Alter’s Narika is a figure that I’ve been anticipating since she was announced. I really like Alicesoft’s character designs and given Alter’s history of producing superb figures, I had high expectations for Narika. As usual, Alter does not disappoint, as they’ve made another amazing figure.
I have two other figures from Beat Blades Haruka, Alter’s Haruka and Volks’s Subaru by way of E2046, but Narika is easily the best figure of the three. I did not play through Narika’s story path, but I’m guessing that she’s wearing some sort of power-up outfit rather than her usual ninja uniform, which is colored a bit differently.
To be honest, if you asked me which of the three ninja heroines is my least favorite, I’d say that Narika is, as I’m not a big huge fan of the tsundere temperament. That’d be like asking which is the worst out of People’s Instinctive Travels, The Low End Theory, or Midnight Marauders, however. I mean, when you’re dealing with three awesome things, does it really matter which is one’s least favorite?
I had to use an auto-translator to play Beat Blades Haruka and so I did not gain a meaningful comprehension of the game’s story, but from what I gather, Narika is the hyperactive, rather shrill, aloof type who nonetheless pines away for the protagonist. I guess that’s the definition of the tsundere archetype? Doubtless other people who read this will know better than I do.
Anyway, let’s talk about the figure. She’s in 1/8 scale and has a square white base that is very similar to Haruka’s. She mounts to it via a single oversized peg which I hope is strong enough to militate against leaning. She comes with two detachable parts, her ribbon which attaches to her back, and her weapon, which attaches to the ribbon.
Speaking of the weapon, I have no idea what it’s supposed to be. I’m not sure if it’s some sort of oversized staff or a massive hand cannon or something else. Normally she wields a four-pointed shuriken as her weapon of choice but whatever this thing is, it looks awesome. It’s emblazoned with a series of acronyms, numbers, and very small text which accentuate its futuristic, technological flair.
She’s depicted in an action pose, one leg raised with ribbons swirling about her. It’s an awesome pose and Alter did an excellent job of conveying a strong sense of dynamism here.
The sculpting is absolutely marvelous. There are tons of cool details like her tabi socks, the mechanical parts of her costume, and that weapon. Paint is also very good. Well, actually, I’m going to beef about one thing; the pink paint on her pigtails is quite faint, almost white-ish. The contrast that they provide with her bangs is rather conspicuous. It’s not a big deal to me though.
I’m not sure if you count what she’s wearing as pants, but if you do, Narika is the third figure I own who wears trousers. As everyone can see, her pants are split wide open, revealing her rather minimal underpants. I think it looks cool as hell but it might be a bit risque for some.
She took a while to get out into the market, but Narika was definitely worth the wait. She’s another awesome Alter figure and I really hope that they complete the trio by making Subaru.