Since I’ve reviewed Forte, I thought I’d do a photo shoot for Kotobukiya’s Dark Angel Olivia as well. Both figures can best be described with the word “grand.” While Forte sports a pair of irresponsibly pointy lances, Olivia has twin swords and angel wings. The design is eye-catching enough in 2D, but Kotobukiya turned it into a figure truly worth owning.
I’ve never played Rage of Bahamut but I’ll be damned if there aren’t some fine character designs in that game. Kotobukiya has produced some excellent figures for the property, including the Dark Angel Olivia that originally turned me on to this game. I’ve also reviewed Max Factory’s Cerberus which is perhaps less awe-inspiring than just cute/sexy. In early July I received Kotobukiya’s Dark Dragoon Forte, which kind of looks like a sister piece to Olivia.
I was 90% sure I wasn’t going to write this post. Most of my SDCC photos turned out to be a bust; in fact I’m still not really happy with the keepers. But between the Bishoujo Lady Deadpool figure and the cosplay, I figured there was something worth posting.
I admit I might have a problem. As I write this there are eight Shinobu figures on display behind me. Well, technically one is Kiss-Shot but yeah, same thing. While the character didn’t really become relevant until the very end of Bakemonogatari, she has kind of become the ultimate moe character for me. Kotobukiya’s rendition here isn’t their first, but it is their most recent. It got a bit lost in the shuffle as I was working on some home improvements when it first arrived. But finally I had the inkling to do a real photo shoot.
Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo line has been going for a long time – even longer than I’ve been a collector I think. The quality, especially of the sculpts, has been up and down. Some of them don’t do a good job translating Shunya Yamashita’s designs to 3D while others are less problematic (but that won’t stop fans from nitpicking!). Jubilee was released around late December/January, and the promo shots were promising. Last week I finally decided to pick one up now that I have some cash to put into figures.
I didn’t enjoy Nisemonogatari all that much, partly because my favorite Monogatari characters took a back seat to less interesting ones. At the very least we did get some Senjougahara action, including a memorable scene to open the series. That brings us to this figure, deftly translated to 3D by Kotobukiya.
Update: see the review here
Time to get back into the swing of reviewing figures… This Cammy is a keepsake from the folks at Kotobukiya, who gave me one to review when I visited their booth at SDCC. The shitty thing about moving is that your equipment tends to get spread out all over the place. But I finally cleared out a good enough workspace to shoot this set.
Update: And it’s live! Check out Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Woman on Tomopop!
I started work on a review for Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo Spider-Woman, a figure I’ve been wanting for some time now. This one’s for Tomopop too, sponsored by the fine folks at Kotobukiya. It should be pretty obvious why I’ve wanted this figure: shiny, red ass. It’s usually a trademark of Asuka figures, but this Spider-Woman has a great one.
If you shoot with flash, chances are you’ve heard of David Hobby, who runs the Strobist blog. I recently happened upon his 2012 year-end post, which led me to a great article about the blue hour. Well, nominally it’s about the blue hour, but the article’s more about how we can creatively use colored light.
I was pretty excited to receive Kotobukiya’s Mari figure, mostly because I’m excited about any Mari figure that looks decent. After unboxing it, though, I was really struck by how much I dislike that plug suit design. This plug suit is featured in the opening minutes of Evangelion 2.0, used when Mari pilots EVA-05. I’m gonna be honest: dark green, off-white, and beige don’t make a great color combination.