Time for another review! It’s the main guitarist of Afterschool Teatime: Yui Hirasawa from the anime and manga K-ON! I wanted to do a review of her for a while now, but I think I picked the best time, because this Tuesday, the second season of the anime will start!
A quick intro to one of my favorite anime girls, thanks to Wikipedia:
She is one of the members of the light music club and plays a Heritage Cherry Sunburst Gibson Les Paul Standard electric guitar that she nicknames “Giita”. She does not get good grades in school (though when properly coached, she can achieve astounding results) and is easily distracted by trivialities. Yui is clumsy and easily spaces out most of the time. She takes a huge liking for any kind of food (she practically never gains weight, which is greatly envied by Mugi and Mio). She has her younger sister Ui, who is the very mature and down-to-earth opposite of Yui, to take care of her and keep herself in line. Yui works extremely hard to get better at playing guitar, which is shown in later chapters. During performances, Yui plays with amazing energy and joy, which usually results in great response from the audience.
Yui is the band’s main vocalist and has perfect pitch—she can tune her guitar perfectly without a tuner, which greatly impresses Azusa, who has played the guitar much longer than Yui. She has a very easy-going nature, but has incredible concentration when hyped, though this is only limited to one subject at a time. She will totally neglect any other things in the process to the point of forgetting anything she has learned beforehand. Despite all of this, Yui is still devoted to her band and will always practice hard enough for the club. At school, she has become quite admired for her great voice.
A quick rotation around Yui~
If you’ve had a Haruhi figma before, you know how they come with outside and inside shoes? In Japan, it’s a custom to wear these gymshoes like shoes inside school. Yui also comes with two pairs:
Yui comes with three faces:
Her trademark “I’m ready!” face~
A cheerful one
And a blank one, just like the Summer Lucky Star figma. I uh… didn’t really bother myself. The sheet aren’t really stickers anymore. You apparently have to cut out the parts and put them on the face, like those old tatoo’s you got with bubblegum. Click here to go to figmablog with a nice tutorial on how to do it. (Good luck!)
Of course, Yui comes with a fair few pairs of hands, but a lot are unique! Lots of the ones I own have those “L”-sign- or “V”-sign hands. She does have the regular fists, both closed and a bit open to stick something in, like Kagamiku’s leek:
Some are specialized for her Giita. One right hand holds a pick and two left hands or for holding different frets on the neck of the guitar.
There is also something else different for this figma. The top three hands are of Yui, the bottom three are of the older Summer Kagami. Kagami’s hands end with a little ball, so the hands don’t fall out of the arms, I guess. However, so many people have had the problem the hands would snap, so you can’t put another hand in the arm’s socket. Yui’s hands are a bit longer and don’t end in a ball. They do fit pretty tight, but are also easier to remove. A big improvement in my opinion. The only other figma’s I have with this new system are Duke Togo and Drossel.
Lastly, Yui also comes with a bag for her guitar and it actually fits in it! However, if you make Yui wear the bag, how would you be able to still put the figma stand in her back? Luckely, she comes with one of those sideways parts, much like Shana and the newer Mikuru figures.
However, the problem usually was that you couldn’t put the stand that far in her back, so your figure would tip over if you moved her around.
Luckely, the hole in Yui’s back is much deeper than older figma’s. Compare it to Kagami:
A lot deeper right? Also a big improvement.
That concludes this review. Yui is one of my favorite characters ever, so of course I got her. However, I can strongly recommend her to any other figma collector or fan. Her guitar is an awesome accessory and it’s obvious this figma is a one with a lot of improvements for the series, as I told about the hands and the hole in her back. The blank face is kinda a pain, I would have preferred normal stickers like the summer version Lucky Star girls. It is also worth mentioning if you manage to find her sister Ui, that their faces and accessories are interchangeable. Ui even comes with those “untan” castanets, especially for Yui 😉