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Ryougi Shiki 1/7 (GSC) vs 1/8 (Kotobukiya)Ryougi Shiki 1/7 (GSC) vs 1/8 (Kotobukiya)

KeripoKeripo4 years agoReview
Ryougi Shiki
1/7 PVC Figure (GSC) / 1/8 PVC Figure (Kotobukiya)
See this post and more at Keripo's Corner

So this weekend, the cherry blossoms (sakura trees) on University of Washington campus were in full bloom, so OHNORAPTORS and I decided to go on a picnic + photography trip with a few friends. I thought it'd be a good opportunity to bring along a few figures for figure photography (was originally planning on bringing along Saber Lily but I realized it'd be a hassle to carry her around along with all the picnic food), so I went ahead and finally unboxed Good Smile Company's 1/7 Ryougi Shiki and Kotobukiya's 1/8 Ryougi Shiki.

The place turned out to be far more crowded there than I had expected and it'd be difficult taking any good pics of the figures with the cherry blossoms (I didn't have a ladder and there were already plenty of kids climbing on all the cherry blossom trees). I did, however, take some really nice general photos of the place, which you can check out on Flickr. At least I did finally get around to unboxing, photographing, and comparing the two gorgeous Ryougi Shikis though, which I will share with you today.

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Usually, I prefer Good Smile Company's figures, but this time around, Kotobukiya won the matchup hands down.

This is just one of my many TYPE-MOON figure reviews. Past reviews can be found here while a list of upcoming reviews can be found here. Most of my TYPE-MOON figures are second hand, ~B/B grade, so keep that in mind when going through the photos.

Ryougi Shiki
1/7 PVC Figure (Good Smile Company)

Info
- Type: PVC Figure
- Character: Ryougi Shiki
- Version: Garannodou
- Series: Kara no Kyoukai
- Company: Good Smile Company
- Sculptor: Nanashi
- Release date: 2013/01/28 (Standard), 2008/11 (Standard)
- Specs: 1/7, PVC, H=230 mm (8.97 in)
- Price: ¥6,190
- JAN: 4582191965086

Links
- Good Smile Company product page
- MyFigureCollection entry
- Suruga-ya entry

Buying
- Mandarake
- Rakuten
- Yahoo Japan Auctions
- AmiAmi
- HobbySearch
- Amazon.jp
- Amazon.com

Photos
The box
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Check for the TYPE-MOON sticker to make sure it's legit (my very first figure purchase and MFC photo upload was actually a bootleg of this)
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Pretty simple packaging with three parts: figure, sword, and base
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Pretty boring white disc as a base with two pegs
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Figure connects to the base via peg holes on the front foot. The back foot somewhat provides balance, but more disappointingly, prevents the figure from being counter-leaned backwards (you'll see the forward lean later)
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Simple katana, nothing too fancy
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Katana slides snuggly through the hand
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Lets take a closer look at the figure itself. Overall a pretty decent paint job (much better than my old bootleg at least) with quite some elaborate patterns on her kimono (dress and bow both). Wish I could find a Dollfie-sized version of this.
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Here's the complete figure
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Unfortunately the forward lean is quite noticeable when looking directly perpendicular, and the back foot prevents the figure from being counter-leaned :(
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Feels like she's looking down at you condescendingly... geeeee~~~
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To my knowledge, Good Smile Company's Ryougi Shiki sculpt is not based off any artwork, but it does vaguely resemble one of Takeuchi's older artworks
http://keripo.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/58697808201204140810082541929428872_006-497x700.jpg

Ryougi Shiki
1/8 PVC Figure (Kotobukiya)

Info
- Type: PVC Figure
- Character: Ryougi Shiki
- Version:
- Series: Kara no Kyoukai: Mirai Fukuin
- Company: Kotobukiya
- Sculptor: Tatsuya Hattori
- Release date: 2014/02/24 (Standard)
- Specs: 1/8, PVC, H=205 mm (8 in)
- Price: ¥8800
- JAN: 4934054783311

Links
- Kotobukiya product page
- MyFigureCollection entry
- Suruga-ya entry

Buying
- Mandarake
- Rakuten
- Yahoo Japan Auctions
- AmiAmi
- HobbySearch
- Amazon.jp
- Amazon.com

Photos
The box
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Like GSC's, also a simple setup, but just two parts
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The figure is screwed into the base, which features cherry blossom petals and looks gorgeous
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I was quite impressed by the detail on the katana
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Snuggly slides into Shiki's hand
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Random close-ups
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Complete figure
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Looking elegant as ever
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Kotobukiya's Ryougi Shiki sculpt is based on one of Takashi Takeuchi's artworks
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Comparison

Overall, I was extremely impressed by Kotobukiya's version compared to Good Smile Company's. Sure there were a few noticeable seam lines, but Kotobukiya's sculpt, painting, and general attention to detail blew me away. Kotobukiya also based the figure off a far more dynamic pose. For GSC, while it's true the figure is a rerelease of the 2008 sculpt, the slight change in the paint job (slightly more pink now) and noticeable forward lean quite bothered me. Anyway, here's the side-by-side comparisons to let you judge.

The boxes
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Beside each other. Keep in mind GSC's is 1/7 scale while Kotobukiya's is 1/8
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The Kotobukiya katana actually showed the hamon (tempering line), whereas the GSC one was just a straight line. The Kotobukiya one is noticeably longer though, probably due to the pose (too long and it'd extend out too much)
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The decorated Kotobukiya base was quite a nice touch to the figure, compared to GSC's plain white base
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Both figures featured pretty intricate designs on the kimonos. Not exactly the same, but both pretty.
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Ribbon detail was also equally nice for both
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Trying to pair the two in various different poses. Kinda hard due to the kimonos preventing them from being placed too close
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Back-to-back. I have to say, I much prefer Kotobukiya's expression and hair style here (even though Ryougi Shiki's hair should be black instead of pale brown).
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For Kara no Kyoukai fans or those who also admire the beautiful artwork from the series, pixiv Zingaro is currently showing an ongoing "Picture Exhibit: The Garden of Sinners" exhibit in Japan, featuring high quality prints of Takashi Takeuchi's works over the past 15 years (the first chapter of Kara no Kyoukai was first written in 1998, and Takeuchi drew some character designs for Nasu when he released the novel as a doujin work in 1999). Those lucky enough to visit in person have a chance to pick up limited-edition signed prints of Takeuchi's works at ridiculous prices. For those not so lucky/not so willing to pay $1000 USD for a print, the Banpresto Ichiban Kuji Premium Type-Moon 10th Anniversary poster is a good alternative.
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Ryougi Shiki in a sakura-print white kimono is just too beautiful ^_^
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Obligatory fanart from pixiv
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Unrelated, but here's a pic from my cherry blossom photo set
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~Keripo
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0pt
I have been wondering about the 1/7 and 1/8 scale would make the combination ugly.
Since your review, I am very satisfied about the unequal standards of these 2 companies.
So I will collect them both and place in one scene.Thank you for your review.
3 years ago
0pt
This review is amazing. It is one of the best reviews I've seen. Not many people do comparison reviews, and way too few do it well. This was GREAT!!!!
4 years ago
0pt
My favorite is that of the GSC!! but I appreciate that the koto ^__^
4 years ago
1pt
I actually prefer the Kotobukiya version because of it's wonderful pose. However if anybody were to make another figure of Shiki it should definitely be one featuring that wonderful Kimono she was wearing in Mirai Fukuin.

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4 years ago
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WindsorSeven SHSL Vegone
I prefer GSC's version as well. If Koto had made her in her red kimono, or literally any other one, I'd probably be more inclined to get it, but I just think these two are too similar.
Your review is great though! A Shiki DD would be nice :D
4 years ago
0pt
I think I prefer the GSC version. Mainly because I like the facial features better and think the finish on the kimono looks more beautiful. In a perfect world we would get the KTB fïgure with GSC quality, hair color, kimono finish, less lean and facial features. Regardless they look good side by side and complement One of my TM shelfs really well =3
Thanks for the review, I really like you went out of your way to look up the art IT is most prob based on.

Those Sakura trees are gorgeous, makes me wish I was in DC right now.
4 years ago
0pt
I kind of want the kotobukiya version actually. But i will have to see the movies first. I know I know I will get around to it!
4 years ago
0pt
Shiki is a leaner whether is forward lean or back lean, she has it all!!! Maybe later she will come up with side lean....
4 years ago
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Ruttsu as Ruttsu
Nice review/comparison article, they both look nice, there are a few things I hate don't like about these versions, but I already have GSC's version, and Koto's version is also nice and getting cheaper with time, maybe I'll buy it someday, right now my priority is to buy one or both Banpresto Ichiban Kuji versions (each about the same aftermarket price as Koto's Shiki), IMO they look a lot more like the Shiki I know from the movies than these.
4 years ago
2pt
Keripo 「ケリポ」
Yoruhime (4 years ago) #2055583Thanks for the review!
Even though I think the GSC version's face/hair is more accurate to looking like Shiki, I prefer dynamic poses way more. I really hope to pick up Koto's Shiki in the future.
Any opinions about her backward lean? I think earlier in the comment page, some people felt that she was leaning a bit too back (compared to the protoype).

I really dislike GSC's forward lean in this second release (in the review is one pic directly from the side). The forward lean gives the figure a downward look so if you try to look at it from am eye level, it doesn't look straight back. I did try heating up the ankles with a hair dryer and bending it back but to little success. I never owned the original, but instead had a bootleg prior but even the bootleg stood up straight and looked better.

As for Kotobukiya's, yes, there's a slight backwards lean, but I don't mind it. It makes the figure look more balanced from the side and I actually think I'd necessary so that the face shows up more in the looking over the shoulder shots from the back. I am also displaying her on the second tier shelf in my Detolf, so she's slightly below eye level anyway, making the slight upward face direction a good thing.

~Keripo
4 years ago
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