NSFW Figure Review: Leviathan by Hobby Japan/Amakuni

Seriously, this review is pretty NSFW. Sometimes, you see a figure and you just goddamn love it. That’s pretty much what happened to me with Hobby Japan’s Leviathan. If you were to make a list of things I fetishize in character design, Leviathan checks almost all the boxes: devil girl, single fang, tsundere expression, exposed midriff, the all-important zettai ryouiki, and just that little bit of pinch on her thighs from the stockings. The only things missing are glasses, twin tails, and being featured in Evangelion.

This figure was originally announced as an Orchid Seed production, but apparently it’s now made by Amakuni. It belongs in Hobby Japan’s Seven Deadly Sins property, where each of the traditional deadly sins are represented by a gender-swapped Prince of Hell. Here Leviathan (representing envy) is not some giant city-eating serpent, but rather a punk-ish looking girl with a miffed expression and the shortest miniskirt ever.

Well I say miniskirt but it’s really just a thick belt. Modesty is clearly not one of Leviathan’s virtues. Although her clothes can be cast off, the figure looks very natural with clothes on. This is the mark of great sculpting, as cast-off clothes often look bulky and unnatural. Without clothes, Leviathan’s body doesn’t look overly skinny or awkward – another hallmark of great design. I prefer to display her with clothes, as the outfit adds a bit of personality and uniqueness.

There’s a pretty bad flaw in Leviathan’s shirt that makes the cast-off process annoying. It has a clamshell-like design, so the front and back sides clamp together onto the torso. There are a series of tiny pegs meant to hold the sides together, but they’re difficult to handle. As a result, Leviathan’s shirt often has unsightly gaps down the left and right sides, sometimes with the pegs exposed too. The cast-off process is easy enough to intuit as the shirt and skirt arrive partially detached in the box. You just have to pull off Leviathan’s head and arms and bend her shirt so it slides over her breasts. That part can be a bit tricky but the shirt is made of very flexible material.

I’ve noticed that parts of Leviathan – especially around the chest and shoulder area – have a slightly shinier finish than the rest. I don’t know for sure, but I suspect the cast-off process may have rubbed off some of the matte varnish that protects the paint. It gives the figure a slightly plasticky sheen in photos, although it looks fine under normal lighting.

Leviathan doesn’t come with a huge array of accessories, but the package does have some notable items. She has two extra arms which are sleeveless, and posed to look like she’s spreading her butt apart. It’s actually pretty vulgar (and funny in my mind). She also comes with a sticker sheet that has two band-aids on it. If you’ve seen a lot of hentai you can probably guess what it’s for. Indeed, Leviathan isn’t wearing any underwear under that tiny skirt – just a band-aid to cover up her lady bits (which I’m sure aren’t actually sculpted). It’s pretty dumb to censor the actual genitalia but still allow such an overtly sexual pose. Like, who are you trying to fool here? To be fair, a band-aid covering is better than just letting it be the Barbie doll thing down there.

The base is an impressively large and heavy pedestal. It has an ornate, hellish design that says “Leviathan” on one side and “Envy” on the opposite. The top of the base, where the figure attaches, can be removed to stand on its own, or turned around so you can choose what word is visible with her facing forward. I’m not a fan of the speckled blue coloring – the other figures in this line so far have bases that look more like stone – but it’s a pretty cool base nonetheless.

The last thing of note that arrived with the package is a handkerchief, which I interpret as being a spooge rag. There really is no other reason for it. I’ve never thought to myself “I wish I could get this character on a collectible handkerchief.” The rag is illustrated on both sides – one has Leviathan wearing pasties, and one has her baring it all. It’s probably best not to put that one on display.

Doing the photo shoot was a bit of an occasion, as I had been looking forward to getting Leviathan for a long time (she’s a Hobby Japan exclusive by the way). Since she looks more embarrassed and irritated than envious, I envisioned a scene where we saw some things that she would not want us to see. I appropriated some objects from other figures (it’s supposed to be envy after all): stuffed toys, girly items, and boys’ love manga. I even thought about putting in a speech bubble with a typical cliche tsundere quote, but ultimately didn’t bother to.

I essentially shot three photo sets for Leviathan, with each set having a different goal. I went with a basic soft light setup to show the clothed figure. That’s the usual review set I’d do, and if this were a normal review I probably would have stopped there. For her naked look, I went with a strong back light to complement her skin tones. When a figure shows a lot of skin, I like trying to make the skin glow a bit. A back light is very good at achieving this effect. Finally, I wanted to tell a stupid little story, so I set up the bedroom scene. I lit it to look cozy, with very warm lights and a grid to control the spill.

This was a fun set to shoot, and it’s all thanks to a really great figure design by Hobby Japan. I’ll give Amakuni props for a mostly good production, but that cast-off issue is really annoying. The other Seven Deadly Sins designs don’t appeal to me much, so it’s weird that Leviathan would be so singularly attractive. Now excuse me while I go find a safe place to hide that spooge rag.

Leviathan by Hobby Japan/Amakuni

Leviathan by Hobby Japan/Amakuni

Leviathan by Hobby Japan/Amakuni

Leviathan by Hobby Japan/Amakuni

Leviathan by Hobby Japan/Amakuni

Leviathan by Hobby Japan/Amakuni

2 Comments

  • I remember thinking it was weird that Orchid Seed (or, uhh, Amakuni) was going to be making these figures, since I could not remember them ever working with Hobby Japan, but it's nice to see that they've done a good job of it. It's particularly heartwarming to see that they are maintaining Hobby Japan's high standards of class and dignity with that extra pair of arms and the bonus throw-in. I like the bedroom set; I think a lot of people might instantly think of shooting this figure in a dark, evil, satanic kind of environment since she looks like a demon and all, but I have the sense that this series is not going to take itself too seriously and so I like the girly bedroom. (Me, I'm too lazy to make a bedroom set so I might just take the easy way out and do something obviously religious-themed. I wonder what the inside of a Scientologist reeducation camp looks like?)
    • Honestly I think this might be my favorite figure. It can switch between cute and pornographic in a hurry; I can't really think of anything else like it.