It’s not often I manage to acquire a whole set of something. Often there are obstacles like cost or availability that get in the way of completion. This time however, I’ve successfully acquired all five 1/6th scale Evangelion girls from Kotobukiya.
This set has been an odd one, twice now I’ve thought I’d completed it. Originally receiving Katsuragi Misato and Ayanami Rei, and ordering Shikinami Asuka Langley I thought that was it, then Makinami Mari Illustrious was announced. Ordering Mari and again thinking that would be the end of it, another Asuka was announced, this time in her Test Plugsuit. So now that I’m in possession of the ‘complete’ five, is Kotobukiya going to release yet another figure? Perhaps when Evangelion 3 hits theatres, and who will it be? Personally, I want another Misato before I want another Rei or Asuka. I agree whole heartedly with Rico’s idea of a beer drinking Misato in her loose fitting relax around the house attire, give her some personality for christ sake. But then, none of these Koto Eva girls have personality and that’s a shame. I definitely do not want a hyper-sexualized Ikari Shinji figure that’s for sure.
This second Shikinami Asuka Langley figure by Kotobukiya feels a little like their Misato figure, a bit of an outsider in the group. Like Misato, Asuka is not mounted upon the bust of an Evangelion, instead and differing from Misato as well, only comes with a round piece of acrylic, which I chose not to use as it hindered my ability to place the girls in close proximity together saving space and creating an all encumpassing viewing experience. That said, the acrylic base they provided does differ from your usual disc base, it’s a solid piece of acrylic with the NERV logo and the words “God’s in his heaven, all’s right with the world.” on the bottom. As far as disc bases go it feels of a higher quality, it’s very solid and weighty, however it also feels cheap. In reality, all they did was cut out a round piece of acrylic and put a NERV decal on it, it feels a bit thoughtless compared to the Eva busts the other figures got.
In terms of quality, she feels on par with the rest of them. Nothing stands out as better or poorly produced, save for maybe her left foot. It seems to be at a bit of a strange angle, perhaps a possible angle, but it almost looks like her ankle might be broken from some perspectives. Aside from that I think she looks like she might be the most comfortably postured figure of the bunch, casually kneeling and doing her hair. Though, of course, like the rest of them she’s definitely hyper-sexualized, arching her back, throwing her breasts out towards the viewer, ultra thin waist with wide hips and half exposed buttocks. I can’t blame them for wanting a hyper-sexualized build, it’s very appealing, far more so than a more realistic sculpt of a 14 year old girl could ever hope to achieve. And maybe that’s one of the failing points of Asuka and the rest (save for Misato). They’re supposed to be 14 year old girls, not one bit of them looks 14, but this has been the case for many many years now and would likely be more a commentary on the series rather than the figures themselves.
Comparing strictly Test Plugsuit Asuka to normal Plugsuit Asuka the thing that stands out most for me is the discrepancy in their eyes. Normal Plugsuit Asuka has a darker, deeper blue to her eyes and I find this deeper blue to be much more appealing than the paleness of Test Plugsuit Asuka’s eyes. The paleness of Test Plugsuit Asuka’s eyes has me thinking she’s terrified, as if the colour has drained slightly from them and her expression certainly doesn’t help this. Normal Plugsuit Asuka looks relaxed and serene, where Test Plugsuit Asuka looks relaxed but scared or worried. The vibe I get from her is if she were in motion she’d be shaking a bit as she puts in her hair clip, it’s only the static nature of the figure creating the sense of relaxation. This all fits in well with my scenario outlined in my “On Order” post but I think also fits the events in 2.22, or at least my lax interpretation of unseen scenes that I can imagine happening (ie: bullshitting).
Overall I think Asuka’s got about as much detail as we can expect from this line, the paintwork is solid, the molding is solid, and the detail work in the sculpting is reasonable. Even the scaling between the two Asuka’s seems about right, body proportions seem similar enough. The only visible difference to my eye is their thighs, normal Plugsuit Asuka has thicker thighs. So I’m pretty happy with my little collection of Koto Eva figures, they’ve done a consistent job between them all, nothing outstanding, but nothing to cry about either.
I wish I had a UV light and some mod skills like this guy (NSFW).
- Comfortable posture, not as extreme as the others
- Pleasant pale skin
- Glow in the dark paint
- Fairly solid sculpt
- Feels an outsider in the collection like Misato
- Somewhat differing features between normal plugsuit Asuka
- Lacks shading
- Lazy base