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Baltimore from Azur Lane (Light Armed Version)

Baltimore from Azur Lane

Eighty-one years ago on this date, USS Baltimore was launched from her building yard in Massachusetts, and thus it’s an appopriate day to take a look at this figure of Baltimore from Azur Lane. Since her introduction she’s become one of the more popular Eagle Union characters, with five additional skins beyond her base design and at least four more figures in the pipeline. She’s one of my favorite characters, certainly amongst my top five – St. Louis, Enterprise, New Jersey, and Reno being the others, though the newly-introduced USS Kearsarge might make an argument to displace someone. That someone won’t be Baltimore, though; I’ve loved this character since she came out, and I’m ecstatic she’s getting so many figures.
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St. Louis from Azur Lane (Light Armed Version)

St. Louis from Azur Lane

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.
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Lucia from Punishing: Gray Raven (Crimson Abyss Version)

Lucia from Punishing: Gray Raven

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.
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Asuka Langley Shikinami from Neon Genesis Evangelion (Kotobukiya White Plugsuit Version)

Asuka Langley Shikinami figure

Looking at my pile of unreviewed Asuka figures – and it’s a sizeable pile – I wondered how long it’s been since the last time I’ve written a review of one of her figures. I couldn’t imagine it’s been that long; I have so many of them. Perusing the archives, I find that the last Asuka review I’ve done was written … thirteen years ago. I’m more than a little amazed and aghast that it’s been that long but I suppose there’s no time like now to rectify that. Accordingly, we’ll take a look at this figure of Asuka, which shows her as she appeared in the final Evangelion film. After so many figures depicting her in her iconic red plugsuit, the white suit is still a little jarring to me, but it can’t be denied that she fills it out just as well.
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Princess Katia from Honey Cage (NSFW)

Princess Katia from Honey Cage

We looked at a scantily-clad and marvelously-endowed blonde elf figure last time, and we’ll be doing the same thing today. This figure comes from a brand called Pleiades, which I believe is an imprint run by Amiami, everyone’s favorite retailer. They’ve released several figures, all of the R-18 variety, which is pleasing to see – the world can only be improved by more ero-figure manufacturers.
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Cecil from Elf Village (NSFW)

Cecil from Elf Village

We took a look at Vertex’s Archeyle almost four years ago, and today we’ll be looking at Cecil, the latest in their series of Elf Village figures. I liked Archeyle’s design but I felt that the execution left something to be desired. From what I can tell, this is a common sentiment regarding Vertex’s figures and it’s one of the reasons I haven’t reviewed very many of them. Laziness, of course, is the main reason. At any rate, here’s Cecil.
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Miyamoto Musashi from Fate/Grand Order (Alter Berserker Version)

Miyamoto Musashi figure

Alright, time to get back on track with figure reviews. Today we’ll take a look at Miyamoto Musashi, Type Moon’s genderbent interpretation of the famous Japanese swordsman and philosopher. This particular version presents her as a Berserker, and evidently depicts her Stage 2 appearance. Doubtless this means something to Fate Grand Order players but being that I’m not inclined to ever touch the game, I’m content to stay willfully ignorant as to the context of these descriptors.
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Duke of York from Azur Lane

Duke of York from Azur Lane

I’ve been wasting a lot of time playing gacha games and watching gacha game streamers, and being that Azur Lane was the first gacha game I played, a review of an Azur Lane shipgirl is long overdue. There’s a long-anticipated Royal Navy event going on now and thus it seems like an appropriate time to take a look at Duke of York, the personification of the King George V-class battleship that served in the real Royal Navy during World War II. This particular figure is by Mimeyoi, and it’s the first figure from them that I’ve ever owned, which is another good reason to have a look at her.
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Mimi Usada from the Art of Saitom (NSFW)

Mimi Usada from the Art of Saitom

Saitom’s profile has skyrocketed in recent times, thanks in large part due to his design work for the Xenoblade Chronicles games, but he’s been a prolific artist for quite some time. Aside from his more mainstream work, he’s produced a fair amount of lewd art, and one such image serves as the inspiration for this figure.
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Reika Shimohira from Gantz: O (Prime 1 Studio White Version)

Reika Shimohira from Gantz: O

First, a couple of administrative notes: this site recently went through a database upgrade and I’ve noticed a couple of odd things. One is that the sidebar mysteriously disappeared until I tweaked the site layout, and another is that special characters appear to be corrupted. I don’t use non-English characters that often but this might have rendered some commenter usernames unreadable. If anyone notices anything that looks awry, please let me know. Second administrative note: I’ve historically done a Five Favorite Figures post but I haven’t yet photographed most of them, and I’m not entirely sure when I’m going to get to them, as I’ve got some other figures that I’d like to shoot first. Therefore, I’m just going to list them here: 5) Ch’en 4) Prince of Wales 3) Kelly 2) Rika Shiramine 1) The Literary Type. My favorite figure that I received in 2021 is Luna.

With that aside, let’s take a look at Reika Shimohira. We’ve looked at a couple of Reika’s figures before – this one from FREEing, which is derived from her manga appearance and this one from Union Creative, which takes rather more liberties with her design. This statue, however, is a relatively faithful representation of her look from the Gantz:O feature film, aside from the stylistic changes made to her clothing. It’s also considerably larger than the other two, even though it’s nominally of the same scale size as the FREEing figure.
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