Skytube has been on a roll lately, putting out quite a few really good 18+ figures, and today we'll be reviewing Skytube's Kanna Yuzuki. Interestingly, Kanna can be displayed in a number of configurations, some of which are just mildly NSFW, while others are full-on 18+, and so just about all the shots below are NSFW to some degree. You've been warned...
About the character: Kanna Yuzuki is an original character designed by the well-known Misaki Kurehito ENTRY #22849 who is probably best known for doing the character designs for the Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata (Saekano) light novels. He has also done illustrations for a number of visual novels and hentai magazines, and Kanna originates from the latter; she appeared on the cover of a volume of Comic Aun magazine, which has yielded its fair share of figures.
Since Kanna is an original character, there's not too much else to say here, so let's get right to the figure.
Skytube likes to use silhouettes on their packaging, particularly for their 18+ figures. It's kind of a neat look!
One side panel features a "bust-up" shot of Kanna.
The other side panel features a wider-frame shot of the character.
The back panel features a number of shots of the figure, some of which allude to her cast-off features. I thought it was kind of funny how they tried to censor the condom she's holding!
All four exterior panels of the box are solid, but the front side opens up book-style. Note the little velcro closure there.
The underside of the front flap contains a gorgeous illustration of Kanna. Interestingly, it didn't quite register with me until I started writing this review that the illustration differs from the figure in one significant area. In the illustration, Kanna has her skirt pulled down around her thighs, while in figure form the skirt can be removed entirely or left alone; there's no option of positioning it like it appears in the illustration.
Interestingly, Kanna could be considered a "cast-on" figure, as her default configuration has her not wearing her bra. She has a variey of display options, but setting her up out of the box is relatively simple. After removing the requisite plastic sheeting and attaching her to the base, the only real setup she needs is the placement of her necktie. Note how the tie comes in two pieces; the top half loops around her neck, and the bottom half is magnetic. The magnet seems sufficiently strong, and it stays in place very well.
Depending on how you want to display Kanna, some disassembly of the figure will be needed, so Skytube provides an instruction sheet. That little white glob is modeling putty, which can used if you want to display her with her bra on; more on that later.
Kanna is a 1/6 scale figure, but the box is not outrageously large. Figure+box weigh approximately 600 grams, and the box measures 32 by 18 by 15 cm.
The base is not spectacular, but it complements the figure, and it supports Kanna very well; there was no sign of any sort of figure wobble once the figure was attached to the base.
I do like how Skytube sculpted a grain on the wood, and how the joints of the wood floor are at irregular intervals, just like they would be on a real wood floor.
Kanna's pose is quite interesting. The source illustration makes it pretty clear that she has just spent some quality time with a special friend, and she looks very cheerful and relaxed in the afterglow.
Let's have a look at her.
I like the very relaxed feel of the figure, and the only real complaint about Kanna's pose is that the way she's bending over restricts the range of possible viewing angles.
Skytube has really been upping their game in the last couple of years to the point where they're closing on Native in that top tier of 18+ figures. Overall, they did a really good job with this figure, and I would classify Kanna's overall quality as significantly better than average.
There are so many interesting things going on in the shot below! Kanna is a very beautiful girl (in particular, her reddish-brown hair and purple eyes are so pretty!), and she is just chock full of personality. Her body language, her impish smile, and her little fang give her a rather mischievous look, which is quite neat. I also like how her mischievous look is paired with a little bit of a blush, too.
Skytube really put a lot of detail into Kanna's hair. All the strands of hair and the way some of the strands are laying across her shoulders gives her a slightly disheveled look, which would make sense given the setting of the figure.
One little quirk I noticed is that the way Kanna is leaning over, her hair should lay against her back, but you can see a little daylight between her hair and her back. I don't really have a problem with this, though, since having her hair lay against her back would make it very difficult to remove her head (which is necessary to install the necktie).
One of my few real sculpting complaints with this figure involves that weird horizontal seam in Kanna's hair.
As we noted a minute ago, Kanna's tie comes in two pieces, which gives the illusion that it is buried between her breasts. I wasn't too sure how well this effect would work, but it looks pretty convincing!
I must admit that I like figures with breast sizes that are not too big and not too small, and that describes Kanna. The shape of her breasts also seems consistent with the way she's leaning over.
Skytube also put a lot of detail into the sculpt of Kanna's shirt. All the wrinkles further contribute to her slightly disheveled look, and since the shirt is falling off her shoulders and she's leaning over, I like how you can see that button straining to keep the shirt closed.
The painting of the stripes on her skirt is generally good, and the pattern stays mostly consistent over the various pleats, but there are a couple of spots where the stripes are a little uneven. Fortunately, that's really about the worst painting flaw I could find.
Surprisingly, given the 18+ nature of the figure, her panties aren't all that skimpy!
This may sound strange in a review of an 18+ figure, but Skytube did a really good job with Kanna's shoes! The shine makes them look very realistic, and notice how the trim is carefully sculpted. Also, the shoes do not attach to the base, so you are free to place them however you like. You could either set them neatly at her feet, or the box illustration suggests tossing them haphazardly on the base, as if they were hastily removed in the heat of the moment.
Kanna has multiple castoff options, so now let's take a look at those.
If you want to remove her skirt, her torso separates at the waist. This is a little unconventional, but at the same time, this allows the skirt to be made in a single piece with no seams needed. Her shirt, however, is there to stay.
Kanna without her skirt.
I like the big pink bow on the front of her panties.
You can see a little bit of paint transfer from her skirt onto her panties and her butt cheek.
If you want to remove her panties, there's a large tab on the side.
Since Kanna is leaning over and she's kind of sticking out her butt, you don't see too much of her lower areas when she's viewed from straight ahead even with the panties removed.
If you were expecting a bubble butt, you'll be disappointed, as Kanna's backside is quite perky, consistent with her slim physique.
There's a fair amount of detail on her lower area; she's not "Barbie doll" to be sure.
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If you prefer a more SFW Kanna, she can be made to wear her bra. Since Kanna's shirt can not be removed, recall that Skytube includes some putty which can be used to stick the cups of the bra to her breasts. However, in the shot below, I managed to get the bra to stay in place without actually using the putty. I found that by slipping the bra parts carefully between her hair and her body, there was just enough tension to keep the bra in place, but admittedly I did not try moving her around too much like this.
I like how Skytube simulates a clasp on the front of Kanna's bra.
Misaki Kurehito's illsutration depicts Kanna holding a condom which appears to have been...filled. Therefore, Kanna's hand can be removed, and swapped out with another hand which allows her to hold the condom.
Possible captions for the photo above :):
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♫ It's so cute when it's all wrapped up in pink...♫
♥ Wow, look at how much you made!
Teehee...there's still five more left in the box! ♥♥♥
The condom certainly looks realistic, with the rim around the base. In case you're wondering, the condom is not soft; it is made of a rigid material.
The figure spans about 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) from the bottom of the base to its highest point, and because of the way she's leaning over, I estimate that Kanna would also be about 10.5 inches tall if she was standing upright. 1/6 scale would make her 5'3" (160 cm) tall, which seems consistent with her appearance.
These two make an interesting pair. Kotori Takigawa ITEM #454174 seems very cute and innocent, while Kanna is cute but maybe not quite so innocent. Kalmia Project's Kotori is 1/7 scale for comparison.
These two have interesting similarities and differences. Both of them are very pretty and they both have a certain girl-next-door quality. However, Kanna displays much more of a naughty streak, while ITEM #99300 seems much more chaste. Orchid Seed's Push!! Cover Girl is 1/7 scale.
Skytube's Matsuri Tougetsu ITEM #209601 is probably the best 18+ figure I own, and Kanna is not far behind. Matsuri is also 1/6 scale, and I like how she and Kanna both have reasonably SFW as well as thoroughly 18+ display options.
Here is Kanna with another one of my favorite 18+ figures, Q-Six's Rie Kawai ITEM #319503. Rie is 1/5 scale for comparison.
One thing I like about both of these figures is how both characters look very assertive and in control; IMO we need more ecchi figures like that! Rocket Boy's "Slingshot Swimsuit Girl" ITEM #464771 is 1/6 scale.
These two also complement each other well. Daiki's F-ism Shoujo ITEM #422432 is a very large 1/6 scale (probably more like 1/5.5 in reality) for comparison.
Overall verdict and enjoyment----------9.5/10
Arguments for: Many. Skytube does a great job duplicating Misaki Kurehito's illustration in 3D, Kanna is very beautiful and is full of personality, and she has more display options than you can shake a stick at (peace sign/condom, skirt/no skirt, bra/no bra, tie/no tie, panties/no panties) ranging from mildly NSFW to 18+.
Arguments against: Some paint transfer concerns from the dark blue skirt, and I suppose the condom accessory might not be everyone's cup of tea. However, if that's the case, she can always be displayed with her peace sign hand instead.
This is one of these figures where I did not preorder, but in retrospect I should have. The fact that Kanna is so pretty and the huge number of display options make this figure a real winner. If you are in the market for an 18+ figure or if you are a Misaki Kurehito fan, I'd recommend Kanna with no reservations.
Availability (as of this writing)
Easy to find preowned.
Kanna seems pretty easy to find preowned, but don't expect a huge discount from her original price. Original retail was 14800 yen, and I paid 14400 yen for a B+/B Kanna. I've seen A/B ones go for around 16000-17000 yen, so I'd say somewhere between 14000 and 17000 yen should be sufficient to add Kanna to your collection.
THANKS FOR READING!
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