We begin catching up on our figure review backlog today with a look at Max Factory’s Shiranui Mai, released last month just before Wonder Festival. Back in March I dubbed this kit the most anticipated bishoujo figure release of summer 2007, and while so many other nice kits have been released in the interim it’s hard to unequivocally maintain that claim, she’s certainly a strong candidate for a lot of “bests”.

Original Design: Nishimura Kinu
Sculptor: Hamasaki Takeshi (濱崎剛)
Source: Garou Densetsu 2 (Fatal Fury 2)
Scale: 1/6 (30 cm tall)
Materials: PVC
Release Date: August 11, 2007
Production: Max Factory
Price: 7,800 JPY (tax included)
Current Availability: [KNC] [HLJ] [HS] [TL]
Support HD!: [PA]


Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury)

Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury) Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury)

Heisei Democracy figure review: Max Factory's Shiranui Mai PVC from King of Fighters (Fatal Fury)

Ye gods and goddesses, where to start… how about at the kit’s weakest point, and move up from there. I’d say the least best aspect of this kit is the pose, especially compared with that of Aizu Project’s version. This isn’t to say it’s a bad pose; it’s nice in a coy, “I’m posing for a picture and flaunting my assets” way, very photogenic and fun to look at but lacking in the dynamism that would otherwise characterize a girl from a fighting game.

Even with the somewhat deliberate pose taken into account this is truly an epic kit. Max factory succeeds at the 1/6 scale where very few other makers can compete, maintaining a uniformly high standard of production quality in all aspects, from the paint job and choice of plastics to the detail work, trim, and shading. There are no significant defects in evidence other than a very minor marker blemish above the red ball on her sash.

Regarding the artistry that went into the kit, I’m incredibly partial to the work of Nishimura Kinu (especially her Overman King Gainer designs), and I have to say this is the most attractive version of Mai I’ve seen. Half of the credit for that is due to the work of sculpter Hamasaki Takeshi, who according to an Amiami search seems to be a Max Factory insider who’s only done bishoujo work on the other figures in the Kinu Capcom girls series. Based on this installment I hope we get to see more from him soon.

While not quite as iconic as Max Factory’s Kasumi was when she came out, this is a very solid item indeed and one that I think will stand the test of time as a hallmark of quality bishoujo figure production.

Overall Score: 9.5/10

+ superb sculptural rendering of a beautiful illustration
+ excellent paint job, detail work, use of materials
+masterful use of shading brings the kit allive

o deliberate pose lacks fighting game spirit

– marker blemish on the sash

Great news for those thinking of picking her up: while the August release round is now sold out, she’s still available for preorder in her November reissue! There’s no telling how long the preorder will be open, so decisive action is advised. :3