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Aqua Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! 1/8 w/Bonus ReviewAqua Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! 1/8 w/Bonus Review

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This is an item I was really looking forward to because I really liked the character in the anime, plus it came with a bonus item as well!

From the TV anime series, "Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o!", this is 1/8th Scale Aqua:





(Each photo can be clicked on to give a full-size view of the image, even if the image itself doesn't display).





Here's her in the box:

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Aqua is the goddess and one of the main characters in the anime, "Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o!", or better known as "Kono Suba".

This particular version of her is made by the company Bell Fine; a company which hasn't made much at all (compared to major companies like SEGA, Kotobukiya or Good Smile Company). In fact, they've only done a few large scale figures and most of them are fairly recent...so it was a gamble on getting this figure.

That being the case, they did a really good job on the front of the box. While not dazzling or outstanding in any way; it does have all of the features an anime figure box should have: The name of the figure, the name of the anime (in both English and Japanese), the logo of the company and the anime series, and a nice big view of the figure inside with an image of the figure close-up too. It's all presented in a nice, organized layout that looks great.

Back of the box:

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The back of the box is pretty nicely done as well, overall. It features one of the buildings from the anime as the background (which is pretty nice) as well as some various views of the figure. The most misleading part is the "hair censor" on her butt; which conveniently hides whether or not she's wearing panties (there was a long debate over this in the comments; which is why I bring it up); which will be elaborated more later in the review.

Side of the box:

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Both sides of the box look exactly the same, so only one side needed to be photographed to show it.

The nice thing about the side is that it shows an almost side-by-side comparison of the anime version of Aqua next to the figure of her; which is great for judging how accurate the figure is without having to guess and buy it and hope for the best (at least if you can get it first-hand like in Japan or at a store rather than online).

AmiAmi Bonus (in package):

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She also comes with one other item, in this case: A bonus. This was an exclusive only for AmiAmi orders; not available anywhere else.

The AmiAmi bonus is almost as tall as the figure itself; and will be shown off in better detail later in the review as well.

Also it should be noted that there's virtually nothing on the bottom and top of the box; only the series logo and name of the figure. The top does have a small viewing window on it, however.

Inner Core:

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Taking Aqua out of the box is very simple, as the bottom has an unfolding flap (making it so you don't have to cut the tape seal on it to remove it).

Once out of the box; the inner core holds the figure much the same way as any large scale figure or Prize figure would; with just two halves taped together around the figure. The figure is only two pieces (base and figures), so no instructions are included or required.

Out of the package, base:

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The base is ready to go right out of the package, and is actually pretty nice. It's not overly elaborate, but it does feature the series logo on it (which is a nice contrast to the standard plain white circle bases normally included with figures). The base is hollow though; nothing underneath. There are 3 pegs on the base; making it so it's easy to tell which foot goes on which peg/pegs.

Underneath: (Mildly NSFW)

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As mentioned before, there was some controversy on whether this figure would have panties or not. This is because of an early photoshopped photo showing her with no panties before; but it was soon realized that she had blue panties on the prototype. This also carried over onto the final figure.

There was also some controversy on this because of the anime itself. While not explicitly shown; it was hard to tell whether or not Aqua wore panties. But officially (in manga artwork) she does; and while her butt is very well exposed; she is covering her private areas with a pair of blue panties (which isn't accurate...at least to the manga; where she wears striped panties).

It should also be mentioned that the panties don't come off or have an alternate 'nopan' option at all either. The figure itself is one solid piece.

Complete figure, front view:

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Once the figure is attached to the base; the figure stands quite well and quite easily. Standing 8 1/2" tall (1/8th scale), the figure is really great looking overall; with the shiny boots and hair ornament contrasting nicely with the matte finish on the clothes and skin.

The sculpting on the figure is really nicely done; with no visible overcast or seam marks. The paint job isn't perfect; but it's certainly not bad either: It's very good, considering this is a company that has barely produced any figures at all. There are a few areas that aren't perfect on her upper torso, but they are very small and hard to notice without really looking for them.

Side view:

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Probably the biggest complaint for this figure would be the frilly skirt, bottom half. If you know the anime or just look at the side of the box, you can tell it's supposed to be very transparent and thin; but it's very thick and hardly transparent on the actual figure. It is slightly transparent; but it's more cloudy and scattering than directly-see-through.

Back view:

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This figure suffers from a common anime trope, "Hair censoring". While generally used to cover up boobs/nipples from the front; this figure has the problem in the back (as mentioned with the images from the back of the box earlier).

The problem is that you have to get a lower angle to see Aqua's butt; which is otherwise covered by her long hair. This might sound trivial; but Aqua's butt was shown (more or less) quite prevalently in the anime as well as being a major feature of this figure's sculpt; so to hide her butt so much is almost a major letdown on this figure. Still, it can be seen from lower angles, so it's not a total loss.

Other side view:

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It's hard to really find an angle to view Aqua from without her hair getting in the way except from the front. The hair is quite nicely done though, with nice multi-tonal shading and coloring throughout.

Close-up:

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While not perfect; the details on this figure are pretty good. The eyes don't have that shine and brilliance to them that is seen in FREEing and GSC figures, but they do look good. Same applies for the hair and paint apps overall.

Unfortunately the neck frill suffers from the same thick/cloudy problem that the skirt bottom does...it should be thinner or at least more transparent. Also the necktie's button could have been shiny instead of just a metallic paint app.

AmiAmi Bonus:

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As mentioned before, the figure does come with a bonus if she was ordered from AmiAmi. This is the bonus here; an acrylic stand. It comes in a sealed plastic bag with an image of Aqua on it (in a similar-but-not-quite-the-same pose as the figure itself).

Back of the bonus, in package:

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The bonus has a small piece of paper with it, very simplistically explaining the instructions for the stand. It also comes with two metal stand screws, which are in a separate plastic bag.

Assembled, front view:

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Once the paper is removed, the stand is actually transparent and clear. The metal screws come apart in the center and simply go around the holes on the bottom of the stand; the longer side behind the stand.

Side view:

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The stand isn't too thick, about 1/8" thick. It's about 6" wide and 8 1/4" tall. The screws hold it very well; being 2 1/4" long themselves and very strong metal (not thin or flimsy).

Back view:

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From the back it's easy to see how the image was applied to the acrylic plastic; with Aqua and the logo being almost completely white from the back. The rest is fairly transparent, though.

This stand is very nice, with the series logo and a great image of Aqua on the front; perfectly complimenting the figure itself.

Overall:

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Well, while the figure wasn't everything I was expecting; it still turned out to be a pretty good figure. I was a bit disappointed by the panties situation, but it was to be expected. Also her "hair censor" can be a bit annoying; especially considering the excellent sculpt on Aqua's butt.

However, this is a figure made by a company that's not really well known at all, so that needs to be considered as well. The paint apps are really nicely done (not GSC or FREEing-level, but good still) and the sculpt is great as well.

But it does have it's problems too...the lesser being the necktie's metallic paint button and the thick/cloudy skirt and neck frills. Also the figure doesn't quite match the anime artwork on the box and AmiAmi exclusive, in terms of the pose.

But the real downside to the figure is the price: It's 12,300 Yen + shipping! That is a lot for a figure, especially from a company without a proven history behind it to warrant a higher price. And considering that she has a partner figure coming up ( ITEM #396601 ; Megumin ) who is even more expensive; it's really hard to say if it's worth it or not. It really is a matter of how much you either love the figure or love Aqua/Kono Suba to determine if it's worth it or not for you.

Recommended, but maybe at a slightly lower price. No play value, only for display.

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Terrence (1 year ago) #14746652She's not as terrible as people exaggerate her to be though, which is good. Bell Fine is a new company, and it's a shame their prices don't match what they offer. I would consider her if she was like 7-8k yen, but she's too close to prize quality to even consider her. I'll most likely opt for her nendoroid along with Megumi nendoroid if I wanted KonoSuba gear. (Unless blessed Alter, Max Factory, etc pick the girls up as scales for the upcoming season 2!)

I agree...people made her sound way worse than she was in reality. She's not a bad figure; but not worth the high price Bell Fine is asking for her. But the Nendoroid of her should be really good! ^^ Let's hope someone else makes a good figure of Aqua and Megumin in a larger scale! Thanks, Terrence!
1 year ago
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Pekola (1 year ago) #14747082I don't think the figure is bad. It does seem to have some slight issues. But the biggest hurdle is the fact that Bellfine is selling at way too high a price considering what they're offering.
If they want to sell at expensive prices, then they need to justify it with quality.


Yeah, the figure's not really bad at all. The main problem is, as you said, the price. It's too high for the overall quality of the figure. It's not really worth the high price; but at a lower price she'd be worth it. ^^ Thank you for the comment, Pekola!
1 year ago
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I don't think the figure is bad. It does seem to have some slight issues. But the biggest hurdle is the fact that Bellfine is selling at way too high a price considering what they're offering.

If they want to sell at expensive prices, then they need to justify it with quality.
1 year ago
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Terrence Let's start from zero
She's not as terrible as people exaggerate her to be though, which is good. Bell Fine is a new company, and it's a shame their prices don't match what they offer. I would consider her if she was like 7-8k yen, but she's too close to prize quality to even consider her. I'll most likely opt for her nendoroid along with Megumi nendoroid if I wanted KonoSuba gear. (Unless blessed Alter, Max Factory, etc pick the girls up as scales for the upcoming season 2!)
1 year ago
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MetalSamamon (1 year ago) #14720982Yeah, I pretty much agree with you on this. The figure is worth it; but only when you get it for a lot less (like 7k-8k, like you said). It's not a terrible figure (like Griffon's figures), but it's certainly not the best either. I'd say that calling this figure 'normal' is the best to describe it, in every aspect.
Thank you, Statusunkown! Glad I could help you decide on this one! ^^ I'm getting the Nendoroid of her too, btw.


Can't wait to see your review of her nendoroid then ^_^
1 year ago
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victorviper (1 year ago) #14720921Thanks for this review. I don't know the character or the source, but Bell Fine seems to be ramping up their number of releases, and it's nice to have some idea of what level of quality to expect from their releases.

Bell Fine seems to be trying to make a name for themselves; Kono Suba is a series with a good following so it's a good place to start with figure-making (at least on a larger scale). Their quality needs to go up though if they want to keep making and selling figures though; especially for this high of a price-point.

I'm glad I was able to help you too, victorviper! Thanks for the comment! ^___^
1 year ago
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Statusunkown (1 year ago) #14720468Thank you for the review!
I really didn't know when it came to this figure. Yes, I liked Konosuba. But did I like it enough to buy a 12k yen figure from an unknown company?
The answer after seeing this review is sadly no. This figure seems good but not 12k yen good. The figure is very normal. The pose doesn't seem to be anything spectacular, neither does the paintjob or the base.
In fact, the paintjob on the front hair looks really bad.
I'll stick to the nendoroid. Might buy this for 8k-7k yen, if it ever drops to that.


Yeah, I pretty much agree with you on this. The figure is worth it; but only when you get it for a lot less (like 7k-8k, like you said). It's not a terrible figure (like Griffon's figures), but it's certainly not the best either. I'd say that calling this figure 'normal' is the best to describe it, in every aspect.

Thank you, Statusunkown! Glad I could help you decide on this one! ^^ I'm getting the Nendoroid of her too, btw.
1 year ago
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Thanks for this review. I don't know the character or the source, but Bell Fine seems to be ramping up their number of releases, and it's nice to have some idea of what level of quality to expect from their releases.
1 year ago
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Thank you for the review!
I really didn't know when it came to this figure. Yes, I liked Konosuba. But did I like it enough to buy a 12k yen figure from an unknown company?

The answer after seeing this review is sadly no. This figure seems good but not 12k yen good. The figure is very normal. The pose doesn't seem to be anything spectacular, neither does the paintjob or the base.

In fact, the paintjob on the front hair looks really bad.

I'll stick to the nendoroid. Might buy this for 8k-7k yen, if it ever drops to that.
1 year ago