We have here a figure of the unfortunately-named Canal, or Kanaru in some places. The box says Canal so that’s what we’re going with. She’s the latest in a long series of Shunya Yamashita drawings to make the jump from paper to plastic, and she comes to us in a solid 1/7 scale from Art Storm.
I’ve been looking forward to this figure for a while, and it’s not hard to see why. Canal’s outfit is a cross between hooker dress and industrial HVAC equipment, a curious hybrid that probably wouldn’t work outside of anime styling. It looks great here, though. She’s rather more fully proportioned than the archetypical anime girl, and I would guess that her thickness will deter some potential purchasers.
She’s certainly not flawless. Her paint job has a major issue in that parts of her are over-darkened, like when someone goes nuts with the burn tool. This problem is particularly evident around her breasts and on her face, which is noticeably ruddier than her backside. It looks a bit like Asian person flush; if you haven’t ever seen an Asian person drink, they turn red as hell with the quickness. I had friends back in school who thought I was smashed after one drink because of that. Then again, Canal looks like a healthy white girl so I suppose that can’t be it. Maybe she got sunburned. I remember getting sunburnt like a mofo after graduation. It was a beautiful seventy degree May day, the students were beaming and radiant and the sun even more so. Unfortunately the commencement speaker was neither Kurt Vonnegut nor Mary Schmich and even if it were, it would have been too late. By the end of the day my nose had blackened and dead skin was sloughing off my face. The agony was exquisite. Truly a memorable couple of weeks.
What were we talking about? Oh, right, plastic pervy anime figures. So yeah, the paint work isn’t really the greatest. Does it bother me? Nah. Plus she was cheap at under sixty bucks. The pose is cool, the outfit is tight, and the price is right, how can you not like a figure like this?