At first, I wasn’t too enthused by Max Factory’s line of swimsuit-clad Shining Wind girls and I’m not really sure why. It’s a terrible thing when a man can’t get excited by cute underaged girls in tiny bikinis, however, and I finally decided that Kureha and Xecty had too much appeal to pass on them. It would’ve been cooler if they’d picked out some suits out of Dead or Alive Xtreme 2, though; Kureha looks pretty good here, but she’d be bangin’ in the Venus or Mach.
Kureha Touka is a character from the video game Shining Wind. It’s a member of Sega’s long-running Shining series, which began with Shining in the Darkness on the Genesis and is best known for the four main Shining Force games. Shining Force was an early tactical RPG featuring a huge and varied cast – including centaurs, a robot, dragons, a ninja, and a bipedal armadillo – and is still fondly regarded as one of the classic Sega games of the 16-bit era. In contrast, the more recent games seem to focus more on cute girls with archetypical personalities and moving merchandise rather than providing quality gameplay, and as such I have no plan on polluting my childhood memories by playing them. The most recent game, Shining Hearts, includes something called the MOE system, which ostensibly stands for “Mind Over Emotion” but we all know what it really means. Sigh. It breaks my heart to see one of my favorite video game franchises whored out in this manner, but that’s the way things go.
But that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the characters for how they look. I liked Max Factory’s original Kureha – and if I knew how valuable it’d get I would’ve picked up a few more – so it wasn’t much of a stretch to pick this one up as well. Fortunately for me, the Shining Wind girls are priced relatively inexpensively, despite being 1/7 scale. She’s about 22 centimeters tall, which seems a bit small for the stated scale but owners of Max Factory’s VN02 Miku and Nuclear Fusion Rin figures are already aware of the manufacturer’s penchant for funny math. Kureha comes ready for display without any fuss, which is a nice change from all the figures I get that need to be disassembled to get all their plastic wrap off. She attaches to her base by two pegs in her left foot, one of which is metal, which should help allay leaning concerns.
Kureha’s wearing a skimpy low-cut bikini in colors similar to what she wears in her priestess guise, and it looks quite nice as it barely covers her up and strains to hold her in. She’s playfully tugging her shoulder straps up and I’d think that it should pull her top up tighter against her chest, but what do I know about bikini tops? The yellow part of her bikini bottom also looks a little strange in that it doesn’t look like it has a complete waistband, which is an important thing to have given how low it’s riding. Nitpicking aside, though, her suit looks great and highlights Kureha’s important parts.
I don’t recall ever seeing measurements for the Shining Wind girls, though I’m sure they’re out there. I’m guessing that Kureha’s the second bustiest of the four characters getting the swimsuit treatment from Max Factory but she’s quite stacked even as the runner up. Her arms frame her chest, highlighting their curves and directing your eyes right into her cleavage. I think that that’s my favorite part of this figure.
Similarly, her twin bikini bottoms show off her delightful hourglass figure. Her tiny waist and broad hips are sexy as hell and complement her breasts perfectly. Less nice is her backside, which has breadth but lacks depth. The top of her gluteal cleft is visible but looks kinda strange because her backside doesn’t have much curvature. I’m still mystified why figure sculptors have such a difficult time sculpting the female rear.
To go off on a tangent for a bit, it’s a little weird how inadequate the English language is for certain things. Like the body part mentioned above; the technical name is “gluteal cleft” but the colloquial name is the “butt crack,” but that just sounds so uncouth, and we won’t bring up coarser terms. There are a lot of other body parts and functions which suffer from the same problem, and it’d be nice if there were terms that don’t sound quite so clinical as the former but as uncultured as the latter, particularly as the writer of this blog strives to maintain a conversational yet classy and dignified tone to his writing. Always.
This digression is not a consequence of the writer’s struggle to come up with certain terminology, nor does it have anything to do with Nanowrimo occurring next month. Nothing at all.
Kureha has a pleasant, placid expression on her face, and it’s easy to recognize her origin as a Tony Taka design. It’s a cute expression, probably not one that’s going to set hearts on fire, but it looks very nice. Her hair has some complex detailing on the lower parts of her tresses, but they quickly fade towards the crown of her head, and it’s pretty easy to mistake the top of her head for a Whopper candy when viewed from behind.
Pleasant and placid is also the way I’d describe this figure. To me, Kureha exudes gentleness and friendliness rather than overt sexuality, which is interesting since she’s a sharp exhalation away from being naked. I can’t deny that she has a beautiful body build and a particularly nice rack, though, and while she’s not really the most exciting figure I’ve purchased this year, I’m pretty happy to have her.
Check out foo-bar-baz for another review of Kureha. It seems like figure review blogs have been slowing down in recent months; I don’t think I’ve seen any other reviews of Kureha yet.