If you’re a regular reader here, you’ll know that I absolutely loved the Bungaku Shoujo OVA and the Bungaku Shoujo movie, so there was no way I could pass up a chance to get this nendoroid of Touko Amano, the title character of the series. Touko is described in the Bungaku Shoujo light novel series as both a beautiful, delicate high school girl, and as a book-eating goblin. In order to capture both aspects of her, GSC has included quite a few accessories, making her box slightly larger than most nendoroids’ boxes.
In the official illustrations of Touko by Miho Takeoka, Touko’s hair colour ranges from dark gray watercolours to light gray with a tinge of blue and purple. In the anime, however, Touko’s hair is a dark shade of blue, which is what they decided to go with in the nendoroid. I think going with the anime style rather than the original illustrations works out better as it would be difficult to emulate the effect of watercolours on a figure.
My nendoroid had some chips and scratches on her head that were just painted over. It’s a bit disappointing, but I’m thankful that they’re small and off to the side so they’re not very noticeable.
One thing which I thought was a manufacturing defect at first was that Touko’s hair is uneven, one side stretches further down than the other. After looking at some promo shots and collector pictures, it seems that was intentional. GSC has improved their painting quality a bit here if you take a look at Touko’s back. The indigo and blue lines are nearly perfectly smooth, something which was lacking in previous nendoroids.
An interesting thing about this nendoroid is that her stand isn’t the typical GSC stand. The normal stand has a plastic pin joint with the GSC logo on both sides. With the Touko nendoroid, that has been replaced with a metal pin. I guess it’s harder to take apart the stand now, but I’m curious as to why they did that.
My least favourite pose is this one of a goblin Touko jumping out of a can of “surstrommings”, whatever that is. I’m guessing that this has something to do with the latter novels which I haven’t read yet since there was no mention of it in the OVA or movie. The can of surstrommings is actually quite large, and all of those black things crawling out get int he way of Touko’s braids so you have to move them to stick her head on. The fins on her head are attached to a different front hair piece, making it easier to swap in and out. Her face is rather disturbing; she’d look cute if you covered her mouth, but those teeth and that blood stain suggest something sinister.
I much prefer the cute Touko pose sitting on a chair munching her stories. Touko comes with a number of stickers, some of which are meant to be used as pieces of paper which you can stick onto her mouth. GSC did a good job portraying Touko the way she’s described in the book by Konoha, as sitting with her legs curled up on the seat and such that her panties aren’t visible (yes, he’s a pervert in the novels).
GSC kinda cheaped out here though; the chair that Touko always sits on is a fold-able metal chair, the one she came with is exactly the same as the ones used in the nendoroid school life playsets by Phat Company. Considering the two companies work very closely together, it’s not surprising that GSC would have access to Phat’s extra parts, though I guess it’s not a big deal in this case. One improvement I would have liked to see is a bit more blush on her cheeks. If you watch the series, you’ll notice that whenever she eats a good book, sparkles show up and she blushes a bit.
Besides her meal book, Touko also comes with an un-eaten book that can be held between both of her hands. It’s rather difficult aligning both of her hands, but I prefer it this way because you can have her hold the book in one hand and use the other hand for something else. Objects attached to both hands really limit the pose-ability of some nendoroids.
This is just me playing around with some other nendoroid parts. The body comes from the Yuki Nagato Disappearance Ver. Nendoroid, which I will review in the future, and the hat comes from the Sakura Nankyoku Nendoroid.
I can’t say I’m a big fan of Touko’s goblin face, but I thought her other faces and poses were adorable. Actually, I liked them so much that I ended up buying a second nendoroid so I could have one sitting down and one standing up. It also gives me extra stickers in case I ever run out. Overall, I thought this was a good quality nendoroid, with the only real flaw being the chip and scratch I mentioned earlier. The painting looks great, the joints fit well, and she comes with plenty of accessories to make for lots of cute (or scary) poses. This is definitely now one of my favourite nendoroids.