Today’s figure is Souryuu Asuka Langley – Shin Seiki Evangelion – Gothic Lolita ver :RE made by Kotobukiya.
It was a gift from my dear friend Miette. I always kept an eye on this figure, but other orders always took the budget for this gorgeous figure away, so I ended up with not ordering the Asuka Langley – Shin Seiki Evangelion – Gothic Lolita ver :RE figure. Weeks later I received a package from the States and I was just speechless when I looked what was inside.
This figure is a reissue of this Souryuu Asuka Langley – Gothic Lolita ver. figure from 2004. Yeah, well it is an old figure, compared to things that have been made before 2010 figure sculpting and manufacturing took a big leap and nowadays figure collecting is not the niche hobby as it used to be. I like the updated version a lot more, the smoother facial features are much better and it looks like a sweet Asuka.
This figure Souryuu Asuka Langley – Gothic Lolita ver :RE, also had a rerelease in 2020 and 2021 it was sold for 12,800 Yen. Asuka is scaled 1/7 and measures 18 cm in height, she was sculpted by Itandi.
In this figure adaptation Asuka is dressed in a frilly gothic lolita outfit, albeit it’s not something would wear on many occasions, but it suits her very well. The gothic lolita outfit turned out quite nice, it’s a copy from the old 2004’s Asuka, with the new version though, it has, as to be expected a more detailed design. More folds and wrinkles were added and there is a generally more appealing appearance present now.
As base Asuka comes with a quarter cut, weathered looking staircase with lots of cracks, it’s damaged condition is adding a nice touch and atmosphere to the figure. Because it is not as detailed as on frontal view, you rather don’t want to look too hard from other sides. I like the way Asuka is resting on the steps, her feet are placed on different steps which puts some focus on her pretty legs with the pretty thighs and thin ankles. With the right hand she is playing around at her skirt, the left arm just hangs downwards lazily with the elbow overstretched.
The main color of the figures outfit is a dark blue, which is present on her corsage, gloves and stockings.
A curiosity on her outfit are the holders at the corset, they look like weapon holsters in my eyes. All the borders of the outfit are decorated with a frilly border basically everywhere. Asuka is also wearing a four layered white skirt. She is wearing black shoes with blue ribbons. The white choker around her neck is decorated with a red ribbon, the element with the ribbon was repeatedly used at the twintails and sleeves of the dress.
Asuka has an impressive twintail hairstyle painted in carrot orange. The face of this young lady is very expressive with her big blue eyes and her slightly shy gaze is directed to the left. Her character design follows the style of the movies, were Asuka has soft facial features and a generally cute appearance without pointy nose or chin, like in these animes of the 90’s.
Asuka is one of the main characters in Anno, Hideaki’s masterpiece Neon Genesis Evangelion, I have been a big fan of NGE since the day it came into my life and paved my way to the anime sphere.
I loved the pre or actually post apocalyptic setting, were mankind brings together everything they have to prevent complete annihilation. The religious elements and complex symbolism were really interesting and I liked all the heavy technology that was used to defend against the overwhelming threat.
Every character had some serious issues, nowadays I can relate to this more than in my teenage years.
Of course the anime is targeted at young people, but NGE also is appealing for a mature audience. It was also managed to add some comedy to the story. I always liked Misato Katsuragi the most of the cast. As chaotic mature woman with charming exuberance, she was well received by the fans. She has this kind of youthful lightheartedness that Shinji, Rei or Asuka don’t have.
Despite her lively personality and drinking lots of canned beer, she actually performed well at her job.
I was really happy when the new movies were announced, Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone and Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance were a nicely retelling of the anime’s plot with a different direction and nice additional content. In Evangelion: 2.0 a new character has been added, Mari Makinami Illustrious. She is s a very bold and flirty character, compared to the other children, she is a lot more self aware and self confident. The girl who appeared to be a simple sidekick for the old cast developed into a very important character in Evangelion: 3.0+1.0.
Since Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo involved a drastic time skip and had other problems in general I was no fan of it and would honestly say it’s bad for the most part. When Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time was announced I was extremely worried that it would be a bad conclusion for the story, but to my surprise it had been a wonderful final, some unnecessary, budget burning, overcrowded fight scenes were there, but nothing was really bothering me and I was happy how everything came to an end.
Overall this is a beautiful figure of Asuka, I really like the cute and round face with the expressive eyes.
The gothic lolita dress appears nice and elegant with it’s combination of red ribbons, white frill and blue are interesting, although some details of the dress could be a bit finer, since it’s a 1/7 scaled figure the frilly parts do look good nevertheless.
In summary Souryuu Asuka Langley – Shin Seiki Evangelion – Gothic Lolita ver :RE is a nice piece of NGE merchandise, you’ll receive a beautiful adaptation of the Asuka character, I think it’s a great idea that she was combined with this diorama base. She was posed in such a way that shows a cool atmosphere and highlights some leg and thigh highs fanservice.