Nagi is one of my newest favorite characters in anime, and she is receiving several figure treatments, including the 1/8 PVC one by FREEing that I’ll be going over today. Nagi-sama is from the manga-turned-anime Kannagi, which Zange-chan, the bunny-girl I reviewed earlier, is also from. In that review, the Kotobukiya Nagi in her nekomimi costume makes a guest appearance towards the end. The FREEing Nagi however, is wearing the standard attire that you see her wearing for the majority of the show, and is holding the mahou shoujo-ish wand that she uses to banish impurities, while standing on the stump of the sacred tree that was used to create the statue that she materialized from.
The outfit and the pose is reminiscent of the cover of Volume 1 of the Kannagi manga, as shown here:
A few close-up shots of her torso area and face:
This brings me to one of the issues I have with all figure representations of Nagi-sama out in the wild right now. The face. For some reason, none of their faces are really accurate to the animated Nagi’s face.
Compared with the faces of the figures below (clockwise from top left; the FREEing figure being reviewed today, Kotobukiya, Clayz, WAVE), none of the figures have faces that are ringers for the animated Nagi’s.
Although I think this FREEing figure comes much closer to Nagi-sama’s features than the Kotobukiya or the Clayz figure, there is something still off here.
For one, Nagi’s eyebrows in her animated incarnations are much higher above her eyes, especially when she has a ridiculously huge smile on, than on the FREEing figure here.
Second set of Eyebrows?
Nagi’s eyes also seem to have a second set of eyebrows much closer to the eyes, for lack of a better descriptor. While the FREEing figure has these painted on very faintly, it is much more prominent on the other figures. None of them look correctly done however. Kotobukiya’s Nagi especially looks like she just has two sets of full eyebrows.
That smile of hers also exposes her upper row of teeth for the most part, which you cannot see on the FREEing figure. Only the Kotobukiya version her has the teeth rendered on the figure.
There are also many intangibles here that differentiate the figure faces with the animated face that I can’t seem to put my finger on here, but nevertheless, I feel the FREEing version is actually the best one out of the current crop of Kannagi figures.
Here is a close-up of the magical wand that Nagi-sama wields to banish the impurities that have appeared because of the chopping down of the sacred tree. The glittering area in the center of the star is done fairly well.
Here are a few shots circling around the figure so you can see her pose from all angles.
A close-up shot of her hair shows both sculpting detail in the ends of her hair, and lack of detail in the scalp area.
Nagi’s legs go on for miles, even with her boots on here, which show pretty good detail in the lacing.
Panchira shot! Nagi’s pantsu here are colored white and fairly run-of-the-mill, not that it’s a bad thing. Not a bad thing at all…
Here’s a pervert-eye view of the nether area underneath Nagi’s skirt. I’m not sure if she would wack you over the head with the wand, or act moe and embarassed first, as per the final episode of Kannagi, and then wack you over the head.
Here is a shot of the base that Nagi stands on. The stump of the tree is fairly modeled well here, with the sculpting of the ridges in the bark, and you can even count the rings in the tree if you wanted to (perhaps that’s Nagi’s real age, but I’m not going to ask).
If you are a stickler for your anime figures having spot-on faces to their animated counterparts, none of the Nagi figures really are for you if you are a Kannagi fan. However, I feel that FREEing has done a pretty good job here in modeling and painting the rest of the figure. She is a welcomed addition to my collection.