I admit I might have a problem. As I write this there are eight Shinobu figures on display behind me. Well, technically one is Kiss-Shot but yeah, same thing. While the character didn’t really become relevant until the very end of Bakemonogatari, she has kind of become the ultimate moe character for me. Kotobukiya’s rendition here isn’t their first, but it is their most recent. It got a bit lost in the shuffle as I was working on some home improvements when it first arrived. But finally I had the inkling to do a real photo shoot.
Time to look at an oldie! Alter’s Black Hanekawa was first released in 2011, which is probably when I got it. Yeah that seems like something I’d do. It also had a release in 2013, probably coinciding with the return of the Monogatari series. For those unfamiliar with the character, Black Hanekawa is the possessed form of Tsubasa Haneekawa, a cat demon who sucks energy from her victims. I think her popularity is due to her sexy/cute attributes, as I didn’t find her story arc in Bakemonogatari to be all that great. If you’re Alter, though, story is but a trifling matter next to the character design.
Since Shinobu and Hachikuji are best buds now, I wanted to get a shot of them at sunrise. Not much to explain here, just exposed for the figures and tried to tolerate the sun in my eye as much as I could. Being able to get these shots is an advantage of having an east-facing apartment.
I didn’t enjoy Nisemonogatari all that much, partly because my favorite Monogatari characters took a back seat to less interesting ones. At the very least we did get some Senjougahara action, including a memorable scene to open the series. That brings us to this figure, deftly translated to 3D by Kotobukiya.