Figure Review: Tsukimiya Ayu and her promise~

April 29, 2008 | Author: | In: Anime Blogs, Figures, Kanon, Merchandise, Photography

Being a long time Kanon fan, it certainly has brought me a long way in my otaku lifestyle, but for a long long time I have waited for Kanon figures to come out and that was answered back when Kotobukiya released Ayu and Nayuki. However there was something missing from these figures that make them outstanding, something that makes them really special enough to rock my burning passion for anything Kanon. That is of course until the arrival of Kyoto Animation version of Kanon is where it really kicked off, and along came Max Factory to bring us Tsukimiya Ayu. Hit the jump to check out the rest of the photos.

This is actually my third Tsukimiya Ayu figure, the first Ayu figure was one I found in Japan when I visited Shingo. Sure the quality was lacking back in the days, but this one is a classic. Anyways, when I saw the photos of Max Factory’s Ayu from last year’s Summer Wonderfest, I knew it had to become a part of my Kanon collection.

Ayu is a very simple figure, but the quality is exceptional. Though her wardrobe is a little plain since all you see the most of is her duffle coat and ugg boots. But to make up for that I really like her pose with her arms crossed over her chest and the way her head is slightly turned. From the right angle, you can just see this whole innocent, yet childish looking face. She also comes with her trademark winged backpack, much like this one.

However just having Ayu with her backpack is a bit boring, what truly makes this figure shine through is that you can remove the backpack and attach wings onto her. This has certainly taken Ayu to a whole new level in not just presentation, but liveliness of the figure itself. With the addition of wings, it makes Ayu feel pure, just like an angel.

The translucency of the wings and the sculpting of the wings are the defining features of this Ayu figure. Sometimes translucency can cause slight unbalances in a figure or just plain doesn’t work. Yet with Ayu it doesn’t draw direct attention to the wings, but it makes it a much more rounded presence of where you can appreciate the figure as a whole than for the little bits of detail.

Product: Tsukimiya Ayu
Anime/Game: Kanon
Produced by: Max Factory
Sculptor: Masanori Kuroda
Scale: 1/8
Material: PVC
Release Date: October 2007
Price: ¥5,524
Available: HLJ (out of stock)

Masanori Kuroda must have god hands or something. Not only did he sculpt this Ayu, but also the Alicia Florence figure that I posted about not too long ago. To be able to create a figure that looks exactly like their 2D counterpart is one thing, but to make them look so alive is like a work of art. I am certainly pleased at how this figure had turned out, yet I’m kind of at a loss of words, not because of its stunning qualities, but more because I can’t think of anything else to say about such a simple figure. Though the base (which can’t be seen in the photos) actually has the Kanon logo imprinted on it, which gives it a nice touch, better than a plain boring white base.

Ayu may certainly go uguu~~ alot, but there is definitely nothing to uguu about in terms of this figure. And speaking of uguu, there is also 86 variations of uguu. Now the only thing about the Kanon line of figures, I hope Max Factory make a Nayuki one.

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Photography Notes:

Personally I think I failed with these photos. I tried to get the background completely white but ended up with that 60-80% white background look, or that whitish grey colour. I’ve never tried it before and I probably should have read up on how to do it in the first place, but I also think I’m lacking the amount of light I need. Anyway I also added in some fake snow (this stuff is bloody awesome) but again I kind of failed the idea I tried to get across. Still, practice makes perfect and I’ll get it right someday. I also tried to get a snow falling effect but that also failed miserably.



23 Responses to Figure Review: Tsukimiya Ayu and her promise~

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lu-k

April 29th, 2008 at 11:59 pm

Even if background isnt pure white, you managed to have a really sweet lighting. So you cant say it is a failure! ^^ I like the first ones with the wings.
Fake snow uh? does this kind of artifice is retailed like this? or do you have to craft something? looks good, too sad you didnt succeed with the snow-fall effect.

I hope they will do Mai first, beeuuh :p

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Hinano

April 30th, 2008 at 12:20 am

Saw her at New York Comic Con in one of the displays :D

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super rats

April 30th, 2008 at 12:26 am

I got mine a couple of weeks ago, but she’s still a sad girl in a box.

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Dancing Queen

April 30th, 2008 at 2:30 am

she looks amazing! in no way would i say this was a failure! even though the background isn’t perfectly white it works for this figure and the snow looks awesome. I was contemplating getting ayu but she wasn’t a favorite character of mine from kanon as Makoto was.

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Zeroblade

April 30th, 2008 at 2:45 am

Also, note the large chin.

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Rin

April 30th, 2008 at 7:16 am

I have this figure too!!! It’s really nice!!! I also own Makoto. The hard part is, how should I display it. Should I display it with the wings or backpack. In the end I displayed it with the backpack. The only reason is space. The wings take too much space in my shelf. I like the photo shoot. I wonder, what did you use for the snow. It looks snow-like…

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Punynari

April 30th, 2008 at 7:44 am

Outstanding review. Its good to see what this figure looks like displayed. Looks even better than it did on the box. When I get back to the states, I will display her with wings as it matches her expression better IMHO.

Max Factory is quickly replacing Kotobukiya as my favorite anime figure maker.

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Bubby

April 30th, 2008 at 9:20 am

These photos don’t look bad at all, I really like the snow you made.
The wings look really nice…I would’ve gotten this if I had space….and money

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Adun

April 30th, 2008 at 11:11 am

lu-k: The fake snow was bought from those bargain stores back during Christmas. I figured I’d buy 3 bags worth since it’ll be a while till I can get more. The lighting effect looks nice, I don’t like how the background colour varies from photo to photo. But I’m just picky like that.

Dancing Queen: The reason to get this figure is because of the wings. Without those Ayu probably wouldn’t have sold as well as it did.

Zeroblade: Not large enough!

Rin: I prefer to display Ayu with the wings, but luckily I managed to make room in my display cabinet for her.

Bubby: The snow I bought from GoLo, lol. $2.50 a bag!

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Rin

April 30th, 2008 at 1:55 pm

I see that you had background issues. I say to use a pure white bed sheet to make you background white!!! It works!!!

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ron~

April 30th, 2008 at 2:49 pm

nice use of snow :)

not a failure imo, the greyish bg has the feel of far away snow ^^

to make white bg, you need plenty of lights for the bg, but you’ll find another issue later on (subject too bright due to the bg lights..)

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strichone

April 30th, 2008 at 4:06 pm

I don’t buy many figurines but this was an absolute must from the moment I saw the translucent wings (despite already owning the 2nd Ayu that you have).

Mine arrived pretty much as soon as it was released and now stands proudly by my PC.

I quite agree that this figure is so simple that it is hard to find words to explain why it is so perfect.

I think it is how thw translucent wings coupled with her posture and expression so perfectly capture the Ayu from the opening credits of the KyoAni series.

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AOforever1

May 1st, 2008 at 6:00 am

I’m going to be honest, I never did understand or appreciate having a pure white background in photography. I find it to be irritating to the eye and too bright. I actually think the 60%-80% whitish gray color works out better.

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AOforever1

May 1st, 2008 at 6:09 am

Oh, there’s one exception to my last comment btw, my brother does take studio photos of the bride in her colored reception dresses; hence, he uses white backgrounds (this is needed for easy extraction in PS). And we usually have a flash with a softbox on top to generate highlight and help fill in the grays in the back. In your case, consider using the stand that came with your 580EXII and aim it at the background behind Ayu. That would require you rent a transmitter and receiver though :( I guess you could try a 1/16th power 75 deg bounce /w the card or something.

I finished Clannad btw :D finally!
And I now regret not buying that Alicia figure after reading your last review T_T

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TDOMJ

May 1st, 2008 at 6:23 am

Did you add the snow on the ground yourself? That’s awesome XD.

Yeah, a simple but awesome figurine, like you said.

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Adun

May 1st, 2008 at 9:13 am

Rin: The only problem with using a fabric background is that it’s easily visible especially creases. I’m probably better off getting a proper lightbox for it.

ron~: Yeah not enough lights is my first problem. I’ll have to look into getting a third lamp or something.

strichone: I like this figure as it’s also a pretty close representation of the CG from the game of when Ayu shows her wings.

AOforever1: The white background is something I wanted to experiment with and I wanted a feeling of nothingness behind Ayu. I considered using the flash but yeah, I need a transmitter for it and I’m not upto forking out the money for it just yet.

TDOMJ: The snow was fake snow that I bought from GoLo back during Christmas. Only $2.50 a bag. I have tried experimenting with shaved ice but it’s not the same and is more translucent.

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Windbell

May 1st, 2008 at 12:51 pm

Ayu_07.jpg makes a interesting movie poster :)

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valho

May 6th, 2008 at 5:03 pm

this happens to me everytime i shoot using white background, they never appear really white, I guess I need another light or two. Anyway really nice shots, and those fake snow suits her well ^^

valho’s last blog post..You Are (not) Alone ~ Rei & Asuka

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Roy

July 6th, 2008 at 4:18 pm

hey nice figure,Always liked Kanon,even though I only saw the first episode:P shes a cute figure but a little depressing haha still great figure,like the lil winged backpack more instead of the transparent ones
Awesome job on the scenery too,very coconut cakey look to me haha awesome photography

Roy
Blueplains

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Meimi132

July 28th, 2008 at 4:23 am

I love this figure too…. I saw Kanon recently and was like ‘hauuuu’ must have!!! I dunno…. I prefer her with the backpack. Because I love the backpack to bits… I want one….

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Uguu

June 25th, 2009 at 10:39 am

where do you get all these anime! I’d love to find an Ayu figure, though I have know idea where I can find one. Where’d you find yours?

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charizardpal

March 3rd, 2010 at 7:58 am

Wow I love this Ayu figure. I sort of wish they made a sequel to Kanon… they could call it “Uguu ever-after.”

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