Ever since we reported on this noodly appendage-clad, awkwardly proportioned figure back in March I’ve been awaiting its release with a mix of anticipation and dread, similar to the mix of fascination and repulsion this kit surely inspires as one of the most bizarre items to come out of Japan’s hobby industry in a long time (at least a week). What is the result when maker Romando turns its hand to the tentacles and old-school campiness of cult classic eromanga Nami SOS? Not too shabby, especially if you’re not expecting much more than a bizarre gimmick item. This review is rated [ERO] not for explicit content but to shield the eyes of viewers with any taste whatsoever; those interested can read on for the lurid details.

Original Design: Chataro (ちゃたろー)
Sculptor: Unknown
Source: Nami SOS (eromanga, eroanime)
Scale: N/A (16 cm tall, 15 cm tentacles)
Materials: PVC, ABS
Release Date: August 4th, 2007
Production: Romando (LOVE&CRAFT)
Price: 4,725 JPY (tax included)
Current Availability: [HLJ] [HS] [HS] [TL] [TL]


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Nami is the heroine of eromanga and anime Nami SOS. Biographical information on her creator Chataro is scant, but the earliest Nami manga publication date I’ve been able to find indicates that he’s been drawing her since at least 1995, a date that jives with her decidedly campy style; from a brief perusal of the anime it seems to be one of those works that deliberately abandons all taste or artistry in favor of pure fanservice and exploitation (as if that wasn’t evident from the figure already…).

In full disclosure I should admit that investment in this figure was driven partially by the prurient interest; that is to say I’m something of a tentacle / kyonyuu fan and despite the horribly tacky Nami design I thought the concept here was pretty damn hot. Despite my (probably) minority opinion in this respect, I think this kit is inexplicably bizarre enough that it could be of interest to others for the “oh, Japan” factor alone.

From that standpoint at least the kit certainly delivers. Aside from the color of the tentacles “love play units”, both the original and limited edition white versions of the kit are virtual carbon copies of the preproduction model of the kit as it was advertised; they let me know what I was getting into before putting the cash down, which is more than can be said for some recent kits.

It’s hard to review this as anything other than a gag toy, but from a production perspective it’s solid enough. The tentacles are made of wire sheathed in a sticky rubber that grips well to the PVC (also a slightly odd, more pliant variety) of Nami’s body, the paint job is rather spotty when viewed up close but at a slight distance it looks fine (and by “fine” I mean “as intended”, which does not necessarily equal “good”).

For the price, I’d say the kit is a decent value proposition provided that you see any value in it in the first place; definitely not a kit for collectors in pursuit of quality or beauty, but for fans of the garish and bizarre it’s certainly worth looking into.

Overall Score: 7.5/10

+ value for cost
+ prurient interest
+ bizarro factor

o paint job, sculpt, general production value

– lack of sculptor information
– inability to cast off skirt without breaking figure
– 18+ listing for a non-ero kit – it may be ugly, but it’s not pornographic