We have a figure of one of 2007’s It Girls, Iroha from Samurai Shodown (or Samurai Spirits, depending on where you live). For a brief period, she was the hottest thing around, with Art Storm, Daiki Kougyou, and Griffon all presenting offerings of her visage. Good Smile Company did as well, and theirs is the interpretation featured here.
Iroha is huge, in more ways than one. She’s built in a majestic 1/5 scale, establishing her as one of the largest figures I own. Her sculpt is equally imposing. While Iroha is described as a crane who metamorphoses into a young warrior girl, Good Smile Company evidently took their sculpting cues from elsewhere in the animal kingdom, as she shows off thunderous thighs, an impossibly constricted waist, and enormous breasts. Perhaps they derived inspiration from kangaroos rather than avian species. She came attached to her base, which has a nice picture of a crane painted on it. It reminds me a bit of the go-stop cards I played with as a kid. While she seems sturdy, a little transparent plastic support rod is provided to fit in under her left leg. I didn’t include it in these pictures.
From certain angles, her head seems to shrink, which makes her look rather odd. When viewed straight on, though, she looks great. She was mostly an impulse purchase but I’m happy to have her.