Naoe Kanetsugu – Hyakka Ryoran by ALTER

30
Apr

 

It’s Hammer time! The warrior of love, Naoe Kanetsugu makes her appearance.

Today I can present you my review of ALTER‘s latest figure from the Hyakka Ryouran lineup. There already have been a few reviews of her, but it would be nice if you would also read mine.

Naoe Kanetsugu is scaled 1/8 and has a height of 225 mm including the height of her hammer. She was sculpted by Makio Munetoshi who mainly works for ALTER and Kotobukiya as well.

Naoe’s release date was on the 24th February, I’ve ordered her at a german store and therefore I had to wait a little longer. I wasn’t that convinced to order her at first, after a lot of debating for and against her purchase, I decided to get her, but at that time she was already sold out in the big and also small japanese shops. Luckily the german shop still had a few copy’s in stock.

Intro

Overall the Hyakka Ryouran figure Line up was and still is a big hit for ALTER. The popularity of the figures apparently isn’t based on the anime itself. It received rather mixed opinions from the audience and I think only a few people really liked it, like me who already watched it several times. Aside from the flaws in the storytelling the comedy was always overly entertaining for me.

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In the story Naoe Kanetsugu is a side character who joins the party halfway in the story. She has a goofy personality and often pretends to be good at certain things, but the outcome always showed us something different. On the other hand she’s a funny girl and caused some hilarious moments. Aside from being a cute weirdo in terms of fighting she’s not completely useless.

One appeal point of this figure Line up are the outfits, which are a mix of school uniform and traditional japanese clothes. In comparison with the other Samurai girls, Naoe’s outfit appears more like the uniform of a private school, aside from her weapon the knots and the sake bottle there aren’t that many traditional japanese traits. Anyway her outfit looks nice and stylish.

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Review part

The black and white colored jacket is a nice piece of her outfit and together with the red tie a very modern look is created, her skirt is a simple grey and short one. What also draws attention are the stockings with the cherry blossom petals pattern and the white lines. The shading gives them a slightly transparent look and the dark color accentuates her bare thighs area very well. Smaller but not less eyecatching parts are the fighter like red gloves and the fancy design of her shoes.

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I don’t know if Naoe is a hard drinker, but this sake bottle is a interesting detail and I really like the level of detail they added to the cork, it looks almost real.

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From my impression ALTER’s figures became cuter than in the years before, be it Kaminagi Ryoko, Charlotte Dunois or the child version of Takamachi Vivio, all of them have a cute and adorable flair. Also Naoe received this cuter finishing with her big eyes which are pointed to the left, the joyful open mouth and the rosy cheeks, she’s just an enchanting pretty young girl.

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A lot of effort has been put into Naoe’s hairstyle as well, the hair has a very nice look and feel to it, all the sculpted strands are giving her hair a very three dimensional and detailed appearance.
At the end of each of the twintails are some big metallic colored bells connected via a white rope.

The bendover pose appears quite cheerful like she wants to play her next prank on someone, despite her modest appearance from the front, her rear is quite exposed and with her tight fit white panties there is not much space for imagination left. The figure is showing her nice buttocks, her thighs and overall very pretty legs garnished by some pretty black stockings.

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There are also come some optional parts with the figure, there are two different arts for the end of the staff. One is a simple end part while the other one has a fixed chain made of flexible PVC attached to it. To attach the hammer you have to take off the end part and push it in her hand, to make the assembly a bit easier one of the twintails can be taken off.

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Me and the Hammer…

My impression of the Hammer is not entirely positive, overall it has a fancy design, the hilt is very well crafted and has a nice texture, also the golden parts of it with the flower ornaments look pretty. Unfortunately the things in between, which resemble a temple look a bit cheap with the glossy plastic texture and show only very little shading. I somehow felt reminded of Playmobil.

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A bigger point for criticism is the balance of the weapon, it is a bit annoying to put it in place, cause it won’t stay in place even with the clear stand ALTER included. It is such a hassle to use it. I can’t shake off the impression that it was done in a somewhat half assed way. On their blog ALTER provided a detailed explanation how to use it, but in my case it only worked for an hour.

A hole for the shaft in the base would have probably solved the balancing problem. I came up with my own solution, you have to turn the shaft of the hammer so that the purple ribbon of it sits on Naoe’s back, so far it’s still in place and puts less stress on Naoe’s arm.

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Final Words

Naoe Kanetsugu is my second figure of ALTER’s Hyakka Ryoran Line up. In 2010 I got this Hattori Hanzo. Naoe is another very nice figure from that Line up from all the girls she has the most modern looking outfit with just a few traits of samurai and traditional japanese fashion elements. The school uniform in combination with the lovely stockings is very well done.

ALTER created a pretty Naoe figure with a very cute facial expression. They delivered another figure with next to zero flaws in terms of sculpting and painting. One letdown I can’t sugarcoat was the bad balancing of the hammer weapon but with my method it stays in place at least.

Other reviews of her can be found at the blogs of my valued review colleagues.

Tentaclearmarda

Biotoxic

Plastic Parfait

some more pics

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  5. BioToxic June 24, 2012

    Nice to see you got your Naoe as well (yeah I’m super behind with reading through blogs) and enjoy her. All the little details she has are great, and being able to appreciate them in person is much better.

    I use the same method as you for balancing her hammer. The purple knot works quite well. The stand Alter intended to be used is just hopeless.

    I like the little black cat you used for sitting on her head. Too bad she didn’t have a side kick to sit on her head in the anime :lol:. Where’s it from? I’m sure I’ve seen it somewhere before.

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    1. wieselhead June 25, 2012

      Yeah I finally got her, Ahaha it’s ok =)
      In person it’s a slightly different feeling, the face, the stockings and the other details turned out great
      It’s probably the best solution out there, it was a bit unusual for ALTER to includimh a useless stand, I hope this won’t happen again with any big weapon wielding figure.

      It was a funny addition on the figure. Definitely a good idea with the sidekick
      The cat is from the petite Nendoroid Hanekawa

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  6. Sevie May 13, 2012

    Ich hab mich lange auf diese Figur gefreut *_* Hätte ich noch die liebe Hattori, wäre mein Samurai Girls-Team für mich komplett (zumindest nach dem aktuellen Stand).
    Sicher war es etwas schwierig mit dem Hammer. Wie du sagtest, ist das nicht sehr gut ausbalanciert. Die Erklärung auf dem Alter-Blog funktioniert nicht nur nicht richtig, sondern sieht auch unheimlich blöd aus, da der Hammer nicht mehr lässig auf der Schulter liegt, sondern ganz komisch in der Luft hängt -_-”
    Letztendlich steht es nach herumprobieren ganz gut im Regal, aber ich bin mal gespannt, wie es wird, wenn ich sie fotografiere…
    Deine Fotos sind wirklich sehr schön geworden. Besonders gut gefällt mir das, mit Hattori im Hintergrund! : D
    Die Wellpappe und die Steine, bzw. das ganze Setting in solchen natürlich Farben zu halten, passt wirklich super zum Samurai-angehauchten Design : )

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    1. wieselhead May 13, 2012

      Ich hätte sie um ein Haar nicht bestellt, aber bin nun doch zufrieden mit ihr, sie hat eine sehr niedliche Ausstrahlug.
      Achso, ja ich hab nur Naoe und Hattori, bald hab ich auch eine bikini Yubei, aber die ist von Ami Ami zero, die die ständig alles verschieben XS

      Ja, nach ner Menge Ärger ist der Hammer garnicht mehr so schlimm, hätte aber besser gelöst sein können, das Ganze.
      Dankeschön, ich hab den Hintergrund schon Woch vorher für Naoe gebastelt, hatte ich mir in etwa auch so vorgestellt.

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  7. Nopy May 7, 2012

    I didn’t notice the cherry blossom petals on her stockings until you pointed them out, they actually make her look nicer. My favourite aspect of the figure is the hammer, it’s disappointing to hear that the temple inside of it has a cheap look, Alter is usually good at making everything look high quality. Even though there are some problems with the hammer, I think overall the figure still looks great.

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    1. wieselhead May 8, 2012

      These little details are always nice on figures, sometimes I didn’t notice them at first ^^
      It could look a little less glossy and more shaded, but it doesn’t look extremely cheap, just in comparison with the rest it feels a bit simple and cheap.
      Now everything is fine with her and I can’t appreciate her more, she’s very nice.

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  8. fabrice May 5, 2012

    Wow shes pretty popular this figure, I see a lot of other users have her and have been reviewing her.

    She should be careful not the bend down to often, lots of perverts will stare haha

    Anyway Like i said shes wonderful I think the attention to details is there ALTER sure doesnt disappoint, you can see with the hammer, dam how lovely it looks and the colors!

    Even the stockings are well done!

    Reply
    1. wieselhead May 8, 2012

      Yeah there were many reviews of her ^^

      I guess she likes to bendover XD, but I display her from the front like its supposed to be*lol*
      Overall a very nice figure

      Reply
  9. Otakumouse May 4, 2012

    Very lovely photos!!! :) btw, how’s the hammer? do you think in time it could actually bend the figure over?

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    1. wieselhead May 5, 2012

      thank you :)
      When you place the hammer with the ribbon oh her back like I mentioned in the text there should be no problem with this figure, her arm and the back are sharing the weight.
      Otherwise the arm is under a lot of physical stress, it will start to bend cause its holding most of the weight.

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