Continuing our tour of bikini figures, today we are going to look at Retia Adolf, the adorable and lovable, uhh, führer of the Third Reich of Dokutsu.
Retia is one of the major characters of Alicesoft’s ero-strategy game Daiteikoku. Released in 2011, Daiteikoku is a space strategy game, a little bit reminiscent of the old Accolade game Star Control, minus the action-oriented ship combat and the quirky alien races. However, it retains the space empire narrative, although rather than being an original story, Daiteikoku’s plot is directly derived from the Second World War. Most of the characters are based off of notable World War II leaders or figures (a notable exception is the game’s protagonist Tsuyoshi Togo, who is presumably based on Russo-Japanese war hero Heihachiro Togo). Retia Adolf, of course, is also based on a well-known person, and it doesn’t take a degree in history to guess who that might be. In case anyone needs a hint, her official name seems to be “Lertih Adolf”, which is a fairly obvious modification of the name, though one would have to swap the L and R for it to make sense. (Her name is always written in katakana, though, and it comes out as “Retia,” which is also the way it’s pronounced in the game. That’s what I’m going with since “Lertih” just looks so silly.)
Despite sharing a name with one of the most vile humans to have ever lived, Retia Adolf is portrayed as a caring, selfless leader, dedicated to her people and tireless in her efforts to improve their lives. She is the leader of the Third Reich of Dokutsu, a nation which operates under the political philosophy of Fancism, where leadership is determined by celebrity status. As Dokutsu’s biggest media idol, Retia is determined to restore her nation to dignity and prosperity.
Alicesoft’s games are noted for their irreverence, and Daiteikoku features more than its fair share of stereotypes. It’s not above poking fun at Japan, though; there’s an early sequence where a rather young-looking female spy finds herself incapable of infiltrating Japan after getting surrounded by horny lolicons. That said, sometimes people become prickly when national honor is involved, and it wouldn’t be too surprising if a lot of people find Daiteikoku to be offensive. Alicesoft certainly recognizes this; as I understand it, Daiteikoku is the reason why their website has been walled off to foreigners.
A bit of a digression here: the events Daiteikoku is based off of are seventy years in the past and the world is now a very different place. However, World War II is one of my favorite subjects to study (I would’ve majored in history in college, if there were any possibility of getting a decent job with a history degree, but there isn’t so I studied engineering instead), so Daiteikoku has additional appeal to me. Also, World War II has some personal significance to me; I had family members on three different sides of the war. Two of my grandfather’s brothers served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, though they got to Europe too late to take part in the fighting (there’s a hilarious parody of the unit in Daiteikoku). My mother’s family is Korean and so lived as thralls of Japanese conquest. And I had family living in Japan during the war – my grandmother’s sister and her family lived in Hiroshima when the city was bombed. Fortunately none of them died in the blast, though I imagine that it was a harrowing experience for them to go through.
Daiteikoku is the very epitome of political incorrectness, but I don’t think the game’s designers had any agenda when they wrote the game’s story, and perhaps the best way to receive it is to simply choose not to be offended by it.
At any rate, even if they don’t care for the game or its premise, hopefully everyone can assess this figure of Retia on its own merits. However, it’s probable that most people’s initial evaluation will be colored by the fact that it’s manufactured by Kaitendoh. They’ve made a few figures that I’ve liked but overall, their product catalog is not nearly as respectable as, say, Alphamax’s or Orchid Seed’s, much less Alter’s or Good Smile Company’s. However, this figure differs from many of Kaitendoh’s earlier products in that it’s made of regular PVC rather than the candy resin material that they’ve used for many of their figures. Also, while many of Kaitendoh’s figures are nominally listed as 1/6 scale, Retia is 1/8 scale – albeit, a rather small 1/8 scale. Retia is only about 17.5 centimeters tall, not counting her hat, and as she’s not really built like a loli, that’s rather small.
Also, this figure does come with an impressive pedigree in that it was sculpted by Ken Yokota. He’s made a number of notable figures for Good Smile Company, including Rin Tohsaka, Junko Hattori, Shinobu Oshino, and Homura Akemi – an impressive list. Does that mean that this figure is the equal of his previous work?
In a word, no, but that’s not an unqualified “no.” That’s not really the sculptor’s fault; this figure’s major issue is jagged paintwork, and even that’s difficult to strongly critique as it’s not easy to see those flaws with the bare eye. For example, the white outlining of her swimsuit isn’t applied with great care, nor is the silver paint on the cross affixed to her choker, but to be fair, those swimsuit straps are maybe a millimeter wide and that cross isn’t much larger. None of those issues are going to be visible under normal observation.
The thing I like the best about this figure is its obvious sense of personality. That’s not something that’s always evident amongst swimsuit figures; many such figures are basically just trying to look happy and sexy. Retia, however, isn’t the least bit concerned with looking hot; instead, she’s depicted in an authoritative stance while barking out orders. She effects a commanding, imposing presence, conveying a sense of power and leadership that wholly contrasts with her sexy look.
Retia is wearing a tiny low-rise string bikini – a fantastic alternative to her usual uniform. Featuring an attractive black-and-white gloss finish, it does a great job showing off her body. It also appears to be a couple sizes too small, as the waistband is noticeably pinching into her hips. Retia has a very attractive body sculpt, with long, slender legs, a tiny waist, and a very nice butt, and her outfit complements it perfectly.
She’s got some straps encircling her thighs and upper arms. Many figures use such straps to disguise limb detachment points for removing clothes, but that’s not necessary with Retia since she’s obviously not wearing many clothes. Rather, they’re there for aesthetic purposes, and I think they look pretty sexy. The way they pinch her skin gives her body a sense of softness and femininity which adds to her appeal.
Although she’s wearing this sexy bikini rather than her uniform, Retia is still the supreme leader of her nation and so she’s wearing this military hat. The jaunty tilt of her hat gives an impression of saucy, fashionable boldness. One odd thing about it is that it’s removable, being that it attaches to her head with a peg. However, it’s attached rather loosely, and there’s a big hole in her head for that peg, so there’s no real point in removing it.
I really like the determined, angry expression on her face. It perfectly reflects her personality and provides another contrast to her near-nudity. I also like the way her hair is splayed out behind her. Her hair features subtle shading and skillful sculpting, giving it a sense of depth and detail that might not be expected in a Kaitendoh figure.
Another thing I like is her wideset stance. Her pose emphasizes the length and slenderness of her legs and emphasizes her dominating comportment.
In fact, aside from the mediocre detailing along her bikini straps, there are a lot of things that I like about this figure. I really like Retia’s pose, her presence, and her sexiness. She’s got an attractive body, a very nice ass, and a great expression. I think the only thing I’d really have preferred to be different would have been to make her bigger, since she’s rather small for a 1/8 scale figure. But despite that, I’m happy with the way Retia turned out, and it’s great to see a figure maker selling figures of characters from H-games; they used to be staples of figure manufacturers but nowadays, it seems like most of them have turned away from eroge. I’m glad Kaitendoh has not and I’m looking forward to Mikado.
If anyone wants to see it, here’s the opening video and song for Daiteikoku.
And here’s a CG of Retia in one of her darker times. I thought she looked pretty cute here.
Here’s Retia and Rin Tohsaka, both from the same sculptor. Quality-wise, they look just like each other, no? … Okay, maybe not.