This figure is of Kureha from the game Shining Wind, the figure is by Kotobukiya. She is also in an anime called Shining Tears X Wind which is based off of the video game Kureha is from as well as Shining Tears (hence the name). Besides what I just stated I know nothing about Kureha herself, Shining Wind is an RPG for the Playstation 2 that was not released outside Japan. So you’d think I’d be all over watching this anime right? I should be, but I’m torn over watching it or not. Anime based off of video games…never seem to fully satisfy…but I don’t know how else I can get to know the character of Kureha better. You can display this figure with or without her bow (see below image).
Kureha is just such a beautifully designed character that you don’t need to know a single thing about her in order to completely love figures of her. In fact all of the Shining (Wind/Tears) characters have wonderful designs, their creator is a renowned hentai artist named Tony Taka. Although Tony Taka himself is by nature a hentai artist these games are not pornographic. As a result of his beautiful designs Kotobukiya is going to be releasing a total of 9 female characters from these games (designed by Tony). I plan on collecting them all but I can already tell that this Kureha will be the jewel of the entire collection.
I’m a HUGE sucker for traditional Japanese clothing, archers, and figures with a beautiful flow to them. This figure has all 3 of these aspects down pat, her outfit is a gorgeous unique play on traditional Japanese clothing. It’s kind of like a cut up and stylishly re-arranged kimono in my eyes. I ADORE ADORE Kureha’s hair, typically I’m more of a fan of darker hair colors (or pink) but her hair color hits the spot perfectly. I’ts such a delicate shade of brown, and when the light catches it right it really just looks so soft and elegant. The (hair) bow really helps draw some of the attention away from her beautiful outfit and helps you to focus on the face/hair. Kureha is one of the very few characters that can rock a bow like this without looking goofy.
There are just so many picture worthy details to this figure I went crazy from so many different angles taking pictures of so many details. I had to force myself to cut back on which pictures I showed in my blog. Usually I keep sets of figures together but I REALLY wanted to put Kureha in a spot that she can really stand out in. So I separated her from the rest of the Shining ladies and put her in my bedroom on the top shelf.
I also happen to own the Max Factory version of Kureha and I have to admit the Kotobukiya one rivals the Max Factory version really well. I hate when multiple figure companies make figures of the same character in essentially the same pose, but Kotobukiya added an extra something to their pose by adding in just a bit of movement. I also think Kotobukiya picked a more complimentary base color than Max Factory. Although Max Factory (naturally) did many things better then Kotobukiya did I think Kotobukiya held their own fairly well. Considering the Kotobukiya (US) figure retails at $35 and the Max Factory one at $90 I’d go as far as to say Kotobukiya wins. Cost of figures aside though the Max Factory figure is superior, but not by as much as you’d think considering the price difference.
Which do you prefer?