Figure Gallery: Fujibayashi Kyou – Clannad
Instead of a figure review as usual, I’m going to be doing some figure gallery photography of some older figures that I have collected over the years. Though I won’t limit it to just my own collection. I’ve also decided to include figures from a few friends who are also figure collectors. So with this one, I bring to you Fujibayashi Kyou from Clannad.
Originally this was a resin kit released by Kotobukiya and when I found out that a PVC version was going to be released, I couldn’t wait. But I am also an avid Key fan, so pretty much I would’ve bought this regardless. But I must admit, I don’t really know a lot about Clannad, when I first played the game I stopped after 2 days as it got really hard to translate with my limit knowledge of Japanese then, and like all Key games, they don’t come with voices. Though regardless I do have a rough idea of how the storyline goes, but I’ll let you find that out for yourself.
I really like this figure of Kyou, as it is also modelled after a CG scene from the game. Heck I even have a doujinshi of Kyou called “Magical Girl Kyou” which I picked up from Comiket 69. I would say she is my favourite character from the game next to Tomoyo.
She comes with a round base with a picnic rug pattern which matches well with her. But I wanted to try something different rather than do a regular photo shoot. With the use of the furniture, Kyou blends in well giving off a presence that she is a regular girl with a fashion sense.
Though I must admit, this idea originally came from super rats from HappySoda. The post can be found here. So if credit should goto anyone, it should be him. Though for me, finding furniture similar to what he had was not easy. I started looking for doll house furniture, but to my dismay, they don’t scale well with the figure. Thus I searched for Barbie furniture and low and behold, I found the exact same set.
Although I found the exact same furniture, lighting was a different issue. I spent a whole weekend figuring out the correct lighting I needed with the equipment I had at hand. I preferred not to buy any lighting equipment until I have a bit more of a stable income. So I finally got it how I wanted and I am pleased with the results. Below is the setup I had in order to take these photos.
What you see here is the photography area. Though with my shiny camera, I utilised the remote shooting function of my camera. The awesome thing about remote shooting is that you can attach it to a computer or laptop, take photos and they show up directly onto the computer screen. Meaning easier to view what the result is, but you can also check out the brightness histogram and you can compare to other photos with different settings. But of course with the laptop connected to my local network, I can transfer photos over to my main computer to view and edit the photos more easily.
A lot of effort just for a small set of photos, and for a simple figure. But I do enjoy doing this and it teaches me a lot about photography, plus it shows me what I can do with my camera besides just “point and shoot”. Well with these notes I do hope they help other figure photographers who are looking to do something similar.