This is Mishiro Akatsuki. There are many like her but this one is mine. A Good Smile Company product built in 1/8 scale, she is the lead figure of their Shuraki lineup. You don’t hear much about that franchise these days, which is a bit curious, as the figures are quite nice and Mishiro was particularly affordable. I think she was right around $50 at release, which is half the price of some current-day figures.
Mishiro brings the pain via a pair of blades which seem to follow a fire and water motif, and she dresses for success in the archetypical anime sailor suit school uniform. One of the gimmicks of the Shuraki figures is their cast-off clothing – Mishiro features not just two levels of sartorial mutability but three. She starts in an intact uniform but she can change into a tattered and torn version of her academic daywear, and she can also be stripped to brassiere and drawers. What an indignity.
The thing I like best about her is her face. There’s a lot of anime figures out there with placid or vapid expressions. Not Mishiro. Mishiro looks like she wants to kill you, the person sitting next to you, and probably everyone else who makes eye contact with her. I like her helicopter hair, too. She comes with an atypical base, which makes displaying her much easier than if GSC had packed in a huge circular plate to mount her on. I think she’s a great figure, one that I’m very happy to own.
Stripped to her skivvies, Mishiro is a tad less impressive. You start noticing things like how big her head is in relation to her body, and her martial fierceness is rather blunted. Not that you need to be dressed to slay people and demons and stuff.
Mishiro lamentably doesn’t have much of an ass, but somehow her underpants fail to contain her backside.