Anyone that frequents the preorder section of any anime shop knows that Misaki Kurehito is an extremely popular illustrator. His characters can be seen on eroge figures made by companies such as Alphamax and skytube and his ultra popular anime series Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata (How to raise a boring girlfriend) has spawned some very nice figures. It's the latter subject that we will be looking at today as Kadokawa, and Good Smile Company, open preorders on a Hugging Pillow version of Kasumigaoka Utaha.
Hugging Pillow Version Kasumigaoka Utaha
I am sure most of you know what a hugging pillow is but for those that don't allow me to explain. Dakimakuras (hugging pillows) are large pillows designed to be approximately human sized. They are available the world over but the anime industry has turned to them as a way to market a whole ton of merchandise from popular anime, hentai, and eroge series. Hugging Pillow covers tend to feature designs of scantily clad anime girls in, sometimes, erotic poses. The industry is pretty massive and must make a ton of money as a decent dakimakura cover is pretty expensive. This figure of Kasumigaoka Utaha is designed to look like an illustration from one of these Dakimakura Covers.
As you can probably see, the figure has turned out well. Kadokawa has really captured the style of hugging pillow covers and the whole thing works really well. Hell, we even have some nudity as Kasumigaoka isn't wearing a top.
Her breasts are covered by her hair and I'm honestly not sure whether she will have any sculpted nipples underneath, or not. This is the first Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata figure to actually feature any kind of nudity so that's pretty cool.
One issue I have with this figure is the fact that she is going to be rather difficult to display. I doubt Kasumigaoka is fixed to the base so she is going to look pretty shitty in a display case. Maybe I am wrong, though, and the base comes with a stand to prop it up? I hope Kadokawa have thought that through.
I am hoping this is the start of a brand new line of these figures as I really like the style. I can't be the only person hoping for a version featuring Spencer Eriri.
Where to Order?
You can grab Hugging Pillow version Kasumigaoka Utaha from your favourite anime store or from the links above or below. She has a retail price of ¥12,800 which will reduce slightly on preorder. Kasumigaoka releases in March of 2019.