KAITO is another addition into Good Smile Company’s Cheerful JAPAN! campaign; created specifically to raise money and aid the relief efforts in Japan following the tsunami and it’s resulting devastation on March 11, 2011. While we’ve seen literal new products released under this banner, there have also been re-releases too. KAITO fits into the latter category, replicating the same Nendoroid sold in 2010 plus some cheerful extras.
The relaxing, refreshing singer from the popular Vocaloid singing synthesiser series, KAITO is the predecessor of Hatsune Miku, but nowhere near as popular. The blue-haired boy wears a long, shiny silver coat with some stylistic blue and yellow lines and shapes running down the sides and the around the edges. KAITO also wears a pair of smart-looking brown pants and silver shoes.
KAITO’s popular muffler is well-realised, flowing in the wind with some lovely shading amidst the blues. The same goes for his shiny hair, which also enjoys similar effective shading. A tuft of hair sticks out of the side of KAITO’s head too; creating an asymmetric look. A small, head-mounted microphone protrudes from his hair to the left of his mouth.
For the first time, KAITO comes with a whole extra body, one befitting of a young male in a stock-standard black school uniform. Broken up with some gold buttons and a yellow armband – its pretty drab, but suitable for an common person who’s leading a cheer for the crowd. A blue strip is tied around his shoulders and knotted at the back – ensuring his arms are free to flail the included blue pompons (with joint connections) or pair of folding fans.
The fans don’t actually fold, but are something different to the pompons we’ve seen on many other Cheerful JAPAN! releases. On one side there is a smiling face – the logo of GSC – and the red spot of the Japanese flag on the other side. These are held by a pair of white gloved hands, with an extra pair in the style of an open hand with the fingers spread.
There are two other, bent right arms to go with the more recognised look KAITO has, one making a triumphant fist, the other grasping his delicious ice cream. Finally, a cocked right leg for KAITO’s brown pants is here, allowing us to recreate the well known pose. It’s interesting to note just how big that fist is of KAITO’s, as it dwarfs any of the other included hands. Can he make it magically increase in size or something?
The same three expressions from the original are here, including the standard smiling face, a yelling face and a joyful expression. The capacious charm of KAITO is successfully realised in these faces. Also included in the package besides the upgraded stand and base are two pieces of paper: one red, one white. Small strips can be punched out to create a headband that KAITO can wear when cheering, though it’s a flimsy, difficult-to-execute extra that could’ve been better.
At least we get two colours to mix and match, if the mood strikes. The final item for this Nendoroid is a Cheerful JAPAN! postcard of KAITO, enjoying the outdoors and the bubbles. Honestly, I’m a Miku man, so very few of the other Vocaloid characters properly appeal to me like she does. Honestly, I bought this Nendoroid for no other reason than to support the aid effort, though I’m still okay with having an extra toy on the shelf too. Plus characters will all capitals names bug me.