Griffon Enterprises could without much exaggeration be termed The Company That Kanu Built. A quick glance through Amiami reveals that Griffon has fielded an astonishing ten Kanu figures, not even counting repaints. Has any other company had such a torrid love affair with any one character? (I’m guessing maybe Rei and Sega have.)
The particular example discussed here is called the Damaged Version and is ostensibly in 1/7 scale.
The appeal of this figure is immediately evident and doesn’t really require much in the way of discussion, but I’ll give it a go anyway. Kanu is set on all fours in her panties and maybe half of her shirt; her fighting gloves, baggy socks, and shoes have miraculously survived whatever calamity devastated the remainder of her clothing with nary a loose stitch. Despite the awkward circumstances Kanu appears nonplussed, as if wondering how in the world she got into this situation.
The business end.
Paint and sculpting are pretty good, although her face isn’t very detailed. Her chin looks overly large when seen from straight on or below, but in all fairness, if you were going to buy this figure, you wouldn’t be looking at her chin anyway. Her hair is sculpted to rest on the ground, but her tresses actually float a few millimeters in the air; I’m not certain if she came that way or if this is a consequence of me moving her around my desk and maybe bending the plastic.
She comes with the same base that Sasara Kusugawa came on, albeit without the nameplate. It’s oval, ridiculously huge, and unnecessary, so I don’t use it.
I do have one big beef with this figure. She’s billed as 1/7 scale, but she ain’t that.
Fig. 1. Size comparison, Sasara and Kanu.
Here she is next to Sasara, also a Griffon product made in 1/7 scale. The disparity in size is obvious, and I’m annoyed that once again, Griffon made an Ikki Tousen figure smaller than it’s supposed to be. At least they didn’t claim that she’s 1/6 scale like they did with Ryofu.
Fig. 2. Size comparison, Kanu and whale of indeterminate species.
I like whales.
I’ve rattled off a litany of complaints, and stacked up against all that is this. Really, if you’re interested in this sort of figure, this is why you’d buy Kanu. I guess I’d say I’m reasonably happy with this figure. Not completely happy – the figure could definitely be improved by making her actually 1/7 scale and maybe decreasing the size of her chin – but I’m not going to throw her to the back of the bottom shelf. However, in the future I’ll probably look for size comparison pictures of Griffon’s Ikki Tousen figures before buying them.
I think I have stopped buying Kanu figures since a while back, the reason is none other than what you have stated. There are simply too many of them! I will go broke if I keep buying Kanu figures at the rate they are coming out each and every month!
Yeah, I like Kanu but I’ve already got three. Although then again, I really like the Daiki Kougyo one with her with the sarashi and low-rise hakama. I was thinking about ordering her but I didn’t since I had a bunch of preorders open for May, but then again, a lot of those preorders got bumped to June. Hmm …
i’ve stopped looking at scale numbers ‘cuz of the problems you noticed ^^;; much more informative to look a the height/length number (if available). sucks that what should be a very accurate number is so imprecise.
not bad for a kanu, i think in general i like how this one turned out. hard not to like a busty babe with less than half her clothes on, no? 😛
i’ve also got three kanu… daiki kougyo’s insanely priced hakama version is by far my favorite though ^^
Indeed it is not! Principally I’d prefer that this figure be larger, but the concept is one I like very much.
I said something about being careful about buying Griffon’s Ikki Tousen figures but I’ll be honest, I’m pretty tempted by a couple of their Ryomou figures, and if they put out a Roshuku or Kakouen Myosai figure, I think I’m going to ignore my reservations and common sense – I’m good at doing that.
I like whales aswell!
Ahhh….Griffon once again…
My Brothers Teni figure is pretty accurate in size though.
My next Ikki Tousen Figure is going to be from Griffon aswell.Hope she turns out alright.
I’m thinking about getting Griffon’s Kenshin figure (the Sengoku Rance girl … I always think of Rurouni Kenshin whenever I see that name). I really like their Sasara figure, and quality-wise this Kanu is pretty good compared to their Ryofu figure (I’ll give them a pass on that since it’s such an old figure).