The first figure review of 2017 starts with a figure of demon girl Danua. Danua is a character from Granblue Fantasy, the popular smartphone RPG. Smartphones or also browser games are always good sources and inspirations for companies to create attractive figure concepts.
I’ve liked this Granblue Fantasy character already from several fan made illustrations, both normal and more fanservice related ones. I also liked this very figure on first sight, for a few reasons I’ve bought her shortly after the release in October 2016, but fortunately I did.
The figure was sculpted by Matsumoto Kouei, she is scaled 1/8 and is 18,5 cm in height.
Danua the cute and short demon girl surprised me with a quite sad background story, according to that, she is presented in a darker mood unusual for bishoujo figures, though Danua looks very cute in a melancholic way, which is also charming. She has a diorama base and 2 interesting monster dolls with sharp knives that accentuate the morbid atmosphere.
The figures outfit consists of something between a spaghetti strap summer dress and a nightgown with a elaborate corsage around her waist. She also wears fingerless gloves and has a half heartedly bandaged arm. The white dress shows nice wrinkles and shading, also the corsage also looks really good with the dark purple and metallic painted areas.
Danua has elaborately crafted dark hair, the strands are sharp and clean, I also like this reflection line at her deep hanging fringe. At the sides long horns with fancy decorations are coming out of her skull. The demon girl also has cute droopy elf like ears. The figure has a beautiful face, the face tilted downwards creates a unique presentation of a bishoujo figure.
A very appealing aspect of Danua is the variety of expressions she can show, just from changing the perspective, she can look cute, grumpy and also straight scornful.
Danua is a little sister type and speaks with a very cute voice, she appears a bit defenseless, but she is assisted and supported by her living dolls, Hansel and Gretel. They are intelligent and despite their tattered and scary appearance they are very kind and care a lot about Danua. The dolls are also part of this figure, they look really scary without knowing the game. Hansel is walking on the base and Gretel is hold up by Danua in a shy manner.
Danua is a short, petite girl, well partially she is not exactly petite, she has a very attractive body and well endowed boobs, that barely fit into her dress and create a luxuriant cleavage.
The base looks good, but could be a bit more detailed or of higher resolution. The figure can nevertheless also stand without her base, only supported by the train of her long dress.
Danua is a great figure, Kotobukiya did a wonderful job with manufacturing her figure.
The figure follows the official game design by Hideo Minaba very closely. She is at the smaller end of the 1/8 scale, but nevertheless a great looking figure with lovely details. Danua is very appealing as figure and her expressive face is just too cute. The sculpting is is very detailed and overalll the figure is nicely colored.
She is still available at some shops, no need to hesitate ^^