Figure Review: Ryomou Shimei by Daiki Kougyo

In the world of figures, Ikkitousen is probably the most tapped franchise. I don’t know what it is about the show, but there are approximately a billion different Ikkitousen figures out there, and most of them are of either Kanu Unchou or Ryomou Shimei. Although I’m not a fan of the series in the slightest, I own not one but two Ryomou Shimei figures for some reason.

Ryomou Shimei by Daiki Kougyo

Ryomou Shimei by Daiki Kougyo

This particular example is from Daiki Kougyo. Most of their lineup seems to be Ikkitousen figures, but this one stands out in that it was designed by Shunya Yamashita. As you might know, I’m a fan of his work. Daiki Kougyo’s modeling is truer to his style than Yamato (who uses his designs for their Creator’s Labo line).

Ryomou Shimei by Daiki Kougyo

Daiki Kougyo also seems to have a penchant for making chunkier girls. This fits perfectly with Shunya Yamashita’s style, and you can see that this Ryomou has a good amount of meat on her bones. At 1/6 scale, she looks full-figured in real life too.

Ryomou Shimei by Daiki Kougyo

Yamashita did three versions of this figure: a junior high version (show me a middle schooler with this physique, just try), the normal version (pictured), and another version closer to the show’s original designs.

Ryomou Shimei by Daiki Kougyo

The design is quite elaborate, with a lot of frills and folds. Daiki Kougyo’s sculptor did an impressive job realizing all the details in 3D. The little bows, although delicate looking, are actually quite sturdy.

Ryomou Shimei by Daiki Kougyo

Ryomou is often seen with handcuffs. Combined with the sexy maid outfit, it seems like this figure was designed to appeal to certain fetishes. The handcuffs are removable and don’t stick particularly well in her hands, so try not to lose them.

Ryomou Shimei by Daiki Kougyo

Head on, you can see how well Daiki Kougyo captured the Yamashita face. Even with an eyepatch, Ryomou looks like a Yamashita girl: full lips, thick eyelashes, and an understated nose.

Ryomou Shimei by Daiki Kougyo

It wouldn’t be an Ikkitousen figure unless you could make it more naked, and that’s what happened here. You can separate the figure at the waist and remove the barely-there skirt.

Ryomou Shimei by Daiki Kougyo

Those panties look extremely tight.

Ryomou Shimei by Daiki Kougyo

From the front, I prefer the way it looks with the skirt on. From the side, an unobstructed view of the butt is much nicer.

Ryomou Shimei by Daiki Kougyo

If you look around the shoulder blades, you can see some weird residue. No, not that kind of residue.

Ryomou Shimei by Daiki Kougyo

It’s clear from the rear view that Ryomou got stuffed into underwear like three sizes too small.

Ryomou Shimei by Daiki Kougyo

Another drawback to the figure: this separation between hip and torso. It’s not a glaring flaw but can be noticeable from lower angles. The figure has also taken criticism for the hair, which contains an unsightly gash.

There are some more minor flaws as well: rough paint application on some parts, a weird design for the eyes, and a bit of paint transfer around the skirt area. I’m actually kind of scared about paint transfer on my cast-off figures and action figures… hopefully cleaning up that kind of thing isn’t too much of a chore.

Ryomou Shimei by Daiki Kougyo

The above shot was one I took a long time ago while experimenting with long exposures. It was surprisingly easy to light the figure the way I wanted (just waved an LED at it), but getting the heart shape took a ridiculous amount of trial and error.

I think Daiki Kougyo has a great figure in this Ryomou. Their preference for fleshier girls meshes well with Shunya Yamashita’s style, so this collaboration paid off well. More than that, I’m just impressed that they made a must-have Ikkitousen figure for me.