Yes, this isn’t a newly released figurine, but since I just submitted it as an entry for the Play-Asia contest, I thought it would be a good opportunity to make a post about it. Without further ado, introducing Ryougi Shiki, the heroine from Kara no Kyoukai. This here is the Garan no dou version by GSC, as seen in the 5th movie. On one end, the other versions of Shiki figurines available are rather unremarkable. Yet on the other end of the spectrum, we have this absolutely gorgeous sculpture.
There’s no other way to put it, this is the most elegant figurine that I’ve ever seen. The designs are simple, there’s nothing flashy or extravagant but it is this minimalistic style that just makes her outstanding. As Diego has eloquently pointed out in his own article, it is not often that you can have a figurine that is genuinely beautiful and is aesthetically pleasing without any actual elements of ecchi.
The facial expression is well sculpted, which is to be expected of GSC. The next highlight is no doubt the floral designs, which is contrasted really nicely with the light pink kimono. Also, it is hard to see in the photos, but the kimono itself isn’t as plain as it seems, as it does has patterns on it too. In addition, note the folds of the clothing, in particular the ‘flow’ of the sleeves, making Shiki a really good choice for outdoor photography. Really, there are just so many angles that can be chosen for the photo shoot. Even a shot from the back looks pretty wallpaper worthy.
If anything, the only complain I can find with this figurine is that the base is too plain and uninteresting. I’m not expecting cool platforms like that of Fate/Zero Saber’s or Lily Avalon’s, but it would certainly help if it wasn’t just such a plain white base.
As I have previously written in my review for the movie, part of the charm of Shiki lies in how she, as character, went against what would normally have been her designated archetype. Sure, she may come from a traditional family and can be seen always clad in Kimono. But she certainly is no yamato nadeshiko. Indeed, I like how the figurine managed to capture that sentiment.
While it looks quite feminine with nice clothing, the sword adds just enough to induce some dissonance that strikes right at the heart of the unsuspecting spectators, binding them with the irresistible charm that emanates from this artwork. – kitsune