If you are a collector of anime merchandise wanting to find
odd little curios, then you are no doubt aware that you will have to visit Tokyo
in order to acquire them. The new and second-hand items which anime shops
there stock contain items such as watches, stationary, bath salts, slippers and
much more. Occasionally though you will come across the odd curio released
in the West and this is soap bar is such an item.
Part of a range of four, this soap bar contains a figure of a
character from the series Noir within it. The more you use the soap
the more of the figure is unveiled, until eventually you are left with a lone
figure. The packaging the soap comes in states that the glycerin bar
provides 'a more powerful anime clean'. The inclusion of directions
'lather, rinse, repeat' suggest that the product is tongue-in-cheek and in
response to the anime convention cliché that con-goers do not wash, which isn't
true at all. Well ok, 95% true.
Parts of it had line markings and an unexplained hole in the head. It is
only a single hole, so it can't be adapted for use as a mobile phone charm
unfortunately. When you add the fact that the figure doesn't stand up at
all, then you realise it is pretty much useless.
Well the figure technically counts as an extra, but as I said above it isn't very good. Other then that the Otaku Bar does come wrapped in cellophane, which will protect if you do intend never to use it.