Max Factory seriously impressed me with 2013’s Dark Elf, a figure that captured everything I like about the female form. For the longest time, it looked like their 1/7 Sheryl Nome would be THE figure of 2014 – a suitable follow up to the Dark Elf. I’m really not kidding when I say “longest time”; Sheryl was originally scheduled for a 2013 release, but was delayed again and again until this spring. Well it seems like it was worth the wait.
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.
As I’ve often lamented, the problem with most women is that they don’t have airplanes for legs. There are many benefits to having airplane legs: increased mobility, making cool noises when you’re getting ready to go, and having a great excuse for not ever wearing pants. It’s strange that it’s 2012 and scientists haven’t yet figured out a way to combine miniature airplanes with women’s legs. So for the time being, we’ll have to leave that in the fictional world of Strike Witches.
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.
The end of July will lead to an onslaught of figures which will probably be tempered by delays. In any case it’ll bring more than the June drought I’ve been suffering through. The first of the July figures to arrive is Kotobukiya’s Supergirl, from the DC Bishoujo line.
Drawing from that ever-fertile reservoir of scantily-clad, busty women, today I review a figure from American comics. Kotobukiya has been collaborating with Shunya Yamashita and Marvel Comics on their Marvel Bishoujo figure line. Last month their combined talents created Ms. Marvel, a character normally associated with The Avengers.
Aya (no last name I guess) hails from The OneeChanbara VorteX, which got the unfortunate translation to Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad for its US release. I haven’t played it, but I’m guessing it’s the kind of game that reinforces the belief that gamers are immature. It certainly reinforces the idea that otaku or media from Japan are obsessed with sex, violence, and objectifying women. In some way I’d like to believe that the creators want us to admire them in their audacity. Bikini girls fighting zombies is pretty close to the line. Give her a pair of swords and a cowboy hat, and you push it far enough past the line that it becomes immune to criticism. That was probably the hope, anyway. But what can I say? From an eye-candy perspective, I like what I like.
It seems like manufacturers have long ago run out of ideas when it comes to Evangelion figures. The most creative ones I see are probably Sega’s prize figures. Almost all the other Evangelion scale figures seem to feature either Asuka or Rei in a plug suit. Thankfully an exception to the rule comes along once in a while, but this is not one of those times.
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.