Review: Good Smile Company’s Shiki Ryougi

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 Details…


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.

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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 Ryogi Garannodou. 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.

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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.

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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 their1 issues2 *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.


PS: This post seems so cluttered, but when I try to neaten it up, it feels so sparse…


  • Great dynamic pose with lots of movement
  • Excellent sculpt work on what could otherwise be a boring figure given the clothing
  • Great paintwork


  • Base isn’t strong enough for Shiki’s legs



  1. Rico-sama says:

    O.o Shiki is yandere? Wow, now I have to see these movies! 😀

    Anyway, an amazing review for an amazing figure. This is one that I left un-purchased due to unfamiliarity with the movies and distrust of GSC in the larger scales, but now you’ve put me over the edge into the “will be bought” camp.

    Having done my fair share of shoots, I totally know what you mean regarding the photogenic peculiarities of figure. The most dynamic do tend to be the hardest to shoot!

    • Aka says:

      Well this annoys me a bit. I usually get an email stating someone has commented, I don’t recall getting one. So I never checked!

      Shiki has some yandere qualities for sure. But perhaps in a more complicated manner than the ‘standard’ yandere archetype. Though I must profess, I’m definitely not a yandere connoisseur. I tend not to like them, and currently my most hated character is one. If you haven’t watched School Days, watching it will help you figure out who I hate most, hint, she’s yandere.

      I wish the dynamic figures were more photogenic, it’s confusing. They’re so much more interesting, yet you can’t find as much interest in them with the camera!

      Curious, why would you not trust GSC with larger scale figures?


  2. Rico-sama says:

    No worries. I turned off that feature a long time ago myself. 😛

    I do plan on watching School Days eventually, so I can’t comment on that now. But I can say that ever since Hirugashi, I’ve have a soft spot in my heart for yandere types.

    Shiki also looks to be a little light on the sculpt detailing. Which is perfect considering how dynamic she is, but the camera really likes seeing lots of “stuff” on close ups.

    I bought GSC’s 1/6 Magic Girl Rin Tohsaka and wasn’t very impressed by it. Nicely sculpted and posed, but the painting and shading on the skin tones was really bad (on mine, at least).

    • Aka says:

      I recall a friend having a debate on whether the characters in Higurashi were really yandere. Since it was due to an external force that made them that way, wasn’t it? I never finished the series, for whatever reason, the mix of moé and creepiness was too much and creeped me out.

      You’re probably right, Shiki’s clothing is much too simple to require the additional details for upclose shots.

      So Rin was poorly painted, that’s too bad. Why does Rin keep getting the shaft when it comes to paint. Our Berserker + Rin figures have darker than we wanted skin tones as well. Poor Rin!

      • Rico-sama says:

        To argue the point in favor Higurashi, aren’t all yandere influence by an external force? Sure in Higurashi it’s a supernatural external force, but I would argue that death, betrayal, or whatever else causes these girls to snap are external forces as well.

        You’re right about Rin, unfortunately. The GSC Maid Ver is probably the best out there in that department.

        • Aka says:

          I think a yandere is fairly obsessive though from the beginning. They have a skewed personality. The Higurashi girls I believe were all normal, but were affected by a supernatural force. Which would be different from snapping due to a defective personality trait.

          I don’t really like the GSC Maid Ver though 🙁 it doesn’t seem in character.

          • Rico-sama says:

            Hmmm. Good point. I did a little more reading into it and apparently there is a sub-class of yandere called “yangire”. The two differ in that yangire is craziness induced by an outside force not related to love, where yandere is an uncontrolable obsession (love).

            So given that, I think Higurashi actually has a mixture of both types.

          • Aka says:

            Oh interesting. I’d never heard of yangire. Seems there’s constantly new terms coming out.

  3. Yuna says:

    She is NOT a yandere. Having minor traits of an archetype doesn’t mean that she is one of this garbage that we have nowadays.