wind swept design. It makes me feel that a gentle breeze has just come through my room, and it makes me want to eat a donut!

I don't know if it would be a flaw for some people, but I've never really had a figure that was screwed on to it's base. I really, really love the design of this base (tells a story, pretty compact, anti-smudge), and I find the screw gives her extra stability.

The only major flaw for me in this figure is the head seam, but I think it's easily hidden with her hat. When viewing her from the side it's quite noticeable. At first I thought the seam was so intense because I did not put her face plate on right, but then I remembered I never changed her face plate at the start (lol), so I've been trying to push the hair together more but it just seems like that's how it is.

Some people think the donut thing is tired, which I can agree to -- there's so much to Shinobu other than donuts ... but man, we just have to make due, especially when this figure is twice as sweet!

Thanks for reading my review and have a great rest of your day. Enjoy a donut later or something, I wish I could~! (´⌣`ʃƪ)
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Cloudberry (4 måneder siden) #69152905Magnets for her hat that'll allow easy placement? Yo, that's some next level thinking.
Thanks for the review. I've watched the Bakemonogatari series and I thoroughly enjoyed it; I never got around watching the rest of it >.> I always see figures and artwork of Shinobu and I've been curious on why she's popular but haven't had the time to watch the series on why she's so popular.
Also, I always enjoy figure boxes that has super pretty insides — it makes me want to cut the box open and use the insides as background to display figures but at the same time, it'll be a waste of a perfectly good box >.>


Honestly, I love the show but I don't really like Shinobu's character all that much. One thing that's great about the show is that there's literally a best girl for everyone in it lol.

Gah, I really had to stop myself from cutting out the inside of the box. I also really love Alter's Nadeko's box ... beautiful insert.
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Magnets for her hat that'll allow easy placement? Yo, that's some next level thinking.

Thanks for the review. I've watched the Bakemonogatari series and I thoroughly enjoyed it; I never got around watching the rest of it >.> I always see figures and artwork of Shinobu and I've been curious on why she's popular but haven't had the time to watch the series on why she's so popular.

Also, I always enjoy figure boxes that has super pretty insides — it makes me want to cut the box open and use the insides as background to display figures but at the same time, it'll be a waste of a perfectly good box >.>
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Scones (4 måneder siden) #69152885A very fantastic review. You’re very observant and your descriptions make this review accurate and enjoyable. I considered getting Koto’s Shinobu but my eye is now on the Alter one. GSC’s Shinobu’s red eyes and lackadaisical face are making her less impressive to me than she once was. Thanks for the good read. :)

x) thanks so much! i had read somewhere that GSC's Shinobu had difficulty sitting on her throne of donuts, but I love how she has mementos from all of the girls in the show thrown in there. I like Alter's Shinobu as well and would love to see them standing next to each other, especially because they're dressed the same.
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A very fantastic review. You’re very observant and your descriptions make this review accurate and enjoyable. I considered getting Koto’s Shinobu but my eye is now on the Alter one. GSC’s Shinobu’s red eyes and lackadaisical face are making her less impressive to me than she once was. Thanks for the good read. :)
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LittlePisces (4 måneder siden) #69149348Not sure if intentional, but I like how you matched up Shinobu with Kyoko since they are both from Shaft shows and they love to eat!
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"You want some?"


Hehe, they're girls after my own heart!
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Monogatari is one of those series I should catch up on. I like how Araragi is seen as a shadow on the base. Not sure if intentional, but I like how you matched up Shinobu with Kyoko since they are both from Shaft shows and they love to eat!
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"You want some?"
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galablue (4 måneder siden) #69147131omg! that's so cool! thank you so much for sharing, i didn't know this existed! i guess it's kind of funny i paired her with two madoka characters without knowing, lol.
My pleasure!

Speaking of more collabs : one for the Monogatari PucPuc App (Japanese only) - thanks to this tumblr post
Or for Magia Record x Madogatari: www.crunchyroll...
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stars_n_kisses (4 måneder siden) #69146972Now that you mention both shows,there was a collab named Madogatari in celebration of Shaft's 40th anniversary: www.crunchyroll...
They even have items here in the database:
ENTRY #123734
browse.v4.php?v...


omg! that's so cool! thank you so much for sharing, i didn't know this existed! i guess it's kind of funny i paired her with two madoka characters without knowing, lol.
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Now that you mention both shows,there was a collab named Madogatari in celebration of Shaft's 40th anniversary: www.crunchyroll...

They even have items here in the database:
ENTRY #123734
browse.v4.php?v...
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victorviper (4 måneder siden) #69146644Wow, that was quick :).
I never really got into Monogatari, but I've always liked Shinobu's character design (particularly since Poyoyon Rock did the character designs), and I am a fan of blonde characters, vampire girls, and I like the sundress+straw hat combo in this figure.
I never realized how insanely popular this figure was (almost 1100 people on here own her?), and based on your review I'm very tempted to get this figure, as she would pair well with ITEM #27853 which is one of my favorites.
Thanks for the review, and for the shout-out :).


x) haha, i had her box above my desk so it was an easy grab to do today when i was looking to do something other than my work. i think she definitely would pair well with her, they would have a nice vibe. i definitely like this one because of the base design, all of her other bases are typically something to do with donuts.
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