Halloween has come (and gone!) which means it’s time to call out the spirits. In early October I received my eagerly anticipated pre-order of Embrace Japan’s Diabolus Inclinatus Desdemona. Everything about her screamed “Halloween” so I took the whole month thinking of how to set up this shoot. A couple of pumpkins and a boatload of dried moss later, I finally have a figure review!
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.
One thing I don’t like is when figures come with too many small pieces that you need to assemble. Usually with the figures I buy, the end result is worth it. But it makes me hold off on unboxing and reviewing the figure – especially if there are multiple configurations like Good Smile Company’s Needa. I think Embrace Japan set the record in August with their Iron Princess Duram Sherif figure, which comes with 13 separate pieces not including the body and base.
Some time ago, my friend told me he couldn’t access Makigumo. After some investigation, he found that his university had blocked this site after categorizing it as pornography. Well… challenge accepted.
Diabolus Inclinatus is based on the art of Sousi Hirose, who drew this character for the cover of his doujinshi Demon Squeezer. The basic design and pose was then translated into PVC form by Embrace Japan.
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.
I own a number of Yamato figures, and overall they’re pretty great. They don’t always have the most ambitious concepts behind them, but the execution is usually excellent. However, I don’t quite feel the same way about their Fantasy Figure Gallery line. I have an endless respect for Yamato and their decision to make these kinds of figures, but I’m just not bowled over by their interpretations of the artwork.
This is my last acquisition from that Yamato sale a way back. Like Mercedes, Velvet hails from the Playstation 2 game Odin Sphere. In the game, she’s the illegitimate daughter of a king, and is now living in exile. However, her cursed blood comes back to haunt her, and she finds herself in a battle to prevent the world’s ending. I struggle to wake up in the morning for work, so she must have it pretty rough.
First, a bit of history. I only started collecting figures like six months ago. It began with action figures, as I couldn’t understand the appeal of static figurines. I had come close to buying some in the past—Wave’s Rise Kujikawa temped me for a long time but ultimately was too expensive. Then one day, I saw this elf from Lineage II, and I knew I had to have it. This figure opened to me the world of static figurines, and was basically the cause of my addiction.