Figure Review: Hirasawa Yui (Alter)Figure Review: Hirasawa Yui (Alter)Review


Before beginning this review, I would like to express my gratitude to those who read, commented, and critiqued my previous reviews; along with my readings of others' reviews last week, these all together have served me the opportunity to learn and improve my reviews by extension, which ultimately could not have been done without your support. I do hope you'll enjoy this review of Yui.


This is one of my older figures, having bought it at a 2009 convention, and was my first "big money" figure purchase, at $90; after looking at the site's entry price of ¥6,800/~$63, however, and after a thorough look for this review, I now feel that this figure possesses a few aspects that are more in line with that lower asking price.

Nevertheless, it is not my intent to view the figure in a bad light; quite the opposite, this remains one of the favorites of my collection. Alter overall knocked it out of the park with how they captured Yui's passion for her guitar that is ever-present throughout the K-On series; and what's more, the figure has held up quite well over the years, with the only real and few quality issues being present when the figure is examined up close, and despite what I wrote previously, the figure truly has some great details that align with more expensive figures.

I should give a caveat before continuing: this figure has some dust. Soon after buying this figure, I had to go away to a college dorm for 3 years, and from that Yui remained in my room for the length, amassing all the dust that could be had in an enclosed space, and even a few cobwebs. Even after my return, I had to attend to some other obligations that, at times, limited my collection's dusting sessions significantly. To date, the figure's been dusted multiple times with Swiffer pads, microfiber cloths/gloves, and Q-Tips, and during this photo session, I had to go at it again.

Unfortunately, it's still a work in progress, as the meticulous detail crafted here naturally begets almost-microscopic areas for dust to collect. You should still see some of it in these pictures, especially around the guitar, and I'm currently on the lookout to find other ways to get this stuff to a negligible amount.


If I was hard-pressed to pick the best attribute of this figure, it would have to be Yui's outfit. Great care was put into making the blazer appear to have volume and not skintight, as though it doesn't fit perfectly: the sleeves are the best example with their heavy creases about, which repeat near the middle of her back. Similarly, her shoulder lines drop suddenly into the sleeves, making the blazer appear a bit baggy as a whole (or maybe Yui likes wearing shoulder pads).


The lapels and ribbon are well done, and the blouse and skirt are treated separately, the former peeking slightly at her wrists, and the latter appearing to go into the blazer, with these two seemingly detaching at points that reflect her jumping pose. While the blazer looks slightly rubbery, the overall detail put into her outfit easily eclipses that. It seems like the blazer isn't made as one piece, however, especially at her left shoulder, as a noticeable seam is present.

While the tights look more like painted legs, they have their own slight creases by the knees. Some lines that could be seams go up the leg backs, but this isn't really noticeable because the tights are black, unless you get a light source directly on them.

Otherwise, I'll just be leaving the following pictures so the tights' attention to detail can be fully appreciated:




As I have now finished stoically accounting Yui's tights, I'll switch gears to go over her head. Her facial expression is adorable and enthusiastic to be expected, with her nose being more built like a real nose and not merely an extended point from the face. Her upper teeth are in view, and her tongue is a different shade of pink than her mouth. There is this black dot on her tongue, but it is what it is.


I can't really give those same accolades for her hair. While the color's fine, and there is detail in making the hair unkempt, the strands look like someone took some brown clay or putty and pulled them out, and not like natural hair. This is more evident at the back of her head, and next to her right ear. Her hair just doesn't look nearly as natural as her outfit. By the top of her head, there are some bumps and ridges that look like skin, but this could just be wear from the 11 years I've had the figure.


The only other sculpting gripe (maybe it's more of a plus?) I have is her hips. To me, they're really exaggerated, and her thighs are far wider than her lower legs. Maybe it's the perspective from her jump or her guitar playing tricks on me, but she looks way more thicc here than in the anime.


Yui's Gita looks very nice; its body is simulated to look freshly lacquered from the way light reflects away, and it has vertical lines in this light as though the body were made of wood. Its strap has a natural bend around Yui, with a buckle and circular snaps to the guitar itself. There are actual flexible strings, and detailed frets, tuners, and pickups, with the bridge and other supports for the strings checking out for authenticity.

If I sound like a guitar expert here, I should note that I was consulting the Wikipedia entry for "Electric guitar". Now for my true knowledge of guitar anatomy:


The tan thing by the middle of the guitar is raised above a silver notch of some sort, which I don't know whether or not that is supposed to be true to the real thing. Similarly, while there is a very detailed switch with "RHYTHM" and "TREBLE" printed, there are four nubs which I guess are simulating the volume and bass knobs. I wish that they had more detail to match the more prominent switch. Finally, the border of the guitar body isn't uniform, but again that could just be due to the figure's age.

All in all, this is a pretty nice guitar replica. It's quite the task to dust, though. Maybe they make Q-Tips, but flat like a spatula? Those would help.



The transparent base is emblazoned with the anime and character information. The angle for the foot to attach is very steep, and looks precarious, but I've never had the figure fall off. I always prefer painted bases, but this one has substantial width and weight.

In any event, this figure was worth a closer look, because I was able to appreciate its finer details after having it for so long. Again, this is one of my favorite figures, because I feel that they captured Yui's personality excellently.

"Neglect" is too strong a word for this situation, but it keeps coming up when I think of all the time it just stood on my dresser, and when all of my previous dusting attempts ended, there is still some present. Simultaneously, I love this figure a lot, but I feel that I could've done better with the care.

But life happens, and you need to get the more pressing priorities done first. And now that I have more free time, I can improve my arsenal of figure cleaning and dusting implements; Yui deserves it.

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victorviper1個月前#79794468Always nice to see some love for older figures.
It seems like just yesterday that K-On! was the big thing in anime!

Time really flies for situations like this, but I'm happy that there's still a strong K-On! following after all of this time; it seems like some anime from the 2000s that were very popular then are hardly mentioned today.

I'm watching the 2nd season of K-On! very sparingly, so it "never ends", whatever the logic behind that is.
Always nice to see some love for older figures.

It seems like just yesterday that K-On! was the big thing in anime!
I love Yui
Buy from Japan. Easier than ever.

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