Figure Review: Shingyouji Mao, my love for purple hair increases
As stated at the end of the Haruhi review, I had another figure review coming up, and I’m hoping to clear the figure photography backlog now that I have full weekends to actually do stuff. With this figure, I’ve been wanting to photograph her ever since she arrived at my doorstep. So satisfying my infatuation of girls with purple hair, I present Shingyouji Mao.
Like in my last figure post of Max Factory’s Suzumiya Haruhi, I mentioned there was one coming soon, and so here we are. Taken on the same day as the Haruhi shoot, it was great weather and a great location for Mao. Anyway Shingyouji Mao is from the galge Boy Meets Girl. I first found out about this game way back in 2005 when I was in Japan as I kept seeing promo posters around Akihabara. I liked the character designs, especially Mao. Personally I have never played the game so I have no idea of what the story is about.
When I first opened the box and saw Mao in the flesh…. I mean PVC, I was stunned at how awesomely cute she was. Just by looking at her, you can tell Mao is the energetic type of girl, with a pose of running towards you and waving. The colouring scheme of the character design is nice as the maroon uniform blends in so well with her purple hair, having a nice comparison of dark and light colours.
One of the major points about Mao is how well she is sculpted. The uniform has creases to match with Mao’s pose, to make her look natural in every aspect. Things like the flow of the skirt and the pleats, the way the ribbon is tied on both her uniform and on her hair, the small tenderness of her right hand, the slenderness of her legs, and the flow of her hair and how you can see the strands of her hair.
The paintwork is definitely of high quality, although I do find little specks around, but only upon closer inspection. I like how Mao’s hair is of a slight gradient where the top starts off lightish and changes with a tint. Not exactly visible straight away, but it has a nice effect. But what draws me to Mao is her face. Just like the Asakura Otome figure, Mao’s big round eyes are what I like and it reflects the energetic personality she has. Although she doesn’t draw me in like Otome, it definitely does make me want to stare at her all day, lol.
Like all school girl figures nowadays, Mao is no exception to having a removable skirt. As mentioned before, the sculpting is done well in every aspect, including her buttocks. So no point is left untouched. And now I thought I’d try something different this time, and that is include Haruhi in the photo shoot. Normally when I do a figure shoot, I take two or three figures with me, so might as well make the most of them. It looks as if Haruhi is directing another movie, but with Mao as the star.
Product: Shingyouji Mao
Anime/Game: Boy Meets Girl
Produced by: Good Smile Company
Sculptor: Takahiro Obata
Release Date: April 2007
Available: HLJ (available)
When I first saw the promo pictures of Mao, I knew I had to buy her. If not for for the cuteness of Mao, but for my love of girls with long purple hair. There isn’t anything that I can find displeasing about Mao. Having been produced by Good Smile Company, she is definitely of high quality. Even the base I find reasonable with it being a translucent pink with some sort of pattern molded into it. Despite how she is posed, standing on one leg and how her upper body is directed, I doubt she will ever lean. Both her legs are made solid, in fact, the entire figure is rock solid with exception to the hair, ribbons, and skirt. So a well built, well painted, and well sculpted cute figure, it’s something that can’t be passed up.
Moe Check! here are a few points that make this such a moe character:
- Zettai ryouiki
- Twin tails
- Mao’s left hand holding onto her sleeve
- Purple hair
Taken on the same day as the Haruhi shoot, this is still at Olympic Park, but across the road from Telstra Stadium. Right now I would have to say Olympic Park is one of the best places to go for photography as there are many structures you can use as backgrounds. Not to mention that there really isn’t that many people around Olympic Park, unless there is an event being prepared.
The photo shoot was done around about 11 am, but since it’s winter in the Land of Oz, the sun isn’t as strong, and with the use of the trees as a filter do produce some good results. Also to note, Mao is one reason why the figure backlog is building up. I find it extremely difficult to find places to photograph school girl figures as I try to think of the right settings. If I can be bothered, I might do a write up on the things I do when I go out for outdoor figure photography.