Akane Indou from Homare Art Works (NSFW)

Akane Indou from Homare Art Works

One of the more pleasing developments in figure collecting is that a number of manufacturers are now producing figures derived from the artwork of well-known illustrators, especially those of ero publications. Misaki Kurehito’s artwork has received a number of figure adaptations, Cle Masahiro Murakami Suigun recently got one each, Oda Non’s work is getting a bundle of figures from a variety of companies, and so on – all good stuff. Here we have a figure based off of an illustration by Homare, an artist who has been released image packs on DLSite and similar sites under the circle name FOOL’S ART GALLERY. This is the first figure to be released that is sourced from his work, which is curious as he’s been in the business for years, even designing a Queen’s Blade character, though it never was turned into a figure. A real disappointment, that. I kind of think this costume would have made for a fine figure, even a mainstream one. But although it’s a tad belated, we finally have a Homare-designed figure, so let’s take a look.

Akane Indou figure

This figure is based off of a cover illustration done for a monthly hentai comic anthology. It’s sculpted in 1/5 scale, which is a bit of an oddball scale size; 1/6 is as large as most figure manufacturers go, while 1/4 is a popular size for Western polystone statues and FREEing’s bunnygirl figures, but 1/5 is rather rare. Regardless, the larger size gives her impressive presence compared to 1/7 and 1/8 scale figures. The figure is about 20 centimeters in height, even on her knees in a relaxed pose. It comes with a large circular base topped with some soft gray faux fur material, which should protect her knees and feet from any paint and grime that might be on one’s shelf.

Akane Indou figure

Although anime art characteristics tend towards the generic, Homare’s style is singularly distinctive and more recognizable than most. His style typically includes noses and lips (often painted with lipstick, which is a bit unusual as it is principally used in other artwork to characterize older women) and very full body forms, often with narrow waists and particularly thick thighs. Ayane shows off most of these traits and the art style is very identifiable as Homare’s.

Akane Indou figure

The body sculpting is superb – surprisingly so, as I haven’t seen Kaitendoh or Lechery produce anything close to this caliber before. The muscle detailing is excellent; perhaps most obviously on her abdomen, but also on her legs, where her quadriceps and hamstring muscles are both represented, most obviously on her left leg. Other welcome details include the roll of flesh on her side as she flexes her torso and the way her bikini straps press into her skin, adding a conspicuous element of realism. This aspect reminds me of Rocket Boy’s Slingshot Babe, which featured a physique with an equally impressive level of detail.

Akane Indou figure

It may not be immediately obvious but her bikini can be removed. I didn’t know that was the case until I saw the cast-off pictures on Moeyo, as the bikini fits tightly enough that it looks like it’s sculpted as part of the figure. However, it does indeed come off and the process is easier than I expected it to be. Her arms come off at the armbands encircling her biceps and her head detaches as well; from there her top slides right off. Her bikini bottom attaches to her body via those little silver circles on each side of her crotch; you can use your thumbnail to pry them out and then the bottom comes off. The waistband stays in place, which looks a little strange, but four additional silver rings are provided to plug up the empty sockets.

One note; paint transfer is a huge problem while removing her head, as the brown paint of her hair will leave unsightly streaks if it scratches against her skin. I would recommend placing a sheet of plastic film, paper tissue, aluminum foil, or something else under her hair while detaching her head to minimize the chance of this problem occurring.

Akane Indou figure

With the swimsuit removed we can see her body in all its glory, though that waistband really does look misplaced. For those interested in this sort of thing, she is fully anatomically detailed.

Akane Indou figure

That includes a realistically-sculpted anus. Not that you’d get to see it during normal viewing.

Akane Indou figure

Her breasts show this odd dark dot in the center of each nipple. Without her swimsuit, her right hand is offset from her breast, which looks a bit odd.

Akane Indou figure

I prefer to display this figure with the swimsuit on, even though the level of detailing while nude is laudable. The swimsuit doesn’t actually cover up very much but I think the composition of the figure comes together better while she is (ostensibly) dressed.

Akane Indou figure

The back side of her bikini also looks very appealing. The thong is another common element of Homare’s artwork and it adds to the sexiness of the statue while preserving the least amount of modesty. It doesn’t actually go all the way between her legs, which isn’t all that surprising. That does technically mean that her anus is always exposed.

Akane Indou figure

The level of detail extends to her hair, which is intricately sculpted rather than presenting a smooth spherical surface of helmet hair.

Akane Indou figure

This is a fantastic figure, one that I didn’t think would turn out this nicely given Lechery’s level of quality. That is not to say that they’ve been bad, just that they’ve never been this good before. Akane is a superb figure, one that faithfully translates Homare’s style into three dimensions while displaying impeccable production values. It appears that they have at least one more figure based off of his art in the pipeline, and after receiving Akane I’m very much looking forward to it.

I’m also looking forward to Native’s Mikoto Kisaragi figure, which I have to admit I didn’t actually recognize as being from Homare’s artwork at first. However, I have no doubt it’s going to be great.

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10 Responses to Akane Indou from Homare Art Works (NSFW)

  1. DASD says:

    … i`m speechless, is this truly lechery figure ?? what ? what ? she looks excellent. nice review !!

    i actually have the pink version of one of your review here
    http://www.tentaclearmada.com/2016/04/fuumanin-hime-kagura-from-the-lechery-hentai-series-nsfw/
    and its a bit rough on finishing, some noticeable gap, but hey this one looks clean …

    • Tier says:

      Thanks! Yeah, I was surprised they did a figure that turned out this well. I generally like their stuff but I wouldn’t term it high quality, whereas Akane could be called that.

  2. wieselhead says:

    it is no understatement, to say that this kind of quality was unexpected
    This figure piqued my interest on release, but what I’ve seen from Lechery so far wasn’t really convincing. Shamsiel Shahal turned out quite lackluster, Isis Petrovna Elenskaya (lol) apparently turned out a bit better, I hope to find on the aftermarket nevertheless haha.

    The bikini figure in your review looks even more appealing, I like the michievous tounge out expression. The attractive buxom body of her looks marvelous, I really like this kind of bodysculpting with nice curves and smooth looking skintone. The bikini design appears very detailed with the chain hanging there and the “clothes” nicely attached to the body. Her proportions are lovely and the puffy “hentai” style nipples look beautiful ^^

    The pose of her seems more convincing after I saw the figure in your review.

    • Tier says:

      Yeah, I’d agree with that. I have a couple of their hentai figures that I like, and I guess I have a couple of Kaitendoh figures that I like (the Daiteikoku ones), though I wouldn’t say they are particularly impressive. Akane is great, though. The muscle sculpting stands out to me; a lot of companies don’t bother with that, even when they do larger scale stuff, like FREEing.

  3. TomTheCat says:

    So this figure indeed turned out pretty good for Lechery, like I said in a comment elsewhere. I’m now strongly tempted to get her. The question is, should I go for this one or the tanline version which is scheduled for January? Or should I risk waiting for a full-tan version? (I wouldn’t put this beyond Lechery. Their “Nures” Miyuu has gotten four or five re-releases over time.) Decisions, decisions… XD

    I’m sure you’ll love Native’s Mikoto Kisaragi. She’ll not only be great, she’ll also be BIG: 1/4 😉 Native even let slip an uncensored photo, which can be found somewhere on MFC.

    • Tier says:

      If you haven’t already made your choice, I definitely would go with this one, though I’m certainly not the right person to ask as I don’t really like tanlines much. They’re up there with animal ears and tails and tattoos as things I don’t care for, which definitely makes my advice suspect XD

      Yeah, I’m sure she’s gonna be great. I’m kinda wondering if I’m gonna have to shut down FREEing bunnygirl purchases to fund BINDing porno figure purchases, though.

  4. Gutiman Reggae says:

    Beautiful….Perfect body

  5. Aya says:

    She surprisingly awesome 😀 from close view I guess I dislike the tongue, it’s always a nice view in artworks but i guess for figure, it’s hard to make it natural . and of course the dark dot ^^

    • Tier says:

      Haha, yeah, I can see that. I think it adds kind of a cute touch but it’s one of those things that might not translate so well from 2D picture to 3D figure.

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