After, reviewing lots of SHF figures, here I come again with another Figma figure review again! First of all, this review also dedicated to the anime character who had a tragic past of her life, missing her only lovable little brother… Here comes, Chihaya Kisaragi!! She is an idol from 765 Production, and initially appeared in the arcade version of the game THE iDOLM@STER & the anime adaptation. She is voiced by Asami Imai. A strong woman, gifted with the talent to sing. The young songstress cares about nothing but singing, spending almost all of her time devoted to singing only. She is considered to be “Cool and Serious”, yet also has a very hard time deciding her emotions or what to say at certain times. A difficult person to socialize with, sometimes shutting herself away from people to practice singing and to exercise. Despite these facts, Chihaya does have a soft spot for others, especially for people whom she cares about even though she may never show it. Chihaya’s family consists of herself, her father, her mother, and her deceased little brother, named Yuu in THE iDOLM@STER (anime), who died in a car accident. After his death, her parents began fighting constantly, causing Chihaya to despise them. It is due to this that she became a “cold” person and devoted her life to singing. On her free time, Chihaya loves listening to classical music to help her practice her singing. Okay, time to rape her… Err, I mean time to review her… Figma Chihaya’s box was overally colored plain blue & black under the window box, apparently this is a new box style for every figma product with 200 number series above (maybe…) & this is my 1st figma to have this box style. The product number is 208 & it’s a standard release. Chihaya comes with very supporting accessories to her designs & a bonus of extra Di:stage unit, it makes her box feels heavier than most of my other figmas.
Accessories includes microphone, speaker and lighting equipment, 2 extra face plates, Jewel Seal, Stand Set, Interchangeable hand, & Distage unit. Yeah, this surely fitting enough for her…
Chihaya outfit was dominantly painted in light blue to pinkish for skirt, midriff shirt, & wrist bands, pink for the lines & belt, light pink on the boots & the center of her shirt, gold colored buttons, belt buckles, motives on the collar, & necklace but, some buttons are colored dull silver. Frankly, some of her paintjob are slightly dissapointing but, not really a big deal… She’s overally made from simply Plastic material, so yeah, she’s very light to hold.
Chihaya’s face was faithfully referenced from her anime counterpart & she’s included with 3 variable face parts, as you can see above. I must say her gentle smile & serious singing face are so very fitting to her in the anime. When she dance she used to show her gentle smile & how serious she is when she sings… But, I don’t know if I missed something during watching the whole show.. I rarely sees Chihaya’s embarrassed expression, except in one episode where she felt embarrassed when Haruka take of her shirt revealing her flat chest… I mean her bikini. However, her face are not shown onscreen. Perhaps, this face part was mean for her other appearance in the game or in the movie but, I haven’t watch them. Actually, in most of Chihaya’s anime appearance on her day off, she rarely shown to smile or being happy. Instead being cold & silent, like I said earlier she’s a difficult person to socialize with. She kinda reminds me of myself though…
Chihaya’s sculpt work looks pretty decent so far I like her hair, belly, & waist however, the paintjob are not really pleasing since I’ve spotted some paint bleeds, paint transfer mostly on the pink lines, & some buttons of her skirt aren’t properly painted well to the circular mold. Her articulations works perfectly the same like other figmas but, she can move her waist & bend down her back more dynamic. Eventhough, you can do a dynamic bend, the gap on the peg hole joints will be obstacled by her midriff shirt so, you cannot use the display stand. Chihaya’s midriff shirt is made separately (excluding the upper back) & it’s made from a flexible soft material. Her belt apparently is made from a hard material & it’s 1 mold to it’s skirt. Unlike my previous Figma with skirt which had a cut on the each side, Chihaya’s skirt doesn’t have a cut on the side hence making her crotch movements quite in the way. Instead, the skirt cut is located on the center of the skirt, pretty hideable I must say unless you open wide her legs frontally. Her elbow articulations could make her do the crossed arm pose perfectly. However, she’s not given with butterfly joints, so we cannot her doing close hug arms.
M… Madre de dios?! Dat ass is beautifully well sculpted but, looks like Chihaya forgot to wipe out her ass or she’s not clean enough to do it… Well, well… This is one of the paint transfer spotted, really need to clean this up….
One of her important part for this appearance is her microphone. It is small enough to hold it but, still no problemo for me since, I got small hands. With this you can recreate her singing pose & using serious singing expression would make the pose more perfectly recreated. Of course, you need to use her holding hand parts to make her hold the mic.
2nd important accessories are Speaker & Lighting with a clear colored peg joints for their peg hole joints but, that’s not all… She’s also included with a standard clear checkered clear blue colored di:stage unit along with the connector to recreate her singing pose more complex. To be frank, this is my first figma which was included with di:stage unit, I have heard so many review of this di:stage unit. & this di:stage works perfectly the same as well. But, maybe it didn’t have more complex parts compare to the review I saw. The stage’s wall can be taken off from every 4 sides, you can use the connector to replace the wall to connect the stage with other di:stage unit. Unfortunately, since I only got 1 unit I have no idea what do I have to do with the connector, also the stage got peg hole joints on every checkered floor. This is for attaching the 3 jointed display stand & also attaching Speaker & Lighting’s peg joints.
Like other figmas, Chihaya is also given with various hand parts to recreate the scenes more faithfully looking. Her default hands are outstretched wide open palm, the extras includes a pair of fistful hands, a pair of proximate outstretched palm, a pair of holding hand parts, & a pair of pointy hands. Her hand accessories are so standard like how other figma was given so, nothing special for me. However, this is more than enough to recreate her desirable scenes, ever since she has no iconic gesturing hand pose… Of course, holding hands was meant for holding her microphone parts.
Yes, they also included an articulated figma display stand for Chihaya, & I bet you already know how to deal with them if you read my previous figma review…
Oh, look what have we here for the last accessories… The katakana was read “Juerushiru” or in english “Jewel Seal”. Tbh, I don’t understand quite much with the name but, maybe this parts was for recreating Chihaya being sweaty enough… One thing, I will never want to use this anymore!! They’re Goddamn microscopic, I can barely see or feel them when I touch them even with my small hands. Speaking of sweaty Chihaya, I did get a cold sweat just to put this on Chihaya’s faces… Thank God, I didn’t lost any single of them.
Comparing to figma Nene, Chihaya is slightly shorter. Chihaya’s height is revealed to be 162 cm (Damn!! Even her height remind me of someone!!), presumably Nene was around 163-164 cm, maybe… Because, I haven’t found Nene’s official height information so far. I was guessing from the actual figma height since they only 1 cm different. Chihaya’s age is revealed to be 15/16, I think her height is quite perfect for her role as an idol girl. Just like someone I knew very long time ago…
Pretty entertaining enough somehow, although there’s a slight disappointment on her outfit paintjob. Yet, another recommended figma I think since she’s alot of fun, I’ve always wanted to recreate an idol scenes as well… But, if you’re perfectionist you might a little disappointed with her. Before I did this review, I also watched the anime to get to know the character since I preordered her because of she reminds me of someone I adored from Japan. & As a result of watching the anime, I’m starting to like Chihaya character even more including her other fellow idols. I think I have a little intention to complete the whole 765 pro idols but, at this time only Chihaya that had been made & released, while the upcoming Hibiki Ganaha is still on the preorder status, & Miki Hoshii is still on the newsflash. It’s unfortunate, I couldn’t preorder Hibiki at this time since I’m still focussing on my SHF BLACK series preorders. But, I’m hoping for Azusa Miura 1st.
- Good sculpt work.
- Perfectly accurate to the anime counterpart.
- Very fitting & unique accessories.
- Full of fun for photoshoots.
- Flexible material on her shirt & skirt excluding belt.
- More dynamic articulations on bending down the back.
- Slight paintjob problem such as paint bleeds, misspaints, & paint transfer.
- Limited movements on the legs due to the skirt problem.
- Separated midriff shirt’s peg hole obstacled her peg hole joints during bending down her back.
- The “Jewel Seal” is too microscopic as my small hands could barely feel it, it’d be better if they include something like pincers/tweetzers to make us hold them.
- They could atleast have included the instructions with the picture how to put the “Jewel Seal”.
Looks like Kamen Rider & Sentai also attracted by your singing, Chihaya.
Euh… Are you sure you’re gonna sing “Ready!!” song?
Owh… That looks cool!
My God… Kibaranger never quits being a pervert!!
Atleast, she’s a girl, RX-san… Yare yare….
OH, NO?! Why she can’t sing again?!
Somebody get her some water please!!
Ah, just in time you guys!!
Don’t worry, Chihaya… Although they’re still far away to be made they’re still living inside you. KEEP SINGING, Chihaya!!
No… I didn’t shed a tears here, just got something in the eyes… – Sniffles –
To be frank, I like you better in blue, Chihaya-san
Great… Easier said than done, Chihaya… Btw, thanks for reading!