I feel February 5, 2022 will go down in JJK0 film history as a very special day, the day the Rika Orimoto Drink Holder with Yuta Okkotsu Topper Figure Drink Set lined concession stands in Japan. Or maybe I’m the only one making a big fuss about this merch because I love it so much xD Whatever! Let’s take a closer look.
(English continued after Japanese)
これ、マジデッカイ！２０２２年２月５日発売初日、１０９シネマに行ってレジで渡されたとき、言葉を失うほど圧巻でした🤩 今までの劇場グッズの中、一番感動しましたよ。何度も撮影したくなる楽しい商品です。里香ちゃん、凄すぎます😍 普通のワインボトルと缶ビールを隣に置いてサイズ感が伝わればと思います。本当に素敵なグッズですごく嬉しい☺️❤️✨
Large Rika Figure
This merch is simply incredible, jaw-droppingly huge. My eyes nearly popped off my head when it was handed to me at the concession stand inside 109 Cinema. I wasn’t even scheduled for a movie at 8 AM on a Saturday morning, but I went just the same simply for the sake of getting a hold of Rika’s drink holder.
I love it, Rika out in full force protecting her beloved Yuta. I’m going to have to take lots of pics because it’s just so WOW!
Yuta Okkotsu Topper Figure
Before I go on raving about Rika’s figure, let’s take a look at Yuta’s tiny topper figure first!
He’s adorable, with his goofy smile and droopy eyes. His finger says, come at me, if you dare xD This piece has a detachable stand so you can display it on its own without having to use it as a drink topper.
Here’s the back view. You can move the figure to face any which way. Okay, we’re done with Yuta. Now on to his fabulous sweetheart!
Rika and the Alien in Alien
The very first time I saw Rika’s monster version in the manga, my first thought was, “Oh, Akutami-sensei must have liked the Alien film as a kid.” I’m talking, of course, of the 1979 sci-fi horror extravaganza directed by Ridley Scott starring the amazing Sigourney Weaver. It’s since become a modern classic, an influential film and game-changer in the space horror genre. Even if the movie came out before I was born, it’s still one of those old, iconic films I’ve watched decades after it was made. I don’t consider myself a film aficionado or cinema connoisseur, not in the least bit, so the fact that I actually watched the Alien series speaks of its longstanding popularity.
The main alien in Alien looks quite grotesque, however, compared to Rika’s cute, small-ish version. Still, I feel they have similarities, not so much in head shape or gigantic teeth, but in terms of our memory of them. Scott’s alien’s most iconic moment, for me, was when it brought its face only inches from the heroine’s, and growled. That was a truly scary, unforgettable moment. In JJK0, the most memorable moment for me was when Yuta brought his head close to monster Rika’s, and kissed her.
For the former it was a moment of pure horror, for the latter, pure love. Yet while the emotions evoked were completely different, the screen structure or picture layout was similar. For me, that is!
A Rika for Everyone
It’s hard to have an idea of the size merely from still photographs, so I placed a standard wine bottle and beer can next to the figure. I hope this gives you a better feel of just how big it is: approximately H26cm x W16cm x D21cm.
Of all the movie-related merch I’ve purchased so far, this has got to be my ultimate fav.
I’m not the only one in love with this Rika figure. Japanese socialites known as the Kano Sisters – a pair of glamour girls famous for their surgical enhancements and nude photo shoots – became a trend on Japanese social media thanks to their fabulous post about Rika’s figure. Here it is:
Swipe to see how they dressed up their Rika in gorgeous, huge-ass jewellery, turning her into a jaw-dropping accessory stand. How ostentatious! How gaudy and extravagant! I LOVE it! I’d like to believe Rika enjoyed it as well, I mean, she died so young and probably didn’t have enough time to play with gems and pearls and jewels and other girly stuff.
Perfect for Valentine’s Day
Unlike the glamorous Kano sisters, I don’t have oversized bling to decorate Rika with. I’m quite poor compared to them, needless to say! But I *was* able to buy stuff within my meagre budget, and that stuff is… chocolate!
Look at all these lovely chocolates with a JJK theme! I love them, LOVE them!
Rika as a Candy Holder
Japan has a crazy ‘modern tradition’ where it’s the ladies who buy chocolates for the gentlemen (who are obliged to return the favour by gifting back cookies and such on March 14, aka ‘White Day’). I dunno what’s worse, this or the other way around in Western countries, where it’s the bloke who has to shell out big bucks for the lass.
To get rid of these gifting inequalities, the best way – obviously – is for everyone to give chocolate to everyone. Enough with outdated modes of giving, let’s just give each other nice stuff on Valentine’s Day, okay? Flowers, too, while we’re at it. I love a person who enjoys giving and receiving flowers!)
So this lovely Rika figure, surrounded with chocolates, can be seen whichever way: she bought a whole bunch of chocs for her beloved Yuta (Japanese-style), or Yuta has given her all these chocolates (Western-style), or they went to the supermarket together, bought a basketful of adorable sweets, and are now deciding who gets what. I prefer the last one. You?
Jujutsu Kaisen Chocolates
Since we’ve arrived at this point, let’s take a closer look at the junk food! The tubular tin can Rika holds in her hands is filled with heart-shaped chocolate rice krispies. There are three designs in all, though I forced myself to buy just one otherwise I’d go over budget.
To her right are mini furoshiki-wrapped truffles: furoshiki being a Japanese kerchief of sorts used to wrap and carry bundles. These were so adorable I simply had to buy all three designs, each featuring various iconic scenes in the anime.
Colourful boxes named ‘Design Chocolista’ are chocolate blocks printed with the characters’ names and faces.
As you can see, I opened the Satoru Gojo one (see below). It’s super cute but somewhat hard to eat… who wants to bite into Six Eyes? Not me!
I’ll have an even tougher time eating Nobara. I mean, I don’t even know whether she’s still alive in the manga, but already I’m gobbling her up? What kind of a mean Curse am I? C’mon, Akutami-sensei, bring her back already, cool eye-patch and all!
To end this rather nonsensical non-review, here’s a pic of Rika with my new Yuta figure.
I got it from the game centre, along with a Gojo version. Nice, eh? Better get around to reviewing these, too.
Love as it Should Be
Going back to Rika and Yuta, what I adore about their love story is how straightforward and honest it is. I’m sick of all those annoyingly half-baked, pseudo-tragic, frustrating ‘love story’ tropes where one person never says anything to the other, until it’s too late. For Rika and Yuta, they know they’re in love, they say it, admit it openly, put it in words and action. Give me simplicity and candour anytime over misconstrued subtlety and ill-timed coyness!
Central to the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 film is the Rika-Yuta romance, a relationship that’s incredibly cathartic and uplifting, even if they now have to exist as a sort of inter-species couple. No wonder the film is beloved by fans!
Going back to the Rika figure, I’ve seen it transformed from a drink holder to hand sanitizer holder to iPhone holder to flower vase accessory and many more. It’s versatile and practical in a day-to-day decorative sense (Form and function! Sweet, eh?) which, I think, cannot be said for many a standard figure.
Purchasing the Rika Orimoto Drink Holder Set
I’m both amazed and disappointed at how jacked-up the prices are from resellers of this Rika figure. At the concession stands the drink set (Yuta topper figure and drink of choice included) sold anywhere from JPY 3,900 to 4,000 (around USD 35), depending on the movie theatre. However, resellers at the online fleamarket Mercari are raking it in at up to three times the original price (as of this writing)! So I’m not wholeheartedly recommending buying from resellers, though that’s the only option for those who can’t make it to the Japanese movie theatres.
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