Today I’m reviewing a figure that isn’t wearing a skimpy outfit, doesn’t have robust proportions, and is not posed so as to attract attention to her genitals or chest. No, this isn’t some ten cent whore that you’d find from a less reputable anime; it’s Kazaru Uiharu from A Certain Scientific Railgun.
I guess the worst you could say is that a seifuku is a sort of fetish outfit, but even Uiharu’s uniform has a modest look. Her skirt is a sensible length, more than the few meager inches you’d find on other school uniforms. Indeed Uiharu looks like she might be an actual school girl.
The only part that’s even slightly flamboyant is Uiharu’s trademark flower headband. Otherwise it’s an extremely plain figure. It’s a puzzling design considering the manufacturer. Alter doesn’t usually go the low-key route. A lot of their figures are showpieces, with elaborate bases and all manner of fancy bits cleverly sculpted onto the main subject. And yet, with Uiharu, you don’t get any of that.
At about 6000 Yen from Amiami, this figure falls ever so slightly behind the median price of Alter’s figures. So despite the plainness, you’re still paying about the usual price. She’s also 1/8 scale, so you’re not getting more figure for your money by any measure. From a value standpoint, it would be better to go with Kotobukiya’s version.
What this figure has that Kotobukiya’s lacks is the moe. Through her pose and expression, Alter has really piled on the moe. They’ve also gotten the facial proportions spot on, so she looks very much like her super-moe anime self. Her good-natured, semi-embarrassed smile isn’t complex but it is exceedingly adorable.
The sculpt and finish, as you’d expect from Alter, are top-notch. Even though Uiharu as a concept is not very elaborate, Alter has managed to pile on an impressive amount of detailing to reward those who look closely. From the pleats in her skirt to her layered hair to the sculpted undershirt, Uiharu is visually interesting wherever you look.
The paint job is clean enough, par for course with Alter. The only part that doesn’t look good is the safety pin on her Judgment armband. It looks like a silver blob, and isn’t exactly out of the prime viewing angle. Aside from that, it’s a very professional looking figure. Even the tiny lines on the Judgment emblem are neat and straight.
For around $75, you’re not getting a great deal. I’m sure it’ll hit the bargain bin soon enough, so it’s probably wise to wait. If you’re a Railgun or Uiharu fan, though, I’m glad to report that Alter has done a great job capturing Uiharu’s essence.