I guess a lot of you have already familiar with Makise Kurisu, the heroine of popular sci-fi visual novel and anime Steins;Gate. I have already posted a brief description of her on my review of Nendoroid Makise Kurisu: White Coat version. 😄
Nendoroid Makise Kurisu was originally released on January 2011 when the TV animation of Steins;Gate began airing. She was then re-released just in time with Nendoroid Shiina Mayuri‘s release on September 2011.
Well, actually I have already got this Nendoroid last year, around March 2011 (rather than January 2011) because of some shipping delays. Due to my
laziness business, I only managed to get the review done just now. 😄
The original character designer of Steins;Gate is huke, the one who designed all characters from Black Rock Shooter series, so the illustration might be familiar to some of you. 😄
Anyway, as you can see in the illustration, Makise Kurisu has an unusual fashion statement, with her outfit composed of a fully-buttoned white long-sleeved, high-collared dress shirt, a red tie, a khaki sweater and black shorts. Kurisu’s sweater is worn so that the back portion dangles to her back and is only kept from falling by a pair of belt-like accessories on her arm. There is a white belt around her waist. She also wears black tights, and a pair of black boots to complete her outfit. (reference)
So how did Nendoroid Makise Kurisu fare against her original illustration by huke? Quite well, I have to say, considering that Nendoroid is usually allowed to have less details because of its super-deformed state and mainly emphasize on the cuteness factor. The Nendoroid has managed to retain some details on the outfit as well as that unique huke‘s signature eyes design. 😄
The red-ish brown color, combined with the gear patterns are suitable enough to display Steins;Gate‘s theme.
Parts and Accessories
Here is the listing of the parts and accessories included in the package:
- Three faceplates (one is attached)
- Five right arms (one is attached, one with a cellphone, one with a brown envelope)
- Three left arms (one is attached)
Kinda minimalist for 3000 Yen package, isn’t it? I am a little disappointed to see that Kurisu doesn’t come with some extra legs to allow more poses. 😄
Photo Gallery: Default Pose
Here are some of my favorite characteristics of this Nendoroid:
As far as I know, all characters designed by huke always have this unique eyes design. Some Nendoroid fans might be turned off by the eyes design, but I am one of the admirer, so I am glad that it is well-implemented into the Nendoroid version. 😄
Kurisu’s interesting fashion (as described in the Original Illustration section) are surprisingly translated well enough into the Nendoroid form. Great work, GSC! ^^
Photo Gallery: Play Time!
Although I don’t bring this Nendoroid around that frequently, I still managed to snap some fun photo sessions with her. Here they are:
Score and Conclusions
Please note that it is simply based on my own preferences and it might be bias sometimes (I try not to), so I apologize in advance if it offends you in some way. 😄
Well then, here is my score for Nendoroid Makise Kurisu.
- Design: 8 / 10 – The original character design by huke is really implemented well into the Nendoroid design.
- Expression: 7.5 / 10 – huke‘s signature eyes design makes this Nendoroid open for some mix-match sessions with Nendoroid from BRS series. Lack of epic expression is a little disappointing though. They should have included CHANxCO‘s expression there. 😄
- Playability: 7.5 / 10 – The included classic stand type is suitable enough with this technique, but they should have included a few extra legs for more pose variations.
- Price: 8 / 10 – Her pricing is arguably cheaper than most of her other Nendoroid buddies.
So … does Nendoroid Makise Kurisu worth to be collected? Well, if you are a fan of Makise Kurisu and/or Steins;Gate, then you should get this Nendoroid. Nendoroid Makise Kurisu managed to retain the details from the original character illustration, not to mention that it also adds a whole level of cuteness because of the chibi proportion. 😄
For you who don’t know anything about Steins;Gate, well, the lack of accessories might be a deal breaker. But then again, it justifies her cheaper pricing compared to most Nendoroid nowadays (3000 Yen vs 3500+ Yen). 😄
Well, I think that is about all of my review.
Thank you for reading, Nendonesian, and see you in my next review! ^^