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Azumanga's Osaka and Sakaki Hit the Beach in Feb

Now, THESE figures I could get into.



There's been a bit of a resurgence in interest for Kiyohiko Azuma's Azumanga Daioh since the original manga was re-released, freshly re-drawn in some cases, not too long ago. As such it's not too surprising to see some figures of the girls appear, and appear they have...and it's the swimsuit edition.
I am mildly disappointed that the Osaka swimsuit figure isn't of her slumped out on the inntertube and floating out to sea, but it's a very pretty figure of her nonetheless, and the spacey facial expression is 100% pure Osaka. She'll run you ¥4800 (about $53 USD) and is due out in February.

Meanwhile, Sakaki retains her usual elegance somehow, even when wearing a tiny yellow bikini. (Considering how much she seems to hate attention, I always found it funny as a character choice that she wore it...though of course it makes sense why the creator would pick it.) Sakaki will also hit shelves in February, although she costs a bit more-- ¥5800 (~$65 USD).
What do you think? Would you pick one of these lovely ladies up?
Eelcireon Oct. 15, 2009 at 9:33 a.m.
Osaka! She was my favorite character of the series, will have to see about getting this :D Already picked up the three volume re-release of the series; hoping for a translation to make it outside of Japan, but not holding my breath.
Pyroon Oct. 15, 2009 at 1:35 p.m.
All hail the Hypnosaka!
FLStyleon Oct. 15, 2009 at 2:11 p.m.
*whistles the Azumanga Daioh intro tune*
 
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I won't be buying them, but they do look rather awesome.
Kuroon Oct. 15, 2009 at 7:24 p.m.
Oh god, I need them
FoxxFireArt moderator on Oct. 16, 2009 at 3:22 a.m.
The blank and emotionless stare works pretty well for Osaka.

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