Shiki Ryougi, my 2nd in fact. This happens to be the re-release of the figure and as far as I know she’s identically produced and differs only in the date she was created. I’ve heard on good authority that this is not always the case with re-releases of figures, but I’ve yet to see any evidence of differences between original release and re-release. Would be interesting to find a comparison somewhere of a few different re-released figures and their originals. Shiki’s also one of the items that was shipped by SAL, she arrived in fairly decent time at two weeks, and in pristine condition. I don’t think I could have asked for more. Well, I suppose no duty would have been nice…
The figure measures in at around 190 mm in height working out to 1/6th scale and was sculpted by Kazuo Kawahata & Kudou Yuuji. The character Shiki Ryougi / Ryōgi Shiki is from a series called Kara no Kyoukai – The Garden of Sinners which is a series of 7 movies which started in 2007, 5 of which have been released so far. The figure was originally released back in October of 2006, but due to popular demand has been brought back for a re-release in February of this year. She retails for around ¥5,500 yen / $70 CAD and as of this post is still available in many online shops.
Shiki Ryougi is among the very few yandere type characters I like and I suppose she’s not even totally yandere, but she does share some or many qualities with the yandere archetype. With that in mind I purchased Good Smile Company’s Shiki Ryougi Kimono Ver. That figure covered one side of Shiki, serene, calmly walking in the wind, but still producing a katana in her right hand. However it lacked something, it lacked the action shot. The shot just before she stabs you in just the right place, the perfect place, to kill you instantly.
Well, this figure misses that shot as well. It’s pretty close however, she’s got her knife out and before you know it she’ll be penetrating your oily pale white skin with said knife. Just how it should be. Her boots are quite nice, boots like that have grown on me since watching Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens. In fact that’s become a complaint of mine, my Nagi figure doesn’t have those boots, well I suppose she shouldn’t as Nagi’s boots are different, but they’re similar enough to warrant the comparison.
The paintwork is rather well done as often seems to be the case with GSC‘s products. Shiki’s skin is wonderfully pale, which I think the while background unfortunately made seem too pale at times especially in contrast to her rather strikingly red leather jacket. Comparing her to my previous Shiki, her skin colour is more pale, but not detractively so. The red jacket she’s wearing perhaps give off more of a latex feel than a leather feel, but the colour is correct and the shading nice. I suspect it’s hard to get the right lustre for leather, too dull and it’s cloth, too shiny and it’s plastic. The rest of her outfit is bland, but in just the right way.
Shiki’s action pose is quite well constructed in person, however photographed seems lacking. The number of angles one can take interesting pictures seems limited. The figure seems to want to be viewed as a whole, not as little bits of detail. There are enough details everywhere to be satisfied for sure, but nothing to focus on specifically. They all blend into each other creating a single fluid image. All the folds in the clothing seem right, the angle of her hair seems to connect with the pose and the perceived movement as does the fluttering of her jacket.
Overall this is another figure I have few complaints with. It seems that the more I get into the anime figure scene the better I feel I’m choosing my figures. The first ones all definitely had their issues *coughtaki3cough*. That said there are some minor issues. The first issue is with the strength of her legs. Shiki seems to have some of the most powerful legs I’ve ever seen on a woman, she’s managed to bend the pavement on which she’s standing. You may notice in some photos there’s a shadow under the base, this is because the base has been warped by inserting the pegs into her feet. If you remove the base from her feet, it sits properly flat. Perhaps over time this will even out.
The final complaint, isn’t, it’s a wish. I think it would have been neat if she had an alternate face with the rainbow eyes she has when she’s using her Mystic Eyes of Death Perception. While I like her dark eyes, it seems like the MEDP would have been more fitting for this pose and the action I imagine her executing.