Let me tell you something: Kongou is the greatest. Her boisterous personality, random use of English, and ability to destroy the shit out of anything that stands in her way makes her, objectively, the greatest. However in the realm of anime figures, none of them really grabbed me. I missed out on the Nendoroid, and the other options ranged from slightly-too-rapey to straight up creepy. Eventually Phat Company came along with a Kongou figure that looked juuuust right, and we are all better off for it.
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.
Odin Sphere hit the Playstation 2 way back in 2007. This makes me feel REALLY old. At the end of 2008, Alter released this Gwendolyn figure for the first time. This was way before I started collecting, but from what I gather this figure was quite ahead of its time in terms of the sculpt and quality. It became a grail figure for many, to such an extent that she was re-released in 2010 (before re-releases became a somewhat common practice). I missed out on that one too, but then the powers that be ordained that Odin Sphere would get a remake for the new console generation.
If I have a video game obsession it would be Persona 4. Something about that game and its characters resonated with me in a way that I had never felt before. Obviously I’m not the only one, as Persona 4 became a huge hit… and then the bizarre spin-offs started coming. I guess it’s fitting though because the world of Persona is bizarre. But what I wouldn’t have dreamed of is that there would be a dancing rhythm game using the characters and settings of Persona 4. That brings us to Persona 4: Dancing All Night and Phat Company’s Rise Kujikawa.
It’s not quite summer officially but it’s sure starting to feel like it around here. So I figured it’s a good time to take a look at Max Factory’s 1/7 Mistral Nereis (Misty), one of the ladies designed by Tony Taka for Shining Hearts. There are a ton of Shining series figures and I’m usually not very interested in them. However Max Factory has a way of convincing me…
Melty is a character from Shining Hearts, a game from a franchise that doesn’t get much exposure in the US. Tony Taka has been doing the character designs for the series, and while they’re all solid, I haven’t been very high on the figures they’ve engendered. I guess if anyone was going to change that, it would be Alter.