E-2046 1/7 Kashiwazaki Sena 'Y shirt'
|KIT #:||FG 7693|
|PRICE:||$43.42 shipped (about 5 years ago)|
|DECALS:||Two eye options|
|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
|NOTES:||Resin kit with paper pantsu.|
Haganai (はがない), short for Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (僕は友達が少ない, literally "I Don't Have Many Friends"), is a Japanese light novel series written by Yomi Hirasaka, illustrated by Buriki, and published by Media Factory. It has been given several manga adaptations; the first incarnation, its title and basic plot unchanged, began serialization in 2010; it was written and illustrated by Itachi and published in Monthly Comic Alive. A retelling of the series, written by Misaki Harukawa and illustrated by Shuichi Taguchi and called Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai+ was published in Jump SQ.19. A 12-episode anime adaptation by AIC Build aired in Japan between October and December 2011. An original video animation episode was released on September 26, 2012. A second anime season, Haganai NEXT, aired between January and March 2013. A live-action film adaptation was released on February 1, 2014.
Sena Kashiwazaki (柏崎 星奈 Kashiwazaki Sena) is a blonde-haired schoolmate who is described as "perfect in every way except for her personality." The daughter of the school's chairman, Sena shows a dislike of all things "ordinary". She is both attractive and academically successful, but her arrogance precludes her from making female friends, and she treats her male classmates as slaves. She enjoys playing video games, particularly bishoujo (games where the main character tries to win over a girl) because they allow her to make female (if virtual) friends, although some of the games have embarrassing adult content. She does not get along with Yozora, who calls her "Meat" (肉 Niku), Although she originally joins the Neighbors Club to learn how to make friends, she develops feelings for Kodaka after he scolds her for inciting an incident during their trip to the swimming pool. When it is revealed that, fourteen years previously, her father arranged a marriage between her and Kodaka (his best friend's son) Sena confesses her feelings and proposes to Kodaka. In the anime, Sena is voiced by Kanae Itō in Japanese and by Jad Saxton in English. In the live-action film, she is portrayed by Mio Otani.
I picked up this figure as I enjoyed the anime and like scantily clad figures. This one meets both requirements. One thing about these types of figures from E-2046 is that the molding is superlative. There are never any air pockets, miscast bits and the folks who produce these take the additional effort to remove all but a sliver of the resin casting blocks. They even go so far as to sand away most of the mold seams on large pieces. The engineering is such that the pieces fit very well and often in such a way that you can prepaint pieces prior to assembly. To top it off the pieces are packaged separately and E-2046 packages their kits in such a way that they arrive from their trip from Hong Kong in perfect condition.
If there is a downside to these figures it is that shipping can be quite expensive for the large ones. In addition, there is no assembly guide for most of these; simply a photograph of the completed model. In addition, no painting guide is given, but then again, this is not all that unusual even for military figures.
The kit provides 13 pieces along with decals for the eyes. Many modelers are squeamish about painting these large eyes,and the decals help a lot. In reality, they are not difficult to do once one has built a few of these kits.
As this is basically a nude with an open dress draped over it, one has to be fairly good at painting large areas of skin. The kit does include a pair of paper underwear if one feels that is necessary when displaying it. I'm not sure what the textured resin rectangle is for, but get the feeling it may be a stand of some sort. If so, it is, in my opinion, insufficient to keep the figure upright and I'd go for a more robust base.
Those of us who have built figure kits from E-2046 have liked them and find that the fit is such that the kit can go together fairly quickly. Some of them are quite complex both in the number of parts and the painting requirements. Simple ones like this would be a fairly good way to get into this segment of the hobby.
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