When this figure went up for order, I barely knew a thing about the character, but her exotic, elegant appearance and her enormous weapon appealed to my sensibilities. I vaguely remembered hearing of a game called God Eater, though I could not remember where. Later, I learned that it is a PSP game, which explains my unawareness; despite having owned a Game Boy, Game Gear, Game Boy Advance, and a PSP, I don’t really care for handheld games. I like to be able to sit down and devote time to video games, and that’s difficult to do when on the move, and when I’m at home, I’d rather not play a game on a relatively small screen. There are a lot of PSP and DS games with good character designs, though, I must admit. Alisa is one of those good designs and though I know nothing about her, I had no trouble deciding that she looks pretty good.
Alisa Ilinichina Amiella is a 1/7 scale figure made by Plum. My only previous experience with the manufacturer is with their figure of Nymph which, to tell the truth, is a figure I’d cheerfully offload if I found someone who wanted to buy it. They’ve since released a few more figures but prior to Alisa, they had not yet made anything that would convince me to esteem them, and so it was with some trepidation that I ordered this figure. That said, I thought that Alisa looked pretty good in her promo photos and if they could get reasonably close to what they showed, she’d still be a decent buy.
Alisa seems a bit undersized for a 1/7 scale figure; she stands about 21 centimeters tall including her hat. However, she’s listed as being 5’3″, and so her listed scale is reasonably accurate. Despite her nominal short stature, she still looks fairly impressive, thanks in large part to her giant sword, which boosts her overall height to about a foot, depending on how one positions her weapon.
Anime-style character designs span the gamut of wardrobe ensembles, from the staid to the fantastic. However, for some mysterious reason, one seldom sees anime characters wearing anything reminiscent of contemporary fashion. Alisa is an exception to this curious trend; minus her massive motorized broadsword-slash-Gatling gun, she wouldn’t be out of place strutting down the runway of a fashion show. Her outfit comprises a variety of contrasts: her hat and miniskirt are a vibrant red, accentuated by an eye-catching spiderweb pattern, while her boots and gloves – themselves incongruent, with one being short and the other being nearly elbow-length – are a solid, glossy black. Her abbreviated vest manages to be form-fitting yet tantalizingly loose at the same time.
Her stance is strikingly casual, with one hip strongly cocked and one hand in position to caress her sword. It gives an impression of nonchalant confidence, conveying the sense that she’s skilled at what she does and that she knows that she looks good. That may not be an accurate assessment of her actual character, as she’s said to be mentally unstable, but at any rate, she does look quite attractive. The sculptor did a nice job of modeling her midriff, which adds a great deal to her sex appeal. Again, there’s an appealing element of visual contrast in the way her hair is whipping to her right while her skirt flares to the left.
It should also be noted that she’s said to be 15 years old in God Eater Burst. I’m choosing to ignore that, much as I’m choosing to ignore that she’s supposed to be 5’3″. She looks taller than 5’3″ to me.
One thing that cannot be ignored, of course, is her sword. It’s a massive weapon that requires its own plastic pylon for support.
Much of its intricacy cannot be observed from the most likely viewing angles, but a close inspection reveals its details.
Her sword looks best from the rear, where its unique industrial design vies with its sheer size as its most impressive aspect.
There are only so many ways to draw an anime-type eyeball, but Alisa’s eyes might be the first I’ve seen that are shaped like rhomboids. They give her sort of a feline look that adds an exotic element to her look. Too exotic, perhaps. The narrowness of her eyes make her appear older than her listed 15 years.
An unexpected feature of this figure is that her skirt can be removed. She separates at her waist and her skirt comes off in a typical manner, though some care should be taken not to damage her left suspender strap, since it has to be lifted up and over her outstretched arm. Without her skirt, she seems to lose much of her classiness, although her bearing is still dignified – insofar as one can retain one’s dignity in one’s underwear, anyway.
Up close, one can study Alisa’s pantyhose and panties and the way that they fail to surmount the cleft of her buttocks.
I was initially apprehensive about ordering this figure, but I’m quite pleased with the way it turned out. This figure represents an attractive synthesis of fashion and action girl tropes, giving it a fairly unique look amongst anime figurines. Alisa is quite pretty, her boots and underboob look particularly fantastic, and her giant sword is obviously very impressive. My concerns about Plum’s manufacturing quality are mostly assuaged, though I would not say that problems do not exist, particularly when looking very closely. More generally, it’s not surprising that Plum went with a simplified pattern on Alisa’s skirt and hat rather than the tartan pattern of her official art, and it’s telling that Good Smile Company seems to have had no problem implementing such with their figures of Sena and Yozora. But even so, such issues seem forgivable; Alisa looks good and she looks distinctive, and in the end, that’s what’s important to me.
A couple of administrative notes: I’m out visiting some friends for the rest of this week, so the next post won’t be going up until sometime next week. Also, for anyone who read my Psylocke post, I heard back from Sideshow the other day and my replacement statue should be on its way shortly. That means I must destroy my current statue and I intend to take pictures of the process. Sideshow explicitly suggests that the statue not be destroyed by fire – a sure sign that I am getting old is that this idea never even crossed my mind – nor that it be dropped from high altitude. I suppose that also means it should not be launched via homemade catapult.