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Figure Friday: Gon Freecss

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  • Name: Gon Freecss (ゴン フリークス)
  • Age: 12
  • Anime: Hunter × Hunter

“Gon is the son of the famous Hunter, Ging Freecss, and is on a quest to find his father. He wishes to find out the depths of an occupation that would cause a father to choose the profession over being with his own son.” (cut-paste remixed source)

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“Gon is a young boy with long spiky black green tipped hair and large, hazel brown eyes. His usual outfit is composed of a green jacket with reddish edges covering a black or white tank top underneath, green short shorts, and green, laced boots. In some arcs such as the greed island and chimera ant arcs he takes off the jacket and wears only the tank top.”

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“Gon is an athletic, rustic, and friendly 12-year-old boy who is searching for adventure. Also, he isn’t very good at math. However, having spent a lot of time in the woods as a child, he is very good with animals.”

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“Gon is an Enhancer, who are known for being simple-minded and determined. He has a heightened sense of smell almost like a dog and has very good vision.”

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“Gon’s flaws lie in his temper and impulsive nature. Gon sometimes fails to think things through and such actions lead to him suffering. His will is stronger than most and he can be very level-headed, but this clear mind can also make him very cold at times.”

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“Gon continually strives to obtain greater power, often becoming exceptionally stronger in his anger. But Gon’s anger also leads to extremely reckless tendencies. When his emotions are ignited, Gon becomes irrational and completely oblivious to anything else.”

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Yes, I saved the best for last – good patience, figure fans!

I didn’t know anything about Hunter × Hunter when I found this beautiful figure in Akihabara, but now I’ve already watched 75 episodes of the anime from 2011 – the Greed Island arc has just finished.

It feels strange to compare, but it’s true: Gon is up there with Yabuki Joe as my all-time favourite anime character. It’s because of his larger than life personality, so sharply cut out that it becomes ideal; Gon is a concept rather than a person. He’s The Boy. As perfectly drawn as a simple kanji.

This post wraps up the “Figure Friday” series of action figures I bought in Japan during autumn 2013. But we’re not fully done, next week we’ll end with a group photo!

Figure Friday: Tetsuya Kuroko

Tetsuya Kuroko (黒子 テツヤ, Kuroko Tetsuya) is the main protagonist of the manga and anime Kuroko no Basuke (“Kuroko’s Basket”, or in the unnecessarily complicated official translation: “The Basketball which Kuroko plays”.)

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“Kuroko is actually quite feminine compared to most boys and has a very small build for a basketball player. He has light blue hair that he styles to his left. His eyes are blue, and he has a blank gaze. His skin is fairly pale. He wears the white, black and red Seirin jersey with the number 11. He also sometimes wears black sweatbands. His basketball shoes are white with a blue streak.” (source)

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“Kuroko has a deadpan and straight forward personality. He is very hard working and always tries to satisfy the needs of the team above his own. He is quite gloomy and unnoticeable. He has also displayed much respect towards fellow passionate basketball player and thinks that while senpais have pride, kōhais have respect.”

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“Kuroko has metaphorically referred to himself as a ‘shadow’. With this he means that he is playing for someone else, and that he becomes stronger when the ‘light’ is stronger. With the ‘light’, he means the player he supports during a basketball game.”

I watched Kuroko no Basuke some year ago and enjoyed it. The series is extremely popular in Japan, Kuroko is on the cover of 2 of my 6 Shounen Jump (I buy one for each Japan trip).

I also bought a capsule with Kuroko on my latest trip.

Figure Friday: Koyomi Araragi

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Koyomi Araragi (阿良々木 暦) is the main character in the Monogatari Series.

  • Age: 18
  • Height: 165 cm
  • Weight: 55 kg

 

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“Koyomi Araragi is a third year high school student who survived a vampire attack during spring break, and became a vampire himself.”

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“He can see in the dark, his eyes turn red when he gets angry, and he heals incredibly fast.”

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“He’s a poor student, close to failing every class except math. Other characters seem to speculate that Koyomi is a lolicon.”

I usually only buy figures from animes that I’ve watched. But sometimes it’s the other way around: I watched Summer Wars after buying Kazuma Ikezawa, and I’m now watching Hunter x Hunter after finding the fantastic figure of Gon (and now I want Killua as well!). I don’t know if I’m gonna watch Monogatari though, I just liked this figure because I like Japanese seifuku – school uniforms. Who doesn’t. 😛

Figure Friday: Pitto

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“Pit (ピット Pitto) is the protagonist of the Kid Icarus series, first appearing in Kid Icarus for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987 (1986 on the Famicom), followed by an appearance in Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters for the Game Boy in 1991.”

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“In earlier games, Pit appeared as a young, cherubic angel wearing a simple white chiton with a pair of sandals, and metal cuffs. He has short brown hair, and small white wings that are incapable of flight. In Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters and beyond, he dons a gold laurel crown.”

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“Since his reappearance in Brawl, he was given a major redesign by Masahiro Sakurai. Pit now looks to be around 13 years old, and has blue eyes and many tufts in his hair.”

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“Like most Nintendo protagonists, Pit is typically goodhearted, selfless, and heroic. He is generally very upbeat no matter what the situation (although he can be genuinely serious when needed), which certain characters, including both foe and ally, can find it a nuisance. Pit frequently banters, cracks jokes, makes outrageous puns, and constantly breaks the fourth wall.”

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“Pit also has a large appetite and will eat almost anything regardless of where it comes from. He is shown to be a devout lover of hot springs. Pit strongly follows the ‘angel’s code of conduct’ to the point he even refuses to remove his clothes when entering water.”

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“Due to his young age, Pit is gullible and naive. He is unfortunately not very bright either. Pit is illiterate and has trouble understanding complex vocabulary. He can be slightly narcissistic at times, believing he is an attractive-looking person.”

Text from Icaruspedia.

I bought this figure because I had bought the game for my Nintendo 3DS and really liked its protagonist, especially his voice. Unfortunately it turned out he’s voiced by a 49-year-old woman.

My first capsule

I’ve slept in a capsule twice, in Kyoto (October 2011) and Morioka (January 2013), but I’ve actually never bought the little capsules that you get from vending machines in Japan. Tonight I met with a mangaka in Kichijouji, and afterwards we went to the local Animate store. But they had just closed (kind as they were, they said: “if you know what you want, you can buy it quickly”, despite it was five past eight). While waiting for the elevator I spotted this capsule machine with Kuroko’s Basket nendroids. I put in 200 yen in the slot and out came a capsule containing one out of six possible characters…

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(Yes, I got Kuruko himself, the main character and my favorite, obviously.)

Kazuma Ikezawa action figure

The main character in Summer Wars is Kenji Koiso. He’s 17. But it was Kazuma Ikezawa, a 13-year-old side character and computer hacker, who was made an action figure by Alter (or their male line Altair) last year. I happened to come across it in a small otaku shop in Akihabara in December 2011.

I guess I never fully understood the obsession with action figures until I found this one. Or when it found me. Or shall I say when he found me? 😛

What a beautiful craft by sculptor Sen-U Tanaka!

I did buy some smaller action figures before, mainly from Ashita no Joe and Sailor Moon. But never before did I happily pay over 6,000 yen for an action figure. Hello otaku world!