Jubei was actually an old purchase and an even older figure but I figured it’d be a good time to visit old pastures with a Flash Review! Jubei comes from the Hyakka Ryoran Samurai Girls series by Hobby Japan and although the anime has ended the steady stream of merchandise still flows strong. We missed her first release in late 2009 and was only just able to catch her August 2010 re-release.
Jubei was the first figure of the Hyakko Ryoran Samurai Girls franchise and originally released in 2009 by Alter. There is an anime linked above but I’m not going recommend it as I thought it was nothing special. Anwyay Jubei turned out to be very popular and got a rerelease in 2010, which we barely managed to get in on.
Since then Alter has come out with 5 other of the girls, we’ve got Hattori Hanzo and Senhime here. Also, other figure manufacturers have made different figures of the girls in various poses and outfits.
I think one of my favorite things about Jubei is her color scheme. That red hair and pink outfit with orange, white, and black highlights makes for a pleasing palette. Is it just me or is soft pink an awesome color for figures? I love Jubei’s outfit, at the base its just a schoolgirl outfit sans a bottom and for such a simple concept, that’s awesome. I love how Alter made all the Samurai Girls curvy and with some meat. I love Jubei’s pose as well, that sassy salute makes me want to salute her back whenever I see her.
On top of that they’ve added lots of ropes. Ropes in her hair, chest, arms, legs, back, everywhere! The ropes are superbly detailed, especially the ones on her back have some kind of weathering to make them look more realistic. On her legs, you can even see how the rope pinches them slightly. The swords on her legs are awesome with really nice detailing. One mystery is how her swords attach to her legs. She has ropes on her thighs but they don’t really wrap around the swords or anything, the swords just kind of float there. But oh well, laws of anime I suppose.
Looking at her back, we get a delicious look at her panties and the full extent of all those ropes on her back. Right below the ropes is a little drum. Wait, where did that come from? Who cares, it looks cool. As opposed to the rest of the figure the red ropes on the drum are actual string. Someone actually had to loop and tightly wrap that string around the drum. Impressive.
The one issue I have with her character design is her ankles. On first glance, she’s got nice long legs but if you look closely where her shin-guard thingys taper for her ankles, and then they start flaring out again before her actual foot.. what? Somehow, along with her large sandals, it makes her feet look freakishly big, even though they’re actually normal sized. Thankfully, you can’t notice it as much from her preferred front-on viewing angle.
But all in all, Jubei was a great purchase and was very much worth the trouble to get her. Out of all the Jubei figures released so far, this one has to be my favorite. She was last released in August 2010 and no longer in the major Japanese retailers. In the secondary market she seems to be in fairly high demand and prices were around 9000 yen in the last Mandarake listing. We happened to get her from a local retailer in Australia, Tamarket, who have also sold out of her. There are tons of other reviews of Yagyu Jubei out there if you want to read proper reviews, here’s a couple:
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