HiNAgiku Katsura

By , June 5, 2011 10:18 pm

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Today, Hinagiku graciously cosplays for us and even sings a song ^^.This is my third Hinagiku figure after my first Kotobukiya swimsuit Hina and the Cospa knee socks figure.  Hayate no Gotoku is a pretty silly show and was a bit repetitive at times but the characters were fun and it’ll keep you laughing.  Unfortunately, I still haven’t finished the second series yet ^^; Hinagiku is initially a secondary character but becomes more important as the series progresses and in fact is seems to be more loved by fans than the female lead character Nagi ^^;

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Since Hinagiku is supposed to be performing on stage, I decided to mimic that on-stage feel with a special lighting setup.

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The lighting was actually quite simple.  I shot these photos in the evening so I simply turned off the room lights to achieve a basically perfectly dark environment.  I then used two small, low-powered LED flashlights to provide light on the scene.  One in front to light Hinagiku herself and one behind her to appear as a spotlight in the distance.  I would have liked to have a full array of lights behind her like a real concert setup but I only have two low-power LED lights ^^; If  you want to see the layout of the “stage” I created, I posted a photo of it on Flickr.

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Hina comes with a cute little headset mic.

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The figure itself is pretty simple.  Hinagiku is wearing a white cape with a red bow, a white sash(?) with another smaller red ribbon, and a long pink skirt which is a bit devoid of details ^^; Under all of this is a dark leotard.  The entire outfit is based on the one Meer wears in Gundam Seed.  While it is a cute outfit, overall, it’s sculpted in a simple fashion lacking many details though this is similar to how it appears when Hinagiku wears it in the anime.  The pose however, is pretty energetic and accurately portrays the little dance Hina performs during the song.  I guess you could say this isn’t one of Kotobukiya’s highest quality figure, at least in terms of sculpt quality and level of detail. However, I do still like this figure as Hina still just looks adorable :3. In the end, that is enough for warrant a purchase for me.

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With the skirt on, her outfit actually looks a bit daring since it shows some skin around her hips ;)

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Hina’s cape, and skirt can be removed to reveal a dark leotard which closely resembles a school swimsuit (just coincidence?). I suppose if you didn’t know better, it would appear to just be a swimsuit. So perhaps it is? xD Anyway, it’s a nice bonus since you can pick your preferred method for display. She looks pretty good both with the full outfit and just the swimsuit.

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Quite long legs ^^;

 

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The last shot, which also happens to be my favorite, of the lovely Hinagiku.

Kotobukiya seems to gets the most of my figure-collecting dollars even though their quality is a bit inconsistent and generally in want of details. The fact is, they make more figures of characters I like so I buy more of their figures. I wish Alter would get in the game and release figures of characters from Toradora, Lucky Star, Hayate, etc but they tend to stick with stuff I don’t like like Nanoha ^^; ‘Tis a shame. So if you like Hinagiku, you will probably like this figure. Otherwise, the simplistic sculpt and lack of details may be off-putting. To each their own, I suppose ;). For me, I am yet again satisfied with a Kotobukiya figure. If you’re interested, she can still be purchased from shops such as Hobby Search and Amiami for about 5,000 yen. Though as figure stocks tend to go, if you want her, you better get her before she goes out of stock possibly forever ;)

Till next time, thanks for visiting!

 

32 Responses to “HiNAgiku Katsura”

  1. otakusan says:

    Love Hinagiku (^^), always loved this cosplay from her birthday
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    • She is definitely a cutie ^^

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  2. Smithy says:

    Cute Hinagiku figure though indeed, finish level isn’t up to par with Alter’s usual work or GSC’s previous work.

    Quite liked “Hayate No Gotoku!” as a weekly rendezvous for silly fun and good laughs. Heard the ongoing manga is actually growing increasingly dark and dramatic, not sure I’d like to see a new anime season of the show that would head in that direction.
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    • Yeah, shame Alter doesn’t release figures of characters like Hinagiku.
      Hmmmm, didn’t know that about the newest manga chapters. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind a slightly more serious HnG. It seemed like the relationship didn’t really progress much in the first series (haven’t seen 2nd series, so don’t know about it).

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  3. Fabienne says:

    I love Hayate no Gotoku, especially season 2, which is a bit more storydriven than the first one. Its funny that Hina has so much more fans than the female lead Nagi. Well I still prefer Nagi ^-^

    This figure of Hina looks quite cute in your pictures, the last pic looks great with the small lightspot effect.
    The scene in the anime, this figure comes from was great,thx a lot for the link to the video btw :D

    I like Kotobukiya as a figure manufacturer and I like most of my figures I bought from them a lot.
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    • Ahhh, good to hear season 2 is good. I really need to finish it ^^; I like Nagi too but Hinagiku has been growing on me ;)

      Yeah, Kotobukiya keeps me happy most of the time. Quality isn’t like Alter’s but I still like their figures :D

  4. TAKET0MB0 says:

    Loving the shots! Especially the close ups, The swimsuit is also very cute 5000 yen doesnt seem like a bad price either! o:
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  5. bluedrakon says:

    I love these shots as it really does make her look like she is singing on stage.

    Not sure who would sing in a swimsuit, but looks cute anyway
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  6. Lovely photos of Hina. and she does have really nice legs there.

  7. lovelyduckie says:

    Tell me about it! I can’t believe there are no scaled figures of the Lucky Star gals from Alter, Max Factory, or GSC!!! It’s terrible! I try to avoid Kotobukiya but they often release a character I just can’t POSSIBLY turn down and be happy with my decision.

  8. Xine says:

    I don’t have any Kotobukiya figs but from the photos I’ve seen from various bloggers, they can be quite inconsistent. Nice to know you’re happy with your Koto figs. I think your Hina looks good. Sometimes there are figs with rough surfaces because of a bad paint job.

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