Figure Review: Tsukimiya Ayu running from a taiyaki stand

March 29, 2007 | Author: | In: Anime Blogs, Figures, Kanon, Merchandise, Photography

Definitely has been a while since I last did a figure photography shoot, but I finally have a free day from work and other everyday chores. So now I bring to you, Tsukimiya Ayu from Kanon.

I’m pretty sure most people have watched the Kyoto Animation version of Kanon, so there isn’t much to tell you about Ayu as a character. Being a a very HUGE Key fan I couldn’t resist ordering Ayu when I saw the promo pictures for it, and I am very glad that I did order it. From the original Toei version of Kanon, I didn’t like Ayu all that much but after watching the remake I like her just as equally as Nayuki (who still reigns as my top favourite character).

The very first thing I noticed when I got Ayu out of her box was that she was rather small. But considering the pose and the fact that Ayu is actually a short person makes her look rather cute, and that is the second thing you notice. The way she holds her taiyaki to the way her duffle coat and hair are flowing give that cheerful aura that matches her facial expression.

One thing I notice also is that Ayu’s face is rather flat and a bit chubby. Probably from falling over or crashing into trees too much though her face isn’t anywhere near the awesome quality as the anime, but I think it captures Ayu’s cheerfulness rather well. Better than having a big pointy chin.

Recently a lot of figures have been coming with optional extras, and Ayu is no exception. What you get with Ayu is an interchangeable backpack. One featuring just her normal winged backpack, the other is with her angel doll attached. I must admit, it looks rather odd on how it’s attached to her backpack and it appears to be very fragile, so I won’t touch it. Obviously I’m leaving the angel doll version on as I think it looks better.

Ayu stands on one leg and is attached to a orange paved walkway. Given the weight of Ayu as a whole, there is really no concern of her bending and coming close to doing a permanent faceplant. Her legs appear to be very thin, but in fact, her left leg is fairly solid. Also with Ayu wearing shorts, I wonder how she never gets cold during the winter seasons. Must be her “Uguu~~” power that keeps her warm.

Product: Tsukimiya Ayu
Produced by: Kotobukiya
Sculptor: Takaku & Takeshi
Scale: 1/8
Release Date: January 2007
Price: ¥4,200
Available: HLJ (out of stock)

Wow it has been ages since this figure was released. Just goes to show how lazy I am, or either I put WAY too much effort into thinking up ways to photograph my figures. Despite it being a long time ago, I am overly pleased with the quality of Ayu. The paintwork and sculpting are extremely well done where really I can’t see many faults. The mold lines are hidden so well and it appears that there aren’t any at all. Every bit of Ayu’s clothes are highly detailed such as her duffle coat and the turtle neck jumper she wears underneath. Even the boots are done extremely well. But the most noticeable bit of detailing is the taiyaki itself. I do praise the sculptors for doing such fine detail work on it where you can see the grill lines of the taiyaki, even the bean paste filling has been coloured on the part where Ayu has bitten off.

Really I would very much say that this is a perfect figure. The only problem I had was getting Ayu out of her box, which proved to be quite a task. I’ve said before that Kotobukiya are a hit and miss when it comes to figures, but this one is definitely a hit. If you are a Kanon fan just like me, I would recommend this figure to you, but hey, even if you weren’t, I’d still recommend it to you.

Check out TedFox’s review of Tsukimiya Ayu:

Photography Notes:

Yes this time is another indoor photography shoot. After trying out with Mikuru I decided to go back to basics and use a white background. So far I am very pleased with the results produced here, however, with doing an indoor shoot, the photos seem rather boring. So with the next figure, I’m not sure if I’ll go outside again or start using props. I had a big idea on how I wanted to do the Ayu figure, but in the end it would’ve costed me more than what it was worth to do the photo shoot. But with the indoor shoot, I feel one step closer to getting the same results as super rats, but I’m still far from it. Although with Autumn and Winter approaching Australia means it’s going to get colder with less sunny days, so I may improve just yet.

5 Responses to Figure Review: Tsukimiya Ayu running from a taiyaki stand



March 29th, 2007 at 8:21 pm

Definitely one of my favorite figurines.

Eating taiyaki makes you fat.


super rats

March 30th, 2007 at 12:40 am

With a spartan studio shoot like this, pretty much all you have other than lighting is framing and it can take a lot of time to find that connected angle. Some figures have incredibly few of them, while others seem to have an endless supply. Anyway, i’ve taken to using two different backdrops sometimes just to break things up.



March 30th, 2007 at 2:00 pm

Ever since I saw the ending of the original Kanon, I completely despise Ayu. Also, it kind of bothers me how she always wears the same clothes (except when she tried out the uniform). You’re right about the flat face but there are some figures that are sculpted like that(Feena for one). Nice photography by the way. It makes me want to retrieve my own camera skills from…3 years ago.



March 30th, 2007 at 5:46 pm

TedFox: I wish I ate more taiyaki when I was in Japan.

super rats: I noticed that with this Ayu figure. There weren’t many angles that you could take a photo of her. I may try different backdrops in a different photo shoot.

baka: The funny thing as well is that when you see Ayu in her normal clothes, she doesn’t look that small, but remove the duffle coat or put a uniform on her you can see just how small she is.



March 31st, 2007 at 6:40 am

My Ayu arrived from a week ago. I quite agree that this is a beautiful figure and well worth the money if you are an ‘Ayu’ fan.

I’ve been following your reviews of Kyoto Animation’s version of Kanon with great interest. I would have loved to see Ayu wake up but you can’t have everything I suppose.
Regarding the miraculous recovery of various characters; I think that it only speeded up the recovery of Mai and Sayuri since they were getting better anyway. However it did give a more rational explanation for the recovery of Shiori and Akiko.
Do you know what happenned to the extra two episodes that most web sites were referring to half way through production?

I am really looking forward to Clannad but how long will we now have to wait for the next series of Suzumiya Haruhi?

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