is a line of female action figures produced by Konami
since 2006. The figures, called MMS ("Multi Moveable System") figures, are highly poseable and feature many interchangeable parts
. Several body designs are available, but they are not all compatible with each other, even though they all use the same peg-sizes. Most figures consist of a basic body with add-on weapons and armor parts. Another type of release are the EX sets
, which only consist of armor and weapons and require the buyer to already own a MMS body. Furthermore, blank bodies that include a stand are also sold for customization purposes or use with EX sets. Each figure stands about 15 cm tall, which amounts to 1:1 scale, as each Shinki is supposed to be a small robot
Each figure includes a code that allows the figure to be unlocked
in Konami's on-line Battle Rondo game and Diorama Studio. Each figure has been designed by a known Japanese artist.
The series has had a short-lived US release. After a hiatus of several months in 2009, new figures have been announced for 2010.
Incidentally, this line of toys is the brainchild of Fumikane Shimada, who is also responsible for Sky Girls
and Strike Witches
The toys received two anime adaptations, the Busou Shinki Moon Angel
downloadable episode in 2011 and the Busou Shinki TV series in 2012
Busou Shinki provides examples of the following tropes:
- Absolute Cleavage
- Anime Hair: Including Girlish Pigtails and Hime Cut.
- Badass Adorable: Considering that every character is a Robot Girl with a varying amount of weaponry, this trope is rather prevalent.
- Bare Your Midriff
- Bilingual Bonus: "Murmeltier" is german for "Woodchuck". Because of this, Murmeltier's been given the nickname of "Panzer Voodchuck" by the english-speaking community.
- The Cameo: There's a rare shinki of Nagi Sanzenin◊ from Hayate the Combat Butler, aptly named the "MMS Type Ojou", and an even rarer shinki of Aisaka Taiga◊ from Toradora!, naturally named the "MMS Type Palmtop Tiger".
- Canon Immigrant: Tsugaru is originally from beatmania.
- Cat Fight: The premise of the games Battle Rondo and Battle Masters essentially.
- Cat Girl: Maochao. There's also a ferret girl, a dog girl, and a squirell girl. All of them are adorable.
- Crack Is Cheaper:
- In the lore, a Shinki costs about the same as a high-end computer.
- Translates to real life too - that Shinki in the image? Get ready to shell out 20000 yen for her used. At the LEAST.
- Cute Monster Girl: Some of the themed armor.
- Eldritch Abomination: Maryceles, MMS Type Tentacles, is themed after the creatures from the Cthulhu Mythos.
- Empathy Pet: Maochao, Howling, etc.
- Evil Twin: The Dengkei exclusives of Eukrante, Ianeira, Arnval, and Strarf (well, more like good twin, but whatever), as well as Arnval MK. II Tempesta, Strarf Mk. II Ravina, Altines, and Zielbellen.
- Expy: Xiphos. Blond chick in an armored dress and wielding a sword? Where have we seen that before?
- Floral Theme Naming: Flower and Seed Type.
- Hell Hound: Gabrine
- Idol Singer: Schmetterling
- Katanas Are Just Better: Most of the Japanese-themed characters.
- Kitsune: Renge
- Knight in Shining Armor: Xiphos
- Mecha Musume: All of them.
- Mons: The entire premise of the line.
- Mythology Gag: Tsugaru listening to music during the 2nd opening of "Battle Rondo". See Canon Immigrant, up above.
- Ninja: Fubuki and Mizuki.
- Our Angels Are Different / Our Demons Are Different: Arnval and Strarf (Type Angel and Type Devil, respectively) are the very first examples any Shinki fan could think of, although a few other figures use a similar theme.
- Painted-On Pants: Or very tight body suit. The most famous example is Graffias, MMS Type Scorpion, whose outfit can be generously described as "Duct tape".
- Palette Swap: About half of the exclusives are recolors of regular releases.
- Panty Shot: Schmetterling has "armored" panties and a skirt that's quite revealing on the front. There's also Baby Razz, who has much less ridiculous-looking painted on panties.
- Petting Zoo People: About half of the line, usually with Unusual Ears either using armor pieces or hair.
- The Power of Rock: Baby Razz, Type Electric Guitar.
- Robot Maid
- Samurai: Benio
- Santa Claus: Tsugaru
- School Swimsuit: Two of the blank MMS bodies are essentially this, being featured in blue and white.
- Seashell Bra: Ianeira
- Sensual Spandex: Without nipples or camel toe, but if Konami could have gotten away with it...
- Small Girl, Big Gun: There's lot of this.
- Token Mini-Moe: The MMS 3rd Small body type invokes this image, with the 1st and 3nd Tall body types being One Head Taller (MMS 2nd is dedicated to licensed characters, the sole difference from 1st being that their chest doesn't come off).
- Transforming Mecha: Several armor sets.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Easily realised by swapping parts.