Nopy's Blog

Anime, figures, magazines, and everything related.

Homura Akemi by GSC

May 31, 2012 By: Nopy Category: Figures

Figure reviews have been lacking on my blog recently, and I think it’s about time to get cranking on this category once again. This review will cover Good Smile Company’s 1/8 scale Homura Akemi from Puella Magi Madoka Magica. The figure was sculpted by Ken Yokata and was released on March 21, 2012 for a MSRP of 7800円. I decided to try out a pure black background this time to see how pics would turn out; let me know what you think. Now on to the review.

Overall Pose and Sculpt

I have to admit that Homura’s overall pose doesn’t seem all that exciting. While she does look like she’s about to use her soul gem for something, other than her leg being slightly stretched out, she doesn’t look much better than an average standing pose.

As far as I can tell, her outfit is true to its original design. It has a purple ribbon on the back with a violet skirt and a diamond pattern down her stockings. There’s even the diamond-shaped hole at the back of her outfit near her shoulders.

Homura’s hair parts at the back as if there’s a wind blowing at her from the front. It’s rather weird considering the ribbons are blowing to the side.

Here’s another shot of Homura’s outfit, but from the front. Again, for anyone who has seen the anime (who hasn’t?), you can tell that the outfit is perfect.

Face

Good Smile Company managed to duplicate not only the style of Puella Magi Madoka Magica’s faces, but also Homura’s stone-cold expression. Homura has Ume Aoki’s characteristic wide-face and her eyes also match Ume Aoki’s designs. They didn’t forget to ad the blush lines either, which isn’t common with figures.

Paint Job

Homura’s paint job is close to the same quality as Madoka’s. The only thing I could really find wrong was that some of the lines were painted a bit off (see the trim), but for any other figure maker, this would still be considered excellent quality.

That is only one minor detail though, as you can see from other parts of the figure. The diamond pattern running along Homura’s legs is flawless.

The fineness of the paint lines isn’t all that’s good about the paint job. GSC also utilized some nice mixing of colours to create different shades of purple on Homura’s ribbon. Any figure that managese to use different shades of colours effectively is fine in my book.

Fine Details

I didn’t mention this before, but Homura’s arms are detachable, allowing you to exchange them for another pair that has her pistol and shield. The pistol is the most impressive part of the figure when it comes to fine details. I’m no gun fan, but this looks realistic to me, and the quality is just amazing for something so small.

Homura’s soul gem doesn’t have quite the same level of quality as her pistol, but it’s still nicely coloured with no paint getting on her hands and the gem itself is only slightly off-center.

The most disappointing part about Homura are her hands and fingers; they look horrendous. As I’ve said in reviews before, hands are probably one of the hardest things for figure makers to get right. Good Smile Company did a horrible job, with half of Homura’s fingers looking deformed and elongated.

Overall

Homura is a nice figure, but after seeing the quality of GSC’s Madoka, I was expecting a lot more from Homura and was disappointed with what I got. Her pose is rather dull and is only made slightly better with the addition of her pistol and shield. While the paint job and most of the sculpting is superb, seeing how terribly done her hands are takes away from the visual appeal of the figure, especially considering how visible they are from the front. Don’t get me wrong, Homura is still an example of a high quality figure, I just had really high expectations that weren’t met.

Be Sociable, Share!

27 Comments to “Homura Akemi by GSC”


  1. The problem with Homura as a figure is that she’s mainly shown to be a taciturn character; so any really dynamic pose may seem unfitting for her. I still wish that her pose could have been a little less dull, though–Homura’s one of my favorites in the Madoka series so it’s a bit sad that she’s not as nice looking (imo) as Madoka was.
    Ari recently posted..Tsuritama Episode 8

    1
  2. You should have gotten a Sayaka one :P
    Cely_belly recently posted..Bleach Ch. 494

    3
  3. GSC ignores *blush* more often on their figures, personally I like that they gave Homura such nice blush marks, they make her face cuter and thats what I like ^_^

    Her legs look delicious and I also love her stockings *lol* I never thought of Homura as a hottie before. Too bad that the hands are not so good in comparison with the rest. Anyway judging from the last picture, I somehow want to have her now. So far I only ordered Sayaka.

    As for the black background, maybe its a little too dark for Homura’s colors.
    A dark purple or something with structure could have been nice for her.
    Wieselhead recently posted..Tamaki Kousaka by Max Factory

    5
  4. Although a bit pricy imo, the figure looks quite good. I love all the details incorporated in it.

    As for black backgrounds, I love it. Don’t listen to wiselhead :p
    Then again, I’m always biased with black colors..
    Kai recently posted..Natsuiro Kiseki – Anthropomorphism of the Rock

    10
    • A lot of the details are nice, I just wish that they had gone with a better pose and did her hands better.

      I guess your blog is black for the same reason :)

      11
  5. I haven’t seen the anime, but I’ve seen enough Homura pictures to know that the outfit stayed true to the design. And I think this is a lovely figure.

    About the black background, maybe because Homura’s hair and stockings are also black, the choice of background color doesn’t help in accentuating Homura’s entire figure. A quick look to the second picture, which has the full body shot, my attention was only drawn to to Homura’s upper torso as opposed to the entire figure.
    hoshiko recently posted..Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison

    12
    • You make a good point. I had thought about using the regular white, but it seemed too bright for Homura. Black was my only other option.

      13
  6. I really like your shots. I’m not knowledgeable when it comes to figures but I think this is something I’d like to have, not only I like Homura’s character, but because of the intricacy and clean lines of the figure.
    SnippetTee recently posted..On Nudity and Profundity: Defending Ecchi and Ambivalence

    14
  7. Why…why….why…WHY DO YOU HAVE MY HOMURA?! >_<
    feal87 recently posted..Hyouka – Kyoto Animation! More eyes! We need more sparkling eyes!

    16
  8. I think everyone expected more out of GSC with the Madoka girls. They played it safe, but ended up with pretty plain and boring figures.
    exilehero recently posted..Pre-order list: the mid year edition!

    18
    • Yeah, it would’ve been nice if they had done something more dynamic. I think their reputation will go down if they keep making figures with standard poses.

      19
  9. Ah Homura, this one disappoints me because it’s not a figure of Homura guns blazing. I want a Homura guns blazing figure really badly but no one seems to take on that idea other than GKs.

    I think the black background is not good for Homura because of her dark colors, makes her blend in a bit specially her legs.

    Also, dusty base!
    Miette-chan recently posted..Pre-order list: the mid year edition!

    20
    • I know exactly what you mean. Homura is a dull character for the most part, the only way to make a cool figure of her would be to have her in an action pose with a bunch of weapons.

      I was a bit worried about the blending, but I wanted to try a black background anyways.

      21
  10. Homura’s pose is quite boring imo, and a dynamic pose will make her stand out more. I still like her though, Mami and Homura are my favorites. I especially like the hair and the details on her stockings.

    I didn’t get any Puella Magi figs. But if I would, I’ll get Homu and Mami and that Ultimate Madoka figure.

    Photos look nice but the black background doesn’t help much in accentuating her silhouette from waist down.
    Xine recently posted..WWRp Bramble MK2 Linkin Park Exclusive

    22
    • I like Mami and Homura too, which was also one of the reasons why I was expecting a lot more from this figure. I tried to get some more light onto Homura so that the edges of her stockings didn’t look like part of the background, but I guess it was too black.

      23
  11. The photos are pretty though she doesn’t have an interesting pose. I know nothing about the Anime so I can’t appreciate the stone-cold facial expression of her. IMO the creases of her skirts are pretty detailed. I couldn’t notice any off painting. Her gun is cool too. However, I still prefer pretty faces :D

    24
    • I know what you mean about pretty faces, but there really isn’t anything you can do if that’s how the character is supposed to look.

      25
  12. Figure looks good overall. I can imagine some poses as seen in figmas as a more dynamic pose for Homura, but I do remember seeing a picture of anotehr Homura figure that will include a RPG-7 as well. Too bad about the finger shapes as they do look a little deformed, especially without the Desert Eagle in hand…
    Q recently posted..Observing anime popularity using Twitter – Anime Social Graph

    26
    • It would’ve been awesome if GSC had sculpted Homura with a RPG launcher instead of a pistol. They could’ve still kept her in character and given her a cool pose at the same time.

      27

1 Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Sayaka Miki by Good Smile Company | wieselhead 26 12 12

Leave a Reply

CommentLuv badge

  • Categories

  • Archives

  • Affiliates

  • Blog Directory
  • free web stats