After an immensely long wait, full of several delays, Alter have finally released their Yuzuruha, from Muramasa.
This was one of those figures I had no qualms about instantly pre-ordering. It’s from a source material I love, It has a complex sculpt, it’s sexy but also classy, and it’s Alter. What’s not to love?
Firstly, a quick word on her wonderful box. Alter just know how to do them. This box follows the same patter as the other Alter Muramasa boxes, and that’s a good thing. The leaves on the window are a beautiful touch.
Let’s jump right into the highlight of the figure for me, which is her sculpt. Specifically all that hair. I’m not surprised she was delayed so many times because her hair is way more complex than I expected from photos. It’s not until you take a good look behind her that you realise how much there is.
It’s all flowing too, giving her a lovely sense of motion and making her quite the dynamic figure despite the fact she’s just standing still. However, I must admit that from behind I could definitely pick flaws at her hair. I can see some places where strands have clearly been glued on and the sculpt is cleaner in some places than others. Keep in mind though, that it’s only from behind and it isn’t visible from the angle everyone will be displaying her at. Even with those minor flaws, the hair is still a marvel.
The sculpt on this kimono is crazy. I recently reviewed a Stronger’s Miku who is wearing a kimono, and although it was lovely, this is on another level. The contorted way her kimono is sculpted accentuates her proportions. Not to mention her flowing obi is just as dynamic as her hair.
The paint job should not be overlooked though. Her skin is much paler than, say, Momohime’s, which only makes sense considering she’s a deity. Even her oil paper umbrella (yes, I looked up the technical term) has shading. As usual, Alter spare no expense.
Yuzuruha’s kimono doesn’t have a pattern, but they’ve made up for that with an abundance of shading giving it a natural look. It could have looked so flat in the hands of a lesser manufacturer.
If you’ve played the game, you’ll know that Yuzuruha wasn’t lacking in suggestiveness and her sex appeal has been wonderfully portrayed in this figure thanks to her alluring gaze, soft looking skin, beautifully painted lips, and the open collar of her Kimono which gives you a peek at her bare shoulders.
And of course, then you have her butt.
I’ve seen complaints about, well, her butt and how exaggerated it is, however if you ask me, they’re simply being faithful to the source material. I mean, have you seen the boobs in that game? And the booty isn’t even the most over the top aspect of the figure.
This base is perfect. As simple as that. The base creates a setting and a scene for the figure, the reeds add a sense of motion, the rocks and stones have a beautiful texture, it’s the perfect non-intrusive size, and all of it is detailed in sculpt and painting. What more could you ask for?
This is an overwhelmingly good figure. Yes, I did have a few qualms about the hair, but it’s so minor it’s not even close to a deal breaker. Another amazing Muramasa figure, and another exceptional effort by Alter. But are you even surprised at this point?
I wouldn’t be surprised if this figure skyrockets in price, so you might want to get in quick if you haven’t already.
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