I’ve had this Hitagi figure sitting around for about a month now and have only just recently decided to attack the poor girl with our camera. Looking back, I think it might have been the prototype of this figure that finally prompted me to actually watch the Bakemonogatari anime. The combination of the innovative figure design and enjoyment of the anime and Senjougahara’s character made this a figure that neither of us wanted to miss out on so we pretty much placed our preorder the day they went up!
Senjougahara Hitagi (戦場ヶ原 ひたぎ, Senjōgahara or even Senjyogahara Hitagi according to her figure box) originates from the Bakemonogatari series which first got it’s start as a light novel written by Nisio Isin and later received a popular anime adaptation by SHAFT. Hitagi herself is the main character of the Hitagi Crab arc and she’s a self proclaimed tsundere who has a tendency to conceal massive amounts of stationery in her clothing. If you’d like to know more about Hitagi and Bakemonogatari, hop over to the Bakemonogatari Wikipedia page here.
Above is a short video of Hitagi’s opening for the anime, Staple Stable. I really like her opening song so I thought I’d include it!
The figure itself is manufactured by Good Smile Company and was released mid January 2011 after a few delays. She was sculpted by Tokunaga Hironori and her retail price is around the 9333 yen mark and while she doesn’t come cheap, Hitagi comes with a few extras that I’ll get to later on in the review. She stands at about 210 mm in height which makes her a decent sized 1/8 scale figure.
Good Smile Company and the sculpter have done a wonderful job of capturing the illustration this Hitagi figure is based off in 3D form and I’m particulary impressed that they have pulled off a figure that’s supposed to be viewed by it’s profile so well.
I believe that one of the things that turned a few people off this Senjougahara sculpt is how her face looks from front on. Personally, I think it looks a little strange too but I can’t quite put my finger on why! I don’t really like the look of her mouth from the front and something about her eyes also seems off. However, Hitagi’s profile looks spot on to me and as that’s the angle I mostly view her from so I can let the minor issues I have with her face slide.
The highlight of this figure is definitely the stationary coming from Hitagi’s skirt! I doubt Luth and I would have bought this figure if it wasn’t for the stationary since while Hitagi is one of our favourites from the show, we tend to lean towards more elaborate character designs when it comes to figures and Hitagi is a little.. well.. I don’t want to say boring but let’s just say her character design isn’t all that fancy!
All the detail that’s gone into the little pieces of stationary is nothing short of incredible! It almost looks like the stuff coming out of her skirt is actually useable! Good Smile Company blogger Mikatan has a few interesting posts on how the stationary was made in the factory here and here.
Hitagi’s base is a simple clear disk which uses 3 pegs to plug into holes in her feet. She stands solidly on it and doesn’t wobble around at all so stability shouldn’t be an issue. Luth and I had a bit of trouble attaching her stationary to the base, we wanted it to look like it does in the promo shots but every time we attached it, it was sticking out at weird angles all over the place! In the end, we just followed Mikatan’s guide on her blog and had her set up in no time after that. A set of instructions comes with the figure and they’re easy enough to follow.. you pretty much just have to twist the stationary around after attaching it to the included pegs until you’re happy with the way it looks.
Falling stationary isn’t the only thing this Hitagi has going for her, the detail of the sculpt itself is gorgeous! The clothing folds are so well done and natural looking that sometimes I find it hard to believe that I’m looking at a piece of hard PVC and not soft fabric. The paint job is good too – no complaints from me in that area!
I love the way her skirt looks from the back! Some parts of her stationary are stuck on the bottom of this skirt so it might look a little strange if you decide to display her in this skirt without the stationary that attaches to her base.
Am I weird for finding her hands cute? Yeah, probably but look at them! Even her little fingernails are painted. I couldn’t resist including photos of them..
The shading on Hitagi’s hair is nicely done using pinks and purples but it can look a little excessive in certain lighting. She does sport a rather large seam line across the top of her head but it’s something most PVC figures have and with the way Hitagi’s character is designed, there isn’t really a way to hide it.
I mentioned earlier that Hitagi comes with a few extras and those extras would be the alternative skirt and stapler holding hands in the above photos. You can’t usually see her panties from a straight viewing angle but I seem to have taken quite a few unintentional panty shots for this review but I’m sure someone out there might appreciate it, haha.
Okay, so this shot wasn’t exactly unintentional but as you can see.. Hitagi’s skirt is able to be cast off so you can have her standing around in her underwear if you like. I’ve also got her standing without her base here and she can balance well on her own feet but I wouldn’t be brave enough to display her like that since a slight knock would probably tip her over!
She’s got some adorable stationary print on her pants just like in the show and has had a cute little belly button sculpted in for her.
GSC Hitagi also comes with a couple of pieces of loose stationary (scissors and a box cutter) for you to scatter over her base. She also has nice, shiny shoes! Speaking of shiny, what’s the deal with the super glossy thigh highs that some figures (including this one) have? Is it a Good Smile Company thing?
The slightly disturbing image above is what Senjougahara Hitagi looks like when she’s disassembled. I’ve kept the stationary attached to the base but it can be removed easily, I just didn’t want to have to rearrange it again after this photo. Oh, check out those freaky hands attached to her skirt!
It’s really easy to swap her parts over and I didn’t run into any paint transfer issues when casting her skirt off. She comes with a set of basic instructions (in Japanese but with pictures) should you run into any trouble though.
Her box is a nice design based off the opening video I linked at the start of this review. Please excuse the reflection of the camera and tripod in the box window!
Overall, I’m really happy with GSC’s clever take on Senjougahara Hitagi and prefer her over Kotobukiya’s version which is a nice figure but a little too bland for my tastes. If you’re in the market for a Hitagi figure but aren’t pleased with either of them, Alter have also have an upcoming figure of her which looks like it’s turning out really nicely!
Hitagi has only been out for a couple of months as of writing so she shouldn’t be too hard to find at around her retail price if you’d like to buy her.
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