Ikki Tousen is a staple source for anime figure manufacturers, and with the manga still ongoing and its fourth television series currently being aired, it can be expected that they will continue chucking them out. For years, fans of busty kung fu girls with exploding clothes have been fed a steady diet of Kanu Unchou, Hakufu Sonsaku, and Ryomou Shimei, with Orchid Seed being the latest to exhibit a figure of the latter. Now I’ve got no problem with that, being that I lived off of chicken nuggets and hot dogs back in school, day in and day out. However, even one with a diet as poor as I hungers for something different every now and then. Sometimes, a man wants steak tartare. And with that admittedly discursive and not entirely relevant introduction out of the way, we have here a figure of Kakouen Myousai, the humorless, dress-wearing enforcer of Kyosho High.
Kakouen comes courtesy of Alter and is sculpted in 1/8 scale. Alter released their version of Ryomou Shimei on the same day as Kakouen, as well as re-releasing figures of Kanu Unchou and Chouun Shiryuu. Myousai is a bit under 19 centimeters tall and comes with a plastic oval base. Her foot pegs are a bit atypical, connecting to the base in two places, and this is the only figure I have where I had to lay the figure down on my desk and slide the base onto her foot rather than the other way around. She also comes with a metal rod to support her right leg; I didn’t include it in my photos but as she can wobble a bit while supported on one leg, I think it’d be a good idea to use it in the long term.
In the manga – Battle Vixens in the United States – we are first introduced to Kakouen Myousai when she engages in a moonlit battle with Ryofu Housen. She uses a small projectile attached to a wire as her main weapon, and we are told that she is an A-rank toushi. At least, I think I remember reading that. It’s been a while.
It is highly likely the translator was taking liberties here.
We see Kakouen again much, much later when she goes after Ryubi Gentoku. She is on the verge of delivering a painful experience upon her target when she is interrupted by Chouhi, whom she smacks down with brutal and clinical viciousness, but not before Chouhi gives a reasonable account of herself in return. We are then introduced to Chouun Shiryuu, who arrives and offers clemency to the injured Kakouen, who in turn declines the offer and suffers further punishment at the hands of Seito’s student body. In this scene, we learn that Chouun enjoys sitting on top of operating drying machines. It’s entirely possible that the translator was taking additional liberties with the original Japanese text.
We also learn of the source of Kakouen’s devotion to Moutoku. We are shown a flashback of her as a rifle-packing child-soldier on a battlefield, underpants and trousers at half-mast. We are then given the incongruous sight of Moutoku showing up as if out of thin air and whisking her away, presumably to become his bodyguard. This origin raises the possibility that Kakouen is the only character in Ikki Tousen not to be Japanese, as I am unaware of any conflict in recent history in which Japanese children served as armed combatants. Then again, I can’t remember the last time a centuries-dead warrior was resurrected as a hot, huge-breasted schoolgirl, so perhaps I’m reading more into this than I should be.
Kakouen suffers additional serious injury at the conclusion of the battle, as if she hadn’t been beaten up enough already. To my recollection that is the last time we see her in the manga, and it appears that Kyocho – the hulking, kind, borderline-autistic volleyball player – has replaced her as Moutoku’s main heavy. Hopefully we haven’t seen the last of Myousai, as characters in this series have a tendency to come and go.
Kakouen Myousai is depicted here in a martial arts pose, supported by one leg and getting ready to do something with the other. To be honest, I’m not sure what she’s doing; it seems like a dangerous way to jump and while I have minimal martial arts experience myself, this seems like an odd way to chamber a kick. Regardless, I think we can agree that she looks awesome, and that’s really the most important thing here.
While she has perhaps the most unique clothing of any of the Ikki Tousen characters, she’s not particularly colorful, with lots of black and white, which highlights her blue eyes and red gloves. Her dress has a pearlescent sheen which looks absolutely beautiful. Appropriate shading is visible on her boots, and numerous wrinkles on her clothing add to its realism while showing off her body.
As good as her body looks, I think her face is my favorite part of this figure. She’s got an angry, no-nonsense look which perfectly matches her icy personality. I especially like the way her mouth is sculpted; it’s normally an afterthought on most anime figures, but here it conveys anger and determination.
Out of Alter’s four Ikki Tousen figures, Kakouen’s the only one in an action pose, and I think it’s my favorite out of the quartet. I was highly anticipating this figure, and Alter doesn’t disappoint, putting out a very dynamic and impressive sculpt that’s perhaps my favorite figure of the year thus far. I’m hoping mightily that Alter doesn’t stop the lineup here.
As usual a review is up at foo-bar-baz. I’m not aware of any other English-language reviews at this time.
Ikki Tousen Xtreme Xecutor is the franchise’s fourth anime series and introduces a new girl named Bachou Mouki. The first time we see Mouki is actually at the end of the first volume of Battle Vixens, where we see an early form of the Ikki Tousen manga in which Mouki was meant to be the main character. She’s basically Hakufu by another name, and we also see that Ryofu Housen was originally an ugly, horny dude, which is really strange. The new version of Mouki is, like Hakufu, a bit ditzy, but is still an interesting character that stands out among the franchise’s huge cast.
The new girl is pretty cool, but one thing I really like about her is her kicks: she’s rocking hot pink Chuck Taylors. You can’t hate on a girl in hot pink Chucks.
I’m still hoping that one of these days, we get some decent figures of Bashoku Youjou and Roshuku Shikei. Roshuku actually shows up quite a bit in the manga, where we learn that she has an impressive drinking capacity. I’ve got this thing for girls in bandages, and while we never learn why Roshuku is swathed in such, she still looks quite hot.
Here’s Bashoku, who is a selectable character in the upcoming PSP game Xross Impact. The game’s website has bust measurements for many of the characters and it’s sort of surprising to learn that Ryomou is more modestly endowed than many of the other girls in the series.
And now back to pictures of Kakouen.