Character: Konatsu Miyamoto
Series: Tari Tari
Release Date: August 2013
My Figure Collection: http://myfigurecollection.net/item/128127
Konatsu Miyamoto is one of the main characters of the cute anime Tari Tari. This show focuses on a small group of high school students that want their music club to be recognized by their wickedly biased principal. The story kind of follows Konatsu, who due to stage fright “ruined” the choir’s last performance. Now she just wants another try, and is ready for the challenge or so she thinks. I loved this character, and was pretty disappointed when GSC announced a nendo of only one of these great kids. I would have bought the whole lot, but instead I chose to pass her entirely. At this point I thought a Konatsu figure of any sort was out of the question. It is here that I thank Wave for the ability to put another great character on my shelf!
Usually I try to stray away from swimsuit figures as overall I find them redundant, but sometimes they really stand out. Occasionally they look really nice, but more often than not it is the character selection. Wave has been rocking the Beach Queen line for a couple of years now. I believe there are just over 200 of them. Yes two hundred beach figures, and you wondered why I said redundant. The catch is with 200+ entries sometimes you can catch that girl who would not otherwise get a figure. Tekizen has two of these figures, both of which I was really impressed with. The Tari Tari girls are my first Beach Queens so lets take a closer look at Konatsu, but don’t stare you may frighten her.
One of the things I really liked about this figure in particular is her pose. I know it looks weird. Unless you have seen the show it is hard to tell what she is doing. Most beach figures have very little reference to an actual scene in the series from which they originate. Sometimes you get them in a swimsuit featured in the show or opening theme, but rarely does the pose reflect on the original media. Konatsu’s pose, swimsuit, and hairstyle all come directly from a scene in which they are practicing for a festival on the beach. Konatsu is conducting music. Not boring, not typical, and perfectly in character.
Konatsu’s face is adorable. Her expression is vibrant and full of life. You can definitely tell that she is enjoying her song quite a bit. Her eyes are pretty and very detailed. They are bit glossier than I like, but that is a personal preference. Her mouth is cute. I like the row of teeth across the top, and the dark pink outline. It makes me think of a nendoroid mouth. They did a very nice job on her face.
She comes with two different hair styles. The first one is the style she had it in at the beach, which is really unique. Her bangs are down and framing her face. The two little bits that stick out from the side look nice. It is right behind these little spikes that her hair slides apart for the exchange of pieces. This seamline is pretty obvious, but considering that it comes apart here there is little to be done about it.
The back of her head looks fantastic! Her hair is pulled back into a fancy braid that connects in the center. The little end pieces that poke up from the braid are a nice touch, as are the loose hairs at the nape of her neck. There is also a very light line of shading around the top of her head. It almost looks like a halo.
Konatsu’s second head of hair is the way she traditionally wears it in the show. This style shares the same bang piece, but the back of it hangs loose.
This style looks good too, but it is definitely unimpressive in comparison. The light white shading is still visible on this style.
This figure may not go very far in the feminine curve department, but there is still plenty of definition on her body. Konatsu has a pretty great neck, and a nice collar bone as well. Her swimsuit top looksa like it is designed to give her a bit more shape. The ruffles are sculpted well, and add a bit of mass where there is none. A nice suit for a tiny girl. The darker blue trim is painted on well.
I can’t say the same for the back though. The blue strap that goes around her neck looks awful from this angle, very sloppy. She does have very nice shoulder blades. One of the things I do really like about Beach Queens is the way the bodies are sculpted. They always seem to have a nice bone and muscle structure.
Her arms are both really thin. This is the only place on this figure where I think her body looks strange. This is ok, but her upper arms, and fore arms are the same width. Her shoulders look good and I love her hands, but I think Konatsu may want to work on her upper arm strength.
All of the fingers of her left hand except two are bent inward. Her index finger and thumb are pointed outward as she conducts their song. Each tiny digit is sculpted nicely including little pink fingernails. Each one has a dab of glossy pink paint decorating it.
The fingers of her right hand are spread, but semi-relaxed looking. If you ever watched someone conduct music with their hands you may have noticed that closest to their body their hand is closed, but as it moves outward the fingers spread. Konatsu is right in the middle of her stroke. The palm of her hand has a bit of decent definition to it. She has quite a long lifeline!
Konatsu has a great belly. I am a sucker for a nicely sculpted stomach, especially when there is a navel involved. Her belly isn’t super defined. I think it would look awkward if it was. It looks perfect for her body type. You can also clearly see her hip lines,,,,another thing I am definitely a fan of. It is a downright shame that we rarely get to see such great attributes on male characters. Her skirt is really nice, again the ruffles give her a bit more shape. The sculpt looks really good. The only problem that I see here is the pink paint on the long ribbon parts just stops near the top. That is kind of weird. Other than that her paint looks alright here.
If you buy swimsuit figures for fanservice alone you may want to pass on Konatsu. She is lacking in just about all types of typical service. Her skirt is fluffed up in back a bit, showing a tiny bit of tiny rear. The paint on the back of skirt is virtually flawless.
I get the impression from the position of her legs that she may be swaying slightly with the music, or maybe even shifting foot to foot. Her legs like the rest of her have just enough subtle shape to look right. You can clearly see her knees and ankle bones. Thankfully her legs aren’t the same width all the way down. Her feet are really nice! I like them almost as much as I like her hands. Each tiny toe is sculpted well, and proportioned properly. They are all tipped with the same pink as her fingernails.
Her base is the typical Beach Queen hexagon. The top of the base has a sandy texture, and a single peg for her right foot. I kind of like these bases. The sandy beach suits the figures well, and I find the shape easy to deal with on the shelf.
The front of Konatsu’s box has a huge window. In fact it is so big that it wraps around the sides as well. Each side shows a different picture of Konatsu. One from the front, and one from the rear. The back of the box has a big picture of her as well as a picture of her alternate hair. The blister inside of the box holds her in place very well. Her packaging is quite simple, but it protects and displays her very nicely.
Her sculpt is very nice!
Her Expression is joyful.
This is a great representation of her character.
Paint is sloppy around her neck.
Her arms are proportioned a bit off.
Overall Enjoyment: 9/10