Persona's Greatest Heroine Is Also One Of Persona's Coolest Models

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Mitsuru Kirijo from Persona 3 is amazing. She's Gekkoukan High School's valedictorian, student council president, and the leader of its Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad. Such a complicated character, yet everything she is can be captured by a simple resin garage kit.

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That stoic expression — as if she's almost bored with the idea of risking her life fighting against shadow demons. She has been training and fighting since she was a small child, after all — it's not a struggle anymore, it's just what she does.

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It's confidence. It radiates from her. Her fellow students are drawn to it, which explains why she's the most popular girl in school. Not her looks — though she's certainly not unattractive. Her power is in her presence. She's not sort of female character you find in Japanese role-playing games all that frequently.

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This garage kit version of Mitsuru comes from e2046's Gathering line, and thank goodness it did. For one, that means it comes with a special base, featuring the fan-translated Special Extracurricular Execute Sector version of the S.E.E.S. acronym. It also means that someone else painted this for me, and painted it well.

I have purchased many unpainted garage kits in my time. They are, for the most part, still in their boxes, still unpainted. That's because I am terrified I am going to screw up someone else's work of art. Just look at this image from a fan gallery on the e2046 page for the unpainted version of the kit:

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Compare that to the Gathering version...

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...you can understand why I am hesitant.

So I shall stick with letting other people paint the Empress of Persona 3. I'll let them handle the fine details of this nearly 12 inch-tall figure.

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I can only imagine how horrible those would look if I took my shaky hand to them. Mitsuru deserves better.

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Confident in your painting abilities? The unfinished Mitsuru Kirijo resin garage kit is available now from e2046 for only $36 and change. Otherwise, the pre-painted version, currently sold out, normally runs $175 (though when last in stock they were on sale for around $140). It's a substantial difference, but for someone of my painting skill and patience level, it's the difference between a professional figure and a complete and utter mess.

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Mitsuru is totally worth it.

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DISCUSSION

Mitsuru's fine, but Persona's greatest heroine? Bah!