When this figure was first announced I wasn’t sure I would pick it up. It’s not Ohno, after all, and I felt that betrayal to my one and only love would be sacrilegious; however the needs of a Genshiken completionist ultimately rose to the fore, and I’m glad they did. Read on for a look at a very nice figure indeed!
in tribute to his many years of unwavering Ogi fandom.
Original Design: Kio Shimoku
Sculptor: Adachi Satoru
Source: Genshiken (manga, anime)
Scale: 1/8 (19 cm tall)
Release Date: July 25th, 2007
Price: 5,800 JPY (tax included)
Current Availability: [KNC] [HLJ] [HS] [TL] [AAA]
While not present at the beginning of Genshiken’s story, upon her entry she gradually becomes more integral to the plot, acting as the pivot upon which the narrative turns from an exposition of college otaku life to the deeply personal tale of a girl’s struggle to come to terms with her own identity. Ogiue is the girl in question, and as a result of the intimate character study she undergoes she has attracted by far the most devoted fan following of any character in the Genshiken cast.
Embodied here in Kamishakujii Renko cosplay from Kujibiki Unbalance (OVA version / TV version) as shown on the cover of Genshiken manga volume six, with an expression and uncomfortable pose that embody Ogiue’s inner discontent perfectly, this sculpt was Adachi’s to mess up. Thankfully his skills rose to the task, presenting us with a figure that is arguably the best in the lineup of a dozen or so Genshiken and Kujian-based figures to hit the market in the past few years. Typical Alter quality assures a fine finishing job and a superb attention to detail, making this an easy recommendation to any Genshiken fan (though slightly less so for those unfamiliar with the character, as without background knowledge it would be easy to see the pose as uninspired).
In a final note, it appears that despite their similarity this is a different kit from the one featured at Kaidodo’s Wonder Festival Showcase in the winter of 2006 (that one sculpted by Yatuki of circle Koutetsu Hanten). I’m not sure why Alter chose to reinvent the wheel, but thankfully the result was on par with its counterpart.
Overall Score: 9/10