Azur Lane has grown from relatively modest beginnings as a thematic competitor to Kantai Collection to a multimedia powerhouse in its own right. Its array of conspicuously – and shamelessly – sexy characters no doubt plays an outsized role in its success and apparently, no character’s fan art has a higher proportion of lewds than USS St. Louis. Few Azur Lane characters also have as many skins as St. Louis, and it appears that most of them are going to be receiving figures in the future. However, being that this is the first figure of St. Louis, it’s only apropos that it features her in her default outfit.
St. Louis is voiced by Yoko Hikasa, the actress who also voices Rias Gremory in High School DxD, and she portrays both characters in much the same manner: both characters are composed but flirtatious, assertive but compassionate, and both care deeply for their families. In St. Louis’s case, this mostly means USS Helena and USS Honolulu, the two characters most closely associated with her.
In real life, USS St. Louis was a Brooklyn-class light cruiser that served throughout World War II. She was later sold to the Brazilian Navy, being renamed Almirante Tamandaré. The current USS St. Louis is a Freedom-class littoral combat ship; given the significant problems experienced by ships of this class, she probably will not have a long service career.
This figure is manufactured by Alter and was originally released in March 2022. She was subsequently re-released this month, but this particular figure does come from the initial production run. St. Louis is sculpted in 1/7 scale and stands about 25.5 centimeters in height. This is the “light armed” version, which lacks St. Louis’s rigging – that is, the array of floating ship hulls and gun turrets that surround Azur Lane (and Kantai Collection) shipgirls.
St. Louis is noted for her scandalous outfits – most notably her Luxurious Wheels skin, which is essentially a rhinestone-studded towel draped over her breasts and torso – but her regular outfit is particularly revealing in its own right. St. Louis wears a short, sleek, figure-hugging dress with a series of argyle cutouts along her hips. Her right thigh-high is imprinted with “CL49”, representing her CL-49 designation.
Her dress is conspicuously short, revealing a tantalizing section of her backside. She is wearing a thong under her dress; the waistband of her panties is made visible by the diamond cutouts of her dress.
Her dress also shows a prodigious amount of sideboob, which is most appropriate since St. Louis is one of the most generously-endowed characters in Azur Lane.
St. Louis’s hair is tied back in a ponytail that’s canted towards the right. Her hair is colored an attractive powder blue, and the tint transitions to a purple towards the tips.
One of the things I like the most about this figure is the way St. Louis’s dress fits on her body. It’s not a flat and undetailed; rather, a number of creases convey how thin the fabric of her dress is supposed to look, and the contours of her body are readily discernible. I also like how the dress is nearly translucent over her breasts.
I also like St. Louis’s confident and friendly expression. She’s often lewded in fan-drawn art, and I can’t say I mind that very much, but it’s not completely accurate to her character. Rather, her personality is akin to a flirtatious but caring older sister type rather than the hormone-crazed nymphomaniac she’s often drawn as (admittedly, USS Bremerton tends to suffer this issue even more).
I have a particular bias towards the Eagle Union characters in Azur Lane, and so I’m particularly glad that Alter – one of my favorite figure manufacturers – produced this figure. Indeed, I think I would say that St. Louis is my favorite character in all of Azur Lane, and so I esteem this figure all the more. It’s the best representation of St. Louis that I can imagine, and it’s one of my favorite figures in my collection.