Yup, Figma Shakugan No Shana Black Haired Version! One of the currently goddamn rare Figma to be found by now, especially being an exclusive release. Even, I got this with an unbelievably expensive price although not really much since I can still ask to the seller for a down price – sniffle -. Shana is the female lead character from a light novel by Yashichiro Takahashi & also adapted into anime series titled “Shakugan No Shana”(Burning Eyed Shana). She is a Flame Haze & was formerly human(but as stated in the novels and manga, that once a human makes a contract with a crimson lord, they become a Flame Haze and live forever). Initially she is concentrated solely on her duty as a Flame Haze, going as far as to not bearing even a name. She sees Yuji only as a Torch, an object, marginally interesting because of his status as a Mystes. Yuji, in his need to humanize her, chose to name her “Shana” after her katana. However, she slowly opens up to Yuji, coming to think of him as a person, despite being a Torch, and eventually comes to love him. Until she met Yuji, she was identified by only her Flame Haze title “Flame-Haired Burning-Eyed Hunter,” or her nodachi, Nietono no Shana(Vairocana of the Offering Room). Shana has a habit of saying “Urusai! Urusai! Urusai!” (“Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!”) whenever Yuji asks her questions or makes remarks that disturb her original worldview or embarrass her. But in reality they really care for each other. She has a great fondness for sweets, especially melon bread. Shana is shown to be highly intelligent in the series, she has gotten a perfect score on every exam and is talented in Phys. Ed. She is shown, however, to be naive when it comes to social affairs, once even unabashedly asking “how babies are made”. Well, I think that’s quite informative to know who is she. This Shana version came from her 2nd season of the anime series, as you can see on the center of her display box written Shakugan No Shana Second. Unlike her standard release, this Shana was packed by a flashy Green-Yellow-ish box, & she has a black hair as well with to her pandant(Alastor). The numbering of this series is EX002(quite explained to be marked as an exclusive stuff, eh?), she’s an exclusive release from Dengekiya Magazine. Okay, enough for more of exclusive thingy, it makes me sick to discuss it again let’s straight to her review now. Shana has a lot of interchangeable parts we can use for her.
Well-well… She got 1 extra face plate, Melon Pan, Katana(Nietono no Shana), Stand Set with a extra connector joint to hold her, & Extra interchangeable hand parts with extra 1 pair.
Shana got a long black to brownish hair which sculpted flowing to the right, she’s wearing a green colored Japanese high school girl uniform. Having a long sleeves outfit with a yellow tie accompanied by her pendant(Alastor), some yellow stripes element on some parts, a short green colored skirt that blows by the wind same goes with her lower outfit which reveals her belly, she also wore a long black colored socks & brown colored shoes. Shana is made from painted ABS(Acrylonitrile Butadine Styrene), PVC(Polyvinyl Chloride), POM(Particulate Organic Matter), & PP(Polypropylene). As usual Figma’s articulations & substance are tremendous, using the smooth yet poseable joints of figma, you can act out many scenes, she has been sculpted with a powerful presence, and along with her strong-willed expression the figma truly feels like Shana herself. A flexible plastic was used for her uniform, skirt as well as a part of her hair. Fortunately, unlike my Nene-san one, Shana can move her legs freely since she wore a short waving skirt. All and all, judging from her standard release which was a red head, both of them shares a very little differents.
Wow… She’s quite cute isn’t she? especially those tsundere & strong willed looks, right? Her faces are really faithful to her anime/manga counterpart. But still, I prefer Nene-san since she has more mature looks, of course since older woman taste better for me… – Clears Throat – Well, what do we got here? A normal smile tsundere looking expression(it was already patched into her hair), unlike the red hair, this versions feels more feminine to her. The other one is upset with a blush on her cheek & left looking eyeball, pretty different to the red head one which is serious. Shana has a wide faces making her face looked puffed-up like a baby face, of course it’s the most cutest elements for most anime characters. Shana’s fringe are undeniably pretty solid & well made, however, those fringe are sharp enough. They’re quite dangerous, exersice care during handling her. Her fringe was sculpted different since the Black hair one had a little flow than the Red hair one. Also Shana’s head didn’t have her ahoge(that antenna like hair thingy) hair style, while in most of her appearance she has it. Personally, I won’t bother much since I’m not a big fan of ahoge myself. Shana already looked good just the way she is… What bothers me is, her neck is freak’n long….
Ok, to her view… In both front & back view we get to see her hair is flowng to the right, & much like her bangs Shana’s hair is pretty sweet to look at. The hair was molded pretty sexy for me being in love with a girl who had a long hair, & it was colored pretty smoothly from black to brown-ish. The hair was made from a solid material like her bangs & even more dangerous, since the top of her hair is godlessly sharp as hell. So be very aware on this while handling & I strongly recommend to keep this thing away from children! Both front & side view Shana looked cute, she’s very lovely. In front view again, her tie & pendant(Alastor) also flowing to the right, unlike red head one, the pendant was colored black like her hair. Of course the red head one was flared along with her hair. Well, she only had her pendant but the wire that hold it onto her neck is missing, surely it was too small to add it, maybe? But, actually it’s kinda odd… Since I’ve saw someone on the net made a customized Shana added extra wire for her pendant. The skirt was sculpted thin & smooth as it’s also waving, & it has a pretty acceptable detail along with her lower outfit which reveals her belly. However, despite the skirt having faithful sculpt to the photo shown, but the buttons were colored different. The original photo shown her buttons are yellow metallic, while mine one(maybe some people also…) were painted black. The long socks are brilliant enough to see, black color made the joints looked vague enough. In both side view, Shana’s long hair comes with a mechanism that allows it to be moved left and right to make them more waving.
My my… Shana looked even more beauty with that flowing hair, the flowing hair is definitely works for her action pose especially when she uses her katana to strike. Both Red Head & the Black Hair one almost shares the same sculpt…
Now, Shana’s extra parts a single Katana & 1 Melon Pan. Shana’s main weapon in the series is her katana, the tall is close to herself, it was sculpted pretty great but for some reason I’m not quite satisfied on it. The katana was made from a soft material & it looks breakable(Maybe?) somehow if I’m careless, also to insert the katana into her hand parts was pain in the arse since it’s not that easy to insert it. The Melon Pan is Shana’s favorite food, even from most series I’ve always get to see she’s eating those. The Pan is cute but for me the shape was more like a turtle shell than a Melon itself… & unlike the red head Shana’s version, this Melon Pan was completely in a good shape rather than been bit by Shana herself.
She also comes with a poseable figma stand that makes it possible to recreate various scenes. It’s very common that Figma always included their stand set, however unlike other Figmas. Shana one had extra joint connector to her display hole, to make her be able to move freely. Other things to notice is the hole for the display is quite well hidden. As I have to lift up the collar to reveal the hole, but it’s difficult to fix the stand into it.
Finally, Shana’s hand parts what do we got? From the attached to her box, she got a pair of proximate outstretched palm(Can be used to hold her Melon Pan), outstreched wide open palm(also to hold the Pan), a pair of pointing finger parts, a pair of fistful hand parts, a pair of holding hand parts, & a pair of her extra holding hands that can’t be move up & down, it’s for her additional way to hold her katana. Holding hand parts was mainly for her katana hold. Unfortunately unlike Nene’s holding hand parts, Shana’s fingers were molded stick to her hand. Honestly, this makes me hard to attach her katana into her hand parts. Shana’s hand joints requires a ball attachment to patch her hand parts, & frankly it’s quite difficult to attach the hand parts.
Madre de Dios! Look at you Shana-chan… You’re shorter than Nene-san..
Shana: “URUSAI! URUSAI! URUSAI! BAKA! BAKA! BAKA!”
Phew… Alright, I’ll also discuss the comparison between her & Nene-san… Well, there’s a little thing that made Shana win from Nene-san. Compare to Nene-san, Shana has more extensive sizes for a Figma. Despite being taller than Shana, Nene-san seems to be slimmer than Shana. More convincing when I saw her from side view. Unlike Nene-san, Shana has a chin on her face plates, making her looked more appropriate than Nene-san which has no chin on her entire face plates.. Whenever I saw Figma Nene on the side view, she looks awkward since she didn’t have her chin. Also, since Nene-san wore a longer skirt than Shana, Nene-san has a problem on moving her legs.(as I said on my Figma Nene review)
Figma Shana Black Haired became my 3rd owned Figma(since I got 2 Nene-san but the other one remained unopened). Overall, I’m quite happy to have her, she’s very lovely… However, there’s also many things that I don’t like from her… All and all….
Pros: MF & GSC really did an awesome work on Shana. Despite having faithful looks to her anime/manga counterpart, she’s also poseable & since she has a shorter skirt, I had a less trouble on making her pose. Shana is a solid product & if you’re a fan of Shakugan No Shana & poseable figure, this is a worth buy but currently… The price gets ascended as hell, since she’s hard by now. However, if you’re in Japan you’ll have no worries on getting her since a friend of mine told me that he can still see this in most stores.
Cons: Man, there are a lot of things that I don’t like from her too…
– Her sticked molded fingers on holding hand parts was annoying, it’s kinda hard to insert her katana into her hand.
– Ball joint on her hand parts was pain in the ass whenever I want to attach her hand parts.
– To balance her pose was kinda hard as the hair is quite heavy, she always fell to the ground.
– Being an Exclusive release.
– Being a rare stuff & expensive.
Small Parts: 3/5
Accuracy sculpt: 5/5