I asked TakeT0mb0 which one I should review first of the July/August loot post. He chose this cute little Nendoroid Petit set, that orginally got sold exclusively in some of Japan’s biggest stores. Luckely for us, some websites like Otacute got some as well, selling them for regular prices ($25) before they get bumped to $80 on eBay. (Sadly, I’m not kidding.)
The box~ I was lucky here, the shipment box got a bit dented, but there was enough space/padding for the content to surive! Weirdly, I can’t see the piece of flooring I could see in the original photos. Where is it?
There it is~! I didn’t realise they used black plastic, since every other figure I’ve had, had clear plastic for this.
The floor has four holes to put the plastic stands in for the girls. This is pretty nice, so you don’t have to display them on this circle-shaped mini stands those Nendoroid Petits usually get shipped with.
They are still included of course, in case you don’t like the floor.
Before we continue, what exactly IS The Touhou Project? I had no idea to be honest, if it’s not based on an anime, manga or dating sim, then what’s left? Help us out, Wikipedia!
The Touhou Project (東方Project, Tōhō Purojekuto?), also known as Toho Project or Project Shrine Maiden, is a Japanese dōjin game series focused on bullet hell shooters made by the one-man developer Team Shanghai Alice, whose sole member, known as ZUN, is responsible for all the graphics, music, and programming for the most part. The Touhou Project began in 1996 with the release of the first game, Highly Responsive to Prayers, developed by the group Amusement Makers for the Japanese NEC PC-9801 series of computers. The 1st game of the Touhou series, released in 1996. It is not a vertical top-down shooter like most other games in the series, and is similar to Arkanoid instead. Reimu Hakurei, the perpetual protagonist, was introduced in this game. Reimu Hakurei enters through the gateway into another world, intent on locating and punishing the one responsible for destroying her shrine. Players shoot yin yang orbs into amulets and the level is over once all the amulets are gone. If the player runs out of time on a level, bullets will rain down until the player completes the level or dies. Bosses are defeated by hitting the orb into them until their life is fully depleted.
TL;DR: it’s a moe style space shooter! Simple enough! Let’s take a look at the girls that came with this first set! You’ve already seen Aya Syameimaru:
Playable character in Touhou 9, main character of Touhou 9.5 (the only one to be the sole main character of a Touhou game other than Reimu), main character of the fanbook Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red, stage 4 boss in Touhou 10, and playable character in Touhou 10.5, as well as 12.3. Aya is a reporter and photographer who runs Gensokyo’s one-woman newspaper, the Bunbunmaru Shinbun. She has a serious character, at odds with her reporting; she loves rumors and her newspaper is filled with gossip about the girls of Gensokyo, sometimes on the verge of being a tabloid. To Reimu’s irritation, however, she rejects the stories of a certain miko saving Gensokyo as unverifiable. Not one to show off, she rarely fights of her own volition, though she has contempt for those she thinks are weak. As a tengu, she has power over the wind and is the most skilled flier in all of Gensokyo. Her bullets are extremely fast compared to most.
This little drunk girl is Suika Ibuki!
A girl who insists that she is an oni, even though Gensokyo supposedly doesn’t have any. Suika and Yugi Hoshiguma were once part of the four devas of the mountains, long ago before the oni retreated underground. As an oni, she loves drinks, feasts, and competition. Despite her small size, she is strong in strength, speed, and mystic powers; she is also several hundred years old. Using her ability to control density, she can gather people to form a banquet, or she can scatter herself to become mist. In Immaterial and Missing Power, she made the residents of Gensokyo have feasts one night after another, intending to draw the joyous oni from hiding.
She’s my favourite of this set, mainly because she looks drunk.
Her plastic stand is shaped quite differently like the regular ones, making it even harder to get it in the floor and in her hair. It has always been hard to get those stands in the base AND in the character without breaking it, but this one was a real challenge!
Lastly, we have Reimu. Together with Marisa probably the most famous Touhou character.
Reimu is the main character of Touhou games 1-12. She is the shrine maiden of the Hakurei Shrine, a remote building far in the east where the boundaries of Gensokyo and the human world overlap. Reimu is very easygoing—some would say lazy—and hates training. As such, even though she’s naturally talented, her offensive and magical abilities are only average. However, she has a strong sense of duty, and if it’s for the sake of Gensokyo she can overcome almost any obstacle through sheer perseverance. Her main abilities are flying in the sky, good intuition, and getting along with everyone; even those who were once her enemies. In the games, she is characterized by her homing amulets and yin-yang orbs.
What I like most about Reimu is that she has a broom! No need for that annoying base stand thing!
The broom is removable, so you could exchange it with other Nendoroid Petits, like Saber’s Excalibur.
Or even Miku’s leek!
There’s also a donations box included. Reimu is a shrine maiden, so I guess it can be used to make a little shrine of some sorts.
Okay, I really don’t want to do this, but I need to get all three of those in the holes. I did Aya’s first, to get the hardest out of the way. Reimu’s and Suika’s took equally long though. Why is this made to be so hard! Compare it to figma bases and see how easy they are to do!
They’re finally in. It’s such a tight fit it even became VERY hard to turn the stands around in their socket. I will probably never get them out without breaking them, so I won’t try.
There, the girls are all in, just barely. I’m especially careful with Suika because her stand looked like it would break with no effort. If have broken some of those things before on other sets and try to avoid it from happening again xD;
I’ve been asked why I never give a rating to the figures I review. It’s basically because in my eyes, ratings are useless. You either like the figure or not and after reading a review I usually have already decided if I would buy it or not, it being a game, a movie or a figure. For example, Pokemon Black and White will be released in a month and I’ve already preordered the Japanese game, no matter how good or bad it will be. Anyway, for those who really want to know my rating: I give it an 7 out of 10. The figures look fine, the price wasn’t too high (though it has already doubled right now) and the figures look fine. I haven’t spotted any error on either of the three, but that’s a personal experience that varies for each figure. Your set may get errors, but out of my experience this isn’t usually the case with Nendoroid Petits. The downside is (as always) the so hard to use base stands. The donations box is pretty useless in my eyes as well. Lastly, the next set will get a different piece of floor (grass). It would have been much cooler if they all got the same so you could put them next to each other to make one big stage, but that’s just a minor complaint.
I wonder if there are any fans of the Touhou Project outside of Japan. I personally like what I’ve seen of the series so far, so I decided to get this set~ I just thought the girls looked cute, which is what I usually go for when looking for new figures to get. If you already have some Nendoroid Petits, and you can find the set for a reasonable price, I can suggest you to get it. Remember, you can use these girls’ heads on other Nendoroid Petits as well!
Pasu Judgment: 7/10