As an ardent fan of the Sekirei manga and an equal opportunity devotee of the various female members of its cast, back when she was announced I found Movic’s Matsu impossible to ignore. I have a critical weakness for brainy girls with glasses, and despite her uncharacteristically racy attire in this figure Matsu fits the profile perfectly… How does she compare to Tsukiumi and Musubi? Read on for our third Sekirei figure review!

Original Design: Gokurakuin Sakurako
Sculptor: Kondou Takayuki (G-DOME)
Source: Sekirei (manga)
Scale: 1/7 (23 cm tall)
Materials: PVC
Release Date: November 28th, 2007
Production: Movic
Price: 6,090 JPY (tax included)
Current Availability: [HLJ] [HS] [TL]
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Character Description

Matsu is Sekirei #02, an incredibly powerful but solitary girl who falls for Minato when he comes to stay at Asama Miya’s inn, where she has been living in hiding. Thus far in the story she has shown negligible combat ability, instead using her superior intelligence gathering and computer hacking skills to aid Minato from their home base. She usually appears rather more frumpily dressed than in this sculpt, but it’s hard to complain when she turns the pheromones on full force. :3


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The costume design for this kit is derived from an illustration that first appeared in the September ’05 edition of Young GanGan magazine along with chapter 16 of the Sekirei manga. The reproduction seen above is from the recently released Sekirei Visual Book.

Sculpt

The design for this figure is firmly planted in the “side story” spirit of the illustration it’s based on, presenting Matsu in as sexy a pose as possible regardless of her actual personality or choice of clothing within the manga. It’s not that she’s shy or withdrawn per se, but she’s more likely to be the one taking advantage of a scantily-clad comrade than to be caught in such a position herself.

That said, given that Gokurakuin Sakurako herself penned the original costume illustration I can’t protest too hard against seeing it incarnated in 3D here, especially at the level of craftsmanship displayed by sculpting veteran Kondou Takayuki. He’s done a great job with this rendition, including a lot of delicious curves and a couple of astonishing fetish points I didn’t expect to see from earlier previews of the kit: viewed from certain angles her posterior is one of the finest I’ve had the pleasure of gazing upon, and her raised arm gives some wonderful fodder for fans of another oft-concealed part of the anatomy.

Overall I’m much more satisfied with this sculpt than I thought I would be. If I had to pick nits they would be a) the corners of her mouth are slightly tucked in in a way that makes it seem like she might be missing some teeth, and b) her left hand looks like it’s missing some critical bone structure from some angles. Given that Tsukiumi suffered from a similar problem I can’t help but wonder if that’s an issue with the production and not the sculpt, though.

Production

If there’s one thing that can be said about Movic’s production work it’s that they are consistent. Matsu doesn’t deviate substantially in terms of production quality from other offerings we’ve seen from the maker, complete with a similar array of modest charm points and moderate drawbacks. The paint job is generally nice, with a decent array of textured finishes and a near chrome on her clothing that shines becomingly in the light. Detail work where present is not problematic and shading on the hair and clothing is nice, though not much in evidence anywhere else.

Casting work is decent other than the aforementioned hand, which seems like it might be caused by a warped or inexpertly designed mold. There aren’t many obtrusive seams, but the kit does suffer from an overall casting “roughness” that can be seen in various places (especially on the arms). The entire kit benefits from a design simplicity that minimizes the chance of egregious error, a wise move for a company with less ambitious production capabilities; they haven’t tried to exceed what they know they can do at a decent level, and knowing when to quit is half the battle.

Conclusion

Movic’s Sekirei Matsu is a very solid kit with a few surprises up her (metaphorical, nonexistent) sleeve that made me even happier that I decided to spring for her. A great sculpt backed by production values that are modest but don’t try to exceed their capabilities, this is a figure I can easily recommend to any Sekirei fan, and more widely to any fan of incredibly sexy bishoujo figures in general; while she doesn’t clear the ranks of the truly epic class she stands proudly just behind them, and is definitely worth a look if your budget allows.

Overall Score: 8/10

+ lovely original design interpreted by a veteran sculptor brings out her great curves
+ a rear end the way all rear ends should be

o the design isn’t particularly reflective of her character, though that’s not a bad thing
o generally solid though unassuming production values – some flaws in casting

– the best views of her behind come when her torso is removed

If you’d like to support HD with your purchase, as of posting Matsu is still available at Play Asia. The Sekirei Visual Book is available there as well, at a very competitive price – quite a nice item for fans of the manga, which is available at Amazon if you’re so inclined. If you’d prefer to grab the figure at the best possible price, Hobby Search currently seems to be your best option.

Technical Note: I tweaked some settings on the camera before shooting this review (the light meter and noise reduction primarily). The resulting effect was mixed (the header image is particularly grainy), so I’ll continue messing around in subsequent reviews in search of the optimum settings.