Nendoroid 123 Yuki Nagato
Nendoroid 123 Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya version, Yuki Nagato.
When I first started getting back into watching anime after college The Melencholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was the series that everyone was talking about, and with good reason. The characters, the plot, it was all fresh and yet very familiar. Between it and Lucky Star it probably helped launch the new Otaku anime movement. Of all the characters, my favorite was Yuki Nagato. I confess that I have a weakness for the quiet and brainy characters in anime, and Yuki is the epitome of that stereotype.
This is the second version of the character that Goodsmile has put out. The first was back in 2007 (before I was collecting) and it goes for well over $100 on eBay now. This is the movie version that was released recently. I have to say, I prefer it over the earlier model, not just because of its availability but because the quality of Goodsmiles figures has increased dramatically in the past couple of years. While the early figures were amazing and still better quality than most that are released today, they all looked extremely similar (even more so than they do now). These past couple of years the nendoroid series has really gained some character.
This figure comes with three faces, all with subtle emotional differences that fit the character.
One of the nice things about this figure is that it comes with this extra outfit that matches the original release uniform so those that missed out on the original can still have a figure similar to it.
Accessories. I was a little confused about the edition of an extra set of glasses.
The figure in default mode. Love the motion on this figure.
The pose I decided on. I like to think she is happy after giving Kyon-kun (male protagonist of the series) something that he would enjoy (taiyaki maybe?).
I decided to give the extra set of glasses to Chiaki Minami. I think Yuki and Chiaki would have been good friends if they met. Both are great, book reading, characters.
My figure shelf is definitely growing. I might have to move Zapp though... I don't like the look he is giving the girls.
One of the things I love about anime is how many amazing hidden (and not so hidden) references there are in it. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is steeped in lore from Dan Simmons Hyperion series of books. I recently started reading them and I absolutely love the series. It probably ties with Dune (pre Brian.. just Franks) as my favorite Scifi series. This stuff is like Inception, you must go deeper, because Hyperion is steeped in the works of Chaucer and Keats. Chaucer, which any good English student has read and studied extensively as arguably the father of English literature, I have read before but Keats was new to me, so because of Haruhi and Yuki I read Hyperion, because of Hyperion I read Keats and now because of Keats I am reading some of the other English Romantics. I think this is what separates true Geeks from those that dabble in the part of our world that floats to the surface. Pop culture effectively feeds on the flotsam that is the vast ocean of geek culture. True geeks are ever searching and exploring, looking for new roots and caches of information and enjoyment.
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