Figure Review: Tsukimiya Ayu and her promise~
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
Produced by: Max Factory
Sculptor: Masanori Kuroda
Release Date: October 2007
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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- Tsukimiya ~uguu~ Ayu by mukyaa.com
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.