This figure is of Enma Ai from the anime Hell Girl (Jigoku Shoujo). The figure is by Alter. The figure is a little on the small side but only cost $45 (yes, that is a good price for Alter quality). I actually was really mad when I first saw this figure!! WHY OH WHY didn’t Alter do a figure of Enma Ai in her Kimono!! I almost didn’t buy it because of that outfit preference. I have a huge fetish for traditional Japanese clothing on my figures. Although you’d be surprised how few Japanese figures exist that actually satisfy this fetish.
Despite my disappointment in the outfit choice I still like the figure. I’m spoiled, I get a beautiful figure of a character I adore, it’s a good price, and it’s by ALTER no less, yet I still find a way to feel a bit saddened by it. It’s because this figure is SO well done and SO BEAUTIFUL that I can only imagine the amazingly gorgeous Enma Ai kimono figure Alter is capable of. I still feel like there is hope in getting my dream Enma Ai figure since they’re releasing the 2nd season of Hell Girl. If Alter does release another Enma Ai figure of her (standing) in her Kimono I think this figure would compliment her BEAUTIFULLY! It would be the ULTIMATE combination for me! SOMEDAY! SOMEDAY!!!!
This figure has no flaws that bother me…I can see how the flooring might potentially bother some people. The fact that they took a piece of the floor where the mat meets the hardwood floor, and the base isn’t even a rectangle since the hardwood pieces stick out like that. But I actually like it and think it compliments the figure well. Her expression really captures her well, it’s her typical stoic expression but they tweaked it just enough so you can feel that there is some feelings of sadness beneath her calm exterior. When I look at this figure I’m reminded of when one of Enma Ai’s underlings commented on how her eternal task is slowly and silently grinding away at her heart. It was the episode where the nurse was sent to hell (thats not a spoiler).
I also think Enma’s hair was especially done well, you can just tell how smooth and silky it is from how its layered in the figure. I also love that I can position her without worrying about giving anyone an eye full of panty, despite her unreserved pose. That’s probably a negative for more then one individual though . And my FAVORITE FAVORITE feature is that she is sitting down. Beautiful sitting down figures are wonderful additions to my collection. They make layering my rows of figures so much easier since they don’t block much of the figure behind them.
If you want to know more about the anime Enma Ai is from you can go to my review of Hell Girl. I talk more about her as a character there as well. I’ll also say I recommend the anime over the manga, the manga is based on the anime. “When in doubt go for the original” is my motto.