Delayed by one day, but it’s better late than never. I’d procrastinated and when it came time to write up the review, I was sick and went to bed. Still sick, but awake (barely).
I have a few figures I could review such as Good Smile Company’s World is Mine Miku, or Orchid Seed’s Seena Kanon, but those are over done right now and I don’t feel like beating a dead horse. I’d rather the horse decompose for a while, cast revive, and have a zombie horse! Zombies are cool, they’re making a come back.
So in the meantime I’ve decided that Movic’s Kokuto Azaka was in need of a scrutineering.
Azaka was actually produced by Kotobukiya for Movic and as such I contemplated ignoring Movic all together but that wouldn’t really be fair I guess. I’m not really sure who Movic is to be honest, though they seem to be in a bit of everything, they make figures, they produce anime, they make trading cards, CDs, all sorts of things. They also seem to come and go in all of these things. You’d think it would be better if they just stuck it out in one place and honed their skills or something. Either way, they commissioned Kotobukiya to do this job for them.
Azaka was sculpted by Naoki Nishimura who seems to have sculpted way too many mediocre Ayanami Rei figures for one person, in fact it seems all his sculpts are mid range or worse. Azaka seems to be my favourite sculpt by him, which will really set the mood I think for the rest of this review. To finish off, she had an MSRP of ¥6,800 / $76 CAD and is 1/8th scaled.
Azaka plays a minor role for the most part in the series Kara no Kyoukai, appearing here and there throughout most of the 7 movies. In the 6th movie however the series focuses more on her and her relationship with her brother, as well as her relationship with Shiki. We find out in this episode just how much of a brother complex Azaka has, which is played out well in the series and good for more than a few laughs. One neat bit of info, if I remember correctly, and I hope I do, Azaka is the prototype to Tohno Akiha from Tsukihime, another character with a brother complex, as well as another series created by Type-Moon. Overall between the two series Tsukihime and Kara no Kyoukai there’s a lot shared as they take place in the same universe and time frame.
While I feel Azaka had a minor role over the entire series, episode 6 really endeared her to me, so when I saw this figure available for pre-order I pounced without much information. Do I regret doing so? Well no, but…
To be honest I feel sort of ripped off, and it’s entirely due to the cost vs what I received. And really I knew what I was getting so it’s hard to really say I was ripped off because I willingly went through with it anyway. But I say this because Azaka is a very simple figure with a dynamic pose that’s not terrible but somewhat bland. Her paintjob is of similar quality as her pose, it’s sufficient but nothing to talk about either. I ordered her via Hobby Link Japan for $66.69 CAD which isn’t exorbitantly high these days, but I still feel it was too much for the figure. I feel that a $45 CAD price tag would have been better suited to the figure. Maybe I’m low-balling here but that’s just how I feel about it.
Enough about what’s wrong with the figure though, what do I like! Well lets see, Azaka’s vibrantly blue eyes are quite nice, I think they stand out more due to her rather pale complexion but I enjoy the look. I also like her flaming hand, in other reviews I’d seen I thought the gimmick was sorta lame, but I find myself displaying her with it on, admittedly originally so as not to lose the part but I actually prefer it now.
Beyond those aspects I really only like this figure because of who she is, Kokuto Azaka, and it’s the only figure out there of her, which is extremely unfortunate. Had I not known her character I almost certainly would not have purchased this figure. I think that’s also why there aren’t many reviews of her, I believe I’ve only seen 2, both in Japanese, she’s just too boring a figure if one doesn’t know her character. And if one does know her character, the figure seems too boring to actually be her. I kind of feel bad for her now, but I guess the truth hurts. I know it sounds like I do regret purchasing her despite my claim above, but I don’t, I enjoy the figure, I just wish that more was done, or the cost was lower.
I’m sorry Azaka, maybe someone else will do you justice…