FuRyu in it’s F:NEX line has released a lot of figures and this is surprisingly the first FuRyu scale figure that I pre-ordered. FuRyu first started out making prize figures. Safe to say it was one of the companies that does decent quality prize figures. I have heard FuRyu had its share of quality issues after jumping in the scale figure market but I finally decided to grab one.
The Kanojo, Okarishimasu (Rent-a-Girlfriend) anime came out in the summer anime season of 2020. It became a hit. It’s like Nisekoi waifu wars all over again. The figure we are unboxing today is of Mizuhara Chizuru, the main heroine.
The Outfit Could Have Been Better
The figure is a 1/7 scale and stands at 24cm. This is the first scale figure of Mizuhara that has released. She has worn many outfits in the manga and in the anime and I was wondering why FuRyu decided to go with this casual outfit. After some digging, I found that this is actually the outfit she is wearing in the cover art of the first volume of the manga.
It’s a beautiful figure, don’t get me wrong, I just think it could have been much better. Mizuhara’s sense of fashion has always been a feature in the manga and FuRyu failed to capitalize on that. The manga even has a section breaking down her outfit of choice.
At the time pre-orders for this one opened, there was no sign of any other Mizuhara figures going up for pre-order. All we had were prize figures. Not wanting to miss on a scale figure of her, I bit the bullet and pre-ordered. As of this writing, we only have one other figure of Mizuhara with a release date of June. This one is a Chinese dress figure by Union Creative and I really hope they don’t screw it up.
Dissatisfaction with the Prototype
Many fans expressed dissatisfaction with the face of the first prototype and because of that, many skipped on this pre-order and regretted that decision. Thankfully, I didn’t as they later revised and improved on the face. You can see the differences below.
This is the reworked face.
This was the photo for the original prototype.
Right now, you can still get her at pre-order price. Act fast though as it is possible that the price for this one could skyrocket due to popularity of the series and lack of available scale figures.
The box for this one is a plastic box. More companies have been using this kind of box. Frankly, I don’t like it. It’s a pain to open and the edges are sharp. The good thing about these plastic boxes though is that it allows for a good view of the figure without unboxing.
The rest of the world is moving away from plastics due to environmental concerns and figure companies are starting to lean towards them. I’m assuming these are cheaper which means more monies for the taking.
Next step is to take her out of the blister packaging. Looking good so far.
The base is strapped behind the blister packaging and it’s a shame that this is just a basic plain white base.
We now prop her on the base and we see our first good look at the figure. Ain’t she a stunner?
Now it’s time to inspect. The overall paint is good. The overall sculpt is decent though I can already spot a few imperfections.
Your eyes would naturally look at the face and then the hand that she’s holding out. She has a ring a ring on her middle finger. I don’t have a lot of figures wearing a ring except for a few wedding version figures. The ring isn’t very visible from the prototype pictures so that was a surprise.
Mine however has an issue with the middle finger having some blackish stains. I’d assume it has something to do with how they inserted that ring. Maybe it scratched the finger and some paint transferred on to it. It is not dust or dirt. I tried wiping it off but it didn’t help.
Her face looks great. I’m really glad they improved on her prototype. The hair is done nicely. The colors on the blouse could have been better but there’s not much we could have hoped for in that department since it had to stay true with the manga cover art.
She is wearing a denim skirt and you can already see the level of detail in the image above. Here’s a close-up view of that. This actually reminds me of the level of detail in the sweater of Good Smile Company’s 1/7 scale figure of Kawamoto Akari.
I move my eyes up a bit and caught a glimpse of an issue with the sculpt of the blouse. There’s a small protrusion that isn’t supposed to be there. And then there’s extra bit of plastic sticking out. That clearly should have been cut off. Though I am not a fan of the color of the blouse, I can appreciate the detailed paintjob done on all those tiny flowers.
Moving on to the bag. This has some good level of detail. The sculpt on the straps look uneven but it’s not really noticeable unless you look at it very closely.
The sandals are looking nice too. They are fashionable just like Mizuhara. That is until you look closely and see the paint issues.
I rotate the figureand to my horror, and I see splotches of dried up glue. The assembly guy got a little too heavy-handed on the glue which resulted in this mess. The blue nail polish is a nice touch though.
Looking at it from the back, you can see the braids on the hair and the red gradient tips. A little too heavy on the red I think. This isn’t the first time I saw a figure with different colored hair tips. Is this a hair style trend In Japan?
From the back, you can see the slender legs. Maybe the proportions are off. I think the legs might be a little too slender. The paint on the skin looks nice though.
And that’s about it. In summary, this is a pretty good despite having a few flaws.
Below I’ll leave you to the rest of the pictures I’ve taken. Hope you enjoyed this unboxing and review.
I started the NekoFigs blog in January 2021, 5 years after I’ve started collecting anime figures. It all started with one humble prize figure of Saber Lily which was bought on a whim. Now, I face the big problem of how to deal with over 200 empty boxes.
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