Alisa is the most popular character from God Eater, at least amongst figure companies, and it’s not hard to see why. Since Plum released their first version of her, she’s had one more figure released by Alphamax with another in the pipeline, and Volks is apparently doing a big-ass doll of her, which looks nice. This is Plum’s second figure of her, and while it represents a noticeable improvement over their original product, it’s not without its own faults – though admittedly, some of those faults are self-imposed.
Considering how God Eater is receiving lots of love in terms of merchandising, I was a little surprised to see that God Eater 2 never received a US localization, though perhaps that speaks more to the apathy regarding portable platforms here rather than any qualities evinced by the series itself. I won’t be too surprised if the game receives a television anime adaptation someday; it’s already gotten a half-length short with a fairly distinguished voice cast.
As mentioned, this figure is manufactured by Plum. Like the earlier figure, Alisa is sculpted in 1/7 scale, standing about 20.5 centimeters tall at the top of her head, and around 28 centimeters tall overall, excluding the base.
This figure features Alisa dressed in her God Eater 2 uniform. There are a few noticeable differences between this outfit and her earlier costume; she’s dispensed with the pantyhose and her vest is a little longer, imparting a bit more modesty but still flashing her bra-less glory for all to behold. Her thigh-high boots are of a more conventional type which I much prefer to the flared design of her older boots. She’s also switched out her cap for a more stylish and feminine beret.
But while her outfit is a highlight of this figure, the design of her face will probably be the largest talking point, at least amongst collectors. The promo photos made her look very pretty, with a friendly look and a warm smile spread across her face. Something seems to have gone awry in the design process as the production figure’s face looks quite a bit different from the prototype’s. Her lips and nose have become much less prominent, and it’s not as easy to discern her mood. Her eyes are tinted a darker blue, so that they tend to overwhelm her other features; I think the prototype design, with the lighter shade of blue, was more attractive, with all its components complementing each other. The shape of her face looks different as well, though perhaps that is just my perception; it seems to me that her face is taller and more pinched and that the prototype’s face was rounder.
Are these changes disappointing? For me, certainly; I ordered this figure mainly because I really liked the way her face looked and so I’m not thrilled with how her face turned out. Is the production face’s terrible, though? No, I wouldn’t say that; I think she’s still pretty, just not as attractive as the prototype design, and if I had never seen the protoype I doubt I would have complained.
Moving down, perhaps the most conspicuous aspect of this figure is Alisa’s chest, which is generously-sized and generously-displayed. Obviously her body looks great and there isn’t too much to complain about regarding this element of her design.
Incidentally, her beret can be removed if one so prefers; there’s a little magnet that holds it on her head.
She’s pretty with or without her headgear, but the position of her hand makes a little less sense without it. Not that her hand makes contact with her hat – a concession made so that her arm doesn’t need to detach to remove or place the beret. Also, the position of her pinky looks rather painful; I’m not sure it’s possible to bend that finger that far back. However, Alisa has no problem hefting a gigantic weapon or keeping her breasts from spilling out of her clothing (one wonders which is the greater feat), so her having superhuman flexibility in her fingers isn’t that much of a stretch.
I like the asymmetry of her single long glove; it reminds me of Yoko’s design from Gurren Lagann. Speaking of whom, it kinda feels like it’s been a long time since anyone’s made a good figure of Yoko, doesn’t it?
The first Alisa had her wielding a giant sword; this figure has her packing an enormous Gatling gun. It looks nice; it’s painted in a subdued metallic color which looks reasonably realistic, and its sheer size means that it will attract attention, even if it’s difficult to guess how she operates her weapon. A support pylon is provided to keep it upright, and one of the barrels is meant to rest in a peg in the base, but it is otherwise not supported by anything, which means it could be prone to tipping over if one jostles this figure. I doubt that will be much of an issue for most collectors, but for me it’s a bit of a problem since I’m out of space and I tend to move figures back and forth while trying to clear out a more permanent display location.
While Alisa’s rack is highly impressive, her ass is just as eye-catching. That’s a bit of a surprise, since many Japanese character designers don’t seem to focus as much on the backside. Alisa, however, is an exception; when Mos Def waxed poetically about an ass so fat you could see it from the front, perhaps he was thinking of someone with a body like Alisa’s.
The size of Alisa’s ass is very well complemented by the brevity of her skirt, which doesn’t seem quite long enough to cover her up. All in all, her outfit is really nice; it’s particularly gratifying to see subtlety and restraint thrown out the window in the name of making Alisa look good.
And since we’re well past the point of restraint ourselves, we’ll continue to admire Alisa’s bubble-shaped backside.
One feature that wasn’t made obvious from the promo photos is that her skirt is removable, just as it was with Plum’s first Alisa figure. There’s a detachment point on its right side where it can be pulled away from her body; don’t try tearing her body in half (like I did) while attempting to figure out how to get her skirt off.
Her panties look strangely-formed, though. One imagines that their appearance wasn’t a high priority.
One would also think that given the outrageous nature of her outfit, Alisa might wear something a little more showy, or at least a little naughtier than conventional white panties.
Overall, I’d say that this is a good figure. It’s a disappointment, certainly, since the prototype looked so nice, but it still has a number of appealing aspects – and it ought to, as Alisa’s design is so attractive. Her design embodies a number of excesses – skin exposure and breast and ass size, in particular, which are all laudable things. The sheer implausibility of her gun is also impressive. So, all in all, this isn’t a perfect figure by any means, but it’s not too bad, either.