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Anzu Yamasaki from Gantz: O (Sword Version)

Anzu Yamasaki from Gantz: O

The series Gantz is experiencing a somewhat unexpected revival, not with respect to its original manga or anime adaptation but rather at the hands of figure and statue companies. Union Creative released two figures of Reika Shimohira a couple of years ago – one dressed in a black bodysuit and the other wearing a much more abbreviated version of that outfit – and FREEing is due to release their 1/4 scale version of Reika in a bunnysuit soon. In addition, the Japanese statue company Prime 1 Studio will be producing two versions of Reika, one called the Black Version and the other called the White Version, for reasons that are obvious to anyone who glances at each statue. And then we have this figure here, which came out late last year, if I recall correctly. This figure is the counterpart to Union Creative’s Reika, as she and Anzu seem fated to be paired together forever.
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Pet Fairy Renge from T2 Art Works

Pet Fairy Renge from T2 Art Works

Between some unexpectedly time-consuming work obligations and a two-week encounter with bronchitis, this month has been a total bust as far as personal productivity is concerned. That said, I try to do at least one post per month, and luckily I’ve had these photos of Alphamax’s Renge stashed away for a few months, waiting for a length of time where I couldn’t do a normal post. Normally I’d have my five favorite figures post ready to go on this day but that’ll have to wait a couple more days, particularly since I am not sure which figures out to take the fourth and fifth spots (the top three have been locked up since summer). In the meantime, we’ll take a quick look at an older figure that I still quite like.
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Ai Saeki from Fault!! (Wedding Version) (NSFW)

Ai Saeki from Fault!!

It’s a big month for figure releases but I’m still waiting for my Hobby Search box to arrive, so today we’ll look at an older figure: SkyTube’s Ai Saeki. This figure came out in Feburary of this year and it is, oddly enough, the third figure of Ai Saeki that Alphamax has produced; meanwhile, it appears that the twintailed tsundere Mio Sugiyama and the petite teacher Rika Hayama will get no love from figure makers. Indeed, Alphamax has a second version of this figure in the works, where Ai is wearing a black veil and underwear. I imagine this figure and the upcoming version will otherwise be the same.
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Aspen Matthews from Fathom (Sideshow Premium Format Version)

%Aspen Matthews from Fathom

Occasionally we look at a statue meant for the American audience, and today we’ll do just that. Being that summer is just about over, we’ll examine a nice-looking girl in a bikini: Aspen Matthews from Top Cow and Aspen Comics.
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Ayako Hiiragi from Walkure Romanze Re:tell (Daiki Kougyou Version) (NSFW)

Ayako Hiiragi figure

After looking at Bertille a few days ago, we’ll continue our examination of Daiki Kougyou’s Walkure Romanze figures by taking a look at Ayako, the elder girl of the series. This figure was released in July of 2017, after Celia, Mio, Bertille, and Akane, making her the most recent of Daiki’s lineup to be released. She was an odd candidate to receive a figure adaptation, being that she was very much an ancillary character in the original visual novel and anime, and lead girls Noel and Lisa hadn’t yet gotten figures (Noel will be getting a figure version early next year, whereas apparently nobody loves Lisa). That said, she actually got another figure, sold on Native’s store, which came out just the other week; that one is pretty lewd, with her having her ass way up in the air. I didn’t buy it, unfortunately, so this one will have to suffice.
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Bertille Althusser from Walkure Romanze More & More (Daiki Kougyou Version) (NSFW)

Bertille Althusser from Walkure Romanze More & More

Daiki Kougyou’s figure of Noel Marres Ascot went up for preorder last week, fully half a decade after their Celia Cumani Aintree figure was released. Let’s take a look today at the hotheaded and aristocratic Bertille Althusser, the third figure to be released, way back in September of 2015.
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Cecilia Alcott from Infinite Stratos (Bunny Ver. 2nd Version)

Cecilia Alcott from Infinite Stratos

All of my figure preorders scheduled to ship in August have been delayed, except for the big-ass, half-meter tall statue of Taki from Soul Calibur; a strange turn of luck, that, being that was the one preorder that I was sure would get pushed way back, as often happens with big-ass statues. I’m not sure whether I will review it, anyway; therefore, we’ll spend the next month going through the backlog and looking at some older figures. First up is Cecilia Alcott, the British girl and love interest from Infinite Stratos. We looked at her castmate Houki quite a while back, and with FREEing rolling out bunnygirl after bunnygirl, I think it’s worthwhile to talk about their products in general, in case anyone who doesn’t own one was interested in picking one up, such as their upcoming Kurisu Makise.
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Ade-Sugata I from the Art of Mibu Natsuki (NSFW)

Ade-Sugata I from the Art of Mibu Natsuki

Native has recently been busying themselves with rolling out new figures for preorders. Undoubtedly the most anticipated is Olga Discordia, and for obvious reasons, but another dark-skinned girl has become available, and that’s Homare’s Ade-Sugata II. That name implies that there was an Ade-Sugata I, and of course there was, and that’s who we’re looking at here. Ade-Sugata isn’t an actual name; rather, it means something like “charming body” or “alluring figure” or somesuch. That this character has no name is going to make it harder to talk about this figure, but we’ll make do as best we can.
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Yukina Himeragi from Strike the Blood

Yukina Himeragi from Strike the Blood

We’ll take a short break from all the lewd, explicit porno figures that we’ve been looking at and instead cover something that’s maybe a half step removed from being a porno figure. This is Yukina Himeragi, the lead girl of the poorly-reviewed anime and light novel Strike the Blood. Normally I prefer to buy figures whose characters I know something about, either with respect to their personalities or the source material that they come from, but in this case I have to admit I had scarcely heard of the character or the series. In all frankness, I really bought this figure for three reasons; her lack of clothing, her distressed expression, and her thematic resemblance to this Kuroyukihime figure, which I like a lot.
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Jin-Lian from T2 Art Girls (NSFW)

Jin-Lian from T2 Art Works

As good as Ping-Yi is, I felt that Jin-Lian would be the true prize of the series. With high expectations comes the possibility of bitter disappointment, but I felt that SkyTube could pull it off, seeing as how they have become one of the preeminent figure manufacturers in the hobby. And pull it off they did; after seeing Jin-Lian with my own eyes, I can confidently say that this is one of the best anime figures ever made.
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