When this behemoth Tama-nee was figure first announced in April I was intimidated by her size, her leggy proportions, and her freakishly elongated torso. While Cobra-Kai’s rendering looks nothing like her original design, it was this precise fact that seduced me into picking the figure up (no giantess fetish here, honest); after her mutant novelty factor wore off was she truly worth the purchase? Read on…
Original Design: Amazuyu Tatsuki
Sculptor: Toushirou (Cobra-Kai)
Source: To Heart 2 (game)
Scale: 1/5 (37 cm tall)
Materials: PVC, ABS
Release Date: June 19th, 2007
Production: Daiki Kougyou
Price: 12,600 JPY (tax included)
Current Availability: [KNC] [HLJ] [HS]
Kousaka Tamaki, often referred to as “Tama-nee”, is one of the most popular heroines of both the original PS2 all-ages version of To Heart 2 and its “XRATED” PC version. She is a stereotypical onee-san (older sister) character and is often portrayed as slightly sadistic or tsundere. I’m a fan of her character to the extent that I’ll pick up her doujinshi on occasion, but normally wouldn’t jump at Tama-nee figure unless it presented some rather extraordinary attributes, which this one definitely does….
- This is the Godzilla of Tama-nee figures, to be sure. Both her size and traces of radioactive mutation are exceptional, and while the wacky proportions are certainly a turn-off for many something just clicked in a primordial portion of my brain that made me hit the purchase button. I’m glad I did, but I can’t say exactly why.
- The full castoffability is a definite plus – none of the soldered-on fundoshi that so defaced Daiki’s Koyori. I’m guessing they weren’t bound by the same licensing constraints, but whatever the reason, I prefer an anatomically vague yet undefiled midsection over one arbitrarily censored.
- For those of us who find the small of the back to be an erogenous zone, this kit is a lethal weapon. …Enough said. :3
- Cobra-Kai’s original sculpt was intended as a rather fetishistic kit catering to a niche market, so those not captivated by the initial premise will no doubt find the figure unexceptional in its entirety. That said, objectively speaking Daiki suffers from the general malaise that comes with producing figures at a grand scale: the detail work on the paint job drops in quality for no discernible reason. Typical Daiki quality perhaps, but still something I’d like to see them improve.
- To misquote Lloyd Bentsen: I served with tsun-kao (face): I knew tsun-kao; tsun-kao was a friend of mine. Daiki “tsun-kao” Tama-nee, your kao has no fucking tsun whatsoever. “Tsun-tsun” is the Japanese phrase for the beat-down you see written all over Louise’s face right before she’s about to give Saito a thorough whipping:
- It is also the counterpart of “dere-dere”, the mellow loving feeling that forms the latter half of the tsundere persona. A so-called “dere-kao” Tama-nee is also in the offing from Daiki, but they’ve got the name wrong here too – the pair would more accurately be described as “sultry” and “freaky clown smiley” only I don’t think the Japanese exists to handle those concepts.
- For a kit that is meant to be cast off first thing out of the box, the procedure presented me with serious problems. While the black plastic of the lingerie mercifully didn’t mar the skin surface beneath, the bra was so firmly attached that it took a variety of sharp implements to finally pry / twist / rip it free, marring the inside of the shirt in the process. NOT COOL. Shame on Daiki for applying adhesive where it doesn’t belong. >:O
Overall Score: 8/10
I’m not quite sure who would like this figure other than myself as it bears no resemblance to either Tama-nee or any other remotely proportional human being, but for whatever reason it just works. A better paint job would elevate it to nine points in my book, though the pose isn’t quite exciting enough for a ten… regardless, another fine Cobra kit and certainly a step in the right direction for Daiki. Here’s hoping for more in this general direction in the future!