I hadn’t planned on picking up any of Alter’s other Ikki Tousen figures, but Amiami had Ryomou and Kanu in stock the other week and with their shipping discount promotion still ongoing, I couldn’t really think of any reason not to buy them, so I did.
I covered Ryomou’s background in my writeup for Daiki Kougyou’s figure, so I’ll dispense with the character bio and go straight to the figure. At about 13.5 centimeters tall, Ryomou is not a very large figure and Alter has happily made her base quite small, measuring about 8.5 centimeters in diameter. This makes for a very compact figure that doesn’t take up a lot of shelf space, and given my dwindling amount of available room, that’s certainly not something that I have a problem with.
Ryomou is dressed up in an archetypical maid outfit. I can’t remember when or why Ryomou started wearing a maid uniform but she looks pretty good in one so I don’t have a problem with that either. She comes with a set of handcuffs that slide open and closed, but they’re very flimsy and fall apart easily so I didn’t mess around with them very much.
Her socks have a shiny sheen similar to Kakouen Myousai‘s dress, although the rest of her clothing looks normal and as a result comes off as a bit flat in comparison. The front of her apron in particular seems a bit lacking in detail around her stomach, although that’s being really nitpicky since the viewer’s attention is meant to be drawn slightly above that.
Alter’s sculpt comes from the cover of the fourth Japanese DVD volume of Ikki Tousen Great Guardians. It deviates a bit from the source in that she’s sitting up straight whereas in the art she appears to be leaning forward. The figure version also looks a bit angrier. I like the figure version better as nobody does angry faces as well as Alter.
Perched on a shelf or desk, Ryomou is quite small, and while she looks very impressive in a full-size close-up photograph, a lot of that is lost when she’s barely five inches tall.
I think this figure would be improved had Alter elected to depict her in an action pose rather than on one knee but despite that, she still looks pretty good, although not as good as Myousai. To be fair, few figures look as good as Myousai.