I've been busy and distracted with other reviews, so I finally made myself get Koe taken care of tonight!
Koe is the hardest to find character here in the US. Her first series doll was not made available to us at all and now this one isn't quite out yet, which is why I just grabbed her on Amazon from a third party seller that imports.
Koe is the animal lover of the group, which you can see in her socks, overalls and hat. Maybe they felt that was enough, because only the bunny barrette is animal-themed. The lollipop seems better suited to Suki and the other two are pretty generic, although I do like them.
I had thought Koe's hair was just one shade of blue, so I was pleasantly surprised to see not only darker blue streaks, but also white streaks! Her hair is the same quality as the other girls', which is pretty nice. It's almost a shame to cover it up with the cap, but then again, the cap is cute.
Koe's got dark blonde eyebrows, which I like. I like the nod to acknowledging that some of these girls are dyeing their hair. Suki has this, too, and I approved of it when I got her.
Koe's hat is cute and stays on easily, but I find it a little odd that it's designed to only be worn sideways. That's the only way the ears show properly! Kind of a strange choice, but I'm slowly getting used to strange choices from this line.
I'm honestly glad they didn't make Series 1 Koe available here in the US, because I like this one so much more. I would have bought the Series 1 doll when she came out and then promptly ignored her because this one is just so much cuter.
Yoko's was the only one I wanted. I'm always a sucker for black outfit pieces. I knew she was getting that jacket and the awesome saturn and star barrette, which is easily my fave of them all. Suki took the skirt. The pack is just the jacket, skirt and barrette. I'm a bit disappointed there are no shoes. This line desperately needs more shoe variety.
So I recommend both Koe and this fashion pack. I feel content with my Shibajuku collection right now. I'm not sure I'll be buying any future items, but you never know. We'll have to see what Series 3 looks like!
PHOTO CREDITS: Mine.