Nagi and Zange, ~66% of the set. I never purchased Tsugumi, and I semi-regret that now, but only because I don’t have a complete set. These two ’sisters’ look quite cute together, much better than on their own I think. Nagi was fine on her own, but Zange I don’t like so much by herself, despite her appealing bum. I’ve never been a fan of the bunnygirl, their tails are too short but I’ll give them cute for their floppy bunny ears.
Nagi and Zange have been modelled after an illustration by Takenashi Eri, Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maiden’s author. There are some minor differences in the two, I suspect to give them appeal individually as well as in a set. The biggest difference can be seen in Nagi’s legs. Their arrangement restricts the placement of Zange thus not allowing the ‘proper’ positioning of Zange to reproduce the art. I wont talk too much about Nagi though, as I’ve already reviewed her previously. Having not purchased Aoba Tsugumi, I can’t really make any claims about her, except I didn’t find her figure very attractive in the first place.
Kotobukiya chose to scale these figures at 1/7th which puts Zange at perhaps 15 cm from hands to ear tips and 19 cm from heels to hair. Zange’s MSRP was listed as ¥7,140 / $94 CAD at the time of release, however due to discounts and exchange rates by the time my Zange shipped I paid $60 CAD plus shipping. It’s really nice when exchange rates work in my favour.
…What I think
Back when I pre-ordered Zange my expectations weren’t as high as they are now. By the time Zange had shipped, I’d already purchased a number of very well done figures and really started to get a grasp of what to look for in a figure. Unfortunately, Zange started to lose some appeal after this. The pictures I started to see around the internets led me to believe the quality wasn’t as high as I originally thought. However upon receiving her and comparing her to the original illustration, she seems well matched for the most part, which means I don’t feel so bad about her anymore.
The paintwork on the figure is nothing to brag about it’s pretty bland, but it does match up to the illustration. I don’t see any issues with the paintwork, though some issues with the sculpt. If you lay Zange on her side and look at her neck, it seems very oddly shaped, but this is not visible unless you do this so it’s not really an issue. Other issues are some minor issues in her hair, seam work and such, she’s well sculpted to match the illustration.
The best part of Zanges sculpt is by far her bum. It seems to be the most detailed part of the figure. The material of her clothes are quite tight and fold in a very appealing manner, advertising the shape of Zange’s bum for all to see. Not something that was in the original illustration, in the original illustration we see the material between her cheeks but we only see some shading of the material to indicate anything. Kudos to Kotobukiya for taking the artistic initiative in this key location on Zange.
Overall I’m content with Zange, she matches her illustration as she should and she’s pretty appealing in most ways. Except her breasts, but that’s just because Zange’s breasts have left the range of size I find appealing. But I wont hold that against her. Despite how well I feel she matches her illustration, I am somewhat indifferent about her. She’s got the appeal, but still there’s something more I wish she had but I can’t put my finger on it.
Oh yeah, unfortunatelly all my pictures seem to have been taken on an overcast day. I couldn’t get it right.
Drossel is so much fun to play with, such a good sport, always willing to pose for me however I want. If only the other girls would do that for me these photoshoots could be pretty interesting then.