In which you can’t go wrong with melon pan, especially when it comes with a great new seal friend.
I’m so behind on writing about Toreba wins! It’s almost a shame when you get several together in a shipment because I feel like the individuals don’t get enough focus. But I wanted to devote a little time to this very cute, very hungry acquisition with a quite majestic name — this 北海の魔獣あざらしさん (Hokkai no Majuu, Legendary Beast of the North Sea Azarashi-san) plush!
I didn’t actually know anything about this character when I won him — to be honest, he just seemed rather winnable for a limited amount of money. What I do love, however, is melon pan, so it seemed like an obvious thing to go for. And here’s the win!
Later I found out that he’s Azarashi-san from Legendary Beast of the North Sea Azarashi-san, which as far as I can tell is…primary a Twitter and LINE thing, I think? Though I feel pretty sure I’ve seen them around on merchandise and definitely prizes before.
Incidentally, one thing that makes collecting sea creatures difficult is that they so often have the same names for characters from different series — like this one and Azarashi from Samezu, or the San-x character Jinbee-san and Jinbee from, come to think of it, Samezu too.
In person, this Azarashi-san is just pure happiness. The plush is about 16 inches high and well designed and made throughout. I especially like the embroidery- like details on the pan itself.
The plush seems a bit more like a decorative pillow than a hugging plush, since it’s a little flat, but it’s soft and darling and just looks great on a bed. If there’s one complaint, it’s that the way the tail is placed makes it a bit difficult to sit the plush upright.
I had some difficulty figuring out exactly who made this product, because the gray you see on the copyright label refers to the creator of the character, not the plush. But I figured it out — it’s Break Prize, and you can see the product page here.
I am so happy with this impulse win. I’ll keep an eye out for more with this character in the future, and if there are anime shorts or anything else I missed out on, please let me know!