Today I am very excited to present a review of a figure I feel like I have personally been waiting an absolutely eternity for – Goodsmile Companys 1/8 scale figure of Ononoki Yotsugi from the Monogatari series. Her first major appearance was in “Nisemonogatari”, while popping up occasionally every now and then, her own story arc didn’t occur till much later in “Tsukimonogatari”, which is what this figure is based off.
I currently own all of Goodsmile Company’s figure iterations involving the Monogatari series for one very solid reason – they are based of the Blu-ray illustrations. The unique artwork featured on the front of every Monogatari series Blu-ray cover is absolutely phenomenal and do a great job to not only capture the essence of the character, but create a great tone for the story arc that the Blu-ray contains. Tsukimonogatari is no exception and Goodsmile have gone above and beyond to perfectly replicate the original illustration that this figure is based on.
Speaking of – Goodsmile company actually released 2 different versions of this figure, a DX version and a standard Version. Today we will be looking at the DX version. The difference between the two are the bases, the DX version is a lot more complex and carefully represents the original illustration. While the standard version goes for a more simplistic look with a smaller price tag.
So without further ado. Let’s begin, “I said with a posed look “.
[WARNING - THIS IS AN IMAGE HEAVY REVIEW AND MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR TSUKIMONOGATARI ]
– BOX –
Goodsmile have kept up with tradition and maintained the same beautifully aesthetic quality to their box art for the Monogatari series. First thing to note though that because this is the DX version, the box is not only incredibly large but also rather heavy. The base has a massive amount of weight in it so keep that in mind when shipping prices are involved.
Visually the box is simple and clean – The colour scheme uses the same core colour palette that makes up Ononoki herself, Turquoise, Orange and yellow against a bold smooth black. Scattered around the box is different Kanji spelling out different key words such as tsukumogami (An object that’s inanimate that is infused with a soul) and Tsukimonogatari (The name of the story Arc – Possess Story). With the giant lettering plastered around the box it very much simulates the break up text panels featured throughout the Monogatari anime series.
The side of the box features in very large detail the original illustration while the back does an ace job in providing all the necessary photos showcasing the different angles of the figure inside.
– THE BLISTER –
Once you have opened up this beast of a box you will be greeted with the equally as large blister containing all the figures contents. This includes:
.Ononoki Yotsugi main figure
– THE INSTRUCTIONS –
Before we can enjoy the full figure in all her glory there is a little bit of construction that needs to be done first. The process is rather simple, but thankfully GSC has included a set of instructions for us in both Japanese and English! It is so wonderful and reassuring to get such clear and easy instructions included in a package; while GSC have always done a fantastic job at visually displaying their instructions, having the inclusion of both Japanese and English text is a nice addition regardless!
– THE BASE –
The base is made up of two different parts, the “Toys” and the “Chair”. The difference between the DX version and the standard version is that the standard version does not come with the “Toy” base but instead comes with a circular base. So let’s connect the two pieces and then we will dive deep into the details and sculpting
On the left hand side towards the back of the “Toy” base are 4 pegs, the base of the chair has 4 holes in each corner on the underside that connects into the pegs. One important thing to note when connecting the two together is that when plugged in – the chair will sit on an angle. Because of this, I would recommend connecting the left hand side down first (Which is the higher side) and then connect the right side. This will help in understanding where the chair sits; a fair amount of pressure is required in order to securely lock the two bases together, so understanding how the chair is meant to be aligned will avoid any of the pegs snapping.
You may also notice two holes in the centre of the chair – do not fear, those are the holes used to plug the chair into the “standard” version base. Rather than creating two different chairs for each version, GSC took the easy and cost efficient route by having all the necessary holes ready and able for any version.
Once you have plugged the two together this is how it should look; and might I say it looks sensational. It’s an absolute eye catcher and a stand out piece on its own. I honestly had no idea the base was going to be this huge! It’s massive!
As much as I adore the plushies surrounding the base, I have to say I think the stand out is the chair. The way it has been sculpted and painted you can really tell what type of material it’s supposed to be made out of. The indentation of the lines and the way the stars “stick out” against the red – it’s amazing. I also love the little chips in the arms of the chair as well as around the sides – amazing attention to detail.
But this piece wouldn’t have the same effect without all these adorable plush toys, so let’s take a look at them in more detail.
Here are some close ups of the plush toys. The original illustration is supposed to simulate the idea that Ononoki is inside a claw machine. Although it would have been hard to adapt, I think it would have been nice if they somehow included the “Claw” of the claw machine. I think looking at the base without knowing that’s what it is, the idea may go over some viewer’s heads. But regardless GSC have done a perfect job in replicating the original image in every other aspect. Even included the little hole where the plushies would drop down to be collected from the outside!
The bottom of the base is surrounded by a massive assortment of different plush toys. Some are carefully sculpted while the ones underneath are just a mess of blobs of purple to try and create a sense of depth. I think there are definitely a few different references to different characters and icons in other anime series scattered throughout the plushies, what do you guys think? Botan from “Clannad” perhaps?
Such a colourful bunch of characters! Especially matched up against the bright red and yellow of the chair on top. The sculpt work is amazing, but my base did come with a few scuff marks on the paint work. This can most noticeably be seen on the eyes of the crab – poor little guy! He is by far the winning toy out of all the options in the claw machine, besides Ononoki herself of course!
Only a few more easy steps left to go before the figure is ready to go! Before we place Ononoki herself on her grand throne, we need to place down the cute little red cushion on the chair!
Despite the size, it passes off as looking incredibly realistic, the seamlines around the edges and the imprints on the face of the cushion – amazing!
With the imprints facing outwards, this cushion simply rests in the left hand corner of the throne.
Once the pillow is done, next thing is to place down Ononoki herself! Her dress is already folded for convenience which makes figuring out where she goes much easier. She will fairly easily lock into the right hand side of the base. Align her arm so that it is leaning on the arm rest of the chair while making sure the back part of her dress is pushed as far back as it can go to make sure she’s using up as much of the chair as possible. It may take a little bit of manoeuvring, but because she simply “rests “on the chair rather than plug in she will look good in most aspects anyway!
And finally, the final piece – Ononoki’s adorable signature hat! I have always loved this accessory, it really adds to her character and acts as an instantly recognizable icon that symbolises the character perfectly. This little guy simple sits on her head, and to my absolute surprize; the hat is magnetic!!
Magnetic features should be used a lot more often and this is a perfect implementation of such a feature. This reduces the chance of pegs snapping during attachment and allows for strong and secure placement! So cool!!
– ONONOKI YOTSUGI – THE COMPLETED FIGURE –
And here we have Ononoki, her base completely constructed and sitting atop her crane game throne! There is absolutely no doubt that this is one of the most impressive Monogatari figures out there. Not only due to its immense size, but because the concept really is just incredible and executed very well. Out of all the characters, Ononoki certainly has the most left field colour scheme. The turquoise hair, the yellow/orange/red dress, green and black stripy socks and bright yellow gumboots – all of these fun and bright colours absolutely radiate off this figure; and with the main chair being a stone like colour, this really helps in bringing these colours out and truly shining.
From this angle here you can see that Ononoki really is slumped down on the throne, lifeless and motionless. Ononoki herself is a "doll” after all, a walking corpse reanimated with the help of an infused soul. So naturally her character is rather expressionless and stiff in movement; and the way she has been sculpted to look like she has just been thrown on the chair and set up like a child would a small doll, the placement is very realistic.
Lets take a closer look at the gorgeous Ononoki right up close! I am so very impressed with how her face has turned out. Her eyes really capture that stillness/dead look in her eyes, but combined with her adorable big eye brows and slight open mouth – she is just absolutely adorable and instantly loveable. You can very much get lost in those eyes forever.
The most impressive aspect about Ononoki herself is her sculpt work. I really appreciate the time and effort gone into sculpting all those insane creases and layers that make up her dress. I love how the dress has this soft gradient in colour that is divided up by different clothing layers in the dress, very clever design. There is just so much detail in these creases, especially the way the dress caves inwards between her legs and flares out underneath – as well as how each layer wraps around each other, it really illustrates the type of material and how it would all flow if she was up and about walking around. I also really love her puffy sleeves and the white frilly section on her chest!
But this is where I have to talk about this figures biggest downfall – its shading and tone. Weather this is a stylistic choice or not, I am not too sure, but what would of really made this figure stand out even more would be a bit more detail in the shading and tone work on the paint job. Especially some of the white sections, the white is a bit to pale and does not cast many natural shadows, making it fall a bit flat. While the reds and darker oranges look great, the lighter orange suffers from the same fate and could use just a very extra highlights and darkening tones to help bring out those dents and creases. Otherwise as it stands they did a fantastic job.
This figure offers so many things at once and can take a while for our eyes to adjust to detail and help bring this figure together, which could be one reason they went with this approach. Because of the great amount of sculpting work and detailing in everything else I can honestly let this slide by.
A close up of her cute little boots! You can see mine unfortunately came with a slight little scuff mark on the back right hand side of the boot, can easily be covered up thankfully!
The main reason I took this shot though was to illustrate that there are actually indentations on the top of the two plush toys. One on the green penguin thing and one on Botan ( The boar ). These indentations are used to show where Ononoki’s feet should be resting. But I’ll admit, I have tried wriggling her around in all sorts of spots and I just can’t seem to get her feet to align up with them.
Because of the way she is posed, you can practically get away with her being place in any way on the chair and still looking good, but having these indentations here clearly demonstrate she should be placed in quite a specific way and my Ononoki certainly does not align up with them. Thankfully you cannot tell, as her feet cover up the spots, but they are just not “locked “into them the way they should. If anyone else experiences a similar problem I would love to know!
Another subtle detail I would like to point out is the tiny paper crane that is placed in her hand resting on the throne. This is a reference to the paper crane that Araragi receives from Tadatsuru Teori after his sisters and Kanbaru get kidnapped. The crane is a reoccurring piece of symbolism within this story arc and seeing its inclusion from the original illustration is a really nice touch!
Ononoki truly is a stand out amongst the figures I have, not only herself as a Monogatari character but also as a standalone. The one aspect I struggled with this review was finding enough points to talk about, and while I feel I covered everything that needed to be said – it wasn’t till the end did I realise why that was. In this photo I have tried to capture the same angle that’s represented in the original illustration and it is by far her best angle. But in some ways, because it IS based on the original illustration, this also makes it the real only angle and way to view the figure properly. Most figures look incredible from different angles, but it’s pretty easy to see that there isn’t much to look at for this figure from the sides and back besides the base itself. While realistically, there is no need to “view” this figure from any other angle, it also limits itself in a few ways as well, which absolutely cannot be helped at all and in no ways makes this figure any less incredible.
If anything this aspect helps me appreciate it a lot more – the fact that you can take a 2D image with such amazing details and turn it into some 3D and tangible. It’s quite an eye opener and really makes you appreciate this hobby that we all love so much. Thanks GSC!
– CONCLUSION –
Goodsmile company have once again created an absolute master piece as part of the Monogatari series line of figures. The box carries as a simple and minimalistic design that carefully captures the style and art presented throughout the Monogatari anime series. The base of the figure is incredibly elaborate and presents are massive range of cute and colourful plush characters to carefully reflect the original illustration. The Throne is an absolute high light with some incredible sculpt work and detailing, such as the chips in the concrete and the indentation and layering of the backing design.
Ononoki Yotsugi herself is captivating. This figure represents everything that she is in every single way. GSC have done a perfect job in capturing her facial expression and bringing her colourful and fun outfit to life! Amazing sculpt work on her dress, recreating every crease and dent in perfect detail. While her dress could use slightly more tone and shading, this makes up for the amount of detailing presented in its design.
An absolute must have for any Monogatari fan!
– COLLECTION –
Before we wrap up this review, I thought I would quickly present some shots of how she looks amongst my collection. Unfortunately my figure display room is still being set up so the lighting in there is not that great, so excuse the poor lighting and slight blur.
You can see here that she truly does stand out amongst the shelf, she is even taller than Karen and she is standing on a steam roller!!!! Unfortunately in order to get her to fit on this shelf I had to remove the pink water around my bath tub Shinobu – but to be fair, that figure is rather hard to display as it is. I also decided to add one of Shinobu’s bathtime rubber duckies to the pile of toys!
And my monogatari display cabinet all togerther:
hope you have enjoyed this review and found it helpful! If you have any questions or would like to request any photos or different aspects I didn’t capture; I’ll do my best to help out! If anyone has any requests on ANY of the items I own I would be more than happy to review them also :)
Thank you so much for your time,