Tuesday, August 2, 2016

New Figure First Impressions/Review Figma #253 Honoka Kousaka Starts the Show!

Wow 2 whole posts this month. I'm impressed and saddened that this is a feat. Anyway, I got this Honoka figma on Amazon for an insanely good price. As a result here's my first thoughts in standard review format.

As you probably know Honoka is the "leader" of the School Idol Group Muse from Love Live School Idol Project. She's a well-natured goof, I don't know how else to describe her character.


I went deep on the box photos this time.

Eli seems impatient over and wants to start scolding Honoka already.


Honoka comes with:
  • 2 extra faces
  • 2 sets of hands
  • A schoolbag 
  • 2 small poles (still not sure)
  • A microphone 
  • A bread piece with 2 hands to hold it
  • A standard stand (I forgot to take out lol)

Honoka comes with a decent number of extra items. Here's her with her mic.

and here's her bag.

Here's Honoka with her much beloved bread.

The main appeal of the love live figmas is still the huge array of hands though. They may all be the same, but they give you a lot of options while posing.

Lastly here's the duo about to fight it out with the poles.

Overall Honoka's accessories make sense and for her character are spot on. She somehow comes out better than Eli in that regard even though the only differences are the bread and the mic.

Accessories: 9 of 10


Honoka has 3 faces:

A open mouth cute smiling face

An even cuter closed eyes, ecstasy sort of face (looks like she's either enjoying a great meal... or having an orgasm just saying!)

And a frightened excited face

It goes without saying that I love these faces. They're incredibly exploitable and offers Honoka a wide range of emotion. Also can recall each of these faces from the show so that's a huge plus. 

Faces: 10 of 10


Savagery incoming

Honoka: "Oh boy today's bread is delicious as usual!" (at least I think that's what she says)

*Stomach growls*
Eli: "...err... I can't resist!"


Honoka: "..."

Honoka is a lot of fun to pose. She's great to pose happily playing around or in mortal terror as Eli noms on her bread. Khoroso senpai is being surprisingly naughty teasing her kouhai like this, but I couldn't help it, this was so much fun to shoot!

Of course Honoka's terror expressions has other uses too. I'm sure Echidna would love to show her a "move" or two. Also Honoka has a bit of an awkward size, but she still seems to line up decently with the other figures.

And of course I wouldn't be me if I didn't have at least one questionably pose photo. At least she's happy though.

If you like Love Live or just want a silly looking school girl figure, then look no further.

Playability: 10 of 10

Staying Power:

Yeah I can't tell if I'll still love Honoka like I do now. I'm always sort of biased toward new figures so I can't judge their staying power. I've owned multiple cute schoolgirl figures and grown bored of them for various reasons. That being said not many of them had expression as versatile as Honoka, except for Mikuru Asahina, but she had the benefit of 4 figmas made of her xD

Staying Power: ?

Collection Utility: 

Obviously it would be great to assemble the whole 9-person Muse crew, but figures are pricey and college students like me aren't rich. As a standalone figure I think Honoka is very solid, but I personally really like posing her with Eli so far(I might lowkey ship it). The standard logic that if you like the character you'll like this figure proves true here. They did a really great job on this one. 

Collection Utility: 8 of 10

Anyway thanks for reading/browsing! 

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