Phantasmoon is from the OVA Carnival Phantasm, a spin-off series created by Type-Moon that focuses on funny and absurd situations involving various characters from it’s franchises, namely Fate/stay night and Tsukihime. From what I’ve seen of the anime, it’s very silly and very weird, as many of the characters’ original traits are serious and violent. Here, it’s all slapstick and jokes, which will certainly appeal to the more open-minded fan who enjoys absurdist comedy. Arcueid, a vampire in Tsukihime, is quite the straight-man in that anime, but in Carnival Phantasm is a hyperactive, boisterous character who at times turns into a magical girl. Yep!
Though the sequences are brief and have little to do with what plot there is in the show, every episode has Arcueid briefly transformed into Phantasmoon, a classically styled magical girl who waves a pink heart-shaped wand around to combat themed villains. Naturally, it’s very strange, but quite funny too. Phantasmoon’s costume is obviously magical girl influenced, with lots of whites and gold strips along her top and sleeves. A short, well sculpted skirt flows about, and she wears a pair of very long white high-heeled boots with more gold strips and soles. Looking at her, you can tell it’s a playful get-up, and Arcueid fills it out really well – especially in the bust region. I’m not one for big pairs of breasts, but Max Factory have nailed the look here, not even the soft strip tied from her neck get in the way. In fact, I can find no flaws in the mould of this figma at all.
Three expressions are here, and personify a playful, cheesy character. The first face has Phantasmoon looking to her left with her vivid and bright red eyes, mouth open in joy of it all, and flushes of pink across her cheeks. The second expression has her Coyly winking at us; it’s certainly a cute look that shows that despite being in a fight, it’s not leaving her flustered. The final face is Phantasmoon all angry. Her teeth are gritted despite her mouth being comically big. It’s another great face as Phantasmoon winds up to hurl a plate of mapodon. Considering the usual Arcueid is this grim, somber character, her reincarnation as Phantasmoon and the resulting faces are a fresh and fun expansion. Not only that, but they manage to look right at home on a sassy magical girl figma – perhaps Nanoha and friends should take note.
A solid assortment of hands are provided, specifically specific ones. There are a pair of fists, a pair of open hands with the fingers spread, a pair of regular grasping hands, and a pair of angled grasping hands that hold Phantasmoon’s Phantasm Rod. There’s also a pointing left hand, a right hand with three fingers up, and a left hand with the middle and ring finger down. These can be used when Phantasmoon is pulling off one of her many stylish poses that have no really importance besides looking cute and sticking to the magical girl formula. Something I noticed was the improved sculpting of the hands, namely the pair of open hands, as there was extra thickness in Phantasmoon’s fingers. It’d be hard to say just how thicker they are than a majority of figma, but it was noticeable and I really liked how much better they looked.
When waving the Phantasm Rod about, Max Factory have included an effects part with plugs onto one side of the wand, giving the illusion of magic streaking out when waved, as the trademark crescent moons pour out. Keeping with this same form of clear, flat plastic with printed material, there are two bat-like creatures of differing sizes to fly about when conjured by Phantasmoon. They’re not exactly scary-looking, despite the jagged wings and teeth, and stick to a cliché purple colour. Two basic stands prop them up, allowing you to have them floating around Phantasmoon in battle. I don’t know if they really are different sized or is this was intentionally for the sake of perspective when posing, but that’s my theory. I’d have liked to have had different heights on the stands too, just to break the look up further.
Lastly, we have a right hand with that bowl of mapodon stuck to it. I’m not sure what it’s made off, but I’m guessing rice, curry, and something else thrown in. It looks like a waste of food considering Phantasmoon’s intentions. The di:stage extra is a bubbly pink background with the fun Carnival Phantasm logo across the face. I really enjoyed this figma; Phantasmoon poses brilliantly and the joints have just the right amount of give in them. The sculpt is amazing, especially the ample breasts, faces, and hands, and there’s plenty of posing potential. The effect bats are a little undercooked though, and probably my only complaint – albeit a minor one. Phantasmoon seems almost born to be a figma, and represents all the highlights such a line possesses. Very recommended.