Review: Movic’s Kokuto Azaka

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 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…

-Aka

Pros

  • Cute
  • Vibrant blue eyes

Cons

  • Movic quality…
  • Expensive for Movic quality…
  • Average overall

Gallery

Comments

  1. mikiwank says:

    Nice shooting and pretty presentation. Actualy I’m watching Kara no kyoukai. I’m happy to read tour topic 🙂

  2. Chag says:

    You lack of words is actually very telling, especially when supported with your clear photos. Lovely review!

  3. Ashlotte says:

    Mmm I quite liked Azaka in the movies too and wished she had a larger role, but as soon as I saw Movic’s name on this one I immediately steered clear. >_>

    Kudos to you Aka for being a true fan. ~_^

    • Aka says:

      I didn’t know anything about Movic, but I do know about Kotobukiya, and I knew they were making it. So I new what I was getting into, I’m just a bit of an Azaka fanboi I guess.

      I wish there was a better figure out there of her though, I really wanted a figure of her and I guess I paid the price.

  4. Rico-sama says:

    “who seems to have sculpted way too many mediocre Ayanami Rei figures”

    How can you not like Extra Wedding Rei? That’s a classic!

    I think your assessment about her price is spot on – from the pics it doesn’t look like there is anything that warrants the price tag. A couple years ago, Azaka would’ve retailed for about 40 at most and you might find some dealer at some convention trying to charge a “premium” of 65 for her.

    How good/bad is the shading on her skin? From the pics it looks like they left it completely unpainted.

    • Aka says:

      Classic doesn’t necessarily denote worth or good. Nishimura has also done another character I liked, Kaminagi Ryoko from Zegapain. It too isn’t a particularly well done figure it’s very mediocre, and that seems to be his style.

      Her skin has no shading at all, there is no shading on the figure anywhere, aside from the flame on her right hand. The rest of her is solid colours so far as I can tell. And rather I should say there’s no shading anywhere, but blending on the flame, they’ve of course blended the yellows oranges and reds together.

  5. Tier says:

    Despite having no clue who this character is, I was interested in this figure when I saw it since I like the one-glove look; it gives the impression that she’s ready to beat someone up. But yeah, as you say, she’s a bit nondescript here. Sometimes simple figures can look really good but maybe a bit more liveliness would’ve made this figure stand out more.

    • Aka says:

      I think she could have looked better even if you maintained the same pose if she had been painted by GSC/Alter/Max Factory. But since it’s a Kotobukiya job she’s just too plain.

      You should watch Kara no Kyoukai though, it’s a good series of movies. She’s totally ready to kick ass.

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  7. lovelyduckie says:

    “I really only like this figure because of who she is”

    It’s hard for me to review a figure and stay unbiased because of that. Sometimes I think half of me is just TOO excited to have a character I love in front of me to properly analyze the flaws of the figure. Although there have been figures of characters I love that have had SUCH TERRIBLE flaws that even I couldn’t overlook them.

    I actually collected all of the recent Kara no Kyoukai figures except this one. I couldn’t agree with the price.

    • Aka says:

      Her price definitely was high for the product, but Azaka was great in the series and buying things online is just too easy. I’d love to tell myself 10 years ago that I would be able to buy stuff on the Internet in Japan and ship it for less than it costs to ship it in my own country.

      I think a lot of people get carried away with hype and the excitement of a character being in their possession. I to get this way and I’m sure it’s skewed the results of my reviews. But I only think that’s a problem when someone keeps rating things 9s or 10s like a lot of reviews seem to end up. I recall reading a few reviews on MFC where people had given such stellar ratings to rather poor figures But then a lot of it is also perspective. Perhaps they’re getting more out of it than I would so the rating for them is also higher.

      Whatever the case, I always take reviews with a grain of salt, and take some reviews with a lot. The issue is always calibrating the amount of salt to use…

      • lovelyduckie says:

        I agree about taking reviews with a grain of salt, the pictures will speak louder than the written part of thec reviews in the end anyway. Although I do particularly like your grading system.

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