Got these twins just over the weekend, and they make my first Shana(s) and first repaint! Just couldn’t decide which one I liked better, so I ended up with both -_- Damned is the power of repaints!! I hope this doesn’t become a trend, cuz that would just become a tremendous sink for me lol. Only reason I got both of them this time is because Shana actually appears with dark hair and red hair.
Resinya Shakugan no Shana II: Waitress Shana (noir & alice blue versions)
Maker: Resinya / Cospa
Sculptor: Hiroshi (of Sakura Zensen)
Scale: 1/6 (roughly 24cm tall sitting on stool)
Release: Late July/early August 2008
Character designed by: Itou Noizi
I’ve read many comments that say this Shana is characteristically un-Shana. If they hadn’t been told that it was Shana, they would have never known it seems. I agree to some degree in that I don’t think Shana would wear an outfit like that, and actually there is no illustration that depicts her in this type of clothing. The closest thing I’ve come across is this dvd cover (or insert) of Shakugan no Shana II vol. IV:
image found on moe.imouto.org
Another thing besides clothing that people probably noticed is that she’s not “Shana-sized.” That’s definitely apparent with one look at her, but I think her “tsun” expression and hair are what make her stand out as Shana, and I can see that in her. When she’s got her headphones on you can still imagine somebody trying to get her attention to order, and she just responds with a more mature “urusai na…” instead of her usual “urusai!” x3. If anything, I’ve come to think that this is what Shana would be like as a rebellious teenager lol.
The Noir version (purple background below) is the regular release edition, and the Alice Blue (light blue background) version is an Amiami japanese online shop limited exclusive. As shown above though, Play-Asia was able to get some in some way or another.
Each Shana comes with a tray, headphones, and stool.
Her twintails are actually connected by ball joints, so you can rotate her pigtails around in whichever orientation you want ^^. I think they should have made some version of her have a single ponytail too. I love ponytails, and I think it would have looked very sweet on her.
She’s not bad. The Alice Blue version Shana doesn’t quite have her hair color down, but I think that was deliberate to try to stick with the color palette used for this version. Her hair is more ….I would say watermelon red, rather than her signature flame haze red/orange. There is a third repaint version of her, the “Strawberry” version which is a Gee! Store japanese shop exclusive. The hair on that version is more characteristic of the Flame Haze we all know. I ended up with the Alice Blue version because the price was cheaper and the Strawberry version’s paint design is too similar to her Noir version (basically a lighter version of noir. At least Alice Blue has the stripes lol).
A few things that kinda bugged me about her though: I think her head might be a bit too big for her body. Doesn’t quite look that way looking from a short distance, but when you get up close, it looks like her face/head are pretty dang wide. Compared to my two other 1/6 figures, Shana’s head is just huge, with most of the hugeness coming from her eyes and above. It’s probably got to do with making room for the more “anime styled” face I guess, but it’s just something that hangs around in the back of my head lol. That and if you look at her from the side, her bangs and face look pretty flat. A little more curvature around the nose/eyes/forehead might not have been a bad idea.
Another thing that kinda bugs me is that the seat and tray are pretty damn slick (as in slippery). It’s very hard to keep her seated on the seat, and also keeping the tray on her hand. Maybe it’s just me with my unsteady hands, but I had some trouble here and there trying to get Bonta and the white cat to sit on the tray and her hand without slipping off. Sometimes while I was spinning the stool around to get some shots from different sides, she would kinda slip out of place and end up sitting pretty unevenly, making her unstable on the stool. I guess if I don’t touch her for awhile, she’ll kinda stick in place like it seems some of my other figures have done, but it’s just annoying when you move her around.
The headphones are a nice addition, but I don’t think they look so great. They don’t fit completely around the ear, and they are angled very slightly in the center of the headband, for what reason I don’t really know. If they were more smoothly rounded and covered the ears more completely, they might have looked excellent, but as they are, I think they just look “good”.
Annoyances aside, the paint is pretty well done and aside from some mold lines here and there, they are pretty solid. I thought it was pretty cool that her twintails could be swung around behind her on those balljoints. They can’t be positioned in any which way you want, but at least you can spin them around where they are connected, and I think that’s cool enough. In the end, I think for the most part they are a couple of really nice figures.
Note to self: Shoot more pics from the figure’s right side next time. I guess the allure of her garter completely took me over this time around. lol