01 Jun 2004 11:54 pm

From the “Cute but Creepy” category comes Life-sized Anime Dolls, made by a company called Paper Moon (which I keep confusing with Type Moon, who makes the Melty Blood / Tsukihime games, among others). Thanks to An Unnamed Anime Blog for the link.

They seem to be life-sized, and relatively well articulated, and the licenses seem to span CLAMP, Gainax and Pioneer / Geneon’s holdings (the Hikari from Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai and the Ifurita from El-Hazard are particularly striking, but Dave, you’ll want to pay attention to the Lain-in-her-bear-pajamas and Sakura Kinomoto dolls).

A gaggle of anime dolls

Anime Doll-o-rama!

It’s either a testament to the bland male character design in most anime or the sheer number of male otaku over female otaku that there is not a single non-female doll in this group. Which could be a good thing, really, because what would you do with a Shinji doll? Have it curled up in a fetal position with a minidisc playing a loop of “I mustn’t run away?”

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