It’s about time to get this review done, I received this figure some weeks after release, but now is the time for Harada Makoto the lively nurse of the great Space Battleship Yamato.
The figure was manufactured by Alpha x Omega, most of the other Yamato Girls Collection figures were made by MegaHouse. Makoto is scaled 1/8 (22cm) and was released by the end of March, I got her in May for a good bargain. She was sculpted by the talented Tanaka Sen’u who made many great ALTER figure.
Months before the new adaption Yamato 2199 aired it’s first episode, I coincidentally started to watch the old Space Battleship Yamato from around 1970. While it is old, it was a great experience for me, the first few episodes started really bumpy as if nobody believed this show could be a hit, but Soon it started to work as the epic space opera it was supposed to be.
Anime has come a long way and of course Yamato 2199 is a fresher version, starting from the really impressive animations, deeper characterizations and a more advanced storytelling. I also watched the live action movie from 2010 recently, but this was rather dissapointing experience and the nurse there wasn’t hot at all. What a sad adaption 🙁
Harada Makoto got more screentime in the OVA series without trying to spoil anything I have to say that she gets a really sweet scene. MegaHouse made a lot of figures for Yamato 2199, also the bearded Captain, but like always the women are in the majority, with their nice suits.
The figure has a short bob cut hairstyle, it’s a lovely style for her character, it also is a not so commonly used hairstyle on figures so it’s nice to have it on Harada Makoto. The hair has a red tint of brown color with dark shading at the outer regions. The sculpt has many singled out strands which look nice and detailed. On top she has a gigantic ahoge, it’s rather flexible so the risk of breaking it is low.
I really like the appearance of Harada Makoto and how her figure turned out, her facial sculpting is beautiful and not flat all. The eyes look especially pretty, a lot of detail is shown and the sparkling effects bring out her lively spirit. I like her a lot with slightly opened mouth when she looks a little surprised, you can also change her expression to a more happy one, unfortunately you can’t swap the faces separately, they make a fix unit with the torso.
The figure has a white base with medic logo, it is connect to the figure via one foot so that it supports Makoto’s dynamic pose. You can put a transparent arm into the base to let the figure interact with the moveable sake bottle. Harada Makoto comes with an exchangeable torso that has her arms in a different position and shows a different facial expression.
Harada Makoto was my favorite from the figure lineup in terms of appearance, her face is cute and there might have been two more obvious reasons. While Mori Yuki stands for beauty and elegance, Makoto is the cute and cheerful somewhat buxom type of character.
In the OVA series all of the adult women had a slender, but shapely build and so does the figures, considering the 1/8 scale, the details and curves are very well done. Makoto has nice thighs and a cute backside. Makoto is a slender person with a large bust, even though she’s in space, her fairly sized boobs don’t defy gravity and show a rather natural shape and position.
Should I start to worry that all my recent figures have an above average bust size? Has anime twisted my perception with all the busty heroines everywhere? You wouldn’t guess what I ordered a few days ago, Oh XD. Well, in real life a large bust is not so important to me.
Why am I telling this kind of information here, please nevermind…
Every position among the crew has a different color, the nurse uniform is pink, it’s a really cool color. The uniform has a pretty, detailed and futuristic design, I like how it appears to be put together from several pieces with these deeper engraved lines. it’s a little different from the uniforms of the other female crew members, instead of a full body suit, Makoto’s dress is separated so that she can shows skin, she’s also wearing thigh highs and high heel boots.
The glassy effect looks really good, the thick black stripes are matte and create a nice contrast against the pink areas and also accentuates her thighs and also partially her buttocks. Around her waist she has a belt with very detailed bags full of medical stuff attached to the sides.
Somehow most, no actually all figures from the Yamato Girls Collection lineup were cursed by massive price drops, it’s strange since the figures are all really pretty, maybe an explanation for the felt, not so big success is that an OVA series can’t reach the same popularity as a weekly anime show, no matter how good it is. Maybe they just produced too many copies.
Cheap figure deals are great, but not for the ones who ordered for full price. MegaHouse still produces new figures for the franchise, so maybe they aren’t bothered by these price drops.
This figures always caught my interest, I didn’t preorder her, since I was really busy with putting my preorders over the first quarter of 2014. In the end I’m happy that I’ve bought her.
Makoto Harada turned out as I’ve expected, I was still surprised about her nicely shaped face and adorable expression(s), she’s really cute and has a nice looking body. I like her outfit a lot, the light pink makes her even cuter, also the candy gloss of her suit is also great and very smooth when taking a closer look. Also her jump in the air pose is really nice and appealing.
I also like the figure of Melda Dietz from this Yamato Girls Collection line up… maybe.
which torso and face of Makoto Harada do you prefer?
I like the one with the arms behind and the surprised mouth.
For another opinion about Harada Makoto check out Reflective Boundary