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Brave Witches - Karibuchi Hikari - 1/8 scaled figure by AlterKomentarze • Brave Witches - Karibuchi Hikari - 1/8 scaled figure by Alter

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    Nice & Detailed Review :) (yeah i know i'm late, i just browsed tsukiboard lately..)

    It's kinda sad it seems there won't be more of the 502nd girl figures, considering to the sales of this Hikari..

    I prolly wanted a Georgette or Aleksandra but then.. I kinda quit anime all together now xD

    "Two alternative non-spinning propellors Why Alter still feels the need to add these even with the newest figure in this line, will remain a mystery to me."

    Perhaps it's for those (like me i guess lels..) who like aircraft details. I wish the static propeller blades were made opaque instead and painted in the same colors as the real life warbirds' propellers their striker units were based from ;) (e.g. Black with yellow tips, etc..)

    "There are so much more little valves, screwed plates and other small details in the sculpt of the Striker Units that earlier Strike Witches did not have."

    I think the earlier witch figures did have these to a lesser extent or perhaps my memory is already blurry now..
    Striker units had lots of those Access Panel things. ALTER did great jobs for their striker units and guns.
    That coupled with superb sculpt and paint job.

    I already sold off all of my SW figures so i can no longer check. xD
    26 d. temu
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    Maakie (4 mies. temu) #58304581 I hope you still enjoy the ultra deluxe Barkhorn figure. :)
    Sure! She's one of my most favorites figures :D
    4 mies. temu
    1pt
    ZoidsFanatic2 (4 mies. temu) #58324404I’ve been a bit fan of the World Witches series since about 2011 which was also when I found Brave Witches and liked them due in part to being more “fallible”. Unlike the 501st, who is seemingly perfect (and why I hated the Isle of Wright series), the 502nd are more grounded I found. Plus the anime did a good job of showing the Neuroi not just being massive idiots. We see witches get shot down and hurt. We see Neuroi attacks have consequences. I like all of that (not so much the lack of yuri). But yeah, it’s not common to find people who are aware of the wider works the World Witches series. Which is a shame, it’s a very interesting series.
    For popularity, while I don’t have any hard statistics I tend to run by ear with this blog. Granted it’s biased, and in Japanese, but seeing as there are still events going on with the cast of both Strike Witches and Brave Witches I can be fairly certain there is still popularity (there is likely some websites that list the Blu-Ray sales as well). Granted this is all speculative. You’re talking to the guy who uses fanart as a bar-o-meter of who’s likely going to get figures.
    In truth after Summer WF 2017 I decided to throw in the towel for the Brave Witches merchandise I wanted (action figures). With all the new World Witches stuff coming out I don’t think it’s impossible for that stuff to be made but I’m not holding my breath either... and trying to just make them myself. From what I understand, the Japanese take their contracts very seriously so what may have happened was GSC wanted to do Brave Witches figures but did not like the terms and conditions given to them and walked out. Or it could have been vice-versa and Kadakowa walked out.


    I can't put an exact year on it, but getting my Elizabeth figure ITEM #2136 in 2008 was the main point of getting into the World Witches universe, so probably a few years before that I got into the World Witches. :)

    I guess the World Witches universe is a bit hard to get into, for me it was falling in love with the Mecha Musume trading figures and buying artbooks from Humikane Shimada (which are (almost) all untranslated as well) as a first introduction. It's pretty hard for me to recommend people any stuff in English as the translations of all those things are not really complete.

    Anime-specific events in Japan are interesting, especially because some events seem to be so small and/or exclusive. To give an specific example, this t-shirt which I bought recently ITEM #770959 was specifically released for a commemoration event of the release of this item ITEM #442971 . Really makes you think that for something like that a whole event was set up! Even if it would have been small scale.

    Thanks for linking that site by the way! It was interesting to read some more information about Idol Witches. :) And merchandise-wise I guess they are now aiming to see what they can do with Idol Witches. The released designs so far are cute, but I'm really hoping to see some of the mecha musume come back in them, will they transform into something cool looking when they sing? I hope so! :)
    4 mies. temu
    1pt
    Maakie (4 mies. temu) #58321158Ah no problem again, no apologies needed. I was just hugely confused by the message at first, that was all. :) I think we spoke before a couple of times on your earlier account (I've also been a bit inactive for a while here and only got more active here in the last couple of months again), it's quite rare to find people that know more about the World Witches universe outside of the anime. :)
    Personally I'm not really about wanting the Strike Witches back, my personal favorites are the ground witches (especially Elizabeth), but I see the chances slim of them ever getting an anime. Until your comment I had completely missed out on the Idol Witches announcement and I'm reading up on it now! So I guess that is the next Witches-related animated series we can look forward to. :)
    Interesting! I found the information online about the success of Strike Witches to be quite lacking, I mainly found people reviewing it a bit lower than Strike Witches and people having a bit more dislike for it's cast compared to SW.
    This is just from my observations and speculations: But with the higher market prices for almost all merchandise nowadays, and Japanese incomes not getting higher that fast, the fans also in Japan are buying less merchandise. If you look at this specific figure, she is more than 150% of the price of the previously released Witch by Alter. I think in general anime merchandise sales and anime merchandise production is down in Japan and the higher prices keep the companies afloat. Less risks will be taken.
    And well, in case my above theory is incorrect, we can also keep in mind that most Alter releases had quite some time inbetween them, so we shouldn't give up hope fully yet. :) Although I have to admit I gave up hope partially on more BW merch...


    I’ve been a bit fan of the World Witches series since about 2011 which was also when I found Brave Witches and liked them due in part to being more “fallible”. Unlike the 501st, who is seemingly perfect (and why I hated the Isle of Wright series), the 502nd are more grounded I found. Plus the anime did a good job of showing the Neuroi not just being massive idiots. We see witches get shot down and hurt. We see Neuroi attacks have consequences. I like all of that (not so much the lack of yuri). But yeah, it’s not common to find people who are aware of the wider works the World Witches series. Which is a shame, it’s a very interesting series.

    For popularity, while I don’t have any hard statistics I tend to run by ear with this blog. Granted it’s biased, and in Japanese, but seeing as there are still events going on with the cast of both Strike Witches and Brave Witches I can be fairly certain there is still popularity (there is likely some websites that list the Blu-Ray sales as well). Granted this is all speculative. You’re talking to the guy who uses fanart as a bar-o-meter of who’s likely going to get figures.

    In truth after Summer WF 2017 I decided to throw in the towel for the Brave Witches merchandise I wanted (action figures). With all the new World Witches stuff coming out I don’t think it’s impossible for that stuff to be made but I’m not holding my breath either... and trying to just make them myself. From what I understand, the Japanese take their contracts very seriously so what may have happened was GSC wanted to do Brave Witches figures but did not like the terms and conditions given to them and walked out. Or it could have been vice-versa and Kadakowa walked out.
    4 mies. temu
    1pt
    ZoidsFanatic2 (4 mies. temu) #58319775Ah, got ya. That was one thing that bothered me with Brave Witches was seeing some going on about how they disliked the “new” characters and wanted the old ones back. Sorry, I misinterpreted what you were saying. My mistake. However you’re also not wrong in comparing and contrasting the 502nd and 501st given they do have plenty of similarity... and that with the Brave Witches anime the interesting bits was once they stuck Tamaki in a coma because before that it was a near carbon-copy of Strike Witches (I love Brave Witches but hoo boy can I tear into it and point out every flaw).
    From my understanding, Brave Witches did fairly well all things considered. Why they never did a bigger push merchandise wise I have no idea. But here in the West the World Witches series is rather unknown outside of just Strike Witches. And even then, just Strike Witches; the first one. While I’m glad the series finally moved away from being the butt of anime jokes it still doesn’t have much in the way of... anything really in the states. Not that this matters in Japan, given they mainly focus on their own region. Seeing as Strike Witches is on a roll with new context including the Light Novel reboot, the mini-series, the third season next year, and then Idol Witches the year after it wouldn’t be too surprising if Brave Witches got a second season or at least some OVAs. But that wouldn’t be until 2022/2023 at the earliest. So I consider that a good thing... even if the figure department has been lacking these last few years.


    Ah no problem again, no apologies needed. I was just hugely confused by the message at first, that was all. :) I think we spoke before a couple of times on your earlier account (I've also been a bit inactive for a while here and only got more active here in the last couple of months again), it's quite rare to find people that know more about the World Witches universe outside of the anime. :)

    Personally I'm not really about wanting the Strike Witches back, my personal favorites are the ground witches (especially Elizabeth), but I see the chances slim of them ever getting an anime. Until your comment I had completely missed out on the Idol Witches announcement and I'm reading up on it now! So I guess that is the next Witches-related animated series we can look forward to. :)

    Interesting! I found the information online about the success of Strike Witches to be quite lacking, I mainly found people reviewing it a bit lower than Strike Witches and people having a bit more dislike for it's cast compared to SW.

    This is just from my observations and speculations: But with the higher market prices for almost all merchandise nowadays, and Japanese incomes not getting higher that fast, the fans also in Japan are buying less merchandise. If you look at this specific figure, she is more than 150% of the price of the previously released Witch by Alter. I think in general anime merchandise sales and anime merchandise production is down in Japan and the higher prices keep the companies afloat. Less risks will be taken.

    And well, in case my above theory is incorrect, we can also keep in mind that most Alter releases had quite some time inbetween them, so we shouldn't give up hope fully yet. :) Although I have to admit I gave up hope partially on more BW merch...
    4 mies. temu
    1pt
    Maakie (4 mies. temu) #58304649I don't remember ever claiming that these characters were new...? :') Many of my blogs cover other World Witches media, so I'm just a bit thrown off-guard here by this comment (apologies accepted :') ). Anyway the 'Strike Witches guy' is called Humikane Shimada (sometimes written as Fumikane).
    Are the other BW characters so popular in Japan that you think that making other characters their merchandise would have worked? I feel with at least the fans over here nobody knows too much about the general World Witches Universe and only saw the anime. So it's maybe a Japan-thing only or is this franchise also so much bigger in the USA?
    *edit* Oooh, now I see why it might have looked like I claimed the characters were new. Nah, I rather meant that the 501st and 502nd are a bit too similar in build-up, but that could be, like victorviper mentioned, also because of the huge amounts of character designs mr Humikane made for this franchise.


    Ah, got ya. That was one thing that bothered me with Brave Witches was seeing some going on about how they disliked the “new” characters and wanted the old ones back. Sorry, I misinterpreted what you were saying. My mistake. However you’re also not wrong in comparing and contrasting the 502nd and 501st given they do have plenty of similarity... and that with the Brave Witches anime the interesting bits was once they stuck Tamaki in a coma because before that it was a near carbon-copy of Strike Witches (I love Brave Witches but hoo boy can I tear into it and point out every flaw).

    From my understanding, Brave Witches did fairly well all things considered. Why they never did a bigger push merchandise wise I have no idea. But here in the West the World Witches series is rather unknown outside of just Strike Witches. And even then, just Strike Witches; the first one. While I’m glad the series finally moved away from being the butt of anime jokes it still doesn’t have much in the way of... anything really in the states. Not that this matters in Japan, given they mainly focus on their own region. Seeing as Strike Witches is on a roll with new context including the Light Novel reboot, the mini-series, the third season next year, and then Idol Witches the year after it wouldn’t be too surprising if Brave Witches got a second season or at least some OVAs. But that wouldn’t be until 2022/2023 at the earliest. So I consider that a good thing... even if the figure department has been lacking these last few years.
    4 mies. temu
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    ZoidsFanatic2 (4 mies. temu) #58304638Sorry, it’s Brave Witches so you know me I have to show up screaming. The 502nd wasn’t new believe it or not. As in, they did not start from scratch. All the characters had existed for many years before having first shown up in a Twitter story by the, um, Strike Witches guy who’s name I still forget. In the original Twitter story we follow Sadako as she is first transferred over to the 502nd sometime in 1943. Sadako is much more different this time around, as if you ever saw episode 13 of Brave Witches when Rossman brings up her “sickness” of cute things, that was the original Sadako. Not perverted but very eager to hug anything she found cute. Typically Georgette.
    Anyhow, with the actual anime Hibiki and her sister Tamaki (who I really don’t like) were new unlike the rest of the 502nd who were established characters by now. I personally liked Hibiki but would have much preferred Sadako as the main character. Granted that wouldn’t have worked because the writers wouldn’t have had a chance to drag in Yoshika. I also think this is what may have killed off all Brave Witches merchandise was a focus on the her and not all the established characters fans knew and love. I’ll avoid going over my tirade about my lack of Nikka and Alessandra action figures.
    OK, so tirade aside. Again, sorry, it’s Brave Witches and I wouldn’t be Zoids Fanatic 2.0 if I didn’t scream about it every now and then. Again, really sorry.


    I don't remember ever claiming that these characters were new...? :') Many of my blogs cover other World Witches media, so I'm just a bit thrown off-guard here by this comment (apologies accepted :') ). Anyway the 'Strike Witches guy' is called Humikane Shimada (sometimes written as Fumikane).

    Are the other BW characters so popular in Japan that you think that making other characters their merchandise would have worked? I feel with at least the fans over here nobody knows too much about the general World Witches Universe and only saw the anime. So it's maybe a Japan-thing only or is this franchise also so much bigger in the USA?

    *edit* Oooh, now I see why it might have looked like I claimed the characters were new. Nah, I rather meant that the 501st and 502nd are a bit too similar in build-up, but that could be, like victorviper mentioned, also because of the huge amounts of character designs mr Humikane made for this franchise.
    4 mies. temu
    1pt
    Maakie (4 mies. temu) #58304612Probably an issue with the BW cast is that they tried again to make it as 'varied' as possible, and then ending up with most characters being too similar in nationalities and/or personalities to SW as they had a great set-up there. I guess they should have gone for something completely else for a bigger chance of a succesfull series. Why not focus on Fuso or Karlsland for example, maybe in the future or past of what happened during SW! So much possibilities, but they ended up going for a set-up that was too similar to the original...they probably thought 'the original was a hit, so this is a safe choice!'.

    Sorry, it’s Brave Witches so you know me I have to show up screaming. The 502nd wasn’t new believe it or not. As in, they did not start from scratch. All the characters had existed for many years before having first shown up in a Twitter story by the, um, Strike Witches guy who’s name I still forget. In the original Twitter story we follow Sadako as she is first transferred over to the 502nd sometime in 1943. Sadako is much more different this time around, as if you ever saw episode 13 of Brave Witches when Rossman brings up her “sickness” of cute things, that was the original Sadako. Not perverted but very eager to hug anything she found cute. Typically Georgette.

    Anyhow, with the actual anime Hibiki and her sister Tamaki (who I really don’t like) were new unlike the rest of the 502nd who were established characters by now. I personally liked Hibiki but would have much preferred Sadako as the main character. Granted that wouldn’t have worked because the writers wouldn’t have had a chance to drag in Yoshika. I also think this is what may have killed off all Brave Witches merchandise was a focus on the her and not all the established characters fans knew and love. I’ll avoid going over my tirade about my lack of Nikka and Alessandra action figures.

    OK, so tirade aside. Again, sorry, it’s Brave Witches and I wouldn’t be Zoids Fanatic 2.0 if I didn’t scream about it every now and then. Again, really sorry.
    4 mies. temu
    1pt
    victorviper (4 mies. temu) #58304607It's funny you mention that, because that was probably my #1 issue with Brave Witches-I would just look at the characters and immediately start comparing each of them to someone in the SW cast.
    One of the things I've always liked about Strike Witches is how they managed to create such a large cast of characters while giving each of them quite a bit of depth, but I just felt like the BW characters were not nearly as fleshed out. In fairness, maybe you can only create so many characters using the "moefied WWII figures" concept, but that was definitely the show's weakness.


    Probably an issue with the BW cast is that they tried again to make it as 'varied' as possible, and then ending up with most characters being too similar in nationalities and/or personalities to SW as they had a great set-up there. I guess they should have gone for something completely else for a bigger chance of a succesfull series. Why not focus on Fuso or Karlsland for example, maybe in the future or past of what happened during SW! So much possibilities, but they ended up going for a set-up that was too similar to the original...they probably thought 'the original was a hit, so this is a safe choice!'.

    By the way, are you watching that newest Strike Witches series now, with the shorts? I'm hearing some bad things about it, but I think I will give it a chance later and watch everything in one go instead of a weekly short episode.

    BW of course also has a lot less episodes, but there could have been some things better in writing indeed. It feels like just making a Strike Witches 3 and have some appearances from the 502nd would also have been better, but I understand the choice of wanting something with 'new' characters (also thinking about the merchandising aspect of course).
    4 mies. temu
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    Maakie (4 mies. temu) #58304581
    One issue I had with BW, which a lot of others also seem to have, is that I kept making comparisons to SW. 'Hikari reminds me of Yoshika, Naoe reminds me of Lucchini etc.' It maybe would have been more interesting if the focus was rather on a specific country their Witches, or that they went for land- or water-based Witches. Something to make it more clear that we shouldn't compare it too much to SW...
    Still, I enjoyed the series, but not as much as SW. This screenshot makes me wish for a series about the Tank Witches though: i.imgur.com/Uol...


    It's funny you mention that, because that was probably my #1 issue with Brave Witches-I would just look at the characters and immediately start comparing each of them to someone in the SW cast.

    One of the things I've always liked about Strike Witches is how they managed to create such a large cast of characters while giving each of them quite a bit of depth, but I just felt like the BW characters were not nearly as fleshed out. In fairness, maybe you can only create so many characters using the "moefied WWII figures" concept, but that was definitely the show's weakness.
    4 mies. temu
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