Review: Good Smile Company’s Shiki Ryougi Garannodou

Another day another figure. I wish it were that often, actually no I don’t, that would be far too expensive. For todays figure we have Shiki Ryougi from Kara no Kyoukai. Kara no Kyoukai takes place in the same universe as Shingetsutan Tsukihime, both are by Type-Moon and have been adapted to anime.

The figure is rather plain looking at first glance.  But upon closer inspection there are many fine details in the paint work of her furisode kimono. In her sash for example there’s very fine paintwork. The subtle pink on the kimono is so subtle that my alternate camera, an average Point & Shoot, couldn’t capture it. Instead it appeared white like the background.

The sculpt also has more detail than you initially might notice. The way the kimono hugs her legs, the wrinkles and folds in the right places, even the wind blowing her sleeves. Her hair may be lacking in some paint detail, but it’s flowing enough to be attractive. Her sword is quite detailed, the guard for example and even the handle has realistic detailing.

As always, now we’re on to the faults. What’s wrong with this figure? no really, what’s wrong? The only thing I can come up with is it’s apparent plainness. I’m sure someone with more detail oriented eyes would be able to point out a lack of something somewhere, or a chip. I guess I could say that her kimono is too shiny making it appear more fake than it otherwise could have. But truth be told I think this figure is quite well done.

So there we have it, Shiki Ryougi an interesting character from Kara no Kyoukai in a slightly plain pose but with beautiful paintwork. Additional note, she’s also the only figure I currently own with short hair. That will change shortly, but for now, she’s alone amongst long haired ladies.

-Aka

Pros

  • Attention to detail, the fine paintwork & that subtle pink
  • Kimono blowing in the wind
  • Shiki looks gorgeous in her kimono

Cons

  • Somewhat plain appearance

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Comments

  1. Rico-sama says:

    My only real complaint is that the overall effect is a bit too serene for the character. I have a image in my head of a Shiki in the midst of battle, torn kimono, down one one knee with her sword and body poised for the next strike, and teeth clenched in anticipation.

    Then again, I’ve not seen the anime so I could totally be off base. That and what I’ve just described is kinda cliché. XD

    Oh, and there is a lot of gloss in her kimono, now that you mention it. 😀

  2. Aka says:

    If I recall correctly, I believe she does have some serene moments in one of the episodes. I suppose I could attempt to find a screenshot of such, but I’m too busy right now to bother.

    That said, the image you present is also something I can picture her doing. And given my imagination is quite a sexy image.

    Her kimono really is too damn shiny… but overall I like this figure.

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