I’ve spent a lot of time in the last couple of years playing gacha games, and the plethora of Azur Lane, Fate/Grand Order, and Arknights figures I’ve purchased is testament to this enthusiasm. Today we’ll look at a figure from Punishing: Gray Raven – a popular game to be sure, but perhaps somewhat less known compared to some of the biggest names in the genre. Nonetheless, it has a lot going for it, including attractive character designs, a fast-paced combat system, and a pumping soundtrack. I haven’t played it that much myself since I play most gacha games on a tablet and the form factor doesn’t work as well for games like this, but it just received a PC client so I’m thinking I should give it another look.
This version of Lucia is introduced very early in the game as an antagonist named Alpha. She later becomes a playable character, going by the same name as the principal protagonist of the game. The relationship between Lucia and Alpha is complex and mutable, with them being presented mostly as rivals.
This figure is manufactured by Good Smile Arts Shanghai; I think it’s the first one I’ve received from this producer. She’s manufactured in 1/7 scale and stands about 28 centimeters in overall height.
Having played a bunch of gacha games over the last couple of years, one thing I’ve noticed is that the combination of white hair with black and red clothing is extremely popular amongst characters in this genre. Off the top of my head, Prinz Eugen – and a ton of Ironblood characters – from Azur Lane, W from Arknights, and Archer and Dark Sakura from the Fate series share this motif. Lucia’s outfit is very striking, combining a red coat and scarf with a number of interesting high-tech accessories.
Lucia’s pose presents her in an fighting stance, ready to sweep her sword out as she lunges forward. Her hair and coat are splayed out behind her, imparting a sense of motion and dynamism, but her expression is entirely blank, giving her something of an otherworldly look.
In a stylish touch, one of her legs is sheathed in this black wrap while the other is left bare.
Lucia wears this elaborate headset, with prongs sprouting up like horns, lending a vaguely demonic aesthetic to her appearance.
She also has this intricate scabbard for her sword, which has an angular, industrial look.
An interesting design touch is that Lucia’s skirt is not particularly lengthy, leaving her ass entirely visible with her coat flared out. Her panties are rather conservative in cut, though.
Rather than putting Lucia on a simple plastic disc as most figures are, she’s perched on a slab of wreckage. It’s a surprisingly heavy base, giving a sense of sturdiness and solidity to the figure’s overall presentation.
I really like this figure a lot; it’s big, it’s extremely well-made, and Lucia herself looks great. Her look is very striking with her action pose combining with her white hair and crimson-and-black theme to generate a strong sense of presence. There haven’t been that many figures from the Punishing: Gray Raven series yet, but I very much hope that Good Smile Arts Shanghai doesn’t stop with Alpha..