Review: #801/#802 Taki & Mitsuha Nendoroids

I’m a huge fan of Your Name and the rest of Makoto Shinkai’s works. So when I began my Nendoroid collection, it was an easy decision for me to purchase the Taki Tachibana and Mitsuha Miyamizu Nendoroids from Good Smile Company. These were actually the first Nendoroids that I pre-ordered, and they arrived in January 2018. Here are the official product descriptions from GSC:

While technically you can purchase these separately, it’d be cruel to separate these two given their relationship in Your Name. It’d be like having Jack Dawson without Rose Dewitt, or Minnie Mouse without Mickey Mouse. If you’re going to get one, you’ll definitely want both.

Just a note: This review will be spoiler-free. If you haven’t yet seen Your Name, I highly recommend it!

#801 Taki Tachibana

First, here’s an overview of the Taki Tachibana Nendoroid. He wears his Jingu High School uniform and comes with the following parts:

  • 2 faces: smiling and upset with pen marks
  • 2 right arms: normal and holding pen, both wearing a bracelet (the braided cord from Mitsuha)
  • 2 left arms: normal and hand in pocket
  • Shoulder briefcase bag
  • Leg with bent knee
  • A stand

There are some important things to note about some of the parts:

  • Taki’s school bag is not actually attached to anything; instead, it hangs on his shoulder (like a real bag) and stays on when using the “hand in pocket” arm since that forms a loop around it.
  • The pen that his right arm is holding actually comes off and is very tiny, so it’s important to take care not to lose it. Fortunately, it fits pretty snugly into his hand and won’t just slip off.
  • The “pocket” part of the “hand in pocket” arm is actually a protrusion that is attached to the arm itself (see pictures below). Under the right lighting, it’s possible to make it blend in to Taki’s pants.
  • Taki’s bracelet is the braided cord from Mitsuha and is attached to his right arms (i.e. it does not come off).

#802 Mitsuha Miyamizu

Next, let’s go over some details of the Mitsuha Miyamizu Nendoroid. She is wearing her Itomori High School uniform and the figure contains the following exchangeable parts:

  • 2 faces: smiling and upset with pen marks
  • 2 right arms: normal and holding pen
  • 2 left arms: normal and hand up
  • Shoulder purse with hedgehog ornament
  • Leg with bent knee
  • A stand

Some similar notes as the Taki Nendoroid:

  • Mitsuha’s school bag is also not attached to anything. It hangs on her shoulder and stays on when using the “hand up” arm that serves as a hook.
  • Like Taki, Mitsuha’s pen in her right hand can be removed, but it also fits tightly in her hand.
  • The “hand up” left arm can be used to pose a “cute look” for Mitsuha (see photo below).
  • Mitsuha’s hairband can be taken on or off when you remove the back of her hair bun.

Review and Thoughts

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These two are a great pair!

Given that these are relatively new Nendoroids compared to my previous two figures, I expected the quality to be high and I was not disappointed. I really had no major issues with the assembly of any of the parts for either Taki or Mitsuha. The stands are also the sturdier newer version, which is slower to pose in my opinion, but much more flexible since it’s actually attached to the back of the figures.

If I had to come up with criticisms, I would note the minor issues I had getting both Taki and Mitsuha’s shoulder bags to stay, since they are not attached. Also, Taki’s “hand in pocket” arm required some specific angles and lighting to really sell the effect. If you look at it from the side, it’s obvious that there’s a weird pocket thing that’s attached to the arm and not actually a part of the pants. Lastly, for Taki specifically, given the way that his legs are articulated, there is a clear gap between his hip area and his legs, which is not how pants are normally supposed to look.

In terms of articulations, Taki and Mitsuha both have the standard number of moveable joints for Nendoroids. For both of them, the legs, arm connections, and neck are able to be rotated. In addition, Mitsuha’s waist can turn due to the way her lower body is attached to the upper body via her skirt.

Pre-ordering

While I was late on the pre-order on the actual GoodSmile Online Shop (they were taking orders from July to August 2017), I was able to find it at a reputable third party dealer, Plaza Japan, in December 2017 for pretty much the same price. In total, I paid about $31 for each Nendoroid, not including shipping, which was around $13 (but I also shipped something else from Plaza Japan). It felt good not to pay over $40 for a post-release Nendoroid, and I highly recommend aspiring Nendoroid collectors to visit this page to check for pre-order dates to save substantial money on collecting these adorable figures.

Photos

Lastly, posing both figures was really fun! They really do go well together and I hope you enjoy the photos below.

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